This Week In The News (07/08-07/12)

Recent California Earthquakes a Stark Warning for Los Angeles

Monday, July 8 (CBS News) – After last week’s back-to-back magnitude 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes, scientists have labeled the recent seismic events as a wake-up call to California residents. The quakes caused at least $100 million in damage, according to California Governor Gavin Newsom. Ridgecrest and Trona were the hardest hit towns. Officials say if a similar quake struck directly under Los Angeles, it could cause an estimated $200 billion in damage.

4 Killed When 2 Motorcycles Collide on Southern California Canyon Road

Monday, July 8 (CBS News) – A motorcycle collision on Sunday in Orange County killed four people, including two males and two females. Involving two motorcyclists, the crash occurred around 4:30 p.m., 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles in Silverado Canyon. According to the California Highway Patrol, one rider going northbound tried to pass a car at a bend in the road. After crossing the double yellow lines, the rider hit another cyclist head-on. The driver of the car stayed on the scene and cooperated with officials.

California is 1st State To Offer Health Benefits To Adult Undocumented Immigrants

Wednesday, July 10 (NPR) – Following a measure signed by governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, California can now offer government-subsidized health benefits via Medicaid to low-income, undocumented young adults (age 25 and younger). Officials estimate the plan may cover about 90,000 people. The measure is a popular one in the state; a Public Policy Institute of California study in March revealed two-thirds of state residents support such coverage, which has been passed amongst a crackdown on illegal immigration by the Trump administration.

California Expected to Enact Deadly Force Restrictions for Law Enforcement

Tuesday, July 9 (The Hill) – On Monday, the California state Senate passed legislation that applies stricter rules on the use of deadly force by law enforcement officials. State rules now make it an option to officers when “necessary” rather than when it seems “reasonable”. Since the state Assembly passed the bill in May, it has gained police support. It requires courts to evaluate an officer’s actions before and after an incident in which deadly force was used, and determine whether de-escalation techniques were used first.

CHP: Silverado Canyon Motorcycle Crash ‘One of the Worst Ones We’ve Seen’

Monday, July 8 (CBS Los Angeles) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department identified the victims of a motorcycle collision in Modjeska Canyon as Regina Michelle Crowder, 48; Jon Michael Schwarz, 50; David Mark Terman, 59; and Edith Mae Hegy, 62. On Sunday, a Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a Honda motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction when it swerved to avoid a hitting a car. A number of deadly collisions have occurred in the area, prompting officials to post warning signs.

17-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Killed by Police on Southern California Freeway; Family Demands Answers

Tuesday, July 9 (NBC News) – Following the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Hannah Williams by a police officer in Anaheim, the girl’s family is demanding answers. A Fullerton Police K-9 officer radioed the incident around 7:00 p.m. Friday night. The girl later died at a local hospital. According to an Orange County District Attorney’s Office press release, the officer encountered the teenager en-route to a veterinarian’s office, and a replica of a Beretta 92 FS handgun was found next to her body. William’s family is asking for a state investigation and for the officer to be suspended without pay.

Two Men Listed in Critical Condition Following ‘Major Injury’ Crash on Highway 140 

Monday, July 8 (KDRV) – On Monday afternoon, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a crash on Highway 140 at milepost 24, west of Fish Lake, Oregon. Two drivers were hospitalized and listed in critical condition. The crash occurred when a Dodge pickup, driven by Hunter Toland of Eureka, California, crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound Dodge utility truck driven by Kevin Hanson of Brookfield, Massachusetts.

Lifeguard Truck Runs Over Young Girl on California Beach

Tuesday, July 9 (The Southern Illinoisan) – A lifeguard truck ran over a young girl, believed to be about age 4, on a Coronado beach near San Diego. The lifeguards were patrolling in a pickup truck Monday evening, according to a report by City Fire Chief Jim Lydon to the San Diego Union-Tribune, and struck the girl after maneuvering around a berm. He also said the child was crouched in the sand when both tires on the driver’s side went over her. The girl was taken to the hospital after lifeguards and paramedics provided aid.