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    Outdoor playgrounds in California have been given the green light for reopening six months after the state shuttered parks, campgrounds and public recreational areas over COVID-19 concerns. The California Department of Public Health announced new guidance Monday to allow outdoor playground spaces to reopen in all counties, regardless of tier status. Like every allowance from the state, however, the choice to move forward with a reopening is up to local jurisdictions. The new guidelines do not apply to indoor playgrounds, which remain closed in Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the state’s color-coded four-part blueprint for reopening. To use the playgrounds, children and visitors 2 or older must wear face masks and maintain a 6-foot separation between households. Facilities...
    At least 80 homes have been destroyed in Napa and Sonoma counties as the Glass fire continues to rampage through California’s wine country. The blaze had burned 42,560 acres as of Tuesday — nearly quadruple its size since Monday morning — and there is still no containment, according to Erick Hernandez, a public information officer with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. So far, Hernandez said, crews have confirmed that the fire destroyed 52 residences in Napa County and 28 others in Sonoma County. Figures on how many commercial structures have been damaged or destroyed were not available Tuesday morning, he said. California 3 found dead in latest California wildfires...
    California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Shasta counties on Monday night due to two blazes tearing through Northern California.  Three people died in the fast-moving Zogg Fire, located about 150 miles north of Sacramento. It was 0% contained as of Monday night and scorched more than 31,000 acres, according to fire officials. The raging Glass Fire, meanwhile, has burned over 56 square miles, destroyed 113 structures and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in Napa and Sonoma counties.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox It consumed a decades-old winery and the Black Rock Inn, a popular bed and breakfast. It also damaged the grounds at the elite Meadowood resort, while...
    For the first time since March, playgrounds throughout the state are allowed to reopen, but there are many restrictions.California made the announcement on Monday. The Department of Health released these guidelines for playgrounds to reopen.Any public playground that is fully outdoors can reopen. Everyone 2 years of age or older must wear a face mask. Visitors are reminded not to use the playground when different households cannot maintain social distance or when the capacity has been reached.You cannot eat or drink in the playground to ensure everyone is wearing a mask at all times. The elderly and people with underlying medical conditions should avoid being at a playground if other people are there.Visitors should limit their stay to 30 minutes...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Enormous plumes of smoke and widespread orange haze in the sky are a product of the Glass Fire Incident burning in Napa and Sonoma counties.The Glass Fire, Shady Fire and Boysen Fire, all converged Monday morning and, by the afternoon the fires, exploded in size.RELATED: Bay Area air quality getting worse -- here's when you might see smoky skiesThe thick, hard-to-breath air is seeping into other Bay Area regions.Watch the video in the player above for a look at the smoke and orange skies from the massive, destructive blaze.The blaze has burned 42,560 acres as of Tuesday morning and is 0% contained, according to CAL FIRE.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the...
    (CBS13/CNN) — When 5-year-old Carver learned about the wildfires ravaging his home state of Oregon, he told his grandmother Sasha Tinning he wanted to do something to help the heroes on the front lines. So, when Tinning heard about a local donation drive for firefighters in Molalla and Colton, Oregon, she took Carver shopping to buy groceries and other items they thought the firefighters might need. While at the store, Carver’s eyes fixed on something in the toy aisle — a Baby Yoda doll. For those not familiar with “The Force,” Baby Yoda — or “The Child” — is a character from the Star Wars Disney+ original series “The Mandalorian.” He is an infant member of the same alien...
    SANTA ROSA —  Like almost everyone else in the Coffey Park neighborhood, Maria del Carmen lost her home three years ago. “I still get panic attacks,” the 33-year-old Santa Rosa resident said Monday. Terror shoots through her when she smells smoke, “until I can figure out there’s no fire here. Then I can relax.” She learned of the 2017 Tubbs fire when she woke in the night and looked out her window, so it was without question that when she rebuilt, Del Carmen signed up for emergency Nixle alerts on her cellphone. She stayed most of Sunday night, packing and monitoring fire news. The midnight urban evacuation that Sonoma County officials feared would be a repeat of 2017’s exodus...
    The wildfire racing California’s wine country has more than tripled in size, burning one acre every five seconds as crews struggle to get a handle on the blazes, authorities said. Cal Fire said Tuesday that the Glass Fire rapidly spreading through the Napa Valley and Sonoma counties has torched at least 46,560 acres while remaining 0 percent contained. The fire erupted early Sunday around 4 a.m. local time, spreading through the wine country at a rate of 1 acre every five seconds between then and Monday morning, CNN reported. More than 100 buildings, including homes and winery installations, had been destroyed by the inferno, which had tripled in size as of Monday night, officials said. Meanwhile, more than 70,000 people...
    A woman lying on a Southern California beach was crushed to death by a tractor that was helping in a harbor dredging project, police said. The woman may have been asleep when the Caterpillar tractor ran over her at about 10am near a jetty at Oceanside Harbor, north of San Diego, police said. The incident happened along North Pacific Drive, just south of the jetty, the Los Angeles Times reports. Scroll down for video  A woman may have been asleep when she was crushed by a Caterpillar tractor at around 10am near Oceanside Harbor The incident happened along North Pacific Drive, just south of the jetty The woman, who may have been homeless, was fully clothed rather than being...
    Ballot titles usually give voters some idea what the measure is about, but Proposition 19 is about so many things, it was given a vague title: Changes Certain Property Tax Rules.Proposition 19 could be good news for homeowners who are 55 or older or who are disabled and feel trapped in their home because they can't afford to pay new property taxes if they move.The measure would allow them to transfer their current tax assessment to a primary home anywhere in the state without paying higher taxes as long as the home costs the same or less.Victims of wildfires or other natural disasters could also apply the tax rules.The measure would also make big changes in property taxes on a...
    ST. HELENA, Calif. -- CAL FIRE will give an update today on the devastating Glass Incident Fire burning in Napa and Sonoma counties.Firefighters will give the update from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds at 11 a.m.The Glass Fire, Shady Fire and Boysen Fire, all converged Monday morning and by the afternoon the fires exploded in size. The blaze has burned 42,560 acres and is 0% contained, according to CAL FIRE's latest update.RELATED: Get live updates on the Glass Fire, Boysen Fire, Shady FireYesterday, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, and Shasta counties for the explosive wildfires burning out-of-control. This will help direct more resources to the firefight. Governor Newsom said he also sent a letter to President...
    ST. HELENA, Calif. (KGO) -- CAL FIRE will give an update today on the devastating Glass Incident Fire burning in Napa and Sonoma counties.Firefighters will give the update from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds at 11 a.m.The Glass Fire, Shady Fire and Boysen Fire, all converged Monday morning and by the afternoon the fires exploded in size. The blaze has burned 42,560 acres and is 0% contained, according to CAL FIRE's latest update.RELATED: Get live updates on the Glass Fire, Boysen Fire, Shady FireYesterday, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, and Shasta counties for the explosive wildfires burning out-of-control. This will help direct more resources to the firefight. Governor Newsom said he also sent a letter to...
    Two skateboarders in California decided to tempt fate by edging dangerously close to a railroad track as an Amtrak train sped by. Video posted to social media shows the two men who appear to be in their 20s skateboarding up a ramp that leads to railway tracks. As the Pacific Surfliner approaches, one skateboarder climbs up the ramp and skates back down as the board comes inches away from the speeding train. A skateboarder is seen speeding up toward train tracks as an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner rolls by in California The expression on the skateboarder's face says it all as he narrowly avoids the oncoming train When another train approached from the opposite direction, the...
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- The devastation is extensive in the Skyhawk neighborhood in Santa Rosa Monday as the Glass Fire tears through the North Bay.Flames shot out of a home that had previously burned in Skyhawk as a hot spot flared up Monday night, less than 24 hours after the destruction occurred."It's unfortunate what we're going through," says Joe Burroughs of Santa Rosa. Smoke and flames were still in sight of the Skyhawk neighborhood where Burroughs lives on Monday night. He stayed at his house and, Monday morning, he witnessed the homes across the street burning. His home was spared but others were not so lucky.Monday afternoon, the attention switched to Trione-Annadel State Park, where ABC7 News was on...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Outdoor playgrounds can reopen in California, health officials say. The new guidance was issued by California’s public health department late Monday as the state’s coronavirus numbers continue to improve. Some changes will be in effect for playgrounds, however, in order to try and stop virus spread. Face masks for everyone over 2 years old and physically distancing of at least 6 feet for people from different households are among the requirements for playgrounds to reopen. Public health officials are also requiring no eating or drinking in playgrounds to ensure that face masks are always worn. At his press conference on Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom noted that California is seeing a noted decrease in coronavirus cases since the...
    Loading the player... SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California’s wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting orders for nearly 70,000 people to evacuated. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire further north in the state. In Sonoma County, residents of the Oakmont Gardens senior living facility in Santa Rosa boarded brightly lit city buses in the darkness overnight, some wearing bathrobes and using walkers. They wore masks to protect against the coronavirus as orange flames marked the dark sky. Read More: Underwater and on fire: US climate change magnifies extremes The fire threat forced Adventist Health St. Helena hospital to suspend care and transfer...
    SANTA ROSA —  Perhaps no part of California has felt more threatened by fire in recent years than the vast expanse of wine country and the Redwood Empire north of San Francisco. More than 9,000 structures were lost and dozens of people were killed in 2017, when fires swept through Santa Rosa and surrounding communities. Last year, the Kincade fire menaced the region for weeks, putting nearly 100,000 people under evacuation orders. More than 50% of Lake County to the north of Santa Rosa has burned in the last decade. You could be forgiven for thinking the region is due for a break. But on Sunday night, a fiery chain of events returned like a nightmare: a dry winter...
    ST. HELENA, California (AP) — Giant blazes taking down buildings, residents fleeing their homes, exhausted fire fighters working around the clock: These are some of the scenes from the wildfire that exploded in the Northern California wine country. Fueled by dry winds, The Glass Fire has raged through Napa and Sonoma counties, quickly tripling in size, burning homes and nowhere near containement. But fire officials were more confident Monday evening, when the winds eased a bit. The dramatic images are a testament to the fierceness of the fire and the determination of the firefighters: a bright red streak in the sky marks the spot where an air tanker dropped fire retardant; an inn engulfed in flames lights up the...
    An explosive wildfire that's spurred mass evacuations in California's wine country has tripled in size, but officials are hoping better weather conditions on Tuesday will allow them to get a handle on the blaze. Cal Fire said Monday night the Glass Fire that's raging through Napa and Sonoma counties has tripled in size, burning at least 36,236 acres while remaining 0% contained. "The fire has expanded into Sonoma County at a dangerous rate of spread," the agency said. CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES RAGE AS WINE COUNTRY BLAZE FORCES EVACUATION OF HOSPITAL, THOUSANDS OF HOMES As of Monday night, officials said that 113 structures have been destroyed and over 8,500 are threatened by the blaze, which began on Sunday and quickly spread. ...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who drove into counter-protesters after organizing a Southern California rally against racism had asked police for help from a hostile crowd but was ignored, her lawyer said Monday. Tatiana Turner was fearing for her life and never intended to harm anyone when she drove through a crowd that had surrounded her car Saturday in Yorba Linda, seriously injuring two counter-protesters, attorney Ludlow Creary II said. “She wasn’t trying to hit anybody,” Creary said. ”She wasn’t trying to hurt anybody.” The Sheriff’s Department, however, said deputies did not think Turner was in danger when she accelerated into the crowd of people. “It did not appear from the video we’ve been able to...
    Sunnyvale is the second safest place to live in California, according to a recent survey. Other Bay Area cities making the top 25 list are Santa Clara, Fremont and San Mateo. The cities were selected based on the amount of violent, property and hate crimes, as well as household income, average rent and health insurance, by Safety.com, a company that researches safety products and services. The company used data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Gun Violence Archive, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that provides information about gun-related violence in the United States. Also on the list of safest California cities: Berkeley at 38, Hayward at 42, San Jose at 56, Antioch at 47 and Concord at 50. The...
    Five women and two men slain early Labor Day at what authorities said was an illegal marijuana growing and processing operation in Aguanga were identified Monday, Sept. 28, by authorities. Sheriff Chad Bianco has said all seven victims of the Sept. 7 mass shooting were of Laotian descent and that the operation was run by a Laotian organized crime syndicate he believes is based in the United States. The men were identified as Khamphour Nanthavongdovane, 53, and Vikham Silimanotham, 64. The women included Khamtoune Silimanotham, 59; Phone Chankhamany, 54; Souphanh Pienthiene, 48; Thongpath Luangkoth, 47; and Samantha Sourignasak, 44. A Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman declined to disclose Monday whether Vikham Silimanotham and Khamtoune Silimanotham were related. The department released the names. No...
    According to the California Department of Public Health several counties could be lowered by a tier on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Once a county is lowered, or raised, a tier it must remain there for at least three weeks. A county must also meet criteria for the next tier in daily coronavirus positive cases per 100,000 and testing positivity – meaning the rate at which tests are coming back positive – for two consecutive weeks in order to progress down a level.   Cases and deaths associated with COVID-19 by age group in CaliforniaData as of Sep. 27, 2020   Several counties may move to a lower tier on Tuesday, Sept. 29.   Related Articles ...
    (Reuters) - California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in three counties because of the Glass and Zogg fires that have claimed three lives and burned thousands of acres in the state since Sunday. The counties include Napa, Sonoma and Shasta, the governor's office said in a statement (https://bit.ly/3n299ba) late on Monday. The governor also sent a letter to U.S. president Donald Trump via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), requesting him to declare a major disaster, which would strengthen response to fires across the state, the statement added. The declaration said its intent was to "assist state and local wildfire response and recovery efforts in the counties of Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, San Bernardino, San Diego...
    SAN FRANCISCO – Firefighters say they hoped dying winds would enable them to bear down on a wildfire that exploded in the Northern California wine country, prompting tens of thousands of evacuations while a second blaze killed at least three people. The Glass Fire raged through Napa and Sonoma counties on Monday, tripling in size to around 56.6 square miles (146.59 square kilometers) without any containment. Some two dozen homes had burned, the San Jose Mercury News reported. The fire north of San Francisco was driving through brush that hadn't burned for a century, even though surrounding areas were incinerated in a series of blazes in recent years. But dry winds that gave the flames a ferocious push appeared to...
    Fires in Northern California killed three people, destroyed homes, and prompted thousands to evacuate in a state already impacted by wildfires in recent months. Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini said three people died as a result of the Zogg Fire, which spread over 23 square miles by Monday and saw more than 1,200 people evacuated in Shasta County. The fast-moving Glass Fire in Napa County also erupted on Sunday, with the cause for both fires under investigation. Follow below for the latest updates on the wildfires. Mobile users click here.
    ST. HELENA, Calif. (KGO) -- As thousands of residents fled their homes in Calistoga and firefighters continued to battle the hillside flames, in nearby St. Helena, much of the property at the famed Meadowood Napa Valley resort was damaged or destroyed by the Glass Fire Monday evening.Firefighters created assembly lines of hoses and engines to pull water from the swimming pool, but much of the property, was too far engulfed to be saved. The main building that housed the three Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood was reduced to rubble."The restaurant was involved when we got here this morning," said Capt. Matt Dowland of the Apple Valley Fire Protection District. "We were able to put it out [but] unfortunately the water system,...
    By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The organizer of a Southern California rally against racism who drove into a crowd of counterprotesters had asked police for help from a hostile crowd but was ignored, her lawyer said Monday. Tatiana Turner was in fear for her life and never intended to harm anyone when she drove through a crowd that had surrounded her car Saturday in Yorba Linda, seriously injuring two counterprotesters, attorney Ludlow Creary II said. “She wasn’t trying to hit anybody,” Creary said. ”She wasn’t trying to hurt anybody.” The Sheriff’s Department, however, said deputies did not think Turner was in danger when she accelerated into the crowd of people. “It did not appear from the...
    By JANIE HAR, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters say they hoped dying winds would enable them to bear down on a wildfire that exploded in the Northern California wine country, prompting tens of thousands of evacuations while a second blaze killed at least three people. The Glass Fire raged through Napa and Sonoma counties on Monday, tripling in size to around 56.6 square miles (146.59 square kilometers) without any containment. Some two dozen homes had burned, the San Jose Mercury News reported. The fire north of San Francisco was driving through brush that hadn't burned for a century, even though surrounding areas were incinerated in a series of blazes in recent years. But dry winds that gave the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California’s wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting orders for nearly 70,000 people to evacuated. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire further north in the state. In Sonoma County, residents of the Oakmont Gardens senior living facility in Santa Rosa boarded brightly lit city buses in the darkness overnight, some wearing bathrobes and using walkers. They wore masks to protect against the coronavirus as orange flames marked the dark sky. The fire threat forced Adventist Health St. Helena hospital to suspend care and transfer all patients elsewhere. The fires that began Sunday in the famed Napa-Sonoma wine country about...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California’s wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting orders for nearly 70,000 people to evacuated. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire further north in the state. In Sonoma County, residents of the Oakmont Gardens senior living facility in Santa Rosa boarded brightly lit city buses in the darkness overnight, some wearing bathrobes and using walkers. They wore masks to protect against the coronavirus as orange flames marked the dark sky. The fire threat forced Adventist Health St. Helena hospital to suspend care and transfer all patients elsewhere. The fires that began Sunday in the famed Napa-Sonoma wine country about...
    CALISTOGA, Calif. (KGO) -- CAL FIRE has yet to give an estimate on how many homes and buildings have been destroyed in the Glass Fire but we know of several wineries that have burned.Dozens of wineries are in the mandatory evacuation zones or evacuation warning zones.RELATED: Map shows Glass Fire burning in North Bay area untouched by previous wildfires"I should have stayed up all night, didn't think fire would jump Highway 29, it was windy last night," said Dario Sattui.Sattui is the owner of Castello di Amorosa Winery in Calistoga. He says his worst nightmare came true early Monday when part of his beloved winery caught fire and was still burning hours later.His own employees had to grab hoses to...
    SAN FRANCISCO - Northern California's wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, destroying homes and prompting orders for nearly 70,000 people to evacuate. Meanwhile, three people died in a separate fire farther north in the state.  In Sonoma County, residents of the Oakmont Gardens senior living facility in Santa Rosa boarded brightly lit city buses in the darkness overnight, some wearing bathrobes and using walkers. They wore masks to protect against the coronavirus as orange flames marked the dark sky.   The fire threat forced Adventist Health St. Helena hospital to suspend care and transfer all patients elsewhere.   The fires that began Sunday in the famed Napa-Sonoma wine country about...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A growing wildfire complex is burning in the North Bay in Napa and Sonoma counties as the Glass Fire spawned two new spot fires: the Shady Fire and the Boysen Fire.The Glass Fire began Sunday at 4 a.m. on the 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Rd. in Deer Park and has been spreading at a "dangerous rate," CAL FIRE said. The Shady Fire and Boysen Fire started Sunday night just west of St. Helena near the Napa-Sonoma county border.LIST: Evacuation orders, warnings and road closures in Napa and Sonoma countiesSept. 28, 5:19 p.m.: The complex of fires grew to 36,236 acres, officials said in a live press conference. This is more than triple the...
    Dustin Johnson leads the top five players in the world who have committed to play the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, the start of a two-week stretch of relocated Asia events that includes Tiger Woods returning to California. The CJ Cup typically is held in South Korea, followed by the Zozo Championship in Japan. Both events were moved to the western U.S. because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the fields were expected to be stacked with the Masters just two weeks after those events. The CJ Cup is Oct. 15-18, with the Zozo Championship at Sherwood a week later. Based on the announcements Monday night, Woods is likely to play only one time before finally getting a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Glass Fire is burning in Napa and Sonoma counties areas ravaged by fire over the past several years.In the video above, there is an area in red on the map that shows you exactly where it's burning.RELATED: What we know about the fires burning in the North BayFor some perspective, the map shows where the LNU Complex Fire burned. It's the area in brown, along Lake Berryessa.It started Aug. 16 and has burned 363,000 acres, and is now 98% contained.VIDEO: Smoke, flames in Northern California wine country as fires rageEMBED More News Videos California firefighters battled destructive new wildfires in wine country north of San Francisco Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Glass Fire is burning in Napa and Sonoma counties areas ravaged by fire over the past several years.In the video above, there is an area in red on the map that shows you exactly where it's burning.RELATED: What we know about the fires burning in the North BayFor some perspective, the map shows where the LNU Complex Fire burned. It's the area in brown, along Lake Berryessa.It started Aug. 16 and has burned 363,000 acres, and is now 98% contained.Also, on the map, you will see an area in black. That represents the three devastating 2017 blazes, the Atlas, Nuns and Tubbs fires that destroyed hundreds of homes and killed more than 30 people.VIDEO: Smoke,...
    SHASTA COUNTY – At least three people have been killed in the fast-moving Zogg Fire west of Redding, authorities said Monday. Shasta County Sheriff-Coroner Eric Magrini announced the deaths at an afternoon news conference. “It’s with a sad heart that I come before you today to say we’ve had three deaths as a result of this fire thus far,” he said. “Our coroner’s office is working diligently to identify the decedents and notify next of kin.” Magrini did not provide any other information, including where the bodies were found. The fire, which ignited north of Igo just before 3 p.m. Sunday, has burned at least 15,000 acres and, Magrini said, forced 1,250 residents of Igo and Ono to flee their...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California sheriff says three people have died in a fast-moving wildfire west of Redding. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will attempt to use its massive market power to increase the availability and lower the cost of prescription drugs under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday. The new law requires the California Health and Human Services Agency to create partnerships designed to increase competition, lower prices and reduce shortages for generic prescription drugs. Newsom said the measure brings the state “onCalifornia will attempt to use its massive market power to increase the availability and lower the cost of prescription drugs under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday.e step closer” to his January budget proposal for California to eventually create its own generic label. The new law “will help inject...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will attempt to use its massive market power to increase the availability and lower the cost of prescription drugs under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday. The new law requires the California Health and Human Services Agency to create partnerships designed to increase competition, lower prices and reduce shortages for generic prescription drugs. Newsom said the measure brings the state “one step closer” to his January budget proposal for California to eventually create its own generic label. The new law “will help inject competition back into the generic drug marketplace — taking pricing power away from big pharmaceutical companies and returning it to consumers," Newsom said. He said the most populous state...
    Reuters September 28, 2020 0 Comments The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday questioned California Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to require all new passenger vehicle sales in 2035 be zero-emission models, according to a letter seen by Reuters. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the plan “raises serious questions regarding its legality and practicality” and said it could cause problems for the state’s electrical grid. He also declared the move could be subject to federal approval, saying it “may require California to request a waiver to U.S. EPA.” The EPA in 2019 issued rules barring California from requiring the sale of electric vehicles; a court challenge is pending. Wheeler’s exchange with Democratic-led California comes as Republican...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California’s wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already scorched region, prompting evacuation orders involving more than 50,000 people. Residents of the Oakmont Gardens assisted living home in Santa Rosa boarded brightly lit city buses overnight, some wearing bathrobes and using walkers. They wore masks to protect against the coronavirus as orange flames marked the dark sky. Flames also engulfed the Chateau Boswell Winery north of St. Helena. The Adventist Health St. Helena hospital suspended care and transferred all patients elsewhere, according to a statement on its website. “We just don’t have words,” state Sen. Mike McGuire, a Democrat who represents Healdsburg, told KTVU-2 in Oakland. “It’s an...
    Elon Musk has revealed he will not get a coronavirus vaccine when they're available because he's 'not at risk' and defends keeping his Tesla factories up and running amid the pandemic.  The 49-year-old tech giant defended opening up Tesla factories in defiance of lockdowns - a lengthy saga that has seen him sue Alameda County, launch a profanity-laden rant about how lockdowns are 'unethical' and allegedly fire employees who didn't feel safe enough to return to work.  The Tesla and SpaceX founder said Monday in an interview with Kara Swisher on the New York Times' podcast Sway that even when vaccines are readily accessible, he won't take one. When asked 'Will you get a vaccine? What will you do with your own family?'...
    The U.S. Postal Service must prioritize election mail and immediately reverse changes that resulted in widespread delays in California and several other states, a federal judge ruled Monday. The nationwide order is the latest rejection of efforts by Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general, to cut costs by instituting reforms that snarled the mail system and caused delays in the delivery of medication, unemployment checks and other essential items. The judge’s ruling came as part of a lawsuit by attorneys general for the District of Columbia and six states including California that accused the Trump administration of undermining the Postal Service by decommissioning high-speed mail-sorting machines, curtailing overtime and mandating that trucks run on time, which led to backlogs because mail...
    SACRAMENTO (KABC) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law, the first of its kind in the nation, that will require that plastic beverage containers be made of more recycled material.Under AB 793, companies that make bottled beverages must use 15% recycled plastic in their bottles by 2022.That number would up to 25% percent by 2025 and then to 50% recycled plastics by the year 2030."The bill will help develop domestic markets for recycled materials and take a critical step toward a circular economy," according to a press release from the governor's office." It will also reduce dependence on virgin plastics, which rely on oil, helping us accelerate our transition away from fossil fuels."Under the new law, glass containers would also...
    After Janna Ireland photographed her first home for what would become a longterm project documenting the architecture of Paul R. Williams, she got a surprise. As it turned out, the midcentury modern in View Park with details influenced by Chinese architecture wasn’t actually designed by Williams. “It was designed by someone working in his office for people who were friends of Williams,” she explains by phone from her home in Sherman Oaks. Even so, the photos she shot there were significant. “In a lot of ways, it set the tone for the rest of the project.” “Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View,” published by Angel City Press, isn’t a typical review of an architect’s work. Instead, it’s Ireland’s impression...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California firefighters battled destructive new wildfires in wine country north of San Francisco Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already badly scorched state.The wine country inferno began with the Glass Fire at 3:50 a.m. Sunday and two subsequent fires merged with it, burning 17 square miles as of early Monday, according to CAL FIRE. More than 8,500 homes and other buildings were threatened.Flames engulfed the distinctive Chateau Boswell Winery north of St. Helena, The Black Rock Inn in the small community of St. Helena and multiple homes in the city of Santa Rosa. Watch the video above to see scenes from around the area as the fires burned.The wine country has been scarred by...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested in California following a shooting late Sunday that critically injured one person and led to a lockdown of a Las Vegas Strip casino-hotel for several hours. Las Vegas police said one person was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the torso after gunfire erupted during a scuffle about 11 p.m. on a Las Vegas Boulevard sidewalk. Flamingo guest Andrew Schilinski told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the casino was locked down and people were prevented from using elevators and stairs while police investigated whether a suspect fled into the hotel. Police Lt. David Gordon said about 6 a.m. that a suspect was taken into custody by the California Highway Patrol....
    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Wine grape growers in Washington state have said grapes this year have a better flavor and color than previous years, but it is unclear how many can be salvaged from smoke damage from nearby wildfires. Yakima Valley farmers said their harvests are expected to come in below anticipated numbers because of the wildfires, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported. Chemicals from wildfires can ruin some grapes and can give wine from grapes that are used a campfire aroma. The Washington Winegrowers Association joined industry organizations in Oregon and California and have asked Congress to extend the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus aid program for winemakers whose grapes were ruined by smoke. Association Executive Director Vicky Scharlau said...
    CORUMBA DE GOIAS, Brazil (AP) — In 20 years, veterinarian Daniela Gianni had never seen a jaguar burned as badly as Amanaci, a female injured in the wildfires crackling through Brazil’s vast Pantanal wetlands. After 13 hours of overland transport, Amanaci arrived for care on Aug. 21 at the NEX Institute in the Brazilian state of Goias, where Gianni and other veterinarians have since been working to heal her. Amanaci had third-degree burns on the pads of her paws and belly, dead tendons and exposed bone. Her mammaries were swollen with milk, which Gianni said made plain the cause of her severe wounds. “Jaguars can run and hide, they can protect themselves from fire, but this is an animal...
    Terrifying dashcam footage shows drivers fleeing the California wildfires through roads almost engulfed by flames — as several new blazes ripped through the state’s famed wine region and forced thousands to evacuate. “Never wait till the last second to evacuate,” Napa County Sheriff’s Office wrote Sunday alongside the wild scenes from the region’s Glass Fire, which has also spread to neighboring wine mecca Sonoma County. The video was taken by deputy Matt Macomber, one of several deputies helping to enforce evacuation orders in the region from the new fire that authorities warned Sunday was spreading at a “dangerous rate of speed.” The clip shows him driving behind a white vehicle as the flames completely covered the land right up to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A growing wildfire complex is burning in the North Bay in Napa and Sonoma counties as the Glass Fire spawned two new spot fires: the Shady Fire and the Boysen Fire.The Glass Fire began Sunday at 4 a.m. on the 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Rd. in Deer Park and has been spreading at a "dangerous rate," CAL FIRE said. The Shady Fire and Boysen Fire started early Monday morning just west of St. Helena near the Napa-Sonoma county border.LIST: Evacuation orders, warnings and road closures in Napa and Sonoma countiesSept. 28, 8:40 a.m.: The Chateau Boswell Winery and the Glass Mountain Inn Bed and Breakfast along Silverado Trail in St. Helena have both...
    (Reuters) - A wildfire in northern California's Napa Valley wine country more than quadrupled in size overnight to 11,000 acres (4,500 hectares) as thousands of residents awoke to mandatory evacuation orders on Monday. The blaze, since named the Glass Fire, ignited on Sunday morning near Calistoga about 60 miles (100 km) north of San Francisco and was fanned through the area's famed vineyards by dry wind gusts. More than a thousand firefighters have struggled to contain the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). It was the latest inferno in a historically destructive year throughout the U.S. West. In California alone, wildfires so far have scorched more than 3.7 million acres, far exceeding any...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A growing wildfire complex is burning in the North Bay in Napa and Sonoma counties as the Glass Fire spawned two new spot fires: the Shady Fire and the Boysen Fire.The Glass Fire began Sunday at 4 a.m. on the 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Rd. in Deer Park and has been spreading at a "dangerous rate," CAL FIRE said. The Shady Fire and Boysen Fire started early Monday morning just west of St. Helena near the Napa-Sonoma county border.LIST: Evacuation orders, warnings and road closures in Napa and Sonoma countiesSept. 28, 8 a.m.: The Glass Fire and its offshoots, the Shady and Boysen fires, have merged to form a complex that's burned...
    The Los Angeles Times issued an apology for its past racism, focusing on a headline published by the paper in 1981. “Marauders From Inner City Prey on L.A.’s Suburbs,” was a headline on a story published on July 12, 1981, about a crime surge in South Los Angeles that spread to wealthier parts of the city. The headline was used as an introduction to an apology for past racism, with the paper’s editorial board pledging to increase minority representation in journalism and "do better." “On behalf of this institution, we apologize for The Times’ history of racism. We owe it to our readers to do better, and we vow to do so. A region as diverse and complex and...
    Wildfires that are raging in parts of California will have favorable weather conditions to grow on Monday, as a dome of heat will allow record heat this week. Over 70 large fires at 100 acres or greater are currently burning across the West. Fire weather conditions continue across California, as conditions worsen to start the week. CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES RAGE AS WINE COUNTRY BLAZE FORCES EVACUATION OF HOSPITAL, HUNDREDS OF HOMES In much of the state, fire weather watches and red flag warnings are in effect. Dangerous fire weather conditions stretch through California on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Fox News) A new wildfire broke out Sunday in Napa County, prompting evacuations of hundreds of homes and a hospital. The...
    ST. HELENA, Calif. (KGO) -- The Glass Fire has exploded in size to 11,000 acres in Napa County this morning, CAL FIRE officials said.Overnight, new evacuation orders and warnings were issued for an area straddling the Napa-Sonoma Country border northeast of Santa Rosa as two new fires, the Shady Fire and the Boysen Fire, started near the Glass Fire. The entire city of Calistoga is under and an evacuation advisory, residents are advised to be prepared to leave if necessary.The Glass Fire began Sunday at 4 a.m. on the 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Road in Deer Park and has been spreading at a "dangerous rate," CAL FIRE says.The Shady Fire and Boysen Fires started just west of...
    A Hemet man was accused this week of killing his 7-year-old daughter, six years after a death he suggested to investigators might have been triggered by a fall from a toy pedal car. Ernesto Landeros Jr., 33, was booked Thursday, Sept. 24, on suspicion of second-degree murder and assault on a child under 8 years old causing death. Landeros was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in French Valley. No court date has been set to enter pleas. Hemet police originally investigated the Dec. 26, 2014 death of Destiny Marquez, but no arrest was made. Then on March 2, 2020, a Riverside County District Attorney’s Office supervising investigator was assigned to perform...
    ST. HELENA, Calif. (KGO) -- New evacuation orders and warnings have been called for an area straddling the Napa-Sonoma Country border northeast of Santa Rosa as two new fires, the Shady Fire and the Boysen Fire, started near the Glass FireThe Glass Fire has scorched 2,500 acres west of St. Helena and northeast of Santa Rosa and is 0% contained. The blaze began Sunday at 4 a.m. on the 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Road in Deer Park and has been spreading at a "dangerous rate," CAL FIRE says.The Shady Fire and Boysen Fires started just west of St. Helena and are believed to be spot fires of the Glass Fire. Looking south from Mt St Helena, you...
    According to the California Department of Public Health several counties could be lowered by a tier on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Once a county is lowered, or raised, a tier it must remain there for at least three weeks. A county must also meet criteria for the next tier in daily coronavirus positive cases per 100,000 and testing positivity – meaning the rate at which tests are coming back positive – for two consecutive weeks in order to progress down a level.   Cases and deaths associated with COVID-19 by age group in CaliforniaData as of Sep. 26, 2020   Related Articles In lockdown, an 86-year-old blogger finds a new purpose Michigan House votes to...
    ST. HELENA, Calif. (KGO) -- The Glass Fire burning northwest of St. Helena in Napa County has as of 7 p.m. Sunday grown to more than 2,500 acres, with zero percent containment, and is threatening almost 2,300 structures, according to CAL FIRE.The wildfire was first reported at about 3:50 a.m. Sunday near the 200 block of North Crystal Springs Rd., about four miles northwest of the city of St. Helena.RELATED: 2 additional fires reported near Glass Fire in North Bay, mandatory evacuations underwayAlmost 900 firefighters from numerous local fire departments and CAL FIRE are working the fire. Officials say air tankers are helping in the fight when conditions permit.CAL FIRE added overnight firefighting crews will work on perimeter control, defending...
    (CNN)Two new wildfires grew by nearly 10,000 acres in a day in California, where more than 3.6 million acres have burned this year.Fueled by dry conditions and high winds, the Zogg Fire in Shasta County and the Glass Fire further south in Napa County had torched 7,000 and 2,500 acres, respectively, by Sunday night after starting earlier in the day.There have been more than 8,100 wildfires in the state this year and firefighters continue to fight 25 major blazes, CalFire said in a news release Sunday. Cal Fire Capt. Jesse Campbell works to save the Louis Stralla Water Treatment Plant as the Glass Fire burns in St. Helena."Since August 15, when California's fire activity elevated, there have been 26...
    BURBANK, Calif. (KABC) -- Burbank police arrested six people in an unemployment scam involving California state benefits.Officers were called to a Bank of America branch around 11 p.m. Saturday due to what they only described as suspicious activity.After investigating, they took six people into custody and found them with 40 stolen benefit cards from the California Employment Development Department, along with $40,000 in cash and a loaded gun.Fraud and scams related to EDD benefits have been on the rise this year, as the state agency handles an unprecedented number of unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic.Police in Riverside say they are currently investigating more than 200 cases in a recent unemployment mail scam.
    The Zogg Fire, reported just before 3 p.m. on Sunday, grew to 7,000 acres by 7:30 p.m. and forced evacuations of several Shasta County communities. Evacuation orders have been issued for the Gas Point Road and Platina Road corridors. The fire, which started north of Igo, is burning southwest, away from Redding. As of 8 p.m., Highway 36 was closed between South Fork Mountain Road and Wild Horse Ranch. The fire is just south of the scar of the Carr Fire, which burned 229,651 acres in July 2018 and killed eight people. For updates, follow the tweets of the Shasta County sheriff and Cal Fire’s Shasta-Trinity unit. Related Articles Power shut off set for 65,000 California electric customers...
    SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) — About 65,000 customers in 16 counties will have their power shut off this weekend as part of a two-phase Public Safety Power Shutoff that began Saturday at midnight and will continue through Monday, Pacific Gas & Electric said on Saturday. PG&E said initially shut off power to customers in Butte, Plumas, Shasta and Tehema counties starting midnight Saturday. Power will be shut off Sunday to another 74,000 customers in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Kern, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sonoma and Yuba counties, in addition to the Mooretown Rancheria tribal community on Sunday evening during a second PSPS phase. The utility said that all customers should see their power back on by Monday night. The number...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a new law on Saturday allowing transgender inmates to be placed in prisons based on their gender identity. Previously, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation housed men and women in separate correctional facilities, and transgender inmates were housed based on their biological sex. The new California law will allow transgender inmates to be housed based on their gender identity rather than their sex assigned at birth. The Transgender Respect, Agency, and Dignity Act notes that officers must privately ask inmates during the intake process on how they identify as. Transgender, nonbinary, or intersex inmates can request to be placed in a facility that houses either men or women based on how they...
    Mandatory evacuations were issued Sunday morning in areas of Northern California after a fast-moving wildfire erupted as the region faces extreme fire weather conditions. Cal Fire said the Glass Fire broke out early Sunday morning east of Calistoga in Napa County and was burning north of St. Helena near the community of Deer Park. Officials said the blaze had consumed at least 800 acres as of 11 a.m. EDT and had a “dangerous rate of speed.” The fire remains completely uncontained, according to the agency. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office said mandatory evacuations were ordered on Silverado Trail, Lark Mead Lane to Deer Park Road as well as from Deer Park Road to Devils Elbow. Parts of the community of...
    By Stephen Lam ST. HELENA, Calif. (Reuters) - A wind-driven wildfire erupted on Sunday in the heart of northern California's Napa Valley wine country and spread across more than 1,000 acres (404 hectares), forcing the evacuation of several communities and a hospital, authorities said. The blaze, dubbed the Glass Fire, broke out east of Calistoga, about 75 miles (120 km) north of San Francisco, and raced toward the adjacent towns of Deer Park and St. Helena, with flames advancing to within a mile of the Adventist Health St. Helena hospital. All 55 patients who were at the hospital at the time were safely evacuated by ambulance and helicopter over the course of five hours, beginning around 7 a.m. in the...
    A North California county on Friday fired back after a conservative commentator posted pictures online claiming the county had dumped “1000+” mail-in ballots for the 2020 election. In a post on its official Facebook page, the county said the envelopes pictured actually were from the 2018 election and not from 2020. Officials said those 2018 ballots were empty and disposed of legally. The photos posted early Friday by BlazeTV host Elijah Root showed hundreds of blue election envelopes lying in a heap at a recycling bin. “SHOCKING: 1,000+ mail-in-ballots found in a dumpster in California,” Riot wrote. “They were allegedly discovered in the Republic Services of Sonoma County central landfill.” Sonoma County officials said the allegation is...
    The map above is Napa County’s evacuation map for the Glass Fire, which started before sunrise Sunday along Crystal Springs Road and had burned 1,000 acres by noon. Click “OK” to see the map after the disclaimer screen. The mandatory evacuation area is shown in blue. It includes the community of Deer Park and residences to the north, east of Silverado Trail. A warning is in effect for the area shown in orange. Related Articles Evacuations ordered as Glass Fire burns quickly in Napa Wildfire survivors have four weeks to apply for FEMA aid A kitten that looks like Baby Yoda was rescued from a Northern California wildfire Bay Area...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — With Red Flag weather conditions gripping much of Northern California, Pacific Gas & Electric officials began rolling out their preventive power outages early Sunday in Butte, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama counties. The first de-energization phase began early Sunday morning and impacted approximate 15,000 customers. The second phase was expected to begin Sunday afternoon and will impact approximately 74,000 customers. The Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) come as fire-weary California prepared for a new siege of hot, dry weather with potentially strong winds that could cause power lines to arc and spark new blazes in parched vegetation that’s ready to burn. Red Flag warnings for extreme fire weather conditions were issued for the northern and central...
    ST. HELENA, Calif. (KGO) -- Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for some residents in St. Helena and other parts of Napa County due to a wildfire.CAL FIRE says the Glass Fire is 800 acres, as of 7:45 a.m., and has a "dangerous rate of spread." #GlassIncident - Update - Fire is approximately 800 acres and 0% contained. We are expecting winds throughout the day as forecasted. Evacuations are in place see posts below. #CALFIRE#CALFIRELNU pic.twitter.com/jFw4tKuRyP— CAL FIRE LNU (@CALFIRELNU) September 27, 2020Police say an evacuation order is in effect for the east side of Silverado Trail from Larkmead Lane to Deer Park Road. This includes both sides of Deer Park Road up to Crestmont Drive including Sanitarium Road.RELATED: Red...
    Mandatory evacuations were issued Sunday morning in areas of Northern California after a fast-moving wildfire erupted as the region faces extreme fire weather conditions. Cal Fire said the Glass Fire broke out early Sunday morning east of Calistoga in Napa County and was burning north of St. Helena near the community of Deer Park. Officials said the blaze had consumed at least 800 acres as of 11 a.m. EDT and had a "dangerous rate of speed." CALIFORNIA BRACES FOR POWER SHUTOFFS AND WARM, WINDY WEEKEND The fire remains completely uncontained, according to the agency. The Glass Fire burning near St. Helena in Napa County, California spurred mandatory evacuations and has burned at least 50 acres. (Napa County Sheriff's Office)...
    Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill allowing California transgender inmates to be placed in prisons that align with their gender identity. “California has some of the strongest pro LGBTQ+ laws in the nation and with the bills signed today, our march toward equality takes an additional step forward,” Newsom said Saturday. California corrections officers will now be required to privately ask inmates if they identify as transgender, nonbinary, or intersex. The inmates can then request to be placed in prisons that correspond with their gender identity if there are no “management or security concerns” with a particular inmate. Newsom signed other laws on Saturday requiring local public health officials to more thoroughly track diseases affecting...
    California agencies reported 4,159 new cases and 80 new deaths of the coronavirus as of Saturday,  according to unofficial totals from public health websites.  The cumulative number of coronavirus cases is 805,133 and 15,556 deaths. The seven-day average of 3,336 new cases from the coronavirus represents a 66% decline since its high of 9,935, July 23, while the seven-day average of 85 new deaths is a 44% drop from its Aug. 15 high of 150, according to an analysis of data from public health websites Saturday. Hospitalizations statewide are down 62% from their July 21 high of 8,820.  According to health agencies, there were 3,307 people in the hospital for COVID-related reasons on Saturday, 177 fewer than reported the previous...
    LOS ANGELES (KGO) -- Federal officials are warning of salmonella cases in at least 10 states linked to dried mushrooms from a Southern California company.More than 40 people have gotten sick and four have been hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.The product suspected in the outbreak is wood ear mushrooms distributed by Wismettac Asian Foods based near Los Angeles.The company has recalled all of its Shirakiku brand imported mushrooms that were distributed to restaurants in six-packs of five-pound bags, the CDC said.:Some of those who got sick ate at restaurants serving ramen in three states, officials said.The states where cases have been reported are: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania...
    LOS ANGELES (KGO) -- Federal officials are warning of salmonella cases in at least 10 states linked to dried mushrooms from a Southern California company.More than 40 people have gotten sick and four have been hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.The product suspected in the outbreak is wood ear mushrooms distributed by Wismettac Asian Foods based near Los Angeles.The company has recalled all of its Shirakiku brand imported mushrooms that were distributed to restaurants in six-packs of five-pound bags, the CDC said.:Some of those who got sick ate at restaurants serving ramen in three states, officials said.The states where cases have been reported are: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania...
    SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) — About 89,000 customers in 16 counties will have their power shut off this weekend as part of a two-phase Public Safety Power Shutoff beginning at midnight, Pacific Gas & Electric said on Saturday. PG&E said it will initially shut off power to about 15,000 customers in Butte, Plumas, Shasta and Tehema counties starting midnight Saturday. Power will be shut off to another 74,000 customers in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Kern, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sonoma and Yuba counties, in addition to the Mooretown Rancheria tribal community on Sunday evening during a second PSPS phase. The utility said that all customers should see their power back on by Monday night. During the shutoffs, PG&E employees will...
    California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomOVERNIGHT ENERGY: California seeks to sell only electric cars by 2035 | EPA threatens to close New York City office after Trump threats to 'anarchist' cities | House energy package sparks criticism from left and right California seeks to sell only electric cars by 2035 EPA head questions connection of climate change to natural disasters MORE (D) signed a bill Saturday allowing transgender inmates to be placed in prisons based on their gender identity.  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will now house inmates based on their gender identity rather than their sex assigned at birth — but only if the state does not have “management or security concerns” with individual inmates.  The law...
    BURBANK (CBSLA) — Six people were arrested on Friday night in Burbank in connection to an ongoing unemployment fraud investigation. Police said they found 40 Employment Development Department cards, $40,000 in cash and a loaded gun in a vehicle they pulled over. Scammers from out of the state and out of the country have been targeting California’s unemployment system. To help fight suspected fraud within the department, the agency is currently rebooting its system until an investigation is complete. New requirements through California’s EDD are expected to include automated ID check to prevent fraud. Meantime, the agency is not accepting any new claims for at least one more week. Claims submitted before the announcement to pause the system will not...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Saturday requiring California to house transgender inmates in prisons based on their gender identity — but only if the state does not have “management or security concerns.” The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation houses men and women in separate facilities. Transgender inmates are often housed based on their sex assigned at birth. Advocates say this is dangerous, particularly for transgender women housed in facilities for men. The law Newsom signed Saturday says officers must ask inmates privately during the intake process if they identify as transgender, nonbinary or intersex. Those inmates can then request to be placed in a facility that houses either men or women. The law...
    Pacific Gas & Electric warned they may have to cut power to almost 100,000 homes in Northern California with strong winds and warm temperatures creating a risk of new wildfires.  Company officials made the announcement on Friday, saying that 'hot and dry conditions, combined with expected high wind gusts, pose an increased risk for damage to the electric system that has the potential to ignite fires in areas with dry vegetation.'  PG&E say power may be shut off to up to 97,000 customers in 16 counties between Sunday morning and Monday, according to The Los Angeles Times.   Pacific Gas & Electric warned they may have to cut power to almost 100,000 homes in Northern California with strong winds and...
    The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning, indicating heightened risk of wildfire, for most of Northern California this weekend. The warning area extends from the Oregon line to the Gilroy area, and from the coast to the Sierra crest. It includes some or all of the counties of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Napa, Sonoma and Marin. For most of the area, the warning is in effect from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Monday. On the north coast, it is from 5 a.m. Sunday to 9 p.m. Monday. In the Bay Area, the weather service says, the highest threats are in these areas: Mount Diablo and the East Bay hills above 1,000 feet,...
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Searchers combed a section of the San Bernardino Mountains on Saturday for signs of a missing off-duty firefighter, authorities said. The search focused on an area of Highway 18 where Carlos Baltazar’s car was located by the California Highway Patrol on Sept. 20, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said. Baltazar, 35, a member of a U.S. Forest Service Interagency Hotshot Crew, was reported missing by family members on Sept. 24. At the time, he was off duty and not in the area of the El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest. Another hotshot, Charles Morton, died while fighting that fire on Sept. 17. A search following the family’s report turned up Baltazar’s...
    America faces yet another challenge ahead of the swiftly approaching presidential election, and it will thrust a major player, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), back into the spotlight after weeks of largely avoiding it. Allies and critics alike have noticed Harris’s unusual absence from the spotlight — particularly striking, given her role as Joe Biden’s (D) running mate. While she has lodged attacks at Trump, she has largely conducted herself in the same manner as Biden, remaining relatively publicly subdued and reserving her sharpest attacks for Twitter rather than during in-person campaign events, of which there have been few. While the exact reasons remain uncertain, it is possible that Democrats fear her more radical views — and...
    The five highest-ranked schools in U.S. News & World Report Top 40 National Universities Rankings are all in the Northeast. The top five schools of the rating consist of: Princeton University, first  Harvard University, second;  Columbia University, third; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, fourth (tied); Yale University fourth (tied). These rankings, which have been published for the last 36 years, are devised using seventeen different factors, including: graduation rates retention rates after the first year of study social mobility academic reputation, per an assessment survey percentage of students who land a job in their field of study class sizes the ratio of students to faculty percentage of faculty that is full-time SAT scores of accepted students graduate indebtedness financial...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Federal officials are warning of salmonella cases in at least 10 states, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, linked to dried mushrooms from a Southern California company. More than 40 people have gotten sick and four have been hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The product suspected in the outbreak is wood ear mushrooms distributed by Wismettac Asian Foods based near Los Angeles. The company has recalled all of its Shirakiku brand imported mushrooms that were distributed to restaurants in six packs of five-pound bags, the CDC said. LINK: Read the CDC’s Food Safety Report Some of those who got sick ate at restaurants serving ramen in three states, officials...