Sunny and clear skies dominate the rest of the week. Highs climb Thursday and Friday into the 80’s and 90’s delivering a weekend Saturday and Sunday in the mid 90’s.
In the wake of another deadly mass shooting in the United States, California Governor Gavin Newsom took to social media this weekend to call out Republicans who he believes have stood idly by as lives continue be lost at the hands of armed gunmen.
Gov. Newsom wrote on Twitter “This is freedom?? To be shot at a mall? Shot at school? Shot at church? Shot at the movies? We have become a nation that is more focused on the right to kill than the right to live,”.
The comments were made in the hours following a mass shooting at an outlet mall in Allen, Texas, in which a gunman opened fire at shoppers, killing eight and wounding seven more. The gunman, 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia, was killed by an officer who was at the mall on an unrelated call. Investigators said Garcia used an AR-style rifle in the Dallas suburb shooting and was also believed to have interacted with neo-Nazi and white supremacist posts on social media.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the massacre an “unspeakable tragedy,” adding that local officials had the complete support of the state’s law enforcement and investigative resources.
An amendment to California’s constitution that would allow 17-year-olds to vote has been proposed in the state Senate.
In February, California Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles) introduced SCA 2, which would lower the voting age from 18 to 17. The California Association of Student Councils said it also supported the measure. “Research demonstrates that voting is habitual—if someone votes in the first
election for which they are eligible, they are far more likely to continue voting
throughout their lifetimes,” the group said.
The Election Integrity Project California filed a comment opposing the bill saying 17-year-olds lacked the maturity and life experience to vote. Efforts to lower the voting age in California go back at least as far as 1995. Most recently, Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) proposed lowering the voting age to 17 in 2017 and 2019. The 2019 attempt got through the State Assembly before dying in committee in the Senate.
After weeks of being flooded, Discovery Park is now “fully open,” the Sacramento County Regional Parks Department announced Monday.
In April, only Discovery Park’s western portion — the boat launch and parking areas west of Interstate 5 — was open to the public. At the time, the eastern portion of Discovery Park was closed for maintenance crews to “continue working to prepare the park.”
With the full reopening of Discovery Park, county park officials said the Elkhorn Boat Launch and its parking lot remain closed “until further notice.” The boat launch is about 11 miles north of Discovery Park.