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Inland Empire Residents Brace For Gusting Santa Ana Winds

FONTANA (CBSLA) — The gusting Santa Ana winds battered the Inland Empire, especially near the Cajon Pass, on Friday, forcing some residents to change their weekend plans. “When we first moved in we thought the windows were going to come in on us,” said Fontana resident Jeff Miller. While Miller is ready to sell his Fontana home, the Santa Ana winds have forced him to push the open house viewing to next weekend out of fears that the strong winds would scare off potential buyers. (Credit: CBS) “Well, you don’t want to scare away all the [Los Angeles] people,” he said. “They come out here and they see that wind — it’s like ‘Well we’re going to look somewhere else.” In Corona, a construction project along the 15 and 91 freeways was also canceled this weekend because officials could make conditions too dangerous for crews. “I’m a truck driver so, yeah the winds hit the truck pretty hard,” said Victorville resident Luis Gallardo. Gallardo typically rides his motorcycle through the Cajon Pass to get back to work over the weekend, however with the winds and the potential safety hazards the Victorville man said he will just drive his truck back.
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Opinion: That’s So Laguna

I can go into a bookstore anywhere in the world and feel safe, calm and at home. Even if there are no books in English and I have no idea what I’m looking at, surround me with walls of books, plenty of people browsing through the stacks, sales people who love books enough to work there, and I’m happy.

Orange Avenue Palm Pruning Begins Jan. 22

Crews with the City’s contract arborist are trimming 350 palms within the Orange Avenue medians on three consecutive Saturdays, Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5. On Jan. 22, crews will […] The story Orange Avenue Palm Pruning Begins Jan. 22 appeared first on Coronado Times. Read more stories written by City of Coronado.

Kim Carr to run for 36th State Senate District

Huntington Beach councilmember Kim Carr announced her candidacy for the newly drawn 36th State Senate District, which now includes Laguna Beach, on Tuesday. The district now runs along the Orange County coastline from San Clemente to Seal Beach and stretches inland to several West County cities. Karr plans to run as a Democrat in a senate district that includes many Republican strongholds.

What California’s drought could teach other states in the West

MONTEREY, Calif. — The golden hills of California have turned green in recent weeks after a series of storms delivered much-needed rain and snow to a state suffering from two years of drought. But state officials and water policy experts are still urging caution even in these wet conditions, pushing for water-saving measures as the […] The post What California’s drought could teach other states in the West appeared first on Daily Montanan.

Free COVID PCR Testing, Vaccines Offered at L.A. County Assessor Offices

Los Angeles County Assessor Jeff Prang announced a corroborative effort with County Public Health officials that will include free COVID-19 vaccinations, booster shots, and PCR testing at three District Offices on Monday Jan. 24, Wednesday Jan. 26 and Sunday Jan. 30. The “Pop-Up Vaccinations Sites” will include Pfizer, Moderna, and...

Housing Element on agenda for Village Laguna general meeting

Village Laguna will host local housing advocates to discuss the latest Housing Element update at its next virtual general meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24. Alex Rounaghi and Laura Sauers, co-chairs of the Housing and Human Services committee, have been among those at city hall working to comply with various state laws and requirements. The effort culminated in the City Council approving the City’s Housing Element on Jan. 11.

Cultural art center bringing back Laguna Beach’s artistic cool

Rick Conkey is a man on a mission to alleviate your fears through art. His unflinching approach is rooted in the belief in a curiosity, community building, and a hunger for the challenging, the avant-garde, and the eyebrow-raising, even in Laguna’s occasionally staid, crowd-pleasing art scene. His idea is not new, just refreshed and revitalized with a quiver of mediums, some of which barely existed a few decades ago.

Letter: Regarding City Consultant’s Ballot Initiative Analysis

Once again Laguna Beach city staff has hired a consultant and the consultant has produced a report with glaring errors. Their target this time? The Laguna Residents First Ballot Initiative. These errors in the report are so basic and egregious that they clearly invalidate any conclusions that the city tries to make.

Opinion: Musings on the Coast

Back in the late 1980s, I became Chair of Art Spaces Irvine, which had only one purpose: buy and place largish public sculptures in Irvine. Our budget was tiny, with no help from the City except liability insurance coverage (Irvine is not exactly a city of the arts). Nevertheless, we...