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Football Fans Reminded Not To Drink And Drive On Super Bowl Sunday

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Football fans may have to come up with a “game plan” for this year’s Super Bowl festivities, as law enforcement plans on patrolling Los Angeles County streets looking for drunk drivers.

Residents are encouraged to stay home to watch the big game Sunday, not only to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but also to limit the risk on the roads.

If you must travel, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding residents of some important traffic safety tips to arrive safely: drive sober, avoid distractions, always buckle up and leave plenty of time to get to your destination.

“The Super Bowl is one of the most celebrated sporting events of the year, and I am encouraging Californians to celebrate responsibly,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “If you choose to drink, do not get behind the wheel. Designate a sober driver.”

CHP officers will be on “high alert” for impaired drivers on Sunday. Alcohol is not the only substance that can lead to an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). Cannabis, prescription medications, and illegal drugs can all impair the ability to drive, according to the agency.

According to preliminary data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, four people died in alcohol-involved collisions in California on Super Bowl Sunday in 2020, and 120 people were injured. In addition, the CHP made more than 300 DUI arrests that day.

The public can help keep California roadways safe by calling 9-1-1 if they suspect an impaired driver. Callers should be prepared to give the vehicle’s description, location, license plate number and direction of travel.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is planning several DUI checkpoints across L.A. to foul up those driving under the influence.

“If you are watching the game at home and plan to have a drink or two, stay at home,” said Cmdr. Gerald Woodyard, the commanding officer of the LAPD’s Traffic Group. “Have a family member who hasn’t been drinking go out on your behalf or have your food delivered.”

This year, drinking at restaurants and bars for the Super Bowl is further discouraged by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) restricting the use of televisions in patios.

“COVID-19 transmission can just as easily occur at house parties, as at businesses not following the straight-forward safety measures. Do not attend or host a Super Bowl party this weekend. Restaurant, winery and brewery establishments must do their part, as required, keeping TVs off and following the requirements in the LA County Health Officer Order. We all must work together to defend against another surge,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the LADPH.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also advising residents to “virtually gather” to watch the Super Bowl featuring the returning champions Kansas City Chiefs and the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“Gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest way to celebrate the Super Bowl this year,” said the CDC guidelines. “If you do have a small gathering with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is safer than indoors. This year, choose a safer way to enjoy the game.”

The CDC is advising the public to start a text group with other fans to chat about the game while watching. If there are in-person gatherings, the CDC urges to make it an outdoor viewing party where viewers can sit six feet apart.

“Use a projector screen to broadcast the game,” said CDC officials. “Sit at least six feet away from people you don’t live with.”

A study of 2,000 consumers who plan to watch CBS’ Super Bowl LV telecast conducted last month by the computer technology corporation Oracle found the 19% of people surveyed plan to drink more on Super Bowl Sunday than previous years, 16% simply plan to “eat and drink everything in sight,” and 8% plan to drink a lot more.

Note: City News Service contributed to this report.

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Motorcyclist Airlifted After Leg Injury In Sand Canyon

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A motorcyclist was airlifted to the hospital after a leg injury in Sand Canyon Monday afternoon. 

The incident was first reported at about 11:27 a.m. on the 21000 block of Sand Canyon Road near the Bear Divide, according to Franklin Lopez with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

Copter 16 with L.A. County Fire Air Operations was requested to airlift the patient, according to Lopez. 

At about 12:09 p.m., the victim was airlifted to a local hospital, Lopez said.

The condition of the patient is unknown as of Monday, according to Fire officials

Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available.

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Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Receives $12 Million For Wildfire Prevention

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The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy announced Wednesday that it has received $12 million to help improve resilience to wildfires.

Governor Newsom signed the legislation, Senate Bill 85, which immediately enacts funding to help prepare for the upcoming fire season, as part of a $536 million statewide Wildfire Prevention Early Budget Action Funding Plan.

The Conservancy, which has helped preserve more than 75,000 acres of local open space and habitat, was allocated $12 million in the plan to proactively reduce the risk of wildfire, strengthen wildfire resilience, increase carbon sequestration, rally against the effects of climate change, and dedicate more resources to local community infrastructure.

“The early action funding package recognizes that fire resilience strategies must be regionally adapted to the unique ecologies and communities around the state,” said Amanda Martin, the designee to the Conservancy for the secretary of natural resources in a statement. “The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has been a leader in regional collaborative wildfire strategies and has been an anchor of the statewide Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program. These resources will allow Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to execute the projects identified under this regionally adapted fire-resilience strategy.”

“Governor Newsom’s approach to combatting the effects of climate change is transformative,” said Joseph T. Edmiston, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. “The governor is executing a plan that will attack this threat with regional tactics. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is prepared to deploy its unique expertise to create proactive solutions to reduce local wildland fire risks.”

High-intensity wildfires in the Santa Monica Mountains and Rim of the Valley Corridor Zone have become more and more common in recent years, driven primarily by weather−most famously the Santa Ana and sundowner winds−and a seemingly endless series of devastating droughts. Santa Ana wind conditions, especially in the parched summer and fall, have produced the most destructive and extensive fires on record in the region.

Brutal drought conditions prevent recovery of the native landscape and have increased susceptibility and frequency of fire fanned by the Devil winds. As the population grows, the fire risk has become more pronounced and dangerous, according to the agency.

“The Conservancy has a proven track record of building strong partnerships with all levels of government, landowners, nonprofit, and community organizations,” said Irma Muñoz,” chair of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in a statement. “We will use these tools to bring the best solutions to our region of the State.”

Since 2020, the Conservancy has been developing the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Plan to evaluate the diverse fire capacities within the region including differences in vegetation type, and assess existing forest and biophysical resources.

The Conservancy is a long-time and active member of the Santa Monica Mountains Fire Safe Alliance, an umbrella group of government agencies and other affected groups convened by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to address environmental and community safety problems related to wildfire in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is a State Agency that was established by the Legislature in 1980. Since that time, it has helped preserve more than 75,000 acres of parkland in both wilderness and urban settings. The Conservancy’s mission is to strategically buyback, preserve, protect, restore, and enhance treasured pieces of Southern California to form an interlinking system of urban, rural, and river parks, open space, trails and wildlife habitat that are easily accessible to the general public.

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Detectives Investigating Fatal Shooting In Lancaster

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Detectives are investigating a fatal Lancaster shooting Saturday morning, possibly caused by an accidental discharge. 

The incident was reported at 2:15 a.m. on the 44600 block of 18th Street West, according to Deputy Eric Ortiz with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.  

“A male adult victim was pronounced dead at the scene,” Ortiz said.

One person remained at the scene of the shooting for questioning and a rifle was recovered, according to investigators. 

The victim reportedly was with friends when one of the members of the group pulled out a rifle to show them. At some point the rifle discharged, striking and killing the victim, according to detectives. 

An investigation is underway to determine if the shooting was intentional or accidental, according to Sheriff’s officials. 

The identity of the victim, only described as a male in his early 30s, is unknown pending an examination and notification of next of kin by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the LASD Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. 

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