LA County Passes New COVID-19 Restrictions, Disney Sacks Workers

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Winston Gieseke

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Hope you had your fix of delicious Thanksgiving-ness! Of course I did. I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and special sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, bringing you the latest California headlines. In California brings you the best Golden State stories and commentary from the USA TODAY Network and beyond. Get it for free, straight to your inbox.

LA County adopts further restrictions

The Los Angeles Times reports that health officials issued a temporary stay-at-home order on Friday that will take effect Monday and last for three weeks.

“Residents are urged to stay at home as much as possible and always wear a face covering their nose and mouth when outside their homes and around others,” the health department said. county.

Public and private gatherings with people who do not belong to the same household are prohibited under the order, except for religious services and demonstrations.

Beaches, trails and parks currently remain open, but gatherings with non-household members are also prohibited.

The new restrictions come two days after LA County restaurants were ordered to suspend alfresco dining, a move unsupported by restaurant owners and some elected officials, who called the rules too restrictive for them. already struggling restaurant industry.

Palm Springs resident: “Jeopardy! was an “opportunity of a lifetime”

Project Manager Burt Thakur, a resident of Palm Springs, said appearing on “Jeopardy!” Was “the opportunity of a lifetime.” His two-part series, filmed in August, aired this month.

Game show host Alex Trebek asked Thakur – who immigrated to the United States at the age of 7 from India – if he had “any family members at home for the show. ‘to encourage”. Thakur shared a touching story:

“You know, here’s a true story, man. I grew up, I learned English thanks to you, ”Thakur told Trebek. “And so, my grandpa, who raised me – I’m going to have tears right away – I would sit on his lap and look at you every day, so it’s a pretty special time for me,” guy.

Thakur told the Desert Sun that he didn’t think the cameras were rolling at the time and that he suspected that the footage wouldn’t be included in the episode.

“I wanted to tell someone I had never met before how much he meant to me all my life, and there wasn’t a dry eye in that studio at the time, and his reaction was. palpable, ”Thakur said.

Trebek died on November 8 at the age of 80 from pancreatic cancer.

No SantaCon this year

SantaCon, that the San Francisco Chronicle calendar calls “the annual and impromptu gathering of drunken Santa Claus-clad revelers who bar hop in downtown San Francisco” has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and has been canceled.

Meanwhile …

Disney to lay off workers at parks in California, Florida

Following the COVID-19 pandemic and the state banning the reopening of Disneyland, The Walt Disney Co. has announced plans to lay off 32,000 employees in the first half of fiscal 2021, which began last month.

In the SEC document filed on the eve of Thanksgiving Day, the company said it also put 37,000 unscheduled workers on leave due to the pandemic.

“Due to the current climate, including the impacts of COVID-19 and (the) changing environment in which we operate, the company has generated efficiency gains in its staffing, including limiting recruitment to roles critical sales, time off and downsizing, ”the document said.

The company also said it could cut spending further, such as reducing investments in film and television content and additional leaves and layoffs.

Disney parks closed in March as the pandemic began to spread in the United States. Florida parks reopened this summer, but California parks have yet to reopen pending local and state government approvals.

Audit: California oil regulators issued hundreds of inappropriate permits

California oil regulators have ignored their own regulations and issued improper permits for hundreds of new wells last year, according to a state finance ministry audit that was finalized this week.

This is one of the conclusions of the long-awaited report, which concluded that while the ailing California Division of Geological Energy Management (CalGEM) “generally” complied with laws governing underground injection techniques and safe fracking, there were notable exceptions and significant room for improvement.

The audit was requested after articles in The Desert Sun in 2019 revealed that CalGEM employees were using so-called ‘dummy’ dossiers to approve new injection wells for several oil companies that perform risky steam injections. While a spokeswoman for CalGEM said at the time that there were isolated cases of “dummy” files, examiners found nearly three dozen, and the practice continued after it was released. public.

CalGEM has 60 days to submit a corrective action plan to the finance department.

In other California news:

New COVID-19 surge is spreading to every corner

In addition to major urban areas in California, the latest wave of new COVID-19 cases has hit rural areas upstate, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Santa Ana winds increase fire risk

Warning: Winds up to 82 mph and extremely low humidity have sparked new fears of wildfires in southern California, the Washington Post reports.

That’s it, guys! Have a safe and knowledgeable weekend, and we’ll be back in your inbox on Monday.

In California, a roundup of news from the editorial staff of the USA Today Network. Also contributing: Los Angeles Times, Washington Post.

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