Death toll

Nov 14, 2018

Camp Fire death toll now at 48, worst in state history


From the SacBee's SAM STANTON: "The toll from California’s deadliest wildfire continued to grow Tuesday, as authorities said six more victims of the Camp Fire had been recovered inside homes in the Butte County town of Paradise, bringing the total to 48 so far."


"Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea did not release additional identities of the dead or update the number of people believed to be missing. To date, the sheriff has released the names of only three victims as officials continue the laborious task of collecting remains and preparing for DNA testing to discover the identities of some victims."

"Hundreds of people have been called in as missing since the fire erupted Thursday, and Honea said he planned to release publicly a list of all people authorities have been asked to search for in hopes that area residents will check to see if they have mistakenly been reported missing by loved ones."


READ MORE related to California Fires: Trapped by Camp Fire, more than a dozen people — one 90 — survived in chilly lake -- KURTIS ALEXANDER, ChronicleEvacuees fear the worst for family and friends left behind in Paradise -- LAT's DAKOTA SMITH , HAILEY BRANSON-POTTS , NICOLE SANTA CRUZ  and THOMAS CURWEN; Day 6: Camp Fire, California’s deadliest and most destructive ever -- STAFF REPORTS, Chico Enterpriser-RecordSix arrested in Camp Fire related looting crimes -- Chico Enterprise Record; Pepperdine University defends 'shelter in place' decision during Woolsey fire -- BRITTNY MEJIA, LATPG&E sued by Camp Fire victims -- J.D. Morris, SF Chronicle; Billionaire with yacht, surfers and other volunteers help deliver supplies to fire-charred Malibu -- LAT's BENJAMIN ORESKES


When will it rain, clearing out smoke, cutting California fire risk?


PAUL ROGERS in the Mercury News: "For the past week, California has been locked in a tense, daily mix of choking thick smoke and dangerously dry, windy fire-weather conditions. But an end might be around the corner."


"Meteorologists said Tuesday that two storm systems appear to be developing over the Pacific Ocean, with rain increasingly likely next week for most of the state. “It looks like the storm door is going to open,” said Jan Null, a meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather Services in Saratoga."


"Atmospheric conditions could change. But for now, the storms are on track to bring about 1 inch of rain to the Bay Area by the Friday after Thanksgiving , according to computer models, with more in the areas near the Camp Fire in Butte County and perhaps half an inch in Southern California, where fires continue to threaten homes in the Malibu and Ventura County areas."


Trump and Brown stir up rhetoric on wildfires but overlook pressing problems


LAT's BETTINA BOXALL: "President Trump took to Twitter to blame bad forest management. Gov. Jerry Brown pointed to climate change."


"Their arguments about the cause of disastrous wildfires roaring across the state have turned a California catastrophe into the latest political cudgel in the ongoing slugfest between Washington and Sacramento."

"Both leaders are in a sense promoting their political agendas. In Trump’s case, that is an attack on environmental regulations. In Brown’s, it is a call to arms to slow global warming.

But as is often the case with political rhetoric, reality is far more complicated."


Democrat Josh Harder beats GOP incumbent Jeff Denham in California's 10th Congressional District


AP's MICHAEL R. BLOOD: "First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham Tuesday in California’s farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California."


"Harder, 32, a venture capitalist, had anchored his campaign to Denham’s vote against the Affordable Care Act, while arguing that he would push for universal health care in Congress. He also argued that Denham and other Washington Republicans ignored poverty and health care in the agricultural 10th District in California’s Central Valley."


“Washington is broken because our leaders have put party over country. I pledge that I will always put this community before anything in Washington,” Harder said in a statement."


Democrat Katie Porter overtakes Republican Mimi Walters in 45th; 39th House race now a virtual tie as late ballot counts swing left


From JORDAN GRAHAM in the Orange County Register: "Democrats made significant gains Tuesday in late ballot counts for two key undecided House seats in Southern California as post-election tallies continue to swing in their favor and against Republicans."


"Democrat Katie Porter pulled ahead of incumbent GOP Rep. Mimi Walters in Orange County’s inland 45th District, while the battle for the 39th showed Democrat Gil Cisneros pulling close to even with Republican Young Kim."


"If those patterns continue, it’s possible Orange County – which Ronald Reagan famously described as “the place good Republicans go to die” – soon will have no GOP representatives in Washington D.C., after Republicans lost two other local House seats this cycle."


READ MORE on California elections: Thurmond opens substantial lead over Tuck in race for California schools chief -- LOUIS FREEDBERG in EdSource; Democrat Christy Smith takes lead over Republican Assemblyman Dante Acosta in LA-area race -- KEVIN MODESTI, LA Daily NewsElection results keep getting better for California Democrats -- CASEY TOLAN, Mercury News; More than 11,000 votes down, Democrat Campa-Najjar has yet to concede to Rep. Duncan Hunter -- U-T's CHARLES T. CLARK


Hurtado claims victory in state Senate race after opening up 8,000-vote lead over Vidak


Fresno Bee's RORY APPLETON: "Sanger City Councilwoman Melissa Hurtado has claimed victory over state Sen. Andy Vidak in California’s 14th Senate District, according to a statement released Monday by her campaign."


"The latest Kern County election results update pushed Hurtado into an 8,000-vote lead over Vidak, who won a seat in the Senate through a special election in 2013. She now leads by eight percentage points."


"In her statement, the 30-year-old Hurtado promised to work for greater health care access, job creation, education and water solutions."


With Jeff Sessions out, is legal cannabis in, nationally? Advocates say it’s complicated, but they’re optimistic


BROOKE STAGGS, O.C. Register: "As late midterm votes are tallied and the last few tight races are called, cannabis rights advocates are celebrating a week that they say could accelerate drug reform across the country."


"The Nov. 6 vote didn’t produce a true “green wave.” Voters shot down some local and state proposals to loosen marijuana laws, and they rejected a few federal candidates with a history of supporting legal cannabis."


"But on balance the industry came out ahead, with major new legalization laws on several state books and some vocal cannabis supporters heading to office in January. “The momentum to end the drug war took a significant leap forward,” said Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “With such overwhelming public support for marijuana legalization, even including majorities of Republicans and older Americans, there’s only so long that the federal government can continue to hold out.”




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