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    LANCASTER, Calif. (CNS) -- Elected officials are speaking out against a judge's decision to allow a sexually violent predator to reside in the Antelope Valley.Lawtis Rhoden, 72, was either convicted or pleaded guilty to multiple child rapes and other sexual assaults in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties and Nashville, Tennessee, beginning in 1969.He was committed to California's Department of State Hospitals after spending nearly 20 years in state prison. The Orange County Superior Court found him suitable for supervised release in 2019, setting off a long process in which officials worked to find a location for him to reside amid predictable opposition from residents and politicians.Orange County Superior Court Judge Megan Wagner ruled Friday that Rhoden will be placed in the Antelope Valley under supervised release."With this ruling, Judge Wagner has made a decision that blatantly dismissed the concerns voiced by the community. I am frustrated and feel the concerns of my constituents fell on deaf ears,'' Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said on Friday.READ ALSO | Inland Empire residents concerned about potential relocation of 'sexually violent...
    SINGLE taxpayers in one state may be in line to receive a $200 Christmas bonus. The legislation was proposed by Republicans in Illinois' House of Representatives. 1Illinois single filers may receive $200 this holiday season If approved, those single filers making less than $75,000 would receive $200, while joint filers earning less than $150,000 would receive $400, according to WCIA. This could cost the state nearly $1.4billion, Entrepreneur reports. But the state could rely on funds from President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan to support the bill. "$400 won't make all the problems go away but it could have a positive impact," GOP State Representative Tom Demmer said. "It could be an extra week or two of groceries, it could be a few extra utility bills or it could make the difference between being able to buy new shoes or winter coats for your kids." Additional eligibility details are forthcoming, pending the bill's approval. Illinois joins a handful of other states in working to provide aid to residents during the holiday season. Most read in MoneyMONEY BAGS New 'stimulus' check to be sent...
    Sustainability session The Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association is hosting a virtual presentation on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8:30 a.m. by Elaine Marshall, Milpitas deputy planning director, to discuss the city’s proposed Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP incorporates best practices to produce a blueprint for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The state has mandated that California reach carbon neutrality by 2045. For more information on the CAP, visit https://climateactionmilpitas.org/home. RSVP to info@sunnyhillsneighborhood.org to get the meeting link. Unsung heroes honored Seven Milpitas residents and one volunteer group were among 36 “unsung heroes” of state Assembly District 25 honored Nov. 20 at an awards ceremony, hosted by Assemblymember Alex Lee. Honorees were nominated by local community leaders who witnessed the direct impact of their work. Milpitas honorees are: Yolie Garcia and Lisa Moreno, co-founders of Hope for the Unhoused, a nonprofit that provides unhoused residents with food and other essential items; Ismaili CIVIC Volunteers, who donate food to the Milpitas Food Pantry and Second Harvest Food Bank. During the pandemic, they donated blankets and personal protective equipment, and put together care...
    Brunswick, Georgia (CNN)Carrying signs that read "Justice for Ahmaud," the demonstrators marched past majestic live oaks draped with Spanish moss. They chanted Ahmaud Arbery's name as they wound through the streets, past a hardware store, several homes, a convenience store. They rounded the corner by the floral shop, calling for those watching from the sidewalk to join them.They soon stopped on a lawn of the Brunswick African American Cultural Center, 10 miles from the residential block where Arbery was shot to death. It was the fifth day of testimony in the trial of the White men accused of killing the Black jogger, and dozens of people had gathered for a march that started outside the Glynn County courthouse.At the cultural center, where a mural of Arbery's smiling face sits against a blue and yellow backdrop, Annie Polite took a break, sitting down in her walker."The system has got to change," the 87-year-old Black woman said. "It's not fair. There's no justice in what goes on behind close doors. We all deserve equal justice."Annie Polite poses for a portrait outside the...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The city of Oakland opened a new tiny home community near Lake Merritt. "Lakeview Village" at East 12th St. and 2nd Avenue will provide transitional housing for those already living in the area in nearby tent encampments.The rainy weather seemed an appropriate backdrop to illustrate the need for the new village in Oakland.RELATED: What it's like at the newest (and most colorful) tiny home village for unhoused young people in Oakland"Lakeview Village" will provide warmth and shelter, and a measure of safety, to 65 unhoused residents currently living in nearby tent encampments."This is a really important homeless intervention because the winter is upon us, the rains are upon us," said Oakland City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas. "We need to get people off our streets and into these shelters."By the most recent estimate, more than 4,000 unhoused people live in Oakland, in conditions often much worse than this new community can provide."I've done a lot of winters out here," said Nino Parker, who told us he founded the tent encampment at the site in 2018. "This...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A longtime pharmacy in New York City is set to close, but not without a fight. Less than a block from Constance Stellas’ Hell’s Kitchen home is a pharmacy she relies on. READ MORE: Storm Topples Large Tree Onto Car In Jackson Heights, Queens; Hollis Residents Remain Mindful Of Prior Storm DevastationThe Duane Reade/Walgreens on Ninth Avenue near West 44th Street started as an independent drug store dating back to the mid-1980s. Now, it’s closing. “It’s inhumane for the residents of the neighborhood,” Stellas told CBS2’s Dave Carlin. Executives at Walgreens confirm the closing, saying customers can shop at a soon-to-open, much larger location on Eighth Avenue at West 44th. Some say extra steps and unfamiliar staff are bitter pills to swallow. “To walk there, it’s a little bit precarious,” Stellas said. “It’s going to be very inconvenient,” Hell’s Kitchen resident Rick Bogart said. The fight to keep the store open has the support of State Sen. Brad Hoylman and other politicians, who signed a letter to the President of Walgreens, John Standley, and have not...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Apparently, Baltimore is pumped for pumpkins. LawnStarter, a website made to help people find lawn care, compared nearly 200 of the biggest U.S. cities to rank 2021’s Best Cities for Pumpkin Lovers. Out of 197 cities, Charm City ranked No. 14 on the list. READ MORE: Rash Field Park To Reopen In November Following RenovationsThe website ranked the cities based on accessibility and popularity using these factors: Number of pumpkin patches Farmers Markets per 100,000 Residents Bakeries per 100,000 Residents Coffee Shops per 100,000 Residents Average Monthly Google Searches for “Pumpkins” and “Pumpkin Spice” Over October Number of Pumpkin Festivals and Events Baltimore ranked No. 64 in accessibility out of 197 cities, meaning there aren’t that many pumpkin patches and bakeries around here. But the city ranked No. 8 in popularity, meaning Baltimoreans were searching frequently for “pumpkins” and “pumpkin spice,” far more than most other cities. The combined popularity and access scores got our combined ranking of 14. Do you agree that the city is full of pumpkin lovers? READ MORE: Maryland Ranks No. 11...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A group of Republicans out in Western Maryland want out of our state. They’ve written letters to West Virginia leaders asking them to adopt their counties, calling the arrangement mutually beneficial. People can’t stop talking about it. READ MORE: Aromatherapy Spray Linked To US Deaths Faces Recall“Let’s go for it,” said Christina Smith-Cessna of Hagerstown. Last week, a group of Republican lawmakers, one senator, and five delegates who represent Allegany, Washington and Garrett counties, sent a letter to West Virginia state leaders asking them to adopt their counties. “You sure as dickens won’t ever regret it!” said Gov. Jim Justice. The governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice, is welcoming the idea with open arms. “Why in the world wouldn’t you want to come? Absolutely, without any question the invitation is wide open,” said Gov. Justice. The push comes after local leaders say they don’t feel heard in Annapolis and often feel forgotten about. In the letter, they said “the arrangement would be mutually beneficial” and asked what the next steps would be to make the deal happen....
    Take yourself into the mind of a progressive for a moment. Your primary concern is wealth inequality, and you think the tax code is irredeemably rigged in favor of the wealthy. You have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass partisan legislation, but are limited in how much you can “spend.” How much, then, do you “spend” on a tax change for which less than four percent of the benefit goes to the bottom 80 percent of taxpayers by adjusted gross income? Keep in mind that 98.6% of taxpayers with incomes below $100,000 per year would receive absolutely no benefit from this change. Meanwhile, the top one percent would see more than half of the benefit. If you have a shred of intellectual honesty, the answer is obvious. This tax change should never have been in the cards in the first place — and as negotiations become even more serious with senators concerned about the high cumulative budget impact of your proposals, a provision uncapping the state and local tax (SALT) deduction certainly should have been the first one to go. It...
    SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Light rain moved into the North Bay Tuesday evening, launching a series of storms that's expected to last through the week."This is amazing, we feel so much better now that it's raining," said Antonia Knight, who huddled with her friends under the Sonoma County sprinkles."We have planned this whole girl's date just for the rain. We're going out to watch a spooky movie after this because we're that obsessed with the fall weather," she said.RELATED: Series of storms heading to Bay Area to bring 7 days of rainWhen asked why the women didn't have any rain gear, Sebastopol resident, Lily Barker said, "We like to feel it. The feeling when the rain hits your skin, it's a good feeling."There was some rain gear present in Downtown Santa Rosa in anticipation of this week's weather."Fingers crossed, we were hoping for it," said Sonoma County resident, Janet Souza, who shared an umbrella with her husband Tim Souza."It's great, I can turn off my sprinklers for my lawn. I don't have to water them anymore," explained Tim."Maybe eliminate...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and other state lawmakers created a task force to study how best to provide reparations to black persons now may expand benefits beyond those with ancestors who were slaves to people who have faced other alleged injustices after slavery was abolished. One year after the task force was formed, details of what is being considered are coming to light including divergent points of view where a direct ancestral link to slaves would be required to receive reparations for any black residents who have allegedly suffered “vestiges of slavery, from housing discrimination to unequal public education and mass incarceration.” Newsom and legislators gave the task force a mission: “Develop reparation proposals for African Americans, with a special consideration for African Americans who are descendants of persons enslaved in the United States.” The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the information coming out about the process so far: But that seemingly straightforward charge has proven complicated as the nine-member panel debates to what degree reparations should be extended to the countless Black Californians whose families came to the...
    The fourth wave of the pandemic over the summer, fueled by the Delta variant, saw some U.S. states experience their highest rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths ever. Health officials - and others in the mainstream media - have said unvaccinated people were responsible for the surge. Some in the mainstream media, such as CNN White House reporter Stephen Collinson in an article published on Tuesday, blamed conservatives in particular.  But are red state residents really to blame? The short answer: Yes, but not entirely. Republicans have been much less likely than Democrats to get vaccinated with the gap only widening as the pandemic has gone on. They are not the only group with stagnating vaccination rates, however. Black Americans have been consistently less likely than whites to receive COVID-19 shots and Caucasians have had higher rates than African-Americans in most states reporting breakdown by race/ethnicity. Several mainstream media outlets have recently said unvaccinated conservatives were responsible for the Delta surge over the summer (above), but a DailyMail.com analysis find that's not entirely the case  Republicans have been less...
    SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Approximately 25,000 PG&E customers are scheduled to lose power Monday morning.Solano County is the second county on PG&E's list with the largest number of customers who will be impacted by the latest PSPS event.RELATED: PG&E warns of possible power shutoff for 22 counties, 25K customers in California starting MondayCharlie Beck is getting work done with the last hours of electricity before he wakes up to a dark house."It's unfortunate that we are in a total underground area and there are no overhead lines in this area at all, and yet we are going to lose power," said Beck.The longest PG&E shutoff he has experienced lasted 90 hours. This time he is ready. A month ago, he bought a generator."I just bought the gasoline and put in the oil in it and fired it up this afternoon. It's all ready to go if the power goes off. It's supposed to go off at six in the morning and maybe until tomorrow evening," said Beck.PG&E Power Outages: How to prepare for shut off EMBED More News Videos...
    Emergency prep Two upcoming emergency preparedness drills will give residents the opportunity to make plans for different types of disasters. On Thursday, Oct. 21, at 10:21 a.m., the town is participating in the “Great Shakeout” earthquake drill. To sign up, visit https://bit.ly/2021GreatShakeOut. On Nov. 3, San Jose Water and the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Community Emergency Response Team are holding an emergency water drive-through distribution test exercise. During the drill, emergency responders will hand out free water to participants at Los Gatos Calvary Church from 10 a.m. to noon. To sign up, visit https://tinyurl.com/waterpracticeLG. Serve the town The Town of Los Gatos has a slate of volunteer opportunities for residents to serve on boards, commissions and committees. There are vacant seats on 10 groups, including the Arts and Culture Commission, the Finance Commission, the Library Board, the Parks Commission and the Planning Commission. To apply, visit https://tinyurl.com/LGBoardsandCommissions by Dec. 3. Housing meeting The first meeting of the Town’s Housing Element Advisory Board is set for Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. The board helps shape the town’s housing policy, particularly...
    CLIFTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The winning numbers have been drawn in a massive Powerball jackpot worth nearly $700 million. They are: 12, 22, 54, 66, 69 and Powerball 15. READ MORE: Woman Pushed Into Arriving Train At Times Square Subway StationPeople were out Monday night until the last minute grabbing tickets. Although it has been a waiting game, their mindset is somebody has to win eventually, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported. “I don’t want to show my numbers, but it’s the winning ticket,” Clifton resident Choisette Hargon said. Each player prayed the jackpot will end up in their hands — a whopping $685 million. If there is a winner and that person takes the cash option, that’s $485 million before taxes. “It’s outrageous and it’s at a point where you at least gotta try your luck,” said Danielle Espinoza of Clifton. Espinoza tried her luck giving it a shot at a Quick Mart in clifton and there’s a reason. In January, it sold two winning tickets, including a jackpot prize. The store’s Rajesh Patel said, “$1 million and $23 million same...
    SUNNYVALE, Calif. (KGO) -- Two South Bay residents are being recognized for their life-changing work to Build a Better Bay Area.The MacArthur Genius Grant is a prestigious award that highlights the best and brightest across the United States.These filmmakers, scientists, writers, historians and artists are exceptionally creative visionaries inspiring change.RELATED: Athlete and quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon inspires students in SFAmongst the group is Palo Alto's Michelle Monje and Sunnyvale's Joshua Miele."What this class of fellows are each doing in their own fields is really so important," Stanford University Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences Dr. Michelle Monje said. "It gives me hope for the future. This is a group of people who are making the world a better place and I'm enormously grateful to be counted among them."Dr. Monje and Miele each will receive $625,000 to continue their work.VIDEO: MacArthur 'genius grant' winner from San Jose seeks to reform criminal justiceEMBED More News Videos "What we developed was a way to layer the criminal justice system with the power of community organizing." Raj Jayadev co-founded an organization called Silicon...
    Heart-stopping footage has caught the moment a pet puppy was rescued after being kidnapped and held hostage for three days by a wild monkey.   The two-week-old black and white puppy, named Saru, was grabbed by the primate and taken to the top of an electricity post in Taman Lestari Putra, Malaysia on September 16. Residents noticed the hostage situation and began gathering at the location. They said the monkey was part of a wild monkey gang known for stealing food from houses and now suspected of taking people's pets. Concerned residents finally rescued the pooch three days later on September 18 by scaring the monkey until it dropped it into bushes below. The monkey then made an escape into the trees. The two-week-old black and white puppy, named Saru, was grabbed by the primate and taken to the top of an electricity post in Taman Lestari Putra, Malaysia on September 16 Footage shows the residents throwing firecrackers on the ground to make a loud noise which would scare the monkey.  The monkey is startled by the bang and...
    FIVE zebras have been on the loose in a Maryland town for a week after reportedly escaping from a nearby farm. Locals reported seeing the striped animals roaming in their backyards in the area of Upper Marlboro, about 20 miles from Washington, DC. 2A group of zebras is on the loose in MarylandCredit: NBC 2It's unclear at this time how the animals escapedCredit: NBC Three of the zebras were first reported to authorities on August 31 after residents spotted them. They appear to have escaped from a nearby farm owned by a man named Jerry Holly. Holly is legally licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep 39 zebras, according to NBC. At this time, it's not exactly clear how the roamers managed to escape. Rodney Taylor, chief of Prince George’s County Animal Services Division, told the outlet that the animals were brought to Holly's farm shortly before they escaped. While it's not clear how the zebras escaped, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) wants locals to know she was not involved. "Local news has reported that the...
    New Orleans Mayor LaToya CantrellLaToya CantrellNew Orleans mayor to evacuated residents: 'You can come home' Dozens arrested for looting in New Orleans after Hurricane Ida Biden to reprise 'consoler in chief' role with Louisiana trip MORE (D) vowed accountability “across the board” after five people were found dead in senior apartment complexes after Hurricane Ida. Cantrell made the comment in a news conference on Monday, a day after the city disclosed the deaths after evacuating eight facilities. The deaths are under investigation by the state coroner’s office. “What we found was unacceptable and accountability will be across the board,” Cantrell said. “But right now we will remain focused on improving the conditions in the facilities that we closed in order to bring our seniors back. We do not want to bring them back in those conditions that they left,” she continued. In a statement on Sunday, the city of New Orleans said it evacuated the facilities the previous day, after post-Hurricane Ida wellness checks revealed that the complexes were unsafe to live in. The city said the...
    By Oscar Holland, CNN The cleanliness of Tokyo, the diversity of New York and the social services of Stockholm: Billionaire Marc Lore has outlined his vision for a 5-million-person “new city in America” and appointed a world-famous architect to design it. Now, he just needs somewhere to build it — and $400 billion in funding. The former Walmart executive last week unveiled plans for Telosa, a sustainable metropolis that he hopes to create, from scratch, in the American desert. The ambitious 150,000-acre proposal promises eco-friendly architecture, sustainable energy production and a purportedly drought-resistant water system. A so-called “15-minute city design” will allow residents to access their workplaces, schools and amenities within a quarter-hour commute of their homes. Although planners are still scouting for locations, possible targets include Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Texas and the Appalachian region, according to the project’s official website. The announcement was accompanied by a series of digital renderings by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the architecture firm hired to bring Lore’s utopian dream to life. The images show residential buildings covered with greenery and imagined residents enjoying...
    Flash flood warnings have been issued for parishes around New Orleans where half a million people are still without power following Hurricane Ida.   Louisiana residents clearing away wreckage from the devastating storm amid temperatures in the 90's have been issued a flash flood watch until late Monday night.  One to four inches of storm water are forecast for areas in the south east of the state.  But the National Weather Service has warned that debris from last Sunday's Category 4 storm could block storm drains, while saturated soil will not absorb any more rain.  The National Weather Service has urged residents to seek out higher ground, stay vigilant after nightfall when flood dangers are harder to spot and to never walk or drive through floodwaters With soils already saturated from last week's storm, any rainfall will run off, according to the National Weather Service Debris from last Sunday's Category 4 storm could block storm drains, New Orleans officials warn, exacerbating the effects of the one to four inches of storm water forecasted for spots throughout the state...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh was named one of the best cities for beer lovers. READ MORE: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Joins Hunger Action Month Campaign Relocation business Move.org ranks Pittsburgh as the tenth beer capital in the country. With 26 breweries, Move.org says Pittsburgh has 8.69 breweries per 100,000 residents. At the top of the list: Portland, Denver and Cincinnati. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Ranks 57th On List Of Best Cities To Drive In The report compared the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. and ranked them according to how many breweries they have per 100,000 residents. The worst cities for beer lovers? North Las Vegas, Laredo and New York. MORE NEWS: Nearly 9 Million People Lose Unemployment Benefits On Labor Day Now Move.org is looking for a “chief beer baron.” You can learn how to apply here.
    A new construction project from Mohamed Hadid has been causing problems for local residents - just months after the real estate developer tried to sell a half-built mega-mansion he had been ordered to tear down over safety concerns. Hadid, the father of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, has started construction on  a new Beverly Hills property overlooking Coldwater Canyon with an asking price of $250 million. The 38-acre site at 9650 Cedarbrook Drive is the largest home ever permitted in Los Angeles County and would become the most expensive residential home ever sold in California if it meets the high asking price, as noted by Forbes Global Properties. Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show that construction of the nearly 80,000 square-foot mansion has already closed certain hiking trails in the area. Heavy machinery can be seen on the property, as well as the home's completed foundation. A sign posted at one of the trailheads reads, 'NOTICE: Trail closed by developer Mohamed Hadid. Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy & MRCA sued to keep this trail open but lost at the Court of Appeal.' Hillsides Against Hadid blasted Mohamed...
    The Governor of the State of Louisiana, John bel edwars, declared this Sunday that he has already deployed the state National Guard to try to respond to the complicated situation due to the arrival of Hurricane Ida, which is in category 4. During a press conference, Edwars reported that more than 4,000 guards are ready to serve, and added that wild and fishing agents are “available” to carry out rescue actions. For rescue operations, the governor indicated that the state has 195 offshore vehicles, 73 rescue vehicles and 34 helicopters that were installed throughout southern Louisiana with the goal of supporting rescue, tracking and evacuation missions as needed. He warned the citizens of the state that they must be vigilant and prepared to take refuge during the next 72 hours and stressed the complicated conditions that first responders will have for their work, reported Fox News. “You cannot operate these boats or offshore vehicles in these conditions and you cannot send a lifeguard if you are going to put the lifeguard in a bad situation.”Edwars clarified. “This is why...
    Shannon Road improvements The Town of Los Gatos held a community meeting this week to hear feedback on the proposals for the Shannon Pedestrian and Bikeway Improvement Project. The project is part of Connect Los Gatos, an initiative that aims to create more paths for pedestrians and cyclists. The project focuses on the stretch of Shannon Road between Los Gatos Boulevard and Cherry Blossom Lane. The next community meeting will take place the week of Sept. 20. Town staff meetings Los Gatos residents can once again meet with town staff face to face starting Monday, Aug. 30. All public counters in town offices will once again be open, with new public health protocols in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Face masks are required when visiting a public counter, but staff will provide them—along with hand sanitizer—to residents who don’t have their own. Smokin’ survey Town officials are asking residents for feedback on cannabis businesses looking to set up shop in Los Gatos. A new survey is open through Sept. 15 for residents to learn more about...
    While the COVID-19 crisis has delivered some devastating economic blows, there is support for pet owners who are struggling financially. Resources are available for pet owners in need so that you and your pet can remain together in times of crises. Here is a list of a few of the resources available that can help you or others who may be struggling to care for your four legged friends. Pet food pantries Humane Society Silicon Valley: Open to Santa Clara County residents. You must fill out an online application and be qualified to participate. Food is distributed every 30 days during designated hours: noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information, email petpantry@hssv.org or call 408-262-2133 ext. 110. East Bay SPCA: Drive-through pet food pantry held every other Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or while supplies last, 410 Hegenberger Road, Oakland. Offers cat and dog food to pet parents in need. Pet parents must stay in their car and wear a mask while driving through. Alameda Animal Shelter: Open...
    Blood drive The American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region is requesting blood and platelet donations ahead of what will likely be a destructive wildfire season in California. Red Cross leaders say destructive natural disasters can increase demand for blood donations while simultaneously making it harder for donors to give blood. On Aug. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Red Cross staff will be taking blood donations at Bay Club Courtside, 14675 S Winchester Blvd. Los Gatos residents can complete the required pre-donation questionnaire at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass. NUMU news New Museum Los Gatos has announced new operating hours and some updates to their public exhibitions. The museum is now open to the public Thursdays through Sundays. On Friday, Aug. 27, the museum’s “Carrying Stones” series by Sawer Rose will get two new works of art. On Thursday, Sept. 2, museum staff will introduce the Los Gatos History Project, a series highlighting “untold stories” from local history. Housing advice sought Town officials are calling for applicants to join the Housing Element Advisory Board, which will help analyze Los Gatos’ housing stock and set housing...
    COLFAX (CBS13) – The River Fire burned through Nevada and Placer counties. While fire crews continue to get the wildland blaze under control, families are being allowed to return home, including neighbors like the McGuire family. “It was kind of amazing. We were told it was gone and then we got a call it was saved,” said Colfax resident Mindee McGuire. READ MORE: Domestic Violence Suspect Still At Large After Hours-Long Standoff In Roseville With dry conditions and plenty to burn, cal fire tells us the river fire exploded with ease, adding another unpredictable fire to 2021 ‘s season. “The River Fire moved very quickly,” said Cal Fire Division Chief Mike Rufenacht. Of the 10 largest wildfires in California history, five occurred in 2020. We asked Rufenacht if this year’s fire season will be worse. “We’re always planning for the next fire season to be worse than the last. That’s just what we do,” he said. Crews were pulled from the massive Dixie Fire to fight the River Fire. “Our crews are very tired,” said Rufenacht. READ MORE: Calaveras County...
    More On: bike lanes Cyclists put the pedal to the metal after pandemic biking surge Brooklyn Bridge traffic-to-bike lane conversion begins Monday De Blasio wants to swap car lanes for bike lanes on these NYC bridges Majority of NYC residents support bus and bike lanes, poll shows Boasting two Ivy League degrees, Henry “Hank” Gutman recently retired as partner from the Simpson Thacher & Bartlett law firm, one of the top ten most profitable in the country. He also recently became NYC’s transportation commissioner.  Upon appointment, Gutman promised 10,000 new bicycle racks by 2022, triple the city’s current target. For this, he was hailed by Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets, both pro-bicycle, anti-car activist groups. Hank and his wife are longtime residents of the tony, affluent neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights — a place of much charm, where obsessions like bike lanes are as “virtuous” as they are First World.  Forty-five minutes away by subway, along 8th Avenue in Sunset Park, is Brooklyn’s Chinatown, created by immigrants scraping together a living in an area hollowed out by the...
    Desi Comedy Fest The Desi Comedy Fest is making a stop in Milpitas Aug. 15 for a show at the India Community Center. The show features 16 comedians of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan descent. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the India Community Center, 525 Los Coches St. Tickets are $50 at https://desicomedyfest.eventbrite.com. The full lineup and information about the comedians, visit www.DesiComedyFest.com Clean-up day The City of Milpitas, together with Milpitas Sanitation, is holding a Neighborhood Clean-Up Day Aug. 28 at Cardoza Park, 1525 Kennedy Drive, to provide debris bins for residents who want to dispose of large and/or bulky items. The event is open to all Milpitas residents by appointment only. Contact MilpitasRecycles@ci.milpitas.ca.gov with the following information: name, email, phone number, address and items planned for disposal. For more information, visit https://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/milpitas-large-item-pickup-and-cleanups. Safe at Home Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley has restarted its Safe at Home program after the pandemic brought it to a halt. Designed by the nonprofit’s construction services team, the program sees groups of volunteers tackle home repair and maintenance issues that may otherwise present a...
    Israel has become the first country to offer its older residents a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine over concerns of the spread of the delta variant. The country will begin Sunday offering residents who are 60-years-old and older who are five months out from their last dose the third Pfizer shot, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced Thursday after a committee of health officials recommended the booster 56 to 1. Israeli President Isaac Herzog will be the first to receive a third dose Friday morning, Bennett said. “Reality proves that the vaccines are safe and that they protect people from major illness and death,” Bennett said. “Just like other vaccines that need to be renewed from time to time. Also here within several days after receiving the third jab your body receives a very strong defense.” “I call upon all the elderly who received the second dose, go get the booster, take care of yourself, take care of your loved ones,” he added. Bennett said his first phone call after the announcement would be to his mother to...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Stands against violence. This weekend, Chicago’s top cop has been hitting the streets for peace walks, just weeks after facing ire from aldermen over his handling of the violence in Chicago this summer. CBS 2’s Marissa Parra has been tracking the different events across the city. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Severe Thunderstorm Warning; Strong Winds And Hail Possible It’s no secret that everyone has different ideas for how to stop the complex issue that is gun violence; on a federal, local and street level. But the message today was clear: breaking the cycle of violence will take a village. On streets that have seen blood, sweat, and tears, police officers, Supt. David Brown, city leaders, and West Side residents joined the “Keep Peace in the Streets Prayer March,” with a message for the community: “put the guns down” and “we love you.” It’s a message that hit home for mom Laquesha Guider as she drove past the crowd. “It gives me hope that one day the community will be back to normal, and that my son won’t...
    Young, unvaccinated people dying from COVID-19 say they wish they had received the coronavirus jab, one Alabama doctor claims.   Dr. Brytney Cobia, who works at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, made the assertion in a devastating Facebook post published on Sunday.  'I'm admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections. One of the last things they do before they're intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I'm sorry, but it's too late,' Cobia wrote in the post, which has since been shared more than 700 times.    'A few days later when I call time of death, I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honor their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same.'  Dr. Brytney Cobia, who works at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, claims young unvaccinated COVID-19 victims wish they had received the coronavirus jab  Cobia says young patients are being hooked up to ventilators as they battle the coronavirus (stock...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Cleaning crews will begin assisting Detroit’s most vulnerable residents impacted by the flooding that happened on June 26. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department finalized contracts over the weekend with seven companies to clean and sanitize those basements. READ MORE: Heres What Happened During Day 1 Of The Flint Water Crisis Settlement Hearing Landlords, per city ordinance, are required to clean their rental properties and will begin to face fines Tuesday, July 20, if they have not made the living conditions safe. “Our responsibility is to help our most vulnerable residents during any crisis, and the flooding is no different,” said Mayor Duggan. “We have taken steps to get crews ready this week. And, our renters have the right to live in a safe environment with hot water and a working furnace. We will make sure that landlords in our city are held accountable.” Residents who have the ability to clean their basements should have done so already or should immediately. READ MORE: Panel Under Court Order OKs Effort To Kill Michigan Pandemic Law In addition to...
    Residents of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, home of Spaceport America, file into a watch party for the VSS Unity's inaugural fully crewed flight. Heather Schlitz/Business Insider Residents of Truth or Consequences, the site of Spaceport America, have big hopes for space tourism. About 200 residents attended a watch party Sunday to witness Virgin Galactic's first fully crewed flight to the edge of space. Residents hope the budding Spaceport will bring jobs, tourism and revenue to the struggling city. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. At 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, residents of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, began filling into a dimly lit auditorium for a watch party of Virgin Galactic's flight to the edge of space, with expectations soaring about what the successful trip could mean for their future.Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic's launch site, is located on the outskirts of Truth or Consequences, a desert city of about 6,400 people. Residents have waited with anticipation for years to see a successful launch of a fully crewed space plane from Spaceport America-- marking the start of a...
    Disneyland is bringing back discounted multi-day ticket offers for California residents in the middle of summer just as demand has begun to soften following an initial surge in sales when the Anaheim theme park reopened after a 412-day coronavirus closure. Beginning today, July 6, Californians can purchase $249 three-day single-park tickets that allow access to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure or $304 three-day parkhopper tickets that will get them into both parks on a single day. That’s a pretty good deal for the typically pricey tickets, with the single-park discount tickets running $83 per day and the discounted parkhoppers costing $101 per day. By comparison, a single-day Tier 1 ticket costs $104 while a parkhopper will set you back $159. The highest-priced Tier 5 tickets cost $149 for a single park and $209 for a parkhopper. Disneyland typically offers Southern California resident discounts just as the Christmas holiday decorations get put away for another season and the slower winter months begin. But this year is different — like everything else involving the pandemic. The 2021 discount tickets are being...
    LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE (CBSLA) — Fire chiefs from five counties have made an unprecedented appeal to Southern California residents to get ready now for what could be the worst fire season ever. Properties around La Cañada Flintridge are now neatly manicured because there’s a price to pay if you don’t. READ MORE: LAPD Investigating After Man Found Dead At Venice Beach Boardwalk Encampment The area was hit hard by the Station Fire in 2009 and since then, an aggressive fire prevention program has been in place. Homes that don’t have enough brush clearance can get fined for the danger it can pose to fire-prone areas. During a news conference in La Cañada Flintridge, they said we may be in for one of the worst fire seasons on record. READ MORE: Man Injured After Jumping Out Of Airplane Taxiing At LAX “We’re in for a long haul, I fear,” said Chief Brian Fennessy of the O.C. Fire Authority. L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby also said there are some other concerns with the level of precipitation. “Los Angeles County and the southern...
    WOODRIDGE (CBS) — A few days after a major tornado destroyed or damaged more than 150 homes, dozens of residents still need help and their situation is made more perilous by drenching rains in the forecast. The Red Cross is preparing to welcome people to their rescue site at Thomas Jefferson middle school tomorrow, Steven Graves reports. READ MORE: After Elderly Woman Changed Will To Give Caregiver $500,000, Family Fights Decision In Court In the battle against drenching rains, some of these damaged homes need multiple tarps in an attempt to keep water from further damaging the interior areas exposed by the EF-2/EF-3 tornado’s ferocity. “This morning, it was pouring,”  Woodridge resident Kyle Piotrowski said.  “We’ve got water coming in through this bedroom and the bedroom behind us and water was coming in through the ceiling fan.” It is a true nightmare for a young couple who just bought the house and were supposed to move in soon. Now, they are racing to fixing the damage before more rain. “So we’re doing damage control as best we can, and the...
    Greg Abbott blasted Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday for 'ignoring the real problem' after she finally announced she will visit the U.S.-Mexico border. 'Vice President Harris is ignoring the real problem areas along our southern border that are not protected by the border wall and are being overrun by the federal government's ill-thought-out open border policies,' Texas Governor Abbott wrote in a statement following the announcement. 'She will fail in her mission if she refuses to speak to residents of the Del Rio sector whose homes and ranches are being overrun by gangs and smugglers,' he continued. 'The Vice President was named Border Czar over 90 days ago, and in that time Texans have had their homes broken into, property damaged, and guns pointed at their heads as cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers profit off the Biden Administration's reckless open-border policies.' Abbott said: 'Texas has been and continues to step up to protect Texans and Americans.' When DailyMail.com reached out to Abbott for whether he will meet with Harris during her trip on Friday, the office forwarded the above...
    Nearly 4,000 Massachusetts residents who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have tested positive for the virus. These so-called 'breakthrough' cases occur when people contract the disease 14 days or more after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson one-shot jab, and which officials say are not surprising. With more than 3.7 million people in Massachusetts who have completed their vaccine series, this means breakthrough infections have occurred in about one out of every 1,000 - or 0.001 percent - according to the state's Department of Public Health (DPH). This is roughly in line with mid-May figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - the latest for which data is available - which showed 9,245 out of at least 95 million Americans, or 0.009 percent, later tested positive for the virus Experts say the data show how well the vaccines work in real life and, although the shots are not 100 percent foolproof, suggest that developing the virus after being fully vaccinated is very rare.     As of June 17, 3,791...
    Funding senior programs At its June 15 meeting, the Los Gatos Town Council voted to seek ways to bolster funding for senior programs this year. In addition, the council will establish a new town-wide committee to focus exclusively on how to improve life for the town’s older residents. For more information on the new committee, www.losgatosca.gov/321/Senior-Services.  Pop-up tabled Also at the meeting, the council deferred approval of a temporary pop-up restaurant at Forbes Mill. The proposed restaurant would be located at 75 Church St. and would operate on Saturdays only through October of this year, if approved. Councilmembers requested more information on how the restaurant may affect parking and other neighborhood concerns. They’ll revisit the proposal on Aug. 3. Compost is coming West Valley Collection & Recycling will distribute compost pails to residents starting this fall. The move comes on the heels of SB 1383, a statewide mandate to lessen harmful landfill emissions. By providing places for residents to store compostable materials — including food scraps and coffee grounds — in the home, the service provider aims to reduce...
    Compost is coming West Valley Collection & Recycling will distribute compost pails to residents starting this fall. The move comes on the heels of SB 1383, a statewide mandate to lessen harmful landfill emissions. By providing places for residents to store compostable materials — including food scraps and coffee grounds — in the home, the Campbell service provider aims to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill. Cancer survivors event Cancer CAREpoint is hosting a June 26 event acknowledging cancer survivorship in for those who are newly diagnosed, finished with active treatment or anywhere in between. Each participant will receive a gift bag courtesy of Brightside Box. There will also be light refreshments and an optional art project to celebrate the day. The event is set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. RSVP to morrigan@cancercarepoint.org. Paint the Town Green In honor of its 30th anniversary, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley will celebrate over 4,500 projects completed, 50,000 home repairs and more than 400,000 hours of volunteer work. The “Paint the Town Green” event is also meant to point up the growing need for the nonprofit’s...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Fifteen more vaccinated California residents — including three from Los Angeles County and one each from Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties — won $50,000 prizes in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine incentive program. Friday’s winners join 15 others who were chosen last week as part of the state’s $116.5 million “Vax for the Win” incentive program. READ MORE: Procession, Memorial Friday For Fallen San Bernardino Sheriff’s Sgt. Dominic Vaca The winners chosen Friday were part of 21.98 million eligible residents. The winners, who were not publicly identified, will be contacted by the state in the coming days. Newsom said Friday that two of last week’s winners could not be reached, and two alternate winners were chosen from last week’s finalists. Almost everyone in the state who has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine is eligible for the drawing. However, to actually receive the money, winners will have to complete the vaccination protocol by receiving their second dose, unless they received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. READ MORE: Driver Killed After Careening Into Hancock Park...
    The wife of a jogger who was shot in the wealthy Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead has claimed residents are fleeing the area 'because they feel unsafe' amid growing calls for the community to secede from the city and get its own police force. Andrew Worrell was walking in the wealthy neighborhood around 8:35 a.m. on Saturday when he was shot twice, though he survived and has since been released from the hospital. His wife Anne Worrell appeared on Fox News on Thursday where she claimed that Buckhead residents are fleeing the area because of a surge in crime amid calls in Atlanta to defund the police. 'Over the last 12 to 18 months it has just gotten worse and worse, and as you talk to other people that we know in the area, we just felt it creeping closer and closer into our neighborhood. So it has been felt by everybody here,' Anne Worrell said. The wife of a jogger who was shot in the wealthy Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead has claimed residents are fleeing the area 'because they feel unsafe'...
    SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health is warning residents to be on guard for potential scams related to the state’s new COVID-19 vaccination incentive programs. The first “Vax for the Win” drawing was held on June 4. The program, which will ultimately award $116.5 million to previously immunized individuals and individuals who agree to be immunized, is designed to motivate residents to get vaccinated before the state’s reopening on June 15. Following the drawing, residents notified the state of scammers impersonating state officials through calls, emails, texts and direct messages on social media, the CDPH said in a news release Monday. The state is urging anyone who encounters a potential scam to call 833-993-3873 or email rumors@cdhp.ca.gov. In the news release, the CDPH said winners will be notified by CDPH officials through an official “State of CA CDPH” caller and text ID, a CDPH email address or in person by a CDPH employee. In addition, winners will not be asked to pay any fees associated with verifying eligibility for a cash prize or provide any bank information. All...
    Atlanta (CNN)In Atlanta's well-to-do community of Buckhead, the debate over becoming an independent city has been brewing off and on for decades. Now, amid a spike in crime, calls to split from the capital have grown louder than ever. "We filed for divorce and our divorce is final," said Bill White, chairman and CEO of the Buckhead City Committee, which is spearheading the efforts for the formation of the city. "We're forming our own city, we're establishing our own police force and we will eradicate crime."The city of Atlanta is facing what Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has called a "Covid crime wave." Homicides are up by about 63% compared to the same time last year and up 43% compared to the same period in 2019, according to late May data released by the Atlanta Police Department. The city has seen more than 300 shooting incidents since the start of the year, up 45% from what it recorded this time last year, and up 55% from 2019, according to the data. Atlanta homicides are the highest theyve been in 30 years,...
    COMPTON, Calif. (KABC) -- Compton voters filed into polling places on Tuesday to elect a new mayor: Cristian Reynaga, a realtor and entrepreneur, or current Compton City Councilwoman Emma Sharif.Eyewitness News stopped by both campaign offices to talk with each candidate.Sharif has served on the Compton City Council since 2015."I've been in California for approximately 50 years and I've been in Compton about 30 years," said Sharif, who was born and raised in Arkansas.She attended Cal State Dominguez Hills as a mother of four and later began her political career on the school board."I never planned to be a representative in politics," she said. "I was 18 years old, I was involved in the civil rights movement."Reynaga is a Compton native and has served on the Community Relations Commission and the Compton Taxpayer Committee."I remember being eight years old and attending council meetings with my aunt. I would go everywhere she went. I would go with her because I wanted to - I loved it," said Reynaga.If elected, he would be Compton's first Latino mayor."For me, it's not really about...
    COVID tests at Great Mall The nonprofit Covid Clinic has opened a COVID-19 testing site at the Great Mall for those who want to pay for the privilege of getting results within an hour. The drive-through testing site is located in the parking lot near the Century Cinema at 447 Great Mall Drive. Fees range from $75 for a rapid COVID-19 antibody test to $399 for those who want to get tested for travel. Healthcare workers, firefighters and police receive a $25 discount with proof of employment. A free expedited test is available, with results expected within two days. Testing is available to patients of all ages. All tests made available at Covid Clinic’s testing sites are performed by CLIA-certified labs and have received an emergency use authorization from the FDA. The clinic is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. To make an appointment or see a full list of tests and prices, visit https://covidclinic.org/milpitas-ca-covid-clinic. Waste service survey The City of Milpitas is gathering feedback from single-family home residents about their experience with the current solid waste collection service, including...
    (CNN)Over the course of May 31 and June 1 in 1921, a White mob numbering in the thousands carried out an armed assault on the Black community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, attacking and killing Black residents and burning businesses, schools, churches, hospitals and homes. Firefighters were prevented from extinguishing the flames, which eventually consumed the Greenwood District, destroying an area comprising 35 city blocks. Karlos K. HillThe solemnity that naturally accompanies such an occasion as the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre will be tinged with special poignancy in this case: Among those observing the centennial will be three people who lived through the violence. Viola Fletcher, who is 107 years old; Lessie Bennington Randle, who is 106; and Hugh Van Ellis, who is 100. The fact that there are living survivors adds a new layer of meaning to this anniversary. It is crucial that we use the occasion to center their voices, their experiences and their calls for justice. Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month, Fletcher spoke searing words: "I still see Black men...
    President Joe Biden will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma next week to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, the White House announced Tuesday. In 1921 on May 31 and June 1, a mob of white people burned down the affluent Tulsa neighborhood of Greenwood, which had the nickname of 'Black Wall Street,' in what's considered the worst episode of racial violence in the country's history.  The massacre has become more widely publicized as the centennial approached and after former President Donald Trump tried to stage his first COVID-era campaign rally in the Oklahoma city last year on Juneteenth, another significant date for African-Americans.  President Joe Biden will visit Tulsa next Tuesday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, considered the worst episode of racial violence in U.S. history  Mt. Zion Baptist Church burns during the Tulsa race Riot of June 1, 1921. The church stood in the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was the most affluent black neighborhood in the country   The Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma ablaze during the June...