The school day will start a little later all over California this year, meaning changing routines for students and families as they head back to class over the next few weeks. School districts are pushing back start times to comply with a new law that requires class to begin later in the morning. Based on studies suggesting that adolescents are happier and higher performing when they can sleep longer, the law prohibits California middle schools from starting before 8 a.m. and high schools from starting before 8:30 a.m. The law does not formally apply to elementary schools, but some districts will still alter starting times for some elementary schools to accommodate transportation schedules. The law has been contentious because of its potential effects on families who rely on public schools for childcare. Then-Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a school start-time bill in 2018, facing opposition from the California Teachers Association, which argued that lower-income families would be the most impacted by the change in their schedules. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law in October 2019, allowing schools until July 1, 2022 to implement the changes. As the start of school nears, Sacramento-area schools are making final adjustments.
A Northern California teen was reported missing over the weekend, last seen at a party at a Placer County campground, authorities said. Kiely Rodni, 16, had been at a party at the Prosser Family Campground just north of Truckee, where she was last seen around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said in social media posts. More than 100 juveniles and young adults were at the party, the Sheriff’s Office said. Kiely’s vehicle, a silver 2013 Honda CR-V with license plate No. 8YUR127, was also missing from the campground, and her phone has been out of service since the party, sheriff’s officials said.
A teenage boy was arrested after he allegedly fled from a traffic stop in Placer County.
A Placer County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle along Highway 28 in North Lake Tahoe on Aug. 3 at 11 p.m. The deputy exited his patrol car and attempted to contact the driver when the driver took off at a high rate of speed. The deputy attempted to pursue the vehicle but lost sight of it.
The deputy had already taken down the suspect vehicle’s license plate number and during his investigation, found an address associated with the vehicle. He went to the address in Tahoe Vista and found the vehicle in question.
Several deputies responded to the residence where the suspect vehicle was parked and contacted the suspected driver, a 15-year-old boy.
As the McKinney Fire grew to become California’s largest of the season, leaving four people dead so far in Siskiyou County, members of Congress resigned that they could do nothing but hope: Hope that legislative expenditures mitigate future blazes; hope that laws in place help recovery; hope that funds allocated to agencies in charge are used. The best thing United States senators could do was spend weeks negotiating, and days voting, to pass the largest climate investment in the nation’s history. Returns on that $369 billion injection, to be spent over the next decade, could come too late. California can apply for federal reimbursements for suppression on state land after damage is done. But when that wildfire burns federal land, as the McKinney Fire does in Klamath National Forest, federal agencies are responsible for fighting it with local leaders. It might not qualify for that extra level of monetary aid, even as 58% of California’s forests are federally owned and seamlessly interspersed with the state’s 3%.
Sacramento County this week could move toward clearing hundreds of homeless people living in encampments along the entire American River Parkway, stepping up enforcement in a public space but potentially displacing vulnerable people without first providing more options for shelter. The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday is expected to vote on two anti-camping ordinances that would represent a major change in how Sacramento County manages its homeless crisis. One would allow county officials to remove encampments on the parkway; the other would allow officers to remove tents from a range of public spaces, such as schools, libraries, and government buildings. The proposals are not explicitly connected to providing new shelter for homeless residents. The county in June adopted a budget that set aside $5 million for a potential American River Parkway homeless shelter, and county supervisors recently voted to open two tiny home shelters in south Sacramento that would house up to 145 people.