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    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.
    MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A man armed with a hatchet in California was shot during a struggle with sheriff’s deputies as they attempted to take him into custody early Sunday, officials said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Deputies were first dispatched to a business in an unincorporated portion of Modesto for reports of a silent burglary alarm around 5 a.m., the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Authorities said the deputies found the man, who they say was in his 40s, outside the business and attempted to take him into custody. That’s when the sheriff’s office says the struggle and shooting ensued. Authorities said the deputies rendered first-aid and summoned an ambulance for the man, but...
    MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A man armed with a hatchet in California was shot during a struggle with sheriff's deputies as they attempted to take him into custody early Sunday, officials said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Deputies were first dispatched to a business in an unincorporated portion of Modesto for reports of a silent burglary alarm around 5 a.m., the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Authorities said the deputies found the man, who they say was in his 40s, outside the business and attempted to take him into custody. That’s when the sheriff’s office says the struggle and shooting ensued. Authorities said the deputies rendered first-aid and summoned an ambulance for the man, but...
    Worsening wildfires and poor air quality are set to hit Northern California Sunday and Monday amid potentially record-breaking heat, meteorologists said. The dry, hot forecast puts a massive swath of land from Redding down to the Bay Area under a “red flag warning,” the National Weather Service’s most severe level of fire alert, the Weather Channel reported. Inland temperatures will hit around 100 degrees Sunday, and peak on Monday, ABC said. California has seen over 8,000 wildfires so far this year. The inferno has torched 5,600 square miles of forest, destroyed more than 7,000 buildings and left 26 people dead. On Saturday, Pacific Gas & Electric announced plans to shut off power to 15,000 customers in 16 affected counties...
    SAN QUENTIN (CBS SF) — While the COVID-19 outbreak that once numbered more than 2,200 positive cases at its height among San Quentin inmates had subsided to just three on Saturday, the illness has claimed another life among the prison population, officials announced. State prison officials confirmed an inmate died on September 25th at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No other details were released. RELATED: San Quentin Special Section It was the 27th inmate death linked to COVID-19 since the outbreak began after the May 30 transfer of 121 inmates from the California Institution for Men, a Southern California facility that had roughly 500 active cases at the time and had reported...
    The search continues for a U.S. Forest Service firefighter who was reported missing Thursday in California, according to reports. Big Bear Hotshot Carlos Alexander Baltazar was last seen on Sept. 20, and was reported missing by his family while off-duty on Sept. 24, FOX 11 reported. The California Highway Patrol found Baltazar’s car abandoned in a remote area of Highway 18, northeast of Big Bear. His fire backpack was found 75 yards away. The car had been involved in a minor collision, but it was unknown if the vehicle had been disabled because of the crash. Carlos Baltazar - photo from San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department Baltazar’s niece said she was the last person in the family to see him, NBC LA reported....
    Christopher Michael Straub. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office/Twitter A known member of a white supremacist gang died during a shootout with police on Thursday in Templeton, California, CNN reports. Christopher Michael Straub fled on foot during a traffic stop, hid, and then ambushed two deputies with a handgun, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office. Straub was pronounced dead at the scene and an injured deputy was airlifted to a nearby hospital. "He was known by us, he was wanted by us, and he was considered armed and dangerous," Sheriff Ian Parkinson said at a news conference. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.   A known white supremacist was killed in a shootout with...
    (CNN)A white supremacist was killed in a shootout with deputies in Templeton, California, according to a San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office news release Friday.The shooting took place Thursday morning when deputies at first tried to conduct a traffic stop on Christopher Michael Straub, 38, near a cemetery. Straub got out of his vehicle and ran through the vineyards of the cemetery, the release said. He then hid and ambushed deputies, firing multiple rounds at them with a handgun. Deputy Richard "Ted" Lehnhoff, 34, was hit in the leg and airlifted to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery and is in stable condition, the release said. Straub continued evading deputies and attempted to return to his vehicle through the vineyard,...
    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....
    ARCADIA (CBSLA) — Racing at Santa Anita Park has returned with several modifications in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Friday, 1,500 workers were back on the job for the Autumn Meet in Arcadia. The grandstand will remain empty and those cleared to attend will undergo a temperature check and other screening protocols. Santa Anita suffered several racing horse deaths in recent years, but the acting director said changes made in California may become the standard nationwide. “We’re very proud of what we did and how we’ve made great leaps and bounds there, ” said Santa Anita Park Acting Executive Director Aidan Butler. “It’s very well-publicized, all the changes we did. An update from what we did in...
    A San Bernardino City Unified math teacher was charged with federal child pornography crimes on Thursday, Sept. 24, and has been placed on unpaid administrative leave during the investigation. Josue Gamaliel Vidal Quintanilla, 28, of Fontana, teaches at Shandin Hills Middle School in San Bernardino. He was arrested Wednesday morning during a search of his home, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. The school district is conducting an internal investigation. Authorities did not indicate that any district children were among the suspected victims, said Maria Garcia, a spokeswoman for the district. “Counselors will be available Friday to help students and staff process news of the teacher’s arrest,” Garcia added. The district hired Quintanilla in 2018. Quintanilla...
    A California sheriff’s deputy accused last year of having sex with a teenage boy has been sentenced to six months in jail. The sentence was imposed Wednesday in the case of Shauna Bishop, 44, a former member of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, according to reports. The sentence also requires her to serve probation and register as a sex offender, KCRA-TV reported. CALIFORNIA MAN KILLED BY OWN WORK VAN WHILE TRYING TO STOP ITS THEFT; 3 ARRESTED: POLICE Mug shot for Shauna Bishop, 44.  (Folsom Police Department) “Although Bishop is a deputy sheriff, she did not meet the victim through her job nor did the alleged acts occur while on duty,” the Folsom Police Department said at the time...
    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...
    A California woman was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old boy while working as a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy. Shauna Bishop, 44, will serve six months in custody and five years of formal probation. She is also required to register as a sex offender, KCRA reported. Bishop turned herself in back in June of 2019 after the boy’s parent filed a report with police in their hometown of Folsom, California. Investigators began looking into Bishop’s relationship with the boy in May and police later issued a warrant for her arrest. She had been on paid leave during the investigation and eventually resigned in August 2019 after her arrest, the local CBS affiliate reported. A...
    SACRAMENTO —  Two new California laws will require app-based delivery companies to more closely work with local restaurants before advertising their menu options and drivers to ensure the safety of meals while the orders are in transit. The laws signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom are the latest effort by state lawmakers to ratchet up oversight of an industry that has resisted attempts at regulation as it grows rapidly in size and profitability. The most far-reaching of the laws, signed by Newsom on Wednesday, requires companies such as DoorDash, Grub Hub, Postmates and Uber Eats to sign formal agreements with local restaurants before advertising food delivery to their customers. Its supporters say that restaurant owners might not know their food...
    UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — A convicted felon from Oregon has been charged in California with unlawful possession of ammunition after he was arrested in July for punching an employee at a post office, federal prosecutors said. Timothy Daniel Raybould made an initial court appearance Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release. He did not enter a plea. Contact information for Raybould, 27, could not immediately be found. Raybould was arrested July 31 in the employees’ parking lot of the Ukiah Post Office in Mendocino County, California. When three U.S. Postal Service employees asked him to leave, Raybould became agitated and punched one of them, according to the criminal complaint. The employees tried to restrain Raybould and during...
    Racism has cost America $16 trillion this century alone Pandemic slashes sales at Olive Gardens Times Square location by 94% Most Americans don't know these lucrative Social Security "secrets" Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © 007/MEGA; Jim Smeal/Shutterstock (inset) The countdown is on for Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli to report to prison to serve their respective sentences for their roles in the nationwide college admissions scandal, but their youngest daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, appears to be in good spirits. The 20-year-old YouTuber posed for photos while out to dinner in Los Angeles with boyfriend Jackson Guthy at Delilah restaurant in Los Aneles on Wednesday,...
    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...
    A man was shot and fatally injured by at least one sheriff’s deputy during an altercation in San Clemente on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 23, authorities said. At about 1:12 pm, two Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies with the city’s homeless outreach team were on patrol near the Hotel Miramar and attempted to make contact with a man described as homeless, the department said. “Shortly after they contacted him, a physical altercation broke out,” said OCSD Sgt. Dennis Breckner. “Shortly after that two gunshots were fired.” The deputies made lifesaving efforts, but the man died. Breckner said officials reviewed video of the incident from a cell phone and from a nearby surveillance camera at a business. The latter shows the man...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    Carl Pope September 23, 2020 9:05PM (UTC) Setting aside the signing of the Paris agreement — a historic global accord from which the United States has now backed away — that there have ever been as big a week for climate progress as this one. First, the government of China presented itself as the global successor to the U.S. role abandoned by President Trump. In an address before the UN General Assembly, President Xi Jinping announced that China would accelerate its peak emissions date — that is, the point after which the nation's carbon emissions will begin to decrease — and would commit to net-zero climate impact by 2060. By placing China solidly ahead of the U.S. in both of those categories — our government...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — Federal investigators are looking into whether a huge wildfire 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,”...
    One man and two women have been arrested after a man’s work van was stolen and a suspect fleeing with it fatally ran the victim over Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, in Anaheim, police said. Jose DeJesus Berrelleza, 33, of Anaheim, was fatally struck by his own vehicle after attempting to confront a person trying to steal it Tuesday, Sept. 22. (Photo courtesy of the Anaheim Police Department)  Jose DeJesus Berrelleza, 33, confronted a man stealing his van early at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Melinda Circle, said Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer. During the encounter, Berrelleza fell from the van as it was driven away and was run over and killed. “It is believed Berrelleza, the father...
    A man was killed Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, when a suspect stealing his car hit him with it before fleeing in Anaheim, police said. It was about 6:20 a.m. when a man found a suspect trying to steal his car from outside a home in the 100 block of Melinda Circle, a small residential street, said Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer.   Carringer said a witness watched as the man confronted the suspect, and then struck him with the car and took off. The man died at the scene from his injuries. Police later identified the victim as Jose DeJesus Berrelleza, 33 of Anaheim. Around two hours later, officers found the car within the city about a mile away...
    The Discovery Channel, in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), is taking viewers to the front lines of the state’s horrific wildfires in a new multi-platform series. “Cal Fire” won’t premiere until later this year, but Discovery will air a “first look” episode at 10 p.m. tonight (Sept. 22) that delivers what the network calls “an in-depth view” of the current wildfires ravaging parts of California. Viewers can also follow the heroic firefighters during wildfire season now on the  Discovery GO app or at Discovery.com/CalFire. Discovery says multiple camera crews have been embedded with Cal Fire’s firefighters across the state — from Shasta in the North to San Diego in the South — for...
    Actress and 'Defund the police' activist Alyssa Milano was quick to call cops when she believed an armed gunman was on her Bell Canyon property on Sunday morning. The 47-year-old lives in an 8,000 square foot, $2.5 million home in the upscale gated community that sits just 20 minutes north of Los Angeles The call ignited a response that included seven Ventura County Sheriffs' vehicles, one K-9 unit, a police helicopter and one Los Angeles Fire Department team that sat down the street on standby.  DailyMail.com has obtained exclusive photos showing the first responders coming to the aid of the 47-year-old at her five bed, six bath, 8,000 square foot, $2.5 million home in the upscale gated community that...
    By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California unemployment agency’s two call centers to field questions about jobless benefits had two major problems as millions of people sought help due to the pandemic: One had nobody on site to answer calls and the other had hundreds of untrained new hires who didn’t know how to help callers. The result was about 600,000 callers each month “waiting on hold for hours without a statistically significant chance of being served,” according to a review of the Employment Development Department that found widespread problems that greatly hindered its ability to deal with record jobless claims. The report detailed the problems that have plagued the agency since March, when the government...
    Marines and sailors at Camp Pendleton got a crash course on wildland firefighting. “Normally, we do two weeks of training, but we consolidated that into two days,” said Isaac Tzintzun, a Bureau of Land Management wildland firefighter. “We’ll do two more days when we get up (to the Creek Fire), and then we’ll be on the fire line.” Tzintzun, 38, who serves with 23 other firefighters from the Devil’s Canyon Hand Crew based in Worland, Wyo., also served in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton from 2004 to 2011. He and his crew were among firefighters from civilian agencies who, on Friday, Sept. 18, spent time teaching 250 Marines and sailors from the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics...
    By Bay City News Service A man walking on U.S. Highway 101 near Santa Rosa Friday briefly caused a slowdown on the highway and then tussled with an officer, according to the California Highway Patrol. On Friday at 12:11 p.m., officers with the CHP and Santa Rosa Police Department responded to a pedestrian walking on the highway near Todd Road. Witnesses reported the man was walking on the top center median wall. As a responding officer stopped southbound traffic, the man ran across the lanes of traffic and onto the right shoulder, according to the CHP. An officer attempted to contact the man, but the man attempted to strike the officer in the face. The officer was able to dodge...
    A 4.5-magnitude earthquake has rocked Southern California, with tremors felt from Los Angeles down to San Diego.  The quake hit 10 miles west of L.A. at 11.39 pm local time on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey.  It occurred at depth of nearly 11 miles, and lasted for 30 seconds. It was reported to be one of the biggest earthquakes to hit the L.A. area in years.  There have been no reports of injuries or damage to property, but authorities warned locals to prepare for aftershocks.   It comes amid fears a large earthquake could rock the region   A 4.5-magnitude earthquake has rocked Southern California, with tremors felt from Los Angeles down to San Diego
    A $90 million state contract with a South Bay company that started manufacturing N95 masks during the coronavirus pandemic is in jeopardy after the company’s respirators failed to pass muster with federal inspectors. California officials had distributed 7.2 million N95 masks from Advoque, a Santa Clara company that normally makes in-store product displays, before the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health last week revoked the temporary certification it had previously granted the business. Brian Ferguson, a spokesman for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Office of Emergency Services, said the state had another 3 million masks from the company on hand as of Sept. 8. A copy of the state recall notice, posted online by the group California Advocates for Nursing Home...
    By Adam Beam, Associated Press SACRAMENTO (AP) — A raft of temporary government jobs for the U.S. Census boosted California’s economy in August as the state added 101,900 jobs as the unemployment rate fell below the high-water mark of the Great Recession for the first time since March. But experts warned that other indicators — including new unemployment claims, feeble consumer spending and paltry job postings — still show the world’s fifth-largest economy has stalled with no quick recovery in sight. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April as the government ordered businesses to close and people to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 14,700 Californians. California, home...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A raft of temporary government jobs for the U.S. Census boosted California’s economy in August as the state added 101,900 jobs as the unemployment rate fell below the high-water mark of the Great Recession for the first time since March. But experts warned that other indicators — including new unemployment claims, feeble consumer spending and paltry job postings — still show the world’s fifth-largest economy has stalled with no quick recovery in sight. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April as the government ordered businesses to close and people to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 14,700 Californians. California, home to nearly 40...
    Nine-year-old Lucio Haldeman squirmed in his chair, his eyes darting from the math program on his Chromebook to the schedule at the front of Ms. Esquibel’s 4th grade classroom. Nearby, Alex Tanzillo slipped a snack from his lunchbox. It was their third week at Anza Elementary School in Torrance, and the boys were itching for recess — a chance to run screaming through the otherwise empty halls. Like all K-12 schools in Los Angeles County, Anza remains closed by state and county orders. Yet these public school 4th graders, their siblings and almost 200 other Torrance Unified School District students now attend remote classes from their physical classrooms. The district waived the fees it would usually charge an outside organization,...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A raft of temporary government jobs for the U.S. Census boosted California’s economic picture in August as the state added 101,900 jobs and saw its unemployment rate — now at 11.4% — fall below the high-water mark of the Great Recession for the first time since March. But experts warned that other indicators — including new unemployment claims, consumer spending, and job postings — still show the world’s fifth-largest economy has stalled with no quick recovery in sight. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April as the government ordered businesses to close and people to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 14,700 Californians. California...
    After weeks of decline, California’s daily case count appears to have plateaued at about 3,500 per day — its lowest point since mid-June – where it has been for the better part of a week, according to this news organization’s analysis of county-level data. Counties around the state reported another 3,485 cases of COVID-19 Thursday, making little difference on the seven-day average, which at about 3,440 cases per day was about equal to where it was last Thursday and up about 5% from Sunday, when it reached its lowest point since June 16. Even after a week of little movement, the seven-day average was still about 28% lower than where it was two weeks ago and had been slashed by...
    Shannon Osaka September 18, 2020 11:34AM (UTC) This post originally appeared on Grist. Grist is a nonprofit news agency working toward a planet that doesn't burn and a future that doesn't suck. Sign up to receive Grist's top stories in your inbox. 2020 has been such a bizarre year, it's given rise to its own alarming vocabulary — "firenado," "social distancing," and "super-spreader," to name a few newly common terms. But now, as thick, choking smoke and ash ripple across the West, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is adding one more: "climate arsonist." Delivering remarks from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday, the former vice president referred to President Trump using this eco-minded epithet. Citing the West's wildfires,...
    A deranged man attacked people with a knife, hatchet and blowtorch at a Berkeley, Calif., boba tea shop — igniting two customers hair before being subdued. Suspect Brandon Glone, 46, of Berkeley, allegedly began Monday night’s rampage outside a pizzaria, knocking the food off the table of two men and announcing he was going to light them on fire, police said in a statement. He allegedly sprayed them with flammable WD-40 before they ran from him, the statement said. Then he sprayed a group of people outside a boba tea shop, using a small torch to ignite the hair of two of them, police said. “He said something right before he sprayed, and it was kind of like an evil...
    A six-month investigation into the poaching of marine life from fragile tidal pools at White Point Beach in San Pedro has culminated with charges against 45 people, the Los Angeles city attorney announced Thursday. The extensive harvesting of edible marine life — including hundreds of pounds of mussels, turban snails and purple sea urchins — “has decimated the fragile ecosystem along the coast, and it is uncertain if it can recover,” L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer said. “We allege these defendants have jeopardized that future by threatening this sensitive ecosystem,” he added. “You can’t just take as many of these creatures as you want. That’s why we’re prosecuting.” The cases were brought to city prosecutors by California Department of Fish...
    Emergency management specialists and firefighters from Maryland are, or will soon be, on the ground in both Oregon and California to support those states in fighting devastating wildfires. The Emergency Management Assistance Compact, according to a news release from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s office, allows states to offer each other aid in response to natural disasters and other emergencies. A member of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department who specializes in geographic information systems will soon be in Oregon to help the state’s Emergency Coordination Center’s efforts to track the wildfires. Also in Oregon, two members of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency will support the coordination center during the month of October. In California, what Hogan’s office called “firefighter modules”...
    A seven-year-old Texas girl couldn't contain her excitement seeing her dad return after 25 days of fighting wildfires in California.Adley Blount greeted her dad with a hug and cheers as he arrived home, and the sweet reunion was captured on video.Quincy Blount of McKinney, Texas, was among the first 44 firefighters sent out to California last month. Now, more than 200 Texas firefighters are helping on the front lines of the various fires burning throughout the state.While the job is dangerous, Blount does it anyway, saying it's because of the same golden rule he's taught his little girl."If I were the one who needed the help, I'd want somebody coming to help us, too," Blount said.There is a chance Adley's...
    Sonali Kolhatkar September 17, 2020 6:05AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Independent Media Institute. In more than 20 years of living in Southern California, I have never been in a potential fire evacuation zone—until now. The entire state is seemingly on fire with a record-breaking 2 million acres already burned this year alone, with months to go before the end of fire season. The situation is so dire that the state's fire officials are warning they "simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire." Fires are burning from the northern-most part of the state down to the border with Mexico, and tens of thousands of Californians are under evacuation orders. While fire is normal in...
    Evangelical Pastor John MacArthur says some time behind bars does not scare him, after officials threatened him with incarceration for continuing to hold in-person services at his church in violation of COVID-19 restrictions. What are the details?MacArthur, who leads Grace Community Church in Los Angeles County, told Fox News on Tuesday, "We received a letter with a threat that we could be fined or I could go to jail for a maximum of six months. Of course, my Biblical hero apart from the Lord Jesus Christ is the apostle Paul, and when he went into a town, he didn't ask what the hotel was like, he asked what the jail was like because he knew that's where he was gonna...
    House Republicans are launching a probe into a $35 million contract the California secretary of state’s office awarded to an advisory firm that is working with Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCoons beats back progressive Senate primary challenger in Delaware Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies Biden campaign manager touts 'multiple pathways' to victory MORE's campaign.  In a letter sent to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) on Wednesday, the GOP lawmakers argued the contract with SKDKnickerbocker for a voter outreach campaign is a conflict of interest due to the firm’s ties to Biden, adding that it runs the risk of using taxpayer funds to promote Democrats in the upcoming election. “The Committee on Oversight and Reform is...
    It’s official: The Big Ten is back, as of Oct. 23. Your move, Pac-12. The next few weeks are critical — no, they’re beyond critical: they’re everything. The conference cannot force-feed the narrative that it cares less about football than its Power Five peers. It cannot let the jokes about there being a ‘Power Four’ become reality. It cannot get left behind. Pac-12 football must return this fall. There is no choice. Forget a winter season. Playing in January would be difficult to pull off with a partner. But all alone — with the other conferences having completed their seasons, with a national champion having been crowned — it makes zero sense. Actually, it would make bad sense. Imagine the...
    In a recent zoom call to celebrate the first anniversary of his SmartWorks support in the UK, Megan sat down in front of a structured black-and-white print, which many viewers took as a token of her love for her home state. Sheet music card for the official state anthem of California “I Love You, California”, pictured resting on a stone shield. A California Grizzly Bear can be found holding the state of California – the place where Megan was born and raised. The lyrics of the song are centered on a deep love for the coastal state. The song begins: “I love you, California, the greatest state of all / I love you in winter, summer, spring and autumn /...
    Ohio judge lifts arbitrary restrictions on ballot drop boxes New Detroit Restaurant Aims to Be Entirely Nonprofit Daimler to pay $1.5 billion in emissions cheating settlement with the US Mercedes-Benz's parent company, Daimler AG, has agreed to pay $1.5 billion in penalties and settlements to US and California state regulators in order to resolve allegations that its vehicles were rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests. © Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP/Getty Images Jeff Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks as Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, right, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, left, look on during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, September 14, 2020. - Automakers Daimler...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS) – California ranked among the top 10 states in U.S. with the most COVID-19 restrictions, according to a WalletHub study. WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics, including whether restaurants have reopened to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings. According to the study, California was No. 2 on the list with the most restrictions during the pandemic and No. 1 in the continental U.S. Get the app: Download the CBS Sacramento News app for iOS and Android In July, Governor Newsom ordered the closure of indoor businesses across the state, including restaurants, bars, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, and museums as coronavirus cases continued to...
    SACRAMENTO, California -- A Sacramento Police Department officer is being praised for the way he helped a child with autism found alone downtown.In a post on Facebook, the police department said "#ItsWhatWeDo" when detailing the thoughtful action an officer took to help a child with special needs.Police say a community member called authorities when a child who appeared "scared and confused" was spotted alone.According to SPD, a bike officer located the child and identified him through a bus pass.That's when the officer learned the child had non-verbal autism. In order to communicate, the officer reportedly gave the child a pencil and paper to write on.It was through this gesture that police say the officer was able to locate a family...
    California, Oregon and Washington are experiencing historic wildfires that have killed at least 35 people, left thousands of buildings in ashes and a cloud of smoke over most of the West Coast of the United States that is visible from space. In California, wildfires have burned more than 3.2 million acres of land, close to the entire state of Connecticut, and more than 4,200 buildings. One of the fires, the August Complex has become one of the largest in California history and is almost twice the size of Los Angeles. In Oregon, more than 1 million acres of land have been burned, while in Washington, it has been more than 680,000 acres. In total,...
    California, Oregon and Washington are experiencing historic wildfires that have killed at least 35 people, left thousands of buildings in ashes and a cloud of smoke over most of the West Coast of the United States that is visible from space. In California, wildfires have burned more than 3.2 million acres of land, close to the entire state of Connecticut, and more than 4,200 buildings. One of the fires, the August Complex has become one of the largest in California history and is almost twice the size of Los Angeles. In Oregon, more than 1 million acres of land have been burned, while in Washington, it has been more than 680,000 acres. In total,...
    California, Oregon and Washington are experiencing historic wildfires that have killed at least 35 people, left thousands of buildings in ashes and a cloud of smoke over most of the West Coast of the United States that is visible from space. In California, wildfires have burned more than 3.2 million acres of land, close to the entire state of Connecticut, and more than 4,200 buildings. One of the fires, the August Complex has become one of the largest in California history and is almost twice the size of Los Angeles. In Oregon, more than 1 million acres of land have been burned, while in Washington, it has been more than 680,000 acres. In total,...
    Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law last week that would allow a young adult who has gay sex with a minor to escape registering as a sex offender in some cases, based on a judge’s discretion. SB145, which was first introduced into the California State Legislature in January 2019 by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), finally passed the 40-member state Senate by a vote of 23-10, as The Daily Wire reported. Proponents of the legislation such as Wiener claim the law, which provides a judge more leeway in statutory rape cases involving non-vaginal forms of sex, rectifies California’s historical discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Under SB145, if a young adult has gay sex with a...
    In a sign coronavirus is receding in California, the number of patients hospitalized with the virus fell over the weekend to levels not seen since weeks after shelter-at-home orders were enacted in spring, according to the California Department of Public Health. A month of steady decline, following a long summer surge of cases, reached encouraging milestones this weekend: hospitalizations have been cut by more than half since a peak in late July. Perhaps more critical, the number of people battling the virus in intensive care units fell to the lowest it has been since April 2. “It’s looking better, it’s moving in the right direction,” UCSF epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford said Monday. “We are trying to get cases down, trying...
    President Donald Trump refused to accept the scientific consensus on the existence of climate change at a meeting about the California wildfires, preferring to blame the crisis on poor forest management. California Nartural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot spoke about the issue, addressing the president directly and calling out the need for federal leadership. “As the governor said, we’ve had temperatures explode this summer. You may have learned that we broke a world record in the Death Vallery, 130 degrees,” he said. At this point, Trump smirked and look away from Crowfoot. “But even in greater LA, 120-plus degrees. And we’re seeing the warming trend make our summers warmer, but also our winters warmer as well,” Crow foot continued. “So I...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California is dealing with some of the worst air quality on the planet as the Bay Area continues its record-breaking Spare the Air streak with smoke from wildfires blowing over the region, according to ABC7 News meteorologist Mike Nicco.RELATED: West Coast air quality is so bad, you have to drive past Las Vegas to breathe clean air"We had the distinction once again, over the weekend and through this morning, of having some of the worst air quality in the world," said Nicco. We woke up with very unhealthy air in San Francisco."Maps and apps like AirNow, PurpleAir, and IQAir show how bad the air is outside.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the...
    President Trump and California Gov. Gavin Newsom joined together Monday for a roundtable discussion on the massive wildfires engulfing the Golden State and much of the West. While the Democratic governor acknowledged that they had very different views when it comes to climate change and the role it has played in this year’s historic fires, Newsom put aside partisan politics during the meeting to thank Trump for the federal help the state has received to combat the blazes and warn that there is still much work to be done as the fires continue to grow. “I want to thank you and acknowledge the work you have done to be immediate in your response,” Newsom told Trump during the meeting at...
    President Donald Trump pushed for aggressive forest management to combat the wildfires on the West Coast Monday but California Gov. Gavin Newsom told him climate change is real and behind the destructive blazes. 'There has to be good strong forest management. So hopefully they'll start doing that,' Trump said when he landed in Sacramento. He argued forest management could do a lot to help. Many Democrats, including Califorina Gov. Gavin Newsom, have blamed climate change for the fires. 'We come from a perspective, humbly, where we submit the science is in and observed evidence is self-evident -- that climate change is real,' Newsom told Trump in a briefing on the fires. President Trump has pushed for forest management to...
    MCCLELLAN PARK, Calif. —  President Trump arrived in Northern California Monday for a briefing on the deadly wildfires, a event held mostly in private and overshadowed by Trump’s antagonism toward the state and the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom. Newsom did not meet Trump on the airfield when Air Force One landed shortly before 11 a.m. at McClellan Park just outside Sacramento as firefighters across California continue to battle wildfires that have killed at least 24 people in the last month. Despite his ongoing political feud with Newsom, Trump told reporters that he and the Democratic governor have worked well together. “We have a good relationship. We’re obviously from different sides of the spectrum,” Trump told reporters shortly before...
    Wind gusts early this week could fan the wildfires that have broken out across the West Coast, scorching 4.6 million acres and killing at least 35 people. More than 30,000 firefighters are battling 94 blazes mostly concentrated in California, Washington state and Oregon, the National Interagency Fire Center said Sunday. The fire center warned of wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph as an “upper-level weather disturbance” moves through the Pacific Northwest, northeast California and the western Great Basin. But the center also said “overnight recovery Sunday night into Monday will be significantly improved with increasing moisture.” A so-called “red flag warning” was in effect in parts of Northern California, with Cal Fire on Sunday warning of dry conditions on...
    By Michael Thomas Barry | Contributing Writer Jose Manuel Martínez was born and raised in California and blended in easily among the farm laborers of California’s San Joaquin Valley where he lived a modest and unassuming life. But in stark contrast to the adoring and dedicated family man he appeared to be, there was an evil flipside that allowed him to pursue a frightening line of work as a hitman and enforcer for a Mexican drug cartel—a wicked profession that he carried out with such precision and technique that he went undetected for decades and claimed the lives of dozens of victims. Martinez tracked one victim to one of the wealthiest corners of America, a horse ranch in Santa Barbara,...
    President Trump will reportedly be a part of California governor Gavin Newsom on Monday for a wildfire briefing close to Sacramento. Trump, who has been crucial of Newsom, will meet with the governor in non-public earlier than touring a former air base that homes firefighting planes, in accordance with Politico. Greater than three million acres of land within the Golden State have been decimated by wildfires in current weeks. The president has blamed the fires on poor forest administration, as native officers, together with Newsom, have emphasised the influence of local weather change on the dry land. Throughout a current journey to a devastated forest in Butte County, Newsom mentioned the fires had been proof {that a} catastrophic change...
    President Trump will reportedly join California governor Gavin Newsom on Monday for a wildfire briefing near Sacramento. Trump, who has been critical of Newsom, will meet with the governor in private before touring a former air base that houses firefighting planes, according to Politico . More than 3 million acres of land in the Golden State have been decimated by wildfires in recent weeks. The president has blamed the fires on poor forest management, as local officials, including Newsom, have emphasized the impact of climate change on the dry land. During a recent trip to a devastated forest in Butte County, Newsom said the fires were evidence that a catastrophic change had come. “If you do not believe in...
    VA-TF1 — an urban search and rescue team based in Fairfax County, Virginia — is deploying two of its members to Oregon to help battle the wildfires ravaging the West Coast. The Fairfax team partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the VA-TF1 personnel will support the federal response to the fires. The Fairfax crew will serve as part of the Incident Support Team’s Communications and Planning sections. The wildfires have killed at least 33 people from California to Washington state. At least 10 have been killed in the past week throughout Oregon, but nearly all of the dozens of people reported missing after a devastating blaze in southern Oregon have been accounted for, authorities said. Officials have said...
    A San Diego man says he has to undergo surgery and has a broken nose after being attacked for enforcing the face mask policy at the bar where he works.  NBC 7 San Diego reports that Tony Aversa, a bar manager in Pacific Beach, was attacked on Labor Day weekend after asking customers to wear their facemasks. The incident was caught on video. According to Aversa, a group of patrons showed up on the holiday weekend requesting service but refusing to wear masks.  When one of the men asked to speak with a manager, Aversa met with him and said he'd be "happy to talk" but needed the man to wear a face mask first. “He claimed our security guard had been...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed a controversial bill into law on Friday that could soften the criminal punishment for LGBT adults who are convicted of sex crimes against underage teenagers. According to KABC-TV, Newsom signed the bill without fanfare, likely due to the highly controversial nature of the legislation. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images What is the background?The bill — SB 145 — was introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D), an openly gay man, and seeks to prevent LGBT adults who sodomize or perform oral sex with underage teenagers from being automatically placed on the California sex offender registry upon their criminal conviction. As TheBlaze reported:The legislation calls for a judge to use discretion on assigning...
    MEGHAN Markle has showcased her love of her new home with an “I love you California” print in her Santa Barbara mansion. The Duchess of Sussex joined clients from her charity Smart Works for a Zoom call in a video released yesterday. 4Eagle eyed fans may have been able to spot the print hung above the mantelpiece in Meghan's Santa Barbara homeCredit: smartworkscharity/Instagram 4The bear print is a tribute to the state's national anthem Meghan spoke to the three women from her $14 million home in Santa Barbara that she shares with Prince Harry and their one-year-old son Archie. And eagle-eyed fans may have spotted a rather telling piece of artwork in the background. Hung above the mantelpiece was a...
    MONROVIA, Calif. (KABC) -- The skies over Southern California remain thick with smoke Saturday as wildfires combine with weather conditions to layer the lower atmosphere with sooty clouds of ash.Environmental experts have said the region has been seeing its worst air quality in three decades in recent days. Residents are advised to stay indoors and keep their windows closed.Many San Gabriel Valley communities like Monrovia and Arcadia that are close to the Bobcat Fire remain under evacuation warnings.California's national forests remain closed at least through Monday because of the wildfires raging throughout the state.The Bobcat Fire has burned more than 29,000 acres as of Saturday morning and remains only 6% contained.Most residents are heeding warnings to stay inside except for...
    View of San Francisco, Sept. 9, at 11:10 a.m. Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) returns! This is the 648th edition of the series. Here is the most recent previous edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. You may also be interested in Earth Matters, my semi-weekly compendium of environmental stories. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Major Kong writes—Electrify Your Ride: “We talk a lot about electric cars here but I haven’t seen much about electric bikes.For as long as there have been bicycles and motors, people have been trying to attach motors to bicycles. As far back as 1914 you could attach a Briggs and Stratton...
    A beloved summer camp for children with cancer was badly damaged by a Northern California wildfire. Camp Okizu, which is tucked into the woods near a little lake outside of Berry Creek, Calif., has hosted children with cancer and their families for 38 years. The fire largely destroyed the town of Berry Creek and has killed at least three people, including a 16-year-old boy. At least 19 people are missing. Many of the camp’s buildings, including the main lodge and dorms, were destroyed, The Sacramento Bee reported. Okizu hosted more than 3,000 participants last summer, but was empty this year because of the threat of COVID-19. “We don’t yet know the full extent of the damage, and once we can...
    Historic wildfires from California to Washington are pushing first responders to the limit as they race to subdue the flames. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and more than 20 people are dead as officials from California to Washington grapple with out-of-control wildfires. During a Friday afternoon press conference, Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Andrew Phelps said that the state was "preparing for a mass fatality incident." "We know we're dealing with fire-related death, and we're preparing for a mass fatality incident, based on what we know," Phelps said. More than 1,000 square miles in Washington have been engulfed by flames, and Oregon reported that more than 1,400 square miles have been burnt by wildfires this...
    SILICON VALLEY, Calif. (KGO) -- As more Bay Area companies expand the remote work force amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the pay scales for Bay Area workers are also undergoing changes.Silicon Valley tech companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter announced early on that they would allow many employees work from home permanently.That prompted an exodus of tech workers from the Bay Area, with many choosing to go to more affordable parts of California and to states where the cost of living was lower.BUILDING A BETTER BAY AREA: Changing WorkplaceBut with many workers leaving the Bay Area, companies are reevaluating the salaries of remote workers and often times reducing their compensation to be more in line with the cost of living...
    (CNN)A camp for pediatric cancer patients and their families is yet another casualty of the wildfires scarring California as the Bear Fire, part of the North Complex, burned through the area."We are heartbroken to let you know that we were notified today that there has been significant fire damage to our beloved Camp Okizu at Berry Creek," Executive Director Suzie Randall posted on the organization's website.Camp Okizu hosts about 700 kids each year, along with their siblings and parents, giving them a respite from hospitals and doctor appointments. One of the structures at Camp Okizu that has burned to the ground.It is not yet clear if anything is left of the camp, which had a large lodge, 32 cabins, an...
    A thick layer of wildfire smoke tints the skies orange in San Francisco, California, on September 9, 2020. Katie Canales/Business Insider The US West Coast has the worst air quality in the world due to wildfire smoke across California, Oregon, and Washington. Maps of air-quality index measurements show hazardous levels of particulate matter from wildfire smoke across the entire West Coast. Research has linked particulate matter from wildfires to heart and lung problems, increased hospital visits, and worse flu seasons. The EPA recommends residents stay indoors with filtered air, keep physical activity levels low, and wear an N95 respirator if they have to go outside. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The West Coast has the worst...
    SACRAMENTO —  Standing among charred trees in Oroville, Gov. Gavin Newsom insisted that California will do more to fight climate change and took the Trump administration to task for its policies that reduce environmental protections. “People that want to roll back vehicle emission standards so you could spend more money at the pump and produce more greenhouse gas emissions, to create more of what you see around me — it’s beyond the pale of comprehension,” Newsom said. “We’re fighting against that and will prevail as long as more people come to this cause.” The governor warned that the problems facing California and states along the West Coast would soon be experienced across the country. “This is a climate...
    More than 500,000 people in Oregon — more than 10% of its population — were under some level of evacuation protocol Friday as more than 100 wildfires continued to sweep across the U.S. West Coast, having killed at least 16 people. Oregon fires destroyed thousands of homes and burned 900,000 acres. Several towns were destroyed in Oregon and one in Washington state. Police have opened an arson investigation into the Almeda Fire, which started in Ashland, Oregon, near the border with California, said Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara. The fire raced north and destroyed an estimated 600 homes in the towns just north of Ashland. Two of Oregon’s largest fires are expected to merge southeast of Oregon’s largest city, Portland....
    A TikTok video has emerged of a Tesla car driving down a California highway on autopilot with nobody in the driving seat as four passengers drink cans of seltzer and sing along to Justin Bieber.  The shocking footage, posted on the TikTok account @BlurrBlake, shows three young men - alongside the unknown person behind the camera - partying inside the vehicle as it flies down the highway.,  The video begins by showing the driver's seat empty of a human driver and a can of seltzer lying on the dashboard as the car accelerates along the road.  Music blasts through the speakers while a caption across the video reads: 'When your car is a better driver than you'. A TikTok video has...