Plus: Coachella, Stagecoach to return in 2022; a tragic killing at an L.A. County fire station, and may the state flip deserted malls into housing?
But first. San Franciso Mayor London Breed is proposing more than $1 billion in new funding to reduce homelessness in the next two years. The San Francisco Chronicle known as it “a staggering amount” to deal with “the city’s most vexing problem.” Overall, the town’s price range is about $13 billion a 12 months; at present, the town is spending about $300 million yearly on the issue. The new spending, the paper says, “reflects the intense pressure Breed and other city leaders are under to address the thousands living on the streets, in shelters and in unstable housing.”
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- Coachella, Stagecoach to return in April 2022; headliners nonetheless a thriller
- Shocking research finds 10% of world’s giant sequoias killed by Castle Fire
- California eyes shuttered malls, shops for brand spanking new housing
- Firefighter kills colleague at SoCal fire station
- 70% of grownup Californians are partially vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19
Coachella, Stagecoach to return in April 2022; headliners nonetheless a thriller
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will return in April 2022, ending a two-year hiatus for the famend music occasion amid the COVID-19 pandemic — however dashing hopes held by some followers that they is perhaps heading to the California desert within the fall.
Coachella will happen April 15-17 and 22-24, 2022, whereas nation music counterpart Stagecoach will occur April 29 to May 1, 2022, organizers introduced Tuesday.
Los Angeles-based producer Goldenvoice didn’t announce a lineup for both pageant, each of which can happen on the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
Goldenvoice will open an advance sale for Coachella passes at 10 a.m. Friday. Stagecoach advance passes can be introduced at a later date. Previously bought 2020 passes will mechanically apply, and passholders will obtain new wristbands.
Both weekends of Coachella can be live-streamed on YouTube.
Shocking research finds 10% of world’s giant sequoias killed by Castle Fire
What was as soon as a lush forest is now a “moonscape.”
At least a tenth of the world’s mature giant sequoias were destroyed by a single wildfire that tore through the southern Sierra Nevada late last year, according to a draft report prepared by scientists with the National Park Service and shared with the Visalia Times-Delta.
The catastrophic discovery that forest managers known as “mind-blowing” comes 5 months after firefighters contained the Castle Fire — which scorched 175,000 acres throughout the Sequoia National Park and forest.
Between 7,500 and 10,000 monarchs perished within the wildfire, which equates to 10% to 14% of the world’s mature giant sequoia inhabitants, the research discovered. Researchers used satellite tv for pc imagery and modeling from earlier fires that burned via old-growth sequoia groves to reach on the determine.
“I cannot overemphasize how mind-blowing this is for all of us. These trees have lived for thousands of years. They’ve survived dozens of wildfires already,” mentioned Christy Brigham, chief of Resources Management and Science at Sequoia and Kings Canyon nationwide parks.
California eyes shuttered malls, shops for brand spanking new housing
California state lawmakers are grappling with a very Twenty first-century downside: What to do with the rising quantity of purchasing malls and large field retail shops left empty by shoppers shifting their purchases to the net.
But native zoning legal guidelines usually do not permit housing at these areas. Changing the zoning is such a trouble that many builders do not trouble attempting. And it is usually not value it for native governments to alter the designations. They would like to seek out new retailers as a result of gross sales taxes produce extra income than residential property taxes.
However, with a cussed housing scarcity pushing costs to all-time highs, state lawmakers are transferring to move new legal guidelines to get round these obstacles.
A invoice that cleared the state Senate final week would let builders construct homes on most business websites with out altering the zoning. Another proposal would pay native governments to alter the zoning to let builders construct reasonably priced housing.
“There has always been an incentive to chase retail and a disincentive to build housing,” mentioned Sen. Anthony Portantino, a Los Angeles-area Democrat who authored the invoice to pay native governments. “There is more dormant and vacant retail than ever.”
Firefighter kills colleague at SoCal fire station
An off-duty Los Angeles County firefighter fatally shot a fellow firefighter and wounded another at their small community fire station Tuesday earlier than going to his close by residence, setting it on fire and apparently killing himself, authorities mentioned.
A 44-year-old fire specialist died and a 54-year-old firefighter was shot when the gunman opened fire shortly earlier than 11 a.m. at Fire Station 81, which is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Los Angeles, Fire Chief Daryl Osby advised reporters. The wounded man was in important however secure situation at a hospital.
The shooter was a firefighter specialist and engineer, authorities mentioned. The fire chief mentioned he couldn’t converse to the motive for the assault and doesn’t learn about any disciplinary actions.
“He was not scheduled to work today. He came back and confronted the on-duty personnel,” a visibly shaken Osby mentioned. “I cannot speak to the mindset of the shooter. I can say that it’s very tragic and sad that that would be a decision point of one of the members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.”
The gunman, who was not recognized, then went to his home lower than 10 miles (16 kilometers) away, which authorities discovered engulfed in flames. He was later discovered useless in an empty pool.
The shooter appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the pinnacle, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned.
All the firefighters labored on the small station in Agua Dulce, a rural group of about 3,000 folks within the desert of northern Los Angeles County recognized for its rock formations and panoramic views.
70% of grownup Californians are partially vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19
Clearing that hurdle is a crucial improvement because the state prepares to completely reopen later this month.
The progress, nevertheless, comes alongside a big drop within the quantity of folks searching for their first vaccine shot.
At the height, suppliers statewide have been administering about 400,000 vaccine doses per day. Over the final week, a median of about 141,000 pictures have been doled out each day, in accordance with knowledge compiled by The Times.
In California is a roundup of information from throughout USA Today community newsrooms. Also contributing: Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle. Julie Makinen is California editor for the USA Today Network. Follow her on Twitter at @Julie_Makinen.