Number of homeless people among county’s jail population growing

Almost 40 percent of people in San Diego jails were homeless when arrested last year, marking a significant increase from the previous two years, a study released Thursday showed.

According to the San Diego Association of Governments report, 39 percent of people (180 individuals) interviewed within two days of their arrests in 2018 said they had been primarily homeless in the previous month. In 2014, 22 percent (160 individuals) said they were homeless before their arrest.

Even more people questioned in 2018 said they had experienced homelessness at some time in their lives. Of those interviewed last year, 66 percent said they had experienced homelessness, while 60 percent said the same in 2014. …

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Major Southern California Fault Line Eyed After Unprecedented Movement

A major southern California fault capable of producing a magnitude 8 temblor started to move for the first time in 500 years following a series of earthquakes in the Mojave Desert over the summer, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Science.

The study by geophysicists from the California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory found that the Garlock Fault – which runs east to west for 185 miles from the San Andreas Fault to Death Valley – has slipped .8 inches since July. This is the first movement documented on the fault in the modern historical record.

“This is surprising, because we’ve never seen the Garlock fault do anything. Here, all of a sudden, it changed its behavior,” Zachary Ross, assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech and lead author of the paper, told the Los Angeles Time.  “We don’t know what it means.”

Satellite images show the process called fault creep began after Southern California experienced its largest earthquake sequence in two decades beginning on July 4. A magnitude 6.4 foreshock rocked the Mojave Desert about 120 miles north of Los Angeles before a magnitude 7.1 mainshock hit the next day in addition to more than 100,000 aftershocks. …

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Kamala Harris’ Unflattering Record of ‘Accomplishments’

During the Democratic presidential candidate debate Tuesday, Kamala Harris touted her “accomplishments” as California’s “top” law enforcement officer.

But what really were those accomplishments?

Research from the RNC reveals her record to be not as flattering as she’d like:

  • Fought to keep inmates locked up in overcrowded prisons so they could be used for cheap labor.
  • Fought to kill Proposition 19 in 2010, a measure that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use, though she now supports federal legislation that would do just that.
  • As California AG, she jailed thousands on marijuana charges and was against legalizing marijuana, but now she wants to legalize it.
  • As California AG, she defended capital punishment.
  • She “championed” a law that put the parents of truant kids in jail. But as a candidate for president, she has been caught trying to cover up her record on truancy.
  • As San Francisco DA, she called the decriminalization of prostitution “completely ridiculous.” But earlier this year, she made a flip-flop and said she supports decriminalizing prostitution.  
  • As San Francisco DA, Harris made increasing bail costs a priority. 
  • As San Francisco DA, Harris prosecuted a mentally ill woman who was shot by San Francisco Police. A Loyola Law School professor said of Harris, “Somebody used very poor judgement in deciding to bring these charges.”
  • As recently as last year, she boasted that as San Francisco DA, she “nearly tripled the number of misdemeanor cases taken to trial” but now she wants to “drastically [limit] the number of people we expose to our criminal justice system.”

Abortion pills, gun control and roadkill: New California laws Gavin Newsom just signed

And the sun sets on the California Capitol’s 2019 legislative year.

Gov. Gavin Newsom crossed the finish line of his first session as governor on Sunday with a bill-signing sprint that brought his total approved laws to 870 and his vetoed proposals to 172.

“Together, we have accomplished a great deal this year to help California families get ahead and made historic progress on some of the state’s most intractable challenges,” Newsom said via press release.

In case you missed it, here were this weekend’s major legislative updates.

THOSE THAT PASSED

Among the deluge of bills approved by Newsom are several laws that his predecessor Jerry Brown had vetoed, as well as others that are a clear rebuke to President Donald Trump’s policies against immigration and reproductive rights. …

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California First State to Push Back School Start Times

California will become the first state in the nation to mandate later start times at most public schools under legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday, a proposal designed to improve educational outcomes by giving students more sleep.

The new law is not without controversy, though, opposed by some school officials and rejected twice before by lawmakers and Newsom’s predecessor.

“The science shows that teenage students who start their day later increase their academic performance, attendance, and overall health,” Newsom said in a statement. “Importantly, the law allows three years for schools and school districts to plan and implement these changes.”

The law will take effect over a phased-in period, ultimately requiring middle schools to begin classes at 8 a.m. or later while high schools will start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The law does not apply to optional early classes, known as “zero periods,” or to schools in some of the state’s rural districts. …

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California Jail Inmates Promised Free Medical Visits Under New Law

California’s jails and prisons will soon offer free medical visits for all inmates, under a law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed on Tuesday.

Assembly Bill 45, which will take effect at the start of 2020, will bar city and county jails from charging inmates a copayment in order for them to see a doctor or dentist. It will also prevent those jails from charging a fee for equipment or supplies that are medically necessary to an incarcerated person.

The new law also applies to the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which announced earlier this year it would no longer charge a $5 co-pay. Since 1994, the state corrections department had been able to charge $5 each time an inmate came in for a medical or dental visit. The fee would be added to the inmate’s prison account, and if the inmate had no available funds, there would be no charge. …

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PG&E cuts power to hundreds of thousands in California to prevent wildfires

Millions of people in California woke up in the dark Wednesday after Pacific Gas & Electric started shutting off power to prevent what the utility called an unprecedented wildfire danger.

PG&E said it cut power to more than 500,000 customers in Northern California and that it plans to gradually turn off electricity to nearly 800,000 customers to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather.

A second group of about 234,000 customers will lose power starting at noon, the utility said.

The utility plans to shut off power in parts of 34 northern, central and coastal California counties to reduce the chance of fierce winds knocking down or toppling trees into power lines during a siege of hot, dry, gusty weather. …

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California gas prices soar above $4

Gasoline prices have spiked in California, soaring well above what most Americans are paying at the pump. In some locations, Californians are paying $5 for a gallon of gas.

A number of refinery outages tightened gas supply in the market. The average price of regular gas in California rose to $4.18 a gallon, the highest level since May 13, 2014, according to the Oil Price Information Service, which gathers data for the AAA.

California’s gas prices are the most expensive in the United States: The national average is currently $2.65 a gallon.

Most motorists around the country are noticing gas prices declining or stabilizing, which is normal for autumn. Gas prices typically drop after the busy summer driving season, AAA said. But that trend hasn’t taken hold on the West Coast this fall. …

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L.A. Times: California’s Fight for Trump’s Tax Returns a Waste of Public Resources

U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England Jr. was right to block California’s blatantly partisan new law forcing presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns as a condition of appearing on the state’s primary ballot.

In a written ruling issued Tuesday, England said that the “Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act” is unconstitutional in several ways. It violates the presidential qualifications clause and the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, and it deprives voters of their First Amendment right to associate with and vote for the candidates of their choice, among other shortcomings. Furthermore, England noted that the argument on which the law was predicated — that presidential candidates have been releasing their returns routinely for five decades — is disingenuous, given that several of them have chosen not to do so. That includes former California Gov. Jerry Brown when he sought the Democratic nomination in 1992 and Green Party candidate Ralph Nader in 2000. …

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California gas prices spike while much of country drops

In the past seven days, the average price for a gallon of gas in California has jumped $0.27 per gallon to $4.16, according to the latest AAA Gas Prices data.

By comparison, the national average for a gallon of gas stands at $2.66 per gallon.

Industry experts cite refinery problems and the September attack on a Saudi Arabian oil facility for the increases.

“These factors are continuing the spike that began after the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure earlier this month,” read a news release posted on the AAA of California website.

However, the price spike in California does not match the price trend throughout much of the country. …

Click here to read the full article from KCRA News