Know your candidates: Corning Union Elementary School District

CORNING — With election day coming Tuesday, three candidates are vying for a seat on the Corning Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees. Running for the positions are Jani Greer-Franer, Raymond Rodriguez and Ted Shoemaker. The Daily News conducted a Q and A via email with each candidate asking for their take on school board issues. Candidates were asked to keep their replies to 100 words per response. Multiple attempts were made by the Daily News to contact Greer-Franer and Shoemaker, but no response was received. The following responses are from Raymond Rodriguez, a retired teacher. Raymond Rodriguez (Contributed) What are your views on distance learning vs. in person instruction during pandemic? Answer: This situation is difficult. Teachers and students thrive on in-class, personal, meaningful interactions. However, according to officials, COVID 19 is a serious threat to public safety. Unfortunately there is misinformation about the dangers posed by this virus. While younger children may not be as affected by COVID 19, it is not clear how they carry or transfer the virus and thus, take it home to their loved ones. It is not…

Art Walk adds new live murals to annual event

RED BLUFF — The COVID-19 pandemic won’t stand in the way of a well-loved Tehama County art lover’s event, Art Walk, which will take place 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 7 with a few modifications. Coinciding with the re-opening of the Main Event Gallery, which has been closed on the corner of Main and Pine streets since March, the Tehama County Arts Council will host Art Walk, said Chairwoman Toni Gaylord. Both have been approved by the Tehama County Health Services Agency. Kristen and Chloe Gray look at art during the 2019 Art Walk event. (DN file) “The Red Bluff Art Walk is an annual community experience where local artists exhibit their art in participating downtown businesses and people can come and shop, have a personal conversation with the artists, and show support,” Gaylord said. “The Tehama County Arts Council has a mission to spread appreciation of all arts throughout Tehama County and the Art Walk has been a favorite way to do this for 18 years.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the gallery, like many other…

Raiders’ Trent Brown off COVID-19 list, may face Browns on Sunday

Trent Brown is off the COVID-19 reserve list and could be back in the lineup Sunday when the Raiders visit the Cleveland Browns. Brown practiced Friday before the Raiders’ team charter departed, but coach Jon Gruden stopped short of saying his right tackle would play after being quarantined for the previous nine days. “We don’t know, really. I want to find out what his wind is,” Gruden said in a video teleconference. “He had COVID-19, which is a serious deal. So we have to find out what his conditioning is. There’s a lot of other things that play into this as well.” If Brown can’t play, the next man up is veteran Sam Young, who was limited this week in practice with a knee injury. Brandon Parker, forced into action last week against Tampa Bay, would play on the right side if Young’s knee is a problem. Given that the weather in Cleveland calls for wind and rain, the Raiders would love to have the 6-foot-8, 380-pound Brown available for what could be a power matchup calling for a lot of running plays. Brown contracted…

Shadow Hills’ Football Program Makes Conditioning, Seem Fun?

The Desert Sands Unified School district approved athletic programs to begin phase one of conditioning practice. Conditioning entails a lot of running and other exercises designed to get athletes in shape, and it is about as fun as it sounds. One local high school decided to have some actual fun while conditioning. Shadow Hills high school’s football program tweeted these videos out last night. This first one shows them working out perfectly in line with the song “Jump” by Kriss Kross, you can even see the coaches getting into it as well. Jumping back into athletic conditioning is all…@shhs_principal @SHHSASB @DesertSandsUSD @ScaughtSb @CIFSS @StudentSectRep @BSNSPORTS @OfficialVNN @NFHS_Org @DesertSunSports @NBCPalmSprings @CityofIndio @BlakeArthur24 @OliviaABC7 #KnightsDoItRight @espn pic.twitter.com/Z0Y71PYuSe — Shadow Hills High School Athletics (@AthleticsSHHS) October 30, 2020 In the second one, we see these athletes really swing their hips into it, along with a song by the Sugar Hill Gang. This one was cleverly captioned “New and innovative hip mobility drills to end day 2 of athletic conditioning.” New and innovative hip mobility drills to end Day 2 of athletic conditioning #KnightsDoItRight @shhs_principal @SHHSASB @DesertSandsUSD @CIFSS @DesertSunSports…

Dia De Los Muertos Events Alter In Time of Pandemic

As Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations start to kick-off around the Coachella Valley this year. We wanted to highlight events that are happening, along with the many changes due to Covid-19, but more importantly how families can participate. Dia De Los Muertos is a tradition of remembrance for those who have passed on. While the public is normally invited to the museum to make altars, this year will be different, as Sunnylands has invited various organizations to create altars instead. One of the altars being dedicated to the more than 1,300 Riverside county residents who have passed away from covid-19. “It really brings home the humanity and the loss of life, and the suffering, not just from those who have passed, but those who have suffered from respiratory distress from being in the hospital,” said Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz. This year the Palm Springs Art Museum partnered with Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz to create the community altar. Other displays also include altars dedicated to the black lives matter movement and in remembrance of some of our political leaders who recently passed.  “Bringing my daughters…

You Ask. We Investigate. UPDATE: Missing Ballots Mystery Solved

“I don’t know whether my vote’s going to count,” says Robert Sherwin. We first met Sherwin from Cathedral City when we tried to get to the bottom of why new ballot tracking system showed a new ballot was being reprinted after he voted. His partner got the same message when he logged on to Ballottrax. He says after contacting the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office and California’s Secretary of State’s office, he still had no answers.  “This one just struck me really hard cause I was looking forward to voting,” says Sherwin. After some research the registrar’s office tells us the system shows they re registered to vote at the DMV triggering an automatic re issuing of a ballots. “When somebody re registers to vote the previous ballot that was sent out will be put into an automatic pending status and a new ballot will be reissued the reason for that if somebody has changed their address that first ballot that went out will not be forwarded on in fact it will be returned to the elections office,” says Brooke Federico, the county’s public…

Fright Farms opens in Norco with Halloween scares

A scary new Halloween attraction partially opened Friday, Oct. 30, in the nick of time before the Saturday, Oct. 31, holiday. Fright Farms, a drive-thru experience at SilverLakes Equestrian & Sports Park in Norco, saw damage during the high winds that whipped Southern California on Monday, Oct. 26, the day it was originally set to open. Participants drive through Fright Farms’ Halloween mystery at SilverLakes Complex in Norco on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) A mutant soldier played by Anaheim resident Renata Mehl is seen Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at Fright Farms, a drive-thru Halloween attraction at SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Park in Norco. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Fright Farms, a drive-thru Halloween attraction at SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Park in Norco, opened Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Smiling teens take pictures of “zombies” at Fright Farms’ Halloween mystery at SilverLakes Complex in Norco on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Passersby are surrounded by “zombies” at Fright Farms’ Halloween mystery at SilverLakes Complex in Norco on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka,…

Yucaipa artist paints mural of ‘huge flowers’ near UC Riverside

Yucaipa artist Allison Brown painted a mural on the side of a Riverside bank that she said will make viewers feel as if they are small people walking through a giant garden. “You get to walk through huge flowers,” Brown said of the bright and splashy 46-foot-wide and 21-foot-tall mural on Chase Bank at University Village, down the street from UC Riverside. Using a lift, artist Allison Brown works on her mural in Riverside on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Artist Allison Brown paints her mural at University Village near UC Riverside on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsA woman is silhouetted as she walks through a pathway underneath a mural by artist Allison Brown at University Village in Riverside on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Allison Brown, of Yucaipa, puts paint on her mural at the University Village shopping center in Riverside on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Artist Allison Brown paints her mural, titled “Urban Garden,” at University Village…

Body cam video shows Fred Williams jump a fence while holding a gun when deputy fatally shot him in Willowbrook

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department late Friday released footage of the fatal shooting of Fred Williams III, who was killed during a foot chase in Willowbrook this month in what marked the first deputy shooting captured on department-issued body cameras. Sheriff’s officials released an 11-minute briefing that included body camera footage, security video and radio communications from the incident. The disclosure came after Williams’ family reviewed the footage with the captain of the Century station, where the deputy involved was assigned. The agency rolled out body cameras there and at four other stations this month. The footage from Oct. 16 shows Williams, 25, on top of a garden shed, holding a gun while jumping over a fence, before he was shot. During the incident, the deputy broadcast over the radio that Williams “pointed 417 at me,” referring to the firearm. The man’s father, Fred Williams Jr., said the body camera footage refutes that. Read the full story at LATimes.com.

LAFD Battles Greater Alarm Fire At DTLA Structure

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a fire at a structure in downtown Los Angeles. The fire was first reported shortly after 8 p.m. at a building in the 900 block of S. San Julio Street. (CBSLA) The fire was first reported shortly after 8 p.m. at a building in the 900 block of South San Julio Street after heavy smoke was seen pouring out of the roof of the building. By 8:30 p.m., the fire had been upgraded to a Greater Alarm structure fire with 99 firefighters assigned with heavy flames inside. Shortly after fire crews arrived, they were forced to take a defensive position due to the deteriorating conditions. According to the fire department, the building was believed to be a fabric business. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Crews battle blaze in downtown L.A.

Firefighters were working to put out a blaze that broke out at a one-story building in downtown Los Angeles Friday night. Crews responded to the structure on the 800 block of South San Julian Street shortly after 8 p.m., as heavy smoke was pouring from the roof, according to an alert from the L.A. Fire Department. Sky5 arrived above the scene at about 8:30 p.m., as large columns of smoke were pouring from the roof and front entrance. A short time later, heavy flames started emerging from the roof. Just shy of 100 firefighters were assigned to the blaze. While crews had been inside the building working to attack the source of the heavy burning, all firefighters were later pulled out as conditions deteriorated, officials said. No injuries were immediately reported. The building involved was a concrete, tilt-up construction measuring about 100 feet by 200 feet. Unconfirmed reports indicated it may be a fabric business, the fire department said. Check back for updates on this developing story.

Woman who testified against Weinstein files lawsuit seeking damages for lasting injuries

A woman who testified against disgraced and imprisoned Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein filed a lawsuit against him on Friday to seek damages for what she described as lasting injuries. Miriam Haley brought the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, seeking unspecified damages for sexual attacks she described from the witness stand at Weinstein’s trial earlier this year. She used the name Mimi Haleyi when she first told her story publicly. Weinstein is serving a 23-year prison sentence at a maximum security prison near Buffalo after convictions in February for the rape and sexual assault of two women. In California, Weinstein is awaiting trial on charges including rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint and sexual penetration by use of force. The counts involve five women and stem from events in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013. Haley, a former “Project Runway” production assistant, said in the lawsuit that she repeatedly told Weinstein “no” when he forcibly attacked her inside his apartment in July 2006. She said he forced himself on her orally, leaving her with horror, humiliation and pain that persists. Juda…

Ladera Ranch Urgent Care Evicted From Shopping Center For Offering COVID-19 Testing

LADERA RANCH (CBSLA) — The owner of AFC Urgent Care in Ladera Ranch is taking the management of Mercantile East Shopping Center to court after being evicted from the building for offering COVID-19 testing. “I actually think it’s kinda crazy that we are in the middle of a pandemic and we are being told to stop testing and helping the community at large,” said owner Harris Khan. Khan said the problems with Westar Management began a few months ago after getting approval to test patients in the parking lot, which created congestion. The set up was moved indoors and AFC was notified by lawyers that “the lease certainly does not expressly allow COVID testing. It expressly prohibits it to the extent such testing encompasses the handling and storage of hazardous materials.” “Urgent Care facilities like this one have a complete robust biohazard policy,” said Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner, who is also an attorney. “COVID is no different and in fact the urgency now throughout Orange County is to increase the testing so we know whose got the disease.” Lawyers for the landlord responded to…

Newsom Cuts Ribbon On Innovative COVID-19 Laboratory In Valencia

VALENCIA (CBSLA) — Gov. Gavin Newsom Friday celebrated the opening of a new high-tech COVID-19 testing lab in Valencia designed to increase the state’s coronavirus testing capacity and reducing the time it takes to get results. The $25 million lab, announced in August as part of a deal with scientific diagnostics firm PerkinElmer, will ultimately be able to process 150,000 tests per day when it reaches full capacity in March — employing 700. (CBSLA) The $25 million lab, announced in August as part of a deal with scientific diagnostics firm PerkinElmer, will ultimately be able to process 150,000 tests per day when it reaches full capacity in March — employing 700. Newsom said the 134,000-square-foot lab would also dramatically drive down the costs of testing. He said the state is currently paying an average of $150 per COVID-19 test, and as of Thursday, the state had conducted more than 18.4 million tests. “We can’t continue down that path,” he said. “It makes no economic or fiscal sense. That’s why we want to disrupt the entire process and the entire system. And that’s exactly what we’re…

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