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Stadiums, Ballparks, And Theme Parks Can Reopen April 1

CALIFORNIA—On Friday, March 5, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that outdoor activities, such as amusement parks, can reopen in California starting Thursday, April 1. In a news release, the Department of Public Health said that "outdoor ballparks, stadiums, and theme parks" can reopen "with significantly reduced capacity, mandatory masking and other public health precautions." California Secretary of Health...

5 More Executives Linked To Corruption Scandal

SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday March 1, City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced 5 executives and their companies were found out to be connected to the Mohammed Nuru public corruption scandal. The scandal surfaced February 12 after Florence Kong admitted to bribing Mohammed Nuru with gifts that included a $36,000 gold Rolex watch and for bribing a public official and making false statements to the FBI. All 5 executives were given suspensions.  The suspension came from...

Drunk Driver Sentenced To 17 Years

SALINAS—According to Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni, Luciano Rojas Medina, 47, was sentenced to 17 years and two months in state prison for a fatal collision in 2018 while driving under the influence of alcohol in his 2016 Chevrolet Silverado. The incident involved four vehicles including Medina's Silverado.  An investigation conducted by the California Highway Patrol, concluded that Medina...

Governor And Lawmakers Agree To Reopen Schools In March

CALIFORNIA—On Monday, March 1, California Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers announced they reached a $6.6 billion deal to have schools reopened by the end of March. During a March 1 press conference, Newsom said that $2 billion of the $6.6 billion are "grants to help in-person instruction" for school districts.  If schools are not opened starting April 1, one...

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...
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