Good morning and welcome to Essential California newsletter. It is Wednesday the 6th of October. I’m Justin Ray.
In August, as the Biden administration began what would become a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, we learned that some California students and their families were stuck in the country.
students in San Diego County who had not been able to escape first drew headlines. Then they discovered it Students in the Sacramento area were in the same predicament. The last American planes departed around midnight on 30 August, although not all U.S. citizens were able to board.
Although the situation of the San Diego students was the most discussed, there seem to be more students from around Sacramento who are still in Afghanistan. The situation is constantly changing, but here is what I could find out about the remaining students:
students in the Sacramento area
There are dozens of families in the Sacramento area still in the country, according to the San Juan Unified School District. Recently, three families – including seven students – returned to the United States, but about 38 students are still there.
“We will continue to remain hopeful about their safe return soon,” Raj Rai, the school district’s communications director, told me last week.
The nearby Sacramento City Unified School District told The Times that an Afghan immigrant family with three children enrolled in Ethel I. Baker Elementary sought help to escape. The students have not yet returned to school.
“We work closely with our congressional representatives and appreciate their tireless efforts to help these students and their families,” said the Sacramento City Unified Supt. Jorge A. Aguilar said in a statement. “We remain hopeful that our students will soon be able to leave Afghanistan safely, return home to the United States, and return to school in Sacramento.”
students in the San Diego area
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Bonsall) – who has been very critical of the Biden administration on social media – has helped coordination of evacuations. His spokesman Jonathan Wilcox gave The Times a statement about a parent and four students from the Cajon Valley Union School District who remain in Afghanistan:
“We are tracing a remaining El Cajon family unit and it includes El Cajon school children. We have provided their names, documents and other detailed information to the State Department on numerous apartments [emphasis his] – as well as discussed them with [the State Department] repeatedly. Congressman Issa and his team continue to press on official channels, including the state, DOD, DHS and the White House on a daily basis. “
A State Department spokesman told The Times: “We have helped 105 U.S. citizens and 95 legal residents (LPRs) leave Afghanistan. That is the number of people whose individual departures we directly facilitated.”
Regarding Wilcox’s comment, the spokesman said that “due to privacy concerns, we are unable to comment on specific cases. We will focus first on U.S. citizens with immediate family members who are ready to travel and have travel documents. We will then do more. focus intensively on the subgroup of U.S. citizens with immediate family members for whom documentation has been an issue, to find ways to help them. “
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The latest on OC oil spills
On Tuesday, officials frantically tried to protect ecologically sensitive coasts. The oil continued to move south after soiling beaches and wetlands in Huntington Beach. The spill was initially estimated at about 126,000 gallons of crude oil, but late Monday, state and federal officials said the number could be closer to 144,000 gallons.
Who knew about Orange County oil spills and when? These are some of the issues that underlie demands from local officials seeking transparency. We now know that officials first learned that a slick was likely Friday night, although the public was not informed of the leak until the following evening.
The story of LA’s strange flag … Wait, LA has a flag? You’ve probably seen it without even noticing what you saw: a flag with three vertical ribbons with sawtooth edges in between, and a round fancy thing in the middle that is undeniable when you stand on the ground and the flag flutters away 20 or 30 feet in the air. Pat Morrison tells the story behind the city’s official flag. Los Angeles Times
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POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
Cities in California are fighting over tens of millions of millions of sales taxes that their residents pay when they buy from Amazon and other major retailers. Currently, cities with distribution centers receive the money. But the city’s leaders in Rancho Cucamonga have proposed a resolution that would result in online sales tax revenue being distributed between cities where packages are delivered, rather than where distribution centers are located. The city of Fresno, which has many of these centers, calls a plan “racist.” Fresno Bee
Governor Gavin Newson vetoed a bill affecting state farmers. Assembly proposal 616 would have made it easier for farm workers to vote to become unions by giving them the opportunity to fill out and send ballots as absent, just as voters do in a general election. “Why was the absentee ballot good for the governor when he relied on it to defeat the recall, but not good for farm workers?” asked Teresa Romero, president of United Farm Workers. Newsom said in a veto that he “has worked tirelessly to protect and support workers throughout California.” But he added, “this law contains various inconsistencies and procedural issues related to the collection and review of ballot papers.” Capital and Capital
CRIMINALITY AND JUDGMENTS
In a desert in California, the sheriff’s deputies settle conflicts in the schoolyard. Black teens carry the burden. According to data that California law enforcement agencies are required to publish under a law aimed at combating racial profiling, the sheriff’s deputies in the Antelope Valley have disproportionately detained and issued quotes to black teens on public school campuses. An analysis conducted by KPCC / LAist and ProPublica showed that black teens accounted for 60% of alternate contacts on campuses, but only accounted for about 20% of enrollment at these schools. Republic
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
Death threats, violence, intimidation mark another pandemic school year. Just before school started, things looked bright: The number of coronavirus cases had dropped, California reopened, and the masks were falling off. But the Delta variant soon again meant that students and teachers had to deal with masks, tests and quarantines. It has also meant another school year of dealing with those who are against such initiatives. We’ve heard some hard stories from teachers. Los Angeles Times
Decades of uncontrolled growth in the California hospice industry will end January 1st, when a moratorium on new permits enters into force. Two bills aimed at reforming the industry come after one Los Angeles Times study of the state’s thriving hospice business. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law Monday. An extensive study conducted by the Auditor General is also underway to identify deficiencies and recommend improvements to hospice licenses and supervision. Los Angeles Times
Lisa Ling’s CNN series ‘This Is Life’ explores painful historical moments. One is personal. Ling knows that criticism and angry comments from the public accompany the territory. But she was surprised by the malice in the remarks she saw last year when the country was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The day after Donald Trump called COVID the ‘China virus’, I got two messages on social media telling me my people were responsible for it,” Ling said. Ling grew up in Carmichael, a suburb of Sacramento. Seeing how similar rhetoric led to a staggering increase in the number of attacks on Asian Americans in the state, she decided to act. Los Angeles Times
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Today California memory is from Carol Bartlett:
In the 1950s, we played in barrels of land with orange groves in OC. Periodically, the ranchers watered by flooding the furrows between the rows of trees, and it took 3 or 4 days for the water to penetrate into the ground. Oops! We meandered barefoot through “canals” of thick, knee-deep mud, pretending to explore jungles and paying attention to lurking crocs and streets. As we left our jungle, we secretly jumped off at the first house we came to with a garden hose in front.
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