• Pacific Gas and Electric faces an uncertain future

    Pacific Gas and Electric faces an uncertain future
    Were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic and the severe economic recession that followed, California’s biggest political story of the year would be the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric, the huge utility that serves most of Northern California.
    A year and a half ago, PG&E declared bankruptcy due to almost countless billions of dollars in potential liability for killer wildfires caused by failures of its rural transmission lines during high winds — its second bankruptcy in two d
  • California governor orders some bars — including in L.A. County — to close as U.S. posts record COVID cases

    California governor orders some bars — including in L.A. County — to close as U.S. posts record COVID cases
    In a Twitter post Sunday afternoon, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of bars in seven California counties.
    The message, posted by the governor around noon, said that “due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Tulare.
    The state is recommending that bars also close in the following eight counties: Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Ventura.
  • As coronavirus cases surge, Gov. Newsom orders bars to close in Los Angeles and 6 other counties, recommends closures in 8 others

    As coronavirus cases surge, Gov. Newsom orders bars to close in Los Angeles and 6 other counties, recommends closures in 8 others
    Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of bars in Los Angeles and six other counties California counties Sunday and recommended closures in eight others, including Riverside and San Bernardino, as the state’s coronavirus caseload continued to grow.
    The message, posted by the governor around noon on Twitter, said that “due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Tulare.”
    The state
  • As coronavirus cases surge, Gov. Newsom orders bars to close in Los Angeles and 6 other counties

    As coronavirus cases surge, Gov. Newsom orders bars to close in Los Angeles and 6 other counties
    Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered bars and nightclubs closed in Los Angeles and six other counties, while recommending closures in eight others including Riverside and San Bernardino, as the state’s coronavirus caseload continued to grow.
    The message, posted by the governor around noon on Twitter, said that “due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Tulare.”
    The order, the fi
  • Advertisement

  • As coronavirus cases surge, Gov. Newsom orders bars to close in L.A., 6 other counties

    As coronavirus cases surge, Gov. Newsom orders bars to close in L.A., 6 other counties
    Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered bars and nightspots closed in Los Angeles and six other counties and recommended closures in eight others, including Riverside and San Bernardino, as the state’s coronavirus caseload continued to grow.
    The message, posted by the governor around noon on Twitter, said that “due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Tulare.”
    The state is recomme
  • As coronavirus cases surge, Gov. Newsom orders bars to close in 7 counties, recommends closures in 8 others

    As coronavirus cases surge, Gov. Newsom orders bars to close in 7 counties, recommends closures in 8 others
    Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of bars in seven California counties Sunday and recommended closures in eight counties, including the Bay Area, as the state’s coronavirus caseload continued to grow.
    The message, posted by the governor around noon on Twitter, said that “due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Tulare.
    The state is recommending that bars also close in the following
  • Sacramento’s budget games are both silly and harmful to Californians

    Sacramento’s budget games are both silly and harmful to Californians
    California’s budget process has become so warped it would make even Niccolò Machiavelli blush. The annual spending plan was never easy for citizens, the media and even political insiders to understand. But for the last decade, it has been perverted into a wholly political process devoid of transparency.
    Sacramento politicians will crow that they have faithfully performed their constitutional duty by passing an “on time” budget. True, the main budget bill (Senate Bill 74)
  • Summer may decide fate of leading shots in coronavirus vaccine race

    Summer may decide fate of leading shots in coronavirus vaccine race
    People on six continents already are getting jabs in the arm as the race for a COVID-19 vaccine enters a defining summer, with even bigger studies poised to prove if any shot really works — and maybe offer a reality check.
    Already British and Chinese researchers are chasing the coronavirus beyond their borders, testing potential vaccines in Brazil and the United Arab Emirates because there are too few new infections at home to get clear answers.
    The U.S. is set to open the largest trials &
  • Advertisement

  • Clippers sign Joakim Noah for restart with an option for next season

    Clippers sign Joakim Noah for restart with an option for next season
    The Clippers have signed on Joakim Noah for the NBA’s restart to the season beginning next month.
    The 6-foot-11 center was signed to a 10-day contract shortly before the season went on hiatus on March 11. A source confirmed to Southern California News Group that Noah had signed a contract for the rest of the season, as well as an unguaranteed second season.
    Noah has not yet played this year. Last season for Memphis, the two-time All-Star and 2014 Defensive Player of the Year averaged 7.1 p
  • Trump tweets video with ‘white power’ chant, then deletes it

    Trump tweets video with ‘white power’ chant, then deletes it
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted approvingly of a video showing one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist slogan associated with white supremacists. He later deleted the tweet and the White House said the president had not heard “the one statement” on the video.
    The video appeared to have been taken at The Villages, a Florida retirement community, and showed dueling demonstrations between Trump supporters and opponents.
    “Thank
  • Whicker: Dodgers’ scout finds fulfillment in a rescue operation

    Whicker: Dodgers’ scout finds fulfillment in a rescue operation
    The Dodgers listen to Marty Lamb.
    He scouted Walker Buehler as a high school righthander in Lexington, Ky., monitored him at Vanderbilt, recommended him. He told the Dodgers that Will Smith was jumping up the draft boards for a reason, and the Dodgers signed the catcher from the U. of Louisville, too. They drafted Matt Beaty, Luke Raley and Landon Knack, from Lamb’s reports.
    All the scouts were sidelined this spring when the virus came, but Lamb had enough stuff on Louisville pitcher Bobby
  • ‘I refuse to bow to anybody’: Rural California defies Gov. Newsom’s order to wear masks

    ‘I refuse to bow to anybody’: Rural California defies Gov. Newsom’s order to wear masks
    SACRAMENTO — Perched behind the counter of his cramped memorabilia shop in downtown Placerville, co-owner Lorenzo Smith isn’t about to tell his customers they have to put on a mask.
    It’s a matter of principle, he isn’t convinced it’s necessary, and he doesn’t particularly care that Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered Californians to wear them.
    “Most people up here do not like the governor,” said Smith, whose shop is called Hangtown Originals. “The
  • Wave of police protests, pride marches continue through Southern California

    Wave of police protests, pride marches continue through Southern California
    LOS ANGELES — Demonstrations and other activities targeting systemic racism and advocating for police reform were scheduled to continue Sunday, as the nationwide movement sparked by the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis shows no signs of waning.
    As the demonstrations continue, the focus has broadened to include a range of other issues including the debate over who deserves to be memorialized with a statue, Hollywood casting and gentrification, and LGBTQ rights.
    Sunday is th
  • Winners announced for Orange County Artist of the Year 2020

    Winners announced for Orange County Artist of the Year 2020
    Barring worldwide pandemics becoming “a thing,” it is a cinch there won’t be another contest quite like the 2020 version of the Orange County High School Artist of the Year program.
    While participation jumped by nearly 50 percent from 2019, this year’s program almost didn’t happen. A lack of funding in the fall almost killed the program, until Chapman University stepped up to partner with the The Register on a multi-year agreement.
    Laguna College of Art and Design a
  • Artist of the Year for dance: Lilah Dee Horton

    Artist of the Year for dance: Lilah Dee Horton
    It is perhaps fitting that a tap dancer would be tapped by the judges as this year’s Dance Artist of the Year.
    Lilah Dee Horton, who recently completed her junior year at Orange County School of the Arts, swept up the recognition by showcasing not only a wide-range of talent and styles, but rare intimacy as well.
    Tap is where Horton has made — and may continue to make — her name. But it was her diversity of styles and her eloquent description of art that helped lift her to the
  • Artist of the Year for film/animation: Zayd Ezzeldine

    Artist of the Year for film/animation: Zayd Ezzeldine
    Identity crises moved the hearts and captured the attention of judges in the Film/Animation category of the 2020 Orange County Artist of the Year contest.
    Whether it was a story of a relationship doomed by the cultural, religious and racial divides, an exploration of identity and self, or being caught on a wheel of ambition and expectation, the student artists of 2020 turned inward in thought-provoking ways.
    At the top of the list was Zayd Ezzeldine, who claimed Artist of the Year in a strong fi
  • Artist of the Year for instrumental music: Albert Gang

    Artist of the Year for instrumental music: Albert Gang
    Whether bringing tears to the eyes of the residents that he plays for at senior centers and assisted living homes or playing violin as a 12-year-old at his first music teacher’s wedding, Albert Gang has always been about sharing his music.
    As Gang, a graduate of Sage Hill School in Newport Beach, wrote in his personal statement, he has “learned that the greatest skill the violin offers is the ability to connect with anyone, regardless of background.”
    Classical music does not ha
  • Artist of the year for vocal music: Sean Oliu

    Artist of the year for vocal music: Sean Oliu
    From rising Telemundo singer to president of his high school choral program, from Mouseketeer to country crooning opener for LeAnn Rimes, Sean Oliu’s singing career has been as varied as it has been successful.
    Not bad for a kid just out of high school.
    Oliu, a recent graduate of Servite High, writes that he grew up with his father blasting Bruce Springsteen on road trips and his mother humming Jackson Browne around the house. But it was his grandpa’s collection of Johnny Cash, Merle
  • Artist of the Year for theater: Christina Tinde Jesenski

    Artist of the Year for theater: Christina Tinde Jesenski
    Christina Tinde Jesenski is like a theater version of a five-tool player in baseball. She’s an actor, writer, award-winning costume designer (with her mom), makeup designer and has even created play posters.
    And she’s obviously no quitter. That might be a sixth tool, but you get the idea.
    After finishing as a Artist of the Year semifinalistlast year, the Orange County School of the Arts senior returned this year to be named the Theater Artist of the Year in 2020.
    Artists of the Year
  • Artist of the Year for computer-assisted visual arts: Renee Tran

    Artist of the Year for computer-assisted visual arts: Renee Tran
    One can imagine that Renee Tran goes to bed with visions of serif and sans serif fonts dancing in her head.
    When she says, “It’s become such a subconscious reflex that I often don’t realize I’m studying graphic design everywhere I go,” it’s easy to see how Tran, 17, a recent junior from University High in Irvine, emerged as the finalist in the specialty of graphic design and digital illustration and was been named the computer-assisted visual arts Artist of th
  • Artist of the Year for handcrafted visual arts: Rey Mar Negrete

    Artist of the Year for handcrafted visual arts: Rey Mar Negrete
    Having grown up in and around poverty, with parents who had to vend at the Orange Coast College swap meet, Rey Mar Negrete knows about making do and finding beauty where you can. As the street markets are places where trash can be treasure, beauty lost and found, there is sense in Negrete finding voice and expression in mixed media.
    For his presentations for the 2020 Orange County Artist of the Year contest, Mar Negrete employed a swap meet of materials: homemade paper, cardboard, sandpaper, col
  • Southern California hospitals gearing up for surge in coronavirus cases

    Southern California hospitals gearing up for surge in coronavirus cases
    Large hospital systems in Southern California are preparing to create more space for coronavirus patients as cases continue to surge in the region and across the state.
    One ER physician said hospital CEOs “are getting anxious” about the capacity of their facilities to handle the influx, and some are developing staged plans to ensure they can.
    From Riverside and San Bernardino counties to Los Angeles and Orange counties, the numbers of patients infected with COVID-19 have been climbin
  • Beyond coronavirus, what’s causing nearly 10% spike in deaths in LA County?

    Beyond coronavirus, what’s causing nearly 10% spike in deaths in LA County?
    Deaths from all causes have spiked nearly 10 percent this year over what would normally be expected, according to a detailed analysis of provisional mortality data through mid-May by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
    That equates to 2,528 more lives lost than in years past — but just two-thirds of that spike can be officially attributed to COVID-19. Confirmed coronavirus deaths in the county were about 1,800 as of mid-May.
    So what accounts for those hundreds of extra deat
  • As police unions voice support for reform, we should listen: Susan Shelley

    As police unions voice support for reform, we should listen: Susan Shelley
    It’s the job of a labor union to represent its members in contract talks and to enforce the provisions of those contracts. It’s not a union’s job to protect members from the consequences of illegal or wrongful conduct.
    However, a union’s obligation to provide representation and to enforce contract provisions that require due process can create the appearance that labor unions are defending indefensible conduct.
    Try this thought experiment: imagine that a person you know t
  • How you, and your freedom, got disqualified: Roger Ruvolo

    How you, and your freedom, got disqualified: Roger Ruvolo
    As the Independence Day holiday approaches, read the Declaration of Independence and ask yourself: How independent are you? Can you speak freely? Do what you want jobwise? Go wherever you want to go? Associate with whomever you like?
    Do the answers to those questions matter to you? If not, you may be part of the faction that thinks individual rights are dispensable, that social expediency, as defined by certain people at a certain time, takes precedence over individual freedoms.
    If those questio
  • America is the ultimate fixer upper: Doug McIntyre

    America is the ultimate fixer upper: Doug McIntyre
    Things fall apart.
    Last week, The Wife told me Mercury was in retrograde and who am I to argue with The Wife, especially in writing? To be honest, I thought “retrograde” was the old name for Leningrad, but apparently it has something to do with how long my Honey-Do list is.
    Due to cosmic forces (and over-use due to months of being housebound) pretty much everything we own stopped working, including our internet connection, which means I stopped working.
    I called the internet people w
  • 2019-20 athletes & coaches of the year, All-County teams, Outstanding Seniors

    2019-20 athletes & coaches of the year, All-County teams, Outstanding Seniors
    A look back at the OCVarsity award winners for the 2019-20 high school sports season.
    Athletes and coaches of the year and All-County teams were selected for the fall and winter sports. For the spring sports, which had their season cut short by COVID-19, the Register chose an Outstanding Senior for each sport.
    OCVarsity 2020 Athletes & Coaches of the Year page
    FALL SPORTS
    FOOTBALL
    Offensive Player of the Year: Bryce Young, Mater Dei
    Defensive Player of the Year: Clark Phillips III, La Habra
  • OCVarsity 2020 Athletes of the Year special section

    OCVarsity 2020 Athletes of the Year special section
    The Register wraps up a year of excellence in high school sports by selecting the Orange County Athletes of the Year.
    The honorees are featured in a special section that includes lists of all of the athletes and coaches who received OCVarsity honors in 2019-20. The section is included in Sunday’s edition of the Register.
    There is also an interactive online version of the section that can be found here.
    A link to our page for the 2020 OCVaristy Athlete & Coach Awards.
    This year, because
  • OCVarsity Female Athlete of the Year: Rosary’s Asia Avinger

    OCVarsity Female Athlete of the Year: Rosary’s Asia Avinger
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowAsia Avinger didn’t need to search long to find a competitive game while growing up.
    The Rosary senior just needed to join her twin brother Noah or older brother Lucky at the basketball hoop in front of their house or at the grass fields at nearby Gridley Park in Cerritos.
    The three waged fierce basketball games that often led to fights in the driveway. They also played football and tag in the park.
    &ld
  • OCVarsity Male Athlete of the Year: Mater Dei’s Bryce Young

    OCVarsity Male Athlete of the Year: Mater Dei’s Bryce Young
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowBruce Rollinson has coached many outstanding quarterbacks in his 31 years running the Mater Dei football program.
    Asking Rollinson who was the best of them is like asking a father of five who is his favorite child.
    As for the Monarchs’ quarterback the past two seasons, Bryce Young …
    “Bryce is one of the best, if not the best we’ve had,” Rollinson said. “He took our offense
  • OCVarsity Female Outstanding Competitor: San Clemente’s Ella Gardiner

    OCVarsity Female Outstanding Competitor: San Clemente’s Ella Gardiner
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowAll the jumping in volleyball gave her an explosive lift in basketball.
    All the post moves and defensive slides in basketball gave her quickness around the net in volleyball.
    Ella Gardiner balanced volleyball and basketball for four years at San Clemente, but believes the sports actually stabilized her as an athlete.
    “Cross-training,” she explained. “It’s so helpful to have different s
  • OCVarsity Male Outstanding Competitor: Mission Viejo’s Lance Keneley

    OCVarsity Male Outstanding Competitor: Mission Viejo’s Lance Keneley
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowBeing a three-sport athlete is tough enough.
    Being a three-sport athlete who excels at three sports is tougher still.
    Mission Viejo senior Lance Keneley was that three-sport athlete who excelled at three sports, and for doing so is the Register’s Male Outstanding Competitor for 2019-20.
    Keneley (6-5, 240) was an All-Orange County defensive end. He was selected to the All-CIF Division 1 team and CalHiSpo
  • 2 dead, including gunman; 4 injured in shooting at Walmart distribution center in Northern California

    2 dead, including gunman; 4 injured in shooting at Walmart distribution center in Northern California
    RED BLUFF — A man drove into a distribution center and started shooting at people Saturday, killing an employee and wounding four others before he was killed by police, authorities said.
    The shooting by the 31-year-old man with a semi-automatic weapon started about 3:30 p.m. at the Walmart distribution center south of Red Bluff, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said in a news conference.
    Tehama County Sheriff’s Office deputies have determined the shooter circled the park
  • 2 dead, 4 hospitalized after shooting at distribution center in Northern California

    2 dead, 4 hospitalized after shooting at distribution center in Northern California
    RED BLUFF — Two people were killed and at least four people were in fair condition at a hospital Saturday after a man drove into a distribution center and started shooting at people.
    The two deceased people and the four injured ones were taken to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, spokeswoman Allison Hendrickson told The Associated Press. She declined to provide more details.
    Red Bluff police officers shot the suspected shooter, KHSL TV station reported. He reportedly underwent
  • California’s diverse communities need real solutions to the housing crisis

    California’s diverse communities need real solutions to the housing crisis
    California is in the midst of a profound housing crisis. While reasonable people can debate solutions, no one can argue that today’s housing market works for anyone but millionaires. Even before the COVID-19 recession, skyrocketing rents made it difficult for even middle-income Californians to make ends meet, and astronomical home prices have pushed the dream of homeownership almost completely out of reach for people of color.
    For too long California has failed to deliver the kind of effec
  • Those we honor reflect our values, rename John Wayne Airport: Tom Umberg

    Those we honor reflect our values, rename John Wayne Airport: Tom Umberg
    Many years ago, while transiting Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, my son Brett asked: “Who was O’Hare and why was the airport named after him?”
    I told him he was probably a mayor of Chicago or some other political figure. Not to let his question go unanswered, I looked up this fellow named O’Hare. Turns out Edward “Butch” O’Hare was a Naval Academy graduate who in 1942 single-handedly attacked a formation of nine enemy bombers (shooting down five) a
  • Coronavirus: Here’s why the test totals fell in Orange County as of June 27

    Coronavirus: Here’s why the test totals fell in Orange County as of June 27
    Update: The county explained why the testing totals on its new dashboard were lower on Friday than in Thursdays report. The new dashboard is only reporting the total number of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests (diagnostic tests) that have been conducted to date. Prior to Friday, cumulative tests included serology (antibody) tests performed.  To be in alignment with how the state reports the cumulative number of tests, the OC HCA is only reporting PCR tests. 
    A serology (antibody) t
  • Marine Mammal Care Center of Los Angeles celebrates reaching financial goal with virtual Seal Day

    Marine Mammal Care Center of Los Angeles celebrates reaching financial goal with virtual Seal Day
    The Marine Mammal Care Center held a livestream of its annual Seal Day on Saturday, June 27, 2020to celebrate achieving its fundraising milestone. The livestream was hosted by Amber Becerra of the Marine Mammal Care Center who was decked out as a Mermaid for the event.(Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)
    The Marine Mammal Care Center held a livestream of its annual Seal Day on Saturday, June 27, 2020to celebrate achieving its fundraising milestone. The livestream was hosted by Amb
  • Reportedly duped into becoming international drug mule, 76-year-old Virginia man lingers in Spanish jail

    Reportedly duped into becoming international drug mule, 76-year-old Virginia man lingers in Spanish jail
    By ERIC TUCKER | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Victor Stemberger wasn’t about to ignore the emails inviting him into a multimillion-dollar business opportunity, so he pitched himself as perfect for the job. In a way he was — but for all the wrong reasons.
    The 76-year-old Virginia man, whose family says he has cognitive issues, accepted the offer and boasted of his credentials as “an experienced businessman who does what he says he will do, and executes flawlessly, accordi
  • How the NBA is addressing mental health, social justice concerns of players for the restart

    How the NBA is addressing mental health, social justice concerns of players for the restart
    The threat of a global pandemic has meant a lot of people have gotten used to being under restrictive living situations. NBA players are not very different, spending much of the last few months in their homes or apartments, in some cases with their families.
    But ahead of the NBA’s restart in Orlando next month, players, coaches and other NBA staffers will have to cope with an entirely different kind of isolation that will remove them from familiar surroundings and companions.
    While Oklahom
  • Pence cancels some political events due to coronavirus spikes

    Pence cancels some political events due to coronavirus spikes
    By ZEKE MILLER | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases.
    Pence will still travel to those states, which have set records for new confirmed infections in recent days, the White House confirmed, saying he will meet with governors and their health teams.
    Pence said Friday during a briefing by the White House’s coronavirus task force that he would
  • Biden slams Trump over reported bounties placed on US troops

    Biden slams Trump over reported bounties placed on US troops
    By LYNN BERRY | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump on Saturday over a report that he said, if true, contains a “truly shocking revelation” about the commander in chief and his failure to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan and stand up to Russia.
    The New York Times reported Friday that American intelligence officials concluded months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killin
  • Shopper at new NoHo Trader Joe’s refuses to wear mask, and confrontation goes viral

    Shopper at new NoHo Trader Joe’s refuses to wear mask, and confrontation goes viral
    A woman shopping without a face mask Friday at the new Trader Joe’s at NoHo West was asked to do so by store employees, and after loudly refusing, the confrontation — which was captured on cellphone video — went viral.This is a Trader Joe’s today. In Los Angeles. Cases are through the roof in California. Is there any way to reach these people?pic.twitter.com/q1hIQr6aCL
    — Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) June 27, 2020
    Ya’ll I’ve found Karen of the San Fernan
  • 2-year-old horse dies after Los Alamitos race

    2-year-old horse dies after Los Alamitos race
    CYPRESS — A 2-year-old gelding running in his first race has been euthanized after suffering an injury at Los Alamitos Race Course, officials confirmed Saturday.
    Equilibrio was injured in Friday night’s fifth race at Los Alamitos. Mike Marten, public information officer for the California Horse Racing Board, confirmed his death to City News Service on Saturday.
    Attempts to reach Los Alamitos officials for more information were unsuccessful.
    The horse was owned by Isla Vista Ranch Ss,

Follow @Anaheim_NewsUS on Twitter!