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California to form homelessness task force, and this LA County supervisor will help run it

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is the co-chair of the state’s new homelessness task force. (File photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced the formation of a task force to fight the state’s homelessness crisis and appointed Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg as co-chairs. “No Californian can say homelessness is someone else’s problem — it affects us all,” News...
Tags: Business, Politics, News, California, Housing, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Homelessness, Soccer, Homeless, CalTrans, National Institutes of Health, Lausd, Oakland

With SB50 shelved, what should California do about the housing shortage?

Senate Bill 50 from Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has been shelved for the year. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee put the contentious proposal on hold, with Wiener vowing to continue building support for it. The complex proposal, which has drawn unusual coalitions in support and opposition, seeks to enable greater housing development by overriding local zoning decisions under specified conditions in order to permit the development of more apartments near transit hubs and job ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Editorials, Senate Appropriations Committee, Bill, Vaccines, Wiener, SB50, Sen Scott Wiener D San Francisco, Torrance Unified

California Home Sales Stumble into Spring Home Buying Season as Median Price Sets Another Record, C.A.R. reports

Existing, single-family home sales totaled 396,760 in April on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 0.1 percent from March and down 4.8 percent from April 2018.April’s statewide median home price was $602,920, up 6.5 percent from March and up 3.2 percent from April 2018.Sales of condominiums/townhomes were down 3.8 percent from a year ago in April, while the median price was $470,000.Year-to-date sales were down 7.3 percent in April Los Angeles, CA – May 16, 2019 (PRNewswire) Californi...
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Giants call up lefty Andrew Suarez to start against Braves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants called up left-hander Andrew Suarez to start Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves. Suarez was 2-3 with a 6.33 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Sacramento before making his season debut against the Braves. The 26-year-old missed 16 games while with the River Cats with a […]
Tags: News, Sports, Sacramento, San Francisco, Ap, San Francisco Giants, Braves, Andrew Suarez, Atlanta Braves Suarez

Van Passenger Impaled by Tripod on California Freeway

Authorities say somebody stole a tripod from a California Department of Transportation crew and then dropped it from an overpass onto a Sacramento freeway, impaling the lung of a passenger in a van.
Tags: News, Sacramento, California Department of Transportation, California Freeway

Alexander: CIF state executive director Roger Blake ready to move on

Roger Blake is an example of what happens when you’re up for anything. For 43 years, Blake has been involved with education and school sports as a teacher, coach and administrator. For 21 of those, the kid who grew up the son of a coach in San Bernardino has been with the CIF state office in Sacramento, the last seven of those as the executive director of the organization that oversees California high school sports. “Who would have thought I ever would end up in this job?” Blake asked in a phone...
Tags: California, Sports, Sacramento, Sport, Karen, Soccer, Rob, Cal State Fullerton, High School Sports, San Bernardino, Alexander, Peninsula, Blake, RCC, Crescenta Valley, Lois

Tadej Pogacar, 20, claims Amgen Tour of California in historic win

Starting at 9 a.m. was the women racers as they head out for the seventh and final stage for the Amgen Tour of California Saturday morning in Santa Clarita May 18, 2019. Today’s race will go from Santa Clarita to Pasadena passes through the rugged San Gabriel Mountains before making a final descent into the City of Roses and a finish at the iconic Rose Bowl. (Photo by Gene Blevins for SCNG) Starting at 9 a.m. was the women racers as they head out for the seventh and final stage for the Amgen...
Tags: California, Sports, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Cycling, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Pasadena, Mark Cavendish, Hall, Southern California, Ontario, Santa Clarita, Peter Sagan

Federal tax reform has helped, not hurt, Californians

More Californians got a federal tax cut last year than did taxpayers in 20 other states. The average family of four got to keep $2,500 more of their hard-earned money. In fact, most taxpayers nationwide got a tax cut. The cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions did not change that. Across America’s blue states, Republicans and Democrats have been peddling the falsehood that people who live in high-tax states got screwed by Trump’s tax cuts. The data don’t bear that out. The vast majority of...
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Van passenger impaled by tripod on Sacramento freeway

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say somebody stole a tripod from a California Department of Transportation crew and then dropped it from an overpass onto a Sacramento freeway, impaling the lung of a passenger in a van. The driver of the van, Tim Page, tells KCRA-TV that he was on Interstate 5 Thursday morning when […]
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Tadej Pogacar wins Stage 6 of Tour of California to take overall lead

Maximilian Schachmann leads a breakaway pack of five riders as they sprint down Glendora Ridge Rd. during the Amgen Tour of California stage 6 race from Ontario to Mt. Baldy in Ontario on Friday, May 17, 2019. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The peloton rides down Glendora Ridge Rd. toward Mt. Baldy Rd. as cycling fans cheer on during the Amgen Tour of California stage 6 race from Ontario to Mt. Baldy in Ontario on Friday, May 17, 2019. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda,...
Tags: California, Sports, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Pasadena, Hall, Astana, Southern California, Ontario, Santa Clarita, San Gabriel, San Gabriel Mountains, van der Breggen, Pomona College, Mount Baldy

If the state can’t control prisons, how can it control us?

SACRAMENTO – Of the 1,000 or so California bills that likely will become law this year, virtually every measure will give government more power to do one thing or another. The consensus in the Capitol is that the government “must do something” about any problem that pops into a lawmaker’s mind. Most bills deal with relatively small expansions, but make no mistake about it: state officials want to seize control of big stuff, too, such as the healthcare system. However, lawmakers routinely shrug a...
Tags: Unions, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Stockton, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Times, Gavin Newsom, Brown, Capitol, Board of Education, San Francisco Chronicle

California Senate hopeful Lena Gonzalez states her case one doorstep at a time

LONG BEACH — Lena Gonzalez is the front-runner in a special-election runoff next month for the California Senate. She was the top vote-winner in the primary. She boasts the big endorsements and fundraising checks. She’s a Democratic candidate in a mostly Democratic district. And she’s worried. Which is why, on a recent Saturday morning, Gonzalez laced up her black and orange Nikes and headed out into the Belmont Heights area of Long Beach for a door-knocking mission that would cover nearly 3 1/2...
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Heisler: What can Lakers pull off after stroke of luck ends their month-long follies?

A.D. or not A.D.? Contrary to widespread reports, there were two players in NBA teams’ dreams at the lottery, not just one, with the fate of New Orleans big man Anthony Davis as much at stake as that of Duke’s Zion Williamson. Here’s how delicately those fates were balanced: Even the Eastern Conference semifinalist Philadelphia 76ers, owning Sacramento’s pick if it landed at No. 1, had a shot at Zion and a new start for their issue-laden young team. Instead, the Kings’ pick came up No. 14. The K...
Tags: Virginia, Sports, Sacramento, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Davis, Kings, Nba, New Orleans, Magic, Philadelphia, Espn, Lebron James, Anthony Davis

Will huge LAUSD parcel tax measure start a statewide trend?

Local elections held in odd-numbered years in California don’t generally have much meaning outside their immediate communities. But a June 4 vote scheduled in Los Angeles might be different. This is a yes/no decision on a huge parcel tax proposed by the local school district, the second largest in America. So nothing should divert voter attention away from the parcel tax vote, and a very light turnout can be expected. A large portion of those who vote may belong to groups standing to benefit fro...
Tags: Supreme Court, Microsoft, California, Opinion, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Lausd, SEIU, Staples Center, Los Angeles Clippers, Inglewood, Service Employees International Union

Your recyclables are going to the dump. Here’s why:

Californians continue to fill recycling bins as they have for years, but more of it is ending up in landfills. The market for recyclables is tumbling, the diversion rate of trash headed to dumps is shrinking and trash bills are going up as the cost of recycling increases. “We used to pay haulers for recyclables,” said Bob Asgian, assistant department head of Los Angeles County’s recycling and landfill operations. “Now, they’re paying us (to take them).” China, the world’s largest importer of rec...
Tags: News, California, China, Environment, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Riverside County, Southern California, San Bernardino, Keller, Legislature, Los Angeles County, Riverside, Board of Supervisors, KLUG

Those flashing brake lights are OK

Q. I travel the I-5 Freeway, going north at around 3:45 p.m. to get home from work on weekdays. I have noticed a couple of small sports cars whose brake lights are strobes – the lights go on and off rapidly when the brakes are applied. Are they legal? – Scott Irwin, Fullerton A. They are. Honk has never seen them on the road, and neither has Tino Olivera, a California Highway Patrol officer and spokesman out of the agency’s Santa Ana office. Both looked at online videos of guys installing device...
Tags: News, California, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, DMV, California Highway Patrol, Octa, Santa Ana, Orange County Transportation Authority, Fountain Valley, Joel Zlotnik, Riverside County Transportation Commission, Tino Olivera, Olivera

Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 May 2019

The ancient town of St Malo on the Brittany coast, where we’ll now be spending the first half of our French “land cruise” this September. Good morningAs you can see in the image immediately above, I’ve made some exciting changes to our French tour this September.  Several readers had suggested that instead of an entire week in one place, we consider splitting the tour into half a week in each of two places.  While I love the idea of long one-week stays, I’m not totally tone-deaf to what you tell...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Usa, UK, England, London, California, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Trains, Miscellaneous, US, Sacramento, Newsletter

Whicker: UCLA SS Ryan Kreidler is making his own headlines

Those who scribble on sports for a living have a complicated relationship with … well, life in general, but athletes in particular. Mark Kreidler covered the San Diego Padres on a day-by-day, usually loss-by-loss, basis. He became a columnist in Sacramento and had a press box seat for everything important in the Bay Area. Now he is the host of a radio talk show and has written three books. That’s a lot of opinions that are either validated or withdrawn, a lot of post-midnight drives home, a lot ...
Tags: Stanford, Sports, Sacramento Kings, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, College sports, Giants, San Diego Padres, Ucla, Mark, Bruins, Ryan, Padres, Colleen

All States Ag Parts to buy John F. Mahaney Co

All States Ag Parts LLC, a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries LLC, said May 16 that it acquired John F. Mahaney Co. Financial terms weren’t announced. John F. Mahaney, of Sacramento, California, distributes professional-grade tools and supplies to the agricultural and industrial markets. PRESS RELEASE All States Ag Parts Acquires John F. Mahaney Company May 16, 2019 Hudson, WI – All States Ag Parts, LLC (“ASAP” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC (“Kinder...
Tags: California, Sacramento, Trends, M&a, John, West Coast, Company, The Company, Dyke, Sacramento California, Mahaney, Hudson Wisconsin, Kinderhook, Asap, Kinderhook Industries LLC, Paul Cifelli

Legislature should support more water projects, not work to defeat them

All of us remember California’s recent five-year drought when residents were encouraged to cut back their water use, let their lawns go brown, and use barrels to collect precious rainwater. Now, well-funded, politically-connected interest groups are trying to block a new source of clean drinking water for Southern California. According to a recent report by the State Water Resources Control Board, more than one million Californians don’t have access to safe, reliable drinking water. It’s a trave...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, Sierra Club, Kamala Harris, Cadiz, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Trump, State, Legislature

Public schools get record cash but are still going broke

In his State of the State address, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, “We need to have an honest conversation about how we fund our schools at a state and local level” and called for greater accountability for California’s schools. But instead of starting a new conversation, the governor continued with the same old monologue: more spending. His budget adds $4.6 billion from last year, which boosts spending a whopping 60 percent since 2011. Nevertheless, school districts are complaining that they don’t have...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Lausd, Bill, Los Angeles Times, Stanford University, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District

Inland Assemblyman wants to make sure every bill gets a vote in Sacramento

A recent vote on the way legislation can be tabled in Sacramento has some lawmakers crying foul. In December, the Assembly clarified its rules, allowing committee chairs to use individual discretion when deciding which bills will get hearings and which bills don’t. Previously, all bills were given at least a committee hearing date, which, in theory, gave the public a chance to comment or urge their Assembly representative to weigh in.   Since Dec. 3, just after the vote, nearly 2,000 bills have ...
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Southwest Flight Delayed Over a Vodka Joke

Southwest Airlines flight WN478 from Sacramento to Los Angeles last Wednesday was in the midst of a three and a half hour delay. First a maintenance light forced the aircraft to return to the gate, and later the airline determined they needed to refuel the aircraft. Flight attendants passed out water to passengers. A passenger "said something [like], 'They should be passing out vodka because we’ve been waiting so long.'" And that led to an even further delay. Continue reading Southwest Flight...
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Senate Bill 50 puts developers in charge

Local officials understand the need to address California’s housing affordability crisis through increased supply. We see first-hand the crushing toll that a lack of affordable housing is having on families in our communities. At the same time, local officials have been entrusted by our residents to make critical local decisions around land use, shaping what type of housing is built and where housing developments are located. Local officials support proposals that would incentivize local governm...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Bill, Bay Area, Ventura, Legislature, Marin County, Mueller, Ron Hart, Bellflower

How to get tickets for the California Craft Beer Summit and Beer Festival in Long Beach

Put your beers down and get online now because early bird tickets for the California Craft Beer Summit and Beer Festival, an event that usually takes place in Sacramento but will be coming to the Long Beach Convention Center in September, went on sale today. The early bird tickets will be sold for the event, which runs Sept. 12-14, until July 19, with prices ranging from $45-$299 for the three-day industry expo, conference and festival that attracts brewers and beer experts from throughout the s...
Tags: California, Sacramento, Sport, Beer, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Sacramento Convention Center, Long Beach Convention Center, Marina Green Park, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Restaurant Reviews + Food

The Pandora’s Box of California’s proposed tax-return bill

Giving vent to many Californians’ staunch opposition to President Donald Trump, a new bill making its way through Sacramento would force presidential candidates off the primary ballot if they failed or declined to submit five years of tax returns. While the notion that those seeking to be president should be held to a higher standard of transparency than the average American is generally a sensible one, there are reasons to reject the mandates Senate Bill 27 would put into law. SB27 has already ...
Tags: New York, California, Opinion, Senate, White House, Sacramento, Sport, Joe Biden, Pandora, Soccer, Editorials, House Of Representatives, Bill, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Gavin Newsom

What do you think of the House-Barr spat over the Mueller report?: Letters

Our Question of the Week asked readers, What do you think of the House-Barr spat over the Mueller report? House-Barr battle just more partisan distractions President Donald Trump was saying all along, “It’s taking too long to get the report.” It was to Robert Mueller’s financial benefits to take his time, and he did us no favors by passing on a report that was open-ended. It seems impractical, even if solicited, to use Russia or any outside country as pawns to rig an election. With Attorney Gene...
Tags: Opinion, Washington, Russia, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, Donald Trump, Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee, Mueller, Barr, Robert Mueller, Letters to the Editor, William Barr, House Barr

Sacramento homeless campers putting homeowners at risk by digging into levees

Raw video: Homeless campers in Sacramento, California are putting homeowners at risk. General manager of the American River Flood Control District explains that digging into levees causes flooding issues when water levels rise during the winter.
Tags: News, Sacramento, Sacramento California, River Flood Control District

Census 2020: The push is on to count every head in California. The stakes are huge.

Miguel Sandoval remembers his mother telling him to hide in a bedroom in 2000, when U.S. Census takers came knocking on their door. Sandoval was a child then. He isn’t hiding any more. The Perris resident and U.S. citizen, 31, showed up on a recent Sunday for a training session about how to help people understand and respond to the Census. After getting some pointers about how to talk with the community about the Census, Sandoval set out with other volunteers to canvass nearby neighborhoods, enc...
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Against long odds, Lakers could get a boost from a draft lottery bounce

For the past season, the Lakers and luck have been poor bedfellows. When it comes to injuries, fate has been disproportionally unkind: from groin tears to broken hands to sprained ankles to pneumonia and even a blood clot. The Lakers were hit hard on their way to a second-half slide in which they finished 17-31 after LeBron James’ injury on Christmas day. If the same strings that guide such misfortunes also have some influence on the thousand ping-pong balls that will be bouncing in the NBA Draf...
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