Cost To Fight Fires Tops $118M

Los Angeles Times- California’s costs to fight two deadly wildfires that ignited less than two weeks ago have already topped $118 million — a sizable financial hit to a program that needed an unexpected cash infusion just two months ago. Cal Fire officials said Tuesday that $589.7 million has been paid out by the state’s fire emergency, or “e-fund,” account since July 1. Officials are poised to free up additional dollars before lawmakers … Continue reading Cost To Fight Fires Tops $118M

Did Fox News Cost Republicans Orange County Seats?

Breitbart- Nearly 90 minutes before polls closed in California, Fox News chose to make the irresponsible announcement that Republicans had already lost the U.S. House of Representatives. Did that early call cost the Republicans Orange County, California? Orange County has been a Republican stronghold (and a famous one) for decades, and while there is no question the county had been trending Democrat, on Election Night, Republicans lost … Continue reading Did Fox News Cost Republicans Orange County Seats?

Audit: Flawed Management Added Billions Onto Bullet Train

Fresno Bee- California’s embattled high-speed rail project has been beset by “flawed decision making and poor contract management” that have led to billions of dollars in cost overruns and significant delays in construction in the San Joaquin Valley, according a report issued Thursday by state Auditor Elaine Howle. Howle’s audit, requested earlier this year by the state Legislature, is a sharp critique of the California … Continue reading Audit: Flawed Management Added Billions Onto Bullet Train

California Supreme Court Recommends Pardon For State Senator

Los Angeles Times- The state Supreme Court on Tuesday recommended that Gov. Jerry Brown pardon former state Sen. Roderick Wright for a 2014 conviction on felony charges that involved lying about living in his legislative district. The action comes as the nonpartisan First Amendment Coalition filed a motion Tuesday asking the court to unseal records Brown filed on the clemency petition, saying there has been … Continue reading California Supreme Court Recommends Pardon For State Senator

LAPD Busts Election Fraud Scheme

Los Angeles Times- Nine people face felony charges in connection with a fraud scheme in which they offered cash or cigarettes to homeless people on skid row in downtown Los Angeles in exchange for hundreds of fake or forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms, prosecutors said. Los Angeles County prosecutors Tuesday announced the charges, which include circulating a petition with false names, … Continue reading LAPD Busts Election Fraud Scheme

‘Camp Fire’ Death Toll Now At 56

Sacramento Bee- Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed and 300 were unaccounted for a week after the flames swept through. The nearly 220-square-mile (570-square-kilometer) blaze in Northern California was 40 percent contained, the state fire agency said, and firefighters succeeded in … Continue reading ‘Camp Fire’ Death Toll Now At 56

‘Camp Fire’ Grows To 125K Acres

Los Angeles Times- The deadliest wildfire in state history continued its destructive march overnight, challenging firefighters battling flames near the Feather River and pushing crews to build defenses before the inferno reaches the next town. The Camp fire has scorched 125,000 acres since Thursday and claimed at least 42 lives as it ripped thorough mountain towns in Butte County. More than 7,100 structures — mostly homes in Paradise — … Continue reading ‘Camp Fire’ Grows To 125K Acres

25K In San Diego Without Power Due To High Winds

ABC 10- San Diego Gas and Electric extended its planned power outages to communities including Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, and Rancho Santa Fe Tuesday due to the high risk of fire during the Red Flag Warning. Roughly 25,500 customers were without power Tuesday morning due to a public safety shut-off or unplanned outages due to high winds, the utility company reported. Read More Continue reading 25K In San Diego Without Power Due To High Winds

SoCal Races Still Too Close To Call, 4.6M Ballots Still Unprocessed

LAist- California’s midterm election may be over, but there are millions of ballots across the state that officials are still counting, with a handful of key Southern California races remaining too close to call. As of Friday afternoon, some 4,628,928 ballots were unprocessed, according to the latest report from the Secretary of State’s office. Read More Continue reading SoCal Races Still Too Close To Call, 4.6M Ballots Still Unprocessed

SoCal Edison And PG&E Reported ‘Irregularities’ With Their Near The Fires

KTLA- California utilities again are facing severe financial pressures from the possibility their equipment sparked catastrophic wildfires. A bill to help them in such situations was signed in September by Gov. Jerry Brown and gave utilities some relief for wildfire liability beginning next year. It also sought to ensure they wouldn’t go bankrupt from the 2017 fire season by allowing them to bill customers for … Continue reading SoCal Edison And PG&E Reported ‘Irregularities’ With Their Near The Fires

California Democrats Regain Supermajority

San Francisco Chronicle- Nearly a week after the midterm elections, the news keeps getting worse for California Republicans. Democrats claimed victory Monday in two state Senate races, giving them back the two-thirds supermajority they lost in June when Orange County Democrat Josh Newman was recalled after he voted in favor of Gov. Jerry Brown’s gas tax increase. Read More Continue reading California Democrats Regain Supermajority

SoCal Firefighters Worry About The Returning Santa Ana Winds

Sacramento Bee- With Santa Ana winds returning and hundreds of homes in ashes, firefighters were struggling to corral a devastating Southern California wildfire that has ravaged scenic canyons and celebrity enclaves near the ocean. Crews taking advantage of a weekend lull in the winds had the immense Woolsey blaze about 30 percent contained. But at least 435 buildings had burned — most of them homes … Continue reading SoCal Firefighters Worry About The Returning Santa Ana Winds

‘Camp Fire’ Is Now The Deadliest Fire In California’s History

Los Angeles Daily News- With 42 people dead, the Camp Fire roaring through Butte County has officially surpassed a grim marker by becoming the single most deadly and destructive fire in California’s history. The number of people who have perished in the fire, current as of Monday night, is almost certain to rise as rescue and recovery workers sift through the ruins and ashes where … Continue reading ‘Camp Fire’ Is Now The Deadliest Fire In California’s History

President Trump Approves Disaster Declaration For California Fires

CBS Bay Area- After being criticized for what many called insensitive tweets about the California wildfires over the weekend, President Donald Trump on Monday evening approved an expedited request for a major disaster declaration in the state. The president tweeted about the declaration at 5:19 p.m. Monday. Read More Continue reading President Trump Approves Disaster Declaration For California Fires