July 30, 2021
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WASHINGTON - President Biden on Thursday announced that all federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face new testing, masking and distancing rules.
WASHINGTON — The House and Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would secure funding for the U.S. Capitol and the Capitol Police in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot, which was at risk of having to furlough officers without additional money.
The first group of 2,500 interpreters and their families evacuated from Afghanistan has landed just outside Washington DC. They will remain at the nearby Fort Lee Army Base as they complete a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process.
The Pacific Northwest is once again in the midst of a heat wave after already seeing its worst such event on record this summer. Temperatures are soaring into the low 100s in some areas.
ANCHORAGE - The largest Alaska earthquake since 1965 caused a tsunami warning and local evacuations along the southwest Gulf of Alaska coast late Wednesday.
JURUPA VALLEY – (INT) - A 4-alarm fire that brought first responders from as far away as Orange County.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - August weather will pick-up where July leaves off.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County health officials are echoing the updated face mask guidance.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) - Illegal fireworks are being heard nightly in some neighborhoods long after the Fourth of July.
MURRIETA – (INT) – Opening statements are scheduled for August 4th in the 2nd degree murder trial of a motorist accused of running down California Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Licon.
CORONA – (INT) – Statements from witnesses have led investigators to a suspect in the movie theater shootings of two young people.
SAN JACINTO – (INT) – CalFire confirmed Tuesday afternoon that two people perished in a residential fire in a mobile home.
CORONA - A 34-year-old Corona man who tweeted about refusing to get the vaccine has died from COVID.
FONTANA – (INT) - The City of Fontana is being taken to task for its approval of a mega-warehouse.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - San Bernardino County health officials are urging residents to take precautions.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - In San Bernardino County, confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are on the rise.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – San Bernardino has landed among the nation’s five worst cities to rent a residence.
REDLANDS – (INT) – A Celebration of the Life for former congressman Jerry Lewis is being planned.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Residents of the Inland Empire’s second-largest city have gained another distinction they could do without.
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LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal with the Washington Wizards to acquire Russell Westbrook.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 3,830,008 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – Californians are most likely to mention water supply and drought as their top environmental concerns.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – As doctors try and put the pandemic behind us, the reality of personal financial issues is surfacing particularly the cost of housing.
FRESNO – (INT) - Governor Newsom signed a law to expand full-scope Medi-Cal eligibility to low-income adults 50 years of age or older.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California is implementing a first-in-the-nation COVID vaccination standard.
HOLLYWOOD - In a twist fitting for an M. Night Shyamalan thriller, “Old” is the No. 1 movie at the domestic box office.
NEW YORK - Jackie Mason, the sometimes-controversial standup comedian who unapologetically embraced Jewish themes and political incorrectness, has died.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala has died of natural causes.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Incentives to get more Californians vaccinated against the coronavirus appear to be working.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Rising gasoline prices may be peaking.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – First-of-its-kind climate insurance could be coming to California.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Disinformation is becoming the biggest issue as divisions deepen in the fight against the coronavirus.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State health officials (CDPH) are clarifying the required use of masks in California’s public schools.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - A new analysis sheds brighter light on exactly what was in the thick smoke that blanketed much of Northern California for two weeks in November 2018.
ORBEND – (INT) - In America’s fruit and nut basket, water is now the most precious crop of all.
OAKLAND – (INT) - There is no evidence of an abnormal increase in residents planning to move out of the state.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - An estimated 500,000 working families in California are still eligible to apply for $220 million in tax credits.
A 3-vehicle crash on the I-215 at Menifee Thursday evening killed one person. Calfire reported two other persons were hurt in the collision just south of McCall Boulevard. (INT)

The new French Valley Library opens Saturday (July 31) at 10 a.m. in Murrieta. The aviation- themed, 25,000 square foot single story library that includes private study rooms, community meeting room, opportunity rooms, furniture with plug in technology, public computers, teen library space, children’s library space, and a children’s story time room. The new library has more than 52,000 materials in its collection. (INT)

The new Ontario Ranch master-planned community is getting a boost with the sale of a 19.6 acre parcel for development of a quarter-million square foot retail center. It will be anchored by anchored by a national grocery tenant, Burlington Coat Factory, Five Below, Hobby Lobby and Planet Fitness, according to the management company Wood Investments. The population in the Ontario Ranch master-planned community is expected to double within the next 20 years. (INT)

California has become the first state in the nation to expand full-scope Medi-Cal eligibility to low-income adults 50 years of age or older, regardless of immigration status. It’s considered a milestone in the state’s progress toward universal health coverage. The health care trailer bill, AB 133, makes changes toward a more equitable and prevention-focused approach to health care through expanded behavioral health initiatives supporting California youth and people with severe behavioral health challenges, including those experiencing homelessness. (INT)

Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside) has introduced legislation that would reduce the standard workweek from 40 hours to 32 hours. It would the maximum hours threshold for overtime compensation for non-exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Takano contends a shorter workweek would benefit both employers and employees alike. (INT)

A Riverside Services Protection Measure will be on the Nov. 2nd ballot. If enacted, the measure will continue a long-standing, voter-authorized transfer of certain monies from the City’s electric utility to maintain 911 emergency response times; fire, police, and paramedic services; and programs serving vulnerable residents, such as the homeless. (INT)

The new 2021-22 Riverside County Grand Jury has been seated. The members are evenly split between men and women. Seven members are Spanish-surnamed. There were fifty-three applicants and forty-one were interviewed. There are eight alternates. The jury was selected in a drawing earlier this month. (INT)

Anza-Borrego Foundation will celebrate what is likely the single largest transfer of land from a cooperating association to a state park in the history of California State Parks. The transfer is 17,597 acres of formerly private inholdings. A land transfer event celebration will be held July 29th. (INT)

Californians will now know when and where prescribed fires are planned and the projected impact of the smoke on air quality. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has launched an online app with the appropriate information. (INT)

Fifty firefighters pounced on the latest fire to flare on San Bernardino’s Little Mountain Thursday. They had it surrounded in 30 minutes at 9-acres. No immediate cause was listed. (INT)

Lois Carson, who served for 30 years as the Executive Director of Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside), is being remembered. Carson, who passed away earlier in July at 90 years old, led CAP Riverside towards ending poverty on a local level and obtaining recognition at the state and federal level for these efforts. (INT)

Construction delays on the Ortega Highway will reach a peak this coming weekend when Highway 74 will be closed. The 55-hour closure between Lake Elsinore and Orange County runs from Friday night, July 30th, through Monday morning, August 2nd. Caltrans says it’s necessary for widening of the highway. (INT)

Completion of Mt. San Jacinto College’s (MSJC) Temecula Valley Campus has been announced. It marks the first permanent campus for higher education in the city. The 350,000 square-foot facility will enable MSJC to expand access to the residents of Southwest Riverside County and the surrounding communities. The $60 million project consists of a seismic retrofit and transformation of two, five-story office buildings. (INT)

The Redlands Police Department has added a virtual crime reporting option, using Zoom. The virtual crime reporting option will supplement the department’s current online alternative as well as traditional in-person and telephone reporting. Criteria for reporting crime through Zoom are the same as the online reporting system currently available on the department website. (INT)

Menifee has become the first city in Southern California to streamline the processing of residential solar permits. SolarAPP+ helps automate the procedure and receive automated solar plan review and solar permits within minutes. (INT)

A 140-unit, affordable senior housing community in Rancho Cucamonga opens Wednesday. The development addresses the growing need for affordable housing for seniors, who continue to become a larger portion of people experiencing homelessness. Onsite solar panels will help the community generate 100% of its own electricity needs. The developer, National CORE, has partnered with the health organization, the Inland Empire Health Plan, to build affordable housing. (INT)

You know it’s almost summer when Riverside County’s cool centers open. Currently there 39 cool centers open to the public in partnership with local organizations such as libraries and community centers, with the plan to expand to 60 by mid-season. The centers are available to residents at no cost and will be open through October. (INT)

Owners of residential or business property in Riverside County who have unclaimed property tax refunds may file to receive reimbursement through August 2nd. Almost 600 refunds totaling more than $540,000 remain unclaimed. Most refunds stem from valuation reductions by the county assessor and are related to corrections or cancellations to the tax roll after taxes were already paid. (INT)

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