More than $300,000 in repairs, changes coming to San Bernardino Animal Shelter

San Bernardino’s aging animal shelter will receive more than $314,000 in repairs after city leaders this week approved bids to design a new electrical panel, replace the main building’s leaky roof and conduct mold abatement and reconstruction. The repairs are expected to reduce the spread of disease and risk of injury to animals and shelter staff. Work could begin as early as this month and conclude next summer. Money reserved for improving the Chandler Place shelter will be used to cover the costs. At a later date, about $75,000 from the Animal Shelter Improvement Fund will need to be allocated for the installation of an upgraded electrical panel. The city will be left with about $238,000 for additional facility repairs. “We know this has been a long time coming,” Councilman Henry Nickel said at the City Council meeting Wednesday, Dec. 4. “I appreciate that staff got down to the nitty-gritty of what needed to be done.” Also this week, a majority of the council approved the establishment of a new Animal Services Department and director position, the latest step toward relieving the Police Department of…

New storm coming to Riverside and San Bernardino counties: Here’s when the rain will start

RIVERSIDE — A storm system will move into Southern California Friday night and bring periods of light rain in Riverside and San Bernardino counties throughout the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The low-pressure system is expected to soak areas of Northern California, but Southern California is not expected to get anything more than light rain through Sunday night, forecasters said. Rainfall totals through Monday could reach up to a half-inch in the Riverside and San Bernardino metropolitan area, an inch in the mountains, less than one-tenth of an inch in the Coachella Valley and a half-inch in the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning. Rain could begin falling in the Riverside and San Bernardino metropolitan area and the mountains Friday night. Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service The chance of measurable precipitation is 40 percent Friday night in those two areas, while the San Gorgonio Pass and the Coachella Valley are not expected to see rain until Saturday morning. Snow levels will remain above 7,000 feet for the duration of the storm. Related Articles Rain falls or drizzles across Southern California, putting region…

UC Professors Shortchange the System by Failing to Report Outside Income

For nearly two decades, Dr. Neal Hermanowicz has led the movement disorders program at UC Irvine, where he earns more than $380,000 a year in salary and bonuses. The widely respected expert on Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases adds to his income by consulting for drug companies. Since 2014, 11 pharmaceutical companies have paid him a total of at least $588,000 in consulting and speaking fees and honorariums, according to federal data. For example, he has received more than $225,000 in speaking and consulting fees from San Diego-based Acadia Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of a controversial drug for Parkinson’s-related psychosis. In 2017, he was the company’s highest-paid physician consultant in the U.S. That year, he prescribed the drug more than 180 times, costing patients or their insurers more than $445,000. Under University of California rules aimed at discouraging excessive moonlighting, Hermanowicz should have reported his outside income to UC Irvine. He also should have turned over more than $200,000 of it to the school from 2016 to 2018, according to UC Irvine policies. His academic department would then have decided how much to keep and how much to…

L.A. Truck Driving School Owner Who Bribed DMV Workers for Licenses Is Sentenced to Prison

The owner of a Los Angeles truck driving school was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme that allowed truckers to obtain driver’s licenses through the Department of Motor Vehicles without passing mandatory state tests. Jagpal “Paul” Singh, 61, of Los Angeles pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit bribery, identity fraud, unauthorized use of a computer and identification document fraud for paying two DMV employees to change test scores for driver’s license applicants, according to federal court records. Singh, who owned Calcutta Truck School in North Hollywood, and others allegedly involved in the scheme paid thousands of dollars to the two DMV employees between September 2014 and June 2017 to get them to access the agency’s computer system and change scores, prosecutors allege. The tests were altered to show falsely that a driver had passed the written and behind-the-wheel tests the state requires to drive 18-wheel cargo trucks and other large vehicles. In some cases, the drivers had not even taken the exams, prosecutors said. Read the full story on LATimes.com. 

Here’s What to Do During a Mountain Lion Encounter, According to Wildlife Officials

Simi Valley residents remain on edge Friday after another mountain lion sighting was reported in the same neighborhood where a pair of cougar attacks left one dog dead and a second injured earlier this week. Local law enforcement officers said they’re working with state wildlife officials to address the issue, and they advised anyone who sees a mountain lion to report the sighting immediately. The Simi Valley Police Department also urged those who may encounter a mountain lion—which are most active at dawn, dusk and night—to heed the following tips from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: Carry and learn how to use a bear spray to scare off a mountain lion. Keep it accessible. Don’t approach a mountain lion. Allow some space for the animal to escape. Stay calm. Don’t run or crouch down or bend over because doing so may make you appear like a four-legged prey. “Running may trigger chase, catch and kill response,” the department said. Face the mountain lion and wave your arms or open your jacket to appear bigger. Throw rocks or other objects. If you’re with a…

UPS Employee Killed in Shootout After Carjacking in Florida Was Covering Route for Driver, Brother Says

UPS employee Frank Ordonez was killed Thursday after armed robbery suspects hijacked the UPS truck he was driving and led police on a chase that ended in a fatal shootout in Broward County, Florida, his brother said. Frank Ordonez is seen in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page. Ordonez, a 27-year-old father of two young girls, was “outgoing and happy,” his brother, Roy Ordonez, told CNN. “You never knew when he was sad.” Frank Ordonez liked to fish and to play basketball and video games, his brother said. But “most of all,” he said, “what Frank really liked to do is spend time with his daughters,” ages 3 and 6 years old. When the hijacking unfolded, Ordonez was covering the route for a driver who had called out, his brother said. Ordonez “was just going to work to provide for his two little girls,” his brother wrote on a GoFundMe page in which he also criticized the police response. The page was set up to help educate Ordonez’s daughters, cover funeral costs and pay for a lawyer, Roy Ordonez said. It had raised more…

‘It’s An Incredible Underdog Story’: Director Deirdre Fenton On ‘One Night: Joshua Vs. Ruiz’

(CBS Local)– Southern California native Andy Ruiz Jr. returns to big stage of the boxing this weekend. The Mexican American defeated Anthony Joshua in June to become the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz Jr. is the first boxer of Mexican descent to ever hold the heavyweight title belts. Director Deirdre Fenton and sports streaming service DAZN take a look back at one of the biggest upsets in boxing history in their new documentary “One Night: Joshua vs. Ruiz.” The doc features interviews with Ruiz Jr., Joshua, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Michael Strahan, and Sylvester Stallone, who is an executive producer on the project. Fenton got the opportunity to spend time with Ruiz Jr. before the fight and was fascinated by this whole epic sports story. “It was really a lot of fun to piece this back together,” said Fenton in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “Ruiz is the classic underdog. He’s likable, he’s personable and has a great family around him. You really want to root for him. When I went down to Mexico to visit Ruiz in…

Pets2Love: Storm

Meet Storm, this week’s Pets2Love! She is an 8-year-old spayed miniature schnauzer with slightly compromised vision due to age-related cataracts. She’s very calm and loves to be petted, and will paw at the petter if they dare to stop. To adopt Storm, call (951) 358-7387 and ask for ID# A1561701.

3 Men Claim To Beat Cannonball Run Record, Driving From New York To LA In 27 Hours, 25 Minutes

REDONDO BEACH (CBSLA) — A trio of men say they’ve beaten the record for the so-called Cannonball Run, driving from New York to Los Angeles in just one day. In a 2015 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG modified to blend into traffic and outfitted with police-evading technology like a laser defuser, Cannonball Run enthusiast Arne Toman says he, Doug Tabbutt and Berkeley Chadwick left Manhattan at 12:57 a.m. on Nov. 11 and arrived at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach 27 hours and 25 minutes later. They told the Washington Post they were stopped just once – as they pulled into a Denny’s parking lot in Redondo Beach for a celebratory meal. If driving 2,825 miles in just under 28 hours sounds impossible, that’s because it’s illegal – the trio says their highest speed was 193 miles an hour, but averaged about 103 miles an hour. The previous record was set in 2013 at 30 hours. The feat was accomplished with the help of a custom-fabricated fuel cell to cut fuel stops to four, which took a total of 22 minutes, and almost 20 scouts — plus…

‘A Lot Of It Is Trying To Erase Shame About Stuff’: Abby McEnany On Showtime’s ‘Work In Progress’

(CBS Local)– This weekend is a big one for Abby McEnany. The improv comedian will debut her brand new show on Showtime called “Work In Progress” about a 45-year-old woman named Abby who explores identity, sexuality and relationships. McEnany stars in the show and co-created the series with Tim Mason. While the show dives into incredibly important topics, McEnany has been doing that on stage with her comedy for a long time. “It wasn’t hard to talk about this stuff because I do talk about mental illness and family and stuff like that,” said McEnany in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “It’s weird that there’s a character named Abby and we meet her and hear about her faults and struggles. A lot of it is trying to erase shame about stuff. I’m not there. I have no shame about my mental illness, but I have shame about my weight. I don’t want to have shame about my weight. The way to get through it is to talk about it and try to be the person you want to be.” McEnany has spent years in…

‘The L Is Still Love’: Jennifer Beals And Katherine Moennig Discuss ‘The L Word: Generation Q’

The “L” word is back. SHOWTIME’s hit series is back with an all-new series called The L Word: Generation Q, which premieres this Sunday night, December 8th, at 10 PM ET/PT. Ten years after we last left them, we now find Bette (Jennifer Bearls) running for mayor of Los Angeles; Shane (Katherine Moennig) as she returns to the city after a setback; and Alice (Leisha Hailey) learning to balance co-parenting with her fiancée Nat (guest star Stephanie Allynne) and Nat’s ex-wife Gigi (Sepideh Moafi) and the rising success of her talk show. We meet PR exec Dani Núñez (Arienne Mandi), her girlfriend and TV producer Sophie Suarez (Rosanny Zayas), their best friend and roommate Micah Lee (Leo Sheng), and the charming former Olympic swimmer-turned-assistant, (Sarah) Finley (Jacqueline Toboni). CBS Local’s Matt Weiss spoke to the stars and executive producers of both the original and new series, Beals and Moennig to discuss bringing in a new era of the show, what it was like returning to their familiar roles and what’s to come for Bette and Shane. MW: Good morning, Jennifer, Katherine, how are you both…

Video Shows Man Setting Fire To Hawthorne Patrol Cruiser Outside Hawthorne Police HQ

HAWTHORNE (CBSLA) – A man is under arrest for setting a Hawthorne police SUV ablaze directly in front of the department’s headquarters early Thursday morning. The patrol SUV after being destroyed in the fire. Dec. 5, 2019. (Hawthorne PD) Elmer Maldonado, 24, was arrested on arson charges. According to Hawthorne police, at around 12:15 a.m. Thursday, officers looking at security video monitors discovered the suspect loitering in front of the department headquarters in the 12500 block of Hawthorne Boulevard. Elmer Maldonado. (Hawthorne PD) The officers then noticed an empty patrol SUV parked on Hawthorne Boulevard, a Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, on fire. Surveillance video showed the suspect dousing the vehicle with an unknown liquid, setting it on fire, watching as flames erupted and then casually jogging away. Maldonado was arrested at the scene and Los Angeles County Fire Department crews were called to extinguish the blaze. There were no injuries. The vehicle was completely destroyed. There was no word on a motive.  

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