The date and location are reportedly finalized for a public memorial in Los Angeles honoring Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and eight others. Plus: An inspection as part of a Camp Fire lawsuit has uncovered rusty PG&E equipment. And what’s Chanel doing fighting recreational marijuana?
On Wednesday,we posed questions about the state housing crisis to the Democratic presidential candidates. Read on to hear what they’re saying about California wildfire prevention.
In California is a daily roundup of news from across USA TODAY Network newsrooms and beyond. If you’re not yet a subscriber, here’s how you can get it in your weekday inbox.
Staples Center to host Kobe Bryant memorial
The candles, flowers and 1,353 basketballs have been removed from the Staples Center. Now it’s time for a memorial to honor Kobe Bryant and the eight others who died in a helicopter crash.
Los Angeles will host a public memorial on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center, site of past ceremonies for Nipsey Hussle and Michael Jackson, according to the L.A. Times. The date was set after discussions with Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, Staples Center representatives and the Lakers management. The memorial will come four weeks after Bryant’s helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, killing everyone on board.
This week, memorabilia left by fans at Staples was boxed up and stored away. Flowers and other perishable items will be composted and spread around the complex. Some items will be given to the family at the request of Vanessa Bryant.
Experts find rickety PG&E line near Paradise
Not much has changed with Pacific Gas & Electric since the Camp Fire, according to a recent expert inspection.
A rickety power line with parts held together by electrical tape was discovered during an inspection conducted as part of a legal claim, the Associated Press reports. According to an expert, the problematic power line is about 100 yards from the power line blamed for causing the deadly blaze that destroyed Paradise and killed 85 people.
On Thursday, a U.S. District Court judge issued an order telling the nation’s largest utility to be ready to discuss the latest finding.
Presidential hopefuls talk California wildfires
After the Camp Fire tore through Paradise in 2018, President Donald Trump accused the state of doing a terrible job of forest management, suggesting California “clean” its forest floors. Then-Gov. Jerry Brown shot back, saying “managing all the forests everywhere we can does not stop climate change — and those that deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedy.’’
The debate over wildfire prevention has divided politicians and scientists. We asked the Democratic presidential candidates to weigh in and offer their thoughts on balancing the need for housing with the dangers of building in fire-prone zones.
Professor Malcolm North, a fire ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service who also teaches at UC Davis, presented the question. Each candidate was provided with the same timeframe to respond. What do you think of their answers?
We’re also keeping tabs on …
Footage from an ICE detention facility in the Southern California community of Adelantoobtained by NPR shows the controversial use of force following what some called a rebellion and others a protest. Here is the video. The detainees who said they were pepper-sprayed received a settlement from the GEO Group, which runs the facility.
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who has Alzheimer’s disease, has started serving a three-year prison sentence for obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI. Baca is being held at a federal prison near El Paso, Texas.
Opposition to pot retailers can be heard up and down the state.At tonight’s public hearing in San Francisco, the opponent who claims marijuana doesn’t belong in tony Union Square is none other than luxury brand Chanel.
Living the quarantine life
What do you do if you’re an American under a 14-day coronavirus quarantine? Go on a morning jog, take a Zumba class and play a little flag football, apparently.
These are some of the activities American citizens are partaking in after leaving Wuhan, China, the center of the coronavirus outbreak. They are being quarantined at March Air Reserve Base, Travis Air Force Base and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
“It’s not a cruise ship, you know, but we’re trying to make it as an overall team,” said one of the evacuees.
Fossil fuel firms vs. California cities
In two high-stakes climate change lawsuits pitting local agencies against the fossil fuel industry, it matters which court hears them.
Cities and counties in California are suing oil companies, alleging that they lied to the public about the consequences of climate change. At stake is whether companies like Chevron and BP will be on the hook for mitigation measures like seawalls.
Local governments want the cases heard in California state courts, where experts believe it will be a challenge for the oil companies to win. The oil industry argues that if the cases are heard at all, they should be in federal court because the issues transcend state borders.
Survival lessons — a tree, a buck and rare birds
This week, the public will say goodbye to a storied tree. The National Park Service has determined that a majestic oak tree at Paramount Ranch did not survive the 2018 Woolsey Fire after all. The ranch has been used as movie sets for decades. “Westworld” was recently filmed there.
A Sacramento County man shot and killed a trophy buck on his rural property. Find out what his penalty is under a relatively new law.
We’re weeks away from nesting season for some of the state’s rare and threatened birds. At Ormond Beach, a whole community is getting ready.
In California is a roundup of news from across USA TODAY network newsrooms. Also contributing: Associated Press, NPR, Hoodline, City News Service, Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times.
Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/02/06/kobe-bryant-pg-e-camp-fire-lee-baca-marijuana-thursday-news/4679389002/