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Maniac Mike’s Cafe in Upland bounces back after family death, fire, and 14-month closure

When Mike Stewart died, his family was prepared. He’d had a form of ALS and was fading before his death April 16, 2018. Four days later, after his cremation, his restaurant, Maniac Mike’s Cafe at Upland’s Cable Airport, suffered a catastrophic fire. No one was prepared for that. “The fire was a shock. My husband’s death wasn’t a shock. We had time to say goodbyes and make plans,” Annette Stewart recalled Monday. Edward Dallas of Pomona tells strangers at a communal table, “These ladies have my heart. I want my daughters to be just like them in kindness and respect to all,” he says of Maniac Mike’s Cafe GM Tina Stewart Weaver and her mom Annette Stewart, owner, at the renovated Cable Airport in Upland on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Maniac Mike’s Cafe GM Tina Stewart Weaver and mom/owner Annette Stewart at the renovated Cable Airport in Upland on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Weaver’s dad and Stewart’s husband, Mike Stewart, died of ALS in April 2018, just four days before the fire. Both he and his mom lived nine…

As homeless count launches, LA County OKs urgent new action plan

Faced with the possibility of rising numbers of homeless people across the LA County, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday,  approved an “urgent” effort to beef up the county’s ability to deal with the crisis. After a robust discussion and public comment on a problem that has left more than 60,000 people without a home in the county, the board greenlighted a “roadmap” that Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said could streamline the ability to house people across from the San Gabriel Valley to the South Bay to the San Fernando Valley. The board’s action allows the county to prioritize parts of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent plan to get people off the streets, and would ultimately beef up the capacity of county departments that are already trying to do that. And it would make the county more accountable for doing so. It aims to increase LA County’s ability to crack down on rent gouging, provide legal defense during evictions, make housing the homeless easier and secure more funding to treat mentally and physically ill people. “We accept that we have a crisis on hour hands that warrants…

Ousted Recording Academy CEO Files Federal Discrimination Complaint

Share this article:Days after being placed on administrative leave, Recording Academy President/CEO Deborah Dugan filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Tuesday. The complaint contends that Dugan was placed on leave in retaliation for a December email to the academy’s human resources manager alleging “egregious conflicts of interest, improper self-dealing by board members and voting irregularities with respect to nominations for Grammy Awards, all made possible by the `boys’ club’ mentality and approach to governance at the academy.” Dugan’s email also alleged that she was subjected to sexual harassment last year by the academy’s general counsel, according to the complaint. She also claimed she had been pressured by the board to hire former academy CEO Neil Portnow — who stepped down under fire for a much-derided comment about female artists — as a consultant for $750,000. According to the complaint, a copy of which was published by The Wrap, Dugan was placed on leave last Thursday, three weeks after sending her email. The academy also issued a “false and defamatory” explanation that the move was in response to a misconduct complaint against…

Authorities Seek Help To Find Missing Man With Schizophrenia

Share this article:Authorities sought public help Tuesday to find a missing 57-year-old man with schizophrenia. David Vasquez was last seen about 4 a.m. Jan. 9 in the 14800 block of Dalwood Avenue near Excelsior Drive in Norwalk, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Vasquez was last seen wearing a black jacket and bright blue shorts. He is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 175 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and an “owl” tattoo on the left side of his chest, according to the sheriff’s department. It was not immediately clear if the tattoo is of an owl or the word “owl.” Authorities circulated a photo of Vasquez and encouraged anyone with information about the case to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, Missing Person Detail at 323-890-5500, or those wishing to report anonymously can call 800-222-TIPS. Authorities Seek Help To Find Missing Man With Schizophrenia was last modified: January 21st, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Red Bluff police search for stabbing suspect

RED BLUFF — The Red Bluff Police Department is asking for help in locating a man involved with a stabbing incident Saturday. Detectives identified the suspects as Red Bluff residents Dana Brown, 37, and Kyle Grinnell, 27. Brown is still at large. Dana Brown Officers were called to the open space area behind 200 James Ave. for a victim of a stabbing around 11:40 p.m. Saturday, according to a release issued Tuesday afternoon by the department. They learned the stabbing occurred in a homeless encampment near the railroad tracks and Willow Street. A second victim was later discovered when he was transported to the hospital by a friend. Both victims were stabbed multiple times, and one was in listed in critical condition, the release said. Grinnell was arrested and charged with attempted homicide, the release said. He was booked into the Tehama County Jail and bail was set at $500,000. Police are still searching for Brown. He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information about Brown is asked to call the department at 527-3131. Kyle Grinnell

Hall of Fame: Barry Bonds falls short, but Derek Jeter voted into Cooperstown

Barry Bonds, down to the final three outs of his candidacy on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, struck out again on Tuesday. Baseball’s greatest player of the past quarter century, Bonds’ path to Cooperstown continues to be compromised by performance-enhancing drug accusations as he was named on 60.7 percent of the Baseball Writers Association of America ballots, still well shy of the necessary 75 percent for the hallowed hall. The former Giants star, who left Major League Baseball in 2007 as its all-time home run leader with 762, will appear on the ballot just two more times before dropping off. However, the Hall’s doors did swing open for another iconic star Tuesday when former Yankees great Derek Jeter was voted in after earning 99.7 percent of the vote. Jeter, a 14-time All-Star and five-time world champion, was just one vote shy of joining former Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera, who last year became the first player to be unanimously selected to the Hall of Fame. Only one of the 397 voters didn’t cast a vote for Jeter. Meanwhile, former Rockies slugger Larry Walker, who won…

Hall of Fame: Larry Walker’s enshrinement, Astros cheating scandal and a path for Barry Bonds

The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class on Tuesday and for the eighth straight season, the all-time home run king failed to receive the votes needed for enshrinement. Barry Bonds will not join Derek Jeter and Larry Walker at a ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, this summer, but the San Francisco Giants legend did inch slightly closer to the 75 percent threshold. Bonds received votes from 60.7 percent of the electorate, up from 59.1 percent a year ago and 36.2 percent in 2013, the first year he appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot. The slight uptick is a positive sign for Bonds, but it remains unlikely that he’ll gain enough ground in the final two years he’s slated to appear on the ballot. A pair of Bonds’ former Giants teammates, Jeff Kent and Omar Vizquel, also received a higher percentage of votes this year, and while Vizquel appears to be within striking distance of enshrinement, Kent has a long way to go to be elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Kent received 27.5 percent of votes, up from 18.1…

Antique bottle and collectibles show and sale Saturday

The 43rd annual Antique Bottle and Collectibles Show and Sale is coming this weekend to the Shasta District Fairground in Anderson. The show will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 and admission is free. For sales information, call Doug Hansen at 547-3152. For other information, call Mike Rouse at 249-1708. Dealers will set up noon to 6 p.m. Friday. Early lookers can enter 2-6 p.m. Friday for $10.

Volunteers pick mandarins for food bank

On a chilly Saturday morning, nine volunteers from Tehama Together gathered at the Whiteley Mandarin Orchard near Corning Jan. 11 to pick 500 pounds of mandarins, which were distributed to families last week by the Tehama County Food Bank. This was the fourth year Tehama Together’s Community Food Alliance program has sponsored this gleaning event. With the trees loaded with ripe mandarins, the picking was easily accomplished without ladders. Joining representatives from Tehama Together, the Food Bank and Food For the Hungry were first time volunteers assembled by Corning’s Rolling Hills Clinic. With this year’s yield being plentiful, families should consider making a trip to the orchard at 23521 Pennsylvania Ave. From South Avenue go south on Wisconsin and turn left on Pennsylvania. The Tehama County Community Food Alliance meets at 10 a.m. the second Monday of the month at 332 Pine St. in Red Bluff. Meetings are attended by local growers and healthy food advocates to share about buying fresh and local in Tehama County. Plans are being finalized for the May 17 Farm Table Dinner to be held at Redgate Ranch. For further…

Spirit Run in Riverside to raise dollars for Alvord schools

For the sixth time, the community will walk and run for Alvord schools. The Alvord Educational Foundation will host the 6th annual Spirit Run on Saturday, Feb. 1. More than 500 students, family members and community residents took part in last year’s run. The 2020 event is set for Saturday, Feb. 1. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. Participants will start at Norte Vista High School in Riverside and move into neighborhood trails and back, a news release states. The 1-Mile Walk/Run will start at 9:30 a.m., also on campus. Related Articles Lake Elsinore’s Dream Extreme Neighborhood Center to open in February Riverside marches for Martin Luther King, unity for 27th time Retiring Quiel brothers reflect on sign business’ 60 years in San Bernardino Learn tricks from a snake oil pitchman at Redlands museum’s Old West Days Interested in joining a new Daughters of the American Revolution chapter in Corona? Check-in and on-site registration will begin at 7 a.m.  Registration will end at 8:45 a.m.  Awards will be presented about 10:15 a.m. The foundation raises money for Alvord Unified School District scholarships and grants…

Air Bag Woes Force Honda, Toyota To Recall 6M Vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — Two different air bag glitches have forced Toyota and Honda to recall over 6 million vehicles worldwide, and both problems present different dangers to motorists. The Toyota recall affects about 3.4 million vehicles globally and is being done because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The cars have air bag control computers made by ZF-TRW that are vulnerable to electrical interference and may not signal the bags to inflate. The problem could affect as many as 12.3 million vehicles in the U.S. made by six companies. It’s possible that as many as eight people were killed when air bags didn’t inflate. U.S. safety regulators are investigating. Honda’s recall covers about 2.7 million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada with Takata air bag inflators. But they’re a different version than the ones blamed for 25 deaths worldwide. Still, it’s possible the air bags could blow apart a metal canister and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers. Both recalls were announced on Tuesday. In a statement, Toyota said the computer may not have adequate protection against electrical noise that can happen…

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