California Travel Tips

California News You Could Have Missed as the Sun Sets on Another Glorious Week!

Published on: March 02, 2012

It’s been another eventful week in California though admittedly, the top, local news stories probably aren’t going to rock your world. Here are few items you could have missed:

  • President of the California Fish and Game Commission is being asked to leave.  Daniel Richards shot a mountain lion in Idaho and then taunted those angered by his actions as he ate the beast in an act that seemed to defy good judgement. California has banned this type of hunting for around 40 years.  “I’m glad it’s legal in Idaho,” said Richards, who refuses to resign. Shown with a photo of  his prey in a sporting publication, he feasted on the big cat and told KFI radio that it “tasted like a pork loin.”
  • Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and estranged wife Maria Shriver were seen shopping for furniture this week. Both have been seen wearing their wedding bands, though Shriver has had hers on and off ever since her husband admitted to fathering a child with their former housekeeper. Speculation ran wild as to if they would reconcile, and if Arnold would run again some day for governor of California.
  • Senior couple sets Guinness World Record for age when they wed not far from their Palm Springs home on Leap Day.  95-year-old Lillian Hartley and 98-year-old Allan Marks may be the oldest combined age of a couple on their wedding, with a combined 191 years, 126 days between them.
  • Opponents of California death penalty law gaining momentum this week.  Since California reinstated the death penalty in 1977, the state has spent more than $4 billion, which works out to $308 million for each of the 13 executions carried out since 1992. Regardless of a November 2012 vote, executions in California have been halted by court order since February 2006 and are unlikely to resume for at least another year.
  • Google news: Big Brother will help you build a small business website free for a year, and teach you how. If you live in California, you can sign up for “California Get Your Business Online”. Google will spring for the domain name and provide free Web hosting for the first year, then businesses will pay $2 monthly for the domain name and $4.99 monthly for Web hosting. See:
  • Stockton, California  is poised for first step to bankruptcy, with California cities Lincoln and Hercules not far behind for potential Chapter 9 filings.  Orange County, with some of the most expensive homes in the nation, went through bankruptcy and never looked back at those bad investments. Vallejo has also reorganized.
  • The nation doesn’t love California.  One of those studies performed by a national polling company determined that California is among the least favorite states in the eyes of Americans. It continues to be one of the top visited states in the U.S. and has the economic base of many countries.
  • Don Henley of Eagles “Hotel California” fame threatens to sue someone AGAIN. Will this guy ever stop? His attorney contacted  24-year-old singer Frank Ocean for the song, American Wedding. For those who aren’t aware, Henley sued the organization that protects eagles  (they won) and has even contacted us for saying “Hotel California” on our website!
  • California caregivers are stressed and in poor health, according to a new study.  According to a UCLA policy brief  “Stressed and Strapped: Caregivers in California,” baby boomer caregivers are at the greatest risk for stress-induced illness. There are 2.6 million boomer caregivers between the ages of 45 and 64 in our state. Many work while caring for their parents, are overweight, have health problems and face financial challenges.
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