Demand for US-born imams up in American mosques
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The demand for American-born Muslim religious leaders is skyrocketing as mosques struggle to retain a new generation of American Muslims who were born and raised in the United States.
Imams who are born and raised in the U.S. and have completed intensive Islamic studies can command top dollar — up to $100,000, plus housing, in some instances — because they are so rare.
Meanwhile, mosques are working hard to come up with ways to make Islam relevant to the teenagers who are the children and grandchildren of the immigrants who brought the faith to America decades ago.
A 2011 survey of American Muslims found that 85 percent of fulltime, paid imams working in American mosques were foreign-born despite a boom in American mosques.
Inmate in custody after escape from OC jail
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The Orange County Sheriff's Department says an inmate with a history of auto theft, burglaries, narcotic violations, and resisting arrest, is back in custody after he escaped from jail.
Sheriff's officials say the 27-year-old inmate Max Edward Fernandez was discovered missing from the James A. Musick Facility in Irvine on Friday at 4 p.m.
He was returned to custody less than 24 hours later.
Lt. Jeff Hallock says investigators found Fernandez at an Oceanside fast food restaurant in San Diego County shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday.
Fernandez was in custody for possessing stolen property and a narcotic violation.
Democratic official resigns over offensive tweet
(Information in the following story is from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic Party official in Sacramento County has resigned after sending an offensive Twitter message during a heated exchange over President Obama's health care law.
The Sacramento Bee reports the county's Democratic Party on Friday called for and accepted the resignation of Allan Brauer, its volunteer communications chair.
Brauer addressed the offensive tweet to Amanda Carpenter, a speechwriter for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, as House Republicans voted to defund the health care law. Brauer wrote, "May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases."
The message drew widespread condemnation. Brauer apologized to Carpenter before resigning his position with the Democratic Party.
Kerri Asbury, the county's party chair, called the comments "appalling and inexcusable" and said "wishing harm is never an acceptable response during heated public debate."
250-gallon sewage spill closes OC beach
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Orange County health officials are warning people to stay away from a section of Newport Beach's coastline after 250 gallons of sewage spilled into its waters.
The Health Care Agency's Larry Honeybourne says Cameo Shores Beach has been closed since Friday's spill and will remain so until midday Sunday at the earliest.
A blocked sewage line leaked 1,000 gallons of sewage out of a manhole into the storm drain, Honeybourne says. Health officials were able to clean up all but 250 gallons that entered the ocean. The beach will reopen once the waters are tested and deemed to meet state standards.
Swimmers are also being warned to avoid two sections of beach in Dana Point and another in Laguna Beach because bacterial levels exceed state standards.
UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS DELAYED
Calif. computer problems delay unemployment checks
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tens of thousands of California residents aren't getting their unemployment checks on time because of computer problems at a state agency.
The Employment Development Department said Friday about 185,000 of the nearly 800,000 Californians who receive unemployment benefits have been impacted by problems with the agency's processing system. About 80,000 of them still haven't gotten their checks.
The Sacramento Bee reports the employment department has been working for months to upgrade its 30-year-old system.
Earlier this week the department said about 50,000 Californians had claims delayed after several years of old data were converted to the new system over Labor Day weekend. The number of affected residents has grown since then.
State officials say hundreds of employees will work on the backlog over the weekend.
STEVE JOBS HOUSE
Steve Jobs' childhood home eyed for preservation
(Information in the following story is from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com)
LOS ALTOS, Calif. (AP) — The childhood home of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs could soon be preserved as a historical site in Silicon Valley.
The Los Altos Historical Commission is scheduled Monday to discuss a proposal to give protected status to the single-story, ranch house where Jobs and his foster parents moved in 1968.
Commissioner Sapna Marfatia says the property is historically significant because it's where Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak built the first 50 Apple 1 computers in 1976.
The first partnership for "Apple Computer Co." was established at the Crist Drive home in Los Altos before the company relocated to nearby Cupertino.
The San Jose Mercury News reports the former Jobs home would have to be preserved as it currently stands if added to the city's historic resources inventory.
TRANSGENDER HOMECOMING QUEEN
OC crowns its first transgender homecoming queen
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Orange County has crowned its first transgender homecoming queen.
The Orange County Register reports that 16-year-old Cassidy Lynn Campbell made history in the traditionally conservative county Friday night.
Upon receiving her crown, Cassidy became the Marina High School's 50th homecoming queen and one of few transgendered teens nationwide to receive such a title.
Cassidy was previously known as Lance and said she has known she was a girl from a young age. She gravitated toward Barbie dolls, lipstick and dresses. In middle school Cassidy told classmates she was gay to blend in.
The first time she publicly dressed as a girl was on Halloween her sophomore year. But this year, as a senior, she came to school as herself.
Cassidy says she hopes her victory inspires other struggling teens.
CHRONICLE EDITOR RETIRES
San Francisco Chronicle Editor Ward Bushee retires
(Information in the following story is from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ward Bushee, the San Francisco Chronicle's executive vice president and editor, has announced his retirement after five years as the editorial leader of the Hearst Corp. newspaper.
The Chronicle reports the 64-year-old Bushee will continue to play a role in the Hearst Fellowship Program as well as contribute to some companywide projects. No replacement editor has been named.
Bushee's departure follows the May retirement of former Chronicle Publisher Frank Vega. The paper and its digital operations are now led by Publisher Jeffrey Johnson and President Joanne Bradford.
Johnson says Bushee helped guide the Chronicle through difficult times and "positioned the newsroom well as we accelerate our digital strategies."
The Northern California native joined the Chronicle in February 2008 from the Arizona Republic, where he had been editor since 2002.
SoCal city institutes nation's first fur ban
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — West Hollywood is now the only city in America where it's a crime to sell fur apparel.
The Los Angeles Times reports that after years of debate, the ban took effect Saturday.
It only applies to apparel that's made to be worn, such as shoes, hats and gloves. Ugg boots can't be sold because they contain shearling, a sheepskin or lambskin pelt that's had limited shearing.
The city calls itself a cruelty-free zone for animals and is famous for animal-friendly laws.
But the fur ban is rubbing some retailers the wrong way. They say it runs counter to the city's claim of being a West Coast fashion capital.
A retailer caught selling fur can be charged with a misdemeanor if it receives more than three citations within a year.
SOCIAL MEDIA COURSE
SoCal college plans for new social media course
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California college plans to launch a new certificate program in social media this fall.
Officials at California State University, Los Angeles say the course, entitled "Introduction to Social Media Marketing," was created because of growing demand for professionals who are savvy social media users and can apply it to their jobs. Classified as a marketing course, it's is in the College of Business and Economics.
According to a press release, the certificate program includes social media strategies and tactics to employ, how to develop a new business using social media, as well as how to create mobile marketing applications, measure and track social media metrics, and integrate social media into marketing plans.
Students will meet every Tuesday night for nearly four hours from Sept. 26 through Dec. 14.
Writer Carolyn Cassady of Beat generation dies
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A longtime friend of Carolyn Cassady has confirmed the writer who was the former wife of Beatnik Neal Cassady and lover of Jack Kerouac has died. She was 90 years old.
Estelle Cimino, co-owner of the Beat Museum in San Francisco, said Saturday that Carolyn Cassady died Friday in the United Kingdom. Cimino and her husband are longtime family friends of Cassady and her children. She didn't know the specific cause of death.
Cassady's proximity to the Beat generation was chronicled in Kerouac's book "On the Road."
Married to Neal Cassady for more than 20 years, she was also a close friend of Beat generation poet Allen Ginsberg.
She chronicled her experiences in the memoir "Off the Road: My Years with Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg," published in 1990.
Hollywood and Britain team up before Emmys
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Spacey's Emmy-nominated Netflix series "House of Cards" had British beginnings.
So it's no surprise the actor walked the red carpet Saturday at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts pre-Emmy tea in Los Angeles. He says the show's nine nominations are a sign the entertainment industry is learning how to better cater to audiences.
Other American versions of British shows were on stars' minds too. "Breaking Bad" star Dean Norris says the original British version of "The Office" is one of his "favorite shows of all time." And actor Reid Scott of "Veep" says he really loves the BBC's show "Sherlock Holmes."
So what will be the next British import to find fame in America? Even "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes says he doesn't know.