California News Briefs: Jan. 11


Northern California

LAKE TAHOE – City and area fire department officials are cautioning guests and residents to be careful with ice on Lake Tahoe and other area bodies of water. Tahoe Daily Tribune

SACRAMENTO – Spencer Stone, one of three young men from Sacramento who gained worldwide fame for foiling a mass shooting in Europe in August, will attend Tuesday’s State of the Union address as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama. Sacramento Bee

SAN JOSE – Now that 2016 has gotten off to a wet start, with a series of El Niño storms drenching California in recent days, the question is turning up with increasing frequency at dinner parties and coffee shops: “How will we know when the drought is over?” San Jose Mercury News


Central California

FRESNO – Some parts of the Central Valley are sinking, and time is running out to make the hard choices to slow the overpumping of groundwater causing it. Fresno Bee

MONTEREY – Higher-than-average rainfall last week, in the midst of an El Niño winter, has raised concerns about landslides and mudslides in Monterey County. Monterey Herald

WASCOTesting is expected to begin next month at a Wasco oil field wastewater treatment plant that, if successful, could boost water supplies for Kern County farmers while addressing a vexing problem for local oil producers. The Bakersfield Californian


Southern California

PORTER RANCH – San Fernando Valley residents crowded into a high school gymnasium to express outrage over a gas leak that has sickened and displaced thousands from the Porter Ranch area. Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles has set a tourism record for the fifth year in a row. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city’s tourism board say 45.5 million people visited the city last year – up by nearly 3 percent or about 1.3 million visitors from 2014. Associated Press

SAN DIEGO – East Mission Bay and Tecolote Creek remained off limits Monday following a sewage spill in the Clairemont area. KGTV



Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires, and statewide wildfire siege in 2018 . Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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