Wednesday forecast: Cool temperatures continue

Look for below average temperatures to continue Wednesday as low pressure remain in control of the region. The cooler weather is expected to continue through Saturday, but no rain is forecast to fall in the Southland. Air quality remains mostly in the good to moderate range for Wednesday. Look for temperatures to warm up again beginning Sunday. Surf forecast for L.A. County Wednesday Rip current risk: Moderate          Surf height: 2 to 4 feet Water temperature: 60 to 62 degreesRemarks: Mixed west swell and south swell Thursday Rip current risk: Moderate             Surf height: 2 to 4 feet Remarks: Mixed south swell and west swell

Quentin Tarantino being sued over ‘Pulp Fiction’ NFTs

Movie studio Miramax has sued “Pulp Fiction” director Quentin Tarantino over his plan to auction off NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, related to the groundbreaking 1994 film. Tarantino this month announced that he plans to sell images of pages of scenes from an early handwritten version of the “Pulp Fiction” script as NFTs; they also would include audio commentary. Tarantino partnered with technology company SCRT Labs to auction seven tokens based on the movie. Miramax, which released “Pulp Fiction,” on Tuesday accused Tarantino of breach of contract, copyright infringement and trademark infringement, saying he doesn’t have permission to sell the NFTs. Miramax, owned by Qatar-based BeIn Media and ViacomCBS, said in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that the company had sent Tarantino a cease-and-desist letter after learning of the NFT plans, but Tarantino refused to comply with its demands. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

L.A. Unified to spend $5M on gift cards, prizes to encourage students to get COVID vaccine

With a student vaccination deadline days away — and about 72% in compliance — the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday authorized an estimated $5 million for prizes and treats as incentives, including gift cards to Amazon and Target, tickets to “Hamilton” and food trucks on campus. The incentive program, already underway, is part of a broad-based effort to boost vaccination rates by Nov. 21, the school district’s self-imposed deadline for students 12 and older to receive the first of two doses. Students must be fully vaccinated by the Jan. 10 start of the second semester, or they will not be allowed on campus. Their options would be to pursue their education outside of Los Angeles Unified or transfer to City of Angels, a district independent study program. The incentives are mainly raffles, and anyone in compliance is eligible — meaning those who are vaccinated, have an approved medical exemption or have a rare authorized extension. Religious exemptions are not being granted. Raffle prizes have also included gift cards to grocery stores; tickets to Disneyland, Magic Mountain and Universal Studios Hollywood, and graduation-night entertainment packages. Some…

U.S. offering billions to boost COVID-19 vaccine production

The Biden administration is making billions of dollars available to drugmakers to scale up domestic production of COVID-19 vaccines in the hopes of building capacity to produce an additional 1 billion shots per year to share with the world. Under the new initiative, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority is soliciting pharmaceutical companies that have demonstrated the ability to make the more-effective mRNA vaccines to bid for government investment in scaling up their manufacturing abilities. Drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna produce the two U.S.-approved mRNA shots. The Biden administration believes the boosted capacity of COVID-19 shots will help ease a global shortage of doses, particularly in lower- and middle-income nations, stopping preventable death and limiting the development of potentially new, more dangerous variants of the virus. The initiative comes as the Biden White House has faced growing pressure at home and abroad over inequity in the global vaccine supply — as the U.S. moves toward approving booster shots for all adults while vulnerable people in poorer nations wait for their first dose of protection. There are no firm agreements yet with Moderna or Pfizer to take up…

Deal Reached Mere Hours Before Thousands Of UC Instructors Were Set To Strike

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A strike appears to have been averted, just hours before about 6,000 instructors in the University of California system were set to walk off the job. The union which represents adjunct professors and other faculty announced Wednesday morning that a tentative agreement had been reached between its members and the UC system. Many UC classes were scheduled to come to a halt at 9 a.m. Wednesday for a two-day instructor walkout that would have gone into Thursday. The two sides had been negotiating for months over issues including pay and working conditions. However, University Council-AFT, the instructors’ union, announced just after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday that a deal had been reached. “We have a tentative agreement,” the union tweeted. “#TeamUCAFT has won transformative and groundbreaking improvements in crucial areas, including job stability, workload, and compensation.” CBSLA has reached out to the UC system for comment, but has not yet heard back. There are 10 colleges in the UC system, including UCLA and UC Irvine.

LAUSD To Loosen COVID Restrictions Next Semester

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Unified School District next semester will ease some COVID-19 restrictions, including testing and outdoor mask wearing. LAUSD announced at its board meeting Tuesday that, beginning in January, only unvaccinated students and those with approved exemptions will need to undergo weekly testing. Currently, all students are required to undergo testing, regardless of vaccination status. The district also announced that it will lift the requirement that students wear masks outdoors at campuses in which at least 85% of students are fully vaccinated. Indoor mask-wearing requirements will remain in place. All LAUSD students ages 12 and older are required to receive their first COVID vaccine dose by Nov. 21, and their second by Dec. 19. The district is recommending, but not mandating, COVID shots for students aged 5-11. The spring semester begins on Jan. 11. Monday marked the deadline for all LAUSD faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. District officials told the board Tuesday that 100% of LAUSD staff working at school campuses are fully vaccinated.

49ers mailbag: Who’s running? How long is Garoppolo staying? What’s Bosa’s sack goal?

SANTA CLARA – Time to click open this week’s Week 11 mailbag, via 49ers fans’ hitting my Instagram and Twitter handles: Why SO MUCH running? Are we really that scared of interceptions and fumbles? (@whostin_texas) Gosh, if you put it like that, sure. The 49ers have committed more turnovers since 2017 than any other team. Running the ball is their preferred identity, and being a 44-carry ball hog kept the Rams’ explosive offense off the field in Monday’s 31-10 win. Another byproduct: no turnovers, as was the case in wins at Philadelphia and Detroit. Will the Niners run the ball more against Jacksonville? (@maryannmyniguez) Elijah Mitchell’s finger surgery complicates matters, though Jeff Wilson Jr. is fresh off his season debut, and Trey Sermon apparently is still on the roster. The Jaguars (2-7) have allowed 100 rushing yards in just two games: their opener to Houston and last Sunday to Indy. They’re allowing the fifth-fewest rushing yards per carry (3.89). It won’t be as easy you might suspect. Will Jimmy Garoppolo be here next year? (@alexispaterakis) It shouldn’t be shocking, if the 49ers keep winning and…

Warriors 3 Things: Draymond Green’s incredible, invaluable defense shut down Kevin Durant and has Golden State looking like a title contender again

The season is still in its early stages, but if we wanted to have a conversation about who the NBA’s MVP is, we would start with Steph Curry. But one could make the argument that there’s another Warrior that has been just as valuable to Golden State’s incredible, put-the-league-on-notice start: Draymond Green. If Curry is the MVP, Green is the Defensive Player of the Year, and Tuesday’s blowout win over the Brooklyn Nets was his best defensive performance to date. The game in Brooklyn swung as so many Warriors games have over the years — this year proving to be no exception. The Warriors blew the doors of the Nets in the third quarter. Curry and the Warriors’ offense deserves incessant praise for the Dubs’ third-quarter surges, including Tuesday, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr would be the first to tell you that the Dubs’ big quarters stem from success on the defensive end. Which means they stem from Green. Related Articles Warriors’ Klay Thompson cleared for next step in rehab Warriors make a statement with win over Brooklyn, Kevin Durant Kurtenbach: Steph Curry and the…

The best reason not to buy pre-washed salad in a bag | Everyday Cheapskate

Pre-washed, pre-chopped, ready-to-go salad greens in sealed bags can be found in the produce department of just about every grocery store and supermarket. Those bags are certainly a tempting option because what’s not to like about having someone else do all the work of chopping and then double- or even triple-washing? Even so, I don’t buy bagged salad, but not be for the reasons you might assume. It’s not because I’m overly concerned that bacteria might make it through all that pre-washing in a chlorinated bath (although tests conducted by Consumer Reports did find bacteria that are common indicators of poor sanitation). I seriously doubt that any grocery store’s produce department is 100% bacteria-free. Watching customers touch and test fresh produce is one such indicator. It’s not the rumors of fecal contamination when samples of all kinds of packaged greens from baby greens to spinach, traditional and organic, were tested. As creepy as that is to think about, even Consumer Reports assures that the contamination in bagged salad greens falls within the Food and Drug Administration’s acceptable levels. It’s not even my concern about just…

Timo Meier’s evolution in San Jose is on display with historically fast start

Bob Boughner had a heart-to-heart with Timo Meier in his exit interview at the end of last season and made it clear that he needed to see improvement in just about every facet of the power forward’s game. Meier had 12 goals and 31 points in 54 games in 2020-21 — good enough to be the Sharks’ third-leading scorer in the second-straight dismal season for the franchise, but nowhere adequate for one of the team’s offensive leaders after he had scored 52 goals in the prior 148 NHL games. Well, look at Meier now. After his thoroughly impressive two-point performance in the Sharks’ 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, Meier has 14 points in 10 games, putting himself in the same company as a couple of the team’s all-time greats. Per NHL Public Relations, Meier’s red-hot start through 10 games is bettered only among Sharks alumni by Owen Nolan’s 17 points in 1999-2000 and Joe Thornton’s 15 points in both 2009-10 and 2010-11. Meier has at least one point in all but one of his 10 games this season, with the exception being…

100 years ago: Roy Gardner passed through Red Bluff on a stolen motorcycle

Roy Gardner, bandit deluxe, who was recaptured at Phoenix, Arizona yesterday, passed through Red Bluff on his way south after making his sensational escape from McNeils Island. According to his own story, told yesterday in jail at Phoenix, he came down through Red Bluff on a motorcycle he had stolen somewhere in Oregon. He spent one night in Redding, going through Red Bluff the next day to Napa. The only Gardner alarm created in Red Bluff following the flight of the bandit from McNeils was at the home of N. C. Hutt at Hooker, just north of this city. When the Hutt family returned home one evening they surprised a stranger in the house. The fellow had helped himself to a meal and when surprised by the family he promptly held them at the point of a gun. He told them he was Roy Gardner and wanted to stay all night. When they refused he stuck the gun in his pocket and departed. This may or may not have been Roy Gardner. Most likely not. But that he sped through our city on his stolen…