June 28 Coffee Break: News From Around the State


News and stories from around California that may be of interest to you. We search the internet on state news and bring them to a single place so you don’t have to.

Today’s stories include:

L.A. City Council poised to approve raises of up to 22% for DWP workers
The Los Angeles City Council is expected Wednesday to approve a five-year salary package for the Department of Water and Power’s biggest union.

Under the terms of the proposed contract, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18’s roughly 9,000 members would get six raises within five years. The agreement would provide raises of at least 13.2% and as much as 22.3% by October 2021, depending on inflation. 

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Sierra Shakes With More Than A Dozen Earthquakes

TRUCKEE (CBS13) — More than a dozen earthquakes rattled the Sierra Tuesday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports at least 16 earthquakes hit the Truckee area since about 2 a.m. The strongest quake was a magnitude-3.9.

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For millennials in Silicon Valley, buying a home is pretty much a nightmare

A new report shows that between 2005 and 2015, the rate of home ownership among millennials in the San Jose metro plunged faster than anywhere else in the country — a 34.8 percent decrease “in the heart of Silicon Valley,” as the report puts it.

The report by the Abodo apartment search website shows that when U.S. metros are ranked for having the most millennial homeowners, San Jose ranks 131st on the list. Only 20.2 percent of millennials in San Jose own homes. That’s even worse than in the San Francisco-Oakland metro, where 20.5 percent of millennials are homeowners.

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Oakland’s Lake Temescal closed due to toxic algae

Lake Temescal in Oakland was closed to swimmers and dogs Tuesday after an outbreak of toxic algae was detected in the water, park officials said.

The toxic blue-green algae and other water quality issues were due to the drought and unusually warm weather conditions last week, park officials said.

Lake Temescal, a reservoir in the Oakland Hills, is one of several lakes closed in the East Bay Regional Park District. Quarry Lakes in Fremont is also no longer open to swimmers due to the toxins.

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Why do local independent news sites die?

After returning to Davidson, North Carolina from a year-long trip to Asia in 2006, David Boraks decided to start blogging about his neighborhood.

At the time, the nearby daily paper had pulled back from his area, and Boraks felt his neighborhood was going undercovered, he said. His blog eventually became DavidsonNews.Net, and he later launched CorneliusNews.Net, a similar site for a nearby town.

But after advertising began to dry up, Boraks made the decision to shutter both sites in June 2015, ending a nine-year run.

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Ransomware attack spreads to 64 countries including the Asia-Pacific region, is said to originate in software from a Ukrainian tax accountancy firm M.E.Doc

Governments and organizations around the world grappled on Wednesday to contain a cyberattack that struck parts of Europe, the United States and Asia, the second time in two months that hackers have tried to shake down computer users, threatening to delete their data unless they paid up.

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