Riverside County declares emergency over toxic dumpsite leak

Riverside County officials declared a local emergency Tuesday in response to flooding and leakage of unknown materials from a toxic dumpsite. Officials said flash flooding on Sept. 1 had caused a breach of the retaining berm at the Lawson Dumpsite on Torres Martinez tribal land near Thermal. On Saturday, the leakage prompted evacuation warnings for three mobile home parks — the San Jose, Vargas, and Gamez communities. “The Lawson Dump is considered to be the largest toxic dump in California and continues to threaten our communities,” said Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor, V. Manuel Perez. “This is a public health emergency in addition to the flash flooding damage that was worse for the eastern Coachella Valley than Hurricane Hilary. From left: Aerial photo of Lawson Dumpsite in 2007 (Google Earth); Fires from Lawson regularly affected the residents of the nearby trailer park. (Environmental Protection Agency)The judge’s order has put an end to illegal disposal at the Lawson Dumpsite, such as this load of hazardous treated wood waste. (Environmental Protection Agency)A local emergency was declared after flash flooding had caused a breach of the retaining berm

Single family residence in Pleasanton sells for $3 million

968 Gray Fox Circle – Google Street View A 3,320-square-foot house built in 1988 has changed hands. The spacious property located in the 900 block of Gray Fox Circle in Pleasanton was sold on July 21, 2023, for $2,950,000, or $889 per square foot. This single-story house offers a capacious living environment with its four bedrooms and three baths. Additionally, the home includes a two-car garage, ensuring ample room for parking and storage. The property’s backyard also boasts a pool. Additional houses have recently been sold nearby: On Gray Fox Circle, Pleasanton, in July 2023, a 2,840-square-foot home was sold for $2,440,000, a price per square foot of $859. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. A 4,025-square-foot home on the 2800 block of Gray Fox Court in Pleasanton sold in June 2023, for $2,710,000, a price per square foot of $673. The home has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. In October 2022, a 2,889-square-foot home on Roman Eagle Court in Pleasanton sold for $2,375,000, a price per square foot of $822. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.  

Single family residence sells in Milpitas for $1.7 million

774 Terra Bella Drive – Google Street View A house located in the 700 block of Terra Bella Drive in Milpitas has new owners. The 1,778-square-foot property, built in 1985, was sold on Aug. 11, 2023, for $1,688,000, or $949 per square foot. This single-story home has three bedrooms and two baths. Outside, the home presents roofing composed of tiles materials. Inside, a fireplace adds character to the home. In addition, the home provides a two-car garage, granting ample space for parking and storage purposes. Additional houses that have recently changed hands close by include: On Valencia Drive, Milpitas, in August 2023, a 1,778-square-foot home was sold for $1,565,000, a price per square foot of $880. The home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. In November 2022, a 3,274-square-foot home on Angus Drive in Milpitas sold for $3,010,000, a price per square foot of $919. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. A 2,496-square-foot home on the 900 block of Valencia Drive in Milpitas sold in June 2023, for $2,151,000, a price per square foot of $862. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3

Four million borrowers are already enrolled in this new student debt relief program

More than 4 million student loan borrowers are enrolled in the Biden Administration’s new income-driven repayment plan, including nearly 332,000 borrowers in California. “We’re not just lowering payments for today’s borrowers,” said Education Department Under Secretary James Kvaal. “We’re making paying for college more affordable for millions of future students.” The repayment plan came after President Biden’s student loan forgiveness program was struck down by the Supreme Court earlier this summer, a move that blocked millions of borrowers from receiving up to $20,000 in federal student debt relief nationwide. But unlike the earlier initiative, this repayment program — the Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan — doesn’t immediately forgive debt. Instead, it drives down monthly repayments based on a borrower’s income, and provides a pathway to eventual loan forgiveness for those with low student debt balances. “We’re highly confident that this plan is legally authorized,” said Bharat Ramamurti, the deputy director of the National Economic Council, referring to the Save Plan. “It was not a decision of choosing one or the other. We pursued both (the debt relief program and the SAVE Plan) because

Crowley Questions Mount for Harbor District

Pressure is mounting on the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District to reconsider its relationship with Crowley Maritime, its partner in the rush to develop a marine terminal to serve the proposed offshore wind farm, or at least to hold off on consummating the partnership. The first official salvo came Aug. 20 in the form of an op-ed Yurok Tribal Chair Joseph James published in a local paper calling on the district to “reconsider” its exclusive right to negotiate agreement with the international maritime industry giant due to a “rotten company culture” evidenced by two federal lawsuits. The latest, meanwhile, hit Aug. 31, with news that Crowley Wind Services Vice President Jeff Andreini had left the company amid sexual harassment allegations with ties to Humboldt County, as first reported by the Lost Coast Outpost. Harbor District Executive Director Larry Oetker released a letter in response to the Outpost’s reporting about Andreini’s departure stating that the district takes allegations of sexual harassment “very seriously and holds the safety and well-being of our community paramount.” But the letter did not mention Crowley — much less Andreini

Authorities searching for 36-year-old man last seen near Compton

Authorities with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a 36-year-old man missing out of Rancho Dominguez.   Deandre Demetrius Marry, who frequents the areas of Carson and Compton, was last seen on the 19000 block of South Laurel Park Road, near Alameda Street, in Rancho Dominguez at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, LASD’s missing person bulletin stated.   The 36-year-old is described as a Black male, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing around 150 pounds, with black braids, brown eyes and a full beard. He has a tattoo of the grim reaper on his right shoulder, authorities said. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black pants, black boots and was carrying a black bag.   Deandre Marry, 36, was last seen Tuesday, Sept. 5 in 19000 block of South Laurel Park Road, near Alameda Street, in Rancho Dominguez. (LASD) “Mr. Marry suffers from a mental health disorder. His loved ones are concerned for his well-being and asking for your help,” the bulletin says.   Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact LASD’s Missing