Return to home2001 Jan 1,
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians opened up Tahquitz Canyon
near Palm Springs for visitors.
(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.T5)
2001 Jan 4, State regulators
approved raising electricity rates by an average 10% as state
utilities stood near bankruptcy.
(SFC, 1/5/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 4, Dustin Thomas (20),
was killed in the Sunnydale housing projects. Thomas had recently
testified as a murder witness.
(SFC, 1/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 5, Gov. Davis proposed
extending the school year for middle-school from 180 to 210 days.
(SFC, 1/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 5, Southern California
Edison announced plans to cut 1,450 jobs to save $465 million due to
high power costs.
(SFC, 1/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 8, Gov. Davis offered
a series of proposals to resolve the state energy crises. These
included efficiency incentives, use cutbacks and power generation
(SFC, 1/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 8, California unveiled
its new one-stop Web site: www.ca.gov
(SFC, 1/8/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 10, Gov. Davis
proposed a $102 million budget.
(SFC, 1/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 10, LA Mayor Richard
Riordan warned Gov. Davis that he would cut off the sale of surplus
power to the state, unless LA was paid in advance.
(SSFC, 12/16/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 10, The State Dept. of
Fish and Game decided to slash its trout stocking program for Sierra
lakes in order to protect endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs.
(SFC, 1/11/01, p.A3)
2001 Jan 10, In Nevada County,
Ca., Scott Harlan Thorpe (40) killed 3 people, including Laura
Wilcox (19), and wounded 2 others at the Nevada County Behavioural
Health clinic before he was apprehended by police near Smartville.
Thorpe had refused to take medication and could not be force to do
so under the 1967 Lanterman-Petris-Short state law. In 2000 a bill
AB1421 named “Laura’s Law,” was pending to address the issue. In
2002 Gov. Gray Davis signed Laura’s Law allowing for court-ordered
assisted outpatient treatment or forced anti-psychotics in most
1/11/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/1/02, p.A20)
2001 Jan 11, PG&E announced
the layoff of 1,000 workers and a cut back in some customer service
to save an estimated $180 million.
(SFC, 1/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 12, The FERC approved
a corporate restructure for PG&E that allowed the parent company
to shield profits from the mounting debts of its utility subsidiary.
(SFC, 1/16/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 14, It was reported
that power generators in California were suspected of shutting down
power plants to sell high-valued natural gas contributing to high
costs and power shortages.
(SSFC, 1/14/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 16, Mike Bowers (37),
a former inmate from San Bernadino County with a grudge against Gov.
Davis, drove a semi-truck into the south side of the state Capitol.
He was killed in the resulting explosion.
(SFC, 1/17/01, p.A1)(SFC, 1/18/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 16, Southern
California Edison said it would not be able to pay its outstanding
bills. PG&E said it was days away from a default.
(SFC, 1/17/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 17, Gov. Davis
declared a state of emergency and ordered the Dept. of Water
Resources to buy and sell electricity to help alleviate the crises.
PG&E defaulted on $76 million in short term debt.
(SFC, 1/18/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 18, The state
legislature signed a $400 million energy rescue measure as
Pres.-elect Bush rejected electricity price caps sought by Gov.
(SFC, 1/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 18, SF sued 13 energy
providers for collusion to fix prices and restrict the energy
(SFC, 1/19/01, p.A12)
2001 Jan 23, Spencer Abraham,
energy secretary, extended 2 federal emergency orders forcing power
suppliers to continue selling electricity and natural gas to
(SFC, 1/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 24, In California the
state received bids for long-term electricity contracts in an
auction to help ease the energy crises.
(SFC, 1/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 1, State lawmakers
enacted legislation to spend up to $10 billion for power. Gov. Davis
ordered large retail outlets to dim lights with penalties beginning
(SFC, 2/2/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 2, Mexico agreed to
sell a small amount of power to California. The Bush administration
refused to impose energy price caps despite pleas by Western
(SFC, 2/3/01, p.A3,8)
2001 Feb 5, California clinched
deals for long term power contracts at $60-65 per megawatt hour as
federal assistance ended.
(SFC, 2/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 7, An appellate court
ruled that Prop 21 violated judges’ constitutional authority over
sentencing. It overturned a provision that let prosecutors charge
youths 14-17 as adults in serious crimes.
(SFC, 2/8/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 8, The new Disney
theme park “Disney’s California Adventure” opened in Anaheim.
(WSJ, 1/22/01, p.B1)(SFC, 2/8/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 11, It was reported
that the state PUC filed law suits against El Paso Natural Gas Co.
for restricting competition in the natural gas market.
(SSFC, 2/11/01, p.A11)
2001 Feb 16, Gov. Davis began
negotiations to purchase 32,000 miles of transmission lines from the
utilities that would allow them to issue bonds to pay off their
(SFC, 2/17/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 20, A fire at the
Delta & Pine Land Co. in Tulare County was later claimed to have
been set by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) purportedly to destroy
stored transgenic cottonseed.
(SFC, 3/6/01, p.A2)
2001 Feb 21, The Trust for
Public Land announced the purchase of the 1,226-acre Bixby Ocean
Ranch near Big Sur for $26.25 million.
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A22)
2001 Feb 22, The California
state PUC voted to absolve PG&E and Southern California Edison
of responsibility for costs above the revenue they collect from
(SFC, 2/23/01, p.A3)
2001 Feb 22, Ashley Ellerin
(22), former girlfriend of actor Ashton Kutcher, was found dead in
her Hollywood Hills home. In 2008 police matched DNA linking
Michael Gargiulo (32), an air conditioning repairman, to her murder
and to another fatal stabbing of a Monterey Park woman in 2005. They
also suspect Gargiulo in the 1993 killing of a high school girl in
the Chicago suburb of Glenview, where Gargiulo lived at the time.
Tricia Pacaccio, a senior at Glenbrook South High School, was found
stabbed to death on her front doorstep, clutching her door key.
2001 Feb 23, GM sued
California’s air quality board over rules that required automakers
to produce pollution-free cars by 2003.
(SFC, 2/24/01, p.A3)
2001 Feb 23, David Edward
Attias (18), a freshman at UC Santa Barbara, rammed his Saab into a
crowd in Isla Vista and killed 4 students, Nicholas Shaw Bourdakis
(20), Christopher Edward Divis (20), Ruth Dasha Golda Levy (20) and
Elie Israel (27). A 5th victim, Albert Arthur Levy (27), was
severely battered. Attias was charged with murder the next day.
Attias was convicted on 2nd degree murder in 2002 and jurors found
(SFC, 2/26/01, p.A1)(SFC, 2/27/01, p.A13)(SFC,
6/13/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/21/02, p.A17)
2001 Feb 28, Mardi Gras parades
in Fresno, Monterey and San Jose turned violent.
(SFC, 3/1/01, p.A2)
2001 Feb, Wesley Shermantine
(35) of Stockton was convicted of 4 brutal murders. Authorities
believed that he was responsible for another 22 slayings in the
(SFC, 3/5/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 2, Pehong Chen, CEO
and founder of BroadVision, donated $15 million to Stanford Univ. to
study the power source of the Big Bang and the role of dark matter
in the universe.
(SFC, 3/3/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 4, Sang Cho, a
registered nurse in Moraga, won the $89 million California
(SFC, 3/6/01, p.A15)
2001 Mar 5, Charles Andrew
Williams (15), a freshman at Santana High School in Santee, Ca., a
San Diego suburb, shot and killed 2 students and wounded 13 others.
Williams was sentenced 50 years to life in prison on Aug 15, 2002.
(SFC, 3/6/01, p.A1)(SFC, 8/16/02, p.A3)
2001 Mar 9, Federal regulators
warned power companies that they may have to refund $69 million to
California ratepayers for charging unreasonable prices.
(SFC, 3/10/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 11, It was reported
that California’s alleged growth of electricity use was
significantly less than that portrayed by power industry.
(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 17, Ray Rice, one of
the founders of the Art and Architecture movement, died at age 85 in
Mendocino. His work include 40 short films.
(SFC, 4/9/01, p.A17)(http://tinyurl.com/23geum)
2001 Mar 19, Rolling power
blackouts hit California as alternative power generators shut down
due to nonpayment by PG&E and Southern California Edison.
(SFC, 3/20/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 20, Rolling blackouts
continued for a 2nd day. PG&E and Edison called for an end to
the rate freeze to accompany the sale of transmission lines.
(SFC, 3/21/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 21, Pres. Vicente Fox
arrived in California for his 1st foreign trip as President of
Mexico. He appealed to Gov. Davis to allow Mexicans in California
greater access to doors of opportunity.
(SFC, 3/21/01, p.A1)(SFC, 3/22/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 22, In California
Jason Hoffman (18) opened fire at Granite Hills High School in San
Diego County. 10 people were injured. Hoffman reached a plea
agreement and faced at least 27 years in prison. Hoffman was found
dead in his cell Oct 29.
(SFC, 3/23/01, p.A1)(SFC, 3/24/01, p.A3)(SFC,
9/14/01, p.A28)(SFC, 10/30/01, p.E10)
2001 Mar 26, California state
regulators proposed a 40% rate increase to help remedy the state’s
(SFC, 3/27/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 27, The California
state PUC voted an average monthly 40% energy rate increase.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 27, Robert Lee Massie
(59) became the 9th prisoner to be executed in California since the
death penalty was reinstated in 1997.
(SFC, 12/13/05, p.A13)
2001 Mar 30, In Half Moon Bay a
new Ritz-Carlton Hotel opened.
(SSFC, 3/25/01, p.B6)
2001 Mar, The Turning Point
Academy, espoused by Gov. Davis, opened in San Luis Obispo. It
focused on troubled youths. It closed in July 26, 2002.
(SFC, 7/27/02, p.A16)
2001 Apr 2, The D.Q. University
(f.1971), the state’s only Indian tribal college, was scheduled to
receive the deed of trust for its 643 acre campus.
(SFC, 4/5/00, p.A15,22)
2001 Apr 6, In California
PG&E filed for bankruptcy with $9 billion in debt. Just before
filing the utility awarded bonuses and raises to 6,000 senior
managers and other employees. SF Judge Dennis Montali was assigned
(SFC, 4/7/01, p.A1,3)
2001 Apr 7, Gov. Davis said
“PG&E’s management is suffering from two afflictions: denial and
(SFC, 4/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 9, Gov. Davis and
California Edison agreed to a $2.8 billion bailout deal that
included state possession of 12,000 miles of power lines.
(SFC, 4/10/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 10, Mayoral elections
were held in LA. City Attorney James Hahn led the race with
businessman Steve Soboroff and state Assembly Speaker Antonio
Villaraigosa close behind. Final results put Hahn (30%) in a runoff
against Villaraigosa (25%).
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.A3)(SFC, 4/12/01, p.A3)
2001 Apr 11, Gov. Davis singed
an $850 billion conservation package for loans and grants to make
homes and businesses more energy efficient.
(SFC, 4/12/01, p.A3)
2001 Apr 17, California
reported that daily energy costs had soared to $73.2 million per
(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 19, CHP Commissioner
Dwight O. Helmick issued an order the prohibited “consent searches,”
a practice that contributed to racial profiling.
(SFC, 4/20/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 24, California’s
credit rating was downgraded by S&P for the 1st time since the
recession of 1994.
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 25, US federal
regulators voted for a “mitigation” plan to tame wholesale
electricity prices in California.
(SFC, 4/26/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 30, Chandra Levy (24),
an intern from Modesto, Ca., was last seen at a health club near her
apartment in Washington, DC. On July 5 the aunt of Chandra Levy
reported that her niece told her of a relationship with US Rep. Gary
Condit before she disappeared. Levy’s remains were found May 22,
2002, in Rock Creek Park, Washington DC. In 2009 Ingmar Guandique
(27), a Salvadoran immigrant already serving a 10-year sentence for
attacking 2 women in the same park, was charged in her murder. In
2010 Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz authored “Finding Chandra: The
True Washington Murder Mystery.” In Nov 22, 2010, a jury found
Guandique guilty of 2 counts of 1st degree murder. On Feb 11, 2011,
Guandique was sentenced to 60 years in prison. In 2015 Guandique was
granted a new trial. In 2016 the DC US Attorney’s office said it has
moved to dismiss the case against Guandique.
(SFC, 5/18/01, p.A3)(SFC, 7/6/01, p.A1)(AP,
4/30/02)(SFC, 5/23/02, p.A1)(SFC, 4/23/09, p.A4)(SSFC, 5/9/10,
p.F1)(SFC, 11/23/10, p.A12)(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A6)(SFC, 7/29/16, p.A6)
2001 May 4, Gov. Davis declared
a state of emergency for Siskiyou and Modoc counties because of
drought conditions in the Klamath Basin.
(SFC, 5/5/01, p.A8)
2001 May 4, Bonny Lee Bakley
(44), the wife of actor Robert Blake (67), died from a bullet wound
to the head as she sat in a car near a restaurant in Los Angeles.
Blake and his bodyguard, Earle Caldwell, were arrested April 18,
2002, in connection with Bakley's death. Blake, accused of the
killing, was acquitted in a 2005 criminal trial but was found liable
by a civil jury and ordered to pay damages.
(BS, 5/12/01, p.3A)(SFC, 4/23/02, p.A3)(SFC,
3/17/05, p.A1)(AP, 5/4/07)
2001 May 5, It was reported
that California faced an over-production of apricots by some 30,000
tons. Producers hope for a federal buyout. Turkey put apricots into
New York at $1 a pound. California growers needed $2.50 to $3 a
pound to pay expenses.
(SFC, 5/5/01, p.F1)
2001 May 7, Rolling blackouts
hit the state following record high temperatures.
(WSJ, 5/8/01, p.A1)
2001 May 8, A 2nd afternoon of
rolling blackouts hit the state.
(SFC, 5/9/01, p.A1)
2001 May 9, It was reported
that El Paso Merchant Energy had crimped space in its desert
pipeline and forced power buyers to pay some $3.8 billion in excess
over the past year.
(SFC, 5/9/01, p.A7)
2001 May 14, Gov. Davis
announced a $3.5 billion budget deficit.
(SFC, 5/15/01, p.A3)
2001 May 15, In California
energy regulators adopted the highest rate increase in the state’s
history. The residential consumer burden was raised by over $100
(SFC, 5/16/01, p.A1)
2001 May 15, In Stockton 3 kids
(4-6), Pearl, Ashley and Bobby Burks, and their grandmother, Mikhala
Burke (48), were slain. Police sought Roger Johnson (48), a former
boyfriend of the children’s mother. Johnson committed suicide May 19
by his wife’s grave in Lodi.
(SFC, 5/16/01, p.A22)(SFC, 5/17/01, p.A4)(SSFC,
2001 May 16, Univ. of Cal.
regents rescinded their 1995 ban on affirmative action.
(SFC, 5/17/01, p.A1)
2001 May 17, California energy
regulators uncovered evidence that some electrical power companies
repeatedly shut down generating plants for unnecessary maintenance.
(SFC, 5/18/01, p.A1)
2001 May 24, Gov. Davis issued
an executive order requiring one hour’s notice prior to energy
(SFC, 5/24/01, p.A1)
2001 May 25, PG&E filed for
permission to award $17.5 million in additional payouts to the
management team that guided the company to bankruptcy.
(SFC, 5/30/01, p.A1)
2001 May 29, Pres. Bush met
with Gov. Davis in California. Bush ruled out federal price controls
and Davis said he would sue to impose controls.
(SFC, 5/30/01, p.A1)
2001 May 29, Epidural cortisone
shots at the Sierra SurgiCenter in Walnut Creek caused 2 deaths from
contamination that led to meningitis. A batch of betamethasone
steroid was contaminated with serratia bacteria.
(SFC, 6/8/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/9/01, p.A1)
2001 May 30, Gov Davis said he
would use his executive powers to claim excess power from local
utilities if they do not lower their prices to the state.
(SFC, 5/31/01, p.A1)
2001 The Black Rock Arts
Foundation, associated with the Burning Man festival, was formed to
fund artists involved with non-traditional, interactive art.
(SSFC, 8/19/01, p.E2)
2001 Jun 3, In California pilot
Daniel Katz (24) disappeared while flying over San Bernardino
National Forest. This spurred one of the most extensive and
high-tech searches in the area's history. In 2008 the wreckage of
his rented plane was found on a steep mountainside north of Rancho
Cucamonga near Lytle Creek.
2001 Jun 4, Bill Simon Jr.,
investment banker and son of former Treasury Secretary William E.
Simon, said he would pursue the GOP nomination for state governor.
(SFC, 6/5/01, p.A3)
2001 Jun 5, Voters in LA
elected City Attorney James Hahn as mayor over former Assembly
speaker Antonio Villaraigosa 54-46%.
(SFC, 6/6/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/7/01, p.A3)
2001 Jun 6, A jury in Los
Angeles awarded more than $3 billion to lifelong smoker Richard
Boeken, deciding that tobacco giant Philip Morris was responsible
for his incurable lung cancer. The jury award was reduced by a
Superior Court judge to $100 million, then cut to $50 million by an
appeals court; the U.S. Supreme Court refused in March 2006 to
consider tossing out the award altogether; Boeken died in 2002.
(SFC, 6/7/01, p.A3)(AP, 6/6/06)
2001 Jun 9, Phil Bronstein,
executive editor of the SF Chronicle, was attacked by a Komodo
dragon named Komo at the LA Zoo. Bronstein escaped with a crushed
big toe and lacerated tendons. He had removed his white shoes to
reduce the possibility of an attack.
(SFC, 6/23/01, p.A7)
2001 Jun 11, Gov. Davis wrote
an executive order to ease air pollution standards on power plants
to avoid summer power outages.
(SFC, 6/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 14, It was reported
that FERC planned to impose round-the-clock price restrictions on
wholesale electricity sold to California.
(SFC, 6/14/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 15, In Gilroy the new
75-acre Bonfante Gardens Theme Park was scheduled to open. Michael
Bonfante (60) was the owner of Nob Hill Markets.
(SFC, 6/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 18, US federal
regulators imposed a price ceiling on Western wholesale electricity
prices effective June 19 to the end of summer.
(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 18, Thousands of
firefighters fought the Martis fire at Floriston near Truckee that
covered 12,300 acres since Jun 17. The fire on the California-Nevada
border reached 14,500 acres with 2/3 in Nevada.
(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/20/01, p.A3)(SFC,
2001 Jun 19, Stanley Mosk (88)
state Supreme Court Justice for nearly 37 years, died at age 88.
(SFC, 6/20/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 22, Former Duke Energy
workers testified that production was ramped up and down at one San
Diego plant to drive up electricity costs.
(SFC, 6/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 23, It was reported
that swarms of grasshoppers were descending from the hills into the
valleys of California.
(SFC, 6/23/01, p.C8)
2001 Jun 23, Joaquin Gutierrez
(39) of Hollister shot and killed his wife (39) and stepson (15) in
Watsonville. Gutierrez killed himself Sep 6 near Patterson following
a 13-hour standoff with police.
(SFC, 9/7/01, p.D2)
2001 Jun 24, A $141 million
lottery ticket, the largest in the state’s history, was reported to
have been sold from Union Avenue Liquors in San Jose. Alcario
Castellano, a retired grocery clerk, and his wife Carmen claimed the
win June 29.
(SFC, 6/25/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/30/01, p.A13)
2001 Jul 1, A new law took
effect requiring preschool children to be immunized for chicken-pox.
(SFC, 7/19/01, p.A3)
2001 Jul 2, It was reported
that sudden oak death had turned up in California buckeye trees,
Aesculus californica, the 10th species stricken by the fungus-like
(SFC, 7/2/01, p.A13)
2001 Jul 5, The aunt of Chandra
Levy reported that her niece told her of a relationship with US Rep.
Gary Condit (D-Ceres) before she disappeared.
(SFC, 7/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 6, US Rep. Gary Condit
(D-Ceres) admitted to authorities that he had a sexual relationship
with Chandra Levy before she disappeared.
(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D3)
2001 Jul 13, It was reported
that California was awash with methamphetamines produced by Mexican
drug trafficking cartels. Prices were down to $20 per gram vs. $100
in the rest of the country.
(SFC, 7/13/01, p.A3)
2001 Jul 17, A USAF F-16
crashed in northeast San Bernadino County, Ca. Maj. Aaron George,
pilot, and Judson Brohmer, photographer, were killed.
(SFC, 7/18/01, p.A5)
2001 Jul 26, Gov. Davis signed
a $100 billion budget package. $126 million in cuts to community
colleges was part of the package.
(SFC, 7/27/01, p.A1)(SFC, 8/14/01, p.A11)
2001 Jul, The McClellan Air
Force Base northeast of Sacramento Ca. was scheduled to close. The
US federal government closed McClellan Air Force Base, but
contaminated dirt on the property remained a problem as plans
developed for transfer of the land to civilian hands in 2019. In
2013 Air Force plans centered on collecting radioactive waste from
various spots on the base into a single permanent dump on the base.
(SFC,12/24/97, p.A14)(SFC, 9/17/13, p.A7)
2001 Aug 14, Gov. Davis signed
a law that allowed people to bet on California horse races using the
telephone and Internet.
(SFC, 8/14/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 20, Four oil companies
(Chevron, Shell, Texaco and Unocal) agreed to clean up MTBE
contamination in California caused by leaking storage tanks. 4
others (ARCO, Exxon, Mobil and Tosco) declined to settle the suit.
(SFC, 8/21/01, p.A3)
2001 Aug 20, Near Sacramento,
Ca., Nikolay Soltys (27), a Ukrainian immigrant, stabbed to death
his pregnant wife and 4 other relatives including 2 young cousins.
He fled the area with his 3-year-old son. The body of Sergey Soltys
(3) was found the next day in a blood-soaked carton in Placer
County. Soltys was caught in his mother’s backyard near Sacramento
Aug 30. Soltys committed suicide Feb 13, 2002.
(SFC, 8/21/01, p.A1)(SFC, 8/22/01, p.A1)(SFC,
8/31/01, p.A1)(SFC, 2/14/02, p.A17)
2001 Aug 20, Jana
Carpenter-Koklich (41), daughter of former Sen. Paul Carpenter, was
last seen in her Lakewood home. Her blood-soaked SUV was found a
week later at Signal Hill. In 2002 police arrested Bruce Koklich for
(SFC, 2/1/02, p.A10)
2001 Aug 23, The 2-year union
strike at Basic Vegetable Products, an onion and garlic dehydration
plant, in King City approached an end as workers voted on a new
(SFC, 8/23/01, p.A3)
2001 Aug 23, Modesto Rep. Gary
Condit acknowledged on a TV interview with Connie Chung that he had
made mistakes but that he had nothing to do with the disappearance
of Chandra Levy.
(SFC, 8/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 24, Pope Shenouda III,
the 117th successor of St. Mark and head of the 12-million member
Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, was denied access to a site in
Marin, Ca., where a new monastery was planned.
(SFC, 8/25/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 26, It was reported
that MTBE was leaking from 251 underground gasoline tanks in the Bay
Area and reached 48 wells in public water systems.
(SSFC, 8/26/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 27, Two Dept. of
Forestry air tanker pilots, Larry Groff (55) and Lars Stratte (45)
were killed in a mid-air collision in Mendocino County. Frank Brady
(50) was later charged with murder was well as causing the fire
which started next to his methamphetamine lab.
(SFC, 8/28/01, p.A3)(SFC, 8/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 28, The 3,500
residents of Weaverville were evacuated as fire hit the eastern
(SFC, 8/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 29, Residents of
Weaverville returned to their homes after fire destroyed 9 homes on
the western edge.
(SFC, 8/30/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 30, Nikolay Soltys was
captured hiding under a desk in his mother's back yard in Citrus
Heights, Calif., after a ten-day nationwide manhunt for the
Ukrainian immigrant accused of butchering six relatives. Soltys
committed suicide in his jail cell in February. [see Aug 20]
(WSJ, 8/31/01, p.A1)(AP, 8/30/02)
2001 Sep 5, In Calaveras County
a fire destroyed a wooden water flume that provided Stanislaus River
water to some 9,000 area residents.
(SFC, 9/10/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 5, In Simi Valley 2
kids and an adult were shot to death. Reynaldo Herrera Rodriguez
(35) was sought.
(SFC, 9/6/01, p.A4)
2001 Sep 9, In Sacramento
Joseph Ferguson (20), a suspended security guard, killed a 5th
victim in 24 hrs. He shot himself to death the next day following a
police chase and shootout that injured 2.
(SFC, 9/10/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 10, Larry McNabney
(53), Sacramento lawyer, was poisoned by his wife, Laren Renee Sims
(35), with horse tranquilizer and died the next day. His body was
found Feb 6, 2002. Sims (36) was arrested in Florida and confessed
on Mar 18, 2002. Sims hanged herself Mar 30.
(SFC, 3/25/02, p.A1,11)(SFC, 4/1/02, p.B1)
2001 Sep 22, Volunteers
celebrated the completion of the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 150-mile loop
around Lake Tahoe that began with an idea by US Forest Service
ranger Glenn Hampton in 1980.
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.A13)(SSFC, 4/14/02, p.C5)
2001 Sep 26, Gov. Davis
nominated Carlos Moreno to the State Supreme Court.
(SFC, 9/27/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 26, In Vacaville FBI
agents arrested Bryan Douglas Rosenquist (39) and Michelle Elaine
Serrao (41) for embezzling almost $12 million from BofA.
(SFC, 9/27/01, p.A13)
2001 Sep 26, A Senate committee
issued subpoenas to 16 California energy officials to determine
whether they colluded to manipulate the state’s power market.
(SFC, 9/27/01, p.A13)
2001 Sep 29, In California Abdo
Ali Ahmed, a Yemeni-born father of 8, was shot to death by
assailants at his store in Reedley, Fresno Ct. A carload of
teenagers fled the scene.
(SFC, 10/3/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 2, Public tours of the
Watts Towers, made by Italian immigrant Sabato “Simon” Rodia
(1921-1954), resumed after 7 years following earthquake work.
(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A17)
2001 Oct 3, Over half of
California 9th graders failed the math portion of a new graduation
exam, and over a third failed the language arts part. Graduates in
2004 will be required to pass the test to receive a diploma.
(SFC, 10/4/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 5, A federal judge
approved a $3.3 billion rescue plan for Southern California Edison 3
days after the state’s PUC endorsed it.
(SFC, 10/6/01, p.A13)
2001 Oct 10, Rep. Nancy Pelosi
of California was elected House Democratic Whip, the highest post
ever held by a woman in Congress.
(WSJ, 10/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 1, The Davis
administration re-increased the sales tax by a quarter cent
effective Jan 1.
(SFC, 11/2/01, p.A21)
2001 Nov 4, A freeway shooting
on I-10 in LA left 2 people dead.
(SFC, 11/5/01, p.A17)
2001 Nov 5, PG&E Corp., the
parent of bankrupt PG&E, reported a 243% jump in profits during
the 3rd quarter.
(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D8)
2001 Nov 17, A state
legislative analyst reported a $12 billion shortfall in revenues for
thus year and next despite budget cuts and a hiring freeze.
(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D8)
2001 Nov 21, A series of 100
waves broke over Maverick’s Reef in Half Moon Bay, Ca.
(SFC, 1/31/07, p.A1)
2001 Nov 23, An Amtrak
passenger ran into a tractor in Ventura County. The tractor driver
(65) was killed and 12 passengers received minor injuries.
(SFC, 11/24/01, p.A11)
2001 Nov 27, Harry Sternberg
(97), artist and teacher, died in San Diego.
(SFC, 12/5/01, p.A23)
2001 Dec 3, Gov. Davis of
California met with Pres. Fox and Mexican legislators in Mexico City
to discuss economic solutions on mutual interests.
(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 10, US authorities
announced the indictment of 32 people in a human-smuggling operation
that involved a Los Angeles bus company. Raid over the last 2 days
had picked up 26 of the 32 indicted.
(SFC, 12/11/01, p.A7)
2001 Dec 12, US federal agents
began a crackdown on student visa violations and arrested 10
foreigners in San Diego.
(SFC, 12/13/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 12, In Los Angeles
police arrested Irving David Rubin (56) head of the Jewish Defense
League, and Earl Leslie Krugel (59), for plotting to blow up a local
mosque. Rubin committed suicide in 2002. In 2005 Krugel was
sentenced to 20 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/13/01, p.A3)(SFC, 9/23/05, p.A3)
2001 Dec 12, The Amtrak Oakland
to Bakersfield train hit a van near Shafter and killed 7 Latino men.
(SFC, 12/13/01, p.A21)
2001 David Fine authored
“Imagining Los Angeles: A City in Fiction,” a literary history of
(SSFC, 2/11/01, BR p.4)
2001 The “Literature of
California Volume I: Native American Beginnings to 1945” was edited
by Jack Hicks, James D. Houston, Maxine Hong Kingston and Al Young.
(SFC, 1/17/01, p.E1)
2001 In California the city of
Desert Hot Springs, Riverside County, filed for bankruptcy. It
emerged from protection in 2004.
(SFC, 11/18/13, p.A5)
2001 The new $214 million
California Public Health Laboratory opened on a 28-acre site in
(SSFC, 7/31/05, p.A1)
2001 Robert Mondavi backed the
opening of Copia, the $50 million American Center for Wine, Food and
the Arts, in Napa, Ca.
(USAT, 6/17/98, p.2D)(SSFC, 8/6/06, p.G8)
2001 Rubbersidewalks Inc. of
Gardena, Ca., began grinding old tires into crumbs, adding chemical
binders, and baking the material into sidewalk sections that weigh
under 11 pounds per square foot, or a quarter of the weight of
2002 Jan 1, A state law
sponsored by Carole Migden went into effect that added burglary,
arson and carjacking to 9 other crimes already eligible for DNA
(SFC, 2/19/02, p.A13)
2002 Jan 3, Some 80 cars piled
up in Kern County on a foggy Hwy 58 near the Hwy 99 intersection.
One person was killed.
(SFC, 1/4/02, p.A24)
2002 Jan 7, Elvira Burnson (54)
of Gilroy went missing. Daughter Paula (30) and Paula’s boyfriend
Robert Beckwith were later arrested for murder.
(SFC, 1/23/02, p.A15)
2002 Jan 8, Gov. Davis made his
State of the State speech and said he would not raise taxes to close
the $12.2 billion budget deficit.
(SFC, 1/9/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 10, Gov. Davis
introduced a $100 billion budget with a $5 billion deficit.
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 15, Nancy Pelosi, US
Senator, began her position as Democratic whip.
(SFC, 1/15/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 16, Four former SLA
members, Sara Jane Olson, William Harris, Emily Harris and Michael
Bortin, were arrested in California for the 1975 slaying of Myrna
(SFC, 1/17/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 16, The Fresno Unified
School District revoked a charter contract with an agency that ran
14 campuses due to legal violations.
(SFC, 1/21/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 18, Sara Jane
Olson, '70s radical-turned-suburban mother, was sentenced in Los
Angeles to 20 years to life in prison for plotting to blow up a pair
of police cars 27 years earlier. On March 17 2008 Olson was released
on parole, but soon returned to prison for another year due to an
alleged clerical error made in 2004. In 2009 Olson (62) was freed
from prison in California and returned to Minnesota to serve a
year long parole.
(AP, 1/18/03)(AP, 3/21/08)(SFC, 3/24/08,
p.B1)(SFC, 3/18/09, p.A5)
2002 Jan 19, Benneta
Buell-Wilson (42) was left a paraplegic after her Ford Explorer
rolled over in San Diego County after she swerved to avoid an
obstacle on the road. An initial ruling awarded her $122 million in
compensation and $246 million in punitive damages. The trial judge
reduced the total to $150 million. In 2006 an appeals court reduced
the total award to $82 million. In 2009 the US Supreme Court upheld
her $55 million in punitive damages.
(SFC, 7/20/06, p.B2)(SFC, 12/1/09, p.C3)
2002 Jan 24, The Florida state
pension fund reported a $325 million loss from the demise of Enron.
The Univ. of California reported a $145 million loss.
(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A24)
2002 Jan 29, In California
Stephen Wayne Anderson (48), was executed for the 1980 murder of
Elizabeth Lyman (81) during a robbery in her home. He spent years on
death row and wrote a number of award-winning plays, books and
(SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A3)(SFC, 1/30/02, p.A13)
2002 Feb 1, Danielle van Dam
(7) went missing from Sabre Springs, her San Diego suburban home.
David Westerfield (49), a neighbor, was arrested Feb 22 after her
blood was found on his clothing and in his motor home. Her body was
found Feb 27 some 25 miles northeast of San Diego at Dehesa.
Westerfield was convicted of her kidnapping and murder on Aug 21 and
was sentenced to death Jan 3, 2003.
(NW, 2/18/02, p.34)(SFC, 2/23/02, p.A3)(SFC,
2/28/02, p.A3)(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A3)(SFC, 1/4/03, p.A3)
2002 Feb 6, Larry McNabney,
Sacramento lawyer, was found in a hastily dug grave. His wife, Elisa
McNabney (35), was believed to have murdered him months earlier and
was sought by the FBI. [see Sep 10, 2001]
(SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A29)(SFC, 3/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 7, A US federal court
ruled that it is unconstitutional to sentence a felon to 25 years to
life for shoplifting, which was allowed under the California “three
(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 8, A bankruptcy judge
rejected a reorganization plan proposed by Pacific Gas and Electric.
(SFC, 2/9/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 8, Marine Sgt. Todd
Sommer (23) died in his home in San Diego. His death was at first
ruled a heart attack but later tests found high arsenic levels in
his liver. In 2005 his wife, Cynthia Sommers, was charged with 1st
degree murder. In 2007 his wife, Cynthia Sommer (33) was convicted
of murdering him with arsenic so she could cash in on his $250,000
life insurance policy, some of which she used to have her breasts
(SFC, 12/16/05, p.A2)(AP, 1/30/07)
2002 Feb 10, A wildfire in
Fallbrook, San Diego Ct., destroyed at least 30 homes. Santa Ana
winds were blamed.
(SFC, 2/11/02, p.A2)(SFC, 2/12/02, p.A3)
2002 Feb 17, There were 3
reported winning Lotto tickets in the record $193 million Cal. state
lottery. Andy Kampe (57) picked up a claim form at Albertson’s in
Half Moon Bay on Feb 18.
(SFC, 2/18/02, p.A2)(SFC, 2/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 19, Adair Xavier
Garcia (30) killed 5 of his children in Pico Rivera after he left a
grill on inside the family home. Garcia was charged with murder on
(SFC, 2/26/02, p.A5)
2002 Feb 22, The California
state Supreme Court struck down the “Son of Sam” law that required
felons to turn over profits from books and movies to their victims.
(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 22, Police in San
Diego arrested David Westerfield in connection with the
disappearance of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. Westerfield was later
sentenced to death for Danielle's murder.
2002 Feb 28, The body of a
young girl found outside San Diego, Ca., was positively identified
as that of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, who'd disappeared from her
bedroom about a month earlier; a neighbor, David Westerfield, was
later convicted of her murder and sentenced to death.
2002 Feb, Charles Jackson (64)
died at Folsom prison of a heart attack while serving a life term
for a 1982 rape-murder. DNA evidence later linked him to 6 unsolved
knife slayings in the East Bay in the 1970s and early 1980s.
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 5, In California state
elections Bill Simon won the Republican race over Richard Riordan
(49-30) to face Gov. Davis in Nov. In Modesto Rep. Gary Condit lost
to Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza (56-37) for the Democratic nomination
to Congress. Voters rejected Prop 45, an easing of term limits.
(SFC, 3/6/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/7/02, p.A13)
2002 Mar 15, Gov. Davis delayed
a ban on the gasoline additive MTBE for one year.
(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 19, A 5th body was
found in New Melones Lake near Sonora, Ca. Meyer Muscatel (58), a
Sherman Oaks contractor, was found last October. A Russian crime
gang was suspected. Alexander Umansky (35) and George Safiev (37),
found Mar 17, were suspected to be among the 4 dead. The body of
Nick Kharabadze (29), was found Mar 18. 4 men were already indicted
in connection with their disappearance: Iouri Mikhel, Jurijus
Kadamovas, Petro Krylov and Ainar Altmanis. Altmanis, a Latvian
citizen, later admitted orchestrating the plot to kidnap wealthy
businessmen. In 2004 Aleksejus Markovskis pleaded guilty to
conspiracy and was later sentenced to 15 years in prison. In 2007
Jurijus Kadamovas and Iouri Mikhel were convicted of orchestrating
the kidnapping-for-ransom scheme and sentenced to death. Petro
Krylov was convicted April 26 and sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 3/21/02, p.A3)(SFC, 3/22/02, p.A3)(SFC,
6/7/02, p.A9)(SFC, 1/18/07, p.B10)(SFC, 4/27/07, p.B5)(SFC, 1/18/08,
2002 Mar 26, In Merced John P.
Hogan (49) shot and killed his 3 step-children (14-17) and daughter
(5) over the break-up of his marriage.
(SFC, 3/27/02, p.A17)
2002 Mar 26, The bodies of 3
young people, David Bachman (26), Melinda Leippe (19) and Brenda
White (19), from Littleton, Colorado, were found on Bonny Doon
Beach, 5 miles north of Santa Cruz. A possible suicide pact was
(SFC, 3/27/02, p.A19)(SFC, 3/28/02, p.A17)
2002 Mar 28, A US Navy
helicopter crashed on Split Mountain in the Sequoia National Forest
and 2 crew members were killed.
(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A5)
2002 Mar 29, At Fort Irwin,
Ca., a mortar round exploded prematurely and 3 soldiers were killed.
(SFC, 3/30/02, p.A3)
2002 Mar 29, John Thomas (71),
poet, died in LA. He was born as John Thomas Idlet and grew up in
Baltimore. His work included “From Patagonia.”
(SFC, 4/13/02, p.A21)
2002 Mar 31, In Windsor Carl
Donohue (71) shot and killed his wife’s grandson, Jesse Brady (19)
and then killed himself.
(SFC, 4/1/02, p.B1)
2002 Apr 1, The American Rivers
environmental group listed the most endangered US rivers and
included the Missouri, Big Sunflower (Mississippi), and Klamath
(California) in the top 11.
(SFC, 4/2/02, p.A3)
2002 Apr 8, At Folsom State
Prison warring gangs waged a bloody battle that left 24 inmates
injured and one guard disabled.
(SFC, 1/17/04, p.A1)
2002 Apr 9, The LA civilian
police commission voted to deny a 2nd term to chief Bernard Parks.
Black leaders described the vote as a betrayal.
(SFC, 4/10/02, p.A3)
2002 Apr 20. A US Navy F-4
crashed during an air show at Ventura, Ca., and its 2 crew members
(SSFC, 4/21/02, p.A29)
2002 Apr 22, Estimates for the
state budget showed a $22 billion shortfall. Long-term energy
contracts were reworked to save ratepayers $3.5 billion.
(SFC, 4/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 23, The US Supreme
Court ruled that property owners were not entitled to compensation
in cases where a temporary freeze stops development. The ruling
stemmed from a development freeze around Lake Tahoe.
(SFC, 4/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 23, The Metrolink
Train from Riverside to Orange County collided with a Burlington
Northern Santa Fe freight train and 2 people were killed. Over 260
were injured. The freight train failed to heed line signals.
(SFC, 4/24/02, p.A3)(SFC, 4/25/02, p.A3)
2002 Apr, A PG&E rate
freeze was scheduled to end and the company planned to implement
heavy rate increases to cover an estimated $15 billion in expenses.
(SFC, 9/6/00, p.A1)
2002 May 1, California’s Dept.
of Insurance released a list of former slaves and slaveholders.
Records of 613 salves and 433 slaveholders were made public.
(SFC, 5/1/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/2/02, p.A17)
2002 May 2, Gov. Davis forced
Arun Baheti, chief technology officer, to resign for accepting a
check from Oracle Corp. during contract negotiations. Elias Cortez,
director of the Dept. of Information Tech., was suspended.
(SFC, 5/3/02, p.A1)
2002 May 2, The Rev. Paul
Shanley, a priest at the epicenter of the clergy sex abuse scandal,
turned himself in to authorities in San Diego to face charges in
Massachusetts of raping boys during the 1980s. Shanley pleaded
innocent but was later convicted of repeatedly raping one boy at a
Newton parish in 2005, and was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in
prison. On July 28, 2017, Shanley (86) was released from prison.
(AP, 5/2/07)(SFC, 7/22/17, p.A6)
2002 May 4, In southern
California four family members were murdered. Virendra, his brother
Pravin and Carlos Amador were later found guilty of strangling
Gita Kumar (42), her son Paras (18), her daughter Tulsi (16), and
her mother in law, Sitaben Patel (62) at their house in the
Hollywood Hills and then burning the house down. On Nov 4, 2018,
Virendra (51) was found dead in his San Quentin Prison cell.
(http://tinyurl.com/ybmh5cae)(SFC, 11/6/18, p.C2)
2002 May 6, Federal regulators
released documents that showed Enron Corp. had manipulated the
California power system to increase profits.
(WSJ, 5/7/02, p.A1)
2002 May 7, David Geffen (59),
co-founder of DreamWorks, donated $200 million to the school of
medicine at UCLA. This was the largest ever donation to a school of
medicine in the US
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A12)
2002 May 9, Conservation groups
acquired a 10,000 acre area of Big Sur called the Palo Corona Ranch
from Craig McCaw.
(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A1)
2002 May 11, A wildfire burned
3,200 acres of the Angeles National Forest and forced hundreds of
residents to evacuate.
(SSFC, 5/12/02, p.A23)
2002 May 12, Six train cars
derailed in Placer County and one hung over the China Wall.
(SFC, 5/13/02, p.A6)
2002 May 14, Gov. Davis
proposed program cuts, loans and new taxes to close a $23.6 billion
(SFC, 5/15/02, p.A1)
2002 cMay 16, Ralph Dills (91),
former state senator, died. He had married his stepdaughter (57) on
Sep 13, 2001.
(SSFC, 8/18/02, p.A16)
2002 May 21, Citigroup agreed
to buy Cal Fed Bank for $5.8 billion in cash and stock.
(SFC, 5/22/02, p.A1)
2002 May 28, It was reported
that state garlic farmers were greatly challenged by imports of low
priced Chinese garlic, despite tariffs of nearly 400%.
(SFC, 5/28/02, p.A1)
2002 May 28, State officials
levied $88.7 million in fines to 2 LA pharmacists for filing over
3,500 illegal prescriptions over the Internet.
(SFC, 5/29/02, p.A1)
2002 May 30, Federal regulators
dismissed state attempts to add billions to the existing demand of
$9 billion in alleged overcharges by power sellers during the 2001
(SFC, 5/31/02, p.A5)
2002 May 31, Antonio Pineiro
(48), opened fire in a Top Valu market in Long Beach, Ca., and
killed Marcela Perez (38), a store clerk, and Barbara Ibasco (8).
Police shot and killed Pineiro and found the year old remains of an
elderly couple, believed to be his parents, dead in his apartment.
(SFC, 6/1/02, p.A2)
2002 Jun 3, Lew Wasserman (89),
movie mogul, died in Beverly Hills, Calif. In 2003 Connie Bruck
authored his biography: "When Hollywood Had a King."
(AP, 6/3/03)(WSJ, 6/6/03, p.W8)
2002 Jun 5, Phyllis Wattis
(97), SF arts patron, died. Her contributions to Northern California
cultural institutions exceeded $150 million. Her husband, Paul L.
Wattis, headed the construction company that built Boulder Dam
(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A22)
2002 Jun 5, The California
Supreme Court decided that a man who raises a child, but is not the
biological father, can still be the legal parent.
(SFC, 6/7/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 7, Los Angeles county
firefighters worked to contain the 23,500 acre Copper Fire that was
ignited by a grinding tool in Green Valley. A fire in Ventura county
covered 20,800 acres.
(SFC, 6/8/02, p.A20)
2002 Jun 11, Quincy Troupe
(62), prof. of creative writing at UC San Diego, was named
California state poet laureate. Troupe resigned Oct 18 after he
acknowledged that he lied in his resume about graduating from
(SFC, 6/12/02, p.D5)(SSFC, 10/20/02, p.A14)
2002 Jun 12, The Los Angeles
Lakers finished off the New Jersey Nets in four games, winning their
third straight NBA title with the 113-to-107 victory.
2002 Jun 12, Gov. Davis signed
into law and proclaimed the 3rd Saturday of June as National
Juneteenth Freedom Day.
(SFC, 6/18/04, p.B2)
2002 Jun 17, A converted C-130
air tanker crashed over a flaming ridge near Walker in Mono County,
Ca., and 3 crew members were killed. It was later reported that the
1956 plane had been used by the CIA and lacked maintenance records.
(SFC, 6/17/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/7/03, p.A3)
2002 Jun 19, California reached
a $45.8 million settlement with BP over inadequate underground
storage tanks at Arco gas stations.
(SFC, 6/20/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 26, In LA a van with
27 suspected illegal immigrants crashed after it tried to avoid a
border patrol check and 6 people were killed.
(SFC, 6/26/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 3, The federal
government agreed to nullify the 2001 designation of most of 4.1
million acres as protected habitat for the red-legged frog in an
agreement with the Home Builders Association of Northern Calif.
(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 3, State regulators
made a tentative settlement with Pac Bell over incorrect DSL billing
to 30-70 thousand customers. It included a $27 million fine.
(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 4, Hesham Mohamed
Hadayet (41), an Egyptian-born 10-year resident of Irvine, opened
fire at Israel’s El Al airline ticket counter in Los Angeles'
airport. Victoria Hen and Yaakov Aminov were killed before Hadayet,
born July 4, 1961, was shot to death by a guard.
(AP, 7/5/02)(Reuters, 7/5/02)(SFC, 7/5/02,
p.A1)(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 6, In Ingleside, Ca.,
police officer Jeremy Morse was caught on video tape beating Donovan
Jackson (16), who was already subdued and handcuffed. Jackson’s
father, Coby Chavis, was being investigation for expired
registration tags. The video led to federal involvement in the case.
Mitch Crooks (27), the man who made the tape, was arrested July 11
on an outstanding warrant for petty theft. Officers Morse and Bijan
Darvish were indicted July 17. Morse was dismissed Oct 14.
(SFC, 7/11/02, p.A3)(SFC, 7/12/02, p.A2)(SFC,
7/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 10/26/02, p.A5)
2002 Jul 6, In California Bob
Stern (77) left his Central Valley home and committed suicide. He
had discussed his plans with family members the previous evening. In
2005 his daughter Susan Stern produced the documentary film “The
Self-Made Man” for PBS TV.
(SFC, 7/25/05, p.1)
2002 Jul 12, The IRS named Bill
Simon, GOP candidate for California state governor, in a case
involving potentially illegal offshore tax shelters. Dozens of other
wealthy investors were also named.
(SFC, 7/13/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 13, A family of 4 were
found stabbed to death in their home near Whittier, Ca. Jasmine Ruiz
(8) was sexually assaulted before being killed. Alfonso Ignacio
Morales (23) was arrested July 15.
(SSFC, 7/14/02, p.A7)(SFC, 7/16/02, p.A4)
2002 Jul 15, In Stanton, Ca.,
Samantha Runnion (5) was kidnapped. Her body was found the next day
in Riverside county. An autopsy revealed that she had been sexually
abused and died from a crushed abdomen. A sample of DNA was also
found under her fingernail. On July 19 police arrested Alejandro
Avila (27), previously acquitted for child molestation. In 2005
Avila was convicted of kidnapping, murder and sexual assault. On May
16 a jury called for the death penalty. He was sentenced to death on
p.A2)(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A1)(SFC, 4/29/05, p.A4)(SFC, 5/17/05,
p.B8)(SFC, 7/23/05, p.B7)
2002 Jul 16, The body of
Samantha Runnion (5), who had been kidnapped a day earlier from her
home in Stanton, Calif., was found in a heavily forested area about
50 miles away.
2002 Jul 18, The California
Supreme Court ruled that the state’s marijuana law can help pot
smokers avoid being tried for drug offenses.
(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 19, West Coast
Homebuilders under Albert Seeno agreed to pay $1 million for
draining frog-breeding ponds for 3,200 homes in Pittsburg, Ca. Seeno
also agreed to turn hundreds of acres over to a frog refuge.
(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 22, Gov. Davis signed
a bill for California air regulators to enact measures by 2009 to
cut vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases believed to contribute to
(SSFC, 7/21/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 22, Factory worker
Alejandro Avila was charged with murder and kidnapping in the
abduction and slaying of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion of Stanton,
2002 Jul 23, In California the
Davis administration and Oracle Corp. agreed to cancel a $95 million
DB software contract.
(SFC, 7/24/02, p.A18)
2002 Jul 23, In California a
growing fire in Sequoia Nat’l. Park consumed 48,200 acres in 3 days.
(SFC, 7/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 26, The Turning Point
Academy in San Luis Obispo, set up by Gov. Davis as a
military-style, troubled youth program in Mar, 2001, was closed. The
program had served 34 students and graduated 11 at a cost of some $1
million per graduate.
(SFC, 7/27/02, p.A15)
2002 Jul 28, A wildfire near
Klamath claimed 3 state firefighters when their fire engine slipped
off a mountain road and plunged 800 foot into a ravine.
(SFC, 7/29/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 29, A fire broke out
northeast of San Diego after a National Guard helicopter clipped a
power line. Residents of Warner Springs and Chihuahua Valley
prepared to evacuate on Aug 8.
(SFC, 8/9/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 31, A state jury
awarded $65 million in a fraud case against a firm founded by GOP
candidate for governor Bill Simon. On Sep 12 a judge dismissed the
verdict saying the fraud was done by a former partner.
(WSJ, 8/1/02, p.A1)(SFC, 9/13/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 1, In California 2
girls (one 16 and Jacqueline Marris, 17) were rescued in Kern County
12 hours after being kidnapped and raped near Lancaster by Roy
Ratliff (37). Police shot Ratliff dead. Police credited the new
Amber alert system, named after a Texas girl abducted and killed in
(SFC, 8/2/02, p.A1,8)(SFC, 8/3/02, p.A5)
2002 Aug 5, Shell Oil agreed to
pay $28 million to the Tahoe Public Utility District to help cleanup
contamination from the gasoline additive MTBE.
(SFC, 8/6/02, p.A17)
2002 Aug 6, Surgeons in LA
completed a 22-hour operation on Guatemalan twins, Maria de Jesus
Quiej Alvarez and sister Maria Teresa, joined at their heads. UCLA
doctors donated their services in the $1.5 million operation. They
returned to Guatemala Jan 13, 2003.
(SFC, 8/7/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/8/02, p.A3)(SFC,
2002 Aug 9, US officials said
they broke up an int’l. child pornography ring headquartered in
Clovis, Ca. 10 Americans were arrested in Operation Hamlet. Lloyd
Alan Emmerson (45), chiropractor, was arrested Jan 26 on a tip from
(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A1,11)(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A13)
2002 Aug 11, Galen Rowell (61)
and his wife (54), acclaimed outdoor photographers, were killed in a
small plane crash in Inyo County.
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A13)
2002 Aug 27, Jonathan Patrick
Klausen (19), a California Conservation Corps (CCC) firefighter, was
arrested for allegedly starting 5 fires in San Diego County.
(SSFC, 9/1/02, p.A23)
2002 Aug 29, The federal
government approved a plan to store Colorado River water under the
Mohave Desert and tap it for use by Southern California during times
(SFC, 8/30/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 31, The state Assembly
approved a budget to plug a $23.6 billion deficit. Gov. Davis was
left with finding $750 million in additional cuts.
(SSFC, 9/1/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 1, In Salinas Jaime
Hernandez shot and killed 3 teenagers (17-18) in retaliation for an
earlier shooting. In 2003 Hernandez (17) was sentenced to 180 years
(SFC, 8/22/03, p.A23)
2002 Sep 2, The $195 million
Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles was dedicated. It
was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.
(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A2)
2002 Sep 3, Gov. Davis signed
legislation requiring landlords to give at least a 60-day notice
before evicting a tenant and a formal notice before entering their
(SFC, 9/4/02, p.A19)
2002 Sep 4, In California it
was reported that the Phytophthora ramorum microbe, responsible for
sudden oak death, had infected the coastal redwood saplings.
(SFC, 9/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 5, Gov. Davis signed a
$98.9 billion state budget. Some projected a $12 billion shortfall.
(SFC, 9/6/02, p.A23)
2002 Sep 9, A state appellate
court ruled that government agencies in California may not open
their public meetings with sectarian prayers.
(SFC, 9/10/02, p.A13)
2002 Sep 12, Gov. Davis signed
legislation to dramatically increase California’s use of renewable
(SFC, 9/13/02, p.A23)
2002 Sep 15, Stephen Tauzer
(57), Kern County prosecutor, was found murdered in his garage in
Bakersfield. On Oct 22 Chris Hillis (47), a former police officer,
was charged with the murder.
(SFC, 9/19/02, p.A1)(SFC, 10/23/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 17, Gov. Davis signed
into law a bill that allows the use of force to get DNA samples from
convicted murderers, rapists and child abusers.
(SFC, 9/18/02, p.A17)
2002 Sep 22, Gov. Davis signed
legislation intended to make California a haven for stem cell
(SFC, 9/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 23, Governor Gray
Davis signed a law making California the first state to offer
workers paid family leave.
(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A1)(AP, 9/23/03)
2002 Sep 23, The Croy grass
fire broke out in Morgan Hill. It grew to 3,150 acres threatening
Santa Cruz County before it was contained Sep 27. Complete control
was expected by Oct 11.
(SFC, 9/26/02, p.A1)(SFC, 9/28/02, p.A13)(SFC,
2002 Sep 27, The federal
government increased the flow of water into the Klamath River from
Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon following the die-off of some 20-30,000
salmon in northern California.
(SFC, 9/28/02, p.A2)(SFC, 10/3/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep, The Charles M.
Schultz Museum and Research Center opened in Santa Rosa.
(SSFC, 9/29/02, p.C1)
2002 Oct 1, Arturo Tapia
Martinez (27), a transient from LA, stabbed Greyhound bus driver
Abel Hernandez on I-5 near Coalinga. The bus slid onto its side and
2 passengers were killed.
(SFC, 10/2/02, p.A17)
2002 Oct 2, West Coast
dockworkers and shippers agreed to federal mediation as the 4-day
lockout paralyzed 29 ports.
(SFC, 10/3/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 3, The new $57 million
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts opened at UC Davis.
(SFC, 9/26/02, p.D1)
2002 Oct 4, A jury in Los
Angeles awarded former smoker Betty Bullock (1938-2003) $850,000 in
medical costs and $28 billion in punitive damages against Philip
Morris. On Dec 18 a judge reduced the punitive award to $28 million.
The punitive portion was reduced to $13.8 million in 2009. This was
upheld by a state appeals court in 2011.
(SFC, 10/5/02, p.A2)(SFC, 12/19/02, p.A8)(SFC,
2002 Oct 9, West Coast
longshoremen returned to ports crammed with cargo after a lockout
that ended only after President Bush intervened.
2002 Oct 13, The Anaheim Angels
routed the Minnesota Twins 13-5 to win the American League
Championship Series in five games.
2002 Oct 14, In New Mexico VP
Cheney met with representatives of Bajagua, a start-up waste
processing firm targeting waste water in Tijuana, Mexico. Waste from
Tijuana flowed into San Diego County and its Tijuana River estuary.
Bajagua spent $585,000 in lobbying efforts from 2001-2006. Estimates
of costs to the US ranged from $580-780 million. A 1999
environmental impact statement called the Bajagua plan not feasible.
(WSJ, 1/27/07, p.A15)
2002 Oct 17, Timothy Belden,
former Enron executive, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and agreed to
cooperate with federal prosecutors. Belden admitted to giving grid
operators false information and shipping power from within
California out of state and selling it back at higher prices.
(SFC, 10/18/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 18, Two US Navy
planes, F/A-18F Super Hornet jets, collided off the Big Sur coast of
California and 4 pilots were killed.
(SFC, 10/19/02, p.A17)
2002 Oct 20, It was reported
that Gov. Davis helped a number of political contributors get
coastal building permits despite environmental concerns.
(SSFC, 10/20/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 24, It was reported
that over 8,000 backyard poultry had been killed in southern
California to stop the spread of Exotic Newcastle disease. The
deadly avian infection last surfaced in California the 1970s when
some 12 million birds were destroyed. The number of chickens killed
(SFC, 10/24/02, p.G2)(SFC, 10/26/02, p.A3)(SFC,
2002 Oct 25, A judge ordered
the release of Marva Wallace (44), who had been convicted of
shooting her husband to death in 1984. She was released pending
trial under a new state law that gives battered women, convicted
prior to 1992, a 2nd chance in court.
(SFC, 10/26/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 27, The Anaheim Angels
beat the SF Giants in the 7th game of the baseball World Series 4-1.
(SFC, 10/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 29, In SF the 9th
Circuit Court of Appeals said the federal government cannot punish
California doctors who recommend marijuana use to their patients.
(SFC, 10/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct, Pat Derby opened the
Ark 2002 elephant sanctuary in San Andreas, Ca.
(SFC, 6/21/04, p.A8)
2002 Nov 8, The California
State Medical Board moved to suspend the licenses of Dr. Chae Hyun
Moon and Dr. Fidel Realyvasquez of Redding Medical Center for
performing needless heart surgeries from 1992-2002. In 2003 Tenet
Healthcare, owner of RMC, paid $54 million to settle federal charges
related to the allegations. In 2004 Tenet agreed to pay an
additional $395 million to settle cases with over 769 heart
patients. In 2007 Stephen Klaidman authored “Coronary: A True Story
of Medicine Gone Awry.”
(SSFC, 11/10/02, p.A18)(SFC, 12/22/04,
p.A1)(SSFC, 2/18/07, p.E1)
2002 Nov 10, A Hetch Hetchy
pipe ruptured near Modesto and some 70 million gallons of water were
lost in about 9 hours.
(SFC, 11/12/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 19, In Red Bluff, Ca.,
police officer David Mobilio (31) was shot to death at a gas
station. On Nov 25 Andrew Hampton McCrae (23), an ex-soldier and
drifter, posted a message on the Internet admitting the murder. On
Nov 26 McCrae was arrested in Concord, NH.
(SFC, 11/27/02, p.A1)
2002 Dec 18, In California Gov.
Davis announced a $34.8 billion cash shortage over the next 18
months and that tax increases would be needed. A legislative analyst
later assessed the deficit at $21 billion.
(SFC, 12/19/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/8/03, p.A17)
2002 Dec 24, Laci Peterson (27)
disappeared from her Modesto, Ca., neighborhood. She was 8-months
pregnant. A reward for her return soon reached $500,000. On Jan 24
Amber Frey stepped forward and admitted to an affair with Scott
Peterson, the husband of Laci. Laci’s body was found April 14 near
the SF Bay Berkeley Marina, where Scott had gone fishing on Dec 24.
[see Apr 18, 2003] Peterson convicted of 1st degree murder on Nov
(SSFC, 12/29/02, p.A23)(SFC, 1/25/03, p.A1)(AP,
2002 Dec 27, The hamlet of
Bridgeville on Highway 36 in Humboldt County, Ca., was sold on Ebay
for $1.77 million. The eBay deal failed and in 2004 Southern
California investor purchased the 82-acre town for $700,000.
(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A3)(SFC, 5/21/04, p.B3)
2002 H.W. Brands authored “The
Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream.”
(Econ, 12/21/13, p.41)
2002 Ray McDevitt authored “The
Courthouse of California,” an outline of the courthouses in all 58
(SFC, 4/13/02, p.A15)
2002 David L. Ulin edited
“Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology.”
(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.M1)
2002 Kevin Shelley was elected
as Sec. of State. In 2004 it was reported that $100,000 in campaign
funds was linked to sources that received California state grants
brokered by Shelley.
(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A1)
2002 Garland Hardeman (45),
lobbyist and former LA police officer, became a government informant
after being convicted of attempting to bribe an official. He
recorded 17 people, including a girlfriend and close associates in
cases involving bribes and kickbacks for municipal contracts in
southern California. In 2006 he began serving a sentence reduced to
a year and a day.
(WSJ, 10/21/06, p.A1)
2003 Jan 3, David Westerfield,
the man who'd kidnapped and murdered 7-year-old neighbor Danielle
van Dam, was sentenced to death by a judge in San Diego.
2003 Jan 6, California Gov.
Davis promised to create 500,000 new jobs over the next 4 years.
2003 Jan 10, Gov. Davis
announced tax increases that included a 1 cent increase in the sales
tax and higher income taxes for the state’s wealthiest. His budget
plan included a 1% funding increase for state prisons and an $8
million increase for the Legislature.
(SFC, 1/10/03, p.A1)(SFC, 1/13/03, p.A1)(SFC,
2003 Jan, Matthew B. Montejo
(15) and half brother Jason V. Bautista (20) were arrested in
Riverside, Ca., for the murder of their mother, Jane Bautista (41).
Her headless and handless body was found dumped in the Cleveland
(SFC, 1/4/05, p.B8)
2003 Feb 3, Phil Spector (62),
rock-n-roll producer, was arrested in LA for murder after Lana
Clarkson (40) was found dead in his mansion. In 2007 his murder case
ended in a mistrial with a 10-2 deadlock.
(SFC, 2/4/03, p.A1)(SFC, 9/27/07, p.A2)
2003 Mar 19, Pacific Lumber
began removing tree sitters near Eureka, Ca. Some of the 18 sitters
had been in the trees for almost a year.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A23)
2003 Mar 20, El Paso Corp.
agreed to pay California $1.7 billion to settle claims over
manipulation of natural gas prices in 2000 and 2001.
(SFC, 1/20/02, p.A1)
2003 Mar 29, A rented Ford
Econoline 3-350 crashed on I-15 in southern California and 5 women
enroute to a retreat were killed. Families in 2004 sued Ford
(SFC, 8/4/04, p.B5)
2003 Mar 31, A state web site,
http://nocall.doj.state.ca.us, began registering Californians to
block telemarketing calls.
(SFC, 4/3/03, p.A17)
2003 Apr 18, Scott Peterson was
arrested in San Diego for the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight
months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve. Genetic testing
proved that two bodies found Apr 13-14 near the SF Bay Berkeley
Marina were Laci Peterson and her baby. [see Dec 24, 2002]
(AP, 4/19/03)(SFC, 4/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 29, California
biologists reported that some 92 southern sea otters had died since
the beginning of the year between Point Conception and Half Moon
Bay. A cat parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, was cited as one factor
weakening the animals.
(SFC, 4/30/03, A1)(SFC, 5/7/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr, The Arcata City
Council approved an ordnance telling its management workers they
cannot assist or voluntarily cooperate with investigators carrying
out provisions of the federal Patriot Act.
(SSFC, 4/13/03, p.A17)
2003 May 8, A federal grand
jury indicted Chinese-born California socialite Katrina Leung on
charges that she'd illegally taken, copied and kept secret documents
obtained from an FBI agent. A federal judge later dismissed the case
against Leung, rebuking prosecutors for misconduct.
2003 May 18, It was reported
that many California community state pension expenses will soon
exceed 40% of the public safety payroll.
(SSFC, 5/18/03, p.D3)
2003 May 12-13, Thieves
overnight broke into the museum at Pt. Lobos on the Monterey
Peninsula and stole a collection of 48 abalone scrimshaw carvings.
(SFC, 5/20/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 4, Corey Marques
Jasmin (20), an airman at Travis Air Force Base, robbed an adult
book store in Fairfield, Ca. Hours later he killed two homeless
women, Otilia Carrington (48) and Ricksehlla Harrison (29). In 2008
a state appeals court upheld his life sentence without parole.
(SFC, 9/27/08, p.B2)
2003 Jun 4, Delmar E. Brown
(84), renowned fly fisherman, died in Watsonville, Ca. He invented
the Del Brown Crab Fly and held a record-setting catch of a tarpon
15 times the test of his line.
(SSFC, 6/8/03, p.A29)
2003 Jun 6, In California a
small plane plunged into an apartment building near Hollywood,
sending the three-story structure into flames within minutes and
killing at least two people.
2003 Jun 20, Gov. Davis
announced that car license fees would triple as of Oct. 1 and
Finance Director Steve Peace said California was now operating off
of borrowed money.
(SFC, 6/21/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 20, In Los Angeles
County 31 train cars broke loose and rolled over 30 miles before
workers forced a derailing at Commerce.
(SFC, 6/21/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 26, The US Supreme
court ruled that a provision of the 1994 California penal code that
extended the statute of limitations for child molestation was
(SFC, 6/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 29, Joseph Parker
(30), a bagger at Albertson's in Irvine, Ca.,, killed 2 people with
a sword before police fatally shot him.
(SFC, 6/30/03, p.B4)
2003 Jul 1, Rancho Cordova, a
community that arose around the edges of Mather Air Force Base,
became the 478th city of California.
(SSFC, 8/3/03, p.D6)
2003 Jul 2, The film "Ken
Parks" by Larry Clark and Edward Lachman received an illegal public
screening in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, Australia. The film was
about the dysfunctional lives of skateboarders in the suburbs of
Visalia, Ca., and was banned due to its explicit sex and violence.
(SFC, 7/7/03, p.D2)
2003 Jul 4, Manuel Gehring (44)
shot and killed his 2 children, Philip (11) and Sarah (14),
following a dispute with his wife in Concord, NH. He was later
arrested in Gilroy, Ca. He confessed to police that he shot and
killed his 2 children in New Hampshire and buried them in the
Midwest. In 2005 authorities found the bodies of the 2 children
buried off I-80 in Ohio. Gehring committed suicide in his jail cell
on February 19, 2004 at the Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen, New
(SFC, 8/1/03, p.A3)(SSFC, 12/4/05,
2003 Jul 8, A California
petition drive by Republican backers to recall Gov. Davis ended with
enough signatures to force a vote in the fall.
(WSJ, 7/9/03, p.A1)
2003 Jul 8, Joanie Harper (39),
her 3 children aged 2 months to 4 years, and her mother, were shot
and killed in Bakersfield, Ca. Husband Vincent E. Brothers (41), a
Bakersfield teacher and administrator, was arrested and released,
but remained a prime suspect. In May, 2007, Brothers was convicted.
On Sep 27 he was sentenced to death for the murders.
(SFC, 7/9/03, p.A13)(SFC, 7/11/03, p.A17)(SFC,
2003 Jul 16, In Santa Monica,
Ca., 10 people were killed and over 70 injured when a car driven by
George Russell Weller (87) plowed through a crowded street market in
an apparent accident. In 2006 a jury convicted Weller on 10 counts
of felony manslaughter. He was sentenced to 5 years probation due to
his failing health. Weller was also ordered to pay about $107,100 in
fines and restitution.
(SFC, 7/18/03, p.A1)(SFC, 11/21/06, p.A3)(AP,
2003 Jul 23, California's 1st
statewide recall for Gov. Davis qualified for ballot, which was soon
scheduled for Oct 7.
(SFC, 7/24/03, p.A1)(SFC, 7/25/03, p.A1)
2003 Jul 26, Backers of a drive
to oust California Governor Gray Davis held a boisterous celebration
at the state Capitol in Sacramento, more than two months before the
Oct. 7 recall election.
2003 Jul 29, The state Assembly
sent Gov. Davis a nearly $100 billion spending plan.
(SFC, 7/30/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 1, In San Diego, Ca.,
a 206-unit complex under construction was leveled by a fire. Members
of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 9/20/03, p.A5)
2003 Aug 2, Gov. Davis signed a
nearly $100 million budget for California and blamed Republicans for
the budget's painful cuts.
(SSFC, 8/3/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 4, California Governor
Gray Davis asked the state Supreme Court to delay his Oct. 7 recall
election until the following March. The recall went ahead as
2003 Aug 6, Arnold
Schwarzenegger on The Tonight Show told Jay Leno and a national TV
audience of his candidacy to replace Gray Davis as governor of
California. Hours later, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante said he was
entering the recall race as well.
(SFC, 8/7/03, p.A1)(AP, 8/6/04)
2003 Aug 9, California Gov.
Davis signed legislation banning 2 forms of flame-retardant
chemicals (PBDEs) effective Jan 1, 2008.
(SSFC, 8/10/03, p.A32)
2003 Aug 13, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, candidate for governor of California, named Warren
Buffet as his economic adviser. 135 candidates were certified.
(WSJ, 8/14/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 19, Deborah B.
Franzman (50) was attacked and killed by a suspected white shark
near the Avila Beach pier near San Luis Obispo. She was the 10th
California shark victim since 1952.
(SFC, 8/20/03, p.A1)(SFC, 8/21/03, p.A17)
2003 Aug 22, In southern
California members of the Earth Liberation Front struck 4 car
dealerships. Damage at a Chevrolet dealership in West Covina was
over $1 million.
(SFC, 8/23/03, p.A2)
2003 Sep 5, Gov. Davis signed
legislation to permit illegal residents to obtain driver's licenses.
(SFC, 9/6/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 5, A roller coaster
derailed at Southern California's Disneyland theme park, killing one
man and injuring 10 other people, including a 9-year-old.
2003 Sep 13, The California
Democratic Party voted to endorse Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante while
continuing to support Gov. Gray Davis in the Oct. 7 recall election.
2003 Sep 14, Yetunde Price
(31), older sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, was
shot and killed in LA County. Suspect Aaron Michael Hammer (24) was
arrested 2 days later.
(SFC, 9/16/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 15, In California a
judicial panel postponed the Oct 7 recall balloting because old
ballot equipment could deprive voters of their right to be counted.
On Sep 23 the 9th Circuit Court ruled that the recall be held on Oct
(AP, 9/16/03)(SFC, 9/16/03, p.A1)(SFC, 9/20/03,
p.A1)(SFC, 9/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 19, Gov. Davis signed
AB205, a California domestic partners bill.
(SFC, 9/20/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 19, Joy Risker (25)
disappeared following dinner in San Diego with her husband Sean
Goff. Risker was one of 2 women married to Goff. In 2006 Goff
admitted that he stabbed Risker during an argument, mutilated her
body and buried her in the Arizona desert.
(SFC, 7/19/06, p.B10)
2003 Sep 22, California signed
into law a privacy bill, effective Jul 1, 2004, that prevents use of
vehicle recorded data without the consent of the owner. GM began
installing data boxes in the 1970s.
(SFC, 9/23/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 23, A federal appeals
court unanimously put California's recall election back on the
calendar for Oct. 11.
2003 Sep 23, In California's
Gov. Gray Davis signed a law to prohibit spam effective Jan 1.
(SFC, 9/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 24, In California's
Gov. Gray Davis signed a law to tack $6-10 onto each new computer
and television sold in the state to pay for recycling costs.
(SFC, 9/26/03, p.B1)
2003 Sep 30, In California Gov.
Davis signed 2 bills aimed at tracking water contamination from
perchlorate use over the past 53 years. Ariana Huffington dropped
out of the race for governor.
(WSJ, 10/1/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep, Sonora, Ca., held its
1st annual US Jousting Championship.
(SSFC, 9/11/04, p.B1)
2003 Oct 1, Robert Dynes
assumed the office of president of the Univ. of California.
(SFC, 8/14/07, p.A4)
2003 Oct 1, California state
car license fees increased $150 from $73 to $223.
(SFC, 9/29/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 1, California approved
a phosphite product developed by Agrichem of Australia to treat
sudden oak death.
(SFC, 10/3/03, p.A17)
2003 Oct 3, The Diamond Valley
Lake Reservoir in Riverside County opened to fisherman and boaters.
The $1.9 billion, 8-sq.-mile lake took 4 years to fill.
(SFC, 10/2/03, p.A16)
2003 Oct 7, California voters
recalled Gov. Davis. Among the replacement candidates, Arnold
Schwarzenegger won with 3.74 million votes or 49%. Propositions 53
on racial privacy and 54 on state infrastructure funding were
(AP, 10/8/03)(SFC, 10/8/03, p.A1)(SFC, 10/9/03,
2003 Oct 8, A day after
being elected governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he
was promised "a very smooth transition" by ousted Gov. Gray Davis
and vowed to "open up the books" in dealing the state's ailing
2003 Oct 12, Some 70,000
employees of Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons grocery stores began a
strike in southern California, Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia and
Ohio. Health care costs were a main issue. Workers approved an
agreement for southern California on Feb 29, 2004.
(SFC, 10/14/03, p.B2)(SFC, 11/5/03, p.B1)(SFC,
2003 Oct 14, In LA, Ca., some
2,000 train and bus mechanics went on strike and halted the
(SFC, 10/15/03, p.A9)
2003 Oct 14, The Rohnert Park
City Council approved a revenue sharing agreement with the Federated
Indians of Graton Rancheria for a casino. $200 million over 20 years
(SFC, 10/15/03, p.A25)
2003 Oct 23, The new Walt
Disney Concert Hall in LA, designed by Frank Gehry, was set to open.
(SFC, 10/16/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 16, Pres. Bush met
with Calif. Gov-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger during a stopover at the
start of a weeklong trip to Asia and Australia.
(ST, 10/17/03, p.A5)
2003 Oct 19, Decorated Marine
Cpl. Sok Khak Ung (22), just back from service in Iraq, was shot and
killed by an unknown gunman at a family barbeque in Long Beach.
(SFC, 10/22/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 23, In Santa Clara,
California, 7-Eleven owner Narinder Badwal learned that he had sold
the winning California Lottery and was entitled to a $250,000
commission. He then learned that he had sold the winning ticket
worth $49,747,500 to himself.
(SFC, 10/28/03, p.A15)
2003 Oct 25, Trainer Richard
Mandella won a record four races at the Breeders' Cup.
2003 Oct 26, Flames stoked by
powerful winds raced through parts of Southern California, torching
more than 208,000 acres, destroying 500 homes and causing at least
11 deaths. A major radar facility was forced to close and many
flights in the area were cancelled.
(AP, 10/26/03)(SSFC, 10/26/03, p.A1)(SFC,
2003 Oct 27, The southern
California fires crossed into Mexico. The death toll climbed to 15
and damages were estimated to top $500 million.
(SFC, 10/28/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 28, The California
unemployment insurance program was expected to go bankrupt in
(SFC, 10/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 28, Southern
California fires covered 600,000 acres. The death toll climbed to
20. Some 11,467 firefighters covered the blazes. Arson was suspected
in most of the 10 fires. Firefighters saved hundreds of homes in the
San Fernando Valley from California's deadliest wildfires in more
than a decade. In 2009 Rickie Lee Fowler (28) was indicted on murder
and arson charges for a 2003 wildfire that destroyed nearly 1,000
homes in San Bernadino County. On Jan 28, 2013, Fowler was given the
(SFC, 10/29/03, p.A1)(AP, 10/28/08)(SFC,
10/21/09, p.A4)(SFC, 1/29/13, p.A4)
2003 Oct 29, Arnold
Schwarzenegger met with leaders in Washington DC and pushed for fire
relief in California and a stronger ban on assault weapons. Steven
Rucker (38), a firefighter from Novato, was killed in the Cedar
blaze as the death toll rose to 20.
(SFC, 10/30/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/30/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 31, In California
lawyer Gerald Curry was shot 5 times by William Strier outside a
courthouse in San Fernando Valley. The shooting was caught on
videotape by crews covering actor Robert Blake's murder case in Van
Nuys. In 2006 Strier (66) was convicted of attempted murder and
sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years.
(SFC, 1/21/06, p.B2)(AP, 10/31/08)
2003 Nov 4, California
firefighters gained control over record south state fires that
killed 20 people and destroyed over 3,570 homes.
(WSJ, 11/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 7, The 16,116-seat,
$103-million Save Mart Center, planned home for Fresno State Univ.
basketball games, opened with a concert featuring Andrea Bocelli.
Fresno Grand Opera paid $1 million to entice the artist.
(SFC, 11/7/03, p.A3)
2003 Nov 11, Gov. Davis
appointed 187 people to state posts, most of which could be repealed
by incoming Gov. Schwarzenegger.
(SFC, 11/12/03, p.A3)
2003 Nov 17, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, who arrived in the United States 35 years ago as a
bodybuilder dreaming of fame and fortune, was sworn in as the 38th
governor of California in a low key inauguration ceremony. He
immediately rolled back the state's 300% increase in the vehicle
license fee, which would have produced some $4 billion in annual
(AP, 11/17/03)(SFC, 11/18/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 17, A 35-day transit
strike in LA ended.
(SFC, 11/18/03, p.A8)
2003 Nov 18, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger laid out a plan for a $15 billion bond issue to ease
the state budget crises.
(WSJ, 11/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 18, A judge in
Modesto, Calif., ordered Scott Peterson to stand trial for the
killing of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son. Peterson was later
convicted and sentenced to death.
2003 Nov 20, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger let stand a state parole decision to release Fred
Nesbit (63), who served 17 years for shooting to death the boyfriend
of his estranged wife.
(SFC, 11/22/03, p.A5)
2003 Nov 20, Record producer
Phil Spector was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of
actress, Lana Clarkson, on Feb 3, 2003, at his home in Alhambra,
(AP, 11/20/04)(SFC, 9/27/07, p.A2)
2003 Nov 20, Michael Jackson
turned himself over to police in Santa Barbara, Ca., on an arrest
warrant alleging multiple counts of child molestation. He posted a
$3 million bail bond. Jackson was later acquitted at trial.
2003 Nov 24, Gov.
Schwarzenegger proposed nearly $2 billion in midyear spending cuts.
The state Senate voted to repeal a bill that would have allowed
illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses starting Jan 1. Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed it Dec 3.
(SFC, 11/25/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/4/03, p.A9)
2003 Nov 28, It was reported
that the New Zealand mud snail had invaded trout streams in Northern
California. They were capable of stripping entire river systems of
algae and had already infested trout streams in Montana.
(SFC, 11/28/03, p.A21)
2003 Nov, Officer Matthew
Pavelka (26) was fatally shot in Burbank, Ca. David Garcia was later
arrested in Mexico and returned to the US for the killing.
(SFC, 6/29/05, p.B4)
2003 Dec 3, A California state
commission denied a Texas company's plan to sell GloFish,
genetically-altered glow-in-the-dark fish. National sales of the
transgenic fish were set for Jan.
(SFC, 12/4/03, p.A2)
2003 Dec 5, A tractor in Tracy,
Ca., punctured a Chevron oil pipeline and over 21,000 gallons of oil
leaked out. Officials said the leak could exceed 40,000 gallons.
(SFC, 12/6/03, p.A17)
2003 Dec 12, In California
Hispanics protested the repeal of a law allowing illegal immigrants
to get driver's licenses, taking to the streets in a statewide
boycott of schools and businesses.
(AP, 12/12/03)(SFC, 12/12/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 15, California's
longest strike by nurses ended after workers at Doctors Medical
Center in San Pablo and Pinole approved a new contract with Tenet
Healthcare Corp. ending a 13-month walkout.
(SFC, 12/17/03, p.A23)
2003 Dec 16, Dr. Peter Valk
(63), Sacramento internist and pioneer in the clinical use of P.E.T.
scans, died. He had recently finished editing "Positron Emission
Tomography: Basic Science and clinical Practices."
(SFC, 1/15/04, p.A19)
2003 Dec 17, UC and Cal Tech
received 2 grants totaling $35 million to design the world's most
powerful telescope, a 30-meter telescope (TMT) to be built on a yet
to be chosen mountaintop.
(SFC, 12/18/03, p.A23)
2003 Dec 18, In California the
small Sierra Railroad (b.1897) announced a successful $1.4 million
bid for the 40-mile Mendocino County Skunk train.
(SFC, 12/19/03, p.A21)
2003 Dec 22, A 6.5 earthquake
jolted the central California coast. Marilyn Zafuto (55) and
Jennifer Myrick (20) were killed in Paso Robles when the 1892
Mastagni Building and its 15-foor clock tower collapsed. Damages
were estimated at some $100 million.
(AP, 12/23/03)(SFC, 12/23/03, p.A1)(SFC,
2003 Dec 23, A medical
helicopter crashed in Mendocino County and 3 people were killed.
(SFC, 12/24/03, p.A14)
2003 Dec 24, A twin-engine
Piper Seneca crashed on Santa Catalina Island and all 5 people
aboard were killed.
(SFC, 12/25/03, p.A16)
2003 Dec 25, Near San
Bernadino, Ca., 16 people were killed at a youth camp after
mudslides, triggered by heavy rain, swept down the San Gabriel
Mountains recently scorched by wildfire. 2 of the 14 people killed
were at a KOA campground near Devore.
(SFC, 12/27/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/29/03, p.A1)(AP,
2003 Dec 29, Heavy rain and
snow closed down I-5 between Redding, Ca., and Ashland, Ore.
(SFC, 12/30/03, p.A1)
2003 Federal energy regulators
(FERC) validated California claims to 2000-2001 overcharges for
energy and said the state is owed $3.3 billion in refunds from Enron
and 5 other energy firms. California called for $9 billion.
(SFC, 3/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Doctors at St. Vincent
Medical Center in LA, Ca., performed a liver transplant on a Saudi
citizen, who was 52nd on a transplant list. The Saudi Arabian
Embassy paid $339,000 for the operation. In 2005 the hospital
suspended its liver program after determining that the 2003
operation was improper.
(SFC, 9/28/05, p.A7)
2004 Jan 1, A California ban on
the gasoline additive MTBE went into effect. Ethanol became the new
additive of choice, even though it could increase air pollution.
2004 Jan 1, Restrictions on
wood-burning stoves in the San Joaquin Valley went into effect.
Fresno County was noted for the highest childhood asthma rate in
California and the SJ valley was considered the 2nd dirtiest air
basin in the US outside of Los Angeles.
(SFC, 1/1/04, p.A20)
2004 Jan 1, A new California
law, aimed at boosting recycling, increased redemption values for
all containers under 24 ounces to 4 cents and for those over 24
ounces to 8 cents.
(SFC, 2/17/04, p.B1)
2004 Jan 6, Gov. Schwarzenegger
gave his 1st major policy speech and asked voters to support a $15
billion bond issue to get through the current fiscal crisis.
(SFC, 1/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 6, Jirayr Zorthian,
Armenian-born eccentric painter of nudes, died in southern
California. He had hosted the Pasadena Doo Dah queen coronation at
his Altadena ranch.
(SFC, 1/10/04, p.A18)
2004 Jan 8, A mountain lion was
shot and killed following 2 attacks on people. Mark Jeffrey Reynolds
(35) was found dead and partly eaten near his bike in the Whiting
Ranch Wilderness in Orange County, Ca.
(SSFC, 1/11/04, p.A23)
2004 Jan 9, Gov. Schwarzenegger
proposed a $76.1 billion California state budget. He said it would
solve the state's money troubles in 2 years.
(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A1)(SFC, 1/10/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 13, An independent
analyst said Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed budget would leave a $6
(SFC, 1/14/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 20, Gov.
Schwarzenegger fired John Chen, a state investigator for an
independent agency that watches over the penal system. Chen had
urged that oversight be strengthened.
(SFC, 1/20/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 20, California Youth
Authority counselors in Stockton severely beat 2 youths. The event
was caught on film and charges against the counselors were
(SFC, 3/25/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 6, Gov. Schwarzenegger
reversed his position on an independent state agency to oversee
prisons and said he would seek to increase its funding and clout.
(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 20, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger directed the California state attorney general to
take immediate legal steps to stop SF from granting marriage
licenses to gay couples.
(AP, 2/21/04)(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 21, Bill Lockyer,
California state Attorney General, rebuffed Gov. Schwarzenegger's
demand to force an end to same-sex marriages in SF, calling the
directive political rhetoric.
(SSFC, 2/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 26, The freighter Med
Taipei lost 15 steel containers in rough seas off of Monterey, Ca.
Scientists discovered one container 3 months later 4,200 feet down
in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. In 2006 3 int’l.
shipping companies paid $3.25 million to the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration for damaging the sanctuary’s ecology.
2004 Feb 27, Bill Lockyer,
California state Attorney General, asked the California Supreme
Court to stop SF officials from issuing same-sex marriage licenses
and invalidate the 3,400 gay and lesbian weddings that have taken
place at City Hall since Feb 12. The justices halted the weddings
the following month.
(SFC, 8/13/04, p.A16)(AP, 2/27/05)
2004 Mar 2, Californians voters
approved Proposition 57, Gov. Schwarzenegger's $15 billion bond
measure, to be repaid over the next 9 to 14 years. Prop 58 to
prohibit future deficit financing also passed.
(SFC, 3/03/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 9, California public
schools became beneficiaries of $28.5 million after a 6-month window
closed on a Sep 8 Lotto winner.
(SFC, 3/09/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 10, The Monrovia
Growers in Azusa, LA County, reported that its camellias were
infested with oak disease, Phytophthora ramorum. Plants from the
nursery were distributed around the country.
(SFC, 3/11/04, p.B1)
2004 Mar 11, The California
Supreme Court halted gay weddings in San Francisco for at least a
few months while it decides whether they are legal. SF responded by
suing the state in Superior Court contending that the state ban on
same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
(AP, 3/12/04)(SFC, 3/12/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/15,
2004 Mar 11, The California
Office of Environmental Health Hazzard Assessment raised the action
level for reporting perchlorate pollution in drinking water from 4
to 6 ppb.
(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.A8)
2004 Mar 11, San Diego opened
its new 46,000 downtown Petco Park baseball stadium with the Aztec
Invitational, a 4-day series between the San Diego Univ. Aztecs and
the Univ. of Houston Cougars.
(Econ, 4/10/04, p.23)
2004 Mar 12, In California six
unwed gay couples filed suit in Superior Court challenging the
state’s marriage law on constitutional grounds. The suit was later
consolidated with a SF suit filed a day earlier.
(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A12)
2004 Mar 12, In Fresno, Ca.,
Marcus Wesson (57) was arrested on suspicion of killing 9 family
members, aged 1-24. He lived a bizarre life of polygamy and incest,
even fathering two of his victims with his own daughters. In 2005
Wesson was convicted on 9 counts of murder and sentenced to death.
In 2009 reporter Alysia Sofios authored “Where Hope Begins: One
Family's Journey Out of Tragedy-and the Reporter Who Helped Them
(AP, 3/14/04)(SSFC, 3/14/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/18/05,
p.B7)(SFC, 7/28/05, p.B4)(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A1)
2004 Mar 13, In the first DARPA
Grand Challenge robotic vehicles began a 200-mile road race near
Barstow, California. The Pentagon sponsored race ended without a
winner, as none of the autonomous vehicles built by the 15
qualifying teams was able to travel farther than 7 miles from the
(SFC, 3/13/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/14/04)
2004 Mar 18, It was reported
that the California Dept. of Parks and Recreation had purchased a
1,785 acre parcel in Sutter Buttes at Peace Valley near the North
Butte for $2.9 million.
(SFC, 3/18/04, p.B1)
2004 Mar 26, The US Department
of Agriculture ordered a 60-day ban on the interstate sale of host
plants from California due to infestation by the sudden oak death
(SFC, 3/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 29, Gov.
Schwarzenegger unveiled a new California quarter to be minted in Jan
2004. It featured John Muir and Yosemite's Half Dome along with a
(SFC, 3/30/04, p.B3)
2004 Mar 31, The Vallejo school
board voted to turn over the debt-ridden district to state control.
A $20 million shortfall faced the 20,000 student district. 57
districts across California recently filed reports warning they may
not be able to pay their bills during the next 2-3 years.
(SFC, 4/1/04, p.B1)(SSFC, 4/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 2, It was reported
that the PG&E bankruptcy reorganization resulted in the
permanent protection of some 140,000 acres of California land. A
10-year $100 million fund by ratepayers would contribute to
management costs of the land divided over nearly 1000 parcels.
(SFC, 4/2/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 8, The San Diego
Padres hosted the SF giants at the new 46,000 downtown Petco Park
baseball stadium. It anchored a new 26-block re-development area.
(SSFC, 3/21/04, p.D2)
2004 Apr 15, The US EPA warned
California and a 30 other states to clean up smog-plagued regions.
474 counties fell short of standards including 36 in California.
(SFC, 4/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 15, It was reported
that over 20 sea otters have turned up dead or sick at Morro Bay
over the last week. Scientists suspected a natural marine toxin. 62
otters died by the end of the month and the opossum parasite
Sarcocystis neurona was later found to be responsible.
(SFC, 4/15/04, p.A1)(SFC, 5/21/04, p.B10)
2004 Apr 16, California
lawmakers passed legislation aimed at reforming the nation's most
expensive workers' compensation program, a move that businesses
applauded but critics derided as a sellout to insurance companies.
2004 Apr 21, Thomas Steiner
(35), CHP officer, was assassinated by a 15-year-old gang member
wannabe after leaving the Pomona courthouse in Southern California.
2004 Apr 23, The California
Dept. of Food and Agriculture ordered milk processors to pay dairy
farmers an additional 47 cents per gallon as of May 1. Farm price of
raw milk would be $1.83 a gallon in Northern California.
(SFC, 4/24/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 25, Thom Gunn
(b.1929), British-born poet, died in SF. His 1st book, titled
"Fighting Terms" (1954), was recognized as part of the British group
called "The Movement."
(SFC, 4/28/04, p.B7)
2004 Apr 26, California
officials reported that a tentative $281.5 million settlement had
been reached with Dynegy and NRG Energy over price gauging during
the last energy crisis.
(SFC, 4/27/04, p.C1)
2004 May 3, California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger paid a hastily arranged visit to King Abdullah
II of Jordan following criticism from Arab-Americans that his
Mideast trip excluded a meeting with Arabs.
2004 May 4, Some 3,000
firefighters battled wildfires in Southern California.
(SFC, 5/5/04, p.A7)
2004 May 7, William J. Knight
(74), California state senator and former US Air Force test pilot,
died. In 1967 he set a speed record in a rocket-powered X-15-2A that
reached 4,520 mph. In 2000 he authored Proposition 22, the Defense
of the Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a
(SSFC, 5/9/04, p.B7)
2004 May 13, Gov.
Schwarzenegger presented a revised spending budget of $77.6 billion.
(SFC, 5/14/04, p.A1)
2004 May 20, Regents of the
Univ. California voted to increase student fees.
(SFC, 5/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 13, Robert Lees,
former screenwriter, was decapitated at his Hollywood home. Keven
Lee Graff (27) was later charged with Lees’ murder and that of a
(SFC, 7/29/04, p.B3)
2004 Jun 21, Five of 61
California Indian tribes signed gaming compacts setting standards
for future negotiations. They agreed to higher payments in exchange
for removing a cap of 2,000 slot machines per tribe.
(SFC, 6/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 1, AB 1627 declared
that beginning on this day each California hospital will be required
to make one written or electronic copy of its charge description
master (chargemaster) available at the hospital’s location or on its
Internet Web site.
2004 Jul 4, The new Sundial
Pedestrian Bridge in Redding opened to the public. It was designed
by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
(SSFC, 6/27/04, p.D5)
2004 Jul 17, California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger mockingly used the term "girlie men" during a
rally as he claimed Democrats were delaying the state budget by
catering to special interests.
2004 Jul 18, A spokesman said
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would not apologize for
mocking certain lawmakers as "girlie men," despite criticisms from
Democrats that the remark was sexist and homophobic.
2004 Jul 19, The Dept. of
Veteran’s Affairs announced it would purchase the 561-acre farm in
Dixon of Alvin Hayman to create a new national cemetery. Hayman (80)
died the next day.
(SFC, 7/21/04, p.B1)
2004 Jul 28, In California
police in Irvine said they were looking for a man who may have
witnessed the contamination of baby food jars with ground-up castor
beans containing tiny amounts of the poison ricin. Notes were found
in jars on May 31 and June 16.
(SFC, 7/29/04, p.A3)
2004 Jul 31, Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a $78.8 billion California spending package.
(SFC, 7/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul-2004 Sep, A string of
fires in California’s Los Padres National Forest burned 800 acres
and cost $2.5 million to fight. In 2006 Craig Matthew Underwood,
former US forest fighter, pleaded guilty to starting the fires.
(SFC, 2/14/06, p.B3)
2004 Aug 4, The 2,500
California Performance Review, commissioned by Gov. Schwarzenegger
in February, was made public.
(SFC, 8/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 10, Gov.
Schwarzenegger reached an agreement with attorneys in the Williams
vs. California case to improve education access to low-income
(SFC, 8/11/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 11, A 3-day wildfire
near Lake Shasta broke out and covered some 10,000 acres destroying
86 homes in Jones Valley. Matt Rupp (44) served 2 years in jail for
accidentally igniting the fire while riding a mower over a field of
(SSFC, 8/15/04, p.B2)(SSFC, 8/10/08, p.A1)
2004 Aug 12, California’s
Supreme Court struck down San Francisco’s attempt to legalize
same-sex marriages, saying Mayor Newsome had illegally defied state
law. 3955 marriages recorded between Feb 12 and Mar 11 were voided.
(SFC, 8/13/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A13)
2004 Aug 18, In California
federal agents raided a farm in lake County where Charles Lepp grew
over 32,000 marijuana plants. He said he had informed local
authorities that his land would be used to enable patients who
didn’t own land to grow marijuana for medical purposes. In 2009 Lepp
(56) was sentenced to 10 years in prison under federal law that
required a 10-year term for growing at least 1,000 marijuana plants.
2004 Aug 18, Two campers were
found slain in their sleeping bags at Fish Head Beach in Sonoma Ct.,
Ca. Lindsay Cutshall (22) of Fresno, Ohio, and Jason Allen (26) of
Zeeland, Mich., were found with gunshots to the head on a Jenner
beach. Both were believed to have been killed after nightfall on
August 14. They had planned a wedding for next month. On March
24, 2017, Shaun Gallon (38) of Forestville killed his younger
brother, was swiftly arrested and confessed enough to tie him to the
2004 Jenner beach murders. In 2018 Gallon was charged with the
Jenner beach murders. In 2019 Gallon pleaded no contest to his
crimes and was sentenced to three life terms in prison.
8/21/04, p.A1)(SFC, 5/6/17, p.A1)(SFC, 5/17/18, p.D1)(SFC, 6/14/19,
p.C3)(SFC, 7/16/19, p.A8)
2004 Aug 19, Sudden oak death,
Phytopthora ramorum, was confirmed in trees in Golden Gate Park,
making SF the 14th infected country in California.
(SFC, 8/20/04, p.B1)
2004 Aug, The Eureka Reporter
in Eureka, California, began as an online publication. It was owned
by Robin P. Arkley II, head of Security National Holding Co., a
national real estate development and loan acquisitions company. By
April, 2005, it published 3 editions per week. In January, 2006, it
expanded to a daily paper with free distribution.
(SFCM, 8/13/06, p.13)
2004 Sep 6, Some 2,600
firefighters gained ground on the 12,200 acre Geysers Fire in Sonoma
and Lake Counties.
(SFC, 9/7/04, p.B1)
2004 Sep 10, California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill barring necrophilia.
2004 Sep 14, Arizona,
California and Nevada joined with the federal government to
undertake a 50-year, $620 million project to restore wildlife
habitat along 342 miles of the lower Colorado River.
(SFC, 9/15/04, p.A8)
2004 Sep 15, The California
Coastal Commission approved a deal to protect over 80,000 acres of
Central Coast at Hearst Ranch from development.
(SFC, 9/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 22, Some 20 dentists
in 3 Central Valley clinics were accused of defrauding the Medi-Cal
system of $4.5 million by performing unnecessary procedures.
(SFC, 9/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 23, Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed bills allowing some hybrid vehicles to use
freeway carpool lanes and requiring older autos to pass smog checks.
He also authorized the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, a new California
agency dedicated to preserving 25 million Sierra acres.
(SFC, 9/24/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 23, California’s
Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved restrictions
on hand-weeding in most commercial crops.
(SFC, 9/24/04, p.B7)
2004 Sep 23, Edward Zelinsky
(82), historian and owner of the Musee Mecanique, died.
(SFC, 9/25/04, p.B6)
2004 Sep 24, The California Air
Resources Board backed sweeping reductions in auto emissions.
2004 Sep 28, A 6.0 earthquake
shook central California, cracking pipes, breaking bottles of wine
and knocking pictures from walls. The quake was centered about seven
miles southeast of Parkfield, a town of 37 people known as
California's earthquake capital.
2004 Sep 30, Gov.
Schwarzenegger rejected the current Bay Bridge bid. New bids and a
redesign were expected.
(SFC, 10/1/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 5, Supermarket
janitors in California won a $22.4 million settlement against 3
grocery chains and a cleaning contractor in a class-action suit over
failure to pay for overtime.
(SFC, 10/6/04, p.B3)
2004 Oct 10, The Rumsey Fire
began in Capay Valley in northeast Napa Valley and soon covered
29,500 acres. It was contained Oct 16 after burning over 39,000
(SFC, 10/12/04, p.B3)(SSFC, 10/17/04, p.B5)
2004 Oct 16, The body of
Richard Celebrini (32), a suspected arsonist, was found in the Hetch
Hetchy basin where a fire burned over 2,000 acres. Police in
Brentwood found Celebrini’s wife and 3 daughters dead.
(SSFC, 10/17/04, p.B1)(SFC, 10/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct, California
authorities charged Chester D. Turner, a former pizza delivery man,
for murdering 10 women between 1987 and 1998 after DNA evidence
linked him to the victims. Turner’s trial began in 2007.
(SFC, 4/4/07, p.B5)
2004 Nov 1, In Napa, Ca.,
Leslie Ann Mazzara (26) and Adriane Michelle Insogna (26) were
stabbed to death as a 3rd roommate escaped and called police. In
2005 police used DNA evidence and arrested Eric Matthew Copple (26)
as a suspect. In 2007 Copple was sentenced to life in prison with no
possibility of parole.
(SFC, 11/3/04, p.B2)(SFC, 9/29/05, p.B1)(SFC,
2004 Nov 2, California Prop.
64, limiting citizen’s rights to file lawsuits, won. Prop 71, a $3
billion stem cell research initiative, won. Prop 72, requiring
business owners to pay for employee health insurance, was defeated.
Prop 66, a measure to amend the 3 strikes law, was defeated. The
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) was later
charged with issuing grants with the bond money from Prop 71.
(SFC, 11/4/04, p.B5,C1)(SSFC, 9/9/18, p.A10)
2004 Nov 4, Gov. Schwarzenneger
announced that former Republican Rep. Tom Campbell (52) would head
his finance dept.
(SFC, 11/5/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 12, Scott Peterson
(32) was convicted of 1st degree murder of his pregnant wife and
dumping her body in San Francisco Bay in Dec 2002 in what
prosecutors portrayed as a cold-blooded attempt to escape marriage
and fatherhood for the bachelor life. He was also convicted of 2nd
degree murder for the unborn child.
(AP, 11/12/04)(SFC, 11/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 1, Tom Campbell (52),
former Republican legislator and dean of UC Berkeley’s Haas School
of Business, took over as director of California’s Dept. of Finance.
He faced a budget deficit of at least $8.1 billion.
(SFC, 12/28/04, p.B1)
2004 Dec 17, The California
state budget deficit for the coming fiscal year was reported to be
$8.1 billion, a billion higher than previously forecast.
(SFC, 12/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 17, Robert N. Klein
(59), lawyer and financier, was appointed head of the 29-member
board of the new California Institute for Regenerative Medicine,
created as a result of Prop. 71 for stem cell research.
(SFC, 12/18/04, p.B1)
2004 Dec 17, Johnnie Carl (57),
longtime conductor of the Crystal Cathedral Orchestra, shot himself
to death following a 9-hour standoff at the church in Garden Grove,
(SFC, 12/18/04, p.A4)
2004 Dec 20, Attorneys
presented opening statements in the Robert Blake murder trial in Los
2004 Kevin Starr, USC history
professor, published “Coast of Dreams: On the Edge 1990-2003,” the
final volume of his multi-volume California history.
(WSJ, 9/21/04, p.D8)
2004 California’s spending on
prisons surpassed spending on universities about this time.
(Econ, 9/10/11, p.36)
2004 California voters approved
a ballot measure that requires police to take DNA samples from
convicted felons. The law became effective in 2009. In 2012 the
Ninth US Court of Appeals upheld the legislation.
(SFC, 2/24/12, p.C1)
2005 Jan 1, A new California
law took effect giving gay couples who register as domestic partners
nearly the same responsibilities and benefits as married spouses.
2005 Jan 1, A new California
law took effect levying a surcharge on computer sales to defray
(Econ, 1/29/05, p.60)
2005 Jan 1, Robert Matsui (63),
13-term California Democratic congressman, died. On April 13 US
Representatives voted to name the federal courthouse in Sacramento
in his honor.
(SFC, 1/3/05, p.A1)(SFC, 4/14/05, p.B3)
2005 Jan 5, Gov. Schwarzenneger
outlined austerity proposals including a call to privatize
California pension plans.
(WSJ, 1/6/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 8, Lance Cpl. Andres
Raya (19) shot and killed Ceres police officer Sgt. Howard
Stevenson. Police returned fire and killed Raya, who was high on
(SSFC, 1/16/05, p.A17)
2005 Jan 8, Richard P.
Rodriguez (29) stabbed to death Angela M. Smith (51) in Tucson, Az.
Rodriguez was found dead of a gunshot wound the next day in Blythe,
Ca., near the Arizona border. He had grown up in the evangelical sex
cult “Children of God” also known as the Family. Smith, a member of
the cult, was involved in his upbringing. The cult was later linked
to the San Diego based Family Care Foundation. In 2007 Don Lattin
authored “Jesus Freaks: A True Story of Murder and Madness on the
(SFC, 1/11/05, p.B8)(SSFC, 2/6/05, p.A1)(SSFC,
2005 Jan 9, More heavy rain
spread across parts of California and snow piled deeper in the
mountains as the state sat under a storm system that left at least 7
(AP, 1/9/05)(SFC, 1/10/05, p.B1)
2005 Jan 10, Gov.
Schwarzenneger proposed an $85.7 billion California state budget
with cuts in programs to the poor, elderly and disabled to help
close a $9.1 billion deficit.
(SFC, 1/11/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 10, Randall W. Harding
pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud charges as part of
a scam that authorities say bilked investors from Palm Springs to
Orange County, including church members at Crossroads Christian
Church in Riverside, Ca.
2005 Jan 10, A mudslide at La
Conchita in Ventura County, Ca., crushed over 15 homes and killed 10
(SFC, 1/12/05, p.A1)(SFC, 1/13/05, p.A3)
2005 Jan 19, Donald Beardslee
(61) became the 11th prisoner to be executed in California since the
death penalty was reinstated in 1997.
2005 Jan 26, In Glendale, Ca.,
a Metrolink commuter train struck a vehicle, derailed and sideswiped
another train, killing 11 people and injuring about 180 others. Juan
Manuel Alvarez (25) left his SUV on a railroad track after changing
his mind about committing suicide. Alvarez was convicted in 2008 on
11 counts of murder and was sentenced to 11 consecutive life terms
in prison. In 2009 Metrolink agreed to pay some $30 million to
settle most of the lawsuits related to the derailment.
(AP, 1/27/05)(SFC, 1/27/05, p.A1)(SFC, 8/21/08,
p.A3)(SFC, 10/14/09, p.A6)
2005 Feb 2, Matthew Carrington,
a student at Cal State Chico, died of heart failure after drinking
excessive amounts of water while doing calisthenics during a hazing
ritual for the Chi Tau fraternity.
(SFC, 1/18/07, p.A5)
2005 Feb 4, Kevin Shelley
resigned as California’s secretary of state amidst allegations of
questionable fund raising and misuse of federal voting funds.
(SFC, 2/4/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 4, It was reported
that California’s mysterious explosion of autism cases increased by
13% in 2004. State services for autism had increased from some 5,000
in 1993 to 26,000 in 2004. The US federal Dept. of Education
reported that autism in schoolchildren increased 1,700% nationally
from 1992 to 2002.
(SFC, 2/4/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 8, The California
Lottery commission voted 3-0 to join the Mega Millions multistate
lottery rather than Powerball. Odds in the big prize will be 1 in
(SFC, 2/9/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 10, California sued
Canadian energy firm Powerex Corp. a 2nd time for overcharges during
the electricity crises of 2000-2001.
(SFC, 2/11/05, p.C1)
2005 Feb 11, Gov.
Schwarzenegger picked former state Sen. Bruce McPherson to replace
Kevin Shelley as Sec. of State.
(SFC, 2/12/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 16, It was reported
that Georgia Pacific has put up 434 acres for sale in Fort Bragg.
Contamination levels on the land were not yet determined.
(SFC, 2/16/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 21, Heavy storms in
California left 3 people dead.
(WSJ, 2/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 4, A California court
ruled that hospitals must comply with a 1:5 nurse to patient ratio
that was set under a 1999 law.
(SFC, 3/5/05, p.B7)
2005 Mar 10, The US Dept. of
Transportation authorized $150.3 million for the construction of a
$270 million tunnel to bypass Devil’s Slide on Highway 1 between
Pacifica and Montara.
(SFC, 3/11/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 14, San Francisco
Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer declared California’s ban on
same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
(SFC, 3/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 16, In California a
judge sentenced a Scott Peterson (32) to death for the 2002 murder
of his wife and unborn son.
(AP, 3/17/05)(SFC, 3/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 16, Robert Blake (71),
actor, was found not guilty of murder charges in the 2001 shooting
death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.
(SFC, 3/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 30, Former Calif.
State Sen. Bruce McPherson was sworn in as Sec. of State.
(SFC, 3/31/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 5, A few thousand
demonstrators protested Gov. Schwarzenegger’s fund raiser at the SF
(SFC, 4/6/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 7, California state
prosecutors charged Julie Lee, a top volunteer fund-raiser for
former Sec. of State Kevin Shelley, with grand theft and other
felonies. In 2008 Lee (62) was found guilty on 5 of 7 charges
relating to Shelley’s 2002 campaign, All the charges related to a
$500,000 grant for a SF Sunset District community center that was
never built. In state court Lee pleaded guilty to 9 counts.
(SFC, 4/8/05, p.A1)(SFC, 7/12/08, p.A1)(SFC,
2005 Apr 10, Steve Vaught (39)
left his San Diego, Ca., home on a walking trip to New York in an
effort to loose some of his 400 lbs. By July he was in Arizona and
down to 350 lbs. A year later he was in Ohio with less than 400
miles to NYC. His weight was down to 292. He completed his walk at
178th and Broadway in New York City on May 9, 2006; he had lost
approximately 100 lbs.
(SFC, 7/9/05, p.A2)(www.thefatmanwalking.com)
2005 Apr 20, An air tanker
Lockheed P-3 Orion crashed in California’s Lassen National Forest
killing 3 crew members during a training run. A report in 2006 was
unable to determine the cause of the crash.
(SFC, 4/22/05, p.B3)(SFC, 9/5/06, p.B1)
2005 Apr 22, Roberta Saum (44)
won $3.3 million settlement from the Santa Rosa Catholic
diocese for sexual abuse by now defrocked Rev. Donald Kimball when
she was 15.
(SFC, 4/23/05, p.B5)
2005 Apr 25, Mayor Dick Murphy
(62) of San Diego announced his resignation effective July 15 under
the weight of mounting scandals and fiscal probes. San Diego faced a
$50 million budget deficit and a $1.3 billion pension shortfall.
(SFC, 4/26/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/26/05, p.A1)
2005 May 10, The northern
California 3,373-acre Willow Creek site was purchased for
$20,787,000 from Mendocino Redwood Co. by a coalition of state and
non-profit agencies to become part of Sonoma Coast State Beach.
(SFC, 5/11/05, p.B1)
2005 May 10, In Riverside
County, Ca., David McGowan (44) killed his wife, mother and 3
children, a boy (14) and 2 girls (8 and 10), while they slept. He
then killed himself at their home in Garner Valley.
(SFC, 5/12/05, p.A5)
2005 May 11, Teachers across
California honored the 23rd annual Day of the Teacher by protesting
deep cuts to education and changes to their retirement system.
(SFC, 5/12/05, p.B1)
2005 May 17, Los Angeles
Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa (52) trounced Mayor James Hahn to
become the city's first Hispanic mayor in more than a century as
voters embraced the promise of change in a metropolis troubled by
gridlock, gangs and failing schools.
2005 May 25, Thousands of
public employees rallied in Sacramento and Los Angeles charging that
Gov. Schwarzenegger’s policy agenda shortchanges schoolchildren and
undermines the fabric of California’s poor and middle class.
(SFC, 5/26/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 1, In California a
landslide destroyed 17 multimillion-dollar houses and damaged nearly
11 others in Laguna Beach.
2005 Jun 5, FBI agents in Lodi,
Ca., arrested Hamid Hayat (22) for training at an al Qaeda camp in
Pakistan and his father (47) for lying about his son’s activities.
In 2006 Umer Hayat pleaded guilty to charges of lying to customs
agents to avoid a trial. In 2007 Hamid was sentenced to 24 years in
prison for supporting terrorists by training with them in Pakistan.
(SFC, 6/9/05, p.A1)(SFC, 6/1/06, p.B1)(SFC,
2005 Jun 13, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger called for a special election on his initiatives to
change state government.
(SFC, 6/14/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 14, The 7.0-magnitude
quake struck northern California about 90 miles southwest of the
coastal community of Crescent City, where a 1964 tsunami killed 11
2005 Jun 17, Marcus Wesson, the
domineering patriarch of a large clan he'd bred through incest, was
convicted in Fresno, Calif., of murdering nine of his children.
Wesson was later sentenced to death.
2005 Jun 20, California state
and federal officials set aside $2 million to determine why smelt
and other species in the San Joaquin and Sacramento River Delta has
dropped sharply. Numerous causes were suspect including nonnative
predators and increasing herbicide and pesticide runoff as well as
water draw down to supply Southern California and the Central
(SFC, 6/21/05, p.B3)
2005 Jun 21, It was reported
that the number of California state employees who earned over
$132,000 nearly doubled from 2002 to 2004.
(SFC, 6/21/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 21, Some 1,300 federal
and local law enforcement agents arrested 23 people in raids across
San Fernando Valley on racketeering charges related to the 2003
slaying of Burbank police officer Matthew Pavelka.
(SFC, 6/29/05, p.B4)
2005 Jun 22, US drug agents
launched a wide-ranging crackdown on medical marijuana providers in
northern California, raiding pot clubs, homes and businesses in San
Francisco and arresting a husband and wife in Sacramento. The
operation followed a 2-year investigation dubbed “Operation Urban
(AP, 6/23/05)(SFC, 6/23/05, p.A1)(SFC, 6/24/05,
2005 Jun 23, An indictment,
unveiled in US federal court in Los Angeles, said Seymour Lazar and
his family were plaintiffs in over 50 class action lawsuits against
both large and small companies. Prosecutors claimed that he received
$2.4 million in illicit kickbacks from a New York law firm believed
to be Milberg Weiss. In 2008 Melvyn Weiss (72) agreed to plead
guilty to racketeering and acknowledge that his firm, Milberg Weiss,
concealed secret payment arrangements with plaintiffs in
(Econ, 7/2/05, p.65)(SFC, 3/21/08, p.C3)
2005 Jun 24, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger and state Senate Pres. Don Perata finalized plans to
build the original Bay suspension bridge at a total cost of $6.2
(SFC, 6/25/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 29, The Catholic
Diocese of Sacramento agreed to pay $35 million to 33 people who
said they were sexually assaulted by area priests. Half of the
plaintiffs said their abuse came from Rev. Mario Blanco, a
Sacramento priest, between 1969-1973.
(SFC, 6/30/05, p.B3)
2005 Jun 30, A federal judge
ordered that a receiver take control of California’s prison health
care system and correct what he called deplorable conditions.
(SFC, 7/1/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 30, At El Cahon, Ca.,
5 illegal immigrants were killed and six others injured when their
van collided with a pickup truck shortly after it sped around a
2005 Jul 1, A force of 400
federal and local law officers raided 11 suspected brothels, 10 in
SF and one in Emeryville, and arrested 27 suspects in what was
described as a major Bay Area sex trafficking operation that preyed
on Korean women brought into the country illegally. A similar
operation took place in southern California.
2005 Jul 5, Police in Torrance,
Ca., arrested 2 men for robbing gas stations. Investigations soon
revealed that they were associated with Kevin James, an inmate at
California State Prison in Sacramento, a founder of Jamiyyat
Ul-Islam Is Saheeh (JIS). The group was planning terrorist attacks
in the LA area. Another participant was arrested Aug 2. In 2007
Kevin James (31) and Levar Haley Washington (28) pleaded guilty to
conspiring to levy war against the US.
(SFC, 9/1/05, p.A4)(SFC, 12/15/07, p.A3)
2005 Jul 7, The California
Legislature, 7 days into the fiscal year, approved a $90.1 billion
(SFC, 7/8/05, p.B1)
2005 Jul 10, Police in LA
killed Jose Raul Pena (34) as well as Susie Marie Lopez (19 months)
as Pena fired at police while holding the child.
(SFC, 7/12/05, p.A3)
2005 Jul 11, Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a $90 billion California general budget.
(SFC, 7/12/05, p.B1)
2005 Jul 13, A helicopter crash
near Nimbus Dam, south of Folsom Lake, killed 2 Sacramento County
(SFC, 7/15/05, p.B3)
2005 Jul 14, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger said he intended to keep his 2nd job as editor of two
bodybuilding magazines. Income from the magazines was at least $1
million per year.
(SFC, 7/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 15, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger said he would quit his 2nd job as editor of two
bodybuilding magazines following criticism of the lucrative
moonlighting. Following this he soon severed ties with the Arnold
Classic, a premier bodybuilding event.
(SFC, 7/15/05, p.A1)(SFC, 7/23/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 15, Dick Murphy
resigned as mayor of San Diego amid a pension fund scandal.
(SFC, 7/19/05, p.A10)
2005 Jul 15, Bankrupt Enron
Corp. agreed to pay up to 1.52 billion dollars to settle charges of
market manipulation during the energy crisis that hit California and
other western US states in 2000 and 2001. The actual payout was
expected to be closer to $260 million due to Enron’s bankruptcy and
(AFP, 7/16/05)(SFC, 7/16/05, p.C1)
2005 Jul 18, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed legislation to allow construction to go
forward on the new eastern half of the Bay Bridge.
(SFC, 7/19/05, p.B1)
2005 Jul 18, California
reinstated a program to issue identity cards to patients who have
been prescribed medical marijuana.
(SFC, 7/19/05, p.B1)
2005 Jul 18, San Diego acting
Mayor Michael Zucchet and councilman Ralph Inzunza were convicted in
federal court of taking illegal campaign cash from a strip club
owner. Councilwoman Toni Atkins succeeded Zucchet.
(SFC, 7/19/05, p.A10)
2005 Jul 21, Sealed court
documents were filed in which the U.S. Attorney's Office initiated
attempts to seize the home of U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham,
alleging that the California Republican's $3.5 million estate in
Rancho Santa Fe, a San Diego suburb, was purchased with bribe money.
In 2006 prosecutors alleged that Brent Wilkes, a San Diego
businessman, paid Cunningham over $626,000 in bribes between 2000
and 2004 to win government contracts for his companies.
(AP, 8/19/05)(SSFC, 5/14/06, p.A18)
2005 Jul 28, Stephen McCullagh
(29), an assistant scoutmaster from St. Helena, and Boy Scout Ryan
Collins (13) were killed by lightning in Sequoia National Park in
the Sierra Nevada.
(SFC, 8/6/05, p.B2)
2005 Jul, The California
Supreme Court ruled that favoritism could be used as evidence in
cases of sexual harassment.
(Econ, 7/23/05, p.30)
2005 Aug 1, The California
State Supreme Court ruled that state businesses must treat same-sex
domestic couples the same as married couples.
(SFC, 8/2/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 8, In California 42
inmates were injured when a simmering dispute between two ethnic
groups erupted into the largest riot at San Quentin State Prison in
2005 Aug 9, Officials in San
Jose, Ca., opened their new $390 million, 18-story City Hall. It was
designed by Richard Meier with an original budget of $214 million.
(SFC, 8/10/05, p.B4)
2005 Aug 12, The annual
California state Fair opened for a 25-day run at CalExpo.
(SSFC, 8/7/05, p.F7)
2005 Aug 18, A riot at
Calipatria State Prison, east of San Diego, Ca., left one inmate
(SFC, 8/19/05, p.B10)
2005 Aug 19, In California
Skylar James Deleon (26), a former child actor, was charged with
luring John Jarvi to Mexico in December of 2003, slitting his throat
and leaving the body by the side of a road. Deleon was already
facing trial for hijacking a yacht and throwing the owners overboard
in Nov 2004.
2005 Aug 22, The California
Supreme Court ruled that lesbian and gay partners who plan a family
and raise children should be considered legal parents after a
(SFC, 8/23/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 25, California sued 39
pharmaceutical companies for allegedly inflating prices.
(SFC, 8/26/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 25, in Southern
California summer heat and the loss of key transmission lines forced
power officials to impose rolling blackouts, leaving as many as half
a million people without power for an hour at a time.
2005 Aug, Judi Werthein (38),
Argentine-born artist, introduced special shoes at Insite, an art
exhibition in San Diego and Tijuana, designed to help migrants cross
the US-Mexico border. The “Brinco” sneakers were equipped with a
compass, flashlight and other special features.
(SFC, 11/18/05, p.A2)
2005 Sep 6, The California
Legislature became the first legislative body in the nation to
approve same-sex marriages, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger later
vetoed the bill.
(SFC, 9/7/05, p.A1)(AP, 9/6/06)
2005 Sep 6, An appeals court
ruled that government run utilities that overcharged California
during the 2001 energy crises do not have to repay an estimated $1
(WSJ, 9/7/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 6, The California
state Assembly approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
(SFC, 9/7/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 6, UC Merced, the 10th
campus of the Univ. of California system, opened with an inaugural
class of 1000 students.
(SFC, 9/6/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 7, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger said he would veto a bill to legalize same-sex
marriage "out of respect for the will of the people." He cited
Proposition 22, a ballot measure passed in 2000 that defined
marriage in California.
(AP, 9/8/05)(SFC, 9/8/05, p.A5)
2005 Sep 9, A Nevada couple
pleaded guilty in San Jose, Calif., to all charges related to
planting a human fingertip in a bowl of Wendy's chili in a scheme to
extort money from the fast food restaurant chain.
2005 Sep 15, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a bill to reduce obesity in schools.
(SFC, 9/16/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 29, California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill to give same sex couples the
right to marry in the state.
(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A13)
2005 Sep 29, In southern
California a wind-whipped brush fire quickly doubled in size to at
least 7,000 acres, destroying at least one home and prompting
evacuations in the San Fernando Valley as flames rose along a ridge
2005 Oct 7, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed legislation to allow local governments to
regulate certain breeds of dogs.
(SFC, 10/8/05, p.A11)
2005 Oct 10, In Half Moon Bay,
Ca., Joel Holland, a retired Washington state firefighter, won the
annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, presenting a
gigantic pumpkin that weighed 1,229 pounds. This matched his winner
in 2004. The contest here began in 1974.
(AP, 10/10/05)(SFC, 10/10/06, p.B3)
2005 Oct 12, Human Rights Watch
reported that 2,225 inmates in the US were serving
life-without-parole terms for crimes committed when they were under
18. California had 180 prisoners serving such sentences for murders
committed when they were 17 or 18.
(SFC, 10/13/05, p.B3)
2005 Oct 15, Marcia and Ken
Powers, a husband-and-wife team, reached the Pacific Ocean on after
a 4,900-mile cross-country hike, becoming the first to backpack the
transcontinental American Discovery Trail in one continuous trek.
They had started Feb. 27 at Cape Henlopen in Delaware.
2005 Oct 24, Edward Roybal
(b.1916), former US Representative from Los Angeles (1962-1992),
died in Pasadena. He was the 1st Hispanic to serve in Congress since
(SFC, 10/27/05, p.B9)
2005 Oct 29, In Aliso Viejo a
19-year-old in a black cape and a paintball mask went on a shooting
rampage in his upscale Southern California neighborhood, killing a
man and his daughter before committing suicide.
2005 Nov 1, Paul Richards (49),
former mayor of Lynwood, Ca., was convicted of federal charges
involving the funneling of millions of dollars in city contracts to
a sham consulting company he secretly controlled.
(SFC, 11/2/05, p.B3)
2005 Nov 3, Kevin Henry (39),
of Albion, Ca., was murdered by Nathan McWilliams (22) and Trevor
Conley (23) of Ukiah, Ca., near Lake Mendocino following use of
crystal methamphetamine. In 2007 Conley and McWilliams were
sentenced 15 years to life in prison.
(SFCM, 1/20/08, p.17)
2005 Nov 8, California voters
rejected Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's efforts to reshape state
government during a special election that darkened his prospects for
a second term.
(AP, 11/9/05)(SFC, 11/9/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 11, In Vallejo, Ca.,
Curtis Mack Allen (35) was killed. Police issued a murder warrant
for Kim Saelio (22), a pimp who had planned to rob Allen using a
prostitute as bait. On June 21, 2006, police killed Saelio following
a chase in Oakland.
(SFC, 6/22/06, p.B7)
2005 Nov 14, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger arrived in China on a six-day mission to promote
California products and encourage Chinese officials to crack down on
the piracy of copyrighted music, movies and software.
2005 Nov 16, The US House
passed a bill authorizing up to $38 million in federal funds to
preserve and restore 10 WW II internment camps, including Tule Lake
and Manzanar in California, as well as 17 assembly centers.
Nonprofits would need to come up with 75% of the money for the
(SFC, 11/17/05, p.A15)
2005 Nov 17, Andy Stevens (37),
a California CHP officer, was shot and killed during a routine
traffic stop in Yolo County. Police the next day arrested suspects
Brendt Anthony Volarvich (20) in Rocklin and Gregory Fred Zielesch
(47) of Woodland. Volarvich was later convicted of murder and
sentenced to death. In 2009 a Sacramento district court upheld a
murder conviction against Zielesch and his sentence of 57 years to
life in prison.
(SFC, 11/18/05, p.B2)(SFC, 11/19/05, p.B3)(SFC,
2005 Nov 27, In Santa Maria,
Ca., a Greyhound bus overturned, killing two people and injuring
dozens of others.
2005 Nov 28, Randy "Duke"
Cunningham (63), a Republican US congressman, resigned after
pleading guilty in San Diego, Ca., to taking 2.4 million dollars in
bribes in return from a military contractor to influence the award
of defense deals. Cunningham’s exploits as a Navy fighter pilot
inspired the 1986 film “Top Gun.” In 2007 Seth Hettena authored
“Feasting on the Spoils: The Life and Times of Randy “Duke”
Cunningham, History’s Most Corrupt Congressman,” and Marcus Stern,
Jerry Kammer, Dean Calbreath, and George E. Condon Jr. authored, a
team from the San Diego Tribune, ”The Wrong Stuff.”
(AFP, 11/28/05)(Econ, 12/3/05, p.32)
2005 Dec 7, In Clearlake, Ca.,
Shannon Edmonds (31) shot and killed 2 of 3 intruders at his home.
Renato Hughes Jr. (21), the 3rd intruder, was charged with 2 counts
of 1st degree murder under a controversial legal theory. In 2008
Hughes was acquitted of murder by a jury in Contra Costa County. He
was found guilty of 2 lesser charges, assault and burglary. The jury
deadlocked on a final charge of assault causing great bodily injury.
On Sep 8 Hughes was sentenced to 8 years in prison with credit for
33 months in custody.
(SFC, 2/7/06, p.B8)(SFC, 8/9/08, p.B1)(SFC,
8/12/08, p.B3)(SFC, 9/9/08, p.B3)
2005 Dec 12, California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to block the imminent execution of
Stanley Tookie Williams, rejecting the notion that the founder of
the murderous Crips gang had atoned for his crimes and found
redemption on death row.
2005 Dec 12, US federal agents
raided 13 San Diego-area marijuana dispensaries.
(SFC, 12/14/05, p.B3)
2005 Dec 13, Stanley Tookie
Williams maintained his innocence right up until his death, even
when an admission of guilt may have spared him execution.
California's execution of Stanley Tookie Williams outraged many in
Europe who regard the practice as barbaric, and politicians in Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's native Austria called for his name to be
removed from a sports stadium in his hometown.
2005 Dec 21, US Energy Sec.
Samuel Bodman announced that the Univ. of California would retain
management of the New Mexico Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab in a
7-year, $512 million contract in a consortium that includes Bechtel
(SFC, 12/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 28, US officials said
the number of indictments for bilking victims of Hurricane Katrina
has grown to 49 at a Bakersfield, California, call center used by
the Red Cross.
(WSJ, 12/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 31, A powerful storm
plowed through Northern California, causing mudslides and widespread
flooding and snarling holiday traffic from Sonoma to Monterey.
2005 Dec 31, Guillermo Martinez
(18) died in a Tijuana hospital one day after he was shot by a US
Border Patrol agent near a metal wall separating that city from San
Diego. On Jan 2 Mexico opened an investigation into the killing
saying he was shot while sneaking into California, using the death
to draw attention to a contentious US anti-immigration measure. In
2008 the US Dept. of Justice cleared the Border Patrol agent of any
(AP, 1/3/06)(SFC, 2/16/08, p.A4)
2005 California first lady
Maria Shriver conceived of a California state Hall of Fame. Since
2006, the museum has hosted an annual ceremony to induct roughly a
dozen individuals per year into the California Hall of Fame.
2005 In southern California a
gang alliance between Public Enemy and the Aryan Brotherhood was
cemented in when Donald Reed "Popeye" Mazza, an alleged leader of
Public Enemy, was inducted into the Aryan Brotherhood. In 2007
police agencies in Orange County arrested 67 suspected members after
learning about the hit list against officers in Anaheim, Buena Park
and Costa Mesa. Those arrested in the raid were charged with
conspiracy to commit murder, possession of illegal weapons and
identity theft, among other things.
2005 In southern California an
archeological survey found the remains of a Native American man who
died some 10,000 years ago on San Miguel, one of the state's five
Channel Islands. In 2018 the remains of the Tuqan man were returned
to San Miguel Island by the Santa Ynez Band of the Chumash Indians.
(SFC, 6/15/18, p.A5)
2005 The new Central Valley
campus of UC Merced was scheduled to open on a 2,000 acre site 6
miles northeast of Merced.
(SFC, 1/16/98, p.A17)
2005 The new $700 million
California state prison at Delano was due to open.
(SFC, 1/5/04, p.A1)
2005 The insect myoporum
thrips, a native to eastern Australia, was first detected in the US
in Orange County, Ca.
(SSFC, 5/9/10, p.L3)
2005 California this year was
the world’s 12th biggest producer of greenhouse gases. The state’s
36 million cars contributed to the pollution.
(Econ, 8/19/06, p.30)
2006 Jan 1, The California
Energy Commission introduced mandatory standby requirement for
various electronic devices.
(Econ, 3/11/06, Survey p.34)
2006 Jan 2, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in 7 northern counties
making them eligible for disaster aid. The aid was soon extended to
16 more counties.
(SFC, 1/3/06, p.A1)(SFC, 1/4/06, p.B1)
2006 Jan 5, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger in his State of the State speech called for over $222
billion for public works projects.
(SFC, 1/6/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 9, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger had a minor motorcycle accident in Los Angeles and
was found not to have a motorcycle driving license.
(SFC, 1/11/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 10, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger proposed a $97.9 billion general fund budget with
increased spending on education, transportation and prisons.
(SFC, 1/11/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 12, California energy
regulators approved a $2.9 billion plan for solar energy.
(SFC, 1/13/06, p.C1)
2006 Jan 12, In Palm Springs,
Ca., Richard Milanovich, chairman of the Agua Caliente Ban of
Cahuilla Indians, apologized to other tribal leaders for the scandal
tied to Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He addressed tribal
leaders on the 2nd day of a 3-day conference for casino-operating
tribes. Abramoff and associates had collected some $66 million from
6 American Indian tribes seeking influence in Washington.
(SFC, 1/13/06, p.B14)
2006 Jan 17, California
executed Clarence Ray Allen, its oldest death row inmate, minutes
after his 76th birthday, despite arguments that putting to death an
elderly, blind and wheelchair-bound man was cruel and unusual
punishment. He was sentenced to death in 1982 for hiring a hit man
who killed a witness and two bystanders.
2006 Jan 20, A federal judge
ordered Los Angeles to pay $1.1 million in legal costs to the family
of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. as sanctions for intentionally
withholding evidence during the family's civil lawsuit trial.
2006 Jan 23, Albertson's Inc.,
the nation's second biggest traditional grocery store chain, said it
has agreed to sell the company. The deal was valued at about $17.4
billion in cash and stock and debt to an investment group including
supermarket chain Supervalu Inc. and drugstore chain CVS Corp. In
June the new owners announced the closure of 37 underperforming
stores in Northern California. In 2007 the remaining stores were
renamed under the Lucky name.
(AP, 1/23/06)(SFC, 1/24/06, p.E1)(SFC, 6/8/06,
p.C1)(SFC, 7/19/07, p.C3)
2006 Jan 24, Officials said 4
people were killed in Carlsbad, Ca., when a twin-engine plane from
Idaho skidded off an airport runway and burst into flames.
2006 Jan 25, US authorities
discovered what they say is the largest and most sophisticated
tunnel under their border with Mexico, one that was used by drug
trafficking gangs. The tunnel began near Tijuana’s airport and ended
2,400 feet away in a warehouse on the US side of the border. The
find included 2 tons of marijuana.
(AFP, 1/27/06)(SFC, 1/27/06, p.B14)
2006 Jan 26, California
legislators became the 1st in the US to designate secondhand tobacco
smoke as a toxic air contaminant.
(SFC, 1/27/06, p.B1)
2006 Jan 30, In Goleta, Ca.,
Jennifer San Marco, a female ex-postal worker, opened fire at a mail
processing plant, killing 5 people before committing suicide. A
former neighbor was found slain the next day and a critically
wounded worker died Feb 1.
(AP, 1/31/06)(SFC, 2/2/06, p.A4)
2006 Feb 2, In California
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced that it will
install a battery of machine guns to deter terrorists. The Gatling
guns will be capable of firing 4,000 rounds a minute from 6 barrels
with a range of nearly a mile.
(SFC, 2/4/06, p.B1)
2006 Feb 4, In Southern
California nearly 2,000 inmates rioted at the Castaic North County
Correctional Facility, throwing mattresses and banging heads against
bunk beds, in an uproar that officials said stemmed from racial
tensions. One inmate was killed.
2006 Feb 10, The FBI and the
California attorney general’s office said they had begun
investigations in the theft by an int’l. counterfeiting ring of
debit card numbers belonging to as many as 200,000 consumers.
(SFC, 2/11/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 12, In northern
California 2 people were killed when their home-built aircraft
crashed into a 2-story house in Roseville.
(SFC, 2/13/06, p.B1)
2006 Feb 15, A three-judge
panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals halted California's
recall election, saying it was unacceptable for several counties to
use punch-card ballots. A larger panel of eleven judges from the 9th
Circuit later ordered the election to go forward.
2006 Feb 15, Police in Los
Angeles, Ca., busted 8 people connected to an int’l. car theft ring.
The racket, disguised as a charity group, was linked to Chechnya and
police believed proceeds from the stolen cars was used to finance
Chechen terrorist operations.
(WSJ, 12/29/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 17, CHP Officer Earl
Scott (36) was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop on
Highway 99 in Salida, Ca. A few hours later Columbus Jr. Allen II
(30), turned himself in to the Stockton Police Dept., and was
arrested on suspicion of murder.
(SFC, 2/18/06, p.B1)
2006 Feb 21, In California the
execution of Michael Morales at San Quentin was put on hold after 2
anesthesiologists backed out of assuring that he would be
unconscious while dying per a requirement by US District Judge
(SFC, 2/23/06, p.A14)
2006 Feb 21, Stefan Eriksson
(44) was involved in the crash of a million-dollar Ferrari Enzo in
northern Malibu, Ca. In 2005 he and some partners had racked up some
$400 million in losses in Gizmondo, a London-based subsidiary of
Tiger Telematics, that was developing a handheld gaming device.
Prior to Gizmondo Eriksson had served time in a Swedish prison for
counterfeiting. Eriksson was arrested on April 8 for failing to make
payments on 3 cars worth $3.5 million. On Nov 7 Eriksson was
sentenced to 3 years in prison for embezzlement and gun possession.
(SSFC, 4/9/06, p.A1)(SFC, 4/10/06, p.A2)(SFC,
2006 Feb 24, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger issued an emergency declaration to speed improvement
on 24 severely eroded portions of Bay Area delta levees.
(SFC, 2/25/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 27, Five California
state prison employees, who objected to questionable purchases for
inmate drug treatment programs, testified that they were told to
(SFC, 2/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 27, Otis Chandler
(b.1927), former publisher of the LA Times (1960-1980), died in
(SFC, 2/28/06, p.A2)
2006 Mar 2, LA prosecutors said
19 people, many of them former police officers or with police
connections, have been charged with staging home robberies in
Southern California to steal drugs, money and weapons.
2006 Mar 3, Former US
Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (64), who pleaded guilty last
year to taking $2.4 million in bribes, was sentenced by a federal
judge in San Diego, Ca., to eight years and four months in prison.
2006 Mar 3, Officials in
southern California said archaeologists, excavating a housing
development site, had found a prehistoric milling area at the base
of the Angeles National Forest estimated to be 8,000 years old.
Workers removed and catalogued about 100 tools and implements used
by the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe. Azusa Land Partners is developing
1,250 homes on the 520-acre site.
2006 Mar 5, Rodney Strong (78),
dancer-turned winemaker, died in Healdsburg, Ca.
(SFC, 3/7/06, p.B5)
2006 Mar 9, California
authorities ordered Michael Jackson to shut down his Neverland
Valley Ranch and fined the pop star $169,000 for failing to pay his
employees or maintain proper insurance.
2006 Mar 16, The Univ. of
California regents, citing genocide in Darfur, voted to divest UC of
tens of millions of securities from 9 foreign companies doing
business with Sudan.
(SFC, 3/17/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 5, Brown-Forman said
it will lay off 76 people and close its Fetzer Vineyards’ Valley
Oaks Hospitality Center in Hopland. Brown-Forman acquired Fetzer in
(SFC, 4/6/06, p.F2)
2006 Apr 6, In California 3 ski
patrollers were killed when snow collapsed around a volcanic gas
vent at Mammoth Lakes.
(SFC, 4/7/06, p.A2)
2006 Apr 13, In California an
independent task force issued a 29-page report faulting UC
executives and the Board of Regents for lack of oversight in pay
practices and the use of public funds.
(SFC, 4/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 17, In California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a law mandating names-based reporting of HIV
(SSFC, 4/23/06, p.A3)
2006 Apr 21, Pres. Bush began a
4-day visit to California. He denied Gov. Schwarzenegger’s request
for federal funds to repair Bay Area levees.
(SFC, 4/22/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 22, Pres. Bush
declared hydrogen to be the fuel of the future in an Earth Day
speech in Sacramento on the 2nd day of his visit to California.
(SSFC, 4/23/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 22, Ed Davis, former
LA police chief (1969-1978) and California state representative
(1980-1992), died in San Luis Obispo.
(SSFC, 4/23/06, p.B7)
2006 Apr 23, Some 10,000 people
marched in SF to denounce a bill in the US House of Representatives
that would make illegal immigration a felony. Latinos organized a
day of protests in over 100 cities. As many as 500,000 marched in
(SFC, 4/24/06, p.A1)(Econ, 5/8/10, p.14)
2006 Apr 25, California
legislators demanded that UC reveal details of extra pay and perks
to dozens of top executives following an audit that found 91
exceptions to policy and procedures over the past decade. In Feb.
Pres. Dynes had appeared before the state Senate Education Committee
to apologize for the compensation scandal.
(SFC, 4/26/06, p.B1)(SFC, 8/14/07, p.A4)
2006 Apr 25, Hamid Hayat (23)
of Lodi, Ca., was convicted by a federal jury of providing material
support to terrorists as a result of his training in a terrorist
camp in Pakistan (2003-2005). His father’s case ended in a mistrial.
In 2014 lawyers appealed the conviction and 24-year sentence saying
Hayat’s lawyer was inexperienced and that the camp in Pakistan has
already been dismantled before he supposedly attended it. In 2019 a
federal judge overturned the conviction of Hamid Hayat, sying his
defense was undermines by his trial lawyer's failure to call alibi
(SFC, 4/26/06, p.A1)(SFC, 5/2/14, p.D1)(SFC,
2006 Apr 28, The US government
adopted a federal advisory council’s recommendations for deep cuts
to the 2006 salmon season for California and Oregon.
(SFC, 4/29/06, p.B1)
2006 Apr 28, Mexican police in
Tijuana found the body of a US citizen kidnapped nearly 3 weeks
earlier. They said he had been beaten, strangled, stripped naked and
stashed in the trunk of a car. George Kwok Choi Chu, a seafood
wholesaler, worked in Tijuana but lived across the border in San
2006 May 7, Golden West
Financial Corp. of Oakland, Ca., agreed to sell itself to Wachovia
Corp. for $25.5 billion. Investors soon expressed skepticism calling
the transaction risky and too costly.
(AP, 5/8/06)(SFC, 5/8/06, p.A1)
2006 May 8, US federal Judge
Gary Klausner in Los Angeles sentenced "botmaster" Jeanson Ancheta
(20) to 57 months in jail for taking control of an array of
computers he had corralled into his "Botnet."
2006 May 16, After months of
intense pressure, the director of Los Angeles' J. Paul Getty Museum
agreed to recommend to the museum's board to return ancient
artifacts in its collections that Greece claims were illegally
spirited out of the country.
2006 May 16, UC spokesman Paul
Schwartz said that the university had negotiated at least 700
separation agreements worth over $23 million over the last 5 years.
(SFC, 5/17/06, p.A1)
2006 May 25, Mexican President
Vicente Fox addressed the California legislature. He praised a US
Senate which had just approved sweeping immigration reforms as a
"monumental step forward" in the relationship between his country
and the United States.
2006 May 26, Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed legislation making California the 1st state in
the country to adopt comprehensive controls on fish farming.
(SFC, 5/27/06, p.B2)
2006 May 27, In southern
California Phuong Le, his wife Ngoc Lam and their son (6) were
killed over an $80,000 debt. An 11-month old daughter was left
unharmed and found 2 days later sitting next to her dead mother. In
2010 Quang Van Quan was sentenced to 3 life terms in prison for
fatally stabbing the 3 family members.
(http://tinyurl.com/256wo4u)(SFC, 12/18/10, p.A6)
2006 Jun 1, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger reluctantly reached an agreement with the federal
government to deploy 1,000 members of the California National Guard
along the US-Mexico border.
(SFC, 6/2/06, p.B1)
2006 Jun 3, John Finley Scott
(b.1934), a retired UC Davis sociology professor, went missing from
his home outside Davis, Ca. Much spattered blood was found in his
bedroom and foyer. Scott was also known for inventing the mountain
bike. In January 2007 Yolo County authorities arraigned his
handyman, Charles Cunningham (38). Cunningham was charged with
murdering a witness and five other felonies. In December Cunningham
was sentenced to 31 years in prison.
(www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/scott_john.html)(SFC, 12/5/07, p.B2)
2006 Jun 11, Phoenix (b.1923),
a 100-foot-long, glass-bottom paddleboat, sank while passing Malibu
on its way to Martinez, Ca.
(SFC, 6/12/06, p.B2)
2006 Jun 21, In California some
830 firefighters battled a fire in the Los Padres National Forest,
which grew to an estimated 14,000 acres. It was 35% contained.
(SFC, 6/22/06, p.B4)
2006 Jun 24, Denice Denton
(46), UC Santa Cruz Chancellor, jumped to her death from the roof of
the 42-story Paramount apartment building in SF. She had assumed
office on Feb 14, 2005, and soon called for some $600,000 in
upgrades to her university provided housing.
(SSFC, 6/25/06, p.A13)
2006 Jun 26, In California 2
Navy jets collided near King City and one pilot was killed.
(SFC, 6/27/06, p.B5)
2006 Jul 1, An estimated 5,000
bikers rode into Hollister, Ca., for the annual 4th of July
motorcycle rally, even though it was officially cancelled last year
by the City Council.
(SSFC, 7/2/06, p.B1)
2006 Jul 4, In Gustine, Ca.,
Trevor Branscum (38) killed his 4 young children with a hunting
rifle and then turned the weapon on himself.
(SFC, 7/5/06, p.B3)
2006 Jul 8, In Fresno as many
as 10 men allegedly sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl.
(SFC, 7/13/06, p.B2)
2006 Jul 11, The Land Trust of
Napa County planned to acquire the 3,045-acre Wildlake Ranch for
(SFC, 7/8/06, p.B1)
2006 Jul 12, The 37,000-acre
Sawtooth Complex fire in southern California was only 15% contained
as it destroyed at least 42 homes.
(SFC, 7/13/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 13, The Sawtooth
Complex fire in southern California grew to 40,000 acres and
remained out of control. It looked to soon merge with the 2,500-acre
(SFC, 7/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 14, The Sawtooth
Complex fire in southern California merged with the Millard fire
creating a 69,000-acre blaze. Some 1,800 firefighters battled the
fire which so far had destroyed 45 homes.
(SFC, 7/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 20, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger authorized $150 million in loans to the state’s stem
cell agency. A day earlier Pres. Bush vetoed legislation that would
have expanded federal funding for stem cell research.
(SFC, 7/21/06, p.B1)
2006 Jul 21, The California
Dept. of Education said an estimated 5% of high school seniors
(40,173 of 436, 374) did not qualify for graduation because they
failed exit exam.
(SFC, 7/22/06, p.B1)
2006 Jul 24, Power companies
worked to restore electricity to thousands of customers throughout
California as a scorching heat wave threatened to push the state
into a power emergency with the potential for more blackouts. Storm
problems cut power to areas of New York and Missouri.
(AP, 7/24/06)(WSJ, 7/25/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 27, In California as
many as 126 people were reported dead over the last 12 days from a
heat wave. The heat also killed an estimated 16,000 livestock in the
Central Valley as well as some 1 million poultry. By the end of the
month the heat wave left 164 dead in California and moved east.
(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A12)(WSJ, 8/2/06, p.A1)(SFC,
2006 Jul 27, In California the
Trust for Public Land donated 6,845 acres of coastline property
north of Santa Cruz to the state for public use. The Coast Dairies
property was initially settled by the Moretti and Respini families
(SFC, 7/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 29, The Middle East
crisis dominated the first full day of PM Tony Blair's tour of
California, forcing his promotion of British business interests here
to take a back seat. Blair's former foreign secretary, Jack Straw,
condemned Israeli action against Lebanon as "disproportionate" in
the first such comment by a senior British government minister. PM
Blair said an international agreement, leading to a cease-fire in
the Israel-Hezbollah conflict, is possible sometime in the next few
(AFP, 7/30/06)(AP, 7/29/06)
2006 Jul 29, The Junction Fire
broke out near Junction City, northern California. It threatened the
historic gold-mining town of Weaverville. After 2 days fire fighters
managed to contain 70% of the 3,126 acre fire.
(SFC, 7/31/06, p.B1)(SFC, 8/1/06, p.B3)
2006 Jul 31, In Los Angeles 2
women, Olga Rutterschmidt (73) and Helen Golay (75), were charged
with killing homeless men in hit-and-run car crashes in order to
collect over $2 million in life insurance. In 2008 both women were
convicted of murder and conspiracy. They were sentenced to spend the
rest of their lives in prison.
(SFC, 8/1/06, p.A3)(SFC, 4/18/08, p.B6)(SFC,
2006 Aug 17, Several large
California auto insurers said they will set premiums based on
driving records rather than ZIP codes and reduce rates for most
(SFC, 8/18/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 19, In California
explorers from the Cave Research Foundation discovered a large cave
in Sequoia National Park, which they named Ursa Minor.
(SSFC, 9/24/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 21, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger and Democratic lawmakers agreed to raise California’s
minimum wage by $1.25 over the next year to $8.00 per hour, making
it the highest minimum wage in the nation.
(SFC, 8/22/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 30, In California Gov.
Schwarzenegger and Democrats struck a deal to require state
industries to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
(SFC, 8/31/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 31, J.S. Holliday
(b.1924), California historian, died. His book included “The World
Rushed In” (1981), a history of the California gold rush.
(SFC, 9/2/06, p.B1)
2007 Sep 3, A fire began east
of Morgan Hill, Ca., that burned 47,760 acres in and around Henry W.
Coe State Park. Margaret Pavese was later charged with a misdemeanor
for accidentally starting the fire when burning trash near her
(SFC, 9/27/07, p.B2)
2006 Sep 8, The Day fire in
California’s Los Padres National Forest burned out of control for a
5th day and blackened over 11,500 acres (18 square miles).
(SFC, 9/9/06, p.B2)
2006 Sep 9, Joanna Veil, aged
28 and pregnant, vanished after leaving work in Ben Lomond, Ca. Her
body was found Sep 14 in a remote area of Santa Cruz County. In 2007
authorities named Michael McClish (38) a suspect in the case.
McClish was convicted in 2007 for another murder and sentenced to 18
years in prison. In 2008 he was charged with Veil’s murder.
(SFC, 9/16/06, p.B1)(SFC, 5/8/08, p.B2)
2006 Sep 13, In California
water users and environmentalists announced a settlement that
requires Friant to release 364,000 to 462,000 acre-feet of water in
normal years to the San Joaquin River, the state’s 2nd longest
(SFC, 9/13/06, p.B1)
2006 Sep 14, US federal health
officials said an outbreak a deadly strain of E. coli (0157:H7) had
left at least one person dead in Wisconsin over 100 others sick and
warned consumers not to eat bagged fresh spinach. The outbreak in 8
states soon extended to 25. The number sickened rose to at least
190. Most of the spinach crop at this time of the year comes from
California. A special effort was under way in the Salinas Valley of
California, a major leafy-vegetable growing region, to look for any
possible source of contamination there. The outbreak was traced to
California’s Natural Selection Foods of San Juan Bautista, which
recalled all suspect products. This was the same deadly strain that
in 1982 had sickened at least 47 people in Oregon and Michigan who
ate McDonald’s burgers. A surveillance system setup after a 1993
outbreak at the Jack-in-the-Box fast food chain helped single out
spinach as the likely source of this outbreak. A 2nd death on Sep
20, a 2-year-old boy in Idaho, was attributed to the spinach E.
coli. A 3rd death in late August, a woman (84) in Nebraska, was also
attributed to the spinach E. coli. On Sep 29 the FDA cleared spinach
from California’s Monterey, San Benito and Santa Clara counties.
(SFC, 9/23/06, p.A9)(WSJ, 9/25/06, p.A4)(SFC,
9/30/06, p.A5)(SFC, 10/7/06, p.A6)
2006 Sep 15, In Costa Mesa,
Ca., the new $200 million Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
opened. It was designed by Cesar Pelli (79).
2006 Sep 15, In California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed legislation requiring the driver use of
hands-free devices for cell phones starting in 2008.
(SFC, 9/15/06, p.B1)
2006 Sep 17, In California a
fire in Los Padres National Forest crossed 60,589 acres, or about 93
square miles, since it began on Labor Day. Containment was estimated
2006 Sep 19, George Lucas,
creator of "Star Wars," announced that his private foundation will
give his alma mater, the University of Southern California, $175
million to endow and rebuild its School of Cinematic Arts in what
amounts to the largest donation in USC history.
2006 Sep 20, California sued 6
major auto makers for greenhouse-gas inaction.
(WSJ, 9/21/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 23, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger singed a bill to crack down on illegal street racing
and another to allow motorists who lose their car keys to get a
replacement from a locksmith rather than just the car dealer.
(SSFC, 9/24/06, p.B2)
2006 Sep 25, California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two bills to bar the state's massive
pension funds from investing in companies in Sudan and to indemnify
the University of California system from liability from divesting
its investments in the country.
2006 Sep 27, California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB32. The legislation called for the
state to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases by 25%
(SFC, 9/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 29, In Oakland, Ca.,
Anthony J. Quintero, a Brink’s security guard and former Marine, was
shot dead during a daylight robbery. Quintero’s partner, Clifton
Wherry Jr. (28), was soon arrested for the murder and admitted that
he had planned the robbery. On Oct 5 Dwight Omar Campbell (23) was
arrested in San Diego County for allegedly shooting Quintero.
(SFC, 9/30/06, p.B1)(SFC, 10/3/06, p.B3)(SFC,
2006 Oct 3, In California
Cambodian and US representatives signed a sister park accord between
Samlaut Park and Sequoia National Park.
(SFC, 10/4/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 5, In California a
state appeals court ruled 2-1 that gays and lesbians have no
constitutional right to marry in California.
(SFC, 10/6/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 13, Mayme Clayton
(b.1923), librarian and collector of black Americana, died in
Inglewood, Ca. Local officials planned a Mayme A. Clayton Library,
Museum & Cultural Center in Culver City to house and catalogue
some 30,000 items in her collection.
(SFC, 10/21/06, p.B6)
2006 Oct 16, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger announced that he was planning to set up an
emissions-trading scheme between California and other states to try
to curb the output of greenhouse gases.
(Econ, 10/21/06, p.14)
2006 Oct 17, It was reported
that teams of scientists from the Dubna nuclear research center in
Moscow and Livermore Lawrence National Laboratory in California had
detected element 118 after bombarding californium with calcium ions
in a Russian cyclotron.
(SFC, 10/17/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 20, Corrections
officials said California will begin shipping thousands of inmates
to prisons in four other states next month at a cost of more than
$51 million a year.
2006 Oct 26, An arson fire near
Palm Springs, Ca., killed 4 US Forest Service firefighters as they
attempted to protect a home close to where the fire began in
Cabazon. The fire raced across almost 38 square miles as more than
1,100 firefighters worked to protect homes and build fire lines. A
5th firefighter of Engine 57 died Oct 31. Raymond Lee Oyler (36) was
arrested on Oct 31 for setting the Esperanza Fire. It was later
reported that he set the fire as a diversion to free his family’s
impounded pit bull. On March 6, 2009, Oyler was convicted of 5
counts of first degree murder. On June 5, 2009, Oyler was sentenced
(AP, 10/27/06)(SFC, 11/1/06, p.A3)(SFC, 3/16/07,
p.B7)(SFC, 3/7/09, p.A5)(AP, 6/6/09)
2006 Oct 27, In Sacramento,
Ca., Deputy Jeffrey Mitchell (38) was shot and killed following an
early morning traffic stop. A van matching the one he stopped was
found that evening in the Consumnes River with 2 dead occupants.
(SFC, 10/28/06, p.B2)
2006 Oct 30, A new ranking
compiled by Morgan Quitno Press listed St. Louis as the most
dangerous city in the USA, leading a trend of violent crimes rising
much faster in the Midwest than in the rest of nation. The study
looked at crime only within St. Louis city limits, with a population
of about 330,000 under Mayor Francis Slay. The safest city in 2005
was Brick, N.J., with a population about 78,000, followed by
Amherst, N.Y., and Mission Viejo, Calif. The second most dangerous
city was Detroit, followed by Flint, Mich., and Compton, Calif.
2006 Oct 31, In Long Beach,
Ca., 9 African-American youths accosted and severely beat 3 white
women in a racially charged attack on Halloween night. In 2007 a
judge ruled the attack a hate crime and the 9 youths were convicted
in juvenile court in Long Beach, Calif.
(SFC, 1/27/07, p.A3)(AP, 1/26/08)
2006 Nov 7, Jerry Brown, mayor
of Oakland and former California state governor, was elected as
state attorney general.
2006 Nov 7, California voters
passed Prop. 83, also known as Jessica’s Law, by 70.5% increasing
sentences for sex offenders and prohibited them from residing within
2,000 feet of a school or park.
(SFC, 10/2/14, p.D2)(SFC, 6/19/15, p.D2)
2006 Nov 16, The Vermont based
Conservation Fund partnered with the state of California to purchase
16,000 acres in northern California from the Hawthorne Timber Co.
for $48.5 million.
(WSJ, 11/17/06, p.A4)
2006 Nov 17, Ivan Hill, the
so-called Freeway Slayer, was convicted of killing six prostitutes
in 1993 and 1994 in southern California. On Jan 2 a jury recommended
the death penalty.
(SFC, 1/3/07, p.B10)
2006 Nov 27, California
authorities announced the arrests of 2 men involved with the theft
of almonds and walnuts in the Central Valley. About $400,000 of
stolen nuts were recovered, part of an estimated $2 million stolen
over the past year.
(SFC, 11/28/06, p.B1)
2006 Nov, Cheryl Athene Miller
(58) was arraigned in Ukiah, Ca., on 4 counts of murder following a
claim by her brother that she had killed her 4 children between 1965
and 1970. She allegedly confessed to killing 2 daughters in
Escondido (1965-1966), a son in Long Beach, and a daughter in
Mendocino County (1970). In 2007 prosecutors dropped the charges for
lack of evidence.
(SFC, 6/23/07, p.B6)
2006 Dec 2, A sport utility
vehicle driven by actor Lane Garrison hit a tree in Beverly Hills,
killing a 17-year-old passenger; Garrison was later sentenced to
three years and four months in prison for drunken driving.
2006 Dec 6, In California the
inaugural class to the state Hall of Fame included: Ronald Reagan,
Cesar Chavez, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Clint Eastwood, Frank
Gehry, David D. Ho, M.D., Billie Jean King, John Muir, Sally K.
Ride, Ph.D., Alice Walker and the Hearst and Packard Families.
2006 Dec 15, A federal judge
declared California's execution procedure unconstitutional,
extending the state’s execution moratorium. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
suspended all executions there after a bungled execution this week.
Florida's death row has 374 inmates. California's is the largest,
with more than 650 inmates.
(AP, 12/16/06)(WSJ, 12/16/06, p.A1)
2006 Dec 15, New US rules went
into effect governing the reporting of public sector pension assets.
A number of US states faced pension asset shortfalls. Taxpayers in
Connecticut and Rhode Island faced some $3500 in unfunded
liabilities per citizen. California faced $49 billion in unfunded
(Econ, 11/18/06, p.36)
2006 Dec 16, In Petaluma, Ca.,
Gibb Theopolis Olivarez Jr. (16) stabbed and wounded Salvador Cucci
after demanding that Cucci buy liquor for him. Olivarez fled but was
chased down by Nathaniel Reifers (31) of Santa Rosa. Olivarez then
stabbed Reifers, who died within minutes. In 2009 Olivarez was
sentenced to 11 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/18/09, p.C3)
2006 Dec 18, A small plane
crashed into a raw sewage plant in Gilroy, Ca., killing a flight
instructor and 2 students.
(SFC, 12/19/06, p.C2)
2006 Dec, Fresno, Ca., Mayor
Alan Autry said “we must find a way to become energy
self-sufficient” as local businessmen unveiled plans for a nuclear
(SSFC, 4/8/07, p.A15)
2006 Ruth Wilson Gilmore
authored “Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in
(SSFC, 12/31/06, p.M1)
2006 The California Dept. of
Corrections and Rehabilitation had an operating budget of $8.8
billion for this year to oversee the state prison system, which
housed some 172,000 inmates. 1,423 employees earned at least $50,000
in overtime. 36 workers received over $100,000 in overtime pay.
(SSFC, 7/15/07, p.A1,11)
2001 California-based Webvan, a
grocery home delivery service founded in 1999, collapsed after
expanding at breakneck speed. In 2009 it was resurrected by Amazon.
(Econ, 11/30/13, p.61)
2006 In California the top 1%
of earners paid 48% of all income taxes.
(Econ, 2/21/09, p.31)
2006 In California an epidemic
of valley fever, clinically known as coccidioidomycosis, resulted in
over 5,500 cases and 33 deaths. The cases included 514 among inmates
at Pleasant Valley State Prison. The disease was endemic in the
southwest US and was triggered by spores rising from disturbed soil.
(SFC, 12/29/07, p.A3)
2007 Jan 8, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger proposed to extend medical insurance to all
Californians, including illegal immigrants. He said the $12 billion
cost would be spread among employers, individuals, insurers,
government and health care providers.
(SFC, 1/9/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 10, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger released a proposed $143.4 billion budget.
(SFC, 1/11/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 10, California State
coastal regulators voted to impose restrictions on the US Navy's use
of sonar, which has been linked to harmful effects on whales and
other marine mammals.
2007 Jan 12, In California the
Fresno-based Westlands Water District purchased 3,000 acres on the
McCloud River for $35 million. They planned to sell the land to the
federal government if officials and lawmakers decide to raise the
nearby Shasta Dam.
(SSFC, 1/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 12, Jennifer Strange
(28) of Rancho Cordova, Ca., died after guzzling a large quantity of
water as part of a Sacramento KDND-FM radio show contest. In 2009
Entercom Sacramento LLC was found negligent and ordered to pay
nearly $16.6 million to the family of Jennifer Strange.
(SFC, 1/18/07, p.A1)(SFC, 10/30/09, p.A8)
2007 Jan 15, California’s top
agricultural official said 3 days of freezing temperatures had
ruined as much as 70% of the state’s citrus crop.
(SFC, 1/16/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 16, Francisco
Castaneda, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, died of penile
cancer that went undiagnosed for more than a year while he was in
state and federal custody in California. In 2010 a Los Angeles jury
awarded his family $1.73 million.
(SFC, 11/12/10, p.A9)(http://tinyurl.com/2atfmvw)
2007 Feb 17, At Camp Pendleton,
Calif., Marine Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington was sentenced to 8
years in military prison for his role in the kidnapping and killing
of an Iraqi civilian.
2007 Jan 22, The US Supreme
Court struck down a California sentencing law because it allowed
judges to add years to a prison term based on their own fact
finding. The court said juries must rule on any evidence used to
justify longer prison terms.
(SFC, 1/23/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/23/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 22, It was reported
that federal officials had arrested 119 people in Contra Costa
County, Ca., in a weeklong immigration crackdown that was part of
“Operation Return to Sender.” Immigration officials arrested over
750 illegals in the Los Angeles area. The operation has arrested
13,000 nationwide people since June 2006.
(SFC, 1/23/07, p.B8)(WSJ, 1/24/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 26, A US Navy
helicopter crashed during a training mission in the ocean about 50
miles off the southeastern coast of California. One sailor was
reported dead and 3 missing.
(SSFC, 1/28/07, p.A2)
2007 Jan, In California
construction began on new execution chambers at San Quentin State
Prison. Lawmakers did not learn of the project until April because
it fell just under a $400,000 mark that would have required
legislative approval. Construction was halted in April pending
legislative approval. $725,000 was already spent on the new room.
(SFC, 4/14/07, p.A1)(SFC, 4/21/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan, Carl Malamud of
Sebastopol, Ca., introduced www.public.resource.org, a web site
offering a variety of public code manuals free online.
(SFC, 9/27/08, p.B1)(www.public.resource.org)
2007 Mar 2, The US Energy and
Defense departments chose Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to
design the country’s first new nuclear warhead since the Cold War.
(SFC, 3/3/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 6, Ernest Gallo (97),
who parlayed $5,900 and a wine recipe from a public library into the
world's largest winemaking empire, died at his home in Modesto, Ca.
2007 Mar 8, Winners were
announced for the annual Ted Prize at the annual TED conference in
Monterey, Ca., where attendees examined technology, entertainment
(SSFC, 3/11/07, p.D1)(www.ted.com/ted2007/)
2007 Mar 11, Richard Jeni (49),
a standup comedian who played to sold-out crowds, was a regular on
the "Tonight Show" and appeared in movies, died of a gunshot wound
in an apparent suicide in West Hollywood.
2007 Mar 12, Firefighters in
Southern California faced another day of scorching heat and dry
weather as they tried to corral a wind-whipped blaze that had
already damaged two homes amid what is shaping up to be one of the
driest years yet. The 2,036-acre wildfire was ignited by flames from
a stolen car that was set ablaze.
(AP, 3/12/07)(SFC, 3/13/07, p.B5)
2007 Mar 14, A US appeals court
ruled that a California woman with an inoperable brain tumor may not
smoke marijuana to ease her pain even though California voters have
approved its medicinal use.
2007 Mar 14, Regents of the
Univ. of California voted to raise student fees by 7% and
professional school fees by 12%. CSU trustees voted a 10% increase.
This marked the 5th tuition hike in 6 years.
(SFC, 3/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 15, In Sacramento,
Ca., a fire burned hundreds of feet of a railroad trestle at the
American River causing part of the bridge to collapse. This halted
passenger and freight traffic on Amtrak and the Union Pacific lines
on the main east-west route in Northern California.
(SFC, 3/16/07, p.A2)
2007 Mar, An insect-borne virus
that has killed tomato plants across Central America, Florida and
Georgia was been detected in California for the first time. Tomato
yellow leaf curl, has devastated crops in the Dominican Republican
and in Mexico, forcing those countries to curtail the growing season
to contain the spread of the disease. The bemisia white flies, which
carry the disease, are native to Imperial, Riverside and San Diego
counties, but not to any counties in the Central Valley.
2007 Apr 4, Film director
Robert Clark (67), best known for the holiday classic "A Christmas
Story" (1983), was killed in southern California with his son in a
head-on crash with a vehicle steered into the wrong lane by a
2007 Apr 7, Thousands of people
marched through downtown Los Angeles, demanding a way for the
country's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to become citizens
and condemning President Bush's latest proposal.
2007 Apr 21, Rep. Juanita
Millender-McDonald (b.1938), a 7-term congressman from Southern
California, died of cancer.
(SFC, 4/23/07, p.A2)
2007 Apr 26, California
lawmakers approved a $7.4 billion prison construction proposal. This
was called the biggest prison expansion plan in American history.
(SFC, 4/27/07, p.B1)
2007 Apr 27, In Santa Cruz,
Ca., Steven Harold Smith (50),a supervisor at a wastewater treatment
plant, wounded his estranged wife, shot and killed a co-worker and
then killed himself.
(SFC, 4/28/07, p.B2)
2007 May 10, A US federal jury
in Santa Ana, Ca., convicted Chi Mak, a China-born engineer, of
passing submarine data to Beijing. Mak was later sentenced to 24 1/2
years in federal prison.
(WSJ, 5/11/07, p.A1)(AP, 5/10/08)
2007 May 11, In California
firefighters struggled to protect Avalon, Catalina island's main
city, from a wildfire that forced hundreds of residents to flee on
ferries as ash rained down like snow.
2007 May 11, In California the
high school graduation rate fell to 67%, a 10-year low, as the exit
exam for basic skills was required for the first time.
(SFC, 5/12/07, p.A1)
2007 May 12, Joseph Rattigan
(87), former California state senator and justice, died. He
represented Sonoma County from 1958 to 1966. In 1966 Gov. Pat Brown
appointed him to the First District Court of Appeal in SF, where he
served for 18 years.
(SFC, 5/17/07, p.B5)
2007 May 13, A mother humpback
whale and her calf were spotted in the Sacramento River. They
reached close to Sacramento before turning around back to SF Bay as
thousands watched media marked their wayward progress. On May 29 the
pair reached SF Bay and the next day were spotted outside the Golden
(SFC, 5/31/07, p.B1)
2007 May 21, It was reported
that California’s spending trends would have the prison budget
overtake spending on state universities in five years.
(SFC, 5/21/07, p.A1)
2007 May 23, The California
Energy Commission announced rules that barred municipal utilities
from signing new contracts with coal-fired power plants. Coal
generated about 20% of the state’s electricity.
(SFC, 5/28/07, p.A17)
2007 May 30, Ontario and
California leaders said they will work together to develop new stem
cell therapies to help conquer cancer, and will cooperate on curbing
greenhouse gas emission.
2007 May, UC San Diego, home to
the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information
Technology (Calit2), received $29 million to design and construct
technology and networking components for the Ocean Observatories
Initiative to monitor activity on the ocean floor. It will likely
become part of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems.
(SSFC, 7/29/07, p.A8)
2007 Jun 1, In California a
federal court judge barred the state from seizing abandoned assets
until officials find a better way to notify people that their
property is about to be taken.
(SFC, 6/2/07, p.B1)
2007 Jun 4, In California 9
Hmong leaders, Gen. Vang Pao, a former Laotian military general, and
Harrison Jack, a former officer in the California National Guard,
were arrested during a sweep by more than 200 federal, state and
local agents for their alleged plot, hatched last winter, to
overthrow the communist government of Laos. They were charged with
violating the US federal Neutrality Act. In 2009 federal prosecutors
in Sacramento, Ca., dismissed charges against Vang Pao.
(AP, 6/5/07)(SFC, 5/12/09, p.A5)(SFC, 9/19/09,
2007 Jun 7, After three days in
jail for a reckless-driving probation violation, Paris Hilton was
released by Los Angeles County sheriff's officials because of an
undisclosed medical condition to be sent home under house arrest.
The next day, a judge ordered Hilton back to jail.
2007 Jun 8, Paris Hilton was
sent screaming and crying back to jail after a judge in Los Angeles
ruled she had to serve out her sentence for a probation violation
behind bars rather than under house arrest.
2007 Jun 8, Japan’s Inamori
Foundation announced that a California-based earthquake scientist,
Japanese chemist and German choreographer have won the $410,000
Kyoto Prize for achievement in the arts and sciences. The basic
sciences award went to Hiroo Kanamori of the California Institute of
Technology for his research on major earthquakes along the Pacific
Rim; Hiroo Inokuchi at the University of Tokyo received the advanced
technology award for his work in organic electronics; German
choreographer Pina Bausch was awarded the arts and philosophy prize
for her pioneering work in developing a new genre of ballet dubbed
"Tanztheater," or dance theater.
2007 Jun 18, In California a
citizen’s commission, appointed by the governor, voted to raise the
compensation of legislators and most constitutional officers by
(SFC, 6/19/07, p.B1)
2007 Jun 23, Donna Jou (19), a
student a San Diego State Univ., was last scene on the back of a
motorcycle driven by John Steven Burgess (35), a convicted sex
offender. In August Burgess pleaded guilty to a drug charge in
Florida and waived extradition to California.
(SFC, 8/16/07, p.B9)
2007 Jun 25, In California a
forest fire raged out of control for a 2nd day near Lake Tahoe. The
7-day Angora fire destroyed 254 homes burning 3,100 acres with
damages estimated at over $150 million.
(SFC, 6/26/07, p.A1)(SFC, 6/30/07, p.A1)(SFC,
2007 Jul 1, In California the
price for milk, set by the state Dept. of Food and Agriculture, rose
to $1.98 per gallon, up from $1.06 a year ago.
(SFC, 6/30/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 4, In California the
Zaca wildfire began in Santa Barbara County. By the end of the month
it had consumed 32,000 acres and was 70% contained.
(SFC, 7/30/07, p.A4)
2007 Jul 5, The last feral pig
on California’s Santa Cruz Island was killed. They had been
introduced by island ranchers as farm animals in the 1850s but some
escaped. Some 5,036 pigs were killed on the 96-square-mile island in
an effort to restore native species.
(SFC, 8/31/07, p.B6)
2007 Jul 7, Wildfires in
California consumed 17,000 acres in Inyo National Forest and 7,500
acres in Los Padres National Forest. An 8,000-acre wildfire forced
hundreds of people in the town of Winnemucca to leave their homes,
one of more than a dozen blazes that charred a combined 55 square
miles in northern Nevada. In Utah a 160,000-acre wildfire forced
evacuations at Cove Fort and the Blundell Geothermal Power Plant.
Wildfires also burned in Colorado, Arizona, Oregon and Washington
(AP, 7/8/07)(SSFC, 7/8/07, p.A5)
2007 Jul 10, A judge in Los
Angeles sentenced pizza deliveryman Chester Turner to death for
murdering 10 women and a fetus during the 1980s and '90s.
2007 Jul 14, The Los Angeles
archdiocese agreed to a landmark $660 million clergy abuse
settlement. Over 500 claimants will get an average payout in excess
of $1.3 million.
(AP, 7/15/07)(SSFC, 7/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 17, The California
State Water Resources Control board passed a 70-year mercury cleanup
plan for the SF Bay.
(SFC, 7/19/07, p.B1)
2007 Jul 18, NYC and New Jersey
claimed $170.2 million in anti-terrorism funds, LA and Long Beach,
Ca., claimed $72.6 million, DC claimed $61.7 million, Chicago got
$47.3 million, the SF Bay Area got $34.1 million and Houston got $25
(SFC, 7/19/07, p.B3)
2007 Jul 23, In northern
California a helicopter crashed while delivering water to
firefighters in the Klamath National Forest, killing the pilot. More
than 1,100 fire crews were battling a cluster of about 30
lightning-sparked fires covering 14 square miles near the Oregon
state line. The fires started July 10 and had threatened up to 550
homes near the town of Happy Camp.
2007 Jul 25, In Stockton, Ca.,
police arrested 51 alleged gang members and seized $400,000 worth of
drugs following a 6-month investigation. Members and affiliates of
the Norteno and south side Stockton gangs were arrested with state
and federal warrants.
(SFC, 7/27/07, p.B12)
2007 Jul 26, There was an
explosion at a remote test facility in the Mojave Desert belonging
to Scaled Composites LLC during testing of a new space tourism
vehicle. 2 people died at the scene and one later died at a hospital
2007 Jul 27, California’s top
court ruled that police can no longer seize vehicles of suspects in
drug or prostitution arrests.
(WSJ, 1/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 2, A Marine Corps
squad leader was convicted at Camp Pendleton, Calif., of murdering
an Iraqi man (52) during a frustrated search for an insurgent in
2006. The next day Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III was sentenced to 15
years in prison for killing Hashim Ibrahim Awad (see Aug 3).
(AP, 8/2/08)(SFC, 6/18/15, p.A6)
2007 Aug 3, A jury at Camp
Pendleton, Calif., sentenced Marine Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III to
15 years in prison for the murder of an Iraqi civilian during a
fruitless search for an insurgent. In 2013 the military’s highest
court overturned the Hutchins murder conviction saying his rights
were violated during his interrogation in Iraq. On June 17, 2015,
Hutchins was found guilty of unpremeditated murder.
(AP, 8/3/08)(SFC, 6/27/13, p.A5)(SFC, 6/18/15,
2007 Aug 3, Two dogs belonging
to actor Ving Rhames mauled Jacob Adams (40), a caretaker for the
actor's dogs, to death at the star's Brentwood, Ca., home.
(AP, 8/4/07)(AP, 8/5/07)
2007 Aug 10, Federal regulators
said that they are pulling $200 million in funding from the Martin
Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital a troubled hospital that serves one
of LA’s poorest neighborhoods, forcing it to all but shut down. The
hospital was built after the 1965 Watts riots to bring health care
to poor, minority communities in south Los Angeles.
2007 Aug 16, Kathleen Culhane
(40), former private investigator in California, was sentenced
to 5 years in state prison for forging documents to save the
lives of Death Row inmates.
(SFC, 8/16/07, p.B5)
2007 Aug 21, California state
senators ended a 52-day budget impasse and agreed on a $145 million
spending plan for 2007-2008.
(SFC, 8/22/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 24, In California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed the overdue state budget after cutting $703
million in exchange for the support of Senate Republicans. Line-item
cuts included $527 million in health and human services, $70 million
in raises to state workers and $39 million in prison funding.
(SFC, 8/25/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 26, In northern
California the 17th annual Cotati Accordion Festival ended with some
5,000 people and 30 bands attending the 2-day event. Day tickets
rose to $17.50.
(SFC, 8/27/07, p.D2)
2007 Aug 27, In California the
Santa Rosa Roman Catholic Diocese agreed to pay over $5 million to
settle a sexual abuse lawsuit involving fugitive priest Francisco
Ochoa-Perez, who fled to Mexico in May, 2006.
(SFC, 9/13/07, p.B3)
2007 Aug 28, Paul MacCready
(b.1925), designer of the Gossamer Albatross, died in California.
His bicycle powered plane crossed the English Channel in 1979. He
founded AeroVironment in 1971 to monitor air pollution.
(www.sas.org/maccready.htm)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.88)
2007 Aug 31, A federal appeals
court allowed the US Navy to resume underwater sonar blasts in
anti-submarine warfare tests off of Southern California, saying
military needs come before whales. A federal judge ruled that giant
pumps in northern California supplying water to southern California
were killing smelt and would have to be shut down for much of the
(SFC, 9/1/07, p.B3)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.36)
2007 Sep 3, In California
temperatures headed back toward triple digits, the seventh day of a
heat wave that has contributed to blackouts leaving thousands
without air conditioning.
2007 Sep 5, Coroners in
Southern California said as many as 28 people may have died of
heat-related causes during the last 8-day run of hot weather.
(SFC, 9/6/07, p.A3)
2007 Sep 7, The California
Legislature, for the 2nd time in three years, approved a bill to
give same-sex couples the right to marry. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A14)
2007 Sep 7, The Roman Catholic
Diocese of San Diego said it has agreed to pay $198.1 million to
settle 144 claims of sexual abuse by clergy, the second-largest
payment by a diocese. The agreement caps more than four years of
negotiations in state and federal courts.
2007 Sep 14, The Monitor Group
of Cambridge issued a scathing review of the administration of the
Univ. of California finding widespread poor performance in the UC
president’s office and a broad lack of confidence in the office by
the governing regents and 10 UC campuses.
(SFC, 9/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Sep 14, In Sacramento,
Ca., Sean Aquitania and his 7-month-old-son were killed by robbers.
On Oct 10, 2011, Oakland police arrested Donald Jeffrey Ortez-Lucero
(27) in connection with the killings.
(SFC, 10/12/11, p.C3)
2007 Sep 16, An out-of-control
wildfire raged through the San Bernardino National Forest, keeping
about 5,000 people from their homes in two mountain communities.
2007 Sep 19, The governing
Board of Trustees of California State Univ. approved hefty executive
pay increases ranging from 9-18 percent for Chancellor Charles Reed,
his four top deputies and 23 campus presidents.
(SFC, 9/20/07, p.B1)
2007 Sep 19, In California
AT&T ended its automated time phone service, saying it needed
the prefix for new phone numbers.
(SFC, 9/3/07, p.D1)
2007 Sep 20, Univ. of
California regents voted substantial pay raises to faculty and
sharply increased fees students pay at the university’s law, medical
and other professional schools.
(SFC, 9/21/07, p.B1)
2007 Sep 25, In northern Plumas
County, California, state Dept. of Fish and Game began poisoning
Lake Davis to rid the reservoir of northern pike. A similar attempt
in 1997 failed.
(SFC, 9/26/07, p.A1)
2007 Sep 28, In Yuba City, Ca.,
Willie Dean Roberts Jr. (32) was dragged to death under a car. In
2010 2 Nortenos gang members were convicted and sentenced to life in
2008 Sep 29, Kyle Dustin Foggo
(53), former executive director of the CIA, pleaded guilty to
defrauding the government. His guilty plea to a single charge wiped
out 27 additional counts. The case was linked to the corruption
scandal involving Randy Cunningham, former Republican congressman
from San Diego. In 2009 Foggo was sentenced to 37 months in prison.
(SFC, 9/30/08, p.A3)(SFC, 2/27/09, p.A5)
2007 Oct 3, US federal
authorities said they had rounded up more than 1,300 illegal
immigrants in Southern California during the past two weeks in the
largest sweep of its kind.
2007 Oct 8, Thad Starr of
Pleasant Hill, Oregon, won the 34th annual pumpkin competition in
Half Moon Bay with his 1,524 pound squash. The world record was set
this year by Joe Jutras of Rhode Island with a 1,689-pound squash.
(SFC, 10/9/07, p.B1)
2007 Oct 10, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a law termination investment by the state’s
pension funds in companies doing business with Iran. He also signed
a bill that will give California motorists fines of up to $100 next
year if they are caught smoking in cars with minors, making their
state the third to protect children in vehicles from secondhand
(AP, 10/11/07)(Econ, 10/20/07, p.42)
2007 Oct 12, Two men were
sentenced to prison in the first successful criminal prosecution
under the CAN-SPAM Act. James R. Schaffer, 41, of Paradise Valley,
Arizona, and Jeffrey A. Kilbride, 41, of Venice, California, were
convicted in June of fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, and
obscenity. Last week, the judge in the case sentenced Schaffer to 63
months and Kilbride to 72 months in federal prison.
2007 Oct 12, In southern
California 28 commercial vehicles and one passenger vehicle were
involved in the crash in the southbound truck tunnel of Interstate 5
that killed three people and injured at least 10.
2007 Oct 14, In California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed legislation banning toys that contain toxic
plastic softeners, i.e. phthalates, becoming the first state in the
US to do so.
(SFC, 10/16/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 15, In San Diego, Ca.,
local and federal agents seized over 5,000 trained birds in the
largest cockfighting bust in US history.
(SFC, 10/16/07, p.D12)
2007 Oct 16, In California a
blinding sandstorm north of Los Angeles caused a pileup of some 15
vehicles leaving at least 2 people dead and 16 injured.
(SFC, 10/17/07, p.B4)
2007 Oct 21,
More than a half-dozen wildfires driven by powerful Santa Ana
winds spread across Southern California, killing one person near San
Diego and destroying several homes and a church in celebrity-laden
Malibu. The Buckweed fire started rampaging across 38,000 acres in
the Santa Clarita area, 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. An
unidentified youngster, believed to be a preteen, later admitted to
playing with matches and starting the fire.
(AP, 10/21/07)(Reuters, 10/31/07)
2007 Oct 23,
Thousands more residents were ordered to evacuate their homes,
bringing the number of people chased away by the wind-whipped flames
that have engulfed Southern California to at least 300,000. At least
700 homes were already destroyed. President Bush declared a federal
emergency for seven counties.
(AP, 10/23/07)(AP, 10/23/08)
2007 Oct 24,
US federal and local law enforcement officials, targeting a
violent Mexican heroin drug ring, raided numerous locations in
Oakland and northern California arresting 30 people and confiscating
drugs, guns and cash.
(SFC, 10/25/07, p.A2)
2007 Oct 24,
Fires in southern California expanded destruction to 1,500
homes and charred over 500,000 acres. Over half a million residents
were forced to flee the area, the largest evacuation in state
(WSJ, 10/25/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/26/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 25, President Bush
visited Southern California, telling residents weary from five days
of wildfires: "We're not going to forget you in Washington, D.C."
2007 Oct 26, Thousands of
southern Californians returned to their neighborhoods as wildfires
charred some 800 square miles. At least 7 people had died in the
fires including 4 in a migrant camp. 7 other deaths were reported
from various causes following evacuation.
(SFC, 10/27/07, p.A6)(WSJ, 10/27/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 30, In California
Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona was indicted on seven
counts, including conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering,
according to a sweeping indictment unsealed a day earlier. Carona
and others allegedly accepted $350,000 in gifts and cash in exchange
for political favors in a scheme that began as early as 1998, the
year he was first elected. On Jan 16, 2009, a jury convicted Carona
on one count of witness-tampering and acquitted him of bribery
(AP, 10/31/07)(SFC, 10/31/07, p.A3)(SFC, 1/17/09,
2007 Nov 1, In California the
Trust for Public Land announced that it had agreed with a group led
by Perry Norris to purchase the 1,462-acre Waddle Ranch near Truckee
for $23.5 million.
(SFC, 11/2/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 3, Boss, a robotic
Chevrolet Tahoe from Carnegie Mellon Univ., won the annual DARPA
sponsored race in San Bernadino County, Ca. 6 of 11 starting
vehicles finished the 10-mile race, designed to simulate a town. No
car finished the first race in 2004.
(Econ, 11/10/07, p.100)
2007 Nov 3, Eighteen big rigs
were involved in the massive pileup on Highway 99 just south of
Fresno, Ca., as patches of dense fog obscured visibility on the
heavily traveled roadway. More than 100 cars and trucks crashed,
killing at least two people and injuring dozens more.
2007 Nov 8, California Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger, joined by 14 other states, sued the Bush
administration over its refusal to let them enforce bigger auto
emissions cuts than those required by the federal government.
(WSJ, 11/9/07, p.A6)
2007 Nov 10, Patrick Healy
(b.1946), manager of Fetzer Vineyards in Hopland, Ca., died. Healy
had initiated the company’s recycling program and cut waste from
operations by 95%.
(SFC, 11/24/07, p.A8)
2007 Nov 12, Constellation
Brands said it will pay $885 million for the US wine business of
Fortune Brands, which includes the Geyser Peak, Wild Horse, Buena
Vista Carneros and Gary Farrell labels. The deal also included 1,500
acres of vineyards in Sonoma and Napa counties.
(SFC, 11/13/07, p.B1)
2007 Nov 16, San Diego County
District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis, the Regional Auto Theft Task
Force (RATT), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives (ATF) announced an undercover operation resulting in the
break up of an extensive and highly organized auto theft ring in the
South Bay. The auto theft ring bust is the largest in San Diego
County and possibly in the state of California.
2007 Nov 19, California Sec. of
State Debra Bowen sued Election Systems and Software, a Nebraska
voting machine company, for allegedly selling nearly 1,000
uncertified machines to San Francisco and 4 other counties. Bowen
sought reimbursements of nearly $15 million.
(SFC, 11/20/07, p.D1)
2007 Nov 24, In southern
California a fast-moving wildfire destroyed more than a dozen homes
and spread through the canyons and hills above Malibu, forcing
dozens of residents to flee ahead of the flames. 53 homes were
destroyed with 7 square miles scorched. On Dec 13 authorities
arrested five men on allegations they caused the fire which caused
over $100 million in losses in Malibu.
(AP, 11/24/07)(SSFC, 11/25/07, p.A1)(WSJ,
11/26/07, p.A1)(AP, 12/14/07)
2007 Nov 26, The US Bureau of
Reclamation halted drainage on Prospect Island in the Sacramento
River delta following the death of thousands of game fish. The
drainage was part of a levee repair program.
(SFC, 11/27/07, p.B3)
2007 Dec 5, California Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted the 2007
California Hall of Fame inductees: Ansel Adams, Milton Berle, Steve
Jobs, Willie Mays, Robert Mondavi, Rita Moreno, Jackie Robinson,
Jonas Salk, M.D., John Steinbeck, Elizabeth Taylor, Earl Warren,
John Wayne, and Tiger Woods.
2007 Dec 7, US federal
officials outlined a new plan on how to allocate water to
California, Arizona and Nevada from the Colorado River in case of
(SFC, 12/10/07, p.A9)
2007 Dec 12, Igor Olenicoff
(65), California billionaire real estate developer, pleaded guilty
to lying on his tax returns and paid $52 million in back taxes, one
of the largest individual tax cases in Southern California history.
2007 Dec 12, Police in northern
California arrested Art Cheney, a winery tour guide dubbed “The
Highway 101 Bandit,” following his robbery of a bank in Fairfield.
He had robbed at least 17 banks, including at least 8 in the Bay
Area, most of which were on the Highway 101 corridor. In 2008 Cheney
(65) was sentenced to 90 months in prison and ordered to pay back
the $50,760 that he stole.
(SFC, 12/14/07, p.A1)(SFC, 10/21/08, p.B3)
2007 Dec 18, PG&E reported
plans to support the first commercial wave power plant off
California’s Humboldt County coast. 8 power generating buoys, to be
built by Canada’s Finavera Co., was expected to begin operations in
(SFC, 12/18/07, p.A1)
2007 Dec 18, The city council
of Half Moon Bay, Ca., voted to hire a team of appellate lawyers to
fight a federal court decision that ordered the city to pay a
developer $36.8 million in a property dispute. The city’s annual
budget was $10 million. On April 1, 2008 the City Council approved a
settlement under which it would pay $18 million only if it was
unable to get special legislation passed to allow Charles Keenan to
build 129 lots on property in question and an adjoining parcel,
bypassing wetlands protection laws.
(SFC, 12/19/07, p.B1)(SFC, 4/2/08, p.B1)
2007 Dec 19, The United States
government rejected a request by California for it to be allowed to
introduce tough new vehicle emissions standards, dealing a blow to
the state's hopes of slashing greenhouse gas levels over the next
2007 Dec 31, In California
murders for 2007 in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of Los
Angeles held at 19 as of Dec 24. Murders there had dropped from 43
in 2005 to 19 in 2006. In a murderous quest aimed at "cleansing"
their turf of snitches and rival gangsters, members of Florencia 13,
or F13, one of Los Angeles County's most vicious Latino gangs
sometimes killed people just because of their race.
2007 Derek Hayes authored his
“Historical Atlas of California.”
(SSFC, 12/2/07, p.M1)
2007 California passed
legislation requiring traceable micro-stamping in all new
semiautomatic handgun models effective as of May 2013.
(SFC, 1/27/14, p.A1)
2008 Jan 1, In California a
batch of new state laws took effect including a 50-cent raise in the
minimum wage to $8 per hour. AB1298 too effect. It expanded the
state’s data-breach notification law to include unencrypted medical
(SFC, 1/2/08, p.A1)(SFC, 1/4/08, p.C1)
2008 Jan 2, California led 15
other states and 5 environmental groups into federal court to
challenge the Bush administration’s refusal to let the state limit
vehicle emissions of gases that contribute to global warming.
(SFC, 1/3/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 4, Flights were
grounded and trucks overturned in Northern California as wind gusted
to 80 mph during the second wave of the arctic storm that has sent
trees crashing onto houses, cars and roads. Hundreds of thousands of
customers lost power from central California into Oregon and
Washington. An estimated 1.9-2.1 million PG&E customers lost
(AP, 1/5/08)(SFC, 1/8/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 8, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger in his 5th State of the State speech proposed a
constitutional amendment to keep the state from spending more than
it collects in taxes. He said the projected $14 billion deficit was
driven by voter-approved mandates escalating faster than state
income. The proposed cost cutting included a the shutdown of 48
(SFC, 1/9/08, p.A1)(SFC, 1/17/08, p.A12)
2008 Jan 14, California
officials confirmed that zebra mussels have been found in the San
Justo Reservoir, a dam near Hollister. This type of mussel was first
detected in the US in the Great lakes in 1989 and has spread like a
plague. Colorado officials had recently confirmed zebra mussels in
(SFC, 1/25/08, p.B1)(http://tinyurl.com/2nojd2)
2008 Jan 15, Pres. Bush signed
an exemption to allow the US Navy to continue using high-power sonar
off the coast of Southern California. Anti-submarine warfare
training would still not go forward because an injunction was in
place against the practice due to its effect on whales and other
marine mammals. On Feb 4 a federal judge rejected the Bush
(SFC, 1/17/08, p.A3)(SFC, 2/5/08, p.A3)
2008 Jan 19, In southern
California a Hummer, suspected of carrying drugs and heading to
Mexico, cut through a campground and hit and killed Luis Aguilar
(32), a US Border Patrol, as he threw a spike strip in front of the
vehicle. On Jan 23 Jesus Navarro Montes (22) was arrested in the
northern state of Sonora for hitting Aguilar. On April 12, 2011,
Navarro was found guilty of drug charges and second degree murder
for killing Aguilar. On July 1 Navarro was sentenced to life in
prison and was given an additional 80 years in prison on drug
(SFC, 1/21/08, p.A3)(AP, 1/23/08)(Reuters,
4/13/11)(SFC, 7/2/11, p.A5)
2008 Jan 20, In southern
California The two small Cessnas crashed near the small Corona
Municipal Airport, killing five and raining debris and bodies down
on car dealership parking lots.
2008 Jan 28, It was reported
that security costs for California Gov. Schwarzenegger and other top
state officials approached $38 million a year. A state senate panel
rejected a proposed $14.7 billion health-care plan supported by Gov.
(SFC, 1/28/08, p.D1)(WSJ, 1/29/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 29, Federal fishery
regulators said the number of chinook salmon returning to
California's Central Valley has reached a near-record low, pointing
to an "unprecedented collapse" that could lead to severe
restrictions on West Coast salmon fishing this year.
2008 Feb 7, In Los Angeles a
man barricaded himself in a house after telling police he had killed
3 relatives, then opened fire on a SWAT team, killing one officer
and wounding another. Randall Simmons (51) was the first SWAT
officer killed in the line of duty in the unit’s 41-year history.
(AP, 2/7/08)(SFC, 2/8/08, p.A4)
2008 Feb 11, A US defense
official, an ex-Boeing engineer and two others were charged in 2
separate spy cases with spying for China involving sensitive
military and aerospace secrets, including on the space shuttle.
Dongfan Chung, a longtime aerospace worker in Southern California,
was indicted for allegedly passing classified documents to China in
an elaborate espionage endeavor that spanned two decades and exposed
trade secrets from the space shuttle, the Delta IV rocket and the
C-17 military transport aircraft. In 2010 Chung was sentenced to
over 15 years in prison.
2/12/08, p.A3)(SFC, 2/9/10, p.A4)
2008 Feb 11, Rep. Tom Lantos
(80) of California, the only Holocaust survivor to serve in
2008 Feb 12, Brandon McInerney
(14) shot and killed Larry King, a gay classmate in Ventura County,
Ca. On Nov 21, 2011, McInerney pleaded guilty to the murder charge,
as well as one count each of voluntary manslaughter and use of a
firearm. On Dec 19 McInerney was sentenced to 21 years in
(SFC, 8/12/11, p.C5)(AP, 11/21/11)(AP, 12/19/11)
2008 Feb 17, The US Department
of Agriculture ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen
beef from a California slaughterhouse, the subject of an
animal-abuse investigation, that provided meat to school lunch
2008 Feb 22, California state
Senator Leland Yee introduced a bill to let Daly City purchase the
68-acre Cow Palace property, owned by the state, and tear it down
(SFC, 2/28/08, p.A1)
2008 Feb 22, John Heath (81)
was sentenced In Los Angeles to 28 years in prison in an investment
scam that prosecutors say seeped across half the country and bilked
1,800 people, many of them elderly, of about $190 million.
2008 Feb 23, In Santa Monica,
California, "Juno," a runaway hit comedy about a wisecracking
pregnant teen, picked up the top prize at the Spirit Awards, the
independent film community's version of the Oscars.
2008 Feb 27, The annual TED
conference opened for a 4-day session in Monterey, Ca.
(SFC, 2/28/08, p.A1)
2008 Feb 27, Boyd Coddington
(63), car-building legend, died in southern California. His
testosterone-injected cable TV reality show "American Hot Rod"
introduced the nation to the West Coast hot rod guru.
2008 Feb 28, California’s
Second District Court of Appeal ruled that California law requires
parents to send their children to full-time public or private
schools, or have them taught by credentialed tutors at home. The
ruling put an estimated 166,000 children as possible truants. On
March 7 Gov. Schwarzenegger denounced the ruling and promised to
change the law if necessary to guarantee that parents are able to
educate their children at home. On August 8 a state appeals court
ruled that parents have a right to educate their children at home
even if they lack a teaching credential.
(SFC, 3/7/08, p.A1)(SFC, 3/8/08, p.A1)(SFC,
2008 Feb 28, At the TED
conference in Monterey, Ca., Geneticist Craig Venter, who mapped his
genome and the genetic diversity of the oceans, said he is creating
a life form that feeds on climate-ruining carbon dioxide to produce
2008 Mar 2, In southern
California Jamiel Shaw II (17) was gunned down by Pedro Espinoza, a
19-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant, in Arlington Heights, LA
County. On Nov 2, 2012, Espinoza was sentenced to death.
2008 Mar 5, The US Federal
Housing Authority (FHA) raised loan limits in California.
(WSJ, 3/6/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 27, The Univ. of
California Board of Regents confirmed Mark Yudof as the university’s
new president and will pay the former Univ. of Texas chancellor
(SFC, 3/28/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 1, The US EPA took
over cleanup of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, Ca., after failed
efforts by Greka Oil & Gas to clean up a spill. 2 spills since
last summer had left some 29,000 gallons of crude oil and
toxin-laden water in a creek in Los Olivos.
(SFC, 4/2/08, p.B6)
2008 Apr 1, A California state
Senate committee declined to act on a bill by Senator Leland Yee to
declare the Cow Palace in Daly City to be surplus property.
(SFC, 4/2/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 17, In Fresno, Ca.,
Jesus Carrizales (17), a Roosevelt High School sophomore, attacked a
campus police officer with a baseball bat. Officer Junus Perry
received a 2-inch gash in the head before shooting and killing
(SFC, 4/18/08, p.B14)
2008 Apr 22, In California Gov.
Schwarzenegger designated the historic Irvine Ranch, nearly 40,000
acres of protected habitat, as the 1st California Natural Landmark.
(SFC, 4/23/08, p.B6)
2008 Apr 22, In California a
grizzly bear named Rocky (5) killed a trainer (39) in San Bernadino
(SFC, 4/23/08, p.A2)
2008 Apr 23, It was reported
that home foreclosures in California and the SF Bay Area soared over
300% during the first 3 months of 2008.
(SFC, 4/23/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 25, In San Diego a
bomb exploded at the FedEx building. Another bomb exploded at a
downtown San Diego courthouse on May 4. There were no injuries in
either of the early morning bombings. On August 6 authorities
indicted 3 people: Rachelle Carlock, Ella Louise Sanders and Eric
Reginald Robinson, for both bombings. On Feb 16, 2013, Donny Love
(46) was sentenced to 55 years in prison for allegedly masterminding
(SFC, 8/7/08, p.A7)(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A12)
2008 Apr 25, Near San Diego,
Ca., a shark killed triathlete David Martin (66) at Solano Beach.
2008 Apr 26, A wildfire broke
out in southern California, 10 miles northeast of Pasadena.
Officials the next day said that it has scorched 270 acres and
forced the evacuation of about 100 homes in neighborhoods might not
be under control for days.
2008 Apr 29, California’s Gov.
Gov. Schwarzenegger said the state deficit could grow to as much as
(SFC, 4/30/08, p.A1)
2008 May 1, The National Marine
Fishery Service announced a ban on fishing for chinook salmon in the
ocean off California and most of Oregon.
(SFC, 5/2/08, p.B2)
2008 May 8, Federal officials
arrested 13 fraternity members in San Diego, Ca., in a drug bust.
Officials said 128 people, including at least 75 SDSU students, had
been arrested as part of a 5-month investigation.
(SFC, 5/9/08, p.B2)
2008 May 11, In Santa Rosa,
Ca., the body of Patricia Barrales (25) was found by her mother in a
closet buried under toys in a toy chest. She had been stabbed 68
times. In Dec, 2009, Honorio Pantaleon (32) was convicted of the
murder of the mother of his 2 children.
(SFC, 12/19/09, p.C2)
2008 May 13, In California
Assemblywoman Karen Bass (54) became the 67th speaker of the
Assembly, the 1st African American woman speaker of the state
(SFC, 5/14/08, p.B3)
2008 May 13, Timothy Kooyman
(24), a homeless man in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., was arrested on
animal cruelty charges. In 2009 additional charges of using scissors
to cut off feline tails was added to counts of soaking cats in gas
and torching them. Kooyman pleaded insanity.
(SFC, 2/27/09, p.B4)
2008 May 14, In California UC
regents announced a 7.4% tuition increase and CSU voted for a 10%
increase. These marked the 6th increases in 7 years.
(SFC, 5/15/08, p.A1)
2008 May 15, The California
Supreme Court affirmed the right of same-sex couples to marry.
(SFC, 5/16/08, p.A1)
2008 May 15, Anthony Pellicano
(64), a Hollywood private eye, was convicted on federal racketeering
and other charges for digging up dirt on well-heeled LA clients. He
and 14 others were initially indicted in February, 2006. On August
29 Pellicano and entertainment lawyer Terry Christensen (64) were
convicted of conspiring to illegally wiretap the ex-wife of
billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. The verdicts were the result of a 2002
FBI probe into Pellicano’s business. On Dec 15, 2008, Pellicano was
sentenced to 15 years in prison.
(SFC, 5/16/08, p.B4)(SFC, 8/30/08, p.A2)(SFC,
2008 May 16, Robert Mondavi
(b.1913), the pioneering vintner who helped put California wine
country on the map, died at his Napa Valley home. He was 52 and a
winemaking veteran in 1966, when he opened the winery that would
help turn the Napa Valley into a world center of the industry.
(AP, 5/16/08)(SFC, 5/17/08, p.A1)
2008 May 16, Maria Isavel
Vasquez Jimenez (17), a pregnant Mexican migrant worker, died after
succumbing to heat stroke from laboring more than 9 hours in a San
Joaquin County, Ca., vineyard.
2008 May 22, The Summit Fire
began in the California’s Santa Cruz mountains. After 5 days it had
covered 4,270 acres and destroyed 31 residences before becoming
(SFC, 5/23/08, p.A1)(SFC, 5/28/08, p.B2)
2008 May 24, In California a
tour helicopter crashed on Santa Catalina Island killing 3 people
and injuring 3 others.
(SSFC, 5/25/08, p.A6)
2008 Jun 4, California’s Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought after two years
of below-average rainfall, low snowmelt runoff and a court-ordered
restriction on water transfers.
2008 Jun 6, Pres. Bush signed a
transportation bill that freed $45 million for environmental studies
for a levitating train planned to run from Disneyland to Las
(SFC, 6/7/08, p.C2)
2008 Jun 12, Chile’s Pres.
Bachelet visited California on a trade mission, addressed the state
Assembly and signed a cooperation agreement with Gov.
(SFC, 6/13/08, p.B12)
2008 Jun 13, Leonard B.
Auerbach (61), an American fugitive, was deported from Cuba to face
federal charges in California of sexually abusing a Costa Rican girl
and possessing child pornography. He was arrested on May 7, about a
month after his arrival.
2008 Jun 13, In northern
California some 2,800 firefighters battled the Humboldt Fire in
Butte County. 9,000 residents were evacuated as the fire covered
23,000 acres. By June 15 most of the fire was under control after
destroying 74 homes and damaging 20 more in Paradise.
(SFC, 6/14/08, p.B1)(SFC, 6/16/08, p.B1)
2008 Jun 16, In California
county clerks began issuing marriage rights to gay men and lesbians,
becoming the 2nd US state to grant such rights.
(SFC, 6/17/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 22, The Walker Fire
began in Lake County, Ca. By June 25 it had covered 14,000 acres and
was only 5% contained.
(SFC, 6/26/08, p.B1)
2008 Jun 23, More than 840
wildfires sparked by an "unprecedented" lightning storm burned
across Northern California, alarming the governor and requiring the
help of firefighters from Nevada and Oregon.
2008 Jun 25, Jerry Brown,
California’s attorney general, sued Countrywide Financial for unfair
business practices relating to home loan mortgages. Lisa Madigan,
the attorney general of Illinois, also filed suit against
Countrywide, which is being acquired by Bank of America. The
Washington State Dept. of Financial Institutions filed an
administrative action against Countrywide alleging discriminatory
(SFC, 6/26/08, p.C1)(WSJ, 6/26/08, p.A3)
2008 Jun 26, Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Chief Counsel Constantine Peter
Kallas (38) and wife Maria Kallas (39), both of Alta Loma, Ca., were
arrested at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino on suspicion of
accepting thousands of dollars from both legal and illegal
immigrants in exchange for immigration benefits.
2008 Jun 28, US President
George W. Bush declared a state of emergency in California and
ordered federal aid to help authorities battle more than 1,000
wildfires burning out of control.
2008 Jul 2, In California Hans
Florine (44) and Yuji Hirayama (39) broke a World Record for the
fastest climb up the Nose of El Capitan (2:43:33) in Yosemite
National Park. On Oct 12 they broke the record again with a time of
2:37:5. On Nov 6, 2010, climbers Dean Potter and Sean Leary broke
the record with a time of 2:36:45.
(SFC, 7/3/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/13/08, p.A1)(SFC,
2008 Jul 4, In California 27
major fires were considered active. These included the Basin Complex
Fire in Los Padres National Forest where over 68,700 acres were
scorched and the Indians Fire in Monterey County with 81,300 acres
(SFC, 7/4/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 8, In California the
Butte Lightning Complex Fire destroyed 41 homes overnight in and
around Paradise. The next day 10,000 people were evacuated from the
(SFC, 7/10/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 9, The California
state Board of Education voted to make algebra mandatory in the
eighth grade beginning in 2011, in order to bring the state into
compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind program.
(SFC, 7/10/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 11, US banking
regulators seized IndyMac Bancorp Inc., Pasadena-based mortgage
lender, after withdrawals by panicked depositors led to the
second-largest banking failure in US history. Fannie Mae and Freddie
Mac said that their finances were sufficiently sound to withstand
the housing crisis as government officials scrambled to restore
confidence in the country's two largest mortgage finance companies.
(Reuters, 7/12/08)(SFC, 7/12/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 15, In California 2
vehicles collided on a bridge and fell into the Delta-Mendota Canal
near Westley. 6 farm workers and a septic truck driver died.
(SFC, 7/16/08, p.B3)(SFC, 7/17/08, p.B2)
2008 Jul 16, California state
educators said 24% of the state’s high school students had dropped
out of school during the 2006-2007 school year.
(SFC, 7/17/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 17, California became
the first US state to approve green building standards.
(SFC, 7/18/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 22, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed SB685 giving state pet owners the right to set
up a legally enforceable trust to care for their animals. The bill
was sponsored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo).
(SFC, 7/26/08, p.C1)(http://tinyurl.com/5uppps)
2008 Jul 22, California
reported 63,061 foreclosures during the 2nd 3 months of this year.
(SFC, 7/23/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 25, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a bill banning trans fat in restaurants and
food facilities, making California the first state to do so. The law
takes effect in two stages: Jan 1, 2010 and Jan 1, 2011.
(WSJ, 7/26/08, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/27/08, p.C1)
2008 Jul 25, US regulators took
over two banks and sold them to Mutual of Omaha Bank, the sixth and
seventh bank failures this year as financial institutions struggle
with a housing bust and credit crunch. The Office of the Comptroller
of the Currency said it closed First National Bank of Nevada and
First Heritage Bank NA of California.
2008 Jul 31, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger ordered the layoffs of thousands of state workers
along with steep pay cuts for most other state employees to ease the
state’s budget gap of $17.2 billion.
(SFC, 8/1/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 2, In Santa Cruz, Ca.,
2 firebombs exploded outside the homes of 2 UC Santa Cruz
biologists. They were similar to some used in the past by animal
(SFC, 8/4/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 5, In California 9
firefighters were killed and 4 injured when their helicopter crashed
after battling a blaze in Trinity County. Investigators in 2010
concluded that lax federal oversight and Carson Helicopter’s
decision to underestimate the craft’s weight led to the crash.
(SFC, 8/7/08, p.A1)(SFC, 12/8/10, p.C7)
2008 Aug 7, It was reported
that the Dubai-based Al Yousuf Group has invested $10 million in
Zap, a Santa Rosa, Ca., firm that makes electric cars.
(SFC, 8/7/08, p.C1)
2008 Aug 11, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger sued state Controller John Chiang for refusing to
follow the governor’s order to slash pay for thousands of state
workers during the budget impasse.
(SFC, 8/12/08, p.B1)
2008 Aug 11, Jurors in
Stockton, Ca., convicted William Choyce (54) for the murders of 3
prostitutes. He was serving time in state prison for rape when DNA
evidence linked him to the murders dating back to 1988.
(SFC, 8/13/08, p.B12)
2008 Aug 12, In California
state and federal officials celebrated the official transfer of
3,300 acres from the US Army to the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, which
will oversee the redevelopment of the 28,000-acre base on Monterey
(SFC, 8/13/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 18, California’s
supreme court barred doctors from denying medical care to gays and
lesbians based on religious beliefs.
(WSJ, 8/19/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 26, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a measure for a statewide bullet train system
to be placed on the November ballot.
(SFC, 8/27/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 26, California
Attorney General Jerry Brown said he expected raids on medical pot
clubs that sell for big profits in the Bay Area. He had recently
issued guidelines on sales of medical marijuana and state officials
over the weekend raided a club in Los Angeles County.
(SFC, 8/27/08, p.B1)
2008 Sep 1, In Fairfield, Ca.,
councilman Matt Garcia (21) was critically wounded outside a
friend’s house. He was declared brain dead the next day. There were
no suspects and police had no idea why he was shot. Garcia was taken
off life support on Sep 5. On Sep 13 police announced the arrest of
2 suspects. On Sep 16 murder charges were filed against Henry Don
Williams (32), who remained at large. On Sep 18 murder charges were
filed against Gene Allen Combs (45). Police released Nicole Stewart
(33), who was pregnant by Williams and remained a witness. Garcia
appeared to be the innocent victim of an attempt to collect drug
debts. On May 28, 2010, Williams was convicted of first degree
murder. On Aug 30 Williams was sentenced to 50 years to life in
(SFC, 9/3/08, p.A1)(SFC, 9/6/08, p.B3)(SSFC,
9/14/08, p.B1)(SFC, 9/19/08, p.B6)(SFC, 5/29/10, p.C2)(SFC, 8/31/10,
2008 Sep 5, In Lancaster, Ca.,
a road was paved, at the request of Honda’s Santa Monica advertising
agency, with grooves so that passing cars would hear a rendition of
Rossini’s William Tell Overture. On Sep 23, following complaints and
safety concerns the road was repaved.
(WSJ, 10/24/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 11, Javier Sanchez
Perfino (30) pleaded guilty in San Diego to running a smuggling
organization from 2003 to 2006, which at its peak smuggled 60-80
people per day and charging $1,500 per person. The operation ran
through a live bombing range in southeastern California.
(SFC, 9/12/08, p.B12)
2008 Sep 12, In southern
California a commuter train smashed head-on into a freight train
killing at least 25 people in the deadliest US passenger train
accident in 15 years. Officials the next day attributed the accident
to failure of the passenger train engineer to stop at a red light.
It was later found that engineer Robert Sanchez, who died in the
crash, had sent a text message 22 seconds before the crash.
(AP, 9/13/08)(Reuters, 9/13/08)(WSJ, 10/2/08,
2008 Sep 16, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger promised to veto a state budget approved by lawmakers
just hours earlier.
(SFC, 9/17/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 17, The Bush
administration released $100 million in disaster relief to West
coast salmon fisherman, $70 million less that was approved by
Congress. About $63 million will go to California, $25 million to
Oregon and $12 million to Washington state.
(SFC, 9/18/08, p.A8)
2008 Sep 18, California’s
budget standoff ended as Gov. Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders
struck a deal on a $104 billion budget after 80 days of stalemate.
(SFC, 9/19/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 18, The last redwood
sitters in northern California came down near Scotia in Humboldt
County, after the president of the new Humboldt Redwood Co. said old
growth redwoods would not be cut.
(SFC, 9/24/08, p.B6)
2008 Sep 20, The California
Coastal Commission sponsored its annual coastal cleanup. Some 55,634
volunteers collected over 742 thousand pounds of debris.
(SSFC, 9/21/08, p.B1)
2008 Sep 23, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a $144.5 billion spending plan. The state
budget was a record 85 days late.
(SFC, 9/24/08, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/24/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 24, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger began signing bills including legislation that bans
text messaging while driving and a law that forbids companies that
do business with the state from having investments in Sudan.
(SFC, 9/25/08, p.B1)
2008 Sep 24, In California a
mercury spill at Searles Valley Minerals in San Bernardino County
released some 90 pounds during a demolition project. Another 90
pounds was released in a 2nd spill at the site on Oct 10.
(SSFC, 2/8/09, p.A21)
2008 Oct 4, In the Porter Ranch
area of Los Angeles County Karthik Rajaram (45), an unemployed
financial adviser despondent over his troubles, shot and killed his
wife (39), mother-in-law (69), and 3 sons (7,12,19), before taking
his own life.
(SFC, 10/7/08, p.A6)
2008 Oct 5, In northern
California 8 people were killed when a passenger bus, carrying 41
senior Laotian, casino-bound gamblers, ran off a rural road near
Williams. Police the next day arrested driver Quintin J. Watts
(52) on suspicion of driving under the influence. Daniel E. Cobb
(68), owner of the bus, was among the dead. The bus had invalid
plates and identification numbers and a lapsed corporate
registration. A 9th victim died on Oct 10.
(SFC, 10/6/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/7/08, p.A1)(SFC,
2008 Oct 7, California State
Controller John Chiang warned that state revenues and cash flows
were deteriorating and that the state was already short $1.1 billion
after the first 3 months of its fiscal year.
(WSJ, 10/8/08, p.A9)
2008 Oct 10, In Los Angeles
Leland Wong (51), a former city commissioner (2002-2004) under Mayor
James Hahn, was sentenced to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay
about $139,000 in restitution for accepting bribes from companies
seeking city business.
(SSFC, 10/12/08, p.B7)
2008 Oct 10, A ribbon-cutting
ceremony was held at Pacific Ethanol, California’s largest ethanol
plant. The Stockton plant, already running for 2 weeks, will process
21 million bushels of corn a year.
(SFC, 10/14/08, p.D1)
2008 Oct 12, In California Hans
Florine (44) and Yuji Hirayama (39) broke their own World Record for
the fastest climb up the Nose of El Capitan (2:37:5) in Yosemite
National Park. They first record was set on Jul 2 with a time of
(SFC, 7/3/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/13/08, p.A1)
2008 Oct 13, In Half Moon
Bay, Ca., Thad Starr of Pleasant Hill, Ore., won the 35th annual
Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. His 1,528 pumpkin beat
the record he set last year by 4 pounds.
(SFC, 10/14/08, p.B3)
2008 Oct 14, A wildfire in
northern Los Angeles covered 13,285 acres.
(SFC, 10/15/08, p.B6)
2008 Oct 15, At Camp Pendleton,
California, Sgt. Jan Pietrzak (24) and his wife, Quiana
Jenkins-Pietrzak (26) were found gagged, tied and shot in the head
in the living room of their Winchester home. Investigators said the
house had been ransacked and a fire had been set, an apparent effort
to destroy evidence. 4 Marines were later charged with two counts of
first-degree murder and special-circumstance allegations of
committing multiple murders, committing the crime during a robbery
and rape by instrument.
2008 Oct 22, Near Livermore,
Ca., 2 horses were found shot to death in a pasture on Collier
Canyon Road. A calf was also found shot to death on Manning Road in
Alameda County. A reward of $17,000 was later offered for
information on the killing of the horses.
(SFC, 10/31/08, p.B4)
2008 Oct 23, In California a
new solar thermal power plant, built by startup Ausra, opened north
of Bakersfield. It will generate as much as 5 megawatts, enough for
3,750 homes. Ausra and other companies planned bigger plants in the
(SFC, 10/24/08, p.C1)
2008 Oct 26, John Campbell
(1941), Australia-born mayor of Fortuna, Ca., and former head of
Pacific Lumber (PALCO), died.
(SFC, 10/27/08, p.B3)
2008 Oct 28, In Anaheim, Ca., a
newlywed, killed by police after he stepped outside his home to
confront suspected burglars, was shot in a case of mistaken
identity. Julian Alexander died after being shot twice in the chest
by a police officer who was chasing four burglary suspects.
2008 Oct 28, In California Bill
Martin (65), Mendocino realist painter and art teacher, died. His 3
books included “Paintings “1969-1979.”
(SFC, 11/13/08, p.B4)
2008 Oct 29, Marc M. Keyser
(66) was arrested at his home in Sacramento for sending hoax anthrax
threats by mail to media outlets.
(SFC, 10/31/08, p.B4)
2008 Oct 30, In California
Randall Cover (46), a former city of Sonoma Water Department
supervisor, was indicted by a federal grand jury in SF for receiving
$102,795 in kickbacks from Underground Express. In November a suit
was filed against 2 former employees of San Francisco’s Public
Utilities Commission for taking thousands of dollars in kickbacks
from Sheldon Morris and his Novato plumbing company, Underground
Express. In 2009 Morris was sentenced to nearly 3 years in federal
(SFC, 11/1/08, p.B2)(SFC, 11/25/08, p.B1)(SFC,
2008 Nov 2, In southern
California police in Long Beach found 5 people shot to death in a
homeless encampment in the shadow of the San Diego Freeway. In 2017
gang members David Ponce and Max Rafael were found guilty of five
counts of murder. Police said the motive was a feud over drug debts
between Ponce and one of the victims, and that the others were
killed to ensure there were no witnesses.
(SFC, 11/4/08, p.A2)(SSFC, 9/24/17 p.A6)
2008 Nov 4, California voters
put a stop to gay marriage, creating uncertainty about the legal
status of 18,000 same-sex couples who tied the knot during a
four-month window of opportunity opened by the state's highest
court. On Nov 19 the California state Supreme Court agreed to decide
on the legality of the Proposition 8 measure. It was later reported
that opponents and supporters had pumped a total of $85 million in
to the measure. State voters approved Proposition 2 for improved
treatment of farm animals. Voters also approved Proposition 1A, a
$9.5 billion bond for high-speed rail service from SF to LA. Marin
and Sonoma voters approved Measure Q for a quarter cent sales tax
increase to build and operate a commuter train for Cloverdale to
Larkspur. Prop. 11, a measure to overhaul state redistricting rules,
passed as the final tally was completed 3 weeks later.
(AP, 11/6/08)(SFC, 11/5/08, p.A17)(SFC, 11/6/08,
p.A17, B1)(SFC, 11/20/08, p.A1)(SFC, 11/27/08, p.A1)(SFC, 2/3/09,
2008 Nov 4, California voters
passed Prop. 9 by 54% increasing crime victims’ rights to
participate in legal procedings and required inmates who are denied
parole to wait as long as 15 years for their next parole hearing.
(SFC, 10/2/14, p.D2)
2008 Nov 4, Michael Crichton
(b.1942), doctor turned author and film director, died in LA. His
books included “The Andromeda Strain” (1969), “The Great Train
Robbery” (1975) and “Jurassic Park” (1990), all of which were made
into popular films. He also created the TV series ER in 1994.
(SFC, 11/6/08, p.A4)
2008 Nov 6, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger proposed $4.4 billion in new taxes and a similar
amount in spending cuts to deal with California's worsening fiscal
crisis, saying, "We must stop the bleeding."
2008 Nov 13, Police in
Richmond, Ca., arrested 18 people in connection with a crackdown on
the Deep Central (Deep C) gang. Officials served 43 arrest warrants
in Richmond as well as other Bay Area and Sacramento counties
wrapping up a yearlong investigation by California drug agents.
(SFC, 11/14/08, p.B5)
2008 Nov 14, In California
firefighters and a squadron of aircraft launched a desperate
daylight attack to push back a wind-whipped wildfire that destroyed
210 homes and forced thousands to evacuate near Santa Barbara. The
fire was later traced to a bonfire out at a tea garden by a group of
young adults, who thought they had put the fire. Further south a
wildfire broke out in the foothill community of Sylmar on the edge
of the Angeles National Forest and quickly spread across 2,600
acres. By the next day it tore through the city's northern
foothills, sending thousands of residents fleeing in the dark,
forcing a hospital to evacuate and destroying an untold number of
(AP, 11/14/08)(AP, 11/15/08)(SFC, 11/19/08, p.A4)
2008 Nov 15, In southern
California the Triangle Complex broke out in Corona and Orange
counties. The fire soon covered 10,475 acres and damaged or
destroyed 119 residences.
(SFC, 11/17/08, p.A9)
2008 Nov 19, California state
and federal officials said they have seized 5.2 million marijuana
plants from public and private land during this year’s growing
season, half of which were grown in California.
(SFC, 11/20/08, p.B8)
2008 Nov 23, In Hollywood, Ca.,
Mario Majorski (48) of Oregon was shot and killed by a security
guard at the Scientology Celebrity Center as he tried to attack
guests with a pair of Samurai swords.
(SFC, 11/25/08, p.B8)
2008 Nov 23, In New Jersey
Joseph Pallipurath (27) of Sacramento, Ca., shot and killed Reshma
James (24), his estranged wife, at the Syrian Orthodox Knayaya
Church in Clifton. He also killed a 2nd man at the church and
wounded a 3rd person. Pallipurath was arrested late the next day in
(SFC, 11/25/08, p.A3)(SFC, 11/26/08, p.A3)
2008 Nov 26, Missouri mother
Lori Drew was convicted by a federal jury in Los Angeles of three
minor offenses for her role in the mean-spirited Internet hoax that
apparently drove Megan Meier (13) to suicide in 2016. Drew’s
convictions were later thrown out.
(Detroit Free Press, 11/26/19, p.2A)
2008 Dec 1, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger declared a fiscal emergency and called legislators
into a new special session in order to trim a $11.2 billion budget
(SFC, 12/2/08, p.A1)
2008 Dec 1, In Tracy, Ca., Kyle
Ramirez (16) escaped from a home where he had been shackled and
tortured for over a year. In 2010 defendants Michael Schumacher (36)
was sentenced to 30 years in prison, his wife Kelly Lau (32)
received 33 years, and the boy’s guardian Caren Ramirez (45) was
given 34 years. All three had accepted plea deals. In 2010 Anthony
Waiters (31), a neighbor, was convicted of 9 charges including
aggravated mayhem and false imprisonment. On Feb 28, 2011, Waiters
was sentenced to life in prison. In 2015 Sacramento County agreed to
pay $4 million to settle a suit accusing its Child Protective
Services workers of ignoring Kyle’s welfare.
(SFC, 10/9/10, p.C2)(SFC, 11/24/10, p.C3)(SFC,
12/7/10, p.C3)(SFC, 3/1/11, p.C3)(SFC, 7/24/15, p.D1)
2008 Dec 5, Cliff Lambert (74),
a Palm Springs retiree, was stabbed to death and buried in the
desert. To date his body has not been found. The murder was
orchestrated by Kaushal Niroula, a SF New College exchange student
from Nepal along with 2 other students including Craig McCarthy of
Daly City. Miguel Bustamante was the alleged murderer. In 2010 the
three faced trial on murder charges. McCarthy (30) pleaded guilty to
lesser charges and testified against the others. The plot to kill
Lambert, sell his home and take his assets also included Danny
Garcia and SF attorney David Replogle. On Dec 3, 2011, Replogle and
Bustamante were convicted of 10 criminal counts including
first-degree murder. On Sep 7, 2012, Niroula and Garcia were
convicted of first-degree murder and other charges.
(SSFC, 5/23/10, p.A17)(SSFC, 9/5/10, p.C3)(SFC,
1/4/11, p.C2)(SFC, 9/8/12, p.C4)
2008 Dec 8, In San Diego The
F/A-18D Hornet crashed into a street about two miles from Marine
Corps Air Station Miramar as the pilot was returning from a training
flight. 4 people, a mother, 2 children and a grandmother, were
killed in one house. Two homes were destroyed.
(AP, 12/9/08)(WSJ, 12/9/08, p.A1)(SFC, 12/10/08,
2008 Dec 11, California’s air
quality board approved the nation’s most sweeping plan to reduce
global warming by curbing emissions.
(SFC, 12/12/08, p.A1)
2008 Dec 11, California
conservation officials said a $9.9 million deal to buy the Sonoma
Ranch, also known as the Walsh Property, would be completed by the
end of the year.
(SFC, 12/12/08, p.B1)
2008 Dec 11, In Los Angeles the
husband and daughter of Karine Hakobyan were killed. On March 26,
2010, Karine Hakobyan was shot to death in Hollywood.
2008 Dec 15, California Senator
Diane Feinstein (75) was tapped as the chairwoman of the US Senate
(SFC, 12/16/08, p.A1)
2008 Dec 15, California
Governor Schwarzenegger and First Lady Shriver gave introductory
speeches broadcast live via video from the California Museum website
for the 2008 inductees to the California Hall of Fame. The inductees
included Dave Brubeck, Jane Fonda, Theodor Geisel ("Dr. Seuss"),
Robert Graham, Quincy Jones, Jack LaLanne, Dorothea Lange, Julia
Morgan, Jack Nicholson, Linus Pauling, Leland Stanford and Alice
2008 Dec 19, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger ordered layoffs and mandatory unpaid time off for
(SFC, 12/20/08, p.B1)
2008 Dec 22, California's chief
financial officer warned that the state would run out of money in
about two months as hopes of a Christmas budget compromise melted
into political finger-pointing by the end of the day.
2008 Dec 22, In California it
was announced that the Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery has been sold
to the Foley Wine Group of Los Olivos, Ca.
(SFC, 12/23/08, p.A1)
2008 Dec 24, In Covina, Ca., a
man dressed as Santa who had been having marital problems opened
fire at a Christmas party, leaving 9 people dead in a home that then
caught fire. Hours later police found the body of the suspect, Bruce
Jeffrey Pardo (45), at the home of his brother in the Sylmar area of
Los Angeles. Police said he killed himself but would not say how.
(AP, 12/25/08)(AP, 12/26/08)(SFC, 12/27/08, p.A3)
2008 Dec 24, In Sacramento,
Ca., Wilbert Paana (72) died following a natural gas explosion at
his home. His daughter and granddaughter were critically injured. In
2011 PG&E agreed to pay $26 million for federal and state safety
violations related to the explosion.
(SFC, 6/21/11, p.A1)
2008 Dec 31, SF ended the year
with 98 homicides. In Milwaukee, Wisc., the total number of
homicides dropped 32%, from 105 in 2007 to 71 in 2008, the lowest
number since 1985. Detroit had 344 slayings, a 13% drop from the 396
in 2007; Philadelphia's 332 killings were a 15% drop from the 392 in
2007; and the 234 homicides in Baltimore were 17% less than the 392
the year before. Cleveland recorded 102 homicides in 2008, down from
a 13-year high of 134 in 2007. Homicides in New York rose 5.2%, to
522 from 496 the year before. Slayings in Los Angeles were down to
376 in 2008 compared to 400 the prior year. Preliminary data in
Chicago showed 508 homicides were reported in 2008, the first time
the city had more than 500 murders since 2003 and about 15% more
than the 442 homicides reported in 2007. Washington, D.C., ended
2008 with 186 homicides, up from 181 in 2007.
(SFC, 1/2/09, p.1)(AP, 1/3/09)
2009 Jan 5, The California
Supreme Court decided that churches that break away from a national
denomination may not take church assets with them.
(SFC, 1/6/09, p.A3)
2009 Jan 9, California
officials said they will close state offices two Fridays a month as
the state faced a $42 billion budget gap.
(WSJ, 1/12/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 13, The city of Los
Angeles, plagued by 23,000 violent gang crimes since 2004, including
784 murders and 12,000 felony assaults, announced that it had won
its first civil judgment, for $5 million, against a criminal gang
that had dominated the heroin trade downtown for decades.
2009 Jan 20, State Attorney
General Jerry Brown said California will get $54 million as its
share of a national settlement with drug maker Eli Lilly & Co.
for marketing the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa for unapproved uses.
Lilly agreed to pay $1.415 billion to US state and the federal
government, the largest recovery in a health care fraud case in US
(SFC, 1/21/09, p.A21)
2009 Jan 26, In Bellflower,
California, Nadya Suleman (33) gave birth to eight babies, only the
second time in history octuplets have survived more than a few
hours. The woman already had six other children and never expected
to have eight more when she took fertility treatment. Her mother
later said the woman had conceived all 14 of her children through in
vitro fertilization, is not married and has been obsessed with
having children since she was a teenager.
(AP, 1/27/09)(AP, 1/30/09)(AP, 1/31/09)(SFC,
2009 Jan 27, In California
federal prosecutors said purchasing managers for Kraft Foods and
Frito-Lay have admitted to taking $318,000 in bribes from Randall
Rahal, a former sales broker for SK Foods of Lemoore, a major
Central California tomato processor. On August 11 Robert Watson
(59), former Kraft Foods purchasing manager, was sentenced to 2
years and 3 months for taking $158,000 in bribes.
(SFC, 1/28/09, p.B3)(SFC, 8/12/09, p.D2)
2009 Jan 27, Near Los Angeles
police found the bodies of 7 people at a home in Wilmington.
Ervin Lupoe (40) killed his five children and his wife before
turning the gun on himself. Both adults were recently fired from
their hospital jobs.
2009 Jan 29, A California judge
ruled that Gov. Schwarzenegger can force state workers to take
furloughs to help close the budget gap.
(WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 1, In California
police officers and two armed robbers exchanged gunfire at a Papa
John's Pizza outlet in Chino, 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Bystander Daniel Baledran (21), of Rubidoux, died after he was shot
2009 Feb 6, California ordered
200,000 employees, 90% of the state work force, to take an unpaid
day off amid a fiscal crises.
(WSJ, 2/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 8, In Fort Bragg, Ca.,
Aaron Vargas (31) shot and killed Darrell McNeill (63), a former
neighbor. McNeill, a former boy Scout leader and Big Brother, had
begun molesting Vargas at age of 11 and continued as Vargas grew
into his 20s. 12 other men soon came forward with stories of
molestation by McNeill. On April 6, 2010, Vargas pleaded no contest
to voluntary manslaughter charges. On June 15 Vargas was sentenced
to 9 years in prison.
(SSFC, 2/21/10, p.A1)(SFC, 4/7/10, p.A1)(SFC,
2009 Feb 9, US Federal judges
tentatively ordered California to release tens of thousands of
inmates, up to a third of all prisoners, in the next three years to
stop dangerous overcrowding.
2009 Feb 13, In Southern
California Amber Dubois (14) disappeared while on her way to
Escondido high school. Her body was found on March 6, 2010, on the
Pala Indian Reservation. On May 15, 2010 John Albert Gardner was
sentenced to life in prison for attacks on Chelsea King (17) and
Amber Dubois (14).
(SFC, 3/8/10, p.C3)(SFC, 5/18/10, p.A4)
2009 Feb 19, The California
state Senate approved a long-awaited budget intended to wipe out a
$42 billion deficit, possibly steering the state clear of a fiscal
2009 Feb 20, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger made nearly $1 billion in line-item trims and signed
the new budget bill. The 33 bills in the budget plan included $15
billion in spending cuts, $11.4 billion in borrowing, $12.8 billion
in taxes and about $2 billion in funds from the new federal stimulus
(SFC, 2/20/09, p.A12)(SFC, 2/21/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 23, California’s
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco introduced a bill to
legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
(SFC, 2/24/09, p.B1)
2009 Feb 27, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought emergency.
(SFC, 2/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 4, In California David
Paradiso (28), a man accused of killing his girlfriend, was shot to
death in a Stockton courtroom after he attacked the judge presiding
over his murder trial.
2009 Mar 6, In California
Annette Yeomans (51) surrendered at the Vista jail and was booked
for investigation of grand theft and embezzlement. The former
bookkeeper reportedly embezzled $9.9 million, forcing her company to
make layoffs as she bought 400 pairs of shoes that she kept in a
room-sized closet decorated with a crystal chandelier and a plasma
television. Authorities alleged that Yeomans embezzled the money
from 2001 to 2007 while she was chief financial officer for Quality
Woodworks, Inc., a cabinetry business in San Marcos.
2009 Mar 11, A California state
study said global warming is expected to cause a rise of nearly 5
feet along the coastline and severely threatening SF Bay by 2100.
The rising waters could cost the state $14 billion of more to
safeguard the coast.
(SFC, 3/12/09, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/12/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 12, The Pacific
Fishery Management Council agreed to extend for a 2nd year the
fishing ban of chinook salmon in California and Oregon.
(SFC, 3/13/09, p.B1)
2009 Mar 13, California said it
faced a new $8 billion shortfall by July 2010 due to declining tax
(WSJ, 3/14/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 22, In Montana a
single-engine turboprop airplane crashed just short of Butte’s Bert
Mooney Airport, killing all 14 people aboard, including 7 children.
The aircraft had departed from Oroville, Calif., and the pilot had
filed a flight plan showing a destination of Bozeman.
2009 Mar 22, Frank Bogert
(1910), long time mayor of Palm Springs, Ca., died. He was elected
to the City Council as a Republican in 1958 and was appointed major.
He stepped down after 9 years in office and in 1992 became the
city’s first elected mayor.
(WSJ, 4/4/09, p.A4)
2009 Mar 24, Kraft Foods Inc.
notified the FDA that it had detected salmonella in roasted
pistachios through routine product testing. Kraft and the Georgia
Nut Co. recalled their Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix the
next day. The FDA contacted California-based Setton Pistachio and
California health officials shortly afterward. California alone is
the second-largest producer of pistachios in the world.
2009 Mar 25, The US House voted
to set aside over 2 million acres in 9 states as protected
wilderness. Legislators also approved a $400 million project to
restore a 3-mile stretch of the San Joaquin River in central
(SFC, 3/26/09, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/26/09, p.A5)
2009 Mar 25, One of the US Air
Force's top-of-the-line F-22 fighter jets crashed in the high desert
of Southern California, killing test pilot David Cooley (49), an
employee of prime contractor Lockheed Martin Corp.
(AP, 3/26/09)(WSJ, 3/26/09, p.A5)
2009 Mar 26, In Los Angeles US
automaker Tesla Motors unveiled its state-of-the-art five-seat
sedan, billed as the world's first mass-produced, highway-capable
2009 Mar 27, In Tracy, Ca.,
Sandra Cantu (8) went missing from her mobile park home. On April 6
her body was found in a suitcase dumped in an irrigation pond a few
miles away. On April 10 Melissa Huckaby (28), a Sunday school
teacher, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing Cantu.
In 2010 Huckaby was sentenced to life in prison without
(AP, 4/7/09)(AP, 4/11/09)(SFC, 6/15/10, p.C2)
2009 Apr 7, In southern
California a gunman in Temecula opened fire at a Korean Christian
retreat center, leaving one woman dead and four people injured.
2009 Apr 12, Marilyn Chambers
(born in 1952 as Marilyn Ann Briggs), adult film star, was found
dead at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Canyon Country. The
pretty Ivory Snow girl helped bring hard-core adult films into the
mainstream consciousness when she starred in the explicit movie
"Behind the Green Door" (1972).
2009 Apr 13, In California a
jury found Phil Spector (69), former rock-n-roll producer, guilty of
second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana
2009 Apr 16, In Sacramento,
Ca., a tent city of some 150 homeless people was closed. It had been
around for close to a decade on a strip of land between the American
River and a power company.
(Econ, 4/25/09, p.39)(http://obrag.org/?p=6660)
2009 Apr 16, In California
pharmacy worker Mario Ramirez (50) showed up at the Long Beach
Memorial Medical Center and shot Hugo Bustamante (46) and Kelly
Hales (56) before turning the gun on himself and pulling the
2009 Apr 17, California
received a windfall of over $3 billion for its schools and
universities from the federal stimulus package, becoming the first
state to receive an infusion of cash meant to stop a downward spiral
in public education.
(SFC, 4/18/09, p.B1)
2009 Apr 21, San Francisco
Mayor Gavin Newsom formally declared his 2010 campaign for
(SFC, 4/22/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 23, In California
Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a securities fraud lawsuit
against Wells Fargo & Co. for deceptively marketing a financial
instrument to thousands of state investors who suffered losses of
over $1.5 billion.
(SFC, 4/24/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 27, Five members of
the US Congress were arrested while protesting the expulsion of aid
groups from Darfur in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington,
DC. The included Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Jim
McGovern of Massachusetts, John Lewis of Georgia, Donna Edwards of
Maryland and Lynn Woolsey of California.
2009 Apr 28, In California a
charter bus carrying French tourists overturned near Soledad killing
at least 5 people.
(SFC, 4/29/09, p.B1)
2009 May 3, In California
Briant Rodriguez (3) was kidnapped by 2 gunmen who broke into his
family’s home in San Bernadino.
(www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,518779,00.html)(SFC, 5/5/09, p.A7)
2009 May 4, California’s State
Water Resources Control board released a study that said only 21 of
152 lakes studied were free of mercury and other contaminants. 131
lakes showed one or more pollutants above state health guidelines.
(SFC, 5/5/09, p.A1)
2009 May 5, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger said that the time is right to debate legalizing
marijuana for recreational use in California.
(SFC, 5/6/09, p.A1)
2009 May 5, A Marine Corps
helicopter crashed shortly before midnight in a remote area of
Southern California, killing the two people who were on board.
2009 May 5, In California a
wildfire broke out in the Santa Ynez mountains near Santa Barbara.
By May 15, after destroying 80 homes, it was 90% contained. On Dec
10 officials charged 2 men with misdemeanors for allegedly sparking
the Jesusita fire.
(SFC, 5/15/09, p.B7)(SFC, 12/11/09, p.A11)
2009 May 6, In California a
wildfire surged into Santa Barbara forcing at least 8,000 residents
(SFC, 5/7/09, p.B6)
2009 May 7, LA Dodger’s star
Manny Ramirez (36) was suspended by Major League Baseball for 50
games for using HCG, a banned drug.
(SFC, 5/8/09, p.A1)
2009 May 7, Univ. of California
regents voted 17-4 to raise tuition by 9.3%, the 6th increase in 7
(SFC, 5/8/09, p.B3)
2009 May 8, In California the
4-day Jesusita fire in Santa Barbara was only 10% contained as of
the evening, after charring more than 13 square miles and destroying
about 31 homes with another 47 damaged. By the next day the fire was
40% contained and residents were allowed to return to the area.
(AP, 5/9/09)(SSFC, 5/10/09, p.A12)
2009 May 13, RealtyTrac Inc.
said new data indicated that the number of US households faced with
losing their homes to foreclosure jumped 32 percent in April
compared with the same month last year, with Nevada, Florida and
California showing the highest rates.
2009 May 13, The California
State Univ. Board of Trustees voted 17-2 to adopt a 10% tuition
increase at its 23 campuses. This was its 7th increase since 2002.
(SFC, 5/14/09, p.B3)
2009 May 19, California voters
defeated 5 of 6 propositions aimed to reduce the state’s $21.3
billion budget deficit. Voters approved Prop. 1F, which barred
elected officials from receiving pay raises when the state’s reserve
fund has a deficit larger than 1% of the general fund.
(SFC, 5/20/09, p.A1)
2009 May 19, In Ventura, Ca.,
an intruder dressed in black and wearing a motorcycle helmet barged
into a beach home and stabbed to death a pregnant Davina Husted (42)
and father, Brock Husted (42) as their two children were in
2009 May 21, In northern
California police arrested James Stanley Koenig (57), Gary T.
Armitage (59) and Jeffery A. Guidi (54) for running an alleged Ponzi
scheme that swindled thousands of people of more then $200 million
(SFC, 5/23/09, p.B1)
2009 May 24, The space shuttle
Atlantis and its 7 astronauts landed at Edwards Air Force Base in
California ending a 13-day mission that repaired and enhanced the
Hubble Space Telescope. Stormy weather in Florida prevented a return
to NASA's home base.
(AP, 5/24/09)(SFC, 5/25/09, p.A5)
2009 May 26, The California
Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to uphold proposition 8, the November
initiative that amended the state constitution to define marriage as
the union of a man and a woman. The court said same-sex couple
married before Nov. 4 remain legally wed.
(SFC, 5/27/09, p.A1,6)
2009 May 26, Russia's uranium
export company signed a groundbreaking $1 billion package of
contracts to supply three US utilities with enriched fuel for
nuclear power plants. Tenex signed contracts to provide enriched
uranium fuel to San Francisco, California-based Pacific Gas &
Electric Company; St. Louis, Missouri-based AmerenUE; and Dallas,
Texas-based Luminant. Tenex will supply fuel to the US utilities
from 2014 through 2020 under the contracts, which provide the option
2009 May 27, US federal
prosecutors dropped a 5-year probe on former California state Senate
leader Don Perata (64). The FBI had begun a probe of the Oakland
Democrat in 2003 following charges of financial improprieties.
(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A1)
2009 May 29, In California the
new National Ignition Facility was dedicated at Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory. It was designed to create conditions like those
found in stars and in the explosions of hydrogen bombs. The project
was over 5 years behind schedule and costs to date reached $4
billion, almost 4 times the original estimate.
(SFC, 5/30/09, p.A1)(Econ, 5/30/09, p.81)
2009 Jun 5, Raymond Lee Oyler
(38), a convicted arsonist, was sentenced to death for setting the
October 26, 2006, Southern California Esperanza wildfire that killed
five federal firefighters struggling to defend a rural home from
raging, wind-driven flames.
2009 Jun 8, The US border
patrol said a Mexican truck driver was arrested over the weekend at
a checkpoint in San Diego County after 73 illegal Mexican immigrants
were found in the back of his rig.
(SFC, 6/9/09, p.A5)
2009 Jun 9, In California,
George Torres, founder of a grocery store chain, was released on $1
million bond after a judge tossed out racketeering and conspiracy
charges regarding orders for killing a rival. He remained convicted
of 53 lesser charges.
(SFC, 6/10/09, p.B3)
2009 Jun 10, California's state
controller said the government risks a financial "meltdown" within
50 days in light of its weakening May revenues unless Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers quickly plug a $24.3 billion
2009 Jun 15, In California the
body of Joanne Witt (47) was found at her home in El Dorado Hills,
east of Sacramento. On June 17 her daughter Tyler Marie Witt (15)
and boyfriend Steven Paul Colver (20), suspects in the stabbing
death, were arrested at a strip mall in the Bay Area city of San
(SFC, 6/18/09, p.B3)
2009 Jun 23, In Santa Cruz,
California, Clyde Persley (49) turned in his winning SuperLotto Plus
ticket and should get his first check for about $16 million in four
to six weeks.
2009 Jun 27, In Los Angeles
County a gunman opened fire outside a restaurant in Pico Rivera
during a fundraiser by the motorcycle group know as the Old School
Riders. 3 people were killed and 7 others injured.
(SFC, 6/29/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 30, In California
August Provost (29), a black and gay sailor, was burned and killed
during an arson attack at Camp Pendleton. On July 31 Petty Officer
Jonathan (32) was found dead of suicide in the base’s brig.
2009 Jul 1, California’s Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a fiscal state of emergency after
Lawmakers failed to balance the state's main checkbook. State
Controller John Chiang said his office is prepared to issue IOUs
totaling $3.3 billion in July.
2009 Jul 1, California began
enforcing a new menu-labeling law. It required chain restaurants
with over 20 branches to post the calories of their fare on menus.
(Econ, 7/25/09, p.30)
2009 Jul 2, California State
Controller John Chiang began to issuing IOUs to pay taxpayer refunds
and vendors. On July 9 the SEC classified the IOUs as municipal
securities subject to regulation to prevent their being traded by
entrepreneurs in an open secondary market.
(SFC, 7/10/09, p.A1, 12)
2009 Jul 5, John Bachar
(b.1957), free-style rock climber, fell to his death from a dike
wall in the eastern Sierra near Mammoth Lakes, Ca.
2009 Jul 12, In Novato,
California, James Raphael Mitchell (27) allegedly bludgeoned to
death Danielle Keller, the mother of his one-year-old daughter. He
was arrested late the same day. Mitchell’s father, Jim Mitchell, was
the co-founder of San Francisco’s x-rated O’Farrell Theater. In 2011
Mitchell testified he did not kill Keller and had fought off two
attackers at her home on the day of her death. Mitchell was
convicted of 1st degree murder on July 12, 2011. On Aug 16 Mitchell
was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
(SFC, 7/14/09, p.A1)(SFC, 7/6/11, p.C5)(SFC,
7/13/11, p.C3)(SFC, 8/17/11, p.C3)
2009 Jul 15, California tax
officials said a bill to tax and regulate marijuana in California
like alcohol would generate nearly $1.4 billion in revenue for the
2009 Jul 16, In California the
UC Board of Regents cut $813 million from US budgets and approved
pay raises, dividends and other benefits for over two dozen
(http://tinyurl.com/n3hcj3)(SFC, 8/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Jul 20, In California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and four legislative leaders agreed to bridge
a $26.3 billion gap between expenditures and the state's plummeting
revenues. The agreement composed of cuts, borrowing and fund shifts
was not expected to resolve California's financial problems as the
economy continues to struggle and tax revenue lags far behind the
level of the boom years.
2009 Jul 23, US Border Patrol
Agent Robert Rosas was killed near Campo, Ca. On July 25 Mexican
federal police detained four men suspected of involvement in the
killing of Rosas. Included was Ernesto Parra Valenzuela, identified
as the suspected killer of Rosas. In 2009 Christian Daniel Castro
Alvarez (17) pleaded guilty to murdering Rosas. On April 29, 2010,
Alvarez was sentenced to 40 years in prison. A 2nd suspect, Marcos
Manuel Rodriguez Perez, was arrested on April 11, 2011.
p.A4)(SFC, 11/21/09, p.A4)(AP, 4/29/10)(AP, 4/11/11)
2009 Jul 24, It was reported
that federal and state agents have arrested 82 people for growing
over $1.2 billion worth of marijuana in California’s Sierra Nevada.
Over the last 10 days more than 314,000 plants at 70 different sites
were destroyed. Several Mexican drug cartels were said to involved
and all but one of those arrested were from Mexico.
(SFC, 7/24/09, p.D7)
2009 Jul 28, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger cut a half billion more from the state budget and
signed a package of legislation to wipe out the state’s $24 billion
deficit. It was later reported that state lawmakers added 336
employees between January and the end of July adding about $14.4
million a year to the state payroll.
(SFC, 7/29/09, p.A1)(SSFC, 8/9/09, p.A1)
2009 Jul 29, In Van Nuys, Ca.,
Sandro Karmryan was kidnapped. He was beaten and held captive for
days as his tormentors tried to negotiate a $1 million ransom. In
2011 Suren Garibyan (34) was sentenced to 17½ years in prison for
his role in the kidnapping.
(SFC, 4/27/11, p.C2)
2009 Jul 30, Bill Leigon,
president of Hahn Family Wines in Soledad, Calif., said that visits
to the company's Web site have increased tenfold since news of an
Alabama ban on his Cycles Gladiator wine broke late last week.
Callers from across the country have been asking where they can buy
the wine. It was reported that the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage
Control Board had recently told stores and restaurants to quit
serving Cycles Gladiator wine because of a label that features a
nude nymph. The wine's label is copied from an 1895 French
advertising poster for Cycles Gladiator bicycles. It shows a side
view of a full-bodied nymph flying alongside a winged bicycle.
2009 Jul 31, California
authorities said the white striped fruit fly has been found in
Southern California, marking the first detection of the Southeast
Asian pest in the Western Hemisphere. Several thousand traps were
soon placed in the La Verne area of eastern Los Angeles County,
where 7 of the flies were found.
(SFC, 8/1/09, p.A4)
2009 Jul, Los Angeles police
arrested Mohammad Reza Sadeghnia. Prosecutors said he tried to hire
a man to kill Jamshid Sharmahd, who ran a LA-based radio programming
for the Iranian opposition group Tondar. Sadeghnia spent a year in
jai and thenwas placed on probation and traveled to Iran. H e failed
to return for a court date and was declared a fugitive.
(SFC, 12/4/10, p.A7)
2009 Jul, California’s Air
Resources Board adopted a 24-mile threshold for ships bound for
state ports to begin using low sulfur fuel.
(SFC, 3/29/11, p.C5)
2009 Aug 4, A US federal court
panel ordered California to reduce its prison population by 40,000
over the next 2 years to meet constitutional standards for inmate
(SFC, 8/4/09, p.A1)
2009 Aug 8, In Dinuba, Ca., a
car fleeing from police ran a stop sign and slammed into a pickup,
killing three people in the car and four young children in the
2009 Aug 8, In Chino, Ca., a
2-day prison riot began. It housed almost twice as many prisoners as
it was designed for and was typical of California’s 33 state
prisons. At this time California spent about $49,000 a year on each
prisoner, almost twice the national average.
(Econ, 8/15/09, p.28)
2009 Aug 14, In California the
Lockheed fire in Santa Cruz County, which began on Aug 12, covered
over 5,000 acres and was only 15% contained. 9 big wildfires across
the state covered over 100,000 acres.
(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A8)
2009 Aug 15, In southern
California the body of Jasmine Fiore (28), a swimsuit model, was
found stuffed in a suitcase and dumped into a trash bin in Orange
County. Her husband Ryan Alexander Jenkins (32), a reality TV show
contestant and CEO of Skyhomes in Calgary, Canada, reported her
missing the same day. On Aug 20 Jenkins was charged with murder and
believed to be hiding in Canada. On Aug 23 Jenkins was found dead of
apparent suicide in a motel in Hope, British Columbia.
(SFC, 8/20/09, p.A5)(SFC, 8/20/09, p.A9)(Reuters,
2009 Aug 22, Vicki Cruse (40)
from Santa Paula, Calif., died in an accident during the World
Aerobatic Championships at Britain's Silverstone motor racing
circuit. She was a former member of the US national aerobatics team
and was the first woman to qualify to race in her class at the Reno
National Championship Air Races.
2009 Aug 26, In California
Phillip Garrido (58) and his wife Nancy (55) were arrested for their
1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard (11) from a bus stop
outside her home in South Lake Tahoe. Police freed Dugard and her 2
children who were fathered by Dugard, who had kept them in tents in
a fenced, backyard compound in Antioch, Ca.
2009 Aug 26, In southern
California the Station Fire began in Los Angeles County and soon
grew to become the largest wildfire in county history. It did not
get contained until Sep 1.
(SFC, 11/14/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 28, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and
Monterey counties due to wild fires.
(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A10)
2009 Aug 29, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Mariposa County due
to a wild fire in Yosemite National Park.
(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A10)
2009 Aug 30, In southern
California 2 firefighters died north of Los Angeles when their
vehicle rolled down a mountainside amid wildfire flames.
(SFC, 8/31/09, p.A4)(SFC, 9/4/09, p.A7)
2009 Aug 31, In southern
California fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander was sentenced to 59
years to life in prison for sexually assaulting aspiring models he
lured to Los Angeles.
2009 Aug 31, In southern
California a massive fire in the Angeles National Forest nearly
doubled in size overnight, threatening 12,000 homes in a
20-mile-long swath of flame and smoke and surging toward a
mountaintop broadcasting complex.
(AP, 8/31/09)(SFC, 8/31/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 1, In Southern
California the Station wildfire continued to rage with 53 homes up
in smoke, thousands more threatened and new rounds of evacuations as
towering flames crackled close to foothill neighborhoods just 15
miles north of downtown Los Angeles. On Sep 3 investigators said the
fire was an act of arson. On Oct 17 the US Forest Service said the
250-square-mile Station fire was 100% contained, 52 days after it
(AP, 9/1/09)(SFC, 9/4/09, p.A7)(SFC, 10/20/09,
2009 Sep 3, California state
wildlife regulators canceled the San Francisco Bay herring fishing
season for the first time as the population plunged to a dangerous
(SFC, 9/4/09, p.A19)
2009 Sep 8, In Connecticut
Annie Le (24), a California graduate student at Yale, disappeared
after entering a laboratory building. She was due to be married on
Sep 13. On Sep 13 police found her body stuffed behind a wall in the
high-security laboratory building where she worked. On June 3, 2011,
Raymond Clark III was sentenced to 44 years in prison for the
(SSFC, 9/13/09, p.A16)(AP, 9/14/09)(SFC, 6/4/11,
2009 Sep 9, California
Assemblyman Mike Duvall, R-Yorba Linda, resigned after a videotape
surfaced of his bragging about sexual exploits with 2 women, one of
whom reportedly worked as a lobbyist.
(SFC, 9/10/09, p.A11)
2009 Sep 9, James Krenov,
world-renowned cabinetmaker, died in Fort Bragg, Ca. His first book
was titled “A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook” was published in 1976.
(SFC, 9/30/09, p.D6)
2009 Sep 15, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed an executive order mandating that the state
Air Resources Board create a regulation requiring that 1/3 of energy
sold by utility companies in the state over the next decade come
from renewable sources.
(SFC, 9/16/09, p.A16)
2009 Sep 15, In California a
juice sucking grapevine moth, known as Lobesia botrana, was first
detected in the Oakville area of Napa County. In March, 2010, the
California Dept. of Food and Agriculture quarantined 162 square
miles of land in the area to halt the infestation.
(SFC, 3/12/10, p.A1)
2009 Sep 23, It was reported
that solar power company SolarCity and Dutch Bank RaboBank have
teamed together to build 5 recharging stations along Highway 101,
between the SF Bay Area and Los Angeles, to support the new Tesla
electric cars. The $109,000 roadster was limited to range of about
250 miles. Recharging would take 30-45 minutes. Fully charging the
cars took over 3 hours at a cost of about $4.
(SFC, 9/23/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 24, In California
thousands of students, professors and workers at UC campuses across
the state poured out of classrooms to rally against deep cuts to
(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 24, Susan Atkins (61),
a follower of cult leader Charles Manson, died at a prison facility
in Chowchilla, Ca. Her remorseless witness stand confession to
killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate in 1969 shocked the world. She
had been suffering from brain cancer.
2009 Sep 25, In Sacramento,
Ca., Garret Griffith Gililland III (28) pleaded not guilty to
charges that included 24 counts in an alleged $100 million
mortgage fraud ring. He was arrested last year in Spain and was
returned to the US to face federal fraud charges.
(SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A8)
2009 Sep 25, Robbers in Pebble
Beach, Ca., allegedly stole some 30 pieces of art valued at $27
million. Angelo Amadio (31) and Dr. Ralph Kennaugh (62) said the
stolen art included paintings by Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse and
Vincent Van Gogh. Investigators on Oct 6 said the heist appeared to
be a scam.
(SFC, 9/30/09, p.D3)(SFC, 10/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 29, In California 28
parties, after a decade of negotiations, reached a tentative
agreement to remove 4 dams on the Klamath River, which have blocked
(SFC, 9/30/09, p.A1)
2009 Oct 1, In California
operators at the Friant Dam began releasing pulses of water in a
move to rewet the San Joaquin riverbed in preparation for
reintroducing salmon species beginning next year. The dam, completed
in 1944, had turned 64 miles of the river into a dusty trench.
(SFC, 10/1/09, p.A1)
2008 Oct 4, Luis Santos
(b.1986), a Concord, Ca., resident, was stabbed to death after a
party near the San Diego college campus. Esteban Nunez (19), the son
of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, was later arrested along
with three others in connection with the stabbing death. In 2010
Esteban Nunez pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and on June
25, 2010, he and a co-defendant were sentenced to 16 years in
p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/2eaav49)(SFC, 6/26/10, p.A4)
2009 Oct 8, In southern
California Damon Thompson (20) was arrested in a UCLA chemistry
building shortly after stabbing a female student in the throat. He
was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and was being held on $1
million bail. The woman underwent surgery for multiple stab wounds
at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and was in stable condition.
2009 Oct 11, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act to
provide legal aid to low-income residents. The modern movement to
offer legal services to low-income people was spearheaded by Sargent
Shriver in 1966, aided by the American Bar Association.
2009 Oct 11, California Senate
Bill 94 was enacted into law making it illegal in California for any
person or business to demand, charge, or collect any advance or
upfront fee for loan modification work or services.
2009 Oct 12, Don Young of Des
Moines, Iowa, won the 39th Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
with his 1,658-pound pumpkin. It broke the year-old record of 1,528
pounds. His first prize of $9,948 came out to $6 per pound. The
world record had just been set on Oct 10 in Ohio by a 1,725-pound
Atlantic giant pumpkin.
(SFC, 10/13/09, p.C1)(SSFC, 10/11/09, p.A14)
2009 Oct 18, Dawn Viens was
last seen leaving her husband's successful restaurant in Lomita,
Calif. Her husband did not report her missing. On Feb 23, 2011,
David Viens jumped of a cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes following news
reports that he was suspect in his wife’s disappearance.
2009 Oct 22, California
authorities said a grand jury has indicted 18 people on charges of
marijuana growing and mortgage fraud. The San Francisco Bay Area
residents allegedly operated marijuana gardens in 50 homes in the
Central Valley in 2006 and 2007.
(SFC, 10/23/09, p.A14)
2009 Oct 23, Anthony Pellicano
and associate Alexander Proctor pleaded no contest to threatening LA
Times reporter Anita Busch, who was putting together a story on
actor Steven Seagal’s possible connections to organized crime.
Pellicano, a former Hollywood private eye, was already serving a 15
year sentence for digging up dirt public figures.
(SFC, 10/24/09, p.A8)
2009 Oct 24, City and state
officials in Los Angeles dedicated the new 10-story, $437 million
(SSFC, 10/25/09, p.A8)
2009 Oct 25, In California a
fire broke out in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Morgan Hill and
Sant Cruz. The Loma Fire covered 485 acres and was only 20%
contained. The Loma Fire was fully contained on Oct 27.
(SFC, 10/26/09, p.A1)(SFC, 10/28/09, p.A9)
2009 Oct 29, A US panel that
refers cases to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct
announced that it was investigating two California Democrats, Reps.
Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson, even as its embarrassed leaders
took pains to explain that several other lawmakers also were
identified in the leaked confidential committee memo but may have
done nothing wrong.
2009 Oct 29, A US Coast Guard
airplane on a nighttime search for a boater collided with one of
four Marine Corps helicopters flying in formation to a military
training island off Southern California. All seven people aboard the
Coast Guard plane and the two-person crew of the Marine Corps AH-1W
Super Cobra helicopter were missing.
2009 Oct 30, SF Mayor Gavin
Newsom announced that he was dropping out of the race for governor
(SFC, 10/31/09, p.A1)
2009 Oct 30, US banking
regulators closed nine banks in California, Illinois, Texas and
Arizona. They were all divisions of privately held FBOP Corp. based
in Oak Park, Ill.
(SSFC, 11/1/09, p.A15)
2009 Oct 31, In Mendota, Ca.,
searchers found the body of Alex Mercado (4) stuffed into a clothes
dryer. Raul Renato Castro (14) later told investigators that he
drowned his neighbor in a bathtub and then hid the body in a dryer
because the child was going to reveal that the teen had molested
(SFC, 11/5/09, p.C3)
2009 Nov 3, In California
Democrat John Garamendi (64) won the US House seat vacated by Rep.
Ellen Tauscher, who has taken an arms control job in the State Dept.
(SFC, 11/6/09, p.A10)
2009 Nov 4, US federal
prosecutors said Alan Huey (53), a former top executive of SK Foods,
has agreed to plead guilty to taking part in a 4-year conspiracy in
which the California tomato processor bribed food companies and
mislabeled tomato paste that exceeded government mold standards.
(SFC, 11/5/09, p.C2)
2009 Nov 6, US banking
regulators shut down United Commercial Bank of San Francisco. The
government had invested $300 million from the Treasury’s Troubled
Asset Relief Program (TARP) in the parent UCBH Holdings. The assets,
loans and 63 branches of UCBH were sold to East West Bank of
(SSFC, 11/29/09, p.D1)
2009 Nov 14, In Riverside
County, Ca., Maysam Barbar and daughter Tamara (6) were found dead
in their Perris home. Suspect Michael Barbar, the husband and
stepfather, was arrested the next day in Deming, NM.
(SFC, 11/16/09, p.A6)
2009 Nov 14, In Lassen County,
Ca., a medical Aerospatiale AS350 helicopter crashed near the Nevada
state line killing all three crew members. They were returning to
Susanville after dropping off a patient in Reno.
(SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A12)
2009 Nov 16, In Los Angeles the
new $898 million Metro Gold Line extension began regular service
from Union Station to Atlantic Boulevard.
(SFC, 11/16/09, p.A6)
2009 Nov 16, Iraqi officials
said gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms abducted and killed at least
13 people in the village of al-Saadan, a village west of Baghdad, in
what some described as revenge against Sunnis who helped fight
al-Qaida. In Kirkuk a parked car bomb exploded in a market, killing
two civilians and wounding 10 others. An American soldier died of
injuries sustained in a vehicle accident during a patrol. California
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped in on US troops in Iraq, thanking
them for the sacrifices they and their families are making.
(AP, 11/16/09)(AP, 11/17/09)
2009 Nov 17, California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger visited his native Austria.
2009 Nov 18, California’s
Legislative Analyst Office reported that the state will face a $20.7
billion deficit next year.
(SFC, 11/19/09, p.A1)
2009 Nov 19, California
Attorney General Jerry Brown issued an opinion that the salaries of
legislators and other elected officials can be cut in the middle of
their terms. The decision was expected to save the state $2.8
million next year. UC regents passed a 32% tuition increase despite
protests by angry students.
(SFC, 11/20/09, p.C1)(SFC, 11/20/09, p.C2)
2009 Nov 28, In Sonoma County,
Ca., John Maloney (45), his wife Susan (42), and 2 children Aiden
(8) and Gracie (5) were killed when Steven Culbertson (19) of
Lakeport broadsided their car on Highway 37. The family was on its
way home from a vacation in Hawaii. News of the tragedy prompted
Michael Vincent Gutierrez (26) of Redwood City and girlfriend Amber
Marie True (29) to break into the Maloney’s empty house. They
ransacked the home and drove off in the Maloney’s 2006 Nissan 350Z.
Gutierrez and True were arrested Dec 1 just hours after a neighbor
noticed the Maloney’s garage door open.
(SFC, 12/3/09, p.A1)
2009 Dec 1, California Governor
Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver inducted the latest nominees to the
California Hall of Fame. They included: Carol Burnett, Andy Grove,
Hiram Johnson, Rafer Johnson, Henry J. Kaiser, Joan Kroc, George
Lucas, John Madden, Harvey Milk, Fritz Scholder, Danielle Steel, Joe
Weider and General Chuck Yeager.
(SFC, 12/2/09, p.C6)
2009 Dec 5, It was reported
that US federal regulators have approved the use of the name
Calistoga as an appellation for vintners in Calistoga, Ca. James
Barrett, proprietor of the Chateau Montelena winery, had begun
petitioning the Treasury Dept. for the name in 2003.
(SFC, 12/5/09, p.D1)
2009 Dec 7, Virgin Galactic
unveiled its first commercial spaceship, the VSS Enterprise, at the
Mohave Air and Space Port in California. Initial trips to the edge
of space were expected to cost $200,000 per person.
(Econ, 12/12/09, p.91)
2009 Dec 9, In Chula Vista,
Ca., Maribel Arteaga (28), a pregnant woman, was fatally stabbed in
front of her two children by a man authorities believe is her
estranged husband. On Jan 28, 2011, Arteaga Garcia was detained by
2009 Dec 10, In California the
Assembly’s Democratic Caucus selected openly gay Latino Democrat
John Perez from Los Angeles as the lower house’s leader. He was
expected to be voted in as the 68th Assembly speaker in January.
(SFC, 12/11/09, p.A1)
2009 Dec 11, US immigration
agents arrested 280 people in California as they fanned out across
the state for a 3-day search for illegal immigrants.
(SFC, 12/12/09, p.A5)
2009 Dec 14, Researchers from
US Santa Barbara and the Univ. of Mich published a study describing
their synthetic red blood cells, which are capable of delivering
medicine, oxygen or MRI contrast agents throughout the body.
(SFC, 12/18/09, p.A28)
2009 Dec 17, In California the
Sonoma Land Trust completed the $36 million purchase of 5,630 acres
of coastal grasslands and redwood forest known as the Jenner
(SFC, 12/18/09, p.A1)
2009 Dec 17, Xcor Aerospace of
Mohave, Ca., said it has been selected to supply launch services to
the Yecheon Astro Space Center, a nonprofit organization in South
(SFC, 12/18/09, p.A21)
2009 Dec 31, In Mexico Roberto
Salcedo (33), an assistant principal and Southern California school
board member, was killed while he and his wife were visiting
relatives in Gomez Palacio.
2009 Elaine Elinson and Stan
Yogi authored “Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves,
suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties
(SFC, 12/18/09, p.F6)
2009 Kevin Starr, historian,
authored “Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance
1950-1963,” the 8th book in his epic series “American and the
(Econ, 8/8/09, p.72)
2009 William T. Vollman
authored “Imperial,” a look at the struggle for water and jobs in
California’s Imperial Valley.
(Econ, 8/1/09, p.71)
2009 America’s Dept. of Energy
agreed to gave Fisker, a California-based maker of hybrid electric
cars, a big “green energy” loan to start production of its Karma
sports car. Production ceased in 2012 and the company filed for
bankruptcy in 2013. Hybrid Tech Holdings of Hong Kong soon bought
the DOE’s loan at a big discount and competed with Wanxiang, a
Chinese maker of car parts, for control of Fisker.
(Econ, 1/11/14, p.54)
2009 Virtually all investment
managers of California Public Employees' Retirement System (of
CalPERS) were awarded bonuses of more than $10,000 each, with
several earning bonuses of more than $100,000 during the 2008-09
fiscal year. The cash awards were distributed as the fund lost $59
2009 Southern California
Edison, a utility company preparing to build a new substation in an
arid canyon southeast of Los Angeles, stumbled on a trove of animal
fossils dating back 1.4 million years. All the bones were dated to
the Irvingtonian period, which spanned 1.8 million to 300,000 years
ago. The bones found in Riverside County were dated by observing the
layers of sediment they were found in and fall at about 1.4 million
2009 Christian Carl
Gerhartsreiter, a German national who came to the United States in
the 1970s, was convicted in Boston in the kidnapping of his
7-year-old daughter. He had assumed many identities, including Clark
Rockefeller, was sentenced to 4-5 years in prison. In 2011 Los
Angeles prosecutors filed a murder charge against Gerhartsreiter in
the 1985 disappearance of 27-year-old John Sohus. In 2011 Mark Seal
authored “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and
Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter.”
(AP, 3/16/11)(SSFC, 7/10/11, p.G6)
2009 In southern California Don
DiCostanzo and Terry Sherry formed the Pedego Electric Bikes company
to manufacture and sell plug-in electric bikes. In 2014 the company
signed a branding deal with Ford Motor Co.
(SSFC, 10/26/14, p.F2)
2010 Jan 1, In the Rose Bowl at
Pasadena Terrelle Pryor passed for a career-high 266 yards and two
touchdowns, rushed for 72 more and threw a 17-yard scoring pass to
DeVier Posey with 7:02 to play, leading the No. 8 Buckeyes to a
26-17 victory over No. 7 Oregon.
2010 Jan 5, In California 3
biologists with the California Dept. of Fish and Game were killed
along with their helicopter pilot while they were surveying deer in
the foothills of Sierra national Forest after their vehicle clipped
a power line and crashed.
(SFC, 1/6/10, p.C2)
2010 Jan 6, It was reported
that Santa Barbara-based Cybersitter has filed a $2.2 billion
lawsuit against China, accusing Beijing of stealing its technology
to bar Internet access to political and religious sites in China.
The suit alleges that the Chinese makers of Green Dam illegally
copied more than 3,000 lines of code from its filtering software,
and conspired with China's rulers and computer manufacturers to
distribute more than 56 million copies of the pirated software
2010 Jan 9, California-based
eSolar Inc. said it will help build a series of solar thermal power
plants in China, as the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases
tries to decrease its heavy reliance on coal, imported gas and oil.
2010 Jan 12, In California a
state commission voted unanimously to approve the most stringent,
environmentally friendly building code standards of any state in the
nation. The new code, dubbed Calgreen, will take effect next
(SFC, 1/13/10, p.A1)
2010 Jan 16, A small boat
packed with illegal immigrants overturned off the San Diego coast at
Torrey Pines State Park. 2 people died and 5 were injured. 16
people, all Mexican citizens, were accounted for. On Jan 28 two men
were indicted on charges of illegal smuggling.
(SSFC, 1/17/10, p.A14)(SFC, 1/18/10, p.A6)(SFC,
2010 Jan 18, US officials said
on some 390 tons of ground beef produced by a California meat
packer, some of it nearly two years ago, is being recalled for fear
of potentially deadly E. coli bacterium tainting.
2010 Jan 23, Abby Sunderland
(16) of Thousand Oaks, Ca., sailed into the Pacific aboard a 4-foot
craft called wild Eyes in an effort to become the youngest person to
sail solo around the world. On April 24 Sunderland wrote on her blog
that it would be "foolish and irresponsible" to keep going after
losing use of her boat's main autopilot.
(SFC, 1/25/10, p.A5)(AP, 4/25/10)
2010 Feb 4, Joseph McStay (40),
his wife, Summer (43), and their two children disappeared from their
San Diego County home. Their white, 1996 Isuzu Trooper was found
four days later in a strip mall in San Ysidro, about 70 miles from
their home. In 2013 The bodies of the family were found in a shallow
graves near Victorville.
2010 Feb 9, California
lawmakers called for federal and state investigations into Anthem
Blue Cross regarding new rates hikes of as much as 39% for thousands
of policyholders statewide. On Feb 13 Anthem announced that it would
delay the increase for two months to allow state regulators to
conduct a review. On April 29 WellPoint, the parent of Anthem Blue
Cross, said it was withdrawing the proposed rate increase and
planned to file new rates.
(SFC, 2/10/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/14/10, p.A1)(SFC,
2010 Feb 13, In California,
South African Chris Bertish won the $50,000 first prize at the 7th
Mavericks Surf Contest north of Half Moon Bay. Earlier in the day a
series of waves crashed into some of the thousands of fans who had
flocked to a beach to try to see the action.
(SSFC, 2/14/10, p.A1)
2010 Feb 19, Pres. Obama,
speaking in Nevada targeted Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan
and Nevada in a $1.5 billion “innovation fund” to assist homeowners
struggling against foreclosure.
(SFC, 2/20/10, p.A1)
2010 Feb 19, In California
Albert Halluin (70), former biotech patent attorney, and his fiance
Judy Perchonock (60) were killed when Halluin’s single-engine plane
crashed near Pine Lake Airport in Tuolemne County.
(SFC, 2/22/10, p.A1)
2010 Feb 25, In California Rick
Ray Liles (51) shot and killed deputy Joel Wahlenmaier (49) in
Minkler, Fresno County, during an investigation of arson blazes in
the village. Liles took his own life in the gunbattle at his mobile
(SFC, 2/27/10, p.A7)
2010 Feb 25, In California
Chelsea King (17) failed to return from a run at a San Diego park.
On Feb 28 John Albert Gardner III (30) of Lake Elsinore man was
arrested for investigation of murder and rape. King’s body was found
buried on March 2 in a shallow grave on the south shore of Lake
Hodges. On April 16, 2010, Gardner pleaded guilty to the murder of
King and Amber Dubois (14), who had vanished in February, 2009. On
May 15 Gardner was sentenced to life in prison for attacks on King
and Amber Dubois (14).
(AP, 3/3/10)(SFC, 4/17/10, p.A5)(SFC, 5/18/10,
2010 Mar 2, In California Jerry
Brown, former 2-term Democrat state governor (1975-1983), announced
that he would run for a 3rd term as governor.
(SFC, 3/2/10, p.A1)
2010 Mar 4, In California
thousands of protesters lashed out against budget cuts to the
state’s educational system in the “Day of Action to Defend Public
(SFC, 3/5/10, p.A1)
2010 Mar 8, In California GOP
State Sen. Roy Ashburn (55) announced that he was gay on a Kern
County radio station. 5 days earlier he was arrested near a gay bar
in Sacramento on suspicion of drunk driving.
(SFC, 3/10/10, p.A1)
2010 Mar 9, Rodney Alcala (66),
an amateur photographer, was convicted in southern California of
killing a girl and 4 women between 1977 and 1979. The Santa Ana jury
recommended a death penalty. Photographic evidence from a Seattle
storage locker, rented before his arrest in 1979, linked him to at
least one woman listed for decades as missing. On march 30 Alcala
was sentenced to death.
(SFC, 3/11/10, p.A8)(SFC, 3/17/10, p.C3)(SFC,
2010 Mar 12, San Francisco
mayor Gavin Newsom formally announced that he is in the race for the
office of California lieutenant governor.
(SFC, 3/13/10, p.A1)
2010 Mar 17, In California US
Border patrol agents seized 580 pounds of marijuana inside a
tractor-trailer near Blythe in Riverside County.
(SFC, 3/20/10, p.A5)
2010 Mar 22, Scientists, policy
experts and journalists gathered at Asilomar on the Monterey
peninsula of California for a 5-day discussion on geoengineering, a
term to describe deliberate large-scale actions to combat the
climate changing effects of greenhouse gas emissions, without
actually curbing those emissions.
(Econ, 4/3/10, p.81)
2010 Mar 30, San Francisco City
Attorney Dennis Herrera sued the escrow firm Rehab Financial Corp.
after learning the company had abruptly shuttered its Huntington
Beach office and drained accounts holding city funds. The suit
accused the company of misappropriating several million dollars from
SF and at least a dozen other California cities.
(SFC, 4/1/10, p.C2)
2010 Apr 1, The US national
board for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for
Reform Now, closed its California state affiliate field offices. The
group, formed in 1970, was under pressure due to videotapes in 2009
of ACORN allegedly assisting a proposed prostitution ring. In 2013
the makers of the secretly filmed video agreed to pay $100,000 to
settle a lawsuit with Juan Carlos Vera, who said he was just trying
to get information from James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, the makers
of the video.
p.c2)(SFC, 2/9/13, p.A5)
2010 Apr 3, In Los Angeles
Nerse Arthur Galstyan (28), an Armenian national killed, 4 people in
a restaurant following a dispute and escaped the scene.
(SFC, 4/10/10, p.A4)
2010 Apr 14, Federal agents in
northern California arrested 18 people on charges of defrauding
banks and lenders with bogus mortgage loan applications. Losses
totaled at least $10 million from 2005 to 2009.
(SFC, 4/15/10, p.C3)
2010 Apr 14, In Los Angeles Dr.
Daniel Healy (45) was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison for
dispensing over a million hydrocodone tablets for cash. He made
nearly $700,000 in 2008 from selling the powerful painkiller.
(SFC, 4/15/10, p.A7)
2010 Apr 16, Daryl Gates (83),
the blunt former Los Angeles police chief best known for his
handling of the Rodney King beating and 1992 race riots, died.
2010 Apr 16, US banking
regulators shut down 8 banks, including 2 in northern California, 3
in Florida, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts, and one
in Michigan, bringing the total this year to 50. In 2009 140 banks
failed in the US compared to 25 in 2008 and 3 in 2007.
(SFC, 4/19/10, p.D3)
2010 Apr 19, San Diego, Ca.,
Sheriff Bill Gore said that 24 documented gang members and eight
gang associates have been booked on suspicion of various offenses
following the two-day multi-agency operation called "Allied Shield."
2010 Apr 19, In Los Angeles
Brian Alexik (34) slipped out the back window of his apartment as
detectives interviewed local tenants regarding a gas odor.
Detectives found a cache of loaded weapons, including an AK-47, next
to a mosaic depicting the CIA seal. They found equipment for
counterfeiting money. High-powered binoculars were trained on the US
Federal Reserve building next door. Alexik had been paying about
$4,000 cash for his rent but had recently stopped paying and was on
the verge of getting evicted. He allegedly had been bleaching
low-denomination bills then using a printer to change the value to
$100 or $50. In all, police recovered about $15,000 in bogus bills.
Alexik was caught on June 3.
2010 Apr 25, In California
Fresno police began a crackdown on gangs after 3 people were killed
in separate shootings. By May 10 police made some 648 arrests
including 216 for felony offenses.
(SFC, 5/10/10, p.A4)
2010 Apr 28, The US Supreme
Court refused to order the removal of a cross from the Mohave
National Preserve in southern California. Veterans of Foreign
Wars had placed a cross there in 1934 to honor soldiers killed in
WWI. The first wooden cross was later replaced by a metal cross,
which was around May 9-10, 2010.
2010 Apr 28, Sempra Energy, the
parent company of San Diego Gas and Electric Co., agreed to pay $410
million to settle claims that it played Enron-style games with
California’s electricity market during the 2000-2001 energy crises.
(SFC, 4/28/10, p.D1)
2010 Apr 30, Peter Lopez (60),
a successful entertainment attorney who was married to actress
Catherine Bach, was found dead at his home in the Encino Hills, Ca.,
in an apparent suicide.
2010 May 3, Prosecutors said
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle
allegations that it improperly handled and dumped hazardous waste at
stores across California in a case that led to changes in the
retailer's practices nationwide.
2010 May 6, In California
Joseph Mercado (27) shot and killed Serena Tarin, his ex-girlfriend,
as well as her father and brother. 6 other family members escaped
the rampage in Hawaiian Gardens, LA County. Mercado was arrested by
police after a bullet grazed his head.
(SFC, 5/7/10, p.C6)
2010 May 7, In California
former Burbank middle school teacher Amy Victoria Beck (33) was
sentenced to 2 years in prison for unlawful sexual intercourse and
committing a lewd act on a child. Back had pleaded no contest to
having sex with a former student (14).
(SFC, 5/8/10, p.A5)
2010 May 7, In southern
California CHP officer Danny Benavides (39) was killed when his
patrol plane went down near Highway 78 in Imperial County.
(SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A8)
2010 May 13, The Los Angeles
City Council voted to boycott Arizona businesses, making it the
largest city to take such action to protest the state's tough new
law targeting illegal immigration.
2010 May 15, In Fresno, Ca.,
police arrested 60 people and impounded 37 vehicles as part of a
crackdown on gangs that began last month.
(SFC, 5/17/10, p.A4)
2010 May 22, Jordan Romero
(13), an eighth-grader from California, became the youngest climber
to reach the top of Mount Everest, surpassing the previous record
set by Temba Tsheri (16) of Nepal.
2010 May 23, Jose Lima
(1972-2010), a right-hand Dominican pitcher who was a 20-game winner
and an All-Star during a 13-year major league career, died in
Pasadena, Ca., of an apparent heart attack.
2010 May 23, British
screenwriter Simon Monjack (39), the husband of Brittany Murphy, was
found dead at his Los Angeles home, five months after the Hollywood
actress died. Murphy, best known for her major roles in "Clueless,"
"Girl Interrupted," and "8 Mile" in 2002, died Dec. 20, at age 32
after collapsing in her home.
2010 May 28, US Regulators shut
down three banks in Florida and one each in Nevada and California,
bringing the number of US bank failures this year to 78.
2010 May 28, Mexican migrant
Anastasio Hernandez (42) was shocked by a Customs and Border
Protection agent at the San Ysidro border crossing between Tijuana
and San Diego. A US coroner later ruled his death a homicide. On
March 16, 2011, his family filed wrongful death lawsuit against the
federal government charging that Hernandez was beaten by immigration
agents before one of them fired a stun gun several times as he lie
on the ground.
(AP, 6/4/10)(AP, 6/8/10)(AP, 3/17/11)
2010 Jun 1, In Van Nuys, Ca., a
porn actor went on a rampage with a machete-style weapon killing a
fellow adult-film performer. Herbert Hin Wong (30) was killed in the
attack. Suspect Stephen Clancy Hills (34) died on June 5 of head
injuries after he fell from a hillside following an 8-hour standoff
(SFC, 6/3/10, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/6/10, p.A10)
2010 Jun 4, John Wooden (99),
college basketball's gentlemanly Wizard of Westwood, died. He built
one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports at UCLA and became
one of the most revered coaches ever.
2010 Jun 8, Voters in 12 states
expressed their anger with Washington and special interests by
defeating a $10 million union campaign to unseat Arkansas, Sen.
Blanche Lincoln (D), who had the courage to stand up against their
special interest legislation, promoting women outsiders who have run
public companies but never held office, and supporting candidates
aligned with Tea Party values. In the California governor’s
race, Meg Whitman’s victory over state insurance commissioner Steve
Poizner places her in a faceoff against the quintessential career
politician—Jerry Brown, governor of California from 1975 to 1983,
then mayor of Oakland and now the state attorney general.
2010 Jun 12, A French fishing
vessel rescued Abby Sunderland (16), a California teenager from her
crippled sailboat in the turbulent southern Indian Ocean, bringing
relief to her family but ending her around-the-world sailing effort.
Sunderland had set out from Los Angeles County's Marina del Rey on
Jan. 23, trying to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the
globe solo and nonstop.
2010 Jun 17, The Los Angeles
Lakers basketball team won their 16th championship following a
gritty 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics.
2010 Jun 24, The California
Budget Project issued a report titled “Making Ends Meet.” It
estimated that a single adult must earn nearly $32,000 to live in
San Francisco and that 2 working parents with 2 children must take
in a little more than $84,000 to get by in the city.
(SFC, 6/25/10, p.D1)
2010 Jul 2, In California a
state appellate court sided with the Schwarzenegger administration
in its attempt to temporarily impose the $7.25 per hour federal
minimum wage on tens of thousands of state workers.
(AP, 7/2/10)(SFC, 7/2/10, p.C1)
2010 Jul 2, More than 180,000
people packed into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum over two days
for a rave party. A suspected overdose led to the death of a girl
(15). Scores of injuries resulted when people tried to force their
way closer to the event's five stages.
2010 Jul 6, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill extending voter approved
mandates for the humane treatment of egg-laying hens in the state.
(SFC, 7/7/10, p.C1)
2010 Jul 8, In California a Los
Angeles jury found BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle guilty of
involuntary manslaughter for the Jan 1, 2009, shooting of Oscar
Grant (22). The verdict sparked a riot in downtown Oakland, Ca.,
with at least 50-100 people arrested for smashing windows and
(SFC, 7/9/10, p.A1)
2010 Jul 9, In California scuba
divers began killing invasive Asian clams in Lake Tahoe. Long rubber
mats were laid over half an acre in a test effort starve the clams
(SFC, 7/10/10, p.C2)
2010 Jul 12, Police in Los
Angeles County discovered thousands of pounds of marijuana in a
railroad car that entered this month from Mexico.
(SFC, 7/13/10, p.A6)
2010 Jul 22, In California a
Greyhound bus crashed just outside downtown Fresno killing 6 people
with 9 injured. It had struck an overturned SUV. 3 of the dead were
women in the SUV. The driver (18) of the SUV was later found to have
a .11% blood alcohol level.
(SFC, 7/23/10, p.C3)(SFC, 8/4/10, p.C4)
2010 Jul 23, In Bell, Ca., 3
administrators whose huge salaries sparked outrage in this small
blue-collar suburb of LA agreed to resign. Chief Administrative
Officer Robert Rizzo (56) was being paid $787,637 a year. Assistant
City Manager Angela Spaccia made $376,288 a year, and Police Chief
Randy Adams made $457,000. On July 26 the City Council voted to
slash salaries by 90%. On April 14, 2014, Rizzo was sentenced to 33
months in federal prison on two counts of tax fraud. On April 16
Rizzo was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.
(AP, 7/23/10)(SFC, 7/27/10, p.A6)(SFC, 4/15/14,
p.A6)(SFC, 4/17/14, p.A5)
2010 Jul 28, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger, citing an impending cash crises, ordered furloughs
for 156,000 state employees, requiring them to take 3 unpaid days a
month beginning on July 31. On Aug 12 a judge denied
Schwarzenegger’s request pending a full hearing in September. On Aug
18 the state Supreme Court allowed the furlough program to resume as
it continued to revue his authority to do so.
(SFC, 7/29/10, p.C2)(SFC, 8/13/10, p.C1)(SFC,
2010 Aug 2, The US House ethics
committee said California Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, will
face a trial for her 2009 role in steering federal funds to a bank
she is personally connected.
(SFC, 8/3/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 4, US Federal Judge
Vaughn Walker struck down California's same-sex marriage ban as an
unconstitutional violation of gay couples' civil rights, but a
pending appeal of the landmark ruling could prevent gay weddings
from resuming in the state any time soon.
(AP, 8/5/10)(Econ, 8/7/10, p.30)
2010 Aug 5, US federal
indictments were unsealed in Alabama, California and Minnesota
charging 14 people with terrorism offenses for allegedly aiding the
radical Islamist al-Shaba organization in Somalia.
(SFC, 8/6/10, p.A8)
2010 Aug 9, In California a
federal grand jury charged Samuel “Maoli” Cohen of Belvedere, Marin
County, with 32 counts of wire fraud and money laundering related to
defrauding over 55 victims of some $30 million.
(SFC, 8/9/10, p.D1)
2010 Aug 16, Sheriff’s deputies
at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, Ca., stunned inmate Martin Harrison
(51) with Tasers as they tried to move him to another cell so that
his could be cleaned. Harrison was in the midst of alcohol
withdrawal and died two days later. In 2015 Alameda County and
Corizon Health Inc. agreed to pay $8.3 million to settle a federal
lawsuit filed by his four adult children.
(http://tinyurl.com/ldo9487)(SFC, 2/11/15, p.D1)
2010 Aug 16, Celebrity plastic
surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan (50), who made headlines for performing
multiple surgeries on reality TV star Heidi Montag, died in a car
crash in southern California. He was texting while driving and
accidentally went over a cliff. Ryan opened his private practice in
1994, the same year he established his namesake charitable
foundation that provides free removal of gang-related tattoos and
hosts day and overnight camps for children at Malibu's Bony Pony
2010 Aug 17, In Los Angeles an
abandoned trunk was found by two women clearing out an apartment
building basement that was filled with items that accumulated during
years of remodels. Two leather doctor bags contained the mummified
remains of two infants. The trunk also contained ticket stubs from
the 1932 LA Olympic games. DNA testing later linked the infants to
Janet M. Barrie (1897-1994), an Irish immigrant who worked as a
private live-in nurse for Mary Knapp, the wife of dentist George
(SFC, 11/19/10, p.C5)
2010 Aug 20, US regulators shut
down 8 more banks including 4 in California, one in Chicago, one in
Virginia and two in Florida. This brought the total number of failed
US banks to 118 for the year thus far.
(SFC, 8/23/10, p.D2)
2010 Aug 23, California
Attorney Gen’l. Jerry Brown sued Roni Deutch for $34 million for
allegedly swindling thousands of people. Deutch, who billed herself
as the “tax lady,” has appeared in nationwide TV ads to help people
with tax problems.
(SFC, 8/24/10, p.C3)
2010 Aug 24, In SF the
temperature hit a record 98 degrees. Records were broken across much
of northern California.
(SFC, 8/25/10, p.C2)
2010 Aug 25, The California
Energy Commission approved the Beacon Solar Energy Project, which a
Florida company plans to build on the western edge of the Mojave
Desert. This was the first in a series of large scale solar projects
planned in California.
(SFC, 8/26/10, p.D1)
2010 Aug 25, In northern
California pot farmer Mikal Wilde killed Juarez Madrid, a hired
migrant worker, and wounded another as a third fled. In June 3,
2015, Wilde was sentenced to life in prison plus 35 years.
(SFC, 6/5/15, p.D2)
2010 Aug 28, In California a
drug task force found 47,800 marijuana plants hidden in an 8-acre
cornfield in Atwater. 2 men were arrested.
(SFC, 8/30/10, p.A5)
2010 Sep 5, In southern
California 7 people were shot at a house party in Lancaster,
including a girl (14) who later died of her wounds. Manuel Jamines,
a Guatemalan immigrant, was fatally shot by a Los Angeles police
officer. His death led to several days of violent protests. Police
and witnesses said Jamines was threatening people with a knife.
(SFC, 9/6/10, p.A4)(AP, 9/21/10)
2010 Sep 9, A US federal judge
in southern California ruled that the US military’s ban on openly
gay service members is unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
Judge Virginia Phillips ruled for the plaintiffs, a group of gay
activists know as the Log Cabin Republicans.
(SFC, 9/9/10, p.A9)(Econ, 10/16/10, p.40)
2010 Sep 13, William Coblentz
(88), California power broker, died. He had served for 16 years as a
regent of UC, including 2 years as chairman.
(Econ, 10/2/10, p.93)
2010 Sep 15, California
Attorney General Jerry Brown sued 8 current and former members of
the city of Bell accusing them of defrauding taxpayers by granting
themselves high salaries and bloated pensions. The suit demanded
that officials return hundreds of thousands of dollars.
(SFC, 9/16/10, p.A10)
2010 Sep 17, California’s
budget stalemate officially became the longest in state history,
surpassing the 78-day record of 2008.
(SFC, 9/17/10, p.A1)
2010 Sep 19, Deputies searched
a wide swath of Southern California for a break-off religious sect
of 13 people that included children as young as three. They had left
behind letters indicating they were awaiting an apocalyptic event
and would soon see Jesus and their dead relatives in heaven. The
group of El Salvadoran immigrants, led by Reyna Marisol Chicas (32)
of Palmdale, was found just before noon at Jackie Robinson Park near
(AP, 9/19/10)(SFC, 9/20/10, p.A5)
2010 Sep 21, In California
police arrested 8 current and former officials of the city of Bell,
including the mayor and ex-city manager, on charges of corruption.
Mayor Rizzo was booked on 53 counts of misappropriation of public
funds and conflict of interest.
(SFC, 9/22/10, p.C2)
2010 Sep 26, It was reported
that the Hilmar Cheese company in Merced County is the likely
culprit in ruining at least 18 wells in and around Hilmar. Partially
treated effluent from the 27-acre plant has been discharged onto
land around the plant for years.
(SSFC, 9/26/10, p.A1)
2010 Sep 27, Downtown Los
Angeles, Ca., recorded a record 113 degrees.
(SFC, 9/29/10, p.A1)
2010 Oct 1, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a measure making marijuana possession up to
ounce an infraction, on par with traffic and littering tickets.
Schwarzenegger opposed Proposition 19, the upcoming marijuana
(SFC, 10/2/10, p.A1)
2010 Oct 8, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed an $86.6 billion state budget, 100 days after
beginning the fiscal year. He used his line-item veto power to cut
nearly $1 billion from the plan approved by the Legislature. An
independent analyst later estimated that the budget remained $25.4
billion in deficit.
(SFC, 10/9/10, p.A1)(Econ, 12/4/10, p.37)
2010 Oct 10, Virgin Galactic’s
space tourism rocket, SpaceShip Two, achieved its first solo glide
flight. Manned by 2 pilots it flew for 11 minutes before landing in
(SFC, 10/11/10, p.A5)(Econ, 10/16/10, p.100)
2010 Oct 13, Mexican national
Jose Antonio Medina Arreguin (36) was booked into a Ventura, Ca.,
county jail after being extradited from his home country. Court
documents later showed Medina, accused of being Mexico's "King of
Heroin," caught on wiretap conversations talking to coconspirators
about drug transactions involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In March 2011 Arreguin pleaded guilty and faced up to 24 years in
(AP, 11/13/10)(AP, 3/17/11)
2010 Oct 15, A light plane
carrying four US citizens on a medical aid flight crashed in Baja
California, killing all four aboard. The plane that went down was
one of three on a mission from the San Luis Obispo, Ca., area.
2010 Oct 18, In Southern
California Crystal Cathedral, the megachurch birthplace of the
televangelist show "Hour of Power," filed for bankruptcy after
struggling to emerge from debt that exceeds $43 million.
2010 Oct 21, In Northern
California an entire arm of the Roseville Galleria, a high-end
regional mall, was destroyed after Alexander Corney Pigee (Piggee,
23), barricaded himself inside a video game store and started a
2010 Oct 22, A shark attack off
the coast of Santa Barbara County, Ca., killed surfer Lucas Ransom
(SFC, 10/23/10, p.A12)
2010 Oct 27, In San Diego, Ca.,
police officer Christopher Wilson (50) was fatally shot as officers
tried to serve warrants on Holim Lee (30). Hours later Lee was found
dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His girlfriend,
Lucky Xayasene (27) was also fatally shot. Wilson died of his wounds
the next day.
(SFC, 11/1/10, p.A6)
2010 Oct 27, BrightSource
Energy of Oakland, Ca., broke ground on its Ivanpah Solar Electric
Generating System in the Mohave Desert. Plant operator NRG Energy
Inc. agreed to invest $300 million into the $2 billion project. On
April 11, 2011, BrightSource finalized $1.6 billion in loans for the
(SFC, 10/28/10, p.D1)(Econ, 4/16/11, p.69)
2010 Oct 29, In southern
California 2 doctors were arrested along with 5 others for leading a
scam in which mentally ill homeless patients were paid $100 each for
unnecessary treatments that were fraudulently billed to Medicare and
(SFC, 10/30/10, p.A6)
2010 Nov 1, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger said welfare recipients can no longer use
state-issued debit cards at medical marijuana shops, psychics and
other businesses whose services have been deemed "inconsistent with
the intent" of the program. In June Schwarzenegger barred welfare
cards at casino ATMs.
2010 Nov 2, In California
federal agents arrested Adam Gitschlag, a retired US Marine, for
allegedly selling illegal assault weapons to members of Florencia
13, a Los Angeles street gang. On Nov 8 ATF agents arrested 2 more
retired Marines associated with Gitschlag, and 2 others for
smuggling machine guns from Iraq.
(SFC, 11/10/10, p.A8)
2010 Nov 2, In California Jerry
Brown defeated Meg Whitman (54%-41%) in his bid for a comeback to
the governor's office he occupied for two terms more than a
quarter-century ago. Sen. Barbara Boxer was elected to a fourth
term, overcoming a challenge from Carly Fiorina.
(AP, 11/3/10)(SFC, 11/4/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 2, The US attorney’s
office indicted 3 San Diego residents on charges of conspiring to
provide money to Al Shabab, a terrorist group in Somalia.
(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A5)
2010 Nov 2, California voters
rejected Proposition 19 declining to make their state the nation's
first to legalize marijuana use and sales, heeding warnings of legal
chaos and that pot smokers would get behind the wheel and show up to
work while high. Voters approved Prop. 25 to allow lawmakers to pass
a budget with a simple majority vote.
(AP, 11/3/10)(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A17)
2010 Nov 2, San Francisco’s
Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected as state lieutenant governor.
2010 Nov 3, Federal authorities
in San Diego said they have made one of the largest marijuana
seizures in the United States, confiscating more than 20 tons of pot
that was smuggled into the country through an underground tunnel
connecting warehouses on either side of California's border with
2010 Nov 3, In Colorado Richard
Paul (34) was arrested and federal agents seized five pounds of C-4
military explosives from his home in Durango. In Las Vegas Andrew
Kaufman (36) was arrested. In San Diego Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle
(33) was arrested. They were accused of conspiring to smuggle and
sell weapons to an undercover federal agent in Nevada and Colorado.
Bickle, his close friend Paul, and their associate Kaufman allegedly
sold machine guns for $1,300 to $2,400 each, and handguns for $300
to an undercover federal agent who told them they would be shipped
2010 Nov 5, In Los Angeles
ex-BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle (28) was sentenced to a
minimum term of 2 years for fatally shooting unarmed train rider
Oscar Grant (22) at the Oakland Fruitvale BART station on Jan, 2009.
Protesters marched in downtown Oakland and mobs smashed about a
dozen cars. 152 people were arrested.
(SFC, 11/6/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 11/7/10, p.C10)
2010 Nov 8, Video posted on the
CBS News website showed an object flying through the evening sky
over southern California that left a large contrail, or vapor trail.
A news helicopter owned by KCBS, a CBS affiliate in Los Angeles,
shot the video. Pentagon officials were stumped by the event.
2010 Nov 10, California’s
Legislative Analyst’s Office said the state faces a $25.4 billion
budget deficit over the next 20 months.
(SFC, 11/11/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 12, The California
state Dept. of Education reported 50.4% of the state’s public
schools students identified themselves as Latino. 27% identified
themselves as white, 9% as Asian and 7% as black.
(SFC, 11/13/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 13, In California a
gold Honda Accord tried to pass a group of motorcycles and caused a
Dodge car to lose control on two-lane Route 98, a desert highway
near Ocotillo, triggering a crash that killed five people and
injured six others. Authorities were looking for the driver of the
Accord. The driver of the dodge was arrested on suspicion of driving
under the influence.
(AP, 11/14/10)(SFC, 11/15/10, p.A8)
2010 Nov 15, A California
woman, Nima Ali Yusuf (24), was charged with conspiring to provide
money and people to a Somali terrorist group to help carry out
killings in the African nation, according to a federal indictment
unsealed today. She was the fourth person charged in the past month
in San Diego with helping al-Shabab.
2010 Nov 16, Hollywood
publicist Ronni Chasen (64) was shot to death in her car in Beverly
Hills as she drove home after the party. Police later attributed her
murder to a botched robbery by small-time convict Harold Martin
Smith, who killed himself on Dec 1 as detectives attempted to
2010 Nov 17, Some 48 of 1,730
California doctors, who received money from pharmaceutical companies
over the past 21 months, have been the subject of disciplinary
action as reported by ProPublica, an investigative news
(SFC, 11/18/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 18, In southern
California police arrested George Djura Jakubec (54), a Serbian
emigre, after finding large quantities of explosive ingredients,
including PETN, at his home in Escondido. On June 13, 2011, Jakubec
was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
(SFC, 11/27/10, p.A7)(SFC, 6/14/11, p.A4)
2010 Nov 19, The Los Angeles
Auto Show opened. Fiat, now associated with Chrysler, introduced its
tiny Fiat 500. Fiat sales in America would begin in January,
following a 27-year absense.
(Econ, 11/27/10, p.69)
2010 Nov 24, In California Rep.
Steve Cooley conceded defeat to Dem. Kamala Harris for the office of
attorney general. Harris became the state’s first woman, the first
African American and the first Indian American in California history
to be elected as state attorney general.
(SFC, 11/25/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 24, In southern
California Carlie Rose Attebury (31), a former El Modena High School
high school band teacher, was convicted of 4 counts stemming from
her sexual relationship with a boy (15).
(SFC, 11/26/10, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/2g9r229)
2010 Nov 25, US authorities
found a sophisticated tunnel used to smuggle drugs between Mexico
and San Diego, the second such discovery in the region in less than
a month. Investigators seized some 20 tons of marijuana. The
2,200-foot passage ran from a residence in Tijuana to a warehouse in
San Diego's Otay Mesa area.
(AP, 11/25/10)(SFC, 11/27/10, p.A5)
2010 Nov 29, The dismembered
body of Herbert White (49) was found by a maid in a backpack in a
Los Angeles hotel room. Authorities linked the $40-a-night hotel
room to Edward Garcia Jr. (36) and his wife, Melissa Hope Garcia
(25). The Pennsylvania couple were arrested on Dec 9.
(SFC, 12/11/10, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/27gm7lw)
2010 Nov, Ronald L. Brekke of
California was arrested for helping nearly 1,000 people falsely
claim millions of dollars in tax refunds. He had earned over
$400,000 since February 2009. Brekke had told his victims the US
Treasury would pay out tax refunds equal to their personal debt, a
deception known as "1099 OID" fraud, after the form used to claim
the refund. The scam started to fall apart after two
co-conspirators, both Canadians, tried to cash refund checks worth
more than $350,000 each at a bank in Bellingham, Wash. In 2012
Brekke was convicted of conspiracy and wire fraud.
2010 Dec 1, Harold Martin Smith
(43), a man wanted in the Nov 16 slaying of Hollywood publicist
Ronni Chasen (64), killed himself in the lobby of a dreary Los
Angeles hotel as police closed in to question him.
(AP, 12/2/10)(SFC, 12/9/10, p.A18)
2010 Dec 1, In Rohnert Park,
Ca., Calli Murray (2) was killed and her mother injured as a Sonoma
State Univ. student ran into them while texting on her phone. In
2011 Kaitlyn Dunaway (19) pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 5
days in jail and nearly 4 months of home detention.
(SFC, 11/17/11, p.C3)
2010 Dec 2, NASA researcher
Felisa Wolfe-Simon (33) reported that a strange bacterium,
Halomonadaceae, found in California's Mono Lake, thrives on arsenic
and redefines life as we know it. She said the bacterium does not
merely eat arsenic, but incorporates the toxic element directly into
its DNA. Her finding stirred much controversy. In 2012 scientists
reported that the bacteria is just resistant to arsenic and actually
dependent for life on phosphorous.
(Reuters, 12/2/10)(SFC, 5/28/11, p.C1)(SFC,
2010 Dec 7, In California 52
Filipino hospital workers sued their employer, Delano Regional
Medical Center, alleging they were the sole ethnic group targeted by
a rule requiring them to speak only English.
2010 Dec 12, The Washington
Post reported that 8 out of the 12 top US gun dealers whose products
fuel Mexico's drug violence are located in the state of Texas. 3
others were in Arizona, and one was in California. There are 3,800
gun retailers in Texas, 300 in Houston alone.
2010 Dec 12, In Long Beach,
Ca., police officers shot Doug Zerby (35) over a dozen times as he
manipulated a pistol grip water nozzle. The shooting spurred street
protests. Prosecutors in 2011 said police acted lawfully in killing
Zerby, who was drunk at the time. His family filed a federal civil
rights and wrongful death lawsuit against the city.
(SFC, 11/4/11, p.C6)
2010 Dec 14, In California a
mother loading her 2-year-old son into an SUV was killed and six
others were wounded in a gunbattle at a strip mall in south
Sacramento. A 2nd victim, Marvion Barksdale (20), died at a hospital
of his injuries.
(AP, 12/15/10)(SFC, 12/16/10, p.E3)
2010 Dec 16, The California Air
Resources Board approved the creation of the nation’s first
broad-based program to put a cap on green house gas emissions.
(SFC, 12/17/10, p.A1)
2010 Dec 16, In California
Rohayent Gomez (13) was shot and paralyzed by police officer Victor
Abarca as the boy held a replica gun. In 2012 a jury ruled that the
LAPD must pay $24 million to Gomez.
(SSFC, 12/16/12, p.A12)
2010 Joe Matthews and Mark Paul
authored “California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and
How We Can Fix It.”
(Econ, 4/23/11, SR p.10)
2010 California’s Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger signed a law limiting handgun ammunition sales. It
was to take effect in February, 2011, but was blocked by a Superior
court judge in Fresno. In 2013 a state appeals court barred
enforcement of the law.
(SFC, 11/8/13, p.D6)
2010 California’s federal
prison receivership put a stop to all tubal ligations on female
prisoners. In 2013 the Center for Investigative Reporting found that
148 women in state prisons had received tubal ligations without
required state approvals from 2006-2010. This prompted state
lawmakers to call for an investigation.
(SFC, 7/12/13, p.D8)
2011 Jan 8, In Los Angeles a
2nd suspect was arrested regarding videotaped sexual assaults of
profoundly disabled women at a residential care facility. As many as
10 suspects were possibly involved.
(SFC, 1/10/11, p.A4)
2011 Jan 11, California’s Gov.
jerry Brown issued his first executive order ordering state agency
and department heads to collect half of some 96,000 state-issued
cell phones used by public employees.
(SFC, 1/12/11, p.A6)
2011 Jan 11, A Los Angeles
judge stripped Dr. Conrad Murray of his medical license after ruling
that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to try him for
manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.
(SFC, 1/12/11, p.A4)
2011 Jan 11, In southern
California sheriff’s deputy trainee Mohamed Ahmed (27), a Somali
immigrant, was shot in the face. The gunman, a Lott Stoner gang
member Nestor Torres (37), was shot and killed by a 2nd deputy.
(SFC, 1/13/11, p.C5)
2011 Jan 13, Marc Knapp (35) of
Simi Valley, Ca., accused of trying to export military equipment to
Iran, pleaded guilty in federal court in Delaware to two felony
counts involving violations of the International Emergency Economic
Powers Act and the Arms Export Control Act. Sentencing was set for
2011 Jan 14, In San Bernadino,
Ca., 3 people were electrocuted, one after the other, as a wife and
son attempted to rescue Steven Vego (43), each coming in contact
with a 12,000-volt power line that had fallen over in their
2011 Jan 18, In Stanislaus
County, Ca., Jose Esteban Rodriguez (27), kidnapped Juliani Cardenas
(4), the son of his girlfriend, from the arms of the boy’s
grandmother and fled in a Toyota car. A witness saw the car plunge
into a canal with a man and boy inside. Authorities found the car on
Jan 28 in a canal near Patterson. On Feb 1 the child’s body was
found in the Delta-Mendota canal about 30 miles south of Patterson.
Tabitha Cardenas was pregnant with Rodriguez’s daughter. On Feb 12
the body of Rodriguez was found in the Delta-Mendota Canal near
(SFC, 2/2/11, p.C3)(SSFC, 2/13/11, p.C9)
2011 Jan 20, In California
regents of the Univ. of Cal. awarded hundreds of employees over $4
million in incentive pay and raises one day after UC Pres. Mark
Yudof said US would need to close a $1 billion budget gap next year.
(SFC, 1/20/11, p.C1)
2011 Jan 24, The California
Supreme Court ruled that cities and counties do not have to consult
with unions before deciding to lay off workers to save money.
(SFC, 1/25/11, p.C1)
2011 Jan 30, In southern
California over 2 dozen protesters were arrested for protesting
against Charles and David Koch, brothers who have used millions from
their energy conglomerate to finance conservative causes. 11
busloads of protesters converged on a political retreat run by the
Kansas billionaires at a resort in Rancho Mirage.
(SFC, 1/31/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 2, In northern
California John Luebbers, a school janitor, shot and killed
Placerville elementary school principal Sam LaCara (50), following a
(SFC, 2/5/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 4, In California a
Stockton real estate executive pleaded guilty to conspiring to rig
bids and commit mail fraud. Richard W. Northcutt (56) became the 4th
person to plead guilty in a federal investigation of
anti-competitive practices in real estate foreclosure auctions
across northern California.
(SFC, 2/5/11, p.C1)
2011 Feb 6, A US rocket
carrying a national security payload launched from Vandenberg air
Force Base in southern California.
(SFC, 2/7/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 9, US federal
prosecutors announced charges against 41 alleged gang members for
activities ranging from racketeering conspiracy to drug and gun
trafficking and murder in four states and Washington D.C. Some 29
defendants were arrested and more arrests are expected in connection
with the separate cases from Los Angeles; McAllen, Texas; Kansas
City; Washington D.C.; and Las Vegas.
2011 Feb 15, California Gov.
Jerry Brown instituted a hiring freeze across state government
citing the state’s $25.4 billion budget deficit.
(SFC, 2/16/11, p.C1)
2011 Feb 16, In California
Norman Wielsch (49), commander of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics
Enforcement Team, was arrested along with Christopher Butler (49),
owner of a Concord private investigation firm, for allegedly
stealing and selling drugs. Stephen Tanabe (47), a Contra Costa
deputy sheriff, was arrested on March 4 on drug and weapons charges
related to the case against Wielsch and Butler. Tanabe resigned on
March 10 after being accused of making “dirty DUI” arrests. Butler
later said he helped Wielsch set up a house of prostitution at 670
Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill in 2009. Butler also said Wielsch
robbed prostitutes whose operations competed with his own. Butler
and Wielsch were indicted on Aug 15 on drug and corruption charges.
Tanabe was indicted on Dec 15. On May 4, 2012, Butler pleaded guilty
to 7 criminal counts. His former associate, vice cop Louis Lombardi,
was sentenced to 3 years in prison. He had admitted to 9 felonies
while working under Wielsch. On Sep 25, 2012, Butler was sentenced
to 8 years in prison. On Dec 5, 2012, Wielsch pleaded guilty to
stealing drugs and robbing prostitutes. On May 20, 2013, Wielsch was
sentenced to 14 years in prison.
(SFC, 2/18/11, p.C2)(SFC, 3/11/11, p.C3)(SFC,
5/13/11, p.A1)(SFC, 5/14/11, p.A1)(SFC, 8/16/11, p.C1)(SFC,
12/17/11, p.C2)(SFC, 5/5/12, p.A8)(SFC, 9/26/12, p.A1)(SFC, 12/6/12,
p.C3)(SFC, 5/21/13, p.C1)
2011 Feb 26, In southern
California jail visitor Gabriel Carrillo was beaten by Los Angeles
County sheriff’s deputies while visiting his brother at Men’s
Central Jail. Deputies had found him with a cell phone. In May,
2014, he accepted $1.2 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit. In
2015 sheriff’s deputy Eric Gonzalez was sentenced to eight years in
prison for the beating. Four other convicted deputies were awaiting
sentencing and a fifth was recently indicted. In 2019 a jury found
former deputy Byron Dredd guilty of lying to federal prosecutors
looking into the case. This marked the final conviction against each
of 22 deputies and officials charged in the beating.
p.A5)(SSFC, 1/20/19, p.A10)
2011 Feb 27, In the Academy
Awards ceremony in Los Angeles "The King's Speech," a historical
film, won best picture and three other prizes over more daring,
contemporary contenders like "The Social Network" and "Black Swan."
The Oscar for best-actor went to Colin Firth for "The King's
Speech," Natalie Portman won best-actress for "Black Swan," and
Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won as best supporting actors, both
for "The Fighter."
2011 Mar 4, In California two
Sikh men were shot in Elk Grove, a suburb of Sacramento. Surinder
Singh (65) died at the scene and Gurmej Atwal (78) was hospitalized.
(SFC, 3/7/11, p.A6)
2011 Mar 8, In southern
California hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of sardines
floated dead in the King Harbor area of Redondo Beach. Authorities
said a storm had chased the sardines toward shore where they died
due to a lack of oxygen. The millions of sardines soon tested
positive for domoic acid, a powerful neurotoxin. This acid is often
found in the stomach of fish that have been feeding on plankton
during toxic algae blooms.
(SFC, 3/9/11, p.A9)(AP, 3/12/11)
2011 Mar 11, In Santa Cruz,
Ca., a tsunami from the earthquake off Japan caused at least $17.1
million in damage to the harbor, and another $4 million to private
boats. Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency declaration for the
harbor. A series of powerful surges generated by the quake arrived
about 7:30 a.m. and pounded the Crescent City harbor in northern
California. Eight boats were believed sunk and dozens of others
2011 Mar 16, In California 5 of
6 people died in the crash of a small corporate plane near Long
(SFC, 3/17/11, p.A9)
2011 Mar 16, In central
California a 40-foot section of Highway 1 crumbled south of Carmel
just after 5 pm following several days of rainy weather. The entire
southbound lane was gone, and the soil under the northbound lane
also was giving way.
2011 Mar 17, In southern
California Huy Pham (29) jumped off roof of City Hall in Costa Mesa
at 3:20 pm and was pronounced dead at the scene. The maintenance
worker jumped to his death an hour after he was called in to get his
layoff notice. He was on a list of more than 200 people, nearly half
of the city's workforce, targeted for layoffs in a drastic move to
plug a $15 million budget hole.
2011 Mar 24, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed into law billions of dollars in cuts to state
programs and services to help solve the state’s $26.6 billion
(SFC, 3/25/11, p.C1)
2011 Mar 31, SF Giants fan
Bryan Stow was beaten and left in a coma following a game outside
Dodger Stadium. LA police on May 22 arrested suspect Giovanni
Ramirez (31). On June 20 Ramirez was given a 10-month prison
sentence for alleged gun possession. On July 21 police arrested two
new suspects in the case, Louis Alex Sanchez (29) and Marvin Eugene
(SFC, 5/23/11, p.A1)(SFC, 6/21/11, p.C2)(SFC,
7/22/11, p.A1)(SFC, 7/23/11, p.A8)
2011 Apr 7, In California an
Asian citrus psyllid, which can carry a disease killing trees, was
discovered in Ventura County. The county was put under quarantine
for the tiny aphid-like pest.
(SFC, 4/11/11, p.A4)
2011 Apr 11, US federal
prosecutors said 10 people, including two former basketball players
and a former assistant coach at the University of San Diego, have
been indicted in connection with a scheme to fix games since 2008.
2011 Apr 11, Reno photographer
Joseph Naso (77) was arrested in South Lake Tahoe in connection with
the killings of four women in Northern California between 1997 and
(SFC, 4/13/11, p.C2)
2011 Apr 12, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring the state’s utilities to
get 33% of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of
(SFC, 4/13/11, p.D1)
2011 Apr 21, Jess Stonestreet
Jackson (81), lawyer turned winemaker, died in Geyserville, Ca. He
and his first wife, Jane Kendall, produced their first wine under
the Kendall-Jackson label in 1982. His brand soon became synonymous
with Chardonnay, the nation’s most favored grape.
(SFC, 4/22/11, p.A1)
2011 May 1, Jeffrey Hall, a
regional leader of the National Socialist Movement, was shot to
death in Riverside, Ca., by his son (10). In 2013 a judge convicted
the boy of 2nd degree murder. In 2013 a judge ruled that the boy
spend at least the next seven years in a state juvenile facility.
p.A4)(SFC, 11/1/13, p.D5)
2011 May 9, Former California
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver announced their
separation, cleaving a sometimes-turbulent 25-year relationship. On
May 17 Schwarzenegger acknowledged that he had fathered a child with
a member of his household staff over a decade ago.
(AP, 5/10/11)(AP, 5/17/11)
2011 May 13, California state
parks officials said 70 state parks will close starting in September
as a result of state budget cuts.
(SFC, 5/14/11, p.A1)
2011 May 23, The US Supreme
Court said California must reduce its prison population by over
30,000 in two years to address its inadequate prison health care
(SFC, 5/24/11, p.A1)
2011 May 24, In California a
family of four was found dead in San Diego in what police called a
triple murder suicide.
(SFC, 5/25/11, p.A6)
2011 Jun 7, California Blue
Shield CEO Bruce Bodaken announced a 2% cap on revenue.
(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun 9, California
officials reported that giant Central Valley water pumps killed 6
million young splittail fish last month and tens of thousands of
imperiled chinook salmon since October.
(SFC, 6/9/11, p.A1)
2011 Jun 13, In southern
California an indictment was unsealed charging radiologist Dr. Sim
Hoffman, neurologist Dr. Thomas Heric and two staffers in a $17
million workers’ compensation insurance fraud scheme.
(SFC, 6/13/11, p.C3)
2011 Jun 14, In
California US District Judge James Ware has upheld the ruling made
by another judge, Vaughn Walker, which overturned a ban on gay
marriage. In August 2010, Walker ruled that California’s Proposition
8 discriminated against gay people. Opponents of gay marriage
appealed, saying Walker should have recused himself because he is
gay and thus unable to be impartial. But Judge Ware rejected the
appeal, saying that with such logic, a female judge could not rule
on any cases where a woman was seeking legal relief, and a minority
judge could not rule on civil rights
(LAT, 6/14/11)(Reuters, 6/14/11)
2011 Jun 14, In an effort to
help combat childhood obesity, the Los Angeles Unified School
District agreed to stop serving flavored milk; neither chocolate nor
strawberry milk will be available in school cafeterias after July 1.
(LAT, 6/15/11)(AP, 6/14/11)
2011 Jun 14, In northern
California Jerry Wayne Steele (60) shot Cecilia Mortenson (14) and
her mother, Ashley Volore (49), after botching an attempt to kidnap
them in Crescent City. Steele had molested the girl over a 4-year
period. Steele shot and killed himself as police approached. Cecilia
was removed from life support on June 17.
(SFC, 6/21/11, p.C2)
2011 Jun 15, California’s
Democrat-controlled legislature passed a budget, but it was vetoed
the next day by Gov. Brown due to questionable maneuvers.
(Econ, 6/25/11, p.38)
2011 Jun 17, In California
government and corporate leaders broke ground on the $4 billion
Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside County, developed by Solar
Millennium, a German firm.
(SFC, 6/18/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun 22, Mob boss James
"Whitey" Bulger (81) was captured near Los Angeles, along with
longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig, after 16 years on the run that
embarrassed the FBI and exposed the bureau's corrupt relationship
with its underworld informants.
2011 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court refused to let California regulate the sale or rental of
violent video games to children, saying governments do not have the
power to "restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed"
despite complaints about graphic violence.
2011 Jun 28, California
lawmakers approved a budget package with $86 billion in general fund
spending, ensuring that they will once again get paid.
(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A1)
2011 Jun 30, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a budget plan. He used his line-item veto to cut
an additional $23.8 million from the state’s $86 billion general
(SFC, 7/1/11, p.A1)
2011 Jul 1, Six weeks after
Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed he had fathered a child out of
wedlock, his wife Maria Shriver filed divorce papers to end their
marriage of 25 years.
2011 Jul 5, A bill to require
California public schools to teach the historical accomplishments of
gay men and lesbians passed the state Legislature on a vote of
49-25, without a single Republican supporting it.
2011 Jul 5, California police
killed Manuel Ramos (37), a mentally ill, homeless man, during a
violent confrontation at the Fullerton Transportation Center. In
September 2 police officers were charged with killing Ramos. The
beating was captured on video.
(SFC, 9/27/11, p.A9)
2011 Jul 7, In California Santa
Cruz residents David Edward Houghton (43), his wife and two sons
were killed when his small plane crashed following takeoff in
(SFC, 7/9/11, p.C2)
2011 Jul 13, The body of
Rebecca Nalepa (32), the girlfriend of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp
chief executive Jonah Shacknai, was found dead at his mansion near
San Diego, prompting an investigation by homicide detectives. Two
days earlier the 6-year-old son of Shacknai fell down the stairs at
the mansion. The boy died on July 17.
(Reuters, 7/14/11)(SFC, 7/18/11, p.A5)
2011 Jul 14, Gov. Jerry Brown
signed a bill making California the first state in the nation to add
lessons about gays and lesbians to social studies classes in public
2011 Jul 18, In southern
California a veteran police detective and her 18-year-old daughter
were stabbed to death, and her son was arrested on suspicion of
murder after he was found sitting next to the teenager's nude body
outside their Rancho Penasquitos home.
2011 Jul 20, The Los Angeles
passed a pioneering new law intended to protect bicyclists from
harassment by motorists.
(SFC, 7/21/11, p.A6)
2011 Jul 25, California
Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill allowing illegal
immigrants to receive privately funded scholarships to attend the
state's public colleges and universities.
2011 Jul 29, Law enforcement
officials said they struck a major blow against illegal marijuana
cultivation on public lands in the heart of Northern California pot
country. US Attorney Melinda Haag said a two-week operation to purge
the Mendocino National Forest of illicit pot gardens uprooted
460,000 pot plants and led to more than 100 arrests.
2011 Aug 7, San Diego police
officer Jeremy Henwood (36) died one day after being shot in the
face while sitting in his patrol car. Suspect Dejon Marquee White
(23) was fatally shot by police as he tried to avoid arrest.
(SFC, 8/8/11, p.A5)
2011 Aug 8, The US Justice
department and 4 the attorney generals of California, Illinois,
Florida, and Indiana accused Pittsburgh-based Education Management
Corp. of paying recruiters to enroll students in an $11 billion
(SFC, 8/8/11, p.A5)
2011 Aug 11, Three boys, the
grandsons of Republican U.S. Rep. Gary Miller, were turned over to
US authorities at the Tijuana border. Their mother, Jennifer
Dejongh, was supposed to drop her three sons off at the California
congressman's house in 2007 for an extended visit but did not take
them there. Dejongh (34) was turned over to the Los Angeles County
Sheriff's Department and was held on $500,000 bail.
2011 Aug 16, California Gov.
Jerry Brown and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a pact with the
federal government to increase the clarity of Lake Tahoe by half a
foot per year for the next 65 years.
(SFC, 8/17/11, p.C1)
2011 Aug 18, US federal
officials said they have busted a drug trafficking gang in El Cahon,
southern California. Many of the 60 suspects were Iraqi Chaldeans
suspected of being affiliated with the Chaldean Organized Crime
Syndicate based in Detroit, Michigan.
(SFC, 8/19/11, p.A11)
2011 Aug 19, William Walter
Asher III (66), a convicted murderer who escaped from a California
prison camp in 1975, was taken into custody without incident at a
home in the Northern California town of Salida. Asher was originally
arrested in Chicago in 1966, where authorities say he fled at the
age of 20 after taking part in a San Francisco bar robbery in which
the bartender was shot and beaten to death.
2011 Aug 21, In El Cajon, San
Diego County, Ca., Kevin Collier committed suicide after killing his
baby daughter and mother-in-law. He wounded a police officer and
torched his home before killing himself. His wife had filed for
divorce days before.
(SFC, 8/27/11, p.A4)
2011 Aug 27, In northern
California Jere Melo, a Fort Bragg councilman, was shot and killed
after he stumbled on a marijuana operation east of the city. Aaron
Bassler was identified as the suspect in the shooting. Bassler was
also suspected in the Aug 11 death of property manager Matthew
(SFC, 8/29/11, p.C1)(SSFC, 10/2/11, p.A14)
2011 Aug 29, Adult film
productions in Los Angeles shut down temporarily after an adult film
performer tested HIV-positive. A retest by the end of the week
indicated no virus and film production was allowed to resume.
(SFC, 8/30/11, p.A6)(SSFC, 9/4/11, p.A8)
2011 Sep 1, Santa Cruz, Ca.,
attorney Celestial Cassman (35) was murdered while vacationing on
the island of Maui. The next day Geral Galaway of Santa Cruz was
arrested for the murder. In 2012 he pleaded no contest under a plead
deal to manslaughter and kidnapping.
(SFC, 6/9/12, p.C3)
2011 Sep 2, In California Kinde
Durkee, a Democratic campaign manager based in Burbank, was arrested
on suspicion of mail fraud. She was alleged to have misappropriated
or stolen $670,000 from state Assemblyman Jose Solorio. Sen. Dianne
Feinstein’s campaign funds were also believed to be involved. On Sep
23 Feinstein’s campaign filed suit against Durkee and the First
California Bank in Los Angeles county. On March 30, 2012,
Durkee pleaded guilty to 5 charges of mail fraud. On Nov 28, 2012,
Durkee was sentenced to 8 years in prison for the largest
embezzlement of political funds in California history. In 2017
Beverly Hills-based Pacific Western Bank paid $1.75 million to
settle allegations that it had facilitated the embezzlement. Durkee
had acknowledged defrauding clients of more than $7 million.
(SSFC, 9/4/11, p.A8)(SFC, 9/14/11, p.A9)(SFC,
9/24/11, p.A1)(SFC, 3/31/12, p.C1)(SFC, 11/29/12, p.C3)(SFC,
2011 Sep 8, A power blackout
hit the southwest affecting 5 million people in Baja California,
southern California, Arizona and parts of Sonora. It was caused by a
utility worker making a routine repair in Yuma, Az. Most power was
restored within 12 hours.
2011 Sep 21, California
prosecutors charged one police officer with murder and another with
manslaughter in the July 5 killing of an unarmed, mentally ill
homeless man who was pummeled, shocked with a Taser and slammed with
the butt of a stun gun in a beating that lasted nearly 10 minutes.
2011 Sep 22, In northern and
central California some 23,000 nurses associated with Sutter Health
and Kaiser Permanente went on a one-day strike.
(SFC, 9/23/11, p.C4)
2011 Sep 23, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed compromise legislation under which Amazon.com
drops its attempt to overturn by referendum an online sales tax in
return for the state agreeing to postpone collections until next
September. Amazon said it will create 10,000 full-time jobs in the
state and invest $500 million in a variety of facilities.
(SFC, 9/27/11, p.D1)
2011 Sep 28, Mir Najibullah
Sadat Sahou (68), the former governor of Afghanistan’s central bank,
was shot and killed during a suspected robbery near San Diego. Sahou
had fled to the United States as a political fugitive. In December
the remains of Ismael Lopez, suspected of Sahou, were found by
divers off San Diego.
(SFC, 12/24/11, p.A5)
2011 Oct 1, In northern
California a Sacramento SWAT team shot and killed Aaron Bassler
(35), a suspect in two previous north coast murders.
(SSFC, 10/2/11, p.A1)
2011 Oct 2, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill that that will prevent local governments
from banning male circumcision.
2011 Oct 7, Federal authorities
in California vowed to shut down dozens of pot growing and sales
operations in a major crackdown, saying the worst offenders are
using the cover of medical marijuana to act as storefront drug
2011 Oct 7, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed measures to ban the importation, possession and
sale of shark fins. The importation ban begins in January, but sale
and use will continue to July 2013.
(SFC, 10/8/11, p.A1)
2011 Oct 8, California Governor
Jerry Brown signed a bill giving illegal immigrant college students
access to state-funded financial aid, the second half of two-part
legislation known as the "Dream Act."
2011 Oct 10, In California a
1,704 pumpkin won a prize of $11,224 in the annual Half Moon Bay
Pumpkin Festival. Leonardo Urena’s pumpkin set a state record, but
was 106 pounds short of a world record set in 2010 by a Wisconsin
(SFC, 10/11/11, p.C1)
2011 Oct 12, In Seal Beach,
Ca., a gunman burst through the door of a hair salon and began
shooting. The shooter then stepped outside, shot a man sitting in a
truck in the parking lot and sped off. 8 people, including his wife,
were killed and another one left in critical condition. Police
arrested Scott Dekraai (42) about a half-mile from the Salon
Meritage. He was the ex-husband of stylist Michelle Fournier, who
worked there. On April 28, 2014, Dekraai agreed to plead guilty. In
2017 Dekraai was sentenced to eight consecutive life terms in
(AP, 10/13/11)(SFC, 10/15/11, p.A7)(SFC, 4/29/14,
p.A6)(SFC, 9/23/17 p.A7)
2011 Oct 14, California’s top
prosecutor said 103 gang suspects have been arrested over the last 3
days under various charges as part of operation garlic press.
Charges included drug sales and possession of firearms and stolen
(SFC, 10/15/11, p.C1)
2011 Oct 28, In San Diego, Ca.,
police arrested 51 people who occupied the Civic Center Plaza and
Children's Park for three weeks. Occupy San Diego protesters vowed
to return to the civic plaza behind City Hall.
2011 Nov 7, California pot
suppliers filed lawsuits in federal court to halt the Obama
administration’s campaign to close down their dispensaries, saying
the survival of California’s medical marijuana law is at stake.
(SFC, 11/8/11, p.C2)
2011 Nov 15, In southern
California an estimated 17 tons of marijuana were seized in the
discovery of a cross-border tunnel linking warehouses in San Diego
and Tijuana. Authorities said it was one of the most significant
secret drug smuggling passages ever found on the US-Mexico border.
2011 Nov 16, A California
Legislative Analyst’s Office report said the state will collect
billions of dollars less in revenue than expected and expect a
budget deficit of $13 billion in the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
California State Univ. trustees raised tuition by 9% as police in
Long Beach clashed protesters at the system’s headquarters.
(SFC, 11/17/11, p.A1)
2011 Nov 18, The LA Times
reported that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County,
California is buying Robert Schuller's celebrated Protestant Crystal
Cathedral megachurch for $57.5 million. On June 9, 2012, Bishop Tod
Brown renamed it as Christ Cathedral.
2011 Nov 18, An officer at
California’s UC Davis calmly pepper-sprayed a line of several
sitting protesters as onlookers shrieked and screamed out for the
officer to stop. The next day video of the incident surfaced online.
The chancellor of the University of California described the video
images as "chilling" and said she was forming a task force to
investigate even as a faculty group called for her resignation.
2011 Nov 25, In Los Angeles a
shopper pepper-sprayed other bargain hunters and robbers in South
Carolina and northern California shot at customers to steal their
Black Friday purchases, marring the start of the US holiday shopping
2011 Nov 29, Arthur Morgan III
(27) was captured without incident at a home in San Diego, Calif.
The arrest came one week after he allegedly killed Tierra
Morgan-Glover during a court-approved visit in New Jersey and then
fled the state. The girl's mother, Imani Benton, called police after
Morgan failed to return the child on Nov. 21.
2011 Nov 29, Dr. Conrad Murray
(58), convicted in the 2009 overdose of pop singer Michael Jackson
(1958-2009), was sentenced in Los Angeles to 4 years behind bars.
(SFC, 11/30/11, p.A12)
2011 Nov 29, Authorities in San
Diego uncovered a 600-yard cross border tunnel and seized 32 tons of
(SFC, 12/1/11, p.A13)
2011 Dec 1, The California
Public Utilities Commission approved a record $38 million fine
against Pacific Gas & Electric for a string of safety violations
that led up to a 2008 Christmas Eve explosion outside Sacramento
that killed a homeowner.
(SFC, 12/2/11, p.A1)
2011 Dec 9, In California Tyler
Brehm (26) was shot and killed in Los Angeles after he walked down
the middle of Sunset Boulevard firing on motorists. Music executive
John Atterberry (40) died on Dec 12 from wounds suffered in Brehm’s
(SSFC, 12/11/11, p.A11)(SFC, 12/13/11, p.A11)
2011 Dec 13, California’s
Attorney General Kamala Harris announced a new unit devoted to
prosecuting high-tech crimes. Each year over 1 million Californians
were said to be victims of identity theft, with losses of over $46
million in 2010.
(SFC, 12/14/11, p.D1)
2011 Dec 16, San Diego Gas
& Electric Co. has agreed to pay $24.5 million to San Diego
County in relation to the wind-driven 2007 brush fires that burned
more than 200,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,500 homes. In 2009
the utility agreed to pay $14.3 million to the state.
(AP, 12/18/11)(SSFC, 12/18/11, p.A15)\
2011 Dec 21, It was reported
that California Watch has found repeated violations over the past
year by Prime Healthcare Services for aggressive billing to
(SFC, 12/21/11, p.A1)
2011 A California law set aside
a $5 fee on gun sales to support state programs to identify and
confiscate guns from people who purchased them legally but later
became ineligible to own them because of convictions for serious or
(SFC, 6/2/17, p.D1)
2011 California’s spending on
prisons reached about 10% of the state budget, up from 4% in the mid
1980s. This now exceeded the amount for university funding.
(Econ, 10/8/11, p.36)
2011 A toxic “red tide” killed
tens of thousands of abalone as well as sea urchins, starfish and
other mollusks along the northern coast of California. In 2014
scientists identified a poison producing micro-organism known as
Gonyaulax spinifera as the culprit.
(SFC, 5/10/14, p.A1)
2012 Jan 1, In southern
California an apparent murder-suicide left 4 people dead, 3 men and
a woman, in Coronado. Two of the dead were F/A-18 pilots training at
the US Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Navy pilot Robert Reeves
(25) shot David Reis (25), Reis’ sister Karen Reis and Matthew
Saturley (31) before shooting himself. Reeves was later reported to
have had a .16 blood alcohol content.
(SFC, 1/2/12, p.A4)(Reuters, 1/2/12)
2012 Jan 2, In Los Angeles
Harry Burkhart, a Germany citizen, was arrested in West Hollywood
following 4 nights of arson fires around the city.
(SFC, 1/3/12, p.A5)
2012 Jan 3, Patagonia, an
outdoor clothing firm, became the first company to take advantage of
a new California law designed to give businesses greater freedom to
pursue strategies which they believe benefit society as a whole
rather than having to concentrate on maximizing profits. California
became the 6th state to allow B Corps; the first was Maryland in
(Econ, 1/7/12, p.57)
2012 Jan 4, In San Diego, Ca.,
Benjamin Arellano Felix (58), Mexican drug kingpin, pleaded guilty
to racketeering and conspiracy to launder money in exchange for a
sentence of no more than 25 years.
(SFC, 1/5/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 8, In California
animal rights arsonists destroyed 14 cattle trucks at the Harris
Ranch of I-5.
(SFC, 1/11/12, p.C3)
2012 Jan 12, California state
ordered reports said PG&E had diverted over $100 million in gas
safety and operations money over a period of 15 years and spent it
for other purposes including profit for stockholders and bonuses for
(SFC, 1/13/12, p.A1)
2012 Jan 13, In California
Orange County police detained Itzcoatl Ocampo (23) of Yorba Linda in
relation to 4 recent killings of homeless men in the area. On Feb 6
Ocampo was charged with two more murders, the stabbing deaths of his
high school friend’s mother and older brother in Yorba Linda.
On Nov 28, 2013, Ocampo died after being found sick in his
(SSFC, 1/15/12, p.A9)(SFC, 2/7/12, p.A9)(SFC,
2012 Jan 16, Bounty hunter
Leonard Padilla told paroled killer Loren Herzog that his partner in
crime, Wesley Shermantine, was prepared to disclose the location of
missing bodies and was trying to pin the murders on him. Hours later
Herzog was found dead in his Lassen County, Ca., trailer.
Investigators believed that the two men, dubbed the “speed freak
killers,” killed as many as 19 people during a methamphetamine spree
in the 1980-1990s.
(SFC, 1/19/12, p.C6)
2012 Jan 24, In California the
Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted to cancel its 2-year-old
medical marijuana permit program following threats from federal
(SSFC, 1/29/12, p.A12)
2012 Jan 27, The California Air
Resources Board approved strict vehicle emissions regulations in a
package known as the Advanced Clean Car program. It would cut in
half current greenhouse gas emission by 2025.
(SFC, 1/27/12, p.C1)
2012 Jan 28, A California
police officer under investigation for sexual misconduct with a
teenage minor was shot and killed while on duty by fellow officers
as they tried to arrest him in Santa Maria.
2012 Jan 30, California’s
Claremont College acknowledged that that the school had submitted
false SAT scores to publications since 2005 to inflate the school’s
(SFC, 2/1/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 31, In northern
California two men broke into the Siskiyou County Courthouse and
stole $1.26 million worth of gold nuggets, jewelry and other
artifacts. On Sep 12, 2013, Scott Bailey (51) of San Pablo, Ca.,
pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
David Dean Johnson (49) of El Sobrante was scheduled for trial on
(SSFC, 9/15/13, p.C3)
2012 Feb 1, The California
Public Utilities Commission approved an opt-out program for PG&E
customers who refuse SmartMeters and wish to keep their analog gas
and electricity meters. It would cost a one-time fee of $75 plus $10
(SFC, 2/2/12, p.A1)
2012 Jan 4, In San Diego, Ca.,
Benjamin Arellano Felix (58), Mexican drug kingpin, pleaded guilty
to racketeering and conspiracy to launder money in exchange for a
sentence of no more than 25 years. On April 2 he was sentenced to 25
years in prison.
(SFC, 1/5/12, p.A6)(SFC, 4/3/12, p.A10)
2012 Feb 7, The 9th Circuit
Court in California struck down as unconstitutional the state's
voter-passed ban on gay marriage, ruling 2-1 that it violates the
rights of gay Californians.
(AP, 2/7/12)(SFC, 2/8/12, p.A1)
2012 Feb 9, The US EPA approved
a federal rule banning ships from flushing their sewage into the sea
within 3 miles of the California coast.
(SFC, 2/10/12, p.A1)
2012 Feb 10, Former San Diego
police officer Anthony Arevalos was sentenced to nearly 9 years in
prison for soliciting sexual favors in exchange for not issuing
traffic tickets against young women.
(SFC, 2/11/12, p.A5)
2012 Feb 10, In California
information from death row inmate Wesley Shermantine led trained
dogs to a site in Calaveras County containing the remains of
Chevelle Wheeler (16), who disappeared while skipping school in
1985. A day earlier the same dogs found the remains of Cyndi
Vanderheiden (25), last seen in front of her home in San Joaquin
County in 1998.
(SFC, 2/11/12, p.A6)
2012 Feb 11, Philippine
government agents in Manila arrested Dr. Eric Chan, alias Eric Uy
Garchitorena, accused of defrauding a California health care program
of more than $3 million.
2012 Feb 12, In Northern
California authorities unearthed more skull fragments and other
human remains, along with clothes, a purse and jewelry, in a well
where convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine said there may be
10 or more victims.
2012 Feb 16, In Long Beach,
Ca., an immigration agent shot and injured another agent and was
then killed by a third colleague in a federal building.
(SFC, 2/17/12, p.A5)
2012 Feb 21, A US federal grand
jury indicted Jacquline Hoegel (55) of American Canyon, Ca., and
William Wise (62) of Raleigh, NC, for bilking investors of $75
million while running a nation-wide $129 million Ponzi scheme, which
was shut down in March, 2009.
(SFC, 3/1/12, p.C2)
2012 Feb 23, California
officials said about a third of an estimated 50,000 hens at A&L
Poultry, west of Turlock, died after about two weeks without feed,
and most of the rest are being euthanized because of their weak
2012 Feb 26, Hollywood gave its
best film award to the silent French movie "The Artist." It also
collected Oscars for its star Jean Dujardin and director Michel
Hazanavicius, as well as for musical score and costume design. Meryl
Streep won as Best Actress for playing former British PM Margaret
Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." Veteran Christopher Plummer made
history by becoming the oldest winner ever at age 82 with his role
as an elderly gay man in "Beginners."
2012 Feb 26, In Los Angeles the
Iranian film “A Separation” won an Oscar for best foreign film.
Director Asghar Farhadi's movie explores troubles in Iranian society
through the story of a marriage in collapse.
2012 Feb 26, In Los Angeles
Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won her country's first
Oscar for a filmmaker for "Saving Face," a short documentary about
acid attacks on women, and those who help them recover.
2012 Feb, In northern
California and southern Oregon migrating waterfowl began dropping
dead from avian cholera as they gathered in Lower Klamath National
Wildlife Refuge. An estimated 10-20,000 birds died from the disease.
(SFC, 4/21/12, p.A1)
2012 Mar 2, In California
police and federal agents seized 750 pounds of methamphetamine from
a San Jose apartment. Street value was estimated at $34 million.
(SSFC, 3/4/12, p.C1)
2012 Mar 8, In California
retired El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy Donald Philip Atkinson
(50) was arrested for embezzling over $300,000 from his union from
2005-2011. He had served as the president of the El Dorado County
Sheriff’s Association. On July 30 Atkinson was sentenced to 5 years
(SFC, 3/9/12, p.C3)(SFC, 7/31/12, p.C4)
2012 Mar 10, In Los Angeles,
Ca., a 340 ton granite boulder arrived at the LA County Museum of
Art under the direction of earth artist Michael Heizer.
(Econ, 3/17/12, p.38)
2012 Mar 14, In California Abel
Gutierrez (27), an Iraq war veteran, shot his sister (11) and
himself to death in their Gilroy apartment. The body of his mother
was found on March 22 about 20 miles from Gilroy off Pacheco Pass
(SFC, 3/16/12, p.C1)(SFC, 3/23/12, p.C2)
2012 Mar 14, In southern
California a Latino boy (15) was attacked as he walked home from
school in Palmdale. 7 black teenagers, ages 13-16, were arrested the
next day for suspected assault and committing a hate crime.
(SSFC, 4/1/12, p.A7)
2012 Mar 16, In California
Sierra LaMar (15) was last seen at her home in Morgan Hill getting
ready for school. On May 21 police arrested Antolin Garcia-Torres
(21) in connection to the missing teen. His DNA was found on
clothing in LaMar's bag recovered shortly after her
disappearance. In Feb, 2014, Garcia-Torres was charged with
murder. On May 9, 2017, a Santa Clara County jury convicted
Garcia-Torres of murder. On June 5 Garcia-Torres was sentenced to
life in prison.
(SFC, 5/22/12, p.C2)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.C8)(SFC,
5/10/17, p.D1)(SFC, 6/6/17, p.A1)
2012 Mar 19, In California
Korey Kauffman (26) of Turlock, a seller of scrap metal, went
missing. His decomposing body was found on Aug 19, 2013, in the
Mariposa County forest. In 2015 Modesto lawyer Frank Carson, his
wife and three CHP officers were arrested along with five
accomplices in connection with Kauffman’s murder. They allegedly
killed Kauffman for stealing scrap metal Carson’s scrap yard in
(SFC, 8/15/15, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/p6x2zs2)
2012 Mar 21, In southern
California Shaima Alawadi (32), a woman from Iraq, was found by her
daughter (17) unconscious on the dining room floor of her home in El
Cajon. She was taken to the hospital and put on life support, but
she was taken off life around 3 p.m. on March 24. Police
investigated her death as a possible a hate crime. On Nov 9 police
announced the arrest of her husband, Kassim al-Himidi, on suspicion
of her murder. On June 23, 2014, Kassim al-Himidi was sentenced to
26 years to life in prison for his wife’s fatal beating.
(ABCNews, 3/25/12)(SFC, 11/10/12, p.A4)(SFC,
2012 Mar 23, In Sacramento,
Ca., Frederick Salyer (56), the former owner of SK Foods, pleaded
guilty to running the company as a racketeering enterprise that
bribed purchasers, fixed prices and doctored lab tests of moldy
tomato paste. Salyer served as CEO from 1999-2009, when the company
filed for bankruptcy. Salyer was arrested in Feb, 2010, during a
brief return to the US from Andorra. In 2013 he was sentenced to 6
years in federal prison and ordered to forfeit $3.45 million.
(SFC, 3/24/12, p.D5)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.E3)
2012 Mar 23, In California
Sandra Jessee (61) was sentenced to life in prison for the August
13, 1998, murder of her 3rd husband. She had him murdered to avoid
paying for his cancer treatment and to collect insurance money.
(SFC, 3/24/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/7wx9dol)
2012 Mar 23, California border
patrol officials found 13 pounds of methamphetamine in the gas tank
of a car being towed through a checkpoint in Temecula. Another 38
pounds of the drug were found in the panel of a car at the same
checkpoint on March 25.
(SSFC, 3/25/12, p.A10)
2012 Mar 27, The California
Judicial Council voted to kill a $2 billion computer system linking
the state’s 58 county courts. Over $500 million was already spent in
a launch effort.
(SSFC, 4/1/12, p.C1)
2012 Mar 29, In California the
SF-based Save the Redwood League donated Four Corners, a 164-acre
property in Mendocino County, to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness
Council, made up of local native Indian groups.
(SFC, 4/28/12, p.A6)
2012 Apr 3, A US rocket
carrying a top-secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office
blasted off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.
2012 Apr 6, California artist
Thomas Kinkade (54) died. His brushwork paintings of idyllic
landscapes, cottages and churches were big sellers for dealers
across the country.
2012 Apr 7, In Concord, Ca.,
Solaiman Nuri (41) and his daughter (9), out on a sidewalk bike
ride, were killed after a boy (17) lost control of his Cadillac
(SSFC, 4/8/12, p.A1)
2012 Apr 11, In southern
California Chinese USC graduate students Qu Ming and Wu Ying, both
23, were shot and killed during a suspected bungled carjacking. On
Oct 27, 2014, Javier Bolden (22) was convicted of 1st degree murder.
2012 Apr 17, In California the
body of Brittany Dawn Killgore (22) was found near Lake Skinner in
Riverside County. The Marine’s wife had disappeared a week earlier.
(SFC, 4/19/12, p.A5)
2012 Apr 20, Pres. Obama
declared some 14,000 acres of California’s Fort Ord a national
monument under the 1906 Antiquities Act.
(SFC, 4/21/12, p.A1)
2012 Apr 20, In Sacramento,
Ca., a man suspected in a crime spree led to the temporary closure
if I-80. Officers fatally shot Jimmy Lee Graves (38) on a 2nd-story
balcony after he started a fire and refused to show his hands.
(SSFC, 4/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Apr 21, US DEA agents in
San Diego raided a house for drugs and detained 9 people including
engineering student Daniel Chong (23). The DEA forgot about Chong
and left him in a holding cell for 4 days with no food or water.
Chong planned to seek damages. On July 30, 2013, his attorney said
Chong had agreed to settle claims for $4.1 million.
(SFC, 5/3/12, p.A9)(SFC, 7/31/13, p.A6)
2012 Apr 22, A meteor, dubbed
the Sutter’s Mill Meteriote, exploded into fragments over northern
California. It weighed barely 2 pounds and was apparently from a
family of known asteroids named 495 Eulalia.
(SFC, 12/21/12, p.C9)
2012 Apr 24, The US Department
of Agriculture reported the country's fourth-ever case of bovine
spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a California dairy cow, but
stressed the outbreak was contained and no contaminated meat had
entered the food chain.
2012 Apr 25, US federal
officials announced that multiple airport screeners have been
arrested for allegedly taking handsome bribes to look the other way
while loads of illegal drugs slipped through security at Los Angeles
2012 Apr 25, Two major South
Korean retailers pulled US beef from their stores following the
discovery of mad cow disease in a California dairy cow. US health
authorities a day earlier said the animal was never a threat to the
nation's food supply. US authorities said the dead cow had what
scientists call an atypical case of BSE, meaning that a random
mutation in the animal rather than infected cattle feed was the
2012 Apr 28, The 37-foot yacht
Aegean ran into trouble during a race off the coast of California
and Mexico. Three crew members were killed and a 4th was missing.
(SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A2)
2012 May 1, In southern
California Gavin Smith (57), an executive for 20th Century Fox, was
last seen in Ventura County’s Oak Park neighborhood. On Oct 26,
2014, hikers discovered his remains near Palmdale. On July 3, 2017,
John Creech (44) was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. Smith had
reportedly been having an affair with Creech’s wife.
(SFC, 11/7/14, p.A6)(SFC, 7/4/17, p.A5)
2012 May 4, Federal agents in
southern California arrested Michael Franks (29), suspected in 10
bank heists. He was dubbed the Snowboarder Bandit for often wearing
(SSFC, 5/6/12, p.A9)
2012 May 11, In San Diego, Ca.,
Clyde Thompson Jr. (51), the president of the local Black Sabboth
Motorcycle chapter, was killed in a drive-by shooting.
(SFC, 5/14/12, p.A5)
2012 May 12, California Gov.
Jerry Brown said the state’s budget deficit has swelled to a
projected $16 billion — much larger than had been predicted just
months ago — and will force severe cuts to schools and public safety
if voters fail to approve tax increases in November.
2012 May 18, US Border Patrol
agents stopped a fake UPS van as the driver tried to circumvent a
highway checkpoint near Niland, about 150 miles east of San Diego in
California's Imperial Valley, near the Mexican border. 13 suspected
illegal immigrants from Mexico were stuffed inside.
2012 Jun 1, In California
federal prosecutors announced charges against 2 Sacramento County
sheriff’s deputies, Ryan McGowan (31) and Thomas Lu (42), accused of
illegally selling dozens of weapons.
(SFC, 6/2/12, p.A5)
2012 Jun 5, California voters
approved Proposition 28. It reduced the time citizens can serve in
the state Legislature from 14 years to 12, but allowed a member to
serve the entire time in one house.
(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A11)
2012 Jun 9, In Sacramento, Ca.,
an assailant entered a home and shot 3 people dead. The suspected
gunman was also found dead in the home.
(SFC, 6/11/12, p.C4)
2012 Jun 9, In Selma, Ca.,
police found Avtar Singh (47) dead in his living room. His
36-year-old wife and three-year-old son were dead in a bed in the
master bedroom. His 17-year-old son lay dead in his bedroom. A third
son (15), was barely alive in another room and later died. All had
been shot in the head. In 2011, Singh was arrested after his wife
said he choked her, and police discovered Singh was a former Indian
Army major who was wanted for the 1996 killing of Jalil Andrabi, a
lawyer and prominent human rights advocate in the disputed Himalayan
region of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
2012 Jun 17, Rodney King
(b.1965), whose videotaped beating by police in 1991 led to the L.A.
riots, was found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool at his
Rialto, California, home.
(Reuters, 6/17/12)(SFC, 6/18/12, p.A6)
2012 Jun 19, Washington state
authorities said Ricky Charles Goodrich (54) of Novato, Ca., has
been charged with stealing $380,000 from Pearl Jam, a Seattle grunge
band. He stole from the band from 2006 until 2010, when he was fired
from his position as chief financial officer.
(SFC, 6/20/12, p.C3)
2012 Jun 28, Stockton, Ca.,
city officials filed for Chapter 9 protection, making Stockton the
largest US city to vote itself into bankruptcy. The city council had
voted to file for bankruptcy on June 26.
(SFC, 6/27/12, p.A1)(SFC, 6/29/12, p.C8)
2012 Jun 27, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a roughly $92 billion state budget bill. The
budget kept most of the state parks open this year.
(SFC, 6/28/12, p.C1)(SFC, 6/29/12, p.A1)
2012 Jul 2, California state
lawmakers passed a set of foreclosure relief bills. The legislation
would stop “dual tracking,” where a lender pursues foreclosure
proceedings on a homeowner even as the homeowner seeks a
modification on the terms of the loan.
(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A1)
2012 Jul 2, In California the
council members of Mammoth Lakes voted to file for bankruptcy,
becoming the 2nd city in the state to do so.
(SFC, 7/5/12, p.C2)
2012 Jul 6, California
lawmakers approved billions of dollars in construction financing for
the initial segment of the nation's first dedicated high-speed rail
line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.
2012 Jul 7, Thousands of
visitors climbed aboard the USS Iowa as the storied WWII and Cold
War battleship opened as a museum at the port of Los Angeles.
2012 Jul 10, In California the
City Council of San Bernadino voted to authorize filing under
Chapter 9 federal bankruptcy law, the 3rd California municipality to
do so this year.
(SFC, 7/12/12, p.C2)
2012 Jul 12, The Mexican army
found an incomplete tunnel in a Tijuana warehouse with more than 40
tons of marijuana at the entry. The passage extended nearly 400
yards, including more than 100 yards into the United States. It was
the second, major incomplete tunnel discovered in the San
Diego-Tijuana area in two days and the third along the US-Mexico
border since July 9, when a completed passage was found in a vacant
strip mall storefront in the southwestern Arizona city of San Luis.
2012 Jul 20, California State
Parks Director Ruth Coleman resigned and her deputy was fired after
state officials learned that her cash-strapped department had
squirreled away $54 million in funds unreported to the state for 12
(SFC, 7/21/12, p.A1)
2012 Jul 21, In San Diego, Ca.,
active US service members marched for the first time in full uniform
at the city’s Gay Pride Parade.
(SSFC, 7/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Jun 26, In Orinda, Ca.,
James Collin (62) used a machete to hack his live-in companion,
Evangeline Cumber Devera (56), to death. 26 years earlier he had
killed his brother in the same kitchen, while cleaning a shotgun.
(SFC, 8/3/12, p.C3)
2012 Aug 3, In southern
California Darren Burley (29) was arrested following a confrontation
with police in Compton. Burley was zapped with a stun gun and
handcuffed by officers after he allegedly tried to choke a pregnant
woman. He died 12 days later. In December 2014, Long Beach jurors
found deputies liable for negligence and battery and awarded
Burley’s family $8 million.
(http://tinyurl.com/n7qbd6g)(SFC, 1/2/15, p.A5)
2012 Aug 10, A federal jury in
San Diego found 2 former Border Patrol agents guilty of smuggling
for money hundreds of people into the US.
(SFC, 8/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 13, British energy
group BP said that it has agreed to sell its Carson refinery in
California to US peer Tesoro Corporation for $2.5 billion (2.02
billion euros) as part of its ongoing restructuring. BP also said
that Eagle Rock Energy Partners is paying $227.5 million in cash for
the Sunray and Hemphill gas processing plants in Texas.
2012 Aug 14, In California
William Howard of Danville, a law enforcement whistleblower, was
relieved from duty. He had cooperated in building a criminal case
against former Deputy Sheriff Stephen Tanabe (49), who was indicted
for making “dirty DUI arrests.” Howard said his dismissal was
retaliation for breaking the police code of silence. On Sep 3, 2013,
Tanabe was convicted for his role in the DUI arrests. On Feb 19,
2014, Tanabe was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/13, p.A8)(SFC,
2012 Aug 16, In California 12
federal counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud
were brought against Terence Bonner (59), former leader of the
national union representing Border Patrol agents. He allegedly filed
false claims for hundreds of thousands of dollars from 2007-2010.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 16, In California gang
member Pierre Mercado was found guilty in Los Angeles of 4 counts of
murder during a mid 1990’s crime spree. He was a member of the Asian
Boys founded by his brother, Marvin, now serving life in prison.
(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A8)
2012 Sep 17, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed SB661, which set a buffer zone of 300 feet for
any protests at funeral homes.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.C1)
2012 Aug 19, In California the
Asian citrus psylid was reported to be threatening the state’s $1.6
billion citrus industry.
(SSFC, 8/19/12, p.A12)
2012 Aug 30, In California
Yosemite park officials closed 91 Curry Village tent cabins
following 3 more cases of hantavirus, bringing the total number of
cases to 6 cases, including 2 deaths. The cabins were apparently
infested with deer mice, carriers of the disease. A 3rd death from
the incurable disease was reported on Sep 6.
(SFC, 8/31/12, p.A1)(SFC, 9/7/12, p.A18)
2012 Sep 4, In California CHP
Officer Kenyon Youngstrom was shot by Christopher Boone Lacy (36)
during a traffic stop on I-680 near Alamo. Lacy was shot a killed by
another officer. Youngstrom died of his wounds the next day.
(SFC, 9/6/12, p.A1,13)
2012 Sep 11, A Los Angeles jury
doubled its verdict against “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis
ordering him to pay an additional $20 million in punitive damages to
Steve Wynn for claiming the casino mogul threatened to kill him. A
day earlier the jury awarded Wynn $20 million finding that Francis’
allegations had slandered Wynn. In November a judge cut the $40
million verdict by more than half.
(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A8)(SFC, 11/13/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 17, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed SB661, which set a buffer zone of 300 feet for
any protests at funeral homes.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.C1)
2012 Sep 22, In California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill allowing nurses to dispense birth control.
(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.A10)
2012 Sep 25, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed SB1298 making robotic vehicles legal in the
state. This made California the 3rd state to affirm driverless
vehicles. He also signed bills that will keep the state parks open
for the next two years.
(SFC, 9/26/12, p.A1)(NYT, 9/27/12, p.A18)
2012 Sep 26, The Univ. of
California agreed to $1 million legal settlement with students
pepper sprayed by police during a protest last November. 21 students
will receive about $30,000 each and a written apology from the
(SFC, 9/27/12, p.C3)
2012 Sep 26, The Univ. of
California agreed to $1 million legal settlement with students
pepper sprayed by police during a protest last November. 21 students
will receive about $30,000 each and a written apology from the
(SFC, 9/27/12, p.C1)
2012 Sep 28, In California a US
Border Patrol agent fatally shot Valeria Alvarado (32), a mother of
five in suburban San Diego as he rode on the hood of her car after
she ran into him.
2012 Sep 29, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed SB1172 banning controversial therapy practices
that attempt to change the sexual orientation of minors.
(SSFC, 9/30/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 3, The city council of
Atwater, Ca., approved a fiscal emergency declaration, a move that
could put the city of 28,000 on the path to becoming the fourth city
in the most populous US state to declare bankruptcy this year.
2012 Oct 8, In Half Moon Bay,
Ca., Thad Starr (45) of Pleasant Hills, Oregon, won the 39th annual
giant pumpkin contest with a 1,775 gourd, a local record. The world
record was recently set in Massachusetts by a 2,009-pound specimen.
(SFC, 10/9/12, p.C2)
2012 Oct 12, US federal
officials approved a plan to set aside 285,000 acres of public land
for the development of large-scale solar power plants in 6 states.
Most of the land is in Southern California.
(SFC, 10/13/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 17, Los Angeles
authorities arrested county assessor John Noguez, a top aide and a
campaign contributor, as part of a probe into alleged influence
peddling and slashing of property taxes for political allies.
(SFC, 10/18/12, p.C3)
2012 Oct 20, In southern
California Desmond John Moses (55) went on the early morning
shooting rampage over a dispute with the victims. He set fire to his
backyard bungalow before shooting five members of a family, killing
a father (30) and his 4-year-old son in Inglewood.
2012 Oct 23, In California
surfer Francisco Javier Solorio Jr. was killed in a shark attack off
the coast of Surf Beach in Lompoc.
(SFC, 10/24/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 24, In southern
California Douglas Harris (30) shot and killed 3 people at a fire
extinguisher business and a nearby home in Downey. Two others were
(SFC, 10/30/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 24, Police in southern
California arrested Akingide Cole of Palmdale for the theft of $1.6
million in casino chips from the Venetian resort in Las Vegas.
Detectives recovered $396,000 in chips.
(SFC, 10/31/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 1, Michela Wooldridge
(24), a homeless woman, was stabbed to death in Santa Rosa, Ca. On
Aug 19, 2014, police arrested Jessy Zetino (22) after DNA evidence
tied him to the murder.
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.D2)
2012 Nov 4, The California
state Supreme Court issued an order to allow the state’s political
watchdog to identify contributors to an Arizona group’s last minute
infusion of $11 million to campaigns opposing Gov. Brown’s tax
initiative and supporting an antiunion measure on the Nov 6 ballot.
The Arizona group declined and said it would appeal to the US
(SFC, 11/5/12, p.C1)
2012 Nov 6, In California
Proposition 30, Gov. Brown’s tax plan for education, passed. Prop
35, an initiative to increase sex-trafficking fines, passed by a
landslide. Voters also approved Proposition 36, an initiative to
change the three strike law. Prop 31 for budget process changes
failed; Prop 32 to stop payroll political contributions failed; Prop
33 for insurance rates by driver history failed; Prop 34 to repeal
the death penalty failed; prop 37 to label genetically modified food
failed; Prop 38 on tax increases for education failed; prop 39 on
taxes for multi-state businesses failed.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A14)(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A20)
2012 Nov 7, A US federal judge
blocked enforcement of a provision on California’s newly approved
sex-trafficking law (Prop 35) that required 73,000 registered sex
offenders to reveal their Internet identities to police.
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.C1)
2012 Nov 7, In California
Lawrence Jones (42), a discharged parolee, shot four coworkers
before shooting himself about at Valley Protein, a poultry
2012 Nov 14, California held
its first carbon auction under the new state cap-and-trade system.
The median bid was $12.96 and all 23.1 million permits for use in
the coming year were sold.
(SFC, 11/20/12, p.A1,13)
2012 Nov 17, In southern
California 4 suspected gang members were arrested on suspicion of
attempted murder following a shooting that wounded a sheriff’s
deputy in south Los Angeles.
(SSFC, 11/18/12, p.A11)
2012 Nov 27, A labor strike by
500 clerical workers began at the twin California ports of Los
Angeles and Long Beach. Their industrial action and clout was
significantly strengthened because some 10,000 members of the
International Longshore and Warehouse Union supported them, refusing
to cross the clerical workers' picket lines. Operations at 10 or 14
terminals were idled. A deal to settle was struck on Dec 4.
(Reuters, 12/2/12)(SFC, 12/4/12, p.A11)(Econ,
2012 Nov 28, In California Roy
Curtis Marcum (45), an animal control officer from Elk Grove, was
shot and killed while trying to retrieve pets from a home whose
owner was evicted a day earlier. Joseph Francis Corey (65) was
arrested the next day and faced murder charges.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.C2)
2012 Nov 29, US Interior
Secretary Ken Salazar ordered the shut down of a popular oyster farm
at Drakes Bay, an estuary at Point Reyes National Seashore. The
Drakes Bay Oyster Co. had accounted for almost 40% of the state’s
oyster production. The National Park Service intends to turn the
2,700-acre area into the first federally designated marine
wilderness on the West Coast.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A1)
2012 Dec 2, In southern
California a smuggling vessel rammed a small US Coast Guard boat
killing Terrell Horne III (34) near the Channel Islands west of
Malibu. Two Mexican suspects were detained.
(SFC, 12/3/12, p.A6)(SFC, 12/4/12, p.A14)
2012 Dec 4, It was reported
that conservationists have saved some 3,000 acres in California’s
Sierra Nevada. The Truckee Donner land Trust and Trust for Public
Land closed an $8 million deal to buy Webber Lake and Lacey Meadows
at the headwaters of the Little Truckee River.
(SFC, 12/4/12, p.A1)
2012 Dec 8, In Porterville,
Ca., Hector Celaya (31), a member of the Tule River Indian
Reservation, went on a shooting rampage that left a daughter, his
mother and her two brothers dead. The suspect died of a
self-inflicted gunshot in a shootout with police.
(AP, 12/10/12)(SFC, 12/28/12, p.D5)
2012 Dec 12, In California
Darcey Greenfield, a former Los Angeles police officer, was arrested
on charges of bilking people out of at least $3 million in a real
estate investment scheme.
(SSFC, 12/16/12, p.A12)
2012 Dec 13, In California the
Illinois-based Walgeen Co. was ordered to pay $16.57 million to
local government and environmental agencies to settle claims of
dumping hazardous wastes.
(SFC, 12/14/12, p.A12)
2012 Dec 14, The US DEA said
over 2 dozen people have been charged in San Diego in a scheme to
smuggle drugs into California from Mexico. The bust netted over
1,000 pouns of methamphetamine, 200 pounds of cocaine and 28 pound
(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A7)
2012 Dec 26, Los Angeles police
traded gift cards for guns in a buyback program Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa announced as a crime-fighting response to the deadly
shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut.
2012 Dec 29, The California
Supreme Court handed down a decision to dissolve redevelopment
agencies across the state.
(Fog Cutter, Spring, 2012, p.2)
2012 Los Angeles detectives
caught up with Samuel Little (72), a former boxer, with DNA evidence
that tied him to slayings of two women in 1989. His rap sheet
detailed crimes in 24 states over 56 years and he was suspected of
rapes and murders across the country.
(SFC, 4/19/13, p.D7)