Date: August 17th, 2020

Ranch 2 Fire Alleged Arsonist Turns Himself in to Azusa PD
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Ranch 2 Fire Alleged Arsonist Turns Himself in to Azusa PD

A suspect in the major Ranch 2 Fire was booked into custody Sunday afternoon after surrendering to Azusa Police. Thirty-six-year-old Osmin Palencia, who was described as a homeless man, surrendered and is being held at the Azusa Police Department jail. The Ranch 2 Fire was reported about 2:45 p.m. last Thursday near North San Gabriel…

Newsom Signs Heat Emergency Proclamation to Free Up Energy Capacity
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Newsom Signs Heat Emergency Proclamation to Free Up Energy Capacity

As California continues to experience a scorching heat wave and related energy shortages, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation to free up energy capacity and reduce the need for temporary energy service disruptions. The proclamation temporarily allows some energy users and utilities to use backup energy sources to relieve pressure on the grid during peak…

California, U.S. Forest Service to Share Stewardship of State Forests
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California, U.S. Forest Service to Share Stewardship of State Forests

The Newsom Administration and the U.S. Forest Service have announced a new joint state-federal initiative to “reduce wildfire risks, restore watersheds, protect habitat and biological diversity, and help the state meet its climate objectives,” according to a press release from the governor’s office. The Agreement for Shared Stewardship of California’s Forest and Rangelands includes a commitment by…

L.A. County Offers COVID-19 Rent Relief
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L.A. County Offers COVID-19 Rent Relief

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has provided $100 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to create a COVID-19 Rent Relief program, operated by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA). The program launched Monday and will remain open for a two-week period, closing on Monday, Aug. 31. The…

Appellate Court Upholds L.A. County’s Ban on Indoor Religious Services
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Appellate Court Upholds L.A. County’s Ban on Indoor Religious Services

Saturday, the California Court of Appeal set aside a lower court order that would have allowed indoor services to take place at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. The Court of Appeal’s decision temporarily upholds the County’s Health Officer Orders prohibiting indoor worship services. The court ordered the church to provide a formal response to…

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