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    Twitter's new owner Elon Musk is further wiping out the teams that battle misinformation on the social media platform as outsourced moderators learned over the weekend they were out of a job. The social media giant fired its contractors that track hate and other harmful content on Saturday. Some of the contractors said they didn't realize they were sacked until they weren't able to log onto work on Saturday. Musk's move comes after Twitter fired much of its full-time workforce by email on November 4. About 4,400 of 5,500 contractors have been fired, according Reporter Casey Newton from Platformer News.  Melissa Ingle, who worked at Twitter as a contractor for more than a year, was one of a number of contractors who said they were terminated without notification on Saturday. She said she's concerned that there's going to be an increase in abuse on Twitter with the number of workers leaving. 'I love the platform and I really enjoyed working at the company and trying to make it better. And I'm just really fearful of what's going to slip through the...
    MONTEBELLO, Calif. (KABC) -- The city of Montebello is now home to the largest tiny home village in the San Gabriel Valley.City officials along with partner organizations held a grand opening ceremony on Wednesday for Operation Stay Safe, a new 30-unit tiny home village.The site, located at 2000 Flotilla St., consists of 30 heated and air-conditioned tiny homes. The 64-square-foot units are each equipped with a bed, a desk, shelves and other basic living amenities.They're made to provide unhoused individuals a place to stay for approximately three months before they are placed in permanent housing, allowing up to 120 people to be served a year, the city said."I am exceedingly proud to see this project come to fruition," said Mayor Kimberly Ann Cobos-Cawthorne. "Giving a person the basic essentials for a home not only provides a feeling of safety and privacy that we all deserve, but it also gives individuals the chance to focus on what steps they can take to continue their journey to permanent housing."Plus, the city said the Montebello Fire Department will work with Volunteers of America...
    ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — Officials in Placer County are considering using $23.5 million from Project Homekey to turn a hotel into housing for people experiencing homelessness. That money will be used to purchase a Hampton Inn & Suites site, officials say, and turn it into 82 residential units. READ MORE: Intuit To Pay $141M Settlement Over 'Free' TurboTax AdsThe site will be managed by a local nonprofit organization – and clients will be expected to pay a percentage of their income as rent. READ MORE: Sacramento Firefighters Respond To West Sacramento Living Complex FireThere will be also be personalized case management and health services. MORE NEWS: New Photos Details Timeline Of Deadly Downtown Sacramento Shooting That Killed 6, Injured 12Placer County’s Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss the funds in a meeting next Tuesday.
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Los Angeles received more than $21 million from the state to buy an apartment building to turn into permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday.The grant is part of Project Homekey, a state program to create permanent housing in apartment buildings and hotels for people who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless. The state is on track to create 1,208 units through the program, which was started in 2020.Funds were also given to Sacramento to create 92 units of permanent supportive housing.
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles received more than $21 million from the state to buy an apartment building to turn into permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday. The grant is part of Project Homekey, a state program to create permanent housing in apartment buildings and hotels for people who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless. The state is on track to create 1,208 units through the program, which was started in 2020. READ MORE: California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris ResignsFunds were also given to Sacramento to create 92 units of permanent supportive housing. “California is moving with unprecedented speed to house people experiencing homelessness through Homekey,” Newsom said. “Behind every grant award we make for Homekey is the story of a Californian who will no longer have to sleep in a tent, in a car or on the street  — these 170 units represent a fresh start for our most vulnerable residents.” READ MORE: Santa Ana Winds To Whip Up Again In Southland Starting Tuesday NightThe funding to Los Angeles was...
    Dan Medina has had a couple of hectic days since photos of his sculpture of Kobe and Gianna "Gigi" Bryant went viral on social media. The Southern California artist placed the sculpture on Wednesday at the site of the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, where the NBA legend and his 13-year old daughter died on Jan. 26, 2020. Medina brought the 150-pound piece there before sunrise and removed it at the end of the day. NBA MOURNS THE LOSS OF KOBE BRYANT ON TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TRAGIC DEATH "I told my wife I would have been happy just to share a moment with close friends and fans. That was all I was looking for," Medina said Thursday. "I did want to get it out there but I was already resolute knowing that as long as I can touch the individual that makes it worthy." Dan Medina stands next to a statue he created in memory of former Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in Calabasas, Calif.  (AP Photo/Ashley...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The artist who created a sculpture of Kobe and Gianna “Gigi” Bryant is hoping there will be a permanent site for a memorial. Southern California artist Dan Medina placed the sculpture on Wednesday at the site of the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, where the NBA legend and his 13-year old daughter died on Jan. 26, 2020. Medina brought the 150-pound piece there before sunrise and removed it at the end of the day. The statue depicts Bryant in his Los Angeles Lakers uniform with his arm around Gigi, also in her basketball uniform and holding a ball. The base has the inscription “heroes come and go but legends are forever,” along with the names of the other crash victims — Christina Mauser; Payton and Sarah Chester; John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli; and pilot Ara Zobayan. Fans took photos of the statue along with leaving flowers and other memorials at the crash site. Medina told the Los Angeles Times that the statue is a smaller version of a life-size sculpture he is working on that...
    A Mountain View hotel moved one step closer Tuesday to being converted into permanent housing, despite opposition by critics who fear that it would simply become a shelter for homeless people. If approved by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in November, The Crestview, a 61-room hotel located off of El Camino Real in Mountain View near the border of Sunnyvale, would be purchased by Santa Clara County using $16.6 million in Project Homekey funds. A project championed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, Homekey converted over 1,600 Bay Area hotel, apartment and other units into permanent housing last year. In September, the state offered another $2.75 billion for cities, counties and nonprofits for upcoming projects. After an extended period of public comment that included 49 individuals both supportive and opposed to the Mountain View project, the five supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to give the county executive the authority to apply for Homekey funds. While the move wasn’t a final decision on the site — that will be made on Nov. 2 — no supervisor raised any major objections to the...
    EAST PALO ALTO — A permanent vaccine site is opening in the city on Friday as public health officials push to increase a dismal vaccination record in the community. Council member Antonio Lopez announced Thursday that the parking lot of Cesar Chavez Middle School will be converted into a permanent COVID-19 vaccine clinic that will serve any East Palo Alto community member 18 and over. The clinic is a partnership between San Mateo County, the city, and the Ravenswood School District and aims to also serve neighbors in the Belle Haven community of Menlo Park, which has long been tied to East Palo Alto for its demographic make-up. Friday’s vaccinations will mark the first time East Palo Alto administers the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which is a single-dose immunization that officials hope will accelerate vaccination rates. “Without overstatement, this permanent vaccine site will be a life-changer for our residents, many undocumented and without access to health care,” Lopez said. “Not only will we be ensuring the safety of our residents through this site; we will empower them to return to...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Stop Six neighbor in Fort Worth now has a permanent COVID vaccination site. Tuesday was opening day, and the goal was simple—get shots in arms. D’Lashonda Davis drove from Arlington to get the vaccine. “Because of having pre-existing conditions of my own, I was able to get it pretty fast so I’m excited about that,” she said. READ MORE: Police Release Photo Of Suspects Car In Fatal Hit-And-Run Of Jasmine Hassan, 21 Davis spent roughly four weeks on Tarrant County’s wait list. Today she will joined some 200 others in getting vaccinated at Brighter Outlook in Fort Worth. The location is an extension of Ebeneezer Missionary Baptist Church which has partnered with the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Sylvia Trent Adams, with The University of North Texas Health Science Center, was instrumental in coordination efforts. “We know that there are so many people in the community who want to get the vaccine, but just have not been able to get access,” she said. “It’s an over joying, overflowing sense of accomplishment.” Tarrant County...
    HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – A new pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site opened Friday for those who are eligible and looking to get the first shot. Milander Park site, at 4800 Palm Avenue, is administering vaccinations on a first-come, first-serve basis. READ MORE: FPL: Rate Hike Proposal Would Allow Power Company To Continue Focusing On Ways To Deliver Low-Cost Electricity Lester Lisa said after having open heart surgery this convenient way to get a vaccination was a blessing. “I got up, grabbed some coffee, saw it on the TV news, and said let me go,” he said. The site vaccinating those 65 and older. Also eligible are front-line workers, firefighters, police, education workers, and health workers who must present both their Florida ID and workplace credentials. People under the age of 60 years old deemed medically vulnerable must present the document validated by their doctor, ensuring their medical condition. READ MORE: Disneys New MagicMobile Turns Your Phone Into A MagicBand On Monday, a permanent COVID-19 vaccination center will open at Bucky Dent Park, located at 2250 W 60 Street. The site...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Roy Wilkins Auditorium will again become a COVID-19 vaccination site, Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday. In a statement, the governor said the St. Paul auditorium will become the state’s fifth large-scale permanent vaccination site. Other such sites are located in Minneapolis, Duluth, Rochester, and Bloomington. “As the federal government ramps up vaccine supply, each new permanent site helps make sure we continue to be a nation leader in getting vaccine into arms,” Walz said, in a statement. RELATED: Vikings Training Center To Become Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Site When the Roy Wilkins Auditorium opens this week, it’ll serve nearly 6,000 people with doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Those served will be seniors, child care workers, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educators, and school staff. Previously, the auditorium was used earlier this year in the state’s vaccine pilot program. Some 30,000 vaccine doses were administered there since late January. The Roy Wilkins is the second vaccination site set to open this week. On Friday, the Vikings training facility in Eagan opened a temporary...
    SAN JOSE (BCN/CBS SF) — Supervisors and community partners in Santa Clara County gathered on Monday to kick off the opening of Casitas de Esperanza at the Civic Center — a collection of tiny homes located outside of the old San Jose City Hall. The new tiny home site will provide temporary emergency housing to 25 unhoused families with children in the county for 120 days. First look at two dozen tiny homes set up at the old San Jose City Hall site, that will eventually see permanent housing built. Meant for homeless families. Tiny homes funded by @SCCgov, sleep 4, powered by solar, built by @palletshelter @KPIXtv pic.twitter.com/L5f75325iu — Kiet Do (@KietKPIX) February 8, 2021 “One of the things that has been so exciting about this project is its focus on children and families,” Supervisor Cindy Chavez said. Amigos de Guadalupe Center for Justice and Empowerment, a county partner, will run the site and provide services like case management and educational services to help children get matriculated back into schools. “One of the greatest contributors of homelessness is...
    DALY CITY, Calif. (KGO) -- Tuesday morning a new permanent COVID-19 testing site opened in San Mateo County as the number of positive cases rises across the Bay Area.The new permanent COVID-19 testing site is located in the parking lot of Jefferson Union High School at 699 Serramonte Boulevard in Daly City. 699 Serramonte Blvd in Daly City (Jefferson Union HS parking lot) is the new home of a permanent COVID testing site in San Mateo County. It just opened at 10 a.m., runs until 4 p.m. Mon thru Friday. You can drive up or walk-up. Schedule an appt here: https://t.co/s3to75eOTq pic.twitter.com/FMIW61pXcV— Julian Glover (@JulianGABC7) December 1, 2020Testing runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be accessed by driving in or walking up to receive a test, appointments are recommended.The test being offered are the less-invasive self-swab kits.The expanded testing comes at a time when San Mateo County, now in the purple tier with most other Bay Area counties, reported 466 new positive COVID cases Tuesday.RELATED: 'It's a total bummer': San Francisco, San Mateo counties...
    DALY CITY (CBS SF) – Starting Tuesday, San Mateo County will provide a permanent COVID-19 mobile testing site free of charge that will operate five days per week, Supervisor David Canepa announced. The site will operate in the Jefferson Union High School District parking lot at 699 Serramonte Blvd. in Daly City as part of a contract with the company Curative. People as young as 5 can get a test free of charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, according to the county. Since Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled the Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan in September, San Mateo County has more than doubled its testing rates, and is now testing at the second-highest rate of any county in the state, behind only San Francisco, Canepa’s office said. The state sponsors one Verily/Project Baseline testing operation in San Mateo County, and the county has a private contract with Verily for a second testing site, costing San Mateo County approximately $1.7 million per month. The county-sponsored testing operation with Verily, which is in addition to the one with...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- As the number of COVID-19 have risen across the city, more testing sites are being opened.Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she has tried to create resources where they are needed most.As Thanksgiving Day draws near, there is a growing concern about the surge in cases of COVID-19 in the Chicago-area.The ramp up testing begins Tuesday.RELATED: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Illinois, Chicago areaAn employee parking lot just west of Midway at 55th Street has been transformed into Chicago's fourth permanent drive-up testing site.The testing site is not meant to serve airport travelers, but people on the southwest side where the number of COVID-19 cases has remained hightThe state offered some promising news Tuesday morning: that Illinois' test positivity rate has fallen for eight consecutive days.Officials said this is a critical moment."Thanksgiving hasn't happened yet. People can still change their plans and change the outcome. We don't have to have super-spreader events at homes," said Dr. Ngozi Ezike.The testing site ar Midway Airport's Parking Lot B will openTuesdays and Thursdaysfrom 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and on...
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