COVID cases surging in California a month after reopening

By Barbara Feder Ostrov, CalMatters A month after California’s reopening lifted most pandemic restrictions, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising, worrying public health officials as they contend with the more infectious Delta variant and the lagging pace of vaccinations in some communities. Los Angeles County has drawn particular concern, with five straight days of more than 1,000 new cases, a five-fold increase from mid-June. Gov. Gavin Newsom on June 15 officially ended the state’s stay-at-home and mandatory mask orders affecting 40 million people, allowing most businesses to fully reopen. Vaccinated or not, many unmasked Californians eagerly crowded into reopened stores, restaurants, churches and sporting events.. The fallout: On Wednesday, nearly 3,100 new COVID-19 cases were reported, compared to 700 on June 15. And the state’s test positivity rate – a measure of how much virus is circulating in a community – jumped from 0.08% to 3%, according to the California Department of Public Health. The actual numbers of cases remain small, however, compared to the peak of California’s devastating winter surge, when new daily cases topped 50,000. Case counts and testing results can fluctuate because…

Gavin Newsom calls more landlords, renters to join aid program

Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday laid out enhanced efforts to speed up rental assistance to reeling landlords and tenants, urging a quicker turnaround for aid requests and encouraging more participation in the $7.2 billion program. Relief efforts launched in March by the state and large cities have been hampered by complex applications, slow processing and complicated rules and regulations. The state last month extended an eviction moratorium through Sept. 30, hoping to stem widespread displacement of tenants unable to make payments during the economic hardships of the pandemic. Newsom said at an appearance in Los Angeles Wednesday the state has improved the aid process. More than $1 billion has been requested from the state by nearly 109,000 tenant and landlord applications. But only a fraction of the total — $158 million — has been paid out, according to state data, leaving many in limbo. Newsom said the state has improved its website, Housing is Key, and added more community partners to reach poor and immigrant communities. He cautioned the risks from the virus and economic upheaval remain throughout the state. “This has been an incredibly challenging…

‘Now There Is Momentum’: Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs Applauds California’s Guaranteed Income Plan

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — In what would be the first state-funded guaranteed income plan in the US, California lawmakers on Thursday approved $35 million for monthly cash payments to qualifying pregnant people and young adults previously in foster care. Both votes in the California Senate and Assembly were unanimous with some abstentions (36-0 and 64-0, respectively), but the plan did get some bipartisan support. “If you look at the stats for our foster youth, they are devastating,” Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk said. “We should be doing all we can to lift these young people up.” The plan could possibly spur other states to follow. “Now there is momentum, things are moving quickly,” said former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, now an advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom. The guaranteed income program that was instituted in Stockton during Tubb’s time as mayor catapulted him to national recognition. That program gave dozens of people living in lower-income neighborhoods $500 a month with no strings attached. Stockton’s plan was funded by donors, however. California’s guaranteed income plan is taxpayer funded. “The next stop is the federal government,” Tubbs said. In…

Plane Crash At Riverside Municipal Airport Injures Pilot, Passenger

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Two people have been injured after a small plane crashed in Riverside. The crash happened just before 10 a.m. at Riverside Municipal Airport, according to the FAA. The single-engine Vans RV6A crashed just short of the runway and was left on its roof. Aircraft accident update: Both the pilot and passenger have been transported to area hospitals. NTSB and FAA have been notified. pic.twitter.com/SscM9cxytn — City of Riverside Fire Department (@rivcafire) July 15, 2021 The pilot and passenger were injured in the crash and taken to area hospitals in unknown condition. Authorities say the NTSB and FAA have been notified of the crash. This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it comes in.

Officer-Involved Shooting Reported In Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – An officer-involved shooting occurred in Hollywood Thursday morning. July 15, 2021. (CBSLA) The shooting involving Los Angeles police occurred at 11:24 a.m. in the area of Hollywood Boulevard and Cherokee Avenue, about a block from the Egyptian Theatre. The circumstances of the shooting and the number of people struck was unclear. There was no immediate word of any injuries to officers. This is a developing story. Refresh this page for updates.

Police: Mark Thompson Hunter Of Hemet Identified Through DNA In 1999 Escondido Rape Of 19-Year-Old Woman

ESCONDIDO (CBSLA) — A Hemet man is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday in the 1999 rape of a teenage girl in Escondido. (credit: Escondido Police Department) An arrest warrant for rape and kidnapping was issued last week for 64-year-old Mark Thompson Hunter, who was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s San Diego Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday. He was taken to the Escondido Police Department for processing and later booked into Vista Detention Facility. Escondido police say DNA from the original crime led to Hunter’s identification in the Feb. 17, 1999 kidnapping and rape. The 19-year-old woman told police a man had approached her at an AM/PM on Grand Avenue, south of Rose Street, and asked for directions to the Super 7 motel in Escondido. She agreed to lead him to the motel, driving in her own car, according to police. But in the area of Valley Parkway and Fig Street, the suspect motioned for her to pull over at a parking lot, police said. When she approached his vehicle, Escondido police say the man pulled her into the van and drove her…

Sizzling Concert Series has landed in the City of San Bernardino

San Bernardino Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department celebrated and introduced summer with its Sizzling Concert Series on Friday, July 9. The concert series kicked off with an electrifying performance by Top-40 band TEASE (old school, R&B, and Latin) at San Bernardino’s Fiscalini Filed to an audience who looked happy to step out of the house, converse with neighbors and enjoy some solid tunes. “Admission is free at our Sizzling Concert Series. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-concert festivities and fans are invited to arrive early to enjoy dinner and dessert from vendors like La Bufadora or Snowie Shaved Ice, and have the opportunity to visit the information fair featuring local social service agencies,” said Tanya Romo, City Manager’s Office Neighborhood and Customer Service Operations Manager. If you missed the first concert, mark your calendar because the city’s next concert is being held on Thursday, August 5th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, featuring an Inland Empire Favorite, the Best of Everything Band, who specializes in playing a little bit of everything. Again, there will be free admission, food trucks, live music and an opportunity to engage and…

Garcia Center for the Arts granted $1 million for expansion, community garden

Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) and Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) joined supporters and leadership of the Garcia Center for the Arts on Saturday, July 10 at the Center in San Bernardino for a “check” presentation of $1 million, symbolic of 2021-22 state budget funding that Ramos helped secure for the cultural and community hub. “Getting monies in the state budget was a collaborative effort in Sacramento that resulted in a big win for San Bernardino,” Ramos said. “Assemblymember Eloise Reyes and I teamed up on this state budget request to make sure we could further the work of this important city and regional treasure.” The funding will be used to build a community garden that will help improve air quality, offer a source of fruits, vegetables, herbs, medicinal plants, a Zen garden, and expand art programs in creative fields such as photography, glass blowing, and theater. “The Garcia Center for the Arts is an established community presence and the only art center in the City of San Bernardino, making it a hub of youth and community engagement,” said Majority Leader Eloise Reyes. “This state budget funding will…

If approved by Senate, $20 million will be allocated to local transportation, infrastructure projects

On Thursday, July 1, the House passed the INVEST in America Act. The landmark transportation and infrastructure bill included $19,988,630 in funding for Inland Empire projects requested by­­ Rep. Pete Aguilar. Proposals for these projects were submitted by the community through the Member-Designated Transportation Projects process before being approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and passed by the full House. “I’m proud to have supported these surface transportation and water infrastructure programs in the INVEST in America Act, and grateful my colleagues and I were able to pass this bill to rebuild America. This is a great first step toward a transformational investment in our infrastructure that will lead to good-paying jobs, cleaner air, less traffic, and a stronger economy in the Inland Empire,” said Aguilar.   “Reche Canyon Road Extension to Hunts Lane Project is a critical project for the City of Colton. It is expected to relieve excessive congestion to one of the most impacted intersections in the city during morning and afternoon peak rush hour traffic. Approval of the much-needed funding and completion of this project will not only benefit…

NFL running back Alexander Mattison brings skills home to San Bernardino

NFL running back Alexander Mattison recently came back to his hometown of San Bernardino to host his I AM GIFTED youth football camp. The Minnesota Vikings running back held this first camp July 2 at his alma mater, San Bernardino High School. This camp was free, and youth from first-grade through high school participated. Alexander dedicated this camp to giving back to the community through the sport that gave him his platform, and to educating students and parents with information about NCAA clearinghouse, A-G requirements, and mental health. He said his goal for doing the camp was to give back to his hometown and inspire youth to have hope that they can be whatever they put their minds and hearts to. Alexander provided personal experience and advice from notes he took in mental health classes college. His interest resulted in him doing research for a current project. Each child participant received a QR code that leads to information in a google drive. There were 350 participants — boys and girls. Next year, he said he plans for the camp to be bigger and to eventually…

‘We Wanted To Highlight What Really Happens’: Karen Gravano & Karina Seabrook On MTV’s ‘Families Of The Mafia’

(CBS Local)– Season two of “Families of the Mafia” premieres tonight on MTV after “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” and this year’s docuseries promises to be even more intense than last year’s thanks to the addition of two new families. The Gravanos, the O’Tooles and the Laroccas are back and the Nayfelds and the Cutolos join the mix. The gripping series dives into the lives of five notorius mafia-tied families as they continue to deal with the ramifications of being tied to organized crime. CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith spoke to Karen Gravano, the daughter Sammy “The Bull” Gravano who worked for the Gambino Family, and her daughter Karina Seabrook about the new season of the series and what’s it’s like to be connected to the mob in 2021. “I think for me what is really fascinating about this series is family is the current flow of everything, said Gravano. “Even though we grew up in a certain type of lifestyle, there’s so many relatable stories to every day life. Everybody really came front and center and told their stories. Being able to do this with the other…

CHP Truckee: Man Starts Fire On Car Hood To Keep Bears Away

TRUCKEE (CBS13) – A CHP officer in the Truckee area responded to a car fire that was reportedly started by someone trying to keep bears at bay. As civilization increasingly encroaches on wilderness areas in the Sierra, it’s only natural that interactions between man and wild animals are on the rise. And with recent deaths caused by bears, including a Chico woman who was recently dragged from her tent and mauled to death by a grizzly, it’s no wonder that peoples’ fear of these encounters has increased. If you happen to be in the wild, things like making loud noises and keeping food put away can prevent bears from wandering into your area, but one man’s attempt to keep bears away is baffling. According to a Facebook post from CHP Truckee, the man started a fire on the hood of his car to scare off bears. The post reads: “We are always appreciative of additional fire extinguisher training, but in case anyone was wondering, no you cant [sic] light a fire on the hood of your vehicle to “keep the bears away.” The officer didn’t…

2 Taken To Hospital After 4-Car Crash In Arden Arcade

ARDEN ARCADE (CBS13) — Two people have been taken to the hospital after a crash involving four vehicles in the Arden Arcade area Thursday morning. The crash happened a little after 9 a.m. near Watt and Whitney avenues. Exactly what led up to the crash is unclear, but at least four cars were involved. One of the drivers was rear-ended and was catapulted over the center median – ending up facing the wrong way. Several vehicles ended up with significant damage. Debris was also scattered across the roadway. In total, two people were rushed to the hospital. Witnesses at the scene said one of the people hurt was a pregnant woman. The cars have since been moved out of the roadway, but drivers should expect slow traffic through the area the rest of the morning.

Fire reported on 50-foot vessel 3 miles off coast of Carlsbad

CARLSBAD (KUSI) – Crews were responding to a fire Thursday on a 50-foot vessel about three miles off the coast of Carlsbad. A good Samaritan called the U.S. Coast Guard public affairs office shortly before 9:45 a.m. to notify them of a fire on a vessel off the coast of Carlsbad, Coast Guard spokesman Adam Stanton said. The 50-foot vessel had left from Oceanside, but it was not immediately clear when it caught fire or how it started, Stanton said. A Coast Guard helicopter responded to the scene along with Encinitas lifeguards and USCG cutters Monroe and Benjamin Bottoms. No further information was immediately available. Categories: Local San Diego News

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