Sage to Summit: 2019 Winter Series #1

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We are teaming up again with the Inyo Search and Rescue to bring you the amazing Winter Race Series! This is the first race of the series - it will be a 5k loop.

When: Sat., Jan. 12
Registration starts at 8am
Race starts at 9am
Where: Millpond Recreation Area - Bishop, CA
Suggested Donation: $10 - all funds raised will go to the Inyo SAR

All ages and ability levels welcome.

Caltrans: Safety Tips for Winter Driving

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Caltrans Offers Safety Tips for Winter Driving

SACRAMENTO  —  Caltrans urges motorists to be prepared and use caution when driving this winter. Taking action and being proactive can help reduce the risk of injury and even death on the highways during the upcoming storm. Operators of vehicles must use their best judgment in all types of weather.

 Before traveling, Caltrans recommends checking weather and road conditions. Caltrans QuickMap is an online resource with real-time traffic flow information, chain control alerts, and closure information. It is available at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or as a Google and Apple app. Motorists can also call 511 or the Caltrans Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-7623 for travel information. Live traffic cameras can also be useful to check conditions before traveling and are available at http://www.dot.ca.gov/video/.

 Winter driving tips:

  • Reduce your speed to match driving conditions and allow more time to reach your destination. Know that bridges and ramps may be more slippery than the roadway.

  • Keep your fuel tank full. Bad weather may cause long delays or closures.

  • Turn on your headlights to see and be seen. Be observant and maintain a safe distance behind snow removal equipment. Do not pass snow plows unless directed to do so.

  • When driving in fog, reduce your speed and use headlights on low-beam along with fog lights. Stay to the right along the white edge line and never stop in the road. If visibility is not adequate, pull off of the roadway when safe to do so.

  • Do not drive through flooded areas. Safely turn around and find another route.

  • If you start sliding on snow or ice, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer in the direction you wish to travel. Do not lock your brakes. Pump the brakes if needed, or apply steady pressure if your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes.

  • Don’t use cruise control.

  • Avoid in-car distractions while driving.

  • If you are stalled, activate your hazard signals and stay with your vehicle. Conserve fuel by periodically turning your engine on and off while maintaining warmth, but be aware of possible exhaust and carbon monoxide issues.

  • If you approach an emergency, maintenance, or any other vehicle stopped on the side of the road, move over when safe to do so or slow down.

 Be prepared. The following actions can help prevent vehicle failures and help if you become stranded:

  • Winterize your vehicle. Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, heater/defroster, and exhaust system are in good working order. Make sure fluids are topped-off, especially windshield washer fluid.

  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated and always carry tire chains.

  • Pack an emergency kit in your vehicle with the following items: flashlight, blankets, extra clothing, water, snacks, towel, gloves, ice scraper, shovel, broom, sand, and carry a spare key on your person in case you lock yourself out of your vehicle.

 All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive or snow tires, should carry chains when traveling in snowy weather. Highway signs and QuickMap will indicate when chains are required, and drivers must stop and install chains. Motorists should pull off the roadway completely to install chains. If you need help, chain installers may be available to assist for a fee. Please note, chain installers are not Caltrans employees. They are independent business people who are licensed to install chains. Once chains are installed, obey the speed limit of 25 or 30 miles per hour, posted at various locations.

Chain Control Information:

  • R-1: Chains, traction devices or snow tires with proper tread depth of 6/32” are required on the drive axle of all vehicles except four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles.

  • R-2: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. (NOTE: Four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas.)

  • R-3: Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles, no exceptions. (NOTE: R-1 and R-2 are the most common chain controls. The highway will usually be closed before an R-3 control is imposed).

 For more information on winter driving, chain controls, and additional resources, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel/winter.html. Caltrans’ “Weathering the Storm” winter driving tips brochure is available athttp://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/winter_driving2015.pdf.

NEW California Laws for 2019

Gun Laws

SB 1100 -- Firearms Transfers

Raises the age to buy all legal firearms from 18 to 21. Californians were already barred from buying handguns until age 21. Military members, law enforcement and those with hunting licenses are exempt.

AB 3129 -- Firearms Prohibited Persons

Creates a lifetime ban on gun ownership for anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. It only applies to convictions after Jan. 1, 2019 and is not retroactive.

AB 2103 -- License to Carry Concealed Weapons

Requires that anyone wanting to carry a concealed weapon undergo a minimum of eight hours of training on firearm safety, handling and technique. In addition, applicants would need to demonstrate how to safely handle and shoot a firearm and perform a live-fire shooting exercise at a firing range. Local sheriffs and police chiefs would still issue concealed weapons permits.

Proposition 63 -- Ammunition Purchases

Passed by voters in 2016, beginning July 1, 2019, ammunition dealers will be required to check with the Department of Justice at the time of purchase that individuals seeking to buy ammunition are not prohibited persons.

Police Transparency Laws

AB 748 -- Video and Audio Recordings Disclosure

Requires the release of recordings from body-worn cameras within 45 days of an incident, including if officers fired shots or if a use-of-force causes death or great bodily harm. Law goes into effect July 1, 2019.

SB 1421 -- Release of Records

Will make investigations of use-of-force, sexual assault and lying while on duty open to the public. Currently, those investigation records are kept confidential.

Sexual Harassment Laws

AB 3109 -- Contracts: Waiver of Right of Petition or Free Speech

The law invalidates any provision in a contract or settlement agreement that waives a person’s right to testify in an administrative, legislative or judicial proceeding concerning alleged criminal conduct or sexual harassment.

SB 820 -- Settlement Agreement: Confidentiality

This law prevents non-disclosure provisions in settlement agreements in civil or administrative complaints of sexual assault, sexual harassment and workplace harassment. This will prohibit courts from entering orders that restrict the disclosure of information in harassment cases.

AB 2770 -- Privileged Communications: Communications by Former Employer: Sexual Harassment

Current law allows an employer to inform a prospective employer if they would rehire the employee. Such communication is deemed privileged and protected from defamation lawsuits. AB 2770 allows the previous employer to also tell the prospective employer if the applicant received a credible accusation of sexual harassment. The previous employer can also say if they did not re-hire the employee due to a sexual harassment complaint.

SB 224 -- Personal Rights: Civil Liability & Enforcement

Expands employee harassment protections to include those who are not only employers but who could help establish a business, service or professional relationship. This could include doctors, lawyers, landlords, elected officials and more.

SB 1300 -- Unlawful Employment Practices: Discrimination and Harassment

Expands liability under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, or FEHA. It lowers the burden of proof to establish harassment and provides stricter guidance on what is or isn’t unlawful harassment. It also expands protections from harassment by contractors, rather than just sexual harassment. Defendants can’t be awarded attorney’s costs unless the action was frivolous. It prohibits release of claims under FEHA in exchange for a raise, a bonus or as a condition of employment or continued employment.

SB 1343 -- Sexual Harassment Training

Requires employers with five or more employees to provide two hours of sexual harassment prevention to all supervisory employees and at least one hour of sexual harassment training to nonsupervisory employees by Jan. 1, 2020. Training should take place every two years after that. Employers also need to make the training available in multiple languages.

SB 826 -- Corporations: Boards of Directors

Requires public California companies to have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019. That requirement goes up to two if the company has five directors by 2021 or to three if the company has six or more directors.

SB 970 -- Human Trafficking Awareness

Requires 20 minutes of training regarding human trafficking awareness for hotel employees who are likely to meet victims of human trafficking. This would include employees in reception areas and housekeeping.

Employment Laws

AB 1976 -- Lactation Accommodation

Employers already need to provide rooms for mothers to pump breast milk for their babies. This law says those areas cannot be in bathrooms.

AB 2610 -- Meal Periods: Commercial Drivers

Currently, employers are required to give a 30-minute meal break to any employee who works more than five hours per day. The meal break must start before the end of the fifth hour of work. AB 2010 allows commercial drivers to start their meal break after the sixth hour if they are transporting items from a commercial feed manufacturer to a customer located in a remote rural location and the driver earns one and a half times the state minimum wage for overtime.

SB 1123 -- Disability Compensation: Paid Family Leave

Expands California Paid Family Leave Act to include time off to participate in active duty for spouses in the military.

Marijuana Laws

AB 1793 -- Cannabis Convictions: Resentencing

The California Department of Justice will need to review all marijuana convictions that would be reduced or expunged due to voters approving marijuana for recreational-use in 2016. The deadline is July 1, 2019.

AB 2020 -- Cannabis: Temporary Event License

Gives local lawmakers the power to license venues for temporary cannabis events. The California Bureau of Cannabis Control and law enforcement officers still can revoke a permit or end an event for any unlawful or unpermitted activity at an event.

Food Laws

SB 946 -- Street Vendors

Prohibits local governments from banning street vendors from selling food or other products. Instead, they will be required to set up a licensing system if they want to limit the practice. In addition, violations of local rules can only be punished with citations or fines, not criminal charges.

AB 1871 -- School Meals

Beginning next school year, charter schools will be required to provide low-income students with one nutritious meal each school day. Those students must also be offered reduced-price meals. Public schools already have this requirement.

Traffic Safety Laws

AB 1755 -- Bicycle Hit-and-Run on Bike Paths

Hit-and-run laws will be expanded to include bicyclists on bike paths. That means, if a bicyclist hits a person, resulting in a death or injury, the bicyclist must stay at the scene. The bicyclist can be held accountable, CHP said.

AB 3077 -- Bicycle Helmets

Anyone younger than 18 not wearing a helmet on a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or skates will be issued a “fix-it” citation. If the minor can show they took a bicycle safety course and has a helmet that meets safety standards within 120 days, the citation will be non-punishable.

AB 2989 -- Helmets and Motorized Scooters

Helmets are no longer required for motorized scooter riders over 18 or older. Motorized scooters are also allowed on Class IV and Class II bike paths. It is still illegal to ride a motorized scooter on a sidewalk. The law also allows scooters to ride on roads with speed limits up to 35 mph.

AB 1824 -- Fine for loud vehicle exhausts

Drivers in a vehicle or motorcycle with an excessively loud exhaust will be fined. Previously, they would have been cited with a “fix-it” ticket.

AB 2115 -- Passing waste management vehicles

Drivers must move to an adjacent lane or slow down when attempting to pass a waste collection truck with its amber lights flashing. The law aims to create a safety margin for sanitation workers.

SB 1046 -- DUI: Ignition Interlock Device

Drivers who have been convicted of two DUIs will have to install breathalyzers, or ignition interlock devices, in order to start their vehicles. This allows drivers to keep their driving privileges instead of having their licenses suspended.

Other Laws

SB 10 -- The End of Cash Bail

Beginning in October 2019, California will get rid of cash bail for suspects awaiting trial. Instead of putting up money to obtain their release, people charged with a felony will go through a pre-trial risk assessment. If a judge releases them, they would be supervised by a government agency or business contracted to handle that task. People arrested for most misdemeanors would be booked and released without an assessment.

AB 216 -- Vote by Mail: Prepaid Postage

Voting is about to get a little less expensive. Starting next year, election officials must include a return envelope with prepaid postage when delivering vote-by-mail ballots. Local agencies can ask the state to reimburse them for the new costs.

SB 1448 -- Doctor Probation Disclosure

Starting July 1, doctors will have to inform patients if they are on probation before they can offer treatment. The law applies to physicians, surgeons, podiatrists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and osteopathic and naturopathic doctors.

AB 458 -- Pet store operators: Dogs, cats, and rabbits

Pet stores are banned from selling a dog, cat or rabbit unless it was obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter or rescue group.

SB 179 -- Gender identity on driver's licenses

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, people applying for new driver's licenses or renewing their driver's licenses will be able to chose female, male or nonbinary as their gender.

Candlelight Vigil: Bring Karlie Home

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*156 CANDLES WILL BE PROVIDED, you’re more then welcome to bring your own but it HAS to be BATTERY OPERATED, NO FIRE ALLOWED PLEASE! *Let’s show support in bringing Karlie home to her family and friends! ❤️ *If you would like to speak or say a prayer at the vigil please message the to coordinate! *Make a poster in support of Karlie! *Hot coco will be served.

When: Sat., Jan. 5 (5:30pm)
Where:
Bishop City Park, Bishop, CA
Click here for the facebook event.