Timeline California I 2013 - Present

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2013        Jan 1, California began its cap-and-trade scheme for emitters of greenhouse gases. In 2006 former Gov. Schwarzenegger signed AB32, which called for a cut in greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
    (Econ, 3/16/13, p.29)

2013        Jan 7, The Oakland Museum of California was robbed of a gold-and-quartz jewelry box. It dated to 1869-1878 and was valued at $805,000. The museum had just lost a pistol and gold nuggets in a robbery on Nov 12. Parolee Andre Taray Franklin (45) was arrested on March 3. Police recovered the jewelry box but not the other items. On Jan 3, 2014, Franklin was sentenced to four years in prison.
    (SFC, 2/6/13, p.A6)(SFC, 6/5/14, p.D2)

2013        Jan 10, Pres, Obama signed a bill making California’s Pinnacles National Monument the nation’s 59th national park.
    (SFC, 1/11/13, p.D2)
2013        Jan 10, California's Governor Jerry Brown said the state  budget deficit is gone after years of financial troubles as he proposed a state budget plan that would raise spending on education and healthcare, boosting total expenditures by 5 percent with a surplus remaining.
    (Reuters, 1/10/13)
2013        Jan 10, In California a student (16) armed with a shotgun opened fire at Taft Union High School in Kern County, critically wounding a fellow student before two adult staff members talked the boy into giving up his weapon, and he was arrested.
    (Reuters, 1/10/13)

2013        Jan 11, A US federal judge barred California from enforcing a voter-approved law that requires 73,000 registered sex offenders to disclose their internet identities to police.
    (SFC, 1/12/13, p.C1)

2013        Jan 15, In Galt, California, police officer Kevin Tonn (35) was killed while crossing paths with an armed man in an area where Tonn was responding to a burglary. The gunman shot and killed himself after firing at another officer.
    (SFC, 1/16/13, p.A5)(SFC, 1/17/13, p.D2)

2013        Jan 31, A US government report showed that California's Hispanic population will equal that of whites this year before becoming the state's largest demographic group in 2014.
    (AP, 2/1/13)
2013        Jan 31, The Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles published 12,000 pages of personnel documents on 122 priests accused of sexual abuse dating back to the 1940s.
    (Econ, 2/23/13, p.31)
2013        Jan 31, In California Genelle Conway-Allen (13) of Suisun City was last seen alive. Her body was found the next day 4 miles away in Allan Witt Park, Fairfield.
    (SFC, 2/7/13, p.A9)

2013        Jan, California researchers published findings of a brain tumor in raccoons associated with a newly discovered virus called RacPyV, or raccoon polyomavirus.
    (SFC, 1/15/13, p.C2)

2013        Feb 2, In San Diego the 165-foot South Bay Power Plant was demolished to make room for a city park.
    (SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A7)
2013        Feb 2, In California deputies in Calaveras County found the bodies of 3 people. Phillip Marshall (54) had shot and killed his two teenage sons before killing himself.
    (SFC, 2/4/13, p.A8)

2013        Feb 3, In Orange County, Ca., Monica Quan (28) and her fiancé, Keith Lawrence (27), were found shot to death in their car at a parking structure in Irvine. Former Los Angeles police officer officer Christopher Jordan Dorner was a suspect in the killings. Dorner was with the LAPD from 2005-2008, when he was fired for making false statements.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
2013        Feb 3, In California a tour bus crash with two other vehicles left 7 people dead on Hwy. 38 in San Bernadino County.
    (SFC, 2/4/13, p.A16)(SFC, 2/5/13, p.A5)

2013        Feb 4, News emerged that Los Angeles had charged Standard & Poor’s (S&P) with fraud in evaluating mortgage-backed securities. The shares of McGraw-Hill, the parent of S&P dropped 16% on the news.
    (Econ, 2/9/13, p.71)

2013        Feb 5, California charged Standard & Poor’s with fraudulent practices that resulted in close to $1 billion in losses state institutional investors. 15 other states and the US Justice Dept. were also suing S&P for approving mortgage backed securities that turned out to be bad risks.
    (SFC, 2/6/13, p.A1)
2013        Feb 5, In California 3 men were found dead on a wooded property in rural west Sonoma County.
    (SFC, 2/6/13, p.A6)

2013        Feb 7, In southern California Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother, Emma Hernandez, were delivering papers around 5 a.m. when LAPD officers guarding the Torrance home of a target named in an online Dorner manifesto blasted at least 100 rounds at their pickup. Hernandez was shot in the back and Carranza had minor injuries. In April the city of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement with a mother and daughter.
    (AP, 4/23/13)

2013        Feb 9, In southern California three women walking in Anaheim died after they were hit by a suspected drunk driver.
    (SFC, 2/11/13, p.A5)

2013        Feb 12, Christopher Dorner, the fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop sought in three killings, exchanged gunfire with authorities in the San Bernardino Mountains. It's believed Dorner committed a residential burglary of a cabin where a couple was tied up, stole a pickup and escaped to another cabin. One sheriff’s deputy died in the exchange of gunfire. The ID of Dorner’s body was soon confirmed with dental records. Only after calls for surrender and use of milder tear gas did deputies launch pyrotechnic gas canisters into the cabin, and the subsequent fire was not intentional, the Sheriff's Department said.
    (AP, 2/12/13)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A8)(SFC, 2/15/13, p.A6)(AP, 2/16/13)

2013        Feb 19, In southern California Ali Syed (20) shot and killed woman in her home and two commuters in Orange County. Syed committed suicide as police closed in on him.
    (SFC, 2/20/13, p.A7)
2013        Feb 19, In Los Angeles a body was found in a water tank on the roof of the historic Cecil Hotel. It was soon identified as that of a Canadian woman who went missing in late January. Elisa Lam (21), a college student from Vancouver, British Columbia, was last seen by staff at the hotel on January 31.
    (Reuters, 2/20/13)

2013        Feb 26, In Santa Cruz, Ca., 2 police detectives were shot in a gunbattle with Jeremy Peter Goulet (35). Goulet was killed as police converged on the scene.
    (SFC, 2/27/13, p.A7)

2013        Feb, A couple in northern California discovered 1427 US gold coins, dating from 1847-1894, in rusty cans on their property. The Saddle Ridge Horde was later valued at $10 million. State and federal taxes would apply to their find. Face value of the coins was $27,980. On May 27, 2014, an exhibit and auction of some coins was held at the Old Mint of SF with proceeds going to a city and money museum at the mint.
    (SFC, 2/26/14, p.A1)(SFC, 2/27/14, p.C1)(SFC, 5/27/14, p.A9)

2013        Mar 6, In California a lion attacked and killed Dianna Hanson (24), a sanctuary worker at Project Survival’s Cat Haven in Dunlap.
    (SFC, 3/7/13, p.A1)(SFC, 3/8/13, p.A1)

2013        Mar 8, In southern California a gunmen killed 2 people, opened fire on police and holed himself up in a home in the Watts neighborhood of Las Angeles before killing himself in what began as a domestic dispute.
    (SFC, 3/9/13, p.A4)

2013        Mar 12, The Archdiocese of Los Angeles reached a $10 million settlement with 4 men who said they were abused by former priest Michael Baker.
    (SFC, 3/14/13, p.A6)

2013        Mar 13, Ken Salazar, US Interior Sec., announced plans for two large federal solar projects in the California desert.
    (Econ, 3/16/13, p.30)

2013        Mar 16, In Marysville, Ca., a boy (14) and a man (68) were killed when a sprint car ran off a track and into pit row during warm-up laps on the opening day of the California Sprint Car Civil War Series.
    (SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A10)

2013        Mar 18, The US attorney in San Francisco filed criminal charges against Fred Buenrostro, former CEO of CALPERS, and former board member Alfred Villalobos for extensive malfeasance in the nation’s largest public employee pension fund.
    (SFC, 3/19/13, p.D1)

2013        Mar 22, In Ireland Patrick McCabe (77), a former Catholic priest who had worked in California, was sentenced to 18 month in prison for assaulting two boys decades ago in Ireland.
    (SFC, 3/23/13, p.C2)

2013        Mar 27, The California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control said a toxic waste dump site near Kettleman city has agreed to pay $311,000 in fines for failing to report 72 hazardous materials spills over the last 4 years.
    (SFC, 3/29/13, p.D7)

2013        Apr 1, In California a US federal judge granted Stockton’s request for bankruptcy, making it the largest city in US history to go bankrupt.
    (SFC, 4/2/13, p.C1)

2013        Apr 7, In California it was made public that a federal magistrate has ruled that federal authorities broke the law when they leased land to oil drillers without studying the possible risks of hydraulic fracturing.
    (SFC, 4/9/13, p.A1)

2013        Apr 10, California Gov. Jerry Brown, on a trade mission to Beijing, announced that a Chinese investor has agreed to help pay for a $1.5 billion development deal in Oakland to transform 65 acres of industrial waterfront.
    (SFC, 4/11/13, p.A1)

2013        Apr 11, In northern California a 40-foot section of the Skunk Train Tunnel No. 1 collapsed near Fort Bragg blocking access to 36 miles of track to Willits. Service out of Willits resumed on July 31.
    (SFC, 6/8/13, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/n7uwhlu)(SSFC, 8/18/13, p.C4)

2013        Apr 26, In southern California a fuel tanker overturned on Route 38 spilling some 4,000 gallons of gas and 1,200 gallons of diesel into a creek that leads to the Santa Ana River.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A7)

2013        Apr 27, In California Leila Fowler (8) was stabbed to death near her home in Calaveras County. On May 11 police arrested her brother (12) as a suspect in the murder. The boy had blamed an intruder.
    (SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A9)

2013        Apr 29, It was reported that 62 prisoners have died in California from 2006 through 2013 after coming down with a fungal infection called valley fever. The highes rates were reported at Pleasant Valley prison and at Avenal prison.
    (SFC, 4/29/13, p.C4)

2013        Apr 29, A California jury in Santa Ana convicted Catherine Kieu (50) of torture and aggravated mayhem. She was accused of drugging her husband (60) and then severing his penis and tossing it into the garbage disposal. She was jealous of his plans to divorce her because he was seeing his ex-girlfriend. On June 28 she was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 4/30/13, p.A4)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.A4)

2013        May 3, In southern California a coastal fire covered 43 square miles and forced the evacuation of homes in Ventura County.
    (SFC, 5/4/13, p.A4)

2013        May 9, In southern California Pamela Marie Devitt (63) was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls while walking near her home near Palmdale. Authorities were still searching for the dogs as darkness fell. On May 30 Alex Jackson (29), the owner of the dogs, was charged with murder. On Oct 4, 2014, Jackson was sentenced to 15 years to life. The dogs had guarded his pot-growing operation.
    (Reuters, 5/9/13)(SFC, 5/11/13, p.A5)(SFC, 5/31/13, p.A12)(SFC, 10/5/14, p.A5)

2013        May 12, In California the 5-day BottleRock music festival in Napa came to a close. Napa’s first major music festival was organized by WillPower Entertainment.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.E1)

2013        May 17, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said that a requirement for every new semiautomatic handgun to contain “micro-stamping” technology would be effective immediately. The gun control law was originally passed in 2007.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.D1)
2013        May 17, In California Dr. Christine Daniel (58) of Los Angeles was sentenced to 14 years in prison for bilking patients out of more than $1 million by promising them that an herbal supplement she hawked could cure late-stage cancer.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A6)
2013        May 17, Golfer Ken Venturi (b.1931), winner of the 1964 US Open, died in Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.A1)

2013        May 22, Los Angeles held mayoral elections. City Councilman Eric Garcetti (42) defeated city controller Wendy Greuel 54%-46%.
    (SFC, 5/23/13, p.A13)

2013        May 24, In San Diego, Ca., Eduardo Arellano Felix (56) of the Tijuana drug cartel pleaded guilty to helping ship hundreds millions of dollars from the US. Under a plea agreement he will spend 15 years in prison and then be deported to Mexico.
    (SFC, 5/25/13, p.A6)
2013        May 24, In California Gabriel Fernandez (8) of Palmdale died after being hospitalized with injuries including a cracked skull, broken ribs and burns. In 2014 Pearl Fernandez (30) and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre (34) pleaded not guilty to murder charges with special allegations of torture.
    (SFC, 8/20/14, p.E2)(http://tinyurl.com/kvgkkzd)

2013        May 27, In Orosi, California, Anthony Alvarez (63) shot his two adult daughters, killing one and critically injuring the other before apparently committing suicide while his three young grandchildren were in the Central Valley home.
    (AP, 5/27/13)

2013        May 28, Walmart agreed to pay $82 million after pleading guilty to criminal charges that the company improperly dumped hazardous waste at stores across California.
    (SFC, 5/29/13, p.E1)

2013        May 31, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America elected its first openly gay bishop to a six-year term at an annual assembly in Southern California.
    (AP, 6/1/13)

2013        Jun 2, In southern California police in Gardena shot and killed Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino following a botched report of a bicycle theft. Video released in 2015 showed Diaz-Zeferino with his palms open at his waist when he was killed. The city of Gardena paid $4.7 million to settle a suit with Diaz-Zeferino’s family and another man wounded in the shooting.
    (SFC, 7/16/15, p.A7)
2013        Jun 2, In southern California wind fanned the blaze in Angeles National Forest overnight to some 35 square miles. The fire started May 30 and some 2,800 residents have been evacuated in Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth.
    (SFC, 6/3/13, p.A4)

2013        Jun 3, The California Coastal Commission and Sean Parker said they have reached a $2.5 million settlement to pay for coastal conservation programs after the Napster co-founder built a large movie-set-like wedding site in an ecologically sensitive area of Big Sur without proper permits.
    (AP, 6/4/13)

2013        Jun 4, FBI agents raided the offices of California state Sen. Ron Calderon. In November Al Jazeera America disclosed that Calderon was involved in a sting operation that linked him to bribery, phony jobs and influence peddling.
    (SFC, 11/2/13, p.A13)(http://tinyurl.com/mpd5eba)

2013        Jun 6, A law enforcement sweep in San Diego led to the arrest of 50 people including 7 active-duty Marines, 7 former Marines and  Navy sailor. The busted crime rings dealt in illegal drugs, stolen military gear and cars.
    (SFC, 6/7/13, p.A6)

2013        Jun 7, Pres. Obama welcomed China’s Pres. Xi Jinping as he arrived in southern California for a 2-day summit.
    (SFC, 6/8/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 7, Southern California Edison said its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will be permanently shut down.
    (SFC, 6/8/13, p.A1)
2013        Jun 7, In southern California a domestic violence incident in Santa Monica left 5 people dead including the gunman, John Zawahri (23). A critically injured woman died on June 9.
    (AP, 6/7/13)(SFC, 6/10/13, p.A5)

2013        Jun 11, In California a Santa Clara County jury indicted 48 reputed Nuestra Familia gang members on a variety of charges that included the murder of a man last August. The defendants included 38 men and 10 women based in San Jose and Gilroy.
    (SFC, 6/12/13, p.E1)

2013        Jun 14, It was reported that a group led by the nonprofit Conservation Fund has purchased 16,645 acres of forest in California’s Sonoma County for $24.5 million. The land, known as Preservation Ranch, will be renamed Buckeye Forest.
    (SFC, 6/14/13, p.A1)

2013        Jun 21, In San Diego a US district judge sentenced brothers Raul and Fidel Villarreal to at least 30 years in prison for smuggling hundreds of immigrants into the US while working as border patrol agents. Raul was also ordered to pay a fine of $250,000.
    (SSFC, 6/23/13, p.A7)

2013        Jun 25, The Los Angeles City council voted to honor the former site of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station. During WWII more than 2,500 Japanese, Japanese-American, Germans, Italians and Japanese Peruvians were there following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A developer soon filed suit to block the historic designation for the 1-acre plot.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mb85bc3)(SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A10)
2013        Jun 25, In California PG&E shut down one of two reactors at its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant after finding a small leak in a backup cooling system.
    (SFC, 6/27/13, p.C6)

2013        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court struck down a federal law barring the recognition of same-sex marriage in a split decision, ruling that the law violates the rights of gays and lesbians and intrudes into states' rights to define and regulate marriage. Justices ruled 5-4 that sponsors of California’s Prop 8, a ban on same sex marriage, had no right to represent the state in federal court. The court also struck down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.AX1)

2013        Jun 27, Eugene Mallory (80), a retired California man, was shot and killed by police who raided his home based on an incorrect, anonymous tip that the senior citizen was housing a methamphetamine lab on his residence, despite having no criminal record prior to the incident.
    (Econ, 3/22/14, p.14)(http://tinyurl.com/lxn2lgp)

2013        Jun 28, It was reported that a pneumonia outbreak has killed at least 20 bighorn sheep on Old Dad Mountain in California’s Mohave National Preserve. Nevada numbered some 10,000 adult animals in at least 60 mountain ranges.
    (SFC, 6/28/13, p.D5)

2013        Jul 1, In southern California police arrested high school teacher Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst (28), two weeks after giving birth, for allegedly having had unlawful sex with a student (16).
    (SFC, 7/3/13, p.A5)

2013        Jul 10, In southern California three former allies of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner called on him to resign, saying several women had approached them describing instances of sexual harassment.
    (Econ, 8/10/13, p.24)

2013        Jul 12, The Univ. of California announced that Janet Napolitano, US Homeland Security Secretary, will become its 20th president and the first woman to lead the 10-campus system.
    (SFC, 7/13/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 17, The American Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accused Barclay’s, a British bank, of manipulating energy prices in California and other states and slapped the bank with a $453 million fine. Barclay’s said its trading was legitimate.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.64)

2013        Jul 19, In California a new class-action was filed in San Bernadino County to cover residents of Hinkley who did not participate in a 1996 settlement over chromium-6 in the local ground water. PG&E had used chromium-6 in a local cooling system from 1952-1966 to fight corrosion in machinery and then dumped the water into unlined ponds nearby.
    (SFC, 7/26/13, p.A16)

2013        Jul 22, In San Diego, Ca., Irene McCormack, the former communications director for Mayor Bob Filner, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Filner alleging unwanted sexual advances that included demands to work without panties.
    (SFC, 7/23/13, p.A5)

2013        Jul 26, US songwriter JJ Cale (74) died of a heart attack in la Jolla, San Diego County. His songs included “After Midnight,” “Cocaine” and “Call Me the Breeze.”
    (SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A10)

2013        Jul 30, JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $410 million to settle federal charges of manipulating electricity markets in California and Michigan from 2010 through 2012.
    (SFC, 7/31/13, p.D1)

2013        Aug 4, In southern California Nathan Louis Campbell (38) drove into a crowd of people at the Venice Beach boardwalk and then fled the scene. Alice Gruppioni (32), an Italian woman on her honeymoon was killed. 11 others were injured. Campbell turned himself in a few hours later.
    (SFC, 8/5/13, p.A3)

2013        Aug 8, California’s Central Valley agricultural interests sued the federal government in an attempt to stop releases into the Klamath River to protect spawning salmon. On Aug 23 the federal government began releasing Trinity River water into the lower Klamath to protect spawning salmon following a 9-day delay.
    (SFC, 8/9/13, p.D1)(SFC, 8/24/13, p.C4)
2013        Aug 8, In southern California a wildfire in Riverside County, estimated at 15.5 square miles, damaged buildings, threatened about 600 homes and forced some 1,500 people to flee.
    (SFC, 8/9/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 8, In southern California Judith Oakes, the accountant at Rialto Unified school district, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, embezzlement and burglary. Video surveillance showed her stuffing cash from student lunch money into her bra.
    (SSFC, 9/1/13, p.A8)

2013        Aug 9, In southern California the wildfire in Riverside County grew to 25 square miles. 26 homes were destroyed and some 1,800 people were forced to flee. By Aug 11 the Silver Fire reached 30 square miles and was 75% contained.
    (SFC, 8/10/13, p.A5)(SFC, 8/12/13, p.A5)

2013        Aug 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB1266, allowing transgender youth to sue school facilities and join groups with their gender identity.
    (SFC, 8/17/13, p.A8)
2013        Aug 12, Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, proposed to revive the old science-fiction vac-train concept to carry passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles at over 1,200kph.
    (Econ, 8/17/13, p.65)

2013        Aug 15, In southern California a boat was spotted by lifeguards in Malibu communicating with a truck in a parking lot. Authorities arrested two men and recovered 52 bales of marijuana.
    (SFC, 8/17/13, p.A5)

2013        Aug 17, A hunter’s camp fire in California’s Tuolumne County turned into a wildfire that came to known as the Rim Fire.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.A11)

2013        Aug 20, A jury in San Rafael, Ca., found Joseph Naso (79) guilty of murdering 4 northern California prostitutes in the lates 1970s and early 1990s.
    (SFC, 8/21/13, p.D5)

2013        Aug 22, Sources said that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (70) will resign as part of a mediation deal reached in his sexual harassment lawsuit. At least 18 women have accused Filner of sexual harassment.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.A5)
2013        Aug 22, The Rim Fire in California’s Tuolumne County raged out of control and covered over 98 square miles.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.A1)

2013        Aug 24, In California the Rim Fire continued to grow with at least 129,620 acres burned.
    (SSFC, 8/25/13, p.A10)

2013        Aug 25, In California the Yosemite Rim Fire grew to more than 200 square miles, threatening two groves of giant sequoias as well as the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir supplying water and power to San Francisco, consuming some two dozen structures and threatening 4,500 more.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)

2013        Aug 26, In California the Rim Fire expanded to 150,000 acres on the western edge of Yosemite Nat’l. Park. The fire began on Aug 17 and now covered over 250 square miles. Officials said it was 20% contained.
    (SFC, 8/27/13, p.A12)

2013        Aug 28, In northern California the Rim Fire expanded to 300 square miles as fire crews increased containment to just over 23%.
    (SFC, 8/29/13, p.A12)

2013        Aug 29, In southern California border patrol agents found nearly 18,500 pounds of marijuana, estimated at $14.7 million, in a tractor-trailer at a San Clemente checkpoint.
    (SFC, 9/2/13, p.A7)

2013        Sep 3, In northern California the supervisors of Siskiyou County voted 4-1 to secede from the rest of the sate. They hoped to revitalize the 1941 regional secessionist movement to form the new state of Jefferson.
    (SFC, 9/5/13, p.A1)
2013        Sep 3, California officials said the Yosemite Park Rim Fire, now covering 370 square miles, is 75% contained.
    (SFC, 9/4/13, p.D7)

2013        Sep 5, California’s Dept. of Corrections said the 100 remaining hunger strikers had resumed eating ending a two-month hunger strike over the use of isolation cells. Inmate leaders said legislators had agreed to hold hearings on state prison conditions.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.D1)
2013        Sep 5, California’s Rim Fire was now 80% contained. Since August 17 it has burned over 370 square miles.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.A11)

2013        Sep 12, The California Legislature overwhelmingly approved renaming the western span of the Bay Bridge in honor of former SF Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.
    (SFC, 9/13/13, p.A1)

2013        Sep 14, In southern California officials seized some 2,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested 18 people as they tried to bring pot ashore near Santa Barbara.
    (SSFC, 9/15/13, p.A10)

2013        Sep 19, California state regulators approved new transportation rules that allow tech-fueled ride services to stay in business.
    (SFC, 9/20/13, p.A1)

2013        Sep 23, A California medical laboratory agreed to pay $19.4 million to federal and state governments and two former employees who said they were fired after reporting secret discounts and kickbacks. Diagnostic Laboratories and Radiology was accused of cheating Medicare and Medi-Cal programs for years by billing them at standard rates while secretly charging cut-rate fees to nursing homes.
    (SFC, 9/24/13, p.C2)

2013        Sep 24, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to create the first-state-wide early-warning system to alert residents of dangerous earthquakes. The system was expected to cost at least $80 million.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.D5)

2013        Sep 29, In southern California a Cessna 525A jet crashed into a storage hangar at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport igniting a fire that destroyed the hangar. Mark Benjamin and his son Luke were believed killed in the crash and fire.
    (SFC, 9/30/13, p.A4)(SFC, 10/1/13, p.A6)

2013        Oct 1, California’s Safer Consumer Products Regulations law went into effect. It was designed to educate consumers about harmful chemicals in products.
    (SFC, 9/28/13, p.A1)

2013        Oct 10, California Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Corinthian Colleges, the owners of Everest, Heald, WyoTech and other facilites accusing them of lying about job-placement rates and misrepresenting programs.
    (http://tinyurl.com/q4ou5z7)(SFC, 6/20/14, p.D3)

2013        Oct 11, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown approved 11 firearms measures designed to tighten controls on ownership, storage and types of weapons and ammunition available in the state. They included a ban on lead hunting ammunition.
    (SFC, 10/12/13, p.A1)

2013        Oct 15, Bob Filner (71), the former mayor of San Diego, pleaded guilty to a series of false imprisonment and battery charges involving three women. He faced three years of probation and house confinement as well as a six month loss of pension benefits.
    (SFC, 10/16/13, p.A5)

2013        Oct 22, Police in Sonoma County, Ca., shot and killed Andy Lopez Cruz (13) as he walked near his home with a toy rifle that resembled a genuine AK-47. In 2018 Sonoma County agreed to pay $3 million to the Lopez family.
    (SFC, 10/24/13, p.A1)(SFC, 12/19/18, p.C1)

2013        Oct 24, California state investigators announced a record $1 million fine against two Arizona nonprofits, the Center to Protect Patient’s Rights and Americans for Responsible Leadership, for attempting to secretly sway California voters in 2012 in support of Prop 32 and in opposition to prop 30.
    (SFC, 10/25/13, p.A1)

2013        Oct 28, Los Angeles police said body parts believed to be from the same woman have been found at two water treatment plants in the LA area.
    (Reuters, 10/28/13)

2013        Oct 28, The governors of California, Oregon and Washington states along with the premier of British Columbia agreed to coordinate greenhouse gas reduction goals.
    (SFC, 10/29/13, p.A1)

2013        Oct 30, Authorities in San Diego, Ca., shut down a tunnel, nealy 600 yards long, designed to smuggle drugs from Tijuana.
    (SFC, 11/1/13, p.A10)

2013        Oct 31, The nation’s largest landfill, a 630-acre site 20 miles east of LA, closed as a permit for the sited expired. Garbage from the county’s 88 cities will eventually be put on trains and taken to an abandoned gold mine over 200 miles away.
    (SFC, 11/1/13, p.D5)

2013        Nov 1, In California Paul Ciancia (23) walked into LAX’s terminal 3 near the security checkpoint and began shooting, sending thousands of passengers scattering onto tarmacs other parts of the airport. TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez (39) was killed. Ciancia was hospitalized after being shot 4 times.
    (Reuters, 11/2/13)(SFC, 11/4/13, p.A6)

2013        Nov 4, It was reported that scientists are struggling to find the trigger for a disease that appears to be ravaging starfish in record numbers along the US West Coast. The deadly syndrome, known as "star wasting disease," caused the sea creatures to lose their limbs and turn to slime in a matter of days. The disease was first detected in tide pools this summer along the coast of Monterey, Ca.
    (Reuters, 11/4/13)(SFC, 12/9/13, p.A13)

2013        Nov 5, In northern California the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria opened the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park.
    (SFC, 11/16/13, p.C1)

2013        Nov 13, In California 4 Marines were killed at Camp Pendleton during a training exercise. A grenade was later believed to have set off an explosion of unexploded rounds in a demolition pit.
    (SFC, 3/7/14, p.D4)

2013        Nov 14, Google Inc and private equity firm KKR & Co LP said they are investing $400 million in six solar power plants in California and Arizona.
    (Reuters, 11/14/13)

2013        Nov 15, In Los Angeles former third grade teacher Mark Berndt (62) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was accused of blindfolding students and feeding them semen-laced cookies.
    (SFC, 11/16/13, p.A6)

2013        Nov 23, In Santa Cruz, Ca., Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes (51) died on his 50-foot yacht following a heroin injection given by Alix Catherine Tichelman (26), a high-priced call girl. The action was caught on video. Tichelman was arrested on July 4, 2014, and became a suspect in the death of her boyfriend Dean Riopelle, who died of a heroin overdose two months earlier in Atlanta. On May 19, 2015, Tichelman was sentenced to six years in County Jail after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and administering illicit drugs.
    (SFC, 7/10/14, p.A1)(SFC, 7/11/14, p.D1)(SFC, 5/20/15, p.D1)

2013        Nov 24, US media reported that a major winter storm that has dumped freezing rain and snow in the US southwest has killed at least 13 people in Arizona (1), California (3), Oklahoma (4), New Mexico (1) and Texas (4).
    (AFP, 11/245/13)

2013        Nov 30, Actor Paul Walker (40), a star in the “Fast and Furious” film series, died in a fiery crash north of Los Angeles. Roger Rodas, his friend and financial advisor, drove the 2005 Porsche and was also killed. His daughter (15) became the sole beneficiery of his estimated $25 million estate.
    (SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A10)(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A12)(SFC, 2/6/14, p.A6)

2013        Dec 3, In California El Centro police officers pulled over Charlie Sampson (57) under suspicion of his being a drug dealer. Police repeatedly ignored signs of his medical distress and Sampson died hours later. An edited video of the arrest was released on October 8, 2015.
    (AP, 10/9/15)

2013        Dec 6, In southern California Jorge Sillas was sentenced to over 23 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder in a plot to kill a mother and son over a drug debt. His brother, Juan Sillas, one of Tijuana’s most violent hit men, was arrested in 2011.
    (SFC, 12/7/13, p.A10)

2013        Dec 9, In southern California charges were announced after 16 of 18 LA County current and former sheriff’s deputies were arrested for corruption and civil rights abuses.
    (SFC, 12/9/13, p.A10)
2013        Dec 9, Los Angeles MTA officials began a crackdown on homeless people sleeping at Union Station under a program that limits seats in the hub to ticketed passengers.
    (SFC, 12/23/13, p.A7)
2013        Dec 9, In southern California Angela Spaccia, the former assistant city manager of Bell, was convicted of corruption. She had given herself huge raises as most city residents lived in poverty.
    (SFC, 12/10/13, p.A6)
2013        Dec 9, In southern California Bob Filner, the former mayor of San Diego, was sentenced to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for harassing women while serving as mayor.
    (SFC, 12/10/13, p.A6)
2013        Dec 9, California pledged to restore 80,000 acres of the depleted Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta as part of a massive project to send fresh water from mountain streams in the north to farmers and residents in the parched south.
    (Reuters, 12/9/13)

2013        Dec 13, In southern California Brian Beaird (51), a National Guard veteran, was shot and killed following a police chase for reckless driving. The shooting was captured on live television and showed Beaird being shot after he stepped out of his car with his hands raised. In 2014 the LA City Council voted to pay $5 million to Beaird’s family.
    (SFC, 8/21/14, p.D2)

2013        Dec 14, In southern California 4 people died in a car crash in Compton as a car with 3 male occupants fled sheriff’s deputies and ran a red light striking another car driven by a woman in her 20s.
    (SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A12)

2013        Dec 15, In California a wildfire erupted in a scenic stretch of the central coastline late today. It destroyed at least 15 homes in Big Sur and forced many residents to evacuate.
    (Reuters, 12/16/13)

2013        Dec 17, In California ex-firefighter Zane Wallace Peterson (29) of Shasta County was taken into custody for setting wildfires, including the massive Clover Fire that broke out on Sep 9.
    (SFC, 12/19/13, p.C3)

2013        Dec 19, The California Public Utilities Commission fined Pacific Gas & Electric more than $14 million for the utility’s “delay and obfuscation” in revealing that its records for a natural gas pipeline in San Carlos failed to show potentially risky welds.
    (SFC, 12/20/13, p.A1)
2013        Dec 19, In Fresno, Ca., four teenage boys shot and injured teacher Steven Guerrero after he fought back during an attempted robbery at Edison High School. Four Norteno gang members, ages 16-17, were soon arrested.
    (SSFC, 12/22/13, p.A9)(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A8)

2013        Dec 24, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown granted clemency to 127 convicted criminals. All the people involved had completed their sentences.
    (SFC, 12/25/13, p.D3)
2013        Dec 24, In southern California Steven Keith (58) collapsed and died in a holding cell after his arrest by Border Patrol agents for allegedly carrying three pounds of marijuana.
    (SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)

2013        Dec 27, In Los Angeles Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen (24) pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges after admitting that he attempted to assist al-Qaida by providing weapons training in Syria.
    (SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)

2013        Dec 31, James Avery, the father figure in the TV sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1990-1996), died in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 1/2/14, p.D5)

2014        Jan 1, In northern California Rev. Eric Freed was found dead at the St. Bernard Church rectory in Eureka. Surveillance video captured images of suspect Gary Lee Bullock (44) and he was arrested the next day.
    (SFC, 1/2/14, p.A8)(SFC, 1/9/14, p.D5)

2014        Jan 8, Seventeen people related to the San Diego street gang BMS were arrested in California and New Jersey by police and FBI agents for operating a prostitution ring that spanned 46 cities in 23 states.
    (SFC, 1/10/14, p.A5)

2014        Jan 16, The Catholic diocese of Stockton, Ca., filed for bankruptcy after pauing millions of dollars to plaintiffs who made sexual abuse allegations during the past two decades.
    (SFC, 1/17/14, p.A8)

2014        Jan 17, California Gov. Jerry Brown formally declared a state-wide drought.
    (SFC, 1/17/14, p.D1)

2014        Jan 22, California Governor Jerry Brown (75) took credit for his state's fiscal rebound in a state of the state address.
    (Reuters, 1/22/14)

2014        Jan 29, A California school teacher was arrested as investigators found as many as 350 living and dead pythons stacked inside the Santa Ana home of William Buchman.
    (SFC, 1/30/14, p.A6)
2014        Jan 29, California state and federal authorities arrested 11 people in the Modesto area in a large drug trafficking operation.
    (SFC, 1/31/14, p.D5)

2014        Jan 30, In Napa, Ca., Kayleigh Slusher (3) died. Her body was found in her bed on Feb 1. On Feb 4 her mother Sara Kreuger (23) and boyfriend Ryan Scott Warner (26) were charged with the child’s murder. In May 2017, separate juries found Ryan Warner and Sara Krueger guilty of first-degree murder. In 2019 the city of Napa and Napa County settled a suit in the case agreeing to pay $2.5 million to Kayleigh's father and his parents.
    (SFC, 2/5/14, p.E1)(http://tinyurl.com/y8ssbr4n)(SFC, 1/3/19, p.C1)

2014        Feb 12, Sid Caesar (b.1922), former TV comedian, died at his home in Beverly Hills. His “Your Show of Shows” dominated the Saturday viewing habits of millions of Americans from 1950-1954.
    (SFC, 2/13/14, p.A8)

2014        Feb 14, President Obama visited the San Joaquin Valley to focus on California’s severe drought, and announce new measures in the ongoing federal effort to address it. Obama toured parts of California's drought zone and pledged to speed help to the No. 1 farm state.
    (AP, 2/14/14)(Reuters, 2/15/14)

2014        Feb 15, In California a woman and her 4 children were killed in their SUV near Riverdale after a driver in a minivan failed to yield at a stop sign.
    (SFC, 2/17/14, p.A6)

2014        Feb 17, In California 2 CHP officers were killed as they responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Hwy. 99 near Kingsburg.
    (SFC, 2/18/14, p.A5)

2014        Feb 20, In northern California Cherie Lash Rhoades (44), a member of the Cedarville Rancheria tribe, killed 4 people at the tribe’s headquarters, including 3 members of her own family. She was recently ousted as chairwoman of the tribe and was under investigation over at least $50,000 in missing federal grants. The tribe had just 35 members and owned 26 acres in the area.
    (SFC, 2/22/14, p.C3)

2014        Feb 21, US officials announced that California’s Central Valley farmers would get no irrigation water from the federal government due to the current drought.
    (SFC, 2/22/14, p.A1)
2014        Feb 21, California state Sen. Ron Calderon (56) and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon (59), were indicted on a broad range of federal public corruption charges.
    (SFC, 2/22/14, p.C2)

2014        Feb 25, California authorities said police officers in King City had taken part in a scheme in which over 200 cars belonging to poor Hispanic people were impounded and later sold when owners could not pay fees. Four officers were arrested in the case. The arrests, which also included a former police chief, came after a six-month probe of the police department launched in September when a visiting investigator — there to check out a homicide — heard from numerous sources that the community didn't trust its police department.
    (SFC, 2/26/14, p.A6)(AP, 2/27/14)

2014        Feb, In southern California Xu Ting became a legal permanent US resident by virtue of being married to someone with an advanced degree or "extraordinary ability". She had already been sued for counterfeiting by eight luxury brands, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and owes Chanel Inc. $6.9 million in damages.
    (AP, 7/12/15)
2014        Feb, The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System began operating in the Mohave Desert on the California-Nevada border. Birds began to immediately catch fire and burn in flight from the intense radiation of the heliostat mirrors. Trials in September, 2013, counted 34 bird deaths.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivanpah_Solar_Power_Facility)(SSFC, 8/24/14, p.C10)

2014        Mar 4, The Los Angeles City Council voted to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces and public areas.
    (Reuters, 3/4/14)

2014        Mar 5, California Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled an agreement with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to boost joint projects in high technology, the environment and cybersecurity.
    (SFC, 3/6/14, p.A1)

2014        Mar 19, In California Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino was shot and killed when he encountered Ricardo Anthony Chaney (32) on Highway 1 north of Fort Bragg. Chaney was later shot and killed by another Fort Bragg police officer. Authorities believed that Chaney had shot and killed George Bundy Wasson (79), a retired university instructor and Coquille Tribe elder, earlier the same day.
    (SFC, 3/21/14, p.D2)(SFC, 3/24/14, p.C2)(SFC, 3/24/14, p.C2)

2014        Mar 26, In California state Sen. Leland Yee was arrested in an FBI sting on charges that he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento for bribes. Yee represented half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County. Yee was one of 26 people ensnared in a 5-year federal investigation that targeted Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a Chinatown gangster who had claimed to have gone straight.
    (SFC, 3/27/14, p.A1)

2014        Mar 27, Police in southern California served over two dozen search warrants and made six arrested in an investigation targeting the theft of baggage at Los Angeles Int’l. Airport. Those arrested did not directly work for the airport.
    (SFC, 3/28/14, p.A6)

2014        Mar 28, California’s Democratic controlled state Senate voted to suspend three members. They included Leland Yee of SF and San Mateo Ct. and Ron Calderon and Roderick Wright of LA County. The suspended senators would continue to receive pay until their terms expire.
    (SFC, 3/29/14, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/30/14, p.C5)

2014        Apr 1, A drug-smuggling tunnel with rail systems stretching hundreds of yards across the US-Mexico border was discovered by law enforcement officials. Glennys Rodriguez (73) from the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista was charged the next day with helping run the operation. A 2nd tunnel was found on April 3.
    (AP, 4/4/14)

2014        Apr 9, An Alabama prosecutor said Jose Manuel Martinez (51), arrested a year ago in Arizona, has confessed to carrying out up to 40 slayings since 1980 as an enforcer for a drug cartel. Martinez was charged a day earlier with murdering 9 people in Central California.
    (SFC, 4/9/14, p.A9)

2014        Apr 10, In northern California 10 people were killed and dozens injured when a FedEx semitrailer crossed a median and collided with a chartered college tour bus on I-5 near Orland, Glenn County. On May 22, 2015, the CHP released a report saying FedEx driver Tim Evans (32) was at fault for the crash.
    (SFC, 4/11/14, p.A9)(SFC, 4/12/14, p.A9)(SFC, 5/23/15, p.A10)

2014        Apr 14, California police said two parolees killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers in 2012 and 2013. Franc Cano (27) and Steven Dean Gordon (45) were charged with four counts of rape and four counts of murder. On Dec 21, 2016, jurors recommended that Gordon should be given the death penalty. Cano was being tried separately.
    (SFC, 4/15/14, p.A8)(SFC, 12/22/16, p.D8)

2014        Apr 16, Aaron Kushner, head of Freedom Communications Inc., launched the Los Angeles Register, an expansion of his Orange County Register.
    (AP, 4/16/14)

2014        Apr 25, California's Governor Jerry Brown said the state drought is so severe that the government will roll back some environmental protections and loosen the rules on transferring water to farmers.
    (Reuters, 4/25/14)

2014        Apr 27, President Barack Obama said  that comments reportedly made by Donald Sterling, the owner of the LA Clippers pro basketball team, are "incredibly offensive racist statements," before casting them as part of a continuing legacy of slavery and segregation that Americans must confront.
    (AP, 4/27/14)

2014        Apr 29, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Donald Sterling (80), the owner of the LA Clippers, would be banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million for his recent racist comments. Additional punishment included barring Sterling from any NBA games or practices.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A1)

2014        May 1, In California the body of Sarah June Douglas (26) was found stabbed to death in her Sacramento home. Former fire battalion chief Orville Fleming, who shared the home with Douglas, eluded police for two weeks before he was arrested. On July 31, 2015, Fleming (57) was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 5/17/14, p.A5)(SFC, 8/1/15, p.C3)

2014        May 3, California Chrome became the first California-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962. He will try to win his second consecutive Triple Crown race when the 139th Preakness Stakes goes off on May 17.
    (SFC, 5/17/14, p.B9)

2014        May 9, In California a judge issued a permanent injunction against two Los Angeles merchants and fined them over $26 million after investigators found over 10,000 counterfeit items at their now defunct T.J. Accessories store.
    (SFC, 5/11/14, p.A16)
2014        May 9, Police in Davis, Ca., arrested Rev. Hector Coria (45) for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.
    (SFC, 5/12/14, p.A6)

2014        May 11, In Los Angeles members of the Big Hazard Latino street gang firebombed the apartments of some 23 Black families in the Ramona Gardens housing project. No one was injured in the Mother's Day attack. In 2018 three men pleaded guilty for the roles in the attacks.
    (SFC, 4/7/18, p.A7)

2014        May 15, In southern California an estimated 50,000 gallons of crude oil spilled over a half-mile area due to a break in an above-ground pipeline in Atwater Village, Los Angeles.
    (Reuters, 5/15/14)

2014        May 17, In Maryland 3-year-old California Chrome won the 139th Preakness at Pimlico Race Course making him eligible for the Triple Crown on June 7 at the Belmont Stakes.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.B1)

2014        May 19, Actor Michael Jace (51) shot and killed his wife, April Jace (40), at their home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Jace had appeared on the FX series “The Shield” as a police officer. On June 10, 2016, Jace was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 5/21/14, p.A9)(SFC, 6/11/16, p.A6)

2014        May 20, Santa Ana, Ca., police arrested Isidro Garcia (41) of Bell Gardens for kidnapping a girl (15) in 2004. He force her to marry him and have his child in a hostage relationship for 10 years.
    (SFC, 5/22/14, p.A14)

2014        May 21, In California a bus crashed west of Blythe near the Arizona border after it struck a load of metal pipes that had just tumbled from a flatbed truck. 4 passengers were killed and at least 7 seriously injured.
    (SFC, 5/22/14, p.A6)

2014        May 23, In California Elliot Rodger (22) stabbed 3 people to death in his apartment before gunning down 3 more victims in a drive-by late today. He then took his own life during the chaotic killing spree in downtown Isla Vista, near the University of California Santa Barbara campus. He posted his intentions on YouTube just a day before he took to the streets in a black BMW armed with a semi-automatic hand gun.
    (Reuters, 5/24/14)(Reuters, 5/25/14)

2014        May 27, In southern California the bodies of 2 men and 2 women were found at a suburban home in Mission Viejo.
    (SFC, 5/28/14, p.A6)

2014        May 28, The City Council of Irwindale, Ca., voted to drop a public nuisance declaration and lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods, the maker of Sriracha hot sauce. Residents have complained last year that the spicy odors burned their throats and eyes. Other suitors including Texas have offered a friendlier home to the company.
    (SFC, 5/30/14, p.A4)

2014        May, In California the Cocos Fire scorched roughly 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and destroyed some 40 structures north of San Diego. On March 24, 2015, a state judge ruled that a teenage girl (14) sparked the wildfire.
    (Reuters, 3/24/15)

2014        Jun 8, In Elmont, New York, Tonalist edged Commissioner to win the Belmont Stakes. California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, tied for 4th place.
    (SSFC, 6/8/14, p.A10)

2014        Jun 10, A Los Angeles Superior Court threw out California’s teacher tenure laws calling them unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 6/11/14, p.A1)

2014        Jun 12, In California Sherri Lynn Wilkins, a substance-abuse counselor, was sentenced to 55 years to life in prison for hitting pedestrian Phillip Moreno (31) with her car and driving through a Los Angeles suburb with the dying man on her windshield on Nov 24, 2012.
    (AP, 6/12/14)

2014        Jun 19, A California state auditor blasted federal and state oversight of sterilization surgeries for female prison inmates after finding more than a quarter of 144 tubal ligations, performed from 2006 to 2013, were done without lawful consent.
    (SFC, 6/20/14, p.A1)

2014        Jun 22, The US Border Patrol said it will fly nearly 300 Central American migrants from south Texas to California for processing, as the government seeks to ease the workload on agents at the nation's busiest corridor for illegal crossings.
    (AP, 6/22/14)

2014        Jun 25, The US Supreme Court ruled in Riley v California that police must get a search warrant before examining the contents of cell phones they seize from people they arrest.
    (SFC, 6/26/14, p.A10)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.25)

2014        Jun 30, In southern California Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Garden Grove was sentenced to 13 years in prison for using Facebook and other Internet communications to connect with al-Qaida and plan to train its fighters in Pakistan.
    (SFC, 7/1/14, p.A6)

2014        Jul 1, In southern California the parents of a severely autistic boy were arrested after investigators determined the 11-year-old had been kept in a large metal cage, possibly to control his violent outbursts.
    (AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jul 1, In southern California CHP Officer Daniel Andrew stopped, stradded and pummeled Marlene Pinnock (51) at the 10 Freeway La Brea Avenue exit. The woman had been walking barefoot along the freeway. A video of the incident was posted on YouTube causing widespread outrage. On Sep 24 Los Angeles agreed pay Pinnock $1.5 million and officer Andrew agreed to resign.
    (SFC, 8/21/14, p.A4)(SFC, 9/26/14, p.A14)

2014        Jul 3, In San Diego retired navy officer Admond Aruffo pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to bilk the Navy of millions of dollars for port services while manager of japan operations for Glenn Defense marine Asia, a Singapore company.
    (SFC, 7/5/14, p.A5)

2014        Jul 5, California-based World Eco Energy said it has signed a preliminary agreement to invest $1.175 billion (864 million euros) in Iran, in a rare joint commercial project to turn rubbish and human waste into electricity.
    (AFP, 7/5/14)

2014        Jul 6, In California 3 people were killed when their small plane crashed in Riverside County.
    (SFC, 7/7/14, p.A6)

2014        Jul 9, A California jury ruled that the Los Angeles Dodgers were partly responsible for the March 31, 2011, beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow. The $18 million award would cost the Dodgers $15 million and his two attackers $3 million.
    (SFC, 7/10/14, p.A1)

2014        Jul 10, In southern California David Galvan sent nude photographs of ex-boyfriend and science teacher Richard Rosa to over 200 students and staff at John Muir High School while Rosa was out of the country. Galvan was arrested in late October.
    (SFC, 11/1/14, p.A7)

2014        Jul 11, In California Fred Buenrostro (64), former head of CalPERS, the California Public Employees Retirement System, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud and agreed to tell all about his chief cohort’s role in the affair.
    (SFC, 7/12/14, p.D1)
2014        Jul 11, In California the Nicolls Fire began east of Bakersfield in the Sequoia National Forest. It burned 1,680 acres and caused $6.5 million in damage to public lands. On May 26, 2015, marijuana grower Edgardo Fournier (46) was sentenced to seven years in prison. He had admitted to setting the fire to fend off other pot growers.
    (http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1002)(SFC, 5/28/15, p.D3)

2014        Jul 12, In southern California 3 people were killed and two wounded in a late night shooting in a working class neighborhood in Pasadena. The shooter (35) was talked into surrendering.
    (AP, 7/13/14)

2014        Jul 18, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a law banning the sale of single-shot handguns that can be altered into semi-automatic weapons, handing a modest victory to proponents of tougher gun laws while striving to protect antique collectors.
    (Reuters, 7/19/14)

2014        Jul 15, California’s Water Resources Control Board approved emergency regulations that allow local law enforcement and water agencies to impose a maximum $500-a-day fine on water wasters.
    (SFC, 7/16/14, p.A1)

2014        Jul 16, A US federal judge declared California’s death penalty unconstitutional. Executions statewide have been halted by federal courts since 2006.
    (SFC, 7/17/14, p.A1)
2014        Jul 16, In California three robbers fleeing a bank in Stockton took three women hostage and led police on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph, ending when 3 people were shot dead, including hostage Misty Holt-Singh. Norteno gang members Gilbert Renteria Jr. (30) and Alex Martinez (27) were killed. Jaime Ramos (19) survived and was arrested. Police officers fired over 600 bullets into the disabled vehicle with Singh inside. In 2015 her family filed suit against the city of Stockton.
    (SFC, 7/18/14, p.D1)(SFC, 7/21/14, p.C2)(SFC, 1/21/15, p.D2)

2014        Jul 18, California’s Governor Jerry Brow signed a law banning the sale of single-shot handguns that can be altered into semi-automatic weapons, handing a modest victory to proponents of tougher gun laws while striving to protect antique collectors.
    (Reuters, 7/19/14)

2014        Jul 22, In northern California federal and state agencies launched Operation Yurok on and around Yurok reservation land in Humboldt County that had been taken over by marijuana growers.
    (SFC, 7/23/14, p.E2)

2014        Jul 24, In Los Angeles the body of Xinran Ji (24) an electrical engineering student from China who enrolled at USC in the fall of 2013, was discovered this morning, a few blocks away from where police say he had been attacked nearly six hours earlier. On July 29 four US teens were charged with murder in the fatal beating with a baseball bat and wrench.
    (Reuters, 7/25/14)(AP, 7/30/14)

2014        Jul 28, California Gov. Jerry Brown with state and business leaders began a 3-day business trip to Mexico.
    (SFC, 7/30/14, p.C1)

2014        Aug 1, Southern California Edison laid out a draft plan to dismantle the twin nuclear reactors at San Onofre shut down in 2012 due to a radiation leak. The project would take two decades and cost $4.4 billion.
    (SSFC, 8/3/14, p.A8)
2014        Aug 1, In California Chester D. Turner (47), already on death row for 10 murders, was given four more death sentences for what a Los Angeles prosecutor called the city's most prolific serial killing.
    (AP, 8/1/14)

2014        Aug 7, In Central California seven robbers invaded a house used by pot growers and engaged the occupants in a gun battle that killed two of the attackers. Authorities soon arrested 3 of the suspected robbers.
    (Reuters, 8/9/14)

2014        Aug 11, In southern California Ezell Ford (25) was killed by police officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas. Ford's family said he was cooperating with officers and lying on the ground when shot. The LAPD said Ford had struggled with officers and was trying to grab one of their guns when he was shot. On June 10, 2015, the Los Angeles Police Commission determined that Wampler was unjustified in shooting Ford.
    (Reuters, 8/17/14)(SFC, 8/29/14, p.A12)(SFC, 6/11/15, p.A7)

2014        Aug 16, In California the search for Erin Corwin (19) ended when her body was spotted with a video camera 140 feet down a mine shaft on federal land near her home in Twentynine Palms, where her Marine husband was stationed. Former Marine Christopher Brandon Lee (24) was arrested the next day in Alaska. Corwin had disappeared on June 28.
    (AP, 8/19/14)

2014        Aug 18, Police in South Pasadena, Ca., said they have thwarted a mass shooting plot with the arrest of two teenagers (16 and 17) who were conspiring to kill several staffers and as many fellow students as possible at South Pasadena High School.
    (Reuters, 8/18/14)(SFC, 8/20/14, p.A14)

2014        Aug 21, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation, effective Jan 1, overturning a ban on pets at bars and restaurants, and giving businesses the option of allowing dogs in outside spaces.
    (SFC, 8/23/14, p.A1)

2014        Aug 22, Robert Singleton (77), the co-owner of a shuttered Petaluma, Ca., slaughterhouse, pleaded guilty to charges that he helped sell adulterated meat. Three other defendants with ties to Rancho Feeding Corp. were indicted last week for conspiring to distribute the meat. In November foreman Felix Cabrera pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute adulterated meat. On Feb 18, 2015, four managers pleaded guilty to the charges. In 2016 Cabrera was sentenced to three months in federal prison.
    (SFC, 8/23/14, p.C4)(SFC, 2/19/15, p.E2)(SFC, 3/19/16, p.C1)

2014        Aug 25, At the annual Emmys in LA popular British detective series "Sherlock" picked up three awards, while hit drama "Breaking Bad" was the big winner of the night.
    (AFP, 8/26/14)

2014        Aug 29, California’s state legislature passed three bills that would allow local agencies, for the first time, to curb excessive pumping of groundwater by landowners.
    (Econ, 9/20/14, p.29)
2014        Aug 29, In southern California Carmen Montenegro (54) was convicted of the 2011 fatal stabbing and dismembering of Samuel Wiggins Jr. (63).
    (SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A12)

2014        Aug, The California Franchise Tax Board stripped Blue Shield of California of its tax exempt status. This did not become public until March 18, 2015.
    (SFC, 3/19/15, p.C1)

2014        Sep 5, Girl group singer Simone Battle (25) was found dead in her West Hollywood home. Her death was later ruled a suicide by hanging.
    (AP, 9/6/14)(AP, 9/7/14)

2014        Sep 10, In California federal agents launched a series of raids in downtown Los Angeles. They arrested 9 people and seized an estimated $65 million in assets related to drug cartels laundering narcotics profits.
    (SFC, 9/11/14, p.A7)

2014        Sep 13, In California the King Fire broke out west of Lake Tahoe. By Sep 25 it had scorched 93,000 acres and was only 38% contained.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A8)

2014        Sep 15, In California the Boles Fire broke out in Siskiyou County forcing as many as 2,000 residents to flee the town of Weed. On October 11 police arrested Ronald Bean Marshall (24) on suspicion of starting the Boles Fire.
    (SFC, 9/16/14, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/12/14, p.A11)

2014        Sep 16, In California the Three Feet for Safety Act took effect to help protect bicyclists from motorists.
    (SFC, 9/16/14, p.C1)

2014        Sep 17, In California Wayne Allen Huntsman was arrested and charged with setting the massive King Fire near his home in Pollock Pines, El Dorado County. The fire has burned 73,000 acres since Sep 13. On April 8, 2016, Wayne Allen Huntsman (37) was sentenced to 20 years in prison for starting the fire, which burned a dozen homes and nearly 100,000 acres.
    (SFC, 9/19/14, p.A10)(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A8)(SSFC, 4/10/16, p.C13)   

2014        Sep 21, California Governor Jerry Brown signed several legislations to encourage the electric car market in the state, which accounts for 40 percent of all electric vehicles sold in the United States.
    (Reuters, 9/21/14)

2014        Sep 30, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed dozens of bills including the nation’s first ban on single-use plastic bags.
    (SFC, 10/1/14, p.A1)
2014        Sep 30, In southern California Daniel Crespo (45), the mayor of Bell Gardens, was shot and killed by his wife, Lyvette Crespo (43), following an argument. Following the shooting Crespo’s daughter said her father had been abusive to her mother over the last 20 years. On Nov 30, 2016, Lyvette Crespo pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
    (SFC, 10/1/14, p.A18)(SSFC, 12/21/14, p.A12)(SFC, 12/1/16, p.A7)

2014        Oct 7, California officials detected the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the Los Angeles area. The day-time biting mosquito was capable of transmitting dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever viruses.
    (SFC, 10/16/14, p.A10)
2014        Oct 7, In northern California an air tanker fighting the Dog Rock Fire crashed killing pilot Geoffrey Hunt (62) near Arch Rock on the west side of Yosemite National Park. By Oct 12 the fire was 95% contained.
    (SFC, 10/8/14, p.A1)(SFC, 10/9/14, p.D1)(SFC, 10/13/14, p.C2)

2014        Oct 10, President Barack Obama declared large parts of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles as a national monument.
    (Reuters, 10/10/14)
2014        Oct 10, A Los Angeles County judge threw out the murder conviction of Susan Mellon who has spent over 17 years behind bars for a crime the he said she did not commit.
    (SFC, 10/11/14, p.A11)

2014        Oct 13, In Half Moon Bay, Ca., a pumpkin from Napa weighing 2,058 pounds, won first prize in the city’s 41st annual weigh-off. This was the biggest to date for the Half Moon Bay event.
    (SFC, 10/14/14, p.C1)

2014        Oct 24, In Sacramento, Ca., police officers Danny Oliver (47) and Michael David Davis Jr. were killed and two people wounded when a man went on a shooting spree. Marcelo Marquez (34) was arrested by police in a home in Auburn. His wife was also arrested. Fingerprints of Marquez in a federal database matched the biometric records of a Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamontes, deported from the US in 1997 and in 2001. In 2018 Bracamontes was convicted of murder. On Feb. 15, 2018, Janelle Monroy was found guilty of aiding her husband as he killed the two deputies.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)(SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A16)(SFC, 2/10/18, p.A6)(SFC, 2/17/18, p.A4)

2014        Oct 30, In California a bankruptcy judge approved a plan by the city of Stockton allowing it to eliminate more than $2 billion in long-term debt payments without touching its massive pension obligations.
    (SFC, 10/31/14, p.A10)

2014        Oct 31, A Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo blew apart over southern California after being released from a carrier aircraft killing one pilot, Michael Alsbury (39) and seriously injuring the other, Peter Siebold (43). The suborbital vehicle was undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)(SFC, 11/32/14, p.A7)
2014        Oct 31, In southern California 3 girls (13) were killed while trick-or-treating when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Santa Ana. On Nov 2 Jaquinn Bell (31) of Orange was arrested for the hit-and-run.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)(SFC, 11/2/14, p.A6)(SFC, 11/4/14, p.A4)

2014        Oct 31, In California Susan Su (44) of Pleasanton was sentenced to 198 months behind bars, forfeit $5.6 million and pay $904,000 in restitution for operating the fake Tri-Valley Univ. She used it as a front for foreign students seeking to establish US immigration status.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.E2)
2014        Oct 31, John Shields Jr. (b.1932), a former CEO of Trader Joe’s, died in southern California. Under his tenure (1988-2001) the chain expanded from 27 to 174 stores. The chain had been founded as pronto markets by Joe Coulombe, a fraternity brother of Shields at Stanford.
    (SSFC, 11/9/14, p.C8)

2014        Nov 4, California voters re-elected Gov. Jerry Brown to a historic 4th term. State voters passed Proposition 47 to reduce penalties for some criminal offenses to misdemeanors.
    (SFC, 11/5/14, p.A12)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.34)

2014        Nov 5, Charles Merritt (57) was arrested on suspicion of murder in the deaths of the Joseph McStay family, whose four members disappeared in southern California on Feb 4, 2010. Merritt was a business partner of Joseph McStay.
    (SFC, 11/8/14, p.A5)

2014        Nov 6, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art said Jerry Perenchino, the former chairman and CEO of Univision, has donated some 47 pieces of art from the 1870s to the 1930s. The museum must first complete construction of a new building designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, planned for 2023.
    (SFC, 11/7/14, p.D2)

2014        Nov 16, In southern California the Crown Princess cruise ship arrived in San Pedro, Los Angeles County, with 172 people ill with the highly contagious norovirus. The ship had over 4,100 people on board.
    (SFC, 11/17/14, p.A8)

2014        Nov 20, Regents of the Univ. of California approved a plan to raise tuition by up to 28% over five years despited protests by furious students.
    (SFC, 11/21/14, p.A1)
2014        Nov 20, California state officials said AT&T Inc will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won't be required to clean up the resulting contamination.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 20, The California Public Utilities Commission voted to levy a $1.05 million fine against PG&E for lobbying the regulatory agency in back-channel communications related to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. The PUC also authorized a broad probe into PG&E’s gas distribution system and fined the company $10.8 million stemming from an explosion in March that destroyed a Carmel cottage.
    (SFC, 11/21/14, p.D1, D2)

2014        Nov 21, The Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to pay $139 million to settle claims that former Miramonte Elementary School third grade teacher Mark Berndt abused his students. 69 parents and 81 students had accused Berndt of lewd acts. He had pleaded guilty on Nov 15, 2013.
    (SFC, 11/22/14, p.A5)

2014        Nov 24, In California thousands of UC students walked out of their classrooms to protest steep tuition hikes.
    (SFC, 11/25/14, p.A1)
2014        Nov 24, In southern California workers at Sony Pictures discovered that its computer system had been beached. They were greeted with an image of a skeleton and a message that said “Hacked by #GOP,” a reference to a group calling itself Guardians of Peace.The cyberattack was later expected to cost the studio tens of millions. On Feb 4, 2015, Sony Corp. said it has spent an estimated 15 million in investigating and recovering from the cyberattack.
    (SFC, 12/6/14, p.D4)(SFC, 2/5/15, p.C3)
2014        Nov 24, In southern California Michael Hanline (69) was freed after serving 34 years of a life sentence for murder. The charges were formally dismissed on April 22, 2015. Hanline had been charged with the 1978 killing of a friend, Ventura resident J.T. McGarry.
    (AP, 4/23/15)

2014        Nov 29, In southern California deputies in Santee, San Diego County, found the body of Stephen Lee Hissom (55), a homeless man. Six teenagers were soon arested on suspicion of beating Hissom to death.
    (SFC, 12/2/14, p.A6)

2014        Dec 3, The California Fish and Game Commission voted 4-1 to ban predator killing contests.
    (SFC, 12/6/14, p.C1)

2014          Dec 5, Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was reported vandalized with graffiti. Los Angeles police were investigating the vandalism of comedian.
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)

2014        Dec 8, In southern California a fire destoryed the wooden framing of the new Da Vinci complex in downtown Los Angeles causing an estimated $20-30 million in damage. Arson was later determined as the cause.
    (SFC, 12/19/14, p.A9)

2014        Dec 11, The California State Dept. of Finance estimated the current state population to be 38.5 million.
    (SFC, 12/12/14, p.D1)
2014        Dec 11, Rain and high winds lashed Northern California overnight, leaving thousands without power, as a major winter storm that marched across the Pacific Ocean was set to pound the state.
    (Reuters, 12/11/14)

2014        Dec 12, A major storm that pummeled northern California and the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain and high winds and killed two people moved south overnight, prompting evacuation orders in areas prone to floods and mud flows.
    (Reuters, 12/12/14)

2014        Dec 17, In southern California Margo Bronstein (56) slammed into a crowd outside a church in Redondo Beach killing 3 women. The son (6) of one of the women died of injuries the next day. Bronstein was charged with driving under the influence of a drug and vehicular manslaughter.
    (SFC, 12/20/14, p.A5)

2014        Dec 19, In northern California a CHP officer in Willow Creek, Humboldt County, shot a killed a teenager (17) who had attacked him with a machete.
    (SSFC, 12/21/14, p.A12)

2014        Dec 24, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned 105 convicted criminals. All had completed their sentences and were released from custody at least a decade ago. One pardon was quickly retracted after it was learned the recipient had not disclosed recent discipline by financial regulators.
    (SFC, 12/25/14, p.D1)(SFC, 12/26/14, p.A11)
2014        Dec 24, In southern California a US citizen (40) died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing. Officers found heroin during a body search.
    (AP, 12/25/14)

2014        Dec 25, In California a cache of rare wine was stolen from the world-famous French Laundry in Yountville. On Jan 23 it was reported that the majority of the stolen wine was found in a wine cellar in Greenville, NC. On Dec 20, 2016, Davis Kiryakoz (44) of Modesto admitted the theft and pleaded guilty. Charges were still pending against 2nd defendant Alfred Georgis of Mountain View.
    (SFC, 1/24/15, p.A1)(SFC, 12/21/16, p.A8)

2014        Law Professor Ethan Elkind authored “Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City.”
    (Econ, 4/29/17, p.23)
2014        California set up a “rainy day fund” to guard against volatility in annual receipts. By the end of 2016 the fund reached $6.7 billion.
    (Econ, 7/9/16, p.63)
2014        California officials this summer abruptly shut down 11-waste injection wells in Kern County, fearing they would taint groundwater supplies feeding homes and farms. The state had allowed oil companies to drill over 170 waste disposal wells into aquifers suitable for drinking or irrigation.
    (SSFC, 2/1/15, p.A1,10)

2015        Jan 2, In California hundreds of people lined up in early morning cold as the state began taking driver's license applications from the largest population of immigrants living in the US illegally.
    (AP, 1/2/15)

2015        Jan 3, In southern California a shooting in Long Beach left a mother and two brothers wounded. Giseleangelique Rene D'Milian and Anthony Ray McCall abducted 3-week old Eliza Delacruz, whose body was found the next day in a dumpster.
    (SFC, 1/6/15, p.A5)(SFC, 3/28/15, p.A5)

2015        Jan 5, The California Dept. of Motor Vehicles wrote an advisory saying any passenger vehicle used or maintained for the transportation of persons for hire, compensation of profit is a commercial vehicle.
    (SFC, 1/24/15, p.A1)

2015        Jan 6, In San Diego US Navy commander Jose Luis Sanchez (42) pleaded guilty in a massive bribery scheme involving a longtime military contractor in Asia who allegedly offered luxury travel, prostitutes and other bribes to Navy officers in exchange for confidential information.
    (AP, 1/7/15)

2015        Jan 7, In California US District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that the  state prohibition on the sale of foie gras illegally encroached upon the regulatory domain of the federal government. The state ban was passed in 2004 and went into effect in 2012.
    (SFC, 1/8/15, p.A1)

2015        Jan 11, The Golden Globes inched closer to legitimacy in its 72nd show, giving awards not just to A-List celebrities, but to the edgier productions that unequivocally deserved recognition, including "Boyhood," ''The Grand Budapest Hotel," and "Birdman."
    (AP, 1/12/15)

2015        Jan 12, California state regulators ordered Mercury Insurance to pay nearly $27.6 million for improperly collectring unapproved broker fees from its auto customers. Mercury disagreed with the decision and planned to contest the ruling.
    (SFC, 1/13/15, p.C2)

2015        Jan 14, In California Tommy Caldwell (36) and Kevin Jorgenson (30) reached the top of El Capitan completing a 3,000-foot free climb up the Dawn Wall begun 19 days earlier.
    (SFC, 1/15/15, p.A1)

2015        Jan 23, In southern California 2 US Marines were killed in a helicopter crash at Twentynine Palms.
    (SSFC, 1/25/15, p.A12)

2015        Jan 29, In southern California the Boys Scouts of America settled a sex-abuse case involving a 20-year old man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007. The decision kept internal documents detailing sex abuse allegations from 1971-2007 secret from the public.
    (SFC, 1/30/15, p.A12)

2015        Jan 30, In southern California Marion “Suge” Knight, founder of Death Row Records, was booked on suspicion of murder after hitting and killing Terry Carter (55) with his pickup truck and fleeing the scene a day earlier. On Feb 2 Knight was charged with murder.
    (SFC, 1/31/15, p.A10)(SFC, 2/3/15, p.A6)

2015        Feb 17, Seaports in the US West Coast, all but shut over the weekend because of a contract dispute, were reopening as the nation's top labor official tried to solve a stalemate between dockworkers and their employers that already has disrupted billions of dollars in international trade.
    (AP, 2/17/15)

2015        Feb 20, California reached a settlement with a consortium of investors called California First LP and agreed to pay $24 million after halting the sale of 11 buildings to the group during the height of its fiscal crises in 2010.
    (SFC, 2/23/15, p.C4)
2015        Feb 20, Dockworkers and shipping companies reached a tentative agreement that would set cargo ships sailing again up and down the West Coast out of 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle.
    (SFC, 2/21/15, p.A1)

2015        Feb 22, The 87th Academy Awards Ceremony was held in Los Angeles. The Best Picture Oscar went to “Birdman”; Eddie Redmayne won the best actor award for “The Theory of Everything” and Julianne Moore won the best actress award for “Still Alice.” Musicians Common and John Legend collected the Academy Award for best original song for "Glory", their politically aware theme from "Selma".
    (AP, 2/23/15)(AFP, 2/23/15)(SFC, 2/23/15, p.E1)

2015        Feb 27, US sgents at the San Diego border crossing seized nearly 16 tons of marijuana in a truck supposedly hauling matresses. The estimated street value of the pot was $19 million.
    (SSFC, 3/1/15, p.A8)

2015        Mar 1, Police in Los Angeles shot and killed a homeless man who reportedly had reached for an officer’s gun during a struggle. Charly Keundeu Keunang (43) was later identified as a native of Cameroon. In the 1990s French officials had gave him a passport under what turned out to be a stolen name, Charley Saturin Robinet. In 2016 prosecutors said three police officers will not face criminal charges. In 2018 the Keunang family settled a civil suit for $1.9 million. 
    (AP, 3/6/15)(SFC, 12/2/16, p.A6)(SFC, 5/12/18, p.A5)

2015        Mar 3, Federal agents searched more than a dozen homes in southern California in a crackdown on “maternity tourism.” Authorities said Chinese tourists over the the past two years have delivered more than 400 babies at orange County hospitals.
    (SFC, 3/4/15, p.A14)
2015        Mar 3, Regulators said California officials have ordered oil companies to shut down 12 more wells that injected oil-field wastewater into drinkable aquifers in the Central Valley.
    (SFC, 3/4/15, p.A1)

2015        Mar 4, In California a reporter for the Sacramento Bee found a bag of headless chickens along railroad tracks near 19th and W streets. Over the last three months batches of headless animals have been found on 11 occasions around the city in apparent ritualistic killings. By March 17 the number of discoveries rose to 13.
    (SFC, 3/5/15, p.D6)(SFC, 3/17/15, p.A4)

2015        Mar 5, In California protesters shut down the campus of UC at Santa Cruz, on the fourth day of demonstrations that organizers said were over planned tuition hikes as well as police brutality.
    (Reuters, 3/6/15)

2015        Mar 6, US Border patrol officer Armando Gonzalez was taken into custody in San Diego County for allegedly installing a camera into a women’s restroom.
    (SSFC, 3/8/15, p.A9)

2015        Mar 9, It was reported that Ronald Linde and his wife Maxine have pledged $50 million to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for promising initiatives and research at the Pasadena campus.
    (SFC, 3/9/15, p.A5)

2015        Mar 10, A Los Angeles jury awarded Marvin Gaye’s children $7.3 million after determining that singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell and Williams copied their father’s music to create “Blurred Lines,” the biggest hit song of 2013.
    (SFC, 3/11/15, p.A6)

2015        Mar 12, The Obama administration gave final approval to a giant expansion of the Gulf of the Farallones and the Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries off the coast of northern California.
    (SFC, 3/13/15, p.A1)
2015        Mar 12, In southern California  Keshawn Brooks (15) was stabbed to death for his backpack in Long Beach. Police soon arrested Giovanny Montelongo (18) on suspicion of murder.
    (SFC, 3/14/15, p.A5)

2015        Mar 13, Police in southern California arested 8 of 14 students under investigation for a series of sexual assaults on and off the campus of Venice High School in Los Angeles.
    (SSFC, 3/15/15, p.A10)

2015        Mar 23, In Los Angeles Vianna Roman (39), the daughter of an imprisoned Mexican Mafia kingpin, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. She had pleaded guilty last year to racketeering, narcotics and weapons charges.
    (Reuters, 3/24/15)

2015        Mar 25, California announced legal action to suppress a "reprehensible" ballot initiative to outlaw homosexuality -- on pain of execution. The proposal was submitted by lawyer Matthew McLaughlin to the California Attorney General's office late last month.
    (AFP, 3/25/15)
2015        Mar 25, In southern California Giseleangelique Rene D'Milian (47) was arrested for plotting to kidnap two babies, including one found dead on January 4 in a dumpster, and attacking their mothers in a bizarre scheme to fool her boyfriend into thinking she birthed their twins.
    (Reuters, 3/25/15)(SFC, 3/28/15, p.A5)

2015        Mar 28, It was reported that the California Public Utilities Commission had accumulated legal fees of $5.1 million relating to an ongoing state and federal corruption probe of the agency. In 2014 the agency had signed a $49,000 attorney representation contract with the Sheppard Mullin law firm.
    (SFC, 3/28/15, p.D1)

2015        Mar 31, In southern California Andrew Getty (47), heir to the Getty family oil fortune, was found dead at his home in the Hollywood Hills.
    (SFC, 4/2/15, p.D1)

2015        Apr 1, California Gov. Jerry Brown imposed a 25% reduction on water use for residents and businesses.
    (SFC, 4/2/15, p.A1)

2015        Apr 2, Rev. Robert Schuller (88), southern California televangelist, died in Artesia. His “Hour of Power,” inaugurated in 1970, became the nation’s most watched weekly religious program in the 1980s. His Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove opened in 1980.
    (SFC, 4/3/15, p.A12)

2015        Apr 3, In southern California Kevin Christopher Bollaert (28) of San Diego was sentenced to 18 years in prison for operating a revenge porn website. In February he was found guilty on six counts of extortion and 21 counts of identity theft.
    (SFC, 4/4/15, p.A6)

2015        Apr 9, In southern California a TV news helicopter caught deputy sheriffs on video kicking and beating Francis Pusok (30). The suspect was fleeing a warrant in an identity theft investigation on a stolen horse. On April 21 San Bernardino County approved a $650,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit by Pusok.
    (AFP, 4/10/15)(SFC, 4/11/15, p.A6)(SFC, 4/22/15, p.A7)
2015        Apr 9, Ali Elmezayen drove his family off a Los Angeles pier, killing his two severely autistic sons. In 2019 he was charged with capital murder after prosecutors said the killings were carried out for financial gain. He had purchased $6 million in insurance policies to cover his family in the event of an accidental death.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y6oda7p4)(AP, 7/18/19)

2015        Apr 15, In San Diego Lt. Cmdr. Todd Malaki (44), a former supply officer based in Asia, pleaded guilty in federal court to leaking classified information to Leonard Francis, a Malaysian defense contractor. Malaki was the 8th person to be convicted on corruption charges in the scandal. On Jan 29, 2016, a federal judge sentenced Malaki to 40 months in federal prison for providing ships and submarine schedules to a Malaysian contractor in exchange for cash and luxury hotel stays in Singapore, Hong Kong and Tonga.
    (SFC, 4/16/15, p.A8)(AP, 1/30/16)

2015        Apr 22, In California Raymond Edward Steele (67), who spent 25 years on death row for the murder of a brain-damaged woman, died at San Quentin of unknown causes. He was the third condemned prisoner to die this year in a state that has not carried out an execution in nearly a decade.
    (Reuters, 4/23/15)

2015        Apr 24, In southern California two Buena Park officials, who worked in the parks department, pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.3 million from the city. Former parks chief Rudolph Juarez was sentenced to ten years in prison and former parks supervisor Gabriel Garcia to six years.
    (SSFC, 4/26/15, p.A9)

2015        Apr 25, In southern California 3 people were found dead inside a Los Angeles-area business in what might have been a fire bomb or Molotov cocktail attack.
    (Reuters, 4/25/15)

2015        Apr 27, In southern California truck drivers walked off the job in a dispute over their wages and employee status, months after another West Coast labor conflict cost major delays in billions of dollars of trade.
    (AP, 4/27/15)

2015        Apr 29, California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order lowering the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below its 1990 levels by 2030.
    (SFC, 4/30/15, p.A1)

2015        May 1, In southern California 3 teenagers died when their car plunged off a Long Beach road and into the Los Angeles River.
    (SSFC, 5/3/15, p.A8)

2015        May 6, Japan-based Toyoto said that eight California dealerships will be the first in the US to ofer the $57,500 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle with deliveries to begin in October.
    (SFC, 5/7/15, p.C1)

2015        May 16, In southern California Hao Zhang was arrested after arriving from China for a scientific conference. A 32-page indictment charged him and five others, still in China, with economic espionage in a case that went back to 2006.
    (SFC, 5/20/15, p.A10)

2015        May 19, In central California an estimated 101,000 gallons of oil leaked from a broken pipeline next to Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County before it was shut off. About 21,000 gallons flowed into a storm drain, sullied the beach and washed out to sea. Estimates of the spill were later raised to 143,000 gallons. In 2016 Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline and one employee faced 46 counts of state law violations related to the spill. On Sept. 7, 2018, a jury found the company guilty of nine criminal charges. On April 26, 2019, the company was fined nearly $3.35 million. In 2020 the company said it will pay $60 million to settle allegations that it violated safety laws.
    (SFC, 5/20/15, p.A10)(SFC, 5/21/15, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A9)(SFC, 8/6/15, p.D6)(SFC, 5/17/16, p.A6)(SFC, 9/8/18, p.A6)(SFC, 4/27/19, p.A6)(SSFC, 3/15/20, p.A5)

2015        May 22, California officials struck a deal with farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to reduce water use by 25% in exchange for an assurance that the state won’t come down harder on them in near future.
    (SFC, 5/23/15, p.A1)
2015        May 22, In Sacramento, Ca., Jordan James Kirby (23) of Paradise was sentenced to 29 years in federal prison for tricking young girls on Facebook into sending him explicit photographs of themselves and then using the pictures to extort them.
    (SSFC, 5/24/15, p.C2)

2015        May 27, In southern California a seven-mile stretch of coastline was shut down after tar ball and tar patties began washing up on Santa Monica Bay.
    (SFC, 5/30/15, p.A7)

2015        May 28, California police body camera footage published online by a rights group showed two officers wrestling to the ground a black woman who was eight months pregnant, and arresting her following a dispute with another woman. The video dated from January and was published on YouTube by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
    (Reuters, 5/28/15)

2015        Jun 9, The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expanded two northern California marine sanctuaries. The Gulf of the Farallones sanctuary grew from 1,282 to 3,295 square miles and was renamed the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary expanded from 529 to 1,286 square miles.
    (SFC, 6/9/15, p.D1)

2015        Jun 10, Juan Felipe Herrera, former poet laureate of California (2012-2014, was named the new poet laureate of the United States. On September 15 he will replace Charles Wright.
    (SFC, 6/11/15, p.D1)

2015        Jun 13, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law an ordinance to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.
    (SSFC, 6/14/15, p.A8)

2015        Jun 15, Kirk Kerkorian (b.1917), Fresno-born billionaire casino mogul, died in Beverly Hills.
    (SFC, 6/17/15, p.D5)

2015        Jun 22, In southern California James Horner, the Oscar-winning “Titanic” composer, was killed in the crash of a single-engine aircraft in Ventura County.
    (SFC, 6/24/15, p.A14)

2015        Jun 23, California stock promoter Gregg Mulholland was arrestd while traveling to Mexico. US prosecutors charged him with masterminding a $3000 million scheme in 2014 to manipulate the value of stocks including Cynk Technology Corp. and Vision Plasma Systems.
    (SFC, 6/25/15, p.C3)

2015        Jun 24, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $115.4 billion budget using his veto pen to wipe out $1.3 million in program increases south by the state Legislature.
    (SFC, 6/25/15, p.D3)

2015        Jun 27, In Sacramento, Ca., a couple searching for a dog found a headless goat, dead chickens, a headless rat and a decapitated catfish, adding to the number of decapitated animals found in recent months.
    (SFC, 6/29/15, p.A9)

2015        Jun 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill ending most vaccination exemptions for the state’s schoolchildren, effective next January. Only exemptions signed by a doctor would be allowed.
    (SFC, 7/1/15, p.A1)

2015        Jul 1, Former California state Sen. Leland Yee admitted that he took bribes from undercover FBI agents in exchange for promises to vote on legislation, arrange meeting for his purported donors and illegally smuggle guns from the Philippines.
    (SFC, 7/2/15, p.A1)

2015        Jul 2, In northern California Matthew Graham (33) reported his 6-month-old daughter missing. On July 10 Graham went missing after stealing a gun, cell phone and cash from his mother in Shasta County.
    (SFC, 7/13/15, p.A6)

2015        Jul 10, Pres. Obama signed a declaration making Berryessa Snow Mountain California’s newest national monument.

2015        Jul 15, California regulators ordered Uber to pay a $7.3 million fine and hand over required information about safety and accessibility or shut down in the company’s home state.
    (SFC, 7/16/15, p.C6)

2015        Jul 17, A fast-moving wildfire swept across a freeway in a Southern California mountain pass. Some 30 vehicles were destroyed or damaged and the main freeway from Los Angeles to Las Vegas was forced to close, though two southbound lanes were later reopened. There were no reports of serious injuries.
    (AP, 7/18/15)

2015        Jul 18, In southern California firefighters battled a fast-moving brush fire near the I-15 freeway as crews worked through the night to evacuate hundreds of nearby campers, including children.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 18, In California the bodies of 2 women and 3 young girls were found at a home in Modesto. Martin Martinez (30) was arrested the next day in San Jose.
    (SFC, 7/20/15, p.A1)

2015        Jul 19, In California 2 Spanish racers were killed in a chain-reaction crash on the first lap of a World Superbike race at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca.
    (AP, 7/20/15)

2015        Jul 26, In Santa Cruz, Ca., Madyson Middleton (8) disappeared. Her body was found the next day in a trash bin at the apartment complex where she lived. Adrian Jerry Gonzalez (15) was soon taken into custody. Gonzalez had kidnapped, raped and stabbed Middleton in the neck and dumped her in a recycling bin where she died of positional asphyxiation.
    (SFC, 7/28/15, p.A1)(SFC, 7/30/15, p.D1)(SFC, 9/7/17 p.D3)

2015        Jul 28, The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to ban the sale of high-capacity gun magazines.
    (SFC, 7/30/15, p.D5)

2015        Jul 30, In California firefighter Dave Ruhl (38) of South Dakota died while fighting the Frog Fire in the Modoc National Forest outside Alturas. This was one of 18 large wildfires fought by about 8,000 firefighters deployed across the state.
    (AFP, 8/1/15)

2015        Jul 31, California's Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency as 18 large wildfires raged across the state.
    (Reuters, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, In Los Angeles Moshe Matsri (49) was sentenced in federal court to 32 years in prison on a slew of money laundering, drug and extortion charges. Prosecutors said he was a leader of an Israeli organized crime ring that moved drugs and money across the globe.
    (AP, 7/31/15)
2015        Jul 31, In California a wildfire began east of Fresno. By Sep 5 it covered 134 square miles and was 25% contained.
    (SSFC, 9/6/15, p.A5)

2015        Aug 2, In northern California the Rocky Fire in Clear Lake County doubled its size over 24 hours to 54,000 acres. 24 homes were destroyed in the area and 12,000 evacuated.
    (SFC, 8/3/15, p.A1)

2015        Aug 5, The California Fish and Game Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of ending the commercial and recreational trapping of bobcats in California, becoming the first state in the nation to do so.

2015        Aug 11, In California a DMV employee and trucking school owner pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and identity fraud in a case where as many as 100 commercial truck drivers paid up to $5,000 each for illegal licenses going back to 2011. Two other DMV employees and two other trucking school operators faced similar charges.
    (SFC, 8/12/15, p.D3)

2015        Aug 12, Redel Kentel Jones (30), a black woman, was killed by police in the 4100 block of Marlton Avenue in the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles following an $80 robbery at a pharmacy. Courtyana Franklin, a woman who said she witnessed the shooting, said she watched the events unfold from the side view mirror of her car, and in her version, Jones was running from officers when she was shot. On July 12, 2016, a police commission announced that the shooting was justified.
    (http://homicide.latimes.com/post/redel-kentel-jones/)(CSM, 7/13/16)
2015        Aug 12, In northern California a wildfire running rampant through drought-parched vegetation grew by several thousand acres overnight, as firefighters worked to stop the flames from spreading.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)

2015        Aug 15, In central California Kern County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed Benjamin Peter Ashley (34) after he failed to comply with orders to drop his weapon. Ashley was suspected of killing retired dentist David Markiewitz (64), whose body was found on July 30 in a cabin in Jawbone Canyon, and later wounding two deputies as they searched for him in Kelso Valley.
    (SFC, 8/17/15, p.A5)

2015        Aug 16, In southern California two small planes collided midair as they approached Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego County, killing 5 people.
    (SFC, 8/17/15, p.A5)

2015        Sep 1, California’s prison officials reached a settlement with inmates who filed a class-action suit in 2012 over solitary confinement. Changes will return as many as 1,800 inmates to the general population, allow access to vocational and educational programs, phone calls, mail deliveries and family visits.
    (SFC, 9/2/15, p.A1)

2015        Sep 8, Lagunitas Brewing Co. based in Petaluma, Ca., announced that Heineken is buying a 50% share in the company.
    (SFC, 9/9/15, p.A1)

2015        Sep 10, In southern California Joseph Adel Noriega (37) was arrested following a bank robbery in South Pasadena. He was suspected to be the “Bluto Bandit” linked to more than a dozen bank robberies.
    (SFC, 9/14/15, p.A4)

2015        Sep 11, The California Legislature passed ABX2-15, a controversial aid-in–dying bill that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe lethal medicine to terminally ill patients wanting to end their lives.
    (SFC, 9/12/15, p.A1)
2015        Sep 11, In California a rapidly spreading wildfire spurred evacuations of thousands of mountain homes in the state’s gold-rush country as flames from a larger Sierra Nevada blaze edged close to a famed grove of giant sequoia trees in Kings Canyon National Park.
    (Reuters, 9/12/15)

2015        Sep 12, In California the so-called Valley Fire erupted and spread quickly to a cluster of small communities in the hills and valleys north of the Napa Valley wine country. Thousands of residents were forced from their homes in the area. By Sep 14 the blaze had devoured about 61,000 acres (24,690 hectares), and was only about 5 percent contained. By Sep 21 the fire was 70% contained. At least 1,783 structures were consumed making it the third-most destructive inferno in state history. Five people were killed by the fire which started due to faulty hot tub wiring.
    (Reuters, 9/14/15)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A9)(SFC, 9/22/15, p.C2)(SFC, 12/20/17, p.D2)

2015        Sep 18, In southern California a sheriff's deputy in a helicopter shot at a suspected home invasion robber who led authorities on a 100-mph chase, and the suspect died on I-25 in San Bernadino.
    (AP, 9/19/15)

2015        Sep, In California a huge fire in Amador and Calaveras counties destroyed 549 homes and killed two people. In 2017 PG&E was fined $8.3 million for failing to maintain a power line that sparked the blaze.
    (SFC, 4/26/17, p.A4)

2015        Oct 3, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation intended to reduce racial profiling by police officers.
    (SSFC, 10/4/15, p.A14)

2015        Oct 5, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill giving the state’s terminally ill people the right to be prescribed a lethal dose of drugs.
    (SFC, 10/6/15, p.A1)

2015        Oct 6, California Gov. Jerry Brown singed SB358, a bill known as the Fair Pay Act. It closed loopholes in existing antidiscrimination statutes and barred employers from paying women less than men when they do substantially similar work.
    (SFC, 10/7/15, p.A1)

2015        Oct 7, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a low calling for the state to get 50% of its energy from renewable power by 2030.
    (SFC, 10/8/15, p.C1)

2015        Oct 8, The California Coastal Commission approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks at Sea World in San Diego used to hold killer whales, but it banned breeding of the captive orcas that would live in them.
    (SFC, 10/10/15, p.A5)

2015        Oct 15, In southern California a storm produced mud flows that impacted nearly eight miles of Highway 58 in Kern County. Some motorists were stranded overnight as nearly 200 vehicles became trapped.
    (SSFC, 10/18/15, p.A10)

2015        Oct 16, California regulators closed 33 more oil company wells that had injected wastewater into potentially drinkable aquifers protected by federal law.
    (SFC, 10/17/15, p.A1)

2015        Oct 30, In southern California Dr. Hsiu-Ying Tseng (45) was convicted of murder for killing 3 patients who overdosed on painkillers.
    (SSFC, 11/1/15, p.A8)

2015        Nov 3, The California Dept. of Public Health judged local Dungeness crab and rock crab, from Oregon to the southern border of Santa Barbara County, to be too toxic to eat just days before the Nov 7 start of the recreational crab season. On Nov 5 the state’s Fish and Game Commission voted to suspend the recreational Dungeness and rock crab fishing season due to a potentially deadly neurotoxin.
    (SFC, 11/4/15, p.A1)(SFC, 11/6/15, p.A1)

2015        Nov 4, In central California student Faisal Mohammad (18) stabbed four people with a hunting knife at UC Merced before he was shot to death by campus police. The FBI later said he was inspired by the Islamic State Group but had acted alone.
    (SFC, 11/5/15, p.A9)(SFC, 11/6/15, p.D9)(SFC, 3/18/16, p.D4)
2015        Nov 4, Melissa Mathison, screen writer and former wife (1983-2004) of Harrison Ford, died. Her work included the scripts for “the Black Stallion” (1979) and “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” (1982).
    (SFC, 11/6/15, p.D7)

2015        Nov 10, Federal and state officials said they will allow solar, wind and other renewable energy development on 400,000 acres of public lands in the California desert, while setting aside 5 million acres for conservation.
    (SFC, 11/11/15, p.A1)

2015        Nov 18, In southern California police Officer Ricardo Galvez (29) was shot and killed during an alleged botched robbery in Downey. On Nov 20 Abel Diaz (16) was charged with murder. Two other arrested men awaited charges.
    (SFC, 11/21/15, p.A6)

2015        Nov 20, In California regulations banning the commercial and recreational trapping of bobcat went into effect.
    (SFC, 11/21/15, p.A6)

2015        Dec 2, In southern California Syed Rizwan Farook (28) and Tashfeen Malik (27) who had a 6-month-old daughter together, were killed in a shootout with police. They had just killed 14 people and wounding 17 at the Inland Regional Center, a social services agency in the city of San Bernardino where Farook worked as an inspector. The attack appeared to have been planned. After two days the FBI became involved saying Farook had "some kind" of contact with people from the Nusra Front and the radical Shabab group in Somalia. In 2020 Farook's mother, Rafia Shareed, pleaded guilty to destroying a map her son may have used to plan the massacre.      
    (Reuters, 12/3/15)(Reuters, 12/5/15)(SFC, 3/17/20, p.A4)

2015        Dec 11, In California a Sky Life air ambulance crashed near McFarland, Kern County, killing all 4 people aboard.
    (SFC, 12/12/15, p.A6)

2015        Dec 13, In Fresno, Ca., 5 people died after a fire broke out in an abandoned home.
    (SFC, 12/114/15, p.A6)
2015        Dec 13, In Redding, Ca., two children were found dead at a storage locker. On Dec 21 Salinas couple Tami Huntsman (39) and Gonzalo Curiel (17), the custodians of the children, were charged with murder, child abuse, torture and conspiracy.
    (SFC, 12/23/15, p.D5)

2015        Dec 17, In Los Angeles the FBI arrested Enrique Marquez (24) on charges of conspiring with Syed Rizwan Farook to commit terrorist attacks in 2011 and 2012. Marquez was also charged with illegally purchasing two assault rifles used by Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, to kill 14 people on Dec 2. On Feb 16, 2017, Marquez pleaded guilty and faced up to 25 years in prison.
    (SFC, 12/18/15, p.A9)(SFC, 2/17/17, p.A5)

2015        Dec 19, In California 5 people died when their single-engine plane crashed south of Bakersfield.
    (SFC, 12/21/15, p.C2)

2015        In California a huge fire in Amador and Calaveras counties destroyed 549 homes and killed two people. In 2017 PG&E was fined $8.3 million for failing to maintain a power line that sparked the blaze.
    (SFC, 4/26/17, p.A4)

2016        Jan 6, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a Los Angeles-area natural gas leak that has been sickening nearby residents for more than two months an emergency, calling for alternatives to stop the underground leak if existing efforts fail. The leak was discovered on Oct. 23 at a well-used for natural gas storage in Aliso Canyon just outside Los Angeles' Porter Ranch neighborhood.
    (Reuters, 1/7/16)

2016        Jan 7, In California a criminal complaint was unsealed accusing Iraqi refugee Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab (23) of Sacramento, of traveling to Syria to fight and lying to investigators about it.
    (AP, 1/8/16)

2016        Jan 10, In Los Angeles epic survival thriller "The Revenant" and space blockbuster "The Martian" won big at the Golden Globes, boosting their chances for Oscars glory next month.
    (AFP, 1/11/16)

2016        Jan 22, In southern California three jail inmates, including a man suspected of murder, escaped from the Orange County Men's Jail. Bac Duong (43) surrendered on Jan 29. Hossain Nayeri (37) and Jonathan Tieu (20) were recaptured in the SF Bay Area on Jan 30.
    (SSFC, 1/24/16, p.A15)

2016        Feb 9, Los Angeles, sometimes called the homeless capital of America, adopted a $1.87 billion plan to help its 44,000 down-and-out people without homes.
    (AFP, 2/9/16)

2016        Feb 12, President Barack Obama designated some 1.8 million acres of scenic California desert as national monuments, roughly doubling the amount of public land set aside for protection during his presidency.
    (Reuters, 2/12/16)
    (AP, 2/15/16)

2016        Feb 17, In Los Angeles Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center said it paid the 40 bitcoins, or about $17,000, demanded when it fell victim to what's commonly called "ransomware."
    (AP, 2/18/16)

2016        Feb 18, California state regulators said an underground natural gas pipeline rupture at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field, that caused the state’s largest-ever methane leak, has been permanently capped, paving the way for thousands of displaced Los Angeles residents to return home. In 2018 Southern California Gas Co. said a neqarly $120 million settlement was reached stemming from the nearly four-month leak.
    (Reuters, 2/18/16)(SFC, 8/9/18, p.A6)

2016        Feb 27, In southern California three people were stabbed, one of them critically, and 13 others were arrested when a Ku Klux Klan rally erupted into clashes with counter-protesters.
    (AFP, 2/28/16)
2016        Feb 27, In southern California 3 people were killed after a driver lost control and slammed into a UPS truck during a street race on I-5 in Commerce. In 2019 DEalio Lockhart (38) was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/15/19, p.A5)

2016        Feb 28, Spanish construction group ACS said it has won a 379 million euro ($414 million) contract to build a waste-water treatment and recycling center in Sacramento, Ca.
    (Reuters, 2/28/16)

2016        Mar 23, In Santa Barbara, Ca., Dr. Weidong Han (57), his wife Huijie Yu (29), and their daughter Emily Han (5) were killed. Pierre Haobsh (26) was arrested for the murders on March 25.
    (http://tinyurl.com/zmkqkr8)(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A8)

2016        Mar 24, The University of California's governing board adopted a statement condemning anti-Semitic behavior, becoming the first public university system to do so since campaigns for academic and economic boycotts of Israel have taken root on many US college campuses.
    (AP, 3/25/16)

2016        Mar 28, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a deal with state lawmakers and public unions that would make the minimum wage $15 an hour by 2022, up from $10. The state Legislature passed the bill on March 31. Brown planned to sign the legislation on April 4.
    (SFC, 3/29/16, p.A1)(SFC, 4/1/16, p.A1)

2016        Mar 29, In Los Angeles Amir Issa (29), a gay man involved with drugs, was found shot to death just outside the family home. Police found his mother Rabihah Issa (68) stabbed to death. On April 1 Amir’s father, Shehada Issa (69), was charged with Amir’s murder as a hate crime. Shehada said he shot his son in self-defense after finding his wife’s body.
    (SFC, 4/4/16, p.A4)

2016        Mar, California police arrested David Burchard for selling marijuana to an undercover officer. Burchard had trademarked “Cali Connect” to protect his brand, dealt drugs online and was getting T-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with “Cali Connect”.
    (Econ, 7/16/16, p.50)

2016        Apr 11, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill expanding family leave benefits. It will allow workers to receive up to 70% of their pay for time off to care for a new-born or family member.
    (SFC, 4/12/16, p.C1)

2016        Apr 21, Ride-hailing app Uber settled two class-action lawsuits by drivers in California, and Massachusetts. The drivers remained as independent contractors but would be able to form a “driver’s association” to air concerns.
    (Econ, 4/30/16, p.61)

2016        Apr 28, In southern California federal agents arrested three people, including the older brother of San Bernadino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, on charges of marriage fraud and lying to federal investigators. Farook was one of two people killed by police following the Dec 2 attack at the Inland Regional Center in the city of San Bernardino.
    (SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)

2016        Apr 29, US Customs and Border protection said seven tons of marijuana have been seized inside a truck at the Otay Mesa port of entry in San Diego.
    (SSFC, 5/1/16, p.A7)

2016        May 4, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed anti-tobacco legislation raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 effective June 9.
    (SFC, 5/5/16, p.A1)

2016        May 6, In San Diego seaman James Derek Lovelace died from drowning during a Navy Seal basic training program after his instructor pushed him underwater at least twice. On July 6 a medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.
    (SFC, 7/8/16, p.A9)

2016        May 12, Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison pledged $200 million to the Univ. of Southern California to create a center designed to combine traditional medicine with holistic approaches to treat and prevent cancer.
    (SFC, 5/13/16, p.C1)

2016        May 24, The Obama administration defended a deal reached last September that would resolve the 1983 environmental disaster in California’s Central Valley by absolving famers of a $330 million debt to taxpayers, among other benefits. The settlement would relieve the federal government of $3.8 billion in potential liability to Westlands Water District in the San Joaquin Valley.
    (SFC, 5/25/16, p.D1)

2016        May 25, In Novato, Ca., three suspects attacked two high school students on a hiking trail near the Marin Country Club killing Edwin Josue Ramirez Guerra (17) and wounding the other. Two teenage suspects were arrested the next day. Police later said all involved were from Novato High School and that the incident was possibly tied to an earlier sexual assault. Javier Guevara (19), a purported gang member, was later identified as the 3rd suspect. He reportedly used a machete to slash the victim.
    (SFC, 5/27/16, p.A14)(SFC, 5/28/16, p.C2)
2016        May 25, In Vallejo, Ca., Pearl Pinson (15) went missing after she was dragged into a car on an I-780 overpass. Suspect Fernando Castro (19) was fatally shot by Solano County police as he shot at officers in a Solvang mobile home park. Pinson remained missing.
    (SFC, 5/27/16, p.A14)

2016        Jun 1, In southern California engineering Prof. William Klug (39) was shot and killed at UCLA’s engineering complex. Mainak Sarkar (38), an Indian-American engineer, then killed himself. Sarkar had already killed his estranged wife in Minnesota.
    (SFC, 6/2/16, p.A6)(AP, 6/3/16)

2016        Jun 7, The last major primaries of the 2016 White House race kicked off in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota hours after US delegate counts showed Hillary Clinton clinching the Democratic nomination.
    (AP, 6/7/16)(SFC, 6/8/16, p.A1)

2016        Jun 13, In Los Angeles a dispute between homeless people led one of them to set a fire that killed 5 others.
    (SFC, 6/16/16, p.A6)

2016        Jun 15, California lawmakers approved a $122.5 billion state spending plan.
    (SFC, 6/16/16, p.D2)
2016        Jun 15, In California the Sherpa Fire started this afternoon in Santa Barbara County and burned 250 acres. It then quadrupled in size over the next day and by June 18 burned an estimated 12 square miles and was 45% contained.
    (Reuters, 6/17/16)(SSFC, 6/19/16, p.A7)

2016        Jun 16, It was reported that the Koret Foundation has selected twelve Northern California colleges and universities to share $50 million for scholarships, improved technology and research expansion.
    (SFC, 6/16/16, p.D3)

2016        Jun 19, In southern California a fire at a stable outside Los Angeles killed 10 horses.
    (SFC, 6/20/16, p.A4)

2016        Jun 20, In southern California two wildfires erupted near Duarte. On July 7 the bodies of hikers Jonathan Pardo (16) and cousin Carlos Perez (31) were found burned to death in the Angeles National Forest.
    (SFC, 7/9/16, p.A11)

2016        Jun 21, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced it will close California’s last nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon near San Luis Obispo, in 2025.
    (SFC, 6/22/16, p.A1)

2016        Jun 22, The US Forest Service said at least 26 million trees have died due to drought in the Sierra forests of California between last October and May.
    (SFC, 6/23/16, p.A1)

2016        Jun 23, In southern California two fires in the Angeles National Forest and foothill communities were 15% contained after burning more than 8 square miles over the last four days.
    (SFC, 6/23/16, p.A5)
2016        Jun 23, In central California the Erskine Fire broke out in the foothills of Kern County about 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bakersfield. By July 26 it charred some 68 square miles, destroyed 200 homes and killed 2 people.
    (Reuters, 6/25/16)(SFC, 6/27/16, p.A4)

2016        Jun 27, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown singed a $122 billion budget plan that added $3.3 billion into the state’s rainy-day fund, bringing the reseve to $6.7 billion.
    (SFC, 6/28/16, p.D1)
2016        Jun 27, In California ex-Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was sentenced to five years in prison as part of a federal corruption investigation.
    (SFC, 6/28/16, p.A4)

2016        Jun 29, Firefighters in central California contained 60% of the Erskine wildfire ranked as the biggest and deadliest of several blazes raging across the state in an early summer heat wave.
    (Reuters, 6/29/16)

2016        Jul 1, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed six bills related to gun control.
    (SFC, 7/2/16, p.A1)

2016        Jul 4, San Diego police found the body of a homeless man. A day earlier another body of a homeless man was found burned under a highway. Police soon released grainy images of a suspect taken from a convenience store camera. Over the next two days two more homeless men were attacked in the city. On July 7 police arrested Anthony Alexander Padgett (36) in connection with the murder and attempted murder of the sleeping men, some of whom were set on fire. A third victim died on July 10. Padgett was released on July 11 due to lack of evidence.
    (SFC, 7/6/16, p.A6)(SFC, 7/7/16, p.A6)(SFC, 7/11/16, p.A4)(SFC, 7/12/16, p.A12)

2016        Jul 10, In southern California the driver of an SUV struck and killed 3 women (16-20) and then fled the scene in Santa Ana.
    (SFC, 7/12/16, p.A5)

2016        Jul 15, San Diego police arrested Jon David Guerrero (39) following an attack on a homeless man. Police believed Guerrero was responsible for the five attacks since July 3 that killed three homeless men.
    (SSFC, 7/17/16, p.A13)

2016         Jul 22, In southern California a fast-moving wildfire broke out and soon forced hundreds of people to flee from their homes in the drought-parched foothills northwest of Los Angeles. By July 24 it had blackened some 20,000 acres and threatened homes and commercial structures.
    (Reuters, 7/24/16)

2016        Jul 26, In California the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County, which ignited on July 22 in Garrapata State Park, grew to almost 20,000 acres and was only 10% contained. By July 31 it swelled to 40,000 acres and was 18% contained.
    (SFC, 7/27/16, p.D1)(SFC, 8/1/16, p.C2)

2016        Jul 28, In southern California a Marine Corps fighter jet crashed during a training mission in the vicinity of Twentynine Palms. Maj. Richard Norton (36) was killed.
    (SFC, 7/30/16, p.A6)(SSFC, 7/31/16, p.A11)
2016        Jul 28, In southern California two police officers were shot, one fatally, after a late night stop turned into a gunfight in San Diego. Jesse Gomez (52) was soon arrested for the murder of officer Jonathan DeGuzman (43).
    (SFC, 7/30/16, p.A6)(SSFC, 7/31/16, p.A10)

2016        Jul 29, In northern California a medical transport plane enroute to Oakland, Ca., crashed in Humboldt County killing all 4 people onboard.
    (SFC, 8/2/16, p.C2)

2016        Aug 2, In central California a chartered bus hit a pole of an overhead sign on Highway 99, splitting the coach partway down the middle. 5 people were killed. In 2017 driver Mario David Vasquez (58) was charged with vehicular manslaughter.
    (SFC, 8/3/16, p.D2)(SFC, 8/2/17, p.A10)

2016        Aug 4, In California Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested on charges that he supplied alcohol to underage counselors at acity run youth camp and surreptitiously recorded a group of young people playing strip poker in Silva’s bedroom in 2015. Silva denied the charges.
    (SFC, 8/5/16, p.D1)

2016        Aug 13, In northern California the Clayton wildfire broke out in Lake County.
    (Reuters, 8/15/16)

2016        Aug 15, In northern California Damin Anthony Pashilk (40) was arrested and charged with arson for starting the massive Clayton wildfire that has destroyed 175 buildings and forced thousands to flee to safety. Pashilk was suspected of setting "numerous fires" in Lake County over the past year.
    (AFP, 8/16/16)

2016        Aug 16, Authorities in southern California ordered the evacuation of 82,000 people, after a wildfire broke out in Cajon Pass to rapidly engulf 15,000 acres (6,070 hectares) of terrain. The so-called Bluecut Fire erupted in heavy brush just west of Interstate 15, the main freeway between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area, forcing the closure of one stretch of the highway. In nothern California the Clayton Fire was 35 percent contained.
    (Reuters, 8/17/16)

2016        Aug 18, In southern California Weary firefighters battled a raging inferno that was threatening the homes of more than 82,000 people and sent flaming "firenadoes" tearing across the brush. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for San Bernardino County, just 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles, where the so-called Bluecut Fire was quickly growing.
    (AFP, 8/18/16)

2016        Aug 29, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that bans the use of bullhooks and other devices to control elephants, the latest victory for animal rights activists who condemn the practice.
    (Reuters, 8/30/16)

2016        Sep 10, The Hanjin container ship Greece, that was stranded off the California coast for more than a week, began unloading after a judge protected the global shipping giant from having its assets seized in the US as it struggles to avoid bankruptcy. The ship was one of four vessels that were blocked from entering or leaving the port after Hanjin filed for bankruptcy protection on Aug. 31 in South Korea and the US on Sept. 2.
    (AP, 9/11/16)

2016        Sep 12, Former California Assemblyman Thomas Calderon was sentenced to one year in prison for helping his brother, state senator Ron Calderon, hide bribes from an undercover FBI agent to support tax credits for the film industry.
    (SFC, 9/13/16, p.A5)

2016        Sep 14, US Interior Sec. Sally Jewell gave final approval for a renewable energy development plan within nearly 11 million acres of public land in California’s Mojave Desert.
    (SFC, 9/15/16, p.D1)

2016        Sep 19, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law what he called the nation’s strictest plan to cut emissions of methane, black carbon and other short-lived pollutants.
    (SFC, 9/20/16, p.A1)

2016        Sep 20, Curtis Hanson (71), screen writer and film director, died at his Hollywood Hills home. His films included “The River Wild” (1994), “L.A. Confidential” (1997), “Wonder Boys” (2000) and “8 Mile” (2002).
    (SFC, 9/22/16, p.D6)

2016        Sep 24, In southern California 3 adults were found dead in Fullerton after a child called police to report that her parents had died. Two children were found unharmed.
    (SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A11)

2016        Sep 26, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires all people, including law enforcement, who leave guns in unattended vehicles to lock them in a trunk or container that’s not left in plain sight.
    (SFC, 9/27/16, p.A10)
2016        Sep 26, In California the Loma Fire started in the Santa Cruz Mountains and quickly charred some 1,000 acres. Evacuations were ordered and by nightfall it was only 5% contained. By Sept. 29 the fire was 34% contained with as many as 4,147 acres were charred. The 4,474-acre fire was declared over on October 12.
    (SFC, 9/27/16, p.A1)(SFC, 9/28/16, p.A1)(SFC, 9/30/16, p.D2)(SFC, 10/14/16, p.D3)

2016        Sep 27, In southern California police in El Cajon shot and killed Alfred Olango (38), a refugee from Uganda, after he drew an object from his pocket that turned out to be an electronic cigarette device. Olango was reportedly distraught over the recent death of his best friend.
    (SFC, 9/29/16, p.A7)

2016        Sep 28, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that eliminates the 10-year state of limitations on rape.
    (SFC, 9/29/16, p.A1)

2016        Sep 30, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that redefined rape to include unlawful penetration by any object.
    (SFC, 10/1/16, p.A1)
2016        Sep 30, Police in southern California released two videos showing an officer fatally shooting Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb on Sept. 27, and said they hoped showing the footage would ease escalating tensions.
    (AP, 9/30/16)

2016        Oct 1, Los Angeles police shot and killed Carnell Snell Jr. (18), a black man, following a chase when a vehicle did not comply with a traffic stop. Two black males got out of the car at a traffic stop and fled on foot. Officers followed one of them to a residence, where he was shot and killed. Police said a handgun was found at the scene. Surveillance video released on October 4 showed Snell running from police while holding a gun.
    (Reuters, 10/2/16)(SFC, 10/3/16, p.A6)(SFC, 10/5/16, p.A6)

2016        Oct 2, In southern California Los Angeles police shot and killed Daniel Enrique Perez (16) as he point a fake gun at them. Police later said the boy had used his cell phone to report a man with a gun matching his own description.
    (SFC, 10/7/16, p.A5)

2016        Oct 5, In southern California Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Steven Owen (53) was shot and killed while answering a burglary report. The suspected gunman was arrested after commandeering Owen’s patrol car in Lancaster.
    (SFC, 10/6/16, p.A6)

2016        Oct 7, It was reported that Vietnam has declared a United States-based activist group a terrorist organization and warned that any Vietnamese found to be involved with the group would be regarded as co-conspirators and punished. The government said the California-based Viet Tan, or Vietnam Reform Party, had recruited and trained operatives to use weapons and explosives.
    (Reuters, 10/7/16)

2016        Oct 8, In southern California police Officers Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny (27) were fatally shot in Palm Springs while trying to resolve a family dispute. Gang member John Hernandez Felix (26) was arrested early the next day after police shot a chemical agent into the home where he was holed up. On Oct 12 Felix was charged with first-degree murder.
    (SSFC, 10/9/16, p.A13)(SFC, 10/10/16, p.A9)(SFC, 10/13/16, p.A6)

2016        Oct 14, In San Diego a former federal agent was sentenced to 12 years in prison for tipping off a defense contractor who was under investigation for overbilling the Navy by at least $35 million. Former Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigator John Beliveau II (47) was also ordered to pay $20 million in restitution.
    (AP, 10/15/16)

2016        Oct 15, In southern California 4 people were killed after an out-of-control pickup truck driven by Richard Anthony Sepolio (25) plunged off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and plowed into a car gathered at a festival underneath. Sepolio, a member of the US Navy, was hospitalized with severe injuries and later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    (SSFC, 10/16/16, p.A6)(SFC, 10/17/16, p.A5)
2016        Oct 15, In southern California a hit-and-run driver caused a crash that left four people dead and four hospitalized on State Route 60 near Pomona.
    (SFC, 10/17/16, p.A4)
2016        Oct 15, In northern California John Jessie Mariana (28) of Guerneville and Nathan Proto (36) were killed in Sebastopol during a marijuana deal. In 2018 fugitives Robert Lee Randolph Jr. and Maria Teresa Lebron were arrested in Texas on suspicion of murder.
    (http://gunmemorial.org/2016/10/15/john-jessie-mariana)(SFC, 12/25/18, p.C1)

2016        Oct 19, In northern California Jack Lee Breiner fatally shot Deputy Jack Hopkins (31) as he responded to a domestic disturbance call in Alturas.
    (SSFC, 10/30/16, p.A8)

2016        Oct 21, Former California state Sen. Ron Calderon was sentenced to 3½ years in prison in a corruption scandal in which he acknowledged taking bribes in exchange for his influence in Sacramento.
    (SFC, 10/21/16, p.A7)

2016        Oct 23, In southern California a tour bus plowed into a big-rig on I-10 near Palm Springs killing 13 people and injuring 31 others. On Oct 19, 2017, big rig driver Bruce Guilford (51)00 was arrested in Georgia a day after being charged in Riverside County with 13 counts of vehicular manslaughter.
    (SFC, 10/24/16, p.A4)(SFC, 10/20/17, p.A5)
2016        Oct 23, Tom Hayden (b.1939), American social and political activist, author and politician, died in Santa Monica, Ca., following a lengthy illness.

2016        Oct 26, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the Pentagon to stop seeking repayments of enlistment bonuses given to California National Guard members who served overseas.
    (AP, 10/26/16)

2016        Oct 27, The US Coast Guard delivered more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine to San Diego that were confiscated in 25 separate busts off the coasts of Central and South America over the past fiscal year.
    (SFC, 10/29/16, p.A6)

2016        Oct, In California 104 tiny Perdix drones, with a wingspan of 30 cm, were launched from three American fighters and performed a series of maneuvers.
    (Econ 6/10/17, TQ p.8)

2016        Nov 8, California, residents backed a referendum that bans large-capacity ammunition magazines and requires some people to undergo background checks in order to buy ammunition. California voters approved Prop. 63 tightened gun ammunition regulations and required owners of magazines holding ten or more cartridges to turn them in. In 2019 a federal judge ruled that the banning of high capacity gun magazines is unconstitutional.
    (Reuters, 11/9/16)(SFC, 3/30/19, p.A7)
2016        Nov 8, California, Nebraska and Oklahoma voted to reinstate or otherwise support the death penalty. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts had poured some $400,000 of his family’s money to finance the death penalty referendum.
    (SFC, 11/10/16, p.A7)(AFP, 11/12/16)(Econ, 11/19/16, p.24)

2016        Nov 9, From New York to Los Angeles thousands of people in around 10 cities rallied late today against president-elect Donald Trump. Protesters burned a giant orange-haired head of Trump in effigy, lit fires in the streets and blocked traffic as rage over the billionaire's election victory spilled onto the streets of Oakland, Ca., Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Portland and Washington DC.
    (AFP, 11/10/16)

2016        Nov 13, In central California David Machado (36) shot sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Wallace (53) twice in the head outside the city of Hughson. Hours later Machado was arrested when he tried to steal a woman’s purse in Lindsay.
    (SFC, 11/14/16, p.A12)

2016        Nov 21, Adam Ondra (23), a Czech mountain climber, free-climbed the El Capitan formation in Yosemite Valley in a record eight days using only a rope for safety.
    (CSM, 11/23/16)

2016        Dec 2, The FBI arrested Jamaican fugitive Marlon Jones a day after he was added to the agency's top 10 most wanted list in the deaths of four people at a Los Angeles birthday party in October.
    (AP, 12/3/16)
2016        Dec 2, In southern California graduate student David Jonathan Brown stabbed to death UCLA Prof. Bosco Tjan, an expert in vision cognition and perception. The student was arrested.
    (SFC, 12/3/16, p.A7)(SSFC, 12/4/16, p.A8)
2016        Dec 2, In southern California CHP officers found more than 200 pounds of heroin, valued at about $11 million, in a tractor trailer that was stopped for speeding in Victorville.
    (SFC, 12/3/16, p.A7)

2016        Dec 14, California regulators approved the nation’s first energy-efficiency standards for computers.
    (SFC, 12/15/16, p.A1)

2016        Dec 15, California regulators approved 7,500 PG&E car-charging stations at a cost estimated at $130 million.
    (SFC, 12/16/16, p.C1)

2016        Dec 18, US officials said Nigerian national Kelvin Onaghinor (37) has been charged in connection with a hack of Los Angeles County emails that might have exposed personal data from more than 750,000 people who had business with county departments. Officials were not sure if Onaghinor was on US soil
    (SFC, 12/19/16, p.A5)
2016        Dec 18, Zsa Zsa Gabor (99), Hungarian actress and celebrity, died of a heart attack in southern California.
    (AP, 12/19/16)

2016        Dec 23, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown granted pardons to 112 people and reduced the sentence a Louis Calderon by ten years for a gang shooting in 1999.
    (SSFC, 12/25/16, p.C10)\

2016        Dec 28, Debbie Reynolds (84), the "Singin' in the Rain" actress who tap-danced her way into American hearts as a star of Hollywood's Golden Age, died in Beverly Hills of a stroke, grief-stricken over daughter Carrie Fisher's death a day earlier.
    (AFP, 12/29/16)

2017        Jan 1, In California new laws went into effect that included an increase in the minimum wage from $10 and hour to $10.50 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees.
    (SSFC, 1/1/17, p.A10)

2017        Jan 6, Attorneys confirmed that Shilo Heavenly Quine (57), a California inmate, had become the first US inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery. In 1980 Quine and an accomplice had shot and killed Shahid Ali Baig, a father of three, stealing his car and $80 during a drug and alcohol rampage in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 1/9/17, p.D2)

2017        Jan 8, SeaWorld in San Diego hosted its last killer whale performance, the culmination of its promise to phase out the decades-old show after criticism of its treatment of the captive marine mammals.
    (Reuters, 1/8/17)
2017        Jan 8, In California the Pioneer Cabin Tree in Calaveras Big Tree State Park fell due to rain and soggy ground. A hole in the base of the giant sequoia had been enlarged in 1881 and cars began passing through in 1920. The 32-foot diameter tree was about two thousand years old.
    (SFC, 1/10/17, p.A10)

2017        Jan 10, The board of directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced that their new museum would be built in the Exposition Park of Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 1/11/17, p.A1)

2017        Jan 12, Pres. Obama added roughly 6,000 acres to the California Coastal national Monument.
    (SFC, 1/13/17, p.D1)
2017        Jan 12, The US federal government’s Drought Monitor pronounced 42% of California drought free.
    (SFC, 1/13/17, p.A1)

2017        Jan 14, California historian Kevin Starr (b.1940) died. He was best known for his mammoth series of history books: Americans and the California Dream.”
    (SFC, 1/16/17, p.A1)

2017        Feb 4, It was reported that Louis Marinelli, leader of the “Yes California” campaign to make California its own country, has partnered and received financial support from the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia, a Kremlin-supported political group. Marinelli was reported to be living and teaching in Russia.
    (SFC, 2/4/17, p.A1)

2017        Feb 7, In northern California the Dept. of Water Resources discovered a large amount of debris coming out of the concrete-lined spillway of the Oroville Dam. Release of water was stopped and engineers found a massive crater in the spillway.
    (SSFC, 2/19/17, p.A19)

2017        Feb 12, In northern California authorities ordered at least 188,000 people living below    Lake Oroville to evacuate, shortly after engineers spotted a hole in the spillway that was eroding back toward the top.
    (CSM, 2/13/17)

2017        Feb 13, In northern California emergency crews prepared loads of rock to be dropped by helicopters to seal the crumbling Oroville Dam spillway that threatens to inundate communities along the Feather River.
    (Reuters, 2/13/17)

2017        Feb 14, Pres. Donald Trump issued major disaster declarations to enable federal funding for California to aid spillway damage on the Oroville Dam and help the with widespread effects of January’s storms.
    (SFC, 2/15/17, p.A10)

2017        Feb 17, A powerful Pacific storm blew into southern California killing at least two people.
    (SFC, 2/18/17, p.A9)

2017        Feb 21, In California former Kenneth Arrow (95), a former Stanford professor and Nobel prize winner in economics (1972), died at his home in Palo Alto.
    (SFC, 2/22/17, p.A12)

2017        Feb 23, The International Boundary and Water Commission notified the Tijuana State Public Service Commission of a sewage spill. US officials believed it had started at least two weeks earlier and dumped roughly 143 million gallons (541 million liters) of sewage into the Pacific Ocean. The spill polluted 20 miles (32 km) of coastland from the areas of Rosarito in Mexico to Coronado in California.
    (Reuters, 3/3/17)

2017        Feb 27, In southern California former teacher Robert Ruben Ornelas was sentenced to 190 years in federal prison for traveling to the Philippines to have sex with young girls and videotaping the encounters.
    (AP, 2/28/17)
2017        Feb 27, In southern California a small plane heading to San Jose crashed shortly after taking off from Riverside Municipal Airport killing three of five people onboard. Two homes were destroyed in the crash.
    (SFC, 2/28/17, p.A6)

2017        Mar 2, The California Dept. of Public Health released guidelines for cell phone users to avoid health risks from the use of their devices.
    (SFC, 3/3/17, p.A1)

2017        Mar 3, California Gov. Jerry Brown's finance department decided that the state's $64 billion high-speed rail project is ready to lay some track.
    (AP, 3/4/17)

2017        Mar 5, It was reported that US federal authorities have approved a plan to move nearly 1,500 desert tortoises from California’s Marine base at Twentynine Palms so that the marine Corps can use the area for training with tanks and live ammunition.
    (SSFC, 3/5/17, p.A11)

2017        Mar 14, John Van de Kamp (81), former California Attorney General (1983-1991) died at his home in Pasadena.
    (SFC, 3/16/17, p.A7)
2017        Mar 14, Royal Robbins (b.1935), a leader in Yosemite rock climbing, died at his home in Modesto. In 1957 he made the first ascent of Half Dome as part of a four-man team. In 1961 he climbed the Salathe Wall on El Capitan in nine days. In 1968 he was the first person to top El Capitan solo.
    (SFC, 3/16/17, p.D6)

2017        Mar 15, Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca (74) was convicted of obstructing an FBI investigation into corrupt and violent guards.
    (SFC, 3/16/17, p.A5)

2017        Mar 22, An estimated 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada went on strike to protest the handling of work assignments. Technicians and call center workers returned to work the next day following an agreement on work assignments.
    (SFC, 3/23/17, p.C1)(SFC, 3/24/17, p.C1)

2017        Mar 23, Police in Sacramento, Ca., found the bodies of two children and two adults at a house on the 1100 block of 35th Ave. Suspect Salvador Vasquez-Oliva (56) was arrested in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 3/24/17, p.D4)(SFC, 3/25/17, p.C2)

2017        Apr 2, The Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) said disaster relief will be made available for 42 California counties to help repair hundreds of millions of dollars in damage incurred by February’s flooding, storms and mudslides.
    (SFC, 4/3/17, p.C3)

2017        Apr 7, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown declared an officials end to the state’s drought.
    (SFC, 4/8/17, p.A1)

2017        Apr 9, In southern California an SUV slammed into a group of pedestrians as they were leaving the East Sarang Community Church, killing two people and injuring several others in Chino.
    (SFC, 4/11/17, p.A4)

2017        Apr 10, In southern California a Cedric Anderson (53) fired on his wife, Elaine Smith, in a San Bernadino classroom killing her and Jonathan Martinez (8), a child close by, and then himself at North Park School. Another child was critically injured.
    (SFC, 4/11/17, p.A5)(SFC, 4/24/17, p.A4)

2017        Apr 14, In California two teenagers shot at a car in Fresno that crashed killing the driver. The next day police shot and wounded one of two brothers (16) suspected in the car shooting.
    (SFC, 4/17/17, p.A5)

2017        Apr 17, California awarded a $275.4 million contract for the repair of Oroville Dam to Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., a division of Omaha-based Kiewit Corp.
    (SFC, 4/18/17, p.C1)

2017        Apr 18, In Fresno, Ca., suspect Kori Ali Muhammad (39) shot and killed three people and wounded another in less than 90 seconds before police took him into custody. He was already wanted for the killing of a security guard in a motel last week. In 2020 he was found guilty on three counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree murder in the racially motivated rampage.
    (SFC, 4/19/17, p.A7)(NBC News, 4/23/20)

2017        Apr 20, In northern California Tad Cummins (50), a Tennessee teacher, surrendered in Cecilville more than a month after kidnapping a student. The girl was rescued unharmed.
    (SFC, 4/21/17, p.A5)

2017        Apr 24, Six people were awarded the annual Goldman Environmental Prize. They included Mark Lopez of southern California for work focusing on contamination from a battery recycling plant; Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo of Congo DRC for efforts to protect the Virunga National Park from oil extraction; Prafulla Samantara of India for efforts to halt an open-pit bauxite mine in Odisha state; Uros Maceri of Slovenia for efforts to halt pollution by the Lafarge Cement Co.; Wendy Bowman of Australia for her efforts to halt coal mining and pollution in the Hunter Valley; and Rodrigo Tot of Guatemala for efforts to halt evictions and government corruption related to nickel mining in El Estor and Agua Caliente.
    (SFC, 4/24/17, p.A10)
2017        Apr 28, In California Pavel Tveretinov (51), a suburban Sacramento beekeeper, was arrested for stealing thousands of bee hives from almond orchards. He was released on $10,000 bail.
    (SFC, 5/18/17, p.D8)

2017        Apr 25, A report by California’s state Auditor Elaine Howle said the Univ. of California hid $175 million from the public in secret funds while administrators demanded more money from the state from 2012 to 2016.
    (SFC, 4/26/17, p.A1)
2017        Apr 25, The US Justice Dept. and health care officials announced that Pacific Pulmonary Services, based in Novato, Ca., has agreed to pay $11.4 million to settle accusations that it profiteered by filing false reimbursement claims and arranging kickbacks with sleep-testing clinics starting in 2004.
    (SFC, 4/27/17, p.C3)

2017        Apr 26, California and New Mexico filed suit against the Trump administration for blocking rules that would require oil, gas and coal companies to pay an additional $78 million a year in royalties from mining on federal lands.
    (SFC, 4/28/17, p.D1)

2017        Apr 30, In southern California Peter Selis (49), holding a gun in one hand and a bottle of beer in the other, opened fire on people around a swimming pool in a San Diego apartment complex, killing one and injuring others before police shot him dead. Selis was reportedly despondent over a recent breakup with his girlfriend.
    (Reuters, 5/1/17)(SFC, 5/2/17, p.A6)

2017        May 6, Two San Diego police officers shot a killed a boy (15) who pointed a handgun at them in front of Torrey Pines High School early today. The gun was found to be a BB air pistol.
    (SSFC, 5/7/17, p.A10)

2017        May 8, In California police officers in Sacramento County fired 28 rounds at Mikel Laney McIntyre (32), a mentally ill black man. In 2020 a wrongful death settlement against the county was settled for $1.75 million.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yx62exh6)(SFC, 2/1/20, p.A5)

2017        May 10, It was reported that the administrators at three Univ. of California campuses changed their responses to a state auditor’s survey to reflect more favorably on UC Pres. Janet Napolitano’s office after her staff directed them to make changes.
    (SFC, 5/10/17, p.A1)

2017        May 12, In southern California former Los Angeles sheriff Lee Baca (74) was sentenced to three years in prison for obstructing an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran.
    (SFC, 5/13/17, p.A6)

2017        May 17, An indictment filed in San Diego charged a father-son partnership for allegedly smuggling more than $17 million worth of sea cucumbers to the United States and exporting them to Asia. The charges against Blessings Inc. of Tucson, Arizona, shed light on a growing and lucrative illegal cross-border trade.   
    (AP, 5/20/17)

2017        May 18, In California an indictment charged Pamela Emanuel (57), a former worker at the California Employment Development Department, and four others with receiving $800,000 in fraudulent unemployment benefits and stealing more than 250 identities.
    (SFC, 5/19/17, p.D2)

2017        May 20, In central California a landslide struck a stretch of oceanfront Highway 1 at Mud Creek on the southern end of Big Sur. The road reopened on July 18, 2018.
    (SFC, 5/24/17, p.A1)(SFC, 7/18/18, p.A1)

2017        May 29, It was reported that a local rescue group has found dozens of sick and dying pelicans along California’s Ventura and Santa Barbara coasts. Poisoning from domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin in algae, was suspected.
    (SFC, 5/29/17, p.A4)

2017        Jun 1, California Gov. Jerry Brown joined with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to announce a new alliance of states dedicated to fight global warming and urged other states to join them.
    (SFC, 6/2/17, p.A1)

2017        Jun 5, Architect William Krisel (92) died in Beverly Hills. In the 1950s and 1960s he and business partner Dan Palmer designed some 40,000 cheap but elegant tract homes in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.
    (SFC, 6/8/17, p.D6)

2017        Jun 6, China and California signed an agreement to work together on reducing emissions, as Gov. Jerry Brown warned that "disaster still looms" without urgent action.
    (AP, 6/6/17)
2017        Jun 6, In Fresno, Ca., three men were killed and one left wounded following a gun battle. Investigators suspected a home invasion robbery or drug deal that went bad.
    (SFC, 6/7/17, p.A12)

2017        Jun 16, In San Diego retired Navy Capt. Michael Brooks (59), a former US Naval attaché to the US embassy in the Philippines, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for illicitly secured diplomatic clearances for a Malaysian defense contractor in exchange for luxury watches and the services of prostitutes.
    (AP, 6/17/17)

2017        Jun 22, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra added four more US states subject to its state-sponsored travel ban for alleged discrimination against the LGBT community. Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas joined Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
    (SFC, 6/23/17, p.D1)

2017        Jun 26, The Trump administration cleared the way for the construction of two giant tunnels in California that would siphon water from the Sacramento River and send it south to farms and cities.
    (SFC, 6/27/17, p.C1)

2017        Jun 27, In California the Los Angeles City Council cleared the way for a $1.5 billion Museum of Narrative Art to be built by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas.
    (SFC, 6/28/17, p.A5)

2017        Jun 28, In southern California Rachel Nguyen (20) and Joseph Orbeso (22) were reported missing while hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. On October 15 their bodies were found near the area where they disappeared. Police believed they died in a “sympathetic murder-suicide” after running short of food and water.
    (SFC, 10/17/17, p.A5)(SFC, 10/23/17, p.A5)

2017        Jul 3, In California Danny Pham (27) was found dead at the Orange County Central Jail Complex while serving 180 days for car theft. He was reportedly killed by a cellmate who was in jail on two murder charges.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ybpewluq)(SFC, 7/24/17, p.A5)

2017        Jul 9, California the Wall Fire in butte County burned 5,00 acres. In Santa Barbara County the Whittier Fire burned 7,800 acres. At least 14 large fires propelled some 5,00 firefighters statewide under record breaking heat conditions.
    (SFC, 7/10/17, p.A5)

2017        Jul 12, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown and former NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a climate-change initiative that will track and showcase how much US states, cities and businesses are doing to reduce harmful greenhouse gases.
    (SFC, 7/13/17, p.D1)

2017        Jul 17, California's legislature passed a package of bills that extends the state's signature plan to address climate change by a decade, sending Governor Jerry Brown a cap-and-trade plan that uses market forces to cuts greenhouse gas emissions.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)

2017        Jul 20, In central California more than 3,000 firefighters battled a raging wildfire that has destroyed 29 structures and forced thousands to flee their homes as it threatened a picturesque gold rush town outside Yosemite National Park.
    (Reuters, 7/20/17)

2017        Jul 21, Residents of a historic gold-mining town in central California began returning home as evacuation orders prompted by a massive wildfire were lifted, but some 1,500 structures remained threatened by the flames.
    (Reuters, 7/21/17)

2017        Jul 22, In southern California Clarence Francis Matthews (b.1906), believed to be the oldest man in the US, died at his home in Indian Wells.
    (SFC, 7/25/17, p.C4)

2017        Jul 27, The California Air Resources Board approved the first phase of Volkswagen’s plan to invest $800 million to support zero-emission vehicle use in the state over ten years.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.C1)

2017        Aug 1, In California a gunman was found dead inside a rural home at Yuba Trees Church north of Sacramento after he shot and wounded two deputies responding to reports of someone pulling up marijuana plants on a farm that supplies pot to a Rastafarian church.
    (SFC, 8/2/17, p.A5)

2017        Aug 6, It was reported that pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.
    (Reuters, 8/6/17)

2017        Aug 8, US Border Patrol agents in San Diego arrested Jorge Edwin Rivera (25) as he used a drone to smuggle methamphetamine from Mexico. Rivera said he had used drones five or six times since march to smuggle drugs.
    (SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A14)

2017        Aug 11, In southern California Pierre Romain (53) was convicted of first degree murder for a botched car jacking in June, 1987. DNA evidence was used to relate him to the murder of Jade Clark, who shot Romain in the arm.
    (SFC, 8/12/17, p.A6)

2017        Aug 17, Covered California, the health insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, approved a proposal to allow insurers to raise premiums more than normal between 2019 and 2021 if they lose more money than expected in 2018 due to federal policy changes.
    (SFC, 8/18/17, p.C1)

2017        Aug 18, In California Nery Israel Estrada Margos (38) entered the lobby of police headquarters in Santa Rosa and said he had assaulted his girlfriend, Veronica Cabrera Ramirez, and thought that she might be dead. Margos had been jailed earlier on suspicion of felony domestic violence, but was released on bail on Aug 3. Margos was subject to deportation to his native Guatemala.
    (SFC, 8/31/17, p.A3)

2017        Aug 19, Los Angeles prosecutors said six people have been charged with selling millions of dollars worth of drugs over the last four years on the dark Web from a home in Altadena.   
    (SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A9)

2017        Aug 26, In Las Vegas Conor McGregor lost his match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. as referee Robert Byrd stopped the bout in the 10th round. Mayweather secured his place in boxing history to head into retirement with a record 50th straight victory.
    (AP, 8/27/17)(AFP, 8/27/17)

2017        Aug 27, In southern California Aurelio Teran (38) was arrested after fatally stabbing his wife Viridiana multiple times in front of their son (12) in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 8/29/17, p.A5)

2017        Aug 29, In northern California the Ponderosa Fire ignited in the Sierra foothills of Butte County about 15 miles east of Lake Oroville.
    (SFC, 8/31/17, p.E6)

2017        Aug 30, Northern California fire officials said they have arrested a man they accused of causing the fast-moving Ponderosa wildfire that destroyed 10 homes and forced the evacuation of about 1,500 residents. John Ballenger (29) of Oroville was accused of "recklessly" starting a campfire outside a designated area and allowing it to spread out of control.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)(SFC, 8/31/17, p.E6)
2017        Aug 30, In California Robert French (52), a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy, was shot dead and two CHP officers were wounded during an investigation at a hotel into a stolen vehicle. Suspect Thomas Daniel Littlecloud (32) of Castro Valley was shot during a chase and arrested. Two women in a stolen car were also arrested. Littlecloud died of his wounds on Sep 2.
    (SFC, 8/31/17, p.A6)(SFC, 9/1/17, p.D1)

2017        Aug 31, In northern California officials arrested Chi Meng Yang after he and his sister attempted to bribe Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey with $1 million to turn a blind eye to their marijuana growing operations. Police still sought Gaosheng Laitinen.
    (SFC, 9/2/17, p.A6)

2017        Sep 1, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an emergency declaration for a wildfire burning in the northern part of the state, the same day the man accused of starting the blaze was charged with arson.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)

2017        Sep 2, A wildfire on the northwest edge of Los Angeles spread rapidly despite light rainfall, a day after it forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents and triggered the closure of a major highway.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)

2017        Sep 3, It was reported that California’s Dept. of Public health has confirmed three recent deaths from West Nile virus. In all 87 cases from 13 California counties have been recorded this year.
    (SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A8)
2017        Sep 3, In California Aaron Joel Mitchell (41) died at UC Davis after he ran through two layers of security the previous evening and into flames of the Burning Man in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
    (SFC, 9/4/17, p.A5)

2017        Sep 8, The Univ. of California sued the US Dept. of Homeland Security to stop the Trump administration from rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. UC Pres. Janet Napolitano had served as secretary of Homeland Security (2009-2013) and created the DACA program.
    (SFC, 9/9/17 p.A1)
2017        Sep 8, A new study by UC Davis showed that the number of deer and other large animals killed or injured by California motorists jumped 20 percent in 2016 in accidents that killed five people, led drivers to put themselves in harm's way trying to save the animals, and cost society about $276 million.
    (Reuters, 9/8/17)

2017        Sep 9, In southern California the members of the Polish band Decapitated were arrested early today in Santa Ana, on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after their Aug. 31 concert in Spokane. The band, founded in Poland in 1996, has won critical acclaim for its albums among fans of death metal.
    (AP, 9/9/17)

2017        Sep 11, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown and state Senate Pres. Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced a deal to clear the way for a statewide sanctuary policy that would limit law enforcement’s ability to work with federal authorities to deport undocumented immigrants.
    (SFC, 9/12/17 p.A1)

2017        Sep 13, Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson (37) won Aus$4.5 million ($3.6 million) in damages following a lengthy defamation case against a publisher that portrayed her as a serial liar. Bauer Media  argued the allegations made in Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly and OK Magazine in 2015 were true and denied they had damaged her reputation.
    (AP, 9/13/17)

2017        Sep 23, In southern California former court clerk Jose Lopez Jr. of Anaheim was sentenced to 11 years in prison for accepting $420,000 in bribes to fix more than 1,000 minor court cases.
    (SSFC, 9/24/17 p.A6)

2017        Sep 24, In California a large riot erupted at the Men’s Colony Prison in San Luis Obispo, leaving one inmate dead and several injured.
    (SFC, 9/25/17 p.C4)

2017        Sep 26, Off-duty Los Angeles police Officer Edgar Verduzco crashed into the back of two cars while speeding on I-605 killing a driver and two passengers. He was later charged with murder, vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence and faced a sentence of up to life in prison.
    (SSFC, 4/22/18, p.A9)

2017        Sep 29, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a wide-ranging package of 15 bills designed to bring some relief to the statewide housing crisis.
    (SFC, 9/30/17, p.A1)
2017        Sep 29, In southern California Dr. David Morrow, a cosmetic surgeon, was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison for bilking insurers for procedures his patients did not need. Morrow pleaded guilty last year to filing a false tax return and has been on the run with his wife for four months.
    (SSFC, 10/1/17, p.A6)

2017        Oct 4, In California billionaire landowner Vinod Khosla opened the a gate to Martin’s Beach in Half Moon Bay as litigation over access to the beach continued.
    (SFC, 10/5/17, p.A7)

2017        Oct 5, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to create a statewide sanctuary policy. He also signed 10 other immigration related bills that limit the growth of detention centers, expand education services for immigrants, and extend tenant and workplace protections for undocumented people.
    (SFC, 10/6/17, p.A1)

2017        Oct 9, Buildings in California's Napa and Sonoma counties were being evacuated after multiple, fast-spreading wildfires engulfed the area with thick smoke and large flames. The "Atlas Fire" was burning in the hills above Napa County and had damaged several buildings.
    (Reuters, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, In southern California a wildfire destroyed at least a half dozen homes in the affluent Anaheim Hills neighborhood, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)

2017        Oct 10, In California firefighters battling 15 wildfires that have killed at least 11 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings in the Napa and Sonoma wine region welcomed a drop in winds and an expected layer of cool, moist fog. About 1,500 homes and commercial buildings were destroyed as tens of thousands of acres had gone up in flames since the weekend.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)

2017        Oct 11, In California firefighters battling wildfires in the wine country faced the prospect of new outbreaks as winds were forecast to return. Blazes have killed at least 17 people and destroyed 2,000 homes and businesses.
    (Reuters, 10/11/17)

2017        Oct 12, In California winds up to 45 mph (72 kph) were expected to pummel areas north of San Francisco where at least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed. Officials voiced concern that the 22 separate blazes would merge into larger infernos.
    (AP, 10/12/17)

2017        Oct 13, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation waving tuition fees for first-year community college students.
    (SFC, 10/14/17, p.C1)
2017        Oct 13, In California 35 confirmed fatalities, with 19 in Sonoma County, marked the greatest loss of life from a single fire event on record in California. 235 people were still missing in Sonoma County alone. 17 major fires had already destroyed an estimated 5,700 homes.
    (Reuters, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 13, In southern California authorities in Orange County arrested Luke Ferguson (26), suspected of fatally shooting two people.
    (SFC, 10/14/17, p.A6)

2017        Oct 15, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB179 making California the first state in the country to offer a third gender marker on birth certificates for nonbinary people who want their personal documents to match their gender identity. The gender option for driver’s licenses will be effective Jan 1, 2019.
    (SFC, 10/17/17, p.C1)
2017        Oct 15, In northern California firefighters continued to grapple with the deadliest blazes in state history. At least 40 people have been killed and entire neighborhoods reduced to ash.
    (Reuters, 10/15/17)

2017        Oct 16, In California the Bear Fire started in the Santa Cruz mountains and threatened about 150 homes.
    (SFC, 10/18/17, p.A8)

2017        Oct 20, A Los Angeles judge  tossed out a $417 million jury award to Eva Escherria (d.2017) who said she had developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Judge Maren Nelson also granted the company’s request for a new trial.
    (SSFC, 10/22/17, p.A8)

2017        Oct 22, In California it was reported that the Atlas Fire burned 51,624 acres and left 6 people dead; the Nuns Fire burned 56,216 acres and left two people dead; the Patrick Fire burned 10,000 acres with no fatalities; and the Tubbs Fire burned 36,793 acres with 22 people killed.
    (SSFC, 10/22/17, p.A1)

2017        Oct 23, The Hollywood sexual abuse scandal widened after 38 women were reported to have accused US film director James Toback (72) of unwanted sexual encounters over a period of decades. His semi-autobiographical "The Pick-up Artist" was made in 1987.
    (AFP, 10/23/17)

2017        Oct 25, A US federal judge denied an attempt by California to force the Trump administration to pay billions of dollars to insurance companies to subsidize health plans for low income Americans.
    (SFC, 10/26/17, p.A1)

2017        Oct 28, The Los Angeles Times reported that more than 200 people in Los Angeles County have contracted the West Nile virus this year and that 17 have died.
    (SSFC, 10/29/17, p.A6)

2017        Oct 31, California officials said the northern Tubbs Fire has been contained. The blaze had destroyed 5,600 buildings homes and killed 24 people. A day earlier crews reached full containment on the Nuns Fire, which burned 56,556 acres and killed two people. The Pocket Fire was also contained. The state’s northern fires left 43 people dead. In 2019 invetigators said the Tubbs Fire was caused by faulty equipment at a home in Calistoga.
    (SFC, 11/1/17, p.D4)(SFC, 1/25/19, p.A1)

2017        Oct, In California the cost to fix the Oroville Dam, following spillway damage last February, was pegged at $660 million. On Jan 27, 2018, the costs were increased to $870 million.
    (SSFC, 1/28/18, p.C1)

2017        Nov 1, Los Angeles Times reported that six women, including actress Olivia Munn, have accused prominent film director Brett Ratner of harassment or misconduct.
    (AP, 11/1/17)

2017        Nov 7, Former baseball pitcher Roy Halladay was killed when his Icon A5 airplane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa, Fl. On May 8 an Icon A5 crashed near Lake Berryessa in California killing test pilot Jon Karkow (55) and Icon designer Cagri Sever (41). The 11-year-old company was based in Vacaville, Ca.
    (SFC, 11/8/17, p.C6)

2017        Nov 11, In California the Orange County Health Care Agency said two cooling towers at the Disneyland theme park have been shut down following a dozen cases of legionnaires’ disease.
    (SSFC, 11/12/17, p.A6)

2017        Nov 14, Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting were on a plane back to Los Angeles. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou last week for questioning following allegations of shoplifting.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, In northern California Kevin Janson Neal (44) killed four people and wounded ten others in Tehama County. Neal had killed his wife the night before. Sheriff’s officials later concluded that Neal died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a shootout with police.
    (SFC, 11/15/17, p.A1)(SFC, 11/18/17, p.C4)(SSFC, 12/10/17, p.C4)

2017        Nov 16, In southern California two young brothers were killed in a collision involving a Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol car and two other vehicles. They were among five pedestrians hit as deputies responded to a report of a gunshot victim.
    (SFC, 11/18/17, p.A6)

2017        Nov 18, In California the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base. It was the first of four next-generation spacecraft for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    (SSFC, 11/19/17, p.A8)

2017        Nov 19, Charles Manson (b.1934), hippie cult leader, died in southern California at a kern County hospital of natural causes after 48 years behind bars. He had orchestrated the 1969 slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people, butchered at two homes on successive August nights by intruders who scrawled "Pigs" and "Helter Skelter" in the victims' blood.
    (AP, 11/20/17)(SFC, 11/20/17, p.A1)

2017        Nov 22, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned inmate Craig Richard Coley (70) after DNA tests showed he was wrongfully convicted nearly four decades ago of killing his ex-girlfriend and her son (4) in 1978.
    (SFC, 11/22/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 22, A California judge charge Justin Tod Rey (35) in the death of Sean Ty Ferel, a Palm Springs resident who disappeared after going on vacation with Rey in 2016. Rey  was recently found sleeping in a Kansas storage unit with his children and the dismembered remains of his wife, who reportedly died while giving birth on Oct. 20 at a hotel in Missouri.
    (SSFC, 11/26/17, p.C3)

2017        Dec 4, In southern California a 31,000-acre wildfire, known as the Thomas Fire, erupted this evening. Some 27,000 people in Ventura County, about 70 miles (115 km) northwest of Los Angeles, were told to leave. One motorist was killed fleeing the blaze.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)

2017        Dec 5, In California an overnight fire, known as the Creek Fire, consumed at least 2,500 acres in the foothills of Angeles National Forest north, forcing residents of some nearby San Fernando Valley communities north of Los Angeles to flee. Four fires in southern California levelled at least 180 structures and forced thousands to flee their homes. The Thomas fire in Ventura County remained out of control.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)(SFC, 12/6/17, p.A1)

2017        Dec 6, In California Frederick Darren Berg escaped from federal prison in Atwater. He was serving an 18-year prison term for masterminding a $100 million Ponzi scheme. In 2019 federal agents said he may have fled to South America.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y3xgsb9e)(SFC, 4/6/19, p.A6)
2017        Dec 6, California state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said claims from the October fires in the wine country have jumped to $9 billion.
    (SFC, 12/7/17, p.A9)

2017        Dec 7, In southern California hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors as raging wildfires wreaked havoc, forcing about 200,000 people to flee and destroying hundreds of houses. Officials closed US 101 for more than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for several hours as fire charred heavy brush along lanes.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)(AP, 12/7/17)

2017        Dec 8, California state Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, a Democrat from Los Angeles County, announced his resignation effective Jan. 1, days after three women accused him of sexual misconduct.
    (SFC, 12/9/17, p.C1)
2017        Dec 8, In southern California firefighters in Ventura tried to corral the Thomas Fire, largest and most destructive fire in the state, which has destroyed 430 buildings. A new fire in San Diego area broke out a day earlier and became the latest front in the state’s wildfire fight.
    (AP, 12/7/17)

2017        Dec 9, Some 8,700 firefighters in southern California fought to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, In southern California a small plane skidded into a home while trying to land in a field in San Diego killing at least two passengers. The pilot and another passenger were treated for burns.
    (SFC, 12/11/17, p.A6)   

2017        Dec 10, California’s largest wildfire, the Thomas Fire, advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region. The blaze has already blackened 155,000 acres (62,726 hectares) and consumed hundreds of structures.
    (Reuters, 12/10/17)

2017        Dec 11, In California the 4,100-acre (1,660 hectare) Lilac Fire north of San Diego was 90 percent contained after destroying 151 structures.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)

2017        Dec 12, In California the Thomas Fire grew by about 2,500 acres overnight. It has burned 234,200 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, about 100 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and has destroyed almost 900 structures including more than 690 homes.
    (AP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, California and Washington state joined five nations (Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and Chile) on the Pacific coast of the Americas to agree to step up the use of a price on carbon dioxide emissions as a central economic policy to slow climate change.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)

2017        Dec 13, In California the Thomas Fire, which has destroyed more than 700 homes, displaced more than 94,000 people and is threatening some 18,000 structures, was 25 percent contained. The Lilac Fire, which burned more than 4,000 acres in northern San Diego County and destroyed 157 structures, was 95 percent contained.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)

2017        Dec 14, California issued the first twenty state licenses for retailers to conduct recreational cannabis sales.
    (SFC, 12/15/17, p.A1)
2017        Dec 14, In southern California the Thomas Fire overnight grew to the fourth-largest blaze of its kind on record, at 242,500 acres (98,140 hectares) burned. One firefighter was killed battling the blaze. Cal Fire said the Thomas Fire was 30 percent contained. The fire has destroyed more than 700 homes since it began on Dec. 4 and now threatened 18,000 structures.
    (Reuters, 12/14/17)(SFC, 12/15/17, p.D1)

2017        Dec 16, California’s Thomas Fire became the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds. It has destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including about 750 homes, in coastal communities in Southern California since erupting on Dec. 4.
    (Reuters, 12/16/17)

2017        Dec 17, In southern California the Thomas Fire was 40 percent contained despite hot Santa Ana winds that have powered its expansion. The third-largest wildfire in California's history has burned 267,500 acres.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)

2017        Dec 19, In California firefighters halted the spread of the so-called Thomas fire at 272,000 acres (110,100 hectares) and carved containment lines around 60 percent of its perimeter, up from 55 percent.
    (Reuters, 12/20/17)

2017        Dec 20, FBI agents in Modesto, Ca., arrested Everitt Aaron Johnson (26) for attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Johnson had planned an attack over the holidays on San Francisco’s Pier 39. His would-be partners were undercover FBI agents. The former high school wrestler had converted to Islam after being discharged from the marines and losing custody of his two children.
    (SFC, 12/23/17, p.A1)

2017        Dec 21, In southern California the Thomas Fire, the 2nd largest in state history, was 60% contained. It had destroyed at least 750 homes and burned about 425 square miles.
    (SFC, 12/22/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 21, California political trailblazer March Fong Eu (b.1922), who served as the state's first female secretary of state and later a US ambassador to Micronesia, died in Irvine, Ca.
    (AP, 12/23/17)(SFC, 12/23/17, p.C1)
2017        Dec 21, NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless (80), the first person to fly freely and untethered in space (1984), died in California.
    (AP, 12/23/17)

2017        Dec 22, California officials said the 65% contained Thomas Fire, that has been burning through rugged, drought-parched coastal terrain since Dec. 4, has become the largest on record in the state. It surpassed the previous record of the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County that scorched 273,246 acres and killed 15 people.
    (Reuters, 12/23/17)

2017        Dec 23, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown continued a holiday tradition and pardoned 132 people for their crimes. He commuted the sentences of 19 more.
    (SSFC, 12/24/17, p.A9)

2017        Dec 28, American novelist Sue Grafton (77) died in Santa Barbara, Ca. Her best-selling alphabet series of mystery novels reached “Y Is for Yesterday,” published last August.
    (SFC, 12/30/17, p.E1)
2017        Dec 28, In Kansas Andrew Finch (28) was killed by a SWAT team in Wichita following the fake 911 call about a shooting and killing at the victim’s address. Police in southern California arrested Tyler Barriss (25) the next day, suspected of making the hoax call that resulted in the fatal shooting. On Nov. 13, 2018, Barriss pleaded guilty to making the hoax call following a dispute between two online gamers over a $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game. On March 31, 2019, Barriss was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    (SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A7)(SFC, 11/14/18, p.A5)(SFC, 3/30/19, p.A7)

2017        Dec 29, In southern California a man walked into a law firm in Long Beach where he worked and shot two men before turning the gun on himself. On victim drove himself to a hospital. Police arrived to find the gunman and the other victim dead.
    (SFC, 12/30/17, p.A7)

2017        Dec, In southern California John Bishop, the founder of Living Hope Church in Vancouver, Wa., was caught smuggling nearly 300 pounds of marinjuana into the US from Mexico. In 2018 Bishop (55) was sentenced to five years in federal prison.
    (SSFC, 11/25/18, p.A13)

2017        In California 374 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives this year, the first full year after a law made the option legal.
    (SSFC, 6/24/18, p.C3)

2018        Jan 7, The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" won the Golden Globe Award for best film drama.
    (AP, 1/8/18)

2018        Jan 9, US District Judge William Alsup late today granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent Pres. Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while their lawsuits play out in court.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 9, In southern California massive mud slides slammed into homes, turned highways into raging rivers and swept away vehicles after heavy rains. At least 21 people were left dead in the coastal community of Santa Barbara. The mudslides destroyed about 100 homes, injured 28 people and eight remained missing. US Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County was closed down until January 21.
    (Reuters, 1/10/18)(Reuters, 1/11/18)(SFC, 1/22/18, p.A4)

2018        Jan 10, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $132 billion sate budget and said the state should create a public college entirely online to help millions of working adults gain the skills they need to work in the new economy and raise their pay.
    (SFC, 1/11/18, p.A1)
2018        Jan 10, In southern California the body of Blaze Bernstein (b.1998) was found in a shallow grave in a Lake Forest park. Bernstein had gone missing after going with Samuel Woodward (21) to the park. He had been stabbed over twenty times. Two days later, Samuel Woodward, one of Bernstein's former high school classmates and a member of neo-Nazi terrorist group Atomwaffen Division, was arrested and charged with murdering Bernstein.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Blaze_Bernstein)(SFC, 11/10/18, p.A6)

2018        Jan 11, California state utility regulators said the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant will close in 2025.
    (SFC, 1/12/18, p.A1)

2018        Jan 12, Former California Sen. John V. Tunney (83) died in Santa Monica. He was the son of heavyweight boxer Gene Tunney and served in the US Senate from 1971-1977. His campaign for senate seat formed the basis for the 1972 film “The Candidate” starring Robert Redford.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_V._Tunney)(SFC, 1/13/18, p.A9)

2018        Jan 14, The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California's Santa Barbara County continued even as hopes dwindled to find anyone alive. The death toll rose to 20 with four people still missing.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, In southern California dozens of people were arrested at an El Cahon city park  for feeding homeless people.
    (SFC, 1/14/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 14, In southern California 13 siblings, ages 2 to 29, were rescued in Riverside County from the home of David and Louise Turpin, who were arrested for child abuse, torture and other charges. On Feb. 22, 2019, the couple pleaded guilty to torture and other abuse. On April 19 the Turpins were sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 1/25/18, p.A8)(SFC, 2/23/19, p.A6)(SFC, 4/20/19, p.A6)

2018        Jan 15, Pony.ai, a company with offices in Fremont, Ca., and Guangzhou, China, reported that it has raised $112 million to develop autonomous vehicles.
    (SFC, 1/17/18, p.C3)

2018        Jan 20, In southern California a helicopter crash killed two soldiers at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin.
    (SFC, 1/22/18, p.A4)

2018        Jan 26, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order that aimed to curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks and boost the number of zero-emission vehicles in the state.
    (SFC, 1/27/18, p.C1)

2018        Jan 30, American actor Mark Salling (35) died of an apparent suicide in Los Angeles, weeks after pleading to guilty to possession of child pornography. He played bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman in the musical comedy “Glee.”
    (SFC, 1/31/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 30, In southern California a 4-seat Robinson R44 helicopter crashed in Orange County killed three people.
    (SFC, 1/31/18, p.A7)

2018        Feb 2, A new report said the number of monarchs wintering in California has dropped to a five-year low, despite more volunteers counting more sites in search of the orange-and-black insect that is arguably the most admired of North American butterflies.
    (Reuters, 2/3/18)

2018        Feb 3, Los Angeles police arrested a driver following a traffic stop after discovering 14 packages that were wrapped in foil to resemble burritos, but actually contained methamphetamine.
    (SFC, 2/5/18, p.A6)

2018        Feb 5, In California Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe ruled that the owner of a Bakersfield bakery had a free-speech right to turn away a lesbian couple who wanted a cake to celebrate their marriage.
    (SFC, 2/8/18, p.D2)

2018        Feb 7, California officials sent a formal letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management demanding that the Pacific coast be removed from a program to vastly increase offshore oil drilling in the United States.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 7, Los Angeles biotech entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong (65) agreed to buy the L.A. Times from Chicago-based Tronc Inc. for $500 million.
    (SFC, 2/8/18, p.A7)

2018        Feb 9, California public health officials reported 36 flu-related deaths during the first week of February.
    (SFC, 2/10/18, p.A1)

2018        Feb 11, In southern California a small plane crashed in a remote area near Agua Dulce, Los Angeles County. Four people were killed in the crash.
    (SFC, 2/12/18, p.A5)

2018        Feb 12, In Livermore, Ca., Lizette Cuesta was found stabbed multiple times on the side of a rural road. She survived long enough to identify Daniel Gross (19) and Melissa Leonardo (25) as her killers. Gross and Leonardo were arrested hours later in Modesto.
    (SFC, 2/15/18, p.D2)

2018        Feb 16, The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said 212 people were arrested last week during a five day sweep in the Los Angeles area for violating immigration laws. Numerous businesses were told they would be audited. ICE said 88 percent of those arrested were convicted criminals.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 16, In southern California a cement truck smashed through a guardian rail into oncoming traffic on I-10 in Rialto, San Bernadino County. Five people were killed.
    (SSFC, 2/18/18, p.A6)

2018        Feb 21, In southern California a rape suspect died after poisoning himself during a freeway chase in Ventura County.
    (SFC, 2/22/18, p.A4)

2018        Feb 22, The US District Court for the Northern District of California granted the states of California and New Mexico's bid for a preliminary injunction and denied the Trump administration's request to move the trial to another court venue in Wyoming. The court temporarily blocked the Trump administration from delaying or ending an Obama-era rule aimed at preventing oil and gas leaks during production.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 22, California state Sen. Tony Mendoza resigned after a Senate investigation found that he had engaged in unwanted sexual advances toward subordinate female staffers over the past 12 years.
    (SFC, 2/23/18, p.A1)

2018        Feb 24, In Los Angeles Thai dynamo Srisaket Sor Rungvisai retained his World Boxing Council title by beating challenger Juan Estrada, holding on in the later rounds to come out with a close majority decision.
    (AFP, 2/24/18)

2018        Feb 26, California gave a green light to allowing robot cars with no drivers on state roads within weeks. The first permits would be possible by April 2.
    (SFC, 2/26/18, p.D1)

2018        Feb 27, US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel rejected arguments by the state of California and advocacy groups that the administration overreached by waiving laws requiring environmental and other reviews before construction of a border wall with Mexico can begin.
    (AP, 2/28/18)

2018        Mar 3, In southern California police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian (48) was arrested and charged with using his job for buying and illegally selling more than 100 firearms between March 2014 and February 2017.
    (SSFC, 3/4/18, p.A12)

2018        Mar 4, Russ Solomon (b.1925), the founder of Tower Records, died at his home in Sacramento, Ca. From 1941 he built the chain to 170 stores, which then folded in 2006 in the wake of the Internet and music streaming.
    (SFC, 3/7/18, p.D2)

2018        Mar 6, The Trump administration filed suit accusing California of unconstitutionally interfering with immigration enforcement.
    (SFC, 3/7/18, p.A1)
2018        Mar 6, In Los Angeles adult film actress Stormy Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days before the 2016 presidential election, which prevented her from discussing alleged sexual encounters with Donald Trump.
    (SFC, 3/7/18, p.A4)

2018        Mar 8, In Los Angeles Red Granite Pictures Inc., the production company behind "The Wolf of Wall Street," agreed to pay the US government $60 million to settle claims it benefited from a massive $1 billion Malaysian corruption scandal. Money was diverted from the fund to buy properties in New York and California, a $35 million jet, art by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, and a $260 million yacht. Proceeds also went to fund movies by Red Granite Pictures, which was co-founded by the stepson of Malaysian PM Najib Razak.
    (AP, 3/10/18)

2018        Mar 9, California officials pushed back the state's high-speed rail project from Los Angeles to San Francisco four more years with expected costs at $63 to $98 billion.
    (SFC, 3/10/18, p.A1)
2018        Mar 9, In northern California military veteran Albert Wong (36) shot and killed three women at the Veterans Home campus in Yountville and then killed himself. He had been treated at the Pathway Home on campus for PTSD until asked to leave two weeks earlier by clinic director Jennifer Golick (42). The dead included Golick, Jennifer Gonzales (32), an expert in PTSD, and Christine Loeber (48), the center's executive director. Gonzales was six months pregnant.
    (SFC, 3/10/18, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/11/18, p.A1)

2018        Mar 10, In southern California Isaias Valencia shot two police officers before being arrested after a 15-hour standoff at an apartment in Pomona. Officer Gregory Casillas (30) was killed. Valencia had fled to the apartment a day earlier after being chased by police for reckless driving.
    (SSFC, 3/11/18, p.A7)

2018        Mar 15, California wildlife officials said Richard Parker (67) had shot and killed more that 130 protected birds of prey in Lassen County. Parker was reported jailed on charges of taking protected birds of prey and migratory non-game birds.
    (SFC, 3/16/18, p.D3)

2018        Mar 18, In California police in Sacramento shot and killed a black man who was seen breaking into at least three vehicles and a neighbor's home. Officers fired 20 shots at the man who was holding a cell phone in his hand.
    (SFC, 3/22/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 18, In Arizona an Uber car operating in autonomous mode struck Elaine Herzberg (49) in Tempe, who soon died of her injuries at a local hospital. This was believed to be the first pedestrian fatality involving a self-driving car. Uber soon suspended autonomous testing in Tempe, Pittsburgh, Toronto and San Francisco. Uber later announced plans to end all autonomous-car testing in California.
    (SFC, 3/20/18, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/18, p.A1)(SFC, 3/30/18, p.C1)

2018        Mar 26, In northern California an SUV drove off an embankment on Highway 1 in Mendocino killing five members of a Washington state family. Three children remained missing in the tragedy. In 2019 a Mendocino County jury found that Jennifer and Sarah Hart acted deliberately when they drugged themselves and their six children and drove off a cliff.
    (SFC, 3/29/18, p.D6)(SFC, 4/5/19, p.C1)

2018        Mar 29, A Los Angeles jury found Mark Eldon Wilson, the owner of a Canadian telemarketing operation, guilty of mail and wire fraud for orchestrating a scheme that prosecutors said defrauded at least 60,000 people out of more that $18 million.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y7me73bn)(SSFC, 4/1/18, p.A8)
2018        Mar 29, In southern California Bani Duarte (27) rear-ended a vehicle with four people in Huntington Beach early today. One passenger escaped before the car burst into flames killing three teenagers. Duarte was arrested for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. In 2020 Duarte was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 3/31/18, p.A6)(SSFC, 3/1/20, p.A9)

2018        Mar 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned five ex-convicts facing deportation, including two whose families fled the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia four decades ago. They were among 56 pardoned by Gov. Brown.
    (AP, 3/31/18)

2018        Apr 2, The US Dept. of Justice said it is filing a suit against California over a law that gives the state power to veto sales of federal lands to private interests. A 2017 state law gave state officials the right to purchase any federal land in California  that the government tries to sell to private ownership.
    (SFC, 4/3/18, p.A12)
2018        Apr 2, The West Hollywood-based gay dating app Grindr was under fire for sharing information about users' HIV status or locations with two companies enlisted to optimize its software. A day later the company announced a policy change to stop sharing users' HIV statuses
    (AP, 4/3/18)(SFC, 4/4/18, p.C5)

2018        Apr 5, In southern California police in Barstow fired what sounded like more than 30 bullets at a packed car in a shopping store parking lot, killing Diante Yarber, a black father of three, and injuring a young woman in the latest US law enforcement shooting to spark backlash.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y6uenu4o)(SFC, 4/25/18, p.A4)

2018        Apr 19, A California state appeals court backed the state's listing of the herbicide glyphosate as a possible cause of cancer and the state's prohibition against discharging it into public waterways. The chemical is the main ingredient in Monasanto's Roundup weed killer.
    (SFC, 4/20/18, p.D8)

2018        Apr 20, It was reported that Heitz Wine Cellars of Napa Valley, Ca., has been sold to Gaylon Lawrence Jr., whose family owns the Arkansas-based Lawrence Group, one of the country's largest agricultural businesses.
    (SFC, 4/20/18, p.C1)

2018        Apr 25, California police booked Joseph James DeAngelo (72),  a one time cop, into the Sacramento Cpounty Jail on suspicion of two counts of murder. He was accused of shooting a young couple to death near their Rancho Cordoba home in 1978. Authorities using DNA linked him to the serial killer know as the "East Area Rapist" responsible for at least 12 slayings anf 45 rapes in communties across the state from 1976 to 1986.
    (SFC, 4/26/18, p.A1)

2018        Apr 26, California utility regulators penalized Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $97.5 million over improper back-channel communications with their own agency following the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline blast.
    (SFC, 4/27/18, p.C1)

2018        May 3, In Los Angeles the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, closed the door on Roman Polanski (84), announcing that it had revoked his nearly 50-year membership, along with that of Bill Cosby. Polanski had been a film academy member for over 40 years since pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977.
    (AP, 5/4/18)

2018        May 5, NASA launched its latest Mars lander, called InSight, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The $993 million project was designed to perch on the surface and listen for "Marsquakes" ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet.
    (AFP, 5/5/18)

2018        May 8, George Deukmejian (b.1928), former California governor (1983-1990), died at his home in Long Beach.
    (SFC, 5/9/18, p.A10)

2018        May 9, California regulators unanimously approved requiring solar arrays on virtually all new single-family homes built in the state starting in 2020.
    (SFC, 5/10/18, p.C1)

2018        May 10, In southern California a small plane crashed on Volcan Mountain in eastern San Diego County killing three people and sparking a wildfire that burned 12 acres.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yckv35gc)(SFC, 5/15/18, p.A6)

2018        May 15, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia ordered a halt to California's right-to-die law, in effect since June 2016, for terminally ill patients. On May 30 the judge reaffirmed his ruling.
    (SFC, 5/16/18, p.A1)(SFC, 5/31/18, p.D2)
2018        May 15, In southern California an explosion at a medical office building killed Ildiko Krajnya (48), the owner of a day spa, and seriously injuring two people in Aliso Viejo, Orange County. Federal officials found remnants of an explosive device inside the day spa. On May 17 Stephen Beal, who had recently broken up with Krajnya, was charged with possessing an unregistered destructuve device.
    (SFC, 5/16/18, p.A5)(SFC, 5/17/18, p.A9)(SFC, 5/18/18, p.A5)

2018        May 21, American TV and film actor Clint Walker died in Grass Valley, Ca. He was best known for the lead role in the "Cheyenne" TV series (1955-1963). His films included "Fort Dobbs" (1958) and "The Dirty Dozen " (1967).
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.A12)

2018        May 22, In California former US Air Force staff sergeant David A. Turcios (41) pleaded guilty in a Sacramento federal court to accepting bribes from a contractor while serving as a yard supervisor (2010-2011) at the Humanitarian Aid Yard at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. He was the eighth defendant to plead guilty in this case.
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.D4)
2018        May 22, A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a pair of US-German science satellites and five commercial communications satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California.
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.C6)

2018        May 30, In California two men broke the speed climbing record at El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. They used the Nose route to climb the 3,000 foot monolith in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds.
    (SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A9)

2018        May, Digital license plates made their debut in Sacramento, Ca. The $699 plates were made by Foster City-based Reviver Auto and included a monthly service fee.
    (SFC, 5/31/18, p.A9)

2018        Jun 2, In California climbers Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold died in a fall from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park while climbing the Freeblast route on the granite formation.
    (SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A9)(SFC, 6/11/18, p.A1)

2018        Jun 8, California lawmakers announced a $139 billion general fund budget deal. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders compromised on plans to put millions more toward homeless programs and to pump more money into higher educatiuon.
    (SFC, 6/9/18, p.C1)
2018        Jun 8, California officials said a dozen of the wind-driven blazes that swept northern California's wine country last fall, killing 46 people in the deadliest firestorm in state history, were sparked by PG&E-owned power lines.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)

2018        Jun 14, California's Legislature passed a $139 billion general fund budget.
    (SFC, 6/15/18, p.D1)

2018        Jun 15, In southern California two people died when their samll plane crashed near Hesperiua airport in San Bernadino.
    (SSFC, 6/17/18, p.A8)

2018        Jun 22, In southern California Tristan Beaudette (35) was fatally shot in Malibu Creek State Park while camping with his two daughters. Anthony Rauda was later charged with one count of murder, 10 counts of attempted murder and five counts of burglary related to shootings over two years in the Santa Monica Mountains.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ya58dwk9)(SFC, 1/8/19, p.A5)

2018        Jun 24, In northern California flames forced the evacuation of some 3,000 people in Lake County. The Pawnee Fire surged to 7,700 acres after it started the previous evening. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on June 25 after the fire destroyed at least 22 structures.
    (SFC, 6/25/18, p.A1)(SFC, 6/26/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 25, In southern California a retirement home resident in Long Beach shot and killed a firefighter. Thomas Kim (77) was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson.
    (SFC, 6/26/18, p.A6)

2018        Jun 26, A judge in San Diego, Ca., ordered US border patrol authorities to reunite separated families within 30 days. Children under five must be reunited within 14 days.
    (SFC, 6/27/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 26, San Francisco-based Save the Redwoods League announced the purchase of a 738-acre grove of Redwoods in Sonoma County. The new preserve, involving a land swap and $9.6 million in payments, will be called the Harold Richardson Redwoods Preserve.
    (SFC, 6/25/18, p.A1)

2018        Jun 28, California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB375 giving state consumers sweeping new internet privacy protections beginning in 2020.
    (SFC, 6/29/18, p.A10)

2018        Jun 30, In northern California the County Fire erupted in Yolo County. By the next day it had scorched 32,500 acres and was only 2% contained.
    (SFC, 7/2/18, p.A1)

2018        Jul 2, In northern California the County Fire spread to 60,000 acres in Yolo County. The Pawnee Fire in Lake County covered 14,800 acres.
    (SFC, 7/3/18, p.A9)

2018        Jul 4, In northern California the County Fire spread to 86,000 acres in the Yolo-Napa area and was 27% contained.
    (SFC, 7/4/18, p.A12)
2018        Jul 4, In southern California Laquisha Jones beat Rodolfo Rodriguez (92 in the face with a brick as he was talking a walk. In 2019 Jones (30) was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to elder abuse.
    (SFC, 3/2/19, p.A4)

2018        Jul 5, In northern California the Klamathon Fire broke out and within hours spread from an initial 1,000 acres to 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares). The County fire grew to 88,000 acres and was roughly 33% contained. On Aug. 23 authorities arrested John Colin Eagle Skoda  (32) on suspicion of starting the Klamathon fire.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)(SFC, 7/6/18, p.A12)(SFC, 8/24/18, p.D1)

2018        Jul 6, In California the Holiday Fire, one of more than three dozen in western US states, broke out near the beach community of Goleta late today before charring dried vegetation in the foothills south of the Los Padres National Forest. The first death attributed to local fires was announced, when the remains of an unidentified person were found in a home burned to the ground by the Klamathon fire, which broke out a day earlier near California's border with Oregon.
    (Reuters, 7/7/18)

2018        Jul 7, In California the Klamathon fire, which broke out two days earlier near the border with Oregon, grew to 22,000 acres and was 20% contained.
    (SSFC, 7/8/18, p.A13)

2018        Jul 9, In California the Klamathon fire at the northern Oregon border grew to 36,500 acres and was 40% contained.
    (SFC, 7/10/18, p.C2)

2018        Jul 10, California's third District of Appeal ordered the state to restore $331 million to a homeowner's fund that was designated for programs to assist homeowners harmed by abusive bank foreclosures. In 2012 California had received $410 million as part of a nationwide settlement with major banks accused of the abusive foreclosures. Gov. Jerry Brown then used $331 million to pay state agencies in housing and other programs to cover their deficits.
    (SFC, 7/12/18, p.C1)

2018        Jul 12, In California the Klamathon Fire was 75% contained at 36, 500 acres. The County Fire covered 90,288 acres and was 95% contained.
    (SFC, 7/13/18, p.A12)

2018        Jul 13, In northern California the Ferguson Fire erupted in Mariposa County. Over the next two days it burned through 4,310 acres and was just 2% contained.
    (SFC, 7/16/18, p.C1)

2018        Jul 14, It was reported that US federal officers seized more than 4,000 marijuana plants last week at a growing operation along the California-Nevada line in Death Valley National Park thanks to a tip from hikers.
    (SFC, 7/14/18, p.A6)

2018        Jul 18, California's Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, which began July 13, has now burned through 17,319 acres in Mariposa County and was just 5% contained.
    (SFC, 7/18/18, p.A6)

2018        Jul 20, California's Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, which began July 13, has now burned through 22,892 acres in Mariposa County and was just 7% contained.
    (SFC, 7/21/18, p.C1)

2018        Jul 21, In Los Angeles Gene Evin Atkins (28) shot his grandmother seven times and wounded his girlfriend. He fled the scene and following a police chase ran into a Trader Joe's supermarket. TJ's employee Melyda Corado (27) was shot and killed by police fire. Atkins held hostages for hours before surrendering to police.
    (SSFC, 7/22/18, p.A12)(SFC, 7/23/18, p.A5)(SFC, 7/25/18, p.D7)

2018        Jul 22, California's Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, which began July 13, has now burned through 32484 acres in Mariposa County and was just 6% contained.
    (SFC, 7/23/18, p.C1)

2018        Jul 24, California officials approved $2.7 billion of voter-approved bond money for new water storage projects.
    (SFC, 7/25/18, p.A1)
2018        Jul 24, The California State Lottery announced that the winning ticket of the $522 million Mega Millions drawing was bought at Ernie's Liquor in San Jose.
    (SFC, 7/26/18, p.A5)

2018        Jul 25, In California the Carr Fire in Shasta County claimed the lives of two firefighters, a contract bulldozer and Redding fire inspector Jeremy Stoke.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.A8)
2018        Jul 25, Power prices in some US Western markets rose to all-time highs for a second day in a row as consumers kept their air conditioners cranked up to escape a brutal heat wave blanketing much of the region. Power prices soared to their highest on record at Palo Verde in Arizona and SP-15 in Southern California.
    (Reuters, 7/25/18)

2018        Jul 26, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Shasta and Riverside Counties. Late today the fire entered the northwest side of Redding, a city of 90,000. On July 23 a mechanical failure of a vehicle sparked the Carr Fire in Shasta County. At least one person was killed in the rapidly moving wildfire. The Ferguson Fire near Yosemite Park now covered 44,223 acres and was about 27% contained.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)(SFC, 7/27/18, p.A7)(SFC, 7/28/18, p.A1)
2018        Jul 26, Bill Loud, the father of a California family captured on the 1973 PBS series: "An American Family," died Los Angeles.
    (SSFC, 7/29/18, p.C9)

2018        Jul 27, In California the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite Valley was 29% contained after burning 46, 675 acres. The Ranch Fire broke out in Mendocino County. The River Fire broke out in Lake County. By July 30 the Mendocino Complex fire covered  68,487 acres and surged to within a mile of Lakeport before it was beaten back.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.A8)(SFC, 7/30/18, p.A8)(SFC, 7/31/18, p.A1)

2018        Jul 28, In California some 3,400 firefighters on the ground and in helicopters and airplanes battled the 48,300-acre (19,500 hectares) Carr Fire as it ripped through Redding. The fire was just three percent contained. Nine people were reported missing. The death toll rose to five with the discovery of human remains on the outskirts of Redding believed to be those of a missing elderly woman and her two great-grandchildren.
    (Reuters, 7/28/18)(Reuters, 7/29/18)

2018        Jul 29, In California the Carr Fire in Shasta County now consumed 95,368 acres and was just 17 percent contained. The Ranch Fire grew to 16,300 acres and the River Fire to 14,200 acres. Both were just 5 percent contained. The death toll in the state fires rose to eight.
    (SFC, 7/30/18, p.A8)

2018        Jul 31, In northern California the Carr Fire, now the seventh most destructive in state history, consumed 110,000 acres (45,000 hectares) of mountainous terrain near the city of Redding and was 27 percent contained. It is the biggest of 17 wildfires that raged across the state.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)

2018        Aug 2, The Trump administration proposed weakening Obama-era federal fuel efficiency standards and moved to revoke California's authority to set its own strict tailpipe emissions rules, setting up what will likely be a protracted legal battle between the federal government and US states. Some 19 states, including California, and Washington D.C. announced they intend to sue the administration to halt the rollback.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)

2018        Aug 3, In Los Angeles Keith Walton (47), the leader of a robbery ring that stole some $6 million worth of watches from area jewelry stores, was sentenced to 55 years in federal prison.
    (SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A9)
2018        Aug 3, In northern California thousands more mountain residents were evacuated from the path of the state's biggest wildfire as fatigued firefighters battled gusting winds driving one of the state's worst fire seasons in a decade. The Mendocino Complex Fire grew to 157,450 acres (63,700 hectares). The Carr Fire was now 39-percent contained. It has destroyed 1,567 homes and other structures and blackened 133,924 acres (54,197 hectares), making it the sixth most destructive California wildfire on record.
    (AP, 8/3/18)

2018        Aug 4, In northern California a ninth person died in a wildfire, as a couple of other fast-growing wildfires in the state expanded by more than 25 percent overnight and continued to spread. The Carr fire, about 162 miles (261 km) north of Sacramento, claimed the life of a power company lineman. The Mendocino Complex burned in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties and covered 229,000 acres (92,600 hectares) and was considered 32 percent contained.
    (AP, 8/5/18)(SFC, 8/6/18, p.A1)

2018        Aug 5, The White House announced that US President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in California. The state's Carr Fire in Shasta County now covered 160,049 acres. The Ferguson Fire grew to nearly 90,000 acres and was 38 percent contained.
    (Reuters, 8/5/18)(SFC, 8/6/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 5, In southern California a twin-engine Cessna flying in from Concord, Ca., crashed in Orange County killing all 5 people on board.
    (SFC, 8/6/18, p.C1)

2018        Aug 6, The West Hollywood City Council unanimously approved a resolution seeking to remove Pres. Trump's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The vote was largely symbolic as it has no authority over the Walk of Fame.
    (SFC, 8/8/18, p.A9)
2018        Aug 6, In northern California the Mendocino Complex fire was 30% contained as it consuemd more than 283,000 acres north of Clear Lake.
    (SFC, 8/7/18, p.A6)

2018        Aug 7, The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said the Mendocino Complex grew to span 290,692 acres (117,639 hectares) by this morning, with barely a third of it contained since two wildfires merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest. The Carr Fire, which has torched 167,000 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, was now 47 percent contained. The Ferguson Fire was 43 percent contained.
    (Reuters, 8/7/18)(SFC, 8/8/18, p.A9)

2018        Aug 8, US customs officials arrested an American woman (81) and seized 92 pounds of heroin found in the rocker panel of a car driven by the woman at the Tecate border crossing in San Diego County.
    (SFC, 8/11/18, p.A6)

2018        Aug 9, California's Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for an area In southern California where more than 21,000 people were evacuated in and around Lake Elsinore. Flames and billowing smoke rose into the sky at the edge of the city of 60,000 as the blaze, dubbed the Holy Fire, burned nearby in the Santa Ana Mountains. The Orange County District Attorney Office said Forrest Clark (51) was charged with setting the fire. In Northern California, a mechanic helping to fight the Carr Fire, burning around Redding, was killed in a traffic collision. The 181,000-acre Carr Fire was 51 percent contained. The Mendocino Complex Fire has now burned 307,000 acres in three counties north of San Francisco.
    (Reuters, 8/10/18)

2018        Aug 10, A California jury ordered the US agrochemicals giant, which was taken over by Germany's Bayer in June, to pay $289 million in compensation to groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson (46), who was diagnosed with cancer after he repeatedly used Monsanto's weed killer, Roundup. In October Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos cut the award to $78.5 million. Johnson soon agreed to the reduction in an effort to achieve a final resolution.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)(SFC, 10/23/18, p.A9)(SFC, 11/1/18, p.A11)
2018        Aug 10, In California Sean Matthew Walker (36) struck and killed a CHP officer and another man at a traffic stop on I-80 in Fairfield. Walker was on his cell phone and distracted at the time of the accident and was arrested on August 16.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y74686pj)(SFC, 8/16/18, p.A5)

2018        Aug 11, The CEO of the California Building Industry Association said tariffs on imported lumber and other construction materials could increase the cost of building a typical home by $20,000.
    (AP, 8/11/18)

2018        Aug 13, In California the body count in the Golden State Killer's alleged reign of terror increased to 13 when prosecutors in Tulare County filed charges linking suspect Joseph James De Angelo (72) to the 1975 murder of college teacher Claude Snelling (45) in Visalia. De Angelo has also been accused of being the East Area Rapist and Original Night Stalker.
    (SFC, 8/14/18, p.C1)
2018        Aug 13, In northern California a firefighter from Utah was killed while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex. The 300,970-acre Ranch Fire was 59 percent contained. The associated River Fire was fully contained at 48,920 acres.
    (SFC, 8/14/18, p.C4)
2018        Aug 13, In northern California Ricardo Gardcia Lopez (39), on probation for domestic violence and failing to register as a sex offender, shot and killed three of his children before killing himself early today in Clearlake, Lake County.
    (SFC, 8/14/18, p.C3)

2018        Aug 17, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the pardon of three former prisoners facing the threat of deportation to Cambodia, including one who became a youth pastor after serving six years in the 1990s for murdering a rival gang member. The three were among 36 pardons granted by Brown within the past week.
    (AP, 8/18/18)

2018        Aug 18, In California the Mendocino Complex Fire reached 334,770 acres and was 76 percent contained. The Carr Fire reached 227,086 acres and was 81 percent contained.
    (SSFC, 8/19/18, p.A16)

2018        Aug 19, In California the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County was declared 100% contained. The fire had consumed nearly 100,000 acres and shrouded the Yosemite Valley in smoke for much of the summer.
    (SFC, 8/20/18, p.C1)

2018        Aug 21, Prosecutors in six California counties filed 13 new charges in the high-profile Golden State Killer case and announced that they will jointly prosecute Joseph James DeAngelo (72) in sacramento.
    (SFC, 8/22/18, p.D1)

2018        Aug 24, In southern California a tanker truck crashed and burned on a highway near Los Angeles Int'l. Airport, killing two people and causing a massive traffic jam.
    (SFC, 8/25/18, p.A5)

2018        Aug 26, In northern California the two-part Mendocino Complex fire now covered 450, 985 acres. The River Fire was completely contained, but the larger Ranch Fire was just 67 percent contained.
    (SFC, 8/27/18, p.C3)

2018        Aug 28, California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law to let people leave jail before trial without having to post bail, largely leaving pretrial release decisions up to local judges.
    (SFC, 8/29/18, p.A1)

2018        Sep 6, California's insurance commissioner reported that the insured losses from the Carr  and Mendocino fires have reached $845 million.
    (SFC, 9/7/18, p.C1)

2018        Sep 7, Rapper Mac Miller (26) was found dead at his Los Angeles home. An autopsey later showed his death was due to an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol.
    (SFC, 11/6/18, p.A6)

2018        Sep 12, In Bakersfield, Ca., Xavier Casarez (54) shot and killed five people, including his wife, and then killed himself as he was confronted by a sheriff's deputy.
    (SFC, 9/13/18, p.A11)(SFC, 9/15/18, p.A8)

2018        Sep 12, In southern California Dr. Grant Robicheaux (38) of Newport Beach Cerissa Riley of Brea were arrested after being charged with rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substances, and other crimes. The two later denied allegations that they had preyed on two intoxicated women and then drugged and raped them. In 2020 prosecutors dropped multiple rape charges against Grant Robicheaux and Riley, after finding key video evidence never actually existed.
    (SFC, 9/20/18, p.A4)(AP, 2/5/20)

2018        Sep 13, California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed an array of bills to confront climate change including efforts to put more electric vehicles on the road.
    (SFC, 9/14/18, p.A5)

2018        Sep 15, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a sister-state relationship with the German state of Baden-Württemberg that furthers strengthens climate and economic ties between the two entities.
    (AP, 9/16/18)

2018        Sep 18, The UC San Diego's Center for Medicinal Cannabis announced that the US Drug Enforcement Administration has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial in treating tremors.
    (SFC, 9/19/18, p.A4)

2018        Sep 19, David Wong Louie (63), American writer, died at his home in Venice, Los Angeles County. His books included the novel "The Barbarians Are Coming" (2000). His stories explored identity, alienation and acceptance.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.D7)

2018        Sep 20, California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that as of January 1 bans dine-in restaurants from handing out plastic straws unless a customer asks for one.
    (SFC, 9/21/18, p.A1)

2018        Sep 26, In southern California Ramon Escobar (47) of El Salvador, deported from the US six times, was charged with the three counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder for recent attacks involving homeless men. In December Escobar confessed to killing his aunt and uncle in Texas before fleeing to California. 
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A12)(SFC, 12/24/18, p.A4)

2018        Sep 30, California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to restore Obama-era regulations barring the telecommunications industry from favoring certain websites. The US Dept. of Justice sued California minutes after net neutrality rules became law, saying states do not regulate interstate commerce.
    (SFC, 10/1/18, p.A1)(SFC, 10/2/18, p.A1)

2018        Oct 4, In southern California a judge sentenced former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight to 28 years in prison for running over businessman Terry Carter outside a Compton burger stand in 2015.
    (SFC, 10/5/18, p.A14)

2018        Oct 5, In southern California former Marine Andrew Urdiales (54) was sentenced to death for the murder of five women between 1986 and 1995. He had previously been senteced to death for killing three women in Illinois, but that sentence was communted to life without parole after Illinois barred the death penalty.
    (SSFC, 10/7/18, p.A12)

2018        Oct 7, In southern California SpaceX launched a commercial satellite for Argentina from Vandenberg Air Force Base. This was the 17th mission this year for Elon Musk's rocket company.
    (SFC, 10/9/18, p.A4D4)

2018        Oct 14, In California a teenager in Fresno fatally shot his father and called the police. The man had been drinking and allegedly began choking his wife at their home.
    (SFC, 10/16/18, p.A6)

2018        Oct 19, In northern California William Deen Brown (39) was arrested in Santa Rosa after DNA evidence linked him to the rape of a girl (14) near a Rohnert Park creek.
    (SSFC, 10/21/18, p.C3)

2018        Oct 24, In California visitors to Yosemite National Park spotted two bodies below the granite ledge of Taft Point.
    (SFC, 10/26/18, p.C2)

2018        Oct 25, In California Yosemite Park rangers recovered the bodies of 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath and 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy from about 800 feet (245 meters) below Taft Point. The couple had set up a tripod for a selfie near the ledge on the evening of Oct 23.
    (AP, 10/30/18)

2018        Oct 28, In Los Angeles the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5 of the World Series to win the series 4 games to 1. Manager Alex Cora capped off one of the greatest runs by a first-year skipper in leading Boston to the World Series championship.
    (AP, 10/29/18)

2018        Oct 30, Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, said the California Dept. of Motor Vehicles has given it a permit for up to 40 fully autonomous cars to drive both day and night on city streets, rural highways and highways with posted speeds up to 65 mph.
    (SFC, 10/31/18, p.A1)

2018        Nov 7, In southern California former Marine Ian David Long (28) released a smoke bomb and opened gunfire late today killing 12 people at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. Long then turned the gun on himself. It was later reported that Sgt. Jon Helus, among the 12 killed, was hit five times by the gunman, but that the fatal bullet was fired by a CHP officer.
    (SFC, 11/9/18, p.A1)(SFC, 12/8/18, p.A6)

2018        Nov 8, In southern California transient Johnny Josue Sanchez was convicted of five counts of murder for setting a fire in a vacant Los Angeles building that killed five people on June 13, 2016. In 2019 Sanchez (25) was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yhx4n8u3)(SSFC, 11/10/19, p.A8)
2018        Nov 8, In northern California more than 30,000 people fled for their lives as the Camp Fire exploded to more than 20,000 acres in Butte County. The community of Paradise was pretty much devastated.
    (SFC, 11/9/18, p.A1)
2018        Nov 8, In northern California the new $300 million City Center Bishop Ranch shopping mall, designed by Renzo Piano, opened.
    (SSFC, 11/11/18, p.D1)
2018        Nov 8, C.Y. Lee (102), author of the Flower Drum Song (1957) died in Los Angeles. It was adopted for Broadway (1958-1960) and turned into a film in 1961.
    (SFC, 2/5/19, p.C3)

2018        Nov 9, In California nine people were reported killed in the Camp Fire in Paradise. Hundreds of thousands were ordered to evacuate as wildfires raged in the north and south. The rapidly spreading Woolsey Fire threatened the resort of Malibu, home to Hollywood stars.
    (AFP, 11/10/18)(SFC, 11/12/18, p.A8)

2018        Nov 10, In northern California the number of deaths in the Butte County Camp Fire rose to 23 as the fire grew to 164 square miles. In southern California two people were found dead inside a burned car in Malibu where the Woolsey Fire destroyed 177 homes.
    (SSFC, 11/11/18, p.A1,15)(SFC, 11/12/18, p.A8)

2018        Nov 11, In northern California the death toll from Camp Fire in Butte County rose to 29 with 228 people still unaccounted for.
    (SFC, 11/12/18, p.A1)

2018        Nov 12, In northern California the death toll from the Camp Fire in Butte County rose to 42. The fire covered 117,000 acres and was 30 percent contained.
    (SFC, 11/13/18, p.A1)
2018        Nov 12, Stan Lee (b.1922 as Stanley Martin Lieber), creator of the comic book franchises that included Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk, died in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 11/13/18, p.A14)

2018        Nov 13, In northern California several victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County filed suit against PG&E and its parent company.
    (SFC, 11/14/18, p.D1)
2018        Nov 13, In southern California the Woolsey Fire roared to life again. 435 buildings have been burned over 146 square miles. It was 35 percent contained.
    (SFC, 11/14/18, p.A11)

2018        Nov 14, California's state Supreme Court rejected an appeal by AC Transit of a jury's $15.3 million damage award to a Richmond woman whose spine was fractured after a bus careened over a speed bump in a school zone in San Pablo in August 2011. Unpaid damages plus interest now totaled $20.1 million.
    (SFC, 11/19/18, p.C1)
2018        Nov 14, In California riots Pleasant Valley State Prison and Avenal State Prison, both in Fresno County, involved hundreds of inmates and sent 11 to the hospital.
    (SFC, 11/15/18, p.A7)
2018        Nov 14, In northern California the death toll from Camp Fire in Butte County rose to 56 with 130 people still missing.
    (SFC, 11/15/18, p.A1)

2018        Nov 15, In northern California the death toll in the Butte County Camp Fire rose to 63. The number of missing skyrocketed to 631.
    (SFC, 11/16/18, p.A1)

2018        Nov 16, In northern California the death toll in the Butte County Camp Fire rose to 71. The number of missing skyrocketed to 1011.
    (SFC, 11/17/18, p.A1)

2018        Nov 17, Pres. Donald Trump joined Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to tour the devastation of California's Butte County Camp Fire. The death toll in the fire rose to 76 with number of missing up to 1,276.
    (SFC, 11/18/18, p.A14)

2018        Nov 18, In northern California the death toll in the Butte County Camp Fire rose to 77. The number of missing was lowered to 993. The fire had now burned 150,000 acres and was 65 percent contained.
    (SFC, 11/19/18, p.A1)

2018        Nov 19, In California two police officers, arrested last week in an alleged corruption scandal, were arraigned in Visalia. They were accused of obtaining search wrrants based upon controlled narcotics buys that did not occur.
    (SFC, 11/19/18, p.A4)
2018        Nov 19, In southern California the number buildings destroyed by the Woolsey Fire rose to 1500 as containment lines were completed around 94 percent of the area where three people were killed. In northern California the death toll from the Camp Fire rose to 79. The number of missing dropped to 699.
    (SFC, 11/20/18, p.A1,5)

2018        Nov 21, In northern California the death toll from the Camp Fire rose to 83. The number of missing dropped to about 563.
    (SFC, 11/22/18, p.A13)

2018        Nov 22, In northern California rain helped boost containment for the Camp Fire to 95%.
    (SFC, 11/22/18, p.A13)

2018        Nov 23, In southern California the body of Christopher Ludwig (59) was found near a hiking trail in Laguna Niguel, Orange County. His son Maximilian Ludwig was soon arrested on suspicion of murder.
    (SFC, 11/27/18, p.A6)

2018        Nov 24, In northern California three more bodies were discovered in the area burned by the Camp Fire, which was now 98 percent contained. 475 people were still reported missing.
    (SSFC, 11/25/18, p.A18)

2018        Nov 25, In southern California the US Customs and Border Protection Agency temporarily shut down the San Ysidro border crossing and fired tear gas to push back migrants from the border fence. Hundreds of people tried to evade a Mexican police blockade and ran toward the border crossing that leads into San Diego.
    (SFC, 11/26/18, p.A4)
2018        Nov 25, Two San Diego teenagers and a Mexican youth were found shot dead at an apartment complex in Tijuana. Christopher Alexis Gomez (17), Juan Suarez-Ojeda (18) and Mexican youth Angel Said Robles (17) were headed to a barbecue on Nov. 23 in Ensenada, south of Tijuana, and were supposed to return that night. The three teens were reportedly tortured before they were shot.
    (AP, 11/30/18)
2018        Nov 25, In northern California firefighters said the Camp Fire in Butte County is now 100 percent contained. The death toll stood at 88 and 296 people were still reported missing.
    (SFC, 11/26/18, p.A1)(SFC, 11/27/18, p.A9)

2018        Nov 27, In northern California the number of missing in the Butte County Car Fire dropped to 158 as the death toll remained at 88. On Dec. 3 the number of missing was lowered to 24.
    (SFC, 11/28/18, p.A6)(SFC, 12/4/18, p.C1)

2018        Nov 29, In southern California an attempt to smuggle immigrants into the country illegally ended with three people dead and eight seriously injured in Campo, San Diego County.
    (AP, 12/1/18)(SFC, 12/1/18, p.A6)

2018        Nov 30, In southern California Los Angeles teacher Marston Riley (64) was charged with a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a child. A video posted last month showed Riley scuffling with a student who had repeatedly called him a racial slur.
    (SFC, 12/3/18, p.A5)

2018        Dec 1, In Los Angeles Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury (30) battled to a controversial split-decision draw in their WBC heavyweight title showdown, triggering immediate demands from both camps for a rematch.
    (AFP, 12/2/18)
2018        Dec 1, In Los Angeles Jarrett Hurd (28) of Maryland stopped Britain's Jason Welborn in the fourth round to retain his WBA, IBF and IBO light middleweight titles.
    (AP, 12/2/18)

2018        Dec 7, In southern California CHP Officer Robert stephano (44) was arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct with two teenage girls. Investigators say he had solicited minors for sex as far back as 2010.
    (SSFC, 12/9/18, p.A8)

2018        Dec 10, In California Kaiser therapists began a 5-day statewide strike to protest long wait times for patients seeking appointments for mental health conditions.
    (SFC, 12/11/18, p.D1)

2018        Dec 13, The Virgin Galactic tourism spaceship Unity climbed to 51 miles above the Mohave Desert reaching the boundary of space in a test flight followed by a gliding descent.
    (SFC, 12/14/18, p.D1)
2018        Dec 13, Nancy Wilson (81), a Grammy-winning singer who performed everything from jazz ballads to pop songs during a career spanning decades, died in California.
    (AFP, 12/14/18)

2018        Dec 14, The California Air Resources Board required all state buses to be emission free by 20140. New rules prohibited the purchase of any new gas or diesel-powered public transit buses by 2029.
    (SFC, 12/17/18, p.C1)

2018        Dec 17, Penny Marshall (b.1943), co-star of the "Laverne and Shirley" sitcom (1976-1983), died at her home in Los Angeles. Following the sitcom whe went on to direct such films as "A League of Their Own" (1992), "Renaissance Man" (1994), "The Preacher's Wife" (1996) and "Riding in Cars With Boys" (2001).
    (SFC, 12/19/18, p.C3)(SFC, 12/21/18, p.E2)

2018        Dec 19, Vatican officials said Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar (69), following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s.
    (SFC, 12/20/18, p.A4)

2018        Dec 21, The California Public Utilities Commission approved a bid by Zoox of Foster City to offer rides to the public in self-driving cars, but with a trained test driver at the wheel ready to take over. This was the state's first approval of a robot-taxi.
    (SFC, 12/22/18, p.D1)

2018        Dec 26, In central California police Cpl. Ronil Singh (33) was shot and killed a few minutes after radioing in that he was pulling over a gray pickup truck that had no license plate in Newman. Gustavo Perez Arriaga (32) was captured in Bakersfield on Dec. 28 after a manhunt following Singh's killing. Seven other people were soon arrested on suspicion of helping Perez Arriaga, including his girlfriend and two of his brothers.
    (AP, 12/27/18)(AP, 12/29/18)

2018        Dec 28, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $575 million to resolve investigations by all 50 US states and Washington, DC, related to unauthorized accounts in customers' names. More than a quarter of the settlement will go to the state of California.
    (SFC, 12/29/18, p.D1)

2019        Jan 4, In southern California three men were killed and four others injured during a brawl at the Gable House Bowl in Torrence.
    (SFC, 1/7/19, p.A4)

2019        Jan 10, In California rookie police Officer Natalie Corona (22) was ambushed and shot dead by a gunman as she investigated a car crash in downtown Davis. Police soon found suspect Kevin Douglas Limbaugh dead after he shot himself in the head.
    (SFC, 1/12/19, p.A1)(SSFC, 1/13/19, p.A12)
2019        Jan 10, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed to pay California $78.4 million as part of a larger agreement with federal regulators to settle allegations of cheating on diesel emission tests.
    (SFC, 1/11/19, p.D1)

2019        Jan 13, California's PG&E Corp. announced the resignation of CEO Geisha Williams as the company faces billions of dollars in potential liability for its role in the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires.
    (SFC, 1/14/19, p.A1)

2019        Jan 14, Teachers in the Los Angeles Union School District went on strike. Some charter school teachers joined their public sector counterparts to demand better working conditions.
    (SFC, 1/16/19, p.A5)
2019        Jan 14, California-based PG&E Corp. said looming wildfire costs were propelling it toward bankruptcy and that it would file for bankruptcy on or about Jan. 29.
    (SFC, 1/16/19, p.D1)

2019        Jan 18, Los Angeles teachers picketed and rallied for a 5th day as contract negotiations continued.
    (SFC, 1/19/19, p.A8)

2019        Jan 24, In California Carrie Markis (42), a Rancho Cordova registered nurse, was arrested for selling more than 20,000 prescription opioid pills on the dark web. Her partner Andrea Jordan was arrested on April 4.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y3ew4d78)(SSFC, 4/7/19, p.C1)

2019        Jan 29, In California Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and its parent filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because of mounting tolls from fires over the last two years.
    (SFC, 1/30/19, p.A1)

2019        Jan 31, US court records made public that a group of travel agents have been charged with running illicit "birth tourism" schemes across southern California that allegedly brought in hundreds of pregnant Chinese clients to the US illegally so they could deliver their children on American soil.
    (SFC, 2/1/19, p.A8)

2019        Feb 3, In southern California a small plane crashed into a home in Yorba Linda killing the pilot and four people in the home.
    (SFC, 2/4/19, p.A4)

2019        Feb 4, It was reported that the California Highway Patrol has suspended the police powers of dozens of officers after an investigation revealed at least $360,000 in fraudulent overtime pay in East Los Angeles from March 2016 into 2018.
    (SFC, 2/4/19, p.A4)

2019        Feb 8, In southern California Reuben Franco (24) was found shot dead at a home in Yucaipa. Two girls, ages 14 and 15, were later arrested in Arizona in connection with Franco's death after they crashed his car.
    (SFC, 2/12/19, p.A4)
2019        Feb 8, Australian police said they have arrested six people over the last 24 hours after what authorities said was the largest single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States and the biggest drug haul bound for Australia. US Customs and Border Protection said 1,728 kg (3,800 pounds) of the drug were seized mid-January at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex along with smaller amounts of cocaine and heroin.
    (AP, 2/8/19)(SFC, 2/9/19, p.A5)

2019        Feb 12, California Gov. Gavin Newsom in his first State of the State address said he would shrink the high-speed rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles to just a segment from Bakersfield to Merced.
    (SFC, 2/13/19, p.A1)

2019        Feb 13, In southern California Camden Nicholson (27) was arrested for killing his parents and their housekeeper in Orange County. Court filings later said that authorities suspect Nicholson may have killed his parents on Feb. 11 and the housekeeper a day later.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yyx426b9)(SFC, 2/18/19, p.A4)

2019        Feb 18, California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit against Pres. Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border.
    (SFC, 2/19/19, p.A4)

2019        Feb 21, It was reported that 50 million gallons of toxic water is being discharged daily from contaminated mining sites into streams and ponds without being treated in California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Montana and at least five other states.
    (SFC, 2/21/19, p.A8)
2019        Feb 21, In southern California a small plane crashed in the snowy Tehachapi Mountains killing all three onboard.
    (SFC, 2/26/19, p.A4)

2019        Feb 25, Kim Vincent Avis (55), aka Ken Gordon-Avis, reportedly vanished after going for a nighttime swim in treacherous waters in Monterey, Ca. Detectives soon began to suspect a hoax. Avis was wanted on 24 counts of rape in Scotland. In July he was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    (AP, 7/27/19)

2019        Feb 27, In northern California the Sonoma County town of Guerneville flooded as the Russian River overflowed its banks and continued rising.
    (SFC, 2/28/19, p.A10)

2019        Mar 4, Juan Vallejo Corona (85), California's most prolific serial killer, died at a hospital while serving 25 life sentences for the murder of 25 farm workers. Their bodies were found near Yuba City in 1971.
    (SFC, 3/5/19, p.A1)

2019        Mar 9, In California prison guards at Corcoran State Prison in Kings County found inmate Luis Romero (44) beheaded in his cell. Cellmate Jaime Osuna (31) had removed several body parts from Romero.
    (SFC, 4/29/19, p.A5)

2019        Mar 13, California's Gov. Gavin Newsome issued an executive order suspending the state's death penalty.
    (SFC, 3/13/19, p.A1)

2019        Mar 14, Scientists said California was now drought-free for the first time since December, 2011.
    (SFC, 3/15/19, p.C1)
2019        Mar 14, Ralph Metzner (b.1936), Germany-born American psychologist and expert on psychedelic drugs, died at his home in Sonoma, Ca. He authored more than 20 books including "The Psychedelic Experience" co-written with Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary and published in 1964.
    (SFC, 3/27/19, p.C5)

2019        Mar 16, American rock guitarist Dick Dale (b.1937) died in Los Angeles. His loud chord instrumentals on songs like "Miserlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'" earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar.
    (SFC, 3/19/19, p.A9)

2019        Mar 19, A federal jury in San Francisco found that Monsanto's Roundup was a likely cause of a Sonoma man's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Edwin Hardeman (70) was diagnosed with the cancer in 2015 after spraying Roundup on his property for decades.
    (SFC, 3/20/19, p.C1)

2019        Mar 20, In Los Angeles a pregnant woman was stabbed multiple times during a carjacking in a San Fernando Valley neighborhood. Two people were soon taken into custody.
    (SFC, 3/23/19, p.A5)

2019        Mar 22, In Fresno, Ca., a one-year-old boy was fatally mauled by two roaming rottweiler dogs in the front yard of his home.
    (SSFC, 3/24/19, p.A10)

2019        Mar 27, In California PG&E received approval from a bankruptcy court to fully access $5.5 billion in financing it lined up from major banks, despite objections from wildfire victims.
    (SFC, 3/28/19, p.D1)

2019        Mar 31, In southern California rapper Nipsey Hussle (33) (born as Ermias Asghedom) was shot and killed outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles. Two other people were wounded. The suspected shooter fled the scene. On April 2 police arrested suspect Eric Holder (29) in Bellflower.
    (SFC, 4/1/19, p.A6)(SFC, 4/3/19, p.A7)

2019        Apr 5, In southern California Lenrey Briones (19) was charged with slashing nine people in the face with a knife in a series of random attacks around South Los Angeles, Lynwood and South Gate from March 20 to April 1.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y3as74k9)(SSFC, 4/7/19, p.A10)

2019        Apr 6, In southern California CHP Officer Steve Licon was killed by a driver as he was issuing a ticket for speeding. Michael Callahan (36) was arrested on suspicion of murder and drunken driving.
    (SFC, 4/8/19, p.A5)

2019        Apr 7, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was named the recipient of the 2019 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
    (SFC, 4/8/19, p.A5)

2019        Apr 13, The twin-fuselage Stratolaunch, designed to launch rockets into space, took off on its first flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Kern Ct., Ca. It was created by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
    (SSFC, 4/14/19, p.A12)

2019        Apr 19, Former US Marine Christopher Ahn, suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident group’s February raid on North Korea’s Embassy in Madrid, was arrested in Los Angeles by US authorities.
    (AP, 4/20/19)

2019        Apr 25, It was reported that international thieves from Chile are suspected of committing hundreds of burglaries across southern California after obtaining visa waivers to enter the US.
    (SFC, 4/25/19, p.A8)

2019        Apr 26, In southern California Army veteran Mark Domingo (26) was arrested after visiting a park in Long Beach where authorities said he planned to plant homemade explosive devices in advance of a Nazi rally scheduled for April 28.
    (SFC, 4/30/19, p.A7)

2019        Apr 27, In southern California a shooting attack at a synagogue in Poway, north of San Diego, left Lori Gilbert-Kaye (60) dead and three injured. Suspect John Earnest (19) had used an AR-type assault weapon and was soon arrested. Prosecutors in 2020 planned to seek the death penalty.
    (AFP, 4/28/19)(SSFC, 4/28/19, p.A5)(SFC, 3/7/20, p.A5)

2019        Apr 29, John Singleton (51), director of "Boyz N the Hood" (1991) died in Los Angeles after being taken off of life support following a major stroke.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Singleton)(SFC, 4/30/19, p.C3)

2019        May 8, California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration said that it would ban the agricultural use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide used by farmers on crops from apples to walnuts. Last month the state classified it as a "toxic air contaminant".
    (SFC, 5/9/19, p.a1)
2019        May 8, In southern California Girard Saenz (57), a longtime companion of Los Angeles real estate mogul Cynthia Beck, was arrested after authorities seized more than 1,000 guns from a home in Holmby Hills.
    (SFC, 5/10/19, p.A7)

2019        May 13, A jury in California ordered Bayer-owned Monsanto to pay more than $2 billion in damages to a couple that sued on grounds the product caused their cancer in a third major legal blow to the chemical giant and its weedkiller Roundup.
    (AFP, 5/14/19)

2019        May 15, California-based PG&E acknowledged that its power equipment caused the 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County that left 85 people dead. An 86th victim of the fire died on August 5.
    (SFC, 5/16/19, p.A1)(SFC, 8/8/19, p.C1)

2019        May 16, The Trump administration cancelled nearly $1 billion in federal funds for California's high-speed rail project.
    (SFC, 5/17/19, p.A1)

2019        May 18, Carolyn Powers, the president of the board or trustees for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles announced a $10 million donation during an annual benefit dinner. This will allow admission to the museum to be free.
    (SFC, 5/21/19, p.A6)

2019        May 20, It was reported that the Univ. of Southern California paid Dr. Carmen Puliafito, its former medical school dean, nearly $1 million in severance in 2017 along with a bonus of $124,000 in addition to a base salary of $620,000. Puliafito was the subject of a 2017 investigation that revealed he used drugs and partied with young addicts while running the Keck School of Medicine.
    (SFC, 5/20/19, p.A45)

2019        May 21, California sued the federal government over funds for its high-speed rail accusing the Trump administration of trying to undermine the troubled project as punishment for state opposition to the president's proposed border wall.
    (SFC, 5/22/19, p.A1)

2019        May 28, Vincent Ramos (41) of Richmond in the Vancouver area of Canada was sentenced to nine years in prison in federal court in San Diego. He had sold encrypted Blackberry smartphones to criminals worldwide that enabled them to sell drugs and even plan murders while avoiding the prying eyes of law enforcement. Ramos also was told to forfeit $80 million in earnings.
    (AP, 5/29/19)

2019        Jun 3, Naasón Joaquín García (50), the leader of La Luz del Mundo, and a follower of the church, Susana Medina Oaxaca (24), were arrested after landing at Los Angeles International Airport. Two days later California officials announced that Garcia has been charged with human trafficking and child rape. The Mexico-based church has branches in the US claiming more than 1 million followers. The fundamentalist Christian church, whose name translates to The Light of the World, was founded in 1926 by García's grandfather.
    (AP, 6/5/19)

2019        Jun 7, Wells Fargo confirmed that it has agreed to pay at least $385 million to settle a California lawsuit alleging it signed up thousands of auto loan customers without their consent, resulting in many seeing their vehicles repossessed.
    (SSFC, 6/9/19, p.A12)

2019        Jun 8, In California the Sand Fire began in Yolo County. By June 12 it had scorched 2,512 acres and was 90% contained.
    (SFC, 6/10/19, p.C1)(SFC, 6/13/19, p.C3)

2019        Jun 10, In southern California Charles Merritt (62) was convicted of killing Joseph McStay, wife Melinda McStay and their two children in 2010 and burying their bodies in Victorville.
    (SFC, 6/11/19, p.A5)

2019        Jun 11, Record heat hit California for a 2nd day. Oakland reached a record high of 98 degrees. Palm Springs recorded 114 degrees. The Sand Fire in Yolo County grew to 2,512 acres and was 70% contained.
    (SFC, 6/12/19, p.C4)

2019        Jun 13, In southern California Margaret Hunter, the wife of US Rep. Duncan Hunter, pleaded guilty to a single corruption count and agreed to testify against her husband on charges that the couple had spent more than $200,000 in campaign funds on personal trips and expenses.
    (SFC, 6/14/19, p.A4)

2019        Jun 13, In California Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Shauna Bishop (44) was arrested after she turned herself in for allegedly having sex with a boy (16).
    (SFC, 6/15/19, p.A5)

2019        Jun 14, In southern California Kenneth French (32), a mentally ill man off his medication, was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in a Costco store in Corona. The officer was reportedly holding his son (1½) when French knocked him to the ground.
    (SFC, 6/20/19, p.A10)

2019        Jun 18, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom formally apologized for the state's role in the "systemic slaughter" of Native Americans.
    (SFC, 6/19/19, p.C6)
2019        Jun 18, California-based PG&E said it has agreed to pay $1 billion to more than a dozen local government agencies affected by recent devastating wildfires including last year's Camp Fire.
    (SFC, 6/19/19, p.A1)
2019        Jun 18, In San Diego Manuel Reynoso Garcia of Mexico (63), arrested last year in what prosecutors called the biggest international money laundering investigation ever in the city, pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge. Reynoso Garcia was the last of eight defendants to plead guilty in the case.
    (AP, 6/19/19)

2019        Jun 19, In California police Officer Tara O'Sullivan (26) was shot and killed as she helped a woman gather her belongings at a home in Sacramento. Adel Sambrano Ramos (45), the alleged killer, was arrested early the next day after an eight hour standoff.
    (SFC, 6/21/19, p.A1)
2019        Jun 19, In northern California Rev. Oscar Diaz (56) fractured his hip in a car crash in Santa Rosa. Police found a have dozen bags in his car with $18,305.86 in cash in his car. It was later found that he had stolen at least $95,000  from five Catholic churches over the course of 15 years.
    (SFC, 7/23/19, p.C1)

2019        Jun 21, In southern California Toby MacFarlane, a former insurance executive, pleaded guilty to participating in a college admissions bribery scheme. He had paid $450,000 to get his children admitted the Univ. of Southern California. He was the 14th parent to plead guilty in the scandal.
    (SFC, 6/22/19, p.A5)

2019        Jun 21, In southern California a shooting and explosion killed four people at a mobile home park in Santa Maria.
    (SSFC, 6/23/19, p.A10)

2019        Jun 22, In southern California a man suspected of killing his wife with a machete and wounding three other people in Panorama City was arrested.
    (SFC, 6/24/19, p.A4)

2019        Jun 26, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation allowing the state to immediately shut down horse races for safety reasons. This was in response to the deaths of 30 horses in the last racing season at Santa Anita park near Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 6/27/19, p.C6)
2019        Jun 26, In California two brothers reached a $6.8 settlement with the Catholic Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma. The brothers were allegedly abused as children at the residential treatment center for at risk teens by counselor Kevin Thorpe. In 2018 Thorpe pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
    (SFC, 6/27/19, p.C5)
2019        Jun 26, California signed a pact with Canada to work on cleaning up emissions from the transportation sector.
    (SFC, 6/27/19, p.D2)

2019        Jun 27, Three Southern California women, Sparkle Shorale Nelson (32), Shykeena Monique Johnson (31) and Jerrika Johnson (37) were arrested on suspicion of stealing more than $1 million in federal student financial aid through Fullerton College.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y6f5sgjw)(SFC, 7/1/19, p.A6)

2019        Jun 28, The US Treasury Dept. approved nearly $10 million in funds to complete a $15 million purchase of land west of Mount Shasta, Ca. The purchase secured access to a 17-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail.
    (SFC, 6/29/19, p.A7)
2019        Jun 28, Jeffrey Bizzack (59) became the 51st person charged in the the sweeping college admissioons bribery scheme. He agreed to plead guilty to a fraud conspiracy charge to get his son into the Univ. of Southern California as a fake volleyball recruit.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y2bmlasr)(SSFC, 6/30/19, p.A8)

2019        Jul 2, Military jurors in San Diego acquitted Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL, of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic. He was convicted on a single charge of posing with the 17-year-old militant's corpse in Iraq in 2017.
    (AP, 7/3/19)

2019        Jul 3, In San Diego Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher (40) was given a demotion by a military jury and the maximum sentence of four months' confinement for posing with a human casualty in Iraq in 2017. He will spend no time in jail because it is less than the time he was held in custody before the trial.
    (AP, 7/4/19)
2019        Jul 3, In southern California two Marines were stopped by US Border Patrol agents driving from the Mexican border with three Mexicans in the back of a BMW. Nine Marines were later charged with human smuggling.
    (SFC, 9/23/19, p.A6)

2019        Jul 4, In southern California a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck in the Mojave Desert.
    (SFC, 7/6/19, p.C1)

2019        Jul 5, In southern California a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck in the Mojave Desert near the town of Ridgecrest. This was the 2nd trembler in the area in two days.
    (SFC, 7/6/19, p.C1)

2019        Jul 7, It was reported that bats in northern California have begun dying from white-nose syndrome, a mysterious fungus that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States. The first case in the state was detected a year ago and officials said the disease, caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans, was poised to spread across the state.
    (SSFC, 7/7/19, p.C10)
2019        Jul 7, In southern California a head-on collision of two motorcycles, each carrying a passenger, killed four people on Santiago Canyon Road in Orange County.
    (SFC, 7/9/19, p.A5)

2019        Jul 12, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that creates a $21 billion wildfire insurance fund that will reimburse investor-owned utilities for payments they make to victims of wildfires caused by their equipment.
    (SSFC, 7/14/19, p.D1)
2019        Jul 12, In northern California Sonoma County officials shut down a large-scale illegal cannabis operation after seizing more than 9,000 plants at a Santa Rosa property.
    (SFC, 7/15/19, p.C4)

2019        Jul 15, In California a $12 million deal was announced whereby Delaware North, the former concessionaire of Yosemite, agreed to relinquish its claimed ownership of park names and other intellectual property.
    (SFC, 7/16/19, p.A1)

2019        Jul 19, Chevron said an 800,000-gallon oil spill in Central California may have started when crews tried to recap an abandoned well. Chevron said the oil has only fouled about an acre of land and 90 percent of the spilled material has been recaptured.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, In southern California John Ewell (62) of Los Angeles was sentenced to four life terms in prison for killing four people in a series of home invasion robberies in 2010.
    (AP, 7/21/19)

2019        Jul 23, Insurance companies contending that Pacific Gas & Electric owes them more than $20 billion from wildfire claims want to take over the California utility and pull it out of bankruptcy. The insurers filed court documents to end PG&E's exclusive right to file a reorganization plan.
    (AP, 7/24/19)

2019        Jul 24, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB200 establishing a fund for communities that are struggling to maintain their water systems. The law targeted $1 billion over the next decade for access to clean drinking water.
    (SFC, 7/25/19, p.C1)

2019        Jul 25, The US military arrested 16 Marines following a human smuggling investigation at Camp Pendleton, Ca.
    (SFC, 7/26/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 25, San Diego authorities are asking the public to beware after counterfeit oxycodone pills killed four people in the San Diego area in 24 hours. Authorities were investigating to see if other overdoses in the region are tied to those imitation pills.
    (Charlotte Observer, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 25, A Northern California judge upheld a jury's verdict that Monsanto's Roundup herbicide caused cancer in a couple, but reduced damages from $2 billion to $86.7 million.
    (AP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 25, In southern California Gerry Zaragoza (26) was taken into custody following a series of shootings in the San Fernando Valley that killed four people and wounded two others. The dead included Zaragoza's father and brother.
    (SFC, 7/26/19, p.A4)

2019        Jul 27, Off-duty Los Angeles police Officer Juan Diaz was shot and killed at a Lincoln Heights taco stand early today. Authorities searched for a suspect, believed to be a member of the Avenues gang. On Aug. 2 Francisco Talamantes (23); Cristian Facundo (20) and Ashlynn Smith (18), all of Temecula, were booked on suspicion of murder and held without bail.
    (AP, 7/27/19)(AP, 8/2/19)

2019        Jul 28, In California a gunman killed three people, including a 6-year-old boy, in a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival south of San Jose. The gunman, identified as Santino William Legan (19), was shot dead by police officers within minutes of opening fire. Officials later said gunman Santino William Legan killed himself after officers shot him multiple times.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)(AP, 8/2/19)

2019        Jul 30, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB27, a bill that would exclude candidates from the primary election for president or governor  unless they disclosed five years of income tax returns.
    (http://tinyurl.com/sj24jzs)(SFC, 11/22/19, p.C4)

2019        Jul 31, A US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashed in Death Valley National Park leaving seven visitors with minor injuries. Navy pilot Lt. Charles Walker (33) was killed.
    (SFC, 8/1/19, p.A8)(SSFC, 8/4/19, p.A8)

2019        Aug 2, A judge in Oakland sentenced Saleem Khan to 2½ years in federal prison for insider trading involving the Ross Dress for Less store chain. He had pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and securities fraud. In 2016, Khan agreed to pay more than $15 million to settle a civil case filed by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, In southern California three people were killed and several others hurt when a chunk of a sandstone bluff overlooking a beach collapsed onto them in Encinitas.
    (AP, 8/2/19)

2019        Aug 4, In California Jazmin Paramo (24) crashed her SUV into two motorcycles while driving the wrong way killing four people on the bikes in Tulare County. Paramo was charged with driving under the influence.
    (SFC, 8/6/19, p.A4)

2019        Aug 5, Peter Chadwick (55), a British-American millionaire real estate investor, landed at Los Angeles International Airport Monday morning in handcuffs. He was recently arrested in Mexico on suspicion of killing his wife, Quee Choo Chadwick (46) in 2012.
    (Insider, 8/6/19)

2019        Aug 7, In southern California Zachary Castaneda (33) was taken into custody after he went on a two-hour stabbing and robbery rampage, killing four people and wounding two others. The suspect and all the victims were Hispanic.
    (AP, 8/8/19)(SFC, 8/9/19, p.A7)

2019        Aug 8, Neil Kimball, a Los Angeles County sheriff's detective, was sentenced to three years in prison for having sex with girl (15) that he met while investigating her report of being sexually assaulted in 2017.
    (SFC, 8/10/19, p.A5)

2019        Aug 9, Hamid Hayat (36) of Lodi, Ca., was freed from a federal prison in Arizona after spending 14 years behind bars for allegedly supporting terrorists.
     (SFC, 8/12/19, p.C1)

2019        Aug 12, Southern California Highway Patrol Officer Andre Moye and a suspect both died after gunfire was exchanged following a traffic stop near the 215 Freeway in Riverside. Moye was getting ready to impound Aaron Luther's pickup truck when Luther, who was outside the vehicle and not restrained, reached inside, pulled out a rifle and started shooting.
    (ABC News, 8/13/19)(AP, 8/13/19)

2019        Aug 13, A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry.
    (AP, 8/13/19)
2019        Aug 13, The Los Angeles Opera said it will investigate accusations of sexual misconduct against Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, as two organizations canceled planned appearances by him.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)

2019        Aug 15, In southern California Michael Gargiulo (43) was found guilty of killing two women in 2001 and 2005, one of whom was stabbed to death on the night of a planned date with actor Ashton Kutcher. He was also found guilty of the attempted murder in 2008 of a third victim who fought back and later testified against him in court.
    (The Independent, 8/16/19)

2019        Aug 16, In southern California Hossein Nayeri (40), who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week, was convicted of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner in 2012 who he mistakenly believed had buried large sums of money in the desert.
    (AP, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 16, In southern California Oscar nominated actor Peter Fonda (79), who played a cool and introspective motorcyclist in the 1969 film "Easy Rider," died.
    (Reuters, 8/17/19)

2019        Aug 19, In southern California retired administrator Steven Shek Keung Chan (57) was stabbed to death on California State University Fullerton's campus this morning, launching a manhunt for the suspect. Co-worker Chuyen Vo (51) was arrested two days later in the slaying of Chan.
    (ABC News, 8/19/19)(SFC, 8/23/19, p.A6)

2019        Aug 20, Rodolfo Montoya (37), cook at a Los Angeles-area hotel, was taken into custody at his Huntington Beach home after he allegedly threatened a mass shooting and stockpiled guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at his home.
    (AP, 8/22/19)

2019        Aug 21, California announced a deal with four automakers that would increase vehicle fuel efficiency and defy the Trump administration’s plan to ease tailpipe emissions standards. In response, the president vented his frustration on Twitter.
    (Yahoo News, 8/22/19)

2019        Aug 23, In California Gustavo Araujo Lerma (64), an avowed Republican activist and supporter of US President Donald Trump, was found guilty in Sacramento of identity theft and five counts of alien voter fraud. Lerma was born in Mexico but lived in the US illegally for more than 20 years.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)

2019        Aug 30, California Gov. Gavin Newsom reached a deal with apartment owners and developers on legislation that would cap how rapidly rents can rise as the state grapples with a housing crisis. The deal would cap annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation, with a 10% maximum increase.
    (AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, In California Bob Fenenbock (66) was released from outside the Solano County courthouse in Fairfield after serving 28 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. He had been locked up for the 1991 murder of Gary Summar in Trinity County. Shortly after his conviction another man, Bernard MacCarlie, admitted to killing Summar, following rumors that Summar had molested a girl (4).
    (SFC, 8/31/19, p.A1)

2019        Aug 31, In Los Angeles Bruce Guilford of Covington, Georgia, a trucker who fell asleep behind the wheel, was sentenced to four years in state prison. He faced 42 charges of reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter for causing a tour bus crash on I-10 near Palm Springs that killed 13 people in 2016.
    (AP, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 31, In San Jose, Ca., one woman died and eight people have been sickened in a hazmat incident at the city's Fairmont Hotel. Authorities were investigating the death as a suicide.
    (AP, 9/1/19)

2019        Sep 1, It was reported that scientists have detected microplastics at several locations around Lake Tahoe for this first time this year and they're working to understand what that means for human health and the environment of the Tahoe Basin.
    (AP, 9/1/19)

2019        Sep 2, In southern California a search was under way for 34 missing in a pre-dawn fire that sank a commercial diving boat about 20 yards off of Santa Cruz Island. Authorities soon recovered the bodies of 33 people. One remained missing. On  Sept. 11 divers recovered the body of the last missing victim.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)(AP, 9/3/19)(AP, 9/4/19)(AP, 9/11/19)

2019        Sep 3, A California appeals court ruled that restaurants, hotels and other businesses that serve the public in California must make their websites accessible to the blind. The court cited a 1990 federal law prohibiting discrimination against the disabled in any place of public accommodation.
    (SFC, 9/4/19, p.C4)

2019        Sep 6, US health officials said a Los Angeles County resident has died from a lung illness possibly tied to vaping, bringing the total number of such US deaths to five.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)

2019        Sep 8, Firefighters in northern California continued to battle blazes. The Walker Fire in the Plumas National Forest had now expanded to 38,049 acres and was 7% contained.
    (SFC, 9/9/19, p.C4)

2019        Sep 10, A dozen leaders of a California-based ministry were arrested on charges that they used homeless people as forced labor, holding them in locked group homes and forcing them to panhandle up to nine hours a day, six days a week. The former pastor of Imperial Valley Ministries, Victor Gonzalez, and the others were arrested in San Diego, El Centro near the Southern California border with Mexico and Brownsville, Texas.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 10, In northern California nearly 1,100 firefighters from several states continued to battle the 47,340 acre Walker Fire in the Plumas national Forest. The fire was 12% contained.
    (SFC, 9/11/19, p.C2)

2019        Sep 13, Pacific Gas & Electric and a group of insurers announced they reached an $11 billion settlement to cover most of the claims from wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018.
    (AP, 9/13/19)

2019        Sep 16, Xiaoning Sui (48), of Surrey, British Columbia, was arrested in Spain on a charge of fraud and conspiracy. She was accused of paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit in 2018.
    (AP, 9/17/19)

2019        Sep 18, US President Donald Trump confirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency will revoke California's waiver that allows it to require automakers to build cleaner vehicles than federal requirements demand, a move that will set off a massive legal battle.
    (Reuters, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB5, a landmark gig-worker bill that could turn thousands of independent contractors into company employees with protections and benefits.
    (SFC, 9/18/19, p.D1)

2019        Sep 19, The Trump administration said it is revoking California's authority to set its own auto tailpipe emissions standards and to require some zero-emission vehicles, a decision that will spark a massive legal battle between Washington and the most populous state over the future of US vehicles.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, A US federal judge blocked California from enforcing its new law that would require Pres. Trump and other candidates for president and governor to release their tax returns to qualify for the state's primary ballot. On Nov. 21 the state's Supreme Court ruled that the legislation violated a state constitutional requirement to include all recognized presidential candidates on the primary ballot.
    (SFC, 9/20/19, p.A1)(SFC, 11/22/19, p.C1)

2019        Sep 23, In northern California PG&E cut electrical service to 24,000 customers in three counties in the Sierra Nevada foothills this evening, saying power will remain off until weather conditions improve.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 23, In NYC a new California-China Climate Institute was announced during an event with Xie Zhenhua, China's top climate change official. It will be housed at UC Berkeley and chaired by former California Gov. Jerry Brown.
    (SFC, 9/24/19, p.A1)

2019        Sep 24, The Trump administration escalated its fight with California, accusing the state of failing to enforce the US Clean Air Act and threatening to withdraw billions of dollars in federal highway funds to the country's most populous state.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)

2019        Sep 26, The Trump administration's environmental regulator escalated its feud with California, accusing the state of violating clean water laws by allowing human waste from homeless residents to enter waterways, according to a letter it sent to the state's governor.
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, It was announced that billionaire California agricultural titans Stewart and Lynda Resnick have donated $750 million to the Cal Tech for climate change reserch.
    (SFC, 9/27/19, p.A9)

2019        Oct 1, In California Tushar Atre (50), the owner of the digital marketing company Atre Net Inc., was abducted from his oceanfront home in Santa Cruz. He was soon found dead near his white BMW in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
    (The Guardian, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 2, Opera star Placido Domingo resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera and withdrew from all future performances following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
    (SFC, 10/3/19, p.A5)

2019        Oct 4, It was reported that Mercury Insurance is ending its two-decade battle with California regulators over extra fees charged to customers by agreeing to pay the state $41 million. Most of the money will go to the state's general fund.
    (SFC, 10/4/19, p.D2)
2019        Oct 4, California police said they have arrested Nickey Stane (52) for sexual assault and battery cases. He was caught after he allegedly used a recording device to view someone in the bathroom without their knowledge. Police used DNA evidence from two decades ago to connect Stane to a murder and a series of sexual assaults dating back to 1999.    
    (Good Morning America, 10/5/19)

2019        Aug 24, US federal officials said more than 40 wild burros have been found shot and killed along I-5 near the California-Nevada line.
    (SSFC, 8/25/19, p.A12)

2019        Oct 8, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB1482, the first statewide law to protect renters. This imposed a state-wide cap on rent increases and required landlords to provide a "just cause" when evicting tenants.
    (SFC, 10/9/19, p.A1)

2019        Oct 11, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB2, a bill requiring that public universities provide abortion pills on campus.
    (SFC, 10/12/19, p.C1)
2019        Oct 11, A US federal judges in California and New York halted Pres. Trump's plans to deny legal status and work permist to noncitizens who accept public benefits, like foodstamps and Medicaid.
    (SFC, 10/12/19, p.A7)
2019        Oct 11, In Boston Peter Jan Sartorio (53), the owner of a California frozen foods company, was ordered to perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $9,500 fine for paying $15,000 to rig his daughter's college entrance exam in a widespread admissions scandal.
    (AP, 10/11/19)

2019        Oct 12, California Gov. Gavin Newson signed AB44, outlawing the sale and manufacture of new fur clothing and accessories effective Jan. 1, 2023. Newsome also signed SB313, which prohibits the use of wild animals in a circus.
    (SSFC, 10/13/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 12, In Southern California fast-moving wildfires broke out overnight, leaving two dead, destroying homes and forcing 100,000 residents to flee. Authorities said three people have died at the scene of southern state wildfires this week.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)(AP, 10/13/19)

2019        Oct 14, In northern California a man was arrested on suspicion of killing four people after he showed up at a police station in Mount Shasta with a body in his car. Roseville police said they found three other bodies at his apartment.
    (AP, 10/15/19)

2019        Oct 15, In southern California Valerie Lundeen Ely (62), the wife of "Tarzan" actor Ron Ely (81), was stabbed to death by their son Cameron Ely (30). Following an unspecified threat four deputies fired on Cameron and he was killed. Ron Ely starred as Tarzan in the 1966-1968 NBC TV series.
    (SFC, 10/17/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 15, In northern California the Napa County Board of Supervisors voted to indefinitely ban all commercial cannabis activites in unincorporated areas, including the growing, processing and selling of pot in stores.
    (SFC, 10/17/19, p.D1)

2019        Oct 16, California state officials shut down the Contra Costa County fuel storage facility of NuStar Energy in Crockett, following the explosion and fire two days earlier at the site.
    (SFC, 10/17/19, p.A1)

2019        Oct 18, It was reported that California authorities have invalidated test scores of 1,400 pharmacists because more than 100 questions from the state licensing exam were leaked online.
    (AP, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, PG&E's utility's chief executive said Northern Californians can expect widespread power cuts aimed at preventing wildfires for a decade while the company upgrades wires systems, cuts back trees and takes other safety measures.
    (Reuters, 10/18/19)

2019        Oct 22, It was reported that deputies in Orange County seized 18 pounds of fentanyl last week – enough of the synthetic opioid to create four million lethal doses.
    (SFC, 10/22/19, p.A7)

2019        Oct 22, Facebook said it will invest $1 billion over the next decade to help fund 20,000 new homes in California.
    (SFC, 10/23/19, p.A1)

2019        Oct 23, In northern California Deputy Brian Ishmael was fatally shot early today in the community of Somerset. A ride-along passenger with him was injured while responding to a call about a theft from a marijuana garden in the rural Sierra Nevada foothills.
    (AP, 10/23/19)(SFC, 10/24/19, p.C1)

2019        Oct 24, A Northern California wildfire exploded in size in Sonoma County amid dangerous winds that prompted the state's largest utility to impose electrical blackouts to prevent fires. The wind-driven wildfire forced some 2,000 people to flee homes in the wine region. The Kincade fire erupted near the base of a damaged high-voltage transmission tower owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. PG&E said it didn't de-energize a 230,000-volt transmission line near Geyserville that malfunctioned minutes before the fire erupted.
    (AP, 10/24/19)(Reuters, 10/24/19)(AP, 10/25/19)

2019        Oct 25, California firefighters sought to take advantage of a brief lull in high winds behind fast-moving wildfires that forced the evacuation of more than 40,000 residents north of Los Angeles.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)

2019        Oct 27, Authorities in Northern California ordered 180,000 residents to flee their homes as historic winds fueled a wildfire in the wine country, while electricity was shut off for millions of people in an effort to prevent more fires.
    (AP, 10/27/19)

2019        Oct 28, In southern California the Getty Fire in Los Angeles erupted early today and forced thousands of residents to flee their homes as winds reached extremely dangerous levels. In northern California The Kincade Fire that broke out last week amid Sonoma County's vineyards and wineries grew to at least 103 square miles (267 square km), destroying 94 buildings, including 40 homes, and threatening 80,000 more structures, authorities said. Nearly 200,000 people were under evacuation orders, mostly from the city of Santa Rosa.
    (AP, 10/28/19)

2019        Oct 29, In southern California a gunman opened fire on a party late today killing three men and wounding nine people in Long Beach. The gunman fled the scene.
    (SFC, 8/31/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 29, John Witherspoon (77), Detroit-born comedian known for his role as Willie Jones in the "Friday" films, died in Los Angeles.
    (Good Morning America, 10/30/19)

2019        Oct 30, Imaad Zuberi (40), a prolific fundraiser charged with funneling illegal foreign campaign contributions to American political candidates, surrendered to authorities in Los Angeles and was released on $3 million bond.
    (AP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 30, In southern California a new wildfire erupted, forcing the evacuation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and nearby homes, as both ends of the state struggled with blazes, dangerously gusty weather and deliberate blackouts.
    (AP, 10/30/19)

2019        Oct 31, California officials said the northern Kincade wildfire in Sonoma County, that forced the evacuation of more than 180,000, people is now 60% contained and has not increased in size in the last 24 hours. More wildfires ignited near Los Angeles, destroying homes and forcing evacuations, as the region faced a second day of gusting desert winds that have fanned flames and displaced thousands of people.
    (AP, 10/31/19)(Reuters, 10/31/19)

2019        Nov 1, A new wildfire exploded in Southern California overnight, closing schools and forcing over 7,000 residents to evacuate. The Maria Fire broke out in Santa Paula in Ventura County the previous evening and raced across the land, growing to 8,300 acres.
    (Good Morning America, 11/1/19)

2019        Nov 2, In southern California Ventura County officials said firefighters contained 30% of the Maria Fire, which has burned nearly 15 square miles (39 sq. km) and continued to threaten more than 2,500 homes and other buildings.
    (AP, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 2, In central California an off-duty law officer killed a police officer and critically wounded his father before killing himself during a birthday party in Hanford.
    (SFC, 11/4/19, p.A4)

2019        Nov 6, It was reported that Norwegian company Urchinomics has a plan for dealing with purple sea urchins that have laid waste to Northern California coastal zones. The company would like to scoop the urchins from the ocean, fatten them in a seaside urchin ranch, and then sell them to sushi and seafood restaurants.
    (SFC, 11/6/19, p.A1)

2019        Nov 7, It was reported that the sudden oak death pathogen has established itself throughout the SF Bay Area and has spread along the California coast from Monterey to Humboldt County.
    (SFC, 11/7/19, p.A1)

2019        Nov 12, In Los Angeles Ruben Martinez Jr., who spent 11 years in prison for a series of armed robberies he didn't commit, was exonerated after prosecutors agreed he had been wrongly convicted.
    (AP, 11/13/19)

2019        Nov 14, Authorities in southern California said at least six people have been injured during a shooting at a high school in Santa Clarita. Two of the injured soon died. The suspect was identified as Nathaniel Berhow, who turned 16 today. The next day Berhow succumbed to a head wound he suffered after turning his gun on himself following the attack.
    (The Independent, 11/14/19)(Insider, 11/15/19)(Reuters, 11/16/19)
2019        Nov 14, In California the Contra County Sheriff's arrested four men along with a fifth man, who was charged with being an accessory to the Oct. 31 shooting, which left five dead and several others wounded.
    (Reuters, 11/15/19)(SFC, 11/15/19, p.A1)

2019        Nov 15, Charles Gary Sullivan (73) of Arizona was charged with open murder of Julia Woodward (21) of San Rafael, California. In 1979 the woman's bludgeoned body was discovered in a shallow grave near Reno, Nevada.
    (ABC News, 11/17/19)

2019        Nov 16, In southern California five family members were killed, and another underwent emergency surgery following a shooting at a San Diego home, just a day after one of the victims obtained a restraining order against the alleged suspect. The estranged husband had turned a gun on himself and was among the dead. One child was in critical condition.
    (ABC News, 11/16/19)(SSFC, 11/17/19, p.A8)

2019        Nov 17, In Fresno, Ca., four people were killed and six others were injured when a gunman burst into a backyard and sprayed bullets toward a family who gathered to watch football. The victims were all of Hmong descent. A man in his 20s was shot to death earlier today at a home in another part of the city. Police later said the Mongolian Boy Society gang had mis-targeted the victims believing Asia Crips were responsible for the fatal shooting of Randy Xiong (28) earlier that day.
    (AP, 11/18/19)(SSFC, 11/24/19, p.A8)(SFC, 1/1/20, p.C1)

2019        Nov 18, Extinction Rebellion activists pressing for more rapid action on climate change threats began a week-long hunger strikes in 27 countries. The strikes were in part spearheaded by Giovanni Tamacas (20), a University of San Diego student, who carried out a solo hunger strike last month in front of the White House.
    (Reuters, 11/20/19)

2019        Nov 20, Michael J. Pollard (80), Hollywood character actor, died in Los Angeles. His more than 200 films and television show included his role as the gas station attendant turned criminal accomplice in "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967).
    (SSFC, 11/24/19, p.B10)

2019        Nov 21, In southern California a 13-year-old boy was arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot fellow students at Animo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School in Willowbrook. When authorities searched the suspect's home they found an unregistered AR-15 with a high-capacity magazine, approximately 100 rounds of ammunition, a map of the school, and a list of some students and teachers.
    (CBS News, 11/22/19)

2019        Nov 23, In Union City, California, two boys, ages 11 and 14, were fatally shot while sitting in a van outside Searles Elementary School early today.
    (AP, 11/23/19)   

2019        Nov 25, In California a fire ripped through brush and woodland on hills above the city of Santa Barbara early today, forcing some 5,500 residents to leave their homes. Most of the evacuees were able to return home the next day.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)(SFC, 11/27/19, p.A7)

2019        Dec 4, It was reported that Chinese startup AutoX, backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba, has applied to test self-driving vehicles without an in-car backup driver in California, the first challenger to Alphabet Inc's autonomous driving venture Waymo to say it has done so.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)

2019        Dec 6, California's bankrupt power producer PG&E Corp said it had reached a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of some of most devastating wildfires in the state's modern history.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)

2019        Dec 7, It was reported that a flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people over the past two months in the San Diego area.
    (SFC, 12/7/19, p.A6)

2019        Dec 9, The US CDC said a multistate E. coli outbreak, linked to packaged salad from the Salinas Valley of California, has sickened 8 people in the upper-Midwest and 16 in Canada.
    (SFC, 12/10/19, p.A5)

2019        Dec 11, The Los Angeles Times reported that Lachlan Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and the co-chairman of News Corp., has purchased the 25,000 square-foot Chartwell estate in the the city's Bel Air neighborhood for about $150 million. This was the highest home price ever in California. The 1930s mansion is seen in the credits for the "Beverly Hillbillies" TV show.
    (SFC, 12/13/19, p.A8)
2019        Dec 11, California winemaker Burt Williams (79), co-founder of Williams-Selyem winery, died. He led the move to grow world-class Pinot Noir grapes in the Russian River Valley. In 1998 the winery was sold for $9.5 million to John Dyson, a former New York agriculture commissioner.
    (SFC, 12/16/19, p.C1)

2019        Dec 12, The Trump administration gave the go-ahead to new oil-drilling leases on federal land in 8 California counties, mostly in the Bakersfield area.
    (SFC, 12/13/19, p.C1)
2019        Dec 12, Louisiana sued the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important Louisiana industry and ultimately could hurt the state's wetlands. California banned alligator skins and meats in the 1970s but repeatedly issued exceptions that allowed sales. The most recent exemption expires on Jan. 1 of next year, and this time California's legislature did not pass another exemption.
    (AP, 12/14/19)

2019        Dec 13, California Governor Gavin Newsom rejected a bankruptcy reorganization plan submitted by PG&E Corp, the state's largest investor-owned utility, saying its proposal fails to meet the requirements of a recently enacted wildfire law.
    (Reuters, 12/14/19)

2019        Dec 17, It was reported that a new study by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found that waters off the California coast are acidifying twice as fast as the global average.
    (SFC, 12/17/19, p.A7)
2019        Dec 20, California state Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that Sutter Health is required to pay $575 million to employers, unions and the government for abusing its market power to raise prices. Sutter Health operates 24 hospitals and 35 outpatient clinics in Northern California.
    (SFC, 12/21/19, p.D1)
2019        Dec 20, PG&E Corp's creditors sweetened their offer to California wildfire victims, saying they are now prepared to pay $13.5 billion in cash upfront, according to a letter sent today to state Gov. Gavin Newsom. PG&E reached a settlement to raise monthly bills by an average of $5.69 per month beginning next year to help fund wildfire safety investments.
    (Reuters, 12/21/19)(SFC, 12/21/19, p.A1)

2019        Dec 20, The Trump administration awarded billions of dollars in contracts for private companies to operate immigration detention centers in California, less than two weeks before a new state law takes effect to prohibit them. A federal website posted long-term awards worth a combined $6.8 billion for detention facilities in San Diego, Calexico, Adelanto and Bakersfield.
    (AP, 12/23/19)

2019        Dec 24, In California a huge redwood tree fell and killed a man visiting Muir Woods National Monument on Christmas Eve. Subhradeep Dutta (28) of Edina, Minnesota, died while walking on a marked dirt trail with two other people in the park north of San Francisco.
    (AP, 12/27/19)

2019        Dec 27, In southern California a fire in an apartment in Riverside County killed Juan Moreno and two daughters. Moreno had gotten his wife and two children out of the apartment and then returned to save his other children. An injured son (8) died the next day.
    (SFC, 12/31/19, p.A4)

2019        Dec 30, The Florida corporation GEO Group filed a federal lawsuit challenging California law AB32, due to go into effect on Jan 1. The law bans new private prison contracts across the state.
    (SFC, 1/1/20, p.A1)

2019        Dec 31, A federal judge temporarily blocked a California labor law meant to take effect from Jan. 1 from impacting over 70,000 independent truckers by granting a temporary restraining order.
    (Reuters, 1/1/20)

2020        Jan 1, California's landmark gig-work law, AB5, took effect amid a swirl of controversy and escalating challenges.
    (SFC, 1/1/20, p.A1)
2020        Jan 1, In California a new law took effect requiring new homes to have rooftop solar panels, better insulation and air filtration systems.
    (SFC, 12/26/19, p.A1)
2020        Jan 1, In southern California the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year's Day.
    (AP, 1/1/20)

2020        Jan 2, The owners and operators of GirlsDoPorn, a San Diego-based porn website, must pay $12.7 million after a judge found them liable for fraud and breach of contract for lying to women about how their explicit videos would be distributed.
    (AP, 1/3/20)

2020        Jan 4, John Baldessari (88), California artist, died in his sleep. In 2010 he was cited as "arguably America's most influential Conceptual artist".
    (SFC, 1/10/20, p.C2)
2020        Jan 4, In southern California a pilot died after his small plane crashed near State Route 14 in Newhall.
    (SSFC, 1/5/20, p.A9)

2020        Jan 5, At the 77th Golden Globe Awards World War One movie "1917" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," set in 1960s Tinseltown, won the top movie prizes at the Golden Globes on a night packed with upsets and hot-button issues at the start of Hollywood's awards season.
    (Reuters, 1/6/20)

2020        Jan 6, In southern California Christopher Bathum, the founder of a Los Angeles sober-living facility pleaded no contest to 14 felony counts of grand theft, insurance fraud, identity theft and money laundering. He faced 20 years in prison for running a $175 million phony health care billing scheme.
    (AP, 1/6/20)
2020        Jan 6, Ikea confirmed that it had agreed to pay $46 million to the parents of a 2-year-old California boy, Jozef Dudek, who was killed when one of the giant furniture company's dressers toppled over onto him in 2017.
    (The Week, 1/7/20)

2020        Jan 7, US Representative Duncan Hunter, a leading California Republican who pleaded guilty last month to a federal corruption charge of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds, announced that he would resign from office effective Jan. 13.
    (Reuters, 1/7/20)
2020        Jan 7, Authorities said three Los Angeles Police Department officers have been suspended for falsely classifying people as gang members in an effort to boost the department's statistics.
    (ABC News, 1/7/20)

2020        Jan 8, California Governor Gavin Newsom decided against calling a special election to fill the seat US Representative Duncan Hunter will leave vacant in Congress next week when he resigns following his conviction in a federal corruption scandal.
    (Reuters, 1/8/20)
2020        Jan 8, A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that AB%, the state's new gig-work law, does not apply to truck drivers because it is preempted by federal law.
    (SFC, 1/10/20, p.D1)
2020        Jan 8, Buck Henry (89), American writer and actor, died in Los Angeles. He wrote the screenplays for "The Graduate" (1967), "Candy" (1968) and "Catch-22" (1970). He also wrote the romantic comedies "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1970) and "What's Up Doc?" (1972).
    (SFC, 1/10/20, p.A8)

2020        Jan 9, The mayor of Los Angeles wrote a letter to the Trump administration formally requesting federal assistance with the growing numbers of homeless on the city's streets. The letter showed he and Housing Secretary Ben Carson have had negotiations on the issue.
    (Reuters, 1/10/20)

2020        Jan 11, It was reported that Bonny Doon Vineyard, founded in California in 1981 by Randall Grahm, has been acquired by WarRoom Ventures, the parent company of Lapis Luna Wines.
    (SFC, 1/11/20, p.D1)

2020        Jan 14, In Los Angeles Michael Avenatti, the brash former attorney for the porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested for allegedly violating bail by committing multiple state and federal crimes while awaiting trial in two states.
    (AP, 1/15/20)
2020        Jan 14, In southern California Delta Arilines Flight 89 enroute to China turned back to Los Angeles Int'l. Airport minutes after takeoff and dumped fuel that fell on five elementary schools. The FAA soon promised an investigation.
    (SFC, 1/16/20, p.A7)

2020        Jan 16, Inmate Jonathan Watson (41) clubbed two men in the head at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in the central city of Corcoran. Prisoner David Bobb (48) died that day. Graham De Luis-Conti (62) died three days later at a hospital. Both were serving life sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14.
    (AP, 2/20/20)

2020        Jan 19, A southern California driver intentionally rammed a Toyota Prius with six teenage boys inside, killing three and injuring three others before fleeing late today in Temescal Valley, Riverside County. Anurag Chandra (42) of Corona was arrested a short time later in a neighborhood near the crash site.
    (AP, 1/20/20)

2020        Jan 23, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt banned sate-funded travel to California in response to a similar 2018 ban by California after Oklahoma passed a law that allowed adoption agencies to deny placement services to same-sex parents.
    (SFC, 1/24/20, p.A6)

2020        Jan 24, The Trump administration said that California cannot require health insurers to cover abortions and threatened to cut some federal healthcare funds unless it pulls that requirement. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notice that the state is violating a federal law called the Weldon Amendment.
    (Reuters, 1/24/20)
2020        Jan 24, Jeff Carpoff (49) and Paulette Carpoff (46), the husband-and-wife owners of DC Solar, pleaded guilty to involvement in an estimated $912 million Ponzi scheme. Their California solar company caused Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc to take a $377 million charge last year.
    (Reuters, 1/24/20)

2020        Jan 26, In southern California basketball legend Kobe Bryant (41) and his daughter (13) died along with seven others in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles.
    (Reuters, 1/27/20)

2020        Jan 27, In California FBI and Yolo County officials announced the arrest of Paul Allen Perez (57), an inmate at Kern Valley State Prison, on suspicion of slaying five of his infant children between 1992 and 2001.
    (SFC, 1/28/20, p.C1)

2020        Jan 29, US authorities announced the discovery of the longest smuggling tunnel ever found on the Southwest border, stretching more than three-quarters of a mile from an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Diego area.
    (AP, 1/29/20)

2020        Jan 31, The Trump administration said it will not allow California to collect a key health care tax on managed care organizations. The decision could cost the state nearly $2 billion a year for low-income benefits.
    (SFC, 1/31/20, p.A6)

2020        Feb 2, California health officials said they had confirmed 11 cases of the new, fast-spreading coronavirus in the United States, with one in Santa Clara County and two more in San Benito County.
    (Reuters, 2/2/20)

2020        Feb 3, In California a gunman killed a 51-year-old woman from Colombia and wounded five others before dawn on a packed Greyhound bus traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco.  Highway patrol officers found the suspect a few minutes later and detained him. Anthony Devonte Williams (33) of Capitol Heights, Maryland, was arrested after passengers managed to disarm him and get him off the bus.
    (AP, 2/3/20)(AP, 2/4/20)

2020        Feb 5, A US federal judge prohibited US immigration authorities from relying on databases deemed faulty to ask law enforcement agencies to hold people in custody, a setback for the Trump administration that threatens to hamper how it carries out arrests. The ruling applies only to the Central District of California, where state law already sharply limits the extent to which state and local law enforcement agencies can honor requests from ICE. But the district encompasses ICE's Pacific Enforcement Response Center in Laguna Niguel, which makes requests around-the-clock to law enforcement agencies in 42 states and two US territories.
    (AP, 2/7/20)

2020        Feb 7, A judge in Boston ordered Douglas Hodge (62) of Laguna Beach to spend nine months in federal prison for paying bribes to get four of his children into the Univ. of Southern California and Georgetown as fake athletic recruits. Hodge onece served as the head of Pimco, a bond management company.
    (SFC, 2/8/20, p.A6)

2020        Feb 13, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that her office has asked the court to dismiss nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions going back decades, CBS LA reported. In a news conference, Lacey called it the largest such undertaking in state history.
    (CBS News, 2/13/20)
2020        Feb 13, Ricky Davis was ordered released from custody in Placerville, near Sacramento, after authorities used extended DNA links developed through publicly available genealogical websites to build a family tree that led to the arrest of a new suspect in the killing of his housemate. Davis had spent about 15 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted in the case.
    (The Guardian, 2/14/20)

2020        Feb 15, It was reported that the Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 km) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires.
    (AP, 2/15/20)
2020        Feb 15, In southern California Dr. Amie Harwick, a sex therapist and former fiancee of Drew Carey, was killed after being thrown over the third floor balcony of her Hollywood Hills apartment. Suspect Gareth Pursehouse (41), a former boyfriend of Harwick’s, was soon arrested on suspicion of murder. Pursehouse later pleaded not guilty.
    (USA Today, 2/17/20)(SFC, 4/18/20, p.A3)

2020        Feb 17, Two charter flights carrying cruise ship passengers from Japan landed at military bases in California and Texas overnight, starting the clock on a quarantine period to ensure passengers don't have the new virus that's been spreading in Asia.
    (AP, 2/17/20)
2020        Feb 17, It was reported that police in Long Beach, California., have arrested three teenagers suspected of killing two people and wounding ten others in seven shootings since November.
    (SFC, 2/17/20, p.A6)

2020        Feb 18, Los Angeles city and county officials announced a new strategy to speed the process of getting homeless people into permanent housing. The new “Housing Central Command,” modeled on the federal government’s response to natural disasters, overhauled how agencies work together in addressing the growing number of people living on the street.
    (AP, 2/18/20)
2020        Feb 18, In central California a blaze at a public library in Porterville, allegedly started by two 13-year-old boys, left two firefighters dead.
    (AP, 2/20/20)

2020        Feb 19, In southern California rapper Pop Smoke (20), born as Bashar Barakah Jackson, was fatally shot by intruders during a break-in at a Hollywood Hills home.
    (SFC, 2/20/20, p.A5)

2020        Feb 20, California lawmakers apologized for the Lagislature's role in advancing discrimination against Japanese Americans and their incarceration during WW II.
    (SFC, 2/21/20, p.C2)
2020        Feb 20, The Univ. of Southern California announced that it was making tuition free for students from families with an annual income of $80,000  or less starting this fall.
    (SFC, 2/21/20, p.A6)

2020        Feb 21, Costa Mesa, California, won a battle against the state, at least temporarily, when a judge halted the transfer of people diagnosed with the coronavirus to its community for a quarantine site.
    (AP, 2/22/20)

2020        Feb 22, In California self-styled daredevil “Mad" Mike Hughes (64) died after the homemade rocket crashed on private property near Barstow.
    (AP, 2/23/20)
2020        Feb 22, In southern California a charter bus swerved on a rain-slicked highway and rolled down an embankment, killing three people and injuring 18 others in Pala Mesa.
    (AP, 2/22/20)

2020        Feb 25, Michelle Janavs (49), the heiress to the Hot Pockets fortune, was sentenced to five months in prison after admitting to paying bribes to a fixer who promised to get her two daughters into the University of Southern California.
    (The Week, 2/25/20)

2020        Feb 26, US health officials said a new coronavirus case in California, a resident of Solano County, could be the first in the US that has no known connection to travel abroad or another known case, a possible sign the virus is spreading in a US community. The patient was brought to UC Davis Medical Center from another Northern California hospital on Feb. 19, but it was four days before the CDC heeded a request to test the patient for COVID-19.
    (AP, 2/27/20)

2020        Feb 27, California officials reported that the state's snowpack is just 46% of normal.
    (SFC, 2/28/20, p.C1)

2020        Feb 28, Lifeguards in San Diego County rescued 13 people and searched for others believed to have been dropped by Mexican migrant smugglers in the Pacific. As many as three people remained missing.
    (SFC, 2/29/20, p.A5)
2020        Feb 28, The number of coronavirus cases in the United States was confirmed at 62. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also confirmed that four more patients tested positive for the virus in California, Oregon and Washington states.
    (Good Morning America, 2/29/20)

2020        Feb 28, In northern California a man went on a rampage at a mental health and rehab center in Carmichael fatally stabbing two people. Martin Raymond lackey-Garcia (39) was booked for investigation of murder.
    (SFC, 3/2/20, p.A6)

2020        Mar 2, In California the number of coronavirus cases in the Bay Area were confirmed at 26 with 43 cases statewide.
    (SFC, 3/3/20, p.A1)

2020        Mar 4, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency over the COVID-19 virus, opening the way for federal aid, after the death of a man in Placer County, near Sacramento, who had been on an earlier sailing of the ship in February. This was the nation's first coronavirus death outside of Washington state and brought the US death toll to 11. California now had 53 confirmed cases.
    (AP, 3/5/20)(Good Morning America, 3/5/20)

2020        Mar 5, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom said a ship with suspected links to two coronavirus cases, one fatal, was being held off the coast of San Francisco until everyone on board could be tested. At least 21 people on the ship had symptoms. The cases included guests who were on the previous Grand Princess voyage from Feb. 11 to 21.
    (NY Times, 3/5/20)(Good Morning America, 3/5/20)

2020        Mar 9, Federal and state officials in California prepared to receive thousands of people from a cruise ship that has been idling off the coast of San Francisco with at least 21 people aboard infected with the coronavirus. Fences were installed at an 11-acre site at the Port of Oakland as authorities readied flights and buses to whisk the passengers aboard the ship to military bases or their home countries for a 14-day quarantine. Officials in Santa Clara imposed a ban on mass gatherings of more than 1,000 people for the next three weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 3/9/20)(SFC, 310/20, p.A1)
2020        Mar 9, Mitch Englander (49), a former Los Angeles city councilman, surrendered to FBI agents following charges that obstructed an investigation into whether he took thousands of dollars, female escort services and other gifts from businessmen invloved in major developments.
    (SFC, 310/20, p.A4)

2020        Mar 12, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new restrictions on public gatherings, saying that they must now be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. About 200 people in California have tested positive so far for coronavirus.
    (Good Morning America, 3/12/20)(SFC, 3/13/20, p.A1)
2020        Mar 12, The Walt Disney Co said it will close its theme parks in California and Florida and its resort in Paris from this weekend through the end of the month due to the global outbreak of coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 3/13/20)

2020        Mar 13, In California nearly 1.5 million students have been told to stay home for up to four weeks as public and private school shit down across the state to combat the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 3/14/20, p.A1)

2020        Mar 17, Former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced to 11 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing campaign funds and spending the money on everything from outings with friends to his daughter's birthday party.
    (Miami Herald, 3/17/20)

2020        Mar 18, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order sending $100 million to local governments for shelter support and emergency housing to help slow the spread of coronavirus among the homeless population. Another $50 million will be used to buy trailers and lease hotel and motel rooms to quarantine homeless people showing symptoms of COVID-19.
    (SFC, 3/19/20, p.A5)

2020        Mar 19, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered his state’s 40 million residents to stay at home as much as possible in coming weeks, citing a model that suggests more than half of the state’s population could become infected with the coronavirus in the next two months.
    (NY Times, 3/20/20)
2020        Mar 19, US authorities seized a large haul of drugs, including methamphetamine,  opioids and cocaine, being smuggled from Mexico to California from a cross-border tunnel equipped with ventilation, lighting and an underground rail system. The 2,000-foot tunnel connected warehouses in Tijuana and San Diego.
    (AP, 4/1/20)(SFC, 4/1/20, p.A4)

2020        Mar 20, It was reported that Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina and chairman of the Intelligence Committee, sold hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stock before the markets plunged. Three other senators — Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California; James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma; and Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia — also sold major holdings, according to disclosure records.
    (NY Times, 3/20/20)

2020        Mar 21, SF Bay Area's Santa Clara County reported 263 coronavirus cases and 8 deaths, the highest in the region. The Bay Area accounted for nearly half of the state's 1,286 cases.
    (SSFC, 3/22/20, p.A12)

2020        Mar 22, US Pres. Donald Trump said he’s ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ship mobile hospital centers to the hard-hit states of Washington, California and New York.
    (AP, 3/22/20)

2020        Mar 23, California's Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauje suspended all jury trials in the state for two months to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
    (SFC, 3/25/20, p.A8)
2020        Mar 23, California's National Guard began to deploy to food banks under orders by Gov. Gavin Newsom as volunteer staffing all but disappeared due to the coronavirus and associated state-wide shelter-in-place order.
    (SFC, 3/25/20, p.B1)
2020        Mar 23, It was reported that Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to plead guilty to 84 involuntary manslaughter counts in connection with the 2018 Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California's history.
    (Reuters, 3/23/20)
2020        Mar 23, President Trump said major disaster declarations were underway for California, New York and Washington, the three states hardest hit by the coronavirus. With more than 15,000 confirmed cases
    (NY Times, 3/23/20)

2020        Mar 25, California reported 2,998 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
    (Econ, 3/28/20, p.30)

2020        Mar 27, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a two-month halt on evictions for state residents who cannot pay their rent vecause of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 3/28/20, p.A6)

2020        Mar 29, California state officials said they are temporarily closing vehicular access to all 280 state parks in hope of slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 3/30/20, p.A1)

2020        Mar 30, American singer-songwriter Bill Withers (81) died in Los Angeles of heart complications. His soulful hits such as "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine" earned him induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2020        Mar 31, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom reported 6,932 cases of coronavirus and 150 deaths in the state.
    (ABC News, 3/30/20)
2020        Mar 31, In southern California venture capitalist Imaad Shah Zuberi (49), who contributed $900,000 to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, agreed to plead guilty to making almost $1 million in illegal campaign contributions from 2012 to 2016. Zuberi also admitted he hid his work for foreign nationals while he lobbied US government officials and evaded paying taxes.
    (Bloomberg, 4/1/20)
2020        Mar 31, In southern California train engineer Eduardo Moreno (44) drove a speeding locomotive off a track at the Port of Los Angeles because he was suspicious about the presence of the Navy hospital ship Mercy docked there to help during the coronavirus crisis.
    (AP, 4/1/20)

2020        Apr 3, California to date had 11,187 cases of coronavirus with 246 deaths. Nationwide there were 245,658, with 6,069 deaths. In the SF Bay Area the confirmed cases of coronavirus as of this morning rose to 2,968 with 78 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/3/20)
2020        Apr 3, California issued 24 hydraulic fracturing permits to Aera Energy for wells in Kern County following a review by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
    (SFC, 4/6/20, p.A4)

2020        Apr 4, California cases of coronavirus to date were 12,503 with 275 deaths. The SF Bay Area confirmed 3,156 cases and 85 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/4/20)

2020        Apr 5, The SF Bay Area reported 3,440 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of this morning with 87 deaths. California cases climbed to 14,005 with 324 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/5/20)

2020        Apr 6, California reported 15,824 cases of the coronavirus and 372 deaths. SF Bay Area confirmed cases numbered 3,753 and 95 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/6/20)

2020        Apr 7, California reported 14,475 cases of the coronavirus and 400 deaths. SF Bay Area confirmed cases numbered 3,880 and 107 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/7/20)

2020        Apr 8, California reported 17,806 cases of the coronavirus and 452 deaths to date. SF Bay Area confirmed cases numbered 4,201 and 115 deaths. California had one of its deadliest days, with 68 fatalities due to the coronavirus.
    (sfist.com, 4/8/20)(Bloomberg, 4/8/20)

2020        Apr 9, California to date had 19,834 cases of coronavirus and 534 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 4,424 cases and 118 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/9/20)

2020        Apr 10, California to date had 20,189 cases of coronavirus and 542 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 4,508 cases and 118 deaths. Nationwide deaths totaled 16,703.
    (sfist.com, 4/10/20)
2020        Apr 10, Convicted celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti (49) was granted temporary freedom from a New York City jail by a California federal judge who said the spread of the novel coronavirus was a compelling reason to release him.
    (Reuters, 4/11/20)

2020        Apr 11, California to date had 21,505 cases of coronavirus and 597 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 4,864 cases and 131 deaths. Nationwide deaths totaled 16,703.
    (sfist.com, 4/11/20)

2020        Apr 12, California to date had 22,432 cases of coronavirus and 634 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 4,980 cases and 134 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/12/20)

2020        Apr 13, California to date had 24,029 cases of coronavirus and 721 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 5,242 cases and 146 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/13/20)

2020        Apr 14, California to date had 25,393 cases of coronavirus and 774 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 5,312 cases and 146 deaths.
    {California, USA, COVID-19}
    (sfist.com, 4/14/20)

2020        Apr 15, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that his state would give cash payments to immigrants living in the country illegally. He said the state will partner with philanthropists to provide $125 million to undocumented immigrants facing financial hardship during the coronavirus outbreak.
    (AP, 4/16/20)(SFC, 4/16/20, p.B1)
2020        Apr 15, California to date had 26,836 cases of coronavirus and 864 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 5,640 cases and 169 deaths. US cases totaled over 635,000 and rose by 30,000, the biggest increase in five days. Coronavirus cases worldwide reached 2 million with deaths topping 128,000.
    (sfist.com, 4/15/20)(Bloomberg, 4/15/20)(Reuters, 4/16/20)

2020        Apr 16, California to date had 27,634 cases of coronavirus and 951 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 5,799 cases and 185 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/16/20)

2020        Apr 17, California to date had 28,903 cases of coronavirus and 1,021 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 6,006 cases and 196 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/17/20)
2020        Apr 17, In southern California Kent Whitney (38) agreed to plead guilty to running a church-based investment scheme that bilked people out of $33 million. Whitney, a convicted con and co-founder of the Church for the Healthy Self, targeted the vietnamese community of Orange County.
    (SSFC, 4/19/20, p.A5)

2020        Apr 18, California to date had 29,839 cases of coronavirus and 1,072 deaths. California reported 87 new deaths, one of the highest daily counts so far. The SF Bay Area had 6,227 cases and 197 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/18/20)(Bloomberg, 4/18/20)
2020        Apr 18, In California Dr. Bill Kirby (72), the former mayor of Auburn, died in the crash near the Auburn Municipal Airport. Kirby had gained notoriety last week following social media posts criticizing Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and comparing the president’s supporters to KKK members.
    (AP, 4/18/20)

2020        Apr 19, California to date had 30,831 cases of coronavirus and 1,148 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 6,307 cases and 198 deaths. The US death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus reached another grim milestone, rising above 40,000.
    (sfist.com, 4/19/20)(The Week, 4/20/20)

2020        Apr 20, California to date had 33,404 cases of coronavirus and 1,203 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 6,560 cases and 210 deaths. The US death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus rose to 40,724. Worldwide the outbreak has killed more than 170,000 people and infected 2.5 million.
    (sfist.com, 4/20/20)(The Week, 4/21/20)

2020        Apr 21, California to date had 35,450 cases of coronavirus and 1,280 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 6,715 cases and 211 deaths. The US coronavirus cases rose to 788,920.
    (sfist.com, 4/21/20)
2020        Apr 21, US federal prosecutors in Boston said Jorge Salcedo (47), a former UCLA men's soccer coach, has pleaded guilty to taking $200,000 in bribes as part of a college admissions cheating scheme.
    (SFC, 4/22/20, p.A4)

2020        Apr 22, California to date had 37,602 cases of coronavirus and 1,432 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 6,831 cases and 238 deaths. The US coronavirus cases rose to 839,675 with 46,485 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/22/20)

2020        Apr 23, California to date had 37,784 cases of coronavirus and 1,438 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 6,913 cases and 239 deaths. The US coronavirus cases rose to 843,981 with 46,859 deaths.
    (sfist.com, 4/23/20)

2040        By this time an estimated 58 million people will live in California. Latinos will account for 48%, whites for 31%, Asians for 15% and Blacks for 6%.
    (SFC, 12/18/98, p.A35)

2050        California population was expected to jump from 34 million in 2004 to 50 million in 2050.
    (SSFC, 7/11/04, p.E6)

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