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Homeboy Industries to Get County Funding

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Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $1.3-million contract with Homeboy Industries after financial problems threatened the life of the program. The nonprofit serves as a rehab center of sort, a space where ex-gang members can safely wean themselves from gang life and access job opportunities that would otherwise be hard to come by. Established by Father Gregory Boyle in 1988 — back then it went by Jobs for A Future — the program is the largest gang intervention program in the nation. But the recent economic downtown brought a significant decrease in charitable donations. The money provided by the county will go toward hiring staff and subsidizing services like employment counseling and tattoo removal. It's an investment, but one with a potentially high return. This 2008 USC student documentary short takes a look at the inner workings of the organization

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A Food 4 Less employee pushes carts past supermarket workers gathered to protest in front of the supermarket in Long Beach, California on February 3, 2021, after a decision by owner Kroger to close two supermarkets rather than pay workers an additional $4.00 in "hazard pay" for their continued work during the coronavirus pandemic.

$5 'Hero Pay' for L.A. County Grocery Workers Passed, but Not Unanimously

The urgency ordinance requires that national grocery and drug retail employers in unincorporated areas of the county pay frontline workers an additional $5 per hour hazard or “hero pay” for the next 120 days.
Family daycare provider Lucre-ce Lester takes a student’s temperature as he arrives for the day at her home-based daycare in Antioch on February. 17, 2021.

Burgeoning Child Care Union Secures COVID-19 Relief Funding Approval

The state Senate budget committee approved disbursement of $144 million in federal funds to give child care providers some financial relief in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. If approved by the Legislature, it will be a major win for Child Care Providers United, which is still negotiating a master contract with California.