How to honor 33,000 dead? COVID-19 memorial motion is on LA County supervisors’ Tuesday agenda

After more than 2 1/2 years of the COVID-19 epidemic, despite stay-at-home orders, vaccines, boosters and the wearing of masks to prevent the spread, the pandemic claimed the lives of more than 33,000 Los Angeles County residents. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will ask the county Department of Arts…

Oscar-winning ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ actor Louise Fletcher dies

By Andrew Dalton | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Louise Fletcher, a late-blooming star whose riveting performance as the cruel and calculating Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” set a new standard for screen villains and won her an Academy Award, has died at age 88. Fletcher died in her sleep surrounded…

Here are California’s deadliest roads and how the state’s drivers rank nationally

Here’s how California motorists compare to those in other states and where the most fatal crashes are. California, the nation’s most populous state, has about 396,540 miles of roads. There were about 10,498 fatal accidents on those roads from 2017 to 2019, according to the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, and Transportation Injury Mapping…

Child harassed with sexual gestures by homeless man, Sacramento teacher calls for solutions

SACRAMENTO COUNTY — Educators at Growth Public Schools are concerned with the growing number of unhoused people who have left drug paraphernalia, alcohol containers, and human feces on or near the campus. The school is tucked away in a business park on Tech Center Drive in Sacramento County, on the border of Sacramento and Rancho…

Thousands of Hells Angels members heading to Stockton for Sonny Barger’s funeral

STOCKTON — The founder of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club chapter in Oakland died this past summer, and tomorrow the group will put him to rest. A Ralph “Sonny” Barger funeral will be held at the Stockton 99 Speedway, where thousands of club members are expected to attend. “There’s only one Sonny Barger, there’s only…

Can high school football referees get some more love?

Fans love high school football, but do they love the referees? Referees at a Casa Roble High School football game speak candidly…sort of. Top Featured Tags: – California NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Edison sued over damage to homes, livelihoods in connection with Fairview fire near Hemet

Three families who suffered significant property damage in the Fairview fire near Hemet have sued Southern California Edison, asserting that the public utility was responsible for the ignition earlier this month of the deadly 28,307-acre blaze because it failed to maintain its electrical lines. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of money for repairs, lost…

Sheriff properly obtained search warrants for supervisor’s home, judge says

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge did not find “any irregularity” with the way the Sheriff’s Department obtained search warrants for the homes and offices of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and other county officials, according to a hearing Thursday, Sept. 22. Still, Judge William Ryan ruled he would not allow either the sheriff’s detectives, or…

LA County lifting COVID-era mask requirement on mass transit

COVID-19-spurred mask mandates continue to ease in Los Angeles County as health officials announced on Thursday, Sept. 22, that face coverings will no longer be mandatory on buses, trains and other mass transit vehicles — as well as at travel hubs such as train and bus stations and airports — starting Friday. The decision to…

Rocklin police arrest youth athletic coach for crimes committed against minors

ROCKLIN — The Rocklin Police Department has arrested a youth athletic coach on suspicion of crimes against minors. According to police, on Sep. 22, detectives arrested 47-year-old Eric James Hawkins, a youth athletic coach in Placer and Sacramento counties, who works with different programs. Rocklin police began their investigation after they were contacted about “inappropriate”…

Varied public response to Sacramento’s bad air during Camp Fire prompts development of single plan

SACRAMENTO — Lawmakers are ordering air districts to draft a new smoke emergency plan, giving new guidance to things like outdoor events and schools. In 2018, Sacramento Valley had some of the worst air quality on the planet because of the Camp Fire. While City officials handed out N-95 masks, public health officials warned people…

South Placer Fire District shuts down two stations after voters turn down tax increase

GRANITE BAY — The South Placer Fire District has shut down two fire stations after voters turned down a tax increase. “If your house is set far back from the street, this ladder is able to reach to your roof,” said South Placer Fire District Chief Mark Duerr.  “It’s the only one we have in…

Bass, Caruso swap barbs over homelessness, other issues in debate for LA mayor

By ERIC HE, City News Service The two candidates for Los Angeles mayor both used “crisis” when asked to describe the state of the city in one word, as Rep. Karen Bass and developer Rick Caruso made their pitch to be the person to fix it during the first televised debate ahead of the November…

Villanueva, Luna spar in sheriff’s debate

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his opponent, retired Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, agreed on very little at their first debate ahead of a face-off in November, save for their mutual love of “The Big Bang Theory” and the Dodgers. Their appreciation of Sheldon and his friends elicited a high five between…

Judge waives $5,000 fine, dismisses case against Long Beach restaurant owner who violated COVID restrictions

A Long Beach Superior Court judge this week waived a more-than $5,000 penalty and dismissed a misdemeanor criminal case against the owner of a now-closed Long Beach restaurant who refused to shut down during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when restrictions were in place. Judge Christopher J. Frisco on Monday, Sept. 21, set aside…

New York Attorney General Letitia James sues former President Donald Trump over alleged business fraud

NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump‘s legal troubles mounted Wednesday as New York Attorney General Letitia James   sued him for years of alleged financial fraud and inflating his net worth by billions to “enrich himself and cheat the system.”  Three of Trump’s adult children were also named in the civil suit, which seeks to remove the…

A’s shut down Mariners for 2nd straight night

OAKLAND — Luis Torrens homered for one of four hits by the stumbling Seattle Mariners as they were shut down again by the last-place Oakland Athletics, losing 2-1 on Wednesday night. Torrens connected in the eighth for Seattle’s lone bright spot after he had been called up earlier in the day. The Mariners are in…

Webb pulled early, Giants win 3rd straight against Rockies

DENVER — Logan Webb didn’t allow a hit until one out in the sixth inning and was then immediately pulled by manager Gabe Kapler after 66 pitches in the San Francisco Giants’ 6-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. Alex Young, Cole Waites and Scott Alexander held the Rockies to two hits before…

State attorney general takes over sheriff’s probe of Metro, county Supervisor Kuehl

The state Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday seized control of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigation into allegations of political corruption against the LA Metro and county Supervisor Sheila Kuehl over contracts awarded to a nonprofit organization run by one of Kuehl’s closest friends. The move by Attorney General Rob Bonta was confirmed in…

COVID-related hospitalizations inching downward anew in LA County

The number of COVID-19-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals fell to 633 on Tuesday, Sept. 20, down from 674 on Saturday. Of those patients, 69 were being treated in intensive care units, down from 89 on Saturday, according to state figures. The hospital numbers have been generally trending downward, reflecting an overall decrease in…

LA County to pay nearly $20 million to Chester family over photos of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed unanimously Tuesday to pay an additional $4.95 million to the family of Sarah Chester and her 13-year-old daughter Payton, who died in the helicopter crash that also killed Laker legend Kobe Bryant, over gruesome crash scene cell phone photos snapped by first responders. The…

Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrates 50 years

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrating 50 years strong this Hispanic Heritage Month.  They have been growing the local economy by growing Latino businesses.  “The chamber has given us lots of opportunities,” said Monica Delgado.   Delgado showed us her art collection inside their business R&M Framing. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce…

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