What you need to know today: California Ed Grants, End of COVID-Era Eviction Protections, The History of Hiking in Los Angeles

gHello the Today is Wednesday, September 14.

Today in How to LA: California grants to train you for a better job, COVID-era eviction protections end, the story of LA’s “Great Backpacking Era.”

You’d be surprised to hear about all the different jobs I had when I was 30. I’ve been a waitress, grocery store cashier, tutor, AmeriCorps VISTA, teacher, and, of course, a journalist. As you can imagine, all of those jobs have made me tougher than a ton of bricks.

At each stage of the game, I had a plan to progress, learn more skills to earn more money and have a better quality of life. This desire has been shared by many during the COVID-19 pandemic. People lost their jobs or kept jobs they didn’t like because jobs were scarce. But now, with a better job market and pent-up demand, people want something more…something different. We’ve all seen the terms “The Great Resignation” and “Quiet Quiet” from this shattering pandemic.

Well, the state of California has something for those who need a change. My colleague Jill Replogle reports on the Golden State Education and Training Grant, a $2,500 financial gift designed for people who have lost their jobs during the pandemic and are looking for an even better career. It can be used for community college training programs or to help pay for school-related expenses.

Take Diana McLaughlin, a working mother and student at American River College in Sacramento. She lost her job as an accounts receivable specialist during the pandemic. Now she’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting and has used her Golden State Education and Training Scholarship to pay for books and other school supplies.

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“Instead of being more of a mid-level or entry-level,” she said, “it will help lift me to where I could possibly be a manager or a controller in the future, because it’s that’s what I always wanted to do. be, a controller.”

Now wondering if you qualify? Discover Jill’s story here.

As always, stay happy and healthy, friends. There’s more news below – keep reading.

The News You Need After You Stop Hitting Snooze

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  • COVID-19 tenant protections are coming to an end. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a plan to eliminate them at the end of the year.
  • California school districts worried about loss of funding due to issues to state K-12 data management system. This system, known as CALPADS, contains the demographic information of six million public school students, including information on people in need. If this information is not accurate, it could affect the amount of money a district receives.
  • The LA County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a sales ban of large caliber handguns and ammunition in non-incorporated parts County.
  • Did you know that a third of Pakistan is under water? There is a way to help as an Angeleno other than just donating money. Julia Barajas reports that you could reduce your carbon footprint.
  • By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “quit smoking quietly” – which has come to mean doing the bare minimum in your job and saying no to the hustle mentality. Everyone from Arianna Huffington to Kevin O’Leary has an opinion on this. The truth is, There is more behind the popular phrase spawned by the pandemic and why people are engaging in this behavior nearly three years into the pandemic.
  • Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina submit an invoice who would be apply federal law to the issue of abortion. The legislation would ban abortion at 15 weeks but, so far, it has little Republican support.

Expect! One More Thing… The History of Hiking in Los Angeles


William Conrady, 80, and Bruce Hubbard pace a monthly guided hike through Griffith Park on March 3, 1978. (Pam Kleinburg/Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library Collection)

If there’s one thing foreigners know about Angelenos, it’s that we love to hike. From popular hiking destinations like Runyon Canyon to lesser-known spots like Sycamore Canyon TrailSouthern California is full of places to explore.

But did you know that the trails of LA are filled with thousands of hikers every weekend? The 1880s through the 1930s were known as the “Great Backpacking Era” in Los Angeles

As early as the late 1800s, doctors were encouraging people to get out and explore the great outdoors among wildlife, trees, and mountains to provide a greater and renewed sense of sanity and wealth.

Doctors even suggested women walk three to five miles a day in 1893…in a long dress and a corset (can you imagine?)

At the time, people walked a lot. Departure sometimes at 11 p.m. and hike until sunrise.

But not everyone felt welcome. Remember, this was a time when black people across the country, including Southern California, were restricted – and often banned – from using beaches and swimming pools.

Even though So Cal’s trails and parks were technically open to everyone, black people often faced prejudice and discrimination while hiking, historian says Alison Rose Jeffersonauthor of Living the California Dream, African American Recreation Sites in the Jim Crow Era.

Writer Hadley Meares talks more about this whole story in LAist. Check out his article here.

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