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Businesses To Close Due To COVID-19

CALIFORNIA—Governor Gavin Newsom called for the temporary closure of all bars and wineries throughout the state on Sunday, March 15 due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The governor asked the suggestion be followed, as well as his suggestion of home isolation for everyone 65 years of age and older due to the Coronavirus. He clarified that he is not ordering...

President Calls For Unity Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

UNITED STATES−President Donald Trump addressed the county on Wednesday, March 11, calling for unity in the wake of the Coronavirus, and noted that the spread of the virus is now a National Emergency. President Trump placed a 30-day travel ban on flights coming into the U.S. from Europe beginning starting Friday, March 13 in an effort to mitigate and contain...

California Issues Alert On Price Gouging During State Of Emergency

CALIFORNIA—California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a price gouging alert on Wednesday, March 4 following the statewide public health emergency declaration in California. Under Penal Code Section 396, price gouging is illegal in all California communities during the declared state of emergency. “Californians shouldn’t have to worry about being cheated while dealing with the effects of coronavirus," said Attorney General...

73-Year-Old Dies From Assault Injuries

CALIFORNIA—Francisco Sanchez, 73, who was admitted to College Medical Center for a UTI on January 31, passed away from injuries sustained after being placed in a room with Reginald Daniel Panthier, 37. Officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to a battery at the hospital, where they discovered that Panthier attacked Sanchez, who sustained major injuries to his upper...

Drivers Organize, File Wage Claims Against Uber And Lyft

SAN FRANCISCO—Over 100 organized ride-share drivers have filed wage claims against Uber and Lyft to the sum of millions of dollars. On January 5, the claims were filed at the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, California Labor Commission offices.  The wage theft campaign “People’s Enforcement of AB5,” organized with the Rideshare Drivers United, a grassroots driver-group of more...

PE Test May Be Halted Over Bullying And Discrimination

SACRAMENTO—Students in California might be getting a three year break on the physical fitness test due to bullying and discrimination.  The move comes after annual test results show a decline in the percentage of healthy kids. According to a review by the Associated Press, there has been a steady decline in the amount of students scoring healthy since 2014. The physical...

PG&E Plans Reorganization Days Before Public Utility Bill Is Introduced

SACRAMENTO—On February 3, California State Senator Scott Wiener proposed a new bill that would transform PG&E into a public utility just days after the company formally outlined a plan for reorganization.  SB 917 would use eminent domain to force shareholders to sell their stocks to California. The Oxford dictionary describes eminent domain as, “the right of a government or its...

Macy’s Plans Closure Of 125 Stores For Growth Strategy

SAN FRANCISCO—A total of 30 Macy’s stores are in the process of closing including a San Francisco tech office with over 800 employees. The move is a part of the company’s three year plan for stabilization and growth. A total of 125 stores are expected to be close by the company. The Cincinnati and Lorain overhead offices are also closing...

11 Charged In $2 Million Recycling Fraud Smuggling Ring

LOS ANGELES—Eleven suspects were charged with recycling fraud, conspiracy, and grand theft on Monday, January 27, following a four month investigation conducted in tandem by the California Department of Justice and the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). The operator of a recycling center in Pacoima was amongst those arrested. The scheme cost the state’s Beverage Container Recycling Fund...

Billionaire Sues California, Sheriff Over Beach Property Access

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HALF MOON BAY—Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla filed a new complaint against the California Coastal Commission and State Lands Commission on Friday, January 24. The decade-long feud concerns public access to a scenic stretch of coastline near Half Moon Bay and Martins Beach. Khosla claims that San Mateo County Sheriff, Carlos Bolanos and other top officials have made a “concerted effort”...
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