Happy Friday from sunny Palm Springs, as it’s just getting chilly. I’m Winston Jezeki, editor of The Desert Sun’s philanthropy and special divisions, and here’s what’s going on in California.
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The Gulf region receives a red flag warning starting Sunday
Red Flag warnings have been issued for the entire Gulf region Starting on Sunday, when the season’s strongest offshore winds can spark new forest fires and cause widespread damage, San Francisco Chronicle Reports.
As a result, Pacific Gas and Electricity is planning more forced blackouts to reduce the risk of fires from wind-damaged power lines. “It wouldn’t take much to start a fire,” said David King, a meteorologist at NWS.
The red flag warning, indicating the risk of a severe fire, will be in effect at the hill lines and peaks in the North Bay and East Bay from Sunday 11 am to Tuesday 11 am, winds of up to 100 mph may blow in certain areas. , According to meteorologists. Another warning has been issued with a red flag for the rest of the Bay Area and will be in effect from Sunday 8 PM until Monday 11 AM
Larger and more densely populated areas such as San Francisco, Oakland, and Santa Rosa can see winds of up to 40 mph.
PG&E was expected to provide more specific information on the Friday night blackout.
Roof at Globe Life Field for World Series 3 will be closed
In other weather news, If you are planning to attend the third game of the Dodgers World Series cheer but are concerned about the weather forecast, you are in luck. Los Angeles Times reports That the roof will be closed at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, during a Friday night match to protect athletes. Forecasts estimate the temperature to drop to 52 ° C with winds at 13 mph.
“[Major League Baseball]She, who consulted with medical advisors to reach this decision, believes that the closed ceiling will provide the best competitive environment for the players and the most comfortable for the fans without endangering their safety in any way, according to the league statement.
Riverside County changes police shooting investigation rules
Local police agencies in Riverside County Announce it Incidents of police use of force will no longer be investigated by officers of the same agency Instead, it will use an outside staff to determine whether the officer’s actions are appropriate.
“When the government uses force against a civilian, we have to examine that, and we have to communicate our findings to the public,” said Riverside County Attorney Mike Hestrin. “These investigations should be carried out by an outside agency.”
Riverside County Attorney’s spokesperson John Hall said investigators have been called from his office to the scene of 12 incidents of police use of force so far in 2020, six of which were fatal. While Histren says the new policy will increase transparency, some departments have questions about the cost of change and what they can bear in today’s pandemic economy.
Disney California Adventure reopens select stores
Another day another Disneyland update. USA Today reported Friday that Select Disney California Adventure Park restaurants and stores will reopen to the public in November.
This is done to offer additional options to visitors to the Downtown Disney area, an outdoor shopping and dining area adjacent to Disneyland and California Adventure. Downtown Disney District customers will be able to enter California Adventure to access the additional businesses without going through the park’s main gates.
Among the shops that reopened are Elias & Co. , Julius Katz & Sons, and Kingswell Camera Shop. Restaurants include Trolley Treats, Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, Carthay Circle Lounge, and Smokejumpers Grill. They are all located on Buena Vista Street within the park. The rest of California Adventure and Disneyland Park will remain closed for the time being.
Prosecutors are demanding that Scott Peterson be executed again
Prosecutors in Northern California Friday he said they will It seeks again the death penalty for Scott Peterson, Who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and unborn son nearly 19 years ago.
In August, the California Supreme Court overturned Peterson’s death sentence in 2005, saying the prospective jurors had been improperly dismissed after stating that they personally disagreed with the death penalty, but were willing to follow and enforce the law.
While the state Supreme Court upheld Peterson’s conviction, the same court in October ordered a new hearing to determine whether that conviction should be overturned after concerns that a tainted jury had served on the jury.
Regardless of what happens, California Governor Gavin Newsom has imposed a moratorium on executions as long as he is governor.
Griffith Park’s idea of a “gondola” met opposition
From Los Angeles: A proposal to set up an aerial transit system or gondola to reduce traffic congestion and reach hard-to-reach places in Griffith Park It sparked opposition from environmentalists and residents.
Los Angeles Times reports While the transportation system aims to keep people away from busy streets and into the air, more than 20 community groups, including those of Griffith Park’s Friends, argue that the construction of the tramway will negatively affect open spaces and wildlife habitats, and in the long term will shut down the construction process. The area is in front of hikers, horse riders, and other park-goers.
Environmentalists have indicated that species such as the Blainville horned lizard and the whiptail lizard live on high ledges on the park’s west side, where the proposed trams with their towers and viewing platform will be located. In three of the four proposed roads, they say, construction would disrupt this habitat, threatening the species’ chance of surviving in the park.
However, Daryl Ford, the Los Angeles-based superintendent of planning and construction, says a study is needed to determine the environmental impact. A budget of $ 750,000 has been committed to the aforementioned study, which is scheduled for completion in January.
For more information on the suggestion, visit //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/project griffithparkaerialtransit.com.
And finally …
Weird Al is 61 years old
On this day in 1959, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and satirist “The weird” Jankovi? He was born in Downey, California. Trainer musician, in 2014, Jankovi? – one of my favorites since the release of his album “In 3-D” in 1984 – became the third music artist ever (after Michael Jackson and Madonna) to have had the top 40 hits in each of the previous four decades. Happy birthday, Al!
That’s all I have, folks. I wish you a nice weekend. Stay safe and informed.
California has a news report from all the USA Today newsrooms. Also contributing: Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle.