SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Fueled by extreme heat and dry, windy conditions, wildfires ravaged California in September, blazing through almost 1.9 million acres, destroying nearly 1,000 homes and killing at least three people. One wildfire, the Creek Fire, became the largest single inferno in California history and grew so fierce it spun up fire tornadoes with 125 mph winds.
On Friday, the request for federal assistance to help pay for the recovery from a half dozen of those fires spun up a tornado of its own. Like the proverbial tempest, the storm over the money had been contained in a tea pot by the day’s end.
The day began with news that the Trump administration had refused to grant California’s emergency declaration that would make hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding available for areas devastated by the Creek Fire and five others. Federal officials said the most recent application did not meet the criteria for federal relief.
Judge Martin Jenkins, a former NFL player for the Seattle Seahawks turned civil rights attorney and Alameda County prosecutor, has been nominated to serve on California’s Supreme Court.
“Justice Jenkins is widely respected among lawyers and jurists, active in his Oakland community and his faith, and is a decent man to his core,” Newsom said in a news release.
“As a critical member of my senior leadership team, I’ve seen firsthand that Justice Jenkins possesses brilliance and humility in equal measure. The people of California could not ask for a better jurist or kinder person to take on this important responsibility.”
Sorry, no video today. Power went out last night, the whole family was up too late watching the amazing lightning storm, two kids didn’t sleep well and wound up in my bed…so I slept on the couch.
By “slept” I mean I was on the couch, not sleeping but wishing I could.
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A precipitous decline in car sales amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak has caught the attention of Capitol Hill, where some lawmakers are now urging Congress to authorize new aid for the auto industry.
With consumers spending less, and factories nationwide shuttered or severely hamstrung, Democrats and Republicans largely representing the hard-hit, auto heavy-Midwest are leading an early push to persuade their colleagues to help manufacturers and suppliers as part of a future pandemic relief package. Absent that assistance, they warn that massive losses could leave workers unemployed and stall any economic recovery.
3,691,683 confirmed infections, up from 3,606,038 yesterday.
258,256 confirmed deaths, up from 252,151 yesterday.
1,206,886 confirmed infections, up from 1,180,634 yesterday.
71,220 confirmed deaths, up from 68,934 yesterday.
Bright says he was removed from his post as a high-ranking federal scientist focused on vaccines because of his reluctance to promote drugs such as hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients.
Editorial: Read that again. We have lost fully 19 years worth of job growth in the private sector.
Over 30 million people in the US workforce have filed for unemployment.
The Dow is down about 60 points, falling back into the high 23k range.
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An Ohio woman called 911 late Saturday evening to report that her “pussy was on fire” and that she needed someone from the fire department to “put it out with their hose,” according to an arrest report.
I can’t tell if she was trying to be funny or if she’s just batshit crazy. Could be both?
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom said as many cities and counties around the state prepares to reopen retail for curbside pickup on Friday, maintaining physical distancing measures will be crucial to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
“We’re not going back to normal,” said Newsom, who gave Tuesday’s press briefing from the site of a Sacramento business called Display California. “It’s a new normal with adaptations and modifications, until we get to immunity and a vaccine.”