New York City to require vaccines or weekly testing for city workers

New York City will require all of its municipal workers — including teachers and police officers — to get coronavirus vaccines by mid-September or face weekly COVID-19 testing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. The rule is expected to affect about 340,000 city employees, making the city one of the largest employers in the U.S. to take such action. While it isn’t a vaccine mandate — no workers will be forced to take a shot — officials hope the inconvenience and discomfort of weekly tests will persuade many to overcome a reluctance to get inoculated. “This is about our recovery. This is about what we need to do to bring back New York City,” de Blasio said. “This is about keeping people safe. Pasadena to require city employees to get COVID vaccines The Sept. 13 deadline coincides with the start of public school, when the Democratic mayor has said he expects all pupils to be in classrooms full time. City health care workers and employees in congregate setting such as group homes will face earlier deadlines. The move comes as the city battles a rise…

Baby salmon dying by the thousands in NorCal river as rising water temperatures imperil fish in U.S. West

Baby salmon are dying by the thousands in one California river, and an entire run of endangered salmon could be wiped out in another. Fishermen who make their living off adult salmon, once they enter the Pacific Ocean, are sounding the alarm as blistering heat waves and extended drought in the U.S. West raise water temperatures and imperil fish from Idaho to California. Hundreds of thousands of young salmon are dying in Northern California’s Klamath River as low water levels brought about by drought allow a parasite to thrive, devastating a Native American tribe whose diet and traditions are tied to the fish. And wildlife officials said the Sacramento River is facing a “near-complete loss” of young Chinook salmon due to abnormally warm water. A crash in one year’s class of young salmon can have lasting effects on the total population and shorten or stop the fishing season, a growing concern as climate change continues to make the West hotter and drier. That could be devastating to the commercial salmon fishing industry, which in California alone is worth $1.4 billion. The plummeting catch already has led to…

1st openly transgender Olympians are competing in Tokyo

For Quinn, a midfielder for the Canadian women’s soccer team, the opening match of the Tokyo Games carried more emotional weight than their previous Olympic appearances. Quinn became the first openly transgender athlete to participate in the Olympics when they started on Wednesday night in Canada’s 1-1 draw with Japan in Sapporo. Quinn, who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, posted their feelings on Instagram. “I feel proud seeing `Quinn’ up on the lineup and on my accreditation. I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of this world,” they wrote. “I feel optimistic for change. Change in legislature, Changes in rules, structures, and mindsets.” Quinn, who came out as transgender last year, was also a member of the Canadian team that won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. “Mostly, I feel aware of the realities,” Quinn continued. “Trans girls being banned from sports. Trans women facing discrimination and bias while trying to pursue their Olympic dreams. The fight isn’t close to over … and I’ll celebrate when we’re all here.” Quinn, who plays…

Rain Falls Across Southland, Sparks Risk Of Flash Flooding In Burn Areas

MONROVIA (CBSLA) – Many Angelenos woke up to unusual summer rainfall Monday, as forecasters warned of the risk of flash flooding throughout the day across the Southland, especially in burn areas. Monrovia Canyon Park in Monrovia, Calif., on July 26, 2021. (CBSLA) A flash flood watch was in effect through 8 p.m. Monday for Los Angeles County mountain areas including Lancaster, El Monte, East Los Angeles, Topatopa Peak, Reyes Peak, West Covina, Alhambra, Falling Springs, Pasadena, Pomona, Palmdale and Whittier. Excluded from the flood watch was the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Gabriel Valley and the Ventura County Mountains. “Scattered showers and thunderstorms, some capable of producing heavy downpours with rainfall rates up to an inch per hour are possible,” the National Weather Service wrote. A storm cell moving through the region could bring heavy rain that causes flash flooding and debris flows in burn areas, the NWS said, including the burn scars of the Bobcat Fire in the Antelope Valley foothills, the Dam Fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa, the arson-sparked Ranch Fire north of Azusa and the Lake Fire near…

Huntington Beach restaurant known for ignoring COVID precautions now calls for only unvaccinated diners

When restaurants across California halted indoor dining as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March 2020, Basilico’s Pasta e Vino in Huntington Beach continued to welcome patrons. When officials issued an order for establishments to mandate face coverings to stem the spread of the virus, the Orange County eatery declared itself a mask-free zone and required that diners remove them before entering. This week, the Italian restaurant issued another decree: Proof of being unvaccinated is required for entry. Two signs bearing the message were taped to the windows of the restaurant, which is nestled between a gym and a sustainable beauty salon in a small strip mall at Hamilton Avenue and Brookhurst Street. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Fauci says U.S. headed in ‘wrong direction’ as COVID cases soar

The United States is in an “unnecessary predicament” of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday. “We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, describing himself as “very frustrated.” He said recommending that the vaccinated wear masks is “under active consideration” by the government’s leading public health officials. Also, booster shots may be suggested for people with suppressed immune systems who have been vaccinated, Fauci said. Fauci, who also serves as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he has taken part in conversations about altering the mask guidelines. He noted that some local jurisdictions where infection rates are surging, such as Los Angeles County, are already calling on individuals to wear masks in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status. Fauci said those local rules are compatible with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that the vaccinated do not need to wear masks in public. More than 163 million people, or 49% of the total U.S. population, are fully vaccinated, according to CDC…

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Parts of LA County

Share this article:Rain in Orange County on Monday morning. Courtesy OnScene.TV A flash flood watch was in effect for parts of Los Angeles County Monday, stretching through this evening, the National Weather Service said. The watch affected the L.A. County Mountains, excluding the Santa Monica Range; the San Gabriel Valley; and the Antelope Valley.’ The NWS said areas likely to be impacted included Lancaster, El Monte, East Los Angeles, Topatopa Peak, Reyes Peak, West Covina, Alhambra, Falling Springs, Pasadena, Pomona, Palmdale and Whittier. Scattered showers and thunderstorms — some capable of producing heavy downpours, with rainfall rates up to an inch per hour — are possible, the NWS said. Locations most susceptible to flash flooding include those in and below recent burn areas, including the Bobcat, Dam, Ranch2, and Lake burn areas. Shallow mud and debris flows capable of producing localized damage are possible in and below these burn areas, the weather service said. A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. The NWS advised residents of affected areas to remain alert and follow directions of emergency preparedness officials.…

Average LA County Gas Price Extends Run of Stability

Share this article:The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose one-tenth of a cent for a second straight day Monday, reaching $4.358. The price has changed by two-tenths of a cent or less in seven of the past eight days — the exception coming Saturday, when it rose four-tenths of a cent. It is four-tenths of a cent more than one week ago, 6.2 cents higher than one month ago and $1.195 greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The average price has risen $1.126 since the start of the year to its highest amount since Oct. 25, 2012, because of a sharp increase in the oil price and higher demand stemming from more people driving to work, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager. The Orange County average price dropped two-tenths of a cent to $4.319, one day after increasing by four-tenths of a cent. It is six-tenths of a cent more than one week ago, 6.5 cents higher than one month…

Warming Rivers In US West Killing Fish, Imperiling Industry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Baby salmon are dying by the thousands in one California river, and an entire run of endangered salmon could be wiped out in another. Fishermen who make their living off adult salmon, once they enter the Pacific Ocean, are sounding the alarm as blistering heat waves and extended drought in the U.S. West raise water temperatures and imperil fish from Idaho to California. Hundreds of thousands of young salmon are dying in Northern California’s Klamath River as low water levels brought about by drought allow a parasite to thrive, devastating a Native American tribe whose diet and traditions are tied to the fish. And wildlife officials said the Sacramento River is facing a “near-complete loss” of young Chinook salmon due to abnormally warm water. A crash in one year’s class of young salmon can have lasting effects on the total population and shorten or stop the fishing season, a growing concern as climate change continues to make the West hotter and drier. That could be devastating to the commercial salmon fishing industry, which in California alone is worth $1.4 billion. The…

One Killed, One Hurt In Huntington Beach Hit-And-Run; Woman Arrested

HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) – A driver has been arrested after a pedestrian was killed and a second injured in a hit-and-run collision on the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach Sunday night. July 25, 2021. (CBSLA) The crash occurred at about 8 p.m. at the intersection of the PCH and Newland Street. One person died at the scene and the second was rushed to a hospital, according to Huntington Beach police. Their names were not released. The female driver of the vehicle tried to run away, but was caught, police said. She was taken into custody on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run resulting in death. She was identified Monday morning as Chillandra Bell. The exact circumstances of the collision were unclear. The PCH was closed for several hours, but has since reopened.

Olympics 2021: USWNT Vs. Australia, 5 Things Fans Should Know

(CBS Local)- After a 3-0 loss in their opener of Olympic play, the USWNT bounced back well, routing New Zealand 6-1 to move into second place in Group G with one match left. Their final match won’t be an easy one as they face another familiar opponent in Australia. There’s a lot on the line in this third group play match set for the early morning hours of Tuesday July 27 here in the U.S. As the team prepares for its final match of group play, here are five things U.S. fans should know heading into the match. All-Time History The Americans and Matildas have faced each other 30 times but only once before in Olympic play back in the 2004 Athens games when the sides drew 1-1 in a group stage match. The U.S. leads the all-time series between the two sides 26-1-3 with Australia’s first and only win against the Americans coming back in June of 2018. The Matildas have had better results recently against the U.S. with a 1-1-1 record in the last three meetings. The most recent meeting was a win…

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