Plus: L.A. to pay practically $1.6 million to settle LAPD lawsuits, Tiger Woods was driving greater than 82 mph and there is a nationwide ketchup scarcity.
Happy Wednesday! I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and particular sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, bringing you a number of the newest headlines from California.
But first, a little bit of trivia: “The Golden State” just isn’t California’s solely nickname. According to netstate.com, it was first known as “The El Dorado State” (“el dorado” means “the golden” in Spanish, which I suppose technically means they had been calling it “The The Golden State”). It has additionally been referred to as “The Land of Milk and Honey” and “The Grape State.” In 1968, the nickname “The Golden State” turned official.
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Will COVID vaccine passports become California’s newest pattern?
As baseball followers head to San Francisco for the Giants opening recreation Friday, they are going to be required to point out proof of vaccination or a 72-hours-old (or much less) unfavourable COVID check end result to be able to be admitted.
The Mercury News reports that San Francisco public health officials are behind the mandate — which is the one one among its variety. So far.
“I think it’s more of a one-off,” mentioned Dr. Monica Gandhi, a professor of medication at UC San Francisco. “I think San Francisco is being very cautious right now, but the requirement is probably going to go away. Requiring masking and seating people in small groups is enough. The testing adds little to that.”
In addition to requiring a so-called “vaccine passport,” the Giants will fill the stadium at solely 22% capability early on — which quantities to roughly 8,900 followers per recreation — and the foundations are topic to alter as extra persons are vaccinated.
Gandhi provides that no different California sports activities group is requiring proof of vaccination.
Despite the shortage of widespread use, the requirement has raised questions on privateness, equity to low-income residents and the position of presidency interference.
Both President Joe Biden and Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned lately they won’t require proof of vaccination for folks to attend gatherings.
L.A. to pay practically $1.6 million to settle LAPD lawsuits
The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-1 Wednesday to approve payout settlements of practically $1.6 million in response to 3 lawsuits involving alleged wrongdoing by the LAPD.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the police division and the Los Angeles metropolis legal professional’s workplace declined to discuss the settlements, which permit the town to settle the claims with out admitting legal responsibility.
This just isn’t an remoted state of affairs. The article experiences that over roughly the previous 5½ years, L.A. has paid out greater than $245 million to settle authorized claims involving the police division.
In addition, says the report, the LAPD and Los Angeles are going through “a mountain of lawsuits” associated to police handlings of protests final summer time.
Tiger Woods driving greater than 82 mph earlier than crash. Was he acutely aware?
It has been revealed that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving at an extreme velocity earlier than he crashed his vehicle in February, however the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department introduced Wednesday they’re not sure that he was conscious when he lost control of his vehicle that day.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned Woods was touring at an estimated velocity between 84 to 87 mph at the primary space of affect, and there was no proof of braking through the collision. Instead, there was proof of acceleration previous to affect, in accordance with information acquired from the black field recorder of Woods’ loaner Genesis SUV.
“It’s believed that when you panic or have some sort of sudden interruption when you’re driving, your initial thought is to hit the brake,” Capt. Jim Powers mentioned at a information convention in Los Angeles. “And it’s believed that he may have done that but hit the accelerator and didn’t hit the brake. … He doesn’t have any recollection of the incident.”
Woods won’t be cited for a site visitors violation, mentioned Villanueva, who acquired permission from Woods to launch the crash investigation particulars.
Ketchup: We have a state of affairs. Just not within the Bay Area
Remember at the start of the coronavirus pandemic when it was practically not possible to purchase objects like bathroom paper and hand sanitizer? It appears America is now going through a scarcity of one other beloved family merchandise: ketchup.
As eating places switched from in-person eating to takeout orders, these shared ketchup bottles on tables went away and had been changed with particular person packets. As a end result, there may be now a scarcity.
But don’t fret: Heinz confirmed to USA TODAY Tuesday that it is working to increase supplies, similar to including manufacturing traces that may improve manufacturing by about 25% for a complete of greater than 12 billion packets a yr.
However, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that eateries and shops within the Bay Area haven’t bit hit as onerous as different locations. “We don’t have that problem here, thank God,” an worker at Red’s Java House advised The Chronicle. The article additionally says that native Target and Safeway shops had loads of the beloved condiment accessible for buy.
Bite-sized information bits
There now appears to be some hope of issues returning to normalcy (or ought to that be “normality”? Here’s an interesting article on the history of those two words, one among which includes the goof of a U.S. president). So, you could be excited about taking a highway journey all through California. Tim Viall’s On the Road column on recordnet.com has loads of attractive information on “the allure of wildflowers, scenery, historic bridges and Gold Rush history.”
Speaking of California highway journeys, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park in Northern California may even see greater crowds than normal this yr after being labeled a must-see spot in Condé Nast’s Traveler. The Redding Record Searchlight reports that the article, revealed online Monday, proclaimed Burney Falls to be one of many eight waterfalls within the U.S. value touring to. But that is not all. In March, National Geographic featured the park in a roundup of Northern California’s “most spectacular waterfalls.”
Death and Neglect: California has roughly 1,200 licensed nursing houses, which home round 100,000 sufferers at any given time. LAist has published a report depicting the harrowing goings-on at one particular nursing house chain affiliated with at least 26 services all through the state. The takeaway is that the group — and the state-run system designed to manage it — are failing California’s most weak inhabitants. Read more here.
In California is a roundup of stories from throughout USA Today community newsrooms. Also contributing: Condé Nast’s Traveler, LAist, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, netstate.com, San Francisco Chronicle. We’ll be again in your inbox tomorrow 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].