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Lake County will receive $3.8 million in property tax backfills

LAKE COUNTY — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that he would sign a bill to draw $31.3 million from next year’s state budget to backfill property tax revenues lost due to destructive recent wildfires in Lake and Butte counties.


California governor orders new DNA tests in case of Kevin Cooper, convicted in 1983 killings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered additional DNA testing Friday on evidence that a death-row inmate says will prove his innocence in a 35-year-old murder case that has drawn national attention.


‘Boeing, Boeing’ coming in for landing at the Lake County Fairgrounds

LAKEPORT — Speeding into the gate at the Little Theatre on the Lake County Fairgrounds March 1–17 is the Lake County Theatre Company’s rendition of the over-the-top farce “Boeing, Boeing.” The irreverent 1960s French classic, written by Marc Camoletti and translated into English by Beverley Cross an


Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Human Trafficking Victims Across Bay Area

Martinez, Calif. – On February 19, Hilario Martinez Jr. pleaded guilty to seven felonies involving sex trafficking, pimping and threatening multiple female victims, one of whom was a minor who ran away from home. Judge David Goldstein accepted Martinez Jr’s disposition and the 33-year-old defendant


Lake County Land Trust’s Wright Project part of Big Valley Wetlands Priority Plan

LAKE COUNTY— The current project of the Lake County Land Trust (LCLT) is the purchase of the 200-acre Wright Property, a parcel that does not just happen to be located in the Big Valley Wetlands area of Lake County. This area is the number one priority for LCLT, as they seek to protect the largest r


Here are Oakland teachers' salaries compared to other Bay Area school districts

OAKLAND (KRON) - Money is one of the main reasons Oakland teachers are on strike. Bay Area housing costs are soaring -- and commutes are getting longer. Here's a look at teacher salaries in several other local school districts.


Rep. Thompson hosts ‘fire resiliency summit’ in Lake County

LAKEPORT — At a public meeting on fire response and resiliency hosted by Rep. Mike Thompson, Lake County residents called for more cooperation between governmental agencies and community organizations in combating the area’s wildfire-related issues.


Similar to hurricanes, California storms now ranked by their own ‘Cat’-like scale

Remember the series of winter storms we experienced mid-January? It was the result of an “atmospheric river” driving a series of Pacific storms onshore. Now there is a new scale to characterize strength and impacts of atmospheric river type storms, just like hurricanes. The scale is useful because a


Accuweather Forecast: Sunny weekend precedes next Bay Area storm

Tonight will be mostly clear and chilly, with low temperatures in the low to mid 30s inland and mid to upper 30s near the coast and bay. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy and relatively mild, with highs ranging from mid 50s at the coast to near 60 inland and around the bay shoreline.


What’s Happening in Lake County

Middletown Art Center Presents: Bohemian Rhapsody on Friday, Feb. 22 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at 21456 State Highway at 29 in Middletown. Admission by donation. 809-8118. Robinson Rancheria Casino Presents: Bruce Guynn and Big Rain on Friday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. at 1545 E CA-20, Nice. Free event. (800) 80


San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi has died, sources say

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sources are telling ABC7 News that five-term San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi has passed away. Adachi served in the San Francisco Public Defender's office for 33 years, and was first elected to head the office in 2001. He was known as a watchdog for police misconduct. He wa


Ex-AP California Capital Reporter Steve Lawrence Dead at 71

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Steve Lawrence, a California government reporter who covered a major capital corruption scandal and governors from Ronald Reagan to Arnold Schwarzenegger during a nearly four-decade career with The Associated Press, died Friday.


Beloved Bay Area musician Bobby Simmons dies after fall

Guy Arrostuto will never forget the gig he did with Bobby Simmons some 25 years ago at the long-defunct Redwood Inn. The place was packed and the tip jar had to have more than $100 by the second break, Arrostuto remembers.


Another Atmospheric River will bring heavy rain to Bay Area next week

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) - If you thought we were done with all the rain, think again. Atmospheric River Part 2 is headed toward the Bay Area!. While Friday will be sunny and comfortable, you can expect increasing cloud cover with a chance of rain starting Sunday.


Woman rescued after going over cliff at Fort Funston, crews searching for second victim

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- San Francisco fire crews are searching for a woman who's believed to be buried at Fort Funston after a cliff collapse Friday afternoon. A source tells KRON4 that two women and a dog were walking on the beach when the cliff collapsed. One woman was rescued by San Francisco fir


Sinkholes are popping up all over California, thanks to the rain. Here’s what to know

Sinkholes are rare in California, but the heavy rains this winter produced several dangerous ones around the state. A sinkhole is an area of ground that has no natural external surface drainage – when it rains, all the water stays inside the sinkhole and typically drains into the subsurface. There a


Tortoise, German shepherd buddies coaxed from their backyard tunnel in Southern California

A tortoise and a German shepherd were helped out of a tunnel by Fontana firefighters, after the critter couple had dug the hole in the backyard of a Fontana home. “This is a tunnel the tortoise has been working on for a while,” San Bernardino County fire spokesman Eric Sherwin said. “The relationshi


A record number of babies have been surrendered in California. Some say that’s ‘hopeful’

In a photograph that Dawn Robinson holds up in her living room, two of her three children smile in an almond orchard outside Bakersfield in 2014. Kern County is where Tyler, 10, and Willow, 8, took their first breaths. It’s also where their birth mothers gave them up at the hospital as part of a sta


Union City police say James Logan student stabbed, school locked down

Union City police are investigating the stabbing of a student on campus at James Logan High School. The school is currently on lockdown while police search for the suspect. Stay with ABC7 News for updates on this developing story.


The Latest: California parents of 13 plead guilty to torture

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Latest on the case of a couple charged with the torture and abuse of most of their 13 children (all times local):. A California couple who shackled some of their 13 children to beds and starved them have pleaded guilty to torture and other abuse.