California storms: cleanup continues in the Bay Area after severe weather | LiveNOW from FOX

Gov. Gavin Newsom said the recent storms in California have proven more deadly than last season's wildfires. At least 17 people had died through January 10 due to the severe weather, he said while visiting storm-ravaged Santa Cruz County. On Jan. 11, a woman's body was found in a car submerged in Sonoma County, officials there said. With more flooding, strong surf, falling trees and other hazards, it would not be a surprise to see the number of untimely deaths rise higher. A search was underway for a 5-year-old boy who was swept away by rushing water in San Luis Obispo County. More LiveNOW from FOX streaming video

California storms: 17 confirmed deaths related to severe storms | LiveNOW from FOX

Massive flooding in California has killed at least 17 people and left more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power as of Jan. 10, 2023. Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed the deaths during a visit to the town of Capitola on the Santa Cruz coast that was hard hit by high surf and flooding creek waters last week. More LiveNOW from FOX streaming video

Homeless Crisis: Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass declares state of emergency | LiveNOW from FOX

Former U.S. Representative Karen Bass was sworn in as the 43rd mayor of Los Angeles. In doing so, she became the first woman and second Black person to lead the city. In her inauguration speech, Bass reiterated her plan to tackle the homeless crisis, one of pillars of her campaign. During her campaign, Bass repeatedly stressed that homelessness and public safety were the two key issues at the top of her agenda as mayor. One of her campaign promises was to house 15,000 people by the end of her first year, as well as build more temporary, affordable, and permanent housing. Her goals also included ending street encampments, reducing homelessness and focusing on mental health and substance abuse services.

LA City Council Scandal: De Leon fights with protester, Cedillo explains refusal to resign

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, "The preliminary investigation revealed that Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de León was involved in an altercation. While participating in a local community event, Councilmember de León was approached by multiple community members, who blocked his path of travel as he attempted to leave the building. It was during this encounter that an allegation was made of one male, identified as Jason Reedy, headbutting, pushing, and punching Councilmember de León." De León has faced intense pressure from colleagues, state and national elected officials and activists to resign ever since a leaked audio was released of an October 2021 conversation about redistricting that featured the councilman and others, including Gil Cedillo and Nury Martinez, using racial slurs and blunt talk of political power grabs that has roiled the city for months. Meanwhile, LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo explained in a press release why he refuses to resign, and despite public outcry, he didn’t break any laws. Cedillo wrote, "I refused to resign before my term ended. That’s not who I am, and I did nothing that warranted it. My life’s work has been about fighting relentlessly for those who do not have a voice – regardless of their ethnic background." You can read more of Cedillo's statement on the FOX11 Los Angeles website: www.foxla.com/news/la-city-council-scandal-gil-cedillo-explains-his-refusal-to-resign