Quake Swarm Under Salton Sea Increases Chances Of Bigger Earthquake Over Next 7 Days

SALTON CITY (CBSLA) — A swarm of minor earthquakes underneath the Salton Sea have increased the possibility of an even stronger temblor due to its close proximity to the San Andreas Fault, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (credit: USGS) Dozens of minor earthquakes, ranging from 2.0 to 4.6, shook the Salton Sea Monday. The swarm of earthquakes were centered about 8 miles from the southern end of the San Andreas Fault. Earthquake swarms are not unusual in this area and have been previously recorded in 2001, 2009 and 2016, according to the USGS. Previously, such swarms remain active for up to 20 days, with an average duration of about a week. In all likelihood, the USGS says there is 80% chance that the earthquakes will continue, but will decrease and none of them will exceed a magnitude-5.4 within the next seven days. However, there is also a 19% chance of a bigger earthquake, between a 5.5 or 6.9, and in the least likely scenario, there is a 1% chance of a magnitude-7.0 or higher earthquake within the next seven days. The USGS says they…

‘Kamala Harris Will Help Joe Biden Unite The American People’: Garcetti, Other LA Officials React To Biden’s Running Mate Pick

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Joe Biden announced he has chosen California Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate heading into November’s presidential election, adding his former rival for the Democratic nomination to the ticket. Harris, 55, edged out former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Los Angeles Rep. Karen Bass, was among those being vetted for a spot on the ticket. “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked (Harris) — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced via his Twitter page. Harris is the first Black and South Asian woman to run on the ticket of a major political party. Biden vowed during a primary debate in March that he would pick a woman as his running mate. Following the announcement, Harris wrote on Twitter: “Joe Biden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for vice president, and do…

Biden Picks Kamala Harris As His VP Running Mate

Share this article:California Sen. Kamala Harris was chosen Tuesday as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate, a selection that quickly earned rave reviews among Southland Democrats. “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked (Harris) — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced via his Twitter page. Harris, 55, is the first Black and South Asian woman to run on the ticket of a major political party. Biden vowed during a primary debate in March that he would pick a woman as his running mate. After the selection was announced, Harris wrote on Twitter: “Joe Biden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for vice president, and do what it takes to make him our commander-in-chief.” The selection ended hopes of Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, of becoming the vice presidential candidate. She was among those…

Pac-12 Postpones Football, Other Fall Sports Due to COVID-19

Share this article:The Pac-12 Conference canceled the fall sports season Tuesday due to health concerns from the coronavirus pandemic. The decision leaves USC and UCLA football fans in the lurch for now, but officials said that when conditions improve, they would consider a return to competition for impacted sports after Jan. 1, 2021, raising the possibility that the football season could be played in the spring. Student-athletes at all 12 conference schools will continue to have their scholarships guaranteed. “On March 12, I wrote what I called the hardest message I’ve ever had to deliver in 35+ years as an administrator to our student-athletes, coaches, and staff informing them that winter championships and spring seasons were canceled,” Trojans Athletics Director Mike Bonin said. “Nearly five months to the day, our hearts again ache for our student-athletes, coaches, staff, alumni, and fans with the postponement of all sport competitions through the end of the calendar year. Another incomprehensible consequence of an unprecedented time. We wanted to play, we wanted to coach, and we still hope for the opportunity to do both when conditions improve. “In listening…

Family sues LAPD officer accused of fondling dead woman’s breasts

A Los Angeles police officer accused of fondling a dead woman was sued Tuesday by her family, court documents show. The lawsuit accuses Officer David Rojas of fondling Elizabeth Baggett’s breasts and “feeling her nipples, without limitation,” as well as showing the body camera video of it to others. The lawsuit alleges invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, mishandling of human remains and other offenses. Baggett’s family filed the lawsuit against the city, Rojas and defendants Does 1-20 in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages in a jury trial. Rojas, who has been on the force for four years, remains employed by the Los Angeles Police Department. But he has been suspended, LAPD spokesman Officer Mike Chan said. The department did not have a comment on the lawsuit, which does not name the agency as a defendant. Rojas allegedly touched Baggett’s breast while he was alone in the room with the corpse on Oct. 20. He and his partner had responded to the home where she died. Rojas had allegedly disabled his LAPD body camera, but the act was caught on…

Poll finds most Latinos haven’t heard of ‘Latinx’ and only 3% use the term

The term “Latinx” has been embraced by 3% of Latinos in the United States, according to the first major poll on the topic by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, which closely tracks “Hispanic/Latino” demographic and social trends. The study, released Tuesday, also found that roughly three out of four Latinos in the U.S. hadn’t even heard of the term. The Pew findings suggest that Latinx has a significant way to go before it enters fully generalized usage in the United States, despite its enthusiastic embrace at colleges and universities, in liberal corporate discourse, some news media outlets, Hollywood and among recent presidential primary candidates such as Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro. Among those who had heard of Latinx, 33% said it should be used to describe the Hispanic or Latino population, while 65% said it should not be used. Researchers also found that people in the United States still prefer to self-identify as “Hispanic” (61%) followed by “Latino” (29%) or their country of origin. Pew interviewed 3,030 U.S. Hispanic or Latino adults, ages 18 to 65 and older, in December 2019. The survey was conducted bilingually and was “nationally…

Newsom has a chance to appoint history-making senator after Kamala Harris is selected as Biden’s VP pick

With California Sen. Kamala Harris now cemented as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, Gov. Gavin Newsom could soon face the politically perilous decision of whom to select as her replacement in the U.S. Senate. The appointment promises to be one of the most consequential of his political career, both in California and in regard to any ambitions he may have for the White House. And it puts him at risk of upsetting some of the most powerful forces within the Democratic Party no matter what he decides. During a time of national reflection over the pervasive inequities and injustices suffered by Black Americans, Newsom will face significant pressure to appoint a Black woman to replace Harris. Harris is only the second Black woman in the nation’s history to serve in the U.S. Senate. Conversely, an open seat would provide Newsom an opportunity to make history by appointing California’s first Latino senator. Though Latino public officials have ascended to other positions of power in California over the last two decades, the state’s most coveted political prizes — its two U.S. Senate seats and the…

Pac-12, Big Ten call off fall football seasons amid coronavirus concerns

The Big Ten and Pac-12 called off their fall football seasons on Tuesday because of concerns about COVID-19, taking two of college football’s five power conferences out of a crumbling season. Five months after the first spikes in coronavirus cases in the U.S. led to the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournament, the still raging pandemic has begun tearing down a sport that generates billion of dollars for the schools that compete in it. Despite pleas from players, coaches and President Donald Trump in recent days to play on, 40% of major college football teams have now decided to punt on a fall season. The Big Ten’s announcement, that it was postponing all fall sports and hoping to make them up in the second semester, came first Tuesday afternoon. An hour later the Pac-12, the Big Ten’s Rose Bowl partner, called a news conference to say that all sports in its conference would be paused until Jan. 1, including basketball. “This was an extremely difficult and painful decision that we know will have important impacts on our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and our fans,” Pac-12 Commissioner…

Israeli coalition alliance seems headed toward collapse

By Aron Heller | Associated Press JERUSALEM — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival, Benny Gantz, agreed to form an “emergency” government in May after three bitter and deadlocked election campaigns, the goal was to stabilize Israeli politics in the face of a global pandemic. But less than 100 days later, their fractious coalition government could be headed toward collapse as Israel grapples with a raging coronavirus outbreak, an economic calamity and a wave of public protests. With little common ground and a severe lack of trust, the uneasy alliance now has just two weeks to reach a budget deal or plunge the nation into its fourth election since last year. The differences run so deep that this week’s Cabinet meeting was canceled. Parliament is expected on Wednesday to approve an extension beyond the Aug. 25 deadline to allow the sides more time to reach a compromise. But even if there is a deal, few expect the partnership to last much longer because of the bad blood and many clashes. “What is clear is that even if elections have been deferred, this is…

Neil Young spends thousands to leave ‘corrupt’ Facebook, Google

In the midst of his battle against President Trump, Neil Young has decided to take on a couple of other sizable entities — Facebook and Google. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who lived in the Bay Area for decades before departing for Southern California a few years back, has announced he’ll be spending thousands of dollars to disconnect his popular Neil Young Archives music site from the two online giants. Young’s beef with Facebook has been going on for quite some time, with the rocker working on trying to “disengage (the archives) from the corrupt social platform” for several months, according to an email sent out from Young’s Archives. It’s estimated that it will cost $20,000 for the archives to totally leave the world of Facebook behind — but that’s a price that Young is definitely willing to pay. Related Articles VIDEO: Here’s the best Neil Young cover you’ll hear all year Neil Young sues President Trump over use of his music Neil Young sets new benefit concert for Bridge School — but in SoCal BottleRock pulls plug on Neil Young, but he…

In 11th hour reversal, San Jose teachers allowed to to work from home if they choose

Less than 24 hours before teachers were set to give their first lessons of the new school year from inside their empty classrooms, the San Jose Unified School District has decided to give them the choice to work from home. “We got a commitment from the union that those teaching from home would provide the same quality of instruction as those teaching from the classroom,” Jacqueline Murphy, director of human resources, said in an interview Tuesday. “So, we felt comfortable expanding the opportunity for all teachers to work from home.” The district’s last-minute reversal comes just two weeks after it and the San Jose Teachers Association reached an agreement requiring the majority of teachers to return to campus to teach their virtual lessons. The deal was negotiated by the union’s governing board without a full vote from all teachers in the bargaining unit. In the last couple of weeks, the decision was met with heated backlash from both teachers and parents concerned that the district was unnecessarily placing teachers in harm’s way by exposing them to more people every day, potentially elevating their chances of…

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