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    The organizer of the demonstration, Tanya Woo, called the "lack of transparency and outreach" an example of "systematic racism." "Regardless of what people's stance are regarding this shelter, they just need to be heard. Whatever public safety concerns, or other concerns we have regarding the shelter, need to be addressed," said Woo. Woo told the news outlet that she met with the county executive to voice the community's concerns. "We met with King County Executive Dow (Constantine) and also director of community and human services Leo Flor yesterday (Monday,) one-hour meeting, we asked for a moratorium, or pause so the proper outreach and engagement can be done in the community and they said, 'no,'" Woo stated. During a press conference event on Monday, Constantine admitted that the county's community outreach was not enough. However, he assured the residents that he would work directly with local law enforcement to provide resources to neighborhoods with large homeless populations. Constantine said, "I will say this, we began the public outreach on this in March. It's clear that although we did outreach in...
    The Cohasset Police Department is sharing public safety tips after a resident and several pets were attacked by coyotes last week. The first incident involved two dogs that were attacked by seven coyotes in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 27, police said.  The dogs were off-leash when they were approached and attacked by the coyotes, police said. One dog had to be euthanized because of the severity of their injuries. That same morning, police learned about a man and his two dogs who were also attacked by a coyote on a trail in the Whitney Thayer Woods near Brass Kettle Brook.  The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was later released, police said. They did not specify if the dogs were injured in the attack.  “Coyotes are active year-round and we typically see increased activity in the springtime, however, ahead of the winter we also see a lot of coyote activity as they hunt in preparation for the winter months,” Natural Resources Officer Josh Kimball said. “To ensure our community members’ safety, we encourage...
    SAN JOSE — Five months after the city’s planning director gave the stamp of approval for a 6-story hotel on Winchester Boulevard, a group of West San Jose residents is appealing the decision to the San Jose City Council, citing concerns over traffic, fire safety, building height and incompatibility with the area’s urban village plan. The 119-room hotel, which would be on a 0.69-acre lot at 1212 S. Winchester Blvd., first made its way in front of the council in January. The council unanimously signed off on rezoning the parcel from residential and commercial but rejected the design of the hotel over concerns the project wasn’t compatible with the neighborhood. The developer, Dr. Adam Askari who is also a San Jose dentist, agreed to go back to the drawing board. He said in an interview he made several changes in an “effort to hear the concerns of the neighbors,” including removing balconies and windows facing homes, removing the rooftop restaurant and increasing the side yard setbacks on both sides from zero to 5 feet. Because the council had already signed...
    A Philadelphia pool passed a health inspection Thursday, July 14 after residents raised concerns about its cleanliness, CBS3 reports. The dark spot that has residents worried at the Haddington Shepard Pool on North 57th Street is simply discoloration around a drain that poses no health risk, the city's parks and recreation department told the outlet. City pools are monitored and cleaned every day, according to the outlet. Click here for more from CBS3.
    (CBS4) – Quiet skies are quite literally non-existent for many residents in Boulder and Jefferson counties. “It is a recipe for disaster,” said Hep Ingham, a resident and member of Quite Skies Boulder County. “Then they do their loops all day long over the neighborhoods there and they violate the noise abatement regions.” Ingham said for years, he and his neighbors have been concerned with the increase in air traffic not only from the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, but also the Boulder Municipal Airport, among others. Not only does all the air traffic bring noise issues, but environmental and safety concerns as well, especially when planes are flying so low. Ingham said from an environmental standpoint, many of the planes are burning leaded fuel. He also said planes are not restricted to flight paths. “It’s pretty much laissez-faire at these airports, where pilots can do whatever they want and they do whatever they want, and it’s not good for the people on the ground,” he said. CBS4 spoke to several concerned residents off camera about the issues, but many did...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Residents in Philadelphia’s Mayfair neighborhood say rats are running wild, and they want action from the city. A viewer reached out to CBS3 about the rat infestation at a corner property near Shelmire Avenue and Leon Street. Residents say they’re disgusted and fed up their concerns are falling on deaf ears. Eyewitness News reached out to the city to get answers. READ MORE: WATCH: Shayna Yvonne Rudd Joins CBS3 To Discuss Issues Surrounding Families Dealing With Mental Health StrugglesA viewer sent cell phone video showing evidence of a rat infestation in the front yard of this Shelmire Avenue rowhome. “The amount of rats that were coming out of here were unbelievable. I mean from little ones to big ones the size of a cat,” resident Mike Anderson said. Eyewitness News also spotted several rats scurrying on the grass and sidewalk Monday afternoon, but residents we spoke with say they’ve seen dozens more. “The biggest fear is that they start invading inside your house,” Francis O’Connor said. The rats appear to be attracted to the trash bins in the...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- There are growing concerns about a hotel that's now being used as a homeless shelter in north suburban Evanston.The Margarita Inn on Oak Avenue began housing homeless people in March 2020 - the initial outbreak of the pandemic - when municipalities asked hotels to take in people who had been living in shelters.Evanston-based nonprofit Connections for the Homeless facilitated the arrangement. Director of Development Nia Tavoularis said the organization would like to remain at the Margarita Inn permanently."Our long-term ambition is to continue to operate this non-congregate, hotel-style shelter," Tavoularis said. "Our hope is to absolutely do it at the Margarita Inn."SEE ALSO | Evanston restaurant feeds homeless during COVID-19 outbreakSome neighbors of the Margarita Inn say they are concerned about the shelter's impact on the community.Evanston police said emergency calls have gone up significantly in the past two years. Evanston residents Chris Dillow and John Cleave believe there's an issue of safety."There's folks that are not handling themselves appropriately," Dillow said."My wife and daughter have both been harassed by residents at the inn," Cleave said.Cleve...
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- As we begin to see temperatures rise across Southern California, we're also looking for ways to cool down. One Inglewood resident is concerned about the removal of some trees in her neighborhood and the shade they provide.Last Friday, Inglewood resident dawn gravely was surprised when she walked out of her home to see workers cutting down trees on her street."I live right next to where these trees are," said Dawn Gravely, an Inglewood resident. "One of the trees, directly in front of my home is coming down today."Her neighbors declined to be interviewed, but Gravely said others also told her they don't want the trees cut down and they made signs that made that clear. One of the signs said 'Please don't chop me down, I provide shade and a barrier to noise and air pollution.'"They keep it cool here in the summer when as you can see on this block, there's no other shade cover from the sun," Gravely said. "Especially afternoon sun."Inglewood Councilman Alex Padilla, who oversees the district where the trees are being...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- West Pullman Elementary was one of the casualties when Chicago Public Schools closed dozens of schools in 2013.It has been repurposed to an independent living facility for seniors. But residents say they don't feel safe in their homes and that any given time, strangers can access the building because of doors that are propped open. Residents even taking pictures of it.Attorney Cassandra Goodrum said residents have witnessed drug use and fear for their safety."We have people sleeping in the basement, so the residents are afraid to go and wash their clothes. We have people sleeping in the hallways and leaving garbage everywhere," Goodrum said.Resident Joyce Blanton was among those who expressed her concerns."I'm reluctant to go in the basement. I'm like, 'should I go there or should I not?'" Blanton said.Residents said they informed management and called the police, but that no action has been taken. Resident Patrick O'Connor said he has been patrolling the hallways himself."This school has several doors and they are propped open by people who don't live in the building and come here,"...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Homicide detectives are investigating separate shootings that killed two men on different sides of the city on Sunday, according to authorities. Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 2200 block of Cedley Street at 4:06 p.m. on Sunday. READ MORE: Sunshine Will Fade To Clouds With Showers Arriving In Maryland Mid-WeekOnce there, they found a 25-year-old man who had been shot in the head, police said. Medics pronounced the man dead at the scene of the crime, according to authorities. Witnesses described hearing a single “pop,” something similar to a pellet gun.   Less than four hours, homicide detectives were called to the 1500 block of East 28th Street to investigate another shooting. That is where police found a male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to authorities. A medic took the gunshot victim to a local hospital, which is where he died from his injuries, police said. The deadly shootings are the latest violent incidents in Baltimore—and they’re all too familiar for some residents. South Baltimore resident Jerry Johnson says he hears...
    Chinese Communist Party authorities must ensure Shanghai residents are able to maintain their “livelihoods” in the coming days despite local health authorities’ orders to lock down residential complexes city-wide to test for the Chinese coronavirus, Shanghai-based infectious disease expert Zhang Wenhong advised on Thursday according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP). “The daily lives and businesses of Shanghai residents should not be neglected by authorities as they battle a surge in Omicron cases in [Shanghai],” Zhang Wenhong said in a statement posted to China’s Twitter-like microblog platform, Weibo, on March 24. “[T]he director of Huashan Hospital’s department of infectious diseases called for authorities to ensure residents’ livelihoods, keep medical channels open and protect private businesses as the city works to keep the outbreak under control,” the SCMP reported on Thursday after reviewing Zhang’s social media post. “In [the] future, maintaining a normal life should be stressed as much as the ‘dynamic zero-Covid’ policy,” Zhang wrote. The Chinese Communist Party’s “zero-Covid” policy refers to its method of containing outbreaks of the Chinese coronavirus. Chinese state health officials have practiced the...
    BROOKLINE, Pa. (KDKA) — Some neighbors in the South Hills have questions about a recent change in the look and taste of their drinking water. They reached out to KDKA investigator Meghan Schiller and asked, “What’s going on with the water?” READ MORE: Washington County Drug Bust Leads To 3 ArrestsForget about the taste, Tammy Garvin said she can’t stand the smell. “I don’t trust it. Even though they said it’s ok, you just don’t trust it,” said Garvin. She’s a Brookline grandmother who said she won’t even give the water to her grandchildren. She joined the conversation about the water on her neighborhood’s Facebook page, keeping her comment short and sweet; “I just wrote on there, ‘Yeah, it sucks,’” she said. Turns out, she’s not imagining things. She simply somehow missed the notice from Pennsylvania American Water. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey Prepared To Tackle Gun Violence Issue Head OnThe company told KDKA it temporarily changed the disinfectant from chloramine to chlorine. The different taste and smell will last until April 25 for customers across southern Allegheny, Washington...
    The first group of Afghan evacuees arrived this week at the National Conference Center in the community of Lansdowne near Leesburg, Virginia, as part of Operation Allies Welcome. On Thursday, Loudoun County officials addressed residents’ questions and concerns about the safe haven site during a Facebook question-and-answer session. Around 1,000 asylum-seekers could be processed through the National Conference Center (NCC) each month. In response to a question about the vetting process for the evacuees who will be housed at NCC, Michael Turner of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors said they have gone through a months-long, multi-layered, extensive screening process oversees before coming to Virginia. More Loudoun County News  More Virginia News  “They are interpreters, they are judges, they are reporters,” said Turner. “They are female teachers who are under threat from the Taliban.” Turner said evacuees would only be staying for two to four weeks before being resettled elsewhere in the county. Asked about opportunities to volunteer or donate goods, Turner said residents should email him directly at [email protected] and he would forward their offers to a...
    Gas prices continue to rise throughout Connecticut, inflicting pain on residents throughout the state. According to data compiled by AAA, the state’s prices are above the national average, sitting at $3.75 per gallon. The number is an 8-cent increase from the previous week alone. Staggeringly, the numbers have jumped more than 20 cents per gallon in just one month and almost $1 higher than the average price of the product one year ago. Furthermore, the automobile-focused organization detailed that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is heavily impacting the oil market. Crude oil is selling for close to $100 a barrel. According to the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the U.S. “imported an average of 209,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and 500,000 bpd of other petroleum products from Russia” in 2021. “Russia’s invasion and the responding escalating series of financial sanctions by the U.S. and its allies have given the global oil market the jitters,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “Like the U.S. stock market, the oil market responds poorly to volatility. It’s an explosive situation, and a grim...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Washington Avenue hasn’t been paved in nearly 20 years, but that will change this summer when the two miles between Grays Ferry Avenue and 4th Street are resurfaced. The project also includes varying traffic lanes, raised platforms to board busses, and protected bike lanes. They would look like the lanes that are on Market Street in Center City, but some residents believe they have to save their neighborhood from this project. “We’re fighting for this community, we’re fighting for history,” said Point Breeze resident Claudia Smith Sherrod. READ MORE: Ian Pisarchuk Pleads Guilty In Bucks County's First 'Sextortion' CaseShe has lived in the neighborhood for over 60 years but more recently has seen it change and believes long-term residents are being left out of the process. The major point of contention now is the Washington Avenue Resurfacing Project. “It’s about equity and inclusion and they didn’t include us,” said resident Smith Sherrod. Sherrod says long-term residents are being silenced. “We all worked together to build this community, don’t push us aside. We’re somebody. We’re somebody. We’re somebody....
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Drivers through San Jose's Northside neighborhood are finally being forced to slow down.Over the last few years, ABC7 News has followed the dangerous driving behavior documented by residents. Now, speed humps are being installed and according to residents, are making a world of difference.Tony Magallanez is one of many residents who fought for years, fed up with people speeding, drag racing, and blatantly disregarding the safety of those living in the area."About five or six years ago, they paved the street which made it super smooth," Magallanez explained. "A great road. Except it also turned it into a speedway."VIDEO: SJ residents say reckless driving leading to some close calls, calling on city leaders for help KGO-TV After years of back and forth with the city, several speed humps were finally installed less than a week ago, with more expected. Humps are designed to be less aggressive at slower speeds compared to speed bumps we typically see in parking lots."It was like a vindication of everything we've been trying to get them to do, and...
    BANNING, Calif. (KABC-TV) (KABC) -- Protestor lined Highland Springs Avenue in Banning Wednesday afternoon holding signs urging the community to get behind their efforts to stop a proposed warehouse project."My understanding there is no current tenant but it is zone for a full distribution center with e-commerce capabilities," said Randy Robbins with Pass Action Group.The group is made up of mostly senior citizens from the Sun Lake Country club, a community for those over 55-years-old. The proposed 47 acre Banning Point Project would erect a 620,000 square-foot warehouse across from the senior community and an assisted living community."It doesn't make sense to bring warehouses right next to residential areas especially when you have senior citizens living there," said MaryAnne Putnam.Despite opposition to the project the city's Planning Commission voted to move forward with the project. The Pass Action Group filed an appeal citing concerns with pollution and traffic."Come on you don't put industry in a residential area. Pollution, semi-trucks 24/7 going. You just don't do that," said Putnam.In response, the city's manager told Eyewitness News the city is addressing residents...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s a major issue — reports of 911 calls going unanswered in Philadelphia and slower response times as a result. Eyewitness News heard residents’ concerns and went straight to the police commissioner Wednesday for answers. “If you dial that number and nobody answers, what are you supposed to do?” Fairmount resident Melissa Brannon said. READ MORE: Here’s Your Chance For Rare Tour Of Only Remaining Submarine Becuna Left In World Right Here In PhiladelphiaThese are the kinds of concerns Eyewitness News has been hearing from Philadelphia residents for weeks — 911 calls going unanswered and lagging police response times. On Wednesday, Eyewitness News took those concerns straight to Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw during her weekly Zoom briefing. “One of the noted impacts that led to increased times on incoming 911 calls was our adoption of the mental health script that is read at the onset of all calls to 911,” Outlaw said. “And then on top of that, if there is an overall decreased staffing, whether in the 911 dispatch center or officer on patrol, there’s likely going...
    A group of Venice Beach, California, residents warned city leadership they could be liable for multimillion-dollar lawsuit payouts for not enforcing laws banning overnight homeless encampments.   An attorney for the Venice Stakeholders Association sent a letter to several City of Los Angeles offices last week on behalf of residents concerned that "transient-related fires" could once again jump to personal properties, KABC-TV reported. Residents fear the fires could spread to their homes or businesses, causing damage to structures and tenants’ belongings and posing a serious risk to personal injury or loss of life.  "There will be no question that the city had been warned of this danger," the letter states, arguing that should a fire spread to homes, the city could be liable if it continues to fail to enforce the overnight curfew order and remove tents, encampments and other personal items.  FLORIDA COUPLE VISITING LA ROBBED AT GUNPOINT, VICTIM SHOT IN LEG "We’re putting the city on notice that if there is a loss of life," Mark Ryavec, president of the association, explained, "they are clearly already negligent and...
    VENICE, Calif. (KABC) -- A group of Venice residents says it is putting the city of Los Angeles on notice, accusing government officials of not enforcing overnight camping prohibitions, and saying it makes the city liable for multimillion dollar lawsuit payouts.The president of the 11-year-old Venice Stakeholders Association, Mark Ryavec, says residents of the beach community are frustrated that a significant homeless population is still living along the boardwalk and starting fires that threaten nearby buildings and homes."There's almost no police presence or fire department presence down here overnight," Ryavec said. "We're putting the city on notice, that, if there's loss of life, if there's a structure, they are clearly already negligent, and they already will face a huge settlement."Last month, surveillance cameras captured a man starting fires in trashcans along the boardwalk. Investigators say he and another man lit 15 garbage bins on fire. One man was arrested, but the other is still on the loose.The next day, two men started a cardboard box on fire, destroying a park bench.Last week, an attorney for the stakeholders group sent a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A plan to turn a youth hostel into a homeless shelter in San Francisco's Lower Nob Hill got one step closer to becoming a reality on Wednesday despite fierce opposition from neighbors who, among several concerns, say it will bring more homeless people to their neighborhood.At the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance meeting, the supervisors on the committee voted in favor of moving forward with the shelter at 711 Polk Street. The proposal will now go to the full Board of Supervisors for a final vote.Several members of the Lower Nob Hill Neighborhood Alliance -- a group that formed to push back against the proposal -- called in to the meeting to voice their opposition to the shelter."We are worried it's going to fail, and it's going to fail all over our streets," Susan Walsh, who has lived in the neighborhood since 2014, told ABC7 News.RELATED: 'Look around': Advocates for South Bay's unhoused residents concerned over delay of homeless countWalsh said there are already several other homeless shelters in their district, including many in the...
    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- A new store coming to West Hollywood is causing some controversy among local residents after some say the popular "Supreme" clothing brand has created problems in other places.The former home of Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard will soon be transformed into a second Los Angeles-area store for Supreme, an extremely popular street clothing retailer.Supreme is known for unique and trend-setting fashions. Crowds often wait in long lines outside Supreme's shop in the Fairfax District to buy limited supplies of coveted new merchandise.Some West Hollywood residents say they're looking forward to having Supreme on Sunset Boulevard."I think that if a new business comes in, and they can thrive, especially in this environment, I think it's probably gonna benefit everybody," said Bob Mossanen.But some WeHo residents worry that Supreme's popularity may result in the same problems plaguing the Fairfax District location, crowds camping on the sidewalks, getting into fights, and snarling traffic.The busy Melrose retail area has also been dealing with a rise in violent crime.RELATED: LAPD to increase patrols along Melrose Avenue amid string of robberiesEMBED...
    WEYMOUTH (CBS) – Federal regulators say the Weymouth Compressor Station likely should never have been built for a host of safety and health reasons, but it’s too late to revoke the license. The decision to keep the natural gas facility open is a big blow to many residents who have been calling for a shut down due to safety concerns. The Enbridge compressor station began operating in Weymouth in 2020, pumping natural gas into Maine and Canada. READ MORE: Bryan Purdie Charged In Falmouth Home Invasion, KidnappingThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission determined Thursday not to revoke its right to operate after it launched a review following two emergency shutdowns. “We have a commission that is passing the buck,” said Weymouth resident Alice Arena, who was among a group of protesters outside the station Thursday night. Those living in the neighborhood are disappointed, saying the station poses health and environmental concerns. “Just close the plant completely, shut it down,” neighbor Paul Burwell said. “Biggest concerns are the health and the construction.” READ MORE: Marty Walsh...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s recently elected mayor unveiled a new police precinct in the city’s large Buckhead district on Thursday, as he tries to head off an effort to turn the wealthy, white enclave into its own city over concerns about a spike in crime. Meanwhile, a bill at the state Capitol that would allow residents of Buckhead to vote on secession suffered a setback. The Buckhead City movement is being led by a business consultant and political fundraiser who has cited the crime surge to argue that Buckhead residents would be safer with their own police force and municipal court system. Some opponents see racial politics at play. Secession would leave poorer, Black communities in Atlanta. The loss of Buckhead — a tony area of multimillion-dollar mansions and high-end retail shops — would be a financial blow that would diminish the city’s clout. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, who was sworn in this month, has made retaining the area a central focus of his early days in office, though he insisted on Thursday that the new police precinct was...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A rollercoaster ride for dozens of families living in a south suburban hotel after signs went up saying they had to move out because of safety concerns. But late Wednesday afternoon, they learned they can stay. CBS 2’s Steven Graves reports from Matteson with what changed. The local fire department claimed big problems needed to be fixed and resolved after people felt the panic of possibly not having anywhere to live. Mother of five Stephanie McWilliams was stressed Wednesday morning. READ MORE: Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Shoots Three People At Bowling Alley In Blue Island“I’s really really hard.” The motel been McWilliams’ home for the past weeks after surviving domestic violence, reacting and rushing to find what to do after Tuesday’s news, that she and other people staying at a Travel Lodge Hotel in Matteson would have to leave by 5:00 Wednesday evening. “Being here has actually been comforting for us,” she said. Mc Williams added she has also felt safe, despite what the Matteson Fire Department described as “an abundance” of code and safety violations.” The fire...
    OAK PARK, Ill. (CBS) — We heard about a lot of postal problems in 2021, and the New Year is bringing a new crop of trouble. Between COVID-19 and the weather, some of our viewers say the Post Office is letting them down. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov went to check on those concerns Wednesday. READ MORE: Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Shoots Three People At Bowling Alley In Blue IslandIn Oak Park, people in one neighborhood said their Post Office has failed to deliver their mail for a week – and that may be a symptom of bigger mail problems yet to come. Indeed, the New Year has brought new mail headaches for residents of one specific block. “It’s just been really erratic,” said Tim Caffrey. Caffrey lives on the affected block, and he said mail service has been erratic since last year. But he said it has gotten even worse since the start of 2022. “The severe weather, in addition to the pandemic in the last few weeks, we’ve had very sporadic delivery of our mail,” he said,...
    HEALDSBURG (KPIX) — After suffering a scary drought season in 2021, people in Healdsburg are not taking the availability of water for granted, even with recent storms starting the water year in a promising way. You can’t blame Healdsburg residents for having a wait-and-see attitude about the condition of the Russian River given the summer they just went through. READ MORE: Tiles Falling From Homes In San Jose's Communications Hill Neighborhood Again Cause Safety Concern“There was a sense of panic when you realized that your major water source is dwindling every day,” said resident Scott Swall. “It appeared to be getting worse and worse and you could see we weren’t getting any more rain.” “It was scary. The summer was scary,” said Cathy Brandau. “We didn’t have any water in the river, not even a drop.” Then in October came the first atmospheric river, turning the Russian itself back into a river again. Resident Nancy Carlson said her neighbors were ecstatic and couldn’t quite believe their good fortune. “It was like, ‘Is there gonna be more? Is there gonna...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A bill to allow noncitizen residents to vote in New York City has become law. The City Council approved the “Our City, Our Vote” bill in December and the 30-day time limit for the mayor to take action against the bill expired at midnight Sunday. READ MORE: 19-Year-Old Cashier Shot, Killed At East Harlem Burger KingMore than 800,000 noncitizens will be able to vote in local elections as soon as next year. READ MORE: Commercial Vehicles Restricted From New Jersey Highways Due To Expected IceIn a statement, Mayor Eric Adams said, “While I initially had some concerns about one aspect of the bill, I had a productive dialogue with my colleagues in government that put those concerns at ease. I believe allowing the legislation to be enacted is by far the best choice, and look forward to bringing millions into the democratic process.” MORE NEWS: NHL And More Pay Tribute To Connecticut Teen Teddy Balkind, Who Died After Being Injured In High School Hockey GameNew York is the most populous city in the U.S. to grant...
    SILVERADO  (CBSLA) — People waking up in Orange County Thursday morning were relieved to not see heavy rain in the Bond Fire burn area near Silverado. However, early in the morning mud was covering roads throughout the area causing residents to wonder how much more mud could flow from the hillsides as the rain continues. READ MORE: Both Lanes Of Grapevine Closed Due To Snow, IceA series of storms have moved through the area over the past few weeks, causing concern for mudflow from the hillsides made vulnerable by the Bond Fire. Orange County officials have just issued a mandatory evacuation order that took effect at 8 p.m. Wednesday for residents in the Silverado, Williams and Modjeska canyons in the Bond Fire burn area due to potential debris flows. The same area had been under a voluntary order since Wednesday morning. READ MORE: Mulholland Highway Closed In Malibu Canyon Due To Mudflow, RockfallThe National Weather Service declared a flash flood warning in the Bond Fire burn area from Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to Dec. 30, 4 p.m. Canyon entrances will...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The number of coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County hospitals surged past 700 Saturday, amid signs of a winter spike in COVID cases. There are 707 COVID patients at county hospitals, up from 684 on Friday, according to the latest state figures. The number of those patients being treated in intensive care is 182, up from 165 a day earlier. READ MORE: Police Searching For Suspect In Deadly Hit-And-Run Friday In ResedaThe latest figures come one day after local health officials reported 1,924 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 additional deaths associated with the virus, bringing the county’s cumulative totals to 1,543,784 cases and 27,304 deaths since the pandemic began. RELATED: Some Vaccination Clinics Seeing Higher Numbers Of People Due To COVID Winter Surge Fears The county’s average daily rate of new infections rose to 13 per 100,000 residents this week, up from 8 per 100,000 residents a week ago, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The seven-day cumulative rate of infections rose to 113 per 100,000, moving the county back into...
    LANCASTER, Calif. (CNS) -- Elected officials are speaking out against a judge's decision to allow a sexually violent predator to reside in the Antelope Valley.Lawtis Rhoden, 72, was either convicted or pleaded guilty to multiple child rapes and other sexual assaults in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties and Nashville, Tennessee, beginning in 1969.He was committed to California's Department of State Hospitals after spending nearly 20 years in state prison. The Orange County Superior Court found him suitable for supervised release in 2019, setting off a long process in which officials worked to find a location for him to reside amid predictable opposition from residents and politicians.Orange County Superior Court Judge Megan Wagner ruled Friday that Rhoden will be placed in the Antelope Valley under supervised release."With this ruling, Judge Wagner has made a decision that blatantly dismissed the concerns voiced by the community. I am frustrated and feel the concerns of my constituents fell on deaf ears,'' Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said on Friday.READ ALSO | Inland Empire residents concerned about potential relocation of 'sexually violent...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — The rampant retail smash-and-grab robberies happening in the Bay Area and elsewhere have some people rethinking their own safety, leading to a boom in gun sales and enrollment in self-defense classes. John Parkin, the president of the Coyote Point Armory in Burlingame, has seen a tremendous uptick in gun sales in the past 18 months. He says 95 percent of the sales were for personal protection. READ MORE: 9 Charged In Smash-and-Grab Robberies at Louis Vuitton, Other Stores At San Francisco's Union Square“There’s still a lot people looking to come in to get what they need to protect themselves and their home,” Parkin told KPIX. He said sales of non-lethal pepper spray are also up. “At least a hundred percent from what it used to be a year and a half ago,” Parkin added. Bay Area residents worried about personal safety aren’t just looking to arm themselves. People are also signing up for self-defense classes across the Bay Area. Business owner, mother and San Francisco resident Harmony Fraga was doing that Tuesday...
    CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) — During November, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is hosting town hall meetings to address residents’ concerns and answer questions about winterization preps and the electric grid’s reliability this winter. The state’s power grid operator has been under a microscope after millions were left in the dark last February and now officials are trying to regain trust as we near the winter months. Carrollton’s mayor, Kevin Falconer, says about ¾ of the city’s residents had extended power outages. That is about 100 thousand people. READ MORE: Oak Cliff To Break Ground On New Affordable Housing Rental Community“Like everyone in Texas, we don’t want to experience this again,” Falconer said. “Trust is easy to lose and hard to build and many of us lost a lot of trust in the system [and] in ERCOT.” ERCOT’s interim CEO, Brad Jones, participated in a similar event last night in Coppell. He says the Public Utility Commission of Texas adopted a rule that requires power companies to use their best efforts to ensure that plants can operate in the winter....
    RESIDENTS of an apartment building where missing mom Heidi Planck's dog was found have raised concerns over 'criminal activity and guns fired' at the location, The Sun can exclusively reveal. Heidi was captured on security footage leaving her home in Downey, California with her dog in her gray 2017 Range Rover on October 17, and the pooch was found later that day on the 28th floor of a high-rise in LA. 5Heidi Planck left her home in Downey, California last month and vanishedCredit: Facebook 5Her dog Seven was found roaming around a high rise apartment block in Downtown LACredit: Coleman-Rayner The 39-year-old had then vanished, and her ex-husband Jim Wayne, 63, reported Heidi missing after she failed to pick up their son from school three days later. Cops have not said how Heidi is connected to the Hope + Flower complex, and reviews on Yelp.com, seen by The Sun, show many disgruntled residents hate the building. One reads: "DO NOT MOVE HERE. Resident of 18 months... Plenty of other buildings in the area to chose from. Rent at your own risk."...
    In response to a student protest that has gone on for weeks, the administration at D.C.’s Howard University said Monday it was beginning a policy of “hyper care” in regards to health and cleanliness in student housing. In a statement released by Cynthia Evers, vice president of student affairs, and Tashni-Ann Dubroy, executive vice president and chief operating officer, administrators outlined what that means. Some of the aspects of Howard’s response include: Wellness checks Wipe-downs of all rooms Deep and daily cleaning The assignment of a vice president and dean to each residence hall “to conduct daily visits and be present in case students have unmet needs that need to be escalated” Training residents to identify and report fungal growth Check-ins with students who have reported signs of mold, mildew or other problems “We are listening to our residents, and we are meeting them where they are,” Evers and Dubroy said in the statement. “We will continue working to ensure we meet our students’ needs and deliver service that our students deserve and expect.” Students took over the...
    COLFAX (CBS13) – People in Colfax are being allowed to return home after concerns about debris flows prompted mandatory evacuations Sunday. The area was burned about 12 weeks ago by the River Fire, but no major mudslides materialized. “We did think we could run into this and possibly be delayed a little bit so,” said Cathy Green traveling back home to Colorado. READ MORE: Some Sierra Spots Report More Than 2 Feet Of Snow Over Past 24 HoursCathy Greene and her husband are anxious to get home after being on the road for nearly three weeks The two were caught in the middle of this weekend’s massive storm and are now waiting to safely get back on the road. “We were in the San Francisco area, and we delayed our trip by a day and in actuality we should’ve left yesterday in spite of the heavy rain and wind we had there because we would’ve beat the storm that arrived here that’s turning into snow,” she explained. READ MORE: Best Places For Halloween: Sacramento Ranks 22nd Among US CitiesHeavy snow...
    Residents in San Francisco have begun hiring private security to protect their homes, citing concerns over the continued rise in crime. Roughly 150 families from the Marina District have hired Patrol Special Officer Alan Byard to provide security to their homes, according to San Francisco CBS. The families said they've seen an increase in auto and home thefts occurring both during the day and the evening. "We don't feel safe in our neighborhood," resident Katie Lyons said. "And we have an alarm, we have security cameras on our property, but we want the extra security of having someone have eyes on our place." SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR DEFENDS NIGHT OUT AFTER DEFYING CITYWIDE MASKING ORDER Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Byard said he has seen his client base increase from 70 to 150, just in the Marina District. Byard said the fear stems from an increase in car burglaries in the neighborhood. In February, the San Francisco Police Department released information showing a 340% increase in burglaries compared to last year, Fox News...
    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister on Sunday said the planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant cannot be delayed, despite concerns from local residents. Speaking at his first visit to the facility since taking office, Fumio Kishida said his government would work to reassure residents nearby the plant about the technical safety of the wastewater disposal project. The Fukushima Daiichi plant suffered a triple meltdown in 2011 following a massive earthquake and tsunami. Kishida’s brief tour of the facility by its operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, focused on the ongoing decommissioning of the plant, and the massive amount of treated but still radioactive water stored there. “I felt strongly that the water issue is a crucial one that should not be pushed back,” Kishida told reporters after the tour. The government and TEPCO announced plans in April to start releasing the water into the Pacific Ocean in the spring of 2023 over the span of decades. The plan has been fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan’s neighbors, including including China...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – Residents of a Lauderdale-by-the-Sea condo have been evacuated due to electrical problems which increased the risk of fire and electrocution. Those who live in the Crane Crest Apartments may be out of their homes for months due to supply chain delays in getting the equipment needed for repairs, according to the SunSentinel. READ MORE: New Eagle Cam Provides Intimate Look Into Lives Of Bald Eagle PairThe nine-story, 107-unit complex has only a few dozen residents in the off-season, but more in the winter when residents from the northeast and international and Canadian snowbirds come down. Jim Hook, the homeowner association’s vice president, told the SunSentinel that a temporary fix for the electrical equipment could happen in as quickly as two weeks, but anticipated supply chain issues could last months. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Spotty Showers, Afternoon Highs In Upper 80sHook said they first realized there was a problem when air conditioners stopped working. Water was found to have spread under the building and was gushing in the mechanical area. Electrical conduits under the building were...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Since 1922, the historic Forest Park Pool has been a focal point for so many Fort Worth families. “As a kid I used to come here,” Bruce Payne said. READ MORE: Cook Children’s Halts Elective Surgeries Due To Staff, Bed Shortages During COVID-19 Surge He’s been visiting since 1954. “I learned to swim out here,” he said. “There was nothing better than going to the pool in the summer time. We’d just come out here and swim all day long.” “I started coming with my family back in the 60s when it was a round pool and I remember my dad diving off the diving board in the middle of the pool,” Carol Standerfer said. “It was so much fun.” The pool has been through multiple renovations over the years, but the City of Fort Worth said the infrastructure is so old that systems could fail at any time and repairs would just be a temporary Band-Aid. “The city of Fort Worth is planning on calling a bond election in May of 2022. Included in that...
    WEST HUMBOLDT PARK — Amazon’s plan to open a sprawling warehouse in West Humboldt Park isn’t going over well with some neighbors, who say the retail giant — and the alderwoman whose ward will be home to the project — are ignoring their concerns about the development. Under the plan, Amazon is taking over a 26-acre site at 1260 N. Kostner Ave., the former home of metal manufacturer Allied Metals, and replacing it with a 140,000-square-foot “delivery hub” offering nearly 500 full-time and part-time jobs, company officials have said. The warehouse is expected to open in 2022. When news of the warehouse surfaced this summer, some West Humboldt Park residents raised concerns about the project: They accused Amazon and Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) of moving forward with a plan that hadn’t been properly vetted by the community, and they questioned whether the warehouse will actually benefit residents of the long-neglected West Side neighborhood and not just add to Amazon’s coffers. Those concerns are growing as the project inches forward. Mitts, a supporter of the project, held a community meeting last week to...
    (CBS DETROIT) – In just three days Detroit residents will have to wait for their assigned bulk day to bring large amounts of debris to the curb. “There’s trash over there,” said Joseph Cron, a Detroit resident. “Been there for a week, week-and-a-half. I just thought they would automatically come around and pick it up.” READ MORE: Police Seek Assistance Locating 3 Suspects In Connection To Homicide On Detroits East Side Since June, crews from The Detroit Department of Public works have been picking up bulk trash on a daily basis after heavy rainfall left thousands of homes damaged by floods. On Friday, Sept. 3, that rotation will come to an end and the Cron family on Lakewood Street is feeling uneasy about the deadline. “They just haven’t picked anything up,” said Detroit resident Tonya Nash-Poland. “We haven’t seen the big garbage trucks in like two weeks I think it was.” Donna Ramsey-Cron says she’s been waiting over a week for this load to be removed…and there’s even more still taking up space in the basement. READ MORE: Animals Most...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man is behind bars and a family is without a home. It all happened on the South Side in the middle of those weekend traffic changes. “My whole house shook. I didn’t know if it was guns and a shooting, but it definitely sounded like an explosion,” said Chelsea Crawford. READ MORE: Two Roads In Clarion County Closed Due To Flooding, Expected To Remain Closed Tomorrow Crawford walked out of her house on S. 17th Street Friday to a scene of fallen bricks and broken glass. Port Authority Police said Tyler McDonough drove his car into her next-door neighbor’s home after hitting a Port Authority bus and fleeing. “I think someone easily one or more people could have died that’s pretty scary, pretty serious,” said Brady Lutsko who lives in the Southside. Both Crawford and Lutsko told KDKA this accident is their breaking point. “I think it’s a big eye-opener. In addition to the shootings, we are now at damaging property,” Crawford said. READ MORE: Lawrence County Corrections Officer Dies In Car Accident They both...
    The Montgomery County, Maryland, Shared Streets program, created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be extended to Nov. 28, County Executive Marc Elrich said Tuesday. The extension of the program — which allows public spaces to be used for outdoor dining, retail activity, biking and walking — is being driven by a surge of COVID-19 variants, specifically the delta variant. “The Shared Streets program has provided a safe gathering place for residents throughout a challenging time and has helped to support our economy,” Elrich said in a news release. “With the COVID-19 variants going around and students returning to school, we want to reduce the spread of the virus.” Elrich said the program has served the community well by helping businesses, consumers who prefer to dine outside and generally the public’s health. “We want to ensure we can maintain safe public spaces as we monitor COVID-19 variants,” said  Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Chris Conklin. “Throughout the pandemic, Shared Streets has been a creative solution that has greatly impacted the way we gather. It has helped maintain community...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Coral Gables building is being evacuated as a result of structural concerns. Notices were placed at the front entrance to let residents know they have until Monday to get out. READ MORE: Florida Doctors Blast Governor Ron DeSantis Over COVID-19 CBS4 spoke to the association board president, who said they are actively working to resolve the problem. The president of the homeowners association at 730 Coral Way said they have been working with an engineer to fix whatever structural concerns the city has. READ MORE: South Florida Caravan Heads To DC To Ask US Government To End Cuba’s Communist Regime “The engineer recommended that we do three things. The first one is to install these shoring poles. The second one is to empty the pool and the pool deck,” said the association president. The third option recommendation was to remove the tiles on the pool deck and they stress all three have been completed. Now, residents are hoping with the corrections they have made, the city will allow them to stay. MORE NEWS: Historic Little Havana...
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