• Closing real estate transactions during a pandemic

    Closing real estate transactions during a pandemic
    As of this moment, we have no end in sight for how long we’ll be asked to stay home, only make critical trips and social distance whenever we are around other people.
    Still, homes in California are being bought and sold, albeit under the California Association of Realtors guidelines of no face-to-face meetings, no in-person listing appointments and no home inspections or appraisals with multiple parties present.
    Here are a few ways that people involved in the transfer of real property are
  • Orange County Diocese expects campuses to stay closed for rest of this school year due to coronavirus

    Orange County Diocese expects campuses to stay closed for rest of this school year due to coronavirus
    The Orange County Diocese announced Tuesday that its schools are expected to remain physically closed for the remainder of this academic year because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, a move that aligns the Trinity League members with most public districts in Orange County.
    Brea Olinda and Santa Ana are the only public school districts in Orange County that have not announced closures for the rest of this school year.
    The Diocese hoped its students would return to campuses around May 4
  • Coronavirus has now infected at least nine OCFA firefighters

    Coronavirus has now infected at least nine OCFA firefighters
    At least nine Orange County Fire Authority firefighters had contracted the novel coronavirus as of Tuesday, April 7.
    So far, four of those patients have recovered, Orange County Fire Authority spokeswoman Colleen Windsor said.
    Many of those cases were reported early during the outbreak of COVID-19 in Orange County, OCFA Chief Brian Fennessy said in a statement posted to social media on Tuesday.
    “That was early on, several weeks ago, and many of them have already returned to work,” Fe
  • Racehorse dies while training at Los Alamitos; 2-year-old had never raced

    Racehorse dies while training at Los Alamitos; 2-year-old had never raced
    LOS ALAMITOS (CNS) – Royal Callan Rocks, a 2-year-old colt who had not yet competed in a race, died during training Thursday at Los Alamitos Race Course, state records show.
    The horse, trained by Jose A Flores, was training on the dirt track Thursday, but no other information was immediately available.
    The California Horse Racing Board reported the death.
    Attempts to reach the track for comment Tuesday were not successful.
    Two horses died at Los Alamitos last month: Flokie, a 2-year-old ge
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  • Coronavirus: California scrambles to issue extra $600 jobless payments

    Coronavirus: California scrambles to issue extra $600 jobless payments
    More than 2 million Californians have recently filed for jobless benefits, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday, and state officials are scrambling to get newly out-of-work residents the larger unemployment benefits enabled by the federal CARES Act to ease coronavirus-spawned economic devastation.
    Gov. Newsom estimated at a news briefing on Tuesday, April 7 that about 2.3 million people have filed claims for unemployment insurance, a grim assessment that is likely only to intensify pressure to begin t
  • San Onofre State Beach, including Lower Trestles, closed to public amid coronavirus concerns

    San Onofre State Beach, including Lower Trestles, closed to public amid coronavirus concerns
    If you were hoping to sneak down to Lower Trestles or San Onofre State Beach as this week’s swell hits, don’t bother making the trek.
    State Parks officials announced they are closing the popular surf breaks and the beach to the public, effective at 7 p.m. on April 7, according to Orange Coast Superintendent Kevin Pearsall.
    The closure was announced just before a new swell hits the region, expected to bring 4- foot to 6-foot waves by Thursday and Friday, according to Surfline.com.
    Rel
  • Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

    Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73
    By MICHAEL WARREN Associated Press
    John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other indelible tunes, died Tuesday at the age of 73.
    His family announced his death from complications from the coronavirus; he died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where he had been hospitalized last mon
  • Man arrested for alleged price gouging during coronavirus fears, selling box of N95 masks for $300

    Man arrested for alleged price gouging during coronavirus fears, selling box of N95 masks for $300
    Baldwin Park police had received a tip about a Craigslist advertisement of N95 respirator masks for sale.
    The listed price for a single box of 20 masks, which are currently in short supply in hospitals across the nation during the new coronavirus pandemic: $300.
    Detectives wearing plain clothes and posing as buyers contacted the man behind the post and met with him on Tuesday morning at a shopping center parking lot in West Covina, police said. As a part of the ruse, the detectives exchanged the
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  • Thanks to coronavirus toilet paper is scarce but we should not run out

    Thanks to coronavirus toilet paper is scarce but we should not run out
    Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, toilet paper has been flying off the shelves. Will we run out of paper products? It’s a question we wanted to get to the bottom of.
    Toilet paper is one of those everyday items you take for granted until it’s gone. The lack of toilet paper at the store is not just happening in the U.S., but all over the world. Last week a new website created in England titled howmuchtoiletpaper.com will calculate how long a dwindling amount of TP will last.
    The site ha
  • Coronavirus: Storm whitens the San Bernardino Mountains, but officials bar playing in the snow

    Coronavirus: Storm whitens the San Bernardino Mountains, but officials bar playing in the snow
    The ground and trees are covered in snow in the Angeles Oaks area near Big Bear on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, after a cold storm passed through the San Bernardino Mountains. The Big Bear Sheriff’s office tweeted that snow play is prohibited due to the coronavirus. (Courtesy of Christy Fulmer)
    The road is icy and trees are covered in snow in the Angeles Oaks area near Big Bear on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, after cold storm passed through the San Bernardino Mountains. The Big Bear Sheriff’s
  • Two decades-old homes are moved in Fullerton

    Two decades-old homes are moved in Fullerton
    Sheltering-in-place may not be a lot of fun, but the wide-open streets create the ideal conditions for home movers.
    So, on Saturday morning, March 28, with the citizens of Fullerton self-secluding and its streets mostly traffic-free, the time had come to take the first of two houses on a short tour of downtown Fullerton.
    This nearly 100-year-old home designed by Oliver Summerbell Compton was moved from Chapman Avenue to Amerige Avenue. (Courtesy of David Jerome)
    A home being moved through downto
  • Coronavirus slowdown: SoCal gas prices below $3 a gallon, a 33-month low

    Coronavirus slowdown: SoCal gas prices below $3 a gallon, a 33-month low
    Southern California drivers are seeing gasoline priced below $3 a gallon for the first time since the summer of 2017.
    The average retail price for all grades of gasoline was $2.97 a gallon of April 6, according to a weekly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That’s down 7 cents in a week and 85 cents in a year.
    It’s the lowest average price since the week ended July 17, 2017.
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  • Coronavirus slowdown: Gas prices below $3 a gallon, a 33-month low

    Coronavirus slowdown: Gas prices below $3 a gallon, a 33-month low
    Southern California drivers are seeing gasoline priced below $3 a gallon for the first time since the summer of 2017.
    The average retail price for all grades of gasoline was $2.97 a gallon of April 6, according to a weekly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That’s down 7 cents in a week and 85 cents in a year.
    It’s the lowest average price since the week ended July 17, 2017.
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  • California appeals court drops rape, trafficking charges against leader of Mexican megachurch

    California appeals court drops rape, trafficking charges against leader of Mexican megachurch
    LOS ANGELES — The criminal case against a Mexican megachurch leader on charges of child rape and human trafficking was dismissed Tuesday by a California appeals court on procedural grounds.
    Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, has been in custody since June following his arrest on accusations involving three girls and one woman between 2015 and 2018 in Los Angeles County. Additional allegations of the possession of child pornography i
  • Virtual celebrations mark Passover, Easter, Ramadan during coronavirus pandemic

    Virtual celebrations mark Passover, Easter, Ramadan during coronavirus pandemic
    Three sacred religious holidays — for Jews, Christians and Muslims — arrive this month in the thick of a global pandemic that has shuttered synagogues, churches and mosques, upending traditionally large, communal celebrations.
    The Jewish festival of Passover begins at sundown Wednesday, April 8, and will be celebrated through April 16. Christians are observing Holy Week to culminate in Easter Sunday on April 12. Muslims will observe the holy month of Ramadan from April 23 to May 23,
  • Encouraging face coverings for grocery workers, other ‘essential’ employees serving the public

    Encouraging face coverings for grocery workers, other ‘essential’ employees serving the public
    Starting Wednesday, April 8, the city of Irvine will require workers at “essential” retail businesses to wear a bandana, scarf, fabric or other mask on the job, and Costa Mesa is working on similar rules for its grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses.
    Orange County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick is also expected to issue guidelines soon spelling out which workers should wear a mask or face covering, county supervisors were told at a Tuesday board meeting.
    Public health gu
  • Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa memorialized on 5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano

    Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa memorialized on 5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano
    Fire Capt. David Rosa was a model firefighter, one the city of Long Beach was blessed to call its own, says fellow firefighter Rex Pritchard.
    Rosa, 45, was fatally struck by gunfire on June 25, 2018, while responding to an explosion at a highrise senior-living complex. His death shook the region and his memorial service drew thousands.
    On Tuesday, a sign marking the Long Beach Fire Capt. David Rosa Memorial Highway was placed on the 5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano.
    “Our membership made a
  • 5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano memorializes Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa

    5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano memorializes Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa
    Fire Capt. David Rosa was a model firefighter, one the city of Long Beach was blessed to call its own, says fellow firefighter Rex Pritchard.
    Rosa, 45, was fatally struck by gunfire on June 25, 2018, while responding to an explosion at a highrise senior-living complex. His death shook the region and his memorial service drew thousands.
    On Tuesday, a sign marking the Long Beach Fire Capt. David Rosa Memorial Highway was placed on the 5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano.
    “Our membership made a
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar delivers 1,800 goggles to health care workers

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar delivers 1,800 goggles to health care workers
    UCLA and Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, famous for his skyhook, showed off another winning move this week, donating hundreds of pairs of safety goggles to Southern California health care workers.
    A UCLA Health ambassador who famously sported goggles on the court during his 20-year NBA career, Abdul-Jabbar provided 900 pairs for UCLA Health workers and another 900 pairs for those working on the front lines at Scripps Health in San Diego.
    Abdul-Jabbar, 72, said he wanted health care workers to
  • Pomona professor 3D printing masks to help hospitals deal with coronavirus

    Pomona professor 3D printing masks to help hospitals deal with coronavirus
    What do you get when you combine a stay-at-home order and a 3D printer?
    In D. Joshua Cameron’s case, you get 3D-printed masks made from home and distributed to hospitals throughout Southern California, helping medical professionals cope with a shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    Cameron, an associate professor of optometry at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, based his mask on designs developed by health care professionals in Billings, Montana, who created the website Ma
  • Player Memory: Trabuco Hills’ Ryan Ball will miss ‘just being able to play with the guys I love every day’

    Player Memory: Trabuco Hills’ Ryan Ball will miss ‘just being able to play with the guys I love every day’
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowEditor’s note: OCVarsity is publishing messages and memories from Orange County coaches, athletes and others who have been affected by the coronavirus crisis. Details about this project can be found here.Ryan Ball shares his memories of playing baseball at Trabuco Hills:
    My favorite memory of playing baseball at Trabuco Hills was just being able to play with the guys I love every day.
    The thing I’
  • In emotional debate, Huntington Beach council approves city employee raises

    In emotional debate, Huntington Beach council approves city employee raises
    Despite concerns over a projected multi-million dollar loss in tax revenue due to the coronavirus crisis, the Huntington Beach City Council narrowly approved raises for 725 employees Monday night, April 6.
    The raises will total $5 million over the next three years.
    Council members argued passionately on both sides. Four said employees and first responders now more than ever deserve the raises, negotiated prior to the outbreak. The other three expressed concern the virus’ economic devastati
  • Ducks talk about what-ifs and Netflix while idled during coronavirus outbreak

    Ducks talk about what-ifs and Netflix while idled during coronavirus outbreak
    Under normal circumstances, the Ducks might have spent Tuesday completing their season-ending meetings with the coaching staff and general manager Bob Murray and then cleaned out their lockers at Honda Center. Their regular-season finale was to have been played this past Saturday in San Jose.
    Instead, Ducks center Adam Henrique and defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson couldn’t say when or even if their 2019-20 season would resume. The Ducks had 11 regular-season games remaining when
  • Foothill swimmer Samantha Pearson responds to coronavirus crisis, loss of season with positive attitude

    Foothill swimmer Samantha Pearson responds to coronavirus crisis, loss of season with positive attitude
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowSamantha Pearson, a senior at Foothill High School in North Tustin, is one of the top swimmers in Orange County this year, and will be attending Stanford University this fall, on March 10, 2020.(Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    Samantha Pearson, a senior at Foothill High School in North Tustin, is one of the top swimmers in Orange County this year, and will be attending Stanford Univ
  • Gary Bettman uncertain NHL can complete regular season due to coronavirus

    Gary Bettman uncertain NHL can complete regular season due to coronavirus
    For the first time since halting play four weeks ago, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman raised the possibility Tuesday of not completing the regular season in order to squeeze in time to award the Stanley Cup.
    Bettman also acknowledged during an interview with NBCSN the league is considering having games played at neutral sites in the event not all teams will be allowed into their home rinks.
    Bettman, however, stressed these are among myriad options being considered with nothing determined because i
  • Splash House cancels June installment because of coronavirus

    Splash House cancels June installment because of coronavirus
    The pool party was supposed to get longer this year with an added weekend for the Splash House music event in Palm Springs, but due to the novel coronavirus pandemic the June edition of the event has been canceled, officials announced Tuesday, April 7, on Facebook.
    However the August editions of the event, which is part-pool party and part-electronic dance music festival at the Renaissance, Riviera and Saguaro hotels in Palm Springs, are still planned to happen, officials said.
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  • Orange County reports 50 more cases of coronavirus on April 7

    Orange County reports 50 more cases of coronavirus on April 7
    The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 931 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Tuesday, April 7.
    On Tuesday, there were 50 new cases reported and one new death. The past three days have had 50 or fewer new cases reported each day.
    The highest daily total of new cases since the start of the county’s reporting was April 1, with more than 100.
    Some 40% of cases reported in the county were among those ages 45 to 64; 19 percent were among those 65 and older and 10 percent were young
  • Coronavirus eviction ban: What tenants need to know

    Coronavirus eviction ban: What tenants need to know
    The California Attorney General’s Office has offered guidance on a new ruling that bars eviction proceedings in court systems statewide.
    The state’s Judicial Council on Monday, April 6 issued emergency orders that stop lenders’ efforts to foreclosure on mortgages and landlords’ ability to evict tenants — except in cases where public health or safety are involved.
    The new rules, which apply for 90 days after California’s state of emergency is lifted,
  • Creativity and compassion continue to combat the coronavirus

    Creativity and compassion continue to combat the coronavirus
    It’s easy to feel depressed and scared these days. News about the impact and death toll of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is constant. Government responses have been chaotic, ranging from near-indifference to suddenly shutting down the economy, with politicians offering to pay for everything.
    Yet we shouldn’t lose sight of the exceptional vitality that the private sector is demonstrating during this mess. It will make a difference, so cheer up!
    After what can only be described as a m
  • Whicker: Can Linval Joseph help power-lift the Chargers into contention?

    Whicker: Can Linval Joseph help power-lift the Chargers into contention?
    If you were power-lifting against Linval Joseph, he liked to live inside your head. That was a tight squeeze.
    Joseph, the Chargers’ new defensive tackle, is 6-foot-4 and weighs 323 pounds. In Santa Fe High, just outside Gainesville, Fla., he bench-pressed 415 pounds, squatted 560 and clean-and-jerked 320 to win state championships. At the 2010 NFL scouting combine, Joseph had 39 reps on a 225-pound bench press.
    His competitors knew the outcome long before the end. Joseph would wait until e

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