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California to become first U.S. state mandating solar on new homes

California to become first U.S. state mandating solar on new homes

By | | Orange County RegisterFor seven years, a handful of homebuilders offered solar as an optional item to buyers willing to pay extra to go green.Now, California is on the verge of making solar standard on virtually every new home built in the Golden State.The California Energy Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday, May 9, on new energy standards mandating most new homes have solar panels starting in 2020.Show Caption ofIf approved as expected, solar installations on new homes will skyrocket.Just 15 percent to 20 percent of new single-family homes built include solar, according...

May 9, 2018
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Driver pleads guilty to alcohol-fueled Newport Coast crash that killed couple and injured their 3 children

Driver pleads guilty to alcohol-fueled Newport Coast crash that killed couple and injured their 3 children

By | | Orange County RegisterA 23-year-old repeat drunk driver admitted Friday to causing an alcohol-fueled Newport Coast crash that killed a mother and father and left the couple’s three young girls seriously injured.Grace Coleman agreed to a judge’s offer and pleaded guilty Friday to for a that killed Henry Saldana-Mejia and his wife, Gabriela Andrade, and seriously injured the couples 1-,4-, and 5-year-old children.  She also admitted to misdemeanor DUI counts for an arrest months earlier in Laguna Beach.Under the terms of the judge’s offer — presented by Orange County Superior...

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100 gather in Huntington Beach to protest stay-at-home orders

100 gather in Huntington Beach to protest stay-at-home orders

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | , | and | | Orange County RegisterShow Caption ofMore than 100 protesters defying stay-at-home orders gathered in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach on Friday afternoon, rallying for an end to restrictions on businesses and public gatherings that health officials say are needed to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.Mobilized largely through social-media posts, several dozens of protesters gathered at Main Street and Walnut Avenue shortly before 1 p.m.Many had signs, such as “Live free or die.” Some wore...

April 17, 2020
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NFL ready for adjustments if Los Angeles lockdown continues into season

NFL ready for adjustments if Los Angeles lockdown continues into season

A sign gives guidelines for protection from COVID-19 as construction continues at Allegiant Stadium, future home of the Raiders NFL football team, during the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)There’s uncertainty surrounding the 2020 NFL season and that has created plenty of speculation for the California teams.As of now, the NFL is planning for the Chargers and Rams to play home games at SoFi Stadium, but they’re prepared to make adjustments amid the coronavirus pandemic.“We are preparing to play the 2020 NFL season as scheduled and with...

May 13, 2020
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California GOP: Ballot box strategy is bigger than previously reported

California GOP: Ballot box strategy is bigger than previously reported

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Orange County RegisterThe California Republican party’s plan to that it initially labeled as “official ballot drop off boxes” — which state authorities say is illegal — is much more widespread than previously reported.While the Secretary of State’s office has said it is aware of such boxes appearing in Los Angeles, Orange and Fresno counties, state GOP spokesman Hector Barajas told the Register on Wednesday that they’ve distributed these boxes to “far more counties.” He declined to identify any locations or say...

October 14, 2020
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Laguna Hills asks judge to block use of hotel for homeless with coronavirus concerns

Laguna Hills asks judge to block use of hotel for homeless with coronavirus concerns

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Orange County RegisterLaguna Hills has filed a lawsuit to block the county’s plan to use the 76-room Laguna Hills Inn for homeless people with coronavirus, saying it “poses a direct threat to the health and safety of the surrounding community.”The city filed the lawsuit on Tuesday, April 14, jointly with the owners of four buildings adjacent to the hotel. The owner of the hotel is also named in the suit.Show Caption of“This suit was filed to try to protect our small city from a major importation of COVID-19...

April 15, 2020
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Memo says Gov. Newsom will order all beaches closed

Memo says Gov. Newsom will order all beaches closed

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | By Adam Beam and Stefanie DazioSACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all beaches and state parks closed Friday after during a heatwave despite his stay-at-home order, according to a memo sent Wednesday evening to police chiefs around the state.Eric Nuñez, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, said it was sent to give chiefs time to plan ahead of Newsom’s expected announcement Thursday.A message to the governor’s office seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.Newsom this week targeted...

April 30, 2020
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San Clemente skate park filled with sand to keep skaters at bay

San Clemente skate park filled with sand to keep skaters at bay

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Orange County RegisterNoli Stark and his mom sat in their car in the parking lot looking at San Clemente’s popular skate park, gates shut and sand covering the surface of his favorite playground.“His last bit of freedom,” his mom, Jen, said, noting that Stark is diabetic and needs to stay moving. “It was all he had left. He was devastated.”Show Caption ofThe move by the city to cover the concrete at the Ralph’s Skate Court with gritty, grainy sand has local skaters irked, wondering if such drastic measures were...

April 16, 2020
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Suicide, help hotline calls soar in Southern California over coronavirus anxieties

Suicide, help hotline calls soar in Southern California over coronavirus anxieties

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Orange County RegisterWhen Carolyn Levitan answered the phone, she heard the voice of a man having a full-blown anxiety attack about possibly having contracted coronavirus.He was speaking rapidly. He was worried he had it, and feared giving it to family members. He wondered if it would be alright for him to pet his dog. And then he worried about dying and leaving behind family because he knew others who had died from the virus.These are the types of panic-stricken calls Levitan has been taking as crisis line...

April 19, 2020
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Home sales plunge in Southern California, and prices level off as mortgage rates rise

Home sales plunge in Southern California, and prices level off as mortgage rates rise

By | | Orange County RegisterSouthern California home prices leveled off last month as buyers reacted to higher mortgage rates and rising inflation, causing sales to plunge 16% from year-ago levels.Last month’s sales tally was one of the lowest for May in records dating back to 1988.“The market’s changed,” said Katherine Orth of Sierra Madre, a broker-associate with DPP Real Estate. “It’s not like a bubble bursting. It’s more like a punch in the stomach. … The sellers are coming to the realization the party is over.”The median price of a Southern California home – or the price at the...

Jun 15
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