Carl Love: Group brings Temecula Valley historical figures to life

Mention history and many people recall sitting in school, reading boring textbooks. Perhaps they were wondering, Why isn’t there more personality in this stuff? The Notable Men and Women of Temecula Valley is an answer. Lynn Cudé, a longtime member of the Temecula Valley Historical Society with her husband Roger, used to wonder why more locals didn’t know about the group. She thought if there were people who portrayed notable historical figures, perhaps that would generate more interest in the society and increase the number of people involved in the group. She is the society’s membership chairperson. The Notables program launched in 2013 and today there are nine actors and actresses portraying 11 important people from the past — literally bringing history to life. Most of this summer, the Notables have given performances every Monday night on the Vail Ranch Headquarters stage. As a result, the Historical Society gained five new members, Cudé said. Mindy Johnson, portrays two Notables, Anne Mendenhall Bergman and E. Hale Curran, who has a Murrieta elementary school named for her. Johnson said she got involved because she wanted to know…

Full Speed Ahead on Overhauling California Recalls

With the wreckage of the failed recall attempt against Gov. Gavin Newsom still smoldering, California Democrats have reached a new consensus: They really don’t want to do that again. On the morning after voting ended and recall candidates conceded, the chairpersons of the election committees in the state Assembly and Senate said they’re kicking off a public debate to overhaul California’s recall process. “Californians are very frustrated that we just spent $276 million on this recall election that, from the looks of it, certified what voters said three years ago and what voters could have said next year,” Assemblymember Marc Berman of Los Altos said at the virtual press conference Wednesday. In unofficial and partial statewide returns, 5.8 million Californians voted to keep Gov. Newsom in office, compared to 3.3 million who voted to remove him. Newsom, himself, says the recall has been “weaponized.” “The voters want to see a more democratic process put in place that keeps elected officials accountable, but prevents political gamesmanship,” added Sen. Steve Glazer of Orinda. Berman and Glazer said they plan to hold joint hearings as soon as next…

FDA strikes cautious tone on COVID booster ahead of debate Friday

Influential government advisers will debate Friday if there’s enough proof that a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective — the first step toward deciding which Americans need one and when. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday posted much of the evidence its advisory panel will consider. The agency struck a decidedly neutral tone on the rationale for boosters — an unusual and careful approach that’s all the more striking after President Joe Biden and his top health advisers trumpeted a booster campaign they hoped to begin next week. Pfizer’s argument: While protection against severe disease is holding strong in the U.S., immunity against milder infection wanes somewhere around six to eight months after the second dose. The company gave an extra dose to 306 people at that point and recorded levels of virus-fighting antibodies threefold higher than after the earlier shots. More important, Pfizer said, those antibodies appear strong enough to handle the extra-contagious delta variant that is surging around the country. To bolster its case, Pfizer pointed the FDA to data from Israel, which began offering boosters over the summer. That…

IRS: September child tax credit payments reach 35 million families

Millions of eligible families received another installment of advance child tax credit payments this week, according to the IRS. The September round of checks reached about 35 million households Wednesday and had an approximate total valuation of $15 billion, an IRS news release stated. Most payments were issued through direct deposit, with the rest going out by mail through the end of the month. Parents who qualified for the tax credit received up to $300 per month for each child ages 5 and under and up to $250 per child between 6 and 17 years old. (See the eligibility requirements here.) Child tax credits: How to check September payment, what to do if one hasn’t been received The new advance child tax credits, which were signed into law earlier this year as part of the American Rescue Plan, are being paid out in monthly installments through the remainder of the year. In addition to the Sept. 15 payment, checks were also issued on July 15 and Aug. 13. The final three batches of the year are scheduled to be disbursed on Oct. 15, Nov. 15…

‘Smallville’ actor Allison Mack enters California prison to serve sentence in NXIVM sex slave case

TV actor Allison Mack, who played a key role in the cultlike group NXIVM, has surrendered to a California prison to serve her sentence in a New York case against the group’s spiritual leader. Mack, best known for her role as a young Superman’s close friend on “Smallville,” was sentenced to three years behind bars in June. She had previously pleaded guilty to the charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for NXIVM leader Keith Raniere. A prison website showed Thursday that she had entered a low-security facility in Dublin, California, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of San Francisco. Mack, 39, dodged a longer prison term by becoming a government cooperator in the federal case. Prosecutors credited her with helping them mount evidence showing how Raniere created a secret society of brainwashed women who were branded with his initials. Raniere was sentenced last year to 120 years in prison for his conviction on sex-trafficking charges.

Most Americans believe personal information is not secure online, new poll shows

Most Americans don’t believe their personal information is secure online and aren’t satisfied with the federal government’s efforts to protect it, according to a poll. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MeriTalk shows that 64% of Americans say their social media activity is not very or not at all secure. About as many have the same security doubts about online information revealing their physical location. Half of Americans believe their private text conversations lack security. And they’re not just concerned. They want something done about it. Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they support establishing national standards for how companies can collect, process and share personal data. “What is surprising to me is that there is a great deal of support for more government action to protect data privacy,” said Jennifer Benz, deputy director of the AP-NORC Center. “And it’s bipartisan support.” But after years of stalled efforts toward stricter data privacy laws that could hold big companies accountable for all the personal data they collect and share, the poll also indicates that Americans don’t have much trust in the government to fix it.…

Yolo County Launches Race-Blind Charging Program To Remove Biases From Criminal Justice System

WOODLAND (CBS13) – Yolo County is taking race out of the equation when analyzing crimes with the goal of reducing racial disparities within the criminal justice system. Carolyn Palumbo has the power to charge or drop a case,  but she has never made those decisions without all the information…until now. “There is no information in regard to their race, identity whatsoever and it also scrubs the location of the crime,” she explained. The program is called race-blind charging, and Yolo County says it’s the first to do it in this way. The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is partnering with the Stanford Computational Policy Lab to develop computer software that initially redacts all identifying information. Once the charging decision is submitted, the case is unlocked, showing all the details. “Then I read everything; I know the identity of the suspect and then I decide ‘Oh, I’m actually going to charge this case,’ I have to justify why,” she said. Palumbo said those cases are very rare. When changes in recommendations happen, it’s typically because she then has access to more information not detailed in the…

Sacramento Man Suspected Of Shooting At Other Driver In Sutter County Road Rage Incident

SUTTER COUNTY (CBS13) — A Sacramento man has been arrested for allegedly shooting at another driver during a road rage incident near Yuba City late Sunday night. The Yuba City Sheriff’s Office says, just before 11:30 p.m., dispatchers got a report about shots fired along the 110 block of Reed Road. The caller reported that her son had been followed home from a gas station and was shot at. Deputies soon found that there was a bullet in the passenger door of the victim’s car. Around 4 p.m. the next day, dispatchers say they got a call from 37-year-old Sacramento resident Theotis Leshun Thornton. He reported that he had been in a road rage incident the night before. Detectives had Thornton come to the sheriff’s office to talk with detectives. However, at some point during the interview, Thornton revealed that he had shot at the other driver – claiming it was in self-defense. Thornton was soon arrested and is now facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon. He’s being held on $50,000 bail.

Future Of Lake Tahoe’s Clarity In Question As Wildfires Worsen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP/CBS13) — When a wildfire crested the mountains near North America’s largest alpine lake, embers and ash that zipped across a smoky sky pierced Lake Tahoe’s clear blue waters. The evacuation order for thousands to flee their homes has been lifted, but those who returned have found black stripes of ash building up on the shoreline – a reminder that success fighting the Caldor Fire won’t insulate the resort region on the California-Nevada line from effects that outlast wildfire season. Scientists say it’s too soon to draw conclusions about the lasting damage that record-setting wildfires will have on Lake Tahoe. But they’re not wasting time. Many expect to bring their research plans to the Tahoe Science Advisory Council at a meeting Thursday. Scientists funded by California, Nevada and the League to Save Lake Tahoe are researching lake clarity and biodiversity during and after wildfires. They’re using collection buckets – some loaded with glass marbles – to capture and measure the size and quantity of particles and pollutants from wildfires that have sullied the normally crystal-clear waters. They’re studying how particles enter the…

Report: More Than 5,200 Afghan Evacuees To Be Resettled In California

SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) — California is projected to take more Afghan evacuees than any other — more than 5,200 people, according to State Department data for the Afghan Placement and Assistance program obtained by The Associated Press. The Biden administration began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many evacuees from among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their states. Alabama and Mississippi are each slated to welcome 10, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Hawaii, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia are not expected to resettle anyone from the first group of evacuees who fled during the final days of the chaotic U.S. withdrawal last month. The administration has requested funding from Congress to help resettle 65,000 Afghans in the United States by the end of this month and 95,000 by September 2022. President Joe Biden tapped the former governor of his home state of Delaware, Jack Markell, to temporarily serve as his point person on resettling Afghan evacuees in the United States. States with a historically large number of Afghans who resettled in…

San Diego Unified to publicly discuss potential vaccine mandate for eligible students

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District mandated all students get vaccinated. Now, the San Diego Unified School District has scheduled a public discussion regarding a similar policy for San Diego students. The discussion will be hosted by the San Diego Unified Board of Education in open session at the next regular meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. The announcement was made by SDUSD on Twitter, and comes shortly after Governor Gavin Newsom defeated the recall effort. Categories: California News, Coronavirus, Health, Local San Diego News, National & International News