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California is allowing water parks to reopen with safety restrictions in place

California is allowing water parks to reopen with safety restrictions in place

by: Los Angeles Times More than a year after business dried up because of the coronavirus pandemic, California’s water parks can now reopen under new health guidance released this week. Along with providing an extra splash of fun heading into the summer, the imminent return of the aquatic play areas adds to a tidal wave of […]

Is California suffering a decades-long megadrought?

Is California suffering a decades-long megadrought?

By ALEX WIGGLESWORTH STAFF WRITER  California has entered another drought. But depending on who you ask, the last one may have never really ended. Some researchers believe the region is actually more than two decades into an emerging “megadrought” — a hydrological event that is on par with the worst dry spells of the past millennium. Except this […]

California pledges to start closing scandal-plagued youth prisons after 80 years

California pledges to start closing scandal-plagued youth prisons after 80 years

by Los Angeles Times Eighty years after California created separate incarceration facilities to spare teenagers from being locked up alongside adults, the state has pledged to begin the shutdown of its long-troubled and frequently violent youth prisons. The planned dismantling of the Division of Juvenile Justice, or DJJ, comes after years of scandal and mistreatment […]

Southern California braces for another heat wave this week

Southern California braces for another heat wave this week

By PAUL DUGINSKI, ALEX WIGGLESWORTH After a brief reprieve of cool temperatures over the weekend, Southern California is expected to get hit with another heat wave this week that could bring periods of elevated fire risk, according to forecasters. Temperatures are likely to stay around the 90-degree mark in the Los Angeles area for most of […]

Southern California is held back from reopening as other regions get green light

Southern California is held back from reopening as other regions get green light

By COLLEEN SHALBY STAFF WRITER  Ten more counties progressed through the state’s reopening blueprint Tuesday, but no place in Southern California was allowed to change tiers. Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara and Yolo counties moved from Tier 1, also known as the purple tier, to Tier 2, also known as the red tier. The […]

California is rapidly speeding up the reopening of the economy. Here’s what it means

California is rapidly speeding up the reopening of the economy. Here’s what it means

By TARYN LUNA,  PHIL WILLON, MAURA DOLAN, JOHN MYERS SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom has eased some of California’s requirements for reopening businesses. The rules will make it easier for counties to restart the economy, but it still likely means that regions hit hardest by the coronavirus will open more slowly. Why the change? Newsom pointed to progress, including a […]

Newsom chastises beachgoers, warning that defying order could delay reopening California

Newsom chastises beachgoers, warning that defying order could delay reopening California

By PHIL WILLON STAFF WRITER    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday criticized Californians who defied the statewide stay-at-home order and flocked to beaches over the weekend, saying that ignoring restrictions could prolong the spread of the coronavirus in the state. Newsom’s comments come after thousands of beachgoers descended on the coast in Orange and […]

Ventura County encourages masks in public; but not the kind health care workers need

Ventura County encourages masks in public; but not the kind health care workers need

VENTURA COUNTY—The Ventura County Public Health Department is advising the community to wear homemade face masks in public in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Public Health officials say the mask should be home-made (over the nose and mouth) since hospital-grade masks (N95s) should be reserved for health care workers due to the shortage. […]

Some cities are blocking California efforts to protect homeless people from coronavirus, Newsom says

Some cities are blocking California efforts to protect homeless people from coronavirus, Newsom says

By PATRICK MCGREEVY STAFF WRITER    California’s effort to move homeless people into hotel and motel rooms to protect them from the coronavirus has gotten thousands off the streets, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday, but advocates say the program has been slow and uneven in some areas, hampered by red tape and local opposition. Appearing […]

Remember rain? An atmospheric river is bringing it back to Southern California

Remember rain? An atmospheric river is bringing it back to Southern California

By HANNAH FRY STAFF WRITER It’s time to ready those rain boots and umbrellas because wet weather is returning to Southern California starting this weekend. The first in a pair of storms to hit the Southland is expected to arrive Saturday, dropping temperatures into the low to mid-60s and bringing a chance of showers across the […]

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