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14:21, 19 December 2017

California Today: California These days: The Planet Asks Santa Barbara, ‘Are You O.K.?’

California Right now: California Today: The Globe Asks Santa Barbara, ‘Are You O.K.?’


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As fires raged in the foothills of Santa Barbara county more than the weekend, commiseration and concern came from about the planet, from friends and colleagues in Bangladesh, Haiti and Sierra Leone.

For Thomas Tighe, a resident of Montecito and the head of Direct Relief, an help organization that dispenses health-related provisions to the needy around the globe, the shoe was on the other foot — this time the emergency was his own.

Mr. Tighe and his family members speedily gathered images, drawings, birth certificates and computer difficult drives. They summoned the dogs, rounded up the cats and evacuated their house on Sunday.

As they fled, the messages came in. Father Richard Frechette, the founder of a pediatric hospital in Haiti, sent an e mail: “Are you OK? and your residence and offices? a lot of prayers for you! Let me know if we can support you in any way!”

Mr. Tighe was shaken but secure — the fire by no means reached his neighborhood. However he felt a shared sense of vulnerability from the individuals he has spent a career assisting.

“People just wanted to verify in,” he mentioned. “I’m not confident they even knew what they could do. But they wanted to extend an offer you. It’s truly quite touching from individuals who themselves have quite tiny.”

By Monday night the Thomas fire, the largest of the Southern California blazes, had reached a milestone: It was 50 % contained. Calmer winds quieted the fire, which has burned 271,000 acres, the third largest fire in modern day California history. Gusts are anticipated later in the week and Cal Fire estimates that 18,000 houses and companies are nonetheless threatened.

With his household sheltered with friends and relatives, Mr. Tighe went back to work Monday — he flew to Puerto Rico, exactly where Direct Relief has been the largest donor of healthcare supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

He received a message on his telephone Monday that the mandatory evacuation in his neighborhood had been lifted. He will quickly return to California hoping that the fires nevertheless raging in the wild lands above Montecito, stay there.

California On the internet

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An abandoned car along the Amargosa River Trail, which runs in between Death Valley and the Mojave Desert in California.CreditRick Loomis for The New York Occasions

• When a eight.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Sept. eight, five-foot waves sloshed in the Devil’s Hole pool in the Mojave Desert, 1,500 miles away. It is a single of the mysteries the Amargosa, the slender thread of a river that defies the desert. [The New York Instances]

• The San Francisco healthcare examiner confirmed that a heart attack killed Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco last week. [San Francisco Chronicle]

• There are specific challenges for California buried in the Republican tax bill, and some economists think that could eventually prove a drag on development and harm the state’s competitiveness. [Los Angeles Times]

Gov. Jerry Brown: “Call your Republican representative and tell them: ‘Vote no on this tax monstrosity.’” [Video on Twitter]

• Congress will think about an $81 billion disaster help package. How significantly of it will go to California? The Republican leadership hasn’t mentioned. [Los Angeles Instances]

Alex Kozinski for the duration of a hearing on Capitol Hill in March.CreditJustin Sullivan/Getty Photos

• Following at least 15 girls accused Judge Alex Kozinski of subjecting them to unwanted sexual comments or physical speak to, he announced his retirement Monday. Judge Kozinski was appointed to the Ninth Circuit by Ronald Reagan in 1985. [The New York Occasions]

• Bay Area organization groups and a consider tank have hired Governor Brown’s campaign firm to drum up support for a lot more transport infrastructure: trains, ferries and one more bridge across, or a tunnel underneath, the Bay. [Mercury News]

• Earlier this year a U.C. Davis chemistry professor oversaw tests that located 93 % of marijuana samples collected from dispensaries in 4 Southern California counties tested positive for pesticides. Marijuana sold when recreational sales become legal Jan. 1 may have the exact same problem: Stiffer regulations and testing requirements are getting phased in next year and growers and sellers have a six-month grace period. [Linked Press through the Everyday Democrat]

• Holiday ideas: How to foil “porch pirates” — the Christmas present thieves who swipe your delivery from your doorstep. [Orange County Register]

Reed Print, a publisher of weekly newspapers in the Central Valley, is going out of company. []

• The cheapest home in San Francisco this year? $491,000 [San Francisco Chronicle]

• The actor Rob Lowe, who has a home in the Montecito area, thanked firefighters with a residence-cooked meal [The Tribune]

And Finally …

Ahead of it expanded into a worldwide restaurant chain, Trader Vic’s was a bar in Oakland.

And considering that 1960 Claudette Lum has been welcoming guests with a gardenia in her hair, 1st at a branch in San Francisco and then in Emeryville.

She has served both Queen Elizabeth II and Nancy Reagan. Now, at age 80, she is retiring at the end of the year.

She explained the choice to the San Francisco Chronicle: “I’m a cyclist. I cycle 40 miles a week. I enjoy the outdoors. I have a boyfriend. I just feel it is time. I’m healthful, so why not?”

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California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.


Published at Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:45:35 +0000

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