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San Onofre State Beach, including Lower Trestles, closed to public amid coronavirus concerns The closure was announced just before a new swell hits the region, expected to bring 4 - foot to 6-foot waves by Thursday and Friday, according to Surfline.com. The move comes as beaches in recent weeks have seen a wave of closures, including Los Angeles County beaches, Long Beach, Seal Beach and Laguna Beach.

How California's coronavirus outbreak compares to other states We know New York is the epicenter of the American COVID-19 outbreak, but how much worse are things in New York than in California? In short, staggeringly worse: New York has 710 cases per 100,000 residents. California has 41. The death rate is also much higher: 28 per 100,000 in New York compared to 1 per 100,000 in California.

Six Bay Area counties announce school sites closed through end of academic year Six Bay Area counties officially announced Tuesday school sites will remain closed through the end of the academic year. Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco aligned to make a joint decision based on advice from public health officials to continue with distance learning to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Biggest, brightest moon of the year: Will Mill Valley residents be howling? You'll want to step outside Tuesday night and look up. The biggest, brightest moon of 2020 will light up the sky and the weather forecast calls for clear conditions perfect for viewing. Maybe you'll even be inspired to howl.

Fire at Alameda apartment building sends smoke into Bay Area sky A plume of smoke could be seen rising above the East Bay after 5 p.m. Tuesday. The dark cloud was the result of a one-alarm fire at an apartment building on West Midway in Alameda, according to KCBS Radio. Details on the blaze weren't immediately available, but by 5:45 p.m., the smoke that could be seen from around the Bay Area had dissipated.

Singer John Prine dies at age 73 from complication from the coronavirus The gravelly voiced, country-folk singer John Prine died of complications related to COVID-19 at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 73 years old. Prine performed often in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was at the Fox Theater in Oakland as recently as October and the Warfield in San Francisco in May 2018.

Man arrested for alleged price gouging during coronavirus fears, selling box of N95 masks for $300 Investigators also seized a stockpile of 420 additional N95 masks from the suspect, who police identified as Johnwill Baldonado, 30, of Covina.

Thanks to coronavirus toilet paper is scarce but we should not run out Toilets are one of the primary users of water in the home, accounting for 26% of an average home's indoor water usage, according to a 2016 Water Research Foundation study. The first toilet paper sold in the U.S. was in the 1850s and was single sheets.

Coronavirus: Storm whitens the San Bernardino Mountains, but officials bar playing in the snow While a storm brought rain and snow to Southern California this week and tempted residents hunkered down at home, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department would like to remind folks to stay home. No snow playing allowed.

Two decades-old homes are moved in Fullerton David Jerome, better known as Mr. Bucketlist, is an author and resident of Fullerton. Follow more of his adventures at mrbucketlist.com. Email him at [email protected]

Waves NaPoWriMo~ Photograph: Sunset on Seaside Creek Beach, Mendocino County, California, USA; Poem: Opening the lab results on the beach; will it be life or death?

California appeals court drops rape, trafficking charges against leader of Mexican megachurch Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, has been in custody since June following his arrest on accusations involving three girls and one woman between 2015 and 2018 in Los Angeles County. Additional allegations of the possession of child pornography in 2019 were later added.

COVID Nurses Who Asked For Protective Gear On Social Media Placed On Unpaid Leave Nurses who posted about a lack of PPE at their hospital were placed on unpaid leave.

LA Might Turn Arts Event Funding Into Coronavirus Relief For Artists The events the money was supposed to go to mostly aren't happening anymore.

Encouraging face coverings for grocery workers, other 'essential' employees serving the public Starting Wednesday, April 8, the city of Irvine will require workers at "essential" retail businesses to wear a bandana, scarf, fabric or other mask on the job, and Costa Mesa is working on similar rules for its grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses.

'A reality check on the math': What's ahead for California and Covid-19 So you have to do a reality check on the math. We're still seeing increasing numbers statewide every day, so we can't predict that it's going to end a week from now. There's also a desire not to call the peak too soon and potentially give people false hope.

Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa memorialized on 5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano David Rosa was a model firefighter, one the city of Long Beach was blessed to call its own, says fellow firefighter Rex Pritchard. Rosa, 45, was fatally struck by gunfire on June 25, 2018, while responding to an explosion at a highrise senior-living complex.

Former teacher, among worst child molesters in CA history, loses appeal Ronald Guinto was denied a new trial, though he only contested half his convictions.

Managing Stress, Anxiety In Wake Of Coronavirus Pandemic Millions of people have lost their jobs, schools have been closed for the remainder of the academic year and people have been told to keep their physical distance from one another — changes that can take a toll on both physical and mental health.

Coronavirus closures: San Mateo County map shows what’s open San Mateo County has released a new COVID-19 information portal to help residents find services and retail still open.

Riverside County Passes 1,000 Coronavirus Cases, Sees Increase In Deaths Health officials reported 70 new cases and three more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the totals to 1,016 cases and 28 fatalities.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Donates 900 Pairs Of Safety Goggles To UCLA Health During Coronavirus Pandemic Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar donated 900 pairs of safety goggles to UCLA Health Tuesday to help health care professionals stay protected on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Appeals Panel Orders Case Against Mexican Megachurch Leader Be Dismissed A California appeals court panel Tuesday ordered a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to dismiss the case against the leader of a Mexico-based megachurch who was charged last year with rape and other sexual acts against children.

What If A Big Earthquake Hit California Right Now? Surprisingly, it seems like there might be some positives to having everyone quarantined and our country on high alert. Turns out spending a lot of time at home has its perks. People are already sheltering in place, which recommended when a big quake hits.

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