SACRAMENTO, California — These California communities could be the next Paradise. Is yours one of them? A lot of Californians live in places that could be quickly destroyed by wildfire. To estimate how many, McClatchy used two primary sources: The U.S. Census Bureau and Cal Fire maps showing "very high fire hazard severity zones." The analysis used block-level data from the 2010 Census. Blocks are the smallest level of census geography. McClatchy calculated the center point of each block in the state then calculated how many of those points fell within very high fire hazard severity zones. Finally, McClatchy matched up blocks in very high hazard safety zones with census files showing the boundaries of each city and unincorporated town in the state. We focused our reporting on places where more than 90 percent of the population lived in a very high fire hazard severity zone. Caveats: ? A small number of places have changed their boundaries since 2010. Any such changes would not be … [Read more...] about Dissecting data: Many Californians live in wildfire danger
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SACRAMENTO, California — Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush cities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. High-dollar resort communities on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ritzy Los Angeles County suburbs. They all could be the next Paradise. A McClatchy analysis reveals more than 350,000 Californians live in towns and cities that exist almost entirely within "very high fire hazard severity zones" — Cal Fire's designation for places highly vulnerable to devastating wildfires. These designations have proven eerily predictive about some of the state's most destructive wildfires in recent years, including the Camp Fire, the worst in state history. Nearly all of Paradise is colored in bright red on Cal Fire's map — practically the entire town was at severe risk before the Camp Fire raged through last November, burning the majority of homes in its path and killing 85 people. Malibu, where the Woolsey Fire burned more than 400 homes last year, also falls … [Read more...] about California races to predict which town could be next to burn
By J.P. Hoornstra | [email protected] | Daily NewsPUBLISHED: February 27, 2019 at 8:11 pm | UPDATED: February 27, 2019 at 11:03 pm It’s fun to imagine what the Angels might be called if they played their home games in Long Beach. “Los Angeles Angels of Long Beach” has a nice ring to it, if you’re the kind of person who voted to rename the team’s Double-A affiliate the Rocket City Trash Pandas. From a distance, the Angels appear to flit back and forth, the realization of Dante’s Rose of Paradise. They have moved from Los Angeles to California to Anaheim to Los Angeles of Anaheim, often without relocating. Last month their lease on Angel Stadium was extended, but only to Dec. 31, 2020. That opened the possibility for another move. If you’re the mayor of Long Beach, why not pay a call to 2000 E. Gene Autry Way? Late Monday, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia confirmed to the Southern California News Group that city officials have approached the … [Read more...] about ‘Los Angeles Angels of Long Beach?’ How geography, identity inform a franchise move
SAN DIEGO — Morning showers had moved far enough east that hung-over tourists were beginning to stretch into the winter sun. The lunchtime crowd was catching a whiff of the first patties at Woody's Breakfast and Burgers as the nearby boardwalk was beginning to buzz with the usual odds and ends — graybeards gawking, surfers kicking back after a morning session and visitors on ubiquitous e-scooters. One rider pulled into Pacific Beach boardwalk traffic without looking as a couple on their own e-scooters raced north, prompting a familiar hiss of sneakers sliding on sandy concrete: collision avoided. "You didn't have to stand here very long to hear a, 'Sorry bro,'" said Dan Borelli, who owns a bike and skate rental shop nearby. The fresh presence of tens of thousands of dockless scooters for rent in San Diego over the last year has driven some locals absolutely loco. Alexander Curtis, general manager of Woody's, says e-scooter users "drop them off right in front," where … [Read more...] about Startup impounds discarded e-scooters
By gqlshare | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: February 21, 2019 at 10:50 am | UPDATED: February 21, 2019 at 6:11 pm Click here if you’re having trouble viewing these videos on a mobile device. That sound you hear from Southern California in the coming days and weeks could be the deserts exploding in Technicolor. Desert-watchers say the Golden State is likely in for another ”super bloom” of wildflowers like the one we experienced in 2017. All the ingredients for the colorful cocktail are in place: Deserts parched by recent years of drought. An uncharacteristically rainy fall and winter season that have effectively put the kibosh on that drought. And a cold winter, like the one at that wildflower ground zero called Anza-Borrego, to further lock more moisture into the ground. The timing for super bloom is perfect, with annuals normally blooming in mid-March. These flowers leaves seeds each spring that lie dormant all winter. And then — just add … [Read more...] about It’s almost time for California’s super bloom!