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    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A judge denied a request by the Los Angeles city firefighters’ union for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of a mandate requiring its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 pending resolution of a labor issue, saying the balancing of harms favored protecting the public’s health. “The court finds (United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112) has not made the significant showing of irreparable harm necessary to enjoin a public entity in the performance of its duties,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel wrote in finalizing her ruling Friday. READ MORE: CNN Fires Chris CuomoThe judge said that even if all of the 789 unvaccinated LAFD employees leave as a result of the vaccine mandate, the department has developed contingency staffing and firehouse plans to ensure the safety of the public. She also noted that all current probationary firefighters have complied with the vaccine mandate. “Evidence also supports that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on the city’s firefighters and even resulted in the death of two of its members,” the judge...
    A Superior Court judge has denied a request by the Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters union seeking a preliminary injunction to delay enforcement of the city’s vaccine mandate. The ruling is “a victory for public health and safety in Los Angeles,” City Atty. Mike Feuer said in a statement. “The Court recognized the emergency we’re in, and the harm that enjoining implementation of the vaccine mandate could have caused,” Feuer said. “Beyond this case, the presence of the new, highly contagious variant here in L.A. underscores the importance of vaccinating our first responders — indeed, of vaccinating everyone.” The firefighters union had sued in November asking that the vaccine mandate, which is scheduled to take effect Dec. 18, be delayed to allow for proper bargaining procedures. The union had wanted a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of the mandate. “The court finds [United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112] has not made the significant showing of irreparable harm necessary to enjoin a public entity in the performance of its duties,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel...
    Not even the Catholic schools are free in New York City, where the government has just ordered a vaccine mandate for religious and private school employees. Announced Thursday, the new directive will require employees at yeshivas, Catholic schools, and other private institutions to have at least one dose of a vaccine by December 20. The order will affect “roughly 930 schools and 56,000 employees, city officials,” according to the New York Times. “We’re doing everything in our power to protect our students and school staff, and a mandate for nonpublic school employees will help keep our school communities and youngest New Yorkers safe,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. While public school and education employees are required to be fully vaccinated, the city has resisted implementing a vaccine mandate for students, unlike the city of Los Angeles, which requires vaccinations for students 12 & up. Los Angeles has not yet mandated the vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. “California was the first state to issue a vaccine mandate for all teachers, covering public and private schools, but allowed...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is imposing a new COVID vaccine mandate on all staff at private schools, including religious and non-government school workers. The order applies to about 56,000 employees at 938 schools across the city, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported Friday. But is it enforceable? READ MORE: Suffolk County Police Officer Timothy Thrane Released From Hospital 1 Month After Being Hit By Alleged Drunk DriverMayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Health announced all non-public school employees must get their first shot by Dec. 20. According to the city, the order aligns with what the CDC recommends — that teachers and staff be vaccinated as soon as possible. Officials said the city will offer vaccines to any schools that requests them for staff and students. The Archdiocese of New York released a statements that said, in part, “An increasing majority of our teachers and school staffs have already been vaccinated, and we continue to urge others to do so; those that are not vaccinated are tested weekly.” “We will review the mandate to determine this order’s...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The Committee of New York City Religious and Independent Schools is firing back Friday after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate that will require all nonpublic school employees to get their first shot by December 20.It affects roughly 56,000 employees of 938 yeshivas, Catholic schools and other private schools."Many of our schools view COVID vaccination as a matter most appropriately left to individual choice, not governmental fiat," Chairman Rabbi David Zwiebel wrote. "This is an area where government should be using its bully pulpit to persuade, not its regulatory arm to coerce."ALSO READ | 'Caution not panic': Officials confirm omicron cases in New YorkEMBED More News Videos Derick Waller reports on the man from Minnesota believed to have contracted the omicron variant of COVID-19 at the Javits Center - and five more cases confirmed in our area. The membership consists of the leadership of the schools affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and the Brooklyn Diocese, Islamic schools, Lutheran schools, Greek Orthodox schools, Adventist schools, Historically Black Independent...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A judge said Thursday that the balancing of harms in consideration of the public’s health has her leaning toward denying a request by the Los Angeles city firefighters’ union for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of a mandate requiring its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 pending resolution of a labor issue, but she took the case under submission. A few days before Thanksgiving, 222 firefighters were sent notices of their non-compliance with the vaccine mandate and were told they had 48 hours to comply. Of those 222, there were 84 firefighters that complied. READ MORE: First Case Of Omicron Variant Detected In LA CountyThis week, the 138 members who remained non-compliant were sent home and are off-duty without pay. After the 138 were sent home, 25 of them became compliant and are back at work. That makes 113 who remain non-compliant and are currently off-duty without pay. “I don’t think it will take me too long to have a decision for the parties,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel said. In her tentative...
    New York City's most exclusive and expensive fee-paying schools are ordering students over the age of five to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  The principals of elite schools including Spence, Chapin located on Manhattan's posh Upper East Side and Horace Mann, located in the Bronx, have sent letters and emails home to parents requesting pupils get the shot over the winter break.  The schools, many of which are described as being the 'Ivy League of Preparatory Schools, and which charge upwards of $55,000-a-year, are requesting children come back from their Christmas holidays fully vaccinated.  Some of the schools already informed parents via letter of the impending requirements and deadlines for students to receive the jab. Pfizer's two-shot COVID vaccine is now available in the US for all children aged five and up.  New York City has announced a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate that will require all nonpublic school employees to get their first shot by December 20 'The expectation is now for all Spence students ages 5-11 to have received their first dose of COVID vaccine before January 7, 2022, and to...
    San Diego lawmakers passed a coronavirus vaccine mandate for city employees and police members on Monday, despite facing pushback from the police union. In a 8-1 vote, the city mandated all city employees show proof of vaccination or request an exemption by Wednesday, The Los Angeles Times reported. Employees who don’t comply with the mandate within 30 days will be fired. Chris Crate, the only council member to vote no on the mandate, said in a Twitter thread that he is worried about the number of police officers the city could potentially lose. “Considering how emergency services can currently keep people waiting for up to an hour and a half, we cannot allow the situation to further devolve,” Crate said, adding he believes negative police interactions would increase with a drop in officers. City data showed around 709 officers, about 37 percent of the police force, are still unvaccinated as of last week, according to the Times.  The San Diego Police Officers Association was the only labor group not able to come to an agreement with the city.  The police union...
    LOS ANGELES, California — The City of Los Angeles began enforcing its vaccine mandate on indoor businesses Monday, including gyms, restaurants, and other facilities, with inspectors able to impose thousands of dollars in fines over time. Fox 11 KTTV reported: Los Angeles Monday began enforcing its law requiring Angelenos patronizing indoor restaurants, gyms, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care establishments and some city buildings to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. The law went into effect on Nov. 8, but beginning Monday, the Department of Building and Safety can issue administrative citations to businesses that violate the ordinance. The citations will include a $1,000 fine for a second violation, $2,000 fine for a third violation and a $5,000 fine for a fourth and subsequent violations. The city’s SafePassLA ordinance is one of the strictest mandates of its kind in the nation, requiring people over the age of 12 to show proof of vaccination at several indoor public spaces. … People can be exempted from the mandate if they have medical conditions that restrict their ability to get vaccinated or...
    SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA) — As the City of Los Angeles begins to enforce its vaccine mandate, businesses are happy to comply despite potential loss in business and angering customers who disagree with the mandate. A sign stating proof of a Covid-19 vaccination is required is displayed outside of Langer’s Deli in Los Angeles, California on August 7, 2021. – The restaurant announced that proof of vaccination would be required to dine indoors at the restaurant as Covid-19 variant causes surge in the Los Angeles area. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images) READ MORE: Max Muncy: "I'm Not Recovering As Quick As I Would Like"“When someone comes in that we don’t know, we go through a health screener questionnaire and we also check their vaccine,” said Jason Cohen, owner of Alive Fitness.  Cohen has owned Alive Fitness for 18 years but has struggled to keep it open during the pandemic, even losing some clients and trainers because of the vaccine mandate. “It’s been horrendous,” added Cohen. “I mean this particular industry...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Enforcement began Monday in Los Angeles for one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country, a sweeping measure that requires proof of shots for everyone entering a wide variety of businesses from restaurants to theaters and gyms to nail and hair salons. While the latest order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus took effect Nov. 8, city officials spent the past three weeks providing business owners the information and resources business they need to comply. “Nobody wants to penalize anyone,” said Sharon Tso, the city’s Chief Legislative Analyst, whose office drafted the enforcement rules. “That’s why we’ve been prioritizing education.” A first offense will bring a warning but subsequent ones could produce fines running from $1,000 to $5,000. Inspectors with the Department of Building and Safety will enforce the mandate, and the city hopes to eventually get assistance from the LA County Department of Public Health, Tso said. She didn’t immediately know if any warnings or citations were issued on Monday. Los Angeles is among a growing number of cities...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- If you find yourself in the city of Los Angeles, be prepared to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as enforcement of the SafePassLA ordinance is set to begin Monday.People who are visiting indoor restaurants, gyms, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care establishments and some city buildings are required to show proof of full vaccination against the virus.The city's new vaccine mandate took effect earlier this month.The SafePassLA ordinance is one of the strictest mandates of its kind in the nation, and includes all individuals eligible for a COVID vaccine.Accepted forms of proof of vaccination include: A vaccination card issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental agency A photocopy of a vaccination card or a photograph stored on a phone or electronic device A personal digital COVID-19 vaccination record issued by the State of California or similar documentation issued by another state, local or foreign government jurisdiction or by a private company Documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider. EMBED More News...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- If you live in the city of Los Angeles, be prepared to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as enforcement of the SafePassLA ordinance is set to begin Monday.People who are visiting indoor restaurants, gyms, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care establishments and some city buildings are required to show proof of full vaccination against the virus.The city's new vaccine mandate took effect earlier this month.The SafePassLA ordinance is one of the strictest mandates of its kind in the nation, and includes all individuals eligible for a COVID vaccine.Accepted forms of proof of vaccination include: A vaccination card issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental agency A photocopy of a vaccination card or a photograph stored on a phone or electronic device A personal digital COVID-19 vaccination record issued by the State of California or similar documentation issued by another state, local or foreign government jurisdiction or by a private company Documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider. EMBED More News VideosLos...
    BALTIMORE — School officials in the city of Baltimore say they’re not ready to enforce a requirement that school employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that the school system had set a Nov. 1 deadline. But school officials have not started enforcing penalties that can include terminating employees who fail to comply. School officials say they want to work with staff members who have concerns. About 90% of Baltimore school’s 10,000 employees are either vaccinated or have a religious or medical exemption. The rate for teachers is 95%. For principals, it’s 98%. The rates are slightly higher than those for the Maryland’s adult population. It was 88.5% on Saturday. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
              more   The union for St. Paul police officers filed a lawsuit over a COVID vaccine mandate that will be in place in the new year. The mandate does not allow for testing and masking as a substitute for getting vaccinated, however the city will allow medical and religious exemptions. The union says it has petitioned the city for an alternative option but to no avail. “We offered to negotiate the policy to include a testing option, but the city has not listened,” the union said in a statement. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter mandated in October that all city workers receive the COVID vaccine by the end of the year, announcing it in an unlisted YouTube video, saying, “As we continue fighting this virus in the days, weeks, and months ahead, to ensure everyone on Team St. Paul can continue serving our community, all of us must get vaccinated.” Carter said in the video, “Since testing only provides a way to determine if someone has COVID after they’ve already contracted it, it offers no protection for an...
    A FIREFIGHTER allegedly dropped his pants and wiped his bottom with a letter that ordered him to comply with Los Angeles’ compulsory vaccine mandate. The alleged incident reportedly occurred on November 18. 2A Los Angeles firefighter allegedly dropped his pants and wiped his bottom with a letter that ordered him to comply with the city's vaccine mandateCredit: Getty The firefighter allegedly dropped his pants and wiped his butt with the letter before dropping it to the ground, according to the group The Stentorians of Los Angeles City. Cheryl Getuiza, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman, said the firefighter is on leave and “will face the consequences of any inappropriate acts”, the Los Angeles Times reports. She did not go into details of the incident and didn’t explain what caused the leave. Getuiza warned that city employees must comply with the rules and “get vaccinated, file for an exemption or face termination” The Stentorians, who represent African American firefighters in LA, alleged that an LAFD captain and a chief officer witnessed the incident. In a statement, the group said they were...
              more   During a press conference announcing his lawsuit with police officers and firefighters against the city of Phoenix over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich was asked by Arizona’s Family political editor Dennis Welch whether he was vaccinated. His press secretary waved the question off as “inappropriate.” However, Brnovich, who is running for U.S. Senate, responded, “Do you have an STD?” After a brief pause with some laughter from those present, he went on, “It’s not a ridiculous question. The question should be, once you allow or cede this authority to the federal government, where does it stop? And my own health information is my own health information.” Bryan Willingham, a Phoenix firefighter and executive vice president of the United Phoenix Firefighters Association, expressed his concern over the loss of manpower. “The community cannot lose these individuals. They can’t,” Willingham said. “We cannot survive the staffing crisis if we lose these members.” Yvette Bro, vice president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, said, “We had a survey a few months ago, and it was overwhelming, we...
    A member of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is being investigated for allegedly dropping his pants and wiping his buttocks with a compliance letter he received for not abiding by the city's vaccine mandate.  The LAFD member was being accused of the act by Stentorians of Los Angeles City, a group that represents black firefighters. A department spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that the firefighter 'responded inappropriately' to receiving the letter.   The alleged incident took place on November 18, according to a spokesperson for the LAFD.    'The department is aware of the seriousness of the allegations and took immediate action upon learning of this incident,' said Cheryl Getuiza, who would not provide any further details.  A Los Angeles Fire Department member is in hot water for allegedly wiping his buttocks in public with a non-compliance letter for the city's vaccination mandate A department spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that the firefighter 'responded inappropriately' to receiving the letter The alleged incident took place on November 18, according to a spokesperson for the LAFD The LAFD member in question is on paid administrative leave for...
    The Los Angeles Fire Department is investigating an incident involving a firefighter who allegedly wiped his butt with a noncompliance letter related to the city's vaccine mandate. The firefighter reportedly left fecal matter on the document after performing the act , then dropped it on the ground, according to the Stentorians of Los Angeles City, a group representing black firefighters. MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY: NEW CHRISTMAS AD SHOWS MAN KISSING SANTA CLAUS “The department is aware of the seriousness of the allegations and took immediate action upon learning of this incident,” LAFD spokeswoman Cheryl Getuiza said. The incident allegedly occurred on Nov. 18, according to Getuiza. “No matter how our members react, all city employees must abide by the city ordinance — either file for an exemption, get vaccinated, or face termination,” Getuiza continued. The offending firefighter is on administrative leave and “will face the consequences of any inappropriate acts," Getuiza said. The incident occurred at Fire Station 69 in Pacific Palisades and was witnessed by an LAFD captain and a chief officer,...
    A Los Angeles firefighter is under investigation over his response to the city's vaccine mandate. The unidentified LAFD employee, who was served with a non-compliance letter from the fire department, pulled down his pants and wiped his buttocks with it, before leaving it on the ground.  The incident allegedly occurred at Fire Station 69 in Pacific Palisades. FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS PERSITS IN PLAINS, WYOMING WINDS FORECAST TO REACH 70 MPH The Los Angeles Stentorians, who represents African American firefighters in the city, called the incident a "terminable" offense. The one-shot Johnson & Johnsons Janssen Covid-19 vaccine is administered to people living on the streets by members of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Covid Outreach unit, in Los Angeles, on June 14, 2021.  (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) "The LA City Stentorians are sickened and disgusted by this horrific display of unprofessionalism," they said in a statement.  The LA Times reports that The Stentorians took additional measures by urging the city's mayor, City council and fire commission to respond promptly to the act. LAFD spokeswoman voiced that the department...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The St. Paul police union is suing the city over its vaccine mandate. The St. Paul Police Federation has filed a civil lawsuit to block the city’s mandate, which is scheduled to start Dec. 31. The lawsuit alleges St. Paul city officials failed to meet and negotiate in good faith to discuss changing the policy. The union says they asked the city to allow testing and masking for unvaccinated officers, but the city denied the request. The union and the city have been working on a contract negotiations since the start of the year. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced the mandate, which requires all city employees to provide proof of vaccination or be barred from work, in October.   More On WCCO.com: Former Twin Cities Principal Chris Endicott Found Dead Inside Crow Wing County Jail 5 Juveniles In Custody After Stolen Car Chase On I-694 ‘People Lined Up Out The Doors And They’re Sick’: COVID Patient Bottleneck Has Many Minnesotans Desperate COVID In Minnesota: Nat’l Guard Arrives As Hospitals Are Overrun With COVID...
    "No matter how our members react, all city employees must abide by the city ordinance — either file for an exemption, get vaccinated, or face termination," said Getuiza. In early October, a group of Beverly Hills firefighters protested against the coronavirus vaccine mandate that was handed down by the Los Angeles County. Another group of firefighters have filed a lawsuit claiming the mandate violates their constitutional rights. Here's more about the startling incident: Beverly Hills firefighters protest against vaccine mandate www.youtube.com
    The Los Angeles Fire Department is investigating an incident in which a firefighter “responded inappropriately” after being handed a letter to comply with the city’s vaccine mandate, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday. The Stentorians of Los Angeles City, a group representing African American firefighters, said Wednesday that the LAFD member responded to receiving the non-compliance letter by dropping his pants and wiping his buttocks with the letter, leaving fecal matter on the document. He then dropped the letter on the ground. The alleged incident underscores the deep resistance among some within the Fire Department over the city’s mandate that employees be vaccinated. LAFD spokeswoman Cheryl Getuiza said the alleged incident occurred on Nov. 18. “The department is aware of the seriousness of the allegations and took immediate action upon learning of this incident,” she said Wednesday, but declined to comment on the details. Getuiza said the firefighter is on paid administrative leave and “will face the consequences of any inappropriate acts.” She did not elaborate on specifically what prompted the leave. An LAFD captain and a chief officer witnessed...
              more   Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio is requesting a meeting and vote on the city of Phoenix’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandate. In a letter sent to Mayor Kate Gallego and other members of the city council on November 22, he expressed concerns over public safety, employee retention, and whether the Biden administration mandate even applies. “This decision will compromise vital citywide services to our residents, including public safety, which this Council has been aware of the alarming crime data and how the city is struggling to hire and retain personnel,” he wrote. “A more thorough determination needs to be made on whether, under federal law, the City of Phoenix and its 13,000 employees are considered ‘federal contractors’ for the purposes of this mandate.” DiCiccio expounded on his objection during an interview with KTAR, “I’ve already sent a letter to the city manager asking him to identify exactly which contracts the city of Phoenix has. I can tell you, police, fire and some other personnel with the city of Phoenix are not contractors,” he said. “This is a bunch of...
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    DETROIT (AP) — Hospitalizations in Detroit due to COVID-19 are rising as the city, and the rest of Michigan struggle to cope with one of the country’s highest infection rates. Mayor Mike Duggan told reporters that 256 Detroit residents were hospitalized with the virus as of Tuesday, which was more than twice as many as two to three weeks ago. READ MORE: Grace Centers of Hope Continues Mission To Help People Suffering From Addiction, Homelessness“It if doubles again in the next three weeks, we’re going to see the most serious problem we’ve had since the spring of 2020,” he said, adding that the spike isn’t a surprise because people are spending more time indoors due to colder weather. “Statewide, this is the highest rate of infection we have had,” he said. “In the city of Detroit, not quite to our peak, but I would suspect in a week or two, Detroit will exceed that, as well.” According to the city’s health department, Detroit has had more than 67,500 confirmed cases and 2,504 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Termination proceedings have begun for five sworn LAPD officers and a civilian employee who have violated the city’s vaccination mandate, Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday. Unvaccinated employees were required to either sign a notice, indicating they would get vaccinated, or file an exemption request and submit to mandated testing in the meantime. Moore said about 70% of the notices have been served, and the six LAPD employees who were recommended for removal had refused to sign the agreement. READ MORE: Police: Man Shot, Killed Outside Bossa Nova In Hollywood Was Coming To Defense Of Woman Being Targeted By Follow-Home RobbersTwice-a-week testing of city employees started Friday. Under the city’s mandate, $65 per test is deducted from unvaccinated employees’ paychecks, and those employees must get tested twice a week during their free time with the city or a vendor of the city’s choosing. All city employees are required to be vaccinated by Dec. 18 or have applied for a religious or medical exemption. READ MORE: Small Brush Fires Break Out Off 134 Freeway In Eagle RockExemptions will...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is expanding its vaccine mandate for workers. All city employees and certain city contractors will need to be fully vaccinated starting Jan. 14. The mandate includes employees represented by a union, regardless of the location of work, including part-time, seasonal, and temporary city employees. It will also apply to any embedded city contractor regardless of their work location, according to the release. The city says those workers have to follow the policy — or be granted an exemption — to keep their jobs. READ MORE: Pregnant Woman Killed In Crescentville Shooting, Philadelphia Police Say“Philadelphia has worked hard to turn back COVID-19, and we have had success in doing so through our shared commitment to safety protocols, including vaccinations. However, that fight is not over, and the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines remain our best weapon in this ongoing struggle,” Mayor Jim Kenney said in a release. “As public servants, we bear a responsibility to mitigate the harm that would result from inadvertent transmission of COVID-19 to our colleagues and the public and to set an example...
    Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., will eliminate the indoor mask mandate for the city, where viral transmission rates have decreased in recent weeks. The mayor said she would lift parts of the district's indoor mask mandate on Monday because the city has reached the "green zone," meaning there is sufficient healthcare capacity, a minimal spread of the coronavirus, and a high level of community engagement against it. While the overall ranking is green, some individual criteria remain yellow or red. "Going forward, The D.C. Department of Health will create guidance based on risk levels and the use of layered mitigation strategies. Risk levels will primarily be tied to a person’s vaccination status," Bowser said in a statement Tuesday morning. WILL MURIEL BOWSER ENFORCE DC CORONAVIRUS MANDATES? LIVE: COVID-19 Situational Update November 16. Tune in at https://t.co/bk26yNEXix for a captioned stream. https://t.co/Yb6zj7TN0W— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) November 16, 2021 Masks will still be required regardless of vaccination status for public transportation, schools, child care, and any private businesses that choose to implement it. Leading...
    A group of several dozen sanitation workers in New York City has been suspended without pay as officials investigate whether the employees used counterfeit vaccine cards in order to circumvent the city's vaccine mandate, according to a report from ABC 7.  Spokesperson Diane Struzzi told the television station, "[The Department of Investigations] is aware of allegations involving the issuance of bogus vaccination cards and declines further comment." According to ABC's report, the employees allegedly submitted authentic vaccine cards that listed that they were vaccinated at a CVS Pharmacy with the singe-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, however, CVS has not administered J&J shots in half a year.  The officials are looking into the reports to see if there was any payment in exchange for these falsified and said that the department is taking these allegations seriously, reports ABC 7. "These are very concerning allegations and we take them very seriously — getting vaccinated is important to public health, and we do not tolerate anyone faking something that is a requirement of city employment," spokesman Joshua Goodman said, according to the news outlet. Municipal...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Ninety-three percent of New York City employees are vaccinated, but now, two weeks after the mandate took effect, there’s word that dozens may have submitted fake vaccine cards. Sunday trash pickup was never a thing in the city, but it has been for the last two weeks. Eighty-seven percent of sanitation workers are vaccinated and have had to pick up the slack for those who are not due to the city’s Nov. 1 mandate. READ MORE: National Weather Service Confirms Tornado Touched Down On Long IslandBut Sunday night, a source from the Department of Sanitation told CBS2 at least 50 workers provided fake vaccine verification. The source says multiple employees claimed to have received the Johnson & Johnson shot at CVS locations on Staten Island and in Brooklyn, but those locations were not administering the brand. New Yorkers had mixed reactions to the reports. “How can you get something fake? It’s not fair. You have to do the truth,” one person told CBS2’s Lisa Rozner. “At the end of the day, if you have to pay...
    A 13-year-old Seattle boy watched his father who was suffering from cardiac arrest die while waiting more than 20 minutes for help to arrive - in a tragedy that critics say was caused by a shortage of cops and medical personnel staff resulting from the woke mayor's vaccine mandates and defund the police movement.  The unidentified boy called 911 earlier this month when his 45-year-old father began struggling to breath in the city’s Crown Hill neighborhood. Firefighters arrived at the scene within 15 minutes, but an outdated note on file mistakenly indicated that the apartment occupant was aggressive, slowing their response as they waited on a police escort. ‘He’s conscious but he’s not OK,’ the boy told 911 in an incident report obtained by The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. He added during the November 2 call, lodged at 1:24 p.m., that his dad was ‘making a moaning noise.’ The Seattle Fire Department arrived at 1:32 p.m. but was discouraged from entering the apartment without police because the man living there had a history of threatening first responders, a spokesperson...
    The big tantrum happened in front of L.A. City Hall. Thousands gathered to protest the city’s mandate that all public employees vaccinate themselves against COVID-19, or lose their jobs. Many of the assembled employees, including police officers and firefighters, owe their taxpayer-funded paychecks to the city’s alphabet soup of important public agencies: the MTA, the DWP, the LAPD, LASD and LAFD. Some wore hats touting the extremist Proud Boys. At least one person held a sign in support of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Rally-goers held placards that hailed freedom of choice, assailed Mayor Eric Garcetti, claimed vaccines were “toxic,” and cited various constitutional amendments to justify their stance. American flags emblazoned with singular blue and red stripes — a representation of the idea that law enforcement and firefighters are the thin lines of defense that keep societies from descending into chaos — flapped all around. The public workers gathered to protest, but also to offer a threat to the rest of us: We’re ready to quit over this vaccine mandate. And if...
    Officials in New York City are investigating allegations that hundreds of firefighters and sanitation workers used forged vaccination cards to evade Mayor Bill de Blasio's COVID vaccine mandate.  At least 50 DSNY workers have been suspended for providing fake vaccine records, and FDNY officials are investigating the theft of blank vaccine cards from department vaccination sites, according to the New York Post. The city Department of Investigation is reportedly aware of the allegations and in the early stages of a probe. At the FDNY, a brazen scheme apparently involved the theft of blank cards from headquarters and other sites where agency’s Incident Management Team had been dispensing the shot. Mayor Bill de Blasio's vaccine mandate for all city employees took effect on November 1, but some city workers have reportedly been finding creative ways to evade it Officials in New York City are investigating allegations that hundreds of firefighters and sanitation workers used forged vaccination cards to evade vaccine mandates (file photo) FDNY officials are investigating the theft of blank vaccine cards from a department vaccination site. An example vaccine card...
    Antifa members who support BLM clashed with a white supremacist group rallying against vaccine mandates outside of Gracie Mansion in New York City on Saturday night. 'F*** Antifa,' members of the white supremacist group America First - also known as Groypers - shouted while wearing blue hats and carrying flags donning 'America First.'  They were protesting against the city's Covid-19 mandate. Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio recently revealed that he's considering requiring children aged five to 11 to show proof of vaccination once enough have gotten their shots. The idea infuriated parents - many who have expressed severe hesitancy about giving their children shots and noting the low Covid rate among children - and anti-vaxxers alike. While Mayor-elect Eric Adams hinted that he'll reverse De Blasio's widely-criticized vaccine mandate when he takes office on January 1, it didn't stop the fired-up groups from protesting outside the mayor's residence.  Antifa members (right) clashed with white supremacist group America First (left) while rallying against vaccine mandates outside of Gracie Mansion in New York City on Saturday night  Multiple Proud Boys can be seen flipping off...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- A judge Friday denied an application by the Los Angeles city firefighters' union for a temporary restraining order preventing enforcement of a mandate requiring its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying there was no evidence of immediate harm.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff instead scheduled a hearing for Dec. 2 on whether a preliminary injunction should be issued, saying that waiting another 20 days was not likely to be seriously detrimental to the interests of members of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112.Judge Mary H. Strobel, who has been assigned the union's case, will preside over the Dec. 2 proceeding. She was absent from court Friday.Attorney Dana Martinez, on behalf of the union, argued that if the TRO was not issued, there could be a negative impact on labor relations between the union and the city as well as among the union leaders and their members. She said the city also could find it hard to adequately staff all stations if unvaccinated firefighters are placed on leave.Martinez said about 822 firefighters...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved slight changes to the sweeping new mandate which took effect earlier this week requiring people to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter restaurants, coffee shops, gyms and several other types of establishments. The SafePassLA mandate took effect Nov. 8. The city, however, said it will not begin enforcing it until Nov. 29 in order to give businesses more time to comply. The most notable change saw the city council remove “malls and shopping centers” from the list of indoor public spaces that require proof of vaccination because they often have several points of entry and thus would be too difficult to enforce. The other major tweak is that proof of vaccination will only be required for those ages 12 and older, and not children under 11. As it is currently structured, the ordinance applies to: Restaurants, bars, fast food establishments, coffee shops, tasting rooms, cafeterias, food courts, breweries, wineries, distilleries banquet halls and hotel ballrooms. Gyms and fitness venues, including recreation facilities, fitness studios (including...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Just days after being implemented, the city of Los Angeles could make changes to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for certain indoor areas, including restaurants, gyms and entertainment or recreational facilities.The SafePassLA ordinance, which took effect Monday, currently requires all people who are eligible for the vaccine to show proof of immunization, which recently changed to include those over the age of 5. The L.A. City Council on Friday will consider changing the age requirement for only individuals who are 12 years and over.Enforcement of the mandate, one of the strictest of its kind in the nation, isn't expected to begin until Nov. 29.If passed by the City Council, malls and shopping centers would be removed from the list of indoor public spaces that require proof of vaccination.The vote will also authorize the Department of Building and Safety to issue administrative citations to businesses that violate the ordinance, which will include $1,000 fine for a second violation, $2,000 fine for a third violation and a $5,000 fine for a fourth and subsequent violations.Proposed funding for enforcement includes...
    A judge on Wednesday denied a request by the Los Angeles police union that he block the city’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for police officers from taking effect. Having rejected the Police Protective League’s petition for a temporary restraining order, California Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff must still rule on a related request for a preliminary injunction, which would halt the mandate for officers while a lawsuit the union filed against the city over the rollout of the vaccine requirement goes forward. A court hearing on the injunction is scheduled for next month. The judge did not explain the reasoning for his decision in court records available online Thursday. Under the city’s mandate, all city employees including police officers are required to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 18 unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption, and agree in the run-up to the deadline to submit to regular coronavirus testing if they are unvaccinated. The union negotiated the terms of the deal with city officials, but later sued over its rollout, alleging the city negotiated in bad faith, preemptively...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles City Council on Friday will look at whether to tweak the sweeping new mandate which took effect earlier this week requiring people to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter restaurants, coffee shops, gyms and several other types of establishments. The SafePassLA mandate took effect Nov. 8. The city, however, said it will not begin enforcing it until Nov. 29 in order to give businesses more time to comply. The council will consider a few changes, most notably removing “malls and shopping centers” from the list of indoor public spaces that require proof of vaccination. It is also considering only requiring proof of vaccination for those ages 12 and older, and not children ages 11 and under. As it is currently structured, the ordinance applies to: Restaurants, bars, fast food establishments, coffee shops, tasting rooms, cafeterias, food courts, breweries, wineries, distilleries banquet halls and hotel ballrooms. Gyms and fitness venues, including recreation facilities, fitness studios (including for yoga, pilates, dance, and barre), boxing gyms, fitness boot camps and facilities that hold...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The union representing LAPD officers lost a round on Wednesday in its lawsuit alleging unfair labor negotiations related to the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for municipal employees when a judge denied its members' request for a temporary restraining order against the directive.The Los Angeles Police Protective League alleges the city failed to negotiate in good faith by withholding information about the city's testing contractor, Bluestone. According to the union, the city did not disclose information about the company's contractual obligations, experience level, selection process and other issues.READ ALSO | Judge denies LAPD officers' lawsuit to block vaccine proof mandateLos Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said the union did not provide sufficient showing of any immediate harm if a TRO was not granted. He scheduled a hearing on a preliminary injunction for Dec. 8.Despite repeated inquiries, the city has refused to provide the LAPPL with the information it has requested, yet has insisted that testing of unvaccinated employees can only be administered by a city vendor of its choice and with the employee to pay the costs...
    Twenty-three labor unions filed a complaint against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s coronavirus vaccine mandate in the hopes of a judge suspending the deadline, the Chicago Tribune reported on Tuesday. The plaintiffs, which include Service Employees International Union Local 1, Chicago Journey Plumbers Local 130, and Teamsters Local 700, filed the complaint in Cook County Circuit Court and are “seeking the same deadline suspension that a judge granted Chicago police officers.” According to the report: They are seeking an injunction to force arbitration over Lightfoot’s vaccination policy — and pause the Dec. 31 deadline for city workers to get fully vaccinated until the matter is resolved — because of what they describe as a violation of their collective bargaining rights. On November 1, Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell said the city will not be able to fire police officers until Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police have their arguments heard by an arbitrator. The city can still place police officers on unpaid leave for failing to abide by the city’s vaccine mandate.  Chicago Fraternal Order of Police president John Catanzara previously estimated that approximately 3,200 officers...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — On Wednesday, a judge denied the request for a temporary restraining order against the city’s vaccine mandate after the union that represents Los Angeles Police Department officers alleged that the order created unfair labor negotiations. Los Angles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said the Los Angeles Police Protective League did not provide enough evidence that any immediate harm if the TRO was not granted.  READ MORE: Report: Anti-Asian, Anti-Gay Crimes Skyrocketed In Los Angeles County Last YearThe union alleged that the city did not negotiate in good faith when it withheld information about the city’s testing contractor. The union claimed that the city did not disclose, Bluestone’s the company’s contractual obligations, experience level selection process among other matters.  According to the LAPPL case, the city refused to provide the information despite multiple inquires by the union. Additionally, the city asserted that unvaccinated employees must pay for the costs of COVID-19 tests through paycheck deductions and must be tested by an approved city contractor of its choice, the lawsuit alleges. Unvaccinated employees must be tested twice a...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The union which represents Los Angeles city firefighters has filed a lawsuit against the mandate requiring that city employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112 brought the complaint Monday in L.A. County Superior Court, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. Protestors gather in Grand Park outside Los Angeles City Hall at a March for Freedom rally demonstrating against the L.A. City Council’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees and contractors. Nov. 8, 2021. (Getty Images) Back in August, the L.A. City Council approved an emergency ordinance which requires that all city employees get the COVID-19 vaccine. Only those with approved medical or religious exemption would be able to opt out. Municipal employees for the city of L.A. have until Dec. 18 to get fully vaccinated. Mayor Eric Garcetti — who himself contracted the coronavirus last week while attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Scotland — has said that those who do not “should be prepared to lose their job.” RELATED: Nearly 600 LA County Firefighters Sue,...
    The Los Angeles Fire Department has spent $22.5 million on COVID-19 related overtime, according to records obtained by The Los Angeles Times.  The outlet found there were 400,000 hours of lost work time from March 2020 to Oct. 9 due to the coronavirus.  Firefighters had to work overtime to backfill shifts to cover those who had to quarantine or contracted the virus.  The cost of overtime varied based on the position of the firefighter with some overtime costing less than $33 an hour. However, overtime cost for a battalion chief was more than $108 an hour. The data comes as the firefighters are fighting against a city mandate that requires employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination by Dec. 18 or risk losing their job, according to the local outlet.  The fire and police departments have launched legal challenges against the mandate, with the fire department saying the city engaged in “bad faith bargaining” and the department can’t afford to lose any more personnel in the staffing shortage. Currently, 30 percent of the department is not vaccinated with officials warning...
    WOODLAND HILLS (CBSLA) – Enforcing the City of Los Angeles’ vaccine mandate, requiring anyone visiting the indoor portion of a long list of business types to be fully vaccinated, has made some business owners feel like they’re caught in the middle and will pay the price if they don’t enforce the new rules. As new COVID mandates on both the city and county level have evolved, some businesses have seen physical clashes or verbal assaults. READ MORE: Norah O'Donnell Honors Veterans In New Series On CBS NewsThe owner of Blinkie’s Donuts provided CBSLA with video of a customer who became belligerent over the mask mandate. “We’ve had a few confrontations with this man,” Blinkie’s owner, Teresa Ngo, said. At Menchie’s, a frozen yogurt shop, in Woodland Hills, the owner wanted to avoid conflict as the city’s latest mandate, requiring proof of vaccination for indoor services at restaurants,  coffeeshops, salons and gyms, went into effect. “We’ve decided to close our indoor dining and keep the outdoor dining and be open for takeout and outdoor dining,” Marsha Haina, with Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt,...
    "That's an overreach on the government's part, because it's not your right to tell me what I do with my health care, what I put into my body," Knox said. In August, the city council approved an ordinance requiring all city employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 20, unless they receive an exemption for medical or religious reasons. But before the mandate went into effect, the city council voted to extend the deadline to Dec. 18 to give city workers more time to get vaccinated. There is no testing option for city workers who do not receive a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) warned in October that unvaccinated employees "should be prepared to lose their job" if they won't comply with the mandate. The mandate is opposed by the Los Angeles firefighters' union, which objected to the lack of a testing option. United Firefighters of Los Angeles City President Freddy Escobar told the L.A. Times last week that the L.A....
    California and the nation need President Biden’s vaccination mandate on companies with more than 100 employees. The new policy, announced Thursday, is necessary to quell COVID-19 and protect workers from getting the virus and spreading it to their communities. Red states, as expected, are challenging the law’s constitutionality. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely make the final call. When it does, the court should recognize the law entitles workers to a safe workplace. Biden’s rule does just that. The mandate was scheduled to take effect Jan. 4, but on Saturday a federal appeals court in Louisiana temporarily blocked it. The panel of three judges, appointed by Republican presidents, were scheduled to hear arguments Monday afternoon on whether the temporary order should be made permanent. Vaccination mandates work. They help prevent infection and for most people minimize the symptoms of those who do get sick. Vaccines are the best tool available to slow the spread of a deadly virus that has killed more than 70,000 Californians and 750,000 Americans. After a brief slowdown, California’s case rate is climbing again and is...