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    It’s fun to brag about Southern California’s temperate climate — until a heat wave strikes. This past week, the region saw an unusual heat wave, with humid, almost monsoon-like conditions adding to the misery. It also rained Thursday for about five minutes. In the Antelope Valley, Lancaster hit 110 degrees on Friday, breaking the record of 108 for the...
    PACOIMA, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Communities across Southern California on Saturday gathered to mark Juneteenth, which this week became a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.In Pacoima, people gathered for a 2.5-mile long walk which mirrored similar events that took place across the country. Opal Lee, who is considered the grandmother of Juneteenth, was the...
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    Bill Maher criticized California on Friday for being the most heavily-regulated state in the nation yet failing to properly enforce laws that protect the state’s water resources. “We are the most regulated state in the nation with more than 395,000 regulatory restrictions,” Maher said on “Real Time With Bill Maher.” “It is a constant nightmare of inspectors and permits and...
    California is adopting former Donald Trump's plan to thin out the state's 33 million acres of forests with controlled burns and raking the woodland floor - after state officials essentially laughed off the former president's idea a few years ago. Trump had suggested in 2018 that the Golden State start sweeping its forest floors of debris that often aids in...
    About three-quarters of Californians 65 and older, who are the most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19, are fully inoculated against the virus and 92 percent have at least one shot, a significant milestone the week the state lifted most pandemic restrictions. Among Californians 12 and older — covering all those eligible for a shot — 70 percent have at least...
    California's Willow Fire exploded overnight, jumping from 750 acres on Friday afternoon to 2,000 acres early Saturday morning.  The blaze, located in Los Padres National Forest near Monterey County's Big Sur, began Thursday night shortly at 8:10 p.m. PT.  NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST: HEAT CONTINUES TO THREATEN WEST, TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS ISSUED FOR GULF COAST More than 300 firefighters from multiple...
    Twitter and the Democrat-run government of California are facing a lawsuit alleging that they colluded to suppress the First Amendment rights of Rogan O’Handley, a popular pro-Trump activist who was banned from the platform earlier this year. The complaint includes emails showing California officials directing Twitter to remove political commentary about the 2020 election from its platform. Twitter banned O’Handley,...
    For most families, a single high school or college graduation is a big deal worth celebrating.In one Southern California family, seven women each have something to be proud of - even if it took a moment for them to realize it."My sister is graduating, my niece is graduating, my daughters are graduating, my cousins are graduating.. It's like wow," said...
    'I think it's fair to say and fairly objective to say we don't want taxpayer money to fund illegality,' said tax law professor Samuel Brunson. A California man charged with joining anti-government extremists in rioting at the U.S. Capitol told the IRS last year that he formed a charity called...
    A Sheriff's deputy from Southern California is the subject of a criminal investigation after a video emerged of him kicking a suspect in the head after the man he was pursuing already appeared to have surrendered.  The violent interaction occurred on Wednesday and was captured on surveillance cameras located at a Toyota car dealership in Victorville, California, northeast of Los...
    With their long, pouched bills, giant wingspans and ability to dive 60 feet from the air into water to catch fish, pelicans are among the most recognizable birds in California. So who could be harming them? First came the disturbing reports of brown pelicans found near marinas with straight slashes across their pouches, prompting an investigation late last...
    ”Survey says” looks at various rankings and scorecards of geographic locations, noting that these grades are best seen as a mix of art and data. Buzz: California cities did fairly well in a recent ranking of family-friendly places to live, including two of the top three — Fremont and Irvine. But the statewide grade overall was just average. Source:...
    California reopened its economy last week, but life is nowhere near back to normal for tenants trying to make their rent payments. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature must extend the state’s eviction moratorium until the end of the year to prevent struggling Californians from becoming homeless or falling into levels of debt that will take years to overcome. If...
    For much of the pandemic, the San Francisco Bay Area managed to limit the spread of the coronavirus far more dramatically than Los Angeles County, which ended up as one of the nation’s hardest-hit regions. But in a sign of its dramatic recovery, L.A. County reported about two COVID-19 deaths a day over the past week, down from a...
    Over the past decade Californians have endured billions of dollars in property damage, skyrocketing firefighting costs and tragic deaths due to wildfires. Hotter and drier conditions linked to global climate change contribute to this crisis. As lawmakers wrestle with how to prevent and pay for these destructive disasters, there’s another crucial factor to consider — land-use policies. If state officials...
    Let’s be clear: The state budget the Legislature just passed is a payroll protection program — for the Legislature. But it’s also much more. And it doesn’t mean the budget should cynically be dismissed as a sham, the way it is in much of the media. It’s very real with many significant elements — like them or not. The payroll...
    After a year and a half of shuttered businesses, social distancing, and masking up, California is finally returning to normalcy. The Golden State, which implemented some of the strictest lockdown measures in the country since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020, fully reopened as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday. 'A LOT OF COWBOYS OUT HERE':...
    Extreme heat and drought in the West are sparking another intense wildfire season this year, intensifying debates around President Joe Biden's efforts to curb climate change and federal and state government forest management. More than 1 million acres have burned already this year, which is more than the United States saw by this time in 2020, according to the National...
    PETALUMA (KPIX) — Although the record-breaking heat wave eased slightly Friday, California ISO again issued a Flex Alert urging Californians to conserve power to relieve stress on the grid. Those conservation efforts went well and Cal ISO didn’t need to initiate power outages. In downtown Petaluma, people were enjoying the warm evening and trying to find ways to cool off....
    Meadow Walker attends the Universal Pictures "F9" World Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 18, 2021 in Hollywood, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Meadow Walker, 22, was present for Friday's premiere of the newest "Fast and Furious" movie. Her father, actor Paul Walker, died in a car accident seven years ago. "F9" star Vin Diesel is Meadow's godfather....
    As rising temperatures increase pressure on California's power grid, they're also being weaponized politically to put the heat on Gov. Gavin Newsom in his recall election."This is politics," said Raphe Sonenshein, the executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State Los Angeles. "Basically, they're trying to win and... if you see something on the horizon that could be...
    NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Hundreds of dolphins began to stampede next to a tour boat in Newport Beach Friday. The stampede was captured by Newport Whales which offers whale watching and dolphin tours all year in Southern California. READ MORE: Marcus Eriz, Wynne Lee Plead Not Guilty In Road Rage Shooting Death Of 6-Year-Old Aiden Leos The pod of around...
    A 54-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly throwing a bottle of water at California Gov. Gavin Newsom in Oakland on Thursday afternoon. The governor was in town promoting small businesses when the man approached him on Washington Street in Old Oakland and allegedly threw the bottle. CHP officers swooped in to remove the man, who was arrested on suspicion of...
    SACRAMENTO — California’s borrowing to pay unemployment benefits will balloon to $26.7 billion by the end of next year as state funds prove inadequate to cover the costs of unprecedented joblessness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report warns. Even as the economy is rebounding, unemployment remains high, and the debt is forecast to grow beyond the $24.3 billion...
    California police arrested a man who they described as "aggressive" following an interaction with Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia grid operator calls on residents to conserve electricity amid heat wave California hydroelectric plant expected to shut down for the first time in 50 years Beyond California, a record year for recalls MORE (D) during a visit to downtown Oakland on Thursday...
    A man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of assaulting Gov. Gavin Newsom in Oakland, California, according to authorities. While the governor was in downtown Oakland to show support for small businesses, Newsom was "approached by an aggressive individual," the California Highway Patrol, which provides security for the governor, said in a statement to the East Bay Times. GAVIN NEWSOM RAKES...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — As of May 2021, California has regained more than half of the 2.7 million jobs it lost at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday, a trend driven by restaurants and hotels hiring more people as the nation’s most populous state reopens its economy. Employers added 104,500 new jobs this May as California’s unemployment...
    New court documents reveal more details about a road rage shooting on a southern California highway that killed a 6-year-old boy while he was in his mother's vehicle last month.  Marcus Eriz, 24, appeared in court via video conference on Friday and pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and a felony count of discharge of a firearm at...
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    SACRAMENTO (AP) — California has regained more than half of the 2.7 million jobs it lost at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday, a trend driven by restaurants and hotels hiring more people as the nation’s most populous state reopens its economy. Employers added 104,500 new jobs in May as California’s unemployment rate dipped slightly to 7.9%...
    Tucker Carlson tried to claim that liberals are fleeing big states to move to the Mountain West, when the reality is that right-wing white flight from urban areas has transformed those states politically. Tucker Carlson has become a relentless promoter of his twisted-bowtie version of the white nationalist “replacement theory” of immigration—namely, that Democrats are deliberately opening the national gates to...
    Richard Van Horn, the Episcopal priest who helped revolutionized California’s approach to mental illness and became a dogged and skillful advocate for the mentally ill, has died at his home in Los Angeles. Van Horn died June 15 at age 81, said his stepson Mark Slavkin. For more than 30 years, Van Horn played a leadership role in efforts...
    Extreme heat warnings have been issued for five states in the southwestern U.S., where triple-digit temperatures have been shattering records throughout the week. Residents are doing whatever they can to avoid the unrelenting heat.  Temperatures reached 107 degrees in Salt Lake City, Utah, while Las Vegas, Nevada, saw 116 degree heat. Palm Springs, California, matched its all-time high of 123...
    A man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting Gov. Gavin Newsom during his visit to downtown Oakland, authorities said Friday. Newsom was walking to a barbershop and pizzeria in Old Oakland to promote small businesses when he was “approached by an aggressive individual,” said Fran Clader, director of communications for the California Highway Patrol, which provides security for the...
    Porsche will not sell a stick-shift version of its new 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring in the state of California because the manual version of the roadster is too noisy. The company buried the news at the bottom of a press release showcasing the latest coupe. But it is only in the state of California the manual version of the car...
    California health officials on Friday introduced a system for residents to obtain a digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccine record, which can be used at businesses or events that require individuals to provide proof of vaccination. To access their information, residents can enter into a state website their name, date of birth and cell phone number or email address in...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — California will stop giving unemployment benefits to people who are not actively applying for jobs, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration has announced. Federal law requires people who are out of work to be actively looking for jobs to be eligible for unemployment benefits. But the federal government let states waive that requirement during the pandemic because so...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — As both summer and the scheduling of a recall election date loom, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to make sure Californians know about the cash payments and prize money he is doling out in his first television recall campaign ad. Newsom will face a recall at the ballot box sometime this fall, but the date has yet...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general launched new anti-human trafficking teams to apprehend perpetrators and support survivors on Friday amid an alarming increase in labor and sexual exploitation statewide during the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s lockdown exacerbated problems with human trafficking, officials said Friday, and made it much harder for victims to escape and find housing and other...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom was reportedly approached in an aggressive manner by a man in Oakland on Friday, with authorities arresting the individual in question. The California Highway Patrol confirmed in a statement to Fox News that Newsom was approached by an "aggressive individual," and his security team removed him from the situation. The agency is investigating the incident. CALIFORNIA...
    CALIFORNIA Governor Gavin Newsom has reportedly been assaulted by an "aggressive" man during his visit to downtown Oakland. Authorities have arrested a man they suspect of assaulting the governor, who was walking to a barbershop and pizzeria in Old Oakland to promote small businesses. 1Moments before he was attacked, Newsom enjoyed a slice at Graffiti Pizza in downtown OaklandCredit: Ray...
    California has added jobs at a torrid rate since the beginning of the year, but the state’s economy has a long way to go before it recovers its pre-pandemic prosperity. May was the fourth month that Golden State payrolls grew by more than 100,000 jobs — a faster post-recession rate than in any previous recovery. But just 51.8% of the...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general launched new anti-human trafficking teams to apprehend perpetrators and support survivors on Friday amid an alarming increase in labor and sexual exploitation statewide during the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s lockdown exacerbated problems with human trafficking, officials said Friday, and made it much harder for victims to escape and find housing and other...
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    Minutes after California launched its new online vaccine verification system, reports of issues and inaccuracies started to come in.Several staffers on our own team noticed problems, some never receiving an email, some receiving a message that their information doesn't match the state's records. Others' digital verifications were inaccurate, showing only one dose received when they actually had two. One producer...
    The state is calling it a "Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record." Not quite a vaccine "passport" as others have named theirs, but this should come in handy when we all inevitably misplace those standard paper vaccine cards.Meanwhile, the CDC director, Rochelle Walensky has advised that she expects the new delta variant (first detected in India) will become the dominant coronavirus strain...
    The Southern California couple charged in connection to the death of a 6-year-old boy during a road rage shooting that elicited widespread public outrage pleaded not guilty Friday. Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, is charged with murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle stemming from the May 21 death of Aiden Leos. Wynne Lee, 23, faces the accessory charge and a...