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.

 

More than one-third of Calif. voters have returned their ballots — FOX 5 San Diego

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) — More than a third of California voters have returned their ballots with less than a week before the election deadline.  The latest numbers from Political Data Inc show 36% of California ballots have been returned as of Tuesday.  “It’s going to really help process those ballots more rapidly…

More than one-third of Calif. voters have returned their ballots — FOX 5 San Diego

Stephen Colbert To Host 2020 Election Night Special On Showtime

(CBS Local)– Emmy and Peabody Award-winning late night host Stephen Colbert will return to Showtime to host another live election night special. “Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020” will air Tuesday, November 3 at 11 p.m. EST…

Stephen Colbert To Host 2020 Election Night Special On Showtime — CBS Las Vegas

These Southern California developed fruit trees will flourish in your garden — Orange County Register

With the novel coronavirus keeping everyone stuck at home, 2020 has been a year of gardening and house plant accumulation for many of us. By now, you’ve presumably named all your houseplants and already started your winter vegetable garden, so you might be thinking of broadening your horizons: Like say, getting a fruit tree? 

These Southern California developed fruit trees will flourish in your garden — Orange County Register

Moving to a new city? Control expenses with these tips

But before you pack up and hit the road, there are some things you ought to do to make sure you can afford this upcoming transition. Dreams of a new start are great, but you don’t want to be overwhelmed by moving costs or everyday expenses in your new town.

Moving to a new city? Control expenses with these tips — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Sawdust Art Festival opens Saturday in #LagunaBeach as an outdoor marketplace — Orange County Register

Nansea Williams is known for her unique, silly, happy monsters and dolls. A staple at Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Festival since 2009, she scaled back some of her creativity this summer, waiting to see what would happen with plans to still host the popular outdoor show held for 53 years in a sawdust-covered, 3-acre eucalyptus grove…

Sawdust Art Festival opens Saturday in Laguna Beach as an outdoor marketplace — Orange County Register

Strong #Earthquake Jolts Orange County Friday Night — Deadline

The Los Angeles area was shaken by an earthquake late Friday night. The tremor struck at 11:38 PM and lasted about 20-30 seconds. Its epicenter was in Rosemead,.East Los Angeles, less than a mile from South El Monte, with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey…

Strong Earthquake Jolts Los Angeles Friday Night — Deadline

A Record 2 Million Acres of California Has Burned in 2020. Heat Conditions Predicted to Continue — TIME

More than 2 million acres of land have been burned by wildfires in California as of Monday, according to state fire agency Cal Fire, surpassing the all-time record of 1.9 million set in 2018. Cal Fire and climate scientists predict that the number of acres burned this year will continue to grow with upcoming weather…

‘This is Crazy.’ A Record 2 Million Acres of California Has Burned This Year With Heat Conditions Predicted to Continue — TIME