“Now, in 2020, Joe Biden looks like he has a chance to actually win Arizona’s 11 electoral votes. As of June 29, Biden led Trump by 4.7 points in our Arizona polling average. And it looks like Democrats could flip another Senate seat here too, as Democrat Mark Kelly leads Republican Sen. Martha McSally by double digits in numerous polls. Much of that is because of an extremely pro-Democratic national environment; according to our polling averages, Arizona is still a bit more Republican-leaning than the nation as a whole (4.6 points more Republican-leaning, to be precise). But if the final election results were to exactly match our current polling averages, it would still represent the third consecutive presidential election where Arizona has moved left. So what’s driving this shift?”
How Arizona Became A Swing State, by Nathaniel Rakich, 538, 29 June 2020
“Talk to any police officer for more than a few minutes about homelessness, and you’ll eventually hear the adage, ‘Well, cops aren’t social workers.’ It’s true. Cops are not social workers, but they represent a sizable portion of the day-to-day response to Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis, all on the taxpayer’s dime. The result is a disproportionately high number of contacts between unhoused residents of Los Angeles and police.:
Why Armed Cops Are The First Responders For The Homelessness Crisis, by Matt Tinoco, LAist, 29 June 2020
“With Los Angeles County having been reopening for the past few weeks, our ridership has been increasing. We have been providing essential bus and rail trips throughout the pandemic, and will continue to work tirelessly to provide the healthiest and most comfortable environment for our riders. Our top priority remains safety and doing everything we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially with the current surge in cases.”
Returning to Metro: what we’re doing — and need you to do — to prevent spread of coronavirus, by Anna Chen, The Source, 29 June 2020
“On Monday morning, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberals yet again to strike down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law that could have left the state with a single clinic. This case was one of the most-watched items on the docket this term for a reason. It was the first ruling on abortion since President Trump appointed two new justices to the court, which meant abortion-rights opponents were optimistic that a new conservative majority might be willing to undo past decisions on abortion rights — even though the Louisiana law was basically identical to a Texas restriction that was struck down by the court in 2016. The laws banned doctors from providing abortions unless they had admitting privileges at a local hospital.”
The Supreme Court Struck Down A Louisiana Abortion Law. Here’s Where The Fight Could Head Next, by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, 538, 29 June 2020
“Let me go back to your comment about you having served your time in prison. We have to make a fundamental change in the way we deal with prisoners. That’s why in my view that … This is what I propose, we should turn, and I’ve been pushing this for a while now, we should turn our system into one of … From punishment to rehabilitation. Once you have served your time, right now what happens is you get 25 bucks on a bus ticket and a lot of people don’t have any place to go except back to right where they were before if they were in real trouble. I believe that you should be entitled to, anyone serving their time in prison should be entitled to every single solitary program that exists in the government, from access to housing to access to food to access to Pell grants to access to educational opportunity. It’s overwhelmingly in our interest that we do that, that we do that. There’s much more to talk about in terms of dealing with the whole notion of prison reform, but the biggest reason that we have to do is we have to make sure that people have an opportunity to have a new start.”
Joe Biden, Town Hall, 27 June 2020
Peer coaching exposes employees to a bigger range of workplace skills. What’s attractive about this form of upskilling is that it has a more informal side to it: people have a peer they can talk to directly, ask questions when they come up, and learn from by watching them during their work. If, for example, you pair up a marketeer with a content creator, this will create mutual opportunities for learning new skills and increasing each other’s basic knowledge of their respective field of expertise. And there’s more. Peer coaching offers people the opportunity to build leadership skills such as active listening, effective feedback, timely communication and the ability to teach and mentor. As such, it can be a great way for upskilling the soft skills of your employees.”
Upskilling: A Full Guide (incl. 7 ways to upskill your workforce), by Neelie Verlinden, AIHR, 29 June 2020
“Many point to the Stonewall riots in New York City as the birthplace of the gay rights movement. Little do they know the movement first took hold in Los Angeles, at a local donut shop where patrons of every sexual and gender persuasion gathered and fought back against police brutality and oppression.”
Gay Liberation Started in L.A. — 10 Years Before the Stonewall Riots, by Sophia Kercher, Los Angeleno, 28 June 2020
“Comics writer, filmmaker, and publisher David Walker, best known for his work on such Black superhero/adventure series as Luke Cage, Cyborg, Naomi and Bitter Root, is teaming with artist Marcus Kwame Anderson to produce The Black Panther Party: A Graphic History, which will be published by Ten Speed Press in January 2021.”
Ten Speed to Publish Graphic History of Black Panther Party, by Calvin Reed, PW, 29 June 2020
“Because law enforcement takes up so much of the budget — roughly 40% of the county’s version of a general fund — the Sheriff’s Department faces the bulk of reductions. It’s slated to lose nearly 1,400 positions and faces more than 300 possible layoffs.”
LA County Supervisors Approve Downsized Budget: No Department Is Spared From Cuts And Layoffs, by Libby Denkmann, LAist, 30 June 2020
“A graphic novel about ice-cream turf wars in an English seaside town has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comedic fiction. Flake by Matthew Dooley is the first graphic novel ever to win the award, which goes to a work “in the spirit” of the Jeeves and Wooster creator PG Wodehouse.”
Graphic novel about warring ice-cream trucks scoops first for Wodehouse prize, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 1 July 2020
“Petersen pointed out that, even in the middle of a pandemic, many of the hotels in Southern California aren’t providing their workers with health insurance. He pointed specifically to luxury hotels in Hollywood and Palos Verdes, which he says are bringing back workers who don’t have coverage. Until the union’s demands are met, Petersen said, he doesn’t think anyone should feel safe staying in a hotel in California, especially since the chances of transmission are higher than a restaurant or bar, if you’re staying overnight.”
‘I Would Not Go To A Hotel Right Now’ Says Head Of LA Hotel Workers Union, by Leo Duran, LAist, 30 June 2020
“The L.A. City Council on Wednesday voted to cut $150 million out of the Los Angeles Police Department’s $1.8 billion operating budget, with plans to reinvest the funds in marginalized communities. The move comes in response to recent historic protests that saw hundreds of thousands of Angelenos take to the streets, demanding justice for Black people killed at the hands of police following the death of George Floyd. Four former Minneapolis police officers — all fired — have been charged in Floyd’s killing.”
City Council Votes To Slash LAPD Budget By $150 Million, by Libby Denkmann, LAist, 1 July 2020
“Charlotte and Emily Brontë arrived in Brussels in February 1842, aged 25 and 23. It was their first and only trip abroad. The sisters hoped that improving their languages would help them open a boarding school at their home of Haworth Parsonage – a plan that never came to pass as they turned to writing novels such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.”
Brussels to name public square after Brontë sisters, by Jennifer Rankin, The Guardian, 2 July 2020
I mean yes to act out something or take chances in the performance is one thing. But in terms of a camera, whatever’s captured is captured so that’s a little more daunting.
I never loved another person the way I loved myself.
I never officially came out in any kind of really public way. I just always lived very simply and openly, but the press has never made a big fuss about me or said anything to me.
I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird.
I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.
I only have ‘yes’ men around me. Who needs ‘no’ men?
I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.
I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope, For hope would be hope for the wrong thing.
I searched for years I found no love. I’m sure that love will never be a product of plasticity.