Oakland points out that racism is a public health crisis

Good day, and welcome to Essential California bulletin. yes Wednesday, June 15th. I’m Justin Ray.

The city of Oakland has declared racism a public health crisis.

Oakland City Council members has just voted to make racial equity a priority in the city. The resolution provides more than $ 350,000 for the hiring of data analyst and consulting services to “make the necessary improvements in data collection and processing systems to track performance and legacy progress.”

“Structural racism has led to a public health crisis in the city of Oakland,” says a report by Oakland City authorities. The report provides an example: Residents of a historically white neighborhood on North Oakland Hill may expect to live 14 to 15 years longer than residents of the black and Latino historic suburbs of western and eastern Oakland Plains.

“There are differences between Oaklanders and their white couples in preventable hospitalizations, including diabetes, asthma, hypertension and heart disease, opioid overdose death rates, children born with very low birth weight, infant mortality rates and beyond.”

Darlene Flynn, executive director of the city’s race and equity department, said in an interview. KRON 4 that the pandemic exposed racial differences.

“It also tends to increase the impact on communities that are already underlined by racial inequalities, and we’ve seen it in other disasters as well, like Hurricane Katrina,” Flynn said. “Every time a major stressor hits a community, it highlights the underlying conditions for a long time.”

Oakland is not alone. 2020, Marty Walsh, then mayor of Boston, he made a similar claim and transferred $ 3 million from the police overtime budget to the Public Health Commission to address racial inequality. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Medical Assn. they have also released statements highlighting the health impact of the race.

“What we do know is that racism is a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of Americans,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement last year. “As a result, it affects the health of our entire nation.”

The data revealed an exorbitant toll COVID-19 has had black and Latino neighbors, as well as people living in poor neighborhoods. One reason is that people of color live in areas with less access to resources such as hospitals and pharmacies.

“It’s really clear that where you live and where you work affects your health. It’s no different than COVID’s other diseases, “said Barbara Ferrer, LA County’s director of public health, at a conference this year.

And now Here’s what’s happening in California:

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Our next LA Times Book Club event will be discussed with Ibram X. Kendi. The author will discuss his book “How to Raise Anti-Racism.” You can get it Tickets for the June 22 event are here. Prior to the event, Kendi spoke to The Times about fatherhood, empathy, and what he hopes readers will get out of the new book. Los Angeles Times

THE STORIES

Column: The doctoral note is the last sign of the far right to enforce the law. Columnist Gustavo Arellano reported that deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spread a joke about President Biden’s joke among staff. Arellano calls the situation “another indicator of how far officers and deputies have fallen in the polarization hole.” Los Angeles Times

A motorcyclist holds a flag with what columnist Gustavo Arrellano calls the president’s “weak salsa insult.”

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Landlord and tenant conflicts reach record levels. Last month, Los Angeles Police Department agents responded to 279 “landlord / tenant / neighborhood” disputes. That’s the highest monthly total ever, according to LAPD data. In fact, four of the five highest monthly totals have occurred in the last year. Crosstown LA

Two El Monte police officers were shot dead While he was responding to a stabbing that may have been in a slow on Tuesday evening. The violence shocked many in the eastern neighborhood of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times

A 33-year-old man was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on Tuesday on charges of attempted murder. A CHP agent was shot dead at a traffic stop in Studio City on Monday night. Los Angeles Times

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CRIME, COURTS AND POLICE

A man from Chino Hills suspects he had a woman in his home for a month against his will. Peter Anthony McGuire, 59, has been charged with torture, kidnapping, chaos, assault with a deadly weapon, imprisonment through violence, rape and other crimes. He was arrested Saturday morning after an hour-long incident, police said. Los Angeles Times

HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT

California vineyard workers wanted fire safety. Then came a shady counter-movement. Workers have been pressured by officials to put in place stronger protection for workers in times of fire. Risk compensation, disaster insurance and security training are being translated into indigenous languages. “At the same time, an amazing counter-movement has emerged, which looks like it’s staff-driven, but driven by the wine industry itself,” Alleen Brown wrote. The Guardian

CALIFORNIA CULTURE

Amazon has said it will start using drones this year to deliver packages. Residents of the rural towns of San Joaquin County Lockeford and Acampo, as well as parts of Lodi, will be able to order “thousands of items a day” online and expect a drone to be thrown into their backyards in less than an hour, a company spokesman said. he said. Los Angeles Times

Dozens of Starbucks employees in California have joined the national store unionization movement. Recently, employees of a store in Anaheim voted 10 to 1 for Workers United, a national union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, which is largely helping to organize a public campaign. Starbucks has hired Littler Mendelson, a San Francisco-based anti-union law firm. Capital and Principal

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CALIFORNIA ALMANAC

Los Angeles: Sunny 88 San Diego: Sunny 74 San Francisco: Sunny 72 San Jose: Sunny 88 Fresno: Sunny 100 Sacrament: Sunny 99

AND FINALLY

Today California memory Where is he from Sue Uustalu:

In the 1950s my family often traveled to Bakersfield to visit my grandparents. Traveling on Grapevine without air conditioning in the summer had to be done early, as my father often reminded us. We often saw people at Frenchman’s Flat sitting at a picnic table while they cooled down while they filled the radiator with drinking water suitable for passengers who had heated vehicles. I knew we were almost there when the cotton fields were displayed and I recognized the “Bakersfield” sign on the highway. Grandma would be waiting for her with homemade biscuits and sauce.

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