Gov. Newsom Unveils Plan To Vaccinate California School Kids And Employees

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS13 AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the nation’s first coronavirus vaccination mandate for schoolchildren, a plan that will have all elementary through high school students get the shots once the vaccine gains final approval from the U.S. government for different age groups. The government has fully approved the COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 and over but only granted an emergency authorization for anyone 12 to 15. Once federal regulators fully approve the vaccine for that group, the state will require students in seventh through 12th grades to get vaccinated in both public and private schools, Newsom’s office said. After full FDA approval, this is the plan, Newsom says: Phase 1: Grades 7-12 (Jan. 1 or July 1, 2022 start) Phase 2: K-6 (dates TBD) Concurrent with phases, employees will also get vaccinated, pending Biden administration’s plan to require employee vaccinations. https://twitter.com/CBSSacramento/status/1443989612880269315 The state will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students in kindergarten through sixth grade only after the federal government has given final approval for anyone age 5 to 11. The announcement comes as infections in most of California…

Fantasy Football Start Or Sit Week 4: Can Jalen Hurts Take Advantage Of Weak Chiefs Defense?

(CBS Boston) — A quarterback who can get out of the pocket and make plays with his legs can wreak havoc on opposing defenses. He also offers fantasy football owners an additional scoring option. That’s part of why Lamar Jackson, not to mention Kyler Murray, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes, are such fantasy scoring machines. Philadelphia Eagles young  starter Jalen Hurts has the potential to be another formidable dual-threat QB. And a favorable matchup against a weak Kansas City Chiefs defense this week offers a juicy opportunity. CBSSports.com’s Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Heath Cummings Sr. have broken down the Week 4 matchups and come up with their best options for you this week. The full list of players is below. To hear their reasoning, check out the video and tune in to the Fantasy Football Today podcast. For more fantasy advice, head over to the CBSSports.com fantasy football section, where the guys have weekly posts each week breaking down the latest news and analysis. Stream your local NFL On CBS game live on Paramount+. Jamey’s Starts QB: Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles vs, Kansas City…

Criminal justice reform panel scores legislative wins

By Byrhonda Lyons, CalMatters Twelve books stored in a Stanford University library — that’s what became of the last effort to dramatically revise California’s penal code. No passed legislation, no chaptered laws. Half a century later, Michael Romano, chair of the newly formed California Committee on  Revision of the Penal Code, stacked the books on his desk. “I like to say it’s my iceberg that I’m trying to steer around,” said Romano, also a professor at Stanford Law School. Months after recommending 10 changes to California’s penal code, Romano’s committee seems to have steered away from docking their work at a college library. Less than two years after forming, the committee has pushed through more than half of its recommendations. Six of the committee’s proposals ended in passed legislation that now await Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature or veto. The seven-member group of current lawmakers, academics and judges is charged with recommending ways to “simplify and rationalize” criminal law and procedures, improve parole and probation and find alternatives to prison. Despite some opposition from the California District Attorneys Association and several police groups, California’s complex criminal…

New program allows incarcerated students to get bachelor’s degrees alongside peers on the outside

By Meghan Bobrowsky, CalMatters Fifteen years ago, Kenny Butler was at a low point.  He had just been sentenced to life in prison. Now Butler, 47, is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree through a new program at Pitzer College, a small private liberal arts school in Southern California. The program, which began last December and which the school says is the first of its kind in the nation, is based on Inside Out curriculum — a type of teaching that brings college students and professors into prisons to learn alongside incarcerated students. Pitzer, a selective school that accepts fewer than 20% of applicants, started the Inside Out program with the goal of helping incarcerated students better engage with coursework and make connections with the outside world — a key factor in reintegrating back into society. Research shows that prison bachelor’s degree programs reduce recidivism rates and help incarcerated people find better-paying jobs after being released. The Pitzer program comes at a time when California is ramping up its prison education efforts. “It’s meant the world to me,” said Butler, who like the other…

Anticipating an increase in student misbehavior, California releases new discipline guidelines

By Carolyn Jones, EdSource Schools should offer more counseling, suspend fewer students and address the underlying mental health challenges of students who misbehave in class, according to the state’s new school discipline guidelines. The guidelines, released last month by the California Department of Education, are intended to help schools navigate an anticipated uptick in student misbehavior following more than a year of remote learning, said department spokesperson Scott Roark. Educators expect more disruption and difficulties from some students due to the pandemic. “Students in in-person attendance may exhibit disruptive behaviors due to increased anxiety and depression. Students in independent study may not complete assignments due to mental health barriers,” Roark said. “A focus on social-emotional learning is more important in addressing behavioral health.” The guidelines wrap up reforms of laws and policies related to suspensions, expulsions and other forms of discipline in K-12 schools over the past several years. They were drawn up with input from Public Counsel, a public interest law firm, and CADRE, a nonprofit focused on racial disparities in south Los Angeles schools. Maisie Chin, executive director of CADRE, said that collecting…

How the SF Giants can clinch the NL West as soon as Friday night

SAN FRANCISCO — After winning their sixth straight game and their 105th of the season on Thursday behind a walk-off single from LaMonte Wade Jr., the Giants lowered their magic number to win the National League West to two entering the weekend. The Giants hold a 2.0-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers with three games left to play, meaning any combination of San Francisco wins and Los Angeles losses that add up to two will clinch the Giants’ first NL West title since 2012. “It’s pretty crazy,” Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner said after facing his former club on Thursday. “It’s pretty incredible to see. I know people have counted them out all year and a lot of people can’t understand and make sense of it, but I’ve been on that side when people are saying the same thing.” Champagne will be on ice at Oracle Park all weekend, but plenty still has to go right for the Giants to clinch the division. The soonest the Giants can clinch is Friday, but the only way the club can celebrate is if it defeats the San…

Gov. Newsom To Make Major Announcement To Prevent COVID Spread In Schools

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to make a “major” announcement Friday morning about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools. The governor’s office not releasing many details this morning, but we do know his administration has been discussing a statewide vaccine mandate in California schools. The announcement is expected to take place at a middle school in San Francisco at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, today is the deadline for students and staff at Los Rios Community college district to get vaccinated. “My mind has not changed since the day that the resolution was passed, I believe that individuals should have the freedom to choose their health decisions,” said an employee.

Infrastructure In Grizzly Flats Being Assessed For Repairs After Caldor Fire

GRIZZLY FLATS (CBS13) — Repairing the infrastructure in Grizzly Flats is a priority after hundreds of homes were destroyed. Crews will be hard at work for a long time, officials say, and staff is relying on many hands to help bring people home. Andy Vicars works for the Grizzly Flats Community Services District. “Basically, I am the only maintenance guy here,” he said. “We’re trying though.” Vicars has the daunting task of assessing infrastructure after the Caldor Fire ripped through his community destroying two-thirds of the homes there. “So we have to flush all the systems out,” he said. They go block by block, flushing out lines and hydrants. It’s a challenge. “Because the roots are still on fire out there. They are still smoldering, even a month later,” Vicars said. It’s caused further damage to water lines two feet underground. Pipes that feed the intake to the reservoir were also damaged. “It was all hand-dug by the Chinese in 1842—the eagle ditch line—and we put pipes in there and they burned,” Vicars said. “And in order to get those repaired, we have to have…

Two Men Shot And Killed In Oak Park

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Two people were shot and killed in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento early Friday morning. According to a Sacramento Police Department spokesperson, around 1 a .m., officers responded to the 3600 block of 2nd Avenue on reports of a shooting.  There, officers found two victims with gunshot wounds. Both victims have been identified as adult males. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The area of the shooting is near Sacramento High School. Detectives have taken over the investigation. No further details are available.