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A statue depicting Italian navigator Christopher Columbus has left the California Capitol. And we learn more about who got federal loans for their businesses, and they include folks linked to lawmakers Devin Nunes and Nancy Pelosi. Plus, I love a good comeback story, so let's start with that.
It's Arlene Martínez with stories from up and down the coast this Tuesday.
But first, a man's racist remarks to an Asian family at a Carmel Valley restaurant sparked outrage, including from singer Kelly Clarkson.
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After 50 years, California condors soar in Sequoia National Park
At one time they were nearly extinct, but this spring, endangered California condors were spotted in Sequoia National Park for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The vultures were observed atop the towering granite dome of Moro Rock in late May, the National Park Service said Tuesday; others fitted with GPS transmitters were tracked flying around Giant Forest.
Condors, which are scavengers, almost died out in large part due to ingesting lead in the carcasses of animals shot by hunters.
In the early 1980s, all 22 birds remaining in the wild were trapped and brought into a captive-breeding program that began releasing condors into Southern California's Los Padres National Forest in 1992.
Today, there are about 340 birds in the wild.
Twentynine Palms' shooter; the Golden State Killer's deal; a plea to Newsom
A Marine on Tuesday was transported to a Palm Springs hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound following reports of an "active shooter" at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms.
The Golden State Killer pleaded guilty to everything he was charged with and admitted to crimes that had long passed the statute of limitations. Because of the latter, 87 living and willing victims will get the chance to share their trauma.
More than 60 state and local leaders, along with upwards of 100 advocacy groups, are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop transferring immigrants who have been released from jails and prisons to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic.
Christopher Columbus has exited the building
Crews carried out a statue of Christopher Columbus from the center of the Capitol rotunda on Tuesday, roughly 137 years after it was first placed there.
It’s the latest statue of Columbus and other colonial figures to be toppled or taken down in the United States and beyond, following the uproar over racism after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Baltimore protesters threw a statue of the Italian navigator into the city’s harbor over the weekend.
Columbus, once depicted in U.S. classrooms as a globe-trotting explorer and "discoverer" of America, was actually more of a ruthless and violent figure who enslaved indigenous populations and worse, historical documents show.
This statue depicts Columbus appealing to Queen Isabella I, who financed his voyage to the New World in 1492 that set off European colonization of the Americas.
Masks, unemployment, travel and taxes
Can your company require you to wear a mask? Ask HR responds.
Do kids have to wear masks? Can you get a face-mask-exempt card? Other face mask questions, answered.
That extra $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits officially ends on July 31, but don't count on getting it the last week of the month. Here's why.
Amtrak is offering a buy-one, get-one ticket on its sleeper trains so long as you travel by Sept. 30.
You'd rather drive? Here's how road trips will be different.
The July 15 tax deadline, extended from April because of the coronavirus, is just around the corner. Here's why you may end up waiting longer on that return.
A change of heart on the virus, L.A. police uneven on mask use, and Riverside cases
After refusing to enforce the state's stay-at-home orders, calling them "economic slaughter," Merced County Sheriff Vernon Warnke is now urging residents to wash their hands, socially distance and wear a mask. Cases quadrupled there in the last month.
Law enforcement in Los Angeles has to wear face masks just like everyone else. Not all of them are.
More than half of Riverside County's 20,000+ coronavirus cases are in people younger than 40.
Companies linked to Nunes, Pelosi received PPP money
More than 60,000 businesses across the country received between $150,000 and $10 million each through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which was designed to help small businesses keep their doors open during the coronavirus pandemic.
At least 60% of the loan had to be used for payroll costs in order to be forgiven.
On Monday, the Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department released the names of recipients, which USA TODAY Network reporters have been busily analyzing and sorting. Here's some of what they found:
Wineries partly owned by Congressman Devin Nunes, R-Tulare County, received between $1 million and $2 million.
EDI Associates in San Rafael, a firm linked to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, received a loan between $350,000 and $1 million. A Pelosi spokesperson told USA TODAY that Paul Pelosi was "a minor, passive investor" with an 8.1% stake in the firm and "was not involved in or even aware of this PPP loan.”
Lobbying and policy group Waxman Strategies, which is run by former Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, and his son Michael Waxman, received a loan of between $350,000 and $1 million.
What else we're talking about
The Contra Costa County District Attorney's office on Tuesday charged two people with a hate crime for defacing a Black Lives Matter mural in Martinez.
Affordable housing organizations prepare for a wave of evictions and homelessness.
Tesla's valuation has added the combined value of GM, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler in just five trading days through Monday — on average, it's grown by $14 billion on each of those days.
California's just-passed 2020-21 budget allocates three times more per resident than in 1990-91, even adjusted for inflation, yet residents continue to get less and less in return (Commentary).
Overachieving in a pandemic might just be overrated, writes Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen.
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