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  • Freight train carrying iron ore derails in Mojave Desert

    Associated Press|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    BAKER, Calif.  - A long freight train carrying iron ore derailed in a remote area of the Mojave Desert on Monday but there were no injuries, authorities said. Fifty-five rail cars loaded with iron ore and two locomotives derailed around 8:30 a.m. in the Mojave National Preserve, Union Pacific spokesperson Daryl Bjoraas said in emails to The Associated Press. "The crew was not in the cab at the time of the derailment and there was uncontrolled train movement. The crew was not...

  • Local boy tries out for U15 U.S. National Team

    Updated Sep 24, 2021

    FALLBROOK – Oliver Kurnik, a freshman at Fallbrook High School, is getting a chance to try out for the U15 U.S. National soccer team. The last three years he has been playing on San Diego Surf's top team where they have been No. 1 in the nation and have been in the top 10 since Kurnik has been on the team. Kurnik started out with Fallbrook Villa and played with them for two seasons before transferring over to Surf. His first position was left midfielder so that he could...

  • Newsom reveals $12 billion plan for State's homelessness crisis

    City News Service|Updated May 11, 2021

    SAN DIEGO - Gov. Gavin Newsom visited permanent supportive housing operated by Father Joe's Villages' in Kearny Mesa today to unveil a $12 billion plan to tackle the state's homelessness crisis -- part of his proposed $100 billion California Comeback Plan. The investment is intended to provide 65,000 people with housing placements, more than 300,000 people with housing stability and create 46,000 new housing units. Newsom's plan includes an expansion of Homekey -- a program that provided shelter from COVID-19 to 36,000...

  • Newsom appoints LMU professor, lawyer to reparations task force

    City News Service|Updated May 8, 2021

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Loyola Marymount University professor Cheryl Grills and attorney Lisa Holder of Los Angeles were among the five people appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom today to the newly formed Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. The task force will inform Californians about slavery and explore ways the state might provide reparations. Its members will meet over the next year and conclude their work with a written report on their findings, along with recommendations which will be...

  • California recall has enough signatures to make ballot

    KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press|Updated Apr 26, 2021

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Organizers of the recall effort against California Gov. Gavin Newsom collected enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. The California secretary of state's office announced Monday that more than 1.6 million signatures had been verified, about 100,000 more than needed to force a vote on the first-term Democrat. An election is likely in the fall where voters would face two questions: Should Newsom be recalled and who should replace him? The...

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  • Bill to reveal names of recall signers won't move ahead

    KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press|Updated Apr 25, 2021

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A proposal to let California politicians targeted by recall efforts see who signed petitions to oust them will not move forward this year. State Sen. Josh Newman, a Democrat, said Tuesday he's pulling the bill due to pressure from supporters of a likely recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat. Newman's bill would not have applied to the anti-Newsom effort, but that movement's supporters vehemently opposed it, saying it would...

  • Signs of recovery as California adds jobs for 2nd month

    ADAM BEAM, Associated Press|Updated Apr 18, 2021

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California employers added 119,600 new jobs in March, the second straight month of growth following a topsy-turvy year of enormous losses and inconsistent gains during an unpredictable pandemic. New unemployment claims, both for traditional employees and independent contractors, are at their lowest levels since the pandemic began more than a year ago. Restaurants and hotels, which have weathered heavy losses during a year of stay-at-home orders, accounted...

  • Supreme court halts California virus rules limiting home worship

    JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press|Updated Apr 11, 2021

    WASHINGTON  - The Supreme Court is telling California that it can't enforce coronavirus-related restrictions that have limited home-based religious worship including Bible studies and prayer meetings. The order from the court late Friday is the latest in a recent string of cases in which the high court has barred officials from enforcing some coronavirus-related restrictions applying to religious gatherings. Five conservative justices agreed that California restrictions...

  •  Judge issues tentative ruling dismissing Daily Mail from revenge porn suit

    City News Service|Updated Apr 6, 2021

    LOS ANGELES  - A judge cited First Amendment grounds in issuing a tentative ruling today dismissing the Daily Mail as a defendant in former Rep. Katie Hill's revenge porn suit, which stems from the unauthorized publication of nude images of her. The Daily Mail's website in October 2019 published nude photos of Hill taken by her former spouse, Kenneth Heslep, according to the former congresswoman's Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, which was filed Dec. 22 and alleges state...

  • California plans to lift most pandemic restrictions June 15

    Associated Press|Updated Apr 6, 2021

    Apr 06, 2021 11:14AM SAN FRANCISCO  - California plans to lift most coronavirus restrictions on businesses and workplaces June 15, with officials saying enough people should be vaccinated by then to allow for life to almost get back to a pre-pandemic normal. The mask mandate in the nation's most populated state will remain in effect, Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said Tuesday, and he cautioned that California will reopen more widely in mid-June only if...

  • California educators pass controversial ethnic studies curriculum

    Varun Hukeri, Daily Caller News Foundation|Updated Mar 30, 2021

    ANALYSIS California's state education board unanimously approved a model ethnic studies curriculum Thursday, March 25, after years of divisive debate, multiple drafts and more than 100,000 public comments about the proposal. The nearly 900-page curriculum focuses on "historically marginalized peoples" – particularly racial minorities – and calls on students to study the "imperialism, settler colonialism and genocide, both cultural and physical" of those peoples. The curric...

  • EXPLAINER: Why is California Gov. Newsom facing a recall?

    MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer|Updated Mar 17, 2021

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing the possibility that he could be removed by voters in a recall election in the midst of his four-year term. Organizers appear to have sufficient petition signatures to place the election on the ballot, and the vote would likely take place later this year. Here's how it works: WHAT IS A RECALL ELECTION? California is one of 20 states that have provisions to remove a sitting governor in a recall, 19 through elections....

  • California to revise indoor church guidelines after ruling

    DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press|Updated Feb 6, 2021

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office said Saturday it will issue revised guidelines for indoor church services after the Supreme Court lifted the state's ban on indoor worship during the coronavirus pandemic, but left in place restrictions on singing and chanting. In the most significant legal victory against California's COVID-19 health orders, the high court issued rulings late Friday in two cases where churches argued the restrictions violated their...

  • Newsom: State looking to speed administration of COVID vaccines

    Updated Jan 4, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, Jan. 4 the state is working to accelerate the administration of COVID-19 vaccines across the state, including expanding the number of distribution sites and the types of people who can give the shots. Newsom said the state has received nearly 1.3 million doses of the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, and another 611,500 doses have been shipped to the state. As of Sunday, however, a total of 454,306 doses had actually been administered. “We are working aggressively to...

  • Assemblywoman Weber nominated to become next California Secretary of State

    Updated Dec 22, 2020

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday, Dec. 22 nominated Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, to serve as the next California secretary of state, a move that would make her the first Black woman to ever hold the position.    Weber would replace Alex Padilla, who was appointed by Newsom earlier Tuesday to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Weber's nomination is subject to confirmation by the state Legislature.    ``Dr....

  • Newsom announces phone-based virus-exposure tracking system

    Updated Dec 7, 2020

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday, Dec. 7 announced a statewide cell-phone-based system designed to notify residents when they've been exposed to COVID-19.    The CA Notify system was originally developed at UC San Diego and UC San Francisco, and it has been deployed on a trial basis on seven UC campuses, with an estimated 250,000 people opting in to participate, Newsom said.    The system relies on Bluetooth technology that detects when a person is in close proximity to others, thanks to anonymous signals...

  • Latest Election Results for Orange County

    Epoch Times Staff|Updated Nov 4, 2020

    November 4, 2020 Voters in Orange County, California, have weighed in on the 2020 general election. Here are some of the latest, partial election results provided by the Orange County Registrar of Voters. According to the registrar, 72.7 percent of the ballots, or 1,288,161, have been counted so far, including 259,537 vote center ballots and 1,028,673 vote-by-mail ballots. There are 1,771,377 registered voters in the county, with 27.3 percent of the ballots yet to be counted....

  • DHS Announces ICE Enforcement Actions On Criminal Aliens Released Due To California Sanctuary Policies

    Press Release, Department of Homeland Security|Updated Oct 8, 2020

    October 7, 2020 WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the conclusion to a week-long targeted enforcement operation that resulted in the apprehension of over 125 at-large aliens across the state of California, where sanctuary policies have largely prohibited the cooperation of law enforcement agencies in the arrest of criminal aliens. The ICE enforcement actions, which took place Sept. 18 to...

  • Newsom signs incentives bill for affordable housing developers

    Updated Sep 28, 2020

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday, Sept. 28 signed into law Assembly Bill 2345, written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, to incentivize developers to increase the number of affordable housing units built in the state. ``This law will encourage the construction of more affordable housing units using a data-proven mix of incentives and density bonuses,'' Gonzalez said. ``We must stop making excuses for our housing crisis and it starts with creating more housing, period.'' AB 2345 allows developers to...

  • Lawyers Club of San Diego calls for state holiday honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Updated Sep 21, 2020

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Lawyers Club of San Diego called Monday, Sept. 21 for a state holiday honoring the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87. In a statement calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to consider declaring a holiday in her honor, the Lawyers Club said Ginsburg ``was relentlessly devoted to the principles of equal protection.'' ``As a national leader in pursuing equality for all, the state of California should honor Justice Ginsburg with a state holiday in her name,'' the...

  • 'There was no fighting this fire,' California survivor says

    Updated Sep 12, 2020

    BRIAN MELLEY and TERENCE CHEA Associated Press BERRY CREEK (AP) — John Sykes built his life around his cabin in the dense woods of Northern California. He raised his two children there, expanded it and improved it over time and made it resilient to all kinds of disaster except fire. So when the winds started howling Tuesday and the skies became so dark from smoke that he had to turn on his lights at midday, he didn't hesitate to leave it all behind in an instant before any evacuation order. With the disaster two years ago i...

  • New California law helps former inmate firefighters get jobs

    Updated Sep 12, 2020

    DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO (AP) — California's inmate firefighters will have a shot at becoming professional firefighters once they complete their sentences, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on Friday. The new law will allow state and county inmates who train as firefighters to seek to erase the criminal records that often are a bar to employment as firefighters or in other professions. The measure "will give those prisoners hope of actually getting a job in the profession that they've been...

  • California governor signs bill changing sex offender law

    Updated Sep 12, 2020

    SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that would give judges a say on whether to list someone as a sex offender for having oral or anal sex with a minor. The bill would expand the discretion currently granted judges in statutory rape cases and was promoted as bringing fairness under the law to LGBTQ defendants. The current law, in place for decades, permits judges to decide whether a man should be placed on California's sex offender registry if he had voluntary intercourse with someone 14 to...

  • California sets record with 2M acres burned so far this year

    MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ and CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press|Updated Sep 7, 2020

    Sep 07, 2020 2:13 PM SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) - Wildfires have burned more than 2 million acres in California this year, setting a state record even as crews battled dozens of growing blazes in sweltering temperatures Monday that strained the electrical grid and threatened power outages for millions. The most striking thing about the record is how early it was set, with the most dangerous part of the year ahead, said Lynne Tolmachoff, spokeswoman for the California Department...

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