Good Wednesday! I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and special sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, bringing you some of the latest headlines from California.
But first, a few anecdotes: “The Golden State” isn’t California’s only nickname. According to netstate.com, it was first called “the State of El Dorado” (“el dorado” means “gold” in Spanish, which technically means they called it “The the Golden State “). It was also called” The Land of Milk and Honey “and” The Grape State “. In 1968, the nickname” The Golden State “became official.
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Will COVID vaccine passports become the latest trend in California?
As baseball fans head to San Francisco for the Giants’ opener on Friday, they will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result from 72 hours (or less) to be admitted.
The Mercury News reports that public health officials in San Francisco are behind the warrant – which is the only one of its kind. Until now.
“I think it’s more punctual,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, professor of medicine at UC San Francisco. “I think San Francisco is very careful right now, but the requirement will probably go away. Just hide and place people in small groups. The tests don’t add much to that. “
In addition to requiring a so-called “vaccine passport,” the Giants will fill the stadium to just 22% of its capacity from the start – which equates to around 8,900 fans per game – and the rules are subject to change as they go. that more and more people will be vaccinated.
Gandhi adds that no other California sports team requires proof of vaccination.
Despite the lack of widespread use, the requirement has raised questions about privacy, fairness to low-income residents, and the role of government interference.
President Joe Biden and Governor Gavin Newsom recently said they would not require proof of vaccination for people to attend rallies.
LA to pay nearly $ 1.6 million to settle LAPD lawsuits
Los Angeles City Council voted 12-1 Wednesday approve payment settlements of nearly $ 1.6 million in response to three lawsuits relating to alleged LAPD wrongdoing.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Police Department and the City of Los Angeles Attorney’s Office have declined to discuss the regulations, which allow the city to settle claims without admitting liability.
It is not an isolated situation. The article reports that over the past five and a half years, Los Angeles has spent more than $ 245 million to settle legal claims involving the police department.
In addition, the report said, the LAPD and Los Angeles faced “a mountain of lawsuits” related to police handling of the protests last summer.
Tiger Woods driving over 82 mph before the accident. Was he conscious?
Golf legend Tiger Woods has been revealed to be driving at excessive speed before he crashed his vehicle in February, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Wednesday it was not sure he was conscious when he lost control of his vehicle that day -the.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was traveling at an estimated speed of 84 to 87 mph in the first impact zone and that there was no evidence of braking during the collision. Instead, there was evidence of pre-impact acceleration, according to data received from the Genesis SUV’s black box recorder on loan from Woods.
“It is believed that when you panic or have some kind of sudden interruption while driving, your first thought is to step on the brake,” Captain Jim Powers said at a press conference in Los Angeles. “And we think he might have done that, but he stepped on the accelerator and didn’t apply the brake.… He has no recollection of the incident.
Woods will not be cited for a traffic violation, said Villanueva, who has received permission from Woods to release details of the crash investigation.
Ketchup: We have a situation. But not in the bay area
Remember at the start of the coronavirus pandemic when it was almost impossible to buy items like toilet paper and hand sanitizer? It seems America is now facing a shortage of another beloved household item: ketchup.
As restaurants have shifted from in-person meals to take-out, those ketchup bottles shared on tables have disappeared and been replaced with individual packets. As a result, there is now a shortage.
But don’t worry: Heinz confirmed to USA TODAY on Tuesday that he is working to increase supplies, such as adding manufacturing lines that will increase production by around 25% for a total of more than 12 billion packages per. year.
However, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that restaurants and shops in the Bay Area have not been as badly affected as other places. “We don’t have that problem here, thank goodness,” an employee of Red’s Java House told The Chronicle. The article also states that local Target and Safeway stores had plenty of beloved condiments available for purchase.
Mouth-sized news cocks
Now there seems to be hope that things will get back to normal (or should that be “normalcy”? Here is an interesting article on the history of these two words, one of which involves the blunder of an American president). So, you might be thinking about taking a road trip through California. Tim Viall’s On the Road column at recordnet.com has a lot of interesting information about “the allure of wildflowers, landscapes, historic bridges and the history of the gold rush”.
Speaking of road trips in California, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park in northern California could see larger crowds than usual this year after being called a Condé Nast’s Traveler Must-See. The Redding Record Searchlight reports that the article, published online Monday, proclaimed Burney Falls as one of eight waterfalls in the United States worth visiting. But that’s not all. In March, National Geographic featured the park in a roundup of Northern California’s “most spectacular waterfalls”.
Death and neglect: California has approximately 1,200 licensed nursing homes, which house approximately 100,000 patients at any given time. LAist released a report outlining the distressing events unfolding at a specific nursing home chain affiliated with at least 26 facilities statewide. The bottom line is that the organization – and the state-run system designed to regulate it – is failing California’s most vulnerable population. Learn more here.
In California, a roundup of news from the editorial staff of the USA Today Network. Also contributing: Condé Nast’s Traveler, LAist, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, netstate.com, San Francisco Chronicle. We’ll be back to your inbox tomorrow with the latest headlines.
As the Philanthropy and Special Sections Editor of The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraisers and people giving back in the Coachella Valley. Contact him at email@example.com.