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    (CNN)Residents in northern California are dealing with more than just smoke from deadly wildfires in the area, with pictures showing shockingly large chunks of ash that have fallen.Santa Rosa resident Morgan Balaei told CNN Monday she has seen at least two large pieces of ash fall from the sky over her neighborhood in California. Ash falls from the sky as a result of the Glass Fire in Santa Rosa, California, on September 28.The Glass Fire has exploded to more than 36,000 acres in less than 48 hours, forcing thousands of people to evacuate.Balaei shared her photos with CNN, one showing a giant piece of ash found outside her home Sunday. The Glass Fire in California burned 1 acre every five...
    (CNN)California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Monday night after wildfires tore through Napa, Sonoma and Shasta counties, killing at least three people and forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate.The fast moving Zogg Fire, burning near Redding, has scorched more than 30,000 acres since igniting Sunday afternoon.Newsom cautioned that it may converge with the nearby August Complex Fire, already the largest in California's history. A staircase remains at the Restaurant at Meadowood, which burned in the Glass Fire, in St. Helena, Calif.The cause of the Zogg Fire has not yet been determined, according to an update from CalFire Shasta Trinity Unit (SHU) late Monday night.Three people have died as a result of the wildfire, Shasta County...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A San Marino man accused of driving a truck loaded with weapons into a crowd of protesters in Pasadena in May was turning his family's vineyard into a "training camp" to prepare "to engage in civil disorder," federal authorities allege.Benjamin Jong Ren Hung, 28, is charged with conspiring to transport firearms across state lines and to make a false statement in acquisition of firearms. A judge on Monday decided to keep him detained without bail and Hung will not be released from federal custody.Hung allegedly drove his white Dodge Ram adorned with flags associated with far-right extremist groups at the crowd of about 150 protesters in Pasadena who had been chanting "Black lives matter here" on...
    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...
    By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler on Monday ridiculed California Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, saying the proposal raises “significant questions of legality.” Last week, Newsom signed an executive order directing state regulators to come up with rules that would ban the sale of all new gas-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035. He said the plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35%. On Monday, Wheeler sent Newsom a letter questioning how the state could add millions of electric vehicles despite having “a record of rolling blackouts." He said it “begs the question of how you expect to run an...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler on Monday ridiculed California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, saying the proposal raises “significant questions of legality.” Last week, Newsom signed an executive order directing state regulators to come up with rules that would ban the sale of all new gas-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035. He said the plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35%. On Monday, Wheeler sent Newsom a letter questioning how the state could add millions of electric vehicles despite having “a record of rolling blackouts.” He said it “begs the question of how you expect to run an electric car fleet that will come...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler on Monday ridiculed California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, saying the proposal raises “significant questions of legality.” Last week, Newsom signed an executive order directing state regulators to come up with rules that would ban the sale of all new gas-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035. He said the plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35%. On Monday, Wheeler sent Newsom a letter questioning how the state could add millions of electric vehicles despite having “a record of rolling blackouts.” He said it “begs the question of how you expect to run an electric car fleet that will...
    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.
    By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is showing signs of a new surge of coronavirus cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, warning of a potential third shutdown of businesses and more delays in school reopenings “if we're not vigilant.” Coronavirus-related hospitalizations have fallen more than 20% in the past two weeks and just 2.8% of people tested each day in California were positive for the disease, the lowest rate since the pandemic began. The improving numbers have prompted state officials to loosen restrictions in 13 more counties over the last few weeks, allowing more businesses to reopen while granting hundreds of waivers for elementary schools — mostly private — to resume in-person classes. But the “reproduction...
    A famous billionaire bond fund manager says he is considering following the "smart people" who are leaving California in order to escape high taxes, including a new proposal by Democrats. Jeffrey Gundlach is believed to be worth $2.2 billion, and he manages a hedge fund with assets adding up to $123 billion. On Saturday, he hinted that he would leave California and take his money to less taxing lands. "Elon Musk, Joe Rogan and Ben Shapiro, to name just a few, are leaving California to escape incompetent governance. The 'response' from Sacramento? Wealth and massive income tax increases on job creators (AKA 'the wealthy')," Gundlach tweeted. Elon Musk, Joe Rogan and Ben...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — California is seeing signs of a second wave of coronavirus creeping into the Bay Area and Southern California and Governor Gavin Newsom Monday urged people to remain vigilant and keep up mitigation efforts as flu season approaches. While some COVID-19 trends continue to head in the right direction, such as testing positivity rate, hospitalizations, and ICU rates, Newsom said state health authorities report a reversal in the effective reproductive number, commonly known as the R-effective which shows the average number of secondary infections from an infected person. If the R number is greater than 1, the number of infected persons will increase. If the number is less than one, the number of infected persons will decrease....
    Orinda —  About 87,500 Pacific Gas & Electric customers in 16 California counties were without power Monday morning after the state’s largest investor-owned utility preemptively de-energized some of its equipment to avoid sparking wildfires and shut off power at other locations because of blazes already burning. Roughly 11,000 customers in Butte County were scheduled to lose power early Sunday, followed by 54,000 more customers in the Central Sierra on Sunday evening and 15,000 in Kern County on Monday morning, the utility said in a news release. Tens of thousands of customers were also without power in Napa and Sonoma counties amid fires burning there. In the Central Sierra, the planned outages were to include parts of 14 counties: Alpine, Amador,...
    Inspections to equipment began Monday, as did the return of power to thousands of Northern California residents who lost electricity because of a PG&E public safety power shutdown, officials with the utility said. PG&E was unable to say Monday afternoon whether any of those restorations were occurring in Napa County, where it turned off power Sunday to 288 residents because of prime fire conditions caused by a Bay Area heat wave and accompanying strong winds. The warning proved prophetic when the Glass Fire broke out Sunday night in Napa and Sonoma counties, where it consumed about 11,000 acres by 9:30 a.m. Monday. Overall, 17,000 customers in Sonoma County and 11,000 in Napa County were without power Monday, PG&E spokeswoman Tamar...
    California’s latest wildfire destroyed a historic family-run winery — and was threatening dozens more Monday as it spread across the famed Napa-Sonoma wine region. The Chateau Boswell Winery was photographed completely engulfed by the Glass Fire, which started in Napa Valley early Sunday — and spread to cover 11,000 acres (17 square miles) within a day, with thousands ordered to evacuate. Both the estate and the castle-inspired buildings were damaged in the 40-year-old family-run winery famed for its Cabernet Sauvignons, SFGate said. But it is unlikely to be the only one destroyed as the fire spread from Napa Valley to neighboring Sonoma — with at least 64 wineries in danger in the evacuation area by Monday morning, the outlet said....
    An environmental professor at Santa Clarita University in California recently blamed the global "climate crisis" — which he says has resulted in raging wildfires on the West Coast and hurricanes on the East Coast — on none other than "white supremacy." What are the details?Ted Grudin, who earned his Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of California-Berkeley, wrote an op-ed in the Earth Island Journal last week titled, "How White Supremacy Caused the Climate Crisis." In the op-ed, Grudin asserted that "embedded in the theory of racial supremacy is the theory of human supremacy over nature, which has brought environmental calamity upon us." As Grudin sees it, white supremacy thrives on the "accumulation of wealth and power" of a...
    California’s latest wildfire destroyed a historic family-run winery — and was threatening dozens more Monday as it spread across the famed Napa-Sonoma wine region. The Chateau Boswell Winery was photographed completely engulfed by the Glass Fire, which started in Napa Valley early Sunday — and spread to cover 11,000 acres within a day, with thousands ordered to evacuate. Both the estate and the castle-inspired buildings were damaged in the 40-year-old family-run winery famed for its Cabernet Sauvignons, SFGate said. But it is unlikely to be the only one destroyed as the fire spread from Napa Valley to neighboring Sonoma — with at least 64 wineries at danger in the evacuation area by Monday morning, the outlet said. “It’s a cremation,”...
    SAN FRANCISCO —  California’s wine country has been devastated by some of the state’s most destructive fires. But on Sunday, a series of wind-driven infernos found new terrain that had not burned in years, creating a scene terrifyingly reminiscent of 2017, when wildfires marched into populated areas at night, destroying thousands of homes and killing dozens who could not escape in time. It remains unclear how many homes have burned in the latest fires. But the blazes have destroyed winery property in Napa County and homes in Santa Rosa. There also are no details on whether there have been any casualties. Thousands of people had to run for their lives Sunday, clogging Highway 12 as the Shady fire moved...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Crews are battling wildfires across the San Francisco Bay Area and all through the state of California that have burned homes and prompted evacuations.Follow developments with our exclusive Wildfire Tracker that's updated with the latest information from CAL FIRE every hour. Check in to see where fires are spreading, the acres burned, and see containment information in real-time.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowGet the latest updates and videos on wildfires burning across the Bay Area and California here.RELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: Here are all the fires burning in the Bay Area right now Track air quality levels in the Bay Area Bay Area air...
    As Mariah Carey would sing, “I don’t want a lot for Christmas, there is just one thing I need.” In the holiday spirit, err spirits, Sam’s Club is releasing the perfect holiday item for wine lovers: a 12 Days of Wine Calendar. The 12 Days of Wine Calendar includes 12 different 187-milliliter bottles of various wines from California. That means it’s a box of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, zinfandel, cabernet – syrah blend, red blend, cabernet-merlot blend, pinot noir, pinot grigio, sweet riesling, sauvignon blanc, merlot and rose. Drink them, share with others, use for stocking stuffers — the options are plenty for the upcoming season of giving (or keeping for yourself). The boxes will sell for $37.98, according to a...
    This time of year, campuses are usually bustling with students as the fall quarter begins. But this year will be unlike any other as most University of California campuses keep students remote, with a few exceptions.The first day of instruction for UCLA, UC Irvine and UC Riverside is Thursday.UCLA originally planned to allow 5,000 students to return to residence halls and offer 8% of classes on campus. However, public health guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic caused the university to nix that plan.RELATED: Cal State Long Beach announces quarantine, pauses campus instruction after COVID-19 outbreakEMBED More News Videos California State University, Long Beach administrators are scrambling to contain a COVID-19 outbreak on campus after five students tested positive for...
    The actress asked followers to pray for the Napa valley and surrounding areas as fires continue to rage. Candace Cameron Bure shared a terrifying photo to Twitter which left fans worried for her safety. The Fuller House star, 44, posted a pic of a raging wildfire in clear view from her home in California’s Napa Valley. In the picture, the sky was an eerie shade of red as smoke and flames took over a wooded area in the distance. In the caption to the tweet, Candace revealed that she had taken the photo more than an hour earlier and that by the time she posted it the fires were “much closer.” “We are surrounded on three sides,” she added. The...
    Wildfire flames engulfed part of California's wine country, prompting widescale evacuations of the area. Hundreds of homes in Napa and Sonoma counties were evacuated as the Grass Fire continues to spread throughout more than 2,500 acres. As of Monday morning, the blaze was 0% contained. Sonoma County Evacuation Update#CALFIRE#CALFIRELNU pic.twitter.com/NoKgqerCfo— CAL FIRE LNU (@CALFIRELNU) September 28, 2020 The #GlassFire has consumed the Chateau Boswell Winery and other structures along Silverado Trail in St Helena . The fire is currently zero percent contained. #RedFlagWarning pic.twitter.com/FRiGaCrMMR— Justin Sullivan (@sullyfoto) September 28, 2020 The fire started north of St. Helena, California, roughly 75 miles north of San Francisco, on Sunday morning and has been growing at a "dangerous rate of spread,"...
    Hundreds of homes and a hospital have been evacuated in California's wine country as a fast-spreading wildfire has scorched thousands of acres with another day of dangerous fire conditions expected Monday. Cal Fire said the Glass Fire has now grown to at least 2,500 acres and remains 0% contained as it threatens neighborhoods and vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Counties, located about 75 miles north of San Francisco. The blaze started early Sunday. "We woke up in the middle of the night and saw flames," Jan Zakin of St. Helena told KGO-TV. "I was in my underwear, there was a car on fire blocking access out, my dog ran away, I still haven't found her, we left with nothing, just...
    Reuters September 28, 2020 0 Comments A wind-driven wildfire erupted on Sunday in the heart of northern California’s Napa Valley wine country to spread across nearly 2,000 acres (809 hectares), forcing the evacuation of a hospital and hundreds of homes, authorities said. Fire crews were out in force, scrambling to fend off flames threatening neighborhoods and vineyards at the northern end of the famed wine-growing valley and surrounding hillsides, about 75 miles (120 km) north of San Francisco. The blaze, dubbed the Glass Fire, broke out before dawn near Calistoga and raced toward the adjacent communities of Deer Park and St. Helena, with flames reaching within a mile of the Adventist Health St. Helena hospital. All 55 patients there...
    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...
    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...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's largest electric utility has temporarily shut off power to thousands of Northern California residents to prevent wildfires sparked by electrical equipment as the state braces for potentially strong winds and extreme fire weather conditions. Pacific Gas & Electric said Sunday it began shutting off power to customers in portions of Butte, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama counties. The initial shutoffs were expected to affect about 15,000 customers. Another 74,000 customers in 12 more counties were due to be affected later on Sunday, the company said. A message was left for PG&E seeking additional details. The shutoffs come as fire-weary California prepared for a new siege of hot, dry weather with potentially strong winds that could...
    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)...
    California prison officials on Saturday reported the 27th death of a San Quentin State Prison inmate from apparent complications of COVID-19. The prisoner, who was not identified, died Friday at an outside hospital, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. San Quentin currently has three prisoners who are positive for COVID-19. Related Articles Marin movie theaters reopen after 6-month shutdown Art makes a comeback at outdoor Silicon Valley Sculpture Fair Coronavirus: Airlines say flying is safe, but new study reveals potential for superspreader disaster Coronavirus: SF’s ‘one congregant’ rule draws federal rebuke Coronavirus: California could see 89% increase in hospitalizations next month, health official warns
    Pacific Gas & Electric plans to cut power to 89,000 customers in parts of 16 counties beginning early Sunday as dry, unseasonably hot conditions and strong winds continue to increase fire danger across much of Northern California, officials announced Saturday evening. Power will be shut off in three phases and last until late Monday, officials said. The first phase will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday and include about 15,000 customers in Butte, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama counties. The second phase will begin at 4 p.m. and include 74,000 customers in Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sonoma, Yuba and Mooretown Rancheria. Fifteen customers in Kern County will be affected in the third...
    A man from California has submitted a proposal to rename Mount Rushmore, in a highly-unlikely bid to recognize the Native American people of South Dakota. The anonymous man is seeking the renaming of the mountain Igmu Tanka Paha - a Lakota Sioux name meaning Cougar Mountain.  His bid came after Barack Obama in 2015 officially renamed Mount McKinley as Denali - ending a controversy that had raged for over 100 years. Yet the current proposal, made in July, seems highly unlikely to gain traction. The Board on Geographic Names, which decides any renaming, is usually conservative and would only respond in the case of overwhelming public support.  A proposal has been submitted to rename Mount Rushmore with a Lakota...
    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 ANTONIO – “Do or do not. There is no try." Five-year-old Carver and his grandmother Sasha Tinning are taking legendary Jedi Master Yoda’s advice to heart and giving first responders fighting fires on the West Coast a reason to smile. Fans of Disney’s “The Mandalorian” will recognize this fan-favorite from the series that is aiding first-responders in fighting the West Coast fires. Baby Yoda, a name for the all too familiar small, green creature in the new series set in the time approximately five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, was sent in a care package to help boost morale. Posted by Baby yoda fights fires on Tuesday, September 15, 2020Attached in...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials on Saturday reported the 27th death of a San Quentin State Prison inmate from apparent complications of COVID-19. The prisoner, who was not identified, died Friday at an outside hospital, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. San Quentin currently has three prisoners who are positive for COVID-19. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: California
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal grand jury in California has indicted a Nevada woman accused of trying to hire a hit man on the internet for $5,000 in bitcoin to kill her ex-husband. Kristy Lynn Felkins, 36, of Fallon, is accused of communicating with someone in 2016 on a website that purported to offer murder-for-hire services. The website indicated her ex-husband was living in Durham, North Carolina, at the time and she wanted him killed while he was traveling in Chico, California, according to federal court records. Authorities say the website was a scam that simply took money from unsuspecting customers and is no longer active. The Sacramento Bee first reported Thursday’s indictment by a grand jury in Sacramento....
    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 WATCH LIST: California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as...
    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 WATCH LIST: California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as...
    A majority of likely voters across the country do not consider “climate change” the driving factor of catastrophic wildfires in the west, a Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday showed. The survey asked likely voters, “Which is the more likely reason that wildfires in California are spreading – climate change or a variety of other natural and human factors?” A majority, or 54 percent, attributed it to “a variety of other natural and human factors,” while 41 percent said “climate change,” and five percent remained unsure. Twenty-nine percent also expressed the belief that the media coverage of wildfires has increased, whereas 57 percent believe there has been “more wildfires this year than in past years.” The survey, taken among 1,500 likely voters September  17...
    The mayor of Imperial Beach, Calif., and the governor of Baja California are engaged in an ongoing public feud over cross-border sewage spills, which have been a problem for years and resulted in polluting local communities in the United States and making people ill. Mexican Gov. Jaime Bonilla has held three separate news conferences this month demanding Mayor Serge Dedina apologize for his public criticisms of Mexico’s inability to stop sewage from flowing into the U.S. Bonilla publicly insisted that his administration has already fixed the problem by repairing broken pumps and clearing trash along the Tijuana River Valley. However, Dedina pointed out that Tijuana’s overburdened sewage system continues to discharge contaminated water from a pump station six miles south...
    PACIFIC PALISADES (KABC) -- A home with an ocean view sounds wonderful if you can afford it; for many it is part of the California dream. Now there are a few more residences on the market in a new development in Pacific Palisades. One Coast is a development that features 53 luxury residences with ocean views at the iconic intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway. Bree Long, senior vice president, sales and marketing for etco homes, says there is a certain type of buyer for these homes."They are primarily driven by the view experience and wanting to have that feeling when they wake up in the morning that they've arrived," said Long.That view is going to cost you....
    TRACY (CBS13) – A California assemblymember said nearly $200 million in operating costs will be saved after the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) announcement on Friday of the closure of a state prison in Tracy. The Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy was chosen for closure based on operating costs, inmate housing needs, impact on the workforce and prioritization of public safety, according to CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz. According to the CDCR, annual operating costs for the prison are about $182 million. “The reasons this institution was selected for closure are not a reflection of its quality of work and care, and we could not be prouder of the commitment of our dedicated staff, as well as the accomplishments...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — California on Friday created what supporters call its own nation-leading, state-level version of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after critics said the Trump administration significantly weakened national protections. Assembly Bill 1864, the legislation that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law, changes the existing Department of Business Oversight into the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation in what proponents said is the first such move by any state. The current department regulates a significant part of the financial services industry, including banks and credit unions. But the expanded version will add oversight authority over debt collectors, debt settlement, credit repair and check cashing services, consumer credit reporting, retail sales financing and rent-to-own contracts. “We need...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — A state prison in Tracy will be closed within a year as part of the Governor Gavin Newsom’s state budget that calls for two state owned and operated prisons to be shuttered by 2023. Newsom and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced Friday that Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) in Tracy would close by September 30, 2021. The prison houses about 1,500 inmates and employs 1,080 workers, according to a CDCR statement. Inmates walk in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. in 2013. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo) Newsom’s state budget, signed into law in June, included a plan to close two state prisons by 2023, with the goal...
    Authorities released the name of the 15th victim of the North Complex fire Friday, meaning all those confirmed to have perished in one of California’s deadliest blazes have now been identified. The body of Linda Longenbach, a 71-year-old Berry Creek resident, was located on Handkirk Lane on Sept. 10, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Both she and another previously identified victim — 68-year-old Paul Winer of Berry Creek — were found in the roadway. One of them was inside a vehicle and the other was approximately 10 feet away from an ATV, authorities said, though they didn’t specify who was where. “During the investigation, detectives determined Paul and Linda spoke with a relative in the...
    The Pacific Gas & Electric Co. may cut power to about 21,000 customers in parts of Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties this weekend as dry, unseasonably hot conditions and strong winds are expected to increase fire danger in the region. Utility officials said Thursday that a “public safety power shutoff” could be necessary because “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.” Though there’s “still uncertainty regarding the strength and timing of this weather system,” according to a PG&E statement, “high fire-risk conditions are expected to arrive Saturday evening, continue through Sunday evening and subside...
    Grand jurors were told the cell phone of a White defendant charged with the Feb. 1 shooting death of a Black man in Moreno Valley contained files with racial slurs about African Americans, along with the phrases “white power,” and “Hail Hitler,” a transcript of testimony shows. The panel voted in August to indict Darren Peter Zesk, 19, with the first-degree murder of Massai Cole, along with special circumstances that the slaying was a hate crime, and that it was committed while lying in wait for the victim, an 18-year-old June 2019 graduate of Ventura High School. Zesk’s nephew, Jared Lee Zesk,19, is also charged with Cole’s slaying, but not with the special circumstances. Both are White and lived in...
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband was among those listed in a University of California audit to discover unfair admissions practices. Richard Blum, the Democratic senator's husband, was responsible for a "particularly problematic" instance of someone promoting an underqualified student for admission, according to several reports. Blum, who is a member of the board of regents for the University of California system, wrote a letter to the chancellor at the University of California, Davis and advocated for the admission of a student who had been wait-listed and only had a 26% chance of being admitted based on merit alone. The student was granted admission, taking the place of a student with stronger academic credentials. Blum told the San Francisco...
    An estimated 20 tons of illegal marijuana were seized in the south Riverside County communities of Anza and Aguanga along with cash, guns, honey oil and a banned pesticide when agencies served 38 warrants in raids on properties, sheriff’s deputies said. Seven people were arrested during the action on Wednesday, and a stolen trailer was recovered on one of the properties, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. The seized marijuana was in the form of  31,878 plants, which were destroyed, and 4,165 pounds of processed plants, deputies said. Authorities also collected 25 firearms as evidence, along with $46,221 in cash that was collected for asset forfeiture proceedings. Ten jars of honey oil were found, and a butane hash oil laboratory...
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE | The Associated Press Timothy Ray Brown, the first person known to have been cured of HIV infection, says he is now terminally ill from a recurrence of the cancer that prompted his historic treatment 12 years ago. Brown, dubbed “the Berlin patient” because of where he lived at the time, had a transplant from a donor with a rare, natural resistance to the AIDS virus. For years, that was thought to have cured his leukemia and his HIV infection, and he still shows no signs of HIV. But in an interview with The Associated Press, Brown said his cancer returned last year and has spread widely. He’s receiving hospice care where he now lives in Palm...
    A CALIFORNIA dad was killed when he was run over by his own work van while trying to stop a trio of thieves from stealing it. Jose de Jesus Berrelleza, 33, was talking with his father on Tuesday when the horrific incident occurred, according to a GoFundMe. 7Jose de Jesus Berrelleza was killed when he tried to stop a thief from taking his vehicle, police sayCredit: GoFundMe 7Omar Sanchez, Yesenia Escareno, and Adriana Gomez were all arrested in the incidentCredit: Anaheim Police Dept "It was their quality time together when these individuals took him from us," the GoFundMe said. Anaheim police said in a press release that around 6:20am on Tuesday, Berrelleza confronted a suspect who was stealing his work...
    LOS ANGELES  — A Los Angeles police officer has been arrested for a second time for allegedly stealing cash from the backpack of an employee at a cannabis grow facility, prosecutors and police said. Officer Luis Mota was initially charged with misdemeanor theft after his first arrest in January. Following his arrest on Thursday, the 46-year-old was charged with felony burglary, the Los Angeles Times reported. An employee at the facility alerted an LAPD supervisor that money was missing from her backpack after police conducted enforcement at the pot grow, the newspaper said. Surveillance video pointed to Mota as the alleged thief, prosecutors said. Officials didn’t say what new information or evidence prompted the added charge. Related Articles ...
    WATSONVILLE — Police have arrested a Pelican Drive nurse in connection with a cold-case Florida fatal stabbing dating back 16 years. Raul Mata  The Watsonville Police Department assisted Miami-Dade Police Department in tracking down Raul Mata, 46, and joined with Santa Cruz Police Department to carry out his arrest Monday night, officials announced Thursday. Based on circumstantial evidence, Florida investigators have long considered Mata a possible suspected killer in the Sept. 17, 2004 killing of his 16-year-old stepdaughter, Dilcia Mejia, at the family’s then-Miami home, according to past media interviews. Detectives were able to seek Mata’s arrest, however, after advances to forensic advancements in DNA technology helped connect him to evidence on Dilcia’s body, according to a Miami-Dade Police Department...
    SAN FRANCISCO – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is poised to shut off power to thousands of residents in the Sierra Foothills this weekend amid hot, dry and windy conditions. In a news release Thursday, PG&E said “high-risk fire conditions are expected to arrive Saturday evening, continue through Sunday evening and subside Monday morning.” Some 21,000 customers in portions of Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties have been notified of the potential public safety power shutoff, or PSPS, according to the utility. “This weather event will be localized to the Sierra Foothills, so customers in the Bay Area and southern parts of PG&E’s service area will not be impacted,” the utility said. Power, if it is switched off, will be restored...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — While the state is in the middle of investigating possible unemployment fraud, local homeowners say they’re still getting Employment Development Department letters mailed to their homes, but addressed to other people. At first, homeowner Mike Weaver said there were a few letters followed by a few more. And then one day, the post office worker brought dozens of EDD letters to his door in a mail bin. (CBSLA) At first, homeowner Mike Weaver said there were a few letters followed by a few more. And then one day, the post office worker brought dozens of EDD letters addressed to a number of different people to his door in a mail bin. “Our mailman showed it to...
    Senator Dianne Feinstein's investment banker husband has been identified as the University of California regent who wrote a letter that likely helped a 'less qualified' applicant gain admission to UC Berkeley. Richard Blum was named Thursday by the state auditor's office as one of the regents involved in admissions scandal where UC wrongly admitted dozens of wealthy, mostly white students as favors to well-connected people. Among those 'inappropriately admitted' were a student whose family was friends with a member of the Board of Regents, the child of a major donor and an applicant who babysat for a colleague of a former admissions director, according to the report released Tuesday by the California State Auditor. Blum was unapologetic in an interview...
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband has been named in connection with a University of California admissions audit that found wealthy and connected kids were given preference over more qualified applicants, according to local reports. The audit, released earlier this week, found that 64 students with ties to major donors, university leaders, or other people with influence got into four of the state’s top public universities – beating out peers who were more qualified academically or athletically between 2013 and 2019. And it singled out one case as “particularly problematic.” SLUG: ST/KENNEDY. DATE: March, 8, 2009 CREDIT: Katherine Frey / TWP. LOCATION: Washington, DC. SUMMARY: Ted Kennedy birthday celebration at the Kennedy Center CAPTION: Sen. Dianne Feinstein with her husband, Richard...
    VALLEY VILLAGE (CBSLA) — Since the magnitude 4.5 earthquake that shook Angelenos out of bed on Friday night, several smaller quakes have hit this week — including a magnitude 3.2 near Rancho Cucamonga and a 3.3 near Lake Elsinore. “[There’s] a bit of anxiety around when is the next one going to happen,” said Valley Village resident Rachel Aune. Aune said she’s still rattled after the series of quakes. A magnitude 4.5 quake shook Los Angeles late Friday night. “We’ve been in California for the past 10 years, and we haven’t felt any like we have in the past year,” she said. “So that is concerning.” Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said that this series of quakes is normal for Southern...
    Distance learning a drag? The Museum of Ice Cream has a solution that parents, teachers and kids will scream about (in a good way). Working with Real California Milk, the San Francisco museum has developed a science-meets-dessert curriculum they’re calling Sundae School, and it’s all about the history and science of ice cream. There’s even a physical education element. The hour-long, interactive lesson is free and open to all California schools and families, and will be led by the museum’s trained Sundae School “professors.” You’ll need to provide whole milk, ice, vanilla extract, sugar and salt. Yes, your kids will be making their own ice cream. Science! Find coupons for milk here and a rebate here. Sign-ups are now open...
    Nail salons began reopening Wednesday in Orange County after the state gave approval to resume limited indoor operations. For many, it's the first time in months they are reopening their doors.Your manicure and pedicure experience will look and feel differently in the age of the coronavirus pandemic as several modifications have been made at nail salons."Getting this green light is something that we've been waiting months and months for, and hopefully this is the last of it and we can keep our doors open permanently," said Christie Nguyen, co-owner of Studio 18 Nail Bar in Tustin.RELATED: California clears nail salons to reopen, but Los Angeles County still restricts themEMBED More News Videos Nail salon operators scored a major victory Tuesday...
    There’s nothing like a neat and clean work space to get the job done. The coronavirus pandemic has upended the traditional academic year for millions of American students, inspiring one crafty dad in California to make virtual learning a bit easier for local kids in need. To help start the school year off strong, the man has produced dozens of free desks for children in the community. Mitchell Couch of Lemoore has been a carpenter for over 20 years, and joked that his two kids took over the kitchen table when they began distance learning this year. To help start the school year off strong, Mitchell Couch has produced dozens of free desks for children in the community. (Mitchell...
    California has already endured its worst fire year in recorded history, but with more heat and wind in the forecast, officials say conditions could get even worse as the state enters the peak of its traditional burning season. Another heat wave is bearing down on California — adding a potent ingredient to an unwelcome meteorological cocktail that will bring dangerous fire weather conditions to some parts of the already scarred state. It could be a double threat, making it harder to contain still-burning fires while also helping spark new ones when firefighting resources are already stretched thin. In recent years, some of California’s worst fires have ignited in October, November and even December, when hot Santa Ana, sundowner and...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Federal authorities on Wednesday announced charges against alleged members of a Southern California-based drug-trafficking organization that operates on the darknet.As part of a law enforcement effort named Operation DisrupTor, more than 120 people have been arrested for selling drugs online.In Southern California, investigators successfully dismantled the drug-trafficking organization known as "Stealthgod."The crew is accused of using the darknet to make 18,000 sales of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.And investigators say those drug deals spanned at least 35 states and numerous countries.Police seized 120 pounds of methamphetamine, 14 pounds of pills, ecstasy, $1.6 million in cryptocurrency, and five guns, according to a Department of Justice statement.Coast Guard seizes huge cache of cocaine, marijuana during drug busts in...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Federal authorities on Wednesday announced charges against alleged members of a Southern California-based drug-trafficking organization that operates on the darknet.More than 120 people have been arrested for selling drugs online as part of an effort named Operation Disruptor.In Southern California, investigators successfully dismantled the drug-trafficking organization -- known as "Stealthgod."The crew is accused of using the darknet to make 18-thousand sales of meth and other illegal drugs.And investigators say their drug deals span at least 35 states ---and numerous countries.Police seized 120 pounds of methamphetamine, 14 pounds of pills, ecstasy, $1 million in cryptocurrency, and five guns.Five people living in Southern California were taken into custody.Andres Bermudez, 37, of Palmdale is allegedly a main supplier for...
    HEALDSBURG (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this year’s blazes has been especially bad — thick enough to obscure vineyards drooping with clusters of grapes almost ready for harvest. Day after day, some West Coast cities endured some of the worst air quality in the world. No one knows the extent of the smoke damage to the crop, and growers are trying to assess the severity. If tainted grapes are made into wine without steps to minimize the harm...
    Fire officials announced continued success in the fight against the massive Bobcat fire, with U.S. Forest Service officials reporting the blaze is 50% contained. “Progress continues to be made on containment,” the Forest Service said in a tweet Thursday morning. “Fire activity has moderated and only 253 acres were added overnight, for a total of 113,986.” Containment estimates for the destructive fire are now holding steady at Sept. 30, one month earlier than initially projected. It’s something fire crews attribute to cooperative weather and the successful placement of containment lines around much of the blaze’s vast perimeter. “A lot of it came down to doing tactical firing and securing lines,” said Forest Service spokesman Larry Smith, adding that “hard work,...
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- The Bay Area's record-breaking streak of poor air quality could cost thousands of lives, according to a new calculation by Stanford researchers.Marshall Burke, an associate professor of earth system science at the university, looked at extensive research on the effects of wildfire pollutants in the air in connection to increase deaths in the elderly population. Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10, he predicts at least 1,200 additional deaths and 4,800 ER visits in California due to the wildfire smoke."So, we're not measuring fatality rates in real-time, we're saying we know how much worse the air quality got, we know based on 20 years of Medicare data if you change the air quality that much, how...
    A man who was arrested after allegedly driving a truck through a crowd of peaceful demonstrators during a May protest used his family's vineyard as a "training camp," federal authorities said. Benjamin Jong Ren Hung, 28, of San Marino, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to transport firearms across state lines and to make a false statement in acquisition of firearms, CBS Los Angeles reports. On May 31, Hung "intentionally drove his Dodge Ram truck adorned with flags associated with right-wing extremist groups into a crowd of individuals peacefully protesting against racial injustice in police practices on a street in Pasadena," according to an FBI agent's affidavit filed with the federal criminal complaint. Protesters march along Fair Oaks...
    Steichen  An Arcata man accused of fatally stabbing his brother caused a scene at his arraignment Wednesday, flipping off the court and refusing to speak to his court-appointed attorney. Humboldt County Conflict Counsel April Van Dyke entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Jacob Eli Steichen, 39, who is accused of murdering his brother Aaron Kirk Steichen the night of Sept. 20 in Arcata. Van Dyke also entered a plea of not guilty to the special charge that Jacob Steichen used a deadly weapon, a knife, in the commission of that crime. Steichen refused to speak to Van Dyke and said he wanted only to speak to defense attorney Benjamin Okin, with whom he spoke on the night...
    PASADENA  — A man who was arrested after allegedly driving a truck through a crowd of peaceful demonstrators during a May protest has been charged with federal gun crimes, authorities said. Benjamin Jong Ren Hung, 28, of San Marino, was arrested Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf. On May 31, Hung “intentionally drove his Dodge Ram truck adorned with flags associated with right-wing extremist groups into a crowd of individuals peacefully protesting against racial injustice in police practices on a street in Pasadena,” according to an FBI agent’s affidavit filed with the federal criminal complaint. ”The victims were forced to run out of the way to avoid being struck,” according...
    A missing person’s report of a teenage girl led Long Beach police to arrest a San Bernardino man on suspicion of human trafficking and issue an arrest warrant for a second man, who already was in custody on unrelated charges, authorities said Wednesday, Sept. 23. Two teenage girls, ages 15 and 16, were rescued as a result of the investigation. The girls were listed as missing persons from Long Beach and Los Angeles, respectively, police said. Semaj Kelly, 23, of San Bernardino, remained behind bars on nearly $500,000 bail after he was arrested by Long Beach police on suspicion of human trafficking of a victim under 18-years old Sept. 18, police said. A second suspect, identified as 27-year-old Marcus Jones...
    FRESNO — A Fresno man who was acquitted of a deadly shooting was wounded and his girlfriend killed minutes after he walked out of jail, his attorney said Wednesday. Michael Garcia, 21, was shot four times and remained hospitalized. “They were waiting at the jail for him,” his attorney, Eric Castellon told the Fresno Bee. Garcia was attacked about 10 p.m. Tuesday while in a car on State Route 180 in Fresno. His girlfriend died. The Fresno County coroner’s office identified her Wednesday as Ernestine Thomas, 21, of Fresno. “They were planning on leaving so they could get away from all this madness” Castellon said of the couple. “It’s a gang hit, that’s for sure.” Garcia’s family had received apparent...
    A third suspect has been arrested in the slaying of Moreno Valley boxer Daniel Gonzalez. Joseph Lewis Goldsmith, 28, of Riverside, turned himself in at the Riverside County sheriff’s station in Moreno Valley on Monday, Sept. 21, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Goldsmith was booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, where he was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, jail records show. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and has a status hearing scheduled for Thursday. Lee Albert Mooring, 32, Andre Dimitri Richee, 27, both of Moreno Valley, were arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, respectively. Mooring pleaded...
    TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this year’s blazes has been especially bad — thick enough to obscure vineyards drooping with clusters of grapes almost ready for harvest. Day after day, some West Coast cities endured some of the worst air quality in the world. No one knows the extent of the smoke damage to the crop, and growers are trying to assess the severity. If tainted grapes are made into wine without steps to minimize the...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into whether a huge wildfire near Los Angeles was sparked by Southern California Edison utility equipment, according to the company. Edison has turned over a section of an overhead conductor from its transmission facility in the area where the Bobcat Fire started more than two weeks ago, company spokesman David Song said Wednesday. The initial report of fire was near Cogswell Dam in the San Gabriel Mountains at 12:21 p.m. on Sept. 6. In an incident report filed with the state Public Utilities Commission last week, Edison said its nearby equipment experienced an issue five minutes earlier, 12:16 p.m. A circuit at a nearby substation experienced a “relay...
    (CNN)Federal investigators looking into the origins of the massive Bobcat Fire are focusing on utility equipment owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) that experienced an issue moments before the fire was first reported.The fire, one of the largest wildfires in Los Angeles County history, started on September 6. It continues to burn in the mountains outside Los Angeles, torching more than 113,000 acres and sending a massive smoke plume over the region. The fire was about 39% contained Wednesday night, according to the Los Angeles County fire department.Edison spokesperson David Song told CNN the utility received a request from United States Forest Service (USFS) officials on September 15 to turn over a section of SCE's overhead conductor near Cogswell Dam....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Experts say over the decade, over 150,000 people have left the state and that number is expected to climb as remote working options increase during the coronavirus pandemic. “It is hard to keep up with the demand,” said Daniel Carrillo with Pasadena Moving Company. “In our whole history, we’ve never seen that before. We used to have maybe 5% to 7% of our moves out of state.” The pandemic is not just forcing people to reevaluate finances but reconsider living situations, and as a result, business at local moving companies is surging. “That affordability motivator for going to a place where they can actually afford to be a homeowner is still there, and now they’ve got...
    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A man who was arrested after allegedly driving a truck through a crowd of peaceful demonstrators during a May protest has been charged with federal gun crimes, authorities said. Benjamin Jong Ren Hung, 28, of San Marino, was arrested Wednesday. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf. On May 31, Hung “intentionally drove his Dodge Ram truck adorned with flags associated with right-wing extremist groups into a crowd of individuals peacefully protesting against racial injustice in police practices on a street in Pasadena," according to an FBI agent's affidavit filed with the federal criminal complaint. ”The victims were forced to run out of the way to avoid being...
    PACIFICA, Calif. -- When it comes to mountain lions, there are close encounters, and then there's what Timothy Kerrisk saw Saturday evening in Pacifica."I went outside to go look for my cat who had gotten out earlier and when I went outside I opened the door... I thought it was a German Shepherd at first, I was like 'oh, somebody's dog,'" Kerrisk said."Then I looked and it turned back and looked at me, and I was like, 'oh my God no, that's a mountain lion.'"Timothy noticed the big cat appeared to have its eyes on some children playing on their bikes.He tried to alert them."And so I started yelling for the kids to go back inside and that's when the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took a swipe at the Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday after the former Meghan Markle and Prince Harry participated in a Time 100 video urging Americans to vote. Meghan, an American, says in the video that every four years elections are referred to as the most important election of our lifetime. “But this one is,” she stressed. “When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard.” Harry called on Americans to “reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity.” Neither mentioned Trump or his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, by name, but some have interpreted their comments as critical of Trump. Trump was asked about the video during a White House...
    ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (AP) — A 41-year-old Northern California man convicted of causing a fatal accident while under the influence of methamphetamine at Lake Tahoe last summer has been sentenced to six to 20 years in prison. Jarrad Dominguez admitted he was driving under the influence when he crossed the centerline on U.S. Highway 50 near Zephyr Cove and collided head-on with another vehicle on June 13, 2019 and killed Hugo Parra Soliz, a Carson City father of three. The (Gardnerville) Record-Courier reports Dominguez apologized to Soliz’ widow during Tuesday’s sentencing. He also was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and reimburse authorities for his extradition from California. Defense attorney Roberto Fuentes Jr. admitted that the fatal collision was not...
    The fall season may have just started but local ski resorts across Southern California are already looking ahead to when they can reopen and what that will look like in the age of coronavirus.Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood is planning on limiting attendance to half of normal levels and using a contactless check-in service. Face masks and physical distancing requirements will also be in place.Snow Valley Mountain Resort in Running Springs is hoping to rely on its six-person chairlifts so families and groups who come together can stay together.Big Bear Resort, which includes Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, will implement face coverings, more sanitation on the mountains and physical distancing when possible.The resort will also prioritize access for season pass...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Federal investigators are looking into whether the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest was sparked by Southern California Edison utility equipment, according to the company.Edison has turned over a section of an overhead conductor from its transmission facility in the area where the Bobcat Fire started more than two weeks ago, company spokesman David Song said Wednesday.The initial report of fire was near Cogswell Dam in the San Gabriel Mountains at 12:21 p.m. on Sept. 6.In an incident report filed with the state Public Utilities Commission last week, Edison said its nearby equipment experienced an issue five minutes earlier, 12:16 p.m.A circuit at a nearby substation experienced a "relay operation," indicating its equipment detected some...
    Reuters September 23, 2020 0 Comments California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline powered passenger cars and trucks starting in 2035 as the top U.S. auto market shifts to electric vehicles to reduce climate-warming emissions, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday. The move is the most significant yet by a U.S. state aimed at ending the use of fossil fuel-burning internal combustion engines, and clashes with the pro-fossil fuel policies of the Trump White House. Newsom declared earlier this month he would step up the state’s already aggressive efforts to combat climate change amid a record wildfire season. “We are marking a new course,” Newsom said at a news conference in Sacramento while standing in front of...
    The massively expensive campaign for a state proposition to let Uber, Instacart and other major tech companies keep treating their drivers as contractors rather than employees remains wide open as Election Day approaches, a poll released Wednesday found. The Berkeley IGS Poll showed the side supporting Proposition 22, which has raised more than $180 million from four big tech firms, eking out a narrow lead, with 39 percent of likely voters saying they are in favor and 36 percent opposed. But the poll found that initiative, along with three other hotly contested state propositions on this November’s ballot — measures that would raise business property taxes, expand rent control and reinstate affirmative action — are all falling short of the...
    Five of the six largest wildfires in California state history have been sparked in the past two months — and they’re all still raging. The state’s most aggressive fire, August Complex, has so far scorched nearly 860,000 acres of NorCal’s Tehama County — nearly doubling the now second-largest Mendocino Complex in 2018, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Rounding out the all-time top six are four other blazes still currently burning, according to the agency and The Sacramento Bee, which first reported the staggering toll. The SCU Lightning Complex has now consumed 396,624 acres near Santa Clara and Alameda counties, while the LNU Lightning Complex has decimated 363,220 acres around Sonoma and Napa counties. Meanwhile, the...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California will halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move he says will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nation's most populous state.His plan would not ban people from owning gas-powered cars or selling them on the used car market. But it would end the sales of all new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in the state of nearly 40 million people."Pull away from the gas pumps," Newsom said. "Let us no longer be victims of geopolitical dictators that manipulate global supply chains and global markets."California is the world's fifth-largest economy and Californians account for more than one out of every 10 new vehicles sold...
    California will outlaw sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move he says will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nations most populous state. His plan would not ban people from owning gas-powered cars or selling them on the used car market. But it would end the sales of all new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in the state of nearly 40 million people. "Pull away from the gas pumps," Newsom said in announcing his executive order to state regulators to draw up guidelines. "Let us no longer be victims of geopolitical dictators that manipulate global supply chains and global markets." White House spokesman Judd Deere said Newsoms order...
    California will ban the sale of new gas-powered passenger cars and trucks starting in 2035, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday. The executive order, one of the most ambitious in the nation, will require all vehicles sold after that date to be zero-emission.  If successful, the order will cause a more than 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions statewide, the governor's office said in a statement. The order directs California's air resources board to develop regulations that will help the state meet the deadline, and orders it to mandate that medium- and heavy-duty vehicles be zero-emission "where feasible" by 2045.  California accounts for more than 10% of all new vehicle sales in the country, according to The Associated Press. The state already...
    California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks starting in 2035 in a dramatic move to shift to electric vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Governor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. Newsom told a press conference the state was committing to a “firm goal” to phase out the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and was encouraging other states to take similar action. Newsom’s order labeled the elimination of gasoline-powered vehicles a “goal” and a “target” after his office said earlier his order would require the sale of nothing but zero emission passenger vehicle starting in 2035. The move would be the most significant to date by a US state aimed at ending the...