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|June 27, 2020|
With record-breaking numbers of new cases sweeping the United States, the White House coronavirus task force held its first news briefing in nearly two months. The United States has set a record for new covid-19 cases for the third time in three days
WASHINGTON - In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration late Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
MENLO PARK, CA - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday said the company will change its policies to prohibit hate speech in its advertisements.
SACRAMENTO - California adopted the world’s first regulation that forces manufacturers to ramp up sales of zero-emission trucks and buses over the next 15 years.
RIVERSIDE ?(INT) ?A final state budget deal passed by the Senate and Assembly and headed to Governor Newsom contains the final piece of funding to expand the UC Riverside School of Medicine.
INLAND EMPIRE ?(INT) ?Both Riverside and San Bernardino counties are on the state’s COVID-19 watch list.
INLAND EMPIRE ?(INT) ?New real estate listings have taken a step back nationally but are improving in the Inland Empire.
RIVERSIDE ?(INT) ?A Perris man on probation for evading police has been arrested in connection with a series of June 1st acts of vandalism and looting.
FONTANA ?(INT) - In response to the demonstrations that followed the police killing of George Floyd, the City of Fontana held a virtual community forum.
REDLANDS ?(INT) ?An initial report found that a small plane was descending into clouds before it crashed in the Crafton Hills killing all three people.
BANNING ?(INT) ?A veteran California Highway Patrol officer stands accused of insurance fraud and theft.
INLAND EMPIRE ?(INT) ?The opening of the summer-fall wildfire season is here and steps are being taken to minimize its impact.
RIVERSIDE ?(INT) - The Riverside Youth Council has announced this year’s 25 “Most Remarkable Teens.?
SAN BERNARDINO ?(INT) ?San Bernardino County’s telephone dialing code is about to be carved up-again.
SAN BERNARDINO ?(INT) ?Police are on the offensive against a epidemic of illegal fireworks.
RIVERSIDE ?(INT) ?Anti-body testing for the coronavirus is shifting into overdrive in Riverside County.
RIVERSIDE ?(INT) ?In a split 3-2 vote, Riverside County Supervisors Tuesday approved the 2020-21 budget.
INLAND EMPIRE ?(INT) ?San Bernardino County fire officials have borrowed a page of technology in hopes of slowing the nightly outburst of illegal fireworks.
INLAND EMPIRE ?(INT) ?Riverside County health workers are becoming more mobile in an effort to expand testing for the COVID-19 virus.
Sources for accurate local information about the coronavirus.
SACRAMENTO ?(INT) - Recreational team sports, including youth sports, are still not permitted.
SACRAMENTO ?(INT) - California has 200,461 confirmed coronavirus cases to date.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - The first, full week of summer is winding down on the mild mannered side, but a change is coming.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - An appeals court has ruled that the Trump Administration’s diversion of $2.5 billion to build an unauthorized wall at the Mexican border was unlawful.
SOUTHLAND ?(INT) ?Gasoline prices are still lower than a year ago, but the gap is narrowing.
SACRAMENTO ?(INT) - California automobile insurance companies have agreed to provide $1.21 billion in savings to drivers because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SACRAMENTO ?(INT) ? Governor Newsom Thursday declared a budget emergency to make additional resources available to fund the state’s ongoing emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
LONE PINE ?(INT) ?Another moderately strong earthquake struck in a remote area of eastern California Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES ?(INT) - Special agents with the FBI arrested City Councilman Jose Huizar Tuesday on suspicion of federal racketeering.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) - Racial disparities in policing and health are among the many long-standing disparities across multiple dimensions that interact with and often reinforce one another.
SACRAMENTO ?(INT) ?California’s trimmed down 2020-21 proposed budget appears to be in the final stage.
LOS ANGELES ?Some well-known faces are disappearing from Los Angeles television.
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Thursday requiring elections officials to mail a ballot to every registered, active voter.
SACRAMENTO ?(INT) - The accent is on face masks as Californians are asked to end the COVID-19 pandemic sooner than later.
California ranks mid-way on a 50-state comparison of racial equality.
SACRAMENTO ?(INT) ?The clean-up of roadside litter has been dealt a setback because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, Caltrans has hit the reset button.
SACRAMENTO ?(INT) ?School leaders across the state are getting some initial guidance on the reopening of classes later this summer.
SACRAMENTO ?(INT) - Food insecurity—either concerns around having enough food or outright hunger—has increased sharply across California.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) - Arts, entertainment and sports are getting short shrift in recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Two people shot dead in an exchange of gunfire outside a Riverside nightclub last weekend have been identified as Luis Alberto Diaz Villalobos, 33, and Siclali Suchilt Romo, 42, both of Perris. Both had been asked to leave the nightclub by a security guard who was also shot but is recovering. (INT)
Food, and lots of it, is on the menu in Redlands and Perris. The SoCal Fair Drive-In Food Fest runs Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. In Redlands, outdoor dining is featured three nights a week in the Historic Downtown District. The restaurants offer physical distancing and safety consistent with State and County public health recommendations. (INT)
The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) has a plan to boost sagging ridership. Beginning August 1st, any youth under the age of 18 may ride the bus - free. It’s designed to attract students at Cal Baptist University, La Sierra University, Moreno Valley College, Mt. San Jacinto College, Norco College, Riverside City College and UC Riverside. Ridership on RTA busses is down 67 percent because of the coronavirus pandemic. Student free rides will be offered until next July. (INT)
The four roommates of an Adelanto woman are under arrest in connection with her death. Sheriff’s investigators say that Sarah Saranzak, 39, stopped breathing at her residence on Monday and died. Saranzak had suffered multiple injuries that were in different stages of healing. (INT)
Social services officials are encouraging qualified Riverside County households with children to apply for a one-time Pandemic-EBT food benefit. The application period closes on July 15th. (INT)
A Victorville motorist who led authorities on a long-distance chase from the High Desert to Rancho Cucamonga Wednesday is lucky to be alive. Skyleur Antonio Young, 31, allegedly pointed a gun on officers and was immediately shot. No law enforcement officers were injured. (INT)
The Ontario City Council has adopted a balanced budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 of approximately $544 million. The Council focused on balancing public safety services, infrastructure investments, and quality-of-life services. Overall, the budget represents a year-over-year reduction of $38 million. (INT)
Homicide investigators have joined in determining what happened to a Victorville couple who went missing May 30th. They disclosed Tuesday that the remains of Devin Capitulo, 30, were found June 16th in the desert near the victim’s home. Still missing is Oscar Mendoza. The couple failed to report to work and did not contact family, friends or their children. (INT)
Inland Empire Walmart associates and the Latino Restaurant Association (LRA) hosted a hot meal giveaway for frontline hospital workers at San Bernardino Medical Center Tuesday. Walmart store associates in San Bernardino and Highland teamed up with the LRA to help feed health care workers. (INT)
United Lift, a rental assistance program coordinated between Riverside County, United Way of the Inland Valleys, and Lift To Rise, is launching with the goal of keeping 10,000 families and residents housed. The program for Riverside County residents will provide $33 million in rental assistance between the months of June and November. Lift to Rise and United Way of Inland Valleys will administer the program, including dispersing the first round of payments in July. (INT)
All students in the San Bernardino Unified School District are eligible for free grab and go meals through July 29th. The to-go meals are available for pick up Mondays and Wednesdays only from 9 to 11 a.m. The Summer Grab and Go Meal distribution sites are at ten San Bernardino locations. Information at (909) 381-1224. (INT)
A San Jacinto woman’s comment that her stove had exploded while she was cooking led to the discovery of a butane honey oil lab and the detention of her boyfriend. Bonnie Vital, 29, is expected to recover from burns over 30% of her body. The lab had been confined to a detached outbuilding on Soboba Avenue. (INT)
Fontana police have arrested their prime suspect in a June 17th shooting that left a man dead. Arrested Wednesday was Luis “Lazy?Martinez, 29, of Fontana. (INT)
Sole proprietors and others are now eligible for the second round of funding provided to small businesses that have been especially hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic. The expanded eligibility includes sole proprietors, which are those businesses that do not have employees, as well as businesses that have received an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan or advance. Businesses may apply for the second round of funding starting June 29th for up to $10,000 in direct support. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until August 31st. (INT)
Registered nurses at Dignity Health St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino are concerned about patient safety. They are complaining about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the dangerous practice of reusing PPE, which each affect safe patient care. A rally was held Thursday at the hospital. (INT)
Sheriff’s investigators are holding a Menifee man on suspicion of murder following an incident May 20th in Romoland. Richard Adam Lopez, 32, is alleged to have fatally injured Jose Gonzalez, 60, of Menifee on Highway 74. Gonzalez died June 1st but details of the incident were not released. Lopez was arrested Thursday, but investigators did not say where. (INT)
Moreno Valley is re-opening the skateparks at Community and March Field parks as well as parking lots at all City parks, and restrooms at selected parks on Thursday. Team sports are not yet allowed, but trails and bike paths are open. (INT)
The third in a series of gas leaks over four days chased 21 people from seven homes in Moreno Valley Tuesday. It followed a similar incident Monday in Winchester. Last Friday, a Highland neighborhood was partially evacuated or residents were told to shelter in place after a construction crew accidentally punctured a gas main on Cram Road. There were no fires or explosions in any of the incidents. (INT)
An Upland man who worked in LA County’s Internal Services Department was sentenced Tuesday to a year in federal prison for accepting nearly $300,000 in bribes from an electrical contractor. Mohammad R. Tirmazi, 51, failed to report the income he received from those bribes and a side business on his federal tax returns. (INT)
Sheriff’s investigators in Moreno Valley attribute a man’s death to a hit-run driver. Jelani Williams, 28, is the region’s latest pedestrian to die in an epidemic of such incidents. Williams was found mortally injured on Fir Avenue early Sunday. Earlier Saturday night in San Bernardino, one or more motorists failed to stop to help a pedestrian who was struck on Meridian Avenue. The 54-year-old man died at the scene. Witnesses to both incidents are being sought. (INT)
Riverside County officials are not anxious to reopen courtrooms over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Closures will be extended through June 26th for the Corona, Moreno Valley, Temecula and Hemet courts as well as the Riverside Self-Help Center and the Riverside Records Center. (INT)