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March 29-April 2: Headlines From Around California

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The following our headlines discussed during the WTF California podcast for the week of March 29-April 2 where Kenny and Mike discuss. All of these articles were talked about during this weeks shows. If you want to listen, be sure to subscribe.

Monday, March 29

  • No jail time ordered for 2 boys in death of 13-year-old Diego Stolz at Moreno Valley school
    The two 14-year-old juveniles whose pummeling of a Moreno Valley middle school student caused his death in 2019 and prompted changes in how bullying incidents are handled by the school district will not receive jail sentences, a judge ruled on Thursday, March 26. Instead, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Roger A. Luebs imposed probation terms that include therapy for anger management issues, impulsivity and a lack of empathy. He released the teens to their parents, but not before warning the boys — and their parents — to strictly follow his orders.
  • This Bay Area county wanted to stop COVID. So it fined businesses 50 times more than any other
    In the year since the Bay Area issued the nation’s first public health order to fight the pandemic, with businesses struggling from a seemingly endless series of capacity restrictions and forced closings, the county has fined nearly 400 business owners like Dubon a whopping total of $4.9 million in civil penalties for breaching coronavirus restrictions. In contrast, six other Bay Area counties that issue fines for similar infractions have collected a combined $82,000 from 68 businesses in all, according to an analysis of data obtained by this news organization.
  • LA County Metro increases police funding by $36 million
    The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Thursday to boost its contracts with law enforcement by $36 million through the end of this year amid a spike in crime across the city. The move will increase funding from $645,675,758 to $681,675,758, which is $75 million less than the $111 million that was originally proposed. The contracts are with the LAPD, the LA County Sheriff’s Department, and the Long Beach Police Department.
  • Average U.S. price of gas jumps a nickel per gallon to $2.94
    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped a nickel per gallon over the past two weeks to $2.94. The highest average price in the nation right now is $3.94 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Comic-Con reveals dates for November 2021 in-person event
    Comic-Con Special Edition will be a three-day event held at the San Diego Convention Center over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-28. It’ll be the first Comic-Con event held in person since Comic-Con 2019.
  • California theme parks must close some indoor rides and shows, state guidelines say
    Revised state guidelines will force Disneyland, Universal and other California theme parks to minimize attraction lines, close some indoor rides and shutter indoor shows once they reopen starting next week after more than a year of coronavirus closures. California has issued revised COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for theme parks that detail new rules and regulations regarding attendance, arrivals, queues, rides, shows, dining and shopping.
  • Sac city leaders release letter denouncing planned protest outside city manager’s home
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento city leaders and community organizations released a letter Sunday denouncing “wanted” posters circulating social media ahead of a planned protest near the city manager’s home. The letter cites posts by the “Sactivists” group that shows a picture of City Manager Howard Chan and Police Chief Daniel Hahn on “wanted” posters with font that resembles dripping blood. Along with the posters is a plan to protest near Chan’s home on Sunday evening.
  • Silicon Valley giants provide tech support in Newsom recall fight
    OAKLAND — Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech names are urging Californians to reject the “politically motivated” recall drive against Gov. Gavin Newsom, arguing it would “roll back growing progress” the Democratic governor has made on vaccines and business recovery in the pandemic.

Tuesday, March 30

  • Protest criticizes Danville police for Tyrell Wilson shooting
    Dozens turned out for a march and rally in Danville to honor a man recently shot and killed by law enforcement. The march began close to where 32-year-old Tyrell Wilson’s life ended, near the Park and Ride lot on Sycamore Valley Road and Camino Ramon.
  • Basic Income Programs in Marin County and Oakland Exclude White People. Is That Legal?
    The answer mostly hinges on how much the government is involved. Basic income pilot programs are proliferating throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal is to empower poor families with unconditional cash grants. But there’s a catch: You aren’t eligible if you’re white.
  • California’s election rules could make a Newsom recall a wild ride
    There is very little set in stone for a recall election in which voters could remove Gov. Gavin Newsom from office beyond the ballot’s basic question of whether the governor should keep his job. Recall elections have been the electoral equivalent of a comet making its way through the solar system. Of the 55 attempts in California history to qualify a gubernatorial recall, only one, the dismissal of then-Gov. Gray Davis in 2003, has made it to the ballot. That is likely to change by year’s end, as backers of the effort to oust Newsom are on the verge of triggering a special statewide election this fall.
  • CDC director warns of “impending doom” as COVID cases increase
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky went off script at a briefing Monday and made an emotional plea to Americans not to let up on public health measures amid fears of a fourth wave.
  • Study: Media Reported Only Bad COVID News (Until Trump Lost)
    Researchers at Dartmouth College and Brown University did a content analysis of tens of thousands of COVID-19 news stories to look at the levels of negativity. What they found was that 87% of the stories published by the top 15 news sources in the country were negative in tone. That compares with 50% of international news sources, and 64% for scientific journals. They also found the mainstream media were 25 percentage points more likely to be negative than more general U.S news sources.
  • Gloria announces policy changes to homeless encampment cleanups
    SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Mayor Todd Gloria Monday announced a number of changes to polices governing how the city intends to handle homeless encampments and unsheltered people’s belongings. The changes are aimed at providing transparency and consistency to reduce negative impacts of city sidewalk-cleanup activities on people experiencing homelessness.
  • New bill aims to prevent use of pepper spray in juvenile detention centers
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – A new bill being proposed may end the use of pepper spray in all juvenile detention centers across California. Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility officials told FOX40 Sunday that pepper spray is used by every one of their assistant probation officers.
  • Man convicted of helping brother who killed Newman police officer sentenced to 21 months in prison
    FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A man convicted for helping his brother escape to Mexico after killing Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh in 2018 was sentenced in federal court on Monday. Mendoza was found guilty in October 2019 of conspiring to aid and abet Paulo Virgen Mendoza’s flight to avoid prosecution for Cpl. Singh’s murder, along with Erick Quiroz Razo, 28.
  • Jack London had racist ideas. It’s time to rename the square
    The Jack London I learned about in grade school was a seafaring adventurer. High school teachers taught me about his prolific pen and penchant for weaving together intoxicating descriptions of elemental sensations. It wasn’t until adulthood that I realized London was more complicated than his reputation. While he was noted for being a progressive socialist, London was also adept at dystopian race-baiting and published horribly xenophobic prose, including about Asian people. Some of his writing also revealed an affinity for white supremacy.
  • California members of Congress want wildland firefighter jobs to become year-round
    California’s U.S. senators and nearly two dozen representatives asked the Agriculture and Interior departments on Monday to transition their agencies to a year-round wildland workforce because blazes are no longer limited to traditional fire seasons. The move would require reclassifying more seasonal federal firefighter positions as permanent, said a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
  • Citrus Heights home for sale receives 122 offers in one weekend, sells in 3 hours
    CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. (KTXL) — A Citrus Heights home in a quiet cul-de-sac received 122 offers in one weekend on the market. The 1,400 square feet home has three bedrooms, two baths and a spacious backyard with a swimming pool and an asking price of $399,900.
  • February 2021 Hottest Housing Markets
    Smaller outlying markets continued to rise in the rankings in February. Affordability continues to be a driver of demand as spillover markets dominate our list of the hottest housing markets. Realtor.com’s Market Hotness rankings take into account two aspects of the housing market: 1) market demand, as measured by unique viewers per property on realtor.com, and 2) the pace of the market as measured by the number of days a listing remains active on realtor.com.
  • Earth safe from asteroid for 100 years, NASA assures
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Whew, now here’s some good cosmic news: NASA has given Earth the all-clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid. The space agency announced this week that new telescope observations have ruled out any chance of Apophis smacking Earth in 2068.

Wednesday, March 31

Thursday, April 1

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Friday, April 2

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