Brenda Gazzar, Pasadena Star News

Brenda Gazzar

Pasadena Star News

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Brenda:

‘Pandemic within a pandemic:’ What’s fueling LA County’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes?

While L.A. County is not unique in having close to half of its total COVID-19 deaths from nursing home residents, certain traits may be helping to fuel the problem in the most populous county in th… → Read More

Known and loved: These six residents of LA’s Motion Picture home died of coronavirus

They stockpiled surgical gowns, N95 masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. They sheltered in place before orders were given. Still, 17 skilled nursing residents and 17 staff members tested positive. Si… → Read More

‘This isn’t a drill’: How LA’s Motion Picture home battled coronavirus

They stockpiled surgical gowns, N95 masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. They sheltered in place before orders were given. Still, 17 skilled nursing residents and 16 staff members tested positive. Si… → Read More

State calls for broad coronavirus tests for all residents and staff at skilled nursing homes

State health officials recently called for every resident and staff member at roughly 1,200 skilled nursing facilities in California be tested for the novel coronavirus. So why wasn’t this do… → Read More

Los Angeles activists call for stronger tenant, worker protections amid coronavirus crisis

The Healthy LA Coalition is a network that includes more than 200 advocacy organizations, workers centers, labor unions and parent groups that have united to propose solutions to the many hardships… → Read More

With no in-person service, LA-area Catholics will rely on media for their Mass

The celebration of public Masses will be suspended at least through the end of the month → Read More

And now, it’s showtime for LA County’s new voting system

As of Monday afternoon, some 192,000 people had voted at a voting center and about 536,000 had returned their vote-by-mail ballot, he said. → Read More

Long Beach’s El Dorado Frontier upgrades chugging along

The grand vision for El Dorado Frontier, its creator said, is to mix a little reality, a little history and a little fantasy for visitors to enjoy. → Read More

Long Beach’s new Youth Poet Laureate program offers teens poetry and activism

The laureate will get a one-on-one mentorship and receive a $1,000 scholarship while the poet ambassadors will get a group mentorship and receive a $500 scholarship. → Read More

Long Beach’s Poly High facing controversy, with 2 teachers placed on leave and students speaking out – Press Telegram

One teacher faces allegations of using a racial slur; the other says she was put on leave because her social media presence was disruptive. The district says they are investigating both issues. → Read More

Possible concessions at Long Beach’s El Dorado East Regional Park stir up controversy – Press Telegram

The prospect of more concessions, including for food and beverages, has sparked concerns among some residents over the further “commercialization” of the city’s massive park. → Read More

Long Beach planning commissioners to examine proposed ‘inclusionary housing’ policy

Projects geared toward homeowners, such as condos and townhomes, would need to set aside 10% of units for moderate-income households. → Read More

Long Beach may serve up new food-truck rules

The City Council directed the city manager to prepare an analysis of options for increased regulation and enforcement of food trucks → Read More

Future African American Cultural Center of Long Beach gets board of directors

17 board members were elected over the weekend to the new executive board and the organization is in the process of acquiring nonprofit status → Read More

Long Beach ordinance tackles ‘substantial remodel’ loophole in Tenant Protection Act

City Council unanimously approved an ordinance preventing landlords from using planned remodels to remove tenants without first having pulled all required permits for the work. → Read More

Toyota gambling with some hybrid drivers’ lives by not issuing safety recall, class-action suit claims

Toyota said in a statement that it “stands behind” the efficacy of its braking system. → Read More

Cal State violated deaf student’s rights, suit claims

Lawsuit alleges student fell behind because university didn’t offer appropriate assistance. But university says it provided ‘reasonable accommodations.’ → Read More

Toyota hybrids have ‘dangerous safety defect,’ says Southern California car dealer

After hearing from customers, Roger Hogan’s petition has prompted a federal review of certain hybrid models. → Read More

This new produce depot is a ‘game changer’ for North Hollywood-based Food Forward

Food Forward, established a decade ago, recovers excess fruits and vegetables that otherwise would go to waste. A new warehouse and storage system will help the organization distribute food to are… → Read More

Here are 6 San Fernando Valley transportation projects that will impact the area

The Valley hasn’t always gotten first priority when it comes to public transit projects. But projects in the pipeline aim to connect the entire region. → Read More