Frustration at utility rising as California blackouts endure

U.S. 10/29/19, 01:02

Millions of Californians prepared to be in the dark — some for five days, or longer — as the nation's largest utility said it was switching off power again Tuesday to prevent powerful winds from damaging its equipment and sparking more fires. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. said its latest blackout ...

California declares state of emergency over wildfires, winds

U.S. 10/27/19, 16:28

California's governor declared a statewide emergency Sunday after officials ordered nearly 200,000 people to leave their homes as hurricane-force winds drove multiple wildfires through bone-dry vegetation. Meanwhile, the state's largest utility cut electricity to millions of residents as a precaution to prevent more areas from igniting. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in ...

Student detained after California school lockdown over gun

U.S. 05/31/19, 19:04

Police in Santa Rosa, California, detained a male student who was suspected of bringing a gun onto a high school campus, prompting an hours-long lockdown on the last day of classes for the year.The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported that a resource officer at Santa Rosa High School received a report ...

US agency closing California trailer park for fire victims

U.S. 05/14/19, 14:27

Federal authorities are almost done disbanding a makeshift neighborhood of trailers where Northern California wildfire victims have been living for 19 months.The Santa Rosa Democrat reported Tuesday that the last seven trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be removed by July 10.Residents of 15 trailers turned in ...

Part of giant hammer artwork stolen in California returned

U.S. 04/13/19, 16:43

Northern California authorities say that part of a giant hammer stolen last year has been returned. The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa reports that a local attorney told Healdsburg police Thursday that someone had left the hammerhead portion on Sonoma County property owned by a client. Santa Rosa attorney Izaak Schwaiger said ...

Golden Gate Bridge toll to cost nearly $10 by 2023

U.S. 03/22/19, 15:50

A trip across the Golden Gate Bridge is about to get more expensive.The Press Democrat reports Golden Gate Bridge officials voted Friday to raise tolls up to $9.75 by 2023.The first increase will come in July when a trip from the North Bay from San Francisco will rise from $7 ...

Man uses nude mannequins to send message to ‘nosey’ neighbor

U.S. 03/20/19, 15:32

Jason Windus gave his California neighbor something to look at during a dispute over the height of a backyard fence — naked mannequins having a garden party.Four of the fashion dummies are seated in wicker chairs around a matching table. Another is standing with its arms over its head and ...

California to pay $3M over death of teen holding pellet gun

U.S. 12/18/18, 19:17

Sonoma County will pay $3 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a California teenager who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy while holding a pellet gun.The Press Democrat reports the settlement was approved unanimously Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors, bringing to ...

California fire survivors share lessons in loss, recovery

U.S. 12/13/18, 20:44

Survivors of a deadly blaze that tore through California wine country last year shared lessons of loss and pain but also resilience with those who escaped the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century last month. A group of wine country residents spent a day in a packed meeting with those who ...

Sonoma County cancels real estate deal to build housing

California 10/10/18, 18:29

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously decided to scrap a controversial plan to sell a Northern California property where a developer wanted to build 867 housing units.The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa reports the vote Tuesday puts an end to a developer's vision to build a mix of housing ...

California wildfire victims say cleanup crews add to woes

U.S. 10/08/18, 04:10

One year after a devastating series of wildfires ripped through Northern California wine country, destroying thousands of homes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' first experience cleaning up after a wildfire has turned into an expensive bureaucratic mess and California's top emergency official suspects fraud played a role.In October 2017, ...

Judge: California child can take cannabis drug to school

U.S. 09/22/18, 17:03

A California kindergartner can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug used for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy to her public school, a judge ruled Friday.The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported that a judge sided with the family of 5-year-old Brooke Adams.The Rincon Valley Union School District in Santa Rosa ...

New California law helps utilities with wildfire lawsuits

Business 09/21/18, 15:21

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement.The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy or other serious financial trouble for Pacific Gas & Electric ...

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