Extended interview with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez regarding AB 5

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last Thursday, a small group of freelancers and independent contractors held a peaceful protest outside the office of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, the author of the controversial ‘gig-worker’ bill AB 5. AB 5 is the new law that requires independent and contract workers to be considered employees of a company, rather than independent workers. The group that gathered outside was a mix of both Republicans and Democrats but they all had one thing in common, AB 5 had either put them completely out of work, or has already caused them to lose income. KUSI has been conducting a series of interviews with people who have been impacted by the bill, but we have not yet had anyone reach out that has benefited from Lorena Gonzalez’s bill. Plante also sat down with Gonzalez and spoke with her for almost 20 minutes about the impact AB 5 is having on so many Californians, including the specific ones that have been interviewed on KUSI. Lorena Gonzalez specifically asked Dan Plante to interview someone who is happy with the law, which KUSI News would be happy…

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mountain High, which is Southern California’s closest winter resort, is encouraging guests of all ages and abilities to head up the mountain and pick up a new sport. Mountain High is celebrating Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with special offers! This month’s offer is a two-for-one, half-day, first-timer package that includes lift tickets, rentals and lessons for two. The resort also has a “123-Free” lesson package in which participants complete three lessons. This package comes with rentals and lower-mountain lift tickets. They will even receive a season pass good for the rest of the year! For more information, visit www.MtHigh.com. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests

L.A. City Councilman Corrects City Website About College Degree From CSUN

Until recently, the city website for Los Angeles City Councilman John Lee described him as a graduate of Cal State Northridge, one of several schools he attended in the San Fernando Valley. But Lee stopped short of getting his degree, according to a CSUN spokeswoman. Lee confirmed last week that he was short of the needed credits to graduate, saying in a statement that after the Northridge earthquake hit and disrupted classes, “life happened, time got away from me, and I have not yet been able to finish that last class.” The councilman said that, to the best of his knowledge, he had not represented or referred to himself as a CSUN graduate. Lee said the biography on his website was posted by a staffer who “unknowingly changed the language she found” in an internal document describing his background, “which stated I had attended local schools.” The wording on his website has since been altered. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Ski Resort Employee Dies After Being Injured on Trail at Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain

An employee of a ski resort on the California-Nevada border has died after what the resort called a “serious incident” on a trail. Christopher John Nicholson, 36, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif. was killed on Saturday, KOLO-TV reported. He was injured on the expert trail in Mott Canyon on the Nevada side of the Heavenly Mountain resort and was pronounced dead at a hospital in Carson City, Nevada. Details of the incident were not immediately released. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the medical examiner’s office in Washoe County were investigating.

106-Year-Old Veteran’s Beloved Classic Cadillac, a Gift From Rita Hayworth, Stolen in Sacramento: Police

Thieves broke into the North Sacramento home of a 106-year-old World War II veteran Friday and stole his vintage Cadillac from the garage, according to Sacramento police. Curly Bunfill, who earned three Purple Hearts during his service, has plenty of stories to share. But his favorite involves how he got the 1956 “Bermuda Blue” Cadillac Eldorado as a gift from actress Rita Hayworth, he told KTLA sister station KTXL in Sacramento. Bunfill says, years after the war, he was working as a Hollywood stuntman when he met the silver screen idol at a party. “Our eyes met and we danced,” he said. “She had all these cars, beautiful, beautiful cars. We danced around the cars.” He said Hayworth asked which car he liked, and he pointed to the Cadillac. “When she died, she willed it to me,” Bunfill said. Sacramento we have a special request and we need your help to get a heroes beloved car back: please share this photo and story ***** On January 17th, 2020 this special classic car was stolen from it’s owner from the North Sacramento area. pic.twitter.com/XaEY3Xfi2T — Sacramento…

San Diego Mother Acting as Surrogate for Another Family Dies While Giving Birth

A mother of two who was acting as a surrogate for another family, died during childbirth, according to a GoFundMe created to help the family. Michelle Reaves, described as a “mama, wifey and beautiful soul,” passed away last week due to complications while giving birth. “Although the baby made it out safe, Michelle did not,” according to the page. “Michelle has the best, most sarcastic, funny personality and always had you laughing,” wrote Jaime Herwehe, a close family friend and the campaign organizer. “Michelle and Chris have two beautiful kids, Gage and Monroe who my heart breaks for, knowing they won’t grow old with their mama.” CNN reached out to the family but they did not wish to comment. After Reaves and her husband birthed their own children, they decided to help other families have babies, according to the GoFundMe. This was Reaves’ second time being a surrogate for the same family. Donations will cover funeral costs and to help Reaves’ husband and two children. “You hear about these things happening all of the time but never in your life imagine it will happen to…

SWAT Team Responds To Barricade Situation In South LA

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team responded Monday to a barricade situation in South Los Angeles. Authorities responded to a call at 12:40 p.m. regarding a suspect threatening the caller’s son with some sort of handgun. The suspect then barricaded themselves inside a home on the 7400 block of Stanford Street. A robot eventually entered the building, followed by multiple police officers. It was not immediately known if there were any evacuations.

Man Accused Of Intentionally Ramming Into Car, Killing 3 Teens, Injuring 3

NEAR CORONA (CBSLA) – Three teen boys were killed and another three boys injured when a car crashed into a tree late Sunday night in the Temescal Valley, south of Corona, in what is believed to have been a hit-and-run collision. A 42-year-old man has been arrested on murder charges. Jan. 20, 2019. (CBS2) Just before 10:30 p.m., an Infiniti collided with a Toyota Prius carrying six teenage boys and then slammed into a tree at Temescal Canyon Road and Trilogy Parkway, according to California Highway Patrol. Riverside County Fire crews responded to find three of the six teens that were riding in the Toyota still trapped inside the car. They had to use the Jaws of Life to get them out. One of the boys died at the scene and the other five were rushed to a hospital, where two more died, a CHP spokesperson said. The other three injured boys are expected to survive their injuries. One of the boys killed was identified as 16-year-old Drake Ruiz. A GoFundMe was made to raise funds for his funeral. Drake Ruiz (credit: GoFundMe) Their names…

State funding approved for Colton Area Museum

The Colton Area Museum Association announces major improvements coming to the Colton Area Museum and the building that houses it.  All will be made possible by $900.000 funding procured by Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes. The City of Colton and the Museum Association have enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership since 1984. The museum, with its rich trove of historical objects, is recognized as a significant asset to the community. It is housed in the former Carnegie Public Library building, which is now a historical landmark. The City is responsible for maintaining the building and leases it to the museum at $1 per year. “Assemblymember Reyes has brought us desperately needed funding,” stated Museum Association President Mike Murphy. “It will allow the City of Colton to make major upgrades to the 112-year-old building. It will permit valuable enhancements to the exhibitions and functioning of the museum.” Dr. Tom Rivera, Association Board Member, explained that funding will allow purchase of much needed technology and media resources, display cases, maintenance equipment, and storage space.  “To maximize use of these purchases,” Rivera stated, “there will be extensive work ahead. We…

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