California News Briefs: Jan. 13

Northern California

DAVIS – The city of Davis announced Tuesday a 22.5-percent reduction in water use for December, bringing Davis’ cumulative reduction for June through December to 27.3 percent, just below the required 28-percent state mandated reduction target. Davis Enterprise

ELK GROVE – There has been a welcomed sight in Elk Grove and other parts of the state – skies have grayed and much needed rains started to fall. But as the El Niño storms have finally arrived, water conservation is still at the forefront since California’s nearly five-year drought has still not been declared over. Elk Grove Citizen

SACRAMENTO – A voluntary water boil advisory for the Pocket area of Sacramento has been lifted, city officials said. The voluntary advisory – first issued Sunday – was for the area west of Interstate 5 and east of the Sacramento River. KCRA


Central California

CARMEL – Just as big waves wash away carefully constructed sand castles, El Niño threatens to transform Monterey County beaches and coastlines. Monterey Herald

MODESTO – The Modesto Irrigation District is moving closer to constructing a small reservoir east of Modesto. Modesto Bee

TURLOCK – California drivers are once again paying for the most expensive gas in the nation and will continue to experience price swings in the near future, due to statewide refinery issues. Turlock Journal

Southern California

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Fire Department says it has recorded a 54 percent drop in structure fire-related fatalities last year compared to 2014. Lompoc Record

SAN DIEGO – A crane toppled over on a freeway transition near the South Park neighborhood early Wednesday and pinned a person to a guardrail, authorities said. CBS8

STEVENSON RANCH – Stevenson Ranch residents are worried about the amount of water that would be used by new residents of a 102-home development planned by Lennar Homes of California near Pico Canyon Elementary School. Santa Clarita Valley Signal

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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