California Thanksgiving help for the homeless: ‘We haven’t seen numbers like this since the Great Depression’
- The Midnight Mission said the group has been serving nearly 1 million meals a year each year since 2013: “We haven’t seen numbers like this since the Great Depression”
( LA Times ) Thanksgiving meals will be served to thousands of homeless and near-homeless individuals today on Skid Row and in Pasadena and Canoga Park amid calls for donations and volunteers for the rest of the year.
The Midnight Mission will serve Thanksgiving brunch to nearly 2,500 homeless and near-homeless men, women and children, according to Georgia Berkovich, its director of public affairs.
The Midnight Mission is seeking donations of $5 to $10 to help it cover the costs of the meals. Donations can be made by texting “Meals” to 71777, Berkovich said. The mission serves meals seven days a week, distributes hygiene kits after its meal service and conducts drives for food and clothing to distribute to its guests.
Berkovich said the group has been serving nearly 1 million meals a year each year since 2013.
“We haven’t seen numbers like this since the Great Depression,” she said.
( Daily Mail ) The California gunman who killed at least four people killed his wife and concealed her body beneath floorboards of the couple’s home, police have said.
Tehema County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnson says investigators found the body of Kevin Janson Neal’s wife hidden under the floor when they raided his home on Wednesday.
Investigators believe the killing of his wife was the start his rampage in which he set out to kill as many people as he could.
The 43-year-old, who sometimes used the name Smith, was identified as the shooter after his Tuesday rampage, which climaxed with him smashing into a school’s gates and firing into its walls and windows.
He began his rampage near his home on Bobcat Lane in the Rancho Tehama Reserve at 7.52am, shooting people at random before stealing a truck and performing drive-bys on homes, pedestrians and other drivers.
Neal eventually arrived at the Rancho Tehama Elementary School and smashed through its gates before firing as many as 100 bullets through windows and walls, hitting one child, and trying to enter classrooms. He then fled, and was shot dead by police near the property.
Illegal alien and arsonist Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, deported five times now in the past year alone, was arrested on suspicion of setting Sonoma County Wine Country fires in California.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan confirmed on Thursday that a man arrested in connection with setting a fire in Sonoma County Wine Country is an illegal alien from Mexico who has been twice returned to his “home country.”
Homan also confirmed that ICE has issued detainer requests for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez five times now in the past year alone, including the one issued on October 16 in relation to his most recent arrest on suspicion of arson. All of the arrests were made “by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges,” according to Homan.
Sonoma County is considered a sanctuary jurisdiction and does not fully cooperate with federal immigration officials. That includes not honoring ICE detainer requests. “ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases,” Homan wrote in the statement regarding Gonzalez.
There were several fires in the region, and it is not clear what role the fires Gonzales allegedly set played in the overall disaster.
- Drag queen: ” I got to read to the children today and it was one of the best experiences I’ve been given”
The Michelle Obama Public Library in Long Beach, California hosted a satanic looking drag queen on Saturday to read to little kids for the library’s celebration of LGBTQ History Month.
The drag queen Xochi Mochi posted the same photo to his Instagram account and commented on Twitter about the event. His Twitter bio reads, “Attention Earthlings: This is Xochi Mochi your resident killer Klown from outer space. I dress up in drags and love tacos.”
Long Beach Public Library calendar of events:
Location: Michelle Obama Library Date: 10/14/2017 Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Join us for a celebration of LGBTQ History Month! All ages welcome! Celebration will include: Drag Queen Story Hour featuring Xochi Mochi at 12pm, a community art hour at 1pm and an LGBTQ History Timeline Workshop starting at 2pm. Brought to you by a collaboration between the Long Beach Public Library, The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, the GSA Network and The Imperial Court of Long Beach.
California latest progress: People with HIV can now go to the blood bank and donate their blood and just in case they want to spread it, that too is ok.
As Donald Trump Jr. tweets: “Why would anyone with HIV knowingly donate to a blood bank if there wasn’t malicious intent?”
From L.A. Times:
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.
The measure also applies to those who give blood without telling the blood bank that they are HIV-positive.
Modern medicine allows those with HIV to live longer lives and nearly eliminates the possibility of transmission, according to state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), authors of the bill.
“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” Wiener said in a statement. “HIV should be treated like all other serious infectious diseases, and that’s what SB 239 does.”
Supporters of the change said the current law requires an intent to transmit HIV to justify a felony, but others noted cases have been prosecuted where there was no physical contact, so there was an argument intent was lacking.
Brown declined to comment on his action.
Music teacher ‘gave thousands of kids flutes contaminated with his SEMEN’ at schools across California
Authorities say global music programme director may have sent soiled instruments to kids for them to paint and send to needy children.
The unnamed teacher has been arrested and is being questioned amid wider allegations of sexual misconduct.
Authorities in California say the flutes, which are painted by US pupils before being sent to needy children across the world, could have ended up in as many as 13 districts across the south of the state.
Letters sent home to parents said the teacher, described as an “independent contractor”, led the Flutes Across The World programme for fifth grade children aged 10 to 11.
Superintendent Mark Johnson, the head of Fountain Valley School District, said the instruments “were potentially contaminated with bodily fluids” and called on parents to hand them in to police.
“You have to read in between the lines, and most likely it’s not sweat,” one parent said.
A dad in Los Angeles told NBC News: “It’s disgusting, it’s unreal, you can’t even really fathom it. It makes me sick to my stomach”.
( New York Times ) The incidence of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis is increasing, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An estimated 110 million Americans now are infected with a sexually transmitted disease.
Chlamydia is the most common S.T.D., and the number of cases rose 4.7 percent from 2015 to 2016. The increases occurred nationwide; rates were highest in the South and lowest in the Northeast.
Chlamydia is usually asymptomatic, and the number of reported cases may have grown in part because of newer, more sensitive screening techniques.
Adolescents and young adult women have the highest rates of chlamydia: one survey found that 9.2 percent of girls aged 15 to 19 were infected, as were 8.0 percent of women aged 20 to 24.
Rates declined 3.5 percent among African-Americans and 6.4 percent among Native Americans and Alaska Natives, but chlamydia still is most common in these groups. Rates rose among all other races and ethnicities
From 2015 to 2016, gonorrhea infections increased 22.2 percent among men and 13.8 percent among women, the C.D.C. reported. Almost 92 percent of cases are in people 15 to 44 years old.
The only recommended treatment is to take two antibiotics simultaneously, ceftriaxone and azithromycin. Resistance to azithromycin is becoming more common, however, and there is some evidence of growing resistance to ceftriaxone, as well