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Officials seek state oversight for Sativa Water District

By Dennis J. Freeman Contributing Writer COMPTON — Local officials have ramped up efforts to force Sativa Los Angeles County Water District to operate either under state-controlled stewardship or be disbanded altogether. Leading the charge has been U.S. Rep. Nanette Barragán, county Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Janice Hahn and Assemblyman Mike Gipson. The elected officials Read More…

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HEALTH MATTERS: Performer wants to kick his cigarette habit in 2018

Shawn “Hazz” McDonald has smoked cigarettes for more than 20 years. “I am a chain smoker, especially when I drink socially,” McDonald said. “Typically, I will smoke one cigarette after eating a meal.” According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die annually in the United States from tobacco use and secondhand smoke Read More…

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HEALTH MATTERS: Mitchell Williams takes steps to prevent getting the flu

It may not feel like winter in some parts of the country, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seasonal influenza activity has increased slightly in the United States. Mitchell Williams Jr. doesn’t wait for the season to change to get his flu vaccine. For the last seven years, Williams, 65, a Read More…