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King Fire at 3,900 acres, 10 percent contained
A 3,900-acre fire burning in the Pollock Pines area of El Dorado County caused many evacuations Sunday afternoon. As of 7:30 a.m. the King Fire is 10 percent contained and is currently located in the canyon of the south fork of the American river, northeast of the community of Pollock Pines according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department website. The fire, which started Saturday afternoon, caused 160 mandatory evacuations and 406 voluntary evacuations according to Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff. [Article]
by TAUHID CHAPPELL, Placerville Mountain Democrat. 2014-09-15
 
Northern California wildfires forcing hundreds to evacuate
About 400 firefighters struggled to control a fire that started near Oakhurst (Madera County) at 1:40 p.m. Sunday and burned about 320 acres by nightfall, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. As many as 1,000 residents were evacuated from 400 homes, and 10 structures were destroyed, according to the Madera County Sheriff's Office. [Article]
by STEPHANIE M. LEE, San Francisco Chronicle. 2014-09-15
 
Madera County Wildfire Now 20 Percent Contained
Update 11 p.m. The Courtney Fire, which has burned 320 acres in Madera County, is now 20 percent contained. The wildfire continues to threaten the Bass Lake Heights community and one section on Bass Lake near Road 222 remains evacuated. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, KXJZ - Sacramento Public Radio. 2014-09-15
 
Six of Orange County's biggest fires and what lessons were learned
Summer is the season when heat, drought and wind combine to ripen conditions for wildfires, but fall has traditionally been the season when deadly blazes show their fury. While the Silverado Canyon fire started Friday, history shows the county’s largest and most destructive wildfires rage during the blistering Santa Ana winds that whip up from October through December. [Article]
by SALVADOR HERNANDEZ, Orange County Register. 2014-09-15
 
Mendocino Fire Destroys Homes, Fire Engine
UPDATE 6:05 p.m.: Cal Fire is now saying that all evacuation orders have been lifted. The Black Fire is now at 417 acres with 50% containment. Five structures were burnt and so were five outbuildings. Ten structures are still threatened. There have been three injuries. In addition to five homes burned, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department, a fire engine was overrun by flames and destroyed during yesterday’s fast moving wildfire northeast of Ukiah. No one was seriously hurt, a spokesperson on wrote on the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page. Twenty-five structures are still threatened by the fire which is only 30% contained. [Article]
by KYM KEMP, Eureka Times-Standard. 2014-09-15
 
Fire South of Yosemite Burns 21 Structures, Forces Hundreds to Flee
Update, 9:20 a.m. Monday: A few updated numbers on some of the fires burning throughout the state: The King Fire, just north of U.S. 50 near Pollock Pines, is now reported to have burned 3,900 acres and is 10 percent contained. The fire is burning to the north and east of the unincorporated community of 7K, and firefighters are expected to benefit from cooler, more humid weather Monday. The Meadow Fire in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park has burned 4,772 acres, park officials say, the same as reported Sunday. The statistical change: The fire is now reported as 80 percent contained. Nothing new to report on the weekend’s most destructive blaze, the Courtney Fire near Oakhurst and the resort area of Bass Lake south of Yosemite. [Article]
by DAN BREKKE, San Francisco Chronicle. 2014-09-15
 
Silverado fire: 200 homes evacuated
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Authorities say a wildfire in Southern California has been 20 percent contained but more than 200 homes near the Cleveland National Forest remain evacuated. Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said Sunday that more than 1,000 firefighters and fire personnel are battling the 2 1/2 square mile blaze. [Article]
by MEGAN TERLECKY, KESQ.com Palm Springs - Riverside Cty. 2014-09-15
 
21 structures destroyed or damaged by fast moving Courtney Fire
Winds quickly spread a fire that broke out at about 1:40 p.m. Sunday afternoon near Courtney Lane off Crane Valley Road (426). The fire burned up the valley to the north and jumped Road 426, to Bass Lake Heights, destroying or damaging 21 structures. At the height of the fire, 400 homes were threatened. According to Cal Fire, about 320 acres have burned, 400 firefighting personnel, 30 fire engines, and 14 bulldozers are on the incident in addition to helicopters and planes, and hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate the area. The fire was 20% contained at 9 p.m.. [Article]
by BRIAN WILKINSON, Sierra Star. 2014-09-15
 
Boaters, L.A. County brace for impact of Marina del Rey cleanup plan
A state decision last week puts boaters and the county on the hook for a multimln-dollar cleanup of the Marina del Rey harbor, despite concerns that the financial demand and tight time frame could be impossible to meet. In a move aimed at addressing the pollution of the harbor water and sediment, the State Water Resources Control Board set allowable thresholds for seven toxic pollutants and required reductions to meet those thresholds for water quality standards called a Total Maximum Daily Load. [Article]
by CARLEY DRYDEN, Daily Breeze. 2014-09-15
 
Conservation project aims to capture rainwater, replenish underground aquifer
ARCADIA – As water levels reach historic lows across Los Angeles County, a new project aims to replenish the Main San Gabriel Groundwater Basin by capturing excess rainfall during wet seasons. The plan will help reduce a dependency by the San Gabriel Valley on imported water, according to county documents. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will build a pipeline connecting the Peck Road Spreading Basin in Arcadia and Monrovia to a segment of the San Gabriel River, where rainfall can seep underground to recharge the groundwater basin. “This Peck Road Spreading Basin upgrade will allow water to percolate faster underground, and it’s an innovative way to conserve water otherwise lost to the ocean,” said Keith Lilley, a Public Works civil engineer. [Article]
by AMERICA HERNANDEZ, Los Angeles Daily News. 2014-09-15
 
Bill on governor's desk offers a second chance for first offenders
If you’re arrested for smoking marijuana or committing some other nonviolent misdemeanor offense, and your criminal record has been clean, you could see your sentencing deferred under a proposed pilot program in Los Angeles County. Assembly Bill 2124 would establish a three-year program that would give L.A. County Superior Court judges the authority to defer sentencing for first-time misdemeanor offenders who plead guilty or no contest to certain crimes. If a defendant fulfills all of the court’s obligations, the offense would be wiped from his or her criminal record within a year. [Article]
by KELLY PUENTE, Los Angeles Daily News. 2014-09-15
 
Can these companies’ L.A. same-day delivery serivce make brick and mortar stores obsolete?
When Industry-based retailer Newegg threw its hat into a growing same-day delivery war waging across the Los Angeles metropolitan area, it did so knowing it had nearly a million customers in its backyard. The computer component and consumer electronics seller isn’t alone in seeing an opportunity among the area’s dense, rising population. Newegg, started in 2001 by Taiwanese immigrant Fred Chang, joins a growing list of companies experimenting locally with faster delivery. Same-day delivery has cropped up in metropolitan areas as online retailers look for ways to keep customers from the nearest big box store, said Rob Enderle, a technology analyst for the Enderle Group. [Article]
by JASON HENRY, San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2014-09-15
 
Week ahead: Supervisors set to reject ethics plan
SANTA ANA – The long-running local issues of ethics oversight and proposed toll lanes on the 405 are among the issues to be discussed this week by local government bodies. Responding to a grand jury report calling for greater ethics oversight in Orange County government, county supervisors are slated Tuesday to tell jurors they won’t implement their recommendation for a campaign reporting and ethics commission. “The recommendation will not be implemented because it is not warranted and is not reasonable,” the supervisors’ proposed response states. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, Orange County Register. 2014-09-15
 
Once a month, county gives chance to tie knot on Saturday
Two-by-two, they appeared in flowing white gowns, dress suits, military uniforms and street clothes. On the last Saturday in August, 87 couples arrived at Orange County offices to tie the knot. “We’re finally legit!” Tommy Santistevan exclaimed after exchanging vows with his high school sweetheart of eight years, Alexandria Martinez. About 20 family members witnessed the event in a matrimony-themed room at the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office in Fullerton. The Anaheim newlyweds’ 7-year-old daughter, Janell, served as ring bearer. [Article]
by MIKE GOULDING, Orange County Register. 2014-09-15
 
FIRST AMENDMENT ADVOCATES: URGE GOVERNOR TO VETO SB 1300, WHICH SUBVERTS CA PUBLIC RECORDS ACT
September 14,2014 (Sacramento) – Senate Bill 1300, now on the Governor’s desk awaiting signature , was touted as a means of strengthening safety regulation of oil refineries. But last-minute amendments in the bill mean it would “eviscerate the state’s freedom of information law, the Public Records Act,” warns Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition. The group is urging the public to contact Governor Jerry Brown and ask him to veto the bill. The bill originally required oil companies to file reports on scheduled shutdowns of refineries for maintenance. But now amendments backed by oil companies and labor give power to the oil companies to withhold information from the public and to sue those who seek public records. [Article]
by MIRIAM RAFTERY, San Diego News Network. 2014-09-15
 
Governor Brown Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA
Sacramento, California - Extreme drought conditions and summer's high temperatures have California firefighters battling the Courtney Fire in Madera County. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable the availability of vital firefighting funds for those local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire. So far, the fire has consumed more than 320 acres, threatening structures and causing evacuations near the Bass Lake and Oakhurst communities. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, Imperial Valley Press. 2014-09-15
 
Mono Grand Jury selected
The 2014-2015 Grand Jury is currently composed of nine grand jurors. Jon Boyer is the foreperson of the grand jury and Karen Johnston is the assistant foreperson. [Article]
by STAFF REPORT, Sierra Wave. 2014-09-15
 
New statewide report shows Kern County is among the top for highest truancy rates
KERN COUNTY, Calif. - California’s truancy crisis continues on, according to a new report released by the attorney general. The report shows Kern County has one of the highest truancy rates in the state, with 25-30 percent of local elementary students truant at least three times a year -- that’s a near five-percent increase from the year before. [Article]
by LINDSEY ADAMS, KERO (ABC - Bakersfield). 2014-09-15
 
Hanford to weigh Costco zoning request
The Hanford City Council will decide Tuesday whether to accommodate the proposed Costco on East Lacey Boulevard by amending a longstanding policy designed to protect downtown. As proposed, the amendment to the city’s zoning code would allow large department stores located in “planned commercial” zones to perform onsite eye exams in their optical departments. Examples of planned commercial zones include the shopping district along 12th Avenue and the proposed Costco shopping center at Highway 43 and East Lacey Boulevard. [Article]
by MIKE EIMAN, Kings County Sentinel. 2014-09-15
 
Dominion to buy 2 solar projects in Calif.
(AP) — Dominion Resources is planning to buy two solar projects in California. The Richmond -based energy company announced the agreement with EDF Renewable Energy on Monday. The deal is expected to close next year. The projects in Kings, Kern and Marin counties in California would add 42 megawatts of solar power to its portfolio. Both projects are expected to enter service in the first half of 2015. One of the projects, the Cottonwood project, has solar sites located in Kings, Kern and Marin Counties and has secured a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), interconnection agreements and engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contracts. The company anticipates that the 24-megawatt solar energy facility will come online in the first half of 2015. [Article]
by ASSOCIATED PRESS, Business Journal. 2014-09-15
 
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