California Lawmakers To Vote On $307.9 Billion Spending Plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) – California lawmakers on Wednesday will vote on a plan to spend $308 billion in taxpayer money over the next year as the coffers of the world’s fifth largest economy continue to swell during the pandemic. The centerpiece of the operating budget crafted by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders is $17 billion in new spending aimed at providing relief for the soaring inflation that has increased prices for most things, notably gasoline. About 23 million people will get cash payments of between $200 and $1,050 to help pay for gas, which averaged more than $6.30 per gallon in California on Tuesday. How much people get will depend on how much they make. Only couples who make below $500,000 per year and single people who make below $250,000 per year will be eligible. Businesses will get $2.3 billion, including a yearlong suspension of the state sales tax on diesel fuel that reduce costs by about 23 cents per gallon. Between 80% and 90% of diesel fuel customers in California are business owners, according to the California Department of Finance. The spending package

Rices Fire Updates: Evacuation Advisories Upgraded To Warnings In Yuba County

NEVADA COUNTY (CBS13) — The latest on the Rices Fire in Nevada County: 10:41 a.m. An Evacuation Warning is now in effect in Yuba County for zones YUB-E095 and YUB-E098, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office says. Authorities are urging people who may need additional time – in particular, people with pets and livestock – to consider leaving now. The Yuba County Office of Emergency Services notes that the Rices Fire remains in Nevada County, but shifting winds remain a concern. 7:42 a.m. The Rices Fire has continued to grow, and firefighters are now giving a clearer picture of the damage already done. According to Cal Fire’s Wednesday morning situation update, the wildfire has now grown to 769 acres. A total of four structures have now been confirmed destroyed, but it’s unclear if those homes or other buildings. One firefighter was also reported injured in the incident, Cal Fire says. Steep and rugged terrain, along with critically dry fuel beds, continue to be compounding problems firefighters are facing while battling the wildfire. Evacuation orders still remain in effect for the communities of Birchville, Sweetland, French Corral

How Sacramento County Is Bucking The National Trend Of Murder Cases Going Unsolved

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — In a collaboration with CBS News, CBS Sacramento is examining why crime is often going without punishment in our country. The national homicide clearance rate is at an all-time low, according to FBI data. Barely half of the murder cases in the United States get solved. In the mid-1960s, more than 90 percent of murders were solved, generally resulting in an arrest. By 1990, the percentage fell into the sixties. And our analysis with CBS News also discovered a difference by race.  The national homicide clearance rate for White victims keeps improving while the rate of solving murders for Black and Hispanic victims is much lower. But Sacramento County is bucking the trend. Instead of making arrests in five out of 10 murders, which was roughly the national average in 2020, the Sacramento sheriff’s department made arrests in more than 7 out of 10 murders. That arrest rate has increased to eight out of 10 homicide cases so far this year. What can other agencies learn from Sacramento County? CBS13 got an inside look at the real-life CSI tools and techniques that

Jamie Lee Curtis And Blumhouse Pictures Team For 2018 Camp Fire Movie

PARADISE (CBS13) — Jamie Lee Curtis and Blumhouse Pictures are teaming up to make a movie about the 2018 Camp Fire that killed more than 80 people. According to Deadline, the movie is based on Lizzie Johnson’s book Paradise: One Town’s Struggle To Survive An American Wildfire. The film will be centered on a bus driver and school teacher who helped navigate a bus full of children through the fire. No release date has been given.

PPR Podcast: UCLA commit, Mater Dei linebacker Tre Edwards

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s top linebacker, Mater Dei’s Tre Edwards, joined KUSI’ Paul Rudy and Burt Grossman on the Prep Pigskin Report Podcast to share details on how he chose to continue his career at UCLA, and how is preparing for his final high school season. Edwards is 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. ESPN reports he became “the first pure linebacker to commit to UCLA and Chip Kelly in the 2023 recruiting class and the fourth prospect overall.” To listen on Spotify, click here. Categories: Prep Pigskin Report Podcast

Justice Breyer set to retire from Supreme Court on Thursday

(The Hill) – Justice Stephen Breyer on Wednesday said that his previously announced retirement from the Supreme Court would take effect at noon the following day, capping off a nearly 28-year career on the bench that concluded with a tumultuous court term dominated by the court’s six-member conservative supermajority. The announcement by Breyer, 83, came in a letter to President Biden. “It has been my great honor to participate as a judge in the effort to maintain our Constitution and the rule of law,” the liberal justice wrote. Breyer is set to be replaced by the Senate-confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who once clerked for Breyer. She is expected to join Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan in forming a three-member liberal minority on the court. Breyer’s departure comes on the heels of the court’s monumental 6-3 decision last week to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate the nearly 50-year-old federal right to abortion. Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan joined in a 66-page dissent. “With sorrow — for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection — we dissent,” they wrote. Jackson is

Teens harassed while playing online games

Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Mosaic Journalism Workshop for Bay Area high school students, a two-week intensive course in journalism. Students in the program report and photograph stories under the guidance of professional journalists. Benjamin Tonthat, a rising senior at San Jose’s Evergreen High School and an avid player of first-person shooter games, was playing Valorant recently, and wasn’t doing well in his competitive match. As a result, his teammates targeted him with aggressive comments. Though he muted them, he continued to feel bothered by the hurtful remarks while playing, which affected his delivery in the game. “I reported them after the game, but I don’t think it did much,” Tonthat said. Tonthat, like many teens, loves to play online multiplayer games. And like many, he has been harassed while playing. In 2021, three in five teen gamers, or nearly 14 million teens, reported experiencing harassment or being targeted by hate in online multiplayer games, according to a survey released in September by the Anti-Defamation League. They were sometimes harassed because of their gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. The games

Former Giuliani associate Parnas sentenced to 20 months

By Mark Morales, Devan Cole and Lauren del Valle | CNN Lev Parnas, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani, was sentenced to 20 months in prison Wednesday. Parnas was convicted last fall on six counts related to “influence buying” campaign finance schemes. Jurors found him guilty of scheming with co-conspirators to use a Russian backer’s money to fund political contributions they hoped to trade for political favor for their budding joint cannabis venture. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $2,322,500 and to three years of supervised release. As part of his scheme, the Ukrainian businessman was also convicted for using money from Igor Fruman — who previously pleaded guilty — and a fake company to funnel hundreds of thousands in political contributions to GOP and pro-Donald Trump committees and then lying about it to the Federal Election Commission. A $325,000 donation to the America First Action Super PAC at issue in the case was first flagged in a 2018 FEC complaint. Parnas’ prison sentence is well below the amount of time he could have potentially served. He had faced up to five years

Bison nearly attacks son, gores dad at Yellowstone National Park

By Raja Razek | CNN A Colorado man required medical treatment at a hospital after he was gored by a bull bison at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, officials said. The 34-year-old man was walking with his family on a boardwalk near the Giant Geyser at Old Faithful on Monday when the bull bison charged at the group, according to a news release from the park. When family members did not leave their area, the bull bison “continued to charge and gored” the man, causing injury to his arm, park officials said. The man was taken to a hospital, and the incident is under investigation. This was the second reported incident this year of a visitor getting too close to a bison and the animal responding to the perceived threat by goring the person, according to the release. In late May, a bison gored a 25-year-old Ohio woman who was 10 feet within the animal, park officials said at the time. She suffered a puncture wound and other injuries after the animal also tossed her 10 feet into the air during the attack. Related Articles

As ‘volatile’ personnel market awaits, Heat seeking to avoid NBA hard cap, with Tucker, Martin free agency in balance

As the Miami Heat prepare for Thursday’s 6 p.m. start of the NBA’s free-agency negotiation period, a priority for the team apparently remains avoiding having to work under a hard salary cap on total payroll for the 2022-23 season. With an eye on a possible trade — potentially a blockbuster trade — either this offseason or ahead of the February 2023 NBA trading deadline, the Heat have prioritized retaining salary-cap flexibility going forward, according to an NBA source familiar with the team’s thinking. Under the NBA’s complex salary-cap rules, a team is forced to work under a hard-cap payroll ceiling if it: — Utilizes all or part of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception, which this offseason stands at $10.4 million, on a free agent or multiple free agents. — Utilizes the bi-annual salary-cap exception, which this offseason stands at $4.1 million, on a free agent. — Acquires a player in a sign-and-trade transaction. (Sending out a player in a sign-and-trade does not trigger a hard cap.) The hard cap for 2022-23 NBA payroll is expected to be set at $157 million. By avoiding the hard cap

Downtown Lafayette’s premier new-construction residences

Explore 210 Lafayette Circle, sitting in the heart of the bustling hamlet of downtown Lafayette! Book a private tour by calling (877) 678-3370. Live, host, walk, telework, explore and play. Experience the simplified and luxurious lifestyle at Lafayette’s premier new development. Priced from $1.8 million.  Live, host, walk, telework, explore and play. Experience the simplified and luxurious lifestyle at Lafayette’s premier new development boasting large open floor plans, 9-foot-plus ceilings, natural light-filled windows, Bosch appliances, and high-end finishes. Spacious two- and three-bedroom condominium flats are located above the treetops. Premium Luxury Collection Penthouses are located on the third floor. Upon entering, the spacious high-ceiling open plan welcomes you with large windows; the curated designer-selected finishes include slab countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and designer wood cabinetry with self-closing doors and easy slider drawers. Early buyers have the opportunity to select their personalized finishes. They have the option to choose the finishes that match your style from flooring to lighting and everything in between. In addition, maximize the functionality of your home with various cabinet and door options. By working hand in hand with a Lenox Homes consultant

Explosion levels home, damages several others in Victorville

An explosion leveled at least one home and damaged several others early Wednesday in Victorville.The explosion was reported just before 3 a.m. in the 14900 block of Adalane Court in Victorville. One house was completely leveled by the explosion, which also sparked a fire at the home next door and damaged several homes across the street. (credit: CBS) At least one woman in the house where the explosion is believed to have originated was taken to the hospital. Her condition is not known at this time. At least one dog was seen being rescued, but neighbors say they don’t know what happened to the other dogs the woman was breeding.Neighbors describe hearing loud bangs just before 3 a.m., and the last one felt like an earthquake shaking the entire neighborhood that sent debris flying.Joshlyn Brunt says her neighbor was thrown into her backyard from the force of the explosion.”I heard her screaming, ‘help me, call the police,’ and she was on my back porch,” Brunt said. “And I just couldn’t get to her because at the time they were telling us to get out the

Fire damages detached garage in Melrose District

Firefighters quickly contained a fire that broke out in a detached garage in the Melrose District Wednesday morning. Los Angeles Fire Department crews were dispatched to the scene at around 8:20 a.m. after reports of a tree fire, but upon their arrival at the scene realized that the flames had also spread to a detached garage on N. Sierra Bonita Avenue.Captain Armand Dabuet spoke with CBS LA reporters on scene, where he detailed that they found downed power lines in the immediate area, though they weren’t sure if it was a result of the fire. It took just under 20 minutes for LAFD to contain the fire, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters remained on scene to remove the remaining structure left by the fire and handle any lingering hot spots.