In California: Bay Area gets red flag warning — 100 mph winds could fuel fires
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Bay Area will be warned with a red flag starting Sunday
A Marin County firefighter helps build safety lines during the glass fire in St. Helena, California on September 27, 2020.
As of Sunday, red flag warnings were issued across the Bay Area if the strongest offshore winds of the season could spark new forest fires and cause widespread damage, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
As a result, Pacific Gas & Electric is planning more forced blackouts to reduce the risk of fires being triggered by power lines destroyed by the wind. "It doesn't take much to start a fire," said NWS meteorologist David King.
The extreme fire hazard warning of the red flag applies in the ridge lines and peaks of North Bay and East Bay from 11 a.m. on Sunday to 11 a.m. on Tuesday. In certain areas, wind speeds of up to 100 miles per hour are possible for meteorologists. Another red flag warning has been issued for the rest of the Bay Area and will apply from 8 p.m. on Sunday. until Monday at 11 a.m.
Larger, more populous areas like San Francisco, Oakland, and Santa Rosa could see winds up to 40 miles per hour.
PG&E should provide more detailed information on power outages on Friday evening.
The roof of Globe Life Field will be closed for World Series Game 3
Game 1: Dodgers players celebrate after winning.
On other weather news, if you were planning on going to game three of the World Series to cheer on the Dodgers but are concerned about the weather forecast, you're in luck. The Los Angeles Times reports that the roof of Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas will be closed during the Friday night game to protect the athletes. The forecast estimates that the first incline will lower the temperature to 52 degrees at wind speeds of 21 km / h.
"[Major League Baseball], who was consulting with medical advisors on this decision, believes that an enclosed roof provides the best competitive environment for players and the highest level of comfort for fans without compromising their safety in any way," said it in a statement from the league.
Riverside County is changing the rules for investigating police shootouts
Local Riverside County Police Department announced that police force incidents are no longer being investigated by officers from the same agency, but are instead being investigated by an external task force to determine whether or not an officer’s actions are appropriate.
"If the government uses force against a civilian, we need to investigate and report our findings to the public," said Mike Hestrin, district attorney for Riverside County. "These examinations must be carried out by an external authority."
Riverside County's District Attorney spokesman John Hall said investigators had been called from his office to the location of 12 police action applications by 2020, six of which were fatal. While Hestrin says the new policy will increase transparency, some departments have questions about what the change will cost and what they can afford in today's pandemic-hit economy.
Disney California Adventure to reopen select stores
The Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort, California stretches to Buena Vista Street and will feature additional dining and shopping options later in November. Popular shopping and dining options among guests include Elias & Co., Julius Katz & Sons, the Kingswell Camera Shop, Trolley Treats, the Fiddler Fifer & Practical Cafe, the Carthay Circle Lounge and the Smokejumpers Grill. For the latest information on the latest shopping and dining experiences, visit the Disney Parks Blog. (Disneyland Resort)
Another day, another Disneyland update. USA Today reported Friday that select restaurants and shops at Disney California Adventure Park will be open to the public again in November.
This is done to provide additional options for visitors to the Downtown Disney District, an outdoor shopping and dining area adjacent to Disneyland and California Adventure. Downtown Disney District customers can enter California Adventure to access the additional shops without going through the park's main gates.
Among the reopened stores are Elias & Co., Julius Katz & Sons, and Kingswell Camera Shop; Restaurants include Trolley Treats, Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, Carthay Circle Lounge, and Smokejumpers Grill. All are on Buena Vista Street in the park. The rest of California Adventure and Disneyland Park will remain closed for the time being.
The prosecution is requesting the death penalty for Scott Peterson again
Scott Peterson is escorted to a van by two San Mateo County Sheriff MPs on March 17, 2005 in Redwood City, California. The state Supreme Court overturned Peterson's death sentence when he killed his pregnant wife.
Prosecutors in Northern California said Friday they would reapply the death penalty for Scott Peterson, who was convicted of the murder of his pregnant wife and unborn son nearly 19 years ago.
In August, the California Supreme Court overturned Peterson's 2005 death sentence, saying potential jurors had been wrongly dismissed after declaring they disagreed with the death penalty but were willing to obey the law and to impose it.
While the Supreme Court of the State of Peterson upheld Peterson's conviction, that same court ordered a new hearing in October to determine whether that conviction should be overturned on concerns that a depraved juror had served on the jury.
Regardless of what happens, California Governor Gavin Newsom has imposed a moratorium on executions while he is governor.
The idea of the Griffith Park gondola met with opposition
The Hollywood Sign as seen from Griffith Park.
From Los Angeles: A proposal to build an air transportation system or gondola to reduce traffic congestion and reach hard-to-reach places in Griffith Park has sparked resistance from environmentalists and local residents.
The Los Angeles Times reports that while the transit system aims to get people into the air from crowded streets, more than 20 community groups, including one called Friends of Griffith Park, argue that building a streetcar is detrimental to open space and wildlife would affect habitats and the tedious construction process would close the area to hikers, horse riders and other park visitors.
Environmentalists have suggested that species such as the Blainville horned lizard and the whip-tailed lizard live on high ridges on the west side of the park, where the proposed tram, with its towers and observation deck, would be. In three of the four proposed routes, construction would disrupt this habitat and threaten the survival of the species in the park.
However, Darryl Ford, L.A. superintendent of design and construction, says a study is needed to determine the environmental impact. A budget of $ 750,000 has been allocated for this study and is expected to be completed in January.
For more information on the proposal, visit griffithparkaerialtransit.com.
And last ...
'Weird Al' is 61 years old
The entertainer "Weird Al" Yankovic poses at the ceremony and honors him with the 2,643. Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On that day in 1959, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and satirist "Weird Al" Yankovic was born in Downey, California. In 2014 he was a trained musician. Yankovic - one of my favorites since the release of his "In 3-D" album in 1984 - was the third musician of all time (after Michael Jackson and Madonna) to have a Top 40 each in the past four decades. Hit scored. Happy birthday Al!
That's it guys. Have a nice weekend. Stay safe and informed.
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