- With fresh powder on the ground, some ski resorts in Tahoe are opening early this year. Palisades Tahoe announced it moved up its opening date from November 24th to this Friday, October 29th. It's only the third time in the resort's 72-year history that it will be opening in October. Face masks will be required indoors only for those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. This comes after the latest storm dumped three-and-a-half feet of snow on Palisades' upper mountains.
- California is a making a move to ban oil wells near homes and schools. Governor Gavin Newsom has now proposed a statewide 3,200-foot buffer zone to separate homes, schools, hospitals and other populated areas from active oil and gas wells. Other oil and gas states likes Texas, Colorado and North Dakota already have imposed some form of setback between properties and oil operations. If adopted, California’s 3,200-foot buffer zone would be the largest in the country.
- To say that SEIU Local 1000 President Richard Louis Brown is shaking up the traditional political landscape in Sacramento is a big understatement. Brown has angered SEIU board members who recently held a weekend meeting at the California Democrat headquarters in Sacramento, where they voted to remove Brown from office. He says the meeting was illegal and he says he's not going anywhere.
- For the second time in two weeks, one of the Bay Area's In-N-Out Burger restaurants has been shut down for violating coronavirus health orders. Yesterday, Contra Costa County health officials ordered the In-N-Out in Pleasant Hill to stop serving customers. It ignored orders that require customers dining inside to show proof of vaccination, or a negative test taken within 72-hours. It's been cited four times, and fined in recent weeks. The county also suspended the restaurant's commercial food permit yesterday. Last week, San Francisco closed indoor dining at the In-N-Out at Fisherman's Wharf, because it was also violating vaccination protocols for customers.
- After multiple fights at Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, resulted in the arrests of 23 students, a group of about 40 dads stepped up to put a stop to the violence. Known as Dads on Duty, the men are on campus from the time students first arrive to when they go home for the day.
- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on the National Institute of Health admitting its involvement in funding gain of function research at a lab in Wuhan, China.