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    It took two trials — one lasting 17 months — to convict biker-turned-lawyer Tom Maniscalco and send him to prison in 1994 for killing three people. Maniscalco, 75, is hoping that in one morning he can persuade a state parole board on Thursday, Aug. 5, to recommend his release from his prison sentence of 46 years to life. One of the founders of the Hessians motorcycle gang, Maniscalco rode Harleys and practiced law, defending fellow bikers. He was accused in the May 1980 deaths of two former motorcycle gang members and the 19-year-old girlfriend of one of the victims at a ranch home in Westminster. Maniscalco was in custody 10 years before his conviction and has been eligible for release...
    Two 23-year old twins face criminal charges for a prank in which authorities say they staged a fake bank robbery in Irvine that resulted in a police response, including officers holding an unsuspecting Uber driver at gunpoint. Alan and Alex Stokes, 23, of Irvine each were charged with a felony count of false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an emergency, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors allege that around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2019, the brothers – dressed in black, wearing ski masks and carrying duffel bags full of cash – pretended like they had just robbed a bank, while their videographer filmed them. According to the DA’s office, the brothers ordered an...
    SACRAMENTO — Authorities in Sacramento were searching Thursday for an armed man who fired several times at a police sergeant before speeding away. Officers went to a home in North Sacramento Tuesday night after 50-year-old Albert Wheeler’s family family reported that he had a gun and was threatening to commit suicide, police Chief Daniel Hahn said in a videotaped statement. When the officers spotted Wheeler driving a truck in the area, they tried to get him to pull over but he refused and led them on a chase through the neighborhood, Hahn said. Police said Wheeler looped back to the house and he fired several rounds at a sergeant who went to check on his family, striking his patrol car...
    A U.S. Navy diving and salvage ship is on its way to the northwest end of San Clemente Island to begin recovering eight servicemen and a seafaring vehicle found after several days searching the seafloor. The Navy ship should arrive in the next few days, a Marine Corps official said. “Everyone is working as fast as they can to get the assets out there.” Another Navy ship, the HOS Dominator, typically used for submarine recovery, deployed its underwater remote vehicle to find the sunken amphibious assault vehicle. It had already been doing other work in the area and arrived off the island on Friday, July 31, jumping in to help with the search and rescue operation, which later became a...
    Black people and Latinos are far more likely than white people in Los Angeles and statewide to report that the coronavirus has threatened their health, their jobs and their finances, a new poll shows — underscoring the degree to which the pandemic has widened existing racial and class inequities. Nearly 7 in 10 Latino and Black voters in Los Angeles County, for example, said that the virus posed a “major threat” to their personal or family health, according to the poll from UC Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Studies. About 6 in 10 Asian American voters said the virus was a major threat. By comparison, fewer than half of white voters reported the same level of concern. The numbers were...
    California had 4,770 new cases of the coronavirus and 135 additional related deaths reported as of Wednesday. The state’s total number of cases is at least 530,375 and 9,821 people have died, according to unofficial counts from county websites. Hospitalizations in the state increased by 131 bringing the total to 7,761, as of Wednesday. Sonoma County was removed from the state’s COVID watchlist. Modoc County reported two more cases of coronavirus bringing its county total to four; Alpine County is now the county with the fewest cases, 2. The state’s breakdown of cases by age is as follows: 5 and younger: 2% (10,370)5-17: 7.3% (38,154)18-34: 35.4% (185,766)35-49: 25.1% (131,521)50-59: 14.1% (73,772)60-64: 5.1% (26,636)65-69: 3.5% (18,393)70-74: 2.4% (12,805)75-79: 1.7% (8,899)80...
    As many as 100 people brawled inside and outside the Cambria Hotel & Suites in Anaheim on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 5, with at least two people hospitalized, and two taken into custody, police said. Just before 12:40 p.m. officers were called to the luxury hotel, which opened in December at 101 East Katella Ave., for a fight in the lobby, Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer said. “The officers arrive and were immediately met with about 40 people fighting outside,” Carringer said. Inside there was another massive combative group of perhaps 50 to 60, he said. The two hospitalized had minor lacerations, police said. “It was men and women, adults and juveniles,” Carringer said, calling the situation “pandemonium.” “It sounds...
    YouTube star Jake Paul’s California property has been raided by an armed FBI swat staff. A number of rifles ended up seen staying taken out of the 23-yr-old’s Calabasas mansion as portion of an investigation into a looting spree at an Arizona purchasing centre in Might in the course of George Floyd protests, authorities said. The Las Vegas households of Paul’s associates, nightclub promoter Arman Izadi and Andrew Leon, have been also searched by the FBI but nobody was taken into custody and no arrest warrant has been issued for Paul, the company said.Picture: Jake Paul’s dwelling in Calabasas, California, was raided by the FBI Graphic: Jake Paul (L) and his brother, Logan Paul (R), are the two YouTube starsPaul,...
    Undertaking pressure coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx stated there are encouraging indications throughout the South, a area hit hard by a surging pandemic in new weeks, but she outlined new places of concern in a non-public cellular phone contact with condition and area officers Wednesday, according to a recording of the phone acquired by the journalism non-income Heart for Community Integrity. “We are concerned that both of those Baltimore and Atlanta keep on being at a extremely high amount,” Birx claimed on the phone. “Kansas Town, Portland, Omaha, of study course what we talked about in the Central Valley (in California).” “We are seeing a gradual uptick in test positivity in conditions in locations like Chicago, Boston and Detroit and DC,”...
    Officials found the body of a 5-year-old girl who went missing as Isaias pounded Northeast USDA issues health alert for salads with recalled onions Calpers CIO Resigns After Less Than Two Years, Missing Return Targets (Bloomberg) -- Ben Meng has resigned as chief investment officer of the California Public Employees Retirement System after less than two years in the role, during which time the biggest U.S. public pension fund fell short of its target returns. © Bloomberg Signage stands outside the offices of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers) in Sacramento, California, U.S. Meng stepped down effective Aug. 5, Calpers said in an emailed statement in Asia hours Thursday. He cited a wish to focus on his health...
    Man or mouse? Brawlers likely found out pretty fast Wednesday when a massive fight broke out at a California hotel near Disneyland. As many as 100 people let their fists fly, resulting in at least two people hospitalized and two taken into custody, according to authorities. Police responded just after 12:30 p.m. local time to the Cambria Hotel & Suites in Anaheim, where they immediately saw about 40 people fighting outside and another 50-60 battling inside. Authorities described the scene as “pandemonium.” “It was men and women, adults and juveniles,” Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer told the Orange County Register. “It sounds like people had broomsticks and whatever objects they could find in the hotel." LOS ANGELES TO CUT OFF WATER, POWER TO PROPERTIES HOSTING LARGE GATHERINGS...
    (CNN) — El grupo de trabajo sobre coronavirus de la Casa Blanca advirtió a varios estados sobre un aumento en las tasas de pruebas positivas por coronavirus en varias ciudades nuevas esta semana. La coordinadora del grupo de trabajo, la Dra. Deborah Birx, dijo que hay señales alentadoras en todo el sur, una región afectada por la creciente pandemia en las últimas semanas, pero el miércoles, en una llamada telefónica privada con funcionarios estatales y locales, describió nuevas áreas de preocupación, según una grabación de la llamada obtenida por el Centro para la Integridad Pública, una organización periodística sin fines de lucro. «Nos preocupa que tanto Baltimore como Atlanta se mantengan en un nivel muy alto», dijo Birx en la...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom would be anointed a kingmaker — or queenmaker — if Joe Biden selected California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. That’s because Newsom, on his own, would select Harris’ Senate replacement if the Democratic presidential ticket won on Nov. 3. The U.S. Constitution gives governors that right. If Biden instead chose another Californian, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass of Los Angeles, Newsom would not have a formal role in her replacement. Voters in her 37th Congressional District would select a new representative in a special election. And that would alter the L.A. political landscape. So for Newsom and California, there’s a lot more riding on Biden’s decision than who fills out the Democratic presidential ticket....
    By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors arrived at an arena-turned-medical center in Sacramento in mid-April and were told to prepare for 30 to 60 coronavirus patients to arrive within days. They spent the weekend working feverishly to get ready. State officials envisioned the cavernous Sleep Train Arena and an adjoining facility as a place where hundreds of patients could be treated, but in the first week just one arrived. The pace never increased, and the 250 assembled medical workers — physicians, nurses, pharmacists and administrative staff — found themselves wondering what to do. “People began to question within themselves whether they were really needed or not," said Dr. Charles Moore, a retired internal medicine physician who...
    By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to resolve a technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a highest-in-the-nation 525,000 positive tests. But California health officials say the true number is even higher. They don’t know how much so until they can add backlogged testing data and fix the problem with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange, also known as CalREDIE. The incomplete data in the nation’s most populous state has hampered public health officials’ ability to follow up with those who test positive and contact people who...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to resolve a technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a highest-in-the-nation 525,000 positive tests. But California health officials say the true number is even higher. They don’t know how much so until they can add backlogged testing data and fix the problem with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange, also known as CalREDIE. The incomplete data in the nation’s most populous state has hampered public health officials’ ability to follow up with those who test positive and contact people who have been around them to...
    Zoë Kravitzs High Fidelity Canceled After One Season Airbus and Boeing Will Keep Making Jets That Airlines Can’t Buy USC QB commit Jake Garcia leaving California to play senior season in Georgia Jake Garcia, a high school quarterback who is committed to USC, is moving across the country so he can compete in his senior season. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Jake Garcia is still committed to USC despite the move. Garcia was set to play at La Habra High School in Orange County, California, but fall high school sports have been suspended until at least 2021. Instead of waiting, Garcia is enrolling at Valdosta High School in Georgia. Garcia is planning to enroll early at USC, so moving...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors arrived at an arena-turned-medical center in Sacramento in mid-April and were told to prepare for 30 to 60 coronavirus patients to arrive within days. They spent the weekend working feverishly to get ready. State officials envisioned the cavernous Sleep Train Arena and an adjoining facility as a place where hundreds of patients could be treated, but in the first week just one arrived. The pace never increased, and the 250 assembled medical workers — physicians, nurses, pharmacists and administrative staff — found themselves wondering what to do. “People began to question within themselves whether they were really needed or not,” said Dr. Charles Moore, a retired internal medicine physician who worked there for about...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Some Californians say they have growing concerns and worries about when their unemployment benefits will kick in. The frustration comes as the state’s Employment Development Department has been dealing with an influx of requests, and the result of that has been Americans struggling financially during this pandemic. Audrey Wolff, who works in the entertainment industry, lost her job in March and says she hasn’t received any unemployment benefits since then. “I have called daily, about 1,104 times per day,” Wolff said. “There are thousands of people that applied the same time as me, middle of March, that still have received nothing, have gotten no contact from them, haven’t been able to get through on the phones.”...
    The FBI executed a federal search warrant at the California home of YouTube star Jake Paul on Wednesday morning. The Phoenix FBI told CBS News the agency executed federal search warrants in California and Las Vegas in connection with an investigation into "allegations of criminal acts" at an Arizona mall in May. An FBI spokesperson said no arrests were planned and none were made during the early morning raid, which was carried out by a SWAT team in Calabasas, California. The 23-year-old star was not present at the residence when the warrant was executed. Authorities told CBS News the search in Calabasas was in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation. FBI Los Angeles spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told CBS News in an...
    SACRAMENTO —  California’s legislative leaders are asking the state’s Judicial Council for more time before renter evictions resume during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they are facing “an impossible decision” between rushing legislation and leaving millions of tenants unprotected. Most evictions in the state were suspended in April after California courts stopped processing nearly all cases. Gov. Gavin Newsom gave the court system the power to stop evictions in an emergency order in late March, intended to allow “maximum flexibility” in responding to the pandemic. At the time, the Legislature was on an extended break to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the state Capitol. Now, with the state Legislature back in session and facing decisions on hundreds of bills before...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to determine the impact from an unresolved technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a highest-in-the-nation 525,000 positive tests. But California health officials say the true number is even higher. They don’t know how much so until they can add backlogged testing data and fix the problem with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE). The incomplete data in the nation’s most populous state has hampered public health officials’ ability to follow up with those who test positive and contact people who have been around them...
    (CNN)Could the first shots of a new Cold War be fired over teen dance videos?President Donald Trump's threat to ban the app TikTok adds up to more than a grumpy 70-something spoiling the kids' fun -- it could herald a new hi-tech iron curtain that divides the world. Silly videos of kids lip-syncing pop songs seem harmless enough. But the app's critics warn that because it is owned by a Chinese company, Beijing could force it to turn over data on millions of American users and even infiltrate US corporations. Those cybersecurity concerns are not unfounded -- Chinese law requires local companies to cooperate with government intelligence-gathering. But there's also plenty of room for skepticism over Trump's motives: Teenage trolls...
    (CNN)The White House coronavirus task force is warning states about an uptick in coronavirus test positivity rates in a number of new cities this week.Task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said there are encouraging signs across the South, a region hit hard by a surging pandemic in recent weeks, but she outlined new areas of concern in a private phone call with state and local officials Wednesday, according to a recording of the call obtained by the journalism non-profit Center for Public Integrity."We are concerned that both Baltimore and Atlanta remain at a very high level," Birx said on the call. "Kansas City, Portland, Omaha, of course what we talked about in the Central Valley (in California)." Birx stung by...
    VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Ventura County leaders have approved the use of restraining orders and other enforcement actions against individuals and businesses who refuse to comply with local and state health orders to control the spread of the coronavirus. The decision at a special meeting Tuesday of the Board of Supervisors gave County Counsel Leroy Smith discretion to seek court enforcement of health mandates, the Ventura County Star reported. Smith told the newspaper that the nature of any orders and the identities of the parties involved would only be released after litigation is filed. Meanwhile in neighboring Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a crackdown Wednesday on house parties that have brought hundreds of people together despite health orders banning...
    SONOMA COUNTY (CBS SF) — A highly contagious, deadly virus for which there is no vaccine is making its way through Bay Area counties and it isn’t the coronavirus. It’s an illness called “adenovirus hemorrhagic disease” that attacks deer and what it does to them is nothing short of horrifying. “It attacks the cells within the blood vessels, so it causes leaky blood vessels and it causes hemorrhaging so it means you’re bleeding out and in a lot of ways the symptoms are very similar to what we see from people using anti-coagulant rodenticides (rat poison),” said Alison Hermance, Director of Communications at Wildcare, San Rafael’s wildlife rescue and rehabilitation hospital. They don’t treat adult deer at Wildcare but they...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The family of Stephon Clark is speaking out over demands that the NFL pull a new PSA featuring the Sacramento man who was shot and killed by police. The family held a news conference Wednesday outside the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office. Stevante Clark says the pain of losing his brother is still very raw and called the California District Attorneys Association’s move both disrespectful and a smear campaign. “Enough is enough. I am sick and tired of the smear campaign against my brother who is no longer here to defend himself. Shame, shame on Anne Marie Shubert, shame on the California District Attorney’s Union… shame, shame, shame,” Stevante Clark said.  READ: California District Attorneys Urge...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A high-ranking official at the California agency that regulates utility companies claims she’s being forced out of her job for seeking to recover $200 million in fees that the agency did not collect over nearly 20 years. Alice Stebbins, the executive director of the California Public Utilities Commission, said in a letter to the five commissioners who govern the agency that she was being retaliated against for trying to “clean up a broken CPUC,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday. Stebbins is the top administrative official at the commission, which regulates businesses that provide electricity, gas, water, phone and transportation services in California. She said she was placed on administrative leave and told by Commission President...
    A breakdown in the electronic collection of coronavirus test data is hampering California’s pandemic response, with some public health officials resorting to counting results by hand and a growing number of counties warning the public that statistics provided by the state on infection rates are unreliable. The ongoing technical problems with the electronic system for gathering and analyzing COVID-19 infection rates affects the state’s ability to track the spread of the virus and could be resulting in significant undercounts of infections across the state. That was on vivid display Tuesday when the state’s top public health official acknowledged that Gov. Gavin Newsom had inadvertently provided flawed information on Monday that showed a steep decline — 21.2% — in the...
    More than 500 inmates in an Arizona prison contracted coronavirus, nearly half the population in that prison, while deaths in another prison in California increased this week to 22. The Arizona prison authority (western USA) reported Tuesday that “517 inmates of the ASPC-Tucson Whetstone unit tested positive for covid-19,” according to a statement. “Inmates who tested positive are currently housed in separate areas and receiving appropriate medical care,” the text added. “They will not be allowed to return to the general population until they have received physician approval.” Arizona has more than 180,000 cases, of which 1,429 are in its penal centers. Seven prisoners have died, a much lower number than the 51 reported by California, 22 in their San...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to determine the impact from an unresolved technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a highest-in-the-nation 525,000 positive tests. But California health officials say the true number is even higher. They don’t know how much so until they can add backlogged testing data and fix the problem with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE). The incomplete data in the nation’s most populous state has hampered public health officials’ ability to follow up with those who test positive and contact people who have been around them...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to determine the impact from an unresolved technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a highest-in-the-nation 525,000 positive tests. But California health officials say the true number is even higher. They don’t know how much so until they can add backlogged testing data and fix the problem with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE). The incomplete data in the nation’s most populous state has hampered public health officials’ ability to follow up with those who test positive and contact people who have been around them...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Twin brothers who have won millions of followers by posting prank videos on social media have been charged for faking bank robberies in Southern California and could go to prison if convicted, authorities said Wednesday. Alan and Alex Stokes, 23, of Irvine were charged with false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud or deceit, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. They also were charged with a misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an emergency. It wasn't immediately clear whether the pair had an attorney to speak on their behalf. The twins, wearing black clothing and ski masks and carrying duffle bags full of cash, shot a video last October in which...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — With the coronavirus spreading faster than public health officials can track it, California could become one of the first states to mandate that businesses notify workers and state officials any time an employee has been exposed to the disease. A bill moving through the state’s Democratic-controlled state Legislature would require companies to notify people no later than 24 hours after they knew or should have known about an employee’s exposure to the virus. Violators could be charged with a crime and fined $10,000. California law already requires companies to report deaths and serious incidents that occur in the workplace, but it’s only recommended that they report infections, according to Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes, a Democrat from Grand...
    A Southern California city will begin issuing fines this week during "targeted enforcement" for failing to wear face coverings in business districts and parks. Santa Monica, a beach city that next to Los Angeles, said fines will start at $100 for the first offense, $250 for a second and $500 for a third. Administrative citations for businesses start at $500, followed by $750 and $1,000 fines for subsequent violations. "Once a week, enforcement teams will be doing face-covering education and enforcement in business districts and local parks to keep our community safe," city spokeswoman Constance Farrell told Fox News. The city warned of the action Wednesday via Twitter. "Beginning this week, we’ll be doing targeted enforcement for face coverings in business districts and parks...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The California Labor Commissioner on Wednesday announced two separate lawsuits against Uber and Lyft for committing wage theft by incorrectly classifying employees as independent contractors. According to a press release issued by the California Department of Industrial Relations, the suit claims both Uber and Lyft have deprived their drivers of a host of legal protections in violation of California labor laws — including Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect on January 1, 2020 — by misclassifying them as independent contractors. The lawsuits are the latest legal actions taken against the two companies in connection with the passage of AB5. Back in May, San Francisco joined the state and other cities in suing Uber and Lyft...
    Santa Clara University will go online for the fall quarter, the Jesuit school announced Wednesday, joining a majority of Bay Area campuses that will be mostly virtual the rest of this year. “I am announcing today that we have made the difficult decision that courses will be primarily online for our undergraduates, with limited exceptions,” President Kevin O’Brien wrote in a message to the campus. “In addition, we will suspend plans to bring students back to on-campus housing, again with some exceptions.” The news marks a departure from the school’s previous plans to offer some in-person classes and allow about 2,200 students to live in on-campus housing. But in recent weeks, the coronavirus has continued to circulate in Santa Clara...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A high-ranking official at the California agency that regulates utility companies claims she's being forced out of her job for seeking to recover $200 million in fees that the agency did not collect over nearly 20 years. Alice Stebbins, the executive director of the California Public Utilities Commission, said in a letter to the five commissioners who govern the agency that she was being retaliated against for trying to “clean up a broken CPUC,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday. Stebbins is the top administrative official at the commission, which regulates businesses that provide electricity, gas, water, phone and transportation services in California. She said she was placed on administrative leave and told by Commission President...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A brawl at a hotel near Disneyland on Wednesday involved as many as 100 people and two people were hospitalized, police said. Broomsticks and bottles were used as weapons during the fight at the Cambria Hotel & Suites, witnesses and police said. Police were called to the hotel shortly after 12:30 p.m. over a fight in the lobby, Sgt. Shane Carringer told the Orange County Register. The officers “were met with about 40 people fighting outside" and another 50 to 60 people battling inside, Carringer said, describing the scene as “pandemonium." “It was men and women, adults and juveniles,” Carringer said, Dozens of officers cleared the scene but it wasn't immediately clear whether any arrests were...
    State Rep. Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) floated an idea last week: If Washington doesn’t re-up its $600 weekly unemployment boost, California should open a loophole that would allow Sacramento to borrow from the feds and continue the payments regardless. It’s a fitting proposition for a state where belief in government proactively working for the public good has often led to experimentation, rather than mere talk. (See Stockton’s first-in-the-nation universal basic income pilot program — $500 a month paid to 125 people resulting in “really rational” purchases, according to one investigator tracking the project.) Ting’s proposal deserves a go-ahead if Washington doesn’t act. This kind of DIY progressivism has been a factor in California politics for better than a...
    (CNN)A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted a lower court order that required increased Covid-related safety measures in an Orange County, California, jail while the appeals process plays out. The vote was 5-4 and the four liberals on the court dissented. The order is a victory for Orange County, whose lawyers argued that while there is "no doubt" that there are "significant and dangerous outbreaks" in some prisons and jails across the country, their jail is "not one of them." They argued that the jail had already moved to release 53% of inmates to increase social distancing, and that the lower court's order would have harmed the sheriff's office from an "effective and fluid" response."The order places staff and inmates...
    By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With the coronavirus spreading faster than public health officials can track it, California could become one of the first states to mandate that businesses notify workers and state officials any time an employee has been exposed to the disease. A bill moving through the state's Democratic-controlled state Legislature would require companies to notify people no later than 24 hours after they knew or should have known about an employee's exposure to the virus. Violators could be charged with a crime and fined $10,000. California law already requires companies to report deaths and serious incidents that occur in the workplace, but it's only recommended that they report infections, according to Assemblywoman Eloise...
    A San Francisco eviction ban survived a legal challenge by landlords after a California judge found the ordinance protecting tenants who can’t pay rent during the COVID-19 crisis was within the city’s regulatory authority. California Superior Court Judge Charles Haines ruled Monday that the city’s eviction moratorium was a “reasonable exercise of the police power to promote public welfare” and doesn’t violate the California or U.S. constitutions. The San Francisco Apartment Association, which represents about 2,800 landlords, had challenged the ban, as have property owners in other states where local authorities changed eviction rules to help tenants who lose their jobs because of the pandemic. Landlords say they still have to pay mortgages, property taxes and maintenance even as their...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — State prison officials say as many as 17,600 California inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. The releases also are causing consternation as probation officers and community organizations scramble to provide housing, transportation and other services for inmates who may pose a public health risk because several hundred have been paroled while still contagious. “It has just been a total madhouse, quite frankly, and we’re doing this in the midst of a pandemic,” said Karen McDaniel, the statewide transportation and services liaison between community groups and corrections officials. Among those released was...
    Uber and Lyft are committing wage theft by misclassifying drivers as independent contractors, California’s labor commissioner alleges in separate lawsuits against the companies. The classification of drivers as freelance workers has deprived them of “a host of legal protections in violation of California labor law,” the lawsuits say. “The Uber and Lyft business model rests on the misclassification of drivers as independent contractors,” said California Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower in a statement. “This leaves workers without protections such as paid sick leave and reimbursement of drivers’ expenses, as well as overtime and minimum wages.” The pair of lawsuits are the latest legal challenges against Uber and Lyft in California, the state where both companies were founded and prospered — and...
    Capitals ready to test young Flyers veteran Elliott What Happens to Your Body When You Drink a Coke Uber and Lyft just got hit with another lawsuit in California over claims the companies are skirting the states gig worker law © Provided by Business Insider Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Lyft CEO Logan Green Laura Buckman/Reuters; Carlo Allegri/Reuters California's labor commissioner announced Wednesday that her office is suing Uber and Lyft, claiming the companies are stealing wages from drivers by "willfully misclassifying" them as contractors instead of employees. The suit alleges that Uber and Lyft have failed to pay drivers minimum wage, sick pay, unemployment, and other benefits guaranteed to employees under state law. AB-5, California's hotly debated gig...
    The State of California has opened up a new front in its battle against Uber and Lyft over their classification of drivers as contractors instead of employees. On Wednesday, the state labor commissioner launched lawsuits against both companies. The San Francisco ride-hailing firms decided from the start of their operations to “misclassify” their drivers “as a means of unlawfully depriving these workers of a host of statutory protections applicable to employees, in direct contravention of California law,” the separate but nearly identical lawsuits filed in state court in Alameda County claimed. The companies’ designation of drivers as contract workers has become particularly problematic for California amid the coronavirus pandemic, with stay-home orders eviscerating demand for ride-hailing and the state agreeing...
    By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State prison officials say as many as 17,600 California inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. The releases also are causing consternation as probation officers and community organizations scramble to provide housing, transportation and other services for inmates who may pose a public health risk because several hundred have been paroled while still contagious. “It has just been a total madhouse, quite frankly, and we’re doing this in the midst of a pandemic,” said Karen McDaniel, the statewide transportation and services liaison between community groups and corrections officials....
    A conservative, pro-life law firm announced on Wednesday that they will be legally representing Grace Community Church, a prominent evangelical church in Los Angeles that recently made headlines when they resumed in-person assembly despite California’s July 13 lockdown order. The Thomas More Society, which describes itself as a “not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty,” said in a press release that attorneys Jenna Ellis and Charles LiMandri will represent Grace Community Church and its senior pastor, John MacArthur, as special counsel. MacArthur and the church face potential legal repercussions after he and the church elders released a statement explaining why they had chosen not to comply with Democratic California Gov....
    (CNN)Uber and Lyft are facing a new round of legal pressure in their home state of California over how they classify their workers.The California Labor Commission said Wednesday that it filed lawsuits against the two companies for allegedly committing wage theft by misclassifying their on-demand workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Under a new California law, which went into effect on January 1 and is known as Assembly Bill 5 or AB-5, companies must prove workers are free from company control and perform work outside the usual course of the companies' business in order to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees.The law has long been viewed as a potential existential threat to many gig economy companies like...
    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Tuesday announced an underreporting of coronavirus cases due to issues with an electronic laboratory reporting system. While the extent of the technical issues is unclear, officials said it does not affect patient care or test results. Hospitalization and death rates also remain unaffected because those figures are reported to the state through different systems, CDPH wrote in the update. However, the issue may disrupt a county public health department’s ability to case investigate and contact trace, the CDPH said, suggesting that the issue is likely leading to an underreporting of cases at the local level, too. HEALTH CARE WORKER SAYS CORONAVIRUS PPE SHORTAGE FORCED HER TO STAPLE N95 MASK TOGETHER: 'IT CUT MY FACE'...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block California's net neutrality law, arguing that federal law preempts the state statute. In October, a U.S. appeals court largely upheld the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repeal of landmark U.S. net neutrality rules. In 2018, California agreed not to enforce its own state net neutrality law until a final court decision on the FCC repeal. The Trump FCC in 2017 voted 3-2 to toss out Obama-era rules prohibiting internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or offering paid fast lanes. The California law would reinstate those prohibitions in the state. The U.S. government is seeking a preliminary injunction to block California from being able to...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- May Lee started working for the state of California in 1943. "So that's 77 years' state service," she says proudly. Lee, the longest-tenured employee with the state, is also the oldest. "She's 100 years old and she's still coming. And I just think she's representative of the sacrifice and the commitment of all the essential workers not only for the state of California, but all the essential workers around the state," Secretary of the Government Operations Agency for California Yolanda Richardson states."I'm always walking or doing something, standing up...the last 50 years l've been standing up working," May Lee explains."She is vital to this department, " Lee's co-worker Carol Weathers shares. "She has taught and mentored a...
    Kevin Simpson, 47, of Eureka, California, was arrested Saturday after deliberately crashing into 26 different vehicles up a 40-mile stretch of highway in Oregon  A California man has been arrested after he deliberately crashed into 26 different vehicles after speeding up Highway 101 into neighboring Oregon.  Kevin Simpson, 47, of Eureka, was taken into custody on Saturday following his reckless interstate excursion that left at least one woman in the hospital.  Police say Simpson stole a Dodge 1500 pickup in his hometown, before cruising up The 101 over state lines.   At 10am, in the town of Coos Bay, officers were alerted to a series of hit-and-runs. Shortly after, a woman in nearby North Bend called cops to say she...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Brace for another wave of coronavirus. That's the message from a top epidemiologist at UCSF.While some experts say California is still in the first wave of coronavirus cases, UCSF's head of disease and global epidemiology Dr. George Rutherford told reporters Wednesday that a "third wave" -- or surge -- of cases is essentially inevitable.RELATED: Interactive COVID-19 map shows chance someone has virus near you"I don't think we'll get back to a true baseline before we see a third wave," Dr. George Rutherford, UCSF's head of disease and global epidemiology, told reporters Wednesday. "We'll probably see it go back down a little bit before it starts to go back up again."Rutherford said California appears to be at...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.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 new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    By Larry Keane Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined the Everytown for Gun Safety’s Veepstakes and just might have let slip what her gun control goals would be should she join presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on the ticket as his running mate. Speaking with Shannon Watts, Rep. Bass decried gun control’s slow progress in Congress. “I mean we’ve passed universal registra… uh, universal background checks out of the House! It’s one of the 400 bills languishing in the Senate.” It’s true that under fellow Californian Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House of Representatives passed a grab bag of antigun legislation. Those bills would do little to address the criminal misuse of firearms and instead infringe on the Second Amendment rights of...
    Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church in a Los Angeles suburb have been served a letter from the city threatening to impose a $1,000 daily fine if the church does not comply with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order for some churches in the state to be shuttered because of the coronavirus. “The state has absolutely no power to impose the restrictions it is demanding,” Jenna Ellis, one of the attorneys representing the church, said in a report on The Federalist website. “This is not about health and safety, it is about targeting churches.” In mid-July Newsom ordered churches in 30 counties, including Los Angeles County, to stop holding indoor services, but MacAuthor refused to comply, as Breitbart News reported, saying that...
    By ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — FBI agents including a SWAT team served a search warrant at the home of YouTube star Jake Paul on Wednesday. The FBI executed the search warrant starting at 6 a.m. at the Calabasas, California mansion in connection with an ongoing investigation, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a statement. A judge has sealed the search-warrant affidavit and Eimiller said she could not reveal the nature of the investigation or the person it was served on. The City of Calabasas said in a statement on its social media pages that it was Paul's home that was being raided by the FBI, which was using the city hall parking lot as a...
    A group of California prosecutors has asked the NFL to remove and rethink a video it posted about the 2018 police killing of Stephon Clark over claims it "misrepresents the facts." Bill Tompkins/Getty Images California prosecutors have requested that the NFL remove and reconsider its new video about Stephon Clark. Clark, an unarmed 22-year-old Black man who was killed by police in 2018, was featured in the league's Inspire Change initiative. The 1:34 second video is narrated by Clark's mother, SeQuette. "What the world lost was a living example of someone doing the right thing in their day-to-day life," his mother says in the video. It features screenshots of news headlines, an audio clip from a news broadcast about...
    YouTuber Jake Paul has a history of showing off firearms — and a machine gun tattoo — on his channel. Jake Paul/YouTube Law enforcement officers seized several firearms from Jake Paul's California mansion during an FBI raid on Wednesday. An FBI representative said that the raid on Paul's Calabasas home was the execution of a federal search warrant. The FBI could not comment on the ongoing investigation that led to the raid, as the affidavit is sealed.  The seizure of firearms from the 23-year-old YouTuber's home follows a history of showing off firearms on his channel.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Law enforcement officers removed several large firearms from Jake Paul's California mansion during an FBI...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — FBI agents including a SWAT team served a search warrant at the home of YouTube star Jake Paul on Wednesday. The FBI executed the search warrant starting at 6 a.m. at the Calabasas, California mansion in connection with an ongoing investigation, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a statement. A judge has sealed the search-warrant affidavit and Eimiller said she could not reveal the nature of the investigation or the person it was served on. The City of Calabasas said in a statement on its social media pages that it was Paul’s home that was being raided by the FBI, which was using the city hall parking lot as a staging area. ...
    Appeals must be made by August 10 on the state Department of Social Services website Hundreds of thousands of families benefited from the $ 365 P-EBT. Photo: La Opinion – Aurelia Ventura On July 31st the California Department of Social Services finished issuing decisions on hundreds of thousands of applications for the special P-EBT food benefit of $ 365 per child. Now those families who consider that their children’s requests were wrongly rejected can appeal before August 10. If you believe your child met the department’s requirements for this benefit, such as free or reduced price meals at school, and was not assigned, you should submit an appeal on the department’s page. The program P-EBT directly...
    SACRAMENTO —  More than half the members of the California Legislature called on Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday to immediately begin paying unemployment benefits to many of the more than 1 million jobless workers whose claims have been stalled in the system as the state works to clear a months-long backlog. In a letter to governor, a bipartisan group of 61 lawmakers issued a series of requests for immediate action at the state Employment Development Department, including calls for the agency to ensure service representatives do not hang up on callers who they can’t help, and implement an automatic call-back system to quickly respond to those who cannot reach a live operator. The lawmakers also called for the agency to...
    A California police officer returned to the scene of a crime this week, but not for further investigation. She came to help out two victims instead. Mayra Valera, 27, and her 3-year-old had lost their Fresno home in a Sunday night fire that police said was set by Valera's' brother, Geraldo, who was trying to elude officers looking for him in connection with a robbery. FLORIDA FIRE RESCUE TEAM SAVES DUCKLINGS TRAPPED IN STORM DRAIN Sgt. Stacie Szatmari, one of the officers who responded to the scene, told KFSN-TV, an ABC affiliate, that her heart went out to Valera. "The fire broke out and afterward, we had this family that was homeless," she said. Szatmari responded by taking action: She gathered toiletries,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.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 new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    BANNING, Calif. (AP) — Slightly cooler weather Wednesday helped firefighters make progress against a huge blaze in mountains east of Los Angeles. The wildfire straddling Riverside and San Bernardino counties had consumed nearly 43 square miles (more than 110 square kilometers) of brush and trees since it broke out Friday, according to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. As of Wednesday morning, the Apple Fire was 30% contained. Most residents forced from their homes by the flames were allowed to return Tuesday evening. At its peak, about 7,000 people were under evacuation orders. The blaze, sparked by a malfunctioning vehicle, burned a dozen buildings, including four homes. About 200 miles (322 kilometers) to the northwest, crews battled a fast-growing...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.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 new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    As Gov. Gavin Newsom released details for California elementary schools seeking to return with in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic, one of the state's two powerful teachers unions warned that reopening campuses would be "reckless."It was not immediately clear how many public and private schools might apply for waivers to reopen elementary schools, but the idea of using classrooms in counties with increasing case numbers is misguided, said Jeff Freitas, president of the California Federation of Teachers, which represents 120,000 education employees."We think that's dangerous and compounds the effects of spreading the virus," said Freitas. He noted that last Friday, California reported 215 deaths, its highest daily toll. "We broke the record for the most number of deaths just a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.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 new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    FBI agents have served a federal search warrant at the sprawling mansion of YouTube star Jake Paul. The federal investigators began the raid on Wednesday morning of the Calabasas, California, home. Footage from TMZ shows three vehicles leaving the premises, with several agents in tactical gear hanging off the sides. The affidavit in support of the warrant has been sealed, and therefore, the reason for the raid is not yet publicly known. The FBI has stated that no arrests are planned. Paul has been no stranger to controversy as of late. Last month, he threw a massive party at his home. Video on social media shows scores of young people packed into the mansion. In the footage available, no...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Did you navigate here from ABC7's Instagram? Click the links below to read our top stories from the platform.HEADLINES: FBI serves search warrant at home of YouTube star Jake Paul in CalabasasSoCal couple forced to cancel wedding amid pandemic has registry paid for by Domino's Pizza1 dead, 4 injured after shooting near massive mansion party in Beverly Crest where many seen without masksOver 25 killed, hundreds hurt in huge blast in BeirutEast LA food stand fuses ramen and birria into oneFamily of 2 young Marines from Inland Empire in mourning after deadly training accident off San Clemente IslandHouston family adopts 5 siblings separated through foster system'Embarrassed and a little pissed off': California doctor tells off coronavirus...
    California health officials released guidelines Monday for elementary schools to seek waivers that would allow them to offer classroom instruction but recommended that local health officials not even consider that option in counties with the highest rates of coronavirus infection.The state Department of Public Health released the guidelines for public, private and charter schools seeking permission from local health officers to resume in-person instruction if they are located in one of 38 counties that remain on a state watch list because of troubling COVID-19 increases.Those counties contain most of the state's population.The waivers only apply for kindergarten to sixth grade because health officials say those students are less likely than older children to become infected or transmit coronavirus.However, the state...
    Riverside County residents who were forced to flee when the Apple fire exploded in size can now return home as crews continue to gain ground in their battle against the blaze. Evacuation orders for areas east of Oak Glen Road, as well as west of Potrero Road and north of Wilson Street have been lifted. However, orders are still in place for parts of San Bernardino County — specifically areas east of Oak Glen Road, including Pine Bench and Potato Canyon, officials said. Evacuation warnings also remain in effect east of Potrero, north of Morongo Road and west of Whitewater Canyon in Riverside County, as well as for Forest Falls, Rimrock and Pioneertown in San Bernardino County. The San...
    THE US has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and travelled 4,200 miles before splashing into the Pacific Ocean. 2 The maximum range for a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is around 8,000 miles, according to CSIS. This means it could easily reach all the way to North Korea, China or even Egypt from the Californian base. The tested missile was unarmed and splashed into the ocean near the Marshall Islands. It was launched at 12:21am PT (07:21 GMT) on Tuesday. 2A video of the missile launch has been releasedCredit: US Air Force The Air Force said in a statement: "The test demonstrates that the United States’ nuclear deterrent...
    A California couple who were seen in viral video painting over a Black Lives Matter mural have pleaded not guilty to hate crime charges, with their attorney calling the allegations against them 'outrageous and politicized.'  Nicole Anderson and David Nelson arrived at the courthouse in Martinez on Tuesday to enter pleas of not guilty to three misdemeanor counts, including vandalism and hate crime, stemming from last month's incident.  Anderson, 42, and Nelson, 53, were captured on video on July 4 defacing a city-sanctioned Black Lives Matter mural in front of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse by painting over it with black paint.  Scroll down for video  Nicole Anderson and David Nelson (center) on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor counts,...
    VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Seventeen members of an alleged local drug trafficking organization were arrested and accused of importing methamphetamine from Mexico and distributing it in southern California, authorities said. Ventura County sheriff’s deputies seized 192 pounds (87 kilograms) of methamphetamine, 5 pounds (2 kilograms) of heroin, 500 fentanyl pills, $208,000 in cash and a firearm during the arrests, the Ventura County Star reported. The drugs had a combined value of more than $700,000. The arrests took place from March to July during a four-month investigation by state and federal authorities. Those arrested range in age from 20 to 56, and include residents of Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Paula, Bakersfield and Porterville. Some of those arrested have since been released. Some...
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Out-of-work Californians have experienced numerous delays and problems with unemployment benefits. Now, a mysterious twist: a man in Florida just received 12 letters from the California EDD. Were they unemployment checks?As told by 7 On Your Side from KGO, ABC7's sister station, the letters came out of the blue from the California EDD to a man's home in West Palm Beach. They were addressed to complete strangers. So how did this happen? And does it give us a clue about what's gone wrong at EDD?They all came at once to Barry O'Brien's home. Twelve letters from an unfamiliar place: the California EDD."I looked at the envelope, I go, what is this?" recounts O'Brien.Out-of-work Californians finally...
    California’s curve of coronavirus cases continued to slope downward Tuesday, but the accuracy of those numbers was thrown into question by an announcement that afternoon from the state’s top health official. For weeks, persistent problems with the state’s reporting system, CalREDIE, have resulted in tests — and cases — going unreported in the state database, Dr. Mark Ghaly confirmed Tuesday. Worse yet, officials weren’t sure of the scope of the problematic data, which is used to track the state’s battle with the pandemic and also to inform policy decisions, like a county’s ability to reopen its economy. “Over the past few days, we’ve discovered some discrepancies,” Ghaly, the secretary of California’s Health and Human Services Agency, said at a virtual...
    The FBI executed a raid on the Calabasas home of YouTube star Jake Paul on Wednesday morning, Fox News confirmed. Rukelt Dalberis, a public affairs officer with the FBI in Los Angeles, confirmed that a federal search warrant was executed at the popular YouTube celebrity’s residence in connection with an ongoing investigation. However, the warrant affidavit is sealed and therefore no additional information is available to the public as to why authorities are interested in searching Paul’s home. Representatives for Paul did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. JAKE PAUL RESPONDS TO BACKLASH AFTER FANS CRITICIZE THE MILLIONAIRE FOR FILMING LOOTERS IN ARIZONA MALL Jake Paul's home has been raided by the FBI. (Eric Espada/Getty Images) Paul,...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Californians who get their medical coverage through the state’s health insurance marketplace likely won’t see their premiums rise by very much next year. A nurse cares for a coronavirus patient in the ICU at El Centro Regional Medical Center on July 28, 2020, in El Centro, Calif. (Getty Images) The agency announced Tuesday that premiums through Covered California will rise by only an average of 0.6% for the upcoming 2021 plan year, the lowest mark ever since the Affordable Care Act was established a decade ago. In 2020, the rate rose by only 0.8%. That came after serious increases of 13.2%, 12.5% and 8.7% respectively between 2017 and 2019. About 1.5 million Californian’s are enrolled in...
    Secondhand smoke isn’t believed to directly spread the virus, experts say, but infected smokers may blow droplets carrying the virus when they exhale. Being able to smell the smoke might be a red flag that you’re standing too close to the smoker. The respiratory droplets people spray when they talk, cough or sneeze are believed to be the main way the virus spreads. And people also exhale those droplets when smoking, as well as when they’re vaping. Related Articles California firefighters’ other enemy at the Apple fire: Coronavirus Walters: Should California borrow more or tax more to cope with COVID-19? California GOP consultant rues ‘big mistake’ that led to family’s COVID infections ...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) – The Navy has located a seafaring tank that sank off the Southern California coast last week and was working to recover human remains, officials said Tuesday. The Navy planned to place equipment near the amphibious assault vehicle that is under 385 feet (117 meters) of water by the end of the week to begin the recovery of the remains. After that process is complete, it will raise the amphibious vehicle. Seven Marines and one Navy sailor were missing after the 26-ton (23-metric ton) landing craft sank Thursday. Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels, was pronounced dead at the scene. Cpl. Wesley A Rodd, 23, of Harris County, was listed among the Marines missing....
    How do you fight a massive wildfire and keep almost 2,600 firefighters safe from COVID-19? Lots of social distancing and masks, of course, but also thousands of pre-packaged salads. The threat of the coronavirus taking down the firefighting operation during the 26,850-acre Apple fire in Riverside and San Bernardino counties has prompted incident commanders to improvise. No more are the chow lines serve-yourself. Tents that housed 30 inmate hand crew members now hold up to 15. And the fire crews on the front lines are limiting how much they interact with those from outside their circle. “We have to use as many precautions as we can to prevent an outbreak of COVID or spread of COVID,” said Lt. Nicole Patterson,...
    Darlene Bahena flounced around her dusty backyard in a sleeveless blue princess dress on a recent weekday morning, twirling among her three older sisters as she belted the “Frozen II” power ballad “Into the Unknown” into her new karaoke machine. The dress and the toy were both presents for her fourth birthday — a milestone for any child, but a pivotal one for children like Darlene who are growing up in poverty. For decades, experts have understood 4 as an academic fault line, the year that cleaves wealthy and even middle-class children from their poor and working-class peers. Yet amid the pandemic, public preschools such as Darlene’s have struggled to reopen, despite being classed as essential. When they...
    Some time ago, I posted a question on social media that scores of people responded to: What jobs did your parents work to get you where you are today? I shared a bit about my mother, an immigrant from El Salvador who worked as a nanny and a garment factory worker; she cleaned houses, polished car rims, drilled holes in doorknobs, steam pressed people’s clothes. “¡Échele ganas,” she’d always tell me. Give it all you got. It’s a phrase, a call to action, many immigrants teach their kids early on to push them to aim high. Here are a few responses to my Twitter thread.Xavier Becerra Mom: Clerical worker Dad: Construction worker Me: Attorney General for the State of...
    California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly on Tuesday said that the state’s decline in coronavirus infection rate may not be accurate due to technical glitches in the state’s data system used to process test results. On Monday, Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia: Dual threats of wildfire and COVID-19 underscore need for prevention The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Progress slow on coronavirus bill Trump vows challenge to Nevada bill expanding mail-in voting MORE (D) announced that California’s 7-day infection rate had dropped over 20 percent in the span of a month to 6.1 percent. Ghaly said the technical issues “absolutely” have an impact on that figure.  “The 7-day positivity rate is absolutely...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the current coronavirus outbreak and now the reopenings can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know here’s a news roundup of the top coronavirus and reopening-related stories from the last 24 hours. Good News — Neighbors Helping Neighbors Family Finds Creative Way For Morgan Hill Grandmother To Have Her Birthday Hugs MORGAN HILL — In the current COVID-19 era, birthday wishes can be hard to fulfill when you can’t see family in person. But a Bay Area family recently figured out a way to make a grandmother’s birthday dream come true. All Morgan Hill resident Maria Vasquez wanted for her birthday was to hug...
    The state budget that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed earlier this summer had been hastily adjusted to cope with projections that state revenues would plummet by tens of billions of dollars due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the sudden recession it sparked. Nevertheless, it was a budget based on hope — that the federal government would provide as much as $14 billion in emergency aid so some spending could be restored, and that the recession would be relatively brief. In the final month of the 2020 legislative session, however, neither of those hopeful scenarios appears likely to occur and state finances could be submerged in red ink for years. That likelihood grates on the Capitol’s dominant Democrats, who have long yearned...