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    Seaside has taken the lead in establishing an illegal fireworks task force consisting of other Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley cities to deal more effectively with the issue that plagues the region during certain times of the year. Acting Seaside Police Chief Nick Borges said the city of Seaside is taking the lead on this task force because of the city’s problem over the years with illegal fireworks not just on July 4 but also each New Year’s Eve. “It gets worse each year,” said Borges. At a City Council meeting in early July, the council directed City Manager Jaime Fontes and acting Police Chief Nick Borges to look at establishing a program to address the use of illegal fireworks within the city. According to city documents, the city manager and acting police chief have the components for a program including the coordination of a region-wide task force involving the cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove, Marina, Carmel and Salinas. The overall goal of the task force is to reduce fireworks, firework-related incidents and illegal firework activity. South County jurisdictions have...
    OAKLEY — On March 2, a violence prevention task force was readying itself to serve a warrant at a home on the 1400 block of Carpenter Road. Equipped with extra firearms, armor and a metal battering device to break down the door, the team was prepared for almost anything. But what they didn’t expect was what happened next: 32-year-old Billy Bruce Cole, of Oakley, came running out of the home, fully naked, bleeding from the hand, according to investigators. “Someone has been shot back here, I was going to call the police,” he reportedly said. When police entered the residence, they discovered the body of 35-year-old Sacramento resident Rommel Hernandez. He’d been shot and appeared to have died several hours earlier, according to police. Also in the home was Anastashia Wilfong, 27, of West Sacramento, who was detained in a back bathroom of the residence. When the smoke cleared, prosecutors charged Cole with murdering Hernandez and Wilfong with accessory after the fact. Both remain in Contra Costa jail and have pleaded not guilty. According to court records, Cole and Wilfong...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The leaders of the National Governors Association said Friday they’re forming a bipartisan working group to come up with recommendations to stop mass shootings following the Texas school massacre. Reaching consensus could be a tall order given that the nation’s governors have been divided along partisan lines on how to approach issues of gun control and school safety. READ MORE: 'Enough Is Enough': Thousands Gather On National Mall And Across US To Demand New Gun Safety LawsRepublican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, the group’s chairman, and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, the vice-chair, told the White House in a letter that they will convene a group of six to 10 governors, with a particular focus on making schools safe. Hutchinson and Murphy appeared to leave open the possibility that the recommendations could include some gun control proposals. The U.S. House this week approved a wide-ranging gun control bill that has little chance of passing the Senate. READ MORE: Garage Fire Contained In Suisun City“It is our hope that the task force can provide...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The leaders of the National Governors Association said Friday they’re forming a bipartisan working group to come up with recommendations to stop mass shootings following the Texas school massacre. Reaching consensus could be a tall order given that the nation’s governors have been divided along partisan lines on how to approach issues of gun control and school safety. READ MORE: Western Maryland Residents Hold Candlelight Vigil To Honor Victims Of Smithsburg ShootingRepublican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, the group’s chairman, and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, the vice chair, told the White House in a letter that they will convene a group of six to 10 governors, with a particular focus on making schools safe. Hutchinson and Murphy appeared to leave open the possibility that the recommendations could include some gun control proposals. The U.S. House this week approved a wide-ranging gun control bill that has little chance of passing the Senate. “It is our hope that the task force can provide suggestions to keep our schools and communities safe in a manner that is consistent...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The leaders of the National Governors Association said Friday they’re forming a bipartisan working group to come up with recommendations to stop mass shootings following the Texas school massacre. Reaching consensus could be a tall order given that the nation’s governors have been divided along partisan lines on how to approach issues of gun control and school safety. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, the group’s chairman, and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, the vice chair, told the White House in a letter that they will convene a group of six to 10 governors, with a particular focus on making schools safe. Hutchinson and Murphy appeared to leave open the possibility that the recommendations could include some gun control proposals. The U.S. House this week approved a wide-ranging gun control bill that has little chance of passing the Senate. “It is our hope that the task force can provide suggestions to keep our schools and communities safe in a manner that is consistent with the demands of the American people, who overwhelmingly support...
    The Buckhead Public Safety Task Force (Legislative Reference No. 22-R-3001) issued its final report on Friday, with recommendations and a plan to curb crime in the northernmost Atlanta district, wherein the city stated a new police precinct will open up in June. “Task Force participants were able to hear from a broad spectrum of public safety stakeholders, and I look forward to seeing that expertise translated into a meaningful action plan,” said District 7 Council member Howard Shook. The suggestions listed in the report include, among other things, the support of reforms to modernize Atlanta’s alcohol licensing process, the intent to lobby for the City of Atlanta jail to help reduce overcrowding at Fulton County jail, the expansion and integration of camera surveillance and license plate reader networks, the clearing of the Fulton DA’s case backlog, and the promotion of programs that address repeat offenders. Alcohol was the subject of several of the bullet-points listed in the report, and it recommended the improvement of alcohol licensing processes via automation and “closing of loopholes.” The report also expressed the goal to “create...
    A new task force will look into how to improve the safety at large Houston-area events in the hopes of avoiding another tragedy like last year's deadly Astroworld music festival, officials said Wednesday. The task force will review possible safety upgrades, look at ways of improving communication between different agencies and departments and make recommendations "to ensure consistent operational standards for future events," Mayor Sylvester Turner said. A massive crowd surge at the Astroworld music festival led to the deaths of 10 concertgoers. ( Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) Questions have been raised about a possible lack of coordination between officials who work for the city of Houston and surrounding Harris County, and festival promoter Live Nation over several issues before the Nov. 5 concert. Among the questions were whether there was sufficient security and medical personnel and whether there was sufficient coordinated planning for responding to emergency situations like the massive crowd surge that led to 10 deaths. "We know that the city and county can do better," Turner said. ASTROWORLD TRAGEDY: EVERYTHING TO KNOW The 10 people who died were...
    HOUSTON (AP) — A new task force will look into how to improve the safety at large Houston-area events in the hopes of avoiding another tragedy like last year’s deadly Astroworld music festival, officials said Wednesday. The task force will review possible safety upgrades, look at ways of improving communication between different agencies and departments and make recommendations “to ensure consistent operational standards for future events,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. Questions have been raised about a possible lack of coordination between officials who work for the city of Houston and surrounding Harris County, and festival promoter Live Nation over several issues before the Nov. 5 concert. Among the questions were whether there was sufficient security and medical personnel and whether there was sufficient coordinated planning for responding to emergency situations like the massive crowd surge that led to 10 deaths. “We know that the city and county can do better,” Turner said. The 10 people who died were among 50,000 who attended the festival headlined by rapper Travis Scott. Those killed died from compression asphyxia. A...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams met Wednesday morning for their first meeting of the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns. It focused on getting illegal guns off the streets and tracking them before they reach New York City, CBS2’s Elijah Westbrook reported. READ MORE: NYPD: Keber Martinez Arrested In Jacobi Hospital Shooting The meeting was the first of its kind. The governor and the mayor highlighted the importance of getting weapons off the street to make the Big Apple a safer place. It comes after one of the latest shootings in the city, at Jacobi Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re also saying where are these guns coming from?” Hochul said. Watch: Gov. Hochul, Mayor Adams Discuss New Interstate Task Force On Illegal Guns The governor stressed getting to the root of the problem, tracking the origin of the weapons. Hochul and Adams shined a grim light on the reality of what gun violence is creating. “We have become an ocean of violence, a sea of violence. And as I have indicated, there are many...
    Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottJudge knocks down Abbott's ban on mask mandates in Texas schools Texas principal forced to resign amid critical race theory controversy Greg Abbott knocks Austin over COVID-19 restrictions for Veterans Day parade MORE (R) announced Wednesday that he is forming a concert safety task force following the deadly crowd surge at a Travis Scott performance in Houston last week that killed at least eight people and left many more injured. The group, led by Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony, will convene state agencies, music industry representatives, law enforcement and others to produce a report on suggestions for how to keep concerts safe for attendees and others present. “To ensure that the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival never happens again in the Lone Star State, I am forming the Texas Task Force on Concert Safety,” Abbott said in a statement.  “From crowd control strategies to security measures to addressing controlled substances, this task force will develop meaningful solutions that will keep Texans safe while maximizing the joy of live music events,” he added. Officials have...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott announced on November 10 that he is forming a task force to analyze concert safety in the wake of the tragedy at the Houston Astroworld Festival that left eight concertgoers dead and hundreds wounded. The Texas Task Force on Concert Safety will be led by Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony and will consist of safety experts, law enforcement, fire departments, state agencies including the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Comission, music industry leaders, and others. READ MORE: Lake Ridge Elementary Worker Christopher Coit Saves 2nd Grader From Choking On CheetosThe task force will hold roundtable discussions to analyze concert safety and develop ways to enhance security at live music events in Texas. After these meetings conclude, the task force will produce a report of recommendations and strategies to ensure concert safety, protect concertgoers, and prevent similar tragedies in the future. In a statement accompanying the announcement, Governor Abbott said that “live music is a source of joy, entertainment, and community for so many Texans — and the last thing...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s a new call to end the plan to transfer women, including transgender women, from Rikers Island. The city task force on transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary and intersex individuals wants to put a stop to the initiative. They say the decision to move the inmates to upstate correctional facilities puts their safety at risk. READ MORE: Federal Monitor Outlines Changes At Rikers Island, Questions Leadership AbilityThe task force says the decarceration, or release, of vulnerable populations is the only solution. READ MORE: Mother Of Man Who Died In Custody On City Jail Barge Files Wrongful Death LawsuitMayor Bill de Blasio maintains the state facility the governor made available will provide inmates with more support than what can be done in the space at Rikers, but there is a bigger mission that must be achieved. “Reduce population, bring in more of the officers back … to improve, health, safety, the overall environment,” de Blasio said. “We’re going to be very, very respectful of these individuals and their families, but it’s also temporary while we solve an immediate...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Florida legislators should overhaul the state’s condominium laws, according to a task force report prepared by a section of the Florida Bar. The latest recommendations come in the wake of the Surfside building collapse that killed 98. READ MORE: Attorney: Parkland School Gunman Nikolas Cruz To Plead Guilty To MassacreThey include inspections and ensuring proper reserves are in place to make major safety repairs and other issues. The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the bar formed the task force bringing together lawyers specializing in condominium and association laws. The goal was not to investigate or find blame for the collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South beachfront condominium but rather to recommend ways to prevent future catastrophes. “The lack of uniform maintenance standards or protocols, and the unguided discretion given to boards of directors to determine when, how, and if life safety inspections should be performed, requires legislative intervention,” concluded the 179-page report that was released earlier this week. Champlain Towers was 40 years old and in need of major repairs when it collapse...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators should overhaul the state’s condominium laws in the wake of the Surfside building collapse that killed 98 to address inspections, ensuring proper reserves are in place to make major safety repairs and other issues, according to a task force report prepared by a section of the Florida Bar. The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the bar formed the task force bringing together lawyers specializing in condominium and association laws. The goal was not to investigate or find blame for the collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South beachfront condominium but rather to recommend ways to prevent future catastrophes. “The lack of uniform maintenance standards or protocols, and the unguided discretion given to boards of directors to determine when, how, and if life safety inspections should be performed, requires legislative intervention,” concluded the 179-page report that was released earlier this week. Champlain Towers was 40 years old and in need of major repairs when it collapse on June 24. It’s led to officials looking at the need to ensure other aging structures...
    A task force is pushing to remove police from New York City schools to make them more 'healing-centered' and proposes paying a total of $3million to families for reviewing 'harmful policies.' The task force wants to make schools more welcoming as kids return to classrooms after the COVID-19 pandemic and calls to defund the police after last year's protests stemming from the death of George Floyd, the New York Daily News reported.  Recommendations included removing all police officers from schools in New York City - even after officials had committed to moving school safety officers from under the banner of the NYPD to the Department of Education.   The task force, formed by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, recommended that every school in the Big Apple ask students and their parents, as well as teachers, to review 'harmful' school policies, the Daily News reported. It also recommended an estimated $3million budget to reward those who participate in the review process with $250 stipends.  The task force, formed by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, wants to make schools more welcoming as kids return to classrooms...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – On Saturday evening, the Pittsburgh Public Safety Fireworks Task Force, an initiative that began on June 22, had its busiest night of the year. READ MORE: Ex-State Lawmaker Derrick Evans In Capitol Amid Riot Faces New Felony Charge The task force responded to 88 fireworks-related complaints. Two of the incidents were of significance. First, at Brashear High School, a large display of fireworks was set off in the basketball court, and the cardboard boxes used to house them caught fire, causing damage to the court. READ MORE: Woman Dies After Kayak Overturns In River, Officials Say Meanwhile, about seven boxes of fireworks were set off in Brookline Park, causing trash cans in the area to catch fire. The task force is reminding the public on Independence Day that while fireworks are legal to purchase in Pennsylvania, it is not legal to light them within 150 feet of a structure. They are also not permitted to be used in city parks, ball fields, or any city-owned property. ...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas city leaders talked about initiatives and a task force related to Fourth of July celebrations within communities. Speakers included councilmember Carolyn King Arnold and Police Chief Eddie Garcia. Garcia called July 4 weekend the “busiest weekend of the year” just behind New Year’s weekend in regards to calls for service. Watch the entire news conference in the video player above.
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas city leaders will be talking about initiatives and a task force related to Fourth of July celebrations within communities. Speakers will include Police Chief Eddie Garcia and councilmember Carolyn King Arnold. Watch the news conference live on CBSN Dallas Fort Worth starting at approximately 2 p.m.
    DENVER (CBS4) – For seven months, a community task force in Denver has been gathering recommendations to present to the mayor and city council to re-imagine a new approach to policing and public safety. On Monday, they gathered at the spot where they knew their message could not be ignored – the seat of city government, on the steps of the City and County building. (credit: CBS) Pastor Robert Davis, a leader of the group told those gathered, “How do we come up with some solutions to these problems that have been plaguing us for too many years?” READ MORE: Colorado Drivers Will Pay More For Gas Ahead Of Memorial Day Weekend Since the death of George Floyd and social unrest that followed the task force of community leaders and others has been at work. They put together 112 recommendations for policing, the courts, jails and social services. “It’s a way for policing to change in the city so that police in Denver approach citizens in our community in a healthier and safer way,” Xochitl Gaytan, a task force member told...
    Iowa cold case investigations may receive more resources with a bill the Senate unanimously passed April 13. If the House and the governor approve the bill, SF561, the Iowa Department of Public Safety would establish a cold case investigation unit of “at least two full-time agents” that would focus on investigating unsolved cases involving unsolved murders, missing children and missing adults who are presumed to be deceased. “A similar unit existed three years, up until a decade ago, and some cold cases as far back as 40 years were solved,” the bill’s floor manager, Sen. Jeff Taylor, R-Sioux Center , said on the floor of the Senate. Sen. Kevin Kinney, D-Oxford, reflected on his experience of working cold cases. “[S]olving these cases is huge,” he said. “Law enforcement does not give up. … I think that this is something that the people of Iowa deserve and wholeheartedly support this legislation,” Kinney said. Currently, there is no dedicated unit within the department that handles existing cold cases and the Major Crimes Unit investigates them “as time...
    New “mobile fencing” and a “quick reaction force” are among the security enhancements a special task force recommended on Monday to House lawmakers. Last month, Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore to conduct a complete security review of the Capitol following the Jan. 6 attack by hundreds of violent pro-Trump protesters. A 16-member task force led by Honore issued a 13-page draft report that criticized the Capitol security structure leading up to the attack as inadequate. “The breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 brought into stark relief the need to immediately improve the security of the Capitol Complex and the security of Congressional Members and staff,” the members of the task force wrote to lawmakers in the draft report. Honore began briefing House lawmakers on Monday, and they are now eager to authorize new federal spending to pay for the improvements. “Clearly, the need to act soon is upon us,” Rep. Peter Aguilar, a California Democrat, said after the briefing. The House, he said, would need to approve a new round of...
    The Berkeley City Council in California unanimously voted to adopt sweeping police reforms that will include eliminating traffic stops for low-level violations and removing racist officers as it seeks to cut the department's $72million budget in half by this summer.  The reform vote on Tuesday coincided with Berkeley's effort to reduce the police department's to $36million in the coming months. A task force leading the effort met for the first time last week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.      The changes come as some other cities around the US that cut police budgets in response to unrest following the death of George Floyd face growing challenges - including in Minneapolis, where officials recently moved to increase funding due to a shortage of officers.    Berkeley's newest reforms will likely be difficult to execute on the dramatically reduced budget. They include implementing an 'Early Intervention System' to get biased officers off the street, requiring written consent for searches, blocking police from asking about parole or probation status in most circumstances, transitioning traffic enforcement to unarmed civil servants and looking into the legality of firing...
    In hopes of bringing high-speed wireless internet to unserved areas, a Louisiana legislative task force agreed Tuesday to recommend auctioning off much of a spectrum previously reserved for public safety. The task force included in its report measures it said are intended to protect current users. “I think we’re proceeding with great caution,” said state Rep. Daryl Deshotel, a Marksville Republican. The Federal Communications Commission approved rules last year permitting expanded use of the 4.9 GHz spectrum, which the federal government dedicated to public safety uses in 2003. The FCC said the spectrum is underused and only 3.5% of potential licensees have taken advantage of the opportunity. Under new rules, states are allowed to lease this spectrum to third parties to boost wireless broadband, improve critical infrastructure monitoring and facilitate public safety. The FCC gave states flexibility to decide how to allocate the spectrum. Deshotel previously said the spectrum likely would not be used to serve consumers directly but businesses could use it to communicate between multiple locations. He said expanding the uses of the...
    Fewer police on streets and eliminating funding for officers in schools are among the key recommendations of a task force on public safety in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Reimagining Public Safety Task Force says a change in law enforcement culture needs to happen soon. “I think social justice has been a long time coming. And telling people that it could be a long time before we deal with this would just be kind of insult to injury,” County Executive Marc Elrich said. A group of 45 volunteer community members started meeting in August. The group’s report was released on Thursday. They focused on several different public safety areas including 911 and 311 call responses, the police department budget, police programming, and best practices for responding to crises in the county. Elrich said some of the recommendations can be implemented now, including changes to police stops for minor offenses. “We have to address this, and this has got to be a priority,” he said. On the topic of eliminating funding for school resource officers, task force co-chair Marc Mauer said it’s...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group responsible for offering new safety measures after two Michigan dams failed last summer destroying 150 houses and causing over $200 million damage delayed sending the governor its final recommendations, which include increased monitoring of dams and other risk reduction measures. The Michigan Dam Safety Task Force has been working on recommendations that would require Legislature approval to reduce the threat of dam failures after two dams failed in Midland County last May, forcing the evacuation of 10,000 people. Among the 86 recommendations from the task force is that owners of all high and significant hazard dams would be required to provide surveillance and monitoring plans to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. They also would be required to have independent reviews performed at least every 10 years. Inspections could be required annually for high hazard dams and every other year for significant-hazard dams. The failure of the Edenville Dam, which led to the failure of the Sanford dam and the flooding of Midland County, had a history of violating safety regulations....
    (CBS4) – After a summer of protests in downtown Denver and calls for police reform, the city joined a task force to address changes moving forward. Months later, the Denver Department of Safety says Denver police officers will stop attending those meetings. Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen links arms with people protesting the death of George Floyd on June 1 in Denver. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) The Task Force to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety started after the Black Lives Matter protests eight months ago. Now, Denver police officers and the Department of Safety have pulled out of the community-led effort. The purpose of the task force was to create dialogue, and eventually provide suggestions for the City of Denver to consider when it comes to policing policies and criminal justice. “The voices of the police officers, and the public safety personnel on the committee, have been silenced,” said Denver Department of Safety Director Murphy Robinson. “We were hoping that it would be representative of the community, but it wasn’t.” Robinson says involvement with the task force no longer...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Stephen Lynch have re-filed a bill to create an air travel task force that would create universal safety standards for people flying on airplanes during and after the pandemic. Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal joined them in proposing the legislation that would have the Departments of Transportation, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security establish the task force. A similar bill passed the Senate last year, but never went any further. Right now, it’s up to individual airlines to come with their own safety plans. President Biden signed an executive order Thursday requiring everyone to wear masks on planes, trains and other public transportation. “While commercial airlines have taken certain preventative steps in response to the spread of COVID-19, mask requirements, seating caps, and other measures are not uniform or federally mandated across the airline industry,” Lynch said in a joint statement Friday. “As we continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Aviation Administration must not continue to leave the responsibility of air travel safety up to individual commercial carriers on...
    MinnPost photo by Peter CallaghanMinneapolis Mayor Jacob FreyFrey market solutions. The Star Tribune’s Liz Navratil reports: “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and local business organizations announced plans Thursday to create a private fund with at least $5 million for new programs aimed at transforming public safety. … In a news conference hours before City Council members are set to push through their own budget amendments, Frey described the fund as an effort to find a pathway for advancing some of their ideas ‘without cutting police.’ … The Minneapolis Community Safety Innovation Fund will collect donations from private organizations that could be used to help city leaders fulfill their promise of transforming public safety after George Floyd’s death.” The other epidemic. The Star Tribune’s Glenn Howatt reports: “Drug overdose deaths in Minnesota increased sharply in the first half of 2020, going up 30% compared with the same period last year, according to state health officials. … Overdose fatalities began to rise in March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold in the state. … Altogether, 490 Minnesotans lost their lives to...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Public Safety has formed a task force to conduct compliance checks for the state’s public health orders like mask-wearing and social distancing. The public safety department says it’s forming a coronavirus task force at the request of Mayor Bill Peduto. Before this, they say they’ve taken an educational approach to masking and social distancing guidelines, and they’ll also continue to do that. They say the task force comes “in light of Governor Wolf’s renewed mitigation efforts.” Early this week, among several new virus mitigation efforts, Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said the state would be stepping up enforcement of public health orders, including the newly strengthened mask mandate. “Orders already in place and those announced today will be enforced, and law enforcement and state agencies will be stepping up enforcement efforts, issuing citations and fines and possible regulatory actions for repeat offenders,” Dr. Levine said Monday. “It has to be our collective responsibility to protect our communities, our healthcare workers and our most...
    Health experts working with President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force are accusing White House officials of ignoring the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as they try to stop the spread of the coronavirus within their complex. Over the last several days, Trump administration officials have attempted to quickly pull together a plan to mitigate the burgeoning outbreak in the White House. But as positive test results have poured in, officials have struggled to make decisions about who should be asked to work from home, whether White House personnel should wear protective masks and even if they should begin contact tracing, three sources familiar with that process told The Daily Beast. Caught off guard by the significant uptick in new cases, White House officials have turned to the CDC, which is the definitive source of information about how communities can manage the spread of COVID-19 spread. But instead of fully embracing the CDC’s guidelines, the White House has selectively chosen which provisions to adhere to, two senior administration health officials said. “It’s like they went...
    SACRAMENTO —  Walt Disney Co. Executive Chairman Bob Iger has resigned from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 economic task force, an abrupt public confirmation of the growing tensions stemming from California’s reluctance to allow theme parks to reopen. Iger’s departure from the governor’s high-profile task force, a group organized in April to inject an element of business acumen and gravitas to the state’s pandemic recovery efforts, happened earlier this week, a Disney spokesperson told The Times after the resignation was reported by the Sacramento Bee. Last week, Disney announced it will lay off 28,000 employees across its parks, experiences and products division, which includes Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim. The company’s footprint in Southern California is sizable, with a variety of local businesses that depend on theme park visitors now in dire financial straits. Newsom’s advisers have said a new set of state public health guidelines for theme and amusement park openings would be released by the end of the week. But the leader of the trade group representing those businesses said Thursday that a draft of...
    The US Marshals Service has found 35 missing children in Northeast Ohio in one month during its Operation Safety Net program.  The Marshals said in a news release that they partnered with state and local agencies to find and recover the kids - all between the ages of 13 and 18 and considered missing and endangered - during the operation.  United States Marshal Pete Elliott told Fox 8 that in some cases, the children were abused and neglected and about a quarter of them were involved in human trafficking or prostitution.   A US Marshals task force has recovered 35 of 40 missing children in Northeast Ohio within one month of searching for them. The children had been missing anywhere from days to years RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Four-year-old is shot dead and four adults are wounded when... Husband, 29, 'shoots and kills his wife, 27, before turning... Share this article Share The agency said about 20 per cent of the 35 found children's cases were tied to human trafficking and...
    A joint hearing of two New Jersey legislative committees recommended approval of a bill that would establish a task force to make recommendations on how to improve safety in the state’s long-term care facilities. The Task Force would include the Health Commissioner, Health and Human Services Commissioner and the New Jersey Long-term Care Ombudsman or a representative of their offices. Gov. Phil Murphy would appoint six members, as would the Assembly and Senate. It would be dissolved 30 days after it issued its report to Murphy. Democrats and Republicans have questioned the state’s response to long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. About 7,000 of the state’s COVID-19 fatalities were from such facilities. The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and the Assembly Aging and Senior Services Committee held a joint hearing last week that was “horrifying and heartbreaking,” said Sen. Joe Pennacchio, who said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli has not satisfactorily answered questions from lawmakers. “Public policy, especially when it involves the deaths of 7,000 of our seniors, demands transparency and public scrutiny,”...
    OAKLAND — The Oakland City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday night to form a task force that will work on a plan to reconstruct public safety in Oakland — with the goal of reducing the police department budget by 50% over the next two years. The City Council’s 8-0 vote came one week after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf rejected two attempts by the council to slash additional funds from the police department in its current budget, The council created the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force to overhaul public safety in Oakland with the goal of increasing community safety through alternatives to 911 calls, and reallocating police funds in programs having to do with housing, health services, jobs and homelessness. “I want to underscore that the goal of this task force, as you’ve heard already, is reallocating our resources so that we can improve safety for all our residents by investing in our communities,” said Council member Nikki Fortunato Bas, who with Council member Loren Taylor, authored the task force plan. Bas quoted some statistics from the Center for Popular Democracy that...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday that a new task force has been formed to help guide the city as it considers changes to its Police Department, a priority for city leaders and some community members after the May 25 death of George Floyd. The public safety transformation task force will include national and local leaders. Members of a local group will focus on increased accountability, safety beyond policing, community and police relations and proactive measures. Frey didn’t elaborate. “Achieving deep, transformational change to public safety will require a team effort,” Frey said in a statement. “And the combination of experts and advocates that we have assembled are primed to deliver innovative policies and a wholly-new approach to public safety.” Members of the local group will include police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis NAACP president Leslie Redmond, Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty, and others. Frey said a national group will also meet in coming weeks to focus on policies, practices and models to help Minneapolis build a safer city for everyone. The City Council is moving...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday that a new task force has been formed to help guide the city as it considers changes to its Police Department, a priority for city leaders and some community members after the May 25 death of George Floyd. The public safety transformation task force will include national and local leaders. Members of a local group will focus on increased accountability, safety beyond policing, community and police relations and proactive measures. Frey didn't elaborate. “Achieving deep, transformational change to public safety will require a team effort,” Frey said in a statement. “And the combination of experts and advocates that we have assembled are primed to deliver innovative policies and a wholly-new approach to public safety.” Members of the local group will include police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis NAACP president Leslie Redmond, Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty, and others. Frey said a national group will also meet in coming weeks to focus on policies, practices and models to help Minneapolis build a safer city for everyone. The City Council is moving...
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