Californians mostly avoid large crowds at beaches, other public spaces over Fourth of July weekend

Californians mostly heeded warnings to stay away from beaches and other public spaces during the long weekend as state officials urged social distancing amid a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. Many communities canceled July 4 fireworks shows and other annual festivities, changes that appeared to successfully keep crowds at bay. Volunteers were acting as “goodwill ambassadors” to remind people about closures at Los Angeles County waterfronts, Department of Beaches and Harbors spokeswoman Nicole Mooradian said Sunday. “In terms of compliance, most beachgoers have been staying away. But surfers, not so much,” Mooradian said. A weekend swell brought big waves that proved irresistible to some, she said. Mooradian wasn’t aware of anyone receiving citations for violating health orders. The beach closures that began Friday in greater Los Angeles rolled northward through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. In Orange County, hugely popular beaches such as Huntington and Newport also closed Saturday and Sunday. San Clemente’s beach remained open but thinner-than-usual crowds allowed most people to keep the recommended 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart. “Everyone is kind of staying to their own,” beachgoer Julia Groves told the Orange…

Broadway actor Nick Cordero, 41, dies after battle with COVID-19

Nick Cordero, a Broadway actor who had admirers across the world rallying for his recovery, has died after a battle with Covid-19, according to his wife, Amanda Kloots. He was 41. “God has another angel in heaven now,” Kloots posted on her official Instagram account Sunday night. “My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.” Kloots has been regularly updating her social media accounts with news of her husband’s ups and downs as he battled the virus and complications, including an amputated leg. She said Cordero battled the disease for 95 days. Born in Canada, Cordero grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, and eventually made his way to the Big Apple. In 2014 he was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award his role in “Bullets Over Broadway,” a role that earned him a Theatre World Award and Outer Critics Circle Award. Cordero originated the role of the husband, Earl, in the Broadway production of “Waitress,” as well as the role of Sonny in the musical version of Chazz Palminteri’s…

Santa Clarita brush fire grows to 800 acres, shutting down 14 Freeway and forcing evacuations

A brush fire in Santa Clarita burned through 800 acres Sunday, shutting down a stretch of the 14 Freeway as authorities evacuated local residents, according to fire officials. The fire had scorched just a single acre, burning at a “moderate” rate near Agua Dulce, when the Los Angeles County Fire Department first tweeted about it just after 3:30 p.m. But the flames later jumped the freeway, and the blaze exploded to 400 acres before 5 p.m. Dubbed the Soledad Fire, it broke out near Agua Dulce Canyon Road and the 14 Freeway, authorities said. It burned 800 acres with 0% containment by 7 p.m., according to fire officials. By 5:30 p.m., local law enforcement officials had started evacuating residents between Agua Dulce Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road — in areas north and east of the freeway. An hour later, officials said nine homes had been evacuated so far. #SoledadFire Evacuations being conducted between Escondido Canyon Road and Crown Valley Road. If you live near 14 fwy in these areas, be prepared to evacuate. @LACoFDPIO @LASDHQ @PalmdaleSheriff— SCV Sheriff (@SCVSHERIFF) July 6, 2020 The city…

Residents Come Out To Enjoy Sun In Seal Beach After July 4th Closures

SEAL BEACH (CBSLA) — Seal Beach was one of the few coastal cities that reopened its beaches this Fourth of July weekend as coronavirus cases continue to rise. The city’s beaches were closed on Saturday as a precaution, along with several other Orange County beaches. There were mixed emotions from the people who came out to the beaches, with some completely okay with reopening the state, and others — including one coronavirus survivor — who are more cautious and plan to keep their distance from others. “We don’t feel like there is much risk at the beach,” Seal Beach resident Jenny Campbell said. “Everyone keeps their space. We feel safe.” Mary Kay, who says she recently recovered from a coronavirus diagnosis, said she wants people to “act responsibly” in regards to the coronavirus guidelines. “[The closures] are too bad, but it was necessary obviously,” Kay said. “People can’t act responsibly.” For the most part, beachgoers in Seal Beach were maintaining their distance from others and some wore face coverings as well as a precaution.

Santa Clarita brush fire grows to 400 acres, shutting down 14 Freeway and forcing evacuations

A brush fire in Santa Clarita burned through 400 acres Sunday, shutting down a stretch of the 14 Freeway as authorities evacuated local residents. The fire had scorched just a single acre, burning at a “moderate” rate near Agua Dulce, when the Los Angeles County Fire Department first tweeted about it just after 3:30 p.m. But the flames later jumped the freeway, and the blaze exploded to 400 acres before 5 p.m. Dubbed the Soledad Fire, it broke out near Agua Dulce Canyon Road and the 14 Freeway, authorities said. It has the potential to burn through 1,000 acres, according to fire officials. By 5:30 p.m., local law enforcement officials had started evacuating residents between Agua Dulce Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road — in areas north and east of the freeway. #SoledadFire Evacuations being conducted between Escondido Canyon Road and Crown Valley Road. If you live near 14 fwy in these areas, be prepared to evacuate. @LACoFDPIO @LASDHQ @PalmdaleSheriff— SCV Sheriff (@SCVSHERIFF) July 6, 2020 The city of Santa Clarita tweeted a map showing which areas are under evacuation orders. UPDATE (5:40 pm): Please…

Tony-Nominated Broadway Star Nick Cordero Dies At 41 After Coronavirus Battle

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Tony-nominated Broadway star Nick Cordero has died after a lengthy battle with coronavirus. News of the 41-year-old’s death was confirmed by his wife, Amanda Kloots, on Instagram on Sunday. She said, “God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.” View this post on Instagram God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth. ⠀ I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday. ⠀ To Nicks extraordinary doctor, Dr. David Ng, you were my positive doctor! There are not many…

Fire damages vacant Victorian at Pine and Rio in Red Bluff

RED BLUFF — A vacant Victorian home at the corner of Pine and Rio streets in downtown Red Bluff caught fire Saturday afternoon, damaging the structure. The Red Bluff Fire Department responded around 4:30 p.m., said Chief Ray Barber. The firefighters contained the fire around 5 p.m. and cleared the scene at 9 p.m. Cal Fire assisted with the call. Barber said the first and second floors of the home were damaged and there was extensive overhaul done to the building after the fire was contained. The fire caused an estimated $100,000 worth of damage. The home was unoccupied and there were no injuries as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, which is being headed up by Division Chief Michael Bachmeyer.

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