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California Water Service Suggests Residents Reduce Water Use

SAN FRANCISCO—The California Water Service recommends residents of the San Francisco and Bay Area reduce water use by 10 percent. Residents are encouraged to turn off fountains and not use car washes. Director of corporate communications at California Water Service, Yvonne Kingman, said it is important to know what water suppliers are doing during this time. “We have had two dry...

Former Netflix VP Convicted Of Bribery & Fraud

SAN JOSE—The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that a former VP for Netflix was convicted of fraud & bribery charges on Friday, April 30. A federal jury found him guilty of receiving stock options and more than a half-million dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The indictment began in 2018 and the trial began April 19 in which the jury found...

Joseph Williams Charged With Murder Of Baby Synciere

SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday, April 26, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin charged Joseph Williams with the murder of a 7-month-old boy. Williams and his girlfriend were in charge of caring for Baby S, later identified as Synciere Williams by the San Francisco Chronicle. On April 20, after an hour alone with Williams, the infant was taken to California Pacific...

Campaign Reaches Threshold For Recall Election Against Governor

CALIFORNIA—The Office of the California Secretary of State revealed on Tuesday, April 26 that the Recall Gavin Newsom campaign reached enough signatures for a recall election against Governor Gavin Newsom. The CA Secretary of State's office states on its website that "the requisite number of valid signatures has been reported to our office to initiate the recall of" Newsom and...

California Will Lose One Congressional Seat

CALIFORNIA—The state of California will lose a congressional seat, the United States Census Bureau said in a press release on Monday, April 26. According to The Hill, this is the first time that the state will lose a seat in its history. The last time California gained a seat was in 2000, where it gained one seat. Years where California did...

Rob Bonta Confirmed As Attorney General Of CA

CALIFORNIA—On Thursday, April 22, the California legislature approved state lawmaker Rob Bonta as the state's next attorney general. Bonta tweeted after he was confirmed: "Big news!  Today, my colleagues in the Legislature confirmed my nomination as CA's next Attorney General.  I am deeply honored.  As AG, I'll strive to be the people's attorney — to protect families and right historic wrongs." Once...

UC, CSU Plan On Requiring Coronavirus Vaccine

CALIFORNIA—On Thursday, April 22, the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) said in a joint press release that they plan on requiring staff and students to be vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine for in-person classes this fall. This "proposed policy" would "require students, faculty, academic appointees and staff who are accessing campus facilities at any UC location...

Grocery Store Owner Pleads Guilty To Price Gouging During Pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO—Rajvinder Singh, 51, of Apna Bazar, the owner of a grocery store in Pleasenton, has pleaded guilty to nine counts of price gouging. The charges stem from complaints filed on May 7, 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic, California law restricted businesses from “profiteering during a declared state of emergency,” said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in a statement. California state law...

Feds Charge SF Trash Company Executive With Bribery

SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday, April 15, that John Francis Porter, the former Vice President and Group Manager of the Recology’s San Francisco Group was charged with bribing Mohammed Nuru, a former Director of San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW). The feds also charged Porter with money laundering. “The complaint unsealed today alleges that Porter,...

Man Sentenced Three Months For Elephant Seal’s Death

CALIFORNIA—On Monday, April 12, the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California sentenced a former California resident to three months in prison for shooting an elephant seal to death near San Simeon in September 2019. U.S. District Court Judge Dale S. Fischer sentenced Jordan Gerbich, 30, to three months in federal prison as well as a "three...
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