Delta announced 3 new routes to Panama in its latest network expansion

Touring Delta Air Lines' new terminal at LaGuardia Airport  - Delta Hard Hat Tour 2021
Touring Delta Air Lines’ new terminal at LaGuardia Airport.

  • Delta Air Lines is launching three new routes and one additional frequency to Panama City, Panama this winter.
  • The expansion will mark Delta’s highest number of flights to the country since it started service there in 1998.
  • Delta’s flight from Orlando will be the carrier’s only international route out of the central Florida city.

Delta Air Lines is focusing on Panama City, Panama in its latest network expansion, announcing three all-new nonstop routes to the Central American country on Friday.

Delta is launching three new routes to Panama City in December from Los Angeles, Orlando, and New York, expanding its operation in the country to 13 weekly flights, which is an 80% increase in capacity since 2019, according to the airline. In addition to new routes, the airline is also adding a second Saturday-only frequency from its hub in Atlanta, set to begin on December 18. According to Delta, this winter will mark the highest number of flights to Panama since beginning service there in 1998.

“From its breathtaking beaches and vibrant culture to its competitive economy in Latin America, Panama is a highly sought destination for business and leisure travelers alike,” said Luciano Macagno, Delta’s managing director – Latin America, Caribbean, and South Florida. “With our new direct flights from our L.A. and JFK hubs that offer significant U.S. connectivity, as well as the demand from the local Orlando community, we’re looking forward to introducing Delta’s signature hospitality and exceptional onboard experience to more customers planning their next trip.”

The launch of these routes indicates Delta sees strong business and leisure demand to the country, which has had a good recovery since the pandemic. According to Cirium data for October, airlines are operating 83% of the flights offered to Panama during the same time in 2019. Tourism in Panama spiked over the summer, with over 50,000 visitors in June 2021, according to CEIC data, compared to the 30,000 in May. However, this is still well below 2019 levels which saw over 120,000 tourists.

Delta will face strong competition from Panama’s national carrier Copa Airlines, which has its “Hub of the Americas” in Panama City. Last month, the airline joined the government in promoting tourism in the country, including launching its “Panama Stopover” and “Panama Irresistible” programs, according to Spanish aviation media outlet Aviaci Online.

The stopover initiative, which was done with the support of the Tourism Promotion Fund, known as PROMTUR, offers travelers the option to add a multi-day stop in Panama City to their reservation at no additional cost.

“One of the main objectives of PROMTUR Panama is to generate demand for international travelers through strategic alliances, and programs such as the Panama Stopover, align our efforts to position the country as a tourist destination in an attractive way for the thousands of tourists who travel through Copa Airlines,” said PROMTUR’s general director Fernando Fondevila.

Meanwhile, the company’s “Panama Irresistible” program offers discounts to Panama from dozens of cities in its network, including Los Angeles and Orlando, according to Aviaci Online.

Here’s a closer look at Delta’s new routes to Panama.

Between Orlando and Panama City, Panama

City skyline and Lake Eola at Orlando in Florida
Orlando, Florida

Delta will launch Saturday-only flights between Orlando and Panama City on December 18 using a Boeing 737-900 aircraft, which can carry 180 passengers. The outbound will depart Orlando at 10:30 a.m. and land in Panama City at 1:50 p.m., with the return leaving at 3:20 p.m. and arriving at 6:40 p.m. The route will be the airline’s only international flight out of Orlando and will face competition from Copa Airlines.

Between Los Angeles and Panama City, Panama

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Los Angeles, California

Delta will launch once-daily flights between Los Angeles and Panama City on December 18 using a Boeing 757 aircraft, which can carry 199 passengers. The outbound flight will operate on Saturdays and depart Los Angeles at 8:50 p.m. and land in Panama City at 5:45 a.m. the next day. The return will operate on Sundays and leave at 8:05 a.m. and arrive at 11:15 a.m. Delta will compete with Copa Airlines on the route.

Between New York’s JFK International Airport and Panama City, Panama

Buildings in Manhattan as seen from the tall One Vanderbilt building against a blue sky.
New York City, New York

Delta will launch thrice-weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between New York-JFK and Panama City on December 20 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which can carry 160 passengers. Frequencies will increase to four times weekly on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in March 2022. The outbound will depart New York in the morning and the return will leave Panama City in the afternoon. Copa Airlines will be Delta’s only competitor.

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The Port of Los Angeles will launch 24/7 operations to tackle the huge line of ships waiting to dock, the White House says

Container ships at the backlogged Port of Los Angeles in October 2021.
The shipping industry is currently in chaos, with ports in Southern California being especially hard hit.

  • The Port of Los Angeles will start processing ships 24/7, the White House said.
  • The shipping industry is currently in chaos, causing product shortages and soaring prices.
  • Ships are currently stuck off the California coast, waiting to get into port.

The Port of Los Angeles is starting to process ships 24/7 to help ease a massive backlog, the White House said Wednesday.

The port was adding new off-peak night shifts and weekend hours, the White House said in a press release. The new hours would almost double the number of hours during which cargo can be moved, it said.

The shipping industry is currently in chaos, with ports in Southern California hit especially hard. At the Port of Los Angeles alone, ships carrying nearly 500,000 shipping containers – or about 12 million metric tons of goods – were waiting in drift areas and at anchor on October 5 for spots to open up so that they could dock and unload.

On Tuesday, there were 80 ships at anchor or drift areas and 64 at berths across both the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. “The normal number of container ships at anchor is between zero and one,” Kip Louttit, executive director of the Exchange, told Insider in July.

The White House said that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents port workers, had agreed for its members to work longer hours.

President Joe Biden is set to hold a virtual meeting Wednesday to discuss the supply-chain chaos, with expected attendees including executives from UPS, FedEx, Walmart, the US Chamber of Commerce, Teamsters, and the American Trucking Association, as well as the executive directors of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, CNBC reported.

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach together account for around 40% of all shipping containers entering the US, as well as around 30% of all exports. In September, the Port of Long Beach switched to 24-hour operations between Mondays and Thursdays, and its executive director said that the industry was in “crisis mode.”

Multiple factors are causing the problems, including a surge in demand for goods, labor shortages at ports, and COVID-19 related port closures.

Coupled with a lack of truck drivers, the shipping crisis is wreaking havoc across the supply chain, causing shortages, delays, and soaring prices affecting products from freezers and computer chips to chicken wings and Coca-Cola.

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United is launching 10 new routes to popular holiday hotspots this winter – see the full list

United Airlines Boeing 737
A United Airlines Boeing 737.

  • United is launching 10 new routes to destinations across the US, Caribbean, and Central America.
  • Routes will start in November and December and target popular holiday hotspots like Aspen and Nassau.
  • The airline is ramping up its winter schedule with over 3,500 domestic flights planned for December.

United Airlines is launching a slew of new routes this winter, focusing on ski and beach destinations for holiday getaways.

In a move to strengthen its holiday schedule, United is launching 10 new routes across the US, Caribbean, and Central America, targeting popular vacation destinations like Aspen, Orlando, and Nassau. The routes are part of the 3,500 domestic flights the company has planned for December, which United expects to be its busiest month in two years.

According to United, its winter schedule is 91% of the capacity offered in 2019, and winter holiday searches on the airline’s mobile app and website are up 16% compared to the same time in 2019.

“We’re seeing a lot of pent-up demand in our data and are offering a December schedule that centers on the two things people want most for the holidays: warm sunshine and fresh snow. We know families and friends are eager to reunite this holiday season, which is why we’re thrilled to add new flights that will help them connect and celebrate together,” said United’s vice president of network planning and scheduling Ankit Gupta.

According to travel industry analyst and president of Atmosphere Research Group Henry Harteveldt, United’s network expansion is good for travelers because it adds more options and potentially lower prices.

“United’s added flights will provide holiday travelers with more options. What we’ll need to see is how other airlines respond, which, given the calendar, needs to be soon as people are starting to focus on Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year travel. More flights mean more seats, and more seats generally translates into lower airfares,” Harteveldt told Insider.

Here’s a closer look at United’s 10 new routes.

Between Santa Ana, California and Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado
Aspen, Colorado

United will begin daily nonstop service between Santa Ana in Orange County and Aspen beginning December 16. The route will depart in the afternoon in both directions and be operated by United subsidiary Skywest using a Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft. United will run the service through March 23 and face no competition.

Between Cleveland and Nassau, Bahamas

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Nassau, Bahamas

United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between Cleveland and Nassau beginning December 18. The outbound flight will depart at 9:05 a.m and land in Nassau at 12:10 p.m., with the return leaving at 1:05 p.m. and arriving in Cleveland at 4:15 p.m. The flight will be operated by United subsidiary Mesa Airlines using an Embraer 175 aircraft. The service is seasonal through March 26 and will have no competitors.

Between Cleveland and Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, Nevada

United will begin daily nonstop service between Cleveland and Las Vegas beginning December 16 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The outbound flight will depart at 6:45 p.m and land in Las Vegas at 8:40 p.m., while the red-eye return will leave at 11:00 p.m. and arrive in Cleveland at 5:59 a.m. the next day. The seasonal route will run through March 26 and face competition from low-cost carriers Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines.

Between Cleveland and Phoenix

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Phoenix, Arizona

United will begin daily nonstop service between Cleveland and Phoenix beginning December 16 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airline will offer a morning flight in both directions. United will operate the route through March 26 and compete with American Airlines and Frontier Airlines.

Between Denver and Nassau, Bahamas

Denver Skyline as seen from the Cherry Creek Dam road in Denver, Colorado on April 30, 2015.
Denver, Colorado

United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between Denver and Nassau beginning November 6 using an Airbus A320 aircraft. The outbound flight will depart mid-morning from Denver, with the return leaving Nassau mid-afternoon. United will be the only operator on the route and the seasonal service will run through March 26.

Between Denver and Roatan, Honduras

Roatan Island, Honduras
Roatan, Honduras

United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between Denver and Roatan beginning November 6 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airline will offer a morning flight from Denver with the return departing Roatan in the early afternoon. The seasonal service will operate through March 26 and face no competition.

Between Indianapolis and Orlando

City skyline and Lake Eola at Orlando in Florida
Orlando, Florida

United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between Indianapolis and Orlando beginning December 18, though the flight will not operate on December 25. The airline will offer a mid-morning flight from Indianapolis with the return departing Orlando in the early afternoon. The flight will be operated by United subsidiary Republic Airways using an Embraer 175 aircraft. United will operate the route through April 30 and face competition from Spirit Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

Between Chicago and Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City
Guatemala City, Guatemala

United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between Chicago and Guatemala City beginning December 18 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airline will offer a mid-morning flight from Chicago with the return departing Guatemala City in the early afternoon. United will operate the route through April 30 and face competition from American Airlines.

Between Los Angeles and Belize City, Belize

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Belize City, Belize

United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between Los Angeles and Belize City beginning December 18 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airline will offer a morning flight from Los Angeles with the return departing Belize City in the late afternoon. The seasonal route will run through August 13 and compete with Alaska Airlines.

Between San Francisco and Liberia, Costa Rica

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Liberia, Costa Rica

United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between San Francisco and Liberia beginning November 6 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, though the route will also be offered on three Sundays this winter: December 19, December 26, and January 2. Frequencies will expand to thrice-weekly in both directions in June, operating to Liberia on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and back to Los Angeles on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. The airline will offer an afternoon flight from Los Angeles with the return departing Liberia in the morning. United will be the sole competitor on the route.

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Los Angeles’ proposed new vaccine requirements would be one of the strictest yet, requiring people to get the shots to enter malls, movie theaters, and hair salons

Los Angeles skyline
The downtown Los Angeles skyline.

  • Los Angeles leaders are considering a stricter new vaccine mandate, the Los Angeles Times reported.
  • It would require people to get the shots to enter malls, movie theaters, and hair salons.
  • Los Angeles County is averaging 1,400 COVID-19 cases a day, its lowest numbers since mid-July.
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Los Angeles leaders are considering new COVID-19 vaccine requirements that would be one of the strictest yet, requiring people to get the shots to enter malls, movie theaters, and hair salons, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.

The proposal also includes tanning salons, skin care businesses, tattoo and piercing shops, massage therapy settings, arcades, pool halls and bowling alleys, the report said.

It would require attendees of outdoor events with more than 5,000 people to prove vaccination or show a negative virus test as of November 4, the report said.

Los Angeles County announced 1,147 new cases were reported on Tuesday, a decline from the daily numbers earlier this year.

Public health officials however are still expressing caution.

“We’ve been here before. During early fall 2020, community transmission was low until, then, it wasn’t,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told the LA Times. “Last winter was brutal, and given the unpredictability of the virus and the variants, we need to accelerate the pace of vaccinations since this is the most effective tool we have to prevent another deadly surge.”

The proposed mandate follows a less strict one from earlier in September, which requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for indoor bars, breweries, lounges, wineries, and nightclubs, Insider previously reported.

Customers and employees at these indoor venues must have at least one vaccine dose by October 7 and receive their second by November 4.

The order also requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for big outdoor events like sports games beginning October 7.

In July, Los Angeles County reinstated an indoor mask mandate for all, regardless of vaccination status. The county’s public health officer Dr. Muntu Davis called it an “all-hands-on-deck moment” during a virtual press conference.

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Dozens of cargo ships stuck waiting off New York’s coast amid port staff shortages and surging demand for goods

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As of 9 p.m. local time Saturday, the ships appear to have been stuck in place for hours, The Daily Mail reported.

  • Dozens of container ships are stuck waiting off the coast of New York, per Mail Online.
  • It comes amid surging demand for goods ahead of the holiday season and a national labor shortage.
  • Port of New York and New Jersey appears to be facing similar issues as West coast ports.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Around 24 cargo ships and oil tankers are stuck waiting to dock off the coast of Long Island, New York, due to a surge in demand for consumer goods and short-staffed ports.

MarineTraffic, the global ship tracking site, showed ships gathered a few miles off the coastline that stretches from Long Beach in the west to Lido Beach and Jones Beach Island in the east, The Daily Mail reported.

The ships appeared to have been stuck in place since at least Saturday evening, the outlet added.

Pandemic-induced shopping sprees ahead of the holiday season, coupled with a national labor shortage, are thought to be the main cause.

Similar issues have been occurring on the West coast in recent weeks. Insider previously reported that 56 container ships were stuck at anchor or in drift areas off of Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

Those ports were dealing with 140 ships, including 87 freighters, according to Insider’s report.

According to the Container News website, the Port of New York and New Jersey serves the world’s major ocean carriers and global alliances and consists of a complex of approximately 386 km of shipping channels, as well as anchorages, and port facilities.

With record numbers of huge cargo ships clogging key ports, causing a knock-on effect on the global supply chain, many retailers are being forced to find creative ways to overcome shortages and price hikes, Insider previously reported.

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Ports in California have never been this busy, and it’s adding to shortages of everything from furniture to electronics

Container ships waiting at the port of Long Beach, California.
  • A record-breaking number of cargo ships are waiting to dock at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.
  • The ships are waiting for over 8 days and causing further disruptions in US supply chains.
  • Import volumes at the California ports are only expected to increase in the coming weeks.
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A record-breaking number of cargo ships are off the coast of California, waiting to get into the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Over 60 ships are waiting to dock and unload, further contributing to supply chain issues and delays in the US. There are 146 total ships in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. Of the 146 vessels, 92 are container ships.

“The normal number of container ships at anchor is between zero and one,” Kip Louttit, the executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, told Insider in July.

Last month, congestion at the ports reached an all-time high as disruptions related to the coronavirus pandemic continued to impact the industry, Insider reported. Changes in consumers’ purchasing habits during the ongoing pandemic, labor shortages at the docks, limited warehouse space, and trucking issues once goods are ready to reach their final destinations are contributing to industry-wide shortages in the US.

Import volumes at the California ports are only expected to increase in the coming weeks, according to data by the Port of Los Angeles. Wait time at the ports is currently estimated at 8.7 days, and will likely go up.

Ports on the West Coast operate as the primary location to receive goods imported from China, with containers bringing in everything from furniture to auto parts, clothes, electronics, and plastics, Shipping rates between the US and China are at an all-time high, and prices between the two regions have jumped 500% from this time last year, Insider reported.

As a result, holiday shopping this year is expected to have major disruptions related to the problems within supply chains. Experts are recommending shoppers get ahead of the curve by doing their shopping ahead of Black Friday, shop locally, and purchase only domestic goods.

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Nobody wants to pay $500 million for this unfinished Bel Air mega-mansion that just defaulted on a huge loan

$500,000,000 Bel Air mansion
500,000,000 Bel Air mega-mansion

  • A massive $500 million mansion in Bel Air, California has fallen into the hands of the LA courts.
  • Developer Nile Niami defaulted on over $100 million in loans, landing the property in receivership.
  • The mega-mansion features six elevators, a nightclub, a bowling alley, a beauty salon, and more.
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A mega-mansion in Los Angeles known as “The One” is under court-ordered receivership after its developer defaulted on more than $100 million worth of loans, CNBC reports.

Nile Niami, the developer and visionary for the project had high hopes for the property, projecting that it would sell for a whopping $500 million.

The 105,000 square-foot mansion sits on eight acres overlooking the LA skyline with a view of the ocean. It’s also packed with pretty much every luxury feature possible, including six elevators, a spa, beauty salon, gym, a nightclub, underground 50 -ar garage, a moat surrounding the entire property, a theatre that seats 50 people, multiple infinity pools, and more.

To build the massive house, Niami borrowed more than $80 million from Hankey Capital to fund the project, according to the LA Times. Hankey served Niami with a notice of default which gives Niami 90 days to pay back the loan. If Niami can’t pay within 90 days, Hankey can forcibly sell the property.

According to CNBC, the Los Angeles County Superior Court placed the mansion under receivership and named Ted Lanes of Lanes Management the court-appointed receiver. As a receiver of the property, Lanes is responsible for getting the proper permits to sell the home, do any construction that needs to be done and get the house on the market to pay back the lenders.

“What I would love to see happen is that the house gets completed, the certificate of occupancy is awarded and we have an orderly sale that maximizes the value,” Lanes told CNBC. “Hopefully, there will be sufficient proceeds from the sale to fund the secured and unsecured creditors and for the equity to realize some value.”

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See inside the most expensive apartment in LA history that just hit the market for $125,000 per month, featuring a private rooftop pool and a rock climbing wall

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA
  • The most expensive apartment in California just hit the market in Los Angeles for $125,000 a month.
  • With 6 beds and 11 baths, the penthouse unit at 825 South Hill St. has more than 19,000 square feet.
  • The list price nearly doubles a previous record listing from 2017 in LA’s Ten Thousand skyscraper.
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The penthouse apartment of a 53-story skyscraper just hit the market in Los Angeles.

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

Source: The Altman Brothers

Listed for rent for $125,000 per month, the unit is the most expensive apartment in California.

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

Developed by the Onni Group, the design spans more than 19,300 square feet…

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

Source: Onni Group

… across a two-story layout, ringed by 18-foot-tall floor-to-ceiling windows.

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

The Robert Bailey-designed interior provides “an organic environment blending smooth lines and calm finishes.”

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

The floors are premium European white oak hardwood floors and the kitchen surfaces are quartz, marble, and granite.

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

Wine aficionados will love the unit’s 240-bottle climate-controlled wine-room…

The penthouse at 825 South Hill St

… which is next to a private elevator. Visitors can use one of the five standard lifts that serve the unit.

Floor plan of 825 S Hill penthouse

It has 6 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms…

Floor plan of 825 S Hill St penthouse

… as well as a steam room and a sauna.

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

The master bedroom has its own private lounge area…

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

… and opens onto two of its own rooftop patios.

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

Stepping outside, the unit has several patios totaling 6,000 square feet of space with sweeping views of downtown LA…

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

… with fireplaces, grills, and food prep stations to keep guests entertained.

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

A skybar serves the upper level of the penthouse, which includes a game room and fitness center.

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

The upper patio leads to the private rooftop pool…

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

… and beyond the pool is a rock-climbing wall.

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

And of course, no Hollywood luxury home is complete without its own movie theater.

The penthouse at 825 S Hill in LA

A video gives you a sense of how it all ties together with the stunning views.

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Los Angeles school district approves vaccine mandate for students age 12 and older, marking a first among major US school districts

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Los Angeles is the first major school district to approve a vaccine mandate for students 12 and up.

  • Los Angeles is the first major school district to approve a vaccine mandate for students 12 and up.
  • The Los Angeles Unified School District unanimously voted in approval of the proposal.
  • The school board previously mandated vaccines for all teachers and staff prior to the first day of school in August.
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The school board of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has approved a vaccine mandate for students 12 and over, making it the first major school district in the US to implement such a policy.

The LA school board, which oversees the second-largest school district in the nation, unanimously voted to issue the requirement for students during a meeting on Thursday afternoon.

At the meeting, LAUSD Interim Superintendent Megan Reilly said vaccination could ensure the district’s classrooms will remain open as the Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to prompt surges of infections across the US.

“As the second-largest district in the country, with a richly diverse student population, we know the impact and experiences of COVID-19 are varied amongst our students and our families, and that there are different levels of comfort and discomfort with the vaccine and other Covid-related safety measures,” Reilly said, per CNN.

“Along with these truths, our charge remains clear: to provide students with the best education possible, which includes the many benefits of in-person learning,” Reilly continued.

The proposal will require students ages 12 and up to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by November 21 and second dose by December 19, according to a board of education report. Students participating in in-person extracurriculars will be required to be vaccinated by October 3 and fully vaccinated by October 31, the report shows.

“It is our moral, ethical, political – pick a word – it’s our responsibility to protect the children under 12 that cannot get protected any other way,” school board member Jackie Goldberg said, according to the CNN report.

Reilly estimated that about 225,000 students would be impacted by the new proposal, with about 80,000 students currently unvaccinated, per CNN. The mandate will allow those with “qualified and approved exemptions” to opt out of the requirement.

LAUSD students returned to in-person learning on August 16. On August 13, the LAUSD announced a mandate that requires all district teachers and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 15.

Pushback from some parents

Following the vote to approve the student vaccination mandate, school board member Nick Melvoin said the majority of his inbox was filled with opposition from parents, The New York Times reported.

One parent, Angelica Ramos, told The Times she would rather enroll her children in a charter school or home-school them than vaccinate them.

“It shouldn’t be mandatory,” Ramos said. “It should be our decision.”

“We must be the ones who decide for our children, not the district, not anyone else,” LAUSD parent Carla Franca told CNN. “If you want to take your own children to the killing fields, you do it, but you are not the one who should be deciding.”

“When you have your own kids, you can make your own crazy decisions,” Franca said.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki praised the move by LAUSD to implement the vaccine mandate when asked by CNN about it on Thursday.

“Good for them,” Psaki said.

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Los Angeles is pushing forward with a new law that could displace unhoused people, despite the CDC’s warning that it could lead to more COVID-19 outbreaks

LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) workers observe a sidewalk dwelling as police and sanitation workers clear a homeless encampment in Harbor City, Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 1, 2021.
LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) workers observe a sidewalk dwelling as police and sanitation workers clear a homeless encampment in Harbor City, Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 1, 2021.

  • A new LA law barring sitting or sleeping in the public right-of-way took effect on September 3.
  • The law, which was ruled “unconstitutional,” also goes against CDC guidance.
  • The agency warns “Clearing encampments … increases the potential for infectious disease spread.”
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Los Angeles is moving ahead with a new law that homelessness advocates say could displace some unhoused people in the city.

The rule that took effect September 3 restricts “sitting, lying, sleeping” or setting up camp in the “public right-of-way.” Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the ordinance in July, Insider previously reported.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addressed the issue of managing groups of unhoused people in cities weeks before Garcetti signed the ordinance in Los Angeles, saying on July 8 that “clearing encampments can cause people to disperse throughout the community and break connections with service providers. This increases the potential for infectious disease spread.”

The CDC did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for further comment.

LA city councilman Mike Bonin, one of two councilors who voted against the ordinance, said he was “angry and frustrated,” and said the city is responding to homelessness “the wrong way, with failed policies.”

It may be too soon to tell whether sweeps have led to an outbreak of COVID-19, but Pastor Troy Vaughn, CEO of the Los Angeles Mission homeless shelter said, “I think it’s a real concern to not have a controlled process in place to address the pandemic of homelessness in the middle of a public health pandemic.”

Rev. Andy Bales, president and CEO of the Union Rescue Mission homeless shelter, told Insider “most of Skid Row is excluded from the ordinance” effectively preserving “the decades-long policy of corralling and containment of people on Skid Row.”

In a January 13, 2021 opinion submitted by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a panel of judges argued the city of Los Angeles’ rule prohibiting bulky items in public spaces could be deemed a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects individuals from “unreasonable government seizures of their property, even when that property is stored in public areas.”

In a joint statement published on September 3, Mayor Garcetti, the Los Angeles Police Department, and LA City Council President Nury Martinez suggested that, despite the city ordinance having taken effect, it doesn’t need to be the last word on the matter of accommodating LA’s unhoused population. “We don’t need to choose between keeping our public spaces safe and clean, and connecting Angelenos experiencing homelessness with the services and housing they need,” the statement read.

Kenneth Mejia, a 2022 candidate for Los Angeles city controller, told Insider he’s disappointed the city went ahead with the rule. “We already know what works to end homelessness: housing,” Mejia said.

“Unfortunately, evidence-based solutions are not reflected in the city’s budget priorities.”

Garcetti’s proposed budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year includes nearly $1 billion in spending to address homelessness. The city allotted $58 million of the homeless budget toward CARE+, a program that focuses on cleaning up housing encampments.

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