WASHINGTON — Immigration arrests fell in Northern California in the past year even as arrests nationally rose 11 percent, a trend that could be linked to the tightening of sanctuary laws that limit local cooperation with U.S. deportation agents. But while fewer people in the region were arrested overall, arrests of noncriminal immigrants went up, according to data released Friday, reflecting Trump administration policies that anyone in the country without documentation is a target for enforcement. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement office that oversees Northern California and Hawaii was one of only a handful nationally to see fewer arrests in the 2018 fiscal year — which ended Sept. 30 — than in 2017. The 14 percent drop in arrests was the steepest decline in the country. The office, based in San Francisco, also was the only one in the country to post fewer arrests in 2018 than fiscal 2016, the last under President Barack Obama. Under President Trump, arrests of … [Read more...] about Are sanctuary laws driving down immigration arrests in Northern California?
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Susie Lake Falls in the Lake Tahoe area. Susie Lake Falls in the Lake Tahoe area. Photo: Ddub3429/Getty Images/iStockphoto Photo: Ddub3429/Getty Images/iStockphoto Image 1 of / 18 Caption Close Image 1 of 18 Susie Lake Falls in the Lake Tahoe area. Susie Lake Falls in the Lake Tahoe area. Photo: Ddub3429/Getty Images/iStockphoto The best Northern California waterfalls to visit right now 1 / 18 Back to Gallery Spring has arrived, which means it's a great time to visit dozens of Northern California waterfalls. As the snow in the Sierra melts, the runoff will increase water levels and river flows across Northern California. Waterfall photographer Leon Turnbull gave his top six picks of Northern … [Read more...] about The best Northern California waterfalls to visit right now
In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, photo, Tina Chandler looks through her Kukui Nut Lei, as she recalls packing them with a family portrait when she evacuated with during the Kincade Fire, in the Fountaingrove neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif. Two years ago, the Chandlers had only minutes to escape before their longtime family home burned to the ground before their eyes. They rose from the ashes to build a new home. The night of the fire Chandler packed a framed family photo along with a box of kukui nut necklaces that a friend had sent from Hawaii after they lost their home. "I know that sounds kind of silly," she said of the black shiny nuts, which represent hope and renewal. "But this was their way of saying 'We're going to be alright." less In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, photo, Tina Chandler looks through her Kukui Nut Lei, as she recalls packing them with a family portrait when she evacuated with during the Kincade Fire, in the Fountaingrove ... more … [Read more...] about Rebirth, angst and the ‘new normal’ of California wildfires
Wonder Stump Road passes beneath a canopy of needled redwood boughs that scatter sunbeams and cast an otherworldy green hue.A drive along the narrow one-lane road is quiet. Tranquil.But these days, terse hand-painted signs poke out from driveways of homes tucked in the woods.We like our trees right where they ARE Advertisement LEAVE OUR TREES ALONE!!In this sparsely populated, economically depressed northwest corner of California, people don’t have the tourist attractions that urbanites brag about. There are no five-star restaurants, no world-famous museums or amusement parks, no nightlife scene.What people do have to boast about are trees — California’s iconic coast redwoods, the tallest trees on Earth. Wonder Stump Road is lined on both sides by them.In a region transformed by logging over the last century, residents have long worried that someone was going to come along and chop down the so-called tree tunnel of Wonder Stump Road. Those fears were heightened last … [Read more...] about In Northern California logging country, residents brace for a fight over their ‘magical’ redwood-lined road
Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing back on an $11 billion settlement agreement PG&E Corp. reached with a group of insurance companies as part of its bankruptcy and redoubling his threat to intervene in the case. Newsom said in court papers that the agreement, which U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali is set to consider Wednesday, gives the insurers too much room to obstruct plans for resolving the case that are different from the one being pursued by PG&E. The governor has been trying to push PG&E to wrap up its bankruptcy quickly and said the insurance deal threatens that goal. In the objection his attorneys filed in Montali’s court on Saturday, Newsom assailed what he described as the “seemingly incessant litigation and stalling tactics undertaken by the financial stakeholders” in the bankruptcy case. Such tactics occur “often at the expense of” wildfire victims, his filing said, and they give Newsom “little confidence” that the … [Read more...] about PG&E bankruptcy: Newsom tells judge California may propose its own plan