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J&J Vaccine on Hold Pending Investigation into Rare Side Effect, Possible Settlement in Sight Over Homeless in LA, Santa Cruz Mountains Are Really Dry

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Government health officials are recommending a "pause" in vaccinations with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
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What J&J Vaccine Stoppage Means for California's Rollout

Federal health officials have called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, after reports that six women who got the vaccine developed blood clots. For context - Close to 7 million people have gotten this vaccine in the U.S. to date. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the blood clots are extremely rare but it is reviewing the cases and until that review is complete, the agency called for this pause in distribution "out of an abundance of caution." What might this mean for California's vaccine rollout. 


California Community College Enrollment is WAY down - and That's A Problem

The pandemic has put a lot of stress on the state’s community colleges as enrollment plummets. The nonprofit news organization EdSource recently crunched the numbers and found that of the 105 campuses, 35 of them saw a drop of more than 20 percent, sounding alarm bells throughout the system, which is the largest in the nation.


Settlement in Sight Over Homelessness in LA

Los Angeles has been named in a federal lawsuit over how officials are handling homelessness. Last time we talked about this, the county had filed a motion for dismissal from the lawsuit, and yesterday, the plaintiffs filed a preliminary injunction. This as reports of a possible settlement with the city are coming out. 


The Mothers Behind the Civil Rights Movement 

When we speak of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement it's often in terms of the men of the movement –– Martin Luther King,Jr., Malcolm X even James Baldwin. Women, particularly Black women, have historically been downplayed and overlooked. For this reason, Black feminist scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs was inspired to write to "The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X and James Baldwin Shaped A Nation." It explores the civil rights movement through the lens of what she calls "the woman before the man."

What Dryness in Santa Cruz Mountains Means For Wildfire Risk this Summer

Researchers at San Jose State University’s Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center recently sampled plants in the Santa Cruz mountains and discovered below-average fuel moisture. That means California could be in for another extreme fire season, following a record-breaking season just last year.