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    (CNN)Medina Spirit is set to undergo a postmortem to determine the cause of the Kentucky Derby-winning horse's sudden death at Santa Anita racetrack in Southern California, according to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). The three-year-old colt collapsed near the finish line just as he was completing a workout on Monday and died immediately, the CHRB told CNN. "Following the completion of a routine morning workout, Medina Spirit collapsed on the track at Santa Anita Park and died suddenly of a probable cardiac event according to the on site veterinary team who attended to him," Santa Anita Park said in a statement.Medina Spirit's Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said the horse died of a "heart attack", however the CHRB will not determine cause of death until the necropsy and toxicology tests -- to be conducted at the University of California, Davis -- have been completed.President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners Dr. Scott Hay told CNN that the "exact" cause of death is only typically determined in around half of such cases.Read More"Typically, sudden deaths are caused either...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Travel Advisory is now at 40 states, with two states and Washington D.C. added this week “Every state or territory except for Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, and the Virgin Islands are on the Travel Advisory,” according to the Chicago Health Department (CDPH.) “CDPH reminds unvaccinated travelers that under the Advisory, they should be tested for COVID before and after travel from any state on the advisory list and should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago. The quarantine and testing recommendations do not apply to fully vaccinated travelers.” Last week, Chicago’s health department said its travel advisory stood at 38 states with California, Guam and North Carolina off the list.
    ANOTHER batch of Golden State stimulus checks could be heading to Californians next year due to a 1970s law. Over the last several weeks, checks ranging from $600 to $1,100 have landed in the mailboxes and bank accounts of roughly two-thirds of California residents. 1Californians may continue to see stimulus payments in 2022Credit: Getty The payments are a part of the state's Golden State Stimulus II program. In July, California Governor Gavin Newsom's signed the state's $100billion budget. As part of the plan, the state expects to provide about $12billion in coronavirus relief to 15.2 million California households – or about two-thirds of the state's taxpayers. The payments are expected to stop at the end of the year; however, in 2022, the same law is expected to kick in again. Californians revolted against taxes in the late 1970s, with voters passing Proposition 13, a landmark measure that limited property tax increases, in 1978. The following year, Paul Gann, one of the proposition’s co-sponsors, suggested another tax break. Most read in The US SunFREE MONEY Surprise payments being sent NOW as $1,800 also set to be sent...
    A U.S. Marine was killed Monday after he pulled over to help a couple that had been involved in a solo car crash, according to a report. The unidentified 20-year-old Marine was driving around 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 5 near Las Pulgas Road in Oceanside, California, when he pulled over to help 36-year-old Darryl Sheffey and his 31-year-old female companion. The duo’s SUV had been involved in a solo crash and was left sideways in the southbound lanes, according to CBS 8. As the Marine was assisting the pair, a box truck collided into the SUV, killing the Marine and injuring the couple, according to the report. (RELATED: Elderly Couple Killed In Fiery Train Crash On Way Home From Thanksgiving Dinner) Marine killed in California crash while helping stranded motorists https://t.co/kX7t8Tkum5 pic.twitter.com/vp3lxS4Fa6 — New York Post (@nypost) December 7, 2021 “The Marine is a male Marine,” California Highway Patrol said, according to the report. “He was trying to do the right thing, he was trying to help somebody in need. Unfortunately, the freeway traffic was still moving at the...
    Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierWar of words escalates in House GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Texas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term MORE (D-Calif.) endorsed a California assembly member on Monday in the race to replace her in the U.S. House. Speier threw her support behind Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D), who is the speaker pro tempore in the California assembly, in his bid to assume her perch in Washington as the representative for California’s 14th congressional district. Speier appeared alongside Mullin at a news conference in San Francisco, telling the crowd “I enthusiastically and unequivocally announce my endorsement of Kevin Mullin to replace me in the House of Representatives.” “And let me tell you why: experience matters, collegiality matters, progressive values matters, delivering matters,” she added. Speier announced in November that she would not be seeking reelection next year, saying in a video “It’s time for me to come home, time for me to be more than a weekend wife, mother and friend.” The California Democrat first entered Congress in 2008....
    The Serra Padres have had plenty of eyes on them as they’ve marched to this weekend’s state championship game, including Tom Brady’s. The most decorated Super Bowl quarterback in NFL history made sure to text coach Patrick Walsh his congratulations after Serra, Brady’s alma mater, edged St. Francis in the Central Coast Section Division I final two weeks ago, redeeming the team’s only loss of the season. “Yes yes yes! Congrats Patrick! So proud of you,” read Brady’s text to Walsh at 2:38 a.m. PT. After Serra’s 41-0 walloping of Bellarmine College Prep the week prior, Brady sent along a voice message with words of wisdom and encouragement to share with the team. “It’s fantastic to have Tom Brady give us words of encouragement,” said star receiver Hassan Mahasin, who has filled a similar role for his teammates since he suffered a season-ending knee injury in early October. “That’s the greatest QB of all time. To hear him tell us how he feels about us and watches us and gives us advice is great to hear.”...
    A California mother has claimed that her 13-year-old son was told not to say anything after being given the COVID-19 vaccine in exchange for pizza at his school without her consent, according to a local report. Maribel Duarte told NBC Los Angeles on Monday that her son recently came home from Barack Obama Global Prep Academy in South Los Angeles with a vaccine card, telling her that he accepted the shot after he was offered pizza.  CALIFORNIA'S PROPOSED WOKE MATH CURRICULUM ALARMS MATHEMATICIANS, SCIENTISTS "It hurt to know he got a shot without my permission, without knowing and without signing any papers for him to get the shot," Duarte said, adding that she is vaccinated and isn’t anti-vaccine. The Los Angeles Unified School District announced in Sept. that all students 12 years of age or older will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 10, 2022, unless they are granted a medical or other exemption. (AP, File) The mother told the station that the woman who gave her son the shot and signed the paper...
    VISALIA — A 14-year-old boy was arrested Monday in California’s San Joaquin Valley after he allegedly threatened to kill two of his charter school classmates last week, authorities said. A teacher at Sycamore Valley Charter Academy in Visalia, about 180 miles (289 kilometers) north of Los Angeles, became aware Monday of the threats the teen had made on Friday, according to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. One of the students did not go to school because of the threats. Related Articles Former teacher pleads guilty to raping child; the sexual abuse started when the girl was 12 Marin study links COVID decline to school reopenings Loophole allows California school districts to shield what they pay teachers, administrators Security door locks installed 4 years ago at Michigan high school may have saved lives ‘He would be dead:’ Mother recounts how Mater Dei football players allegedly beat her son The teen, whose name was not made public, was booked into a juvenile detention facility on suspicion of making criminal threats, the...
    Q: I contend that gas prices are high because greedy oil companies took a bath during the worst of COVID when almost nobody was driving and now they’re trying to make up that money. They certainly want to make money (who doesn’t?), but they also don’t want to lose any, so they will stick it to us. Mary Linduska A: Here we go again, as prices hover painfully close to $5 a gallon. Q: Let’s get one thing straight about gas prices. They are a direct result of the Joe Biden administration. Biden, who apparently gets a pass for everything wrong, spent his first few months in office undoing anything that Trump had accomplished. That included the petroleum industry that was on a roll via Trump’s regulation altercations. We are all paying for “Green New Deal” garbage that has pump prices skyrocketing. This is all about “excuse master” Democrats and their misguided blaming of what they say altered the climate. Michael Ross, Santa Clara A: Garbage? Misguided? Come on. Auto exhaust is one of the leading contributors to climate...
    Every year, the state controller publishes thousands of public employees’ salaries, from nearly every city, county and special district, on its transparency-focused “Government Compensation in California” website. Here’s what you won’t find: about two-thirds of the Golden State’s school systems. Unlike other public agencies in the state, California’s schools can choose whether to participate because of a loophole in state law. Most do not even reply to the controller’s requests. This year, of the 1,915 requests sent to education employers, only 447 provided the appropriate information. Another 128 responded, but with either incomplete or unacceptable records, according to the state Controller’s Office. Though the numbers are bleak, there was an improvement as 35 more school systems replied this year than last. Still, fewer were compliant overall than in 2020. “We are consistently working to improve our processes and encouraging and assisting employers with accurate, timely data reporting,” state Controller Betty Yee said in a statement. “I am encouraged that so many employers embrace the value of transparency enough to — even in the middle of a pandemic — produce a...
    You know the date — Dec. 7 — and what happened then, and what happened thereafter, to the United States and to the world. But what was life like on Dec. 6, 1941, and in the years before then, closer to home, for one group of people for whom that date would alter their lives — the Japanese and Japanese Americans in Los Angeles? For the many thousands of them living on the West Coast — among them U.S. citizens — Pearl Harbor’s “thereafter” meant being detained, dispossessed of property, and sent to incarceration camps. In 1941, about 36,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans were living in and around Los Angeles, most of them within about five miles of Little Tokyo, the growing nucleus of the community for more than half a century. They’d started arriving at the end of the 19th century, some of them brought to serve the railroads that the Chinese had helped to build. In 1882, the federal Chinese Exclusion Act had codified what California, by law and by violence, had been rolling toward for years. The...
    A judge in California on Monday dismissed Rose McGowan's lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein after she failed to file paperwork by the court-imposed deadline. McGowan, 48, was one of the first women to publicly accuse the disgraced film producer of sexual assault.  In 2017, McGowan accused Weinstein of raping her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, and her allegations sparked the chain of the events that culminated in his being sentenced by a New York judge to 23 years in prison in 2020. In October 2019, McGowan filed a federal suit against Weinstein's legal and security teams, alleging their efforts to suppress sexual assault and harassment allegations against him violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO Act). Rose McGowan is seen in September, campaigning for the Republican candidate for governor of California, Larry Elder. On Monday her case against Harvey Weinstein was dismissed McGowan is seen with Weinstein in Los Angeles, at the 2007 premier of Grindhouse  In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in California, McGowan alleged that Weinstein launched an effort involving 'some of the most...
    PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (KGO) -- Something marvelous is happening this year along the California coast that has environmentalists grinning."We're excited," said Emma Pelton, conservation biologist with the Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation.Pelton is referring to the western monarch butterfly. After almost disappearing from overwintering sites along the California Coast last year, the monarchs are back in a big way this year."What we're seeing this year is we're well over 100,000 butterflies and we're hoping it's going to continue to go up," said Pelton.RELATED: Locally extinct butterfly species returned to San Francisco's PresidioThe Xerces Society first began counting monarch butterflies in 1997. Back then they counted more than 1.2 million monarchs from Mendocino to Baja California.But that number has steadily declined. In 2017 there were less than 200,000. Then it got worse, way worse.Last year, less than 2,000 western monarchs were counted in over 200 overwintering sites.At Pacific Grove, which once had nearly 50,000 butterflies, last year there were none."I was in tears," said Stephanie Turcotte Edenholm, educational docent for the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.This year, Turcotte had tears...
    FRESNO, Calif. -- Valley Congressman Devin Nunes has announced that he will be leaving the House of Representatives at the end of 2021.Nunes, a Republican, has represented California's 22nd Congressional District, which includes portions of Fresno and Tulare counties, for ten terms.He did not specify his plans after he steps down, but a statement from President Donald Trump's company said that he was going to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Trump Media and Technology Group.The 22nd Congressional District district is expected to be one of those affected by California's changed political landscape after the state's redistricting commission recently released drafts of new political maps.On Monday afternoon, Nunes made the announcement in a letter to his constituents, that said in part:"It has been my privilege to serve the people of California's San Joaquin Valley for nineteen years in the U.S. House of Representatives... Recently, I was presented with a new opportunity to fight for the most important issues I believe in. I'm writing to let you know I've decided to pursue this opportunity, and therefore I will be...
    Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced his retirement from Congress on Monday, effective “at the end of 2021,” to join former President Donald Trump’s upcoming social media company. Nunes said: It has been my privilege to serve the people of California’s San Joaquin Valley for nineteen years in the U.S. House of Representatives. During this time, I fought hard in Washington for the interests and values of Valley families and to help my constituents resolve any problems they may have with a federal government agency. Recently, I was presented with a new opportunity to fight for the most important issues I believe in. I’m writing to let you know I’ve decided to pursue this opportunity, and therefore I will be leaving the House of Representatives at the end of 2021. I will deeply miss being your congressman. NEW: Rep. Devin Nunes letter to his constituents announcing his retirement from Congress.Of note- this email says he will retire at the end of this year, not wait until his term ends in 2022.⁦@JakeSherman⁩ reported his retirement first. pic.twitter.com/HgSS5yDqFh — Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) December 6, 2021...
    Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California is resigning from the House to work for Donald Trump - as CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group. The 10-term member of Congress merely told his consituents on Monday he was taking up a 'new opportunity to fight for the most important issues I believe in.'  It was the Trump media group that announced his new CEO role, where Nunes will sit at the head of Trump's yet-to-released social media platform, TRUTH Social. He will start at TMTG in January.  Trump praised Nunes in the media group's statement, calling him 'a fighter and a leader.' 'He will make an excellent CEO of TMTG,' Trump said. Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California is resigning from the House to work for Donald Trump  Donald Trump awarded Devin Nunes the Presidential Medal of Freedom just two weeks before the inauguration of President Joe Biden Nunes, in the TMTG statement, said it was time to 'reopen the Internet.'  'The time has come to reopen the Internet and allow for the free flow of ideas and expression without censorship. The...
    The health officer countered that it's "quite simple" for parents to know not to send their infected children to school, and noted that neither language barriers nor economic factors played a role in the family's decision. Both that child and their sibling, who later tested positive as well, are students at Neil Cummins Elementary School in the town of Corte Madera, located just north of San Francisco.What's the background?KNTV-TV reported over the weekend that it wasn't until Nov. 18 — more than a week after the initial positive test — that Marin County officials called the school to ask why the students hadn't been recorded in their COVID-19 case reports. In response to the call, district officials scrambled to gather testing kits and reportedly swabbed more than 50 students. In all, they determined three positive cases were likely transmitted at the school, while five other positive cases were likely transmitted outside school. “This is very serious. This is a situation where we know that for some of our students and staff with underlying health conditions that actually getting COVID, it...
    There's some welcome news for any Californian who has ever been stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way to Las Vegas.A project to turn the shoulder on Interstate 15 into a third lane during peak hours has been given the green light.Gov. Gavin Newsom and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the plans Sunday.The project, which will begin five miles south of the Nevada state line, will cost about $12 million that will come out of existing funds.It will start in the spring and should be ready by summer. Newsom acknowledges that a more permanent long-term solution is still necessary.
    An effort to recall Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon began again on Monday, following widespread crime in the city, including the fatal shooting of a music executive's 81-year-old wife in her home.  Supporters of the effort announced on the steps of the Hall of Justice Monday that they will serve the DA with a "notice of intent" to remove him from office. The Registrar of Voters will then need to approve the recall petition. Organizers will then have 160 days to collect more than 580,000 signatures of registered voters.  The press conference comes after an initial recall effort this fall that failed to meet the required number of signatures by Oct. 26. Organizers vowed to restart the effort at a later date. Los Angeles, CA - June 18: Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, joined by members of SEIU Local 2015 and other local leaders, addresses a news conference held on the steps of Hall of Justice on Friday, June 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) (Irfan Khan /...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Noxious gas lawn mowers will soon join VCRs, rotary phones, and typewriters as bygone relics of the modern California home. California is officially making the switch to electric mowers in 2022 after banning the gas type in an effort to curb emissions. The switch won’t happen immediately, but as of 2024, only electric mowers will be available for purchase in California, making it the first state in the nation to ban such sales in the fight against climate change. READ MORE: Woman Escapes From Police Car In Oxnard, Later CapturedThe California Air Resources Board pushed for the change, noting that residential and lawn gardening equipment make up more than 12.6 million of the small-off-road engines at or below 19 kilowatts in the state. The emissions from such engines is significant – the board says that an hour of lawn mower use is the equivalent of driving 300 miles from LA to Las Vegas, while using a leaf blower is even worse – an hour is equivalent to the emissions from driving 1,100 miles from LA to...
    California Retailers Association president Rachel Michelin warned something needs to be done to stop "brazen" smash-and-grab robberies in the Golden State as storefronts continue to grapple with organized mass looting.  CALIFORNIA WOMAN ARRESTED NEAR SWANKY MALL AFTER SHOPLIFTING MORE THAN $300K: REPORT Michelin joined "America's Newsroom" on Monday to discuss the crime surge, highlighting the dire need for a safe working and shopping environment as consumers prepare for the holidays.   "It's really about the traumatization of our employees... and our customers," Michelin explained. "We need to have a safe environment to work. We need to have a safe environment to shop, and we need to do something to stop it." Many critics say Proposition 47, which was passed in 2014, has attributed to the series of smash-and-grabs since it lowers the punishment for retail theft.  Portland city print shop window smashed (Credit: Portland Police Bureau) (Portland Police Bureau) Under California law, theft of property valued under $950 is categorized as a misdemeanor instead of a felony.  "We do have open organized retail crime cases that have been sitting...
    California investigators believe they have determined what caused a young family to die on a hiking trail in mid-August. The investigators discovered the hikers, John Gerrish, his wife Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, and pet dog, Oski, only carried a total of 84 ounces on their hike in the Sierra National Forest. The water amount was far short of the 320 ounces recommended for hiking the trail they were on, which can reach up to 109 degrees during the summer. A survival trainer believed the family was "caught off guard" by their circumstances, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . “It is likely the child began to succumb first, which hurried the parents’ efforts up the hill," the trainer told investigators. "When one could no longer continue, they stayed behind to care for the child and pet, while the other tried to forge on and get help for their loved ones. It is a tragedy of the highest order.” CHEF SENTENCED AFTER UNDERCOOKED MEAL LED TO ONE DEATH, 30 CASES OF FOOD POISONING The...
    November got off to a wet start but dry weather and unseasonably warm temperatures left Bay Area residents wondering when the next drop of rain would come. The answer could come this week with two chances for light rain in the forecast and the possibility of a more precipitation in mid-December, according to the National Weather Service. A trough of low pressure is moving over the Pacific Ocean and is expected to bring scattered showers Monday night into Tuesday morning, with a “couple hundredths of an inch” in the southern valleys and around a quarter of an inch in the North Bay, said NWS meteorologist Sean Miller. Winds will be “breezy” with gusts ranging 20 to 30 miles per hour but only in higher elevations above 2,500 feet, Miller said. Thursday will be more promising in terms of rain when another weather system could move in. “It’s looking like Thursday will be a little bit stronger,” said NWS meteorologist David King. “It’s going to be more of a robust cold front and we’re going to see temperatures behind the front...
    A pair of storms are expected to deliver an early dose of winter in the form of rain, snow and cooler temperatures in Southern California this week, officials said. The first, weaker system will bring the potential for light rain to Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. A stronger system will bring a better chance of rain and mountain snow Thursday. Both should deliver a few tenths of an inch of moisture, said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the weather service in Oxnard. “It’s not going to make a dent in anything, but it’s welcome,” he said. Here is a closer look at the precipitation expected this week, per the #CNRFC graphic. Not much for us, but it all helps. Snow level will be over 9000 ft Tues, dropping to around 5000ft by Thu night. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/05eCjaaVhL— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 6, 2021 The back-to-back storms, which are moving from the Gulf of Alaska, will also deliver a cooler air mass that is likely to linger into the weekend, he said....
    At a nursing home in Los Angeles last year, a nurse’s aide was giving a resident a bed bath when she noticed something moving around his feeding tube. When she looked closer, she saw maggots crawling from underneath the tube’s dressing. Another nurse noted that the patient’s tube — inserted into his stomach to provide nutrition — “had not been cleaned” and “flies are always in the building.” There was no record of the feeding tube being cleaned for 23 days, a state inspector reported. Already paralyzed from a stroke and suffering from COVID-19 pneumonia, the 65-year-old man contracted a serious infection and landed in the hospital. The California Department of Public Health, which regulates nursing homes, investigated and in September 2020 fined the nursing home $60,000, concluding that the patient’s care at Longwood Manor Convalescent Hospital was so deficient that it could have killed him. But the nursing home’s operator, Longwood Enterprises, Inc., has sued the state to overturn the fine, saying the alleged violations were not serious enough to merit the amount, according to a complaint filed in...
    A new map shows that there are 400 toxic sites in California at risk of being flooded by rising sea levels. These floods would put the communities that live there at grave risk of toxic pollution. These locations include military bases, power plants, and toxic dumps that could easily experience flooding with the sea’s rising levels. This would put the predominantly Black and Latino communities that live nearby at a huge health and safety risk. Lucas Zucker said, “The coast of California is marked by massive inequality. People don’t realize that because they go to Malibu, they go to Santa Barbara. Those are the beaches that people see and are familiar with. They don’t think of places like Wilmington, West Long Beach, Barrio Logan, West Oakland, Richmond, Bayview-Hunters Point. You can name all these communities, and it’s the same story.” The 3-year project revealed the consequences of the seas rising tide and how it could prove to be incredibly serious in the near future.  Advocates like Zucker and other researchers created the project to determine the most hazardous...
    SACRAMENTO —  They’re planning to demolish most of the state Capitol and replace it with a larger, more luxurious structure for about $1.3 billion. During construction, the governor and legislators will be quartered at a new 10-story building one block away that is costing another roughly $450 million. The temporary quarters are dubbed the “swing space” because elected officials are swinging in now and will be swinging out when the Capitol project is completed. It’s hoped that will be in time for California’s 175th statehood anniversary on Sept. 9, 2025. So, a new era is starting in California state government, and its facilities won’t be cheap. Slated to be torn down is the “annex,” the east wing that was completed for $7.6 million in 1952, when Earl Warren was governor. It attaches awkwardly to the domed old Capitol, completed in 1874 at a cost of $2.6 million. The original Capitol was modernized — without being demolished — for $72 million and reopened in 1982. It contains the Legislature’s ornate floor chambers and leaders’ handsome 19th century-style offices. Before it was recently...
    Million Mothers Rally supporter Yvonne Trice, from Pomona, holds a picture of her late son Monte Russell, who lost his life to gun violence, during a rally in Pomona in 2020.  (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)  Through the long lens of history, violent crime is a fraction of what it was in the early 1990s. But homicides have surged from historic lows over the past several years in many California cities — and across the nation — and no one’s sure if it’s a pandemic-inspired spike, or if it’s here to stay. The city of San Bernardino recorded the highest per-capita murder rate among California’s larger cities in 2020 — 30.6 murders for every 100,000 residents, according to federal data collated by Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that supports education and research about firearms in America. In similarly sized Moreno Valley, there were just 7 murders per 100,000 residents. Homicides more than doubled in some Southern California cities from 2016 to 2020, including Riverside (10 to 24), Anaheim (7 to 16), Hemet (5 to 14), Pasadena...
    A 5-mile stretch of Interstate 15 south of the Nevada state line will be widened this spring in an effort to eliminate a frustrating bottleneck that has caused miles of backups for travelers to California, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Sunday. Caltrans will repave and restripe the right shoulder for use as a third lane during peak traffic periods, which Newsom described as Sundays and Mondays. Currently, that stretch narrows from three lanes to two lanes before increasing back to three. “This 5-mile stretch of highway is a critical piece of infrastructure for not only our two states but for the whole country. However, the hours of traffic deters tourism and goods movement,” Newsom said. The governor made the announcement in a joint news conference with Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak along I-15 near the border. Sisolak said he phoned Newsom about a month ago, asking him to address the congestion. “The chokehold that we have is just causing too many difficulties,” Sisolak said. The $12 million project will begin in the spring with completion expected by summer, Newsom said. LIVE NOW:...
    By March, Gov. Gavin Newsom knew he was in trouble. His people had been tracking what, until then, was a mostly nascent campaign to recall the Democrat from office. It’s the sort of thing generations of California governors have faced, and only one — Gov. Gray Davis — with real political consequences. But, this year, the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. “In 25 months, there’s been six efforts to put a recall on the ballot,” Newsom said in mid-March on ABC’s “The View.” “This one appears to have the requisite signatures,” he acknowledged. Indeed, by April, Secretary of State Shirley Weber declared that enough signatures had been verified — more than 1,495,709 — to force a recall election by the end of the year. That campaign Newsom once dismissed as the purview of the far right — alongside Trumpism, anti-vax conspiracy theories and a refusal to wear face masks? It had suddenly gained mainstream appeal. All it took was the governor secretly violating his own public health orders on COVID-19, going out to dinner with friends and doing so...
    The California couple that died in August on a remote hiking trail in the Sierra National Forest along with their 1-year-old and family dog likely succumbed to the extreme heat, the lack of water and exertion, according to a report.  John Gerrish, his wife, Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, and their dog were all found dead on a hiking trail near Hite’s Cove in the Sierra National Forest.  A family friend had reported them missing after they didn’t return from their one-day hiking trip.  Gerrish also missed work as a software engineer. Their deaths were considered mysterious and theories ranged from homicide to possible exposure to toxic gases from nearby abandoned mines.  The San Francisco Chronicle obtained 77-pages of reports into their deaths, and investigators determined that there was a fatal combination of "disastrous choices" that lead to the tragedies. The report said authorities first located the bodies of Gerrish, the child and the dog. The search continued for Chung, and her body was discovered "on the upside of a hill," about 13 feet higher than her family. Sierra National Forest....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Millions of Americans own gas-powered lawn mowers, but that could be changing. California is making the switch to electric mowers and experts believe other states could eventually do the same. READ MORE: Companies Having Difficulty Getting Hands On Material Needed To Make GravestonesDavid Hernandez is with “Sod and Turf Pros” in Los Angeles and has used gas-powered equipment for years. He understands electric tools are the future but said there are pros and cons. “You won’t be having all that gas up your nose, be inhaling it, because I’ve been there. I’ve done that,” Hernandez said. One trade-off is usage time. Hernandez bought an electric leaf blower but said he has to operate it sparingly. “It doesn’t last as long, right, so we use a battery. It will only last 20, 30 minutes, and then after that go charge it,” Hernandez said. READ MORE: Seminoles Suspend Sports Betting After Court RulingsHomeowners are snatching up e-powered products, but it’s a harder transition for lawn care companies running lots of devices all day. In October, Governor Gavin Newsom signed...
    The staff of a San Francisco restaurant denied service to three uniformed police officers after claiming the officers’ weapons made them feel “uncomfortable.” The staff then proudly posted the incident on social media. The staff of Hillda and Jesse San Franciso posted on Instagram, an announcement that they asked three uniformed police officers to leave their restaurant after the sidearms police are required to wear made them feel “uncomfortable.” They declared the restaurant to be a “safe space.” “The presence of their weapons in the restaurant made us uncomfortable,” the staff added to the Instagram post as a comment. “This is not a political statement, we did what we thought was best for our staff.” At Hilda and Jesse, the restaurant is a safe space,” the post states. “The presence of the officers {sic} weapons in the restaurant made us feel uncomfortable. We respect the San Francisco Police Department and are grateful for the work they do.” They concluded by saying the officers are welcome to return — “when off duty, out of uniform, and without their weapons.” The anti-police...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders WR DeSean Jackson. Based on his 102-yard performance against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, DeSean Jackson certainly doesn’t look his age. The veteran wide receiver just turned 35-years-old but is proving that he’s still a great deep threat. Though he isn’t going to be able to match some of the consistent production he had earlier in his career, the Las Vegas Raiders need him to continue to be an impact player if they hope to make the playoffs. Jackson remains as focused as ever. Even when younger players try to pay him his respects, he doesn’t want them. “I have been playing against dudes who are like trying to shake my hand and congratulate me and tell me they have been watching me since I was a little kid,” Jackson said Thursday. “I’m like, ‘We can save that until after the game. … I am about to whup your ass.’” This is Jackson’s 14th season in the NFL but he hasn’t won a Super Bowl yet. He doesn’t want anything to take his...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Thousands of athletes hit Sacramento tonight ahead of the 38th annual California International Marathon. The race, which took a year off due to the pandemic, is now a much-needed multi-million-dollar boost for local businesses. With 9,000 runners and 1,000 relay-runners in the area, businesses are already starting to see an uptick in sales. READ MORE: 'Thousands Of Dollars In Damage;' Sacramento Sideshow Organizer Arrested In North NatomasIt’s not just hotels and restaurants, but other businesses particularly along the racecourse are seeing a flood of customers. Because the course goes through Folsom, Orangevale, Fair Oaks—just to name a few—it’s not only downtown Sacramento that is benefitting from the crowds. READ MORE: Tracy City Council To Consider Appointing New City Manager At Upcoming Council MeetingWith upwards of 10,000 runners in town, the estimated financial impact for the region is in the area of 10 million dollars. This comes from a combination of an estimated 7,500 hotel bookings as well as other forms of tourism and dining. Set to start at 7 a.m. on Sunday, the racecourse is already buzzing...
    Federal authorities have moved to reverse a Trump administration decision that cleared the way for Cadiz Inc. to pipe water across public land in the California desert. The request filed in federal court Friday, which must still be granted, could deal a blow to the company’s decades-long effort to pump groundwater from beneath its desert property 200 miles east of Los Angeles and sell it to urban Southern California. The project is fiercely opposed by conservationists, who say it will dry up desert springs and seeps relied upon by Indigenous tribes and rare wildlife. Cadiz insists its plans won’t harm springs in the area. “The Biden administration has taken the right step to stop this dangerous water grab that will destroy life-giving springs in the central Mojave Desert,” said Ileene Anderson, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s a really good thing for the desert, because it will keep the project from moving forward.” The environmental group and others had filed multiple lawsuits challenging the project. The latest round, filed in March in U.S. District Court for...
    ATHERTON — University Prep came to Sacred Heart Prep toting an undefeated record. The Gators defended their home turf well-equipped to hand the Panthers their first loss. Not only did Sacred Heart Prep beat the undefeated, they shut out University Prep with a 20-0 win in the CIF  Northern California 5-A Championship on Saturday afternoon in Atherton. It was The Gators will face the winner of a Righetti-Santa Maria, Northwood-Irvine playoff game for the 5-A state title set for Dec. 11. But for now, the Gators celebrated their seventh win of the season and another step taken together toward the top prize. After losing four straight by single digits to St. Ignatius, Mountain View, Hillsdale, Burlingame, Half Moon Bay and Menlo School when the season began, head coach Mark Grieb applauded his team’s bounce-back season. Their “It’s been one of those seasons. A lot of moments where the guys were deflated,” Grieb said. “There were some bus rides that were pretty quiet. You could hear a pin drop. But today they put in so much heart and...
    A black job applicant is suing his employer after its San Diego office told him he had to cut his dreadlocks in order to get the gig, but the company is now saying it's a 'miscommunication.'  Jeffrey Thornton filed a lawsuit on Monday against his employer, event company Encore Group, after its San Diego office denied him employment unless he cut his hair.  Thornton has worked for the company as a technician since 2016 in its Florida office, but decided to move to the San Diego office after being furloughed in 2020 and hearing the California office was hiring more positions.  He interviewed for a technical supervisor position on November 1, where the hiring manager informed him his hair had to change in order to be officially offered the role. 'I was told I was being recommended by my East Coast references and that I should find the transition to be no problem,' he said at a press conference on November 30 from inside a barbershop.  'All that was left was to discuss the dress code. I expected to have...
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Public health officials say at least five people in Northern California have contracted the omicron variant of COVID-19, and the outbreak is linked to a wedding in Wisconsin last month.The video featured is from a related report.The outbreak was announced Friday - just two days after the first U.S. case of the omicron variant was identified in California. Much remains unknown about the new variant, including whether it is more contagious than previous strains, whether it makes people more seriously ill, and whether it can thwart the vaccine.RELATED: What is omicron? What to know about new COVID variant, effect on USThe five people are among a group of 12 who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are linked to a Nov. 27 wedding in Wisconsin.
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A program designed to improve the lives of foster kids is now teaming up with Americorps to engage youth and expand opportunities for them as they enter the workforce. Nineteen-year-old Amal El-Mansoumi is stuffing stockings for foster youth in Yolo County. She entered foster care a couple of years ago, joining the program’s independent living skills program which operates out of Woodland Community College — and has done so since 1985. READ MORE: 5 in California Contract Omicron Linked To Wisconsin Wedding“I was a little bit nervous at first. I was a little bit hesitant, because I really don’t like asking for help, but I went in straight off the bat and it was like family,” she said. Amal moved here to be with her sister who was attending UC Davis. They grew up in a rural area near Santa Cruz with no hot water, walking miles to school each day. “I was kinda rebellious back then, but I see myself now and I’m on a whole different person,” she said. Amal took advantage of a new...
    OAKLAND (AP) — Public health officials say at least five people in Northern California have contracted the omicron variant of COVID-19, and the outbreak is linked to a wedding in Wisconsin last month. The outbreak was announced Friday — just two days after the first U.S. case of the omicron variant was identified in California. READ MORE: Dramatic Price Drop At Pump Draws Drivers To Galt Gas StationMuch remains unknown about the new variant, including whether it is more contagious than previous strains, whether it makes people more seriously ill, and whether it can thwart the vaccine. READ MORE: Jewelry Store Owner Says Suspects Stole 300K Worth of MerchandiseThe five people are among a group of 12 who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are linked to a Nov. 27 wedding in Wisconsin. MORE NEWS: Armed Robbers Steal $300K Worth Of Items From Jeweler In South Sacramento(© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    CALIFORNIA will issue another massive payout this month, with hundreds of thousands of $1,100 checks totalling $563million in the newest batch of payments. The latest checks released under the Golden State Stimulus II program should hit mailboxes and bank accounts before the end of the year. 1Around 803,000 payments of $1100 each will reach California residents this month The latest batch includes 800,000 paper checks and 3,000 direct deposit payments. Those who qualify for the stimulus check will typically get it using the refund option selected on their tax return. Direct deposits typically show up in bank accounts within a few business days, while paper checks can take up to three weeks to arrive. To qualify for the Golden State Stimulus checks, Californians must meet the following criteria: You must have filed your 2020 taxes by October 15, 2021 Have a California Adjusted Gross Income (CA AGI) of $1 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year Have wages of $0 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year Be a California resident for more than half of the 2020 tax year Be a California...
    The day before Thanksgiving, Sayed Hofioni finally opened the door to his family’s new home. His daughters, Kowsar, 5, and Zainab, 3, rushed inside, eyes wide and giggling. His wife, bundling their 3-month-old baby in her arms, followed closely behind. It had been three months since they fled Afghanistan on a military plane — and almost as long that they had spent waiting in a single room at a Contra Costa County hotel. The small space grated on the entire family, and every day, Hofioni’s daughters would ask him: “Padar,” which means father in their native language Dari, “when are we moving out of here?” When the family finally found a home late last month in Antioch, the two-bedroom apartment before them felt unreal. “I saw a very good smile on my family’s faces,” said Hofioni, 55. “After everything we’ve been through, that was priceless.” The Hofionis are among hundreds of Afghans who have arrived in the Bay Area since August. When they first landed in California, they were greeted by resettlement agencies, non-profits and the county government, all of...
    SONORA (CBS13) – Police have arrested a student in Sonora for allegedly making threats against other students at the school. At approximately 12:24 p.m. Friday, the Sonora Police Department was told by Cassina High School administrators that a 17-year-old student had made threats to commit a shooting on campus, according to a Police Department statement. READ MORE: California Needs Volunteers: How You Can HelpPolice responded to the call, and following a preliminary investigation, arrested the suspect on suspicion of felony criminal threats. READ MORE: DAs, Retailers In California Calling For Tougher Retail Theft LawNo weapons were found on the student during a search. MORE NEWS: Citrus Heights Veteran's Missing Service Dog Found SafeThe student’s motives for making the threats are not clear at this point, and we will not be releasing further details.
    Legend has it a humanoid creature covered in fur inhabits the forested areas along the west coast of the northern US and although stories of this mythical monster have been told since the 1800s, no one has been able to prove its existence. The closest and most compelling evidence of Bigfoot was captured in 1967, when Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson shot footage of a furry figure walking through Bluff Creek in Northern California. The grainy, one-minute clip has sparked many investigations into its authenticity and DailyMail.com received an early look of the History Channel’s ‘The Proof is Out There’ that dissects the famous film with the hopes of solving the mystery – was the figure someone in a suit or really Bigfoot? ‘The Proof is Out There’ episode about Bigfoot will run tonight at 10pm ET. The show has brought on a team of experts to use the latest and greatest technology for this mission, including artificial intelligence and computer vision algorithms. ‘We are trying to figure out the origins of man, the big bang, evolution and if God...
    A British Snapchat engineer and his wife tried to save their baby daughter, who died of hyperthermia and probable dehydration, before they succumbed to high heat while on a remote California hiking trail hike last summer, according to a recent investigation.  Jonathan Gerrish, 45, Ellen Chung, 31, and their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, and dog, Oski, all died in the 100F heat, investigators had concluded after the tragic family was discovered in August. A survival trainer involved with the case wrote an email to detectives that the young couple likely died while attempting to save their infant daughter. 'Sadly, I believe they were caught off guard, and once they realized their situation, they died trying to save their child and each other,' the unidentified trainer wrote.  'It is likely the child began to succumb first, which hurried the parents' efforts up the hill. When one could no longer continue, they stayed behind to care for the child and pet, while the other tried to forge on and get help for their loved ones. It is a tragedy of the highest order.'  The...
    OVER the next two weeks, around 803,000 stimulus checks will reach Californians--and some residents' payments could already be on the way. 1.7million California stimulus checks are left to be paid out with eligible households receiving between $600 and $1,100 each. 1California stimulus checks will be released over the next two weeks The state plans to issue most payments under the Golden State Stimulus II program by the end of 2021. The latest batch includes 800,000 paper checks and 3,000 direct deposit payments. Those who qualify for the stimulus check will typically get it using the refund option selected on their tax return. Direct deposits typically show up in bank accounts within a few business days, while paper checks can take up to three weeks to arrive. To qualify for the Golden State Stimulus checks, Californians must meet the following criteria: You must have filed your 2020 taxes by October 15, 2021 Have a California Adjusted Gross Income (CA AGI) of $1 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year Have wages of $0 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year Be a...