Live updates: Evacuations underway in Los Angeles as Getty Fire explodes to 500 acres

first_imgErin Donalson/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — As winds reach extremely dangerous levels in Southern California, the Getty Fire in Los Angeles is exploding in size and forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes. Burning in the hills north of Los Angeles’ famous Getty Center, the fire has consumed 500 acres. The Getty Center and Getty Villa are safe, but many houses were on fire.Mandatory evacuations are in effect in Los Angeles from the 405 freeway to the ocean — which spans some of the most expensive real estate in the city. Southbound lanes of the 405 freeway, the busiest highway in the country, are now closed.In Los Angeles’ upscale Brentwood neighborhood, fire crews put out fires on multiple homes early Monday as the sky glowed orange from the flames and dense smoke.Horrible situation on #tigertail right now in #Brentwood – have counted 6 homes on fire and there’s likely more. The #GettyFire continued to burn out of control in the hills of Brentwood. Stay with @ABC7 for live coverage pic.twitter.com/u8IZM9eN1c— Josh Haskell (@abc7JoshHaskell) October 28, 2019LeBron James said he was among those forced to evacuate from his home overnight.My best wishes as well to the first responders right now doing what they do best! — LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s parents also evacuated, and the mayor Monday morning urged anyone in an evacuation area to leave immediately. He said he saw five homes destroyed.“We’ve seen fires and tragedies were people have believed they could stay,” Garcetti said. “Do not do that. The only thing you cannot replace is you and your family.”The cause of the quickly spreading blaze is under investigation but Garcetti said it was not caused by homeless encampments.Throughout the day, the conditions in Los Angeles will be extremely dangerous for fire growth.NIGHT BRUSH FIRE 10/28/19 @LACoFireAirOps Firehawk helicopter using night vision technology to assist @LAFD with the #GettyFire in the Sepulveda Pass. Follow @LAFD for updates. pic.twitter.com/CDsgGHVjUw— LACoFireAirOps (@LACoFireAirOps) October 28, 2019Dry Santa Ana winds are expected throughout the day, leaving Angelenos in an extremely critical fire risk area. Gusty winds and dry conditions can cause an existing fire to behave erratically and any spark could quickly expand into a major blaze.Wind gusts already reached 66 mph in the Los Angeles area early Monday.The Getty Fire is just one of the dangerous blazes burning in the Golden State.In Northern California, the monster Kincade Fire has been burning since Wednesday night and has consumed over 66,000 acres in the heart of wine country.All Sonoma County public schools are closed Monday and Tuesday due to the dangerous fire.Current look at the #kincadefire right now. We’re currently in Windsor where the fire is quickly spreading. @ABC10 pic.twitter.com/EIZcmtD5ix— Kevin John (@heykevinjohn) October 28, 2019Rough winds, including a 93 mph gust, contributed to the Kincade Fire rapidly growing over the weekend. Containment fell from 10% to 5%.Over 90 structures have been destroyed and tens of thousands are still threatened. Two firefighters have suffered burn injuries.Winds are forecast to weaken in Northern California on Monday, but critical fire conditions are expected to return to the region on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing gusts up to 40 mph.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

California adds mass vaccination sites despite short supply

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is adding more mass vaccination clinics even though short supplies have forced it to ration doses. Santa Clara County and the San Francisco 49ers will open the state’s largest vaccination site next week at Levi’s Stadium. It will be able to handle 15,000 shots a day. But Los Angeles County says it will limit new COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure second doses are available for those awaiting them. Meanwhile, the state’s worst coronavirus surge continues to abate. The state is seeing about 14,500 new cases daily — down by nearly half from two weeks ago.last_img

Family Law Section deals with access issues

first_imgFamily Law Section deals with access issues Family Law Section deals with access issues Senior EditorThey won’t be ready for the Bar Board of Governors this month as originally planned, but the Family Law Section executive council is continuing to work on recommendations for Bar Rule 4-1.8 that it hopes will increase access to lawyers for people with family law problems.The issue began last year with a proposal from the Disciplinary Procedure Committee to amend the rule to make clear what the DPC thought the rule already mandated: prohibiting lawyers from taking a lien for fees on a home that was the subject of a divorce settlement.The section objected, and the board delayed consideration of the DPC proposal so the family lawyers could make their own proposals. Norman Levin, immediate past chair and who is spearheading the executive council’s actions, said the section’s focus has expanded to include a wide range of access concerns.“One of the issues that has come out the Supreme Court in recent years is the attempt to make family law courts more accessible to the public,” Levin said. “The rule that was proposed by the DPC originally would have significantly impaired the ability of people to obtain counsel. The rules that we are working on expands the ability to obtain counsel for people in these cases who don’t have funds available to them.”During the recent Bar Annual Meeting, the executive council got a five-page report from a special committee laying out various options. The council is scheduled to discuss those recommendations during the upcoming General Meeting in September.Levin stressed that all the proposals are tentative and still subject to discussion and modification. He said many of the ideas came from a proposal in the mid-1990s to develop a clients’ bill of rights in family law cases, but which ultimately was not adopted.“One proposal clarifies that taking security interests to secure legal fees and costs is permissible,” Levin said. “However, if it involves a mortgage on a homestead property, then the lawyer cannot foreclose on the property while the client or spouse resides there with a minor child, unless the property is subject to foreclosure action by someone else.”The section also is reviewing an idea to allow percentage and contingency fees in family law matters, but subject to strict conditions, he said. “The working proposal continues established law that a lawyer shall not charge a fee that is contingent upon, one, obtaining a divorce, two, custody or visitation provisions, or, three, the amount of alimony or child support awarded.”Levin added, “The draft calls for enhanced responsibilities on the part of the lawyers to make certain that clients hiring lawyers in family law matters understand their rights and responsibilities in the representation arrangement.”The section hopes to have its proposals ready for the board by January. August 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

State Confirms 39 New Cases of Coronavirus; 16 in Broward, 0 in PBC

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health early Sunday announced 39 new cases of the coronavirus in the state, including 16 cases from Broward County and five in Miami-Dade County.No new cases were announced in Palm Beach County, which has five. No cases have yet to be announced in Indian River County, Martin County, Okeechobee County and St. Lucie County.Meanwhile, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center announced Saturday it is building a medical shelter for its patients.According to a statement, the external medical center will be used to prepare for any potential influx of veterans seeking treatment for coronavirus. The medical center’s “western shelter” is a portable structure that can quickly be set up and can remain in use for weeks to months.It will be set up on the Northeast corner of the medical center’s grounds near Military Trail.Veterans who are concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19, flu or cold should contact the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center at (877) 741-3400 before coming to a VA facility.Earlier Saturday, the department announced that a 77-year-old patient from Lee County, who was diagnosed with coronavirus, has died. This is the fourth death of a coronavirus patient from Florida.Three of the 39 new cases statewide announced Sunday are related to domestic travel — two in Hillsborough and one in Pasco counties.In all, there are 100 cases of Florida residents diagnosed in the state.The department also announced that a 17-year-old male from Cuba tested positive in Hillsborough County.The cases in Miami-Dade stand at 13 and 36 in Broward County.These are the new Broward cases:-74-year old male.-48-year old female that is travel related.-19-year old female that is is a travel related case.-19-year old female that is a travel related case.-65-year old male.-20-year old female that is a travel related case.-52-year old female.-63-year old female.-19-year old female that is a travel related case.-30-year old male.-60-year old male.-20-year old female.-19-year old female.-66-year old male.-83-year old male.-20-year old female that is a travel related case.On Saturday Governor DeSantis confirmed that were was evidence of “community spread” in Broward. That means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. The six travel-related cases were reported by Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.“Today, the university learned, and the Broward County Health Department has confirmed, that there is a total of six positive COVID-19 cases involving individuals with an NSU affiliation, all of whom had traveled internationally to Ireland prior to travel restrictions for Europe and the U.K.,” the school said in a release.These are the new Miami-Dade cases:-A 28-year old male.-A 58-year old that is a travel related case.-A 25-year old female that is a travel related case.-A 62-year old male.-A 42-year old male.These are the other cases:-A 55-year old female in Clay County.-A 79-year old female from Connecticut tested positive in Baker County. The epidemiological investigation is ongoing.-A 72-year old female in Lee County.-A 60-year old female in Citrus County.-A male in Duval County.-A 64-year old female in St. Johns County.-A 71-year old male in Volusia County that is a travel related case.-A 48-year old female in Orange Count.-A 70-year old male in Clay County.-A male in Duval County.-A 47-year old male in Hillsborough County that is a domestic travel related case.-A 67-year old male in Pasco County that is a domestic travel related case.-A 32-year old female in Hillsborough County that is a domestic travel related case.-A male in Duval County.-A 65-year old female from New York has tested positive for COVID-19 in Alachua County. The epidemiological investigation is ongoing.-A 76-year old male in Collier County.-A 28-year old male in Collier County.Early Saturday, three more cases of coronavirus in Palm Beach County were positively confirmed, among 25 new ones in the state, the Florida Department of Health announced just after midnight Saturday.The Florida Department of Health announced early Saturday the third death was a 68-year-old Orange County, Florida, woman who died in California. She tested positive in California after traveling to Asia.The Florida Department of Health recommends all individuals experiencing symptoms, who have recently traveled through Port Everglades, to immediately contact their County Health Department or health care provider and self-isolate for 14 Days.This is a developing story.last_img read more

WATCH: Trump Celebrates as Jobless Rate Falls To 13.3%

first_imgThis morning’s report from the Labor Department is vastly better than what analysts feared. The experts were forecasting a jobless rate near 20%, which would have been the worst since the Great Depression.President Trump will hold a news conference at the White House around 10:00 this morning, Eastern time. He announced the event in a tweet while cheering the new monthly jobs figures. The Labor Department says two and-a-half million jobs were added last month, far exceeding expectations from economic analysts. The unemployment rate fell to 13-point-three percent. It was 14.7% in April.The numbers reflect a slight recovery of economic activity after two months of free-fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump tweeted that the numbers are “Really Big” and added — “Great going President Trump (kidding but true)!” Trump also took a political shot at Democrats, saying they are “worried again.” He argued that the “only one that can kill this comeback is Sleepy Joe Biden!” Meantime, the coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of leveling off. The American death rate is now more than 108-thousand. Confirmed cases in the U.S. have exceeded one-point-eight million. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center is tracking the pandemic worldwide. (Undated) — The president is celebrating as the nation’s economy added 2.5 million jobs last month, and the unemployment rate fell to 13.3%.The stock market spiked in response to the more favorable jobs report.The numbers reflect a slight recovery of economic activity after two months of free-fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more