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    Many students are continuing to learn virtually due to COVID-19.But data from the California Department of Education shows that more families are transitioning to homeschooling.Martin Whitehead has homeschooled his children for 20 years. He's also on the board of the Homeschool Association of California."Our website hits have doubled to tripled the presence and questions on our social media have doubled and tripled versus last year," said Whitehead.Whitehead explained there are a few options to choose from when transitioning to homeschooling.One way is establishing your own private school.This requires filing an affidavit with the state usually between Oct. 1st to Oct. 15th.Data shows that October 2020 filings for these affidavits with five or less students has more than doubled compared to 2019.State officials said that affidavit filings with five or less students is a good measure of homeschooling. And some schools are entirely for those learning from home.Thousand Oaks resident Kiley...
    After weeks of consistent improvement, cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. rebounded slightly to begin this week. In California, however, the decline in cases has continued unabated. On Tuesday, county health departments across California combined to report 6,247 new cases of COVID-19, according to data compiled by this news organization. While that doesn’t quite match the state’s recent hundred-day lows, it did lower California’s daily average to about 5,815 cases per day over the past week, its lowest point since the first week of November and 87% below its peak last month. Nationwide the past two days, the country has reported week-over-week increases in cases, according to data collected by the New York Times. Cases have still declined about 74% from an all-time high last month and 37% in the past two weeks, to an average of about 68,000 per day, but for the first time since mid-January, the nation’s...
    California state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill on February 17 that would ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the future by phasing out the practice and would put a buffer around oil extraction sites to protect schools and other community spots, CBS Local reported. Source: News Time/YouTube The bill, SB 467, would stop issuing or renewing permits for hydraulic fracturing and other extraction methods starting in 2022 and would prohibit those practices in 2027. The bill also includes programming, training and job placement support for existing oil workers. “California must lead on climate and we must reduce and eventually end our dependence on oil,” Wiener said. “We’re out of time and we need to act quickly.” The buffer zones exist in states including Texas and Oklahoma but not California, where Wiener shared that 7.5 million Californian s live within a mile of an oil or gas well....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The coronavirus pandemic has been absolutely devastating for dozens of industries, but when it comes to real estate, houses are selling like never before. A real estate sign is seen in front of a house for sale in West Los Angeles in November 2020. Despite the ongoing pandemic, the real estate market is California is experiencing a boom. (Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images) “We had one of the busiest years in real estate on record,” Stan Smith, the director of the California Association of Realtors, said. RELATED: Driver Knocks Over Utility Pole, Causing Small Outage In South LA Neighborhood After Leading Police On Chase Smith said that although the year started slow, there were more home sales in the state than ever before. “I believe that this situation has put a magnifying glass on everyone’s living situation,” he said. “And your mind didn’t think...
    Motorists line up for their COVID-19 vaccine a joint state and federal mass vaccination site set up on the campus of California State University of Los Angeles in Los Angeles,Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. Jae C. Hong/Associated Press Two mass vaccination sites organized by FEMA and the CA Governor's Office opened Tuesday in the state. The sites located in Los Angeles and Oakland each have the capacity to vaccinate 6,000 people per day. The state has struggled with inconsistent vaccine supply, forcing some sites to close temporarily. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Two mass vaccination sites opened Tuesday in supply-strapped California as part of a wider movement by the federal government to increase the rate of COVID-19 shots nationwide. The two sites, located in Los Angeles and Oakland, are part of the Biden Administration's efforts to organize 100 vaccination sites across the country in the president's first...
    The steady decline in hospitalizations continues, marking on Tuesday, Feb. 9, a 49.6% drop in the number of people needing hospital care from a Jan. 6 high of 22,853. There were 388 fewer hospitalizations on Tuesday, than there were the previous day, lowering the total number of hospitalizations to 11,516, according to end-of-day totals from California public health websites. California communities reported 10,913 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 3,421,905, according to California public health websites. The 14-day average of 14,768 daily new cases is down 65.2% from the Jan. 1 high of 42,468. There were 513 new deaths reported Tuesday, for a total of 44,996 people in California who have died from the virus. Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, The Associated Press, reporting counties...
    CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. (KABC) -- Amid an urgent search for two Central California toddlers missing since December, the reward offered for information has increased.Brothers Orson West, 3, and Orrin West, 4, were reported missing on Dec. 21 in California City, Kern County, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.Jacqueline and Trezell West, their adoptive parents, said the boys vanished from the backyard, possibly roaming into the California desert."I saw them there, [I] went in the house, I came back out, I didn't seem them," Trezell West, the boys' adoptive father, told KERO-TV. "I realized that I left the gate opened, and I panicked, came inside the house, searched the house, me and my wife."RELATED: Search continues for missing California toddlers who disappeared days before ChristmasEMBED More News Videos More than one month after two brothers disappeared from their small California town, the search for the children continues, and police fear...
    Originally Published by: Joint Base Andrews intrusion: Man breaks into plane used by senior US leaders, officials say Court grants accused Capitol rioter permission to travel to Mexico for preplanned work trip Chicago records highest January murder rate in four years Family and friends of Maya “May” Millete, a California mother of three who has been missing since Jan. 7, held a rally at the Chula Vista Police Department headquarters Friday to increase awareness about her disappearance.  “I’m pleading, anyone out there, please, anybody, somewhere, somehow might know where my sister’s whereabouts [are]. Please bring her home,” Maricris Drouaillet, Millete’s sister, said through tears Friday. “Her kids, they need their mom. Please, help us find my sister. Anyone out there, if you have any information at all, please help me, help us find my sister.” Police conducted a search warrant at Millete’s home on Jan. 23 and have interviewed family, friends, and...
    California’s deadly winter wave of COVID-19 continued its retreat Thursday but rebounded with a small increase in fatalities from the week before, according to data compiled by this news organization. With 14,163 new cases Thursday and nearly 500 fewer COVID-positive patients in hospitals around the state than the day before, California’s average daily case count fell to its lowest point — approximately 15,500 per day over the past week — since the first days of December and its active hospitalizations to their lowest point since the second week of December. Just 6.1% of all coronavirus tests in the past week have come back positive, the state’s lowest positivity rate since the end of November. However, after two days of declining deaths, there were another 634 reported around California on Thursday, slightly increasing its average death toll to about 503 per day over the past week. Although cases have been steadily...
    California’s cases of COVID-19 continued to descend Tuesday and were coupled with a drop off in deaths from the week before. With 12,576 new cases, according to data compiled by this news organization, California reported fewer cases Tuesday than any other weekday, excluding holidays, since the middle of November. At approximately 17,170 per day over the past week, California is averaging fewer than half the new cases it was two weeks ago, down 53% in that time, the state’s steepest decrease since its case curve began to bend downward. Deaths, however, continue to come at a pace closer to California’s peak than any time prior to this winter wave. There were another 484 fatalities reported around the state Tuesday, far fewer than the 700-plus reported last Tuesday but also still 10 times higher than the average day as recently as last fall. More than 41,800 Californians have lost their...
    CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. -- More than one month after two young brothers disappeared from their small California town, the search for the children continues, and police fear foul play may be involved.Orson West, 3, and Orrin West, 4, were reported missing on Dec. 21 in California City, Kern County, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.Jacqueline and Trezell West, their adoptive parents, said the boys vanished from the backyard, possibly roaming into the California desert."I saw them there, [I] went in the house, I came back out, I didn't seem them," Trezell West, the boys' adoptive father, told KERO-TV. "I realized that I left the gate opened, and I panicked, came inside the house, searched the house, me and my wife."Soon, authorities suspected foul play, said California City Police Chief Jon Walker."We did a thorough search of the surrounding areas and [the toddlers were] not there, so that tells me...
    The downward trend for new COVID-19 cases continued this weekend as Californians look for hopeful signs that their hard-hit state is on the road to recovery from the worst health crisis in a century. On Saturday, California counties reported 24,111 new COVID-19 cases, according to data analyzed by this news organization. The number represents 620 cases fewer than the previous day after California experienced record numbers in a post-holiday surge. The seven-day average decreased from 29,122 new daily cases to 27, 405 cases — the lowest average since Dec. 11. California has seen 3.1 million novel coronavirus cases since the pandemic began one year ago. After early success in controlling the disease, the Golden State experienced one of the country’s biggest surges starting in November. The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 also has declined again — on Thursday it dipped below 19,000 for the first time since Christmas Day....
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system COVID-19 VACCINE: Find out where you are in line LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.: Jan. 14, 20215 a.m.Bus...
    Three out of the six inmates who broke out of a California jail have been captured by law enforcement, Fox News reported. The six inmates were able to escape Merced County Jail Saturday night by climbing to the roof of the jail, and then use a rope made of sheets to descend 20 feet to the ground, according to Fox News. Authorities apprehended three of the six men in the San Diego, CA area on Tuesday, according to a Merced County Sheriff’s Office statement. Fabian Cruz Roman, 22, was facing murder charges before he escaped from Merced County jail, and is among the three captured, Fox News reported. Another captured inmate, 21-year-old Andres Nunez Rodriguez, was facing attempted murder charges. The third, 22-year-old Edgar Eduardo Ventura was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, participation in a criminal street gang, and violating probation, according to Fox...
    CBS San Francisco Staff Report SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With a surge in coronavirus cases, the information you need to know is coming fast and furious. Here’s a roundup of the COVID stories we’ve published over the last 24 hours. Bay Area ICU Capacity Tumbles To 0.7%; Stay-At-Home Order To Be Extended SACRAMENTO — Hopes that the Bay Area might move out of the current COVID stay-at-home order were dealt a reality check Monday after Governor Gavin Newsom announced the region’s ICU capacity had tumbled to a new low at 0.7%. During his Monday news conference to provide an update on California’s COVID-19 pandemic response, Newsom said state Health and Human Services Director Dr. Mark Ghaly would likely announce the continuation of the Bay Area’s stay-at-home order on Tuesday. “Based upon ICU capacity currently, unless those projections are radically different, we can expect that stay-at-home to continue,” said Newsom....
    The Santa Monica Pier will close the remaining three weekends this month and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in an effort to rein in the record-breaking number of coronavirus infections in Los Angeles County, officials said. The pier was closed Sunday as part of the move, made “out of an abundance of caution” to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus currently ravaging the county and the rest of California, the city of Santa Monica said in a news release. Over the past week, the state has averaged 44,795 new cases and 480.9 new deaths per day. Experts say the true number of people infected is likely much higher than indicated in official tallies. California Darkest days for L.A. doctors, nurses, EMTs: ‘The way most people leave is by dying’ California Darkest days for L.A. doctors, nurses, EMTs: ‘The way most...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — On Dec. 15, 2020, at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Bay Area history was made. Pulmonologist Dr. Antonio Gomez, a critical care specialist who treats COVID-19 patients, was the first person here to get a COVID-19 vaccine. “Over the course of the first couple of hours, I had a sore shoulder and I had no side effects from the first shot,” Dr. Gomez recalled. The next day, emergency room physician Dr. Tomas Diaz rolled up his sleeves at UC San Francisco. “I was actually the fourth person at UCSF to be vaccinated so this is actually a two-part vaccine.” Last week, both doctors got their second shot. “I felt a little bit of muscle aches and soreness but that’s basically it. No fevers or chills or anything of that sort,” Dr. Gomez said. “I was feeling body aches, chills that lasted about a day and, you...
    The mother of the woman dubbed 'Soho Karen', Miya Ponsetto, who was filmed assaulting a black boy who she accused of stealing her iPhone, has been spotted being pulled over by the police.  Nicole Ponsetto, 43, was stopped by the Ventura Country Sheriff on Sunday by at least two patrol cars as she traveled through the city of Filmore, California close to her home in Piru, a small town approximately 30 miles north of Los Angeles.  In exclusive DailyMail.com photos, Nicole was seen without wearing a face mask as a deputy approached her car before eventually putting one on. After a short while, another officer appears on scene, however it is not clear why the Range Rover she and he daughter both drive was stopped just a few miles from their home.  Meanwhile, her daughter, Miya, was also spotted in public for the first time since being identified as 'Soho Karen' and...
    (CBS Los Angeles)- New video released Tuesday from inside the Kaiser Permanente’s Downey and Fontana medical centers in Southern California shows the stark reality of the latest COVID-19 surge and the impact it’s having on hospitals. New video shows patients lined up in beds in hallways and even more waiting outside while hooked up to oxygen tanks under tents. (Kaiser Permanente) The video shows patients lined up in beds in hallways and even more waiting outside while hooked up to oxygen tanks under tents. “I’m seeing people die alone,” a healthcare worker says in the video. “I’m seeing nurses exhausted, missing their families.” The video, released by doctors from across the state during a virtual roundtable on the pandemic, aims to encourage people to stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying home when possible. “If people continue to gather for the upcoming holidays, we are going to cripple the hospital...
    California set another record for new coronavirus cases Friday as an unprecedented surge in infections showed no signs of slowing. The state logged 53,326 new cases of the virus, according to a Los Angeles Times county-by-county tally, topping the previous record of 52,330 cases set Wednesday and marking the third consecutive day that new cases surpassed 50,000. Before Wednesday, the state had never added more than 50,000 cases in a single day. The state’s previous single-day record for new cases, set Monday, was 42,088. California is now averaging more than 40,000 new coronavirus cases a day over the last week, a new record and 10 times the figure from Halloween. The state also set records for COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, when 295 deaths were recorded, and then again on Wednesday, when 393 people were reported to have died, according to The Times survey. The state recorded 265 more deaths...
    California reported some of its worst numbers of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, setting yet another record for new cases and logging its second-highest single-day death count. The state’s counties collectively reported 54,532 new cases, topping by nearly 3,000 the previous single-day record set just a day earlier on Thursday. They also recorded 279 deaths, the most of the pandemic besides Wednesday’s catastrophic count of 428. Both the state’s seven-day case average (40,254) and seven-day death average (224.86) also reached new record highs on Friday as California surpassed 1.8 million cumulative cases, according to data compiled by this news organization. The pandemic’s deadliest stretch refuses to relent. Record-breaking days in case counts have become commonplace in California over the past month, with each day and week carving out a grim new reality. And although this week’s arrival of vaccines to different parts of the state brought the promise of safety...
    As California’s coronavirus cases and deaths surge to new highs, the Bay Area’s supply of ICU beds continued to plummet Thursday and Southern California joined the San Joaquin region in reaching capacity. With less than 15% of intensive care unit beds now available in multiple Bay Area counties and just 3% statewide, hospitals are being forced to take emergency measures to meet the needs of patients. As Christmas and New Year’s Eve are right around the corner, raising the potential for super-spreader parties and gatherings, medical professionals worry demand won’t taper off any time soon. “The hospital is very full. The services are very full. People are doing extra shifts,” said Dr. Julie Parsonnet, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Stanford University, who also practices at Stanford Hospital. “It’s scary for us, and it should be scary for the population.” Marin County ran out of ICU beds this week....
    California’s explosive surge of COVID-19 continued over the weekend, as positive tests came back in record numbers, hospitalizations climbed to another new high and fewer ICU beds were available than ever before. County health departments combined to report 24,588 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, despite only a quarter of the state’s 58 counties issuing updates, according to data compiled by this news organization. With more than 222,000 new cases in the past week — an average of more than 31,700 per day — more Californians have tested positive in the past seven days than all of October and September, combined. In the past two weeks, California’s average daily cases have increased by 127%. Hospitals are already feeling the effects of a surge in cases that began about six weeks ago with a 76% increase in COVID-positive patients in the past two weeks. More Californians already hospitalized with the...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom has had a rough year. The next one might be even tougher as a recall effort appears to be gaining momentum, fueled partly by outrage over the first-term Democrat dining with friends at an opulent restaurant while telling state residents to spurn social gatherings and stay home.It's not uncommon in California for residents to seek recalls but they rarely get on the ballot - and even fewer succeed. Several launched against Newsom faded but another attempt is drawing greater attention as his fortunes change while he enters a critical stretch in his governorship.Newsom received high praise for his aggressive approach to the coronavirus last spring, when he issued the nation's first statewide stay-at-home order. Now there is growing public angst over subsequent health orders that have shuttered schools and businesses and a massive unemployment benefits fraud scandal, while a public shaming continues for his ill-advised dinner...
    Originally Published by: Critical fire danger continues for Southern California Wildfire threat continues as red flag warnings issued for parts of California Southern Californias Bond Fire explodes overnight, forcing evacuation of thousands A wildfire in Riverside County, California has burned through nearly 2,000 acres Sunday as roughly 130 firefighters work to contain its spread. The blaze, dubbed the Sanderson Fire, erupted at around 1 a.m. near La Borde Canyon Road and Jack Rabbit Trail.  Firefighters were able to stop the forward spread of the flames on Sunday afternoon after being assisted by three helicopters, six air tankers, and four fire crews. However, the Sanderson fire is currently only 10% contained, according to the latest update from Calfire. The cause of the incident remains under investigation. No injuries have been reported.  In addition, the California Highway Patrol of San Gorgonio Pass has lifted an evacuation order issued Sunday afternoon for homes north of Gilman...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Local hospital space is getting even more restricted as coronavirus cases continue to surge across Southern California. “The crush of patients who’ve come in with respiratory illnesses in the last two to three weeks is overwhelming,” said Dr. Brad Spellberg, Chief Medical officer L.A. County-USC Medical Center. Ten months into the pandemic, health care workers say things aren’t getting better, they’re getting worse. One month ago, on November 12, the five-day average of cases in L.A. County was just over 2,000. On Saturday, the five-day average was above 10,000, which marked an increase of 370% in just one month. RELATED: Anticipation High As California Creeps Closer To Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution The number of available ICU beds in Southern California is dropping daily from 9% open on Wednesday to just 5.3% today. That’s more cases of more severity than ever, and while news of the vaccine is...
    Tech giant Oracle Corp. said Friday it will move its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas, and let many employees choose their office locations and decide whether to work from home. The business software maker said it will keep major hubs at its current home in Redwood City, California, and other locations. 'We believe these moves best position Oracle for growth and provide our personnel with more flexibility about where and how they work,' the company said in a regulatory filing. 'Depending on their role, this means that many of our employees can choose their office location as well as continue to work from home part time or all the time.'  The move comes the same week that Tesla founder Elon Musk announced that he has moved to Texas and after Hewlett Packard Enterprise also announced a move to the state earlier this month.    Tech giant Oracle Corp. said...
    SAN FRANCISCO —  San Francisco will run out of intensive care beds in 17 days if the current rate of infection remains stable, the director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health said Wednesday. “That is if things don’t get worse and they very well may,” said Dr. Grant Colfax at a virtual news briefing. Colfax urged residents to stay home, saying that avoiding contact with others now was “probably the most important message” he has tried to impart since the COVID-19 pandemic began. “To be blunt, we have one chance to turn this serious surge around, and that chance is right now,” he said. “But our window is narrowing and closing fast.” He said coronavirus cases have been “skyrocketing” since Thanksgiving and the numbers rise by the hour. California coronavirus cases: Tracking the outbreak California coronavirus cases: Tracking the outbreak The latest maps...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) on Tuesday introduced new legislation to legalize overdose prevention programs, or safe injection sites, in select California cities. Under Senate Bill 57, people suffering from substance addiction could safely consume in the presence of medical professionals who are equipped with the medication naloxone to prevent overdoses. The sites would first be implemented via pilot program in San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles. SB 57 marks Wiener’s third legislation pushing for the sites. Back in 2018, Wiener’s initial legislation Assembly Bill 186, was vetoed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown and after that, Wiener introduced AB 362 earlier this year, but that too was ultimately canned. According to Wiener, safe injection sites operating in places like Canada, Australia and Europe have already proven successful in reducing overdose deaths and getting people into treatment. In the face of COVID-19 and a skyrocketing overdose...
    It's another day of critical fire danger for southern California with strong winds, dry conditions and warm temperatures fueling the conditions for spreading and starting wildfires. “#CriticalFireWeather is expected across California,” tweeted Cal Fire on Monday. “Exercise extreme caution when outdoors to help prevent the sparks that cause wildfires. Limit your use of any outdoor equipment and ensure your vehicle has no dragging parts.” WILDFIRE THREAT CONTINUES AS RED FLAG WARNINGS ISSUED FOR PARTS OF CALIFORNIA Wildfire danger continues in California. (Fox News) The rest of the country is very quiet. The Northwest will remain active with several systems moving in with heavy rain and mountain snow and the Southwest will also get some much-needed rain later this week. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Forecast for Dec. 8, 2020. (Fox News) In terms of temperatures, it will be a very mild day for many across the...
    Officials have issued red flag warnings for parts of southern and central California as the state’s wildfire threat continues. “Elevated to critical fire weather conditions are forecast into Tuesday across southwestern California and the Bay Area due to dry conditions and strong offshore winds,” said the National Weather Service, in a statement. A red flag warning is issued for weather events that “may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours,” according to the Cal Fire website. “A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours,” it adds. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S BOND FIRE EXPLODES OVERNIGHT, FORCING EVACUATION OF THOUSANDS Two firetrucks are seen on top of a hill as the sun sets as the Bond Fire burns in Silverado, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) California has been dealing with recent fire danger amid unpredictable wind...
    COVID-19 cases continued to skyrocket on Friday as California counties reported a new single-day record of 22,491 total cases. The state also recorded its highest seven-day case average of 17,819 and tallied 208 deaths, the most in one day since the end of July. An unprecedented, miserable stretch of the pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down as gatherings over the Thanksgiving holiday begin to show up in case counts. There have now been 19,797 COVID-related deaths in California and 1,308,736 cases, according to data compiled by this news organization. As the Bay Area continues to record worrisome case numbers, some major counties on Friday announced they would voluntarily adopt stronger restrictions on public gatherings. California will mandate many of those restrictions for regions where the number of occupied ICU beds surpasses 85% capacity. Together, the 10 counties comprising the Bay Area recorded 2,294 new cases and 23 new...
    By MARK THIESSEN | The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — The search continued Friday for two people missing after a massive landslide crashed into a town in southeast Alaska, leaving a neighborhood mired in mud and felled trees stretching to the waterfront, the mayor said. The debris field from Wednesday’s slide was too unstable to safely search by land, so officials were using boats with dogs on board to search the shoreline for David Simmons and Jenae Larson, Haines Borough Mayor Douglas Olerud said. Rain and low visibility were hampering aerial efforts Friday, and a logjam of fallen trees on the beach also posed problems. “They need to get that moved to enhance their search efforts,” Olerud said. Haines, with a population of about 2,500 people, experienced several landslides as heavy rains inundated much of southeast Alaska. The landslides followed a deluge of about 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) of rain...
    Tourist in California are flocking to yet another metal monolith that popped up on top of Pine Mountain, days after similar pillars in Romania and Utah were removed from their posts.  Dozen of local hikers made the trek to the top of the mountain in Atascadero to snap a photo with the pillar, which mysteriously showed up on Wednesday.  The obelisk looks to be made out of stainless steel, welded together at each of its three corners and using rivets that are attached to the side panels. It stands at 10ft tall and 18inches wide, the Atascadero News reports.  A moveable monolith has popped up at Pine Mountain in Atascadero, California, on Wednesday The monolith at Pine Mountain is not attached to the ground, different from the one in Utah. It is estimated to weigh 200lbs, making it easy to push over The monolith at Pine Mountain is not attached...
    A pastor at a California megachurch which continued to hold services throughout the pandemic has died from COVID-19 complications a week after being hospitalized.  Bob Bryant, 58, a pastor at the Water of Life Community Church in Fontana, fell ill with coronavirus symptoms while on vacation, according to the Daily Bulletin. He tested positive, as did his wife and their son, on November 22.  Bryant, who had diabetes and high blood pressure , became severely ill and was hospitalized within hours of his diagnosis. He suffered a heart attack and contracted pneumonia before passing away on Monday.  The family claim they do not know where Bryant became infected and that he had always been careful because of his underlying health conditions.   The megachurch, which continued to welcome hundreds to services despite the ever rising cases in California, has said it will continue to hold services with social distancing despite Bryant's...
    California has again recorded its most coronavirus cases in a single day amid a sustained and alarming wave in infections that threatens to swamp hospitals statewide. The number of newly confirmed infections reported Monday, 21,848, surpasses the previous high of 20,654 set a week ago, according to data compiled by The Times. The latest figure was partially inflated by reporting lags stemming from the Thanksgiving holiday. By Monday night, California was averaging about 14,000 coronavirus cases a day over a seven-day period — a level not seen at any point in the entire pandemic. The new record marks a distressing end to a month that saw the resurgent pandemic roar to unprecedented heights in California. About 298,000 of the state’s more than 1.2 million coronavirus cases were diagnosed in November alone, the most of any single month. California Newsom warns of regional stay-at-home order...
    A 28-year-old man hasn’t been seen since coming out of a hotel two weeks ago, and authorities are searching for him. Sumit Mitra left The Dylan Hotel, 110 S. El Camino Real in Millbrae, sometime in the evening on Nov. 6, authorities said. Authorities say his friends and family are extremely worried. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office circulated Mitra’s picture on social media Saturday. MISSING PERSON pic.twitter.com/E1JnZACCJe — Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) November 21, 2020 Mitra is 5 foot 6 inches tall, and between 110 and 120 pounds and had a dark-colored beard when he was last seen. He has black hair and brown eyes and a half-inch scar under his right eye. He was wearing a red hoodie and white pants when he left the hotel. The sheriff’s office urged anyone who sees Mitra to call them at 510-667-7731 or contact their local law enforcement authority. Related Articles...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) –Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey is scheduled to hold a news conference Friday morning as she fights for a third term against challenger George Gascón. The 66-year-old Gascón, the former San Francisco District Attorney, is maintaining a health lead in the DA’s race. Gascón leads by a 53.72% to 46.28% margin, a difference of just over 229,000 votes. According to the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office, there were still an estimated 791,200 votes remaining to be tallied. Lacey was holding an 11 a.m. news conference to discuss “the future of the office.” The 63-year-old Lacey has held the DA’s post since 2012. However, she has faced growing criticism during her tenure over allegations she has not been aggressive enough in prosecuting law enforcement officers for misconduct. Those protests have increased significantly in the wake of the George Floyd protests. For months, protesters have been holding...
    SACRAMENTO —  Longtime adversaries are clashing once again over changes to California’s criminal justice system, with a group representing the state’s sheriffs endorsing Proposition 20 on Thursday, while former Gov. Jerry Brown is attacking the initiative in television ads. The ballot measure would expand the list of felonies for which those convicted are ineligible for early parole, increase penalties for repeat shoplifters and collect DNA samples from adults convicted of some misdemeanors. Brown began airing ads this week criticizing the initiative, calling it a “prison spending scam.” And on Thursday, the California State Sheriffs’ Assn., a frequent opponent of the Brown’s that represents the state’s 58 sheriffs, said the measure is urgently needed for public safety. The political battle over Proposition 20 threatens part of Brown’s legacy of shifting the state’s criminal justice system from mass incarceration to one with more emphasis on rehabilitation. Sheriffs were at odds with...
    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to 787,000 last week despite continued pressure on the labor market from the coronavirus pandemic, the feds said Thursday. Last week’s initial jobless claims nevertheless brought the total filed during the COVID-19 crisis to more than 65.1 million — a number equivalent to nearly 41 percent of the nation’s total workforce. The latest filings marked a surprise decrease from the prior week’s revised total of 842,000 and came in below economists’ expectations for 860,000 new claims, the US Department of Labor figures show. California likely played a large role in the drop, as the state finally updated figures after pausing its data for a few weeks to work through a backlog in claims and implement fraud prevention technology. The feds recorded 158,877 new filings from California last week, a significant decrease from the placeholder figure of 226,179 that was reported...
    The state Republican Party has removed their unstaffed, unofficial ballot drop boxes that state officials deemed illegal, California’s secretary of state said Friday, and subpoenas are being issued to get more information about them as the state attorney general looks into possible election law violations. Republicans confirmed they had yanked boxes that were improperly labeled “official” but say they will continue to use dozens of other boxes without the labels that have been sent to various counties. The back-and-forth comes after a weeklong controversy over the GOP’s ballot collection in California and as votes are already pouring in to county offices in what’s expected to be a very high turnout for the Nov. election. Last weekend, California election officials said they learned Republicans had been using their own drop boxes to collect ballots from voters at churches, political offices and some businesses in Los Angeles, Orange and Fresno...
    By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press The state Republican Party has removed their unstaffed, unofficial ballot drop boxes that state officials deemed illegal, California’s secretary of state said Friday, and subpoenas are being issued to get more information about them as the state attorney general looks into possible election law violations. Republicans confirmed they had yanked boxes that were improperly labeled “official" but say they will continue to use dozens of other boxes without the labels that have been sent to various counties. The back-and-forth comes after a weeklong controversy over the GOP's ballot collection in California and as votes are already pouring in to county offices in what's expected to be a very high turnout for the Nov. election. Last weekend, California election officials said they learned Republicans had been using their own drop boxes to collect ballots from voters at churches, political offices and some businesses in Los Angeles,...
    The evolving partisan battle over ballot drop boxes took another confusing turn Friday as the state’s top election and law enforcement officials — both Democrats — tried to reassure voters that Republican Party officials had removed unofficial boxes after receiving a cease and desist letter. “There was a big election security vulnerability that these boxes presented that seems to have been removed,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. Yet even as Padilla and Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the supposed agreement, California Republicans were doubling down, vowing to continue using the boxes to collect completed ballots. “We’re still deploying the boxes,” tweeted Republican state Sen. Melissa Melendez. “They will of course be secure.” The saga started last weekend when unauthorized ballot drop boxes that looked official began showing up outside churches, gun shops and other locations around Southern California and elsewhere. Padilla and Becerra declined Friday to specify how...
    By JANET McCONNAUGHEY | The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — California’s ban on selling alligator products probably violates federal laws and the state cannot enforce it while various legal challenges remain in court, a federal judge has ruled. The state of Louisiana and companies in California, Florida and Texas are suing the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important industry and ultimately could hurt alligator and crocodile populations. “We are encouraged by the court’s decision. We know this is the first step and not the last. But it gives Louisiana’s vital alligator industry the ability to continue operating in California and beyond,” Bill Hogan, chair of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, said in an emailed statement. Companies that make and use alligator and crocodile leather and ranchers in Louisiana and Florida had filed suit...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — California’s ban on selling alligator products probably violates federal laws and the state cannot enforce it while various legal challenges remain in court, a federal judge has ruled. The state of Louisiana and companies in California, Florida and Texas are suing the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important industry and ultimately could hurt alligator and crocodile populations. “We are encouraged by the court’s decision. We know this is the first step and not the last. But it gives Louisiana’s vital alligator industry the ability to continue operating in California and beyond,” Bill Hogan, chair of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, said in an emailed statement. Companies that make and use alligator and crocodile leather and ranchers in Louisiana and Florida had filed suit Dec. 10 against the...
    By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — California’s ban on selling alligator products probably violates federal laws and the state cannot enforce it while various legal challenges remain in court, a federal judge has ruled. The state of Louisiana and companies in California, Florida and Texas are suing the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important industry and ultimately could hurt alligator and crocodile populations. “We are encouraged by the court’s decision. We know this is the first step and not the last. But it gives Louisiana’s vital alligator industry the ability to continue operating in California and beyond,” Bill Hogan, chair of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, said in an emailed statement. Companies that make and use alligator and crocodile leather and ranchers in Louisiana and Florida had filed suit Dec....
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — California’s ban on selling alligator products probably violates federal laws and the state cannot enforce it while various legal challenges remain in court, a federal judge has ruled. The state of Louisiana and companies in California, Florida and Texas are suing the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important industry and ultimately could hurt alligator and crocodile populations. “We are encouraged by the court’s decision. We know this is the first step and not the last. But it gives Louisiana’s vital alligator industry the ability to continue operating in California and beyond,” Bill Hogan, chair of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, said in an emailed statement. Companies that make and use alligator and crocodile leather and ranchers in Louisiana and Florida had filed suit Dec. 10 against the...
    A record-breaking fall heat wave and gusty Santa Ana winds will team up to heighten fire danger across a swath of Southern California this week, with officials saying the bone-dry, blustery conditions will make it easier for new blazes to both start and spread. Given the foreboding forecast, the National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch covering the Santa Clarita Valley, Los Angeles and Ventura county mountains, mountains and coastal slopes of the San Bernardino and Santa Ana ranges, as well as areas of the Inland Empire below the Cajon Pass. Conditions are expected to be most critical late Thursday night through Friday afternoon, according to David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “Around 9, 10 a.m., that’s when the Santa Ana winds will peak and provide that risk of rapid spread to fires because of wind,” he said Thursday. “And then in...
    The wildfires that have ravaged California have sparked a Red Flag Warning in some northern parts of the state as critical fire weather conditions continue. “A #RedFlagWarning will be in effect for portions of Northern California due to critical fire weather,” tweeted Cal Fire on Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued heat advisories through Friday for temperatures in the 90s and even triple digits in many parts of the state. Red-flag warnings were up in much of the San Francisco Bay Area where Diablo winds bringing hot, dry gusts up to 55 mph were expected to pose a threat of sparking new blazes in a region that already has seen some of the worst wildfires in state history. “The National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches to alert fire departments of the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to...
    SAN FRANCISCO - The staggering scale of California's wildfires reached another milestone Monday: A single fire surpassed 1 million acres (about 405,000 hectares).  The new mark for the August Complex in the Coast Range between San Francisco and the Oregon border came a day after the total area of land burned by California wildfires this year passed 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares), more than double the previous record.  Gov. Gavin Newsom said the amount of land scorched by the August Complex is larger than all of the recorded fires in California between 1932 and 1999.  "If that's not proof point, testament, to climate change, then I don't know what is," Newsom said.   The August Complex began as dozens of fires ignited by lightning in the Mendocino National Forest in mid-August and became California's largest fire on record in September. As of Monday, it covered nearly 1,566 square...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The staggering scale of California’s wildfires reached another milestone Monday: A single fire surpassed 1 million acres. The new mark for the August Complex in the Coast Range between San Francisco and the Oregon border came a day after the total area of land burned by California wildfires this year passed 4 million acres, more than double the previous record. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the amount of land scorched by the August Complex is larger than all of the recorded fires in California between 1932 and 1999. “If that’s not proof point, testament, to climate change, then I don’t know what is,” Newsom said. The August Complex began as dozens of fires ignited by lightning in the Mendocino National Forest in mid-August and became California’s largest fire on record in September. As of Monday, it covered nearly 1,566 square miles (4,055 square kilometers). Since the beginning...
    CALISTOGA (AP) – The staggering scale of California’s wildfires reached another milestone Monday: A single fire surpassed 1 million acres. The new mark for the August Complex in the Coast Range between San Francisco and the Oregon border came a day after the total area of land burned by California wildfires this year passed 4 million acres, more than double the previous record. The August Complex began as dozens of fires ignited by lightning in the Mendocino National Forest in mid-August and became California’s largest fire on record in September. As of Monday, it covered nearly 1,566 square miles (4,055 square kilometers). Since the beginning of the year, more than 8,200 California wildfires have scorched “well over 4 million acres” or 6,250 square miles, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday in a statement. There have been 31 deaths and more than 8,400 buildings have been destroyed....
    Early Sunday morning, a small fire exploded into the devastating Glass Fire, fueled by hot, dry and windy conditions and is now threatening over 10,000 structures in California’s Wine Country. By Tuesday morning the Glass Fire had burned more than 42,000 acres, as firefighters continued the battle to save population centers and developed areas despite having 0% containment on the fire. Investigators are still determining what sparked the initial blaze. In these enhanced satellite images from early Sunday morning through Tuesday morning you can see the Glass Fire spread quickly through some of the only land around Santa Rosa that hasn’t been affected by the wildfires from just a few weeks ago, or in the past few fire seasons. In this view the red hot spots show where the fire is actively burning over the course of about 48 hours, and you can see orange patches that show scars from...
    The search continues for a U.S. Forest Service firefighter who was reported missing Thursday in California, according to reports. Big Bear Hotshot Carlos Alexander Baltazar was last seen on Sept. 20, and was reported missing by his family while off-duty on Sept. 24, FOX 11 reported. The California Highway Patrol found Baltazar’s car abandoned in a remote area of Highway 18, northeast of Big Bear. His fire backpack was found 75 yards away. The car had been involved in a minor collision, but it was unknown if the vehicle had been disabled because of the crash. Carlos Baltazar - photo from San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department Baltazar’s niece said she was the last person in the family to see him, NBC LA reported. She helped him jump-start his car, and he told her he was heading to Big Bear for a hotshot crew meeting. He has failed to answer his phone since...
    At least 29 structures have been destroyed by the Bobcat fire burning in northeastern Los Angeles County, and the number could rise as high as 85, officials said. The U.S. Forest Service, one of the agencies managing the blaze, said Tuesday the voracious fire has expanded to more than 109,000 acres and is 17% contained. “It’s a very dynamic incident,” Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said in a virtual community meeting Monday evening. “This is Day 16 of the Bobcat incident. I am humbled for the people who have lost homes or property.” The Antelope Valley communities of Cima Mesa, Juniper Hills, Pearblossom and Devil’s Punchbowl likely bore the brunt of structure losses, officials said, but they couldn’t immediately confirm how many of the burned structures are homes. An assessment team will move through the area Tuesday to provide an updated count. The fire’s containment numbers dipped to...
    California has the highest level of functional poverty in the U.S., according to U.S. Census Bureau data. “California’s political leaders talk of the ‘utopia’ they are building,” State Rep. Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin, said. “A new Census Bureau report once again shows that we have the highest poverty rate in the nation.” Riley and Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Uber City, are scheduled to testify next month in a lawsuit filed against Gov. Gavin Newsom over his executive orders, which they argue are unconstitutional. The Census Bureau reported that of California’s roughly 40 million residents, an average of 18.2 percent have been impoverished during the three preceding years. The number comes from a supplemental poverty method (SPM) report used by the Census Bureau to calculate poverty. It includes a wider array of income measures, and also adjusts for cost of living increases. “Since the publication of the first...
    If Los Angeles County can continue its downward trend of coronavirus cases, Los Angeles County could see additional reopenings in the next month, the county’s public health chief said Wednesday. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the county’s Department of Public Health, said during an online news conference that the daily average of new cases was still preventing the county from moving to a less restrictive tier for reopening. The county has a daily average of 8.1 cases for each 100,000 residents. That number needs to be under 7.0 for L.A. County to move up from the most restricted tier, Ferrer said. “If we don’t see a surge in cases and hospitalizations associated with activities over Labor Day, and we continue to reduce our rate of community transmission over the weeks ahead, we could enter Tier 2, which is less restrictive, some time in October,” she said. The state has set...
    Smoke from the Bobcat and El Dorado fires continues to blanket Southern California, prompting the South Coast Air Quality Management District to issue its 10th straight day of air quality advisories. Some residents of Los Angeles County, growing weary of the thick, hazy air, say they’re at wit’s end. “You can barely see to the end of the block,” Pasadena resident Stewart Pajares said Wednesday. Pajares said he felt burning in his eyes and lungs, and when asked what concerned him most about the region’s poor air quality, he said, “breathing.” Onshore winds will likely begin moving smoke out of the South Coast air basin Wednesday afternoon, the South Coast AQMD said, but “modest smoke impacts” from Northern and Central California fires are likely to persist. Current air quality readings are still lingering in the 150-200 range, which is considered unhealthy by the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA officials...
    WASHINGTON —  As wildfires raging through the West force millions of voters to confront the consequences of a warming planet, the presidential race became intensely focused Monday on climate change — an issue that has been overshadowed through much of the campaign. The realities of communities ablaze, mass evacuations and curtains of thick smoke settling over large, densely populated swaths of the Pacific Coast pushed the rival candidates to detour from the battleground states and lay out their starkly contrasting visions for reversing the cycle of worsening natural disaster. Landing in California, where state officials say his unyielding efforts to undermine global action on climate have intensified the crisis, President Trump continued to express his skepticism about climate science. In a briefing with state and federal officials, Gov. Gavin Newsom told Trump: “We feel very strongly the hots are getting hotter, the dries are getting dryer.” “Something has happened...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities were continuing to search Monday for a gunman who walked up to a parked sheriff’s squad car and opened fire, critically wounding two Los Angeles County deputies in an ambush recorded on surveillance video. Officials asked for the public’s help in identifying the gunman in a weekend ambush after officials offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The 31-year-old female deputy and 24-year-old male deputy underwent surgery after the shooting Saturday evening and were expected to recover, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Sunday. “They performed in an admirable fashion in spite of grave adversity,” Villanueva said during a conversation with local religious leaders. “God bless them.” The deputies, who graduated together from the sheriff’s academy 14 months ago, were shot while sitting in their patrol car at a Metro rail station and were able to radio for help, the sheriff...
    By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities were continuing to search Monday for a gunman who walked up to a parked sheriff's squad car and opened fire, critically wounding two Los Angeles County deputies in an ambush recorded on surveillance video. Officials asked for the public’s help in identifying the gunman in a weekend ambush after officials offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The 31-year-old female deputy and 24-year-old male deputy underwent surgery after the shooting Saturday evening and were expected to recover, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Sunday. “They performed in an admirable fashion in spite of grave adversity,” Villanueva said during a conversation with local religious leaders. “God bless them." The deputies, who graduated together from the sheriff's academy 14 months ago, were shot while sitting in their patrol car at a Metro rail station and were able to...
    A day after the deadliest day since the start of the pandemic, health officials across the Bay Area are reporting ten new COVID-19 deaths as well as 707 positive cases as the state continues to beat back the coronavirus. According to data compiled by this news organization, new deaths bring the total of fatalities from the deadly virus to 1,295 in the nine-county Bay Area plus Santa Cruz County. Just a day ago public health officials reported 34 new deaths, the most fatalities ever in the Bay Area since the pandemic began led by Alameda County with 16 fatalities and Santa Clara County with 13. On Sunday Alameda counted no new deaths while Santa Clara County reported four new deaths. Across California, public health officials reported 3,125 new cases and 71 new deaths. That brings the 7-day case average to 3,304 and the 7-day death rate to about 9, both...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — For several days now, skies across Southern California have been filled with smoke and officials have been warning residents to stay inside as much as possible. The still-burning Bobcat and El Dorado fires — the latter which was caused by a gender reveal party — have impacted air quality in Los Angeles County and surrounding areas. In some areas, there is visible ash and soot on houses and cars. Jessica Mitchell, a water and fire cleanup manager with Servpro said wiping away the soot with wet towels or rages could make things worse. RELATED: Natural History Museum, Irwindale Speedway Postpone Weekend Events Due To Poor Air Quality Mitchell said as dirty as everything may be, wiping down the oily residue could cause the oil to embed in paint and porous surfaces. For now, she says to wipe things down with a dry cloth and filtering the...
    MONROVIA, Calif. (KABC) -- The Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest has exploded in size to 26,368 acres as several San Gabriel Valley foothill communities remain under an evacuation warning.The blaze was considered 6% contained by Thursday evening, after breaking out Sunday afternoon near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area of the forest. The U.S. Forest Service estimates the fire will not be fully contained until Oct. 15.The blaze continued to roar through tinder-dry brush Thursday and doubled in size in 24 hours to nearly 24,000 acres, and it jumped Highway 39. Residents have been told to be ready to go if conditions take a turn, but officials say despite the dramatic flames seen burning above communities, the fire was moving in the opposite direction.The fuel filled the air with smoke and ash miles from the fire lines, creating some of the worst air quality...
    MONROVIA, Calif. (KABC) -- The Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest has exploded in size to 23,890 acres as several San Gabriel Valley foothill communities remain under an evacuation warning.The blaze was considered 6% contained by Thursday evening, after breaking out Sunday afternoon near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area of the forest. The U.S. Forest Service estimates the fire will not be fully contained until Oct. 15.The blaze continued to roar through tinder-dry brush and doubled in size in 24 hours to nearly 24,000 acres, and it jumped Highway 39. Residents have been told to be ready to go if conditions take a turn, but officials say despite the dramatic flames seen burning above communities, the fire was moving in the opposite direction.The fuel filled the air with smoke and ash miles from the fire lines, creating some of the worst air quality in...
    Cooler, less-windy weather provided some relief Thursday to firefighters battling dozens of wildfires across the state, even as 2020 continued to set devastating fire records. “Winds have died down today, and they’ll continue to be light through tonight and tomorrow,” National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Anderson said. “Thanks to the smoke, we haven’t seen a whole lot of sun, so that definitely puts a cap on the heating. And we’re expecting to see temperatures near normal through the weekend.” But despite the boon from the weather, the state continues to grapple with an unprecedented fire siege. Of the ten largest wildfires in recorded California history, half were sparked last month — and are still burning, according to Calfire. The August Complex, which has burned more than 470,000 acres in the Mendocino National Forest and is less than a quarter contained, is now the biggest fire in state history. And the...
    PALO ALTO, Calif. —  Bay Area residents woke to another day of perpetual twilight, with the sun obscured by thick smoke from a historic conflagration of fires throughout California. But, unlike Wednesday, when a marine layer and high winds in the mid-to-upper reaches of the atmosphere kept the smoke from settling in lower elevations, those winds weakened Thursday morning — and the air quality at ground level deteriorated. Data from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District showed the worst pollution was in San Francisco and Oakland, and also in some Sonoma County towns, particularly Sebastopol. According to the Swiss company, IQAir, San Francisco was tied with Dubai for having the world’s worst air quality among major cities Thursday morning — with an air quality index at 10 a.m. of 167, a level considered unhealthy for everybody. In rural areas west of Yosemite National Park, AQI levels topped 400...
    The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continues to decline in California, but the virus’ full impact is always on delay. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday reported a 24% decline in statewide hospitalizations over a 14-day period and said that the seven-day average for positive infections is now at 3.8%. That metric — which is the number of total tests divided by the number of positive infections — is the lowest the state has seen since late May and the state’s first attempt at reopening, according to a Times analysis. At that time, the positivity rate hovered around 4.0%, before spiking to 8% after an accelerated reopening of the state’s business sectors and mass holiday gatherings over Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The state has also reached a higher capacity for testing, with more than 113,890 daily tests over a seven-day average. Despite the progress, Newsom warned...
    At Prism, Tina Vasquez gives space to agricultural worker Soraida Farias, who shares what it is like to be doing harvest work during a pandemic that is disproportionately affecting essential workers. Farias reports a now-familiar story: Agricultural employers are largely indifferent to potential COVID-19 outbreaks among often-migratory workers, while workers themselves are both afraid of getting tested and afraid of not going to work. Politico brings us the big-picture look at the predictable outcome. Agricultural workers seem to be among the workers most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and top agricultural counties in America are facing some of the worst per-capita outbreaks in their states. Politico notes that in California, the seven counties with the highest per-capita COVID-19 rates are all in top agricultural counties, with six of the seven clustered in the Central Valley—a vital region for the nation's food supply. The same dynamics are true in Washington, Arizona, and...
    Firefighters throughout California continued Monday to battle multiple blazes fueled by extreme heat and other conditions. More than 2 million acres have been burned in the state this year, a record high. "It's a little unnerving because September and October are historically our worst months for fires,"  California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesperson Lynne Tolmachoff said Monday. "It's usually hot, and the fuels really dry out. And we see more of our wind events." The previous record was set in 1987 at 1.96 million acres, according to The Associated Press. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The massive Creek Fire burning in the Sierra region area has grown to over 135,500 acres as of Monday eveinng. The fire is being fueled by dead trees that were devastated by the bark beetle in recent years. "The fire continued to grow (over night) under extreme conditions," Cal Fire...
    WASHINGTON D.C. (KGO) -- President Donald Trump joined in on the California-bashing during his speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night.While making his case against Democrats, he cited the Golden State."These same policies led to crippling power outages in California just last week. Everybody saw that, tremendous power outage," the President said, referring to the rolling blackouts that occurred in the Bay Area during the recent heatwave."How can Joe Biden claim to be an ally of the light when his own party can't even keep the lights on?," he then asked.RELATED: RNC 2020: Mike Pence's comments on killing of Oakland federal officer David Patrick Underwood are misleading Annd theres the California mention."These same policies led to crippling power outages in California just last week," @realDonaldTrump says of Dems. "How can Joe Biden claim to be an "ally of the Light" when his own party cant even keep the lights...
    The LNU fires burns hillsides around Lake Berryessa Despite the seemingly endless efforts of firefighters, wildfires across California continue to grow. As of Saturday morning, over 500 fires are burning—many triggered by an extraordinary lightning storm that blasted the state while delivering little in the way of rain. The issue has been intensified by the heat wave that has generated all time high temperature records in Death Valley. California is hot, dry, and has been plagued by over ten thousand lightning bolts — all of which is directly connected to climate change. More of the same could be on the way. Though West Coast thunderstorms are usually rare, the National Weather Service is predicting that the remnants of tropical system Genevieve are likely to deliver more storms across the center of the state on Sunday and Monday with dry lightning more likely than rainfall. Some lightning storms are possible on Saturday.  More than 775,000 acres have been...
    SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- The massive CZU Lightning Complex fires grew from 48,000 to 50,000 acres overnight. More than 64,000 people have evacuated in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties and blazes that still have no containment. Officials say it could be weeks before residents are allowed to return home.Firefighters say the marine layer helped overnight, but they expect breezy conditions today that could hamper their efforts. CAL FIRE says the blaze has grown at a rate of 700 to 1,000 acres an hour over the past couple of days.INTERACTIVE MAP: Track wildfires across San Francisco, other parts of CAFirefighters had to rescue three separate parties last night who were trying to protect property in evacuation zone. They are warning others to not to do this because it's a drain on precious resources. Officials said they will patrol neighborhoods after they have been evacuated.The Immel family were told...
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