Reward offered in shooting of endangered California condor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The reward now totals $15,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting death of an endangered California condor.
The condor was found with a gunshot wound in July on private property near the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Kern County. The bird later died.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initially offered a $5,000 reward and the Center for Biological Diversity tripled it on Monday.
California condors are one of the world’s largest birds with a wingspan up to 10 feet. Three decades after being pushed to the brink of extinction, the species is making a comeback in the wild.
Condors are protected under California law and the federal Engendered Species Act.
▶CALIFORNIA BOARD CANDIDATE QUITS RACE
AFTER TRANS COMMENTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco school board candidate has quit the race after apologizing for controversial remarks about the rights of transgender students.
The San Francisco Examiner says Josephine Zhao announced her withdrawal Monday morning in a Facebook post.
Zhao was criticized after comments she made to Chinese-language media in 2013 recently surfaced. In those remarks, Zhao said legislation that allows transgender students to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity could lead to rape.
The ensuing controversy caused her to lose endorsements.
Zhou apologized last month. But the newspaper says that apology was undermined after Zhao acknowledged — in Chinese-language text messages to a chat group — that she doesn’t support the transgender restroom policy and only claimed to do so.
▶LA- AREA RAIL GRADE SEPARATION PROJECT COM
PLETED: SAN GABRIEL (AP) — Southern California officials have marked completion of another big project aimed at separating freight and passenger trains from street traffic.
The four-year $293.7 million San Gabriel Trench project east of Los Angeles was dedicated Monday by the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority.
It involved lowering the railroad 30 feet (9.1 meters) for 1.4 miles (2.25 kilometers), building four new bridges for street traffic and two railroad bridges. Trains began using the trench last year.
Proponents say it improves safety and eliminates crossing delays for thousands of motorists, reduces pollution from idling vehicles, improves rail reliability and eliminates horn blasts and crossing bells.