Re­ward of­fered in shoot­ing of en­dan­gered Cal­i­for­nia con­dor

Manteca Bulletin - - Local/State -

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.

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