CA Paid Sick Leave For Workers And Businesses: 3 Things To Know

California workers will soon again have access to as much as two weeks paid time off for COVID-19-related sick leave.

California workers will soon again have access to as much as two weeks paid time off for COVID-19-related sick leave, under a deal announced on Tuesday by the governor and legislative leaders.

The agreement comes amid the continued omicron surge and the resulting labor shortage across the state’s workforce, including health care, schools and public transit. And it may be just in time: The number of Californians who were not working in the last month because they or a family member had COVID-19 increased by 320%, according to a California Budget and Policy Center analysis of census data.

California workers have been without extra paid time off for COVID-19 – on top of just three days of regular paid sick leave – since a statewide program ended Sept. 30. But the pandemic has peaked again since then. And labor groups and advocates have been lobbying for months to restore it.

Under the deal negotiated by Gov. Gavin Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, the new leave program will be retroactive to Jan. 1 and extend through Sept. 30.

In his budget proposal on Jan. 10, Newsom said he wanted the leave reinstated, though details were unclear. With the agreement, the Legislature will act on Newsom’s emergency budget request for COVID-19-related programs, well before the regular budget is approved in June.

One of the key negotiating points was to offset the costs to businesses, especially smaller ones. As with the previous leave, the new leave only covers employers with 26 or more workers, and the state will provide tax credits to companies.

“California’s ability to take early budget action will protect workers and provide real relief to businesses reeling from this latest surge,” the joint announcement said. “By extending sick leave to frontline workers with COVID and providing support for California businesses, we can help protect the health of our workforce, while also ensuring that businesses and our economy are able to thrive.”

Here’s what we know about the deal so far:

Any full-time employee of a company that has 26 or more workers is entitled to 40 hours of paid leave due to COVID-19. That doesn’t cover getting the vaccine or recovering from side effects: in that instance, a worker gets 24 hours.

But to get an additional 40 hours of paid leave, workers would have to show proof that they or a family member has tested positive. This provision is apparently to address concerns from the California Chamber about possible fraud by employees. Employers must pay for and provide the test. If a worker refuses to take a test or show a positive test result, no additional sick leave will be granted.

Under current health guidelines, anyone who tests positive should quarantine for five days, regardless of vaccination status. While the number of daily cases has dipped to an average of 95,000, that’s still significantly more than during the delta variant surge last year.

The leave will be retroactive to any time off starting Jan. 1. But making only employees at larger businesses eligible leaves out three in 10 workers, the budget center says.

Last year, they were reimbursed for the supplemental paid leave with a federal tax credit, which is no longer available.

This time, businesses will have to absorb the costs, but they will be helped by restoring tax credits for research and development and net operating losses, through tax relief for recipients of federal relief grants for restaurants and shuttered venues and additional funding for more small business grants.

Cal Chamber President and CEO Jennifer Barrera said any new sick leave mandate should be limited in duration, have “reasonable parameters” and shouldn’t overly burden businesses.

“Employers are committed to the safety of their employees and the workplace and are well aware of the broad public health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Barrera said in a statement. “But elected leaders must ensure a balanced policy so that private sector employers, who are also struggling to remain afloat during these surges and the broader pandemic, are not unfairly shouldering the cost of COVID-19.”

Unions representing workers in industries including healthcare and food service applauded the deal.

“We know we can’t wait for employers to keep us safe – we have to advocate for ourselves, and Governor Newsom and legislators listened,” said Bob Schoonover, president of SEIU California. “SEIU members feel proud to have been a part of this critical decision that protects our communities – working people and people of color, who have been at the frontlines as we battle this virus.”

The United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council said that workers can stay home without the fear of losing two weeks of pay, or their job.

“Paid sick leave is an essential part of public health and we urge Governor Newsom and our legislative champions to act immediately to sign a bill into law ensuring workers can access this basic benefit working people need to stay safe and healthy.”

Labor unions are key supporters of Democratic officials, and their volunteers and money will be at a premium for legislators and the governor in this year’s elections. Last year, SEIU contributed $6.6 million to help Newsom defeat the recall effort.

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LA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BECOMES FIRST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA TO SUPPORT MEASURETO INCREASE ARTS AND MUSIC FUNDING IN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Signature Gathering Effort to Qualify for November Ballot Gathers More Than 100,000 Signatures in the First Two Weeks

California’s Largest School District Joins the Movement by Endorsing the Measure 

Leading, Statewide Arts and Music Teacher Organizations Endorse the Measure

Los Angeles Unified School District Board voted unanimously to support The Arts and Music in Schools Ballot initiative to increase arts and music funding in public schools after hearing from a diverse coalition of supporters.

LA Unified arts educators voicing their support of the measure to the board include Stephanie Brown (Art Educator, Maclay Middle School), Stephen McDonough (Instrumental Orchestral Strings & Classical Guitar instructor, Hamilton High School), Jesus Sotelo Martinez (Teacher, Simon Rodia High School), Lea Woods (Theatre Teacher, Joseph Le Conte Middle School), and Eloy Adame (Teacher, Elizabeth Learning Center).

Educators were joined by public education advocates Kevin Frazier (Co-host, Entertainment Tonight) and Chris Meledandri (founder & CEO, ILLUMINATION), as well as LAUSD Beyond the Bell Music Coordinator Tony White, urging the board to support this initiative.

Additional supporters of the measure include actors, entertainers, and musicians who are education advocates including, Dr. Dre, will.i.am (Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, and tech entrepreneur), Issa Rae (actress, writer and producer), Jimmy Lovine(entrepreneur), and Richard Lovett (Co-Chairman, CAA).

The Arts and Music in Schools measure seeks to increase funding for arts and music education in all PreK-12 public schools statewide—without raising taxes. It provides additional funding dedicated to arts and music education equivalent to 1% of the state’s existing PreK-12 annual investment–generating roughly $1 billion in funding each year.

Funding from this initiative will cover a wide range of arts education programs. In addition to traditional music, visual arts and performing arts, funds will be used to pay for instruction in computer graphics, animation, coding and costume design.

While all PreK-12 California public schools will see an increase in arts funding, schools serving students from lower income communities will receive more money. This will directly benefit the Black and Hispanic students that makeup 77% of public school enrollment in low-income communities.

“Black and Latinx students comprise 61% of Pre-K-12 enrollment in California, 77% in low income communities. In LAUSD, the second largest school district in the country, 80% of our students are low-income. We know that an increase in access to the arts within our schools will open the door of opportunity for students to have careers in media and technology,” said Mónica Garcia, LAUSD Board Member who introduced the resolution alongside Board Members Melvoin and Gonez. “This measure understands what we see in our school system continually–Black and Latinx children are most likely to lack access to arts education—and specifically allocates more funding to schools serving these children to close the gap.”

“Our coalition continues to grow with the endorsement of LA Unified, California’s largest school district,” said Austin Beutner, founder and Chairman of Vision to Learn and proponent of the initiative. “We hope each of the more than 1,000 school districts throughout the state will join us in support of the initiative. It’s clear the support is there in the community for this effort—we’ve already collected more than 100,000 signatures in just two weeks.”

LA Unified School District’s vote in support of this measure comes as public school arts and music educators recently kicked off the effort to gather signatures to ensure the measure will qualify for the November Ballot.

Beutner’s coalition, Californians for Arts and Music Education in Public Schools received the official Title and Summary from the Attorney General on January 5thwhich can be found here: 21-003A1 – Final TS (ca.gov). The initiative needs 623,212 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot.

The California Music Educators Association has endorsed the measure and is actively engaged with the campaign’s committee. They are joined in support of the measure by the California Art Education Association, the California Dance Education Association, and the California Educational Theatre Association.

These statewide organizations have brought together arts and music educators for a series of online discussions to help organize signature gathering efforts at schools. Events have featured actor, author and musician John Lithgow.

Within just two weeks of early signature gathering efforts, the campaign has received more than 100,000 signatures.

Educators lead the way to the ballot qualification alongside supporters from across California. Businesses Fender Musical Instruments Corporation and NBCUniversal headline the fundraising alongside committed individuals and public education advocates including Austin Beutner (founder and Chairman of Vision To Learn and proponent of the initiative), Connie and Steve Ballmer (former Microsoft CEO & owner of the LA Clippers), Frank Baxter (former Chairman of Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools), Chris Meledandri (founder & CEO, ILLUMINATION), and entrepreneur Sky Dayton (founder of EarthLink and Boingo).

Education, art, and community leaders are also supporting the measure including Michael Govan (CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Ravi Rajan (California Institute of the Arts), Antonia Hernández (President and CEO, California Community Foundation), John Echeveste (CEO, La Plaza), Michael A. Lawson (President and CEO, Los Angeles Urban League), and Neal Benezra (Director, SFMOMA).

Guitar Center and The Forum are also supporting signature gathering efforts on their premises.

“The arts are not optional, they are essential. While students are recovering from the isolation and trauma of the pandemic, the arts provide an outlet for healing and spark joy,” said Kelly Gonez, LAUSD Board President. “This proposed initiative would bring significant funding to our district and all school districts towards supporting arts and music education for our students, and I hope the voters will support this investment.” 

“I’m excited to co-sponsor and support this effort to expand arts programs to more students across California. This is an important moment to provide creative outlets and encourage artistic expression as we support our students’ recovery,” said Nick Melvoin, LAUSD Board Vice President. “I’m glad that the District is continuing to allocate new investments in arts and music resources in our school communities, and we look forward to supporting this initiative to promote more resources and equitable access for our students.”

“Art is the one subject that compliments, augments and elevates all other subjects in classroom learning. We are excited to support a pathway that will offer arts education to all students across Los Angeles and California as we look for ways to ensure that public education continues to be the laboratory that prepares tomorrow’s leaders” said Dr. George J. McKenna III, LAUSD Board Member.

“There has been a history of underfunding education and public schools in California. So when school districts are faced with budget cuts, arts education and music programs tend to suffer the most. During these last two years with online learning, we have seen that our enrichment and summer school programs have inspired and offered unique learning opportunities for all our students. We need more of these partnerships to transform our curriculum and create more pathways for our young learners. I am glad to join my colleagues in supporting this ballot measure so that together we can increase arts and music funding for every student” said Scott M. Schmerelson, LAUSD Board Member.

“Students learn and thrive best when arts and music is integrated into their education,” Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly said. “Former Superintendent Austin Beutner has always been a strong supporter of arts and music education, and I’m pleased to support the ballot measure he has proposed to increase funding in arts and music education in every P-12 school throughout California.”

“I experienced firsthand a lack of access to music when I was in the public school system here in Southern California. I was lucky that by my senior year, I was able to join LAUSD’s All City Marching Band,” said Tony White, who now leads the LAUSD All City Marching Band. “Music is my passion, and I see the positive effect it has on my students everyday. This measure means that all children in California, regardless of zip code or circumstance, will have access to the rich benefits of an arts education.”

“Music education is an essential and vital learning experience. Yet all too often in California, schools are under-resourced—only one in five public schools in the state have a dedicated teacher for music and arts related programming,” said Armalyn De La O, President of the California Music Educators Association. “We unequivocally support this measure and applaud the safeguards it has in place that require 100% of the additional funds to be used for music and arts education, with a focus on hiring teachers and aides. We are prepared to do everything we can to gather signatures so that this measure qualifies for the ballot so California’s voters can make their voice heard on how important music and arts education is for all students.”

“Many students in California experience a lack of equity and access to arts education. That needs to change. This Ballot Measure stands to transform arts education opportunities for students in California, which is especially critical as our state is the entertainment industry capital of the world—arts education prepares students for success,” said Dustin Garnet, President of the California Art Education Association. “We are thrilled to support the coalition behind this ballot measure as we work with them to gather signatures to ensure this groundbreaking measure is on the ballot in November 2022.” 

“Dance education is vital to teaching students how to express and feel through movement and coordination. It allows students to interpret, create, and think through an art form that combines multiple subjects, said Cherie Hill, President of the California Dance Education Association. “This type of learning needs to be accessible for all students and that is why we are thrilled to be a part of this coalition to ensure this ballot measure is successful so that every child in a public school in California can have access to arts and music, and its innumerable benefits.”

“Theatre education allows students to develop cognitive skills and is a form of expression that is unique within the school setting; it also fosters essential skills in communication, cooperation, and socialization which are critical for success in life,” said Michael Despars, President of California Educational Theatre Association. “We support this ballot measure and are ready to get to work to support the signature gathering effort.”

Visit here to read the full text of the measure: 21-0036A1 (Music and Art Education).pdf

To Learn More about this effort and sign up for updates and volunteer opportunities, please visit:www.VoteArtsandMinds.org

Paid for by Californians for Arts and Music Education in Public Schools. Committee major funding from Ballmer Giving, Fender Musical Instruments, and Austin Beutner.

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Culver City’s first Black mayor is a milestone for former sundown town

Culver City marked a major milestone in December when the City Council appointed Daniel Lee as the city’s first Black mayor.

Before the civil movement, the city carved out of West Los Angeles was known as a “sundown town,” a city were minorities were allowed to work but not live. 

After growing up as the only Black girls in their Culver City public schools, former residents Rachael Grate-Tyson and Donna Elliott can’t understate their excitement.

“As a child to imagine that was like imagining us having our first Black president. It’s that big of a deal in Culver City,” Elliott said, explaining that their mother sheltered them from a lot of the overt racism they faced growing up in the 70’s and 80’s. “She never told us when we moved to Culver City, people put their houses up for sale.”

Early advertisements described it as a “model little white city” carved out of Los Angeles and discrimination was inked into racial covenants in some houses.

“No part of said premises shall be sold, conveyed, rented or leased to a person not of the white or Caucasian race,” reads a portion of the deed on Jessica Cattelino’s Culver City home.

When Cattelino, an anthropologist, bought the home, racial covenants had long been unenforceable. Still, she said they are the legacy of institutional racism.

“There are powerful forces, historically, that continue to shape how our neighborhoods look today and who our neighbors are,” she said.

Mayor Daniel Lee does not see the 2021 milestone as a cause for celebration.

“I’m not a big fan of firsts, especially firsts like this. I feel something like this should have happened in 1972, maybe 1986,” Lee said.

He is hoping to shape a more equitable future through police reforms and building affordable housing. Last year, Culver City officially apologized for its history as a sundown town and directed its staff to develop a report on the feasibility of reparations.

“It’s not just someone saying the n-word, you know, or calling someone a racial epithet, it’s really enshrined in policy,” Lee said.

As for Grate-Tyson and Elliott, they would not change their childhood.

“It enhanced me as to who I am now,” Elliott said.

They are happy the city is moving forward and addressing the past.

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LAX completes 3rd pedestrian bridge to connect future train system, terminals

Three out of six pedestrian bridge structures to connect LAX terminals to the future Automated People Mover stations in the Central Terminal Area have been successfully placed, the airport announced Thursday.

The latest bridge to be complete crosses over World Way and will connect West Central Terminal Area station to Terminal 3 when the Automated People Mover train system is completed.

“With the completion of this operation, the steel structures for half of the pedestrian bridges over World Way have been successfully installed,” said Jake Adams, deputy executive director of the airport’s $5.5 billion Landside Access Modernization Program. “As the airport continues to undergo major landside and airside modernization efforts, these pedestrian bridges are a prelude to the future of connected travel at LAX.”

The final bridge was completed over the course of four evenings as partially pre-fabricated steel trusses were assembled and lifted into place. Each weighed between 56,000 and 97,000 pounds and were lifted with a 350-ton crane. Next, crews will install underdeck scaffolding to allow construction above the roadway and minimize the impacts of the public.

The two other already-complete pedestrian bridges connect the West Central Terminal Area station to Terminal 4.5 and the Center CTA station to Terminal 2. The remaining bridges will be located at Terminal 1, Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminal 5.5.

The 2.25-mile Automated People Mover is the centerpiece of the airport’s modernization program. The train system will have six total stations — three inside the Central Terminal Area and three outside the CTA, which will connect the train system to LA Metro and a car rental facility.

Officials expect the train system to be ready in 2023, and the full modernization project is expected to be completed ahead of the 2028 Olympic Games, being held in Los Angeles.

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14-year-old girl shot by police remembered at LA funeral

 A 14-year-old girl who was killed when a Los Angeles police officer fired at a suspect at a clothing store and the bullet pierced a wall was remembered Monday as a happy teen with many friends who loved sports, adored animals and excelled in school.

The body of Valentina Orellana-Peralta was displayed in a pink dress inside a flower-draped casket next to large photos of the girl during a funeral at City of Refuge, United Church of Christ in Gardena, near Los Angeles. 

The teen’s father, Juan Pablo Orellana Larenas, said he and her mother will never get over the devastation of losing Valentina so violently.

“As parents, we ask ourselves, is it just for our daughter to die in this way? It’s an answer we will never have,” he said. 

Orellana-Peralta died in the arms of her mother, Soledad Peralta, Dec. 23 at a Burlington store in the San Fernando Valley’s North Hollywood neighborhood. Police officers shot and killed a suspect who was behaving erratically and brutally attacked two women.

New California laws taking effect in 2022

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a whopping 770 new laws in 2021, according to Cal Matters. Some of those laws have a buffer window written into them before they take effect – like mandating mental health instruction in schools or requiring gender-neutral toy sections in stores – but most of them kick in on the first day of the next year. 

That means lots of new rules (or altered rules) are coming to California on Jan. 1, 2022. https://d-24313758752583571527.ampproject.net/2111242025001/frame.html

We’re not going to get into the minutiae of all 770 bills signed into law during the last legislative cycle (sorry, but also you’re welcome), but we are breaking down some of the highlights. Here are some of the most important and most bizarre laws taking effect in 2022. 

Slower speed limits

A law that takes effect on Jan. 1 gives California cities more local control over how speed limits are set instead of using an old rule that essentially caused speed limits to go up every few years. Cities can start working toward lowering speed limits in 2022, but can’t enforce them until June 30, 2024, or whenever the state creates an online portal to adjudicate the new infractions – whichever comes sooner. 

Sleep in, kids

Middle schools and high schools will soon be required to start class no earlier than 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively. Supporters say preteens and teenagers need the extra sleep for their health and development. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2022, so for most students it will impact them in the 2022-23 school year. The law exempts rural school districts.

Compost – or else

Starting in 2022, all California residents and businesses will be required to sort their organic waste from the rest thanks to Senate Bill 1383. The program will take effect in phases depending on where you live. If it takes you some time to get used to it, don’t stress – fines won’t start being issued until 2024. 

Mandatory menstrual products in school

Starting in the 2022-23 school year, public schools will be required to stock restrooms with free pads or tampons. The law affects public schools with grades 6 through 12, community colleges, and public universities. 

Minimum wage bump

Businesses with 26 or more employees will be required to pay a $15 minimum wage starting in 2022. That’s more than double the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. California businesses with fewer than 26 employees will have to raise their lowest wage to $15 starting the year after. 

Some California cities already have higher minimum wages in effect. 

New rules for bacon making

An animal welfare law passed by voters in 2018 takes effect this year. It requires that breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves have enough room to stand and turn around. But many in the pork industry haven’t made the necessary changes and there’s a coalition of restaurants and grocers suing, hoping for a two-year delay

Vote by mail is here to stay

An executive order in 2020 sent mail-in ballots to every registered voter in California as a safety measure during the COVID-19 pandemic and presidential election. Assembly Bill 37 makes that change permanent and expands it to include local elections. People can still vote in person if they choose. 

Seizing ghost guns 

A new law will make it possible for concerned family members, teachers, coworkers and employers to ask a judge to seize ghost guns from someone they think could be a danger to themselves or others. Ghost guns are guns that are purchased in parts and assembled at home, making them hard to track. The law takes effect on July 1, 2022. 

Trimmed training for barbers

Senate Bill 803 cuts down how much training is required of barbers and cosmetologists to 1,000 hours. Previously, 1,600 was required for cosmetologists and 1,500 was required for barbers. Advocates say it’ll cut down on debt and let trainees in the industry get to work faster. 

Pour another round for to-go cocktails

Senate Bill 389 extends pandemic-era rules allowing the sale of takeout alcoholic drinks through 2026. It also makes it possible to keep ordering cocktails, beer and wine in outdoor dining parklets for the next five years. 

Removing “alien” from the books

Assembly Bill 1096 strikes the word “alien” from the California state code. The word will be replaced with words like “noncitizen” or “immigrant.” Gov. Gavin Newsom said the word alien has “fueled a divisive and hurtful narrative” and this change will allow state laws to better reflect state values. 

Ask if you need a fork

Restaurants will soon be prohibited from handing out single-use silverware or condiments without a customer requesting them. That means you’ll need to ask for chopsticks for your takeout sushi or a ketchup packet for your fries if you don’t have those things at home. Restaurants also won’t be able to package plastic silverware in a way that makes it hard for you to just take what you need. 

A similar law, also aimed at reducing waste, is already in effect for single-use plastic straws. Cities and counties will start enforcing this new law on June 1, 2022. 

Assisted death changes

Starting Jan. 1, terminally ill patients won’t have to wait as long to request fatal drugs. The waiting period between the two required requests will drop from 15 days to 48 hours. 

Dog blood donations

A new law changes the way canine blood donations work in California. Prior to 2022, all blood used by veterinarians to treat ailing dogs comes from two companies that raise dogs in cages solely to collect their blood, reports the Los Angeles Times. The new law allows for the establishment of more canine blood banks that can collect donations from dogs, much like people donate blood to blood banks. 

“Stealthing” is sexual assault

Assembly Bill 453 makes the non-consensual removal of a condom during sex, also called “stealthing,” a form of sexual battery. California is the first state to ban stealthing. 

Duplex law

Senate Bill 9 makes it easier to split a property into a duplex by removing some of the layers of bureaucracy and review. Advocates say it could help with the state’s housing crisis by making it easier to add more units of housing. The details of the law are complicated, but you can read all the clauses here.

More housing near transit

Another law, Senate Bill 10, aims to make it easier to build housing in California. Among other things, this law makes it easier for cities to upzone transit-dense areas, allowing for the development of more dense house of up to 10 units per parcel without a lengthy environmental review process. 

Rubber bullets and tear gas

Assembly Bill 48 prohibits police from using rubber bullets or tear gas to disperse crowds at a protest. They also can’t be used against someone just because they’ve violated “an imposed curfew, verbal threat, or noncompliance with a law enforcement directive.” 

More women execs

law passed in 2018 required corporations to add more women to their boards of executives. The final deadline to meet requirements passes Dec. 31, 2021, meaning that by the start of 2022, companies with five directors need at least two of them to be women, and companies with six or more directors need at least three of them to be women. 

Feast on roadkill, Californians

Starting Jan. 1, the state is launching a pilot programthat will allow people to collect and eat roadkill. The law allows for humans to collect and eat “deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, or wild pig” that have been hit and killed by a vehicle. You’ll have to report the find and secure a permit before digging in, but the state is required to create an online and mobile-friendly way to do that.

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Rams launch Super Bowl tickets sweepstakes

The Los Angeles Rams are giving fans a chance to win a pair of tickets to Super Bowl LVI, to be played Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium, the team announced Thursday.

Through Feb. 1, fans can go to therams.com/sbsweeps to enter the sweepstakes. Winners will be announced the following day.

Fans also will have the opportunity to win tickets to the Super Bowl Experience presented by Lowe’s, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 5- 6 and 10-12.

Prizes for the Ultimate Super Bowl LVI Sweepstakes include:

  • Grand Prize (1): two Super Bowl LVI Tickets, two Super Bowl Experience Tickets and two Fast Passes;
  • Second Place Prizes (5): two Super Bowl Experience Tickets and two Fast Passes;
  • Third Place Prizes (5): two Super Bowl Experience Tickets.

The sweepstakes are open only to California residents.

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Christmas light events make a return amid pandemic

While public health officials are urging residents to continue to be cautious after identifying several cases of the omicron variant in the state, there are still many festive events returning this holiday season. 

Most will continue to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, so be sure to check their website for the latest requirements. Here are some festive happenings around SoCal.

LA Zoo Lights

The LA Zoo Lights returns with more glowing animals, the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, giant glittering snowflakes, and more. This year’s event also features weekend entertainment and activities. Visitors age 12 and older are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of entering the zoo, and those 18 and older must also provide a matching photo ID. The tickets, which start at $15 for members, are available online.

Holiday Road

From the same team that brought Nights of the Jack to the King Gillette Ranch comes Holiday Road. This year, the drive-through experience is a 2/3-mile walking trail that includes a small Christmas village, archways of lights and more. Timed tickets are available per person, and the cost depends on the day.

Elf on the Shelf Magical Holiday Journey

The holiday spirit continues to run low this year, and attendees to this immersive theatrical event must muster some cheer to help Santa get back to the North Pole. This holiday event is based on the 2005 children’s book “The Elf on the Shelf and runs through Jan. 2, 2022, at the Fairplex in Pomona. Tickets start at $24.95 for those 13 years and older and $19.95 for children. The experience will follow social distancing rules and all current Los Angeles County and state health and safety precautions.

Dodgers Holiday Festival

The holiday celebration at the home of the boys in blue will look a little different this year. Instead of a drive-thru holiday experience, the celebration is taking place at the newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza. There will be nightly entertainment, an ice skating rink, scenic and light displays, holiday-themed food and beverage and an opportunity to take photos with Santa. The festival runs nightly from 5 to 11 p.m. through Dec. 24. Admission starts at $55 per vehicle.

South Coast Botanic Garden Glow

The botanic garden promises to make a splash after dipping its toe last year. For its sophomore year, the garden has been transformed into a colorful experience that transports visitors into an oceanic experience for its Garden Lights and Ocean Waters theme. Food, drink and music will await those attending the after-dark walk-through, which will require wearing a mask for those not fully vaccinated. Visitors will have to purchase timed tickets starting at $34.95 for non-members, $24.95 for members, and free for children under 4 years old. The event runs through Jan. 17, 2022. Note that this experience includes loud music and flashing lights.

Enchanted Forest of Light

Descanso Gardens’ popular one-mile walk display is back after a more subdued event took its place last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The colorful lights, music, interactive spaces and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities await visitors. The popular destination already has sold-out days and is closed on Dec. 24 and 25 but runs through Jan. 9, 2022. Descanso Gardens is following current LA County health guidelines. Proof of vaccine is not required, but visitors must wear masks in indoor spaces. Visitors will need timed tickets to stroll the garden from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $28 for Descanso Gardens members and $32–$35 for non-members.

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Winter Wonder Lands

From coasters to hot cocoa, Six Flags visitors will get to enjoy it all at the park’s eight themed areas with festive music and lights. The theme park will transport visitors to Santa’s Village, Gleampunk District, Peppermint Path and more on select days through Jan. 2. New this year is HollyRock!, a ’50s rockability-inspired holiday extravaganza that includes a 22-foot tree, classic cars and festive “oldies” music. Full vaccination verification or a negative COVID-19 test with a photo ID will be required for those 12 and up from Dec. 26 to Jan. 3. Six Flags is not the only theme park that has transformed for the holidays, Disneyland Resort did so in early November.

Candy Cane Lane

Blow up festive balloons, lights and music line the streets of a Woodland Hills neighborhood that yearly puts on a show. At Lubao Avenue and Oxnard Street, residents join forces to show their holiday spirit and pedestrians and drivers can check out the festive holiday decor nightly. The residential neighborhood can get lots of foot traffic and parking is limited, so slow it down if you’re driving around the block and keep the noise to a minimum. Some of the intricate displays also have festive music to enjoy.

Knott’s Merry Farm

Through Jan. 2, Knott’s Berry Farm will be the backdrop to a host of holiday festivities, and all while decked out with twinkle lights, festive garland and giant snowflakes. Visitors will get to be crafty at the Christmas Craft Village and wish Snoopy a Merry Christmas as his ice show returns with the Peanuts. A Christmas tree also will be lit nightly. Tickets start at $64. Those who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear face coverings indoors. Also, note that the theme park has gone cashless, so don’t forget a credit card or Apple or Google pay.

Christmas in Color at Raging Waters

This animated light show with giant snowmen, candy canes and arched pathways returns with millions of lights synchronized to holiday music that you’ll be able to hear through your radio. Advanced tickets are required, and it’s $40 per vehicle. The drive-thru event runs daily from 5:30 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 2 and will be closed on Christmas day.

Santa Ana Winter Village

This monthlong family-friendly event officially kicks off at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 with a tree lighting ceremony and special guests, including Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento and the Anaheim Ducks mascot Wild Wing. The free event, including trackless rides and Santa Claus, runs through Jan. 2. Located at the Orange County Civic Center, it also will feature the city’s first outdoor ice-skating rink next to City Hall. The community event is part of the city’s Revive Santa Ana pandemic recovery initiative that aims to promote its historic downtown.

Christmas on the Farm

Purchase a Christmas tree, ride a tractor-drawn wagon, take a photo with Santa, participate in holiday arts and crafts, and more daily at Underwood Farms through Dec. 24. The admission cost is $9 per person on weekdays, and tickets can be purchased at the door. Weekend tickets are $12 and must be purchased online. The farm is following the Ventura County Public Health rules and does not require face masks as all activities take place outdoors.

A Nostalgic Christmas in the Woods at Santa’s Village

Through Jan. 2, Santa’s Village will celebrate the holidays, but visitors are encouraged to plan ahead, so they don’t get their “tinsel in a tangle” as it gets busy during this time. There’s so much to do, including ice skating, cookie decorating and wandering through the Fantasy Forest of Lights. Same-day reservations are also required to see the big guy. Tickets start at $59 for children ages 4-12 and $69 for adults.

Night of Lights OC

This one-mile drive-thru experience at the OC Fair and Event Center will showcase over one million lights, Christmas tree lighting and holiday music. Visitors also will get to purchase food from food trucks on-site, including Old Thyme Ice Cream, West Coast Weenies and Moms Bake Shoppe. Ticket costs are per vehicle and start at $39.99.

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LA Women’s Expo Beauty + Fashion + Pop Up Shops + Crafting + Celebs + More

Los Angeles Convention Center

1201 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015

TICKETS

Over 400 Boutique Pop Up Shops plus Beauty Treatments, Spa Services, DIY Crafting Workshops, Massages, Hair Stage, Celebrity Speakers & more

About this event

Shop at hundreds of Boutique shopping booths featuring the very best Los Angeles has to offer in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, travel, jewelry, accessories, home decor, entertaining and much more.  Spend a relaxing day being pampered with spa treatments, massages, shopping, samples, hear inspiring Celebrity Keynote Speakers Blac Chyna, Kim Fields, Mercedes Javid and more, plus enjoy endless retail therapy.  Click Here to Watch the Video and See What’s Waiting For You at the 20th Season of the Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo!

You’ve been balancing a busy life and it’s time to grab your girlfriends and enjoy free manicures, facials, exciting makeovers and fragrance treatments, plus the hair stage, spa treatments and massages. Indulge in lots of free samples, gourmet tastings and delicacies. Get inspired at the Do-It-Herself Workshops, the cupcake and cake décor, cooking stage, floral decorating and gardening workshops, wine tastings, martinis, chocolate and truffle making,  transforming trash into treasure furniture rehab workshops and jewelry making. Discover the season’s best from luxury boutiques to emerging designers. We scour the world searching for the very best products and services, and bring hundreds of these amazing companies together.  

We’ve gathered the very best leading companies, boutiques and brands together to bring a new level of Women’s Expo to Los Angeles.  Tickets include all Keynote Speakers, Complimentary Beauty Treatments and Makeovers, Seminars, Fashion Shows, Do-It-Herself Workshops, Stages and over great Pop Up Shops!

Never before have there been so many great reasons to visit a Women’s Expo – The Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo!   www.LAWomensExpo.com

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