MONDAY 7-11-22 KAHI MORNING NEWS

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By BStigers on July 12, 2022.

With Corvid flue infections affecting workers along with flue sickness recovery, Wildfire affect with CalFire, and Other affected utilities, overtime pay has become a newsworthy issue. Overtime has increased faster at Cal Fire than at any other California state agency in recent years, growing by 135% since 2012, according to an analysis by The Sacramento Bee. It is accelerating, adding costs for taxpayers and stress for some employees. California paid state workers about $1.7 billion in overtime last year, up 8% from 2020. The figure, which was double the state’s OT bill from a decade ago, reflects pandemic costs and the deepening of long-running trends. While annual raises have increased state workers’ pay across the board, overtime has gone up more. In 2013, agencies paid about $6.96 in overtime for every $100 in regular pay. The figure ticked up to $7.57 in 2017, and in 2021 reached $9.24. The top four departments, with combined overtime spending of nearly $1.3 billion last year, have consistently topped the state’s list of overtime spenders. They’re all departments with 24/7 operations and public safety functions that come with staffing mandates: Cal Fire, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Highway Patrol, and the Department of State Hospitals. The Employment Development Department was a newcomer to the list, ranking fifth with about $87 million in overtime pay last year. Question, why departments not affected by current events are increasing, like corrections, and state hospitals?

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The top four departments, with combined overtime spending of nearly $1.3 billion last year, have consistently topped the state’s list of overtime spenders. They’re all departments with 24/7 operations and public safety functions that come with staffing mandates: Cal Fire, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Highway Patrol, and the Department of State Hospitals. The Employment Development Department was a newcomer to the list, ranking fifth with about $87 million in overtime pay last year.

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Two people who died in separate incidents on capital region waterways on Saturday have been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. Nathan Leon Lewis II, 46, of Rio Linda, a recreational scuba diver with more than 12 years’ experience, was found near the Walnut Grove Bridge nearly two hours after he had entered the Sacramento River. Life-saving measures were attempted but authorities pronounced him dead at the scene about 2 p.m. According to the Walnut Grove Fire Department, water rescue crews and members of the Coast Guard were dispatched about 12:40 p.m. when members of Lewis’ scuba group noticed that he had not returned to the surface after an hour. The group also re-entered the river to assist with the search and the department chief said that a fellow diver was able to locate Lewis after finding a loose fin. The department chief also told the Bee that Lewis had two oxygen tanks that could have given him the ability to stay underwater for at least two hours. But their analysis found that he had not used them, leading them to believe that he experienced a medical emergency. They said that they could not find any evidence of foul play. The Metro Fire Department found Thelma Gomez, 37, of Concord about 1:30 p.m. Saturday near the Clay Banks along the American River after she had reportedly fallen into the water. Metro Fire Department Capt. Parker Wilbourn said that Gomez was airlifted out of the water by helicopter a mile downstream from where she had fallen, which was fast the currents were flowing that day. Wilbourn said that Gomez was found in critical condition and flown to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries.

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Several Fires were reported over the weekend in the area: Friday, According to Metro Fire a blaze was reported at the Fish Hatchery near several homeless encampments. Forward progress was stopped at 2 acres and officials and aid crews worked the area for an hour: Cal Fire and Placer County Fire Department firefighters responded to a vegetation fire in Placer County. According to Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit, the blaze was near Haul Road and Interstate 80. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, crews said 75% of the acre fire has been contained: Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit updated the Porter Fire at 7:49 p.m. The fire itself was 166 acres and it is 85% contained: Other fire statue reports: Electra Fire, 4478 Acres burned, 80% contained as of Sunday 7 AM: Rices fire in Nevada Country in mop up status. CalFire wildfire management of these wildfire appears to be efficient and affective as is the PG&E shutdowns of emergency power. Fear is a few wins will relax the political and power officials when this status with weather and conditions could be an abortion not the normal. Explain!

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