Mountain Lion Cub Found Orphaned Released Back Into Orange County After 4 Months Of Rehabilitation

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA (CBSLA) — A mountain lion cub whose mother was fatally struck by a car in Orange County has been released back into the wild this week after four months of rehabilitation. Two mountain lion cubs were just six months old when they were first spotted in February at the edges of the Tijeras Creek Golf Course in Orange County. California Fish & Wildlife officials confirmed the cubs had been orphaned after their mother was killed in traffic, but determined they weren’t ready yet to fend for themselves. One of the cubs was brought in February to the Ramona Wildlife Center, where the Project Wildlife Team worked to rehabilitate the kitten with the intention of releasing her back into the wild. Rescued mountain lion kittens are usually sent to a sanctuary. “This is the first time we’ve released a younger female lion, so it’s significant for us. She’s basically a teenager going out on her own for the first time and we’ve tried to help her get to the teenage stage, so she’s old enough,” said Christine Barton, director of operations and wildlife…

California Public Utilities Commission needs to make serious investments in renewable clean energy

By Faraz Rizvi is an organizer and writer from the Inland Valley Region. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside in Political Science and currently serves as a Coordinator for the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ). For the past 5 years California has experienced some of the hottest summers on record.  Multi-year droughts combined with near hurricane force winds during Santa Ana conditions have increased the threat of raging wildfires. As extreme weather and natural disasters have become increasingly common, The California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) is about to make an important decision that could reduce California’s dependence on fossil fuels and reduce the longer term risk of more intense wildfires.  The upcoming decision would require the largest procurement ever of clean energy resources in California in what is called, by the Commission, a mid-term procurement plan (2023-2026). This juncture is a critical moment for the Commission to be bold and take decisive action to make a renewable clean energy future a reality.  About 11,000 MW of renewable energy generation from wind, solar and other sources will be included within the…

NBA mock draft: Who do the Warriors pick with No. 7 and No. 14?

The final piece to the 2020 trade involving D’Angelo Russell and Andrew Wiggins will change hands as the Warriors were awarded the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick in Tuesday night’s draft lottery. Golden State will pick seventh and 14th in a deep draft. Things can and will change between now and the draft on July 29. The draft combine is taking place in Chicago this week, and front offices have another month of scouting and interviewing that will shake up their boards. But to help figure out who may fall to the Warriors, here’s a mock draft of picks 1-14 in the aftermath of the lottery, starting with the Detroit Pistons with the top overall selection. 1. Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, guard, Oklahoma State The Pistons come out as the big winners of this draft because they are in position to select Cunningham, a generational talent who can make an immediate impact. He enters the NBA with a rare blend of size (6-foot-8), playmaking and scoring ability. At 19, he plays with the patience and vision of a seasoned vet and can provide balance to Detroit’s…

SF Giants-Angels matchup between Ohtani, Gausman features a first in MLB history

ANAHEIM — When Gabe Kapler and Joe Maddon turned in their respective lineups for Wednesday’s matchup between the Giants and Angels, the two managers guaranteed the game would feature a first-of-its-kind occurrence. It’s been 48 years since the American League implemented the designated hitter and 24 years since the Giants participated in MLB’s first-ever interleague game, but for the first time on Wednesday, a National League club will use a designated hitter in a game in which an American League team won’t. With two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani scheduled to start for the Angels, Maddon elected to give up the DH and have Ohtani, who has hit 23 home runs this season, bat for himself in the No. 2 spot in his lineup. Ohtani is tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major league lead in home runs and entered the series with an OPS above 1.000 before going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk on Tuesday against the Giants. Giants starter Kevin Gausman has turned himself into a respectable hitter for a pitcher as he’s 5-for-26 with four sacrifices this season, but the thought…

A’s president Kaval raves about ballpark site options in Las Vegas

The A’s say there is only one location in Oakland they will consider for a new ballpark. But according to a new report, the team is considering at least 20 potential sites in the Las Vegas area. A’s owner John Fisher and team president Dave Kaval on Monday and Tuesday toured several potential sites for a new MLB stadium, including some they had not previously seen in their first fact-finding visit to Southern Nevada in May. Last month, A’s officials looked at sites near Las Vegas Boulevard, in the city suburbs of Henderson and Summerlin, and at Cashman Field near downtown. On this trip, Fisher and Kaval also reportedly looked at the “Resorts Corridor” near the Strip, some areas a few blocks away from the famous boulevard and also a UNLV-owned property just north of McCarran International Airport that the Raiders once considered for their new stadium. Another visit by the A’s to the Las Vegas area is planned for early July. “The reality is that all the sites have a lot of positive attributes and so I really don’t think we’re really in a…

SF Giants notes: How to beat Ohtani the pitcher, why Dubón was emotional after home run

When Giants pitching and hitting coaches held their pre-series meetings on Tuesday afternoon, each group had to devote time to preparing for Shohei Ohtani. The two-way superstar entered the series leading the American League in home runs with 23 and leading Angels pitchers with a 2.70 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings. Neutralizing Ohtani at the plate was the Giants’ first step to beating the Angels and on Tuesday, right-hander Anthony DeSclafani found a way to do so. DeSclafani walked Ohtani once, but picked up a pair of strikeouts against him before reliever Dominic Leone punched out the left-handed hitting slugger in the eighth inning. “Ideally I wanted to make sure he was up with nobody on in case he did clip me,” DeSclafani said. “It wasn’t something hard in the gap or a two-run homer or a three-run homer, then just tried to mix it up and keep him off balance. You try not to fall into a pattern with him and I felt like I was able to do that.” The Giants had a clear plan of attack against Ohtani, targeting…

The pandemic cost transfer students vital time on campus: Some want it back

By Ashley A. Smith, EdSource The coronavirus pandemic cost some transfer students more than worry and anxiety over falling ill. It cost them internships and research opportunities, chances to work closely with renowned faculty, and even travel abroad as part of their studies. With less time on campus than the traditional freshmen or sophomores who arrive as high school graduates, some question whether transfer students can get any of that time and those opportunities back. “That’s the thing we don’t talk about,” said Alexis Zaragoza, a transfer student at the University of California, Berkeley. “I have friends graduating right now, and they entered the pandemic only having one semester of actual college and doing college things as transfer students. To me, that’s a significant loss of time.” Students missed out on opportunities to travel to Washington, D.C., for a semester or participate in state government as part of UC’s Sacramento program, she said. These college programs and activities are essential to giving students, especially low-income students like Zaragoza, opportunities to network and expand their experiences. “How many students are losing the only time in their…

CVUSD announces return to in-person instruction for 2021-2022 school year

The Coachella Valley Unified School District announced this week the plan for their 2021-2022 school year. Students will return for in-person instruction on Thursday, August 12. CVUSD was going to return to a hybrid schedule in April 2021, but in late March the school board voted to not move forward with the proposed plan. READ MORE: CVUSD VOTES NO ON HYBRID LEARNING The other school districts in the Coachella Valley had already returned to a hybrid model for the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

DMV offering free REAL ID upgrade for those who renewed during the pandemic

The Department of Motor Vehicles invites all eligible Californians who received driver’s licenses or identification cards during the pandemic but did not get a REAL ID to upgrade now for no additional cost. This offer is set to expire at the end of the year. An office visit is required to get a REAL ID. During the pandemic, the DMV temporarily expanded eligibility to renew online or by mail to include Californians age 70 and older, and customers who had reached their limit on out-of-office renewals – customers normally required to renew in person. The DMV expects to issue about 5.7 million driver’s licenses and IDs that are not REAL IDs between March 2020 and July 2021 to customers eligible for one. A fee is paid at the time of driver’s license application for a new license or renewal. That fee will be waived for the customers who received a non-REAL ID during that time if they upgrade now at dmv.ca.gov/realidupgrade. “We don’t want Californians to pay the price for not getting a REAL ID during the pandemic,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon. “While the federal…

Wildfire Risks Prompt Prohibitions on Camp Fires, Smoking in National Forest

Starting Wednesday, visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest will be barred from lighting camp fires, using stoves and target shooting outside of designated areas due to the increased risk of wildfires. According to forest rangers, hot and dry conditions now prevalent in Southern California have elevated wildfire danger in locations throughout the 676,666-acre federal preserve. Effective Wednesday morning, the following restrictions will apply under a U.S. Forest Service order: — camp fires, stove fires and any other type of open burning will be allowed only in designated locations, mainly “hosted campgrounds,” listed by the USFS; — individuals who hold a California Campfire Permit may use portable stoves and lanterns outdoors, as long as they have fuel shut-off valves; — smoking is prohibited except at specific sites within hosted campgrounds and picnic areas; — target shooting will not be permitted except in established zones, but users must obtain a special permit in advance; and — welding is prohibited. Game hunting with a valid license will not be impacted by the restrictions, officials said. Violations can result in fines as high as $10,000 or six months…

Subway’s tuna sandwich has no tuna, tests of samples from L.A. area locations find

Tests recently done by a commercial lab have proved that no identifiable tuna DNA was found in Subway’s sandwiches, reported the New York Times. The newspaper had 60 inches of tuna sandwiches from three different Subway locations in Los Angeles tested. The “tuna” was removed, frozen and sent to an unidentified commercial food testing lab as the chain faces a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California earlier this year alleging the ingredient it calls tuna actually contains no tuna at all. “No amplifiable tuna DNA was present in the sample and so we obtained no amplification products from the DNA. Therefore, we cannot identify the species,” the test results read.  “One, it’s so heavily processed that whatever we could pull out, we couldn’t make an identification,” a lab spokesperson said. “Or we got some and there’s just nothing there that’s tuna.” Subway wrote an email to the newspaper denying the allegations: “There simply is no truth to the allegations in the complaint that was filed in California,” a Subway spokeswoman wrote in the email. “Subway delivers 100 percent cooked…

Child tax credits: How families can check eligibility for monthly payments of up to $300

Not sure if your family qualifies for the expanded child tax credits that will start going out next month? The IRS now has a new online tool that allows taxpayers to check their eligibility. Launched Tuesday, the Advance Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant can help American families quickly determine if they qualify for monthly payments of up to $300 per child by having them answer a simple set of questions, according to an IRS news release. When using the tool, users should have their 2020 tax return on hand; however, if they haven’t submitted that yet, they can go off of their 2019 filing. For those who don’t have a copy of their tax return but know their filing status, estimates can be made based on income statements like W-2s and 1099s, and the amount of expenses and adjustments to total income. The tool then walks users through a set of questions, beginning with whether the taxpayer claimed the child tax credit on their 2019 or 2020 return, and whether they have established residency in the U.S. for more than half of that year. If…

John McAfee, antivirus software creator, found dead in Spanish prison cell hours after court OKs extradition to U.S.

John McAfee, the creator of the McAfee antivirus software, has been found dead in his cell in a jail near Barcelona, a government official told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Authorities said the cause of death was being investigated. Hours earlier, a Spanish court issued a preliminary ruling in favor of the 75-year-old tycoon’s extradition to the United States to face tax-related criminal charges that could carry decades in prison. Security personnel at the Brians 2 penitentiary near the northeastern Spanish city tried to revive him, but the jail’s medical team finally certified his death, a statement from the regional Catalan government said. “A judicial delegation has arrived to investigate the causes of death,” the statement said, adding that “Everything points to death by suicide.” The statement didn’t identify McAfee by name, but said he was a 75-year-old U.S. citizen awaiting extradition to his country. A Catalan government source familiar with the event who was not authorized to be named in media reports confirmed to the AP that the dead man was McAfee. Spain’s National Court on Monday ruled in favor of extraditing McAfee, who…

2nd season of ‘To Live and Die in LA’ podcast will focus on disappearance of Glendale woman last seen in Calabasas

In 2019, a listener of writer Neil Strauss’ podcast “To Live and Die in LA” came forward with information that helped solve the case of a 25-year-old missing woman, Adea Shabani. The revelations were released in almost real time, and listening seemed intimate, not to mention terrifying. Strauss is back with a second season of his podcast, focusing on the 2017 disappearance of Elaine Park, a 20-year-old woman last seen in Calabasas. A new episode is released on Thursdays. Strauss became aware of the case after his then-wife, Ingrid De La O, stumbled across a news report online that said Park’s abandoned car was found in Malibu — where they lived. De La O couldn’t shake the idea that something disturbing may have taken place in her community and joined the search. She brought in neighbor and friend Mike Einziger — guitarist for the band Incubus — and his wife, violinist Ann Marie Simpson. Strauss helped too, now saying that at the time it was originally more to get along than to go along. Strauss alludes on the podcast to his marriage breaking up, at least in…

Sticker Shock: Travelers Stunned By Rising Costs Of Renting A Car

BOSTON (CBS) – With more people returning to the roads and skies this summer, it may come as no surprise as the demand for car rentals is skyrocketing. That means a smaller supply and higher prices for consumers. Newlyweds Drew and Austin Swigar are heading north to Maine using their rental car to tour the coast for their honeymoon. The couple is relieved they planned this trip back in January. “We booked it probably early enough that we got ahead of that rush,” said Austin Swigart. But others are finding themself right in the middle of the rush to find a rental car. “We checked prices about a week or two beforehand, made a U-turn and canceled our original rental reservation and got a different one,” said Robert Schein. Sticker shock is the reaction from most travelers at Logan Airport’s Car Rental Center. “One thousand eight hundred eighty-four dollars for five days is pretty expensive,” said Brandon Melanson. According to AAA, daily car rental prices are up 86% compared to this same time last year, costing upwards of $166 a day! “There is pent-up demand, and people are booking, and people…

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner Expanding Its SoCal Service

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner will offer expanded service for trains between Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, officials announced Wednesday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the trains have been operating on a reduced schedule. Starting Monday, three additional roundtrips will be added to the Pacific Surfliner schedule. Southbound Train 562 will depart Los Angeles at 6:05 a.m. and arrive in San Diego at 8:58 a.m. Southbound Train 572 will depart Los Angeles at 10:54 a.m. and arrive in San Diego at 1:52 p.m. On weekends and holidays, this train will operate as Train 1572, departing Los Angeles at 11:20 a.m. and arriving in San Diego at 2:13 p.m. Southbound Train 590 will depart Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. and arrive in San Diego at 10:25 p.m. Northbound Train 569 will depart San Diego at 9:43 a.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 12:38 p.m. Northbound Train 583 will depart San Diego at 2:50 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 5:54 p.m. Northbound Train 595 will depart San Diego at 8:57 p.m. and arrive…

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