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    SANTA ANA  — Charges have been filed against a man who allegedly punched two medical assistants at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Southern California and groped a nurse providing him medical care, prosecutors said. Charges of misdemeanor battery and resisting arrested were filed against Thomas Apollo, 44, of Poway, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Tuesday. Apollo faces arraignment on March 30. No attorney was listed for him on the court’s website. According to prosecutors, Apollo was asked to leave the Families Together clinic in Tustin on Dec. 30 after he refused to wear a mask. He allegedly called the clinic workers “murderers” and directed expletives at workers who asked him to put on a mask or go outside. Prosecutors said Apollo punched one assistant five times, hit another twice and then was pinned down by bystanders until police arrived. Related Articles N95 masks to be distributed free to public Forty Santa Clara County firefighters want exemptions from COVID booster mandate Think COVID is becoming like the flu? Here’s how...
    A Woodland woman who had gone missing was found dead in her crashed car, the wreckage apparently having gone unnoticed for days. The family of Damaris Gonzalez, 20, last heard from her on Saturday. When they had not been able to contact her by Monday, they reported her disappearance to Woodland police. Around 5 a.m. Tuesday, her car was discovered in a brushy gully off Interstate 80 at the west edge of Sacramento. Gonzalez, its only occupant, was dead, the California Highway Patrol said. A CHP officer told Sacramento TV station KOVR that the wreck was thought to have happened about three days earlier. The car had apparently gone off westbound I-80 or the connector ramp from El Camino Avenue. It hit a tree and came to rest in heavy brush next to the Natomas Self Storage lot. The case is similar to the 2004 disappearance of Sean Patrick Sullivan, a 21-year-old college student from Roseville who went missing after a night out with friends. Eight days later, he was found dead in his wrecked car off an Interstate 80...
    While California continues to see disturbing rises in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, there are some early signs the unprecedented Omicron wave is slowing. The shift is uneven across the state, but the numbers suggest California could be reaching a crest in the latest surge. States on the East Coast that were hit earlier by the Omicron wave have already started to see a sustained decline in infections. California has recorded more than 7 million coronavirus cases as of this week. The tally, recorded in the state’s databases late Monday, comes one week after it recorded its 6 millionth coronavirus case. World & Nation This is how the COVID-19 health emergency could be over this year, WHO says A leading World Health Organization official says the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic — including deaths, hospitalizations and lockdowns — could be over this year if huge inequities in vaccinations and medicines are addressed quickly. Here are what the numbers show:Cases still high but leveling The exponential growth in California’s case rate appears to be leveling off, although it...
    LEEDS — Two California men were jailed in Alabama after police said they found almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $3 million hidden in a camper just off Interstate 20. An officer saw a camper running off the road while exiting the highway Tuesday morning, news outlets reported. The officer stopped the vehicle outside a store and the men agreed to a search, police said. Officers found 953 pounds of marijuana wrapped in plastic hidden throughout the camper, authorities said. Related Articles Humming in California court backfires on defendant who didn’t want to hear fentanyl warning Opinion: Build Back Better’s Medicare drug-payment cap worth saving Three dead after possible overdose in California apartment California law enforcement agencies, families call for tougher penalties against fentanyl dealers Naloxone to be handed out free in San Joaquin County amid rise in fentanyl deaths “There actually wasn’t a square inch of storage space in the vehicle, whether it be the undercarriage or inside the vehicle, that wasn’t stuffed with marijuana,” Police Chief...
    INDIO –  An employee at a Southern California golf course was found dead in a caged golf court that submerged in a canal, authorities said. Divers pulled the man from the cart Monday afternoon from the canal on the grounds of the Terra Lago golf course in Indio and he was pronounced dead at the scene. His name wasn’t immediately released. The cart, a maintenance vehicle that was caged to protect the driver from golf balls, was on its side in the canal. Related Articles Remains found by hiker in California mountains identified Gabby Petito murder: Moab cops should be disciplined, investigation says Stepmother of missing 7-year-old Harmony Montgomery to face nine new charges Mother, 2 siblings charged in death of missing 6-year-old boy found in abandoned home ‘Shopping cart killer’: Northern California woman had gone missing on vacation “This person was an employee of the Terra Lago golf course. As he was travelling he seems to have some sort accident that led to land him in the Coachella...
    A man has been taken into custody while police investigate the fatal stabbing of his mother in their shared apartment, Long Beach Police Department officials said. At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, officers were responding to an initial report of a person yelling for help in the area of the 1000 block of Pacific Avenue when they received an updated report from an eye witness that a stabbing occurred and who provided a suspect description. When the first responding officers arrived, a witness pointed out a man in his 20s who matched the description of the suspect and he was taken into custody without incident, a news release said. Officers located a female in her 50s, the suspect’s mother, inside an apartment and Long Beach Fire Department personnel transported her to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An initial investigation by homicide detectives suggests the suspect repeatedly stabbed his mother in the upper body during an argument in their apartment. “There were no other individuals inside the apartment at the time of the assault,” the news...
    Kathy and Ken Dunham, who lost their son Jake in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill, show their tattoos from Jake’s last cards during a visit to the memorial at the closed Thousand Oaks club on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 as the one-year anniversary approaches. The couple comes weekly to the memorial to water plants and tidy up and are also part of a peer support group. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) People awaiting word of loved ones from the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks at the Alex Fiore Teen Center in Thousand Oaks, CA. 13 people including a sheriff deputy and the shooter were killed in a mass shooting at the bar overnight. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Kelsey Escobar, 21, of San Diego, who was friend’s with victim Jake Dunham, visits the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting memorial in Thousand Oaks with Lynn Sanchez, of Thousand Oaks, earlier this month. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)...
    (CNN)As Covid-19 cases rise again in nursing homes, a few states have begun requiring visitors to present proof that they're not infected before entering facilities, stoking frustration and dismay among family members.Officials in California, New York and Rhode Island say new Covid-19 testing requirements are necessary to protect residents — an enormously vulnerable population — from exposure to the highly contagious Omicron variant. But many family members say they can't secure tests amid enormous demand and scarce supplies, leaving them unable to see loved ones. And being shut out of facilities feels unbearable, like a nightmare recurring without end.Severe staff shortages are complicating the effort to ensure safety while keeping facilities open; these shortages also jeopardize care at long-term care facilities — a concern of many family members. People desperate for Covid tests are turning to resellers onlineAndrea DuBrow's 75-year-old mother, who has severe Alzheimer's disease, has lived for almost four years in a nursing home in Danville, California. When DuBrow wasn't able to see her for months earlier in the pandemic, she said, her mother forgot who she was."This...
    A man wanted in connection with the killing of a woman at a Florida motel earlier this month was captured last week in Southern California, authorities said on Tuesday.  U.S. Marshals and police from Hollywood, Florida, took Davis Zimmerman, 19, into custody in Orange County, California, on Friday, KCAL-TV in Los Angeles reported.  A warrant had been issued for Zimmerman’s arrest on first-degree murder charges, according to WTVJ-TV in Miami.  AMTRAK PASSENGER SHOT DEAD ABOARD TRAIN TO MISSOURI; SUSPECT FLEES, AUTHORITIES SAY  Davis Zimmerman, 19, was awaiting extradition to Florida on Tuesday on murder charges.  (Hollywood Police Department) A woman’s body was found in a motel room in Hollywood, Florida, on Jan. 6. She hasn’t been identified and no details have been released about her suspected murder, KCAL reported.  Davis Zimmerman's alleged victim was found dead at the New Kent Motel in Hollywood, Florida, on Jan. 6.  (Google Maps) CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP He is being held at the Orange County’s Intake Release Center and will soon be extradited to Broward County, Florida, WTVJ...
    In a wealthy enclave along the Santa Monica Mountains that is a haven for celebrities, residents are now facing more aggressive consequences for wasting water. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District northwest of Los Angeles hopes to spur water savings by making it easier to fine households that go over their allotted “water budgets” and threatening to vastly limit water flow to customers who repeatedly fail to conserve. The district offers a bold example of how local authorities across drought-stricken California are trying to get people to use less water, voluntarily if possible but with the threat of punishment if they don’t comply. Las Virgenes officials hope their approach will be a wakeup call for residents of the affluent neighborhoods, where most of the water goes toward outdoor use like landscaping and pools. “What we’re trying to do is conserve water now so that we can stretch the limited supplies we have available,” said Dave Pederson, the district’s general manager. California is feeling the effects of climate change; it has had drought conditions for most of the last decade...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Video from cameras worn by deputies who responded to a mass shooting at a Southern California bar in 2018 and recordings of calls for help released Tuesday captured the chaos, horror and confusion of the massacre that left a dozen people dead. Terrified patrons hiding from a gunman still stalking victims reported the shooting in whispers to dispatchers, while others sobbed over the trauma of an event still unfolding. Officers encountered patrons running for their lives and a man bleeding in the parking lot while friends tried to save him. The footage and audio from the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting was released Tuesday by the Ventura County sheriff’s after a court fight by The Associated Press and other news outlets who sought the evidence under public records laws. While the evidence was documented in a more than 400-page report on the shooting released in July, it was the first time the video and call recordings were released. Investigators concluded that Ian David Long, 28, who served as a Marine in Afghanistan, felt college students disdained...
    OROVILLE (CBS13) — Authorities have identified the Oroville man arrested and accused of shooting at a California Highway Patrol Officer following a Chase that ended in Yuba County over the weekend, authorities said Tuesday. Aaron Tobias Quinn, 44, faces one count of attempted murder of a peace officer. READ MORE: Man Arrested In South Sacramento After ShotSpotter ActivationAccording to the California Highway Patrol Oroville, an officer attempted to stop Quinn for speeding in the Oroville area Sunday morning. Quinn allegedly failed to yield and led a chase through several county roads across Butte and Yuba counties. READ MORE: Verizon Delays 5G Rollout Again Amid Safety Concerns At AirportsQuinn reportedly lost control and crashed the vehicle into a power pole along La Porte Road in Yuba County. He then got out of the car and began firing at a CHP officer at the scene, authorities said. The CHP said the officer returned fire and Quinn was seriously injured. Quinn remained in the hospital as of Tuesday and in the CHP’s custody. MORE NEWS: California College Students Will Be Offered $10K For...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California is beginning to see a slight decline in the 7-day average COVID cases with about a 48 percent decrease in the last week.In San Francisco, the 24th Street testing site in the Mission District is also noticing a shift.RELATED: White House soft-launches COVID-19 test request website"Yesterday we had 359 positives. So, that is a positivity rate of about 34 percent. Which is really high," said Diane Jones, volunteer for Unidos en Salud. "Perhaps we can say we are in a plateau but, it's really too soon to tell."At its highest, the positive rate at the Mission site was 37 percent.Last week it was 34 percent. They are attributing these numbers to everyday interactions and no longer the holidays."Schools reopening, people going back to work and that is being driven not only by holidays it's just life," said Jones.VIDEO: Mixed reaction over how to handle the future as doctors say COVID is here to stayEMBED More News Videos As we grapple with what living alongside COVID will look like in the future, doctors have different takes...
    Rep. Jerry McNerney Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney, who got to Congress in 2006 by unseating a longtime Republican incumbent, announced Tuesday that he would not seek another term in California's redrawn 9th District, a new seat that shares the same number as his current constituency. Minutes later, fellow Democratic Rep. Josh Harder declared that he’d run to succeed McNerney rather than continue with his previously announced campaign for the revamped 13th District just to the south, a move that will set off an open seat race for the latter district. Harder’s move is a bit surprising. His old district, numbered the 10th, was chopped up during redistricting, leaving him representing just 31% of the new 13th, located in the mid-Central Valley. But an even smaller share of his current constituents—just 27%—wound up in the new 9th, which is based around the city of Stockton. (A 43% plurality of Harder’s existing 10th District wound up in the new 5th, a safely red seat where GOP Rep. Tom McClintock is reportedly seeking another term.) The new 13th also contains Harder’s hometown of...
    Two more House Democrats announced Tuesday they would retire from Congress at the end of their terms, bringing the total to 28 amid polls that show President Biden's party in danger of losing its majority. Rep. James Langevin, an 11-term lawmaker from Rhode Island who serves on the coveted House Armed Services Committee, announced his decision in an op-ed Tuesday. He said it was 'time for me to chart a new course, which will allow me to stay closer to home and spend more time with my family and friends. Langevin, a quadriplegic who uses a motorized wheelchair to get around Congress, also reflected on his career. Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., announced he will retire from Congress at the end of his 11th term 'Nearly 40 years ago, a tragic accident left me paralyzed. My dreams of becoming a police officer were crushed, and I was forced to dream new dreams, and relearn how to perform almost every daily task. Yet during my hour of need, Rhode Islanders rallied behind me, and I was inspired to give back to...
    California recorded one million COVID-19 cases in the past week — the fastest pace yet at which the state has logged infections, the Los Angeles Times reported. Just over three weeks passed before California went from logging a total of two million infections to three million last winter; in comparison, California on Monday logged seven million cases — a week after the state had already reached six million, the newspaper noted. The Times also noted that hospitalizations have risen, though the figures have not yet reached those seen last winter. The newspaper noted that while California at one point last winter reached a peak of 4,868 ICU patients with COVID-19, the state has already seen more ICU patients with COVID-19, 2,311 recorded for Monday, than the 2,128 patients seen during Delta’ surge last summer. Despite the rise in infections, the number of deaths in the state has not reached the same height seen last winter — 545 deaths a day late last January — but the state has still seen an uptick in COVID-19 deaths. The number of deaths for the seven-day period that ended...
    Monte Sereno Councilwoman Rowena Turner was convicted of illegal voting last October in Oregon circuit court after allegations that she voted in both California and Oregon for years gained public attention in 2020. The Republican councilwoman, along with her husband Ahval Turner and son Sean Edward Turner, pleaded “no contest” to charges of illegal voting during the November 2018 general election in Josephine County, Ore., where she owns a vacation home. Elections records show Turner has been a registered voter in California since at least 1990, when she changed her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Documents show she was also registered to vote in Oregon in 1999 after purchasing property in Grants Pass, and voted there in more than a dozen elections from 2004 to the 2020 primary election. Turner maintains that she is innocent and considers her dual voting lawful. “I believe I did nothing wrong,” she said in a written statement to this newspaper. “But fighting the charge would have meant spending a year or more in court, with all the concomitant expense.” Allegations of her voting in...
    California prosecutors have filed two counts of vehicular manslaughter against the driver of a Tesla on Autopilot who ran a red light, slammed into another car and killed two people in 2019. All Tesla models, including the Model S, now come standard with Autopilot.  (Tesla) The defendant appears to be the first person to be charged with a felony in the United States for a fatal crash involving a motorist who was using a partially automated driving system. Los Angeles County prosecutors filed the charges in October, but they came to light only last week. The driver, Kevin George Aziz Riad, 27, has pleaded not guilty. Riad, a limousine service driver, is free on bail while the case is pending. The misuse of Autopilot, which can control steering, speed and braking, has occurred on numerous occasions and is the subject of investigations by two federal agencies. The filing of charges in the California crash could serve notice to drivers who use systems like Autopilot that they cannot rely on them to control vehicles. The criminal charges aren't the first...
    (CNN)Long-serving Democratic Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and Jerry McNerney of California announced Tuesday that they will not be seeking reelection in November, joining the more than two dozen House Democrats planning to retire after this term of Congress.McNerney, who has served since 2007, announced that he will not run for another term in Congress, pointing to redistricting."Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection in California's newly created 9th Congressional District," he wrote on Twitter. "I am honored that the citizens of California's 9th Congressional District chose me as their representative in the past five elections, and that those in California's previous 11th Congressional District gave me the privilege of representing them for three terms."California's redistricting commission last month formally approved the state's new congressional map, which still favors Democrats but could create an opportunity for Republicans in the newly created 9th District that encompasses Stockton and San Joaquin county. Rhode Island has yet to finalize its congressional map. In a column for The Providence Journal, Langevin, who has served more than two decades in Congress,...
    Gov. Greg Abbott signs a 2015 Texas bill that prohibits cities and towns from enacting laws limiting oil and gas operations. Rodolfo Gonzalez/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.This story is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of news outlets strengthening coverage of the climate story. ExxonMobil is attempting to use an unusual Texas law to target and intimidate its critics, claiming that lawsuits against the company over its long history of downplaying and denying the climate crisis violate the US constitution’s guarantees of free speech. The nation’s largest oil firm is asking the Texas supreme court to allow it to use the law, known as rule 202, to pursue legal action against more than a dozen California municipal officials. Exxon claims that in filing lawsuits against the company over its role in the climate crisis, the officials are orchestrating a conspiracy against the firm’s first amendment rights. The oil giant also makes the curious claim that legal action in the California courts is an infringement...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) – East Bay Rep. Jerry McNerney announced Tuesday that he is not seeking-re-election in 2022, joining more than two dozen Democrats who plan to leave Congress after the midterm elections. “I am honored that the citizens of California’s 9th Congressional District chose me as their representative in the past five elections, and that those in California’s previous 11th Congressional District gave me the privilege of representing them for three terms,” said McNerney, whose district covers parts of eastern Contra Costa County, along with San Joaquin and Sacramento counties. READ MORE: Caltrans Predicts Highway 37 To Be Permanently Flooded by Mid-Century; Seeks Solutions For Vital CorridorIn his retirement statement, McNerney noted his accomplishments in office including the creation of a veteran’s health center facility in San Joaquin County. He also noted with investments in infrastructure, public safety, broadband, education, childcare, and healthcare access. Representative Jerry McNerney (D-CA) speaking at Politico’s “Unlocking The AI Data Puzzle In Federal Government” conference in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) READ MORE: California Prosecutors...
    GET ready for another high-octane night of UFC action this weekend. All eyes are on the heavyweights in California as Francis Ngannou puts his UFC title on the line against interim champ Ciryl Gane. JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply) 3Ngannou puts his heavyweight strap on the line on Saturday nightCredit: Reuters If that unification scrap isn't enough to whet the appetite, there's also a packed card featuring Brandon Moreno and Michel Pereira. When is UFC 270? This packed night of UFC action is set for Saturday, January 22. It will take place in the early hours of Sunday morning here in the UK. The early prelims will start at 11pm GMT, before the prelims at 1am. Ngannou vs Gane is on the main card which begins at 3am, so expect the main event around 4.30am. Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on? You can catch all of the action live on BT Sport 2. Coverage will start with...
    Californians started this year with a major change in housing development. On Jan. 1, a new state law began allowing property owners to build at least duplexes on nearly all residential parcels, ending the dominance of single-family home-only zoning that has shaped the state’s building patterns. What will happen in housing this year? On this episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast,” we discuss Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plans to pump $2 billion more into homelessness prevention efforts, why lawmakers might turn away from further zoning changes and how the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to affect tenants and landlords in Los Angeles and elsewhere. Our guest is Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), who is the new chairwoman of the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development. Wicks discusses her priorities and how she plans to shape the state’s response to its affordable housing challenges. Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Pod · What does new California housing leader want to do? “Gimme Shelter,”a biweekly podcast that looks at why it’s so expensive to live in California and what the state...
    California has recorded more than 7 million coronavirus cases, after its fastest accumulation of reported infections in the history of the pandemic. The unprecedented count, recorded in California’s databases late Monday, comes one week after the state tallied its 6 millionth coronavirus case. Even during last winter’s disastrous wave, new infections increased more slowly. It took a little over three weeks for California to get from its 2 millionth cumulative coronavirus case to its 3 millionth. The stunning speed of new infections is a testament to the Omicron variant’s transmissibility, believed to be two to four times more contagious than the Delta variant, which in turn was more infectious than earlier strains that pummeled California last winter. California L.A. County logs nearly tenfold increase in coronavirus cases in a month L.A. County logged 31,576 new coronavirus cases on Monday, as well as 27 related deaths. California’s daily COVID-19 death rate has also risen dramatically. For the seven-day period that ended Sunday, the state was recording 103 deaths a day; that’s roughly double the last week of...
    Sheriff’s deputies removed dozens of animals including a dead horse from a Northern California home and are seeking an arrest warrant for a suspect, authorities said. A search warrant was served last week at the residence in Olivehurst, where deputies found 61 animals living in “deplorable conditions,” the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said. The animals included 21 pigs, 12 dogs, 5 chickens, two goats, two lambs, two cats, two rabbits, two cows, one horse and one bull, the Sacramento Bee reported Sunday. Related Articles Letters: Personal responsibility | New uses | Skirting the issue | Invest in kids | Pressure senators | Impeachment vote Will East Bay peahen find love among the turkeys? The plight of Moss Landing’s Olympia oysters Climate swings help endangered salmon return to Bay Area creeks for the first time in years ‘Hero rat’ Magawa, who sniffed out mines, dies in retirement The home was determined to be unfit for occupancy by Yuba County Code Enforcement, and investigators are seeking a felony animal cruelty warrant...
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Darrion Trammell had 25 points as Seattle defeated California Baptist 92-85 in overtime on Monday night. Trammell scored eight points in the extra period, hitting 5 of 7 from the line in overtime and 4 of 6 3-pointers in the game. He added seven assists and six rebounds. Riley Grigsby had 18 points for Seattle (13-4, 4-0 Western Athletic Conference), which earned its fifth consecutive victory. Cameron Tyson added 16 points. Vas Pandza had seven rebounds. Reed Nottage had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Lancers (11-6, 1-3). Daniel Akin added 16 points and 15 rebounds. Tre Armstrong had 16 points and six assists. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2022. There are 347 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 18, 1943, during World War II, Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto launched their initial armed resistance against Nazi troops, who eventually succeeded in crushing the rebellion. On this date: In 1778, English navigator Captain James Cook reached the present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he named the “Sandwich Islands.” In 1911, the first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brought his Curtiss biplane in for a safe landing on the deck of the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor. In 1913, entertainer Danny Kaye was born David Daniel Kaminsky in New York City. In 1957, a trio of B-52s completed the first non-stop, round-the-world flight by jet planes, landing at March Air Force Base in California after more than 45 hours aloft. In 1975, the situation comedy “The Jeffersons,” a spin-off from “All in the Family,” premiered on...
    ”Survey says” looks at various rankings and scorecards judging geographic locations while noting that these grades are best seen as a mix of art and data. Buzz: In a nod to Martin Luther King Day, let’s acknowledge that a Black household in California is 43% less likely than a White family to live in a home they own and rejected for a mortgage at a 48% faster rate. Sources: Ownership data from 2019 U.S. Census Bureau and Zillow’s analysis of federal loan rejection data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act from 2020. Details In California, 36.2% of Black residents own their homes. That’s the 28th best rate among all the states. South Carolina was the top state for Black homeownership at 52.5%, followed by Maryland at 51.7% and Mississippi at 51%. The worst state was North Dakota at 5.2%, Wyoming at 17.5% and Montana at 19.7%. Now, compare that with California’s White homeownership at 63.1%, which is well-above the Black rate but still third-lowest in the nation. Top homeownership rates in the U.S. for White households were found in...
    Rain showers danced across Southern California on Monday morning, throwing a wet blanket on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. “The totals are not that heavy, but you certainly want to be cautious if you’re driving,” said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. The weather service said that a band of steady showers with moderate to briefly heavy rain was moving across the region. The storm was expected to continue throughout the day before dissipating Tuesday. Up to an inch was expected in parts of Ventura County on Monday morning, while scattered showers were likely elsewhere, meteorologists said. Highs dipped into the low to mid-60s. We are getting some rain today! Mainly VTA and LA Counties so far. Heres a look, with a Truecolor Sat image and the forecast precip, chances. See our prior tweet for totals so far! #SoCal #CAwx #LArain pic.twitter.com/4Dy99tNxQx— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) January 17, 2022 The region experienced very light showers over the weekend, Sweet said, although no rainfall accumulated. The brief rains follow record-breaking storms that drenched...
    By Stella Chan | CNN A woman is dead after she was violently attacked while waiting for a bus in downtown last week, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). She was a longtime nurse who “worked tirelessly and selflessly” according to her employer. Police ​say they responded Thursday ​around 5:15 a.m. to a call of an assault at a bus stop near Union Station. “Upon arrival, officers discovered that the suspect, later identified as Kerry Bell, had struck the victim in the face, causing her to fall to the ground and sustain a fractured skull,” according to LAPD. Police and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority released photos of the suspect to officers in the area. About 90 minutes later, they found Bell, who is homeless, asleep near the scene, according to police. They say the attack was “without provocation and for no reason.” Bell was taken into custody. It is not clear if he has legal representation yet. Los Angeles County offices are closed Monday due to the holiday. The victim, Sandra Shells, 70, was taken to a nearby...
    As part of a plea deal in a drug sales case, Orange County prosecutor Claudia Alvarez tried to warn defendant Rogelio Garcia Jr. that he could be charged with murder if he ever sells fentanyl-laced drugs causing a death. But Garcia didn’t want to hear it. With his hands shackled, Garcia couldn’t put his fingers in his ears. So on the advice of Deputy Public Defender Justin Cerrillo, prosecutors say, Garcia started humming in open court.  And he kept humming — loudly — until Cerrillo gave him the sign to stop. The novel legal strategy hit a sour note with Judge Cynthia Herrera, who rejected the plea deal and ordered Garcia to face trial and the prospect of a longer sentence. It’s unclear whether the humming defense will catch on at Southern California courthouses, but it shows the lengths that defense attorneys will take to push back on efforts by prosecutors in some counties to charge fentanyl-related deaths as murders. Prosecutors don’t consider the deaths as overdoses, but as poisonings. By issuing a warning, they believe it will strengthen potential...
    COVID-19 hospitalizations among California’s children — especially those too young to go to school — are the highest they have been since the pandemic began. Chalk it up to the highly contagious omicron variant, kids exposed during in-person instruction at school and other public places, and infants and preschoolers being ineligible for vaccination. The state has tallied nearly 850,000 cases of COVID among kids 0 to 17 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those, 44 have died — equivalent to an entire school bus filled with kids. “The wave of delta and wave of omicron challenged some assumptions we had that kids would not get it and got spared,” said Dr. Theodore Ruel, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health at UCSF. “Now we know that kids absolutely do get infections, and even though they are small numbers they do get admitted and some die.” This peak in hospitalizations of kids across the state has surpassed records set during last winter’s surge, said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly last week. The...
    LOS ANGELES — On an isolated farm, greenhouses stand in regimental order, sheltered by a fringe of trees. Inside are hundreds of head-high cannabis plants in precise rows, each rising from a pot nourished by coils of irrigation tubing. Lights powerful enough to turn night into day blaze overhead. In the five years since California voters approved a broad legal marketplace for marijuana, thousands of greenhouses have sprouted across the state. But these, under their plastic canopies, conceal a secret. The cultivator who operates the grow north of Sacramento holds a coveted state-issued license, permitting the business to produce and sell its plants. But it’s been virtually impossible for the grower to turn a profit in a struggling legal industry where wholesale prices for cannabis buds have plunged as much as 70% from a year ago, taxes approach 50% in some areas and customers find far better deals in the thriving underground marketplace. So the company has two identities — one legal, the other illicit. “We basically subsidize our white market with our black market,” said the cultivator, who agreed...
    VENTURA, Calif. (KABC) -- Although there wasn't any major damage caused by a tsunami surge that was triggered by an underwater volcano eruption in the South Pacific Saturday, some Southern California coastal areas definitely saw its effects.In Ventura, the strong tsunami swells ripped through a harbor and took several boats with it."It was a 6-foot tide in 30 minutes... At first I thought everything just floated back into place but the docks sustained quite a bit of damage," said Dale Eagle.A harbor patrol boat was one of the casualties as the current and the tide took over."The tide was so strong, it hopped up the back of our deck and flooded the back deck," said John Higgins, the Ventura Harbor Master. "The weight of the water, along with the pressure from the current, caused our boat to flip over at the dock and capsize."EMBED More News Videos A tsunami advisory was issued for Southern California beaches after an underwater volcano erupted near the island nation of Tonga in the South Pacific. A tsunami advisory that was issued Saturday for the...
    A TSUNAMI warning was issued for the entire West Coast on Saturday. However, the warning was revised and applied specifically to California residents. 2Officials cautioned residents about the tsunami Is there a tsunami warning in California? On the morning of Saturday, 15 January 2022, a tsunami advisory was in effect for the entire West Coast and Alaska after a volcanic eruption in the Pacific. The official Twitter account of the National Weather Service National Tsunami Warning Center stated: "A Tsunami is occurring. Remember- the first wave may not be that largest. Move away from the shore and head to high ground." However, later that evening on the same day, the warning was only in effect for the California coast from the Orange/Diego Line, California, to the Oregon-California border, as well as San Francisco Bay. Most read in NewsSNOW JOKE Snowstorm Izzy path tracker as huge front causes weather warnings for the weekendSIEGE ENDS Texas synagogue's rabbi says he is 'grateful to be alive' as hostages are freedDON STAGE Donald Trump travels to Arizona for his first rally of 2022TERRORIST NAMED...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- An underwater volcano in the South Pacific erupted violently on Saturday, causing tsunamis to hit Hawaii, Japan, and Tonga's largest island, Tongatapu -- sending waves flooding into the capital.The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano, about 18.6 miles southeast of Tonga's Fonuafo'ou island, first erupted on Friday and a second time on Saturday around 5:26 p.m. local time, according to CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand (RNZ).The eruptions sent a plume of ash, gas and steam 12.4 miles into the air, according to RNZ. Satellite imagery showed a massive ash cloud and shockwaves spreading from the eruption. Ash was falling from the sky in the Tonga capital, Nuku'alofa, Saturday evening and phone connections were down.The eruption caused a severe tsunami on Tongatapu, where the capital is located, with waves flowing onto coastal roads and flooding properties on Saturday. In this satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and released by the agency, shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga. Japan Meteorology Agency via AP So far, New Zealand authorities have not received any reports of...
    The San Francisco Fire Department rescued two surfers Saturday who had defied warnings and dared to ride a small but deadly incoming tsunami wave generated by the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in the South Pacific. 1.14.2022: (correction on date) Large volcanic eruption near Tonga (Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haapai volcano) today as seen from outer space. Shown on visible imagery using the Himawari satellite. #hiwx #tsunami #earthquake pic.twitter.com/Y18W7wvXl9 — NWSHonolulu (@NWSHonolulu) January 15, 2022 As the New York Times noted: An underwater volcano erupted on Saturday near the remote Pacific nation of Tonga, triggering tsunami warnings across the Pacific and for the West Coast of the United States, and causing strong waves and currents in many coastal areas. … A four-foot tsunami wave was reported to have hit Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, sending people rushing to higher ground, and witnesses said ash had fallen from the sky. There were no immediate official reports on the extent of injuries or damages, but internet service in the country was disrupted, according to The Associated Press, making it difficult to assess. In the United...
    Orange County Dist. Atty. Todd Spitzer showed up to our meeting last week with a busted upper lip. A razor cut from shaving, he sheepishly admitted, a deep one that had crusted up enough so Spitzer winced just a little bit while sipping coffee. That wasn’t the self-inflicted wound I was curious about, though. Before us was a folder with a press release for Spitzer’s reelection campaign that featured a hashtag he coined: #NoLAinOC. “Look how good it looks in the banner,” the 61-year-old father of two said with pride at one point in our hour-plus conversation. His finger swept over the last three letters of his last name, where the slogan rested. Spitzer didn’t like it when I called it juvenile. “I’m not a ‘caveman’ prosecutor,” he insisted, referring to the self-anointed nickname of the ‘90s-era O.C. GOP members who continue to define the county’s peculiar politics. “Well, it’s probably how I was trained. Yeah, but I have evolved.” I allowed that he’s at least better than his predecessor, Tony Rackauckas, whom Spitzer defeated in 2018 in the wake...
    The eruption of an underwater volcano Saturday in a remote corner of the South Pacific touched off a powerful tsunami that roared across a large swath of the globe, putting millions of people from New Zealand to Canada on alert and forcing the closure of beaches and harbors in California and along the rest of the West Coast. There were no immediate reports of deaths, serious injuries or widespread property damage. The hardest-hit area of California appeared to be Santa Cruz Harbor, where the tsunami waves rushed in at high tide, flooding a parking lot and streets. “The boats are still sitting pretty good,” said boat owner Scott Sommers, who watched from a railroad bridge over the harbor Saturday morning as the surge buffeted the vessels. Fears of a Pacific Rim disaster began Friday around 8 p.m., when the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted in waters about 40 miles from Tonga’s capital. The plume of ash and smoke flared 12 miles in the air, bursting on satellite feeds like a mushroom cloud and gripping the attention of meteorologists...
    This image provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc. shows game show champion Amy Schneider on the set of "Jeopardy!" Schneider is the first trans person to qualify for the show's Tournament of Champions.Jeopardy Productions | AP Amy Schneider has been on a "Jeopardy!" roll. The Oakland, California-based software engineering manager recently surpassed $1.1 million in winnings on the TV game show, becoming the first woman and fourth person to break the $1 million mark. On Friday, she beat James Holzhauer's record for the third-most consecutive games won, with 33 wins under her belt. Whenever Schneider's winning streak is up, she'll likely walk away a wealthy woman. She'll also have to pay a large chunk of those earnings to Uncle Sam. "She's going to have a pretty hefty tax bill because the income she's earned on the show is ordinary income," said Megan Gorman, an attorney and managing partner at Chequers Financial Management in San Francisco. "She'll be paying some of the top rates in the United States on this income." More from Invest in You:If you are quitting a job,...
    Nearly $7 million of personal protective equipment purchased by a California county was damaged in rainstorms after it was left outside for months. The equipment and cleaning supplies were part of a surplus stockpile that San Mateo County in northern California purchased early on in the coronavirus pandemic. It was left outside after it was removed from the San Mateo Event Center last fall to make space for an event, according to a local ABC News affiliate station. Boxes containing PPE such as face shields, goggles, bleach, mop buckets, non-medical-grade isolation gowns and sterile gowns, were reportedly damaged in the recent rain. County officials released a statement on Friday detailing that the boxes of equipment should have been brought back inside the facility following the event. "The County is solely responsible for our materials at the Event Center. We deeply regret that this occurred and are hiring an external investigator to identify all facts related to the damage and make recommendations to avoid future incidents," County Manager Mike Callagy wrote. Callagy also added in the statement that the incident did not affect the county's...
    Emergency rooms are nearing crisis levels in parts of California, and officials are forecasting weeks of strain in hospitals even as there are glimmers of hope the Omicron wave may soon peak in the northern part of the state. There is unprecedented spread of the coronavirus in California; never before in the pandemic have so many people been simultaneously infected. And despite signs that Omicron is less likely to require patients to need mechanical help to breathe, the extraordinarily high case rate — 2½ times last winter’s peak — is still leaving hospitals so inundated that scheduled surgeries are being canceled and ambulances are facing long delays dropping off patients. “We are seeing near-crisis levels of [emergency department] overcrowding in certain areas,” Dr. Erica Pan, the state epidemiologist, said in a briefing to the California Medical Assn. By midweek, California was reporting 52,400 hospitalizations for all reasons, just shy of the peak of 53,000 recorded at the height of last winter’s surge. L.A. County was also approaching its peak; on Thursday, it had about 15,000 people...
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — About $7 million worth of surplus personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, purchased by a Northern California county earlier in the coronavirus pandemic, was damaged in recent rainstorms after it was left outside for months, officials said Friday. San Mateo County officials acknowledged the disaster following a KGO news report, published Thursday, that showed video of scores of sodden boxes outside the San Mateo Event Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. San Mateo County, south of San Francisco, is among the wealthiest counties in the nation. Workers are inspecting the damaged boxes to see if the items inside — many of them individually wrapped — will still be usable. The undamaged goods will be donated to a nonprofit. The county plans to hire an investigator to figure out how the items were left outside since mid-September, when they were moved to an outdoor fenced-in area to make room for an event at the center. The boxes should have been brought back indoors once the event was over, according to Friday’s statement from County...
    MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A person fired at gun at a Southern California mall on Friday evening, authorities said. No one was hurt. Two suspects have been detained in the incident at the Moreno Valley Mall, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter. A firearm was recovered. Law enforcement was called to the mall at 6:05 p.m. and authorities determined that a group of people had been arguing and someone fired a gun. It was not immediately clear whether the shooting took place inside or outside the mall. Related Articles Video of 2021 San Pablo police shooting released Two men in a car wounded in Oakland shooting One arrested in fatal 2021 shooting near East Bay gas station Shot fired in restaurant during Alameda robbery 4 arrested in connection with killing of off-duty California police officer The mall has been closed for the investigation. Additional information was not immediately available. Moreno Valley is a city in the Inland Empire about 60 miles (96 kilometers) east of Los...
    California sheriff's deputies arrived at a suburban apartment complex Wednesday to find three dead children and their mother hanging on by a thread after a suicide attempt. Now Patricia Ortiz, a 31-year-old mother of three from Le Grand, California, will face murder charges after allegedly killing her 3-, 5-, and 8-year-olds.  Someone called in a welfare check to a home on Brice Street in Le Grand around 2:10 p.m., according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office. California sheriff's deputies arrived at a suburban apartment complex Wednesday to find three dead children and their mother hanging on by a thread after a suicide attempt. (FOX 26 Fresno) CALIFORNIA WOMAN INJURED, 3 CHILDREN FOUND DEAD INSIDE HOME "When deputies arrived, they found three deceased children inside the residence along with an adult female who was suffering from what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds," the department said in a statement Thursday. Deputies found Ortiz with severe injuries, investigators said. They took "life-saving measures" at the scene and she was rushed to a hospital for treatment ahead of her expected booking at the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- There's currently a push to bring back COVID-19 supplemental sick leave as coronavirus cases rise, and those sick with COVID-19 are being asked to stay home.As the COVID-19 spread continues breaking records, many frontline workers are sounding the alarm and calling for increased protections."I tested positive for COVID. And it was right before Christmas. It was not fun. So I did report it to my manager, and I stayed home to recover, and to stop the spread," said Rhiannon Ramos, a frontline worker.Ramos works at a grocery store. She learned first-hand that the COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave that was required by the state, has expired."I did call my corporate office and inquired about the supplemental paid sick leave. And I was informed that they did not keep the supplemental paid sick leave that was mandated until September 2021," Ramos explained.Ramos, other frontline workers, and labor unions are calling on the state to bring those protections back."It will also help reduce the strain on our crowded hospitals by allowing people who are sick to take care...
    WASHINGTON D.C (CBS SF) — California will soon receive $849.4 million in federal funds to repair and improve 1,536 bridges across the state thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, announced Friday. Over the next five years, California will receive $4.2 billion of the $110 billion the Biden Administration plans to administer to road and bridge repair projects nationwide. The funds are the single-largest investment in reconstructing U.S. roads since the creation of the Interstate Highway System in 1956, according to the legislation’s fact sheet. READ MORE: French Bulldog Stolen From Owner at Gunpoint In Oakland; Reward OfferedCongress in November approved the $1.2 trillion spending bill, which also promises to add on 1.5 million jobs per year for the next 10 years, deliver clean water to families, provide high-speed internet to all Americans, improve public transportation, strengthen the nation’s airports and ports and invest in a zero-emissions future. “The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is going to create millions of jobs while repairing our bridges throughout California,” Thompson said in a statement. “I’m proud...