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County Seeks Funds for Jailed Illegal Immigrants

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(Best Syndication News) A new policy by the Department of Justice could reduce the amount of money San Bernardino County receives for jailing illegal immigrants. This applies specifically to illegal aliens who have committed a crime and are locked up in the county jail.

The U.S. government already provides some money as reimbursement, according to First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. But a new plan could reduce that amount.

“The federal government reimburses the county for a small fraction of our costs for incarcerating illegal immigrants who commit crimes in our jurisdiction, and now, through a unilateral administrative decision, they have modified the formula that will cut that funding further,” Mitzelfelt tells Best Syndication.

Lead exposure in California Condors threaten Population Growth

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of California, Santa Cruz, found that condors in the state are being exposed to detrimental lead levels, which is slowing the repopulation of the endangered species. On June 25, the researchers published their study results in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The primary source for lead exposure comes from lead found in ammunition. The researchers determined this based on a “fingerprinting” technique of isotopes. Additionally, they studied the lead levels in the birds’ feathers to understand the history of lead exposure.

Two Road Projects should help High Desert traffic flow

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(Best Syndication News) San Bernardino County along with the town of Apple Valley has reached an agreement to re-pave Central Road and Joshua Road (see the map below). The county Public Works department will also repair and make improvements at Highland Road and the State Highway 18 (SH-18) near Lucerne Valley.

Andy Silva, the public information officer for 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, tells Best Syndication that the Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved an agreement this week that will share the cost of repaving Central and Joshua Roads with Apple Valley. The two roads skirt along the two jurisdictional borders.

Temperatures in Southern California predicted to increase 4 - 5 Degrees by 2060

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from UCLA predict that temperatures in the Los Angeles region will increase by an average 4 to 5 degrees by 2060. The downtown Los Angeles area is expected to triple the number of hot days. The valleys and high elevation areas are expected the quadruple the number of hot days.

The study is called “Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region.” The study was funded and supported by the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) group. The LARC group is made up of leading municipal governments, agencies, universities, and other organizations.

Containment expected this evening for Cabazon Wildland Fire

(Best Syndication News) - The Wildland Fire occurred on Sunday and has burnt at least 300 acres. The Riverside County Fire Department along with CAL Fire announced this morning that the fire stopped spreading and it is expected to be fully contained by 6 pm today. The voluntary evacuation orders have been canceled.

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