Newsom: Some State Workers Will Not Return To Downtown Sacramento Offices

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke to CBS13’s Steve Large in a one-on-one interview ahead of his big $75 billion budget surplus spending plan Friday. Newsom sat down to talk about small business help, and he also talked about small businesses suffering in downtown Sacramento with so many state workers now working remotely. The governor answered questions about whether downtown businesses will get a post-pandemic return of the full state work force. Steve Large: “State worker foot traffic is down. There’s teleworking now that’s become part of everyday life. Will state workers ever be back in downtown Sacramento?” Newsom: “They’re going to be back, but perhaps not at the numbers, or the same work styles, same arrangements we’ve seen in the past.” Newsom announced that flexible work schedules, and working from home, will be part of the “new normal” for state workers. Downtown Sacramento state office space will be reduced. Newsom: “Look, tomorrow I’ll announce that we’re going to codify 5 percent efficiencies across the board, at a time of surplus does not mean you are not frugal in terms of addressing waste and…

Adoption Drawing To Be Held For 49 Dogs Rescued From Turlock Home If Unclaimed By Owners As Of May 18

TURLOCK (CBS13) – Turlock Police Animal Services on Thursday said it removed 49 dogs this week from a residence that was over the legal limit of three per household. Animal Services said it was made aware of the animals on Tuesday and contacted the resident, who told them the dogs were believed to be strays found around the city. The resident then agreed to surrender the animals, which were removed from the property the next day. See photos of some of the dogs below. Dogs Rescued 1(credit: Turlock Animal Services) Dogs Rescued 2(credit: Turlock Animal Services) Dogs Rescued 3(credit: Turlock Animal Services) Dogs Rescued 4(credit: Turlock Animal Services) Dogs Rescued 5(credit: Turlock Animal Services) On Wednesday, the dogs were examined and are being treated. Animal Services said it is believed the increased population was a result of breeding and none of them will be euthanized. None of the dogs were microchipped. All 49 dogs are being held by Animal Services until May 18 to give back to anyone who may have lost their pet if they are within that group of dogs. Following May 18,…

Counties Require Different Verifications To Allow Children 12-15 Vaccinations

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Kaleb, a 14-year-old in Sacramento, got his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine Thursday. His mom drove him to his appointment, telling CBS13 she had to show proof of his age and verify she’s his parent. Kaleb says not being in class as many days as before the pandemic makes him anxious. “I just want to get back to school,” he said. Don Amador surprised his son Jaden by picking him up from school and taking him straight to Natomas Unified’s drive-through clinic. He, too, had to give consent and provide verification before Jaden could get the shot. “Just watching her doing the shot,” Jaden described while showing off his Band-Aid. CBS13 is learning parental consent and verification aren’t the same across the board. In Yolo County, consent can be given in three ways. The first is by a parent or guardian taking their kids 12 and up to get the shot. The second, a minor consent form filled out by a parent or guardian with their signature. And the third is verbal consent where a staff member speaks to a child’s…

Grossmont College breaks ground on science and technology building project

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Grossmont College broke ground Thursday on the second phase of a $36.2 million science, math and career technology complex, which will house a new Veterans Resource Center. The project will expand classroom, lab and office spaces for programs including physical geography and oceanography, human geography and social sciences, math and geology. Governing Board President Brad Monroe thanked East County taxpayers for supporting Proposition V, the 2012 bond measure financing the new building and other construction and renovation projects at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. “This building will demonstrate to the community that their investment in our college district through the passage of Proposition V was well spent,” he said. “This building will serve tens of thousands of students in the years to come.” Interim Grossmont College President Marsha Gable said she is excited about the new space for veterans, which will be a center providing counseling, tutoring and a social space for the college’s student veteran population. “With a prime location on Griffin Drive, the new Veterans Resource Center will be an easily accessible space for Grossmont College to help hundreds of…

Dr. Georgine Nanos explains new mask guidelines from the CDC

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is easing mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. The new guidance announced Thursday is a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life. The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but it will help clear the way for reopening workplaces and schools. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says: “We have all longed for this moment — when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.” Dr. Georgine Nanos with Kind Health Group joined Good Evening San Diego to help explain the new guidance from the CDC. Categories: Coronavirus, Good Evening San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News

Rough arrest of homeless man in La Jolla spurs protest, in-house SDPD probe

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An internal investigation was underway Thursday into a bystander-videotaped arrest during which San Diego Police Department personnel tackled and repeatedly punched a homeless man on a La Jolla thoroughfare. The internet-posted images of the officers’ protracted struggle to detain the man in the 4100 block of Torrey Pines Road on Wednesday morning prompted dismay on social media, along with a sharp rebuke and call for accountability from the local branch of the NAACP. “We have been made aware of a disturbing incident … involving the brutal handling of a member of our community,” Francine Maxwell, president of the San Diego branch of the civil rights organization, wrote in a letter to SDPD Chief David Nisleit. “We are deeply saddened and angered to see the San Diego Police Department act with such violence against someone who presented no apparent risk to anyone.” The events that led to the rough arrest began about 9 a.m., when a pair of patrolmen saw the transient urinating in public in the coastal neighborhood near Scripps Institution of Oceanography and tried to contact him, according to SDPD…

Mt. Helix resident awaits judge ruling for sexually violent predator placement

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A judge Monday rejected placing a sexually violent predator poised for conditional release at a home in the Mount Helix neighborhood, saying the residence was located in a densely populated neighborhood and in close proximity to children. San Diego Superior Court Judge Albert Harutunian III said the home at 10957 Horizon Hills Drive, which was proposed by state hospital officials to house 64-year-old Merle Wade Wakefield, was “not what the legislature intended for SVP placements.” The home rejected by the judge is the same residence that the Department of State Hospitals proposed for the placement of 78-year-old sexually violent predator Douglas Badger. Dozens of Mount Helix residents and local elected officials urged a judge last month to reject the placement on various grounds, including concerns over how stringently Badger would be monitored and the neighborhood having a much higher population density than the remote, sparsely populated locations where SVPs are typically housed. San Diego Superior Court Judge Theodore Weathers, who is overseeing the case of Badger’s placement, has not yet issued a ruling. Mt. Helix resident Sarah Thompson joined Good Evening…

Illegal street racing has surged across U.S. during coronavirus pandemic

Jaye Sanford, a 52-year-old mother of two, was driving home in suburban Atlanta on Nov. 21 when a man in a Dodge Challenger muscle car who was allegedly street racing crashed into her head-on, killing her. She is one of the many victims of a surge in street racing that has taken root across America during the coronavirus pandemic, prompting police crackdowns and bills aimed at harsher punishments. Experts say TV shows and movies glorifying street racing had already fueled interest in recent years. Then shutdowns associated with the pandemic cleared normally clogged highways as commuters worked from home. Those with a passion for fast cars often had time to modify them, and to show them off, said Tami Eggleston, a sports psychologist who participates in legal drag racing. “With COVID, when we were separated from people, I think people sort of bonded in their interest groups,” said Eggleston, who is also the provost of McKendree University, a small college in suburban St. Louis. “So that need to want to socialize and be around other people brought the racers out.” But people have been killed…

Police: 9 wounded in shooting amid ‘ongoing fued’ in Providence, Rhode Island

Nine people were wounded Thursday evening in Rhode Island’s capital in what police there believe to be the largest shooting in city history. Of the nine, three had serious injuries and were “maybe critical,” Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements told reporters at the scene. He said multiple guns were used and it involved an “ongoing feud” involving two groups known to authorities. He said the shooting began with gunfire emanating from a vehicle, targeting a home. A person or people inside the home then returned fire. He described the participants as “young men.” The shooting took place just before 7 p.m. in the southeastern neighborhood of Washington Park, which Clements described as a typically quiet neighborhood. Clements said an estimated several dozen shots were fired. Evidence markers showing where more than a dozen shell casings littered the ground could be seen in the distance. Police sealed off the area. No arrests have been made. Clements stressed the investigation was in its early stages. Detectives were at the hospital interviewing the victims, who are between the ages of 19 and 25. Further details about…

Police: Man arrested after peeping into Montclair home and harassing neighbors

A man seen in a Montclair neighborhood peeping into a home and allegedly making suggestive comments to a child Wednesday afternoon has been arrested, officials said.  Jesus Mendez-Ramirez, 23, was located in the 4400 block of Holt Avenue in Pomona at around 3 a.m. Thursday and arrested on unrelated charges, according to the Montclair Police Department. The peeping incident occurred around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday when Raylene Atilano says she was changing her 2-year-old daughter’s diaper and noticed Mendez-Ramirez looking in through her window. Atilano became startled and notified her brother, who then went outside to confront him. Mendez-Ramirez left the home and walked across the street where a 9-year-old was walking, according to a report from the Montclair Police Department. He had his shirt off and was making flirtatious movements, waving his shirt above his head and telling the child to go with him to his home, the report said.  Several witnesses saw what was happening, including the child’s parent who was able to get a photo of the man identified as Mendez-Ramirez.  “I’m upset, I’m very angry,” Atilano said, “I don’t want any little…

TikToker Jesus Morales Has Given More Than $96K To SoCal Street Vendors

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — When the pandemic hit, 24-year-old Jesus Morales was let go from his job. Through his TikTok channel, 24-year-old Jesus Morales has given out more than $96,000 to unsuspecting street vendors. (Source: Jesus Morales/TikTok) “I was working at a gym, and of course all the gyms shut down because of COVID,” he said. “So I wasn’t working, and I just had all this time on my hands.” He used that time to start creating original content on the social media platform TikTok. His videos quickly gained attention and the views started mounting, but Morales said he was still missing something. “Honestly, I just felt like I wasn’t enjoying it, and it almost felt like a forced kind of thing,” he said. “It was around that time where I came across two different TikTok users that kind of inspired me to take my platform and shift it into a different direction.” Morales decided to take his popularity on the platform and turn it into good. “I knew that I wanted to do more for the Latino community,” he said. “I started doing more…

Caught On Camera: 67-Year-Old Taiwanese Lyft Driver Robbed At Gunpoint

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Dashcam video captured a man robbing and assaulting a grandfather at gunpoint in South El Monte, while he was stopped at a gas station on his Lyft route. Paul Liao, 67, was working as a Lyft driver Monday night when the suspect jumped into his car. The incident was captured on the dashcam that he had just purchased two months prior. Liao was robbed at gunpoint at an Arco station at Rosemead Boulevard and Rush Street in South El Monte. “I was very scared,” said Liao. “Very scared.” The suspect slid into his backseat after Liao said he had just finished washing his car and was waiting for his next ride. Liao suffered a bloody nose from where the robber hit him twice before taking off. “He used the gun to hit my face,” said Liao. In the video, the suspect grabs Liao’s phone then forces him to hand over more than $1,500 in cash. Liao’s daughter-in-law Christine Ting says he had just earned that money at another job. “He had just gotten paid for doing designated driving services,” she said Thursday.…

George Scores 20, Clippers Roll Past Slumping Hornets 113-90

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Paul George had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Reggie Jackson added 19 points off the bench on five 3-pointers and the Los Angeles Clippers handed the slumping Charlotte Hornets their fourth loss in the last five games, 113-90 on Thursday night. Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) is guarded by Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 13, 2021. (Jacob Kupferman/AP Photo) Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who are jockeying for playoff position in the Western Conference. The Clippers (47-23) remain in third place, one game ahead of the Denver Nuggets with two games remaining. The NBA’s best 3-point shooting team this season lived up to expectations as the Clippers made 21 of 45 shots from beyond the arc. “We have been shooting it great all year,” Leonard said. “I’m just happy guys are being aggressive and making the right play. (The Hornets) were packing the paint and we had a lot of double teams, so once we kicked it out,…

Standoff Continues After Pursuit Ends In Palmdale, 1 Person In Custody

LANCASTER (CBSLA) — A standoff at the end of a pursuit continued Thursday night in Palmdale between Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies with a man suspected of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon on a deputy. A person suspected of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon was in a standoff with authorities following a dangerous pursuit. (CBSLA) According to authorities, the pursuit started in the 2000 block of West Avenue H-8 in Lancaster at about 4:50 p.m. and went up into Kern County before returning back to the Lancaster area where the California Highway Patrol took control of the pursuit. The driver of the Prius then got off the 14 Freeway in Palmdale and took the chase to surface streets where a CHP officer was struck by an unsuspecting driver. Following a failed PIT maneuver, the driver of the Prius drove to the Sierra View Gardens apartment complex in Palmdale where two people — a male driver and female passenger — exited the vehicle. The passenger surrendered to LASD deputies and the driver, who was reportedly armed with a shotgun, ran into…

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