They came in by the thousands: tiny little red crabs on beaches in Orange County, Southern California, Sunday, covering a shoreline much further north than their typical home. Also called Pleuroncodes planipes, the one- to three-inch crawfish-like crabs are usually concentrated off the Baja California coast, said Linsey Sala, collection manager at University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The crabs are likely showing up further and further north because the water is unusually warm. “They have this ability to transition from the seafloor through the water column,” Sala said. “They’re subject to current and internal waves and tides, so they can be pushed along with different water masses. Typically, when we do see larger numbers of tuna crab, it’s during warm water intrusions.” … [Read more...] about Why tiny, orange crabs are blanketing Southern California beaches
SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—California sued the Trump administration Monday over its decision to end a program that shields young immigrants from deportation, saying it would be especially hard hit because it has more of the immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by parents or by parents who overstayed visas than any other U.S. state. The lawsuit’s legal arguments largely mirror those already filed in a lawsuit last week by 15 other states and the District of Columbia. Attorneys general for the states of Maine, Maryland and Minnesota joined California’s lawsuit. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said California’s case is stronger than the first lawsuit, filed last week, because more than 200,000 of the 800,000 participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program live in the state. Read more: 15 states, D.C. sue Trump administration over ending DACA; California filing separate suit … [Read more...] about California sues Trump administration over ending DACA, joining 15 other states, D.C.
Getting your motorbike license just to ride the iconic Highway 1. Sipping on a fine glass of pinot noir as you stroll through the vineyard where the grapes grew. Hiking through redwoods. Rafting white waters. Pretending you know how to surf. These are what many California dreams are made of. People have long romanticized the sunny coastal state. Since 1970, its population has doubled in size to 38 million people. California saw about 16 million international visitors in 2014; 1.6 million of them were Canadian. At the same time, the state is struggling through the worst drought since it began recordkeeping in 1895. In an L.A. Times editorial published in March, Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine, said the state has one year of water stored in its reservoirs. … [Read more...] about California: Will drought affect your tourism plans?
I once got on a crowded bus, spotted an empty seat beside a middle-aged white man and caught myself hesitating before sitting beside him. I considered the possibility he was anti-Muslim and would not want me near him. Then I mentally smacked myself, plopped down on the seat and, in true Toronto fashion, we ignored each other for the rest of the ride. This was sometime last year — maybe it was as Kellie Leitch was building up her campaign on screening immigrants for “Canadian values”; or when cities in France began banning burkinis; or maybe it was when then-presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed a national Muslim registry. I can’t pin down a timeline; Western Muslims are so routinely under suspicion that the individual controversies bleed together in my mind. That day on the bus I vowed never again to let the climate of fear force me to assume the worst of the world and those around me. But last week, that’s exactly what I did. As fear and confusion … [Read more...] about I cancelled my trip to California. And I feel ashamed
A California woman has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and battery against former Edmonton Eskimos star quarterback Warren Moon. The lawsuit, obtained by The Canadian Press, was filed Monday in Orange County, Calif. It names Moon and his company, Sports 1 Marketing, as defendants. Wendy Haskell, a former executive assistant to Moon at Sports 1 Marketing, alleges in the lawsuit that Moon required her to wear skimpy lingerie, share his bed during business trips and made unwanted sexual advances. Haskell also alleges in the documents that Moon grabbed her crotch while she was sleeping on a recent business trip in Seattle. The Canadian Press does not normally name alleged victims of sexual assault, but Fitzgerald & Isaacson, the law firm representing Haskell, said its client had agreed to go public. … [Read more...] about NFL, CFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon accused of sexual harassment in California lawsuit
SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—California became the first state in the U.S. to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports, as Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a law meant to address rape on campus. State lawmakers last month approved the measure as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. Campus sexual assault victims and women’s advocacy groups delivered petitions to Brown’s office on Sept. 16, urging him to sign the bill. The bill’s author, state Sen. Kevin de Leon, has said the legislation will spark a paradigm shift in how college campuses in California prevent and investigate sexual assaults. Rather than using the refrain “no means no,” the definition of consent under the bill requires “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.” More at … [Read more...] about California strengthens college sexual consent laws
North America’s three amigos in the fight against climate change are urging other leaders to join their crusade. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and California Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off the Climate Change Summit of the Americas on Wednesday with a call to arms. “It is impossible for any one jurisdiction to do this alone,” Wynne said at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. “This is not something we can solve overnight. This is a trajectory that we are on right now that is extremely important — that we’ve got to keep moving on,” she said of the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to extreme weather changes. Couillard, whose province has joined with California on a cap-and-trade carbon-pricing system that Ontario could soon link to, said provinces and states can lead the way for national governments. … [Read more...] about Ontario, Quebec, and California rally against climate change
FALLBROOK, CALIF.—A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending, but danger still looms. Well into what’s considered the wet season, there’s been nary a drop of rain. That’s good for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that emerged this spring from a years-long drought and now has firefighters on edge because of parched conditions and no end in sight to the typical fire season. “This is the new normal,” Gov. Jerry Brown warned Saturday after surveying damage from the deadly Ventura County fire that has caused the most destruction and continued burning out of control. “We’re about ready to have firefighting at Christmas. This is very odd and unusual.” Even as firefighters made progress containing six major wildfires from Santa Barbara to San Diego County and most evacuees were allowed to return home, predicted gusts of up to 80 km/h through Sunday posed a threat of flaring up existing … [Read more...] about Christmas wildfires may become the new California norm
SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF.— The FBI said Friday it is officially investigating the mass shooting in California as an act of terrorism, while a U.S. law enforcement official said the woman who carried out the attack with her husband had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and its leader on Facebook. The official said Tashfeen Malik made her posts under an alias. A Facebook official said she praised the leader of the Islamic State group in a post just as the first emergency calls came in from the shooting scene. The company discovered the account Thursday and removed the profile from public view. Malik and Syed Farook killed 14 people Wednesday at a holiday party for his co-workers. The Muslim couple were killed hours later in a gun battle with police. Malik, 27, was a Pakistani who grew up in Saudi Arabia and came to the U.S. in 2014 on a fiancée visa. Farook, a 28-year-old restaurant health inspector, was born in Chicago to Pakistani parents and raised in California. … [Read more...] about FBI investigating California mass shooting as act of terrorism
In the two weeks after a gun show is held in Nevada, injuries and deaths involving firearms jump by 69 percent — in neighboring areas of California. However, when gun shows occur in California, the state does not experience an increase in firearm-related trauma over the next fortnight. The findings, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, show that state gun laws have a measurable effect on public safety, especially when it comes to gun shows, the study authors wrote. Read more: Why American gun laws are likely to get looser, not tighter, even after Las Vegas: Analysis … [Read more...] about California sees rise in gun violence after gun shows in Nevada, but not when it hosts one itself. The difference? Gun laws