Another powerful Pacific storm hits soggy, snowy California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A powerful weather system from the Gulf of Alaska pushed into Northern California on Tuesday, bringing more wind, rain and snow to a state battered by months of storms. Forecasters warned of heavy snow in coastal mountains and the Sierra Nevada, where accumulations up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) were possible, highway chain requirements took effect and a backcountry avalanche warning was issued for the greater Lake Tahoe area. The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to pull a plume of Pacific moisture into California as it tracked south, but the rainfall was not expected to be as intense as the atmospheric rivers that impacted the state in recent weeks. After a dozen previous atmospheric rivers and blizzards fueled by arctic air, the water content of California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack is more than double normal overall, and nearly triple in the southern Sierra. Damage since the onslaught began in late December includes buildings crushed by snow, flooding of communities and farm fields and homes threatened by landslides. Crews on Monday tore down a historic pier in Santa Cruz County

Sharks update: Injured wingers face uncertain futures, Thrun’s NHL debut on hold, and why wasn’t Bordeleau recalled?

SAN JOSE — The reeling San Jose Sharks could be without two veteran wingers for the rest of the regular season and will be without a third one for at least their game with the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. Sharks coach David Quinn said it’s unclear whether Andreas Johnsson or Evgeny Svechnikov will be able to return from their respective lower body injuries with just eight games left in the regular season after Tuesday. The last game for the Sharks, who had lost 13 of their last 14 before Tuesday, is April 13 in Edmonton. Quinn added that Alexander Barabanov is day-to-day with a lower-body injury stemming from San Jose’s game with the Vancouver Canucks last Thursday. Barabanov is the Sharks’ fourth-leading scorer with 47 points in 68 games. Johnsson was injured when he blocked a Darnell Nurse shot in the Sharks’ game on March 20 against the Oilers. Svechnikov hasn’t played since he was hurt in San Jose’s game with Seattle on March 16, when he took a hit from Kraken forward Brandon Tanev. Both Johnsson and Svechnikov face uncertain futures in the NHL.

San Quentin’s most infamous death row inmates are being moved

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced the state’s most infamous death row will be shuttered, transforming San Quentin State Prison into a “restorative justice facility” over the next few years. The $20 million plan will change the prison’s name to the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center, and Newsom said by 2025, a panel of civilian experts, former inmates and crime victims will help advise on the facility’s changes. “We want to be the preeminent restorative justice facility in the world — that’s the goal,” Newsom said March 17. As part of the shift, the more than 500 inmates who currently live on San Quentin’s death row will be moved to various prisons throughout the state. Newsom imposed an indefinite moratorium on the death penalty in 2019; prisoners sentenced to death are not eligible for parole. It’s not yet clear what the timeline is for their moves, but some of California’s most notorious killers will likely be relocated over the next few years: Cary Stayner Perhaps the strangest serial killer in modern California history, Cary Stayner, 61, has a backstory like no other. In 1972, when Cary was 11, his younger brother Steven was kidnapped by

A’s outfield rounding into form as central piece of Matt Olson deal is left off roster

SAN FRANCISCO — The Oakland A’s outfield that takes the field Thursday night against the Angels will look a lot different from the 2022 Opening Day group. Cristian Pache, one of the big names involved in the trade that sent Matt Olson to the Atlanta Braves, was informed that he didn’t make the cut for the A’s big league roster. The outfielder could be traded or designated for assignment and exposed to waivers, where all other teams will have the opportunity to claim him. Manager Mark Kotsay said Monday that “there are some teams interested” in Pache. “This kid still has a big future in this game, in my opinion,” he said. “He’s a plus defender and I think the offensive side, it always takes longer to develop. Unfortunately for us, where we’re at, we kind of ran out of time with that.” The 24-year-old can remain in the A’s organization if he clears waivers and the team sends him to Triple-A Las Vegas. Pache was a fresh face who embraced the fanbase immediately through social media upon his arrival in Oakland last season. He

5 ways to deal with money envy

If you’ve ever scrolled through social media posts only to be gripped with envy when you see a friend posing in front of their beautiful house or enjoying themselves at a luxurious resort, then you understand how easy it is to want what other people have. Financial envy is real, and sometimes it can be ugly. “Financial envy is absolutely normal. It’s part of the human condition,” says Yvonne Hampton, who holds a doctorate in personal financial planning and runs a financial therapy practice in the Kansas City, Missouri, area. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing, she adds. “It’s an opportunity to dig more deeply internally about why we have that feeling so we can work through it and be happier in our own lives.” If you’re wondering how to turn the so-called green-eyed monster into a positive force in your life, here are five steps to take. 1. Let go of shame “A lot of progress can be made simply by acknowledging: ‘Yes, I feel envious,’” says Rick Kahler, a certified financial therapist and certified financial planner in Rapid City, South Dakota. “Be

Strange-shaped sea mountain discovered off the coast of Cape Mendocino

A strange-shaped, 3,300-foot-tall underwater volcano has been discovered just 184 miles off the Northern California coast. The sea mountain, or “seamount,” appears more like a smooth-sided circular tower, with near-vertical sides, than a craggy mountain. It was found in February by an ocean mapping autonomous sailboat as part of a multi-agency survey led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Typically seamounts have sloped sides, like Mount Fuji,” Dr. Aurora Elmore, the program manager for NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute, told SFGATE. “But what’s interesting about this one is that it’s really steep. It rises from the bottom of the seafloor with a tower shape.” Elmore thinks this unique shape may be because the volcanic activity that formed it was “super hot, and happened all at once.” Alternatively, the structure may have lost a more gradually sloped base due to a build up of sediment known as “marine snow,” or as Elmore puts it: “Millennia of fish poop.” The find is an anomaly for another reason, too. While there are 63 identified seamounts off the California coast, there are none near the one found off the coast of Cape Mendocino. “It doesn’t fall into the

Thrun’s NHL debut on hold; two Sharks wingers could miss rest of season

SAN JOSE — Defenseman Henry Thrun, who signed an entry-level contract with the Sharks over the weekend, will make his NHL debut on Thursday, coach David Quinn said. Thrun arrived in San Jose on Monday, two days after he signed a two-year deal with the Sharks that expires after the 2023-24 season. Thrun, though, arrived too late to be able to practice with the Sharks, and was ruled out for tonight’s game at SAP Center against the Winnipeg Jets. Thrun, 22, skated with the Sharks on Tuesday morning and is slated to play Thursday when the Sharks host the Vegas Golden Knights. INJURY UPDATE: Wingers Andreas Johnsson and Evgeny Svechnikov could miss the rest of the regular season with lower body injuries, Quinn said. Johnsson was injured when he blocked a shot in the Sharks’ game on March 20 against the Edmonton Oilers. Svechnikov hasn’t played since he was hurt in San Jose’s game with the Seattle Kraken on March 16. Quinn said he didn’t have a health update on forward William Eklund, who was injured in a San Jose Barracuda on March 22 game

49ers seek funds to spruce up Levi’s Stadium for World Cup, Super Bowl bid

The 49ers believe Levi’s Stadium, which opened less than a decade ago, needs a makeover and the Santa Clara-based franchise wants to borrow from the NFL for upgrades ahead of hosting 2026 World Cup soccer games. Seats and scoreboards will be enhanced if the 49ers secure $120 million from the NFL’s stadium fund, which the franchise sought to secure Tuesday at the league meeting in Phoenix, The Athletic reported. Enhancements could also lead to the Super Bowl’s return to Levi’s Stadium, which is owned by the city of Santa Clara and managed by the 49ers in what’s been a contentious relationship. The NFL is set to announce in May the sites for Super Bowl 60 and 61; Levi’s Stadium hosted Super Bowl 50 to cap the 2015 season. “My optimism is very high,” 49ers CEO Jed York told ESPN of their Super Bowl bid. “I feel very confident that we’re gonna get a Super Bowl in the near future.” NFL vote on loan is expected to take place today and evaluate the Super Bowl bids at the next league meetings in May. Jed York on

Another powerful Pacific storm knocks on California’s door

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A powerful weather system originating in the Gulf of Alaska pushed into Northern California on Tuesday, bringing more wind, rain and snow to a state battered by months of storms. Forecasters warned of heavy snow in the coastal mountains and the Sierra Nevada, where accumulations of up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) were possible. An avalanche warning was issued for the greater Lake Tahoe area. The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to pull a plume of Pacific moisture into California as it tracked south, but the rainfall was not expected to be as intense as the atmospheric rivers that impacted the state in recent weeks. After a dozen previous atmospheric rivers and blizzards fueled by arctic air, the water content of California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack is more than double normal overall, and nearly triple in the southern Sierra. Damage since the onslaught began in late December includes buildings crushed by snow, flooding of communities and farm fields and homes threatened by landslides. Crews on Monday tore down a historic pier in Santa Cruz County that was in danger

Corning council looks to award awning grants

CORNING —  The City Council Tuesday will discuss awarding the bid for the City of Corning Awning Grant Program to North State Painting for $223,500 and award 13 grants. The council set aside funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to create an awning grant program to benefit Corning businesses on Solano Street from Third to West streets and the corresponding side streets to the alleyways. The city received applications for 17 awnings to be replaced. On Feb. 17, the city’s staff was authorized to solicit bids. According to staff, one bid was received on March 17  from North State Painting for $275,000, exceeding the amount budgeted for the project by $37,340. Per the grant guidelines, grants shall be awarded by the date the application in full is received. In other business The city received a donation request for $500 to support the Corning Community Jamboree Easter Egg Hunt. Staff said to support such an event, the council must declare a community benefit. Otherwise, the donation would be considered a gift of public funds. The event is being heavily advertised in the community. Event organizers