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Victim revealed in Saturday’s South Gate homicide


SOUTH GATE (CNS) – Authorities on Monday identified a man who was fatally shot in a South Gate homicide on Saturday.
Samuel Jimenez, 27, died at the scene, said Los Angeles County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed
Winter. His home town was not known.
The shooting occurred at about 7 p.m. at the Oak Tree Inn motel in the 9000 block of Long Beach Boulevard, said Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau.
Detectives were looking for a woman, described as ”a person of interest,” who was believed to have been with Jimenez at the motel. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Report: Fatal plane crash scene in El Monte

The El Monte Airport is located along Santa Anita Avenue near the 10 Freeway.

A person apparently has died in the crash of a small plane in the 4200 block of Santa Anita Avenue near El Monte Airport.

Rapper Drake intruder arrested Thursday TMZ reports

A man was taken into custody Thursday night after a security guard patrolling rapper Drake's home in Hidden Hills noticed him and called authorities, the celebrity news website TMZ.com reported.

HIDDEN HILLS (CNS) – A man was arrested for allegedly trespassing onto
rapper Drake’s Hidden Hills property.
The man was taken into custody Thursday night after a security guard
patrolling the site noticed him and called authorities, the celebrity news
website TMZ.com reported.
“We’re told the intruder told cops he found Drake’s house after looking
up the address on a blog. He told cops he was there to meet the rapper,” TMZ
The sheriff’s department did not immediately provide details of the
The man had no weapons and was booked for trespassing. Drake was not
home at the time. The house is undergoing extensive renovations and rapper Drake
hasn’t been living there, TMZ reported.
In April, a woman broke into rapper Drake’s home and helped herself to some of the
rapper’s beverages. Mesha Collins, 24, was arrested following the April 3
incident but was released after prosecutors announced they were unable to
proceed with a first-degree residential burglary charge against her. Drake was
not home at the time.

SNL, invigorated by President Trump, scores 22 Emmy nominations

`SNL'' earned Emmy nominations for Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, guest actor nominations for Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dave Chappelle, supporting actress nods for Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, and a supporting-actor nomination for Alec Baldwin -- for his celebrated portrayal of President Trump.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – NBC’s variety series “Saturday Night Live,” re-
invigorated with its lampooning of President Donald Trump, and HBO’s
“Westworld” scored a leading 22 nominations today for the 69th annual
Primetime Emmy Awards.
NBC’s “This is Us” broke an extended drought among broadcast networks
by earning a nomination in the outstanding drama series category. It’s the
first time a broadcast network program has been nominated in the category since
CBS’ “The Good Wife” in 2011.
Also nominated for outstanding drama series were AMC’s “Better Call
Saul,” Netflix’s “The Crown,” Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Netflix’s
“House of Cards,” Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “Westworld.”
HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the winner in the category the past two
years, wasn’t eligible to be nominated because its only new episodes aired
during the eligibility period were part of the body of work considered for last
year’s victory.
HBO’s “Veep,” the winner of the outstanding comedy series Emmy for the
past two seasons, was nominated again, while ABC’s “Modern Family” earned
its eighth nomination in eight seasons. It was the winner in the category for
five consecutive seasons, tying the record set by NBC’s “Frasier” from 1994-
Also nominated for best comedy were FX’s “Atlanta,” ABC’s “black-
ish,” Netflix’s “Master of None,” HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and Netflix’s
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
“Saturday Night Live” was nominated for outstanding variety sketch
series, along with truTV’s “Billy on the Street,” IFC’s “Documentary Now!,”
Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” IFC’s “Portlandia” and HBO’s “Tracey
Ullman’s Show.”
“SNL” also earned guest actress nominations for Kristen Wiig and
Melissa McCarthy, guest actor nominations for Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda and
Dave Chappelle, supporting actress nods for Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones and
Kate McKinnon, and a supporting-actor nomination for Alec Baldwin — for his
celebrated portrayal of Trump.
Nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series went to Keri
Russell for “The Americans,” Claire Foy for “The Crown,” Elisabeth Moss for
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Robin Wright for “House of Cards,” Viola Davis for
“How to Get Away with Murder” and Evan Rachel Wood for “Westworld.”
Two actors from “This is Us” scored nominations for lead actor in a
drama series — Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia. Anthony Hopkins was
nominated for his work in “Westworld,” along with Matthew Rhys of “The
Americans,” Bob Odenkirk of “Better Call Saul,” Kevin Spacey for “House of
Cards” and Liev Schreiber of “Ray Donovan.”
For lead actor in a comedy, nominations went to “Atlanta’s” Donald
Glover, Zach Galifianakis of “Baskets,” Anthony Anderson for “black-ish,”
Aziz Ansari for “Master of None,” William H. Macy for “Shameless” and last
year’s winner, Jeffrey Tambor for “Transparent.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus will look to repeat in the outstanding comedy
actress category, but she’s facing a tough field that includes both Jane Fonda
and Lily Tomlin of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” Also nominated were Pamela
Adlon of “Better Things,” Tracee Ellis Ross for “black-ish,” Allison Janney
for “Mom” and Ellie Kemper for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
Nominations for outstanding limited series went to HBO’s “Big Little
Lies,” FX’s “Fargo,” FX’s “FEUD: Bette and Joan,” National Geographic’s
“Genius” and HBO’s “The Night Of.” For outstanding television movie,
nominations went to Netflix’s “Black Mirror: San Junipero,” NBC’s “Dolly
Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” HBO’s “The Immortal Life
of Henrietta Lacks,” PBS’s “Sherlock: The Lying Detective” and HBO’s “The
Wizard of Lies.”
Anna Chlumsky from “Veep” and Shemar Moore, who will star in the new
CBS series “S.W.A.T.,” joined Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma
Washington in announcing the nominees in the top categories at the Television
Academy’s North Hollywood headquarters.
The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which honor programming initially
airing between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. from June 1, 2016, to May 31, 2017, will be
presented Sept. 17 at the Microsoft Theater with late-night talk show host
Stephen Colbert as the host. The ceremony will be televised by CBS.
The bulk of the Primetime Emmys will be presented at the Creative Arts
Emmy Awards Sept. 9-10, also at the Microsoft Theater.

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez get 7 Teen Choice nominations

The Teen Choice Awards will air Sunday, Aug. 13 on FOX.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Selena Gomez collected a leading seven nominations
today in the second wave of nods released for the 2017 Teen Choice Awards,
while her former beau Justin Bieber earned seven.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” film earned six nods in the latest
round of nominations, as did the TV series “Teen Wolf” and “Riverdale.”
The first wave of nominations was announced in January.

The Teen Choice Awards will be presented Aug. 13.
Voting on the second wave of nominations will begin at 9 p.m. at
www.TeenChoice.com and via Twitter. Voting will continue through 9 p.m. July
19, with fans able to vote 10 times per category, per day.
Here is a complete list of nominations announced Wednesday:


Choice Movie Villain (#ChoiceMovieVillain)
Charlize Theron, “The Fate of the Furious”
Elizabeth Banks, “Power Rangers”
James McAvoy, “Split”
Javier Bardem, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
Luke Evans, “Beauty and the Beast”
Priyanka Chopra, “Baywatch”

Choice Breakout Movie Star (#ChoiceBreakoutMovieStar)
Auli’i Cravalho, “Moana”
Deepika Padukone, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”
Harry Styles, “Dunkirk”
Janelle Monae, “Hidden Figures”
Tom Holland, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
Zendaya, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Choice Movie ‘Ship (#ChoiceMovieShip)
Chris Pratt & Zoe Saldana, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Deepika Padukone & Ruby Rose, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”
Emma Watson & Dan Stevens, “Beauty and the Beast”
Gal Gadot & Chris Pine, “Wonder Woman”
Michelle Rodriguez & Vin Diesel, “The Fate of the Furious”
Zac Efron & Dwayne Johnson, “Baywatch”

Choice TV Villain (#ChoiceTVVillain)
Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”
Grant Gustin, “The Flash”
Janel Parrish, “Pretty Little Liars”
Josh Segarra, “Arrow”
Mark Pellegrino, “Supernatural”
Teri Hatcher, “Supergirl”

Choice Breakout TV Show (#ChoiceBreakoutTVShow)
“Famous in Love”
“Stranger Things”
“This is Us”

Choice Breakout TV Star (#ChoiceBreakoutTVStar)
Chrissy Metz, “This is Us”
Finn Wolfhard, “Stranger Things”
K.J. Apa, “Riverdale”
Lili Reinhart, “Riverdale”
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Ryan Destiny, “Star”

Choice TV ‘Ship (#ChoiceTVShip)
#BELLARKE (Eliza Taylor & Bob Morley), “The 100”
#BUGHEAD (Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse), “Riverdale”
#EMISON (Shay Mitchell & Sasha Pieterse), “Pretty Little Liars”
#KARAMEL (Chris Wood & Melissa Benoist), “Supergirl”
#MALEC (Matthew Daddario & Harry Shum Jr.), “Shadowhunters: The Mortal
#STYDIA (Holland Roden & Dylan O’Brien), “Teen Wolf”

Choice Liplock (#ChoiceLipLock)
Chris Pine & Gal Gadot, “Wonder Woman”
Dan Stevens & Emma Watson, “Beauty and the Beast”
Jennifer Morrison & Colin O’Donoghue, “Once Upon a Time”
Matthew Daddario & Harry Shum Jr., “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”
Melissa Benoist & Chris Wood, “Supergirl”
Orlando Bloom & Keira Knightley, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No

Choice Hissy Fit (#ChoiceHissyFit)
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Dan Stevens, “Beauty and the Beast”
Kurt Russell, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Luke Evans, “Beauty and the Beast”
Madelaine Petsch, “Riverdale”
Malcolm Barrett, “Timeless”

Choice Scene Stealer (#ChoiceSceneStealer)
Camila Mendes, “Riverdale”
Colin O’Donoghue, “Once Upon a Time”
Josh Gad, “Beauty and the Beast”
Michael Rooker, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
RJ Cyler, “Power Rangers”
Taylor Lautner, “Scream Queens”


Choice Pop Song (#ChoicePopSong)
“24K Magic,” Bruno Mars
“Closer,” The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)
“Don’t Wanna Know,” Maroon 5 (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
“Love on the Brain,” Rihanna
“Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran
“Stay,” Zedd & Alessia Cara

Choice Country Song (#ChoiceCountrySong)
“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt
“Craving You,” Thomas Rhett (feat. Maren Morris)
“Every Time I Hear That Song,” Blake Shelton
“The Fighter,” Keith Urban (feat. Carrie Underwood)
“God, Your Mama, and Me,” Florida Georgia Line (feat. Backstreet Boys)
“In Case You Didn’t Know,” Brett Young

Choice Electronic/Dance Song (#ChoiceElectronicDanceSong)
“2U,” David Guetta (feat. Justin Bieber)
“It Ain’t Me,” Kygo & Selena Gomez
“Just Hold On,” Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson
“Know No Better,” Major Lazer (feat. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo)
“Rockabye,” Clean Bandit (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie)
“Something Just Like This,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Choice Latin Song (#ChoiceLatinSong)
“Chantaje,” Shakira (feat. Maluma)
“Deja Vu,” Prince Royce & Shakira
“Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber)
“Hey Ma,” Pitbull & J Balvin (feat. Camila Cabello)
“No Le Hablen de Amor,” CD9
“Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos),” CNCO

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song (#ChoiceRBHipHopSong)
“Glorious,” Macklemore (feat. Skylar Grey)
“I’m The One,” DJ Khaled (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper &
Lil Wayne)
“Location,” Khalid
“Passionfruit,” Drake
“Redbone,” Childish Gambino
“That’s What I like,” Bruno Mars

Choice Rock/Alternative Song (#ChoiceRockSong)
“Believer,” Imagine Dragons
“Green Light,” Lorde
“Hard Times,” Paramore
“Heathens,” twenty one pilots
“Heavy,” Linkin Park (feat. Kiiara)
“Human,” Rag’n’Bone Man

Choice Breakout Artist (#ChoiceBreakoutArtist)
Chance the Rapper
Dua Lipa
James Arthur
Julia Michaels
Zara Larsson

Choice Next Big Thing (#ChoiceNextBigThing)
Forever in Your Mind
Grace VanderWaal
Jax Jones
Jonas Blue
New Hope Club
The Tide


Choice Summer Movie (#ChoiceSummerMovie)
“Cars 3”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
“Spider-Man: Homecoming”
“Transformers: The Last Knight”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
“Wonder Woman”

Choice Summer Movie Actor (#ChoiceSummerMovieActor)
Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”
Chris Pine, “Wonder Woman”
Harry Styles, “Dunkirk”
Mark Wahlberg, “Transformers: The Last Knight”
Owen Wilson, “Cars 3”
Tom Holland, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Choice Summer Movie Actress (#ChoiceSummerMovieActress)
Bella Thorne, “Amityville: The Awakening”
Cara Delevingne, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
Gal Gadot, “Wonder Woman”
Isabela Moner, “Transformers: The Last Knight”
Mandy Moore, “47 Meters Down”
Zendaya, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Choice Summer TV Show (#ChoiceSummerTVShow)
“America’s Got Talent”
“Beat Shazam”
“The Bold Type”
“The Fosters”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Teen Wolf”

Choice Summer TV Actor (#ChoiceSummerTVActor)
Cody Christian, “Teen Wolf”
David Lambert, “The Fosters”
Harry Shum Jr., “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”
Kyle Harris, “Stitchers”
Noah Centineo, “The Fosters”
Tyler Posey, “Teen Wolf”

Choice Summer TV Actress (#ChoiceSummerTVActress)
Aisha Dee, “The Bold Type”
Cierra Ramirez, “The Fosters”
Hilary Duff, “Younger”
Holland Roden, “Teen Wolf”
Maia Mitchell, “The Fosters”
Shelley Hennig, “Teen Wolf”

Choice Summer Song (#ChoiceSummerSong)

“Bad Liar,” Selena Gomez
“Castle on the Hill,” Ed Sheeran
“Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber)
“Malibu,” Miley Cyrus
“Stay,” Zedd & Alessia Cara
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Choice Summer Female Artist (#ChoiceSummerFemaleArtist)
Camila Cabello
Katy Perry
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez

Choice Summer Male Artist (#ChoiceSummerMaleArtist)
Harry Styles
Justin Bieber
Liam Payne
Niall Horan
Shawn Mendes

Choice Summer Group (#ChoiceSummerGroup)
The Chainsmokers
Fifth Harmony
Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Little Mix

Choice Summer Tour (#ChoiceSummerTour)
Ariana Grande, Dangerous Woman Tour
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic World Tour
Ed Sheeran, Divide Tour
Kendrick Lamar, The DAMN. Tour
Sam Hunt, 15 in a 30 Tour
Shawn Mendes, Illuminate World Tour


Choice Female Web Star (#ChoiceFemaleWebStar)
Bethany Mota
Eva Gutowski
Lilly Singh
Liza Koshy
Merrell Twins
Niki and Gabi

Choice Male Web Star (#ChoiceMaleWebStar)
Cameron Dallas
Casey Neistat
The Dolan Twins
Logan Paul
Ryan Higa

Choice Comedy Web Star (#ChoiceComedyWebStar)
Colleen Ballinger
The Dolan Twins
Lele Pons
Lilly Singh
Liza Koshy
Logan Paul

Choice Music Web Star (#ChoiceMusicWebStar)
Carson Lueders
Jack & Jack
Jake Paul
Johnny Orlando
Leroy Sanchez

Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star (#ChoiceBeautyWebStar)
Bethany Mota
Gigi Gorgeous
Kandee Johnson

Choice Gamer (#ChoiceGamer)
Jared Lazar, summit1g
Michael Santana, imaqtpie
Rabia Yazbek, nightblue3
Ryan Ohmwrecker, ohmwrecker
Saqib Zahid, lirik
Vikram’s Singh Barn, vikkstar123

Choice Twit (#ChoiceTwit)
Anna Kendrick
Blake Shelton
Chrissy Teigen
Ellen DeGeneres
Justin Timberlake

Choice Instagrammer (#ChoiceInstagrammer)
Justin Bieber
Kendall Jenner
Kylie Jenner
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift

Choice Snapchatter (#ChoiceSnapchatter)
Ariana Grande
Bella Thorne
Brett Eldredge
DJ Khaled
Kylie Jenner
Selena Gomez

Choice YouTuber (#ChoiceYouTuber)
Casey Neistat
The Dolan Twins
Jake Paul
Lilly Singh
Liza Koshy
Logan Paul

Choice Muser (#ChoiceMuser)
Baby Ariel
Danielle Cohn
Isaiah Howard
Jacob Sartorius
Kristen Hancher
Lisa and Lena


Choice Style Icon (#ChoiceStyleIcon)
Cara Delevingne
Harry Styles
Selena Gomez

Choice Female Hottie (#ChoiceFemaleHottie)
Camila Cabello
Deepika Padukone
Paris Jackson
Selena Gomez

Choice Male Hottie (#ChoiceMaleHottie)
Harry Styles
Justin Bieber
Liam Payne
Louis Tomlinson
Shawn Mendes

Choice Changemaker (#ChoiceChangemaker)
Ariana Grande
Ian Somerhalder
Rowan Blanchard
Selena Gomez
Shailene Woodley
Yara Shahidi

Choice Videogame (#ChoiceVideoGame)
Dota 2
Heroes of the Storm
League of Legends
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Choice Dancer (#ChoiceDancer)
Chloe Lukasiak
Derek Hough
Julianne Hough
Kida The Great
Maddie Ziegler

Choice Model (#ChoiceModel)
Ashley Graham
Gigi Hadid
Hailey Baldwin
Kendall Jenner
Paris Jackson
Winnie Harlow

L.A. film production falls

On-location film production in Greater Los Angeles slipped 4.7 percent between April and June, 2017.

LOS ANGELES — On-location film production in Greater Los Angeles
slipped 4.7 percent between April and June, according to a report released
today by FilmL.A., the nonprofit film office for the city and county of Los
“Declines in any category need to be put in context: The year-to-date
comparison for the last seven years shows 2017 is second only to 2016 for total
shoot days,” said FilmL.A. President Paul Audley, who added that 2016 was the
best year on record for on-location production.
Local on-location film production dropped 18.5 percent, TV comedy
dropped nine percent, digital web-based TV dropped 21.8 percent, TV reality
production dropped one percent, TV pilots dropped 60.4 percent, and TV drama
dropped 24.3 percent while commercial production saw a 12.5 percent increase.
FilmL.A. said the drop in TV pilots mirrors the results of its
forthcoming 2017 Pilot Study, which found that fewer pilots were ordered by
networks over the last year.
The drop in TV drama production was partly attributable to some shows
being canceled or not in production that were being produced in the second
quarter of 2016, including “Gilmore Girls,” “Good Girls Revolt,” “Hand of
God,” “Mistresses,” “Roadies,” “Sweet/Vicious” and “The Catch.”
FilmL.A.’s report reveals that the Commercials category saw a 12.5 percent jump (to 1,398 SD).
Incentivized projects continued to add to quarterly counts. Incentivized TV Dramas yielded 291 production days or 37 percent of the category with the TV Pilot yield being 57 SD or 52 percent of the category. Incentivized Television projects for the second quarter were Heathers, Here, Now, Law & Order True Crime, Major Crimes, The Orville, Sharp Objects, Shooter and American Horror Story.
Feature film projects produced 232 Shoot Days accounting for 22 percent of production in the category. Incentivized features for the quarter were “Valley Girl,” “A Star Is Born,” “Inner City and “Hotel Artemis.”
–Via City News Service and staff reports.

56-cent Wienerschnitzels to celebrate 56th anniversary on July 11


IRVINE (CNS) – Hot dog lovers, listen up.
To mark the 56th year since John Galardi opened his first Wienerschnitzel in Wilmington, the Irvine-based chain tomorrow will offer a special 56-cent price for its Original Mustard Dog, a grilled hot dog topped with French’s mustard, or its Original Chili Dog.
The special price is valid on Tuesday only, while supplies last, at participating Wienerschnitzel restaurants, and there is a limit of 10 hot dogs per person.
“We can’t think of a better way to mark our 56th year of making food the Wienerschnitzel way than with 56-cent dogs,” said JR Galardi, the company’s executive vice president.   “We’re proud to celebrate the success that my father, John Galardi, started back in 1961. The only challenge for hot dog fans is choosing between the Mustard and Chili Dog.”
John Galardi started in the restaurant industry in Missouri at the age of 12, and moved to Los Angeles at 19 to open his first Wienerschnitzel. As the chain grew, he added The Original Hamburger Stand restaurants in Denver and other cities, and Tastee-Freez ice cream to Wienerschnitzel menus nationwide.
Wienerschnitzel currently operates or franchises 331 restaurants in 10 states and Guam that serve more than 120 million hot dogs annually.

Find your local Wienerschitzel:

Sun Safety Tips

The CDC recommends you protect yourself and your loved ones from harmful UV rays.

Sun Protection
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. The Centers for Disease Control and Protection offers the following recommendations to help protect yourself and your family from harmful UV rays.

You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun. Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you’re outside—even when you’re in the shade.

When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection factor.

If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, at least try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up. Keep in mind that a typical T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so use other types of protection as well.

For the most protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears, and the back of your neck. A tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from UV rays. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. A darker hat may offer more UV protection.

If you wear a baseball cap, you should also protect your ears and the back of your neck by wearing clothing that covers those areas, using a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15, or by staying in the shade.

Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.

Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States, regardless of cost, meet this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.

Put on broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all parts of exposed skin. Get help for hard-to-reach places like your back. And remember, sunscreen works best when combined with other options to prevent UV damage.

How sunscreen works. Most sunscreen products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor.

SPF. Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF) number that rates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15.

Reapplication. Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

Expiration date. Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.

Cosmetics. Some makeup and lip balms contain some of the same chemicals used in sunscreens. If they do not have at least SPF 15, don’t use them by themselves.

Or you could just cover up!

Pet owners tips during heat wave

As temperatures rise, pet owners should take precautions and safeguard their animals from hard.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – With yet another heat wave upon us, pet owners were
again being urged to ensure their cats, dogs and other animals are kept cool.
Animals respond differently than humans to heat, animal-control
officials said. Dogs and cats do not sweat, so they must exert more energy to
keep cool by panting. Extra care should be taken with short-nosed pets that may
have a harder time breathing.
Pet owners should watch for signs of heatstroke, such as fast and noisy
breathing, difficulty swallowing and distressed behavior.
If heatstroke is suspected, pet owners should place a cold, wet towel on
the back of the animal’s head, and towel-wrapped cold compresses on their
back legs and belly. The pet should be immediately taken to the veterinarian to
be checked.
Other tips from city and county animal-control officials include:
— making sure the pet has fresh drinking water that is served in a
large container, instead of a shallow bowl, to allow the water to remain cold
— giving your dog ice cubes to eat or adding them to the water bowl;
— not leaving pets by themselves in cars, and keeping pets at home if
— avoid burning dogs’ paws by keeping them off of hot pavement or
concrete during walks, and if necessary, walk them early or later in the day
when it is cooler; and
— taking extra car to provide shade to pets with lighter coats, because
they are more likely to be sunburned.

LAUSD chooses Ref Rodriguez president

Ref Rodriguez (center) with friends and family just after being named school board president. (Courtesy LA School Report)

The new members of the LA Unified school board were inducted Thursday, and the board’s first votes — on who would be their leader — broke along expected lines. The pro-reform majority exercised its muscle, voting 4-3 to elect as their president Ref Rodriguez, the co-founder one of LA’s largest charter school organizations.
But immediately after that, a more unified board was on display when Rodriguez’s resolution declaring LA Unified “a district that puts kids first” passed 6-1.
Together, the votes revealed the power of the new majority but also showed that the unity Rodriguez called for was attainable.
In two sets of votes on the presidency, new members Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez joined Mónica García in supporting Rodriguez. Three incumbents — who have spoken of charter schools as threats to the district and who were elected with teacher union support — voted for Richard Vladovic, who had previously served as president. All three also cast votes against Rodriguez’s presidency.
Vladovic was nominated by Scott Schmerelson, who beat pro-reform candidate Tamar Galatzan two years ago when Rodriguez unseated union-backed Bennett Kayser. In the vote for president, Vladovic was supported by George McKenna, the board’s previous vice president. The vote on Vladovic was up first and was rejected by the four pro-reform candidates.
“I wouldn’t read too much into this first vote, it’s not necessarily an indication of what’s yet to come,” Vladovic told LA School Report as the board was heading into its first closed session. “I am just philosophically opposed to the way this board has been operating with resolutions, and I will keep making my point over and over again until they let the superintendent do her job.”
Before the individual votes for Rodriguez and Vladovic were cast, Gonez asked that each of the candidates make their case for president. Vladovic, who had previously served as superintendent for another school district, as had McKenna, said that he didn’t like the way board members at LA Unified set out resolutions for the superintendent to follow, rather than letting Michelle King do her job.
“We should stop running the district by resolution, and we need the superintendent to do her job and hold her to it, and if I became president I would call out people who bring up resolutions,” Vladovic said. “I feel very sternly about that, you need the superintendent to do her job and you hold her accountable.”
Vladovic said the district is heading toward “tumultuous times” and said he could “provide the support the superintendent will need.”
King has often sought out the advice of the board to make decisions, but many directions to her have come through resolutions, like García’s resolution at last month’s meeting on redistributing federal Title I money to schools with the most disadvantaged students.
Rodriguez said during the meeting that he always appreciated Vladovic’s advice. In a conference call for media later in the day, he said of the three who voted against his presidency, “I don’t want them to see me as aligned with three other people that don’t include them.” He added, “I don’t see them as anti-charter.”
He also said he wanted the school board meetings to take less time and that he is considering “chunking meetings” together and having two a month instead of one long one, “to make the business of the people go much faster.” He said he might break off the charter school hearings for days and times that parents would be able to attend.
He remarked that he was noted for not saying much during meetings but said, “I was listening and learning to constituents and colleagues.” He added, “We have to be a better version of ourselves on the board.”
Rodriguez, who is also a past principal, voiced his support for labor unions as he noted the upcoming contract negotiations.

“I truly believe we can get to 100 percent graduation, and I have no doubt about being able to make them all college-ready,”

he said. “This board can do it. I want to be your captain.”
Saying it was “for the children,” García voted for Rodriguez. Gonez said she liked what he said about “bringing us all together.”
“I have no doubt that Ref will do a good job,” Vladovic said.
But despite voting against Rodriguez as LAUSD president, Vladovic supported him on the resolution because he said that the superintendent was well on her way to doing what the resolution called for anyway. The resolution passed 6-1 with only McKenna opposed. Gonez, Melvoin, and García all voted for it and asked to be added as co-sponsors, something Melvoin said he just learned he could do.
One of the requirements in the resolution — called the “Los Angeles Unified Learning, Leading, and Succeeding for Students” resolution — calls on the superintendent to develop a “Student Impact Statement” for every item that comes before the board, particularly for how each item will impact low-income students, English learners, foster youth, African-Americans, and special education students.
The resolution aims for 100 percent of the district’s parents to sign up by the end of the 2018-19 school year for the LAUSD Parent Access Support System Portal (PASSport), which shows how a student is progressing and what requirements are needed to graduate. The resolution also calls for the creation of a $20 million philanthropically supported fund to provide high-quality and teacher-led professional development to improve outcomes in literacy, math, and science.
McKenna said he thought that dollar figure was arbitrary but said, “I am a strong believer that when you pay attention to those of greatest needs, immediately everybody benefits and it helps everyone.”
In the afternoon media call, Rodriguez said the resolution “was a great opportunity to move things forward” and “helps the board to make sure we are talking about kids at our meetings.” He said he wanted to “connect for the public” how the board’s actions impact children and student achievement outcomes.
He added, “It’s about setting the table for what’s coming ahead. It will show how things affect children, and we will tackle fiscal stability head on.”
Rodriguez blamed the media for creating divisiveness among the board and said, “Every time I read anything about the board we always hear how we are anti-charter and pro-charter and are a divided board. … Things are so much more complicated than that. Charters are part of the portfolio of many schools we have.”
He added, “It’s about high quality for all kids, not one way of doing schools. We need to create a bar and make sure that we all rise up to it.”
Rodriguez asked García to be vice president and appointed all the other board members to be LAUSD representatives for other boards. McKenna declined his appointment to the California School Board Association, which meets in December.
In closed session, the school board agreed to authorize settlement negotiations in a case supported by the ACLU, the Community Coalition vs. LAUSD. The case accuses the district of violating state law by not properly using Local Control Funding Formula money that’s targeted to low-income, English learners and foster youth. The board agreed unanimously to settle the case, and the settlement deal will be made public.
Although he said he couldn’t talk about the details, Rodriguez said, “I personally wanted to move forward with this and focus on important things we have on our agenda and want some closure here.”
Rodriguez is not the first openly gay LAUSD school board president. Jeff Horton was elected in 1991 and came out after he was on the board, and Jackie Goldberg served as president of the board during her term on the board.
“It is important for me to be public about my sexuality and my husband and my family and their acceptance of me,” Rodriguez said on the media call. “I want to be a model for young people and show that, whether you are gay or Latino or anything, you can accomplish anything with pride.”
His parents attended Thursday’s meeting and also visited his Beaudry headquarters office for the first time, which he said deeply impacted his mother.
“Imagine, this is a woman who was a peanut farmer in Mexico. Her son is sitting here making decisions about 700,000 kids and affecting their lives,” Rodriguez said. “She was moved — and I was moved by seeing her moved.”