Another storm arrives | State prepares for emergency | Noise pollution & health
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Jan. 9.
Storm sweeps across North State today through tomorrow
Another potent and moisture-laden Pacific storm fueled by an atmospheric river will be impacting Northern California today into tomorrow. This storm is potentially as big or bigger than last week's, with longer duration periods of heavy rain, especially in the eastern foothills and northern Sierra. This will likely lead to more flooding impacts in low-lying areas along swollen streams, seasonal creeks, and even on mainstem rivers.
— Dave Schlom, NSPR
Newsom says winter storms deadlier than recent wildfire seasons
Officials held an emergency press conference Sunday regarding the ongoing series of devastating winter storms. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Californians are not out of the woods yet, as another atmospheric river is set to drop several inches of rain this week. Newsom said more people have died in these winter storms than in California’s past two wildfire seasons.
— CapRadio Staff
California workplace safety regulators cite for-profit prison company
California’s workplace health and safety regulators have cited a for-profit prison company for violations. Cal/OSHA inspectors have cited The GEO Group — which runs the Golden State Annex facility — for six violations, including a serious one: no plan to reduce workers’ risk of exposure to diseases that spread through the air like COVID-19. A GEO spokesman says the company has appealed the citation.
— Farida Jhabvala Romero (KQED), The California Report
Noise control experts push for laws to address public health concerns
In California, new laws are aiming to address what experts say is a growing health concern — noise pollution. Decades of research link noise pollution to insomnia, high blood pressure and a host of chronic conditions, including depression, anxiety, heart disease and cognitive impairment. In 2022, California lawmakers approved two laws to quiet traffic: one prohibits the registration of cars modified to be extra loud; the other directs the California Highway Patrol to test noise-detecting cameras.
— Stephanie O’Neill, Kaiser Health News
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In case you missed it
- Unhoused residents call for more aid to protect campgrounds — NSPR
- Thousands in the North State lose power during winter storm — NSPR
- Gov. Newsom to take the oath of office for second term — CapRadio
- Chico’s unhoused residents left with few shelter options — NSPR
- Officials warn against non-essential travel after emergency declaration — CapRadio