Conservative Christian PAC’s 7 school board candidates running in Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula

Following last week’s filing deadline, seven candidates endorsed by a group seeking Christian conservative majorities on southwest Riverside County school boards have qualified to run in the Nov. 8 general election. Jason Craig, Danny Gonzalez, Joseph Komrosky and Jen Wiersma are challenging incumbents for seats on the Temecula Valley Unified School District board, according to the unofficial candidate list from the county Registrar of Voters. Also, Courtney Cooper and Nick Pardue are seeking Murrieta Valley Unified School District board seats and Jill Leonard is running in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District. All seven have the support of the Inland Empire Family PAC. On its website, the PAC said it “works to stop the indoctrination of our children by placing candidates on school boards who will fight for Christian and Conservative values.” While “we were hoping for more candidates, (we) look forward to throwing a huge victory party for all seven of our endorsed candidates come November,” 412 Church Temecula Valley Pastor Tim Thompson, who is listed in the PAC’s paperwork as a principal officer, said Tuesday, Aug. 16, via email. With the candidates officially

Street racing operation results in dozens of citations, 3 arrests in O.C.

Several law enforcement agencies took part in a weekend operation to reduce the number of street racing incidents and vehicles on the street with loud, modified exhaust systems. The operation took place Saturday along Orange County’s coastal areas, including freeway and arterial access points to the coast, the Newport Beach Police Department stated in a news release. Hundreds of vehicles were stopped for violations, including one that was exceeding 100 mph and another where officers discovered a loaded firearm. The Police Department issued the following breakdown of the operations findings: 206 Vehicles were stopped for violations177 Vehicles were cited for vehicle code violations (which includes loud/modified exhaust)16 Vehicles were inspected on-site for modified exhaust violations by a BAR Referee1 Vehicles were cited for exceeding 100 MPH3 Vehicles were stopped and the drivers/passengers were arrested for (1) possession of a loaded firearm, (1) unlicensed driver/warrants and (1) evading a peace officer Officers from the Newport Beach Police Department, Seal Beach Police Department, Huntington Beach Police Department, Laguna Beach Police Department, Santa Ana Police Department, California Highway Patrol, as well as two referees from the California Bureau

Trump foe Cheney loses Wyoming GOP primary, ponders 2024 bid

By STEVE PEOPLES and MEAD GRUVER CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, Donald Trump’s fiercest Republican adversary in Congress, soundly lost a GOP primary, falling to a rival backed by the former president in a rout that reinforced his grip on the party’s base. The third-term congresswoman and her allies entered Tuesday downbeat about her prospects, aware that Trump’s backing gave Harriet Hageman considerable lift in the state where he won by the largest margin during the 2020 campaign. Cheney was already looking ahead to a political future beyond Capitol Hill that could include a 2024 presidential run, potentially putting her on another collision course with Trump. On Wednesday, calling Trump “a very grave threat and risk to our republic,” she told NBC that she thinks that defeating him will require “a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents — and that’s what I intend to be part of.” She declined to say if she would run for president but conceded it’s “something that I’m thinking about.” Cheney described her primary loss on Tuesday night as the beginning of a new

Why the Bay Area makes sense to be home of WNBA’s next team

The WNBA playoffs begin Wednesday, but the Bay Area has no skin in the game — other than supporting local products like Sabrina Ionescu, Chelsea Gray and others who are playing for various teams across the league. That soon could change. With the WNBA eying an expansion in the near future, the Bay has emerged as a legitimate target market to be the home of a new franchise. Several prominent basketball figures, including NBA commissioner Adam Silver and retiring WNBA legend Sue Bird, have identified San Francisco or Oakland as a prime place to have a team. “I’m definitely in favor of it,” Silver said at the NBA Finals. He also called the Bay a “fantastic basketball market” that “has historically been a great women’s basketball market as well.” Engelbert has repeatedly mentioned the Bay in her comments about an expansion, interestingly noting its close proximity to Silicon Valley. In a July interview with Boardroom, Engelbert said, “When technology is driving so much of your economy, not to have a team in the Bay Area seemed like a missed opportunity, especially with Stanford’s women’s basketball

911 call reveals neighbors’ panic after Anne Heche crashed into an occupied home in Los Angeles

By Faith Karimi | CNN The 911 call starts with a jarring observation: “A car just went through my neighbor’s house.” Anne Heche had crashed her blue Mini Cooper into a home in Los Angeles on August 5, and the caller, as heard in a recording obtained and published by TMZ, was unaware that the veteran actor was behind the wheel, or that anyone was still in the car at the time. The caller told the dispatcher that the car was about 10 feet into the house. Everyone in the home was accounted for, the caller said, adding that he was unsure how many people were in the car when it crashed. “Somebody is opening the back to see if we can access because they’re kinda trapped … inside the car,” the caller continued. In the background, a voice yelled “fire!” and another one called out for hoses as the dispatcher tried to determine whether the smoke was in the home or car. Heche’s crash into the two-story house in the Mar Vista neighborhood ignited a fiery blaze that took 59 firefighters over an hour

Northern California hotel purchases cool off, nosedive looms statewide

SAN JOSE — Hotel buying activity cooled off in Northern California, including in the Bay Area, during the first six months of 2022, a slump that might worsen during the rest of this year, an unsettling new report says. During the first six months of 2022, the dollar volume for purchases of Northern California hotels totaled slightly less than $1.03 billion, which represented a plunge of 63.4% from the $2.8 billion in hotel deals during the first half of 2021, according to a report released by Atlas Hospitality Group, which tracks the lodging market. Southern California’s hotel market experienced a 1.3% rise in the dollar volume of lodging deals, Atlas Hospitality reported. Hotels in Southern California hauled in $2.42 billion in total purchases during the first six months of this year, compared with $2.39 billion in the first half of 2021. Northern California’s weakness dragged down the statewide results. During the first six months of 2022, California hotel purchases generated $3.45 billion in transactions, which was a steep slide of 33.6% from the record $5.19 billion in hotel deals in the first half of 2021

Opinion: Stop the scapegoating of the Internal Revenue Service

The ink is barely dry on the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act, which allocates $80 billion over 10 years to help modernize IRS technology systems and provide more effective tax enforcement and collection. Yet already, Republican critics like Sen. John Thune of South Dakota are complaining that the needed funds will do little more than allow the IRS to “spend more time harassing taxpayers around this country.” Given that between $500 billion and $1 trillion a year in taxes goes uncollected, perhaps some American individuals and corporations deserve to be harassed a little. Especially when you consider that, where middleclass American wage-earners have a 95% reliability rate for paying their fair share of taxes, the top 1% of wealthy Americans consistently fail to report (and are very good at hiding) 20% of their income. For years, Republicans as well as Democrats in Congress have blocked giving the IRS the resources it needs to update its computer systems and prevent the steady erosion of its enforcement capabilities. As noted by Charles Rettig, a Trump appointee and IRS commissioner, the “areas of challenge for the agency [are]

Woman wounded by gunfire in Lancaster

A shooting investigation was underway after a woman was wounded by gunfire in Lancaster early Wednesday morning.According to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a shooting was reported just after 12:15 a.m. in the 300 block of West Lancaster Boulevard. When deputies arrived, they found one woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The victim detailed that she was in bed with her boyfriend when she heard gunfire outside of her window before realizing that she had been shot. She was taken to a hospital and was said to be in stable condition. Investigators were unsure about the circumstances leading up to the shooting. “We don’t know if the victim was a target of the shooter or if it was a stray bullet,” said LASD Deputy Tracy Koerner. Anyone with information regarding this shooting was asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

1 killed, 2 others shot in Wilmington neighborhood

Los Angeles police were in Wilmington Tuesday afternoon investigating a triple shooting in a residential area.According to the Los Angeles Police Department, it happened a little after 2:05 p.m. on the 800 block of Lagoon Avenue. When officers arrived they found three people with gunshot wounds, two of whom were conscious and breathing. Police identified the three victims as two women and another person but did not identify the victim’s gender. They did not immediately provide a description of the suspect, though indicated that they were searching for two male suspects,All three victims were taken to a nearby hospital where one of the victims, a woman in her 20s, was later pronounced dead. The two others remained in an unknown condition.

Eastbound lanes of 210 Freeway shut down for 5 full days for next phase of bridge project

It’s not déjà vu – Caltrans is again planning a closure on the 210 Freeway through Irwindale, this time for eastbound lanes, and for another five full days.The closure is the second phase of the San Gabriel River Bridge hinge replacement project. All lanes of the eastbound 210 Freeway will be closed from the 605 Freeway to about Irwindale Avenue, starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. The eastbound lanes are scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23. (credit: Caltrans) The circumstances of last month’s closure will be flipped, so this time around, three lanes of the westbound 210 Freeway will be converted going in both directions.Several on- and off-ramps to the freeway will also be shut down during the closure, including the Irwindale on-ramps to the westbound 210 Freeway, the Mt. Olive on-ramps to the eastbound 210, the 605 Freeway connector to the eastbound 210, and the westbound 210 connector to the southbound 605. Caltrans District 7 Commuters were urged to avoid the area by taking the 10 or 60 Freeways as an alternate, use public transportation, or work from home during