Wednesday, July 28

California

California, Church, COVID-19, Hillsong, Vaccine, vaccine hesitancy

After a Hillsong Church member who derided the vaccine online died of COVID-19, its founder called the shot a’personal decision’

A Hillsong Church member in his 30s died of COVID-19 this week after declining to get vaccinated. The man, who lived in California, had derided the vaccine online and joked about the coronavirus. Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston told CNN the vaccine was a "personal decision." LoadingSomething is loading. After a congregant of the Hillsong ...
California, Gavin Newsom, Politics

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bill that bans police from posting mugshots of people accused of non-violent crimes on social media

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill preventing police from sharing mugshots on social media of individuals accused of non-violent crimes. The bill's sponsor said he hoped the legislation helps to tackle "unconscious bias," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Under the law, police can still share photos of individuals they believe are dangerous who those who are accused of violent crimes. See more stories on Insider's business page. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
America First, California, GOP, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Politics, Protest

After three California venues refused to host Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s’America First’ event, the duo is having a’protest’ instead

Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz are in California for their "America First" tour stop. Three event venues in Southern California have canceled hosting the event. Greene and Gaetz will now have a "Freedom of Speech Peaceful Protest" at Riverside City Hall instead. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
America First, California, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Politics, weekend BI US

A third California venue has nixed Matt Gaetz’ and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s’America First’ tour stop

A third venue has canceled Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene's "America First" event in California. A spokesperson for the city of Anaheim said the event venue decided to scrub the event over safety concerns. Last week a hotel declined to host the event and a convention center in Riverside canceled the event on Friday. See more stories on Insider's business page. A third event venue has canceled GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz's "America First" tour stop in Southern California.The Anaheim Event Center in Orange County on Saturday canceled its last-minute plan to host the Southern California tour stop, cit...
California, Hospitality, hospitality workers, hotel, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Politics, Republican Party, weekend BI US

A second California venue refused to host Matt Gaetz’ and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s’America First’ tour

A convention center in Riverside, California, has refused to host Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz' "America First" event. The decision was made by a private company that operates the venue, the Riverside mayor said. A hotel last week said it wouldn't host the event once it realized that Gaetz and Greene were the featured speakers. See more stories on Insider's business page. A convention center in Riverside, California, announced it would not host GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz after it received backlash in the latest blow to the lawmakers' "America First" tour.The event was scheduled to take place Satu...
California, covid, Retail, San Francisco, Walgreens, Weekend BI UK, weekend BI US

Walgreens thief who faked a COVID-19 diagnosis and coughed on staff faces up to 20 years in prison

A woman convicted of theft while pretending to have COVID faces a long prison sentence. Carmelita Barela stole from a San Francisco Walgreens while coughing on staff, SFGate reported. She reportedly told staff she had the virus and then fled the store with products worth $90. See more stories on Insider's business page. A woman is facing a long prison sentence after being convicted of stealing multiple products from a Walgreens store while pretending to be sick with COVID-19 and coughing on staff.According to the Department of Justice, Carmelita Barela, 36, and an unnamed accomplice walked into a branch near San Francisco's Civic ...
Australia, Caitlyn Jenner, California, Entertainment, Gavin Newsom, Gavin Newsom Recall, Politics, Speed desk

Caitlyn Jenner says she’s got a’work commitment’ amid reports she flew to Australia to film’Celebrity Big Brother’

Caitlyn Jenner said that she is "honoring a work commitment" amid reports that she flew to Australia to film "Celebrity Big Brother." Jenner is hoping to defeat Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a September recall election. The Olympic champion and reality TV star insists she has not paused her campaign. See more stories on Insider's business page. California gubernatorial hopeful Caitlyn Jenner said Friday that she is "honoring a work commitment" amid reports that she left the Golden State and flew to Australia to film "Celebrity Big Brother.""I am honoring a work commitment that I had made prior to even deciding to run...
California, CPUC, Fine, Sexual Assault, Tech Insider, Transportation, Uber

Uber has negotiated a huge cut to a $59 million fine it received for refusing to share data about sexual assaults on its service

Uber received a $59 million fine last year for refusing to disclose data from 3,000 sexual assaults. The company has negotiated that fine down to $150,000 and won't have to disclose identifiable data. Uber will also donate $9 million to a victims' relief fund and towards improving the industry. See more stories on Insider's business page. Uber has successfully negotiated a huge cut to a $59 million regulatory fine it was handed for refusing to disclose data about sexual assaults on its service.The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) levied the fine in December 2020 after Uber refused to turn over data relating to more tha...