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Gilead Cutting CA Jobs, Moving Some To NC

CALIFORNIA — On Tuesday, February 9, biotechnology company Gilead Sciences announced it will open a new location in North Carolina and cut jobs in California. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said "Gilead confirms that North Carolina sits at the crossroads of technology and life science innovation and offers the talent, infrastructure, and business environment needed to support their success," in...

Court: Teenagers 14-15 Cannot Be Tried As Adults

CALIFORNIA — On Thursday, February 25, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that teenagers aged 14-15 cannot be tried as adults, upholding a 2018 law and 2016 proposition. The CA Supreme Court ruled that "the amendment is fully consistent with and furthers Proposition 57's fundamental purposes of promoting rehabilitation of youthful offenders and reducing the prison population," Associate Justice...

Judge Notes CA Can Enforce Net Neutrality Law

CALIFORNIA — On Tuesday, February 23, a federal judge ruled that the state of California can enforce its net neutrality law after he dismissed a challenge by four telecommunication groups. John A. Mendez, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of California, allowed the law to go into effect, which was passed in California in 2018 and signed...

Scientist Clone Endangered Ferret For The First Time

SAN DIEGO — For the first time on Thursday February 18 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that they successfully cloned an endangered U.S. animal, the black foot ferret from the frozen cells of an ancestor. Elizabeth Ann, the cloned ferret was cloned from the cells of another black-footed ferret name Willa. She was one of the last...

Newsom And State Lawmakers Reach Stimulus Deal

CALIFORNIA — On Wednesday, February 17, Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers reached a deal on stimulus checks to California residents due to the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Senate President pro tempore Toni G. Atkins "reached an agreement on a package of immediate actions that will speed needed relief to individuals, families and businesses suffering the...

California DMV Experiences Security Breach

CALIFORNIA — On Wednesday, February 17, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) revealed in a news release that the department encountered a security breach. In a news release, the DMV said its "systems have not been compromised" and said it is "unknown" if data "shared with the company has been compromised" but noted that "an investigation is under...

Two Officers Injured By Burglary Suspect

SAN FRANCISCO—Two police officers from the Mission Station were injured Wednesday, February 17 as they were responding to a burglary surveillance operation in the Noe Valley neighborhood around 5 a.m. The incident happened in the area of 21st and Castro Streets. Officers tried to detain the suspect who was later identified as 41-year-old Sergio Lugo. At first Lugo initially complied,...

NBC News Camera Robbed, Suspects Apprehended

SAN FRANCISCO—On February 6, an NBC Bay Area TV news crew in San Francisco’s SOMA District were robbed of their cameras by two individuals who drove off in a dark colored Lexus. The two suspects claimed to have been armed during the robbery and threatened the news crew to hand over the cameras. According to the victims, they drove...

Levi’s Stadium Becomes CA’s Largest Vaccination Site

CALIFORNIA—On Tuesday, February 9, Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, became the largest vaccination site in the state, which was  announced last week by Santa Clara County and the 49ers organization. The stadium is expected to have an "initial capacity to vaccinate 5,000 people per day" and increase it to 15,000 "as vaccine supplies increase," according to a...

Richmond Oil Spill Begins Long-Term Clean-Up

SAN FRANCISCO—The SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has begun long-term remediation efforts to clean an estimated 600 gallons of oil that spilled into the Bay on Tuesday, February 9 from a leak at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. "The emergency situation has ended, however, beaches in the surrounding area may remain closed during clean up," posted the Contra...
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