At the Palm Springs satellite caucus, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar won the night. Plus: Seas keep rising across most United States coastlines. And an In-N-Out Burger can’t come back to a community that didn’t want it because drive-thrus are now banned.
It’s Arlene with news for Tuesday.
But first, Golden Staters, you really do like President Trump: Last year, you donated more to him than any presidential candidate.
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#IowaCaucusDisaster? Not in Palm Springs
As the sun set behind palm trees in balmy Palm Springs, a world away from where chaos reigned and apps spectacularly failed, Iowans cast their vote for the Democratic nominee who will face off against President Donald Trump.
Their caucus’s candidate won decisively with 49: Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Former Vice President Joe Biden finished second, with 29, followed by former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, with 21.
The site was one of 87 satellite caucuses the Iowa Democratic Party held around the world for people who couldn’t make it back home. Palm Spring’s gathering drew 108 Iowa Democrats, including Michelle Nash, a Klobuchar supporter who’d driven in from Thousand Oaks to volunteer as a precinct captain. (There was another satellite caucus in California at Stanford University that also went smoothly; there, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Klobuchar came out ahead.)
“None of us expected Amy to do as well because she doesn’t get much press. And I think that’s all going to change tomorrow,” Nash said Monday at the Palm Springs gathering. “We’re gonna wake up and Amy’s gonna win across the nation.”
A missile launch, antique liquor laws and that mural
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile will be launched early Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the first test of its kind since the base became part of the new U.S. Space Force.
Liquor laws passed post-Prohibition clash with modern life — like email and social media — and it’s causing at least one San Francisco brewery-distillery to scale back operations after its alcohol license got suspended.
A mural at a Pomona Park was meant to honor Native Americans. Instead, it caused anger.
Sea levels rose across 80% of U.S. shorelines
The rate of sea level rise along much of the U.S. coastline continues to accelerate, according to research examining 51 years of water-level observations starting in January 1969.
The current acceleration in rates of sea-level rise began around 2013 or 2014, the report says, likely associated with ocean dynamics and ice-sheet loss.
According to the report, San Diego saw a 2.65-millimeter yearly increase; Los Angeles had a 1.71-millimeter increase; and San Francisco experienced a 1.91-millimeter annual increase. But near the Oregon border, Crescent City’s sea level declined by 0.71 millimeters yearly. The global average increase is around 4 milimeters.
The report’s key message “is a clear trend toward acceleration in rates of sea-level rise at 25 of our 32 tide-gauge stations,” John Boon, Virginia Institute of Marine Science emeritus professor, said in a statement. “Acceleration can be a game-changer in terms of impacts and planning, so we really need to pay heed to these patterns.”
Boon and other researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science released the report Monday.
Coronavirus and what else we’re talking about
A passenger who flew into LAX from China has been quarantined at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, a precaution against coronavirus. The outbreak began in Wuhan, China. None of the other 195 people quarantined at the base — who arrived on a different flight — have tested positive for coronavirus, though a child and parent were taken to a hospital for observation after the child grew sick with a fever.
- 11 people in the U.S. have contracted the virus; 9 had recently traveled to Wuhan.
State lawmakers have refused to restrict flavored vaping — is that about to change?
Macy’s plans to close 125 stores — including one in California — and cut about 2,000 positions over the next three years. The company is moving tech jobs out of San Francisco and laying off 831 people there. See the full list of store closures here.
Tulare County farmworker crushed by tractor
A Tulare County farmworker was killed Tuesdayafter the tractor he was trying to fix rolled over him, authorities said. The equipment had broken down as he worked the fields of a grape vineyard. His name wasn’t released, as officials located family.
This is the second farmworker death in the region in the past 10 days. On Jan. 26, Yaneth Lopez Valladares, 33, died after a piece of loose clothing became trapped in equipment used to process raisins.
Agriculture work in California remains among the most dangerous in the nation, with a rate of 11 fatalities per 100,000 workers — five times the state average — according to the most recent data available from Cal/OSHA. Heat is increasingly an issue for workers even in California, which is one of two states that require sufficient shade structures and drinkable water to be near work crews. That’s in part because enforcement is erratic.
In-N-Out will never come to Rancho Mirage. Probably
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After an In-N-Out Burger was approved in Rancho Mirage, a group of residents banded together to try to block it. They argued the burger chain and city should have done detailed environmental and traffic studies before allowing it to come in.
In-N-Out backed off, hinting it might return after doing the studies. But on Monday, elected leaders voted to reinstate a ban on fast-food drive-thru restaurants off Highway 111.
That doesn’t mean there will never be a drive-thru restaurant in the community, just that In-N-Out or any potential eatery would need to return to elected officials and request a zoning change to do it.
I‘ll leave you with the news that Lawrence Welk’s Palm Springs home has been given historic status.
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Welk owned the home from 1961 to 1972, and it is now owned by a former Palm Springs City Council member.
Fans of his longtime popular show will remember this, which I’ll use to part today’s newsletter: “And now ’til we meet again / Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehn, Good night!”
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