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Pandemic timeline in Southern California: Here’s how it all happened

“Coronavirus”: The first time that word appeared on this publication’s website in relation to the mysterious new disease emerging in China was Jan. 17, in a story about LAX being one of three U.S. airports to begin screening passengers. A week later, Los Angeles and Orange counties had their first confirmed cases. The virus spread throughout February and began killing Californians, though we didn’t realize it until later. March was when much of the public began to take the threat seriously as pu...
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CSU universities expected to choose a new chancellor next week

LONG BEACH >> The California State University community will learn next week who will be taking over as the system’s new chancellor. Current Chancellor Timothy White announced last October that he would be retiring, effective in July 2020. He put those plans on hold in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, forcing the 23-campus system into a virtual learning environment that will continue through the spring. The search process for his replacement was also put on temporary hold, but CSU Bo...
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What pandemic rebound? Only 27% of Southern California’s lost jobs replaced

Despite adding 30,600 workers in August, Southern California’s economy struggles to rebound, recovering just 27% of the jobs lost in the pandemic lockdown. My trusty spreadsheet, filled with new data from the state Employment Development Department, found bosses had 7 million employees in early August in the four counties covered by the Southern California News Group. This staffing level, derived from a survey of employers in the first two weeks of the month, was up 0.4% from July. The region’s ...
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Southern California replaces just 27% of jobs lost amid pandemic lockdown

Southern California’s economy struggles to rebound, recovering just 27% of the jobs lost in the pandemic lockdown despite adding 30,600 workers in August. My trusty spreadsheet, filled with new data from the state Employment Development Department, found bosses had 7 million employees in early August in the four counties covered by the Southern California News Group. This staffing level, derived from a survey of employers in the first two weeks of the month, was up 0.4% from July. The region’s e...
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Firefighter Dies In California Wildfire Sparked By Gender Reveal Party

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Census: 30% of Inland Empire late on rent, 17% in Los Angeles-Orange County

The pandemic’s economic pain has battered renters far more than it has homeowners as some fresh data from the U.S. Census Bureau reminds us. In Riverside and San Bernardino counties, 336,000 adults live in households that are behind on rent due in the week ended Aug. 31, according to the bureau. That’s 30% of all Inland Empire tenants and almost twice the rate in Los Angeles and Orange counties where 537,000 who live in rentals were late payers — 17% of all tenants. The Inland Empire payment cha...
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Los Angeles-Orange County’s 16.8% joblessness rate highest in U.S.

Los Angeles and Orange counties in July had the highest unemployment rate among the nation’s largest metropolitan areas as stiff pandemic limitations throttled businesses. My trusty spreadsheet, filled with a Bureau of Labor Statistics ranking of 51 regions with 1 million or more residents, tells me L.A.-O.C.’s 16.8% joblessness ranked No. 1 ahead of 16.4% in New York and Las Vegas. All three cities depend heavily on tourism, an industry hard-hit by pandemic-related lockdowns. Boston at 15.5% wa...
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Family of nursing home resident who died: ‘She had 3 really good years there and 1 really bad week’

Karen Johnson, 77, spent about three years in the Highland Springs Care Center in Beaumont. “She was at an unlocked memory care facility in Hemet, but she got to the point with her Alzheimer’s and dementia … where she needed to be in a locked facility,” said her daughter, Dena Garcia. Eye of the Storm Southern California Nursing Homes during the Coronavirus Pandemic Latest installments in a continuing series Part One:  What do Southern California nursing homes hard hit by COVID-related death...
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Smoke advisory extended due to Bobcat and El Dorado fires

LOS ANGELES — As the Bobcat and El Dorado fires continued to spew smoke and ash into the air, regulators extended a smoke advisory for another day Tuesday across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The smoke closed the LA Zoo and many coronavirus testing locations. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said air quality would be unhealthy through Wednesday in nearly the entire county, even the coastal areas. RELATED: Containment drops on Bobcat fire as firefighte...
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A tale of two Southern California nursing homes in the era of coronavirus

Administrator Hrag Bekerian felt confident, he said, that they were taking the right precautions at Gem Transitional Care Center before the coronavirus struck. The four-star-rated nursing home on South Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena had closed its doors to visitors a week before the state’s guidance. Managers held frequent training sessions, screened all entrants and ramped up hand-washing checks. “We believe we were well-prepared,” said Bekerian, 31. Eye of the Storm Southern California Nursin...
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7 Southern California teachers compete on ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ during Teacher’s Week

“Wheel Of Fortune” returns for its 38th season with a special run of shows this week that focus on contestants who, like the game show, start a new year each fall — school teachers. As part of Teacher’s Week that kicks off Monday, Sept. 14, the long-running game show will feature seven teachers from schools in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. Special note to kids: If you watch and your teacher wins, you should ask for extra Zoom recess or more time to turn in your homework. It’s...
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Home sellers’ asking prices jump 34% in California

Listing prices in California have risen 34% since January as inventory shriveled amid the pandemic. Zillow says the statewide median listing price for all types of existing residences was $735,000 as of Sept. 5 — up 34% since the start of the year. A key reason is owners seeing the heated competition for the few homes for sale. Listings statewide are down 46% from early September 2019. The year started with a 10% rise in list prices through mid-March as a robust economy was supporting eager hous...
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Pregnant women with COVID-19 at higher risk for severe illness, health experts say

Pregnant women infected with the novel coronavirus stand a higher risk of becoming severely ill, according to health care professionals who have been monitoring COVID-19’s adverse impacts on expectant mothers and their infants. Thousands of pregnant women across Southern California have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the past six months. And while two women with preexisting health conditions have died from the virus, medical professionals say most have recovered from their illnesse...
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Bobcat fire prompts evacuation order in Arcadia

LOS ANGELES — Residents in Arcadia were ordered to evacuate Sunday due to the Bobcat Fire, which burned downhill toward communities in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains after firefighters worked overnight to keep flames from threatening other populated areas that remained under evacuation warnings. At about 10 a.m., the city of Arcadia ordered all residents north of Elkins Avenue and east of Santa Anita Avenue to evacuate. They were advised to use Santa Anita Avenue to leave the area. A...
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Pricey lumber a challenge for homebuilding’s rebound

A clown slides on the ground Saturday night at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The park opened its 26th Fright Fest Saturday with a total of 13 mazes and scare-zones.(photo by Andy Holzman) Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon, left, scores from first without a throw to Los Angeles Angels catcher Jose Briceno on a RBI double by Mitch Haniger during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds ...
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Bobcat fire continues to burn toward foothill communities

LOS ANGELES — The Bobcat Fire burned downhill toward communities in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains early today, as firefighters worked overnight to keep flames from threatening populated areas that remained under evacuation warnings. The fire has burned 31,991 acres in the Angeles National Forest and is 6% contained, with full containment not estimated until Oct. 15, according to the U.S. Forest Service. A smoke advisory remains in effect through Monday in most of Los Angeles County ...
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‘Behind the 8-ball:’ Many Southern California nursing homes hit hard by coronavirus had prior issues

Evangelina Gonzalez survived the coronavirus. But she found herself lonely and confused inside her nursing home. The 98-year-old, who has dementia, had fallen a couple of times at Monterey Palms Health Care Center in the Coachella Valley, her son said. After contracting the virus last spring, she was placed in an isolation wing for six weeks. “I’ll try to call her and she’s just like, ‘Where are you, where are you? I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, I’m in pain,’” said Gustavo “Sky” Gonzalez of Cathedral ...
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Smoke advisory extended across Southern California

Unhealthy conditions from the wildfire ash blanketing Southern California have extended a smoke advisory in the region until at least Sunday. As massive wildfires – including the Bobcat fire near the San Gabriel Valley and the El Dorado fire in the Inland Empire – continue to burn, residents across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties were advised to continue to limit outdoor activities, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Early Saturday morning, t...
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5 things to know about the smoke advisory across Southern California

Orange skies tinted by wildfire ash loomed over Southern California on Friday as a smoke advisory was extended for at least another day. The advisory cautioned folks in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties to limit outdoor activities due to the unhealthy air quality, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The Bobcat fire near the San Gabriel Valley, and the El Dorado fire in the Inland Empire, had burned more than 40,000 acres as of Friday morning. Th...
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California Inmate Firefighters Can Become Professional Firefighters After Completion Of Sentence

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s inmate firefighters will have a shot at becoming professional firefighters once they complete their sentences, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on Friday. The new law will allow state and county inmates who train as firefighters to seek to erase the criminal records that often are a bar to employment as firefighters or in other professions. The measure “will give those prisoners hope of actually getting a job in the profession that they’ve bee...
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Gov. Announces California Inmate Firefighters Can Become Professional Firefighters After Completion Of Sentence

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s inmate firefighters will have a shot at becoming professional firefighters once they complete their sentences, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on Friday. The new law will allow state and county inmates who train as firefighters to seek to erase the criminal records that often are a bar to employment as firefighters or in other professions. The measure “will give those prisoners hope of actually getting a job in the profession that they’ve bee...
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California just made it easier for inmate firefighters to become professionals, allowing them to have their nonviolent criminal records wiped clean

Inmate firefighters arrive at the scene of the Water fire, a new start about 20 miles from the Apple fire in Whitewater, California on August 2, 2020. - More than 1,300 firefighters were battling a blaze that was burning out of control August 2 in southern California, threatening thousands of people and homes east of Los Angeles. The so-called Apple Fire that broke out Friday near the city of San Bernardino has so far charred more than 20,000 acres, sending up columns of smoke visible from far...
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Los Angeles-Orange County rent hikes take biggest tumble in 10 years

Rent hikes in Los Angeles and Orange counties shrunk by the largest amount in 10 years, according to the Consumer Price Index. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ CPI shows the local cost of renting rose at a 3.1% annual rate in August vs. 5.5% a year earlier. That’s the largest one-year drop since 2010. The CPI tracks rental costs by polling consumers on they’re spending habits vs. other measurements that come from landlord surveys seeking asking rents. Industry stats show landlords offering f...
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CSU system to start spring semester with primarily online learning

The California State University system will continue with distance learning for the Spring semester, which begins in January, because of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Chancellor Timothy P. White said in a statement Thursday afternoon, Sept. 10. “After extensive consultation with campus presidents and other stakeholders, and careful consideration of a multitude of factors, regarding the pandemic and its consequences, as well as other matters impacting the university and it...
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How feminist icon Helen Reddy created the hit ‘I Am Woman’ out of troubled times

Tilda Cobham-Hervey admits she really didn’t know a lot about singer Helen Reddy when the script for the biopic “I Am Woman” reached her several years ago. “At the time, I knew the song ‘I Am Woman’ and I knew Helen Reddy’s name, but I’m very ashamed that I didn’t know a lot more about her,” she says. “And it has been one of my greatest joys to learn about her life. “She’s a truly extraordinary woman, and it deeply changed me now that I’ve gone through this incredible process of just learning ab...
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Southern California’s ‘seriously delinquent’ mortgages at 7-year high

The number of “seriously delinquent” mortgages in Southern California have skyrocketed to levels not seen since 2013, a new study shows. CoreLogic’s monthly tracking of late-paying borrowers shows a steep rise since late winter of very late first mortgages — those “90 days or more past due, including loans in foreclosure.” Stubbornly high unemployment — 15.9% in July in the four-county region — has crushed many family finances and made house payments a challenge. In Los Angeles and Orange counti...
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PHOTOS: Apocalyptic Wildfires Engulf West Coast

The West Coast is embroiled in its own climate crisis as large swaths of the region have been overtaken by an unprecedented wildfire season. According to the National Weather Service, millions of acres in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Arizona are under “critical” and “elevated” fire weather risk. As the fires rage across the West Coast, thousands have had to evacuate as air pollution levels amid smoke and orange skies have become “hazardous” in some areas. Below are photos docume...
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Vibrating radios and long-distance listens as readers recall KHJ, KRLA, KFXM and more

I received a lot of interesting responses recently related to the last few columns; it is obvious that radio means as much to you as it does to me. Here is a sample. “I didn’t grow up around here but spent most of my time in the Midwest and the South, traveling between Kansas City MO and Nashville TN. “There was a station in Little Rock Arkansas, KAAY. They were a typical top 40 station, but around 10:00 or 11:00 at night the Clyde Clifford show would come on. Clyde would play something harder t...
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Southern California homebuilder sales jump 33% from pandemic low

Southern California homebuilders’ rebound from the pandemic continued in July with closed sales up one-third from April’s lockdown low. My trusty spreadsheet shows 1,635 completed sales of newly constructed residences in July — that’s up 33% from April when the economy was suffering its initial coronavirus shock. Home selling has been an economic bright spot as buyers take advantage of low mortgage rates while seeking bigger spaces. It’s been a wild year for builders. Yes, new home sales in the...
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California: 8,600-acre El Dorado fire blamed on gender reveal stunt pyrotechnic device

"The wildfire that has burned more than 7,000 acres in Yucaipa and surrounding areas was caused by an explosive used during a gender reveal party, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection." — KTLA One of many fires burning in California on Monday is the El Dorado Fire in San Bernardino County. View this post on Instagram CAL FIRE Law Enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire, bur...
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