California News Briefs: Jan. 8

Northern California

LAKE TAHOE – In a study spanning a decade, the National Ski Areas Association recently found that more than 90 percent of all falls from a chairlift were attributed to human error or medical conditions, while 2 percent were the result of mechanical or operator error. Tahoe Daily Tribune

SACRAMENTO – A man who came to the U.S. as an Iraqi refugee was arrested in Sacramento on Thursday on suspicion of lying about fighting alongside terrorist organizations in Syria, federal authorities said. Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – Law-enforcement veteran Vicki Hennessy made San Francisco history Friday as she was sworn in as the city first female sheriff. SF Gate


Central California

BAKERSFIELD – Prices for Kern County agricultural property held stable last year, and rose in some cases, according to a new report suggesting the boom in local farmland since 2005 may have slowed but has not gone bust. The Bakersfield Californian

MODESTO – For the second time in less than a month, a local law enforcement officer helped in the birth of a baby. Modesto Bee

MONTEREY – While Monterey is working to fund a permanent shelter for adults, the first-ever warming shelter for youth opened its doors on the peninsula Thursday. KSBW


Southern California             

LOS ANGELES – Much of the torrential rain that fell on Southern California this week flowed right into the ocean, just like it did before the state’s epic drought. Associated Press

PORTER RANCH – With ailing residents, displaced neighborhoods and a potential decline in property values, the leak at Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon storage facility could cost the utility billions of dollars, some legal experts say. Los Angeles Times

SAN DIEGO – San Diego’s week of wild weather isn’t quite over yet, although it is winding down. After repeated soakings in recent days — with a casualty list that includes battered businesses, flooded homes and waterlogged cars — many residents surely have this question on their minds: Is this just El Niño’s opening act? 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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