California Updates September 2020

There has been a lot going on in California during September 2020 with wildfires getting out of hand to amazing reviews from local people and people enjoying life in Cali.

Below are articles that we find interesting and hope you do as well.

California fire activity ‘slowly picking up again,’ air quality worsens

Major fires continue to burn through parts of Northern California, including the state’s largest-ever, the August Complex in Mendocino and Humboldt counties, which had scorched 834,000 acres and continued to grow Sunday.

Ignited by lightning more than a month ago, the August Complex fires are burning mostly forest land but have caused thousands to evacuate, destroyed 86 structures and led to one fatality, according to Cal Fire. The agency said the complex was 34% contained Sunday morning. More than 2,000 firefighters are fighting the blaze, including crews from Montana, New Jersey, Texas and Idaho.

via sfchronicle.com

Coronavirus: As California crosses 15,000 deaths, here’s how it compares to other states

California recorded its 15,000th fatality from COVID-19 on Sunday, according to data compiled by this news organization.

Globally, the number of known victims was just under 1 million, while the U.S. was expected to cross 200,000 deaths Monday — more than any other country in the world. Both numbers according to the latest tracking from Johns Hopkins University.

Since California crossed the 10,000-death mark, two other states have joined the undesired club and one has surpassed its death toll. California has also improved its position drastically from where it was then, and nationwide, the outbreak has shifted.

Via mercurynews.com

Massive Allegations Of Fraud Have Forced California To Temporarily Stop Paying New Unemployment Benefit Claims

Last week, it was reported that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a federal government program that was part of a $2.2 trillion relief package and designed to extend unemployment benefits to self-employed people, independent contractors, those engaged in the gig economy, part-time workers and others who were previously deemed ineligible for unemployment insurance, was plagued with allegations of fraud.

Investigations indicated that there was a growing problem with fraud and the PUA program was the target of scammers who, among other activities, stole people’s identities to apply for benefits they weren’t entitled to.

via forbes.com

How California became ground zero for climate disasters

California is one of America’s marvels. By moving vast quantities of water and suppressing wildfires for decades, the state has transformed its arid and mountainous landscape into the richest, most populous and bounteous place in the nation.

But now, those same feats have given California a new and unwelcome category of superlatives.

This year is the state’s worst wildfire season on record. That follows its hottest August on record; a punishing drought that lasted from 2011 to last year; and one of its worst flood emergencies on record three years ago, when heavy rains caused the state’s highest dam to nearly fail, forcing more than 180,000 people to flee.

via nytimes.com

Smokehouse 41 Review

40713 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Tonight we visited Smokehouse 41 for the first time. Upon entry, we were greeted with smiles (behind masks). The staff was friendly. The line was quick. It was clean and well-run.

I ordered a full pound of pulled pork, two meat (brisket, truck-tip) and three meat plate (brisket, tri-tip, sausage). All cut in front of you. There were several local beer selections on hand! After picking the staff recommended Juicy, the meal total came to $74 before tip. Decent pricing, a little more than the Midwest, but we are in tourist country.

We had a 20-minute drive with the takeout before sitting with it at dinner. The food was still warm upon serving. The plate portions are on the lighter side compared to KC BBQ, but still, plenty to eat. I sampled everything.

Read Mike Z.‘s review of Smokehouse 41 on Yelp

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