November 29, 2021
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SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State health officials are closely monitoring the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Working more than a year under pandemic conditions threw into sharp relief what Vicki Klaker wanted from her career—and wasn’t getting.
ROXBURY, CONN - Stephen Sondheim, the dominant voice in American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century and the composer with the most Tony Awards, has died.
Restaurant employees are burnt out.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Mother Nature will carry the holiday spirit through the coming week with sunny, warm days and clear nights.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Although absent a dramatic send-off, the annual Festival of Lights is aglow at the Mission Inn.
TEMECULA – (INT) – A 4-year-old horse is recovering from an ordeal he won’t soon forget.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Thanksgiving can be said in many ways and it’s only the prelude to several annual events.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Health officials are reporting that some people who recently received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at two locations be re-inoculated.
REDLANDS – (INT) – An early Wednesday morning fire revealed a large marijuana cultivation on the outskirts of Redlands.
SAN BENARDINO – (INT) – A special meeting of the San Bernardino City Council has been set to consider the censure of Mayor John Valdivia.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County Supervisors are aiming for a December 15th deadline to adopt a final redistricting map.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A new state-of-the-art Southern California headquarters for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) was dedicated Thursday.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The local housing market may be shedding some of its volatility.
Sources for accurate local information about the coronavirus.
HOLLYWOOD - While the Thanksgiving box office wound up totaling far less than previous years’ holidays, there are still plenty of viewers to go around.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has recorded 4,780,867 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – Average gasoline prices for California hit an all-time record earlier this month and now more localities are following suit.
LOS ANGELES - A myriad of Hollywood stars and some controversial figures are among those nominated for the 64th annual Grammy Awards.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – The California Highway Patrol is extending its investigative authority beyond the state’s streets and freeways.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - California’s highway system ranks 45th in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – A new report has found that Southern Californians are doing better to reduce their reliance on groundwater.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – A first-of-its-kind stipulated judgment will require Amazon to end harmful labor practices that concealed COVID-19 case numbers.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – La Nina will continue to rule the roost for the coming few months.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Governor Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday as health officials prepare for a potential new surge in COVID-19 cases this winter.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Researchers are finding that impacts of climate change are not limited to weather extremes.
WASHINGTON – (INT) – California schools will be getting an additional $5 billion from the federal government as the state emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
An early Friday morning assault at a business in Perris is being investigated as a homicide. Sheriff’s deputies found George Torres, 25, of Moreno Valley unconscious and could not be revived. The business was not identified and any suspect information was not released. (INT)

One person was killed Wednesday when a vehicle flew off the I-215 in Colton. The California Highway Patrol reported the vehicle hit the center divider south of Washington Street and wound-up in the Walmart garden center. (INT)

The California Public Utilities Commission issued two citations Monday totaling $7.5 million to Pacific Gas and Electric Company for safety failures. A $5 million citation was issued for PG&E’s failure to thoroughly inspect the Ignacio-Alto-Sausalito transmission lines over a 9-year period. (INT)

Seismic work at Castaic Dam’s tower access bridge has reached another milestone. Work has been completed on three bridge piers. The work at the Los Angeles County facility is part of ongoing efforts by the California Department of Water Resources to make the bridge stronger and reduce the earthquake risk at all State Water Project facilities. (INT)

Synchrony Bank has been called out for making frequent and/or harassing phone calls to California consumers. Riverside County DA Mike Hestrin says Synchrony has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve a civil enforcement action. Synchrony will stop its unreasonable and harassing debt collection calls to California consumers, Hestrin said in a statement Monday. (INT)

A suspected robber was collared Friday as he was running from the US Bank on Orange Street in Redlands. Police intercepted Osbaldo Campos, 42, of Moreno Valley before making his get-away. Inside his vehicle were several firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Investigators say Campos may have carried out other bank heists. (INT

Law enforcement contends that pedestrian safety is a 2-way street. During a safety enforcement operation Monday along the Baseline Street corridor and two other locations, San Bernardino police handed out 68 citations mostly to drivers but to 12 pedestrians. (INT

Small portions of San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties are under quarantine after two Mediterranean fruit flies were found in and around Upland. The quarantine area measures approximately 95 square miles. (INT)

An Ontario man was sentenced Thursday to 36 months in federal prison for operating an unlicensed business that exchanged at least $13 million in Bitcoin and cash, often for drug traffickers. Hugo Sergio Mejia, 50, operated a virtual currency business that exchanged Bitcoin for cash, and vice versa, charging commissions for these transactions. Mejia never registered his business with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. (INT)

Customers of the Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) are being praised for cutting their per-capita water use by approximately 41 percent over the past two decades. In September, EMWD customers had reduced per-capita water usage by 24 percent compared to September 2013 figures. Usage had declined by 8 percent when compared to September 2020 consumption. The EMWD serves a wide section of Riverside County from Moreno Valley to Temecula. (INT)

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