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2013 Jan 1, California began
its cap-and-trade scheme for emitters of greenhouse gases. In 2006
former Gov. Schwarzenegger signed AB32, which called for a cut in
greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.29)
2013 Jan 7, The Oakland Museum
of California was robbed of a gold-and-quartz jewelry box. It dated
to 1869-1878 and was valued at $805,000. The museum had just lost a
pistol and gold nuggets in a robbery on Nov 12. Parolee Andre Taray
Franklin (45) was arrested on March 3. Police recovered the jewelry
box but not the other items. On Jan 3, 2014, Franklin was sentenced
to four years in prison.
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A6)(SFC, 6/5/14, p.D2)
2013 Jan 10, Pres, Obama signed
a bill making California’s Pinnacles National Monument the nation’s
59th national park.
(SFC, 1/11/13, p.D2)
2013 Jan 10, California's
Governor Jerry Brown said the state budget deficit is gone
after years of financial troubles as he proposed a state budget plan
that would raise spending on education and healthcare, boosting
total expenditures by 5 percent with a surplus remaining.
2013 Jan 10, In California a
student (16) armed with a shotgun opened fire at Taft Union High
School in Kern County, critically wounding a fellow student before
two adult staff members talked the boy into giving up his weapon,
and he was arrested.
2013 Jan 11, A US federal judge
barred California from enforcing a voter-approved law that requires
73,000 registered sex offenders to disclose their internet
identities to police.
(SFC, 1/12/13, p.C1)
2013 Jan 15, In Galt,
California, police officer Kevin Tonn (35) was killed while crossing
paths with an armed man in an area where Tonn was responding to a
burglary. The gunman shot and killed himself after firing at another
(SFC, 1/16/13, p.A5)(SFC, 1/17/13, p.D2)
2013 Jan 31, A US government
report showed that California's Hispanic population will equal that
of whites this year before becoming the state's largest demographic
group in 2014.
2013 Jan 31, The Catholic
archdiocese of Los Angeles published 12,000 pages of personnel
documents on 122 priests accused of sexual abuse dating back to the
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.31)
2013 Jan 31, In California
Genelle Conway-Allen (13) of Suisun City was last seen alive. Her
body was found the next day 4 miles away in Allan Witt Park,
(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A9)
2013 Jan, California
researchers published findings of a brain tumor in raccoons
associated with a newly discovered virus called RacPyV, or raccoon
(SFC, 1/15/13, p.C2)
2013 Feb 2, In San Diego the
165-foot South Bay Power Plant was demolished to make room for a
(SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 2, In California
deputies in Calaveras County found the bodies of 3 people. Phillip
Marshall (54) had shot and killed his two teenage sons before
(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A8)
2013 Feb 3, In Orange County,
Ca., Monica Quan (28) and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence (27), were
found shot to death in their car at a parking structure in Irvine.
Former Los Angeles police officer officer Christopher Jordan Dorner
was a suspect in the killings. Dorner was with the LAPD from
2005-2008, when he was fired for making false statements.
2013 Feb 3, In California a
tour bus crash with two other vehicles left 7 people dead on Hwy. 38
in San Bernadino County.
(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A16)(SFC, 2/5/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 4, News emerged that
Los Angeles had charged Standard & Poor’s (S&P) with fraud
in evaluating mortgage-backed securities. The shares of McGraw-Hill,
the parent of S&P dropped 16% on the news.
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.71)
2013 Feb 5, California charged
Standard & Poor’s with fraudulent practices that resulted in
close to $1 billion in losses state institutional investors. 15
other states and the US Justice Dept. were also suing S&P for
approving mortgage backed securities that turned out to be bad
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A1)
2013 Feb 5, In California 3 men
were found dead on a wooded property in rural west Sonoma County.
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A6)
2013 Feb 7, In southern
California Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother, Emma
Hernandez, were delivering papers around 5 a.m. when LAPD officers
guarding the Torrance home of a target named in an online Dorner
manifesto blasted at least 100 rounds at their pickup. Hernandez was
shot in the back and Carranza had minor injuries. In April the city
of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement with a mother and
2013 Feb 9, In southern
California three women walking in Anaheim died after they were hit
by a suspected drunk driver.
(SFC, 2/11/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 12, Christopher
Dorner, the fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop sought in three killings,
exchanged gunfire with authorities in the San Bernardino Mountains.
It's believed Dorner committed a residential burglary of a cabin
where a couple was tied up, stole a pickup and escaped to another
cabin. One sheriff’s deputy died in the exchange of gunfire. The ID
of Dorner’s body was soon confirmed with dental records. Only after
calls for surrender and use of milder tear gas did deputies launch
pyrotechnic gas canisters into the cabin, and the subsequent fire
was not intentional, the Sheriff's Department said.
(AP, 2/12/13)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A8)(SFC, 2/15/13,
2013 Feb 19, In southern
California Ali Syed (20) shot and killed woman in her home and two
commuters in Orange County. Syed committed suicide as police closed
in on him.
(SFC, 2/20/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 19, In Los Angeles a
body was found in a water tank on the roof of the historic Cecil
Hotel. It was soon identified as that of a Canadian woman who went
missing in late January. Elisa Lam (21), a college student from
Vancouver, British Columbia, was last seen by staff at the hotel on
2013 Feb 26, In Santa Cruz,
Ca., 2 police detectives were shot in a gunbattle with Jeremy Peter
Goulet (35). Goulet was killed as police converged on the scene.
(SFC, 2/27/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb, A couple in northern
California discovered 1427 US gold coins, dating from 1847-1894, in
rusty cans on their property. The Saddle Ridge Horde was later
valued at $10 million. State and federal taxes would apply to their
find. Face value of the coins was $27,980. On May 27, 2014, an
exhibit and auction of some coins was held at the Old Mint of SF
with proceeds going to a city and money museum at the mint.
(SFC, 2/26/14, p.A1)(SFC, 2/27/14, p.C1)(SFC,
2013 Mar 6, In California a
lion attacked and killed Dianna Hanson (24), a sanctuary worker at
Project Survival’s Cat Haven in Dunlap.
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A1)(SFC, 3/8/13, p.A1)
2013 Mar 8, In southern
California a gunmen killed 2 people, opened fire on police and holed
himself up in a home in the Watts neighborhood of Las Angeles before
killing himself in what began as a domestic dispute.
(SFC, 3/9/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 12, The Archdiocese of
Los Angeles reached a $10 million settlement with 4 men who said
they were abused by former priest Michael Baker.
(SFC, 3/14/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 13, Ken Salazar, US
Interior Sec., announced plans for two large federal solar projects
in the California desert.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.30)
2013 Mar 16, In Marysville,
Ca., a boy (14) and a man (68) were killed when a sprint car ran off
a track and into pit row during warm-up laps on the opening day of
the California Sprint Car Civil War Series.
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A10)
2013 Mar 18, The US attorney in
San Francisco filed criminal charges against Fred Buenrostro, former
CEO of CALPERS, and former board member Alfred Villalobos for
extensive malfeasance in the nation’s largest public employee
(SFC, 3/19/13, p.D1)
2013 Mar 22, In Ireland Patrick
McCabe (77), a former Catholic priest who had worked in California,
was sentenced to 18 month in prison for assaulting two boys decades
ago in Ireland.
(SFC, 3/23/13, p.C2)
2013 Mar 27, The California
Dept. of Toxic Substances Control said a toxic waste dump site near
Kettleman city has agreed to pay $311,000 in fines for failing to
report 72 hazardous materials spills over the last 4 years.
(SFC, 3/29/13, p.D7)
2013 Apr 1, In California a US
federal judge granted Stockton’s request for bankruptcy, making it
the largest city in US history to go bankrupt.
(SFC, 4/2/13, p.C1)
2013 Apr 7, In California it
was made public that a federal magistrate has ruled that federal
authorities broke the law when they leased land to oil drillers
without studying the possible risks of hydraulic fracturing.
(SFC, 4/9/13, p.A1)
2013 Apr 10, California Gov.
Jerry Brown, on a trade mission to Beijing, announced that a Chinese
investor has agreed to help pay for a $1.5 billion development deal
in Oakland to transform 65 acres of industrial waterfront.
(SFC, 4/11/13, p.A1)
2013 Apr 11, In northern
California a 40-foot section of the Skunk Train Tunnel No. 1
collapsed near Fort Bragg blocking access to 36 miles of track to
Willits. Service out of Willits resumed on July 31.
p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/n7uwhlu)(SSFC, 8/18/13, p.C4)
2013 Apr 26, In southern
California a fuel tanker overturned on Route 38 spilling some 4,000
gallons of gas and 1,200 gallons of diesel into a creek that leads
to the Santa Ana River.
(SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A7)
2013 Apr 27, In California
Leila Fowler (8) was stabbed to death near her home in Calaveras
County. On May 11 police arrested her brother (12) as a suspect in
the murder. The boy had blamed an intruder.
(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A9)
2013 Apr 29, It was reported
that 62 prisoners have died in California from 2006 through 2013
after coming down with a fungal infection called valley fever. The
highes rates were reported at Pleasant Valley prison and at Avenal
(SFC, 4/29/13, p.C4)
2013 Apr 29, A California jury
in Santa Ana convicted Catherine Kieu (50) of torture and aggravated
mayhem. She was accused of drugging her husband (60) and then
severing his penis and tossing it into the garbage disposal. She was
jealous of his plans to divorce her because he was seeing his
ex-girlfriend. On June 28 she was sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 4/30/13, p.A4)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.A4)
2013 May 3, In southern
California a coastal fire covered 43 square miles and forced the
evacuation of homes in Ventura County.
(SFC, 5/4/13, p.A4)
2013 May 9, In southern
California Pamela Marie Devitt (63) was fatally mauled by a pack of
pit bulls while walking near her home near Palmdale. Authorities
were still searching for the dogs as darkness fell. On May 30 Alex
Jackson (29), the owner of the dogs, was charged with murder. On Oct
4, 2014, Jackson was sentenced to 15 years to life. The dogs had
guarded his pot-growing operation.
(Reuters, 5/9/13)(SFC, 5/11/13, p.A5)(SFC,
5/31/13, p.A12)(SFC, 10/5/14, p.A5)
2013 May 12, In California the
5-day BottleRock music festival in Napa came to a close. Napa’s
first major music festival was organized by WillPower Entertainment.
(SFC, 5/13/13, p.E1)
2013 May 17, California
Attorney General Kamala Harris said that a requirement for every new
semiautomatic handgun to contain “micro-stamping" technology would
be effective immediately. The gun control law was originally passed
(SFC, 5/18/13, p.D1)
2013 May 17, In California Dr.
Christine Daniel (58) of Los Angeles was sentenced to 14 years in
prison for bilking patients out of more than $1 million by promising
them that an herbal supplement she hawked could cure late-stage
(SFC, 5/18/13, p.A6)
2013 May 17, Golfer Ken Venturi
(b.1931), winner of the 1964 US Open, died in Rancho Mirage, Ca.
(SFC, 5/18/13, p.A1)
2013 May 22, Los Angeles held
mayoral elections. City Councilman Eric Garcetti (42) defeated city
controller Wendy Greuel 54%-46%.
(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A13)
2013 May 24, In San Diego, Ca.,
Eduardo Arellano Felix (56) of the Tijuana drug cartel pleaded
guilty to helping ship hundreds millions of dollars from the US.
Under a plea agreement he will spend 15 years in prison and then be
deported to Mexico.
(SFC, 5/25/13, p.A6)
2013 May 24, In California
Gabriel Fernandez (8) of Palmdale died after being hospitalized with
injuries including a cracked skull, broken ribs and burns. In 2014
Pearl Fernandez (30) and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre (34) pleaded
not guilty to murder charges with special allegations of torture.
(SFC, 8/20/14, p.E2)(http://tinyurl.com/kvgkkzd)
2013 May 27, In Orosi,
California, Anthony Alvarez (63) shot his two adult daughters,
killing one and critically injuring the other before apparently
committing suicide while his three young grandchildren were in the
Central Valley home.
2013 May 28, Walmart agreed to
pay $82 million after pleading guilty to criminal charges that the
company improperly dumped hazardous waste at stores across
(SFC, 5/29/13, p.E1)
2013 May 31, The Evangelical
Lutheran Church of America elected its first openly gay bishop to a
six-year term at an annual assembly in Southern California.
2013 Jun 2, In southern
California police in Gardena shot and killed Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino
following a botched report of a bicycle theft. Video released in
2015 showed Diaz-Zeferino with his palms open at his waist when he
was killed. The city of Gardena paid $4.7 million to settle a suit
with Diaz-Zeferino’s family and another man wounded in the shooting.
(SFC, 7/16/15, p.A7)
2013 Jun 2, In southern
California wind fanned the blaze in Angeles National Forest
overnight to some 35 square miles. The fire started May 30 and some
2,800 residents have been evacuated in Lake Hughes and Lake
(SFC, 6/3/13, p.A4)
2013 Jun 3, The California
Coastal Commission and Sean Parker said they have reached a $2.5
million settlement to pay for coastal conservation programs after
the Napster co-founder built a large movie-set-like wedding site in
an ecologically sensitive area of Big Sur without proper permits.
2013 Jun 4, FBI agents raided
the offices of California state Sen. Ron Calderon. In November Al
Jazeera America disclosed that Calderon was involved in a sting
operation that linked him to bribery, phony jobs and influence
(SFC, 11/2/13, p.A13)(http://tinyurl.com/mpd5eba)
2013 Jun 6, A law enforcement
sweep in San Diego led to the arrest of 50 people including 7
active-duty Marines, 7 former Marines and Navy sailor. The
busted crime rings dealt in illegal drugs, stolen military gear and
(SFC, 6/7/13, p.A6)
2013 Jun 7, Pres. Obama
welcomed China’s Pres. Xi Jinping as he arrived in southern
California for a 2-day summit.
(SFC, 6/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 7, Southern California
Edison said its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will be
permanently shut down.
(SFC, 6/8/13, p.A1)
2013 Jun 7, In southern
California a domestic violence incident in Santa Monica left 5
people dead including the gunman, John Zawahri (23). A critically
injured woman died on June 9.
(AP, 6/7/13)(SFC, 6/10/13, p.A5)
2013 Jun 11, In California a
Santa Clara County jury indicted 48 reputed Nuestra Familia gang
members on a variety of charges that included the murder of a man
last August. The defendants included 38 men and 10 women based in
San Jose and Gilroy.
(SFC, 6/12/13, p.E1)
2013 Jun 14, It was reported
that a group led by the nonprofit Conservation Fund has purchased
16,645 acres of forest in California’s Sonoma County for $24.5
million. The land, known as Preservation Ranch, will be renamed
(SFC, 6/14/13, p.A1)
2013 Jun 21, In San Diego a US
district judge sentenced brothers Raul and Fidel Villarreal to at
least 30 years in prison for smuggling hundreds of immigrants into
the US while working as border patrol agents. Raul was also ordered
to pay a fine of $250,000.
(SSFC, 6/23/13, p.A7)
2013 Jun 25, The Los Angeles
City council voted to honor the former site of the Tuna Canyon
Detention Station. During WWII more than 2,500 Japanese,
Japanese-American, Germans, Italians and Japanese Peruvians were
there following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A developer soon filed
suit to block the historic designation for the 1-acre plot.
2013 Jun 25, In California
PG&E shut down one of two reactors at its Diablo Canyon nuclear
plant after finding a small leak in a backup cooling system.
(SFC, 6/27/13, p.C6)
2013 Jun 26, The US Supreme
Court struck down a federal law barring the recognition of same-sex
marriage in a split decision, ruling that the law violates the
rights of gays and lesbians and intrudes into states' rights to
define and regulate marriage. Justices ruled 5-4 that sponsors of
California’s Prop 8, a ban on same sex marriage, had no right to
represent the state in federal court. The court also struck down a
key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
(SFC, 6/26/13, p.AX1)
2013 Jun 27, Eugene Mallory
(80), a retired California man, was shot and killed by police who
raided his home based on an incorrect, anonymous tip that the senior
citizen was housing a methamphetamine lab on his residence, despite
having no criminal record prior to the incident.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.14)(http://tinyurl.com/lxn2lgp)
2013 Jun 28, It was reported
that a pneumonia outbreak has killed at least 20 bighorn sheep on
Old Dad Mountain in California’s Mohave National Preserve. Nevada
numbered some 10,000 adult animals in at least 60 mountain ranges.
(SFC, 6/28/13, p.D5)
2013 Jul 1, In southern
California police arrested high school teacher Laura Elizabeth
Whitehurst (28), two weeks after giving birth, for allegedly having
had unlawful sex with a student (16).
(SFC, 7/3/13, p.A5)
2013 Jul 10, In southern
California three former allies of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner called
on him to resign, saying several women had approached them
describing instances of sexual harassment.
(Econ, 8/10/13, p.24)
2013 Jul 12, The Univ. of
California announced that Janet Napolitano, US Homeland Security
Secretary, will become its 20th president and the first woman to
lead the 10-campus system.
(SFC, 7/13/13, p.A1)
2013 Jul 17, The American
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accused Barclay’s, a British
bank, of manipulating energy prices in California and other states
and slapped the bank with a $453 million fine. Barclay’s said its
trading was legitimate.
(Econ, 7/20/13, p.64)
2013 Jul 19, In California a
new class-action was filed in San Bernadino County to cover
residents of Hinkley who did not participate in a 1996 settlement
over chromium-6 in the local ground water. PG&E had used
chromium-6 in a local cooling system from 1952-1966 to fight
corrosion in machinery and then dumped the water into unlined ponds
(SFC, 7/26/13, p.A16)
2013 Jul 22, In San Diego, Ca.,
Irene McCormack, the former communications director for Mayor Bob
Filner, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Filner alleging
unwanted sexual advances that included demands to work without
(SFC, 7/23/13, p.A5)
2013 Jul 26, US songwriter JJ
Cale (74) died of a heart attack in la Jolla, San Diego County. His
songs included “After Midnight," “Cocaine" and “Call Me the Breeze."
(SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A10)
2013 Jul 30, JPMorgan Chase
& Co. agreed to pay $410 million to settle federal charges of
manipulating electricity markets in California and Michigan from
2010 through 2012.
(SFC, 7/31/13, p.D1)
2013 Aug 4, In southern
California Nathan Louis Campbell (38) drove into a crowd of people
at the Venice Beach boardwalk and then fled the scene. Alice
Gruppioni (32), an Italian woman on her honeymoon was killed. 11
others were injured. Campbell turned himself in a few hours later.
(SFC, 8/5/13, p.A3)
2013 Aug 8, California’s
Central Valley agricultural interests sued the federal government in
an attempt to stop releases into the Klamath River to protect
spawning salmon. On Aug 23 the federal government began releasing
Trinity River water into the lower Klamath to protect spawning
salmon following a 9-day delay.
(SFC, 8/9/13, p.D1)(SFC, 8/24/13, p.C4)
2013 Aug 8, In southern
California a wildfire in Riverside County, estimated at 15.5 square
miles, damaged buildings, threatened about 600 homes and forced some
1,500 people to flee.
(SFC, 8/9/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 8, In southern
California Judith Oakes, the accountant at Rialto Unified school
district, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, embezzlement and
burglary. Video surveillance showed her stuffing cash from student
lunch money into her bra.
(SSFC, 9/1/13, p.A8)
2013 Aug 9, In southern
California the wildfire in Riverside County grew to 25 square miles.
26 homes were destroyed and some 1,800 people were forced to flee.
By Aug 11 the Silver Fire reached 30 square miles and was 75%
(SFC, 8/10/13, p.A5)(SFC, 8/12/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 12, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed AB1266, allowing transgender youth to sue school
facilities and join groups with their gender identity.
(SFC, 8/17/13, p.A8)
2013 Aug 12, Elon Musk, founder
of Tesla and SpaceX, proposed to revive the old science-fiction
vac-train concept to carry passengers from San Francisco to Los
Angeles at over 1,200kph.
(Econ, 8/17/13, p.65)
2013 Aug 15, In southern
California a boat was spotted by lifeguards in Malibu communicating
with a truck in a parking lot. Authorities arrested two men and
recovered 52 bales of marijuana.
(SFC, 8/17/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 17, A hunter’s camp
fire in California’s Tuolumne County turned into a wildfire that
came to known as the Rim Fire.
(SFC, 9/6/13, p.A11)
2013 Aug 20, A jury in San
Rafael, Ca., found Joseph Naso (79) guilty of murdering 4 northern
California prostitutes in the lates 1970s and early 1990s.
(SFC, 8/21/13, p.D5)
2013 Aug 22, Sources said that
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (70) will resign as part of a mediation
deal reached in his sexual harassment lawsuit. At least 18 women
have accused Filner of sexual harassment.
(SFC, 8/23/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 22, The Rim Fire in
California’s Tuolumne County raged out of control and covered over
98 square miles.
(SFC, 8/23/13, p.A1)
2013 Aug 24, In California the
Rim Fire continued to grow with at least 129,620 acres burned.
(SSFC, 8/25/13, p.A10)
2013 Aug 25, In California the
Yosemite Rim Fire grew to more than 200 square miles, threatening
two groves of giant sequoias as well as the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
supplying water and power to San Francisco, consuming some two dozen
structures and threatening 4,500 more.
2013 Aug 26, In California the
Rim Fire expanded to 150,000 acres on the western edge of Yosemite
Nat’l. Park. The fire began on Aug 17 and now covered over 250
square miles. Officials said it was 20% contained.
(SFC, 8/27/13, p.A12)
2013 Aug 28, In northern
California the Rim Fire expanded to 300 square miles as fire crews
increased containment to just over 23%.
(SFC, 8/29/13, p.A12)
2013 Aug 29, In southern
California border patrol agents found nearly 18,500 pounds of
marijuana, estimated at $14.7 million, in a tractor-trailer at a San
(SFC, 9/2/13, p.A7)
2013 Sep 3, In northern
California the supervisors of Siskiyou County voted 4-1 to secede
from the rest of the sate. They hoped to revitalize the 1941
regional secessionist movement to form the new state of Jefferson.
(SFC, 9/5/13, p.A1)
2013 Sep 3, California
officials said the Yosemite Park Rim Fire, now covering 370 square
miles, is 75% contained.
(SFC, 9/4/13, p.D7)
2013 Sep 5, California’s Dept.
of Corrections said the 100 remaining hunger strikers had resumed
eating ending a two-month hunger strike over the use of isolation
cells. Inmate leaders said legislators had agreed to hold hearings
on state prison conditions.
(SFC, 9/6/13, p.D1)
2013 Sep 5, California’s Rim
Fire was now 80% contained. Since August 17 it has burned over 370
(SFC, 9/6/13, p.A11)
2013 Sep 12, The California
Legislature overwhelmingly approved renaming the western span of the
Bay Bridge in honor of former SF Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie
(SFC, 9/13/13, p.A1)
2013 Sep 14, In southern
California officials seized some 2,000 pounds of marijuana and
arrested 18 people as they tried to bring pot ashore near Santa
(SSFC, 9/15/13, p.A10)
2013 Sep 19, California state
regulators approved new transportation rules that allow tech-fueled
ride services to stay in business.
(SFC, 9/20/13, p.A1)
2013 Sep 23, A California
medical laboratory agreed to pay $19.4 million to federal and state
governments and two former employees who said they were fired after
reporting secret discounts and kickbacks. Diagnostic Laboratories
and Radiology was accused of cheating Medicare and Medi-Cal programs
for years by billing them at standard rates while secretly charging
cut-rate fees to nursing homes.
(SFC, 9/24/13, p.C2)
2013 Sep 24, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill to create the first-state-wide
early-warning system to alert residents of dangerous earthquakes.
The system was expected to cost at least $80 million.
(SFC, 9/25/13, p.D5)
2013 Sep 29, In southern
California a Cessna 525A jet crashed into a storage hangar at the
Santa Monica Municipal Airport igniting a fire that destroyed the
hangar. Mark Benjamin and his son Luke were believed killed in the
crash and fire.
(SFC, 9/30/13, p.A4)(SFC, 10/1/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 1, California’s Safer
Consumer Products Regulations law went into effect. It was designed
to educate consumers about harmful chemicals in products.
(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 10, California
Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Corinthian Colleges, the owners
of Everest, Heald, WyoTech and other facilites accusing them of
lying about job-placement rates and misrepresenting programs.
(http://tinyurl.com/q4ou5z7)(SFC, 6/20/14, p.D3)
2013 Oct 11, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown approved 11 firearms measures designed to tighten
controls on ownership, storage and types of weapons and ammunition
available in the state. They included a ban on lead hunting
(SFC, 10/12/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 15, Bob Filner (71),
the former mayor of San Diego, pleaded guilty to a series of false
imprisonment and battery charges involving three women. He faced
three years of probation and house confinement as well as a six
month loss of pension benefits.
(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 22, Police in Sonoma
County, Ca., shot and killed Andy Lopez Cruz (13) as he walked near
his home with a toy rifle that resembled a genuine AK-47. In 2018
Sonoma County agreed to pay $3 million to the Lopez family.
(SFC, 10/24/13, p.A1)(SFC, 12/19/18, p.C1)
2013 Oct 24, California state
investigators announced a record $1 million fine against two Arizona
nonprofits, the Center to Protect Patient’s Rights and Americans for
Responsible Leadership, for attempting to secretly sway California
voters in 2012 in support of Prop 32 and in opposition to prop 30.
(SFC, 10/25/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 28, Los Angeles police
said body parts believed to be from the same woman have been found
at two water treatment plants in the LA area.
2013 Oct 28, The governors of
California, Oregon and Washington states along with the premier of
British Columbia agreed to coordinate greenhouse gas reduction
(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 30, Authorities in San
Diego, Ca., shut down a tunnel, nealy 600 yards long, designed to
smuggle drugs from Tijuana.
(SFC, 11/1/13, p.A10)
2013 Oct 31, The nation’s
largest landfill, a 630-acre site 20 miles east of LA, closed as a
permit for the sited expired. Garbage from the county’s 88 cities
will eventually be put on trains and taken to an abandoned gold mine
over 200 miles away.
(SFC, 11/1/13, p.D5)
2013 Nov 1, In California Paul
Ciancia (23) walked into LAX’s terminal 3 near the security
checkpoint and began shooting, sending thousands of passengers
scattering onto tarmacs other parts of the airport. TSA agent
Gerardo Hernandez (39) was killed. Ciancia was hospitalized after
being shot 4 times.
(Reuters, 11/2/13)(SFC, 11/4/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 4, It was reported
that scientists are struggling to find the trigger for a disease
that appears to be ravaging starfish in record numbers along the US
West Coast. The deadly syndrome, known as "star wasting disease,"
caused the sea creatures to lose their limbs and turn to slime in a
matter of days. The disease was first detected in tide pools this
summer along the coast of Monterey, Ca.
(Reuters, 11/4/13)(SFC, 12/9/13, p.A13)
2013 Nov 5, In northern
California the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria opened the
Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park.
(SFC, 11/16/13, p.C1)
2013 Nov 13, In California 4
Marines were killed at Camp Pendleton during a training exercise. A
grenade was later believed to have set off an explosion of
unexploded rounds in a demolition pit.
(SFC, 3/7/14, p.D4)
2013 Nov 14, Google Inc and
private equity firm KKR & Co LP said they are investing $400
million in six solar power plants in California and Arizona.
2013 Nov 15, In Los Angeles
former third grade teacher Mark Berndt (62) pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was accused of blindfolding
students and feeding them semen-laced cookies.
(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 23, In Santa Cruz,
Ca., Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes (51) died on his 50-foot
yacht following a heroin injection given by Alix Catherine Tichelman
(26), a high-priced call girl. The action was caught on video.
Tichelman was arrested on July 4, 2014, and became a suspect in the
death of her boyfriend Dean Riopelle, who died of a heroin overdose
two months earlier in Atlanta. On May 19, 2015, Tichelman was
sentenced to six years in County Jail after pleading guilty to
involuntary manslaughter and administering illicit drugs.
(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A1)(SFC, 7/11/14, p.D1)(SFC,
2013 Nov 24, US media reported
that a major winter storm that has dumped freezing rain and snow in
the US southwest has killed at least 13 people in Arizona (1),
California (3), Oklahoma (4), New Mexico (1) and Texas (4).
2013 Nov 30, Actor Paul Walker
(40), a star in the “Fast and Furious" film series, died in a fiery
crash north of Los Angeles. Roger Rodas, his friend and financial
advisor, drove the 2005 Porsche and was also killed. His daughter
(15) became the sole beneficiery of his estimated $25 million
(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A10)(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A12)(SFC,
2013 Dec 3, In California El
Centro police officers pulled over Charlie Sampson (57) under
suspicion of his being a drug dealer. Police repeatedly ignored
signs of his medical distress and Sampson died hours later. An
edited video of the arrest was released on October 8, 2015.
2013 Dec 6, In southern
California Jorge Sillas was sentenced to over 23 years in prison
after pleading guilty to attempted murder in a plot to kill a mother
and son over a drug debt. His brother, Juan Sillas, one of Tijuana’s
most violent hit men, was arrested in 2011.
(SFC, 12/7/13, p.A10)
2013 Dec 9, In southern
California charges were announced after 16 of 18 LA County current
and former sheriff’s deputies were arrested for corruption and civil
(SFC, 12/9/13, p.A10)
2013 Dec 9, Los Angeles MTA
officials began a crackdown on homeless people sleeping at Union
Station under a program that limits seats in the hub to ticketed
(SFC, 12/23/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 9, In southern
California Angela Spaccia, the former assistant city manager of
Bell, was convicted of corruption. She had given herself huge raises
as most city residents lived in poverty.
(SFC, 12/10/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 9, In southern
California Bob Filner, the former mayor of San Diego, was sentenced
to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for
harassing women while serving as mayor.
(SFC, 12/10/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 9, California pledged
to restore 80,000 acres of the depleted Sacramento-San Joaquin River
Delta as part of a massive project to send fresh water from mountain
streams in the north to farmers and residents in the parched south.
2013 Dec 13, In southern
California Brian Beaird (51), a National Guard veteran, was shot and
killed following a police chase for reckless driving. The shooting
was captured on live television and showed Beaird being shot after
he stepped out of his car with his hands raised. In 2014 the LA City
Council voted to pay $5 million to Beaird’s family.
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.D2)
2013 Dec 14, In southern
California 4 people died in a car crash in Compton as a car with 3
male occupants fled sheriff’s deputies and ran a red light striking
another car driven by a woman in her 20s.
(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A12)
2013 Dec 15, In California a
wildfire erupted in a scenic stretch of the central coastline late
today. It destroyed at least 15 homes in Big Sur and forced many
residents to evacuate.
2013 Dec 17, In California
ex-firefighter Zane Wallace Peterson (29) of Shasta County was taken
into custody for setting wildfires, including the massive Clover
Fire that broke out on Sep 9.
(SFC, 12/19/13, p.C3)
2013 Dec 19, The California
Public Utilities Commission fined Pacific Gas & Electric more
than $14 million for the utility’s “delay and obfuscation" in
revealing that its records for a natural gas pipeline in San Carlos
failed to show potentially risky welds.
(SFC, 12/20/13, p.A1)
2013 Dec 19, In Fresno, Ca.,
four teenage boys shot and injured teacher Steven Guerrero after he
fought back during an attempted robbery at Edison High School. Four
Norteno gang members, ages 16-17, were soon arrested.
(SSFC, 12/22/13, p.A9)(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 24, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown granted clemency to 127 convicted criminals. All the
people involved had completed their sentences.
(SFC, 12/25/13, p.D3)
2013 Dec 24, In southern
California Steven Keith (58) collapsed and died in a holding cell
after his arrest by Border Patrol agents for allegedly carrying
three pounds of marijuana.
(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 27, In Los Angeles
Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen (24) pleaded guilty to federal terrorism
charges after admitting that he attempted to assist al-Qaida by
providing weapons training in Syria.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 31, James Avery, the
father figure in the TV sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
(1990-1996), died in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 1/2/14, p.D5)
2014 Jan 1, In northern
California Rev. Eric Freed was found dead at the St. Bernard Church
rectory in Eureka. Surveillance video captured images of suspect
Gary Lee Bullock (44) and he was arrested the next day.
(SFC, 1/2/14, p.A8)(SFC, 1/9/14, p.D5)
2014 Jan 8, Seventeen people
related to the San Diego street gang BMS were arrested in California
and New Jersey by police and FBI agents for operating a prostitution
ring that spanned 46 cities in 23 states.
(SFC, 1/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 16, The Catholic
diocese of Stockton, Ca., filed for bankruptcy after pauing millions
of dollars to plaintiffs who made sexual abuse allegations during
the past two decades.
(SFC, 1/17/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 17, California Gov.
Jerry Brown formally declared a state-wide drought.
(SFC, 1/17/14, p.D1)
2014 Jan 22, California
Governor Jerry Brown (75) took credit for his state's fiscal rebound
in a state of the state address.
2014 Jan 29, A California
school teacher was arrested as investigators found as many as 350
living and dead pythons stacked inside the Santa Ana home of William
(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 29, California state
and federal authorities arrested 11 people in the Modesto area in a
large drug trafficking operation.
(SFC, 1/31/14, p.D5)
2014 Jan 30, In Napa, Ca.,
Kayleigh Slusher (3) died. Her body was found in her bed on Feb 1.
On Feb 4 her mother Sara Kreuger (23) and boyfriend Ryan Scott
Warner (26) were charged with the child’s murder. In May 2017,
separate juries found Ryan Warner and Sara Krueger guilty of
first-degree murder. In 2019 the city of Napa and Napa County
settled a suit in the case agreeing to pay $2.5 million to
Kayleigh's father and his parents.
p.E1)(http://tinyurl.com/y8ssbr4n)(SFC, 1/3/19, p.C1)
2014 Feb 12, Sid Caesar
(b.1922), former TV comedian, died at his home in Beverly Hills. His
“Your Show of Shows" dominated the Saturday viewing habits of
millions of Americans from 1950-1954.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A8)
2014 Feb 14, President Obama
visited the San Joaquin Valley to focus on California’s severe
drought, and announce new measures in the ongoing federal effort to
address it. Obama toured parts of California's drought zone and
pledged to speed help to the No. 1 farm state.
(AP, 2/14/14)(Reuters, 2/15/14)
2014 Feb 15, In California a
woman and her 4 children were killed in their SUV near Riverdale
after a driver in a minivan failed to yield at a stop sign.
(SFC, 2/17/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 17, In California 2
CHP officers were killed as they responded to a multi-vehicle crash
on Hwy. 99 near Kingsburg.
(SFC, 2/18/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 20, In northern
California Cherie Lash Rhoades (44), a member of the Cedarville
Rancheria tribe, killed 4 people at the tribe’s headquarters,
including 3 members of her own family. She was recently ousted as
chairwoman of the tribe and was under investigation over at least
$50,000 in missing federal grants. The tribe had just 35 members and
owned 26 acres in the area.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.C3)
2014 Feb 21, US officials
announced that California’s Central Valley farmers would get no
irrigation water from the federal government due to the current
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A1)
2014 Feb 21, California state
Sen. Ron Calderon (56) and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom
Calderon (59), were indicted on a broad range of federal public
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.C2)
2014 Feb 25, California
authorities said police officers in King City had taken part in a
scheme in which over 200 cars belonging to poor Hispanic people were
impounded and later sold when owners could not pay fees. Four
officers were arrested in the case. The arrests, which also included
a former police chief, came after a six-month probe of the police
department launched in September when a visiting investigator —
there to check out a homicide — heard from numerous sources that the
community didn't trust its police department.
(SFC, 2/26/14, p.A6)(AP, 2/27/14)
2014 Feb, In southern
California Xu Ting became a legal permanent US resident by virtue of
being married to someone with an advanced degree or "extraordinary
ability". She had already been sued for counterfeiting by eight
luxury brands, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and owes Chanel
Inc. $6.9 million in damages.
2014 Feb, The Ivanpah Solar
Electric Generating System began operating in the Mohave Desert on
the California-Nevada border. Birds began to immediately catch fire
and burn in flight from the intense radiation of the heliostat
mirrors. Trials in September, 2013, counted 34 bird deaths.
2014 Mar 4, The Los Angeles
City Council voted to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in
workplaces and public areas.
2014 Mar 5, California Gov.
Jerry Brown unveiled an agreement with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
to boost joint projects in high technology, the environment and
(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A1)
2014 Mar 19, In California
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino was shot and
killed when he encountered Ricardo Anthony Chaney (32) on Highway 1
north of Fort Bragg. Chaney was later shot and killed by another
Fort Bragg police officer. Authorities believed that Chaney had shot
and killed George Bundy Wasson (79), a retired university instructor
and Coquille Tribe elder, earlier the same day.
(SFC, 3/21/14, p.D2)(SFC, 3/24/14, p.C2)(SFC,
2014 Mar 26, In California
state Sen. Leland Yee was arrested in an FBI sting on charges that
he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento
for bribes. Yee represented half of San Francisco and most of San
Mateo County. Yee was one of 26 people ensnared in a 5-year federal
investigation that targeted Raymond “Shrimp Boy" Chow, a Chinatown
gangster who had claimed to have gone straight.
(SFC, 3/27/14, p.A1)
2014 Mar 27, Police in southern
California served over two dozen search warrants and made six
arrested in an investigation targeting the theft of baggage at Los
Angeles Int’l. Airport. Those arrested did not directly work for the
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 28, California’s
Democratic controlled state Senate voted to suspend three members.
They included Leland Yee of SF and San Mateo Ct. and Ron Calderon
and Roderick Wright of LA County. The suspended senators would
continue to receive pay until their terms expire.
(SFC, 3/29/14, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/30/14, p.C5)
2014 Apr 1, A drug-smuggling
tunnel with rail systems stretching hundreds of yards across the
US-Mexico border was discovered by law enforcement officials.
Glennys Rodriguez (73) from the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista was
charged the next day with helping run the operation. A 2nd tunnel
was found on April 3.
2014 Apr 9, An Alabama
prosecutor said Jose Manuel Martinez (51), arrested a year ago in
Arizona, has confessed to carrying out up to 40 slayings since 1980
as an enforcer for a drug cartel. Martinez was charged a day earlier
with murdering 9 people in Central California.
(SFC, 4/9/14, p.A9)
2014 Apr 10, In northern
California 10 people were killed and dozens injured when a FedEx
semitrailer crossed a median and collided with a chartered college
tour bus on I-5 near Orland, Glenn County. On May 22, 2015, the CHP
released a report saying FedEx driver Tim Evans (32) was at fault
for the crash.
(SFC, 4/11/14, p.A9)(SFC, 4/12/14, p.A9)(SFC,
2014 Apr 14, California police
said two parolees killed at least four women while wearing GPS
trackers in 2012 and 2013. Franc Cano (27) and Steven Dean Gordon
(45) were charged with four counts of rape and four counts of
murder. On Dec 21, 2016, jurors recommended that Gordon should be
given the death penalty. Cano was being tried separately.
(SFC, 4/15/14, p.A8)(SFC, 12/22/16, p.D8)
2014 Apr 16, Aaron Kushner,
head of Freedom Communications Inc., launched the Los Angeles
Register, an expansion of his Orange County Register.
2014 Apr 25, California's
Governor Jerry Brown said the state drought is so severe that the
government will roll back some environmental protections and loosen
the rules on transferring water to farmers.
2014 Apr 27, President Barack
Obama said that comments reportedly made by Donald Sterling,
the owner of the LA Clippers pro basketball team, are "incredibly
offensive racist statements," before casting them as part of a
continuing legacy of slavery and segregation that Americans must
2014 Apr 29, NBA Commissioner
Adam Silver announced that Donald Sterling (80), the owner of the LA
Clippers, would be banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5
million for his recent racist comments. Additional punishment
included barring Sterling from any NBA games or practices.
(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A1)
2014 May 1, In California the
body of Sarah June Douglas (26) was found stabbed to death in her
Sacramento home. Former fire battalion chief Orville Fleming, who
shared the home with Douglas, eluded police for two weeks before he
was arrested. On July 31, 2015, Fleming (57) was sentenced to 16
years to life in prison.
(SFC, 5/17/14, p.A5)(SFC, 8/1/15, p.C3)
2014 May 3, California Chrome
became the first California-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby
since Decidedly in 1962. He will try to win his second consecutive
Triple Crown race when the 139th Preakness Stakes goes off on May
(SFC, 5/17/14, p.B9)
2014 May 9, In California a
judge issued a permanent injunction against two Los Angeles
merchants and fined them over $26 million after investigators found
over 10,000 counterfeit items at their now defunct T.J. Accessories
(SFC, 5/11/14, p.A16)
2014 May 9, Police in Davis,
Ca., arrested Rev. Hector Coria (45) for allegedly engaging in a
sexual relationship with a teenage girl.
(SFC, 5/12/14, p.A6)
2014 May 11, In Los Angeles
members of the Big Hazard Latino street gang firebombed the
apartments of some 23 Black families in the Ramona Gardens housing
project. No one was injured in the Mother's Day attack. In 2018
three men pleaded guilty for the roles in the attacks.
(SFC, 4/7/18, p.A7)
2014 May 15, In southern
California an estimated 50,000 gallons of crude oil spilled over a
half-mile area due to a break in an above-ground pipeline in Atwater
Village, Los Angeles.
2014 May 17, In Maryland
3-year-old California Chrome won the 139th Preakness at Pimlico Race
Course making him eligible for the Triple Crown on June 7 at the
(SSFC, 5/18/14, p.B1)
2014 May 19, Actor Michael Jace
(51) shot and killed his wife, April Jace (40), at their home in the
Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Jace had appeared on the FX
series “The Shield" as a police officer. On June 10, 2016, Jace was
sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 5/21/14, p.A9)(SFC, 6/11/16, p.A6)
2014 May 20, Santa Ana, Ca.,
police arrested Isidro Garcia (41) of Bell Gardens for kidnapping a
girl (15) in 2004. He force her to marry him and have his child in a
hostage relationship for 10 years.
(SFC, 5/22/14, p.A14)
2014 May 21, In California a
bus crashed west of Blythe near the Arizona border after it struck a
load of metal pipes that had just tumbled from a flatbed truck. 4
passengers were killed and at least 7 seriously injured.
(SFC, 5/22/14, p.A6)
2014 May 23, In California
Elliot Rodger (22) stabbed 3 people to death in his apartment before
gunning down 3 more victims in a drive-by late today. He then took
his own life during the chaotic killing spree in downtown Isla
Vista, near the University of California Santa Barbara campus. He
posted his intentions on YouTube just a day before he took to the
streets in a black BMW armed with a semi-automatic hand gun.
(Reuters, 5/24/14)(Reuters, 5/25/14)
2014 May 27, In southern
California the bodies of 2 men and 2 women were found at a suburban
home in Mission Viejo.
(SFC, 5/28/14, p.A6)
2014 May 28, The City Council
of Irwindale, Ca., voted to drop a public nuisance declaration and
lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods, the maker of Sriracha hot sauce.
Residents have complained last year that the spicy odors burned
their throats and eyes. Other suitors including Texas have offered a
friendlier home to the company.
(SFC, 5/30/14, p.A4)
2014 May, In California the
Cocos Fire scorched roughly 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and destroyed
some 40 structures north of San Diego. On March 24, 2015, a state
judge ruled that a teenage girl (14) sparked the wildfire.
2014 Jun 8, In Elmont, New
York, Tonalist edged Commissioner to win the Belmont Stakes.
California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, tied
for 4th place.
(SSFC, 6/8/14, p.A10)
2014 Jun 10, A Los Angeles
Superior Court threw out California’s teacher tenure laws calling
(SFC, 6/11/14, p.A1)
2014 Jun 12, In California
Sherri Lynn Wilkins, a substance-abuse counselor, was sentenced to
55 years to life in prison for hitting pedestrian Phillip Moreno
(31) with her car and driving through a Los Angeles suburb with the
dying man on her windshield on Nov 24, 2012.
2014 Jun 19, A California state
auditor blasted federal and state oversight of sterilization
surgeries for female prison inmates after finding more than a
quarter of 144 tubal ligations, performed from 2006 to 2013, were
done without lawful consent.
(SFC, 6/20/14, p.A1)
2014 Jun 22, The US Border
Patrol said it will fly nearly 300 Central American migrants from
south Texas to California for processing, as the government seeks to
ease the workload on agents at the nation's busiest corridor for
2014 Jun 25, The US Supreme
Court ruled in Riley v California that police must get a search
warrant before examining the contents of cell phones they seize from
people they arrest.
(SFC, 6/26/14, p.A10)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.25)
2014 Jun 30, In southern
California Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Garden Grove was sentenced to 13
years in prison for using Facebook and other Internet communications
to connect with al-Qaida and plan to train its fighters in Pakistan.
(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 1, In southern
California the parents of a severely autistic boy were arrested
after investigators determined the 11-year-old had been kept in a
large metal cage, possibly to control his violent outbursts.
2014 Jul 1, In southern
California CHP Officer Daniel Andrew stopped, stradded and pummeled
Marlene Pinnock (51) at the 10 Freeway La Brea Avenue exit. The
woman had been walking barefoot along the freeway. A video of the
incident was posted on YouTube causing widespread outrage. On Sep 24
Los Angeles agreed pay Pinnock $1.5 million and officer Andrew
agreed to resign.
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.A4)(SFC, 9/26/14, p.A14)
2014 Jul 3, In San Diego
retired navy officer Admond Aruffo pleaded guilty for his role in a
scheme to bilk the Navy of millions of dollars for port services
while manager of japan operations for Glenn Defense marine Asia, a
(SFC, 7/5/14, p.A5)
2014 Jul 5, California-based
World Eco Energy said it has signed a preliminary agreement to
invest $1.175 billion (864 million euros) in Iran, in a rare joint
commercial project to turn rubbish and human waste into electricity.
2014 Jul 6, In California 3
people were killed when their small plane crashed in Riverside
(SFC, 7/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 9, A California jury
ruled that the Los Angeles Dodgers were partly responsible for the
March 31, 2011, beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow. The $18 million
award would cost the Dodgers $15 million and his two attackers $3
(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A1)
2014 Jul 10, In southern
California David Galvan sent nude photographs of ex-boyfriend and
science teacher Richard Rosa to over 200 students and staff at John
Muir High School while Rosa was out of the country. Galvan was
arrested in late October.
(SFC, 11/1/14, p.A7)
2014 Jul 11, In California Fred
Buenrostro (64), former head of CalPERS, the California Public
Employees Retirement System, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit
bribery and fraud and agreed to tell all about his chief cohort’s
role in the affair.
(SFC, 7/12/14, p.D1)
2014 Jul 11, In California the
Nicolls Fire began east of Bakersfield in the Sequoia National
Forest. It burned 1,680 acres and caused $6.5 million in damage to
public lands. On May 26, 2015, marijuana grower Edgardo Fournier
(46) was sentenced to seven years in prison. He had admitted to
setting the fire to fend off other pot growers.
2014 Jul 12, In southern
California 3 people were killed and two wounded in a late night
shooting in a working class neighborhood in Pasadena. The shooter
(35) was talked into surrendering.
2014 Jul 18, California’s
Governor Jerry Brown signed a law banning the sale of single-shot
handguns that can be altered into semi-automatic weapons, handing a
modest victory to proponents of tougher gun laws while striving to
protect antique collectors.
2014 Jul 15, California’s Water
Resources Control Board approved emergency regulations that allow
local law enforcement and water agencies to impose a maximum
$500-a-day fine on water wasters.
(SFC, 7/16/14, p.A1)
2014 Jul 16, A US federal judge
declared California’s death penalty unconstitutional. Executions
statewide have been halted by federal courts since 2006.
(SFC, 7/17/14, p.A1)
2014 Jul 16, In California
three robbers fleeing a bank in Stockton took three women hostage
and led police on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph, ending
when 3 people were shot dead, including hostage Misty Holt-Singh.
Norteno gang members Gilbert Renteria Jr. (30) and Alex Martinez
(27) were killed. Jaime Ramos (19) survived and was arrested. Police
officers fired over 600 bullets into the disabled vehicle with Singh
inside. In 2015 her family filed suit against the city of Stockton.
(SFC, 7/18/14, p.D1)(SFC, 7/21/14, p.C2)(SFC,
2014 Jul 18, California’s
Governor Jerry Brow signed a law banning the sale of single-shot
handguns that can be altered into semi-automatic weapons, handing a
modest victory to proponents of tougher gun laws while striving to
protect antique collectors.
2014 Jul 22, In northern
California federal and state agencies launched Operation Yurok on
and around Yurok reservation land in Humboldt County that had been
taken over by marijuana growers.
(SFC, 7/23/14, p.E2)
2014 Jul 24, In Los Angeles the
body of Xinran Ji (24) an electrical engineering student from China
who enrolled at USC in the fall of 2013, was discovered this
morning, a few blocks away from where police say he had been
attacked nearly six hours earlier. On July 29 four US teens were
charged with murder in the fatal beating with a baseball bat and
(Reuters, 7/25/14)(AP, 7/30/14)
2014 Jul 28, California Gov.
Jerry Brown with state and business leaders began a 3-day business
trip to Mexico.
(SFC, 7/30/14, p.C1)
2014 Aug 1, Southern California
Edison laid out a draft plan to dismantle the twin nuclear reactors
at San Onofre shut down in 2012 due to a radiation leak. The project
would take two decades and cost $4.4 billion.
(SSFC, 8/3/14, p.A8)
2014 Aug 1, In California
Chester D. Turner (47), already on death row for 10 murders, was
given four more death sentences for what a Los Angeles prosecutor
called the city's most prolific serial killing.
2014 Aug 7, In Central
California seven robbers invaded a house used by pot growers and
engaged the occupants in a gun battle that killed two of the
attackers. Authorities soon arrested 3 of the suspected robbers.
2014 Aug 11, In southern
California Ezell Ford (25) was killed by police officers Sharlton
Wampler and Antonio Villegas. Ford's family said he was cooperating
with officers and lying on the ground when shot. The LAPD said Ford
had struggled with officers and was trying to grab one of their guns
when he was shot. On June 10, 2015, the Los Angeles Police
Commission determined that Wampler was unjustified in shooting Ford.
(Reuters, 8/17/14)(SFC, 8/29/14, p.A12)(SFC,
2014 Aug 16, In California the
search for Erin Corwin (19) ended when her body was spotted with a
video camera 140 feet down a mine shaft on federal land near her
home in Twentynine Palms, where her Marine husband was stationed.
Former Marine Christopher Brandon Lee (24) was arrested the next day
in Alaska. Corwin had disappeared on June 28.
2014 Aug 18, Police in South
Pasadena, Ca., said they have thwarted a mass shooting plot with the
arrest of two teenagers (16 and 17) who were conspiring to kill
several staffers and as many fellow students as possible at South
Pasadena High School.
(Reuters, 8/18/14)(SFC, 8/20/14, p.A14)
2014 Aug 21, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed legislation, effective Jan 1, overturning a ban
on pets at bars and restaurants, and giving businesses the option of
allowing dogs in outside spaces.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A1)
2014 Aug 22, Robert Singleton
(77), the co-owner of a shuttered Petaluma, Ca., slaughterhouse,
pleaded guilty to charges that he helped sell adulterated meat.
Three other defendants with ties to Rancho Feeding Corp. were
indicted last week for conspiring to distribute the meat. In
November foreman Felix Cabrera pleaded guilty to conspiring to
distribute adulterated meat. On Feb 18, 2015, four managers pleaded
guilty to the charges. In 2016 Cabrera was sentenced to three months
in federal prison.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.C4)(SFC, 2/19/15, p.E2)(SFC,
2014 Aug 25, At the annual
Emmys in LA popular British detective series "Sherlock" picked up
three awards, while hit drama "Breaking Bad" was the big winner of
2014 Aug 29, California’s state
legislature passed three bills that would allow local agencies, for
the first time, to curb excessive pumping of groundwater by
(Econ, 9/20/14, p.29)
2014 Aug 29, In southern
California Carmen Montenegro (54) was convicted of the 2011 fatal
stabbing and dismembering of Samuel Wiggins Jr. (63).
(SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A12)
2014 Aug, The California
Franchise Tax Board stripped Blue Shield of California of its tax
exempt status. This did not become public until March 18, 2015.
(SFC, 3/19/15, p.C1)
2014 Sep 5, Girl group singer
Simone Battle (25) was found dead in her West Hollywood home. Her
death was later ruled a suicide by hanging.
(AP, 9/6/14)(AP, 9/7/14)
2014 Sep 10, In California
federal agents launched a series of raids in downtown Los Angeles.
They arrested 9 people and seized an estimated $65 million in assets
related to drug cartels laundering narcotics profits.
(SFC, 9/11/14, p.A7)
2014 Sep 13, In California the
King Fire broke out west of Lake Tahoe. By Sep 25 it had scorched
93,000 acres and was only 38% contained.
(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A8)
2014 Sep 15, In California the
Boles Fire broke out in Siskiyou County forcing as many as 2,000
residents to flee the town of Weed. On October 11 police arrested
Ronald Bean Marshall (24) on suspicion of starting the Boles Fire.
(SFC, 9/16/14, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/12/14, p.A11)
2014 Sep 16, In California the
Three Feet for Safety Act took effect to help protect bicyclists
(SFC, 9/16/14, p.C1)
2014 Sep 17, In California
Wayne Allen Huntsman was arrested and charged with setting the
massive King Fire near his home in Pollock Pines, El Dorado County.
The fire has burned 73,000 acres since Sep 13. On April 8, 2016,
Wayne Allen Huntsman (37) was sentenced to 20 years in prison for
starting the fire, which burned a dozen homes and nearly 100,000
(SFC, 9/19/14, p.A10)(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A8)(SSFC,
2014 Sep 21, California
Governor Jerry Brown signed several legislations to encourage the
electric car market in the state, which accounts for 40 percent of
all electric vehicles sold in the United States.
2014 Sep 30, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed dozens of bills including the nation’s first ban
on single-use plastic bags.
(SFC, 10/1/14, p.A1)
2014 Sep 30, In southern
California Daniel Crespo (45), the mayor of Bell Gardens, was shot
and killed by his wife, Lyvette Crespo (43), following an argument.
Following the shooting Crespo’s daughter said her father had been
abusive to her mother over the last 20 years. On Nov 30, 2016,
Lyvette Crespo pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
(SFC, 10/1/14, p.A18)(SSFC, 12/21/14, p.A12)(SFC,
2014 Oct 7, California
officials detected the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the Los Angeles
area. The day-time biting mosquito was capable of transmitting
dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever viruses.
(SFC, 10/16/14, p.A10)
2014 Oct 7, In northern
California an air tanker fighting the Dog Rock Fire crashed killing
pilot Geoffrey Hunt (62) near Arch Rock on the west side of Yosemite
National Park. By Oct 12 the fire was 95% contained.
(SFC, 10/8/14, p.A1)(SFC, 10/9/14, p.D1)(SFC,
2014 Oct 10, President Barack
Obama declared large parts of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los
Angeles as a national monument.
2014 Oct 10, A Los Angeles
County judge threw out the murder conviction of Susan Mellon who has
spent over 17 years behind bars for a crime the he said she did not
(SFC, 10/11/14, p.A11)
2014 Oct 13, In Half Moon Bay,
Ca., a pumpkin from Napa weighing 2,058 pounds, won first prize in
the city’s 41st annual weigh-off. This was the biggest to date for
the Half Moon Bay event.
(SFC, 10/14/14, p.C1)
2014 Oct 24, In Sacramento,
Ca., police officers Danny Oliver (47) and Michael David Davis Jr.
were killed and two people wounded when a man went on a shooting
spree. Marcelo Marquez (34) was arrested by police in a home in
Auburn. His wife was also arrested. Fingerprints of Marquez in a
federal database matched the biometric records of a Luis Enrique
Monroy-Bracamontes, deported from the US in 1997 and in 2001. In
2018 Bracamontes was convicted of murder. On Feb. 15, 2018, Janelle
Monroy was found guilty of aiding her husband as he killed the two
(AFP, 10/24/14)(SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A16)(SFC,
2/10/18, p.A6)(SFC, 2/17/18, p.A4)
2014 Oct 30, In California a
bankruptcy judge approved a plan by the city of Stockton allowing it
to eliminate more than $2 billion in long-term debt payments without
touching its massive pension obligations.
(SFC, 10/31/14, p.A10)
2014 Oct 31, A Virgin Galactic
SpaceShipTwo blew apart over southern California after being
released from a carrier aircraft killing one pilot, Michael Alsbury
(39) and seriously injuring the other, Peter Siebold (43). The
suborbital vehicle was undergoing its first powered test flight
since January over the Mojave Desert.
(Reuters, 10/31/14)(SFC, 11/32/14, p.A7)
2014 Oct 31, In southern
California 3 girls (13) were killed while trick-or-treating when
they were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Santa Ana. On Nov 2
Jaquinn Bell (31) of Orange was arrested for the hit-and-run.
(Reuters, 10/31/14)(SFC, 11/2/14, p.A6)(SFC,
2014 Oct 31, In California
Susan Su (44) of Pleasanton was sentenced to 198 months behind bars,
forfeit $5.6 million and pay $904,000 in restitution for operating
the fake Tri-Valley Univ. She used it as a front for foreign
students seeking to establish US immigration status.
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.E2)
2014 Oct 31, John Shields Jr.
(b.1932), a former CEO of Trader Joe’s, died in southern California.
Under his tenure (1988-2001) the chain expanded from 27 to 174
stores. The chain had been founded as pronto markets by Joe
Coulombe, a fraternity brother of Shields at Stanford.
(SSFC, 11/9/14, p.C8)
2014 Nov 4, California voters
re-elected Gov. Jerry Brown to a historic 4th term. State voters
passed Proposition 47 to reduce penalties for some criminal offenses
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A12)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.34)
2014 Nov 5, Charles Merritt
(57) was arrested on suspicion of murder in the deaths of the Joseph
McStay family, whose four members disappeared in southern California
on Feb 4, 2010. Merritt was a business partner of Joseph McStay.
(SFC, 11/8/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 6, The Los Angeles
County Museum of Art said Jerry Perenchino, the former chairman and
CEO of Univision, has donated some 47 pieces of art from the 1870s
to the 1930s. The museum must first complete construction of a new
building designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, planned for
(SFC, 11/7/14, p.D2)
2014 Nov 16, In southern
California the Crown Princess cruise ship arrived in San Pedro, Los
Angeles County, with 172 people ill with the highly contagious
norovirus. The ship had over 4,100 people on board.
(SFC, 11/17/14, p.A8)
2014 Nov 20, Regents of the
Univ. of California approved a plan to raise tuition by up to 28%
over five years despited protests by furious students.
(SFC, 11/21/14, p.A1)
2014 Nov 20, California state
officials said AT&T Inc will pay $52 million in civil penalties
and environmental compliance as part of a settlement over illegal
dumping of hazardous waste but won't be required to clean up the
2014 Nov 20, The California
Public Utilities Commission voted to levy a $1.05 million fine
against PG&E for lobbying the regulatory agency in back-channel
communications related to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. The
PUC also authorized a broad probe into PG&E’s gas distribution
system and fined the company $10.8 million stemming from an
explosion in March that destroyed a Carmel cottage.
(SFC, 11/21/14, p.D1, D2)
2014 Nov 21, The Los Angeles
Unified School District agreed to pay $139 million to settle claims
that former Miramonte Elementary School third grade teacher Mark
Berndt abused his students. 69 parents and 81 students had accused
Berndt of lewd acts. He had pleaded guilty on Nov 15, 2013.
(SFC, 11/22/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 24, In California
thousands of UC students walked out of their classrooms to protest
steep tuition hikes.
(SFC, 11/25/14, p.A1)
2014 Nov 24, In southern
California workers at Sony Pictures discovered that its computer
system had been beached. They were greeted with an image of a
skeleton and a message that said “Hacked by #GOP," a reference to a
group calling itself Guardians of Peace.The cyberattack was later
expected to cost the studio tens of millions. On Feb 4, 2015, Sony
Corp. said it has spent an estimated 15 million in investigating and
recovering from the cyberattack.
(SFC, 12/6/14, p.D4)(SFC, 2/5/15, p.C3)
2014 Nov 24, In southern
California Michael Hanline (69) was freed after serving 34 years of
a life sentence for murder. The charges were formally dismissed on
April 22, 2015. Hanline had been charged with the 1978 killing of a
friend, Ventura resident J.T. McGarry.
2014 Nov 29, In southern
California deputies in Santee, San Diego County, found the body of
Stephen Lee Hissom (55), a homeless man. Six teenagers were soon
arested on suspicion of beating Hissom to death.
(SFC, 12/2/14, p.A6)
2014 Dec 3, The California Fish
and Game Commission voted 4-1 to ban predator killing contests.
(SFC, 12/6/14, p.C1)
2014 Dec 5, Bill Cosby's
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was reported vandalized with
graffiti. Los Angeles police were investigating the vandalism of
2014 Dec 8, In southern
California a fire destoryed the wooden framing of the new Da Vinci
complex in downtown Los Angeles causing an estimated $20-30 million
in damage. Arson was later determined as the cause.
(SFC, 12/19/14, p.A9)
2014 Dec 11, The California
State Dept. of Finance estimated the current state population to be
(SFC, 12/12/14, p.D1)
2014 Dec 11, Rain and high
winds lashed Northern California overnight, leaving thousands
without power, as a major winter storm that marched across the
Pacific Ocean was set to pound the state.
2014 Dec 12, A major storm that
pummeled northern California and the Pacific Northwest with heavy
rain and high winds and killed two people moved south overnight,
prompting evacuation orders in areas prone to floods and mud flows.
2014 Dec 17, In southern
California Margo Bronstein (56) slammed into a crowd outside a
church in Redondo Beach killing 3 women. The son (6) of one of the
women died of injuries the next day. Bronstein was charged with
driving under the influence of a drug and vehicular manslaughter.
(SFC, 12/20/14, p.A5)
2014 Dec 19, In northern
California a CHP officer in Willow Creek, Humboldt County, shot a
killed a teenager (17) who had attacked him with a machete.
(SSFC, 12/21/14, p.A12)
2014 Dec 24, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown pardoned 105 convicted criminals. All had completed
their sentences and were released from custody at least a decade
ago. One pardon was quickly retracted after it was learned the
recipient had not disclosed recent discipline by financial
(SFC, 12/25/14, p.D1)(SFC, 12/26/14, p.A11)
2014 Dec 24, In southern
California a US citizen (40) died after a border inspector shot him
with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing. Officers found
heroin during a body search.
2014 Dec 25, In California a
cache of rare wine was stolen from the world-famous French Laundry
in Yountville. On Jan 23 it was reported that the majority of the
stolen wine was found in a wine cellar in Greenville, NC. On Dec 20,
2016, Davis Kiryakoz (44) of Modesto admitted the theft and pleaded
guilty. Charges were still pending against 2nd defendant Alfred
Georgis of Mountain View.
(SFC, 1/24/15, p.A1)(SFC, 12/21/16, p.A8)
2014 Law Professor Ethan Elkind
authored “Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the
Future of the City."
(Econ, 4/29/17, p.23)
2014 California set up a “rainy
day fund" to guard against volatility in annual receipts. By the end
of 2016 the fund reached $6.7 billion.
(Econ, 7/9/16, p.63)
2014 California officials this
summer abruptly shut down 11-waste injection wells in Kern County,
fearing they would taint groundwater supplies feeding homes and
farms. The state had allowed oil companies to drill over 170 waste
disposal wells into aquifers suitable for drinking or irrigation.
(SSFC, 2/1/15, p.A1,10)
2015 Jan 2, In California
hundreds of people lined up in early morning cold as the state began
taking driver's license applications from the largest population of
immigrants living in the US illegally.
2015 Jan 3, In southern
California a shooting in Long Beach left a mother and two brothers
wounded. Giseleangelique Rene D'Milian and Anthony Ray McCall
abducted 3-week old Eliza Delacruz, whose body was found the next
day in a dumpster.
(SFC, 1/6/15, p.A5)(SFC, 3/28/15, p.A5)
2015 Jan 5, The California
Dept. of Motor Vehicles wrote an advisory saying any passenger
vehicle used or maintained for the transportation of persons for
hire, compensation of profit is a commercial vehicle.
(SFC, 1/24/15, p.A1)
2015 Jan 6, In San Diego US
Navy commander Jose Luis Sanchez (42) pleaded guilty in a massive
bribery scheme involving a longtime military contractor in Asia who
allegedly offered luxury travel, prostitutes and other bribes to
Navy officers in exchange for confidential information.
2015 Jan 7, In California US
District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that the state prohibition
on the sale of foie gras illegally encroached upon the regulatory
domain of the federal government. The state ban was passed in 2004
and went into effect in 2012.
(SFC, 1/8/15, p.A1)
2015 Jan 11, The Golden Globes
inched closer to legitimacy in its 72nd show, giving awards not just
to A-List celebrities, but to the edgier productions that
unequivocally deserved recognition, including "Boyhood," ''The Grand
Budapest Hotel," and "Birdman."
2015 Jan 12, California state
regulators ordered Mercury Insurance to pay nearly $27.6 million for
improperly collectring unapproved broker fees from its auto
customers. Mercury disagreed with the decision and planned to
contest the ruling.
(SFC, 1/13/15, p.C2)
2015 Jan 14, In California
Tommy Caldwell (36) and Kevin Jorgenson (30) reached the top of El
Capitan completing a 3,000-foot free climb up the Dawn Wall begun 19
(SFC, 1/15/15, p.A1)
2015 Jan 23, In southern
California 2 US Marines were killed in a helicopter crash at
(SSFC, 1/25/15, p.A12)
2015 Jan 29, In southern
California the Boys Scouts of America settled a sex-abuse case
involving a 20-year old man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in
2007. The decision kept internal documents detailing sex abuse
allegations from 1971-2007 secret from the public.
(SFC, 1/30/15, p.A12)
2015 Jan 30, In southern
California Marion “Suge" Knight, founder of Death Row Records, was
booked on suspicion of murder after hitting and killing Terry Carter
(55) with his pickup truck and fleeing the scene a day earlier. On
Feb 2 Knight was charged with murder.
(SFC, 1/31/15, p.A10)(SFC, 2/3/15, p.A6)
2015 Feb 17, Seaports in the US
West Coast, all but shut over the weekend because of a contract
dispute, were reopening as the nation's top labor official tried to
solve a stalemate between dockworkers and their employers that
already has disrupted billions of dollars in international trade.
2015 Feb 20, California reached
a settlement with a consortium of investors called California First
LP and agreed to pay $24 million after halting the sale of 11
buildings to the group during the height of its fiscal crises in
(SFC, 2/23/15, p.C4)
2015 Feb 20, Dockworkers and
shipping companies reached a tentative agreement that would set
cargo ships sailing again up and down the West Coast out of 29 ports
from San Diego to Seattle.
(SFC, 2/21/15, p.A1)
2015 Feb 22, The 87th Academy
Awards Ceremony was held in Los Angeles. The Best Picture Oscar went
to “Birdman"; Eddie Redmayne won the best actor award for “The
Theory of Everything" and Julianne Moore won the best actress award
for “Still Alice." Musicians Common and John Legend collected the
Academy Award for best original song for "Glory", their politically
aware theme from "Selma".
(AP, 2/23/15)(AFP, 2/23/15)(SFC, 2/23/15, p.E1)
2015 Feb 27, US sgents at the
San Diego border crossing seized nearly 16 tons of marijuana in a
truck supposedly hauling matresses. The estimated street value of
the pot was $19 million.
(SSFC, 3/1/15, p.A8)
2015 Mar 1, Police in Los
Angeles shot and killed a homeless man who reportedly had reached
for an officer’s gun during a struggle. Charly Keundeu Keunang (43)
was later identified as a native of Cameroon. In the 1990s French
officials had gave him a passport under what turned out to be a
stolen name, Charley Saturin Robinet. In 2016 prosecutors said three
police officers will not face criminal charges. In 2018 the Keunang
family settled a civil suit for $1.9 million.
(AP, 3/6/15)(SFC, 12/2/16, p.A6)(SFC, 5/12/18,
2015 Mar 3, Federal agents
searched more than a dozen homes in southern California in a
crackdown on “maternity tourism." Authorities said Chinese tourists
over the the past two years have delivered more than 400 babies at
orange County hospitals.
(SFC, 3/4/15, p.A14)
2015 Mar 3, Regulators said
California officials have ordered oil companies to shut down 12 more
wells that injected oil-field wastewater into drinkable aquifers in
the Central Valley.
(SFC, 3/4/15, p.A1)
2015 Mar 4, In California a
reporter for the Sacramento Bee found a bag of headless chickens
along railroad tracks near 19th and W streets. Over the last three
months batches of headless animals have been found on 11 occasions
around the city in apparent ritualistic killings. By March 17 the
number of discoveries rose to 13.
(SFC, 3/5/15, p.D6)(SFC, 3/17/15, p.A4)
2015 Mar 5, In California
protesters shut down the campus of UC at Santa Cruz, on the fourth
day of demonstrations that organizers said were over planned tuition
hikes as well as police brutality.
2015 Mar 6, US Border patrol
officer Armando Gonzalez was taken into custody in San Diego County
for allegedly installing a camera into a women’s restroom.
(SSFC, 3/8/15, p.A9)
2015 Mar 9, It was reported
that Ronald Linde and his wife Maxine have pledged $50 million to
the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for promising
initiatives and research at the Pasadena campus.
(SFC, 3/9/15, p.A5)
2015 Mar 10, A Los Angeles jury
awarded Marvin Gaye’s children $7.3 million after determining that
singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell and Williams copied their father’s
music to create “Blurred Lines," the biggest hit song of 2013.
(SFC, 3/11/15, p.A6)
2015 Mar 12, The Obama
administration gave final approval to a giant expansion of the Gulf
of the Farallones and the Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries
off the coast of northern California.
(SFC, 3/13/15, p.A1)
2015 Mar 12, In southern
California Keshawn Brooks (15) was stabbed to death for his
backpack in Long Beach. Police soon arrested Giovanny Montelongo
(18) on suspicion of murder.
(SFC, 3/14/15, p.A5)
2015 Mar 13, Police in southern
California arested 8 of 14 students under investigation for a series
of sexual assaults on and off the campus of Venice High School in
(SSFC, 3/15/15, p.A10)
2015 Mar 23, In Los Angeles
Vianna Roman (39), the daughter of an imprisoned Mexican Mafia
kingpin, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. She had pleaded guilty
last year to racketeering, narcotics and weapons charges.
2015 Mar 25, California
announced legal action to suppress a "reprehensible" ballot
initiative to outlaw homosexuality -- on pain of execution. The
proposal was submitted by lawyer Matthew McLaughlin to the
California Attorney General's office late last month.
2015 Mar 25, In southern
California Giseleangelique Rene D'Milian (47) was arrested for
plotting to kidnap two babies, including one found dead on January 4
in a dumpster, and attacking their mothers in a bizarre scheme to
fool her boyfriend into thinking she birthed their twins.
(Reuters, 3/25/15)(SFC, 3/28/15, p.A5)
2015 Mar 28, It was reported
that the California Public Utilities Commission had accumulated
legal fees of $5.1 million relating to an ongoing state and federal
corruption probe of the agency. In 2014 the agency had signed a
$49,000 attorney representation contract with the Sheppard Mullin
(SFC, 3/28/15, p.D1)
2015 Mar 31, In southern
California Andrew Getty (47), heir to the Getty family oil fortune,
was found dead at his home in the Hollywood Hills.
(SFC, 4/2/15, p.D1)
2015 Apr 1, California Gov.
Jerry Brown imposed a 25% reduction on water use for residents and
(SFC, 4/2/15, p.A1)
2015 Apr 2, Rev. Robert
Schuller (88), southern California televangelist, died in Artesia.
His “Hour of Power," inaugurated in 1970, became the nation’s most
watched weekly religious program in the 1980s. His Crystal Cathedral
in Garden Grove opened in 1980.
(SFC, 4/3/15, p.A12)
2015 Apr 3, In southern
California Kevin Christopher Bollaert (28) of San Diego was
sentenced to 18 years in prison for operating a revenge porn
website. In February he was found guilty on six counts of extortion
and 21 counts of identity theft.
(SFC, 4/4/15, p.A6)
2015 Apr 9, In southern
California a TV news helicopter caught deputy sheriffs on video
kicking and beating Francis Pusok (30). The suspect was fleeing a
warrant in an identity theft investigation on a stolen horse. On
April 21 San Bernardino County approved a $650,000 settlement to
avoid a lawsuit by Pusok.
(AFP, 4/10/15)(SFC, 4/11/15, p.A6)(SFC, 4/22/15,
2015 Apr 9, Ali Elmezayen drove
his family off a Los Angeles pier, killing his two severely autistic
sons. In 2019 he was charged with capital murder after prosecutors
said the killings were carried out for financial gain. He had
purchased $6 million in insurance policies to cover his family in
the event of an accidental death.
2015 Apr 15, In San Diego Lt.
Cmdr. Todd Malaki (44), a former supply officer based in Asia,
pleaded guilty in federal court to leaking classified information to
Leonard Francis, a Malaysian defense contractor. Malaki was the 8th
person to be convicted on corruption charges in the scandal. On Jan
29, 2016, a federal judge sentenced Malaki to 40 months in federal
prison for providing ships and submarine schedules to a Malaysian
contractor in exchange for cash and luxury hotel stays in Singapore,
Hong Kong and Tonga.
(SFC, 4/16/15, p.A8)(AP, 1/30/16)
2015 Apr 22, In California
Raymond Edward Steele (67), who spent 25 years on death row for the
murder of a brain-damaged woman, died at San Quentin of unknown
causes. He was the third condemned prisoner to die this year in a
state that has not carried out an execution in nearly a decade.
2015 Apr 24, In southern
California two Buena Park officials, who worked in the parks
department, pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.3 million from the city.
Former parks chief Rudolph Juarez was sentenced to ten years in
prison and former parks supervisor Gabriel Garcia to six years.
(SSFC, 4/26/15, p.A9)
2015 Apr 25, In southern
California 3 people were found dead inside a Los Angeles-area
business in what might have been a fire bomb or Molotov cocktail
2015 Apr 27, In southern
California truck drivers walked off the job in a dispute over their
wages and employee status, months after another West Coast labor
conflict cost major delays in billions of dollars of trade.
2015 Apr 29, California Gov.
Jerry Brown issued an executive order lowering the state’s
greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below its 1990 levels by 2030.
(SFC, 4/30/15, p.A1)
2015 May 1, In southern
California 3 teenagers died when their car plunged off a Long Beach
road and into the Los Angeles River.
(SSFC, 5/3/15, p.A8)
2015 May 6, Japan-based Toyoto
said that eight California dealerships will be the first in the US
to ofer the $57,500 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle with deliveries to begin
(SFC, 5/7/15, p.C1)
2015 May 16, In southern
California Hao Zhang was arrested after arriving from China for a
scientific conference. A 32-page indictment charged him and five
others, still in China, with economic espionage in a case that went
back to 2006.
(SFC, 5/20/15, p.A10)
2015 May 19, In central
California an estimated 101,000 gallons of oil leaked from a broken
pipeline next to Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County before
it was shut off. About 21,000 gallons flowed into a storm drain,
sullied the beach and washed out to sea. Estimates of the spill were
later raised to 143,000 gallons. In 2016 Texas-based Plains All
American Pipeline and one employee faced 46 counts of state law
violations related to the spill. On Sept. 7, 2018, a jury found the
company guilty of nine criminal charges. On April 26, 2019, the
company was fined nearly $3.35 million. In 2020 the company said it
will pay $60 million to settle allegations that it violated safety
(SFC, 5/20/15, p.A10)(SFC, 5/21/15, p.A1)(SSFC,
6/21/15, p.A9)(SFC, 8/6/15, p.D6)(SFC, 5/17/16, p.A6)(SFC, 9/8/18,
p.A6)(SFC, 4/27/19, p.A6)(SSFC, 3/15/20, p.A5)
2015 May 22, California
officials struck a deal with farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin
River Delta to reduce water use by 25% in exchange for an assurance
that the state won’t come down harder on them in near future.
(SFC, 5/23/15, p.A1)
2015 May 22, In Sacramento,
Ca., Jordan James Kirby (23) of Paradise was sentenced to 29 years
in federal prison for tricking young girls on Facebook into sending
him explicit photographs of themselves and then using the pictures
to extort them.
(SSFC, 5/24/15, p.C2)
2015 May 27, In southern
California a seven-mile stretch of coastline was shut down after tar
ball and tar patties began washing up on Santa Monica Bay.
(SFC, 5/30/15, p.A7)
2015 May 28, California police
body camera footage published online by a rights group showed two
officers wrestling to the ground a black woman who was eight months
pregnant, and arresting her following a dispute with another woman.
The video dated from January and was published on YouTube by the
American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
2015 Jun 9, The US National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expanded two northern
California marine sanctuaries. The Gulf of the Farallones sanctuary
grew from 1,282 to 3,295 square miles and was renamed the Greater
Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The Cordell Bank National
Marine Sanctuary expanded from 529 to 1,286 square miles.
(SFC, 6/9/15, p.D1)
2015 Jun 10, Juan Felipe
Herrera, former poet laureate of California (2012-2014, was named
the new poet laureate of the United States. On September 15 he will
replace Charles Wright.
(SFC, 6/11/15, p.D1)
2015 Jun 13, Los Angeles Mayor
Eric Garcetti signed into law an ordinance to gradually raise the
minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.
(SSFC, 6/14/15, p.A8)
2015 Jun 15, Kirk Kerkorian
(b.1917), Fresno-born billionaire casino mogul, died in Beverly
(SFC, 6/17/15, p.D5)
2015 Jun 22, In southern
California James Horner, the Oscar-winning “Titanic" composer, was
killed in the crash of a single-engine aircraft in Ventura County.
(SFC, 6/24/15, p.A14)
2015 Jun 23, California stock
promoter Gregg Mulholland was arrestd while traveling to Mexico. US
prosecutors charged him with masterminding a $3000 million scheme in
2014 to manipulate the value of stocks including Cynk Technology
Corp. and Vision Plasma Systems.
(SFC, 6/25/15, p.C3)
2015 Jun 24, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a $115.4 billion budget using his veto pen to
wipe out $1.3 million in program increases south by the state
(SFC, 6/25/15, p.D3)
2015 Jun 27, In Sacramento,
Ca., a couple searching for a dog found a headless goat, dead
chickens, a headless rat and a decapitated catfish, adding to the
number of decapitated animals found in recent months.
(SFC, 6/29/15, p.A9)
2015 Jun 30, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed into law a bill ending most vaccination
exemptions for the state’s schoolchildren, effective next January.
Only exemptions signed by a doctor would be allowed.
(SFC, 7/1/15, p.A1)
2015 Jul 1, Former California
state Sen. Leland Yee admitted that he took bribes from undercover
FBI agents in exchange for promises to vote on legislation, arrange
meeting for his purported donors and illegally smuggle guns from the
(SFC, 7/2/15, p.A1)
2015 Jul 2, In northern
California Matthew Graham (33) reported his 6-month-old daughter
missing. On July 10 Graham went missing after stealing a gun, cell
phone and cash from his mother in Shasta County.
(SFC, 7/13/15, p.A6)
2015 Jul 10, Pres. Obama signed
a declaration making Berryessa Snow Mountain California’s newest
2015 Jul 15, California
regulators ordered Uber to pay a $7.3 million fine and hand over
required information about safety and accessibility or shut down in
the company’s home state.
(SFC, 7/16/15, p.C6)
2015 Jul 17, A fast-moving
wildfire swept across a freeway in a Southern California mountain
pass. Some 30 vehicles were destroyed or damaged and the main
freeway from Los Angeles to Las Vegas was forced to close, though
two southbound lanes were later reopened. There were no reports of
2015 Jul 18, In southern
California firefighters battled a fast-moving brush fire near the
I-15 freeway as crews worked through the night to evacuate hundreds
of nearby campers, including children.
2015 Jul 18, In California the
bodies of 2 women and 3 young girls were found at a home in Modesto.
Martin Martinez (30) was arrested the next day in San Jose.
(SFC, 7/20/15, p.A1)
2015 Jul 19, In California 2
Spanish racers were killed in a chain-reaction crash on the first
lap of a World Superbike race at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca.
2015 Jul 26, In Santa Cruz,
Ca., Madyson Middleton (8) disappeared. Her body was found the next
day in a trash bin at the apartment complex where she lived. Adrian
Jerry Gonzalez (15) was soon taken into custody. Gonzalez had
kidnapped, raped and stabbed Middleton in the neck and dumped her in
a recycling bin where she died of positional asphyxiation.
(SFC, 7/28/15, p.A1)(SFC, 7/30/15, p.D1)(SFC,
2015 Jul 28, The Los Angeles
City Council unanimously voted to ban the sale of high-capacity gun
(SFC, 7/30/15, p.D5)
2015 Jul 30, In California
firefighter Dave Ruhl (38) of South Dakota died while fighting the
Frog Fire in the Modoc National Forest outside Alturas. This was one
of 18 large wildfires fought by about 8,000 firefighters deployed
across the state.
2015 Jul 31, California's Gov.
Brown declared a state of emergency as 18 large wildfires raged
across the state.
2015 Jul 31, In Los Angeles
Moshe Matsri (49) was sentenced in federal court to 32 years in
prison on a slew of money laundering, drug and extortion charges.
Prosecutors said he was a leader of an Israeli organized crime ring
that moved drugs and money across the globe.
2015 Jul 31, In California a
wildfire began east of Fresno. By Sep 5 it covered 134 square miles
and was 25% contained.
(SSFC, 9/6/15, p.A5)
2015 Aug 2, In northern
California the Rocky Fire in Clear Lake County doubled its size over
24 hours to 54,000 acres. 24 homes were destroyed in the area and
(SFC, 8/3/15, p.A1)
2015 Aug 5, The California Fish
and Game Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of ending the commercial
and recreational trapping of bobcats in California, becoming the
first state in the nation to do so.
2015 Aug 11, In California a
DMV employee and trucking school owner pleaded guilty to conspiracy
to commit bribery and identity fraud in a case where as many as 100
commercial truck drivers paid up to $5,000 each for illegal licenses
going back to 2011. Two other DMV employees and two other trucking
school operators faced similar charges.
(SFC, 8/12/15, p.D3)
2015 Aug 12, Redel Kentel Jones
(30), a black woman, was killed by police in the 4100 block of
Marlton Avenue in the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw neighborhood of Los
Angeles following an $80 robbery at a pharmacy. Courtyana Franklin,
a woman who said she witnessed the shooting, said she watched the
events unfold from the side view mirror of her car, and in her
version, Jones was running from officers when she was shot. On July
12, 2016, a police commission announced that the shooting was
2015 Aug 12, In northern
California a wildfire running rampant through drought-parched
vegetation grew by several thousand acres overnight, as firefighters
worked to stop the flames from spreading.
2015 Aug 15, In central
California Kern County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed Benjamin
Peter Ashley (34) after he failed to comply with orders to drop his
weapon. Ashley was suspected of killing retired dentist David
Markiewitz (64), whose body was found on July 30 in a cabin in
Jawbone Canyon, and later wounding two deputies as they searched for
him in Kelso Valley.
(SFC, 8/17/15, p.A5)
2015 Aug 16, In southern
California two small planes collided midair as they approached Brown
Field Municipal Airport in San Diego County, killing 5 people.
(SFC, 8/17/15, p.A5)
2015 Sep 1, California’s prison
officials reached a settlement with inmates who filed a class-action
suit in 2012 over solitary confinement. Changes will return as many
as 1,800 inmates to the general population, allow access to
vocational and educational programs, phone calls, mail deliveries
and family visits.
(SFC, 9/2/15, p.A1)
2015 Sep 8, Lagunitas Brewing
Co. based in Petaluma, Ca., announced that Heineken is buying a 50%
share in the company.
(SFC, 9/9/15, p.A1)
2015 Sep 10, In southern
California Joseph Adel Noriega (37) was arrested following a bank
robbery in South Pasadena. He was suspected to be the “Bluto Bandit"
linked to more than a dozen bank robberies.
(SFC, 9/14/15, p.A4)
2015 Sep 11, The California
Legislature passed ABX2-15, a controversial aid-in–dying bill that
would allow doctors in the state to prescribe lethal medicine to
terminally ill patients wanting to end their lives.
(SFC, 9/12/15, p.A1)
2015 Sep 11, In California a
rapidly spreading wildfire spurred evacuations of thousands of
mountain homes in the state’s gold-rush country as flames from a
larger Sierra Nevada blaze edged close to a famed grove of giant
sequoia trees in Kings Canyon National Park.
2015 Sep 12, In California the
so-called Valley Fire erupted and spread quickly to a cluster of
small communities in the hills and valleys north of the Napa Valley
wine country. Thousands of residents were forced from their homes in
the area. By Sep 14 the blaze had devoured about 61,000 acres
(24,690 hectares), and was only about 5 percent contained. By Sep 21
the fire was 70% contained. At least 1,783 structures were consumed
making it the third-most destructive inferno in state history. Five
people were killed by the fire which started due to faulty hot tub
(Reuters, 9/14/15)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A9)(SFC,
9/22/15, p.C2)(SFC, 12/20/17, p.D2)
2015 Sep 18, In southern
California a sheriff's deputy in a helicopter shot at a suspected
home invasion robber who led authorities on a 100-mph chase, and the
suspect died on I-25 in San Bernadino.
2015 Sep, In California a huge
fire in Amador and Calaveras counties destroyed 549 homes and killed
two people. In 2017 PG&E was fined $8.3 million for failing to
maintain a power line that sparked the blaze.
(SFC, 4/26/17, p.A4)
2015 Oct 3, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed legislation intended to reduce racial profiling
by police officers.
(SSFC, 10/4/15, p.A14)
2015 Oct 5, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill giving the state’s terminally ill people
the right to be prescribed a lethal dose of drugs.
(SFC, 10/6/15, p.A1)
2015 Oct 6, California Gov.
Jerry Brown singed SB358, a bill known as the Fair Pay Act. It
closed loopholes in existing antidiscrimination statutes and barred
employers from paying women less than men when they do substantially
(SFC, 10/7/15, p.A1)
2015 Oct 7, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a low calling for the state to get 50% of its
energy from renewable power by 2030.
(SFC, 10/8/15, p.C1)
2015 Oct 8, The California
Coastal Commission approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks at
Sea World in San Diego used to hold killer whales, but it banned
breeding of the captive orcas that would live in them.
(SFC, 10/10/15, p.A5)
2015 Oct 15, In southern
California a storm produced mud flows that impacted nearly eight
miles of Highway 58 in Kern County. Some motorists were stranded
overnight as nearly 200 vehicles became trapped.
(SSFC, 10/18/15, p.A10)
2015 Oct 16, California
regulators closed 33 more oil company wells that had injected
wastewater into potentially drinkable aquifers protected by federal
(SFC, 10/17/15, p.A1)
2015 Oct 30, In southern
California Dr. Hsiu-Ying Tseng (45) was convicted of murder for
killing 3 patients who overdosed on painkillers.
(SSFC, 11/1/15, p.A8)
2015 Nov 3, The California
Dept. of Public Health judged local Dungeness crab and rock crab,
from Oregon to the southern border of Santa Barbara County, to be
too toxic to eat just days before the Nov 7 start of the
recreational crab season. On Nov 5 the state’s Fish and Game
Commission voted to suspend the recreational Dungeness and rock crab
fishing season due to a potentially deadly neurotoxin.
(SFC, 11/4/15, p.A1)(SFC, 11/6/15, p.A1)
2015 Nov 4, In central
California student Faisal Mohammad (18) stabbed four people with a
hunting knife at UC Merced before he was shot to death by campus
police. The FBI later said he was inspired by the Islamic State
Group but had acted alone.
(SFC, 11/5/15, p.A9)(SFC, 11/6/15, p.D9)(SFC,
2015 Nov 4, Melissa Mathison,
screen writer and former wife (1983-2004) of Harrison Ford, died.
Her work included the scripts for “the Black Stallion" (1979) and
“E.T. the Extra Terrestrial" (1982).
(SFC, 11/6/15, p.D7)
2015 Nov 10, Federal and state
officials said they will allow solar, wind and other renewable
energy development on 400,000 acres of public lands in the
California desert, while setting aside 5 million acres for
(SFC, 11/11/15, p.A1)
2015 Nov 18, In southern
California police Officer Ricardo Galvez (29) was shot and killed
during an alleged botched robbery in Downey. On Nov 20 Abel Diaz
(16) was charged with murder. Two other arrested men awaited
(SFC, 11/21/15, p.A6)
2015 Nov 20, In California
regulations banning the commercial and recreational trapping of
bobcat went into effect.
(SFC, 11/21/15, p.A6)
2015 Dec 2, In southern
California Syed Rizwan Farook (28) and Tashfeen Malik (27) who had a
6-month-old daughter together, were killed in a shootout with
police. They had just killed 14 people and wounding 17 at the Inland
Regional Center, a social services agency in the city of San
Bernardino where Farook worked as an inspector. The attack appeared
to have been planned. After two days the FBI became involved saying
Farook had "some kind" of contact with people from the Nusra Front
and the radical Shabab group in Somalia. In 2020 Farook's mother,
Rafia Shareed, pleaded guilty to destroying a map her son may have
used to plan the massacre.
(Reuters, 12/3/15)(Reuters, 12/5/15)(SFC,
2015 Dec 11, In California a
Sky Life air ambulance crashed near McFarland, Kern County, killing
all 4 people aboard.
(SFC, 12/12/15, p.A6)
2015 Dec 13, In Fresno, Ca., 5
people died after a fire broke out in an abandoned home.
(SFC, 12/114/15, p.A6)
2015 Dec 13, In Redding, Ca.,
two children were found dead at a storage locker. On Dec 21 Salinas
couple Tami Huntsman (39) and Gonzalo Curiel (17), the custodians of
the children, were charged with murder, child abuse, torture and
(SFC, 12/23/15, p.D5)
2015 Dec 17, In Los Angeles the
FBI arrested Enrique Marquez (24) on charges of conspiring with Syed
Rizwan Farook to commit terrorist attacks in 2011 and 2012. Marquez
was also charged with illegally purchasing two assault rifles used
by Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, to kill 14 people on Dec 2.
On Feb 16, 2017, Marquez pleaded guilty and faced up to 25 years in
(SFC, 12/18/15, p.A9)(SFC, 2/17/17, p.A5)
2015 Dec 19, In California 5
people died when their single-engine plane crashed south of
(SFC, 12/21/15, p.C2)
2015 In California a huge fire
in Amador and Calaveras counties destroyed 549 homes and killed two
people. In 2017 PG&E was fined $8.3 million for failing to
maintain a power line that sparked the blaze.
(SFC, 4/26/17, p.A4)
2016 Jan 6, California Gov.
Jerry Brown declared a Los Angeles-area natural gas leak that has
been sickening nearby residents for more than two months an
emergency, calling for alternatives to stop the underground leak if
existing efforts fail. The leak was discovered on Oct. 23 at a
well-used for natural gas storage in Aliso Canyon just outside Los
Angeles' Porter Ranch neighborhood.
2016 Jan 7, In California a
criminal complaint was unsealed accusing Iraqi refugee Aws Mohammed
Younis Al-Jayab (23) of Sacramento, of traveling to Syria to fight
and lying to investigators about it.
2016 Jan 10, In Los Angeles
epic survival thriller "The Revenant" and space blockbuster "The
Martian" won big at the Golden Globes, boosting their chances for
Oscars glory next month.
2016 Jan 22, In southern
California three jail inmates, including a man suspected of murder,
escaped from the Orange County Men's Jail. Bac Duong (43)
surrendered on Jan 29. Hossain Nayeri (37) and Jonathan Tieu (20)
were recaptured in the SF Bay Area on Jan 30.
(SSFC, 1/24/16, p.A15)
2016 Feb 9, Los Angeles,
sometimes called the homeless capital of America, adopted a $1.87
billion plan to help its 44,000 down-and-out people without homes.
2016 Feb 12, President Barack
Obama designated some 1.8 million acres of scenic California desert
as national monuments, roughly doubling the amount of public land
set aside for protection during his presidency.
2016 Feb 17, In Los Angeles
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center said it paid the 40 bitcoins,
or about $17,000, demanded when it fell victim to what's commonly
2016 Feb 18, California state
regulators said an underground natural gas pipeline rupture at the
Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field, that caused the state’s
largest-ever methane leak, has been permanently capped, paving the
way for thousands of displaced Los Angeles residents to return home.
In 2018 Southern California Gas Co. said a neqarly $120 million
settlement was reached stemming from the nearly four-month leak.
(Reuters, 2/18/16)(SFC, 8/9/18, p.A6)
2016 Feb 27, In southern
California three people were stabbed, one of them critically, and 13
others were arrested when a Ku Klux Klan rally erupted into clashes
2016 Feb 27, In southern
California 3 people were killed after a driver lost control and
slammed into a UPS truck during a street race on I-5 in Commerce. In
2019 DEalio Lockhart (38) was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.
(SFC, 4/15/19, p.A5)
2016 Feb 28, Spanish
construction group ACS said it has won a 379 million euro ($414
million) contract to build a waste-water treatment and recycling
center in Sacramento, Ca.
2016 Mar 23, In Santa Barbara,
Ca., Dr. Weidong Han (57), his wife Huijie Yu (29), and their
daughter Emily Han (5) were killed. Pierre Haobsh (26) was arrested
for the murders on March 25.
(http://tinyurl.com/zmkqkr8)(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A8)
2016 Mar 24, The University of
California's governing board adopted a statement condemning
anti-Semitic behavior, becoming the first public university system
to do so since campaigns for academic and economic boycotts of
Israel have taken root on many US college campuses.
2016 Mar 28, California Gov.
Jerry Brown announced a deal with state lawmakers and public unions
that would make the minimum wage $15 an hour by 2022, up from $10.
The state Legislature passed the bill on March 31. Brown planned to
sign the legislation on April 4.
(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A1)(SFC, 4/1/16, p.A1)
2016 Mar 29, In Los Angeles
Amir Issa (29), a gay man involved with drugs, was found shot to
death just outside the family home. Police found his mother Rabihah
Issa (68) stabbed to death. On April 1 Amir’s father, Shehada Issa
(69), was charged with Amir’s murder as a hate crime. Shehada said
he shot his son in self-defense after finding his wife’s body.
(SFC, 4/4/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar, California police
arrested David Burchard for selling marijuana to an undercover
officer. Burchard had trademarked “Cali Connect" to protect his
brand, dealt drugs online and was getting T-shirts and hoodies
emblazoned with “Cali Connect".
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.50)
2016 Apr 11, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill expanding family leave benefits. It will
allow workers to receive up to 70% of their pay for time off to care
for a new-born or family member.
(SFC, 4/12/16, p.C1)
2016 Apr 21, Ride-hailing app
Uber settled two class-action lawsuits by drivers in California, and
Massachusetts. The drivers remained as independent contractors but
would be able to form a “driver’s association" to air concerns.
(Econ, 4/30/16, p.61)
2016 Apr 28, In southern
California federal agents arrested three people, including the older
brother of San Bernadino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, on charges of
marriage fraud and lying to federal investigators. Farook was one of
two people killed by police following the Dec 2 attack at the Inland
Regional Center in the city of San Bernardino.
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 29, US Customs and
Border protection said seven tons of marijuana have been seized
inside a truck at the Otay Mesa port of entry in San Diego.
(SSFC, 5/1/16, p.A7)
2016 May 4, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed anti-tobacco legislation raising the smoking age
from 18 to 21 effective June 9.
(SFC, 5/5/16, p.A1)
2016 May 6, In San Diego seaman
James Derek Lovelace died from drowning during a Navy Seal basic
training program after his instructor pushed him underwater at least
twice. On July 6 a medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.
(SFC, 7/8/16, p.A9)
2016 May 12, Oracle Corp.
founder Larry Ellison pledged $200 million to the Univ. of Southern
California to create a center designed to combine traditional
medicine with holistic approaches to treat and prevent cancer.
(SFC, 5/13/16, p.C1)
2016 May 24, The Obama
administration defended a deal reached last September that would
resolve the 1983 environmental disaster in California’s Central
Valley by absolving famers of a $330 million debt to taxpayers,
among other benefits. The settlement would relieve the federal
government of $3.8 billion in potential liability to Westlands Water
District in the San Joaquin Valley.
(SFC, 5/25/16, p.D1)
2016 May 25, In Novato, Ca.,
three suspects attacked two high school students on a hiking trail
near the Marin Country Club killing Edwin Josue Ramirez Guerra (17)
and wounding the other. Two teenage suspects were arrested the next
day. Police later said all involved were from Novato High School and
that the incident was possibly tied to an earlier sexual assault.
Javier Guevara (19), a purported gang member, was later identified
as the 3rd suspect. He reportedly used a machete to slash the
(SFC, 5/27/16, p.A14)(SFC, 5/28/16, p.C2)
2016 May 25, In Vallejo, Ca.,
Pearl Pinson (15) went missing after she was dragged into a car on
an I-780 overpass. Suspect Fernando Castro (19) was fatally shot by
Solano County police as he shot at officers in a Solvang mobile home
park. Pinson remained missing.
(SFC, 5/27/16, p.A14)
2016 Jun 1, In southern
California engineering Prof. William Klug (39) was shot and killed
at UCLA’s engineering complex. Mainak Sarkar (38), an
Indian-American engineer, then killed himself. Sarkar had already
killed his estranged wife in Minnesota.
(SFC, 6/2/16, p.A6)(AP, 6/3/16)
2016 Jun 7, The last major
primaries of the 2016 White House race kicked off in California,
Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota hours
after US delegate counts showed Hillary Clinton clinching the
(AP, 6/7/16)(SFC, 6/8/16, p.A1)
2016 Jun 13, In Los Angeles a
dispute between homeless people led one of them to set a fire that
killed 5 others.
(SFC, 6/16/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 15, California
lawmakers approved a $122.5 billion state spending plan.
(SFC, 6/16/16, p.D2)
2016 Jun 15, In California the
Sherpa Fire started this afternoon in Santa Barbara County and
burned 250 acres. It then quadrupled in size over the next day and
by June 18 burned an estimated 12 square miles and was 45%
(Reuters, 6/17/16)(SSFC, 6/19/16, p.A7)
2016 Jun 16, It was reported
that the Koret Foundation has selected twelve Northern California
colleges and universities to share $50 million for scholarships,
improved technology and research expansion.
(SFC, 6/16/16, p.D3)
2016 Jun 19, In southern
California a fire at a stable outside Los Angeles killed 10 horses.
(SFC, 6/20/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 20, In southern
California two wildfires erupted near Duarte. On July 7 the bodies
of hikers Jonathan Pardo (16) and cousin Carlos Perez (31) were
found burned to death in the Angeles National Forest.
(SFC, 7/9/16, p.A11)
2016 Jun 21, Pacific Gas &
Electric Co. announced it will close California’s last nuclear
plant, Diablo Canyon near San Luis Obispo, in 2025.
(SFC, 6/22/16, p.A1)
2016 Jun 22, The US Forest
Service said at least 26 million trees have died due to drought in
the Sierra forests of California between last October and May.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A1)
2016 Jun 23, In southern
California two fires in the Angeles National Forest and foothill
communities were 15% contained after burning more than 8 square
miles over the last four days.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 23, In central
California the Erskine Fire broke out in the foothills of Kern
County about 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bakersfield. By July 26
it charred some 68 square miles, destroyed 200 homes and killed 2
(Reuters, 6/25/16)(SFC, 6/27/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 27, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown singed a $122 billion budget plan that added $3.3
billion into the state’s rainy-day fund, bringing the reseve to $6.7
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.D1)
2016 Jun 27, In California
ex-Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was sentenced to five
years in prison as part of a federal corruption investigation.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 29, Firefighters in
central California contained 60% of the Erskine wildfire ranked as
the biggest and deadliest of several blazes raging across the state
in an early summer heat wave.
2016 Jul 1, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed six bills related to gun control.
(SFC, 7/2/16, p.A1)
2016 Jul 4, San Diego police
found the body of a homeless man. A day earlier another body of a
homeless man was found burned under a highway. Police soon released
grainy images of a suspect taken from a convenience store camera.
Over the next two days two more homeless men were attacked in the
city. On July 7 police arrested Anthony Alexander Padgett (36) in
connection with the murder and attempted murder of the sleeping men,
some of whom were set on fire. A third victim died on July 10.
Padgett was released on July 11 due to lack of evidence.
(SFC, 7/6/16, p.A6)(SFC, 7/7/16, p.A6)(SFC,
7/11/16, p.A4)(SFC, 7/12/16, p.A12)
2016 Jul 10, In southern
California the driver of an SUV struck and killed 3 women (16-20)
and then fled the scene in Santa Ana.
(SFC, 7/12/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 15, San Diego police
arrested Jon David Guerrero (39) following an attack on a homeless
man. Police believed Guerrero was responsible for the five attacks
since July 3 that killed three homeless men.
(SSFC, 7/17/16, p.A13)
2016 Jul 22, In southern
California a fast-moving wildfire broke out and soon forced hundreds
of people to flee from their homes in the drought-parched foothills
northwest of Los Angeles. By July 24 it had blackened some 20,000
acres and threatened homes and commercial structures.
2016 Jul 26, In California the
Soberanes Fire in Monterey County, which ignited on July 22 in
Garrapata State Park, grew to almost 20,000 acres and was only 10%
contained. By July 31 it swelled to 40,000 acres and was 18%
(SFC, 7/27/16, p.D1)(SFC, 8/1/16, p.C2)
2016 Jul 28, In southern
California a Marine Corps fighter jet crashed during a training
mission in the vicinity of Twentynine Palms. Maj. Richard Norton
(36) was killed.
(SFC, 7/30/16, p.A6)(SSFC, 7/31/16, p.A11)
2016 Jul 28, In southern
California two police officers were shot, one fatally, after a late
night stop turned into a gunfight in San Diego. Jesse Gomez (52) was
soon arrested for the murder of officer Jonathan DeGuzman (43).
(SFC, 7/30/16, p.A6)(SSFC, 7/31/16, p.A10)
2016 Jul 29, In northern
California a medical transport plane enroute to Oakland, Ca.,
crashed in Humboldt County killing all 4 people onboard.
(SFC, 8/2/16, p.C2)
2016 Aug 2, In central
California a chartered bus hit a pole of an overhead sign on Highway
99, splitting the coach partway down the middle. 5 people were
killed. In 2017 driver Mario David Vasquez (58) was charged with
(SFC, 8/3/16, p.D2)(SFC, 8/2/17, p.A10)
2016 Aug 4, In California
Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested on charges that he
supplied alcohol to underage counselors at acity run youth camp and
surreptitiously recorded a group of young people playing strip poker
in Silva’s bedroom in 2015. Silva denied the charges.
(SFC, 8/5/16, p.D1)
2016 Aug 13, In northern
California the Clayton wildfire broke out in Lake County.
2016 Aug 15, In northern
California Damin Anthony Pashilk (40) was arrested and charged with
arson for starting the massive Clayton wildfire that has destroyed
175 buildings and forced thousands to flee to safety. Pashilk was
suspected of setting "numerous fires" in Lake County over the past
2016 Aug 16, Authorities in
southern California ordered the evacuation of 82,000 people, after a
wildfire broke out in Cajon Pass to rapidly engulf 15,000 acres
(6,070 hectares) of terrain. The so-called Bluecut Fire erupted in
heavy brush just west of Interstate 15, the main freeway between Las
Vegas and the Los Angeles area, forcing the closure of one stretch
of the highway. In nothern California the Clayton Fire was 35
2016 Aug 18, In southern
California Weary firefighters battled a raging inferno that was
threatening the homes of more than 82,000 people and sent flaming
"firenadoes" tearing across the brush. Governor Jerry Brown declared
a state of emergency for San Bernardino County, just 60 miles (100
km) east of Los Angeles, where the so-called Bluecut Fire was
2016 Aug 29, California
Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that bans the use of
bullhooks and other devices to control elephants, the latest victory
for animal rights activists who condemn the practice.
2016 Sep 10, The Hanjin
container ship Greece, that was stranded off the California coast
for more than a week, began unloading after a judge protected the
global shipping giant from having its assets seized in the US as it
struggles to avoid bankruptcy. The ship was one of four vessels that
were blocked from entering or leaving the port after Hanjin filed
for bankruptcy protection on Aug. 31 in South Korea and the US on
2016 Sep 12, Former California
Assemblyman Thomas Calderon was sentenced to one year in prison for
helping his brother, state senator Ron Calderon, hide bribes from an
undercover FBI agent to support tax credits for the film industry.
(SFC, 9/13/16, p.A5)
2016 Sep 14, US Interior Sec.
Sally Jewell gave final approval for a renewable energy development
plan within nearly 11 million acres of public land in California’s
(SFC, 9/15/16, p.D1)
2016 Sep 19, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed into law what he called the nation’s strictest
plan to cut emissions of methane, black carbon and other short-lived
(SFC, 9/20/16, p.A1)
2016 Sep 20, Curtis Hanson
(71), screen writer and film director, died at his Hollywood Hills
home. His films included “The River Wild" (1994), “L.A.
Confidential" (1997), “Wonder Boys" (2000) and “8 Mile" (2002).
(SFC, 9/22/16, p.D6)
2016 Sep 24, In southern
California 3 adults were found dead in Fullerton after a child
called police to report that her parents had died. Two children were
(SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A11)
2016 Sep 26, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires all people, including law
enforcement, who leave guns in unattended vehicles to lock them in a
trunk or container that’s not left in plain sight.
(SFC, 9/27/16, p.A10)
2016 Sep 26, In California the
Loma Fire started in the Santa Cruz Mountains and quickly charred
some 1,000 acres. Evacuations were ordered and by nightfall it was
only 5% contained. By Sept. 29 the fire was 34% contained with as
many as 4,147 acres were charred. The 4,474-acre fire was declared
over on October 12.
(SFC, 9/27/16, p.A1)(SFC, 9/28/16, p.A1)(SFC,
9/30/16, p.D2)(SFC, 10/14/16, p.D3)
2016 Sep 27, In southern
California police in El Cajon shot and killed Alfred Olango (38), a
refugee from Uganda, after he drew an object from his pocket that
turned out to be an electronic cigarette device. Olango was
reportedly distraught over the recent death of his best friend.
(SFC, 9/29/16, p.A7)
2016 Sep 28, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill that eliminates the 10-year state of
limitations on rape.
(SFC, 9/29/16, p.A1)
2016 Sep 30, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill that redefined rape to include unlawful
penetration by any object.
(SFC, 10/1/16, p.A1)
2016 Sep 30, Police in southern
California released two videos showing an officer fatally shooting
Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb on Sept.
27, and said they hoped showing the footage would ease escalating
2016 Oct 1, Los Angeles police
shot and killed Carnell Snell Jr. (18), a black man, following a
chase when a vehicle did not comply with a traffic stop. Two black
males got out of the car at a traffic stop and fled on foot.
Officers followed one of them to a residence, where he was shot and
killed. Police said a handgun was found at the scene. Surveillance
video released on October 4 showed Snell running from police while
holding a gun.
(Reuters, 10/2/16)(SFC, 10/3/16, p.A6)(SFC,
2016 Oct 2, In southern
California Los Angeles police shot and killed Daniel Enrique Perez
(16) as he point a fake gun at them. Police later said the boy had
used his cell phone to report a man with a gun matching his own
(SFC, 10/7/16, p.A5)
2016 Oct 5, In southern
California Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Steven Owen (53) was
shot and killed while answering a burglary report. The suspected
gunman was arrested after commandeering Owen’s patrol car in
(SFC, 10/6/16, p.A6)
2016 Oct 7, It was reported
that Vietnam has declared a United States-based activist group a
terrorist organization and warned that any Vietnamese found to be
involved with the group would be regarded as co-conspirators and
punished. The government said the California-based Viet Tan, or
Vietnam Reform Party, had recruited and trained operatives to use
weapons and explosives.
2016 Oct 8, In southern
California police Officers Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny (27) were
fatally shot in Palm Springs while trying to resolve a family
dispute. Gang member John Hernandez Felix (26) was arrested early
the next day after police shot a chemical agent into the home where
he was holed up. On Oct 12 Felix was charged with first-degree
(SSFC, 10/9/16, p.A13)(SFC, 10/10/16, p.A9)(SFC,
2016 Oct 14, In San Diego a
former federal agent was sentenced to 12 years in prison for tipping
off a defense contractor who was under investigation for overbilling
the Navy by at least $35 million. Former Naval Criminal
Investigative Service investigator John Beliveau II (47) was also
ordered to pay $20 million in restitution.
2016 Oct 15, In southern
California 4 people were killed after an out-of-control pickup truck
driven by Richard Anthony Sepolio (25) plunged off the San
Diego-Coronado Bridge and plowed into a car gathered at a festival
underneath. Sepolio, a member of the US Navy, was hospitalized with
severe injuries and later arrested on suspicion of driving under the
influence of alcohol or drugs.
(SSFC, 10/16/16, p.A6)(SFC, 10/17/16, p.A5)
2016 Oct 15, In southern
California a hit-and-run driver caused a crash that left four people
dead and four hospitalized on State Route 60 near Pomona.
(SFC, 10/17/16, p.A4)
2016 Oct 15, In northern
California John Jessie Mariana (28) of Guerneville and Nathan Proto
(36) were killed in Sebastopol during a marijuana deal. In 2018
fugitives Robert Lee Randolph Jr. and Maria Teresa Lebron were
arrested in Texas on suspicion of murder.
2016 Oct 19, In northern
California Jack Lee Breiner fatally shot Deputy Jack Hopkins (31) as
he responded to a domestic disturbance call in Alturas.
(SSFC, 10/30/16, p.A8)
2016 Oct 21, Former California
state Sen. Ron Calderon was sentenced to 3½ years in prison in a
corruption scandal in which he acknowledged taking bribes in
exchange for his influence in Sacramento.
(SFC, 10/21/16, p.A7)
2016 Oct 23, In southern
California a tour bus plowed into a big-rig on I-10 near Palm
Springs killing 13 people and injuring 31 others. On Oct 19, 2017,
big rig driver Bruce Guilford (51)00 was arrested in Georgia a day
after being charged in Riverside County with 13 counts of vehicular
(SFC, 10/24/16, p.A4)(SFC, 10/20/17, p.A5)
2016 Oct 23, Tom Hayden
(b.1939), American social and political activist, author and
politician, died in Santa Monica, Ca., following a lengthy illness.
2016 Oct 26, US Defense
Secretary Ash Carter ordered the Pentagon to stop seeking repayments
of enlistment bonuses given to California National Guard members who
2016 Oct 27, The US Coast Guard
delivered more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine to San Diego that were
confiscated in 25 separate busts off the coasts of Central and South
America over the past fiscal year.
(SFC, 10/29/16, p.A6)
2016 Oct, In California 104
tiny Perdix drones, with a wingspan of 30 cm, were launched from
three American fighters and performed a series of maneuvers.
(Econ 6/10/17, TQ p.8)
2016 Nov 8, California,
residents backed a referendum that bans large-capacity ammunition
magazines and requires some people to undergo background checks in
order to buy ammunition. California voters approved Prop. 63
tightened gun ammunition regulations and required owners of
magazines holding ten or more cartridges to turn them in. In 2019 a
federal judge ruled that the banning of high capacity gun magazines
(Reuters, 11/9/16)(SFC, 3/30/19, p.A7)
2016 Nov 8, California,
Nebraska and Oklahoma voted to reinstate or otherwise support the
death penalty. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts had poured some $400,000
of his family’s money to finance the death penalty referendum.
(SFC, 11/10/16, p.A7)(AFP, 11/12/16)(Econ,
2016 Nov 9, From New York to
Los Angeles thousands of people in around 10 cities rallied late
today against president-elect Donald Trump. Protesters burned a
giant orange-haired head of Trump in effigy, lit fires in the
streets and blocked traffic as rage over the billionaire's election
victory spilled onto the streets of Oakland, Ca., Chicago, Boston,
Philadelphia, Portland and Washington DC.
2016 Nov 13, In central
California David Machado (36) shot sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Wallace
(53) twice in the head outside the city of Hughson. Hours later
Machado was arrested when he tried to steal a woman’s purse in
(SFC, 11/14/16, p.A12)
2016 Nov 21, Adam Ondra (23), a
Czech mountain climber, free-climbed the El Capitan formation in
Yosemite Valley in a record eight days using only a rope for safety.
2016 Dec 2, The FBI arrested
Jamaican fugitive Marlon Jones a day after he was added to the
agency's top 10 most wanted list in the deaths of four people at a
Los Angeles birthday party in October.
2016 Dec 2, In southern
California graduate student David Jonathan Brown stabbed to death
UCLA Prof. Bosco Tjan, an expert in vision cognition and perception.
The student was arrested.
(SFC, 12/3/16, p.A7)(SSFC, 12/4/16, p.A8)
2016 Dec 2, In southern
California CHP officers found more than 200 pounds of heroin, valued
at about $11 million, in a tractor trailer that was stopped for
speeding in Victorville.
(SFC, 12/3/16, p.A7)
2016 Dec 14, California
regulators approved the nation’s first energy-efficiency standards
(SFC, 12/15/16, p.A1)
2016 Dec 15, California
regulators approved 7,500 PG&E car-charging stations at a cost
estimated at $130 million.
(SFC, 12/16/16, p.C1)
2016 Dec 18, US officials said
Nigerian national Kelvin Onaghinor (37) has been charged in
connection with a hack of Los Angeles County emails that might have
exposed personal data from more than 750,000 people who had business
with county departments. Officials were not sure if Onaghinor was on
(SFC, 12/19/16, p.A5)
2016 Dec 18, Zsa Zsa Gabor
(99), Hungarian actress and celebrity, died of a heart attack in
2016 Dec 23, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown granted pardons to 112 people and reduced the sentence a
Louis Calderon by ten years for a gang shooting in 1999.
(SSFC, 12/25/16, p.C10)\
2016 Dec 28, Debbie Reynolds
(84), the "Singin' in the Rain" actress who tap-danced her way into
American hearts as a star of Hollywood's Golden Age, died in Beverly
Hills of a stroke, grief-stricken over daughter Carrie Fisher's
death a day earlier.
2017 Jan 1, In California new
laws went into effect that included an increase in the minimum wage
from $10 and hour to $10.50 an hour for businesses with 26 or more
(SSFC, 1/1/17, p.A10)
2017 Jan 6, Attorneys confirmed
that Shilo Heavenly Quine (57), a California inmate, had become the
first US inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery. In
1980 Quine and an accomplice had shot and killed Shahid Ali Baig, a
father of three, stealing his car and $80 during a drug and alcohol
rampage in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 1/9/17, p.D2)
2017 Jan 8, SeaWorld in San
Diego hosted its last killer whale performance, the culmination of
its promise to phase out the decades-old show after criticism of its
treatment of the captive marine mammals.
2017 Jan 8, In California the
Pioneer Cabin Tree in Calaveras Big Tree State Park fell due to rain
and soggy ground. A hole in the base of the giant sequoia had been
enlarged in 1881 and cars began passing through in 1920. The 32-foot
diameter tree was about two thousand years old.
(SFC, 1/10/17, p.A10)
2017 Jan 10, The board of
directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced that their
new museum would be built in the Exposition Park of Los Angeles.
(SFC, 1/11/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 12, Pres. Obama added
roughly 6,000 acres to the California Coastal national Monument.
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.D1)
2017 Jan 12, The US federal
government’s Drought Monitor pronounced 42% of California drought
(SFC, 1/13/17, p.A1)
2017 Jan 14, California
historian Kevin Starr (b.1940) died. He was best known for his
mammoth series of history books: Americans and the California
(SFC, 1/16/17, p.A1)
2017 Feb 4, It was reported
that Louis Marinelli, leader of the “Yes California" campaign to
make California its own country, has partnered and received
financial support from the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia, a
Kremlin-supported political group. Marinelli was reported to be
living and teaching in Russia.
(SFC, 2/4/17, p.A1)
2017 Feb 7, In northern
California the Dept. of Water Resources discovered a large amount of
debris coming out of the concrete-lined spillway of the Oroville
Dam. Release of water was stopped and engineers found a massive
crater in the spillway.
(SSFC, 2/19/17, p.A19)
2017 Feb 12, In northern
California authorities ordered at least 188,000 people living
below Lake Oroville to evacuate, shortly after
engineers spotted a hole in the spillway that was eroding back
toward the top.
2017 Feb 13, In northern
California emergency crews prepared loads of rock to be dropped by
helicopters to seal the crumbling Oroville Dam spillway that
threatens to inundate communities along the Feather River.
2017 Feb 14, Pres. Donald Trump
issued major disaster declarations to enable federal funding for
California to aid spillway damage on the Oroville Dam and help the
with widespread effects of January’s storms.
(SFC, 2/15/17, p.A10)
2017 Feb 17, A powerful Pacific
storm blew into southern California killing at least two people.
(SFC, 2/18/17, p.A9)
2017 Feb 21, In California
former Kenneth Arrow (95), a former Stanford professor and Nobel
prize winner in economics (1972), died at his home in Palo Alto.
(SFC, 2/22/17, p.A12)
2017 Feb 23, The International
Boundary and Water Commission notified the Tijuana State Public
Service Commission of a sewage spill. US officials believed it had
started at least two weeks earlier and dumped roughly 143 million
gallons (541 million liters) of sewage into the Pacific Ocean. The
spill polluted 20 miles (32 km) of coastland from the areas of
Rosarito in Mexico to Coronado in California.
2017 Feb 27, In southern
California former teacher Robert Ruben Ornelas was sentenced to 190
years in federal prison for traveling to the Philippines to have sex
with young girls and videotaping the encounters.
2017 Feb 27, In southern
California a small plane heading to San Jose crashed shortly after
taking off from Riverside Municipal Airport killing three of five
people onboard. Two homes were destroyed in the crash.
(SFC, 2/28/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 2, The California
Dept. of Public Health released guidelines for cell phone users to
avoid health risks from the use of their devices.
(SFC, 3/3/17, p.A1)
2017 Mar 3, California Gov.
Jerry Brown's finance department decided that the state's $64
billion high-speed rail project is ready to lay some track.
2017 Mar 5, It was reported
that US federal authorities have approved a plan to move nearly
1,500 desert tortoises from California’s Marine base at Twentynine
Palms so that the marine Corps can use the area for training with
tanks and live ammunition.
(SSFC, 3/5/17, p.A11)
2017 Mar 14, John Van de Kamp
(81), former California Attorney General (1983-1991) died at his
home in Pasadena.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 14, Royal Robbins
(b.1935), a leader in Yosemite rock climbing, died at his home in
Modesto. In 1957 he made the first ascent of Half Dome as part of a
four-man team. In 1961 he climbed the Salathe Wall on El Capitan in
nine days. In 1968 he was the first person to top El Capitan solo.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.D6)
2017 Mar 15, Former Los Angeles
County Sheriff Lee Baca (74) was convicted of obstructing an FBI
investigation into corrupt and violent guards.
(SFC, 3/16/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 22, An estimated
17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada went on strike to
protest the handling of work assignments. Technicians and call
center workers returned to work the next day following an agreement
on work assignments.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.C1)(SFC, 3/24/17, p.C1)
2017 Mar 23, Police in
Sacramento, Ca., found the bodies of two children and two adults at
a house on the 1100 block of 35th Ave. Suspect Salvador
Vasquez-Oliva (56) was arrested in San Francisco.
(SFC, 3/24/17, p.D4)(SFC, 3/25/17, p.C2)
2017 Apr 2, The Federal
Emergency management Agency (FEMA) said disaster relief will be made
available for 42 California counties to help repair hundreds of
millions of dollars in damage incurred by February’s flooding,
storms and mudslides.
(SFC, 4/3/17, p.C3)
2017 Apr 7, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown declared an officials end to the state’s drought.
(SFC, 4/8/17, p.A1)
2017 Apr 9, In southern
California an SUV slammed into a group of pedestrians as they were
leaving the East Sarang Community Church, killing two people and
injuring several others in Chino.
(SFC, 4/11/17, p.A4)
2017 Apr 10, In southern
California a Cedric Anderson (53) fired on his wife, Elaine Smith,
in a San Bernadino classroom killing her and Jonathan Martinez (8),
a child close by, and then himself at North Park School. Another
child was critically injured.
(SFC, 4/11/17, p.A5)(SFC, 4/24/17, p.A4)
2017 Apr 14, In California two
teenagers shot at a car in Fresno that crashed killing the driver.
The next day police shot and wounded one of two brothers (16)
suspected in the car shooting.
(SFC, 4/17/17, p.A5)
2017 Apr 17, California awarded
a $275.4 million contract for the repair of Oroville Dam to Kiewit
Infrastructure West Co., a division of Omaha-based Kiewit Corp.
(SFC, 4/18/17, p.C1)
2017 Apr 18, In Fresno, Ca.,
suspect Kori Ali Muhammad (39) shot and killed three people and
wounded another in less than 90 seconds before police took him into
custody. He was already wanted for the killing of a security guard
in a motel last week.
(SFC, 4/19/17, p.A7)
2017 Apr 20, In northern
California Tad Cummins (50), a Tennessee teacher, surrendered in
Cecilville more than a month after kidnapping a student. The girl
was rescued unharmed.
(SFC, 4/21/17, p.A5)
2017 Apr 24, Six people were
awarded the annual Goldman Environmental Prize. They included Mark
Lopez of southern California for work focusing on contamination from
a battery recycling plant; Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo of Congo DRC
for efforts to protect the Virunga National Park from oil
extraction; Prafulla Samantara of India for efforts to halt an
open-pit bauxite mine in Odisha state; Uros Maceri of Slovenia for
efforts to halt pollution by the Lafarge Cement Co.; Wendy Bowman of
Australia for her efforts to halt coal mining and pollution in the
Hunter Valley; and Rodrigo Tot of Guatemala for efforts to halt
evictions and government corruption related to nickel mining in El
Estor and Agua Caliente.
(SFC, 4/24/17, p.A10)
2017 Apr 28, In California
Pavel Tveretinov (51), a suburban Sacramento beekeeper, was arrested
for stealing thousands of bee hives from almond orchards. He was
released on $10,000 bail.
(SFC, 5/18/17, p.D8)
2017 Apr 25, A report by
California’s state Auditor Elaine Howle said the Univ. of California
hid $175 million from the public in secret funds while
administrators demanded more money from the state from 2012 to 2016.
(SFC, 4/26/17, p.A1)
2017 Apr 25, The US Justice
Dept. and health care officials announced that Pacific Pulmonary
Services, based in Novato, Ca., has agreed to pay $11.4 million to
settle accusations that it profiteered by filing false reimbursement
claims and arranging kickbacks with sleep-testing clinics starting
(SFC, 4/27/17, p.C3)
2017 Apr 26, California and New
Mexico filed suit against the Trump administration for blocking
rules that would require oil, gas and coal companies to pay an
additional $78 million a year in royalties from mining on federal
(SFC, 4/28/17, p.D1)
2017 Apr 30, In southern
California Peter Selis (49), holding a gun in one hand and a bottle
of beer in the other, opened fire on people around a swimming pool
in a San Diego apartment complex, killing one and injuring others
before police shot him dead. Selis was reportedly despondent over a
recent breakup with his girlfriend.
(Reuters, 5/1/17)(SFC, 5/2/17, p.A6)
2017 May 6, Two San Diego
police officers shot a killed a boy (15) who pointed a handgun at
them in front of Torrey Pines High School early today. The gun was
found to be a BB air pistol.
(SSFC, 5/7/17, p.A10)
2017 May 8, In California
police officers in Sacramento County fired 28 rounds at Mikel Laney
McIntyre (32), a mentally ill black man. In 2020 a wrongful death
settlement against the county was settled for $1.75 million.
(http://tinyurl.com/yx62exh6)(SFC, 2/1/20, p.A5)
2017 May 10, It was reported
that the administrators at three Univ. of California campuses
changed their responses to a state auditor’s survey to reflect more
favorably on UC Pres. Janet Napolitano’s office after her staff
directed them to make changes.
(SFC, 5/10/17, p.A1)
2017 May 12, In southern
California former Los Angeles sheriff Lee Baca (74) was sentenced to
three years in prison for obstructing an FBI investigation into
abuses at the jails he ran.
(SFC, 5/13/17, p.A6)
2017 May 17, An indictment
filed in San Diego charged a father-son partnership for allegedly
smuggling more than $17 million worth of sea cucumbers to the United
States and exporting them to Asia. The charges against Blessings
Inc. of Tucson, Arizona, shed light on a growing and lucrative
illegal cross-border trade.
2017 May 18, In California an
indictment charged Pamela Emanuel (57), a former worker at the
California Employment Development Department, and four others with
receiving $800,000 in fraudulent unemployment benefits and stealing
more than 250 identities.
(SFC, 5/19/17, p.D2)
2017 May 20, In central
California a landslide struck a stretch of oceanfront Highway 1 at
Mud Creek on the southern end of Big Sur. The road reopened on July
(SFC, 5/24/17, p.A1)(SFC, 7/18/18, p.A1)
2017 May 29, It was reported
that a local rescue group has found dozens of sick and dying
pelicans along California’s Ventura and Santa Barbara coasts.
Poisoning from domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin in algae,
(SFC, 5/29/17, p.A4)
2017 Jun 1, California Gov.
Jerry Brown joined with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Washington
state Gov. Jay Inslee to announce a new alliance of states dedicated
to fight global warming and urged other states to join them.
(SFC, 6/2/17, p.A1)
2017 Jun 5, Architect William
Krisel (92) died in Beverly Hills. In the 1950s and 1960s he and
business partner Dan Palmer designed some 40,000 cheap but elegant
tract homes in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.
(SFC, 6/8/17, p.D6)
2017 Jun 6, China and
California signed an agreement to work together on reducing
emissions, as Gov. Jerry Brown warned that "disaster still looms"
without urgent action.
2017 Jun 6, In Fresno, Ca.,
three men were killed and one left wounded following a gun battle.
Investigators suspected a home invasion robbery or drug deal that
(SFC, 6/7/17, p.A12)
2017 Jun 16, In San Diego
retired Navy Capt. Michael Brooks (59), a former US Naval attaché to
the US embassy in the Philippines, was sentenced to 41 months in
prison for illicitly secured diplomatic clearances for a Malaysian
defense contractor in exchange for luxury watches and the services
2017 Jun 22, California’s
Attorney General Xavier Becerra added four more US states subject to
its state-sponsored travel ban for alleged discrimination against
the LGBT community. Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas joined
Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
(SFC, 6/23/17, p.D1)
2017 Jun 26, The Trump
administration cleared the way for the construction of two giant
tunnels in California that would siphon water from the Sacramento
River and send it south to farms and cities.
(SFC, 6/27/17, p.C1)
2017 Jun 27, In California the
Los Angeles City Council cleared the way for a $1.5 billion Museum
of Narrative Art to be built by “Star Wars" creator George Lucas.
(SFC, 6/28/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 28, In southern
California Rachel Nguyen (20) and Joseph Orbeso (22) were reported
missing while hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. On October 15
their bodies were found near the area where they disappeared. Police
believed they died in a “sympathetic murder-suicide" after running
short of food and water.
(SFC, 10/17/17, p.A5)(SFC, 10/23/17, p.A5)
2017 Jul 3, In California Danny
Pham (27) was found dead at the Orange County Central Jail Complex
while serving 180 days for car theft. He was reportedly killed by a
cellmate who was in jail on two murder charges.
(http://tinyurl.com/ybpewluq)(SFC, 7/24/17, p.A5)
2017 Jul 9, California the Wall
Fire in butte County burned 5,00 acres. In Santa Barbara County the
Whittier Fire burned 7,800 acres. At least 14 large fires propelled
some 5,00 firefighters statewide under record breaking heat
(SFC, 7/10/17, p.A5)
2017 Jul 12, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown and former NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a
climate-change initiative that will track and showcase how much US
states, cities and businesses are doing to reduce harmful greenhouse
(SFC, 7/13/17, p.D1)
2017 Jul 17, California's
legislature passed a package of bills that extends the state's
signature plan to address climate change by a decade, sending
Governor Jerry Brown a cap-and-trade plan that uses market forces to
cuts greenhouse gas emissions.
2017 Jul 20, In central
California more than 3,000 firefighters battled a raging wildfire
that has destroyed 29 structures and forced thousands to flee their
homes as it threatened a picturesque gold rush town outside Yosemite
2017 Jul 21, Residents of a
historic gold-mining town in central California began returning home
as evacuation orders prompted by a massive wildfire were lifted, but
some 1,500 structures remained threatened by the flames.
2017 Jul 22, In southern
California Clarence Francis Matthews (b.1906), believed to be the
oldest man in the US, died at his home in Indian Wells.
(SFC, 7/25/17, p.C4)
2017 Jul 27, The California Air
Resources Board approved the first phase of Volkswagen’s plan to
invest $800 million to support zero-emission vehicle use in the
state over ten years.
(SFC, 7/28/17, p.C1)
2017 Aug 1, In California a
gunman was found dead inside a rural home at Yuba Trees Church north
of Sacramento after he shot and wounded two deputies responding to
reports of someone pulling up marijuana plants on a farm that
supplies pot to a Rastafarian church.
(SFC, 8/2/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 6, It was reported
that pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's
national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has
turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply
touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.
2017 Aug 8, US Border Patrol
agents in San Diego arrested Jorge Edwin Rivera (25) as he used a
drone to smuggle methamphetamine from Mexico. Rivera said he had
used drones five or six times since march to smuggle drugs.
(SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A14)
2017 Aug 11, In southern
California Pierre Romain (53) was convicted of first degree murder
for a botched car jacking in June, 1987. DNA evidence was used to
relate him to the murder of Jade Clark, who shot Romain in the arm.
(SFC, 8/12/17, p.A6)
2017 Aug 17, Covered
California, the health insurance exchange created under the
Affordable Care Act, approved a proposal to allow insurers to raise
premiums more than normal between 2019 and 2021 if they lose more
money than expected in 2018 due to federal policy changes.
(SFC, 8/18/17, p.C1)
2017 Aug 18, In California Nery
Israel Estrada Margos (38) entered the lobby of police headquarters
in Santa Rosa and said he had assaulted his girlfriend, Veronica
Cabrera Ramirez, and thought that she might be dead. Margos had been
jailed earlier on suspicion of felony domestic violence, but was
released on bail on Aug 3. Margos was subject to deportation to his
(SFC, 8/31/17, p.A3)
2017 Aug 19, Los Angeles
prosecutors said six people have been charged with selling millions
of dollars worth of drugs over the last four years on the dark Web
from a home in Altadena.
(SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A9)
2017 Aug 26, In Las Vegas Conor
McGregor lost his match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. as referee
Robert Byrd stopped the bout in the 10th round. Mayweather secured
his place in boxing history to head into retirement with a record
50th straight victory.
(AP, 8/27/17)(AFP, 8/27/17)
2017 Aug 27, In southern
California Aurelio Teran (38) was arrested after fatally stabbing
his wife Viridiana multiple times in front of their son (12) in Los
(SFC, 8/29/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 29, In northern
California the Ponderosa Fire ignited in the Sierra foothills of
Butte County about 15 miles east of Lake Oroville.
(SFC, 8/31/17, p.E6)
2017 Aug 30, Northern
California fire officials said they have arrested a man they accused
of causing the fast-moving Ponderosa wildfire that destroyed 10
homes and forced the evacuation of about 1,500 residents. John
Ballenger (29) of Oroville was accused of "recklessly" starting a
campfire outside a designated area and allowing it to spread out of
(Reuters, 8/31/17)(SFC, 8/31/17, p.E6)
2017 Aug 30, In California
Robert French (52), a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy, was shot
dead and two CHP officers were wounded during an investigation at a
hotel into a stolen vehicle. Suspect Thomas Daniel Littlecloud (32)
of Castro Valley was shot during a chase and arrested. Two women in
a stolen car were also arrested. Littlecloud died of his wounds on
(SFC, 8/31/17, p.A6)(SFC, 9/1/17, p.D1)
2017 Aug 31, In northern
California officials arrested Chi Meng Yang after he and his sister
attempted to bribe Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey with $1 million
to turn a blind eye to their marijuana growing operations. Police
still sought Gaosheng Laitinen.
(SFC, 9/2/17, p.A6)
2017 Sep 1, California Governor
Jerry Brown issued an emergency declaration for a wildfire burning
in the northern part of the state, the same day the man accused of
starting the blaze was charged with arson.
2017 Sep 2, A wildfire on the
northwest edge of Los Angeles spread rapidly despite light rainfall,
a day after it forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents and
triggered the closure of a major highway.
2017 Sep 3, It was reported
that California’s Dept. of Public health has confirmed three recent
deaths from West Nile virus. In all 87 cases from 13 California
counties have been recorded this year.
(SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A8)
2017 Sep 3, In California Aaron
Joel Mitchell (41) died at UC Davis after he ran through two layers
of security the previous evening and into flames of the Burning Man
in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
(SFC, 9/4/17, p.A5)
2017 Sep 8, The Univ. of
California sued the US Dept. of Homeland Security to stop the Trump
administration from rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals program. UC Pres. Janet Napolitano had served as secretary
of Homeland Security (2009-2013) and created the DACA program.
(SFC, 9/9/17 p.A1)
2017 Sep 8, A new study by UC
Davis showed that the number of deer and other large animals killed
or injured by California motorists jumped 20 percent in 2016 in
accidents that killed five people, led drivers to put themselves in
harm's way trying to save the animals, and cost society about $276
2017 Sep 9, In southern
California the members of the Polish band Decapitated were arrested
early today in Santa Ana, on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after
their Aug. 31 concert in Spokane. The band, founded in Poland in
1996, has won critical acclaim for its albums among fans of death
2017 Sep 11, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown and state Senate Pres. Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced a
deal to clear the way for a statewide sanctuary policy that would
limit law enforcement’s ability to work with federal authorities to
deport undocumented immigrants.
(SFC, 9/12/17 p.A1)
2017 Sep 13, Hollywood actress
Rebel Wilson (37) won Aus$4.5 million ($3.6 million) in damages
following a lengthy defamation case against a publisher that
portrayed her as a serial liar. Bauer Media argued the
allegations made in Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly and OK
Magazine in 2015 were true and denied they had damaged her
2017 Sep 23, In southern
California former court clerk Jose Lopez Jr. of Anaheim was
sentenced to 11 years in prison for accepting $420,000 in bribes to
fix more than 1,000 minor court cases.
(SSFC, 9/24/17 p.A6)
2017 Sep 24, In California a
large riot erupted at the Men’s Colony Prison in San Luis Obispo,
leaving one inmate dead and several injured.
(SFC, 9/25/17 p.C4)
2017 Sep 26, Off-duty Los
Angeles police Officer Edgar Verduzco crashed into the back of two
cars while speeding on I-605 killing a driver and two passengers. He
was later charged with murder, vehicular manslaughter and driving
under the influence and faced a sentence of up to life in prison.
(SSFC, 4/22/18, p.A9)
2017 Sep 29, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a wide-ranging package of 15 bills designed to
bring some relief to the statewide housing crisis.
(SFC, 9/30/17, p.A1)
2017 Sep 29, In southern
California Dr. David Morrow, a cosmetic surgeon, was sentenced in
absentia to 20 years in prison for bilking insurers for procedures
his patients did not need. Morrow pleaded guilty last year to filing
a false tax return and has been on the run with his wife for four
(SSFC, 10/1/17, p.A6)
2017 Oct 4, In California
billionaire landowner Vinod Khosla opened the a gate to Martin’s
Beach in Half Moon Bay as litigation over access to the beach
(SFC, 10/5/17, p.A7)
2017 Oct 5, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed legislation to create a statewide sanctuary
policy. He also signed 10 other immigration related bills that limit
the growth of detention centers, expand education services for
immigrants, and extend tenant and workplace protections for
(SFC, 10/6/17, p.A1)
2017 Oct 9, Buildings in
California's Napa and Sonoma counties were being evacuated after
multiple, fast-spreading wildfires engulfed the area with thick
smoke and large flames. The "Atlas Fire" was burning in the hills
above Napa County and had damaged several buildings.
2017 Oct 9, In southern
California a wildfire destroyed at least a half dozen homes in the
affluent Anaheim Hills neighborhood, forcing the evacuation of
hundreds of residents.
2017 Oct 10, In California
firefighters battling 15 wildfires that have killed at least 11
people and destroyed hundreds of buildings in the Napa and Sonoma
wine region welcomed a drop in winds and an expected layer of cool,
moist fog. About 1,500 homes and commercial buildings were destroyed
as tens of thousands of acres had gone up in flames since the
2017 Oct 11, In California
firefighters battling wildfires in the wine country faced the
prospect of new outbreaks as winds were forecast to return. Blazes
have killed at least 17 people and destroyed 2,000 homes and
2017 Oct 12, In California
winds up to 45 mph (72 kph) were expected to pummel areas north of
San Francisco where at least 23 people have died and at least 3,500
homes and businesses have been destroyed. Officials voiced concern
that the 22 separate blazes would merge into larger infernos.
2017 Oct 13, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed legislation waving tuition fees for first-year
community college students.
(SFC, 10/14/17, p.C1)
2017 Oct 13, In California 35
confirmed fatalities, with 19 in Sonoma County, marked the greatest
loss of life from a single fire event on record in California. 235
people were still missing in Sonoma County alone. 17 major fires had
already destroyed an estimated 5,700 homes.
2017 Oct 13, In southern
California authorities in Orange County arrested Luke Ferguson (26),
suspected of fatally shooting two people.
(SFC, 10/14/17, p.A6)
2017 Oct 15, Gov. Jerry Brown
signed SB179 making California the first state in the country to
offer a third gender marker on birth certificates for nonbinary
people who want their personal documents to match their gender
identity. The gender option for driver’s licenses will be effective
Jan 1, 2019.
(SFC, 10/17/17, p.C1)
2017 Oct 15, In northern
California firefighters continued to grapple with the deadliest
blazes in state history. At least 40 people have been killed and
entire neighborhoods reduced to ash.
2017 Oct 16, In California the
Bear Fire started in the Santa Cruz mountains and threatened about
(SFC, 10/18/17, p.A8)
2017 Oct 20, A Los Angeles
judge tossed out a $417 million jury award to Eva Escherria
(d.2017) who said she had developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson
& Johnson’s talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Judge
Maren Nelson also granted the company’s request for a new trial.
(SSFC, 10/22/17, p.A8)
2017 Oct 22, In California it
was reported that the Atlas Fire burned 51,624 acres and left 6
people dead; the Nuns Fire burned 56,216 acres and left two people
dead; the Patrick Fire burned 10,000 acres with no fatalities; and
the Tubbs Fire burned 36,793 acres with 22 people killed.
(SSFC, 10/22/17, p.A1)
2017 Oct 23, The Hollywood
sexual abuse scandal widened after 38 women were reported to have
accused US film director James Toback (72) of unwanted sexual
encounters over a period of decades. His semi-autobiographical "The
Pick-up Artist" was made in 1987.
2017 Oct 25, A US federal judge
denied an attempt by California to force the Trump administration to
pay billions of dollars to insurance companies to subsidize health
plans for low income Americans.
(SFC, 10/26/17, p.A1)
2017 Oct 28, The Los Angeles
Times reported that more than 200 people in Los Angeles County have
contracted the West Nile virus this year and that 17 have died.
(SSFC, 10/29/17, p.A6)
2017 Oct 31, California
officials said the northern Tubbs Fire has been contained. The blaze
had destroyed 5,600 buildings homes and killed 24 people. A day
earlier crews reached full containment on the Nuns Fire, which
burned 56,556 acres and killed two people. The Pocket Fire was also
contained. The state’s northern fires left 43 people dead. In 2019
invetigators said the Tubbs Fire was caused by faulty equipment at a
home in Calistoga.
(SFC, 11/1/17, p.D4)(SFC, 1/25/19, p.A1)
2017 Oct, In California the
cost to fix the Oroville Dam, following spillway damage last
February, was pegged at $660 million. On Jan 27, 2018, the costs
were increased to $870 million.
(SSFC, 1/28/18, p.C1)
2017 Nov 1, Los Angeles Times
reported that six women, including actress Olivia Munn, have accused
prominent film director Brett Ratner of harassment or misconduct.
2017 Nov 7, Former baseball
pitcher Roy Halladay was killed when his Icon A5 airplane crashed in
the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa, Fl. On May 8 an Icon A5 crashed near
Lake Berryessa in California killing test pilot Jon Karkow (55) and
Icon designer Cagri Sever (41). The 11-year-old company was based in
(SFC, 11/8/17, p.C6)
2017 Nov 11, In California the
Orange County Health Care Agency said two cooling towers at the
Disneyland theme park have been shut down following a dozen cases of
(SSFC, 11/12/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 14, Three UCLA
basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting
were on a plane back to Los Angeles. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen
Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou last week for
questioning following allegations of shoplifting.
2017 Nov 14, In northern
California Kevin Janson Neal (44) killed four people and wounded ten
others in Tehama County. Neal had killed his wife the night before.
Sheriff’s officials later concluded that Neal died from a
self-inflicted gunshot wound during a shootout with police.
(SFC, 11/15/17, p.A1)(SFC, 11/18/17, p.C4)(SSFC,
2017 Nov 16, In southern
California two young brothers were killed in a collision involving a
Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol car and two other vehicles. They
were among five pedestrians hit as deputies responded to a report of
a gunshot victim.
(SFC, 11/18/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 18, In California the
Joint Polar Satellite System-1 was launched from Vandenberg Air
Force Base. It was the first of four next-generation spacecraft for
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
(SSFC, 11/19/17, p.A8)
2017 Nov 19, Charles Manson
(b.1934), hippie cult leader, died in southern California at a kern
County hospital of natural causes after 48 years behind bars. He had
orchestrated the 1969 slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and
six other people, butchered at two homes on successive August nights
by intruders who scrawled "Pigs" and "Helter Skelter" in the
(AP, 11/20/17)(SFC, 11/20/17, p.A1)
2017 Nov 22, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown pardoned inmate Craig Richard Coley (70) after DNA tests
showed he was wrongfully convicted nearly four decades ago of
killing his ex-girlfriend and her son (4) in 1978.
(SFC, 11/22/17, p.A7)
2017 Nov 22, A California judge
charge Justin Tod Rey (35) in the death of Sean Ty Ferel, a Palm
Springs resident who disappeared after going on vacation with Rey in
2016. Rey was recently found sleeping in a Kansas storage unit
with his children and the dismembered remains of his wife, who
reportedly died while giving birth on Oct. 20 at a hotel in
(SSFC, 11/26/17, p.C3)
2017 Dec 4, In southern
California a 31,000-acre wildfire, known as the Thomas Fire, erupted
this evening. Some 27,000 people in Ventura County, about 70 miles
(115 km) northwest of Los Angeles, were told to leave. One motorist
was killed fleeing the blaze.
2017 Dec 5, In California an
overnight fire, known as the Creek Fire, consumed at least 2,500
acres in the foothills of Angeles National Forest north, forcing
residents of some nearby San Fernando Valley communities north of
Los Angeles to flee. Four fires in southern California levelled at
least 180 structures and forced thousands to flee their homes. The
Thomas fire in Ventura County remained out of control.
(Reuters, 12/5/17)(SFC, 12/6/17, p.A1)
2017 Dec 6, In California
Frederick Darren Berg escaped from federal prison in Atwater. He was
serving an 18-year prison term for masterminding a $100 million
Ponzi scheme. In 2019 federal agents said he may have fled to South
(http://tinyurl.com/y3xgsb9e)(SFC, 4/6/19, p.A6)
2017 Dec 6, California state
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said claims from the October fires
in the wine country have jumped to $9 billion.
(SFC, 12/7/17, p.A9)
2017 Dec 7, In southern
California hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors as
raging wildfires wreaked havoc, forcing about 200,000 people to flee
and destroying hundreds of houses. Officials closed US 101 for more
than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route
between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for several hours as fire
charred heavy brush along lanes.
(Reuters, 12/7/17)(AP, 12/7/17)
2017 Dec 8, California state
Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, a Democrat from Los Angeles County,
announced his resignation effective Jan. 1, days after three women
accused him of sexual misconduct.
(SFC, 12/9/17, p.C1)
2017 Dec 8, In southern
California firefighters in Ventura tried to corral the Thomas Fire,
largest and most destructive fire in the state, which has destroyed
430 buildings. A new fire in San Diego area broke out a day earlier
and became the latest front in the state’s wildfire fight.
2017 Dec 9, Some 8,700
firefighters in southern California fought to contain six raging
wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced
tens of thousands of people to flee.
2017 Dec 9, In southern
California a small plane skidded into a home while trying to land in
a field in San Diego killing at least two passengers. The pilot and
another passenger were treated for burns.
(SFC, 12/11/17, p.A6)
2017 Dec 10, California’s
largest wildfire, the Thomas Fire, advanced on coastal towns near
Santa Barbara, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that
have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region.
The blaze has already blackened 155,000 acres (62,726 hectares) and
consumed hundreds of structures.
2017 Dec 11, In California the
4,100-acre (1,660 hectare) Lilac Fire north of San Diego was 90
percent contained after destroying 151 structures.
2017 Dec 12, In California the
Thomas Fire grew by about 2,500 acres overnight. It has burned
234,200 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, about 100 miles
northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and has destroyed almost 900
structures including more than 690 homes.
2017 Dec 12, California and
Washington state joined five nations (Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica,
Colombia and Chile) on the Pacific coast of the Americas to agree to
step up the use of a price on carbon dioxide emissions as a central
economic policy to slow climate change.
2017 Dec 13, In California the
Thomas Fire, which has destroyed more than 700 homes, displaced more
than 94,000 people and is threatening some 18,000 structures, was 25
percent contained. The Lilac Fire, which burned more than 4,000
acres in northern San Diego County and destroyed 157 structures, was
95 percent contained.
2017 Dec 14, California issued
the first twenty state licenses for retailers to conduct
recreational cannabis sales.
(SFC, 12/15/17, p.A1)
2017 Dec 14, In southern
California the Thomas Fire overnight grew to the fourth-largest
blaze of its kind on record, at 242,500 acres (98,140 hectares)
burned. One firefighter was killed battling the blaze. Cal Fire said
the Thomas Fire was 30 percent contained. The fire has destroyed
more than 700 homes since it began on Dec. 4 and now threatened
(Reuters, 12/14/17)(SFC, 12/15/17, p.D1)
2017 Dec 16, California’s
Thomas Fire became the state's third largest blaze on record, with
more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds. It
has destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including about 750 homes,
in coastal communities in Southern California since erupting on Dec.
2017 Dec 17, In southern
California the Thomas Fire was 40 percent contained despite hot
Santa Ana winds that have powered its expansion. The third-largest
wildfire in California's history has burned 267,500 acres.
2017 Dec 19, In California
firefighters halted the spread of the so-called Thomas fire at
272,000 acres (110,100 hectares) and carved containment lines around
60 percent of its perimeter, up from 55 percent.
2017 Dec 20, FBI agents in
Modesto, Ca., arrested Everitt Aaron Johnson (26) for attempting to
provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Johnson had planned an attack over the holidays on San Francisco’s
Pier 39. His would-be partners were undercover FBI agents. The
former high school wrestler had converted to Islam after being
discharged from the marines and losing custody of his two children.
(SFC, 12/23/17, p.A1)
2017 Dec 21, In southern
California the Thomas Fire, the 2nd largest in state history, was
60% contained. It had destroyed at least 750 homes and burned about
425 square miles.
(SFC, 12/22/17, p.A4)
2017 Dec 21, California
political trailblazer March Fong Eu (b.1922), who served as the
state's first female secretary of state and later a US ambassador to
Micronesia, died in Irvine, Ca.
(AP, 12/23/17)(SFC, 12/23/17, p.C1)
2017 Dec 21, NASA astronaut
Bruce McCandless (80), the first person to fly freely and untethered
in space (1984), died in California.
2017 Dec 22, California
officials said the 65% contained Thomas Fire, that has been burning
through rugged, drought-parched coastal terrain since Dec. 4, has
become the largest on record in the state. It surpassed the previous
record of the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County that scorched
273,246 acres and killed 15 people.
2017 Dec 23, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown continued a holiday tradition and pardoned 132 people
for their crimes. He commuted the sentences of 19 more.
(SSFC, 12/24/17, p.A9)
2017 Dec 28, American novelist
Sue Grafton (77) died in Santa Barbara, Ca. Her best-selling
alphabet series of mystery novels reached “Y Is for Yesterday,"
published last August.
(SFC, 12/30/17, p.E1)
2017 Dec 28, In Kansas Andrew
Finch (28) was killed by a SWAT team in Wichita following the fake
911 call about a shooting and killing at the victim’s address.
Police in southern California arrested Tyler Barriss (25) the next
day, suspected of making the hoax call that resulted in the fatal
shooting. On Nov. 13, 2018, Barriss pleaded guilty to making the
hoax call following a dispute between two online gamers over a $1.50
bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game. On March 31, 2019, Barriss
was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
(SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A7)(SFC, 11/14/18, p.A5)(SFC,
2017 Dec 29, In southern
California a man walked into a law firm in Long Beach where he
worked and shot two men before turning the gun on himself. On victim
drove himself to a hospital. Police arrived to find the gunman and
the other victim dead.
(SFC, 12/30/17, p.A7)
2017 Dec, In southern
California John Bishop, the founder of Living Hope Church in
Vancouver, Wa., was caught smuggling nearly 300 pounds of marinjuana
into the US from Mexico. In 2018 Bishop (55) was sentenced to five
years in federal prison.
(SSFC, 11/25/18, p.A13)
2017 In California 374
terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives this year, the
first full year after a law made the option legal.
(SSFC, 6/24/18, p.C3)
2018 Jan 7, The 75th annual
Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly
Hills, California. The film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri" won the Golden Globe Award for best film drama.
2018 Jan 9, US District Judge
William Alsup late today granted a request by California and other
plaintiffs to prevent Pres. Trump from ending the Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while their lawsuits play out
2018 Jan 9, In southern
California massive mud slides slammed into homes, turned highways
into raging rivers and swept away vehicles after heavy rains. At
least 21 people were left dead in the coastal community of Santa
Barbara. The mudslides destroyed about 100 homes, injured 28 people
and eight remained missing. US Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County
was closed down until January 21.
(Reuters, 1/10/18)(Reuters, 1/11/18)(SFC,
2018 Jan 10, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown proposed a $132 billion sate budget and said the state
should create a public college entirely online to help millions of
working adults gain the skills they need to work in the new economy
and raise their pay.
(SFC, 1/11/18, p.A1)
2018 Jan 10, In southern
California the body of Blaze Bernstein (b.1998) was found in a
shallow grave in a Lake Forest park. Bernstein had gone missing
after going with Samuel Woodward (21) to the park. He had been
stabbed over twenty times. Two days later, Samuel Woodward, one of
Bernstein's former high school classmates and a member of neo-Nazi
terrorist group Atomwaffen Division, was arrested and charged with
2018 Jan 11, California state
utility regulators said the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant will
close in 2025.
(SFC, 1/12/18, p.A1)
2018 Jan 12, Former California
Sen. John V. Tunney (83) died in Santa Monica. He was the son of
heavyweight boxer Gene Tunney and served in the US Senate from
1971-1977. His campaign for senate seat formed the basis for the
1972 film “The Candidate" starring Robert Redford.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_V._Tunney)(SFC, 1/13/18, p.A9)
2018 Jan 14, The search for
survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California's Santa
Barbara County continued even as hopes dwindled to find anyone
alive. The death toll rose to 20 with four people still missing.
2018 Jan 14, In southern
California dozens of people were arrested at an El Cahon city
park for feeding homeless people.
(SFC, 1/14/18, p.A6)
2018 Jan 14, In southern
California 13 siblings, ages 2 to 29, were rescued in Riverside
County from the home of David and Louise Turpin, who were arrested
for child abuse, torture and other charges. On Feb. 22, 2019, the
couple pleaded guilty to torture and other abuse. On April 19 the
Turpins were sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 1/25/18, p.A8)(SFC, 2/23/19, p.A6)(SFC,
2018 Jan 15, Pony.ai, a company
with offices in Fremont, Ca., and Guangzhou, China, reported that it
has raised $112 million to develop autonomous vehicles.
(SFC, 1/17/18, p.C3)
2018 Jan 20, In southern
California a helicopter crash killed two soldiers at the National
Training Center at Fort Irwin.
(SFC, 1/22/18, p.A4)
2018 Jan 26, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed an executive order that aimed to curb carbon
pollution from cars and trucks and boost the number of zero-emission
vehicles in the state.
(SFC, 1/27/18, p.C1)
2018 Jan 30, American actor
Mark Salling (35) died of an apparent suicide in Los Angeles, weeks
after pleading to guilty to possession of child pornography. He
played bad-boy Noah “Puck" Puckerman in the musical comedy “Glee."
(SFC, 1/31/18, p.A5)
2018 Jan 30, In southern
California a 4-seat Robinson R44 helicopter crashed in Orange County
killed three people.
(SFC, 1/31/18, p.A7)
2018 Feb 2, A new report said
the number of monarchs wintering in California has dropped to a
five-year low, despite more volunteers counting more sites in search
of the orange-and-black insect that is arguably the most admired of
North American butterflies.
2018 Feb 3, Los Angeles police
arrested a driver following a traffic stop after discovering 14
packages that were wrapped in foil to resemble burritos, but
actually contained methamphetamine.
(SFC, 2/5/18, p.A6)
2018 Feb 5, In California Kern
County Superior Court Judge David Lampe ruled that the owner of a
Bakersfield bakery had a free-speech right to turn away a lesbian
couple who wanted a cake to celebrate their marriage.
(SFC, 2/8/18, p.D2)
2018 Feb 7, California
officials sent a formal letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management demanding that the Pacific coast be removed from a
program to vastly increase offshore oil drilling in the United
2018 Feb 7, Los Angeles biotech
entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong (65) agreed to buy the L.A.
Times from Chicago-based Tronc Inc. for $500 million.
(SFC, 2/8/18, p.A7)
2018 Feb 9, California public
health officials reported 36 flu-related deaths during the first
week of February.
(SFC, 2/10/18, p.A1)
2018 Feb 11, In southern
California a small plane crashed in a remote area near Agua Dulce,
Los Angeles County. Four people were killed in the crash.
(SFC, 2/12/18, p.A5)
2018 Feb 12, In Livermore, Ca.,
Lizette Cuesta was found stabbed multiple times on the side of a
rural road. She survived long enough to identify Daniel Gross (19)
and Melissa Leonardo (25) as her killers. Gross and Leonardo were
arrested hours later in Modesto.
(SFC, 2/15/18, p.D2)
2018 Feb 16, The US Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said 212 people were arrested
last week during a five day sweep in the Los Angeles area for
violating immigration laws. Numerous businesses were told they would
be audited. ICE said 88 percent of those arrested were convicted
(SFC, 2/17/18, p.A4)
2018 Feb 16, In southern
California a cement truck smashed through a guardian rail into
oncoming traffic on I-10 in Rialto, San Bernadino County. Five
people were killed.
(SSFC, 2/18/18, p.A6)
2018 Feb 21, In southern
California a rape suspect died after poisoning himself during a
freeway chase in Ventura County.
(SFC, 2/22/18, p.A4)
2018 Feb 22, The US District
Court for the Northern District of California granted the states of
California and New Mexico's bid for a preliminary injunction and
denied the Trump administration's request to move the trial to
another court venue in Wyoming. The court temporarily blocked the
Trump administration from delaying or ending an Obama-era rule aimed
at preventing oil and gas leaks during production.
2018 Feb 22, California state
Sen. Tony Mendoza resigned after a Senate investigation found that
he had engaged in unwanted sexual advances toward subordinate female
staffers over the past 12 years.
(SFC, 2/23/18, p.A1)
2018 Feb 24, In Los Angeles
Thai dynamo Srisaket Sor Rungvisai retained his World Boxing Council
title by beating challenger Juan Estrada, holding on in the later
rounds to come out with a close majority decision.
2018 Feb 26, California gave a
green light to allowing robot cars with no drivers on state roads
within weeks. The first permits would be possible by April 2.
(SFC, 2/26/18, p.D1)
2018 Feb 27, US District Judge
Gonzalo Curiel rejected arguments by the state of California and
advocacy groups that the administration overreached by waiving laws
requiring environmental and other reviews before construction of a
border wall with Mexico can begin.
2018 Mar 3, In southern
California police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian (48) was arrested and
charged with using his job for buying and illegally selling more
than 100 firearms between March 2014 and February 2017.
(SSFC, 3/4/18, p.A12)
2018 Mar 4, Russ Solomon
(b.1925), the founder of Tower Records, died at his home in
Sacramento, Ca. From 1941 he built the chain to 170 stores, which
then folded in 2006 in the wake of the Internet and music streaming.
(SFC, 3/7/18, p.D2)
2018 Mar 6, The Trump
administration filed suit accusing California of unconstitutionally
interfering with immigration enforcement.
(SFC, 3/7/18, p.A1)
2018 Mar 6, In Los Angeles
adult film actress Stormy Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford, filed a
lawsuit seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she
signed days before the 2016 presidential election, which prevented
her from discussing alleged sexual encounters with Donald Trump.
(SFC, 3/7/18, p.A4)
2018 Mar 8, In Los Angeles Red
Granite Pictures Inc., the production company behind "The Wolf of
Wall Street," agreed to pay the US government $60 million to settle
claims it benefited from a massive $1 billion Malaysian corruption
scandal. Money was diverted from the fund to buy properties in New
York and California, a $35 million jet, art by Vincent Van Gogh and
Claude Monet, and a $260 million yacht. Proceeds also went to fund
movies by Red Granite Pictures, which was co-founded by the stepson
of Malaysian PM Najib Razak.
2018 Mar 9, California
officials pushed back the state's high-speed rail project from Los
Angeles to San Francisco four more years with expected costs at $63
to $98 billion.
(SFC, 3/10/18, p.A1)
2018 Mar 9, In northern
California military veteran Albert Wong (36) shot and killed three
women at the Veterans Home campus in Yountville and then killed
himself. He had been treated at the Pathway Home on campus for PTSD
until asked to leave two weeks earlier by clinic director Jennifer
Golick (42). The dead included Golick, Jennifer Gonzales (32), an
expert in PTSD, and Christine Loeber (48), the center's executive
director. Gonzales was six months pregnant.
(SFC, 3/10/18, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/11/18, p.A1)
2018 Mar 10, In southern
California Isaias Valencia shot two police officers before being
arrested after a 15-hour standoff at an apartment in Pomona. Officer
Gregory Casillas (30) was killed. Valencia had fled to the apartment
a day earlier after being chased by police for reckless driving.
(SSFC, 3/11/18, p.A7)
2018 Mar 15, California
wildlife officials said Richard Parker (67) had shot and killed more
that 130 protected birds of prey in Lassen County. Parker was
reported jailed on charges of taking protected birds of prey and
migratory non-game birds.
(SFC, 3/16/18, p.D3)
2018 Mar 18, In California
police in Sacramento shot and killed a black man who was seen
breaking into at least three vehicles and a neighbor's home.
Officers fired 20 shots at the man who was holding a cell phone in
(SFC, 3/22/18, p.A6)
2018 Mar 18, In Arizona an Uber
car operating in autonomous mode struck Elaine Herzberg (49) in
Tempe, who soon died of her injuries at a local hospital. This was
believed to be the first pedestrian fatality involving a
self-driving car. Uber soon suspended autonomous testing in Tempe,
Pittsburgh, Toronto and San Francisco. Uber later announced plans to
end all autonomous-car testing in California.
(SFC, 3/20/18, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/18, p.A1)(SFC,
2018 Mar 26, In northern
California an SUV drove off an embankment on Highway 1 in Mendocino
killing five members of a Washington state family. Three children
remained missing in the tragedy. In 2019 a Mendocino County jury
found that Jennifer and Sarah Hart acted deliberately when they
drugged themselves and their six children and drove off a cliff.
(SFC, 3/29/18, p.D6)(SFC, 4/5/19, p.C1)
2018 Mar 29, A Los Angeles jury
found Mark Eldon Wilson, the owner of a Canadian telemarketing
operation, guilty of mail and wire fraud for orchestrating a scheme
that prosecutors said defrauded at least 60,000 people out of more
that $18 million.
(http://tinyurl.com/y7me73bn)(SSFC, 4/1/18, p.A8)
2018 Mar 29, In southern
California Bani Duarte (27) rear-ended a vehicle with four people in
Huntington Beach early today. One passenger escaped before the car
burst into flames killing three teenagers. Duarte was arrested for
vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. In 2020 Duarte was
sentenced to 51 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 3/31/18, p.A6)(SSFC, 3/1/20, p.A9)
2018 Mar 30, California Gov.
Jerry Brown pardoned five ex-convicts facing deportation, including
two whose families fled the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia four
decades ago. They were among 56 pardoned by Gov. Brown.
2018 Apr 2, The US Dept. of
Justice said it is filing a suit against California over a law that
gives the state power to veto sales of federal lands to private
interests. A 2017 state law gave state officials the right to
purchase any federal land in California that the government
tries to sell to private ownership.
(SFC, 4/3/18, p.A12)
2018 Apr 2, The West
Hollywood-based gay dating app Grindr was under fire for sharing
information about users' HIV status or locations with two companies
enlisted to optimize its software. A day later the company announced
a policy change to stop sharing users' HIV statuses
(AP, 4/3/18)(SFC, 4/4/18, p.C5)
2018 Apr 5, In southern
California police in Barstow fired what sounded like more than 30
bullets at a packed car in a shopping store parking lot, killing
Diante Yarber, a black father of three, and injuring a young woman
in the latest US law enforcement shooting to spark backlash.
(http://tinyurl.com/y6uenu4o)(SFC, 4/25/18, p.A4)
2018 Apr 19, A California state
appeals court backed the state's listing of the herbicide glyphosate
as a possible cause of cancer and the state's prohibition against
discharging it into public waterways. The chemical is the main
ingredient in Monasanto's Roundup weed killer.
(SFC, 4/20/18, p.D8)
2018 Apr 20, It was reported
that Heitz Wine Cellars of Napa Valley, Ca., has been sold to Gaylon
Lawrence Jr., whose family owns the Arkansas-based Lawrence Group,
one of the country's largest agricultural businesses.
(SFC, 4/20/18, p.C1)
2018 Apr 25, California police
booked Joseph James DeAngelo (72), a one time cop, into the
Sacramento Cpounty Jail on suspicion of two counts of murder. He was
accused of shooting a young couple to death near their Rancho
Cordoba home in 1978. Authorities using DNA linked him to the serial
killer know as the "East Area Rapist" responsible for at least 12
slayings anf 45 rapes in communties across the state from 1976 to
(SFC, 4/26/18, p.A1)
2018 Apr 26, California utility
regulators penalized Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $97.5 million
over improper back-channel communications with their own agency
following the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline blast.
(SFC, 4/27/18, p.C1)
2018 May 3, In Los Angeles the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, closed the door on
Roman Polanski (84), announcing that it had revoked his nearly
50-year membership, along with that of Bill Cosby. Polanski had been
a film academy member for over 40 years since pleading guilty to
unlawful sex with a minor in 1977.
2018 May 5, NASA launched its
latest Mars lander, called InSight, from Vandenberg Air Force Base
in California. The $993 million project was designed to perch on the
surface and listen for "Marsquakes" ahead of eventual human missions
to explore the Red Planet.
2018 May 8, George Deukmejian
(b.1928), former California governor (1983-1990), died at his home
in Long Beach.
(SFC, 5/9/18, p.A10)
2018 May 9, California
regulators unanimously approved requiring solar arrays on virtually
all new single-family homes built in the state starting in 2020.
(SFC, 5/10/18, p.C1)
2018 May 10, In southern
California a small plane crashed on Volcan Mountain in eastern San
Diego County killing three people and sparking a wildfire that
burned 12 acres.
(http://tinyurl.com/yckv35gc)(SFC, 5/15/18, p.A6)
2018 May 15, Riverside County
Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia ordered a halt to California's
right-to-die law, in effect since June 2016, for terminally ill
patients. On May 30 the judge reaffirmed his ruling.
(SFC, 5/16/18, p.A1)(SFC, 5/31/18, p.D2)
2018 May 15, In southern
California an explosion at a medical office building killed Ildiko
Krajnya (48), the owner of a day spa, and seriously injuring two
people in Aliso Viejo, Orange County. Federal officials found
remnants of an explosive device inside the day spa. On May 17
Stephen Beal, who had recently broken up with Krajnya, was charged
with possessing an unregistered destructuve device.
(SFC, 5/16/18, p.A5)(SFC, 5/17/18, p.A9)(SFC,
2018 May 21, American TV and
film actor Clint Walker died in Grass Valley, Ca. He was best known
for the lead role in the "Cheyenne" TV series (1955-1963). His films
included "Fort Dobbs" (1958) and "The Dirty Dozen " (1967).
(SFC, 5/23/18, p.A12)
2018 May 22, In California
former US Air Force staff sergeant David A. Turcios (41) pleaded
guilty in a Sacramento federal court to accepting bribes from a
contractor while serving as a yard supervisor (2010-2011) at the
Humanitarian Aid Yard at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. He was the
eighth defendant to plead guilty in this case.
(SFC, 5/23/18, p.D4)
2018 May 22, A SpaceX Falcon 9
rocket launched a pair of US-German science satellites and five
commercial communications satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air
Force Base in southern California.
(SFC, 5/23/18, p.C6)
2018 May 30, In California two
men broke the speed climbing record at El Capitan in Yosemite
Valley. They used the Nose route to climb the 3,000 foot monolith in
2 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds.
(SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A9)
2018 May, Digital license
plates made their debut in Sacramento, Ca. The $699 plates were made
by Foster City-based Reviver Auto and included a monthly service
(SFC, 5/31/18, p.A9)
2018 Jun 2, In California
climbers Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold died in a fall from El
Capitan in Yosemite National Park while climbing the Freeblast route
on the granite formation.
(SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A9)(SFC, 6/11/18, p.A1)
2018 Jun 8, California
lawmakers announced a $139 billion general fund budget deal. Gov.
Jerry Brown and legislative leaders compromised on plans to put
millions more toward homeless programs and to pump more money into
(SFC, 6/9/18, p.C1)
2018 Jun 8, California
officials said a dozen of the wind-driven blazes that swept northern
California's wine country last fall, killing 46 people in the
deadliest firestorm in state history, were sparked by PG&E-owned
2018 Jun 14, California's
Legislature passed a $139 billion general fund budget.
(SFC, 6/15/18, p.D1)
2018 Jun 15, In southern
California two people died when their samll plane crashed near
Hesperiua airport in San Bernadino.
(SSFC, 6/17/18, p.A8)
2018 Jun 22, In southern
California Tristan Beaudette (35) was fatally shot in Malibu Creek
State Park while camping with his two daughters. Anthony Rauda was
later charged with one count of murder, 10 counts of attempted
murder and five counts of burglary related to shootings over two
years in the Santa Monica Mountains.
(http://tinyurl.com/ya58dwk9)(SFC, 1/8/19, p.A5)
2018 Jun 24, In northern
California flames forced the evacuation of some 3,000 people in Lake
County. The Pawnee Fire surged to 7,700 acres after it started the
previous evening. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on
June 25 after the fire destroyed at least 22 structures.
(SFC, 6/25/18, p.A1)(SFC, 6/26/18, p.A1)
2018 Jun 25, In southern
California a retirement home resident in Long Beach shot and killed
a firefighter. Thomas Kim (77) was arrested on suspicion of murder,
attempted murder and arson.
(SFC, 6/26/18, p.A6)
2018 Jun 26, A judge in San
Diego, Ca., ordered US border patrol authorities to reunite
separated families within 30 days. Children under five must be
reunited within 14 days.
(SFC, 6/27/18, p.A1)
2018 Jun 26, San
Francisco-based Save the Redwoods League announced the purchase of a
738-acre grove of Redwoods in Sonoma County. The new preserve,
involving a land swap and $9.6 million in payments, will be called
the Harold Richardson Redwoods Preserve.
(SFC, 6/25/18, p.A1)
2018 Jun 28, California's Gov.
Jerry Brown signed AB375 giving state consumers sweeping new
internet privacy protections beginning in 2020.
(SFC, 6/29/18, p.A10)
2018 Jun 30, In northern
California the County Fire erupted in Yolo County. By the next day
it had scorched 32,500 acres and was only 2% contained.
(SFC, 7/2/18, p.A1)
2018 Jul 2, In northern
California the County Fire spread to 60,000 acres in Yolo County.
The Pawnee Fire in Lake County covered 14,800 acres.
(SFC, 7/3/18, p.A9)
2018 Jul 4, In northern
California the County Fire spread to 86,000 acres in the Yolo-Napa
area and was 27% contained.
(SFC, 7/4/18, p.A12)
2018 Jul 4, In southern
California Laquisha Jones beat Rodolfo Rodriguez (92 in the face
with a brick as he was talking a walk. In 2019 Jones (30) was
sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to elder
(SFC, 3/2/19, p.A4)
2018 Jul 5, In northern
California the Klamathon Fire broke out and within hours spread from
an initial 1,000 acres to 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares). The County
fire grew to 88,000 acres and was roughly 33% contained. On Aug. 23
authorities arrested John Colin Eagle Skoda (32) on suspicion
of starting the Klamathon fire.
(Reuters, 7/6/18)(SFC, 7/6/18, p.A12)(SFC,
2018 Jul 6, In California the
Holiday Fire, one of more than three dozen in western US states,
broke out near the beach community of Goleta late today before
charring dried vegetation in the foothills south of the Los Padres
National Forest. The first death attributed to local fires was
announced, when the remains of an unidentified person were found in
a home burned to the ground by the Klamathon fire, which broke out a
day earlier near California's border with Oregon.
2018 Jul 7, In California the
Klamathon fire, which broke out two days earlier near the border
with Oregon, grew to 22,000 acres and was 20% contained.
(SSFC, 7/8/18, p.A13)
2018 Jul 9, In California the
Klamathon fire at the northern Oregon border grew to 36,500 acres
and was 40% contained.
(SFC, 7/10/18, p.C2)
2018 Jul 10, California's third
District of Appeal ordered the state to restore $331 million to a
homeowner's fund that was designated for programs to assist
homeowners harmed by abusive bank foreclosures. In 2012 California
had received $410 million as part of a nationwide settlement with
major banks accused of the abusive foreclosures. Gov. Jerry Brown
then used $331 million to pay state agencies in housing and other
programs to cover their deficits.
(SFC, 7/12/18, p.C1)
2018 Jul 12, In California the
Klamathon Fire was 75% contained at 36, 500 acres. The County Fire
covered 90,288 acres and was 95% contained.
(SFC, 7/13/18, p.A12)
2018 Jul 13, In northern
California the Ferguson Fire erupted in Mariposa County. Over the
next two days it burned through 4,310 acres and was just 2%
(SFC, 7/16/18, p.C1)
2018 Jul 14, It was reported
that US federal officers seized more than 4,000 marijuana plants
last week at a growing operation along the California-Nevada line in
Death Valley National Park thanks to a tip from hikers.
(SFC, 7/14/18, p.A6)
2018 Jul 18, California's
Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, which began July 13, has
now burned through 17,319 acres in Mariposa County and was just 5%
(SFC, 7/18/18, p.A6)
2018 Jul 20, California's
Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, which began July 13, has
now burned through 22,892 acres in Mariposa County and was just 7%
(SFC, 7/21/18, p.C1)
2018 Jul 21, In Los Angeles
Gene Evin Atkins (28) shot his grandmother seven times and wounded
his girlfriend. He fled the scene and following a police chase ran
into a Trader Joe's supermarket. TJ's employee Melyda Corado (27)
was shot and killed by police fire. Atkins held hostages for hours
before surrendering to police.
(SSFC, 7/22/18, p.A12)(SFC, 7/23/18, p.A5)(SFC,
2018 Jul 22, California's
Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, which began July 13, has
now burned through 32484 acres in Mariposa County and was just 6%
(SFC, 7/23/18, p.C1)
2018 Jul 24, California
officials approved $2.7 billion of voter-approved bond money for new
water storage projects.
(SFC, 7/25/18, p.A1)
2018 Jul 24, The California
State Lottery announced that the winning ticket of the $522 million
Mega Millions drawing was bought at Ernie's Liquor in San Jose.
(SFC, 7/26/18, p.A5)
2018 Jul 25, In California the
Carr Fire in Shasta County claimed the lives of two firefighters, a
contract bulldozer and Redding fire inspector Jeremy Stoke.
(SFC, 7/28/18, p.A8)
2018 Jul 25, Power prices in
some US Western markets rose to all-time highs for a second day in a
row as consumers kept their air conditioners cranked up to escape a
brutal heat wave blanketing much of the region. Power prices soared
to their highest on record at Palo Verde in Arizona and SP-15 in
2018 Jul 26, California Gov.
Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Shasta and Riverside
Counties. Late today the fire entered the northwest side of Redding,
a city of 90,000. On July 23 a mechanical failure of a vehicle
sparked the Carr Fire in Shasta County. At least one person was
killed in the rapidly moving wildfire. The Ferguson Fire near
Yosemite Park now covered 44,223 acres and was about 27% contained.
(Reuters, 7/27/18)(SFC, 7/27/18, p.A7)(SFC,
2018 Jul 26, Bill Loud, the
father of a California family captured on the 1973 PBS series: "An
American Family," died Los Angeles.
(SSFC, 7/29/18, p.C9)
2018 Jul 27, In California the
Ferguson Fire near Yosemite Valley was 29% contained after burning
46, 675 acres. The Ranch Fire broke out in Mendocino County. The
River Fire broke out in Lake County. By July 30 the Mendocino
Complex fire covered 68,487 acres and surged to within a mile
of Lakeport before it was beaten back.
(SFC, 7/28/18, p.A8)(SFC, 7/30/18, p.A8)(SFC,
2018 Jul 28, In California some
3,400 firefighters on the ground and in helicopters and airplanes
battled the 48,300-acre (19,500 hectares) Carr Fire as it ripped
through Redding. The fire was just three percent contained. Nine
people were reported missing. The death toll rose to five with the
discovery of human remains on the outskirts of Redding believed to
be those of a missing elderly woman and her two great-grandchildren.
(Reuters, 7/28/18)(Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018 Jul 29, In California the
Carr Fire in Shasta County now consumed 95,368 acres and was just 17
percent contained. The Ranch Fire grew to 16,300 acres and the River
Fire to 14,200 acres. Both were just 5 percent contained. The death
toll in the state fires rose to eight.
(SFC, 7/30/18, p.A8)
2018 Jul 31, In northern
California the Carr Fire, now the seventh most destructive in state
history, consumed 110,000 acres (45,000 hectares) of mountainous
terrain near the city of Redding and was 27 percent contained. It is
the biggest of 17 wildfires that raged across the state.
2018 Aug 2, The Trump
administration proposed weakening Obama-era federal fuel efficiency
standards and moved to revoke California's authority to set its own
strict tailpipe emissions rules, setting up what will likely be a
protracted legal battle between the federal government and US
states. Some 19 states, including California, and Washington D.C.
announced they intend to sue the administration to halt the
2018 Aug 3, In Los Angeles
Keith Walton (47), the leader of a robbery ring that stole some $6
million worth of watches from area jewelry stores, was sentenced to
55 years in federal prison.
(SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A9)
2018 Aug 3, In northern
California thousands more mountain residents were evacuated from the
path of the state's biggest wildfire as fatigued firefighters
battled gusting winds driving one of the state's worst fire seasons
in a decade. The Mendocino Complex Fire grew to 157,450 acres
(63,700 hectares). The Carr Fire was now 39-percent contained. It
has destroyed 1,567 homes and other structures and blackened 133,924
acres (54,197 hectares), making it the sixth most destructive
California wildfire on record.
2018 Aug 4, In northern
California a ninth person died in a wildfire, as a couple of other
fast-growing wildfires in the state expanded by more than 25 percent
overnight and continued to spread. The Carr fire, about 162 miles
(261 km) north of Sacramento, claimed the life of a power company
lineman. The Mendocino Complex burned in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa
counties and covered 229,000 acres (92,600 hectares) and was
considered 32 percent contained.
(AP, 8/5/18)(SFC, 8/6/18, p.A1)
2018 Aug 5, The White House
announced that US President Donald Trump has declared that a major
disaster exists in California. The state's Carr Fire in Shasta
County now covered 160,049 acres. The Ferguson Fire grew to nearly
90,000 acres and was 38 percent contained.
(Reuters, 8/5/18)(SFC, 8/6/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 5, In southern
California a twin-engine Cessna flying in from Concord, Ca., crashed
in Orange County killing all 5 people on board.
(SFC, 8/6/18, p.C1)
2018 Aug 6, The West Hollywood
City Council unanimously approved a resolution seeking to remove
Pres. Trump's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The vote was
largely symbolic as it has no authority over the Walk of Fame.
(SFC, 8/8/18, p.A9)
2018 Aug 6, In northern
California the Mendocino Complex fire was 30% contained as it
consuemd more than 283,000 acres north of Clear Lake.
(SFC, 8/7/18, p.A6)
2018 Aug 7, The California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said the
Mendocino Complex grew to span 290,692 acres (117,639 hectares) by
this morning, with barely a third of it contained since two
wildfires merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National
Forest. The Carr Fire, which has torched 167,000 acres in the scenic
Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, was now 47 percent
contained. The Ferguson Fire was 43 percent contained.
(Reuters, 8/7/18)(SFC, 8/8/18, p.A9)
2018 Aug 8, US customs
officials arrested an American woman (81) and seized 92 pounds of
heroin found in the rocker panel of a car driven by the woman at the
Tecate border crossing in San Diego County.
(SFC, 8/11/18, p.A6)
2018 Aug 9, California's
Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for an area In
southern California where more than 21,000 people were evacuated in
and around Lake Elsinore. Flames and billowing smoke rose into the
sky at the edge of the city of 60,000 as the blaze, dubbed the Holy
Fire, burned nearby in the Santa Ana Mountains. The Orange County
District Attorney Office said Forrest Clark (51) was charged with
setting the fire. In Northern California, a mechanic helping to
fight the Carr Fire, burning around Redding, was killed in a traffic
collision. The 181,000-acre Carr Fire was 51 percent contained. The
Mendocino Complex Fire has now burned 307,000 acres in three
counties north of San Francisco.
2018 Aug 10, A California jury
ordered the US agrochemicals giant, which was taken over by
Germany's Bayer in June, to pay $289 million in compensation to
groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson (46), who was diagnosed with cancer
after he repeatedly used Monsanto's weed killer, Roundup. In October
Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos cut the award to $78.5 million.
Johnson soon agreed to the reduction in an effort to achieve a final
(AFP, 8/11/18)(SFC, 10/23/18, p.A9)(SFC, 11/1/18,
2018 Aug 10, In California Sean
Matthew Walker (36) struck and killed a CHP officer and another man
at a traffic stop on I-80 in Fairfield. Walker was on his cell phone
and distracted at the time of the accident and was arrested on
(http://tinyurl.com/y74686pj)(SFC, 8/16/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 11, The CEO of the
California Building Industry Association said tariffs on imported
lumber and other construction materials could increase the cost of
building a typical home by $20,000.
2018 Aug 13, In California the
body count in the Golden State Killer's alleged reign of terror
increased to 13 when prosecutors in Tulare County filed charges
linking suspect Joseph James De Angelo (72) to the 1975 murder of
college teacher Claude Snelling (45) in Visalia. De Angelo has also
been accused of being the East Area Rapist and Original Night
(SFC, 8/14/18, p.C1)
2018 Aug 13, In northern
California a firefighter from Utah was killed while battling the
Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex. The 300,970-acre Ranch
Fire was 59 percent contained. The associated River Fire was fully
contained at 48,920 acres.
(SFC, 8/14/18, p.C4)
2018 Aug 13, In northern
California Ricardo Gardcia Lopez (39), on probation for domestic
violence and failing to register as a sex offender, shot and killed
three of his children before killing himself early today in
Clearlake, Lake County.
(SFC, 8/14/18, p.C3)
2018 Aug 17, California Gov.
Jerry Brown announced the pardon of three former prisoners facing
the threat of deportation to Cambodia, including one who became a
youth pastor after serving six years in the 1990s for murdering a
rival gang member. The three were among 36 pardons granted by Brown
within the past week.
2018 Aug 18, In California the
Mendocino Complex Fire reached 334,770 acres and was 76 percent
contained. The Carr Fire reached 227,086 acres and was 81 percent
(SSFC, 8/19/18, p.A16)
2018 Aug 19, In California the
Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County was declared 100% contained. The
fire had consumed nearly 100,000 acres and shrouded the Yosemite
Valley in smoke for much of the summer.
(SFC, 8/20/18, p.C1)
2018 Aug 21, Prosecutors in six
California counties filed 13 new charges in the high-profile Golden
State Killer case and announced that they will jointly prosecute
Joseph James DeAngelo (72) in sacramento.
(SFC, 8/22/18, p.D1)
2018 Aug 24, In southern
California a tanker truck crashed and burned on a highway near Los
Angeles Int'l. Airport, killing two people and causing a massive
(SFC, 8/25/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 26, In northern
California the two-part Mendocino Complex fire now covered 450, 985
acres. The River Fire was completely contained, but the larger Ranch
Fire was just 67 percent contained.
(SFC, 8/27/18, p.C3)
2018 Aug 28, California's Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a law to let people leave jail before trial
without having to post bail, largely leaving pretrial release
decisions up to local judges.
(SFC, 8/29/18, p.A1)
2018 Sep 6, California's
insurance commissioner reported that the insured losses from the
Carr and Mendocino fires have reached $845 million.
(SFC, 9/7/18, p.C1)
2018 Sep 7, Rapper Mac Miller
(26) was found dead at his Los Angeles home. An autopsey later
showed his death was due to an accidental overdose of drugs and
(SFC, 11/6/18, p.A6)
2018 Sep 12, In Bakersfield,
Ca., Xavier Casarez (54) shot and killed five people, including his
wife, and then killed himself as he was confronted by a sheriff's
(SFC, 9/13/18, p.A11)(SFC, 9/15/18, p.A8)
2018 Sep 12, In southern
California Dr. Grant Robicheaux (38) of Newport Beach Cerissa Riley
of Brea were arrested after being charged with rape by use of drugs,
oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substances, and other
crimes. The two later denied allegations that they had preyed on two
intoxicated women and then drugged and raped them. In 2020
prosecutors dropped multiple rape charges against Grant Robicheaux
and Riley, after finding key video evidence never actually existed.
(SFC, 9/20/18, p.A4)(AP, 2/5/20)
2018 Sep 13, California's Gov.
Jerry Brown signed an array of bills to confront climate change
including efforts to put more electric vehicles on the road.
(SFC, 9/14/18, p.A5)
2018 Sep 15, California Gov.
Jerry Brown announced a sister-state relationship with the German
state of Baden-Württemberg that furthers strengthens climate and
economic ties between the two entities.
2018 Sep 18, The UC San Diego's
Center for Medicinal Cannabis announced that the US Drug Enforcement
Administration has approved the importation of marijuana extracts
from Canada for a clinical trial in treating tremors.
(SFC, 9/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 19, David Wong Louie
(63), American writer, died at his home in Venice, Los Angeles
County. His books included the novel "The Barbarians Are Coming"
(2000). His stories explored identity, alienation and acceptance.
(SFC, 9/28/18, p.D7)
2018 Sep 20, California's Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill that as of January 1 bans dine-in
restaurants from handing out plastic straws unless a customer asks
(SFC, 9/21/18, p.A1)
2018 Sep 26, In southern
California Ramon Escobar (47) of El Salvador, deported from the US
six times, was charged with the three counts of murder and five
counts of attempted murder for recent attacks involving homeless
men. In December Escobar confessed to killing his aunt and uncle in
Texas before fleeing to California.
(SFC, 9/28/18, p.A12)(SFC, 12/24/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 30, California's Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill to restore Obama-era regulations barring
the telecommunications industry from favoring certain websites. The
US Dept. of Justice sued California minutes after net neutrality
rules became law, saying states do not regulate interstate commerce.
(SFC, 10/1/18, p.A1)(SFC, 10/2/18, p.A1)
2018 Oct 4, In southern
California a judge sentenced former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight
to 28 years in prison for running over businessman Terry Carter
outside a Compton burger stand in 2015.
(SFC, 10/5/18, p.A14)
2018 Oct 5, In southern
California former Marine Andrew Urdiales (54) was sentenced to death
for the murder of five women between 1986 and 1995. He had
previously been senteced to death for killing three women in
Illinois, but that sentence was communted to life without parole
after Illinois barred the death penalty.
(SSFC, 10/7/18, p.A12)
2018 Oct 7, In southern
California SpaceX launched a commercial satellite for Argentina from
Vandenberg Air Force Base. This was the 17th mission this year for
Elon Musk's rocket company.
(SFC, 10/9/18, p.A4D4)
2018 Oct 14, In California a
teenager in Fresno fatally shot his father and called the police.
The man had been drinking and allegedly began choking his wife at
(SFC, 10/16/18, p.A6)
2018 Oct 19, In northern
California William Deen Brown (39) was arrested in Santa Rosa after
DNA evidence linked him to the rape of a girl (14) near a Rohnert
(SSFC, 10/21/18, p.C3)
2018 Oct 24, In California
visitors to Yosemite National Park spotted two bodies below the
granite ledge of Taft Point.
(SFC, 10/26/18, p.C2)
2018 Oct 25, In California
Yosemite Park rangers recovered the bodies of 29-year-old Vishnu
Viswanath and 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy from about 800 feet (245
meters) below Taft Point. The couple had set up a tripod for a
selfie near the ledge on the evening of Oct 23.
2018 Oct 28, In Los Angeles the
Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5 of the
World Series to win the series 4 games to 1. Manager Alex Cora
capped off one of the greatest runs by a first-year skipper in
leading Boston to the World Series championship.
2018 Oct 30, Waymo, the
self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, said the California
Dept. of Motor Vehicles has given it a permit for up to 40 fully
autonomous cars to drive both day and night on city streets, rural
highways and highways with posted speeds up to 65 mph.
(SFC, 10/31/18, p.A1)
2018 Nov 7, In southern
California former Marine Ian David Long (28) released a smoke bomb
and opened gunfire late today killing 12 people at the Borderline
Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. Long then turned the gun on himself.
It was later reported that Sgt. Jon Helus, among the 12 killed, was
hit five times by the gunman, but that the fatal bullet was fired by
a CHP officer.
(SFC, 11/9/18, p.A1)(SFC, 12/8/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 8, In southern
California transient Johnny Josue Sanchez was convicted of five
counts of murder for setting a fire in a vacant Los Angeles building
that killed five people on June 13, 2016. In 2019 Sanchez (25) was
sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
2018 Nov 8, In northern
California more than 30,000 people fled for their lives as the Camp
Fire exploded to more than 20,000 acres in Butte County. The
community of Paradise was pretty much devastated.
(SFC, 11/9/18, p.A1)
2018 Nov 8, In northern
California the new $300 million City Center Bishop Ranch shopping
mall, designed by Renzo Piano, opened.
(SSFC, 11/11/18, p.D1)
2018 Nov 8, C.Y. Lee (102),
author of the Flower Drum Song (1957) died in Los Angeles. It was
adopted for Broadway (1958-1960) and turned into a film in 1961.
(SFC, 2/5/19, p.C3)
2018 Nov 9, In California nine
people were reported killed in the Camp Fire in Paradise. Hundreds
of thousands were ordered to evacuate as wildfires raged in the
north and south. The rapidly spreading Woolsey Fire threatened the
resort of Malibu, home to Hollywood stars.
(AFP, 11/10/18)(SFC, 11/12/18, p.A8)
2018 Nov 10, In northern
California the number of deaths in the Butte County Camp Fire rose
to 23 as the fire grew to 164 square miles. In southern California
two people were found dead inside a burned car in Malibu where the
Woolsey Fire destroyed 177 homes.
(SSFC, 11/11/18, p.A1,15)(SFC, 11/12/18, p.A8)
2018 Nov 11, In northern
California the death toll from Camp Fire in Butte County rose to 29
with 228 people still unaccounted for.
(SFC, 11/12/18, p.A1)
2018 Nov 12, In northern
California the death toll from the Camp Fire in Butte County rose to
42. The fire covered 117,000 acres and was 30 percent contained.
(SFC, 11/13/18, p.A1)
2018 Nov 12, Stan Lee (b.1922
as Stanley Martin Lieber), creator of the comic book franchises that
included Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk, died in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 11/13/18, p.A14)
2018 Nov 13, In northern
California several victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County filed
suit against PG&E and its parent company.
(SFC, 11/14/18, p.D1)
2018 Nov 13, In southern
California the Woolsey Fire roared to life again. 435 buildings have
been burned over 146 square miles. It was 35 percent contained.
(SFC, 11/14/18, p.A11)
2018 Nov 14, California's state
Supreme Court rejected an appeal by AC Transit of a jury's $15.3
million damage award to a Richmond woman whose spine was fractured
after a bus careened over a speed bump in a school zone in San Pablo
in August 2011. Unpaid damages plus interest now totaled $20.1
(SFC, 11/19/18, p.C1)
2018 Nov 14, In California
riots Pleasant Valley State Prison and Avenal State Prison, both in
Fresno County, involved hundreds of inmates and sent 11 to the
(SFC, 11/15/18, p.A7)
2018 Nov 14, In northern
California the death toll from Camp Fire in Butte County rose to 56
with 130 people still missing.
(SFC, 11/15/18, p.A1)
2018 Nov 15, In northern
California the death toll in the Butte County Camp Fire rose to 63.
The number of missing skyrocketed to 631.
(SFC, 11/16/18, p.A1)
2018 Nov 16, In northern
California the death toll in the Butte County Camp Fire rose to 71.
The number of missing skyrocketed to 1011.
(SFC, 11/17/18, p.A1)
2018 Nov 17, Pres. Donald Trump
joined Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to tour the
devastation of California's Butte County Camp Fire. The death toll
in the fire rose to 76 with number of missing up to 1,276.
(SFC, 11/18/18, p.A14)
2018 Nov 18, In northern
California the death toll in the Butte County Camp Fire rose to 77.
The number of missing was lowered to 993. The fire had now burned
150,000 acres and was 65 percent contained.
(SFC, 11/19/18, p.A1)
2018 Nov 19, In California two
police officers, arrested last week in an alleged corruption
scandal, were arraigned in Visalia. They were accused of obtaining
search wrrants based upon controlled narcotics buys that did not
(SFC, 11/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Nov 19, In southern
California the number buildings destroyed by the Woolsey Fire rose
to 1500 as containment lines were completed around 94 percent of the
area where three people were killed. In northern California the
death toll from the Camp Fire rose to 79. The number of missing
dropped to 699.
(SFC, 11/20/18, p.A1,5)
2018 Nov 21, In northern
California the death toll from the Camp Fire rose to 83. The number
of missing dropped to about 563.
(SFC, 11/22/18, p.A13)
2018 Nov 22, In northern
California rain helped boost containment for the Camp Fire to 95%.
(SFC, 11/22/18, p.A13)
2018 Nov 23, In southern
California the body of Christopher Ludwig (59) was found near a
hiking trail in Laguna Niguel, Orange County. His son Maximilian
Ludwig was soon arrested on suspicion of murder.
(SFC, 11/27/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 24, In northern
California three more bodies were discovered in the area burned by
the Camp Fire, which was now 98 percent contained. 475 people were
still reported missing.
(SSFC, 11/25/18, p.A18)
2018 Nov 25, In southern
California the US Customs and Border Protection Agency temporarily
shut down the San Ysidro border crossing and fired tear gas to push
back migrants from the border fence. Hundreds of people tried to
evade a Mexican police blockade and ran toward the border crossing
that leads into San Diego.
(SFC, 11/26/18, p.A4)
2018 Nov 25, Two San Diego
teenagers and a Mexican youth were found shot dead at an apartment
complex in Tijuana. Christopher Alexis Gomez (17), Juan Suarez-Ojeda
(18) and Mexican youth Angel Said Robles (17) were headed to a
barbecue on Nov. 23 in Ensenada, south of Tijuana, and were supposed
to return that night. The three teens were reportedly tortured
before they were shot.
2018 Nov 25, In northern
California firefighters said the Camp Fire in Butte County is now
100 percent contained. The death toll stood at 88 and 296 people
were still reported missing.
(SFC, 11/26/18, p.A1)(SFC, 11/27/18, p.A9)
2018 Nov 27, In northern
California the number of missing in the Butte County Car Fire
dropped to 158 as the death toll remained at 88. On Dec. 3 the
number of missing was lowered to 24.
(SFC, 11/28/18, p.A6)(SFC, 12/4/18, p.C1)
2018 Nov 29, In southern
California an attempt to smuggle immigrants into the country
illegally ended with three people dead and eight seriously injured
in Campo, San Diego County.
(AP, 12/1/18)(SFC, 12/1/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 30, In southern
California Los Angeles teacher Marston Riley (64) was charged with a
misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a child. A video posted last
month showed Riley scuffling with a student who had repeatedly
called him a racial slur.
(SFC, 12/3/18, p.A5)
2018 Dec 1, In Los Angeles
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury (30) battled to a controversial
split-decision draw in their WBC heavyweight title showdown,
triggering immediate demands from both camps for a rematch.
2018 Dec 1, In Los Angeles
Jarrett Hurd (28) of Maryland stopped Britain's Jason Welborn in the
fourth round to retain his WBA, IBF and IBO light middleweight
2018 Dec 7, In southern
California CHP Officer Robert stephano (44) was arrested on
suspicion of sexual misconduct with two teenage girls. Investigators
say he had solicited minors for sex as far back as 2010.
(SSFC, 12/9/18, p.A8)
2018 Dec 10, In California
Kaiser therapists began a 5-day statewide strike to protest long
wait times for patients seeking appointments for mental health
(SFC, 12/11/18, p.D1)
2018 Dec 13, The Virgin
Galactic tourism spaceship Unity climbed to 51 miles above the
Mohave Desert reaching the boundary of space in a test flight
followed by a gliding descent.
(SFC, 12/14/18, p.D1)
2018 Dec 13, Nancy Wilson (81),
a Grammy-winning singer who performed everything from jazz ballads
to pop songs during a career spanning decades, died in California.
2018 Dec 14, The California Air
Resources Board required all state buses to be emission free by
20140. New rules prohibited the purchase of any new gas or
diesel-powered public transit buses by 2029.
(SFC, 12/17/18, p.C1)
2018 Dec 17, Penny Marshall
(b.1943), co-star of the "Laverne and Shirley" sitcom (1976-1983),
died at her home in Los Angeles. Following the sitcom whe went on to
direct such films as "A League of Their Own" (1992), "Renaissance
Man" (1994), "The Preacher's Wife" (1996) and "Riding in Cars With
(SFC, 12/19/18, p.C3)(SFC, 12/21/18, p.E2)
2018 Dec 19, Vatican officials
said Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Los Angeles
auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar (69), following
allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s.
(SFC, 12/20/18, p.A4)
2018 Dec 21, The California
Public Utilities Commission approved a bid by Zoox of Foster City to
offer rides to the public in self-driving cars, but with a trained
test driver at the wheel ready to take over. This was the state's
first approval of a robot-taxi.
(SFC, 12/22/18, p.D1)
2018 Dec 26, In central
California police Cpl. Ronil Singh (33) was shot and killed a few
minutes after radioing in that he was pulling over a gray pickup
truck that had no license plate in Newman. Gustavo Perez Arriaga
(32) was captured in Bakersfield on Dec. 28 after a manhunt
following Singh's killing. Seven other people were soon arrested on
suspicion of helping Perez Arriaga, including his girlfriend and two
of his brothers.
(AP, 12/27/18)(AP, 12/29/18)
2018 Dec 28, Wells Fargo agreed
to pay $575 million to resolve investigations by all 50 US states
and Washington, DC, related to unauthorized accounts in customers'
names. More than a quarter of the settlement will go to the state of
(SFC, 12/29/18, p.D1)
2019 Jan 4, In southern
California three men were killed and four others injured during a
brawl at the Gable House Bowl in Torrence.
(SFC, 1/7/19, p.A4)
2019 Jan 10, In California
rookie police Officer Natalie Corona (22) was ambushed and shot dead
by a gunman as she investigated a car crash in downtown Davis.
Police soon found suspect Kevin Douglas Limbaugh dead after he shot
himself in the head.
(SFC, 1/12/19, p.A1)(SSFC, 1/13/19, p.A12)
2019 Jan 10, Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles agreed to pay California $78.4 million as part of a
larger agreement with federal regulators to settle allegations of
cheating on diesel emission tests.
(SFC, 1/11/19, p.D1)
2019 Jan 13, California's
PG&E Corp. announced the resignation of CEO Geisha Williams as
the company faces billions of dollars in potential liability for its
role in the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires.
(SFC, 1/14/19, p.A1)
2019 Jan 14, Teachers in the
Los Angeles Union School District went on strike. Some charter
school teachers joined their public sector counterparts to demand
better working conditions.
(SFC, 1/16/19, p.A5)
2019 Jan 14, California-based
PG&E Corp. said looming wildfire costs were propelling it toward
bankruptcy and that it would file for bankruptcy on or about Jan.
(SFC, 1/16/19, p.D1)
2019 Jan 18, Los Angeles
teachers picketed and rallied for a 5th day as contract negotiations
(SFC, 1/19/19, p.A8)
2019 Jan 24, In California
Carrie Markis (42), a Rancho Cordova registered nurse, was arrested
for selling more than 20,000 prescription opioid pills on the dark
web. Her partner Andrea Jordan was arrested on April 4.
(http://tinyurl.com/y3ew4d78)(SSFC, 4/7/19, p.C1)
2019 Jan 29, In California
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and its parent filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because of mounting tolls from
fires over the last two years.
(SFC, 1/30/19, p.A1)
2019 Jan 31, US court records
made public that a group of travel agents have been charged with
running illicit "birth tourism" schemes across southern California
that allegedly brought in hundreds of pregnant Chinese clients to
the US illegally so they could deliver their children on American
(SFC, 2/1/19, p.A8)
2019 Feb 3, In southern
California a small plane crashed into a home in Yorba Linda killing
the pilot and four people in the home.
(SFC, 2/4/19, p.A4)
2019 Feb 4, It was reported
that the California Highway Patrol has suspended the police powers
of dozens of officers after an investigation revealed at least
$360,000 in fraudulent overtime pay in East Los Angeles from March
2016 into 2018.
(SFC, 2/4/19, p.A4)
2019 Feb 8, In southern
California Reuben Franco (24) was found shot dead at a home in
Yucaipa. Two girls, ages 14 and 15, were later arrested in Arizona
in connection with Franco's death after they crashed his car.
(SFC, 2/12/19, p.A4)
2019 Feb 8, Australian police
said they have arrested six people over the last 24 hours after what
authorities said was the largest single seizure of methamphetamine
in the United States and the biggest drug haul bound for Australia.
US Customs and Border Protection said 1,728 kg (3,800 pounds) of the
drug were seized mid-January at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port
complex along with smaller amounts of cocaine and heroin.
(AP, 2/8/19)(SFC, 2/9/19, p.A5)
2019 Feb 12, California Gov.
Gavin Newsom in his first State of the State address said he would
shrink the high-speed rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles to just
a segment from Bakersfield to Merced.
(SFC, 2/13/19, p.A1)
2019 Feb 13, In southern
California Camden Nicholson (27) was arrested for killing his
parents and their housekeeper in Orange County. Court filings later
said that authorities suspect Nicholson may have killed his parents
on Feb. 11 and the housekeeper a day later.
(http://tinyurl.com/yyx426b9)(SFC, 2/18/19, p.A4)
2019 Feb 18, California and 15
other states filed a lawsuit against Pres. Donald Trump's emergency
declaration to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border.
(SFC, 2/19/19, p.A4)
2019 Feb 21, It was reported
that 50 million gallons of toxic water is being discharged daily
from contaminated mining sites into streams and ponds without being
treated in California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Montana and at least five
(SFC, 2/21/19, p.A8)
2019 Feb 21, In southern
California a small plane crashed in the snowy Tehachapi Mountains
killing all three onboard.
(SFC, 2/26/19, p.A4)
2019 Feb 25, Kim Vincent Avis
(55), aka Ken Gordon-Avis, reportedly vanished after going for a
nighttime swim in treacherous waters in Monterey, Ca. Detectives
soon began to suspect a hoax. Avis was wanted on 24 counts of rape
in Scotland. In July he was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
2019 Feb 27, In northern
California the Sonoma County town of Guerneville flooded as the
Russian River overflowed its banks and continued rising.
(SFC, 2/28/19, p.A10)
2019 Mar 4, Juan Vallejo Corona
(85), California's most prolific serial killer, died at a hospital
while serving 25 life sentences for the murder of 25 farm workers.
Their bodies were found near Yuba City in 1971.
(SFC, 3/5/19, p.A1)
2019 Mar 9, In California
prison guards at Corcoran State Prison in Kings County found inmate
Luis Romero (44) beheaded in his cell. Cellmate Jaime Osuna (31) had
removed several body parts from Romero.
(SFC, 4/29/19, p.A5)
2019 Mar 13, California's Gov.
Gavin Newsome issued an executive order suspending the state's death
(SFC, 3/13/19, p.A1)
2019 Mar 14, Scientists said
California was now drought-free for the first time since December,
(SFC, 3/15/19, p.C1)
2019 Mar 14, Ralph Metzner
(b.1936), Germany-born American psychologist and expert on
psychedelic drugs, died at his home in Sonoma, Ca. He authored more
than 20 books including "The Psychedelic Experience" co-written with
Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary and published in 1964.
(SFC, 3/27/19, p.C5)
2019 Mar 16, American rock
guitarist Dick Dale (b.1937) died in Los Angeles. His loud chord
instrumentals on songs like "Miserlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'"
earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar.
(SFC, 3/19/19, p.A9)
2019 Mar 19, A federal jury in
San Francisco found that Monsanto's Roundup was a likely cause of a
Sonoma man's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Edwin Hardeman (70) was
diagnosed with the cancer in 2015 after spraying Roundup on his
property for decades.
(SFC, 3/20/19, p.C1)
2019 Mar 20, In Los Angeles a
pregnant woman was stabbed multiple times during a carjacking in a
San Fernando Valley neighborhood. Two people were soon taken into
(SFC, 3/23/19, p.A5)
2019 Mar 22, In Fresno, Ca., a
one-year-old boy was fatally mauled by two roaming rottweiler dogs
in the front yard of his home.
(SSFC, 3/24/19, p.A10)
2019 Mar 27, In California
PG&E received approval from a bankruptcy court to fully access
$5.5 billion in financing it lined up from major banks, despite
objections from wildfire victims.
(SFC, 3/28/19, p.D1)
2019 Mar 31, In southern
California rapper Nipsey Hussle (33) (born as Ermias Asghedom) was
shot and killed outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles. Two
other people were wounded. The suspected shooter fled the scene. On
April 2 police arrested suspect Eric Holder (29) in Bellflower.
(SFC, 4/1/19, p.A6)(SFC, 4/3/19, p.A7)
2019 Apr 5, In southern
California Lenrey Briones (19) was charged with slashing nine people
in the face with a knife in a series of random attacks around South
Los Angeles, Lynwood and South Gate from March 20 to April 1.
2019 Apr 6, In southern
California CHP Officer Steve Licon was killed by a driver as he was
issuing a ticket for speeding. Michael Callahan (36) was arrested on
suspicion of murder and drunken driving.
(SFC, 4/8/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 7, US House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi was named the recipient of the 2019 John F. Kennedy
Profile in Courage Award.
(SFC, 4/8/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 13, The twin-fuselage
Stratolaunch, designed to launch rockets into space, took off on its
first flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Kern Ct., Ca. It
was created by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
(SSFC, 4/14/19, p.A12)
2019 Apr 19, Former US Marine
Christopher Ahn, suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident
group’s February raid on North Korea’s Embassy in Madrid, was
arrested in Los Angeles by US authorities.
2019 Apr 25, It was reported
that international thieves from Chile are suspected of committing
hundreds of burglaries across southern California after obtaining
visa waivers to enter the US.
(SFC, 4/25/19, p.A8)
2019 Apr 26, In southern
California Army veteran Mark Domingo (26) was arrested after
visiting a park in Long Beach where authorities said he planned to
plant homemade explosive devices in advance of a Nazi rally
scheduled for April 28.
(SFC, 4/30/19, p.A7)
2019 Apr 27, In southern
California a shooting attack at a synagogue in Poway, north of San
Diego, left Lori Gilbert-Kaye (60) dead and three injured. Suspect
John Earnest (19) had used an AR-type assault weapon and was soon
arrested. Prosecutors in 2020 planned to seek the death penalty.
(AFP, 4/28/19)(SSFC, 4/28/19, p.A5)(SFC, 3/7/20,
2019 Apr 29, John Singleton
(51), director of "Boyz N the Hood" (1991) died in Los Angeles after
being taken off of life support following a major stroke.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Singleton)(SFC, 4/30/19, p.C3)
2019 May 8, California Gov.
Gavin Newsom's administration said that it would ban the
agricultural use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide used by farmers on
crops from apples to walnuts. Last month the state classified it as
a "toxic air contaminant".
(SFC, 5/9/19, p.a1)
2019 May 8, In southern
California Girard Saenz (57), a longtime companion of Los Angeles
real estate mogul Cynthia Beck, was arrested after authorities
seized more than 1,000 guns from a home in Holmby Hills.
(SFC, 5/10/19, p.A7)
2019 May 13, A jury in
California ordered Bayer-owned Monsanto to pay more than $2 billion
in damages to a couple that sued on grounds the product caused their
cancer in a third major legal blow to the chemical giant and its
2019 May 15, California-based
PG&E acknowledged that its power equipment caused the 2018 Camp
Fire in Butte County that left 85 people dead. An 86th victim of the
fire died on August 5.
(SFC, 5/16/19, p.A1)(SFC, 8/8/19, p.C1)
2019 May 16, The Trump
administration cancelled nearly $1 billion in federal funds for
California's high-speed rail project.
(SFC, 5/17/19, p.A1)
2019 May 18, Carolyn Powers,
the president of the board or trustees for the Museum of
Contemporary Art in Los Angeles announced a $10 million donation
during an annual benefit dinner. This will allow admission to the
museum to be free.
(SFC, 5/21/19, p.A6)
2019 May 20, It was reported
that the Univ. of Southern California paid Dr. Carmen Puliafito, its
former medical school dean, nearly $1 million in severance in 2017
along with a bonus of $124,000 in addition to a base salary of
$620,000. Puliafito was the subject of a 2017 investigation that
revealed he used drugs and partied with young addicts while running
the Keck School of Medicine.
(SFC, 5/20/19, p.A45)
2019 May 21, California sued
the federal government over funds for its high-speed rail accusing
the Trump administration of trying to undermine the troubled project
as punishment for state opposition to the president's proposed
(SFC, 5/22/19, p.A1)
2019 May 28, Vincent Ramos (41)
of Richmond in the Vancouver area of Canada was sentenced to nine
years in prison in federal court in San Diego. He had sold encrypted
Blackberry smartphones to criminals worldwide that enabled them to
sell drugs and even plan murders while avoiding the prying eyes of
law enforcement. Ramos also was told to forfeit $80 million in
2019 Jun 3, Naasón Joaquín
García (50), the leader of La Luz del Mundo, and a follower of the
church, Susana Medina Oaxaca (24), were arrested after landing at
Los Angeles International Airport. Two days later California
officials announced that Garcia has been charged with human
trafficking and child rape. The Mexico-based church has branches in
the US claiming more than 1 million followers. The fundamentalist
Christian church, whose name translates to The Light of the World,
was founded in 1926 by García's grandfather.
2019 Jun 7, Wells Fargo
confirmed that it has agreed to pay at least $385 million to settle
a California lawsuit alleging it signed up thousands of auto loan
customers without their consent, resulting in many seeing their
(SSFC, 6/9/19, p.A12)
2019 Jun 8, In California the
Sand Fire began in Yolo County. By June 12 it had scorched 2,512
acres and was 90% contained.
(SFC, 6/10/19, p.C1)(SFC, 6/13/19, p.C3)
2019 Jun 10, In southern
California Charles Merritt (62) was convicted of killing Joseph
McStay, wife Melinda McStay and their two children in 2010 and
burying their bodies in Victorville.
(SFC, 6/11/19, p.A5)
2019 Jun 11, Record heat hit
California for a 2nd day. Oakland reached a record high of 98
degrees. Palm Springs recorded 114 degrees. The Sand Fire in Yolo
County grew to 2,512 acres and was 70% contained.
(SFC, 6/12/19, p.C4)
2019 Jun 13, In southern
California Margaret Hunter, the wife of US Rep. Duncan Hunter,
pleaded guilty to a single corruption count and agreed to testify
against her husband on charges that the couple had spent more than
$200,000 in campaign funds on personal trips and expenses.
(SFC, 6/14/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 13, In California
Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Shauna Bishop (44) was arrested
after she turned herself in for allegedly having sex with a boy
(SFC, 6/15/19, p.A5)
2019 Jun 14, In southern
California Kenneth French (32), a mentally ill man off his
medication, was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in a
Costco store in Corona. The officer was reportedly holding his son
(1½) when French knocked him to the ground.
(SFC, 6/20/19, p.A10)
2019 Jun 18, California's Gov.
Gavin Newsom formally apologized for the state's role in the
"systemic slaughter" of Native Americans.
(SFC, 6/19/19, p.C6)
2019 Jun 18, California-based
PG&E said it has agreed to pay $1 billion to more than a dozen
local government agencies affected by recent devastating wildfires
including last year's Camp Fire.
(SFC, 6/19/19, p.A1)
2019 Jun 18, In San Diego
Manuel Reynoso Garcia of Mexico (63), arrested last year in what
prosecutors called the biggest international money laundering
investigation ever in the city, pleaded guilty to a federal
conspiracy charge. Reynoso Garcia was the last of eight defendants
to plead guilty in the case.
2019 Jun 19, In California
police Officer Tara O'Sullivan (26) was shot and killed as she
helped a woman gather her belongings at a home in Sacramento. Adel
Sambrano Ramos (45), the alleged killer, was arrested early the next
day after an eight hour standoff.
(SFC, 6/21/19, p.A1)
2019 Jun 19, In northern
California Rev. Oscar Diaz (56) fractured his hip in a car crash in
Santa Rosa. Police found a have dozen bags in his car with
$18,305.86 in cash in his car. It was later found that he had stolen
at least $95,000 from five Catholic churches over the course
of 15 years.
(SFC, 7/23/19, p.C1)
2019 Jun 21, In southern
California Toby MacFarlane, a former insurance executive, pleaded
guilty to participating in a college admissions bribery scheme. He
had paid $450,000 to get his children admitted the Univ. of Southern
California. He was the 14th parent to plead guilty in the scandal.
(SFC, 6/22/19, p.A5)
2019 Jun 21, In southern
California a shooting and explosion killed four people at a mobile
home park in Santa Maria.
(SSFC, 6/23/19, p.A10)
2019 Jun 22, In southern
California a man suspected of killing his wife with a machete and
wounding three other people in Panorama City was arrested.
(SFC, 6/24/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 26, California Gov.
Gavin Newsom signed legislation allowing the state to immediately
shut down horse races for safety reasons. This was in response to
the deaths of 30 horses in the last racing season at Santa Anita
park near Los Angeles.
(SFC, 6/27/19, p.C6)
2019 Jun 26, In California two
brothers reached a $6.8 settlement with the Catholic Hanna Boys
Center in Sonoma. The brothers were allegedly abused as children at
the residential treatment center for at risk teens by counselor
Kevin Thorpe. In 2018 Thorpe pleaded no contest and was sentenced to
21 years in prison.
(SFC, 6/27/19, p.C5)
2019 Jun 26, California signed
a pact with Canada to work on cleaning up emissions from the
(SFC, 6/27/19, p.D2)
2019 Jun 27, Three Southern
California women, Sparkle Shorale Nelson (32), Shykeena Monique
Johnson (31) and Jerrika Johnson (37) were arrested on suspicion of
stealing more than $1 million in federal student financial aid
through Fullerton College.
(http://tinyurl.com/y6f5sgjw)(SFC, 7/1/19, p.A6)
2019 Jun 28, The US Treasury
Dept. approved nearly $10 million in funds to complete a $15 million
purchase of land west of Mount Shasta, Ca. The purchase secured
access to a 17-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail.
(SFC, 6/29/19, p.A7)
2019 Jun 28, Jeffrey Bizzack
(59) became the 51st person charged in the the sweeping college
admissioons bribery scheme. He agreed to plead guilty to a fraud
conspiracy charge to get his son into the Univ. of Southern
California as a fake volleyball recruit.
2019 Jul 2, Military jurors in
San Diego acquitted Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a
decorated Navy SEAL, of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic.
He was convicted on a single charge of posing with the 17-year-old
militant's corpse in Iraq in 2017.
2019 Jul 3, In San Diego
Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher (40) was given a demotion
by a military jury and the maximum sentence of four months'
confinement for posing with a human casualty in Iraq in 2017. He
will spend no time in jail because it is less than the time he was
held in custody before the trial.
2019 Jul 3, In southern
California two Marines were stopped by US Border Patrol agents
driving from the Mexican border with three Mexicans in the back of a
BMW. Nine Marines were later charged with human smuggling.
(SFC, 9/23/19, p.A6)
2019 Jul 4, In southern
California a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck in the Mojave Desert.
(SFC, 7/6/19, p.C1)
2019 Jul 5, In southern
California a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck in the Mojave Desert
near the town of Ridgecrest. This was the 2nd trembler in the area
in two days.
(SFC, 7/6/19, p.C1)
2019 Jul 7, It was reported
that bats in northern California have begun dying from white-nose
syndrome, a mysterious fungus that has killed millions of bats in
the eastern United States. The first case in the state was detected
a year ago and officials said the disease, caused by the fungus
Pseudogymnoascus destructans, was poised to spread across the state.
(SSFC, 7/7/19, p.C10)
2019 Jul 7, In southern
California a head-on collision of two motorcycles, each carrying a
passenger, killed four people on Santiago Canyon Road in Orange
(SFC, 7/9/19, p.A5)
2019 Jul 12, California's Gov.
Gavin Newsom signed a bill that creates a $21 billion wildfire
insurance fund that will reimburse investor-owned utilities for
payments they make to victims of wildfires caused by their
(SSFC, 7/14/19, p.D1)
2019 Jul 12, In northern
California Sonoma County officials shut down a large-scale illegal
cannabis operation after seizing more than 9,000 plants at a Santa
(SFC, 7/15/19, p.C4)
2019 Jul 15, In California a
$12 million deal was announced whereby Delaware North, the former
concessionaire of Yosemite, agreed to relinquish its claimed
ownership of park names and other intellectual property.
(SFC, 7/16/19, p.A1)
2019 Jul 19, Chevron said an
800,000-gallon oil spill in Central California may have started when
crews tried to recap an abandoned well. Chevron said the oil has
only fouled about an acre of land and 90 percent of the spilled
material has been recaptured.
2019 Jul 19, In southern
California John Ewell (62) of Los Angeles was sentenced to four life
terms in prison for killing four people in a series of home invasion
robberies in 2010.
2019 Jul 23, Insurance
companies contending that Pacific Gas & Electric owes them more
than $20 billion from wildfire claims want to take over the
California utility and pull it out of bankruptcy. The insurers filed
court documents to end PG&E's exclusive right to file a
2019 Jul 24, California Gov.
Gavin Newsom signed SB200 establishing a fund for communities that
are struggling to maintain their water systems. The law targeted $1
billion over the next decade for access to clean drinking water.
(SFC, 7/25/19, p.C1)
2019 Jul 25, The US military
arrested 16 Marines following a human smuggling investigation at
Camp Pendleton, Ca.
(SFC, 7/26/19, p.A6)
2019 Jul 25, San Diego
authorities are asking the public to beware after counterfeit
oxycodone pills killed four people in the San Diego area in 24
hours. Authorities were investigating to see if other overdoses in
the region are tied to those imitation pills.
(Charlotte Observer, 7/26/19)
2019 Jul 25, A Northern
California judge upheld a jury's verdict that Monsanto's Roundup
herbicide caused cancer in a couple, but reduced damages from $2
billion to $86.7 million.
2019 Jul 25, In southern
California Gerry Zaragoza (26) was taken into custody following a
series of shootings in the San Fernando Valley that killed four
people and wounded two others. The dead included Zaragoza's father
(SFC, 7/26/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 27, Off-duty Los
Angeles police Officer Juan Diaz was shot and killed at a Lincoln
Heights taco stand early today. Authorities searched for a suspect,
believed to be a member of the Avenues gang. On Aug. 2 Francisco
Talamantes (23); Cristian Facundo (20) and Ashlynn Smith (18), all
of Temecula, were booked on suspicion of murder and held without
(AP, 7/27/19)(AP, 8/2/19)
2019 Jul 28, In California a
gunman killed three people, including a 6-year-old boy, in a mass
shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival south of San Jose. The
gunman, identified as Santino William Legan (19), was shot dead by
police officers within minutes of opening fire. Officials later said
gunman Santino William Legan killed himself after officers shot him
(Reuters, 7/29/19)(AP, 8/2/19)
2019 Jul 30, California's Gov.
Gavin Newsom signed SB27, a bill that would exclude candidates from
the primary election for president or governor unless they
disclosed five years of income tax returns.
(http://tinyurl.com/sj24jzs)(SFC, 11/22/19, p.C4)
2019 Jul 31, A US Navy F/A-18E
Super Hornet jet crashed in Death Valley National Park leaving seven
visitors with minor injuries. Navy pilot Lt. Charles Walker (33) was
(SFC, 8/1/19, p.A8)(SSFC, 8/4/19, p.A8)
2019 Aug 2, A judge in Oakland
sentenced Saleem Khan to 2½ years in federal prison for insider
trading involving the Ross Dress for Less store chain. He had
pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and securities fraud. In
2016, Khan agreed to pay more than $15 million to settle a civil
case filed by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.
2019 Aug 2, In southern
California three people were killed and several others hurt when a
chunk of a sandstone bluff overlooking a beach collapsed onto them
2019 Aug 4, In California
Jazmin Paramo (24) crashed her SUV into two motorcycles while
driving the wrong way killing four people on the bikes in Tulare
County. Paramo was charged with driving under the influence.
(SFC, 8/6/19, p.A4)
2019 Aug 5, Peter Chadwick
(55), a British-American millionaire real estate investor, landed at
Los Angeles International Airport Monday morning in handcuffs. He
was recently arrested in Mexico on suspicion of killing his wife,
Quee Choo Chadwick (46) in 2012.
2019 Aug 7, In southern
California Zachary Castaneda (33) was taken into custody after he
went on a two-hour stabbing and robbery rampage, killing four people
and wounding two others. The suspect and all the victims were
(AP, 8/8/19)(SFC, 8/9/19, p.A7)
2019 Aug 8, Neil Kimball, a Los
Angeles County sheriff's detective, was sentenced to three years in
prison for having sex with girl (15) that he met while investigating
her report of being sexually assaulted in 2017.
(SFC, 8/10/19, p.A5)
2019 Aug 9, Hamid Hayat (36) of
Lodi, Ca., was freed from a federal prison in Arizona after spending
14 years behind bars for allegedly supporting terrorists.
(SFC, 8/12/19, p.C1)
2019 Aug 12, Southern
California Highway Patrol Officer Andre Moye and a suspect both died
after gunfire was exchanged following a traffic stop near the 215
Freeway in Riverside. Moye was getting ready to impound Aaron
Luther's pickup truck when Luther, who was outside the vehicle and
not restrained, reached inside, pulled out a rifle and started
(ABC News, 8/13/19)(AP, 8/13/19)
2019 Aug 13, A coalition of 21
Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration over its
decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with
California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an
2019 Aug 13, The Los Angeles
Opera said it will investigate accusations of sexual misconduct
against Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, as two organizations canceled
planned appearances by him.
2019 Aug 15, In southern
California Michael Gargiulo (43) was found guilty of killing two
women in 2001 and 2005, one of whom was stabbed to death on the
night of a planned date with actor Ashton Kutcher. He was also found
guilty of the attempted murder in 2008 of a third victim who fought
back and later testified against him in court.
(The Independent, 8/16/19)
2019 Aug 16, In southern
California Hossein Nayeri (40), who previously escaped from jail and
was on the run for a week, was convicted of kidnapping and torturing
a marijuana dispensary owner in 2012 who he mistakenly believed had
buried large sums of money in the desert.
2019 Aug 16, In southern
California Oscar nominated actor Peter Fonda (79), who played a cool
and introspective motorcyclist in the 1969 film "Easy Rider," died.
2019 Aug 19, In southern
California retired administrator Steven Shek Keung Chan (57) was
stabbed to death on California State University Fullerton's campus
this morning, launching a manhunt for the suspect. Co-worker Chuyen
Vo (51) was arrested two days later in the slaying of Chan.
(ABC News, 8/19/19)(SFC, 8/23/19, p.A6)
2019 Aug 20, Rodolfo Montoya
(37), cook at a Los Angeles-area hotel, was taken into custody at
his Huntington Beach home after he allegedly threatened a mass
shooting and stockpiled guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at
2019 Aug 21, California
announced a deal with four automakers that would increase vehicle
fuel efficiency and defy the Trump administration’s plan to ease
tailpipe emissions standards. In response, the president vented his
frustration on Twitter.
(Yahoo News, 8/22/19)
2019 Aug 23, In California
Gustavo Araujo Lerma (64), an avowed Republican activist and
supporter of US President Donald Trump, was found guilty in
Sacramento of identity theft and five counts of alien voter fraud.
Lerma was born in Mexico but lived in the US illegally for more than
2019 Aug 30, California Gov.
Gavin Newsom reached a deal with apartment owners and developers on
legislation that would cap how rapidly rents can rise as the state
grapples with a housing crisis. The deal would cap annual rent
increases at 5% plus inflation, with a 10% maximum increase.
2019 Aug 30, In California Bob
Fenenbock (66) was released from outside the Solano County
courthouse in Fairfield after serving 28 years in prison for a
murder he didn't commit. He had been locked up for the 1991 murder
of Gary Summar in Trinity County. Shortly after his conviction
another man, Bernard MacCarlie, admitted to killing Summar,
following rumors that Summar had molested a girl (4).
(SFC, 8/31/19, p.A1)
2019 Aug 31, In Los Angeles
Bruce Guilford of Covington, Georgia, a trucker who fell asleep
behind the wheel, was sentenced to four years in state prison. He
faced 42 charges of reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter for
causing a tour bus crash on I-10 near Palm Springs that killed 13
people in 2016.
2019 Aug 31, In San Jose, Ca.,
one woman died and eight people have been sickened in a hazmat
incident at the city's Fairmont Hotel. Authorities were
investigating the death as a suicide.
2019 Sep 1, It was reported
that scientists have detected microplastics at several locations
around Lake Tahoe for this first time this year and they're working
to understand what that means for human health and the environment
of the Tahoe Basin.
2019 Sep 2, In southern
California a search was under way for 34 missing in a pre-dawn fire
that sank a commercial diving boat about 20 yards off of Santa Cruz
Island. Authorities soon recovered the bodies of 33 people. One
remained missing. On Sept. 11 divers recovered the body of the
last missing victim.
(Reuters, 9/2/19)(AP, 9/3/19)(AP, 9/4/19)(AP,
2019 Sep 3, A California
appeals court ruled that restaurants, hotels and other businesses
that serve the public in California must make their websites
accessible to the blind. The court cited a 1990 federal law
prohibiting discrimination against the disabled in any place of
(SFC, 9/4/19, p.C4)
2019 Sep 6, US health officials
said a Los Angeles County resident has died from a lung illness
possibly tied to vaping, bringing the total number of such US deaths
2019 Sep 8, Firefighters in
northern California continued to battle blazes. The Walker Fire in
the Plumas National Forest had now expanded to 38,049 acres and was
(SFC, 9/9/19, p.C4)
2019 Sep 10, A dozen leaders of
a California-based ministry were arrested on charges that they used
homeless people as forced labor, holding them in locked group homes
and forcing them to panhandle up to nine hours a day, six days a
week. The former pastor of Imperial Valley Ministries, Victor
Gonzalez, and the others were arrested in San Diego, El Centro near
the Southern California border with Mexico and Brownsville, Texas.
2019 Sep 10, In northern
California nearly 1,100 firefighters from several states continued
to battle the 47,340 acre Walker Fire in the Plumas national Forest.
The fire was 12% contained.
(SFC, 9/11/19, p.C2)
2019 Sep 13, Pacific Gas &
Electric and a group of insurers announced they reached an $11
billion settlement to cover most of the claims from wildfires in
California in 2017 and 2018.
2019 Sep 16, Xiaoning Sui (48),
of Surrey, British Columbia, was arrested in Spain on a charge of
fraud and conspiracy. She was accused of paying $400,000 to get her
son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer
recruit in 2018.
2019 Sep 18, US President
Donald Trump confirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency will
revoke California's waiver that allows it to require automakers to
build cleaner vehicles than federal requirements demand, a move that
will set off a massive legal battle.
2019 Sep 18, California's Gov.
Gavin Newsom signed AB5, a landmark gig-worker bill that could turn
thousands of independent contractors into company employees with
protections and benefits.
(SFC, 9/18/19, p.D1)
2019 Sep 19, The Trump
administration said it is revoking California's authority to set its
own auto tailpipe emissions standards and to require some
zero-emission vehicles, a decision that will spark a massive legal
battle between Washington and the most populous state over the
future of US vehicles.
2019 Sep 19, A US federal judge
blocked California from enforcing its new law that would require
Pres. Trump and other candidates for president and governor to
release their tax returns to qualify for the state's primary ballot.
On Nov. 21 the state's Supreme Court ruled that the legislation
violated a state constitutional requirement to include all
recognized presidential candidates on the primary ballot.
(SFC, 9/20/19, p.A1)(SFC, 11/22/19, p.C1)
2019 Sep 23, In northern
California PG&E cut electrical service to 24,000 customers in
three counties in the Sierra Nevada foothills this evening, saying
power will remain off until weather conditions improve.
2019 Sep 23, In NYC a new
California-China Climate Institute was announced during an event
with Xie Zhenhua, China's top climate change official. It will be
housed at UC Berkeley and chaired by former California Gov. Jerry
(SFC, 9/24/19, p.A1)
2019 Sep 24, The Trump
administration escalated its fight with California, accusing the
state of failing to enforce the US Clean Air Act and threatening to
withdraw billions of dollars in federal highway funds to the
country's most populous state.
2019 Sep 26, The Trump
administration's environmental regulator escalated its feud with
California, accusing the state of violating clean water laws by
allowing human waste from homeless residents to enter waterways,
according to a letter it sent to the state's governor.
2019 Sep 26, It was announced
that billionaire California agricultural titans Stewart and Lynda
Resnick have donated $750 million to the Cal Tech for climate change
(SFC, 9/27/19, p.A9)
2019 Oct 1, In California
Tushar Atre (50), the owner of the digital marketing company Atre
Net Inc., was abducted from his oceanfront home in Santa Cruz. He
was soon found dead near his white BMW in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
(The Guardian, 10/3/19)
2019 Oct 2, Opera star Placido
Domingo resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera and
withdrew from all future performances following multiple allegations
of sexual harassment.
(SFC, 10/3/19, p.A5)
2019 Oct 4, It was reported
that Mercury Insurance is ending its two-decade battle with
California regulators over extra fees charged to customers by
agreeing to pay the state $41 million. Most of the money will go to
the state's general fund.
(SFC, 10/4/19, p.D2)
2019 Oct 4, California police
said they have arrested Nickey Stane (52) for sexual assault and
battery cases. He was caught after he allegedly used a recording
device to view someone in the bathroom without their knowledge.
Police used DNA evidence from two decades ago to connect Stane to a
murder and a series of sexual assaults dating back to 1999.
(Good Morning America, 10/5/19)
2019 Aug 24, US federal
officials said more than 40 wild burros have been found shot and
killed along I-5 near the California-Nevada line.
(SSFC, 8/25/19, p.A12)
2019 Oct 8, California's Gov.
Gavin Newsom signed AB1482, the first statewide law to protect
renters. This imposed a state-wide cap on rent increases and
required landlords to provide a "just cause" when evicting tenants.
(SFC, 10/9/19, p.A1)
2019 Oct 11, California Gov.
Gavin Newsom signed AB2, a bill requiring that public universities
provide abortion pills on campus.
(SFC, 10/12/19, p.C1)
2019 Oct 11, A US federal
judges in California and New York halted Pres. Trump's plans to deny
legal status and work permist to noncitizens who accept public
benefits, like foodstamps and Medicaid.
(SFC, 10/12/19, p.A7)
2019 Oct 11, In Boston Peter
Jan Sartorio (53), the owner of a California frozen foods company,
was ordered to perform 250 hours of community service and pay a
$9,500 fine for paying $15,000 to rig his daughter's college
entrance exam in a widespread admissions scandal.
2019 Oct 12, California Gov.
Gavin Newson signed AB44, outlawing the sale and manufacture of new
fur clothing and accessories effective Jan. 1, 2023. Newsome also
signed SB313, which prohibits the use of wild animals in a circus.
(SSFC, 10/13/19, p.A6)
2019 Oct 12, In Southern
California fast-moving wildfires broke out overnight, leaving two
dead, destroying homes and forcing 100,000 residents to flee.
Authorities said three people have died at the scene of southern
state wildfires this week.
(Reuters, 10/12/19)(AP, 10/13/19)
2019 Oct 14, In northern
California a man was arrested on suspicion of killing four people
after he showed up at a police station in Mount Shasta with a body
in his car. Roseville police said they found three other bodies at
2019 Oct 15, In southern
California Valerie Lundeen Ely (62), the wife of "Tarzan" actor Ron
Ely (81), was stabbed to death by their son Cameron Ely (30).
Following an unspecified threat four deputies fired on Cameron and
he was killed. Ron Ely starred as Tarzan in the 1966-1968 NBC TV
(SFC, 10/17/19, p.A5)
2019 Oct 15, In northern
California the Napa County Board of Supervisors voted to
indefinitely ban all commercial cannabis activites in unincorporated
areas, including the growing, processing and selling of pot in
(SFC, 10/17/19, p.D1)
2019 Oct 16, California state
officials shut down the Contra Costa County fuel storage facility of
NuStar Energy in Crockett, following the explosion and fire two days
earlier at the site.
(SFC, 10/17/19, p.A1)
2019 Oct 18, It was reported
that California authorities have invalidated test scores of 1,400
pharmacists because more than 100 questions from the state licensing
exam were leaked online.
2019 Oct 18, PG&E's
utility's chief executive said Northern Californians can expect
widespread power cuts aimed at preventing wildfires for a decade
while the company upgrades wires systems, cuts back trees and takes
other safety measures.
2019 Oct 22, It was reported
that deputies in Orange County seized 18 pounds of fentanyl last
week – enough of the synthetic opioid to create four million lethal
(SFC, 10/22/19, p.A7)
2019 Oct 22, Facebook said it
will invest $1 billion over the next decade to help fund 20,000 new
homes in California.
(SFC, 10/23/19, p.A1)
2019 Oct 23, In northern
California Deputy Brian Ishmael was fatally shot early today in the
community of Somerset. A ride-along passenger with him was injured
while responding to a call about a theft from a marijuana garden in
the rural Sierra Nevada foothills.
(AP, 10/23/19)(SFC, 10/24/19, p.C1)
2019 Oct 24, A Northern
California wildfire exploded in size in Sonoma County amid dangerous
winds that prompted the state's largest utility to impose electrical
blackouts to prevent fires. The wind-driven wildfire forced some
2,000 people to flee homes in the wine region. The Kincade fire
erupted near the base of a damaged high-voltage transmission tower
owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. PG&E said it didn't
de-energize a 230,000-volt transmission line near Geyserville that
malfunctioned minutes before the fire erupted.
(AP, 10/24/19)(Reuters, 10/24/19)(AP, 10/25/19)
2019 Oct 25, California
firefighters sought to take advantage of a brief lull in high winds
behind fast-moving wildfires that forced the evacuation of more than
40,000 residents north of Los Angeles.
2019 Oct 27, Authorities in
Northern California ordered 180,000 residents to flee their homes as
historic winds fueled a wildfire in the wine country, while
electricity was shut off for millions of people in an effort to
prevent more fires.
2019 Oct 28, In southern
California the Getty Fire in Los Angeles erupted early today and
forced thousands of residents to flee their homes as winds reached
extremely dangerous levels. In northern California The Kincade Fire
that broke out last week amid Sonoma County's vineyards and wineries
grew to at least 103 square miles (267 square km), destroying 94
buildings, including 40 homes, and threatening 80,000 more
structures, authorities said. Nearly 200,000 people were under
evacuation orders, mostly from the city of Santa Rosa.
2019 Oct 29, In southern
California a gunman opened fire on a party late today killing three
men and wounding nine people in Long Beach. The gunman fled the
(SFC, 8/31/19, p.A4)
2019 Oct 29, John Witherspoon
(77), Detroit-born comedian known for his role as Willie Jones in
the "Friday" films, died in Los Angeles.
(Good Morning America, 10/30/19)
2019 Oct 30, Imaad Zuberi (40),
a prolific fundraiser charged with funneling illegal foreign
campaign contributions to American political candidates, surrendered
to authorities in Los Angeles and was released on $3 million bond.
2019 Oct 30, In southern
California a new wildfire erupted, forcing the evacuation of the
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and nearby homes, as both ends of
the state struggled with blazes, dangerously gusty weather and
2019 Oct 31, California
officials said the northern Kincade wildfire in Sonoma County, that
forced the evacuation of more than 180,000, people is now 60%
contained and has not increased in size in the last 24 hours. More
wildfires ignited near Los Angeles, destroying homes and forcing
evacuations, as the region faced a second day of gusting desert
winds that have fanned flames and displaced thousands of people.
(AP, 10/31/19)(Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019 Nov 1, A new wildfire
exploded in Southern California overnight, closing schools and
forcing over 7,000 residents to evacuate. The Maria Fire broke out
in Santa Paula in Ventura County the previous evening and raced
across the land, growing to 8,300 acres.
(Good Morning America, 11/1/19)
2019 Nov 2, In southern
California Ventura County officials said firefighters contained 30%
of the Maria Fire, which has burned nearly 15 square miles (39 sq.
km) and continued to threaten more than 2,500 homes and other
2019 Nov 2, In central
California an off-duty law officer killed a police officer and
critically wounded his father before killing himself during a
birthday party in Hanford.
(SFC, 11/4/19, p.A4)
2019 Nov 6, It was reported
that Norwegian company Urchinomics has a plan for dealing with
purple sea urchins that have laid waste to Northern California
coastal zones. The company would like to scoop the urchins from the
ocean, fatten them in a seaside urchin ranch, and then sell them to
sushi and seafood restaurants.
(SFC, 11/6/19, p.A1)
2019 Nov 7, It was reported
that the sudden oak death pathogen has established itself throughout
the SF Bay Area and has spread along the California coast from
Monterey to Humboldt County.
(SFC, 11/7/19, p.A1)
2019 Nov 12, In Los Angeles
Ruben Martinez Jr., who spent 11 years in prison for a series of
armed robberies he didn't commit, was exonerated after prosecutors
agreed he had been wrongly convicted.
2019 Nov 14, Authorities in
southern California said at least six people have been injured
during a shooting at a high school in Santa Clarita. Two of the
injured soon died. The suspect was identified as Nathaniel Berhow,
who turned 16 today. The next day Berhow succumbed to a head wound
he suffered after turning his gun on himself following the attack.
(The Independent, 11/14/19)(Insider,
2019 Nov 14, In California the
Contra County Sheriff's arrested four men along with a fifth man,
who was charged with being an accessory to the Oct. 31 shooting,
which left five dead and several others wounded.
(Reuters, 11/15/19)(SFC, 11/15/19, p.A1)
2019 Nov 15, Charles Gary
Sullivan (73) of Arizona was charged with open murder of Julia
Woodward (21) of San Rafael, California. In 1979 the woman's
bludgeoned body was discovered in a shallow grave near Reno, Nevada.
(ABC News, 11/17/19)
2019 Nov 16, In southern
California five family members were killed, and another underwent
emergency surgery following a shooting at a San Diego home, just a
day after one of the victims obtained a restraining order against
the alleged suspect. The estranged husband had turned a gun on
himself and was among the dead. One child was in critical condition.
(ABC News, 11/16/19)(SSFC, 11/17/19, p.A8)
2019 Nov 17, In Fresno, Ca.,
four people were killed and six others were injured when a gunman
burst into a backyard and sprayed bullets toward a family who
gathered to watch football. The victims were all of Hmong descent. A
man in his 20s was shot to death earlier today at a home in another
part of the city. Police later said the Mongolian Boy Society gang
had mis-targeted the victims believing Asia Crips were responsible
for the fatal shooting of Randy Xiong (28) earlier that day.
(AP, 11/18/19)(SSFC, 11/24/19, p.A8)(SFC, 1/1/20,
2019 Nov 18, Extinction
Rebellion activists pressing for more rapid action on climate change
threats began a week-long hunger strikes in 27 countries. The
strikes were in part spearheaded by Giovanni Tamacas (20), a
University of San Diego student, who carried out a solo hunger
strike last month in front of the White House.
2019 Nov 20, Michael J. Pollard
(80), Hollywood character actor, died in Los Angeles. His more than
200 films and television show included his role as the gas station
attendant turned criminal accomplice in "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967).
(SSFC, 11/24/19, p.B10)
2019 Nov 21, In southern
California a 13-year-old boy was arrested after he allegedly
threatened to shoot fellow students at Animo Mae Jemison Charter
Middle School in Willowbrook. When authorities searched the
suspect's home they found an unregistered AR-15 with a high-capacity
magazine, approximately 100 rounds of ammunition, a map of the
school, and a list of some students and teachers.
(CBS News, 11/22/19)
2019 Nov 23, In Union City,
California, two boys, ages 11 and 14, were fatally shot while
sitting in a van outside Searles Elementary School early today.
2019 Nov 25, In California a
fire ripped through brush and woodland on hills above the city of
Santa Barbara early today, forcing some 5,500 residents to leave
their homes. Most of the evacuees were able to return home the next
(Reuters, 11/26/19)(SFC, 11/27/19, p.A7)
2019 Dec 4, It was reported
that Chinese startup AutoX, backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba, has
applied to test self-driving vehicles without an in-car backup
driver in California, the first challenger to Alphabet Inc's
autonomous driving venture Waymo to say it has done so.
2019 Dec 6, California's
bankrupt power producer PG&E Corp said it had reached a $13.5
billion settlement with victims of some of most devastating
wildfires in the state's modern history.
2019 Dec 7, It was reported
that a flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin
has killed at least seven people over the past two months in the San
(SFC, 12/7/19, p.A6)
2019 Dec 9, The US CDC said a
multistate E. coli outbreak, linked to packaged salad from the
Salinas Valley of California, has sickened 8 people in the
upper-Midwest and 16 in Canada.
(SFC, 12/10/19, p.A5)
2019 Dec 11, The Los Angeles
Times reported that Lachlan Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and the
co-chairman of News Corp., has purchased the 25,000 square-foot
Chartwell estate in the the city's Bel Air neighborhood for about
$150 million. This was the highest home price ever in California.
The 1930s mansion is seen in the credits for the "Beverly
Hillbillies" TV show.
(SFC, 12/13/19, p.A8)
2019 Dec 11, California
winemaker Burt Williams (79), co-founder of Williams-Selyem winery,
died. He led the move to grow world-class Pinot Noir grapes in the
Russian River Valley. In 1998 the winery was sold for $9.5 million
to John Dyson, a former New York agriculture commissioner.
(SFC, 12/16/19, p.C1)
2019 Dec 12, The Trump
administration gave the go-ahead to new oil-drilling leases on
federal land in 8 California counties, mostly in the Bakersfield
(SFC, 12/13/19, p.C1)
2019 Dec 12, Louisiana sued the
state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of
alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important Louisiana
industry and ultimately could hurt the state's wetlands. California
banned alligator skins and meats in the 1970s but repeatedly issued
exceptions that allowed sales. The most recent exemption expires on
Jan. 1 of next year, and this time California's legislature did not
pass another exemption.
2019 Dec 13, California
Governor Gavin Newsom rejected a bankruptcy reorganization plan
submitted by PG&E Corp, the state's largest investor-owned
utility, saying its proposal fails to meet the requirements of a
recently enacted wildfire law.
2019 Dec 17, It was reported
that a new study by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration has found that waters off the California coast are
acidifying twice as fast as the global average.
(SFC, 12/17/19, p.A7)
2019 Dec 20, California state
Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that Sutter Health is
required to pay $575 million to employers, unions and the government
for abusing its market power to raise prices. Sutter Health operates
24 hospitals and 35 outpatient clinics in Northern California.
(SFC, 12/21/19, p.D1)
2019 Dec 20, PG&E Corp's
creditors sweetened their offer to California wildfire victims,
saying they are now prepared to pay $13.5 billion in cash upfront,
according to a letter sent today to state Gov. Gavin Newsom.
PG&E reached a settlement to raise monthly bills by an average
of $5.69 per month beginning next year to help fund wildfire safety
(Reuters, 12/21/19)(SFC, 12/21/19, p.A1)
2019 Dec 20, The Trump
administration awarded billions of dollars in contracts for private
companies to operate immigration detention centers in California,
less than two weeks before a new state law takes effect to prohibit
them. A federal website posted long-term awards worth a combined
$6.8 billion for detention facilities in San Diego, Calexico,
Adelanto and Bakersfield.
2019 Dec 24, In California a
huge redwood tree fell and killed a man visiting Muir Woods National
Monument on Christmas Eve. Subhradeep Dutta (28) of Edina,
Minnesota, died while walking on a marked dirt trail with two other
people in the park north of San Francisco.
2019 Dec 27, In southern
California a fire in an apartment in Riverside County killed Juan
Moreno and two daughters. Moreno had gotten his wife and two
children out of the apartment and then returned to save his other
children. An injured son (8) died the next day.
(SFC, 12/31/19, p.A4)
2019 Dec 30, The Florida
corporation GEO Group filed a federal lawsuit challenging California
law AB32, due to go into effect on Jan 1. The law bans new private
prison contracts across the state.
(SFC, 1/1/20, p.A1)
2019 Dec 31, A federal judge
temporarily blocked a California labor law meant to take effect from
Jan. 1 from impacting over 70,000 independent truckers by granting a
temporary restraining order.
2020 Jan 1, California's
landmark gig-work law, AB5, took effect amid a swirl of controversy
and escalating challenges.
(SFC, 1/1/20, p.A1)
2020 Jan 1, In California a new
law took effect requiring new homes to have rooftop solar panels,
better insulation and air filtration systems.
(SFC, 12/26/19, p.A1)
2020 Jan 1, In southern
California the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena drew hundreds of
thousands of spectators on New Year's Day.
2020 Jan 2, The owners and
operators of GirlsDoPorn, a San Diego-based porn website, must pay
$12.7 million after a judge found them liable for fraud and breach
of contract for lying to women about how their explicit videos would
2020 Jan 4, John Baldessari
(88), California artist, died in his sleep. In 2010 he was cited as
"arguably America's most influential Conceptual artist".
(SFC, 1/10/20, p.C2)
2020 Jan 4, In southern
California a pilot died after his small plane crashed near State
Route 14 in Newhall.
(SSFC, 1/5/20, p.A9)
2020 Jan 5, At the 77th Golden
Globe Awards World War One movie "1917" and "Once Upon a Time in
Hollywood," set in 1960s Tinseltown, won the top movie prizes at the
Golden Globes on a night packed with upsets and hot-button issues at
the start of Hollywood's awards season.
2020 Jan 6, In southern
California Christopher Bathum, the founder of a Los Angeles
sober-living facility pleaded no contest to 14 felony counts of
grand theft, insurance fraud, identity theft and money laundering.
He faced 20 years in prison for running a $175 million phony health
care billing scheme.
2020 Jan 6, Ikea confirmed that
it had agreed to pay $46 million to the parents of a 2-year-old
California boy, Jozef Dudek, who was killed when one of the giant
furniture company's dressers toppled over onto him in 2017.
(The Week, 1/7/20)
2020 Jan 7, US Representative
Duncan Hunter, a leading California Republican who pleaded guilty
last month to a federal corruption charge of conspiracy to misuse
campaign funds, announced that he would resign from office effective
2020 Jan 7, Authorities said
three Los Angeles Police Department officers have been suspended for
falsely classifying people as gang members in an effort to boost the
(ABC News, 1/7/20)
2020 Jan 8, California Governor
Gavin Newsom decided against calling a special election to fill the
seat US Representative Duncan Hunter will leave vacant in Congress
next week when he resigns following his conviction in a federal
2020 Jan 8, A Los Angeles
County Superior Court judge ruled that AB%, the state's new gig-work
law, does not apply to truck drivers because it is preempted by
(SFC, 1/10/20, p.D1)
2020 Jan 8, Buck Henry (89),
American writer and actor, died in Los Angeles. He wrote the
screenplays for "The Graduate" (1967), "Candy" (1968) and "Catch-22"
(1970). He also wrote the romantic comedies "The Owl and the
Pussycat" (1970) and "What's Up Doc?" (1972).
(SFC, 1/10/20, p.A8)
2020 Jan 9, The mayor of Los
Angeles wrote a letter to the Trump administration formally
requesting federal assistance with the growing numbers of homeless
on the city's streets. The letter showed he and Housing Secretary
Ben Carson have had negotiations on the issue.
2020 Jan 11, It was reported
that Bonny Doon Vineyard, founded in California in 1981 by Randall
Grahm, has been acquired by WarRoom Ventures, the parent company of
Lapis Luna Wines.
(SFC, 1/11/20, p.D1)
2020 Jan 14, In Los Angeles
Michael Avenatti, the brash former attorney for the porn actress
Stormy Daniels, was arrested for allegedly violating bail by
committing multiple state and federal crimes while awaiting trial in
2020 Jan 14, In southern
California Delta Arilines Flight 89 enroute to China turned back to
Los Angeles Int'l. Airport minutes after takeoff and dumped fuel
that fell on five elementary schools. The FAA soon promised an
(SFC, 1/16/20, p.A7)
2020 Jan 16, Inmate Jonathan
Watson (41) clubbed two men in the head at the California Substance
Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in the central city of
Corcoran. Prisoner David Bobb (48) died that day. Graham De
Luis-Conti (62) died three days later at a hospital. Both were
serving life sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child
2020 Jan 19, A southern
California driver intentionally rammed a Toyota Prius with six
teenage boys inside, killing three and injuring three others before
fleeing late today in Temescal Valley, Riverside County. Anurag
Chandra (42) of Corona was arrested a short time later in a
neighborhood near the crash site.
2020 Jan 23, Oklahoma Gov.
Kevin Stitt banned sate-funded travel to California in response to a
similar 2018 ban by California after Oklahoma passed a law that
allowed adoption agencies to deny placement services to same-sex
(SFC, 1/24/20, p.A6)
2020 Jan 24, The Trump
administration said that California cannot require health insurers
to cover abortions and threatened to cut some federal healthcare
funds unless it pulls that requirement. The US Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) issued a notice that the state is violating
a federal law called the Weldon Amendment.
2020 Jan 24, Jeff Carpoff (49)
and Paulette Carpoff (46), the husband-and-wife owners of DC Solar,
pleaded guilty to involvement in an estimated $912 million Ponzi
scheme. Their California solar company caused Warren Buffett's
Berkshire Hathaway Inc to take a $377 million charge last year.
2020 Jan 26, In southern
California basketball legend Kobe Bryant (41) and his daughter (13)
died along with seven others in a helicopter crash outside Los
2020 Jan 27, In California FBI
and Yolo County officials announced the arrest of Paul Allen Perez
(57), an inmate at Kern Valley State Prison, on suspicion of slaying
five of his infant children between 1992 and 2001.
(SFC, 1/28/20, p.C1)
2020 Jan 29, US authorities
announced the discovery of the longest smuggling tunnel ever found
on the Southwest border, stretching more than three-quarters of a
mile from an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Diego
2020 Jan 31, The Trump
administration said it will not allow California to collect a key
health care tax on managed care organizations. The decision could
cost the state nearly $2 billion a year for low-income benefits.
(SFC, 1/31/20, p.A6)
2020 Feb 2, California health
officials said they had confirmed 11 cases of the new,
fast-spreading coronavirus in the United States, with one in Santa
Clara County and two more in San Benito County.
2020 Feb 3, In California a
gunman killed a 51-year-old woman from Colombia and wounded five
others before dawn on a packed Greyhound bus traveling from Los
Angeles to San Francisco. Highway patrol officers found the
suspect a few minutes later and detained him. Anthony Devonte
Williams (33) of Capitol Heights, Maryland, was arrested after
passengers managed to disarm him and get him off the bus.
(AP, 2/3/20)(AP, 2/4/20)
2020 Feb 5, A US federal judge
prohibited US immigration authorities from relying on databases
deemed faulty to ask law enforcement agencies to hold people in
custody, a setback for the Trump administration that threatens to
hamper how it carries out arrests. The ruling applies only to the
Central District of California, where state law already sharply
limits the extent to which state and local law enforcement agencies
can honor requests from ICE. But the district encompasses ICE's
Pacific Enforcement Response Center in Laguna Niguel, which makes
requests around-the-clock to law enforcement agencies in 42 states
and two US territories.
2020 Feb 7, A judge in Boston
ordered Douglas Hodge (62) of Laguna Beach to spend nine months in
federal prison for paying bribes to get four of his children into
the Univ. of Southern California and Georgetown as fake athletic
recruits. Hodge onece served as the head of Pimco, a bond management
(SFC, 2/8/20, p.A6)
2020 Feb 13, Los Angeles County
District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that her office has asked
the court to dismiss nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions going back
decades, CBS LA reported. In a news conference, Lacey called it the
largest such undertaking in state history.
(CBS News, 2/13/20)
2020 Feb 13, Ricky Davis was
ordered released from custody in Placerville, near Sacramento, after
authorities used extended DNA links developed through publicly
available genealogical websites to build a family tree that led to
the arrest of a new suspect in the killing of his housemate. Davis
had spent about 15 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted
in the case.
(The Guardian, 2/14/20)
2020 Feb 15, It was reported
that the Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund
11,000 miles (17,703 km) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon,
Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control
2020 Feb 15, In southern
California Dr. Amie Harwick, a sex therapist and former fiancee of
Drew Carey, was killed at her Hollywood Hills home. Suspect Gareth
Pursehouse (41), a former boyfriend of Harwick’s, was soon arrested
on suspicion of murder.
(USA Today, 2/17/20)
2020 Feb 17, Two charter
flights carrying cruise ship passengers from Japan landed at
military bases in California and Texas overnight, starting the clock
on a quarantine period to ensure passengers don't have the new virus
that's been spreading in Asia.
2020 Feb 17, It was reported
that police in Long Beach, California., have arrested three
teenagers suspected of killing two people and wounding ten others in
seven shootings since November.
(SFC, 2/17/20, p.A6)
2020 Feb 18, Los Angeles city
and county officials announced a new strategy to speed the process
of getting homeless people into permanent housing. The new “Housing
Central Command," modeled on the federal government’s response to
natural disasters, overhauled how agencies work together in
addressing the growing number of people living on the street.
2020 Feb 18, In central
California a blaze at a public library in Porterville, allegedly
started by two 13-year-old boys, left two firefighters dead.
2020 Feb 19, In southern
California rapper Pop Smoke (20), born as Bashar Barakah Jackson,
was fatally shot by intruders during a break-in at a Hollywood Hills
(SFC, 2/20/20, p.A5)
2020 Feb 20, California
lawmakers apologized for the Lagislature's role in advancing
discrimination against Japanese Americans and their incarceration
during WW II.
(SFC, 2/21/20, p.C2)
2020 Feb 20, The Univ. of
Southern California announced that it was making tuition free for
students from families with an annual income of $80,000 or
less starting this fall.
(SFC, 2/21/20, p.A6)
2020 Feb 21, Costa Mesa,
California, won a battle against the state, at least temporarily,
when a judge halted the transfer of people diagnosed with the
coronavirus to its community for a quarantine site.
2020 Feb 22, In California
self-styled daredevil “Mad" Mike Hughes (64) died after the homemade
rocket crashed on private property near Barstow.
2020 Feb 22, In southern
California a charter bus swerved on a rain-slicked highway and
rolled down an embankment, killing three people and injuring 18
others in Pala Mesa.
2020 Feb 25, Michelle Janavs
(49), the heiress to the Hot Pockets fortune, was sentenced to five
months in prison after admitting to paying bribes to a fixer who
promised to get her two daughters into the University of Southern
(The Week, 2/25/20)
2020 Feb 26, US health
officials said a new coronavirus case in California, a resident of
Solano County, could be the first in the US that has no known
connection to travel abroad or another known case, a possible sign
the virus is spreading in a US community. The patient was brought to
UC Davis Medical Center from another Northern California hospital on
Feb. 19, but it was four days before the CDC heeded a request to
test the patient for COVID-19.
2020 Feb 27, California
officials reported that the state's snowpack is just 46% of normal.
(SFC, 2/28/20, p.C1)
2020 Feb 28, Lifeguards in San
Diego County rescued 13 people and searched for others believed to
have been dropped by Mexican migrant smugglers in the Pacific. As
many as three people remained missing.
(SFC, 2/29/20, p.A5)
2020 Feb 28, The number of
coronavirus cases in the United States was confirmed at 62. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also confirmed that four
more patients tested positive for the virus in California, Oregon
and Washington states.
(Good Morning America, 2/29/20)
2020 Feb 28, In northern
California a man went on a rampage at a mental health and rehab
center in Carmichael fatally stabbing two people. Martin Raymond
lackey-Garcia (39) was booked for investigation of murder.
(SFC, 3/2/20, p.A6)
2020 Mar 2, In California the
number of coronavirus cases in the Bay Area were confirmed at 26
with 43 cases statewide.
(SFC, 3/3/20, p.A1)
2020 Mar 4, California's Gov.
Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency over the COVID-19 virus,
opening the way for federal aid, after the death of a man in Placer
County, near Sacramento, who had been on an earlier sailing of the
ship in February. This was the nation's first coronavirus death
outside of Washington state and brought the US death toll to 11.
California now had 53 confirmed cases.
(AP, 3/5/20)(Good Morning America, 3/5/20)
2020 Mar 5, California's Gov.
Gavin Newsom said a ship with suspected links to two coronavirus
cases, one fatal, was being held off the coast of San Francisco
until everyone on board could be tested. At least 21 people on the
ship had symptoms. The cases included guests who were on the
previous Grand Princess voyage from Feb. 11 to 21.
(NY Times, 3/5/20)(Good Morning America, 3/5/20)
2020 Mar 9, Federal and state
officials in California prepared to receive thousands of people from
a cruise ship that has been idling off the coast of San Francisco
with at least 21 people aboard infected with the coronavirus. Fences
were installed at an 11-acre site at the Port of Oakland as
authorities readied flights and buses to whisk the passengers aboard
the ship to military bases or their home countries for a 14-day
quarantine. Officials in Santa Clara imposed a ban on mass
gatherings of more than 1,000 people for the next three weeks to
slow the spread of the coronavirus.
(AP, 3/9/20)(SFC, 310/20, p.A1)
2020 Mar 9, Mitch Englander
(49), a former Los Angeles city councilman, surrendered to FBI
agents following charges that obstructed an investigation into
whether he took thousands of dollars, female escort services and
other gifts from businessmen invloved in major developments.
(SFC, 310/20, p.A4)
2020 Mar 12, California's Gov.
Gavin Newsom announced new restrictions on public gatherings, saying
that they must now be limited to no more than 250 people, while
smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement
social distancing of 6 feet per person. About 200 people in
California have tested positive so far for coronavirus.
(Good Morning America, 3/12/20)(SFC, 3/13/20,
2020 Mar 12, The Walt Disney Co
said it will close its theme parks in California and Florida and its
resort in Paris from this weekend through the end of the month due
to the global outbreak of coronavirus.
2020 Mar 13, In California
nearly 1.5 million students have been told to stay home for up to
four weeks as public and private school shit down across the state
to combat the coronavirus.
(SFC, 3/14/20, p.A1)
2040 By this time an estimated
58 million people will live in California. Latinos will account for
48%, whites for 31%, Asians for 15% and Blacks for 6%.
(SFC, 12/18/98, p.A35)
2050 California population was
expected to jump from 34 million in 2004 to 50 million in 2050.
(SSFC, 7/11/04, p.E6)