Trump’s Plan to Boost Water Deliveries to Central Valley Could Be Foiled by Salmon Study

Federal biologists worked frantically this year to meet a deadline to assess the environmental impacts of Trump administration plans to send more water to Central Valley farmers. But the biologists’ conclusion — that increased deliveries would harm endangered Chinook salmon and other imperiled fish — would foil those plans. Two days after it was submitted, a regional federal official assembled a new review team to improve the documents. The move is the latest salvo in the decades-long battle over the environmental harm caused by the mammoth government operations that export water supplies from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the center of California’s vast water system. During the Obama administration, federal fishery agencies adopted tougher export limits after finding that delta pumping was pushing delta smelt, Chinook salmon and other native fish to the edge of extinction. Read the full story at

L.A. Stadium Hosts Job Fair in Search of Construction Workers

A job fair in search of construction workers is being held Thursday at the future home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers in Inglewood. More information about the job fair can be found by visiting or by calling 310-743-5186. Erin Myers reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on July 18, 2019.

Sen. Chuck Schumer Calls for Federal Probe of FaceApp Over Privacy Concerns

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the FBI and Federal Trade Commission to investigate the popular smartphone application FaceApp, citing privacy concerns and fears the data could be shared with the Russian government. FaceApp, which was released in 2017, went viral this week with celebrities and other public personalities all around the world sharing photos of themselves edited through the app. The app’s makers say it uses artificial intelligence technology to edit the photos. On Thursday morning, it was the top app on the US Apple App Store. The company, which is based in St. Petersburg, does not have known ties to the Russian government and the company denies sharing or selling data with third parties, but the Democratic National Committee sent an alert to presidential campaigns on Wednesday warning them not to use the app in case the company is unscrupulously sharing its data. “FaceApp’s location in Russia raises questions regarding how and when the company provides access to the data of U.S. citizens to third parties, including foreign governments,” Schumer wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons Wednesday night. “I ask that…

Mission Viejo Massage Therapist Arrested For Raping 77-Year-Old Woman, Deputies Say

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – A 43-year-old Mission Viejo man who worked as a licensed massage therapist and a licensed home health care provider was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he sexually assaulted several clients. Russell Bernardino. (Orange County Sheriff’s Department) Russell Bernardino was arrested by Orange County Sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of rape, elder sexual abuse, oral copulation and sexual battery. According to the sheriff’s department, Bernardino worked at several massage parlors throughout the area. A 36-year-old woman reported that he sexually assaulted her in April while giving her a massage at Massage Envy in Mission Viejo, the sheriff’s department said. In June, a 71-year-old woman also reported being sexually assaulted by Bernardino at the same spa. A 77-year-old woman reported that Bernardino raped her in March of 2018 at her Laguna Woods home while he was working as her caregiver, deputies say. Bernardino worked for Lake Forest-based senior care company West Coast Care from 2017 through 2018. Investigators believe he could have more victims. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail. Anyone with information should call OCSD detectives at 714-647-7419.

Katy Perry Expected To Testify In Copyright Infringement Trial

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A trial starts Thursday to determine whether Katy Perry’s hit song “Dark Horse” lifted its underlying beat from a gospel rap song. The lawsuit was filed in 2015 by Marcus Gray, whose raps under the name Flame, and claims Perry lifted portions of his 2012 gospel rap song “Joyful Noise” for her 2013 hit “Dark Horse.” Opening statements will be delivered Thursday morning, and Perry is expected to testify at some point. Perry’s attorneys tried to get the lawsuit thrown out, claiming she did not know Gray and had never heard the song before. But a judge determined the lawsuit could go forward because it had been viewed millions of times on YouTube and Myspace and had been nominated for a Grammy. This is the latest case of musical copyright infringement. In 2015, a jury agreed with the family of Marvin Gaye that Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” infringed on the R&B legend’s song “Got to Give It Up” and awarded them millions.

4 Minors Cited, Adult Arrested After Break-In At South Sacramento Middle School

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Five people were stopped after an early morning break-in at a south Sacramento area middle school on Thursday. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department says deputies responded to James Rutter Middle School just before 4:30 a.m. to investigate multiple alarms going off. At the scene, deputies found five people were on campus. Deputies say some of the suspects had school property in their hands. Four of the suspects were juveniles, deputies say. Those four have been cited and released back to their parents. The lone adult in the group was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail.

Colin Kaepernick’s Nike Commercial Nominated For An Emmy

(CNN) — Nike’s partnership with athlete-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick is continuing to pay big dividends. One of the company’s attention-getting commercials starring Kaepernick was just nominated for a 2019 Emmy. The commercial, titled “Dream Crazy,” features Kaepernick alongside other sports legends like Serena Williams and LeBron James, who have reached beyond their personal achievements to support and advance political and social causes. The commercial is nominated alongside entries from Netflix, Apple and Sandy Hook Promise, a gun violence prevention organization. Nike named Kaepernick as the face of their 30th Anniversary “Just Do It” campaign in 2018. At the time, the move was seen as a gamble: Would the former Super Bowl QB, who sparked deep animosity and controversy by kneeling during the National Anthem, hurt the reputation of the most recognizable athletic brand in the world? The answer, so far, has been a resounding “No.” Nike gained tens of thousands of Instagram followers after announcing the campaign in September 2018. Days after unveiling the “Dream Crazy” ad, Nike’s stock value hit an all-time high. Since then, Nike has released several other socially and politically charged ads featuring an array of athletes from…

Feds Urged To Restudy Seismic Risk At Nuke Dump Site After California Earthquakes

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevada’s governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department to look again at seismic risks of burying the nation’s most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the Mojave Desert. In a letter made public Wednesday, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak told Energy Secretary Rick Perry that 6.4 and 7.1 magnitude quakes during the July Fourth holiday near Ridgecrest, California, underscore safety concerns that Nevada first raised about Yucca Mountain in 2008. “These significant recent earthquakes so near to Yucca Mountain show one of the many geologic problems with the site as a nuclear waste repository,” Sisolak said in a statement, adding that the state is resolved “to fight any continued federal effort to use Nevada as the nation’s nuclear dumping ground.” Ridgecrest is 108 miles (174 kilometers) west of Yucca Mountain, an ancient volcanic ridge at the western edge of the Nevada National Security Site. The site is a vast secure federal reservation some 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Las Vegas where the U.S. used to conduct…

Gendered Language Like ‘Manhole’ Will Soon Be Banned From Berkeley’s City Codes

(CNN) — Soon, there will be no more manholes in the city of Berkeley, California. There will also be no chairmen, no manpower, no policemen or policewomen. No, that doesn’t mean a whole city will be without committee leaders and law enforcement. It means that words that imply a gender preference will be removed from the city’s codes and replaced with gender-neutral terms, according a recently adopted ordinance. The city voted Tuesday night to replace gendered terms in its municipal codes, like “manhole” and “manpower,” with gender-neutral ones like “maintenance hole” and “human effort.” The item passed without discussion or comments and was not controversial, said Berkeley City Council member Rigel Robinson, the bill’s primary author. “There’s power in language,” Robinson said. “This is a small move, but it matters.” The revised city documents also will replace instances of gendered pronouns, such as “he” and “she” with “they,” according to the ordinance. Berkeley’s municipal code currently contains mostly masculine pronouns, the office of the city manager said in a letter to the mayor and city council. “Having a male-centric municipal code is inaccurate and not…

Clam Beach Hike

Beautiful walk along Clam Beach shore Scampered over dunes and grass and more Driftwood wet upon the sand Placed there gently by ocean’s hand A misty day, no sun is seen The water a pale metallic green No voices heard, nor others this day Save a man, his daughter, their dog at play The mighty Mad River has burst forth Shifting sea lions’ places north A soothing sound to carry all sorrow Perhaps, except soreness, come tomorrow! …

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