Sports Betting’s Next Big Election Battles Are in California

Tribal casinos, online sports books, card rooms and others may spend $200 million this year on competing visions for the biggest untapped sports betting market left in the United States.

#california, #casinos, #draftkings-inc, #gambling, #hollywood-park-racetrack-calif, #mayors, #native-americans, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #states-us

When Will the Omicron Surge Peak in California?

If the state follows the trajectory of other places hit hard by the variant, cases should begin leveling off soon.

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A California City Is Overrun by Crows. Could a Laser Be the Answer?

In a move befitting its Silicon Valley setting, the city of Sunnyvale, Calif., will aim a laser at 1,000 birds that have overwhelmed the downtown area during the pandemic.

#birds, #california, #crows-birds, #laser-light-amplification-by-stimulated-emission-of-radiation, #silicon-valley-calif, #sunnyvale-calif

Schwarzenegger: Solar Costs Could Rise if California Regulators Get Their Way

Removing incentives to encourage homeowners to install solar panels is a bad idea.

#california, #california-public-utilities-commission, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #politics-and-government, #roofs, #solar-energy, #state-legislatures

The Sunday Read: ‘This Isn’t the California I Married’

The honeymoon’s over for the state’s residents now that wildfires are almost constant. Has living in this natural wonderland lost its magic?

#audio-neutral-informative, #california, #forests-and-forestry, #wildfires

Sirhan Sirhan Is Denied Parole as Newsom Rejects Board’s Recommendation

Gov. Gavin Newsom was not swayed by a California panel that had advocated the release of Mr. Sirhan, who was convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #california, #kennedy-robert-francis, #newsom-gavin, #probation-and-parole, #sirhan-sirhan-b

For the Climate, Biden Must Be More Aggressive in Ending New Truck and Bus Emissions

To meet his climate goals, the president must clean up these carbon-spewing vehicles. 

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Another 6 New California Laws You Should Know

Measures to build more housing, reduce prison sentences and pay garment workers more.

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‘Nothing Will Be the Same’: A Prison Town Weighs a Future Without a Prison

After a decade of efforts that sharply reduced inmate populations, California is closing prisons. One town high in the Sierra Nevada whose economy is built on incarceration is waging a legal battle to keep a prison open.

#california, #newsom-gavin, #prisons-and-prisoners

Ex-Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Guilty in Killing of Unarmed Man Who Fled Police

Aaron Russell, 25, faces up to 11 years in prison for manslaughter for fatally shooting Nicholas Bils after he escaped from a park ranger’s vehicle in San Diego.

#california, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #san-diego-calif

Emerging Data Raise Questions About Antigen Tests and Nasal Swabs

A new study adds to evidence that common rapid tests may fail to detect some Omicron cases in the first days of infection.

#abbott-laboratories, #california, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #food-and-drug-administration, #new-york-city, #quidel-corporation, #tests-medical, #throat, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Joan Didion, Conservative

Why I am drawn to Didion’s earlier work and its ambiguities.

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PG&E Equipment Is Blamed for Starting Dixie Fire in Northern California

Fire investigators referred their findings to prosecutors.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #pge-corporation

Victim of Berkeley Balcony Collapse Dies in Ireland

Aoife Beary, who was left with life-changing injuries after the 2015 accident, died on New Year’s Day, her family said.

#accidents-and-safety, #balconies-and-terraces, #berkeley-calif, #california, #deaths-fatalities, #dublin-ireland, #falls, #ireland, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Willie Brown on Crime and Street Conditions in San Francisco

The former mayor calls the emergency declaration in the Tenderloin “very bold.”

#california

Have Wildfires Ruined California’s Magic?

The honeymoon’s over for its residents now that wildfires are almost constant. Has living in this natural wonderland lost its magic?

#burns, #california, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #sustainable-living, #wildfires

Snow Closed the Highways. GPS Mapped a Harrowing Detour in the Sierra Nevada.

Public safety officials warned that alternate routes offered by apps like Google Maps and Waze don’t always take into account hazards to drivers.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #automobiles, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #geography, #global-positioning-system, #google-inc, #google-maps, #maps, #mobile-applications, #navigation, #nevada, #plumas-county-calif, #reno-nev, #roads-and-traffic, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #transportation-department-calif, #truckee-calif, #washoe-county-nev, #waze-mobile

The Pricey California Market? In 2021, It Got Pricier.

Home prices in the state far outpaced the national average, with outlying suburbs and smaller metro areas seeing the most significant increases.

#california, #east-bay-san-francisco-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #montecito-calif, #oakland-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #riverside-calif, #sacramento-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif

Officer Whose Bullet Killed a 14-Year-Old Girl Wanted to ‘Change’ the Police

As an L.A.P.D. officer, William Jones Jr. said he wanted the public “not to be scared of us.” He is now under investigation for a shooting that killed Valentina Orellana Peralta and an unarmed assault suspect.

#california, #lopez-daniel-elena, #los-angeles-calif, #orellana-peralta-valentina, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-los-angeles-calif, #university-of-louisville

A Divided World United to Launch the James Webb Space Telescope

“I’ve always seen space as an area where we cooperate, through all the trying times,” said a professor who oversaw mission control for the global effort to launch a $10 billion telescope into space.

#baltimore-md, #belgium, #california, #canadian-space-agency, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-space-agency, #european-union, #french-guiana, #germany, #great-britain, #james-webb-space-telescope, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #politics-and-government, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

How Oklahoma Became a Marijuana Boom State

Weed entrepreneurs have poured into Oklahoma from across the United States, propelled by low start-up costs and relaxed rules.

#california, #colorado, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #oklahoma, #united-states

California Cabernet Beyond the Stereotypes

Any wine can be legitimately criticized, but lazy generalizations obscure significant differences among places and styles.

#cabernet-sauvignon-wine, #california, #wines

Winter Storm Shuts Down 81 Miles of an Interstate in the Sierra Nevada

A sprawling storm system pummeled the West, making travel in some cases “outright impossible,” a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

#california, #cold-and-cold-spells, #nevada, #roads-and-traffic, #seattle-wash, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #western-states-us

From a Burger King to a Concert Hall, With Help From Frank Gehry

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s ambitious new home for its youth orchestra is the latest sign of the changing fortunes of Inglewood.

#acoustics, #architecture, #beckmen-judith-and-thomas-l-yola-center, #california, #classical-music, #disney-walt-concert-hall, #dudamel-gustavo, #el-sistema, #gehry-frank, #inglewood-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-philharmonic, #restoration-and-renovation, #smith-chad-music-executive, #stadiums-and-arenas

Joan Didion, ‘New Journalist’ Who Explored Culture and Chaos, Dies at 87

She established a distinctive voice in American fiction before turning to political reporting and screenplay writing. But it was California, her native state, that provided her with her richest material.

#books-and-literature, #california, #deaths-obituaries, #didion-joan, #dunne-john-gregory, #writing-and-writers

California Woman Pleads Guilty to Punching Flight Attendant in the Face

Vyvianna M. Quinonez, 28, bloodied a flight attendant in May on a Southwest Airlines flight to San Diego, prosecutors said.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #assn-of-professional-flight-attendants, #california, #federal-aviation-administration, #fines-penalties, #flight-attendants, #quinonez-vyvianna, #sacramento-calif, #san-diego-calif, #southwest-airlines-company, #united-states

Biden Administration Approves Two California Solar Projects

The solar farms, planned for the California desert, would generate enough electricity to power about 132,000 homes, the Interior Department said.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #democratic-party, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #manchin-joe-iii, #riverside-county-calif, #solar-energy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Eve Babitz, a Hedonist With a Notebook, Is Dead at 78

A child of Hollywood, she wrote of the sensuous pleasures of Los Angeles, and sampled them enthusiastically.

#anolik-lili, #babitz-eve-1943, #california, #chateau-marmont-los-angeles-calif-hotel, #deaths-obituaries, #duchamp-marcel, #stravinsky-igor, #writing-and-writers

It’s Been a Home for Decades, but Legal Only a Few Months

California catches up with the reality that when it’s too hard to play by the rules, people convert the garage into an apartment anyway.

#affordable-housing, #boyle-heights-los-angeles-calif, #california, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

Dave Ramsey Fired Employee for Taking Covid Precautions, Suit Says

In his complaint, a former employee says the Tennessee radio broadcaster, an evangelical Christian who has built a personal finance empire, violated his religious rights.

#amos-brad-video-editor, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evangelical-movement, #freedom-of-religion, #ramsey-dave, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tennessee, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Heavy Rain and Snow Are Expected Over Much of California

The state was blanketed by a variety of weather warnings, with more than five feet of snow predicted for parts of the Sierra Nevada.

#california, #drought, #floods, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #national-weather-service, #rain, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather

Newsom Calls for Gun Legislation Modeled on the Texas Abortion Law

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California accused Texas of insulating its abortion law from the courts, and then called on lawmakers to use a similar strategy to go after the gun industry.

#abortion, #california, #newsom-gavin, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #weapons

California Positions Itself as a ‘Refuge’ of Abortion Rights

A new legislative proposal includes the recommendation to fund the procedure for low-income women who come to California for abortion services.

#abortion, #budgets-and-budgeting, #california, #newsom-gavin, #state-legislatures

Redistricting Makes California a Top House Battlefield for 2022

As legislators across the country draw House maps to protect incumbents, a nonpartisan commission of California citizens is drafting one that will scramble political fortunes for both parties.

#arballo-phil, #california, #central-valley-calif, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #fresno-calif, #midterm-elections-2022, #nunes-devin-g, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #schwarzenegger-arnold, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

Devin Nunes to Quit House, Take Over Trump’s Media Company

The California Republican, who had pugnaciously defended Donald J. Trump, chose the media company role over a potentially powerful new post in Congress.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #california, #conservatism-us-politics, #house-of-representatives, #nunes-devin-g, #republican-party, #trump-mediatechnology-group, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Do these shelters help those living on the streets or just offer political cover?

#california, #chico-calif, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only-nl, #los-angeles-calif, #nonprofit-organizations, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #tiny-home

San Francisco Followed Covid Rules. Will Omicron Change the Playbook?

San Francisco has endured mask mandates, vaccination requirements and lockdowns. Now with the first U.S. case of the Omicron variant, no one’s sure what comes next.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #newsom-gavin, #san-francisco-calif, #wachter-robert-m

W.H.O. Scolds Rich Nations for Travel Bans and Booster Shots

As wealthy countries react to the new Omicron virus variant with travel bans and booster shots, the World Health Organization scolded them, calling the steps ineffective and unfair.

#africa, #california, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #europe, #great-britain, #guterres-antonio, #income-inequality, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #travel-warnings, #world-health-organization

The Best California TV Shows

Watch a version of your life reflected back on the small screen.

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California’s Ban on High-Capacity Magazines Is Restored by Appeals Court

The overturning of a district judge’s decision may also lead to the reinstatement of a state ban on semiautomatic weapons.

#appeals-courts-us, #california, #decisions-and-verdicts, #gun-control, #second-amendment-us-constitution

The Confounding Lightness of Helen Pashgian

Long underrecognized for her innovations, a trailblazer of the Light and Space Movement is suddenly juggling three tribute shows to her six-decade career.

#art, #california, #content-type-personal-profile, #irwin-robert, #lehmann-maupin-gallery, #lighting, #pashgian-helen, #santa-fe-nm, #site-santa-fe, #turrell-james, #women-and-girls

Alice Waters Helps a Museum Cater to the Tastes of Art Lovers

A new restaurant at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles is the latest effort to try to reach visitors’ hearts through their stomachs.

#academy-museum-of-motion-pictures, #asian-art-museum, #berkeley-calif, #boba-guys-inc, #california, #chefs, #chez-panisse-berkeley-calif-restaurant, #culture-arts, #hammer-museum, #los-angeles-calif, #lulu-los-angeles-calif-restaurant, #meyer-danny, #modern-the-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #museums, #philbin-ann, #restaurants, #tinterow-gary, #waters-alice

Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton and Others Hit in California Burglaries

“Their plan was to overwhelm us,” Chief Bill Scott of the San Francisco police said after about a dozen stores were stolen from in one night.

#beverly-hills-calif, #bloomingdales, #burberry, #california, #fendi-spa, #hayward-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #louis-vuitton, #lululemon-athletica-inc, #nordstrom-inc, #oak-brook-ill, #police-department-san-francisco-calif, #robberies-and-thefts, #shoplifting-and-employee-theft-retail, #shopping-and-retail, #walnut-creek-calif

Everyone’s Moving to Texas. Here’s Why.

We studied 16,847 places to find out why Dallas is so popular.

#california, #dallas-tex, #global-warming, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #texas, #urban-areas, #wildfires

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick says he would consider stepping down

A casually dressed man sits on a sofa.

Enlarge / Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. (credit: Flickr / Bobby Kotick)

Embattled Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick told colleagues that he would consider stepping down and departing the organization if the company’s deep-running sexual harassment and other cultural problems are not resolved.
This is according to a Wall Street Journal report citing “people familiar with his comments.” The report didn’t go into much detail, beyond noting that Kotick said he was open to stepping down if things don’t improve quickly.

Earlier this year, the state of California announced a lawsuit over numerous complaints of sexual harassment and similar problems at the video game publisher and developer. Revelations and controversies have followed as numerous instances of employees facing a hostile work environment over the company’s history have come to light.

While some of the offenders were let go from the company either before or after the investigation began, many of Activision Blizzard’s concerned employees have organized to call for more action than the company’s leadership has taken.

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#activision, #activision-blizzard, #blizzard, #bobby-kotick, #california, #ceo, #sexual-harassment, #tech

Wildfires in California Killed Thousands of Giant Sequoias

The past 15 months have been devastating for the majestic trees, as fires destroyed an estimated 13 to 19 percent of their population, officials said.

#california, #national-park-service, #sequoia-national-forest-calif, #sequoias, #trees-and-shrubs, #wildfires

High Gas Prices Force Sacrifices, Like Travel and Dining Out

They hit their highest level since 2014 last month, forcing Americans to rejigger household budgets and forgo leisure activities.

#american-automobile-assn, #automobiles, #california, #new-jersey, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

Former Professor Is Indicted in ‘Arson Spree’ in California

Prosecutors say Gary Stephen Maynard set four fires this summer as one of the largest wildfires in California history raged nearby.

#arson, #california, #fires-and-firefighters, #gary-stephen-maynard, #wildfires

SALT Deduction That Benefits the Rich Divides Democrats

House Democrats are poised to lift a cap on the state and local tax deduction, a gift to wealthy homeowners in some blue states.

#california, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #federal-budget-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #house-of-representatives, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #republican-party, #senate, #states-us, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Cities Are Not Only Tackling Covid, But Its Pollution, Too

All around the world the remnants of a global pandemic are testing the resolve of governments and private firms to rid the planet of its waste.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #california, #cape-town-south-africa, #chile, #citiesfortomorrow, #coquimbo-chile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #gloves, #hong-kong, #houston-tex, #johannesburg-south-africa, #la-jolla-calif, #london-england, #naturalis-biodiversity-center-leiden-netherlands, #netherlands, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #river-thames-england, #rivers, #sewers-and-sewage, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution