The OC & COVID-19: Show respect & be safe.

Please, don’t disrespect the thousands of Orange County health care professionals, first responders, and everyday people on the front lines making sure you have what you need most – from food and essential services by ignoring guidelines designed to keep you, our community and the people you care about safe.

Little Girl Painting CookiesThese professionals are often making unimaginable personal sacrifices to be at your side for everyday and extraordinary emergencies beyond COVID-19, from heart attacks to fire emergencies, groceries to upset tummies, and much more.

Portrait of two girls in the woods girlfriendsGiven the gravity of the current situation, we’ll try and share the most important local news from across various media outlets – both local and national, that we think you might find especially useful in our local communities which you might otherwise miss.

Family Eating An Al Fresco MealIn most instances, we’ll share a headline and a few key details, with a link to the original media story. Our local media and government agencies continue to be the best source of current news and information. We simply hope to highlight some of the less-prominent stories.

We’ll still share our favorite fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, and other stories, because we hope (and believe) it can lift spirits and provide a needed positive distraction from the headlines.

 

As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery — TechCrunch

The U.S. has suffered from devastating wildfires over the last few years as global temperatures rise and weather patterns change, making the otherwise natural phenomenon especially unpredictable and severe. To help out, Stanford researchers have found a way to track and predict dry, at-risk areas using machine learning and satellite imagery…

As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery — TechCrunch

Iconic Huntington Beach Pier reopens to public, but keep moving — Orange County Register

Huntington Beach Pier users can once again peer down at surfers riding waves or get a glimpse at passing whales or dolphins. Strollers who have made the 1,850-foot pier part of their daily routine for years can once again spend the morning smelling the salty air or count their steps on the concrete deck…

Iconic Huntington Beach Pier reopens to public, but keep moving — Orange County Register

Some local wineries allowed to reopen — fox5sandiego.com

ESCONDIDO, Calif. – Wineries are among the businesses that the green light to reopen this week for in-person service — but only those that also serve food. Cordiano Winery in Escondido has a full kitchen on site and was eagerly awaiting being able to welcome guests back on to the property after weeks of take-out…

via Some local wineries allowed to reopen — fox5sandiego.com

William Lyon, Orange County homebuilder and civic leader, dies at 97 — Orange County Register

William Lyon made his fortune following the freeways. Wherever the roads ran, that’s where the Air Force general-turned-homebuilder would mobilize construction crews, eventually building much of Orange County among many projects across the Southwestern U.S.

via William Lyon, Orange County homebuilder and civic leader, dies at 97 — Orange County Register