September 23, 2020
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SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Governor Newsom issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector.
When Houston was gripped by a severe Covid-19 wave in June, a mutated form of coronavirus that developed elsewhere in the world and which is known to be especially contagious grew to eventually dominate the city’s infected patients
WASHINGTON - Facebook executives said Tuesday the social media company is ready to implement "break-glass measures" to restrict content on its platforms if civil unrest and violence erupt following the Nov. 3 presidential election.
MISSION VIEJO, CA - The steakhouse chain Sizzler known for its grilled meats and giant salad bars filed for bankruptcy Monday after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered its restaurants and strained its finances.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Health officials are closely watching the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County’s COVID-19 case rates and positivity rates are showing enough improvement to allow more businesses to reopen with fewer restrictions on others.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – US Forest Service officials have announced the identity of the firefighter killed while battling the El Dorado Fire.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Police are warning that unemployment mail fraud is spreading.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – A rash of shooting deaths that began earlier this month across the Inland Empire continues.
MORENO VALLEY – (INT) – The first human case of West Nile virus has prompted stepped up spraying for mosquitoes.
REDLANDS – (INT) – A murder suspect is dead after a confrontation with police at a street corner Friday night.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – With more ‘help wanted’ signs going up, workers are responding.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – If you haven’t been counted yet, September 30th is the deadline.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Nineteen school districts throughout Riverside County are set to receive $10 million of federal CARES Act funds.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Voting centers will replace neighborhood precinct polls across the Inland Empire for the November presidential election.
LAKE ELSINORE – (INT) - The City of Lake Elsinore will rehab and operate a former hotel to provide transitional housing units for the homeless.
ONTARIO - (INT) – Ontario International Airport (ONT) is poised for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The third round of business assistance grants continues through October 30th.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County health officials have issued a call for more COVID-19 testing.
MORENO VALLEY - (INT) – The approaching flu season may be getting a head start.
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SOUTHLAND - Slight temperature up’s and down’s will highlight Southern California’s weather the next 5-days.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - The Bobcat Fire has burned for more than two weeks and is still threatening more than 1,000 homes.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 784,324 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
OAKLAND – (INT) - More than 80 percent of California youth say they are strictly adhering to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
LOS ANGELES - “Schitt’s Creek” made history for tiny Pop TV — just as that network is easing out of the original programming business.
SOUTH EL MONTE – (INT) – There have been only a few minor aftershocks following Friday night’s earthquake centered between South El Monte and Montebello.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Gasoline prices seem to have stabilized or are slightly declining.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Protection of voter privacy data differs from state to state.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) – Would-be California voters are weighing in on two Propositions on the November ballot.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State health officials are raising the spectre of a possible ‘twindemic’ this winter.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Washington and Oregon will join California in piloting a project to test promising pandemic exposure notification technology.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A $330 million settlement has been reached with ITT Technical Institute.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Thousands of tiny, parasitic wasps have been released across Southern California.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Muscoy, near San Bernardino, is among three Southern California communities approved for local emissions reduction programs.
WASHINGTON – California has won approval for a FEMA grant that will implement a system to make funding available for those unemployed.
OAKLAND – (INT) - The University of California released results from a new survey of California youth Tuesday that provides insights into their political and civic engagement.
A third minor earthquake to be felt across the Inland Empire in recent days struck early Wednesday 7-miles northwest of Rancho Cucamonga. The M3.2 temblor rumbled beneath Ontario Peak. Earlier quakes were placed near Lake Elsinore and South El Monte. There has been no reported damage. (INT)

Riverside County will get another $10.5 million to provide transition housing for the homeless. Projects that received funding from Project Homekey include a hotel in Palm Springs, a mobile home park in Oasis for farmworker families, as well as a 52-bed community for LGBTQ youth living with HIV or AIDS in Riverside. Project Roomkey paves the way for permanent housing units. (INT)

Riverside County Supervisors will hold a series of listening sessions that will focus on county services and budget priorities, including public safety, behavioral health and social services. Residents can share the personal impact of the pandemic, ranging from loss of employment to in-person school closures, as well as lived experiences with systemic racism and social injustice in healthy communities. The sessions at the County Administrative Center in downtown Riverside open September 29th and continue October 6th and October 24th. (INT)

California has surpassed it’s 2010 participation rate in the 2020 Census. However, one local city of note has fallen behind. Palm Springs is 1 percent behind the 2010 rate. The deadline for responses is September 30th. (INT)

A ground-breaking ceremony is planned Friday at the Riverside National Cemetery for the American Indian Veterans Memorial. It will be the first major monument honoring U.S. indigenous Veterans located at a VA national cemetery. Keynote speaker will be VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. (INT)

Michael Lorenz, a 22-year veteran of the Ontario Police Department who moved up the ranks from patrol officer to deputy chief, has been unanimously confirmed as the City’s new police chief, effective immediately. Chief Lorenz joined the department in 1998. (INT)

CHP officers have their sights set on motorists speeding through the Route 60 Truck Lanes construction zone in the Badlands between Moreno Valley and Beaumont. In the first 2-weeks of the stepped up enforcement, 177 speeding citations were issued. Since the westbound lanes were repaved, there have been 13 collisions. The project, which will add an eastbound truck climbing lane, a westbound truck descending lane, wider shoulders and medians, and wildlife crossings, is expected to open in 2022. (INT)

Riverside County households receiving CalFresh food assistance can expect a supplemental benefit this Sunday, September 13th. It will be automatically deposited onto customers’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Another supplemental benefit will be issued October 18th. (INT)

A 29-year-old transient is San Bernardino’s 42nd reported homicide victim of the year. Police found Dartel Marquis Guest dead on North Sepulveda Avenue early Tuesday. Investigators say it appears he had been robbed. (INT)

A Corona woman who recently completed a 79-month federal prison sentence stemming from a $15 million bank fraud scheme was ordered back to prison this week for executing a similar fraud scheme in which she lied to a victim about celebrities such as LeBron James supporting her supposed venture. Carolyn Marie Jones, 57, was sentenced in federal court after she admitted violating the terms of her supervised release.After her exit from prison, Jones will be on supervised release for 40 months. (INT)

Members of a Southern California drug trafficking organization have been charged with distributing methamphetamine and other illicit narcotics to thousands of customers in at least 35 states and numerous countries around the world. Members of the narcotics ring were arrested on federal charges, and authorities made substantial seizures of narcotics and cryptocurrency. (INT)

One person was killed Saturday night in a collision at a rural Perris intersection. It involved a dirt bike and a sedan. The victim was identified Monday as Guillermo Barreto, 27, of Perris. A temporary traffic signal had been installed on San Jacinto Avenue and Dunlap Drive to handle more traffic because of construction on nearby Nuevo Road. (INT)

Two suspects have been implicated in last month’s slaying at a Riverside hookah bar. One has been arrested at his home in Corona and a San Jacinto man is awaiting extradition back from Arizona. Derrick Carlisle, 27, of Moreno Valley, was fatally shot on August 17th. He was an employee of the DMV and is survived by his fiancé and two young daughters. Riverside police gave no motive for the murder. (INT)

The Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) Board of Education has voted to require students to take a semester of ethnic studies to graduate starting in academic year 2024-25. Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) is urging Governor Newsom to sign Assembly Bill 331, which will make California that first state to require ethnic studies for graduation. (INT)

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) to operate at a reduced schedule. Schedule changes have been made to some existing bus routes, including the 12, 13, 19F, 27, 28, 31, 40, 49, 50, 79 and 208. The changes range from discontinuing a handful of trips with low ridership to adjusting departure times for better connections. (INT)

To make it easier for families to take advantage of the free Grab and Go Meals offered to every local child, regardless of income or age, the San Bernardino City Unified School District is adding nine additional distribution sites as of Tuesday, September 8th. (INT)

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