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L.A. Kings among teams exploring option of outdoor NHL games

The NHL has yet to finalize plans for the upcoming season, but teams are already thinking outside the box in preparing for a campaign that will look far different during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Kings, that has included the idea of hosting potential outdoor games if fans could attend, a long-shot possibility the team has explored during conversations with the league, as reported by multiple media reports Thursday. With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Southern California and local health officials beginning to re-introduce stricter stay-at-home orders, it seems unlikely that fans will be allowed to attend games at Staples Center for at least the start, if not all, of the 2020-21 season, which the league hopes to begin next month. In theory, outdoor games could provide a safer setting for the return of spectators. And there are several factors that would make the Kings a logical potential host. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Why is the toll so high when the traffic is light? Roadshow

Q: You say that toll lanes are based on the volume of traffic, but I disagree. I commute from Pleasanton to Fairfield and have seen a bunch of Fridays when there’s no traffic on the road, yet the toll doubles or triples all the way up to $10. Volume has nothing to do with it and if it does at certain times, why wouldn’t the toll be less to have people drive in those lanes to keep traffic down in other lanes? This is nothing but bureaucratic thievery. Louie Casterson, Pleasanton Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. A: The next guy agrees with you. Q: It was my understanding that the express lanes would follow a congestion pricing model that would include the option to open the lanes to all drivers (no FasTrak transponder required, no fee) if traffic was moving well enough. However, on at least a half-dozen occasions, I have driven at or above 65 mph in the non-express lane with 10 or more car lengths separation and at the same time,…

Man injured in West Oakland drug-related shooting

OAKLAND, CA – December 3: A woman who approached a crime scene saying she heard her husband was shot cries while speaking with officers investigating a shooting at the corner of 23rd Street and San Pablo Avenue in West Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Dylan Bouscher/Bay Area News Group) OAKLAND, CA – December 3: Officers investigate a shooting at the corner of 23rd Street and San Pablo Avenue in West Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Dylan Bouscher/Bay Area News Group) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOAKLAND, CA – December 3: Officers investigate a shooting at the corner of 23rd Street and San Pablo Avenue in West Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Dylan Bouscher/Bay Area News Group) OAKLAND, CA – December 3: Officers investigate a shooting at the corner of 23rd Street and San Pablo Avenue in West Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Dylan Bouscher/Bay Area News Group) OAKLAND, CA – December 3: Officers investigate a shooting at the corner of 23rd Street and San Pablo Avenue in West Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Dylan Bouscher/Bay Area…

Alameda DA charges two with attempting to murder cops in recent Oakland shooting

OAKLAND — Two men in their 20s have been charged with attempting to murder two California Highway Patrol officers in a Tuesday morning shooting that authorities say occurred after the officers attempted to pull over what turned out to be a stolen car on Interstate 580. Humberto Orozco, 23, and Victor Beltran, 25, face charges of attempting to kill CHP officers, gun possession, driving in a stolen car, and assault with a firearm. Court records identify the victims as officers Sean Flannery and Sammantha Thomason. The charges were filed Thursday by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office. The officers were patrolling Interstate 580 near the Edwards Avenue offramp in Oakland when they saw an eastbound Mercedes speed past them at about 1:40 a.m., according to a police probable cause statement. They attempted to pull the car over and followed it onto city streets. That’s when one of the car’s occupants fired an undisclosed number of shots at the police car then sped off as the officers took “evasive action” to avoid the gunfire. Investigators say that Orozco, the alleged driver, passed Beltran a firearm and…

San Jose teen artist wows Kamala Harris, wins national acclaim

A San Jose teen artist who recently won raves from Kamala Harris for a portrait he painted of the Vice President-elect, is now earning national acclaim. Tyler Gordon, 14, has been named a Top 5 finalist for Time magazine’s first-ever Kid of the Year honor and will be among the talented youngsters featured in a Nickelodeon television special Friday night. “I feel really grateful that, out of the thousands of kids who were considered, I made it this far.” Gordon said Thursday. “And I’m grateful for my family for helping me along the way.” Time, which has named a Person of the Year for 92 years, decided now was a good time to honor a youth, as well. The magazine partnered with Nickelodeon on a nationwide search to find the “most influential kid of 2020.” The list was winnowed from more than 5,000 young Americans — ages 8 to 16 — to five finalists, who will appear the “Kid of the Year” special (7:30 p.m. Friday, Nickelodeon and TV Land) hosted by Trevor Noah. Tyler Gordon, a big basketball fan, displays one of his pieces.…

New COVID stay-home order expected to hit Bay Area later this month

Facing down what he called the “final surge” of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday said he expects to shut down many businesses and further restrict residents’ movements in the COVID-weary Bay Area within the next few weeks. Newsom laid out the strictest widespread shutdown the state has seen since its initial shelter-in-place orders in March, requiring regions to close outdoor restaurant, brewery and winery seating, hair salons and barbershops, playgrounds and other venues if their hospital ICU capacity dips below 15%. PLEASANTON, CA – Dec. 3: Maureen Nokes and her husband Frank Gomez, of Pleasanton, look at the menu at Strizzi’s Restaurant in Pleasanton, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new, regional stay-at-home order, which will force additional restrictions in any of the five regions of the state where fewer than 15% of intensive care units remain available. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)SAN JOSE, CA – DEC. 3: Carol Goedde and Jackie Moncreiff enjoy an outdoor lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. They are not happy with restrictions being placed…

3 Charged In Connection With Stabbing Of Transgender Woman at MacArthur Park

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Three people have been charged in connection with the stabbing of a transgender woman at MacArthur Park nearly two months ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday. Daniela Hernandez was brutally attacked Sunday night in the Westlake District. LAPD said it was investigating the attack as a hate crime. ( Javier Trimin-Rodriguez, 22, of Los Angeles, pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of attempted murder and extortion in connection with the Oct. 4 attack, according to the D.A.’s office. The charges included allegations of a hate crime, use of a knife as a deadly and dangerous weapon, great bodily injury and committing the crimes in association with a criminal street gang. Co-defendant, Margarita Valencia, 23, of Castaic, previously pleaded not guilty to one felony count of extortion involving another transgender woman on or between June and August, as well as an allegation that the crime was committed in association with a criminal street gang. Donoban Fonseca, 24, whose city of residence was not released, was charged Oct. 16 for his alleged involvement in the attack, along…

Man Sentenced To 7 Years, 4 Months For Setting Fire Inside Store At Westfield Century City Mall, Prompting Evacuation

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Missouri man was sentenced to over seven years in prison Thursday after pleading no contest to setting a fire inside a store at the Westfield Century City mall prompting a mass evacuation last year. Nicholas Kyle Oates, 27, was immediately sentenced to seven years and four months in state prison following his plea to one count each of arson and assault with a firearm, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Nicholas Kyle Oates was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison. (Photo via LAPD) Oates was seen entering the mall armed with a handgun before entering the children’s section of the Amazon store and setting books on fire. He also pulled a handgun on a store employee who confronted him and then lit additional items on fire before fleeing the scene, according to prosecutors. Investigators said Oates was a “disgruntled [former] employee unhappy with Amazon” who was “taking out his revenge in this bizarre and very dangerous manner”. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore described the situation as one that “created terror in the…

Children’s Bureau Hiring 20 Positions To Help Vulnerable Communities

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Children’s Bureau is looking for people with a passion for working with children and helping vulnerable communities. “If you’re looking to have an impact in the community that you live in, this is the place to do it,” said Ani Melkumyan, a spokesperson for the organization. The Children’s Bureau focuses on changing the lives of at-risk children and their families through programs that reduce child abuse and neglect, increase adoptions, and strengthen foster care. Currently, there are 20 openings including clinical therapists, clinical supervisors, case managers, and program supervisors. “Our ideal candidates would be ultimately mission-driven people who want to make a difference in vulnerable communities,” Melkumyan said. To apply, visit www.all4kids.org.

How to participate in Upland’s drive-through Christmas Adventure

The Upland Chamber of Commerce is holding a drive-through event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6, to help promote holiday shopping in Upland. The city of Upland Christmas Adventure works like this: Drivers will find 12 inflatable holiday figures hidden throughout the city from GPS coordinates on an app. Once they drive up, they will hear a message on the radio with a promotion from a local business. Motorists must download an app on their phones to locate the sites and then to punch in the message and register the promotion, which they can claim at a store or restaurant. The app is available at holidaysinupland.com. Also, volunteers will be stationed at each inflatable to explain how the program works. QR codes at the inflatables are also there for downloading on the app or claiming the prize. A smart phone is required. To learn more go to the Upland Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.

Coronavirus tracker: Cases continue to hit new highs — 784 new cases as of Dec. 3

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported a new high of coronavirus cases. The county reported 7,782 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, Dec. 3. That increases the cumulative total in the county to 421,881 cases since tracking began. There were 40 new deaths reported by the county, raising the total number of reported deaths to 7,782. Hospitalizations continue to reach new highs. There are 2,572 people with coronavirus currently hospitalized, 23% of which are in the ICU. The county’s breakdown of cases by age is as follows: 80 and older: 2.8% (11,070) 65-79: 7.4% (29,135) 50-64: 18.9% (74,574) 30-49: 34.1% (134,324) 18-29: 25% (98,282) 12-17: 5% (19,587) 5-11: 4% (15,869)

Kotsay promoted to third base coach; Why the A’s are thrilled to keep him in Oakland

The Oakland A’s promoted quality control coach Mark Kotsay to third base coach, the team announced Thursday. During his six seasons as part of Oakland’s coaching staff, Kotsay has become respected for his keen coaching abilities and feel for the clubhouse mood. Kotsay will replace Al Pedrique, who was released from his third base coach duties back in October after three years with Oakland. It should be noted, too, that the A’s are standing by bench coach Ryan Christenson, who found himself in hot water after an NBC Sports California camera caught him inadvertently throwing up what looked like an offensive sign in the handshake line after a win last season. Kotsay’s reputation follows him outside of the Coliseum confines — the 45-year-old has interviewed for positions with other teams — including for the Detroit Tigers managerial position ultimately filled by former Astros manager AJ Hinch this year. He also interviewed for the Houston Astros managerial position filled by Dusty Baker and the San Francisco Giants job filled by Gabe Kapler in 2019. Kotsay’s promotion could be an effort to keep the highly-sought-after coach close.…

Corning swears in newly elected officials

CORNING —  The City Council Tuesday certified the results of the 2020 General Election, and a group of newly elected officials were sworn into office at a special meeting. Chuy Valerio signs the paperwork necessary to remain a City Council member. (George Johnston — Daily News) Robert Snow was elected as mayor while incumbent Chuy Valerio held onto his seat and Michele “Shelly” Hargens won a council position. City Treasurer Laura Calkins and City Clerk Lisa Linnet both ran unopposed. Snow, Valerio, Calkins and Linnet took their oaths of office and signed the necessary certificates. Hargens was ill at the time of the meeting and will be sworn in at a later date. After the swearing-in, Snow said he appreciated everyone who voted for him and had confidence in his ability to lead the city. In other business City Manager Kristina Miller awarded outgoing Mayor Doug Hatley a plaque, thanking him for his time as mayor. The City Council will next meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Red Bluff man arrested on brandishing, resisting charges in October officer-involved shooting

RED BLUFF — A 36-year-old Red Bluff man was arrested Thursday on several charges, including brandishing a replica firearm, in connection with an Oct. 20 officer-involved shooting on Gilmore Road. Joseph Lloyd Thompson (Contributed) The man, identified in a Tehama County District Attorney’s Office press release as Joseph Lloyd Thompson, was charged with felony resisting an executive officer, five counts of brandishing a replica firearm and unlawful display of an imitation firearm. Bail was set at $250,000. A California State Parole Agent and several residents reported seeing Thompson walk along Gilmore Road with a semi-automatic rifle similar to an AR-15, the release said. Members of the Red Bluff Police Department joined the parole agent and attempted to locate Thompson, eventually finding him farther south on Gilmore still carrying the rifle. As Thompson was contacted, he turned and pointed the rifle directly at officers, refusing to lower the gun when ordered to do so, the release said. Thompson was shot several times by one of the Red Bluff officers and fell partially to the ground, after which he raised the rifle a second time and pointed…

Tehama County generosity makes Giving Tuesday a success for nonprofits

RED BLUFF — Tehama County residents opened up their wallets and purses to donate to local nonprofits during the North State Giving Tuesday event hosted by the Community Foundation of the North State. The Tehama County Library received $3,610 and blew past its $3,000 goal. County Librarian Todd Deck said 100 percent of the donations would support the library’s 2021 summer reading program. This marked the first year the library partook in Giving Tuesday. Deck said the Community Foundation had a donation period one week before Tuesday, and the library had already received around $1,000 in donations before Tuesday’s event. The library was the first winner of a giveaway the foundation put on during Giving Tuesday and won an additional $1,000. The State Theatre nabbed a $500 prized from giveaway too. Front of House Manager Linda Bullock said the theater overall received a little more than $2,800 and exceeded its goal of $2,500. This is the second year the theater took part in Giving Tuesday and saw more donations come in than last year. Board Member Kelley Dolling said the generosity shown during Giving Tuesday…

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