Man who faked death on dangerous California beach jailed

A man who enlisted his teenage son in an apparent plot to fake his own death on a treacherous Carmelite beach has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Kim Vincent Avis, July 2019 (US Marshals Service) The conviction in a Scottish court on Friday ended a long-standing case that spanned two continents. Kim Avis, […]

Guy Fieri awards grants and scholarships to restaurants and students in Southern California – Orange County Register

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri announced grants to up-and-coming restaurateurs last week at an online awards ceremony. “Restart of Guy’s Restaurant presented by LendingTree” broadcast via social media Saturday from a Napa Valley plateau. The program included several celebrities including Shaquille O’Neal and Rob Gronkowski as well as chefs such as Cat Cora. It was co-organized […]

Kim Avis rapist jailed after faking his own death on a California beach

A rapist has been jailed for 15 years today, after fleeing Scotland and faking his own death on a California beach. Kim Avis, a trader from Inverness, was found by American marshals in Colorado and brought back to Scotland. On Friday, he was found guilty of a total of 13 offenses of rape, attempted rape, […]

Editorial: Stop drones flying over California parks

In case you thought drone crashes in sensitive environmental habitats were rare, understand this: The drone that fell to the ground in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, chasing 3,000 sleek terns from their nests in the sand, was in does the second to do it in 24 hours. The first scattered another group of terns […]

California parks are treasures. Let’s make it so that we can all make it happen.

California 280 state parks represent the best of California, covering over 1.65 million acres of protected land, 340 miles of coastline and coastal habitat, and over 3,000 historic buildings. From towering redwoods to swept sand beaches, our parks have it all. They provide us with places to bathe in hot springs, explore our state’s unique […]

Governor says California restaurants may continue to consume alcohol after pandemic

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom outside Tommy’s Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. Courtesy of the Governor’s Office Restaurants across California will be able to continue to provide a cost-effective service that evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic – the sale of take-out alcoholic beverages – Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday Newsom also said the state will […]

Iconic California hotel and attraction Queen Mary at risk of capsizing

May 24, 2021Update: May 25, 2021 at 9:55 a.m. The Queen Mary in 1989, under the ownership of Disney. George Rose / Getty Images One of Southern California’s most recognizable landmarks, the historic Queen Mary, an art deco luxury ship that has lived a second life as a hotel in Long Beach, is in danger […]

California restaurants and hotels lead job creation

California accounted for a disproportionate portion of the nation’s new jobs last month, although its path to economic recovery from the pandemic remains steep. “In April, California was the locomotive that drove the US economy forward,” said Sung Won Sohn, professor of finance and economics at Loyola Marymount University. The Golden State created 38% of […]

Nearly a third of California restaurants have closed permanently as the pandemic takes hold

Almost a third of California restaurants have closed permanently and two-thirds of workers at least temporarily lost their jobs as the pandemic set in more than a year ago and Governor Gavin Newsom imposed the first lockdown nationwide, a legislative committee reported Tuesday. Few industries have been more battered than the restaurant industry, which before […]

California restaurants expect a rebound that will take years

Nearly a third of California restaurants have closed permanently and two-thirds of workers at least temporarily lost their jobs as the pandemic set in more than a year ago and Governor Gavin Newsom imposed the first lockdown nationwide, a legislative committee reported Tuesday. Few industries have been more battered than the restaurant industry, which before […]