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Pools Reopening And Taking Precautions Against Coronavirus

ELK GROVE (CBS13) – The Wackford Aquatic Center in Elk Grove is welcoming back swimmers today at 30 percent capacity. Like many things these days, your next trip to the pool will look a little different because of the pandemic. Facility officials say visitors will be required to wear masks inside buildings and outside on the pool deck. Some people we spoke to say they are being cautious about getting back in the water. NEW APP: Download the new CBS Sacramento News app for iOS and Android “I wouldn’t feel that comfortable. I’d hold off just a little bit longer…just playing it safe,” said one person. Sunsplash in Roseville is also welcoming people back for slip-and-slide fun. The park’s website recommends that all guests wear masks and requires following social distancing guidelines. Their automated phone system also states the park requires people to use masks when inside buildings and they encourage visitors to wear them in line, but they aren’t required in the water park. But the reopenings come with concerns regarding the risk of catching the coronavirus in the water. We spoke to an epidemiologist…

Broken Power Line Causes Vegetation Fire In Sloughhouse Area

SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) – Crews are mopping up flames after a vegetation fire in the Sloughhouse area. The fire happened in the area of Meiss Road in Sacramento County after a power line reportedly broke, fell to the ground, and touched off the five-acre grass fire. NEW APP: Download the new CBS Sacramento News app for iOS and Android Firefighters from Wilton, Cal Fire, and Sac Metro fire departments assisted in firefighting efforts. SMUD workers are at the scene repairing the line. They’re also trying to determine what caused it to snap.

Here Are Your Canceled And Ongoing Fourth Of July Fireworks Shows

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The continued surge of the coronavirus pandemic has impacted several fireworks shows in and around the Sacramento area. Here’s what’s canceled and what’s still going on. Happening Elk Grove Socially-Distant Independence Day: City officials encourage residents to view the show from where they live as large gatherings are not permitted. The show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. at a new secret location with larger firework shells at higher displays for greater visibility through the city. Folsom Star-Spangled Drive-In: The firework show is scheduled for Friday at 8:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. at Folsom Ranch, just south of Highway 50. Attendees will park inside and catch the show in a socially-distant manner. Tickets are $40 per carload and $50 at the gate. Yuba-Sutter Fireworks Show: The display starts at 9:30 p.m. from Beckwourth-Riverfront Park in Marysville. The park will be closed to the public, but officials said the show will be visible to both counties on each side of the river. Oroville 4th of July Fireworks Display: Instead of brightening up the sky over Lake Oroville, this year’s display…

Businesses Call For Help After Second Round Of Indoor Closures

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — There’s a cry for help from businesses in Sacramento County, which are now facing another round of closures. The new guidance officially went into effect Thursday at 3 p.m., which means restaurants are now left to scramble to find a solution to survive. For 26 years, Tapas The World Restaurant has called midtown home. Executive Chef Marcos Murillos has been there for two decades and officially bought the place in his name on January 1st, 2020. “Six weeks later I get to enjoy this,” Murillos says, pointing to the COVID-19 epidemic closing down indoor dining once again. Hearing that news was just another blow. READ: ‘Wear A Mask’ Campaign Launched In Response To California Coronavirus Surge “That was like painful, like another one?” Murillos said. He calls the ever-changing orders and county guidance confusing and says he’s just trying to survive. “It’s hard, it’s tough, I never experienced something like this,” he said. He gets some financial aid but says it’s not enough. “That’s the main way a small business like us can survive,” he said. Meanwhile, Elias Selhi, owner of Tony’s Delicatessen,…

Parents Question Whether Distance Learning Is The Best Option For Their Children

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A New York Times article arguing about the need for students to return to the classroom is flying in the face of federal and state health experts. The CDC has advised distance learning is the safest option amidst the coronavirus crisis. But a recent recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics isn’t giving that strategy high marks – saying there isn’t a lot of learning happening, and that it leads to behavioral health problems. Clinical psychologist Erika Frieze isn’t surprised. “I think it’s really affected their mental health, especially,” Frieze said. She has three school-aged children herself and says the stress of distance learning has been almost a trauma for students and parents. “I feel like we are trying to hold it together for our kids,” Frieze said. Many agree and support reopening schools with modifications like social distancing, mask-wearing, and staggered class schedules. “She is missing her friends, being outside, recess, art class, being together sharing thoughts,” said mother Larisa Remizov. Remizov has a fifth and eighth-grader who miss physically seeing their friends. “It makes me feel happier ‘cause my friend…

Areas Look To Celebrate A Socially-Distant Fourth Of July

FOLSOM (CBS 13) —  Major firework shows are canceled this year from Sacramento to Manteca, but there are still things you can do to celebrate the holiday weekend at a distance. Crowded firework shows and grilling with your friends is out this year, leaving holiday plans up in the air. “I had a plan to actually go down to Orange County, but I’m probably not anymore,” said Brittney Davis. “There is really nothing else to do. There is no Fourth of July celebrations, there are no fireworks shows. So, about the only thing you can do is be with friends and family,” said David Sansenbach. Sacramento County Parks remain open this holiday weekend. State and local officials say BBQs in your backyard are allowed, as long as you are with your immediate family. “I’m definitely hanging out with family and practice social distancing,” said Harris Phomsoubandara Phomsoubandara started celebrating early at Folsom Lake State Park to avoid the crowds this weekend. “I come here a lot so I know around this time no-one is here, so I took advantage of it,” he said. Folsom Lake…

‘I’m Not The Person That Represents’: Man Has Confederate Flag Tattoo Inked Over

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Joe Tornello has displayed the Confederate Flag on his right arm for 40 years. “I was 18 years old. It was one of my first tattoos. My favorite band back then was Lynyrd Skynyrd and they unfurled the big flag on the stage every night,” said Tornello. Once an inked-up president of a motorcycle club, Tornello is now a grandfather of 13 with nieces, nephews and cousins of all different backgrounds. “If I have that talk with them, what are they going to think? That my grandfather is okay with that? And I’m not okay with that and that’s why I’m here,” said Tornello. He says the flag he once displayed unaware of its potential impact, wasn’t what it is today. “Through the years, it’s changed. And I’m not the person that represents,” said Tornello. Vinny Valenzuela, a tattoo artist at American Graffiti in Sacramento, has covered up just about every hate symbol you can imagine. “I’m not one to judge, I understand we all make mistakes when we’re young,” said Valenzuela. It’s an intricate process. Valenzuela designs the finished product digitally,…

‘Just Plain Rude’: Sheriff’s Office Looking For Man Who Coughed On Woman In Tahoe Grocery Store

KINGS BEACH (CBS13) – A man pulled down his mask to cough on a woman for not wearing one at a North Lake Tahoe grocery store, deputies confirmed. Many are calling the moment “just plain rude.” The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is looking for that man, who is described as a white male in his 50s-60s, and about 6’4″. In surveillance video filmed last month, the PCSO says a man can be seen coughing on the woman before walking away and giving the woman the middle finger. “He told her she needed to be wearing a mask because he didn’t want her to bring her sickness to his home,” Sgt. Michael Powers with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said. The victim told law enforcement the man was too close for comfort and said the suspect was only inches away from her. “She described it as the moisture from his breath hitting her face and her eyes,” Sgt. Powers said. CBS13 showed the surveillance video to grocery shoppers who were shocked to see such a thing happen. Rusty Heckert said she wasn’t surprised by what she’s…

15,000-Foot Estate Could Set Record For Most Expensive Real Estate Sale In El Dorado Hills

EL DORADO HILLS (CBS13) — Looking for a new place to call home? A sprawling estate just hit the market and could set the record as the highest-priced real estate sale ever in El Dorado Hills. Balancia, “El Dorado Hills’ Most Breathtaking Estate,” is located inside the gates of the Serrano Country Club. The 15,000-foot property sits on more than two acres and has a guest suite with its own private entrance. There are five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and even an elevator with a dumbwaiter. All for an asking price of $5.4 million. Swipe through pictures of the property below: 1 Courtyard Night LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)2 Courtyard Vertical LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)3 Guest room patio LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)4 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)5 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)6 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)7 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)8 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)9 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)10 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)11 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)12 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)13 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)14 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)15 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)16 Garden LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)17 Great Room LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)18 Court yard covered porch LR(credit: Jon Yoffie)19 Breeze Way LR(credit: Jon…

California Death Row Inmate Found Dead, Officials Investigating If Coronavirus Is To Blame

SAN QUENTIN (CBS13) — Officials are investigating whether a death row inmate found dead in his cell at San Quentin State Prison died from the coronavirus. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says 75-year-old Joseph Cordova had been on death row since 2007. He was found unresponsive in his single cell on Wednesday afternoon; officials say there were no signs of trauma. Cordova had been sentenced to death for the murder of an 8-year-old Contra Costa girl. The Marin County coroner will now determine whether or not Cordova had contracted COVID-19. California lawmakers blasting state corrections officials at a hearing on Wednesday for their handling of a coronavirus outbreak that infected some 2,600 inmates and more than 450 prison employees. About 1,100 confirmed coronavirus cases were at San Quentin alone. Officials blamed that outbreak on an inmate transfer that relied on outdated test results. The San Francisco public defender’s office is working to identify prisoners who can be released early to avoid more infections at San Quentin.

1 Person Dead After Shooting Along Mack Road In Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Police are investigating after a shooting left a person dead in south Sacramento late Wednesday night. The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. along the 5500 block of Mack Road, near Center Parkway. Very few details about the incident have been released at this point. Sacramento police have only said that a person with gunshot wounds was found in the area and taken to the hospital, where they later died. No suspect information has been released. Investigators were still out through the early Thursday morning hours.

State Flip-Flops On Youth Sports: No Team Drills Or Conditioning Allowed In Any County

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — From high school football to soccer clubs, many kids are back to team drills and training, but the state tells CBS13 those teams are violating state health orders and could be guilty of a misdemeanor. This is not updated guidance. In fact, the state says the drills were never allowed. However, that comes as a surprise to many counties where health officer tell CBS13 that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) gave them the go-ahead to start allowing distanced drills and conditioning weeks ago. The California Department of Public Health says even socially-distanced drills in counties with variances are not currently allowed. However, CBS13 obtained evidence that the state privately gave some counties the go-ahead for youth sports drills back on June 12th, the day CDPH released the Gym and Fitness guidance. The state is now recanting without explanation. In a report on June 12, CBS13 began investigating youth sports guidelines after learning a Placer County soccer club violated the state order by holding indoor trainings. But just moments before our story aired, the county sent us updated state guidance allowing…

Counties Look At Safer Ways To Reopen Amid Another Round Of Closures

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — We’re halfway through 2020, California is shutting parts of the state’s economy down for the second time, making closed restaurants and empty movie theaters a familiar sight. “Safer ways for the economy to reopen might be the better way to go,” said Dr. Peter Beilenson at the Sacramento County Health Department. Beilenson said closures could be our new normal if cases continue to rise. “What we have to do, obviously, is keep the hospital and the ICU and the ventilators from being overused or overtaxed until we get a vaccine,” he said. As Sacramento and several other counties enter round two of closures under Gov. Newsom’s newest order, Beilenson believes that in the future reopening could take longer, with more limitations on the number of customers inside businesses, more social distancing and minimal contact with others. “Maybe when we open restaurants in three weeks we do it with more room between tables, we do it where everyone has to wait outside,” he explained. “It’s going to be guidance that is going to be stricter for each economic sector as they open. I…

Restaurant Supply Company On Shutting Indoor Dining Again: ‘It’s A Domino Effect’

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Cresco Restaurant Equipment & Supply Co. has items on the shelves Manager Addison Williams never imagined stocking before. “Gloves, all kinds of shields, who would have thought acrylic shields would be a thing right now?” said Williams. From extra bottles of hand sanitizer to face masks and surface sanitizers, Williams says it’s been a struggle to keep up with all the changes. Restaurants now need different kinds of supplies to stay safely in business. “I’ve got an order of gloves that I placed two to three months ago they can’t tell me when- they have no idea how soon I can get them. Face masks took us six weeks to find them and get them,” said Williams. Julia Draper is one of his customers. “I’m going soon as I leave here to go get some more tables. Hopefully, they have some,” said Draper. READ: ‘We’re Going Broke’: Sacramento Restaurants Go Back To Take-Out, Face Financial Reckoning Draper owns Creekside Diner in Rio Linda. Just after she put up the “Welcome Back” sign, she’s now devastated and angry at the governor’s orders to shut…

‘We’re Going Broke’: Sacramento Restaurants Go Back To Take-Out, Face Financial Reckoning

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento County restaurants are back to the bottom line — no bars and no indoor dining — as coronavirus cases surge. A sink or swim moment has arrived for the second time. The decision to ban indoor dining comes ahead of a holiday weekend doctors said is critical. COVID-19 cases are spiking in Sacramento and ignoring social distancing could make it worse. El Santo on K Street opened for dine-in for the first time just last week. They didn’t even have the chance to get out the gate before Wednesday’s mandate. Manager Aydalys Ortiz says it bluntly: “We’re going broke. That’s it, we’re going broke to try and stay open.” She said thousands of dollars worth of Mexican food and Brazilian meats that were just ordered might never get sold. “Every day we’re trying to do specials just to get the food out because last time when we closed down we had to throw everything away,” Ortiz said. READ: California Creates ‘Strike Teams’ To Enforce Virus Limits The $26,000 monthly rent check has been impossible to cover. “We’re not getting a break here.…

Sacramento City Council Discusses Potential Police Reforms Inspired By Protests

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento City Council held their much-anticipated meeting surrounding possible police reform in the City of Sacramento Wednesday. Topics ranged from mental health to creating new oversight positions. Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, a call for significant police reform has swept the nation. For weeks, protesters have flooded the streets of major cities, including Sacramento. Cesar Chavez park, across the street from City Hall, has acted as a home-base here in the city for groups demanding change. It’s been weeks of unwavering dedication to a movement with the goal of changing policing as we know it. “You know our city has been under a lot of stress and it’s been very costly in many ways,” Vice Mayor Jeff Harris said in the meeting Wednesday. Demonstrations pushed Sacramento City Council to hold a special meeting to strictly discuss policing. “I see this as someone of an insurance policy for the public trust,” Harris said. The city council is trying to improve that trust by unveiling a slate of new police reform initiatives. “One is to forevermore to have…

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