Auckland declares racism a public health crisis

Good morning and welcome to Essential California newsletter. It is Wednesday, June 15. I’m Justin Ray.

Auckland has declared racism a public health crisis.

Members of the Auckland City Council recently voted to make racial justice a priority in the city. The resolution allocates up to $ 350,000 to hire a data analyst and consulting services to help facilitate “the necessary improvements in data collection and processing systems to monitor efficiency and equity progress.”

“Structural racism has led to a public health crisis in Auckland,” said a report by Auckland city officials. The report gives an example: Residents of the historic White Quarter in the northern hills of Auckland can expect to live another 14 to 15 years longer than residents of the historic Black and Latinx neighborhoods of western Auckland and the eastern plain of Auckland.

“Similar differences between Black Oaklanders and their white peers can be observed in preventable hospitalizations, incidence of diabetes, asthma, hypertension and heart disease, mortality due to opioid overdose, infants born with very low birth weight, infant mortality and others. “, The report states.

Darlene Flynn, executive director of the city’s Competition and Justice Department, said in an interview with CROWN 4 that the pandemic made racial differences visible.

“It also tends to exacerbate the impact on communities that are already stressed by racial inequalities, and we’ve seen that in other disasters, like Hurricane Katrina,” Flynn said. “Whenever great stress strikes a community, it really emphasizes what the basic conditions have been for a long time.”

Auckland is not alone. in 2020 Marty Walsh, then mayor of Boston, made a similar proclamation and transferred $ 3 million from the overtime budget to the Public Health Police Commission to tackle racial inequality. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and american medical asn. they also issued statements highlighting the impact that race has on health.

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

The data revealed a disproportionate fee COVID-19 affected blacks and Latinos, as well as people living in poorer 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 for COVID than it is for many other diseases, “said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer at a briefing this year. “Certainly where you live has a huge impact on what is available to help you be as healthy as possible.”

And now, Here’s what happens in California:

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Our next LA Times Book Club event will be a discussion with Ibram X. Candy. The author will discuss his book “How to raise an anti-racist”. You can get it tickets for the June 22 event here. Before the event, Candy spoke to The Times about fatherhood, empathy and what she hopes readers will take from his new book. Los Angeles Times

LA STORIES

Column: The doctoral note is the latest sign of right-wing extremism in law enforcement. Columnist Gustavo Arelano said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies had circulated a note to officials joking with President Biden. Arelano called the situation “another indication of how far too many officers and MPs have fallen into the polarization hole.” Los Angeles Times

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

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Disputes between landlords and tenants are reaching record levels. Last month, Los Angeles police responded to 279 landlord / tenant / neighbor disputes. This is the highest monthly sum so far, according to LAPD data. In fact, four of the five highest monthly amounts have occurred in the last year. Crostown LA

Two El Monte police officers were shot and killed Tuesday night while reacting to a possible stabbing at a motel. The violence left many in the suburbs east of Los Angeles stunned. Los Angeles Times

California Highway Patrol arrests 33-year-old man on Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder during the shooting of a CHP employee during a traffic stop at Studio City on Monday night. Los Angeles Times

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CRIME, COURT AND POLICE

A man from Chino Hills is suspected of keeping a woman against her will in his home for months. Peter Anthony McGuire, 59, has been charged with torture, kidnapping, bodily harm, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment through violence, rape and other crimes. He was arrested on Saturday morning after a long confrontation, police said. Los Angeles Times

HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT

California vine workers wanted safety in forest fires. A shady counter-movement followed. Workers have pressured workers to introduce stronger protection for workers during forest fire seasons. They are calling for emergency payments, disaster insurance and safety training translated into local languages. “In turn, there was a surprising counter-movement – one that has a veneer of worker-led, but is driven by the wine industry itself,” writes Allen Brown. The guardian

CALIFORNIA CULTURE

Amazon says it will start using drones to deliver packages for the first time this year. Residents of San Joaquin, Lockford and Acampo counties, as well as parts of Lodi, will be able to order “thousands of daily items” online and can expect a drone to drop them off in their backyards in less than an hour, a company spokesman said. said. Los Angeles Times

Dozens of Starbucks employees in California have joined the national store syndication movement. Recently, shop employees in Anaheim voted 10 to 1 to join Workers United, a national union affiliated with the International Union of Service Workers, which helps organize the bulk campaign. Starbucks hired Littler Mendelson, an anti-union law firm based in San Francisco. Capital and Main

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CALIFORNIA ALMANAC

The angels: Sunny 88 San Diego: Sunny 74 San Francisco: Sunny 72 San Jose: Sunny 88 Fresno: Sunny 100 Sacramento: Sunny 99

AND FINALLY

today’s California memory is from Sue Uustalu:

In the 1950s, my family often traveled to visit my grandparents in Bakersfield. The trip over Grapevine without air conditioning in the summer had to be early, as my father often reminded us. Many times we would see people in Frenchman’s Flat sitting at a picnic table and cooling off while filling their radiator with drinking water, which is convenient there for passengers with overheated vehicles. I knew we were almost there when the cotton fields appeared, and I recognized the Bakersfield sign above the highway. Granny would wait with homemade cookies and sauce.

If you have a memory or a story about Golden State, share it with us. (Please keep your story up to 100 words.)

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