Private schools lead list of least-vaccinated SCV Kindergartens


The state’s annual report on Kindergarten vaccination rates is out, and because some people never learn, several SCV schools are reporting dangerously high rates of parents refusing to vaccinate their children.

Four SCV Kindergartens report exemptions in that danger zone (over 8%) where herd immunity for measles and whooping cough is threatened. Two schools, Trinity and SCVi, were also on this list last year, and SCVi has been on this list for three years in a row. Here are the schools:

School (District), Personal Beliefs Exemption Rate
Trinity Classical Academy (Private), 14%
Legacy Christian Academy (Private ), 11%
SCVi (Hart – Charter), 9%
North Park (Saugus), 9%

Overall, SCV Kindergartens are showing that 92% of kids are up to date with their vaccinations, but 3% of kids are not vaccinated under what’s known as a Personal Belief Exemption (PBE) which means their parents refuse to get the vaccinations required for Kindergarten. That’s up slightly from last year (2.7%) but better than two years ago (4.6%).

This is the last year that parents of Kindergartners will be able to claim a PBE. Under a state law passed last year, all children in preschool, Kindergarten, and 7th grade will need to show proof of vaccination. Only medical exemptions will be allowed.

The full dataset can be found here. Reports on 7th grade and childcare/preschools are expected in the coming weeks.

Herd Immunity
Apart from the obvious risk to their own children, the decline in vaccinations it threatens the “herd immunity.” The herd immunity is when nearly everyone in a group is vaccinated, and it prevents outbreaks from occurring. Without it, there is a much higher risk of infection for unvaccinated schoolchildren, younger children, the elderly and anyone with compromised immune systems. This video explains it really well.

Council Does Laemmle: The Bingo Game

The whole city is abuzz over whether tonight the city council will approve $3.5-ish million to lure Laemmle Theaters to Downtown Newhall. It’s a topic worthy of deep and contrasting discussions, and there will be time for that. But tonight, we want you to follow the action, in person or at home, and make up your own mind.

And what better way to stimulate engagement than a game of bingo?

As blocks are filled, tweet us @SCVtweets (#SCCouncil) and if BINGO hits, I expect to hear some cheering on my TV. Do we have a deal?

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Council Bingo

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl calls irate speaker an ‘asshole’ and it’s awesome


As colorful as our City Council meetings get during public comments, we’ve never seen a show quite like this. But then again, we’ve never had a gadfly like John Walsh nor a badass like Sheila Kuehl.

Towards the end of Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a man named John Walsh came to the podium to chastise the board for their earlier vote to welcome Syrian refugees to Los Angeles County.

But when he called Supervisor Sheila Kuehl an anti-semitic “scumbag,” Kuehl punched right back.

SUP. SHEILA KUEHL: Listen, you asshole, I am a Jew! My mother was a Jew! And if you say that again, I will shout the entire time you are talking! Thank you.

Walsh continued yelling as his microphone was cut. Supervisor Hilda Solis, who was chairing the meeting, asked a sheriff’s deputy to remove Walsh before Kuehl intervened and asked him to continue his speech. Walsh goes on for a while, but with his microphone cut, we don’t know what he was saying.


John Walsh also spoke earlier in the meeting where he dropped at least one f-bomb in an anti-muslim tirade.

JOHN WALSH: …If you believe in Islam, you’re going to go to heaven and you’re going get 150 houris, H.O.U.R.I.S. and you’re going to fuck them all day and all night for the rest of eternity. And your wife disappears. That’s what it is. And I say it. And if you vote for these terrorists, let the blood be on your hands, Miss Kuehl. Let the blood be on your hands, Miss Solis and let the blood be on the hands of Mark Ridley-Thomas…

HILDA SOLIS, CHAIR: Time has expired. Next speaker, please.

JOHN WALSH: Scum bags!

LA Times story on the Syrian refugee vote here.

You can try your best to watch video of the meeting here, but it requires something called Windows Media Player, so good luck with that.

Breaking: Hart District Election Results Are In

The first numbers are in. Incumbent Steve Sturgeon has defended his seat, while Linda Storli is off to an early lead against incumbent Gloria Mercado-Fortine.

Area 1 (live results here):
Gloria Mercado-Fortine: 44.2%
Linda Storli: 55.8%

Area 4 (live results here):
Andrew Taban: 36.1%
Steve Sturgeon: 63.9%

In low-turnout elections like this one, about 75% of voters will vote by mail. These first numbers include all of the VBM ballots that have been counted so far. Because this first count represents such a big share of the total votes, the leaders at the first count will almost always hold on to their lead. Time will tell, of course, and we’ve got plenty of time. We might not see updated numbers for a few hours.

How much does an election cost? This much.

About one-tenth of two-fifths of the valley will be electing board members to the Hart school board on Tuesday, and it’s been the most colorful election in recent memory. For the benefit of the voting public, and in the interest of transparent elections, we’re posting the campaign finance disclosure forms for each candidate. I asked all four candidates for copies of their forms. Two responded (Taban and Mercado-Fortine) with their copies of their forms. The other two (Storli and Sturgeon) did not respond, so theirs came from someone who did a public records request with the County.

For now, these are posted without comment, except to say that these weren’t easy to come by, and that shouldn’t be the case. I really hope that our local agencies will take steps in the near future to make disclosure in elections readily available to the public online, or at the very least, in Santa Clarita. Currently, these forms only exist in paper form in Norwalk, which is basically Disneyland, with banker’s hours to boot.

Sorry. Pre-coffee and all. Here are the forms:

(Update: a few more forms have come in for Storli’s campaign.)

Area 1:

Gloria Mercado-Fortine (1st period, includes forms 460, 497s, and 460 amendment)
Gloria Mercado-Fortine (2nd period, includes forms 460 and 497s)

Linda Storli (1st period, form 460)
*New:Linda Storli (1st period, form 460 – premature filing)
*New: Linda Storli (Form 497)
Linda Storli (2nd period, form 460)
*New: Linda Storli (2nd period, form 460 amendment)

Area 4:

Steve Sturgeon (1st period, form 460)
Steve Sturgeon (2nd period, form 460)

Andrew Taban (1st period, form 460)
Andrew Taban (1st period, form 460 amendment)
Andrew Taban (2nd period, form 460)
Andrew Taban (Form 497s – all)