California News Briefs: Jan. 7


Northern California

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a $170.6 billion state spending plan Thursday that reflects billions of dollars in new revenue, proposing that much of it go to K-12 schools, the developmentally disabled, and the blind, elderly and disabled. Sacramento Bee

FOLSOM – Water-starved Folsom Lake is beginning to slowly fill up and recover from its lowest water levels ever. With the recent rains, Folsom’s water level has risen 28.5 feet and the reservoir is now holding 246,497 acre feet of water. SF Gate

SANTA ROSA – Visitors drawn to kayaking, surfing and sightseeing along the protected waters off Northern California’s coast pumped more than $1.2 billion into the region, according to a new federal study. The Press Democrat


Central California

BAKERSFIELD – Inclement weather closed a number of Kern County schools and led to multiple traffic snafus as rain and snow fell throughout Wednesday. The Bakersfield Californian

FRESNO – A wet week has raised Fresno rain totals up to pre-drought levels and dropped some welcome snow on Sierra communities. According to the National Weather Service in Hanford, the recent downpour has brought January’s rainfall total for Fresno up to 1.74 inches – the highest total for the first week of a year since 2006. Fresno Bee

YOSEMITE – A rockslide early Thursday has closed Highway 140 into Yosemite National Park, the park announced in a news release. Merced Sun-Star


Southern California

Malibu – Another powerful El Nino-driven storm lashed coastal areas of California on Thursday, stirring waves that flooded some low-lying streets and crept toward ocean-front homes in Malibu. The storm created waves that forecasters said could reach 16 feet while sending scattered thundershowers across inland areas. ABC News

LOS ANGELES – The California Department of Public Health has announced that it no longer will monitor travelers returning from West Africa for symptoms of Ebola. Los Angeles Times

SAN MARCOS – Emergency personnel from throughout North County trained Tuesday for a procedure they hope they never will use when an active-shooter drill was held on the campus at Cal State San Marcos University. The San Diego Union-Tribune














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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