Author: Jonathan Gudel

Large Stadium Protection Relies On See Something, Say Something Awareness

May 24, 2017 2:26 pm

Protecting the perimeters of public venues, including those hosting mass gatherings such as concerts and sporting events around the world, is yet another security-measure priority to thwart terror attacks, and even more so now in the aftermath of a suicide bombing after a concert in England on May 22.

The terror attack, which killed 22 people and injured at least 120, forced the British government to elevate the terror threat level from “severe” to “critical” to suggest the potential for another attack had increased. It marked the first time in 10 years that the threat level was raised to critical.

A bomb exploded in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena as fans exited just after the concert had ended. The blast became the deadliest terror attack on British soil since the 2005 London bombings, which killed … continue reading »

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Mono County, Tule River Tribe added to California Major Disaster Declaration for February Storms

May 19, 2017 11:00 am

One California county and a federally recognized Tribe impacted by severe winter storms in February 2017, which were not part of the original Disaster Declaration, can now apply for federal disaster assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

At the request of the State, FEMA amended the Major Disaster Declaration signed by President Trump on April 1 to include Mono County and the Tule River Tribe in Tulare County. The Amendment was approved May 18. Mono County and the Tule River Tribe were excluded from the original disaster declaration because damages suffered from the storms were still being calculated.

State agencies, local and Tribal governments, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations, located in Mono County, which sustained damage during severe winter storms from Feb. 1 to Feb. 23, 2017, have 30 days to … continue reading »

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Warm Weather Ahead, Repairing Roads a Priority from Fallout of Winter Storms

May 11, 2017 3:36 pm

Editor’s Note: This updated version reflects the current figures for road repairs and cost breakdown from winter storms as of May 11, 2017, according to Caltrans. The original story was published on March 15, 2017.


Relentless winter storms caused flooding, threats of levee breaches and severe weather across California throughout January and February. While precipitation was much needed after six-plus years of drought, the endless amount of rain and snow in such a short timeframe created public safety concerns.

Most of the wet weather was triggered by atmospheric river storms – waves of moisture that move north from tropical areas and over the West Coast. Recovery from the storms is ongoing and will be a long-term process.

Among the concerns from the storm fallout is significant road damage, specifically in the Sierras. Caltrans District 3, which … continue reading »

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to California Small Businesses

May 3, 2017 1:17 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in 29 California counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the excessive rain, high winds, cold temperatures and hail in the following primary counties that occurred March 1, 2016 – May 7, 2016, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center – West.

Primary California counties:  Butte, Glenn, Kern, San Joaquin and Yuba;

Neighboring California counties: Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Sierra, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare and Ventura.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the … continue reading »

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Denim Day Strives to End Sexual Violence

May 1, 2017 1:09 pm

On the west steps of the State Capitol in Downtown Sacramento, a large signature board, with pledges from legislators and public-alike, served as the backdrop for the 2017 Denim Day in an effort to end sexual violence.

Denim Day was created after a rape conviction was overturned simply because the victim wore tight jeans. Twenty-five years ago in Rome, Italy, a 45-year-old male driving instructor was convicted and sentenced for the rape of an 18-year-old female. His conviction, though, was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court three years later because it was ruled that, due to the tightness of her jeans, the victim must have assisted the alleged rapist to remove them.

The ruling sparked widespread protests as women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans in … continue reading »

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9-1-1 for Kids Mentors Youth on Importance of Emergency Notification

Apr 24, 2017 2:19 pm

Tim Brown stood quietly near the back of the California Highway Patrol gymnasium, his fist clinched and resting comfortably under his chin. He watched, almost embarrassingly, as video highlights of his college football years at Notre Dame and then later as an All-Pro wide receiver with the Oakland Raiders roared through the gym speakers.

Brown, the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner and 2015 Pro Football Hall of Famer, told participants at the 19th annual 9-1-1 for Kids/CHP Tm Brown Mentor Mini Camp that this “is my favorite week of the whole year.” As the International Chairman of 9-1-1 for Kids, Brown has assisted more than 5 million children and teens through mentoring and educational programs, including his mentor mini camp and heroes awards ceremony.

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San Francisco Remembers 1906 Earthquake

Apr 18, 2017 2:40 pm

At 5:12 a.m. this morning, sirens echoed throughout the streets of San Francisco to mark the anniversary of the deadliest disaster in California history. A 7.9-magnitude earthquake, dubbed the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake, crumpled infrastructures and caused massive fires in the Bay Area.

Shaking could be felt from the North Coast in Eureka to the Salinas Valley and to the south of San Francisco. The main shock lasted approximately 42 seconds, with a preceding strong foreshock shaking about 20-25 seconds.

Nearly 3,000 deaths at minimum were estimated as a result of the earthquake, though that total is still unconfirmed today. The earthquake itself was crippling, but subsequent fires accounted for more than 90 percent of the damage.

The majority of those deaths occurred in San Francisco, although neighboring cities such as Santa Rosa and San Jose … continue reading »

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