I am Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and particular sections editor for The Desert Solar in Palm Springs, bringing you the most recent information of the goings-on right here within the Golden State.
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First girl visits Delano alongside Newsom
First girl Jill Biden landed at Meadows Airport in Bakersfield on Wednesday afternoon and made her solution to Delano, a farming group of 52,000 folks in northern Kern County, together with California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his spouse, first accomplice Jennifer Siebel Newsom. (If the time period “first accomplice” is new to you, you are not alone.)
In a speech on the grounds of The Forty Acres monument, Biden honored the reminiscence of civil rights and labor chief César Chávez, praised the contributions of important employees, burdened the significance of the COVID-19 vaccination drive and advocated for her husband’s immigration reform proposals.
For the reason that pandemic began in March 2020, 106,155 folks in Kern County have been contaminated with COVID-19 and 1,247 have died. In line with knowledge from the California Division of Well being, 8,500 folks from Delano have been contaminated with COVID-19 because the begin of the pandemic.
“As tens of millions of Individuals had been remoted at dwelling, we trusted those that stored getting in to work, each single day,” Biden mentioned. “With out the farmworkers who stored harvesting our meals, or the manufacturing unit employees who packaged it, the grocery retailer clerks who stocked cabinets, nobody would have made it via this yr.”
For those who’re not acquainted with The Forty Acres, it was the headquarters of the United Farm Staff of America, the nation’s first everlasting agricultural labor union. It was there that Chávez held his first public quick, which introduced nationwide consideration to the farmworkers motion. Learn extra at nps.gov.
Will failed Johnson & Johnson vaccine batch have an effect on California?
A batch of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine failed high quality requirements and has been rendered unusable, the drug large mentioned late Wednesday. Johnson & Johnson didn’t say what number of doses had been misplaced, and it wasn’t clear how the issue would impression future deliveries.
What does this imply for California? The state is increasing vaccine eligibility on Thursday, opening up appointments to all residents age 50 and older, largely as a result of it had been anticipating a larger provide of vaccine.
“Sustaining the very best requirements throughout vaccine manufacturing to make sure secure and efficient vaccines is a paramount concern,” a spokesperson for the California Division of Public Well being mentioned in an e-mail to The Desert Solar. “We’re working with the federal authorities to be taught extra about potential impacts.”
As for what induced the batch to fail, a vaccine ingredient made by Emergent BioSolutions — one in every of about 10 corporations Johnson & Johnson is utilizing to hurry up the manufacturing of its not too long ago authorized vaccine — didn’t meet high quality requirements, J&J mentioned.
Man charged in lethal US-Mexico border crash
A U.S. resident has been charged in reference to the smuggling operation that led to 13 deaths after a semi-truck slammed into an SUV filled with 25 folks — lots of them Mexican and Guatemalan nationals — on March 2 in Imperial County, close to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jose Cruz Noguez, of Mexicali, Mexico, was arrested Monday evening as he crossed into the U.S. from Mexico, in response to an FBI announcement. Cruz, 47, is a authorized everlasting resident in the US who has hung out in San Jose, officers mentioned.
The SUV, pushed by a 28-year-old resident of Mexico, entered the intersection immediately earlier than an enormous rig smashed into the facet of the SUV. The crash occurred in Holtville, about 10 miles east of El Centro. The driving force and 12 passengers packed into the SUV died.
Cruz has been charged with conspiracy to carry migrants to the U.S. inflicting critical bodily harm and bringing them in with out presentation for monetary acquire, in response to officers.
“Cramming dozens of individuals into eight-passenger autos and driving recklessly to keep away from detection exhibits an utter disregard for human life,” mentioned Performing U.S. Legal professional Randy Grossman in an announcement. “We are going to discover and prosecute smugglers who use these strategies and trigger such tragic and avoidable deaths.”
Examine: Desert Solar Opinion web page experiment curbed polarization
This is an fascinating story from our native newsroom right here in Palm Springs: In summer time 2019, The Desert Solar’s Opinion pages took a “trip” from discussing nationwide politics.
Govt Editor Julie Makinen (who additionally writes this article occasionally) was impressed by the work of three college researchers who printed a examine discovering that the continued extinction of native newspapers throughout the nation contributed to political polarization.
As an experiment, Makinen, together with then-Opinion Editor Al Franco, determined that for the month of July 2019, the paper’s Opinion part would solely cowl information within the Larger Palm Springs space or elsewhere in California. They questioned if such a spotlight shift would have any impression.
Apparently sufficient, the above-mentioned researchers heard concerning the experiment and determined to check it. And on Wednesday, Cambridge College Press printed a e book about The Desert Solar’s summer time trip from nationwide politics. Their fascinating conclusion? Examine it right here.
California redwood tree falls on automobile, kills dad and mom of 5
A 175-foot-tall California redwood tree fell on a automobile, killing the dad and mom of 5 kids as they drove alongside a scenic freeway on the state’s northern coast.
As reported by sfgate.com on Monday, Jessica and Jake Woodruff had been taking the drive to have a good time her forty fifth birthday when the tree fell on March 25.
It is not clear why the tree fell, California Freeway Patrol Officer Brandy Gonzalez advised sfgate.com. “This can be a very forested space,” he mentioned. “We’ve got bushes in every single place. It is in the course of the redwoods. It is simply outdated development and we don’t know why the tree fell. It was Mom Nature.”
A GoFundMe web page was arrange to assist the household, who stay within the metropolis of Yreka. As of Wednesday, greater than $240,000 had been raised.
“This was a stunning and sudden occasion, and the tragedy of this accident makes it troublesome to just accept as actual,” the web page mentioned. “These 5 kids are actually left with out dad and mom and are going through a lifetime of bills.”
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Because the philanthropy and particular sections editor at The Desert Solar, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraising and individuals who give again within the Coachella Valley. Attain him at [email protected].