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California Issue Travel Advisories Before Holidays

CALIFORNIA — The state of California issued travel advisories on Friday, November 13 as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a joint travel advisory.  They urge visitors who travel to their states or are "returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine" for 14 days, according to...

Newsom Apologizes For Attending Birthday Dinner Amid COVID-19

CALIFORNIA — Governor Gavin Newsom apologized Friday, November 13 for attending a birthday dinner last week in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. First reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsom was at The French Laundry in Yountville, California on Friday, November 6 to celebrate his friend's birthday.  The event was held outdoors and was attended by 12 people, including...

CA Lawmaker To Introduce Legislation Decriminalizing Psychedelics

CALIFORNIA—State Senator Scott Wiener announced on Tuesday, November 10 that he will introduce legislation early next year to decriminalize psychedelic drugs. Wiener, who was first elected to the California State Senate in 2016, said on Twitter that psychedelics "have been shown to have medicinal value treating depression, PTSD & other conditions" and urged everyone to "stop criminalizing drug use and...

SF Motorcyclist Strikes 90-Year-Old, Flees Scene

SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is asking for the public’s help to identify a motorcyclist involved in a hit-and-run incident on November 11. The motorcyclist reportedly struck a 90-year-old woman and fled the scene. The woman was badly injured and remains in critical condition at a local hospital. According to police, he collision happened in Diamond Heights, at...

CA Governor Gavin Newsom Grants Clemency

CALIFORNIA—Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, November 10 announced that he issued new pardons, medical reprieves, and commutations to 39 individuals. He issued 22 pardons, 4 medical reprieves, and 13 commutations.  A statement released from the governor's office noted that clemency is a major part of the criminal justice system and the governor looked at various factors in his review of...

Officer Kills Pedestrian With Patrol Car

CALIFORNIA—Authorities indicated that an officer with the Benicia Police Department accidentally struck a pedestrian with the patrol car Wednesday, November 11 killing them. The officer was patrolling around 2 a.m. when he struck the pedestrian in the 1900 block of East 2nd Street near the off- and on-ramps to I-780, the Benicia Police Department reported. In a press release, Interim...

Environmental Consulting Firm CEO Charged With Animal Neglect

BEVERLY HILLS— Environmental risk consulting firm CEO Jeffrey Previte was caught on security camera abusing his dog in his Santa Monica condo. He was charged with one misdemeanor account of animal neglect by the city attorney of “keeping an animal without proper care or attention,” according to an email by city of Santa Monica Public Information Officer Constance Farrell.  The...

Police Investigate Homicide In East Palo Alto

CALIFORNIA—Authorities are investigating a possible homicide involving an unidentified male who was found unresponsive by the East Palo Alto Police Department in Martin Luther King Park Saturday, November 7. Around 10:15 a.m., officers arrived at the 400 block of Daisy Lane in East Palo Alto and located a deceased male. According to the East Palo Alto Police Department, the deceased...

Universities Struggle With Students Cheating Amid Pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO—The COVID-19 pandemic has created new opportunities for university students to cheat, which is causing universities across the country to take action. Ever since distance-learning when into effect back in March, cheating has become both tempting and easy for students, and is on the rise. Stealthy Googling while taking tests on Zoom, texting answers to friends, screen-shotting exam...

Proposition 17 Passes, Paroled Citizens Allowed To Vote

CALIFORNIA—A ballot measure restoring the right to vote for felons on parole was passed by California voters on Tuesday, November 3. With more than 11.5 million votes, Proposition 17 will change the state Constitution and give an estimated 50,000 people the ability to choose their representatives and shape the policies that affect their daily lives. The measure won support from vice...
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