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Rescue crews on Thursday continued digging via the muddy aftermath of devastating mudslides in Montecito, Calif., where dislodged boulders, fallen trees and thrashed automobiles were still strewn across the landscape.
The scale of the wreckage was staggering: about one hundred houses have been fully destroyed and one more 300 were badly broken. Seventeen folks have been declared dead. And crews continued looking for more than 40 individuals who had been unaccounted for or declared missing by their families.
Josie Gower was 1 of the victims.
Just prior to three a.m. on Tuesday morning, she and her boyfriend heard a loud noise downstairs in their home. They went to investigate. When she opened the back door, Ms. Gower was sucked out of her home by the mud, which overpowered her grip on the doorframe.
[Read The Times’ full story about the victims here.]
“It doesn’t make sense. I kept considering the worst case would be a couple of inches of flooding,” her son, Hayden Gower, stated. “I hold thinking more than and more than about what we could have accomplished diverse. Why did she go down there then? What could have stopped her from dying this way? It’s as well challenging to picture.”
• The Associated Press also profiled several Montecito residents, some of whom mentioned the community was plagued with “evacuation fatigue” soon after the wildfires.
• Rescue crews were working against time Thursday, as the window to save lives closed.
• Scent dogs have been deployed to aid search the wreckage.
• CNN published striking ahead of-and-following photographs of the mudslides.
• Montecito residents like Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey opened up about their experiences with the mudslides on tv.
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• Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is running for governor, known as on President Trump to resign right after his comments denigrating Haiti and Africa. [SF Gate]
• State regulators decided Thursday to shut down the Diablo Canyon nuclear energy plant, the final in California. It will cease operations in six years. [San Diego Union Tribune]
• 5 ladies have come forward to accuse the actor James Franco of sexually exploitative behavior. [Los Angeles Instances]
• State lawmakers examined the legal threshold for sexual harassment cases, asking yourself if it is as well higher. [Los Angeles Times]
• There are rumors that the Repuplican Representative Darrell Issa, who announced this week he would not seek re-election, might be eyeing a run in a neighboring district. [Los Angeles Instances]
• Profile: Kamala Harris has emerged as an immigrant advocate in the Senate. [The Sacramento Bee]
• The San Francisco International Airport had an additional close get in touch with earlier this week when an Aeromexico airplane descended toward a runway where an additional plane was parked. [The Connected Press]
• Sex workers who come forward to report violent crimes in San Francisco will not be arrested, according to new suggestions announced Thursday. The policy appears to be amongst the very first of its type in the nation. [San Francisco Chronicle]
• Mayor Kevin Faulconer of San Diego mentioned tackling homelessness is amongst his best priorities for the coming year [San Diego Union Tribune]
• Op-Ed: “It is by no means as well soon following one particular of these disasters to speak truth about climate change’s part.” [New York Times]
And Finally …
Few items are far more reviled by California tenants groups than Costa-Hawkins, the state law that limits the scope of city rent handle laws. The law prevents rent control on units constructed following 1995, and prohibits cities from limiting rent increases on units after they are vacated.
Depending on exactly where you sit on the spectrum, the law either hurts tenants by enabling landlords to impose massive rent increases or is a significantly-necessary restraint that prevents California cities from shutting down development by passing draconian price controls. Either way, as the state’s housing crisis deepens, the law has increasingly grow to be a target.
On Thursday the State Assembly’s Committee on Housing and Community Development had a raucous hearing to discuss no matter whether or not to move the bill to a vote by the broader Legislature. The chambers packed with tenants groups chanting in help of a repeal and landlords in yellow shirts who showed up to help keeping the measure in place.
Couple of folks anticipated the measure to pass, and indeed, the bill died in committee. Nonetheless, the bill’s sponsor, Richard Bloom, Democrat of Santa Monica, promised to maintain up the fight. At the same time, there is a looming 2018 ballot initiative to repeal the act in its entirety.
Efforts to repeal Costa Hawkins are the most recent wrinkle in a burgeoning tenants movement across California. Soon after becoming dormant since the 1970s, efforts to revive rent manage and just result in eviction laws have popped up across the state.
“We not only have a housing crisis in California, we have a tenant crisis,” said David Chiu, a San Francisco assemblyman who co-authored the bill to repeal Costa Hawkins, in a Facebook post soon after the vote. “While tenant bills have constantly been hard to pass in the Legislature, I am disappointed that AB 1506 did not obtain enough votes in committee right now to advance. That outcome is disheartening, but we began a conversation in the Legislature that was extended overdue.”
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Published at Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:59:28 +0000