September 19, 2020
TOP STORIES
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal leader of the Supreme Court and a trailblazing champion of women’s rights, died on Friday. She was 87 years old.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. will begin blocking the distribution of the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat on Sunday, the Department of Commerce said Friday.
There are currently 26 major wildfires in California and three "extended attack wildfires" across the state, according to the latest report Thursday from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday revised controversial guidance that previously stated people without COVID-19 symptoms don’t necessarily need to be tested.
NEW JERSEY - More than two months after Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. announced plans to close 200 of its namesake stores over the next two years, the company has revealed the locations of the first 63 stores that will shutter.
ANGELUS OAKS – (INT) – As weary firefighters mourn the loss of one of their own, some evacuees previously in the path of the El Dorado Fire are being allowed to return.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – With more ‘help wanted’ signs going up, workers are responding.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – A rash of shooting deaths that began earlier this month across the Inland Empire continues.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – More San Bernardino County schools have been cleared for reopening and in-person instruction.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – If you haven’t been counted yet, September 30th is the deadline.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Nineteen school districts throughout Riverside County are set to receive $10 million of federal CARES Act funds.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Voting centers will replace neighborhood precinct polls across the Inland Empire for the November presidential election.
LAKE ELSINORE – (INT) - The City of Lake Elsinore will rehab and operate a former hotel to provide transitional housing units for the homeless.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The city is stepping up the initiative to clear more homeless from the streets of the Inland Empire’s largest city.
ONTARIO - (INT) – Ontario International Airport (ONT) is poised for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The third round of business assistance grants continues through October 30th.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Homebuyers are taking advantage of plunging mortgage interest rates.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County health officials have issued a call for more COVID-19 testing.
MORENO VALLEY - (INT) – The approaching flu season may be getting a head start.
BANNING – (INT) – Fire recovery specialists have finalized a Soil Burn Severity map in the wake of the Apple Fire.
Sources for accurate local information about the coronavirus.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - An onshore flow should bring slight cooling to Southern California this weekend.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 769,831 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Gasoline prices seem to have stabilized or are slightly declining.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Protection of voter privacy data differs from state to state.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) – Would-be California voters are weighing in on two Propositions on the November ballot.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State health officials are raising the spectre of a possible ‘twindemic’ this winter.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Washington and Oregon will join California in piloting a project to test promising pandemic exposure notification technology.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A $330 million settlement has been reached with ITT Technical Institute.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Thousands of tiny, parasitic wasps have been released across Southern California.
COMPTON - Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are in critical condition after they were shot multiple times.
LOS ANGELES - The novel coronavirus may have been circulating in Southern California as early as last December.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Muscoy, near San Bernardino, is among three Southern California communities approved for local emissions reduction programs.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The closure of national forests in Southern California has been expanded to include all eighteen in the state.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - The Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center officially began phase 3 trials of a COVID-19 vaccine.
WASHINGTON – California has won approval for a FEMA grant that will implement a system to make funding available for those unemployed.
OAKLAND – (INT) - The University of California released results from a new survey of California youth Tuesday that provides insights into their political and civic engagement.
A light M4.6 earthquake centered near South El Monte was felt over a 6-county area of Southern California late Friday night. There was no reported damage. The temblor was strongest in the San Gabriel Valley and northern Orange County. The epicenter was not far from the M5.9 Whittier Narrows Earthquake in 1987 that killed eight people and injured 200 others. (INT)

The Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder will begin taking appointments at its downtown Riverside and Palm Desert locations on Monday, September 21st.
Most regular services are being offered with the exception of marriage ceremonies, which will continue to be done virtually. (INT)

Sheriff’s investigators say a motorist killed in a Moreno Valley police chase Wednesday was intoxicated. A motorcycle officer gave chase along surface streets after trying to stop the driver of a black Jeep. The pursuit abruptly ended at an intersection on Indian Avenue when the fleeing driver sped through a stop sign and collided with an SUV. Two people in the SUV suffered minor injuries. The Jeep overturned killing the driver. (INT)

A parolee is back behind bars on suspicion of killing another man in Hemet. Johnnie Joseph Paul Gatison, 36, of Perris was located in the Watts area of Los Angeles. The shooting of a 30-year-old man occurred within a group of people arguing on North Elk Street early Wednesday. (INT)


The Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) Board of Education has voted to require students to take a semester of ethnic studies to graduate starting in academic year 2024-25. Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) is urging Governor Newsom to sign Assembly Bill 331, which will make California that first state to require ethnic studies for graduation. (INT)

CHP officers have their sights set on motorists speeding through the Route 60 Truck Lanes construction zone in the Badlands between Moreno Valley and Beaumont. In the first 2-weeks of the stepped up enforcement, 177 speeding citations were issued. Since the westbound lanes were repaved, there have been 13 collisions. The project, which will add an eastbound truck climbing lane, a westbound truck descending lane, wider shoulders and medians, and wildlife crossings, is expected to open in 2022. (INT)

Another major automaker has settled a case for using illegal defeat devices to bypass vehicle emissions control equipment in diesel vehicles. The California Air Resources Board announced the settlement with Daimler AG, and Mercedes-Benz, USA, just one day before the fifth anniversary of disclosure of similar violations by Volkswagen. California will receive $285.6 million from two Daimler Consent Decrees. The company will repair the affected vehicles at no cost to owners (INT)

Riverside County households receiving CalFresh food assistance can expect a supplemental benefit this Sunday, September 13th. It will be automatically deposited onto customers’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Another supplemental benefit will be issued October 18th. (INT)

There is no sign that El Nino will be a factor in California’s winter weather. In fact, the Climate Prediction Center says there is a 75 percent chance La Nina conditions will prevail. Below-average sea surface temperatures extend across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. An El Nino requires warmer water temperatures. (INT)

To make it easier for families to take advantage of the free Grab and Go Meals offered to every local child, regardless of income or age, the San Bernardino City Unified School District is adding nine additional distribution sites as of Tuesday, September 8th. (INT)

A sheriff’s traffic reconstruction team is investigating a Moreno Valley accident that killed a pedestrian. The victim was struck Thursday evening on Iris Avenue near Perris Boulevard. No other details were released. (INT)

A substitute teacher in the Victor Valley is under arrest on suspicion of possessing various images of child pornography. However, investigators have no evidence that Steven Abreo, 26, had inappropriate photographs of his students or had inappropriate contact with them. Abreo was arrested following a cyber tip that was reported by an Electronic Service Provider (ESP). (INT)

Michael Lorenz, a 22-year veteran of the Ontario Police Department who moved up the ranks from patrol officer to deputy chief, has been unanimously confirmed as the City’s new police chief, effective immediately. Chief Lorenz joined the department in 1998. (INT)

Hemet police say a 66-year-old woman was riding her 3-wheeled electric mobility scooter along the eastbound lane of Menlo Avenue late Tuesday night when she was struck by a car and killed. There were no lights on the scooter. The motorist was not held. The coroner identified the victim as Constance Markel Good. (INT)

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors is denouncing the attack on two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, who were wounded in an ambush shooting in Compton. The resolution condemns the behavior of bystanders who taunted the deputies and people who showed up outside the hospital as the deputies were fighting for their lives. The resolution calls the violence expresses support for law enforcement personnel, who serve to protect residents and the community. (INT)

Three suspects are being linked to a Labor Day shooting in Moreno Valley that wounded two juveniles and left another person dead. Two of the suspects are jailed and a third is being sought. Killed in the incident on Allies Place was Danie Gonzalez, age 22. (INT)

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) to operate at a reduced schedule. Schedule changes have been made to some existing bus routes, including the 12, 13, 19F, 27, 28, 31, 40, 49, 50, 79 and 208. The changes range from discontinuing a handful of trips with low ridership to adjusting departure times for better connections. (INT)

The City of Victorville announced details for its second drive thru face mask giveaway, which is planned for Saturday, Sept. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Victorville City Hall. Each vehicle will be given one pack of three-ply masks containing 36 adult masks and 12 child masks donated by local plastic extruder, Everrank Inc. This event is free for all Victorville residents. (INT)

Public comments are being sought for a proposal to restore the landscape within an approximately 13,000-acre area north of Big Bear Lake. The US Forest Service says a concentrated buildup of vegetation is no longer sustainable and must be burned. Comments will be accepted until October 5th. (INT)

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