Tag: California

Northern California casino reopens from 3-week closure due to cyberattack

Cache Creek Casino Resort in Northern California has reopened after a cyberattack forced the property to close for more than three weeks.

The 24-hour tribal casino, located along Highway 16 in Brooks about an hour outside of Sacramento, was back in business as of Monday afternoon.

“Our incredible teams and partners have completed the necessary work to return us to normal business operations,” the casino wrote in a social media post.

Cache Creek had been closed since the evening of Sept. 20 due to what it initially referred to generically as a “systems infrastructure failure,” and for nearly a week and a half, the casino provided limited updates and gave no estimated time frame for reopening.

On Sept. 30, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation confirmed that the cause of the systems failure was “an external attack on (their) computer network,” as first reported by The Sacramento Bee and announced

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California Privacy Proposal Divides Privacy Advocates As Vote Nears

A privacy proposal on the ballot in California next month has divided advocates as voters in the state appear poised to pass what could become the new de facto standard for the U.S.

Opponents of the California Privacy Rights Act in recent weeks have stepped up closing arguments over how aspects of the 52-page proposal could actually weaken a benchmark privacy law that the state began enforcing in July. The criticisms contrast starkly with the stated purpose of the ballot measure, which privacy experts say will set ground rules for much of the digital economy in lieu of a federal standard.

“The text is riddled with things that seem like small changes but in fact will reduce the privacy protections we have today,” said Mary Stone Ross, who helped lead the group behind the California Consumer Privacy Act—the existing law—and is pushing against the proposed replacement.

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Reports says poor planning, heat caused California blackouts

Poor planning coupled with extreme weather caused rolling blackouts that affected hundreds of thousands of people during an August heat wave, energy regulators said Tuesday.

A 121-page preliminary analysis concluded that the state wasn’t prepared to deal with a “heat storm” that sent temperatures soaring into triple digits on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 which were, respectively, the third-hottest and the hottest August days in 35 years.

The state’s power grid ordered utilities to cut electricity to customers on a rotating basis for around an hour at a time, affecting more than 800,000 homes and businesses over two days. It was the first such order since 2001.

Gov. Gavin Newsom demanded an investigation after the outages.

“These blackouts, which occurred without prior warning or enough time for preparation, are unacceptable and unbefitting of the nation’s largest and most innovative state,” Newsom wrote in a letter to California’s three

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California energy leaders say planning failures led to August blackouts

California’s rolling blackouts this summer were caused largely by a combination of planning failures that led to a lack of adequate power supplies, state energy leaders told Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday.

A deer walks through dry grass beneath high voltage power lines seen from Terrace Drive in El Cerrito in September.

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A deer walks through dry grass beneath high voltage power lines seen from Terrace Drive in El Cerrito in September.

Electricity demand exceeded what the state had secured because of an extreme heat wave, fueled by climate change, that affected areas across the western United States, three crucial energy agencies said in a report about the outages. That’s in line with what grid mangers have maintained since the blackouts happened in August.

Current energy resource procedures “are not designed to fully address an extreme heat storm like the one experienced in mid-August,” said top officials at the California Independent System Operator, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission.

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centrexIT and Biocom Launch New IT Platform to Streamline Business Operations for California Life Science Companies

IT Deal Desk eliminates the hassle of vetting and securing new technology providers

centrexIT, an information technology (IT) services provider helping businesses thrive through technology, and Biocom, California’s leading life science member association, today announced the launch of IT Deal Desk. The latest platform provides Biocom members with exclusive access to an extensive, vetted partner network and simplifies the task of negotiating and securing agreements on members’ behalf.

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centrexIT and Biocom launch IT Deal Desk, an IT Platform that eliminates the hassle of vetting and securing new technology providers. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“centrexIT has decades of collective experience operating IT strategy in the life science industry. Currently, roughly 40% of our clients work in the space, so we understand what it takes to support regulated businesses,” says Dylan Natter, CEO of centrexIT. “Our company has been part of the

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KB Home Announces the Grand Opening of Granite Bluff, Its Latest New-home Community in Rocklin, California

Homebuilder offers personalized, new homes in a prime Sacramento-area location affordably priced from the $460,000s

KB Home (NYSE: KBH) today announced the grand opening of Granite Bluff, an affordably priced new-home community situated in a prime Rocklin location convenient to Interstate 80 for easy commuting to Sacramento. This community is also close to outdoor recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment and offers a rare opportunity to purchase a new home in the Rocklin Unified School District.

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KB Home announces the grand opening of Granite Bluff, its latest new-home community in Rocklin, California. (Photo: Business Wire)

The homes at Granite Bluff showcase desirable design characteristics like open floor plans with gourmet kitchens and great rooms, master suites with walk-in closets, and ample storage space. The community’s floor plans feature up to six bedrooms and four baths, and range in size from

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California to announce theme park reopening plans this week

California will reportedly announce reopening guidelines this week for allowing theme parks to resume business after more than six months of pandemic safety measures keeping them closed.

Jesse Melgar, press secretary for California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia approves task force to consider paying reparations for slavery End it, don’t mend it: Legislative ‘fix’ to California’s AB 5 is a disaster OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA questions legality of California’s move on gas-powered cars | COVID-19 relief bill would require aided utilities to suspend shutoffs | Trump offshore energy pause includes wind MORE (D), said reopening measures for parks would be delivered this week, The Orange County Register reported.

The guidelines will be offered by the state’s Department of Health.

The coronavirus outbreak caused theme parks like Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other popular attractions to shutter in mid-March.

The move comes as state lawmakers and industry associations have called on the

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SCAN Health Plan 2021 Benefits in Southern California Provide Consistent Coverage and Enhanced Digital Support

LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SCAN Health Plan® today announced its 2021 health plan benefits for Medicare-eligible seniors in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura counties. With the aim of better supporting seniors who are spending more time online due to the COVID-19 crisis, SCAN has introduced several featured extras including a technology support line and an online memory and brain health exercise platform. Additionally, 2021 benefits will significantly reduce the cost of insulin for diabetic members in a number of plans.

“During a pandemic that disproportionately impacts older adults, SCAN has ensured our benefits continue to offer the stability and consistency our members count on—including maintaining $0 monthly premiums and a number of $0 copay services in many of our plans,” said Sherry Stanislaw, general manager at SCAN Health Plan. “Medicare enrollment is one of

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California Law Mandates HR Employee Training to Child Abuse

On September 29, 2020, the Governor signed Assembly Bill 1963 which amends Section 11165.7 of the Penal Code, relating to mandated reporters of child abuse.

The existing law, the Child Abuse, and Neglect Reporting Act, requires a mandated reporter, as defined, to report whenever they, in their professional capacity or within the scope of their employment, have knowledge of or observed a child whom the mandated reporter knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse or neglect.  Failure by a mandated reporter to report an incident of known or reasonably suspected child abuse or neglect is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months of confinement in a county jail, by a fine of $1,000, or both.  Under existing law, employers are strongly encouraged to provide their employees who are mandated reporters with training in these duties, including training in the identification and

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How the tier system impacts each California county and business sector

If you find the state’s four-color system of tiers a little confusing, scroll for a  breakdown of what it means by business sectors.

The state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy explains:  Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier.

How different are the tiers?

Purple is the most restrictive, especially for education. Schools in the Widespread (purple) tier aren’t permitted to reopen for in-person instruction unless they receive a waiver from local health departments for TK-6 grades.

Schools can reopen for

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