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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 […]

Strong snowpack is good news for California’s water supply as storms hit the mark

Strong snowpack is good news for California’s water supply as storms hit the mark

By HANNAH FRY STAFF WRITER After a slow start to California’s wet winter season, a series of storms that hammered the state at the tail end of 2019 dumped enough snow on the Sierra Nevada to kick off the new year with a solid snowpack. That is good news for the state’s water supply, which has […]

Federal homelessness chief has harsh words for California: ‘You can’t tell me it’s working’

Federal homelessness chief has harsh words for California: ‘You can’t tell me it’s working’

By BENJAMIN ORESKES STAFF WRITER  Robert Marbut is brand-new to his job as executive director of the agency that coordinates the federal government’s response to homelessness. But he is already criticizing the work being done to get people off the streets in California. “If [it] was working, California should have the lowest numbers in the country, and it […]

Atmospheric river bringing new storm with rain and snow to California

Atmospheric river bringing new storm with rain and snow to California

By ALEX WIGGLESWORTH, RONG-GONG LIN II Southern California residents on Friday continued to dig out from a storm that swept through the region on Thanksgiving day, bringing record rainfall to parts of the Los Angeles area and dumping snow on the mountains and high deserts. “This is pretty unreal, especially for Southern California,” said Justin Kanton, […]

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