Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Happy weekend! I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and particular sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, wishing everybody a secure and enjoyable vacation. But first, listed below are a few of right this moment’s headlines from this nice state of ours.
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Seeing as the way it’s Good Friday, let’s begin this off with slightly excellent news. Drum roll …
- California to allow indoor gatherings as virus cases plummet
- This Easter weekend, proceed working towards COVID-19 security measures, officers urge
- Chihuahua survives after being left in sizzling automotive with frozen burritos, ice cream
- California sees one other drought 4 years after final one
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California to allow indoor gatherings as virus cases plummet
Beginning April 15, the Golden State will allow indoor concert events, theater performances and different non-public gatherings as the speed of individuals testing constructive for the coronavirus within the state has dropped considerably.
“Everything is moving in the correct direction,” stated Dr. Tomás Aragón, the state’s public well being officer and director of the California Department of Public Health.
The new guidelines apply to indoor seated venues, together with theaters, sports activities stadiums and different occasion venues as effectively as conferences, receptions and conferences, stated Dee Dee Myers, senior advisor to the governor and director of the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
Entry shall be granted on the situation that attendees can present a vaccination card or a damaging check consequence within the earlier 72 hours, Aragón stated.
Vaccinated “sections” shall be allowed with out social distancing however masks will nonetheless be required, officers stated. The state will work with completely different venues to assist decide how this may be applied safely, Myers added.
The method was constructed based mostly on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tips lately launched for indoor gatherings, Aragón stated.
This simply in from the San Francisco Chronicle: “California is making ready to retire its color-coded tiered reopening plan as vaccination charges enhance and coronavirus cases proceed to drop, state officers stated Friday, as a number of Bay Area counties ready to transfer right into a much less restrictive tier subsequent week.”
This Easter weekend, proceed working towards COVID-19 security measures, officers urge
Not to rain in your Easter parade, however officials in Tulare County and across the state are advising you to remain diligent in maintaining COVID-19 safety practices while enjoying the holiday.
“Special events and holidays are significant,” Tulare County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught stated. “We understand the importance of maintaining some type of connection as we work our way back to normalcy. However, we strongly encourage residents to continue COVID-19 safety measures, even if you are vaccinated because COVID-19 remains a health risk.”
Despite the extra sturdy availability of vaccinations and the county’s emergence from probably the most widespread tier of COVID-19 unfold, it stays essential that each one residents proceed to preserve security precautions to stop the unfold of the illness, together with masking and social distancing till vaccinations are extensively distributed. Residents should all the time put on a face masks or protecting whereas in environments the place bodily distancing is just not doable and whereas in public settings.
In addition, everybody is inspired to incessantly wash their palms with cleaning soap and water for at the least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, commonly disinfect high-touch surfaces, and keep dwelling in case you are sick or instructed to isolate/quarantine by a medical or public well being skilled.
Planning to journey over the vacation weekend? On Friday, the CDC up to date its COVID-19 journey steering. Learn more here.
Chihuahua survives after being left in sizzling automotive with frozen burritos, ice cream
A Chihuahua is recovering after being left inside a sizzling automotive in Palm Desert Thursday.
According to KTLA5, the 3-year-old canine (not pictured above) was found in a black Escalade within the car parking zone of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The temperature contained in the SUV was measured at 104 levels.
Inside the canine’s crate, veterinarian employees found two frozen burritos and 5 wrapped drumstick-shaped ice cream cones.
Animal Services Director Julie Bank stated she will “appreciate the ingenuity of using frozen items” within the automotive as an try to preserve the canine cool, however nonetheless advises towards such practices and leaving pets in sizzling automobiles.
Officials stated the Chihuahua was panting, however wasn’t overheated. He was taken to a neighborhood animal shelter. The canine’s guardian shall be cited for leaving an animal unattended in a automobile.
California sees one other drought 4 years after final one
All hopes for a moist “March miracle” within the Golden State didn’t materialize, and a dousing of April showers could as effectively be a mirage at this level.
The state appears to be in the midst of another drought just a few years after a punishing five-year dry spell dried up rural wells, killed endangered salmon, idled farm fields and helped gasoline probably the most lethal and damaging wildfires in trendy state historical past.
Much of California’s water comes from mountain snow within the Sierra Nevada that melts in the course of the spring and summer season and feeds rivers and streams that in flip fill reservoirs. The Sierra snowpack historically holds its peak water content material on April 1 and the state will take a survey Thursday to decide the extent. Last month, a survey confirmed simply 60% of the common.
Four years in the past, when then-Gov. Jerry Brown formally declared an finish to a statewide drought emergency, he stated conservation ought to proceed, warning “the next drought could be around the corner.”
Bite-sized information bits, completely seasoned
- Can somebody make certain Taylor Swift and Kanye West get this memo? The California Supreme Court has dominated that it’s unlawful to report a mobile phone dialog with out the consent of each particular person on the decision. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that within the case of Smith vs. LoanMe, the state’s highest court docket unanimously disagreed with a December 2019 ruling that interpreted the no-recording-calls-without-permission legislation as making use of solely to third-parties (i.e., eavesdroppers). The court docket dominated Thursday that clandestine recordings of cellphone calls are unlawful with out permission. Period.
- Beware of scams throughout tax season. Have you carried out your taxes? Or are you, like me, ready till the final doable minute within the hopes that an enchanted tax gnome will seem and do it for you? Regardless, our friends at The Daily Independent have some advice on how to avoid getting scammed during tax season. One tip: The IRS by no means initiates contact with taxpayers by e mail, textual content messages or social media to request private or monetary information.
- Art for artwork’s sake: In what police are saying was not a “political” transfer, three 20-something males had been arrested Friday for hanging the picture of a cow over one of many letters of the Hollywood signal. The Los Angeles Times reports that the perps were caught on surveillance cameras and will be booked for misdemeanor trespassing. Officers on the scene inquired in regards to the significance of the cow picture, and the three alleged trespassers stated there was none.
In California is a roundup of stories from throughout USA Today community newsrooms. Also contributing: Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle. We’ll be again in your inbox Monday with the newest headlines.
As the philanthropy and particular sections editor at The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraising and individuals who give again within the Coachella Valley. Reach him at [email protected].