1 dead after shooting at unauthorized Airbnb rental

Hello and welcome to Essential California bulletin. This is Wednesday August 11. I am Justin Ray.

A shooting at a Sunnyvale, Calif., Home left an 18-year-old dead and another injured over the weekend. The incident raises questions about how Airbnb monitors ads.

Officers responded to a musical disruption of a big party on Saturday at 10:19 p.m., the police said. Upon arrival, they met around 150-200 participants, many of whom were between the ages of 16 and 19.

As officers tried to find out who the owner was, they heard gunshots. They found two adult victims, who were taken to hospital, where one – identified as Elias Elhania, according to NBC Bay Area – deceased. The other person should survive.

Police confirmed to The Times that the property was rented through Airbnb. But Sunnyvale is forcing residents to apply to become hosts on the platform. Police said they had no record of a claim for the property.

Leaflets posted on social media ahead of the party billed it as “Turn Up Pt. 2” and charged an entrance fee, according to news from Mercury. For girls, the party was free if they arrived before 10 p.m., and $ 5 after. For men, the price was $ 10 before 10 p.m. and $ 15 after. The flyer said the party was due to start at 9:30 p.m., while the end time was listed as a cop and flashing emoji, appearing to indicate the party would continue until the police stopped it.

“We saw a group of children walking around who looked like minors and had alcohol in various states of consciousness,” neighbor Henry Alexander III said. ABC 7 News. “I remember a girl running around and she was sobbing saying that someone had been shot, someone had been hit.”

The incident was at least the fourth shooting at an Airbnb in Northern California in two years, the Mercury News reported. In 2019, the company banned “house parties” after five people were killed in a Airbnb rental in Orinda on Halloween.

“We have to do better, and we will. This is unacceptable, ”said Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb. said at the time.

But Saturday’s murderous shooting raises questions about the quality of registration monitoring. The party was held without the consent of the host of the house, Airbnb said in a statement to The Times. The company also deactivated the list following the incident.

“Airbnb is banning parties and we condemn the senseless gun violence that has taken place in Sunnyvale,” spokesman Aaron Swor said in an emailed statement. “Our dedicated security team is working urgently to support those affected by this tragedy, and we are working with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety to offer our assistance in their investigation.”

Authorities have not identified any suspects and are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Corrine Abernathy at (408) 730-7134 or by calling (408) 730-7100.

Here is more information on the circumstances of the shooting in Orinda.

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THE STORIES

One of the area’s most prolific apartment builders sued the city of Los Angeles on its moratorium on COVID-19 evictions, saying its businesses have suffered astronomical financial losses and are legally entitled to compensation from the city. GHP Management, owned by real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer, said in its lawsuit that 12 buildings it manages suffered a loss in rental income of more than $ 20 million as a result of the measure. Asked about the deposit, City Atty. Mike Feuer defended the moratorium, saying his office had drafted a “legal order” that prevented tenants from becoming homeless during the coronavirus pandemic. Los Angeles Times

Bam Margera sues Paramount Pictures, MTV Networks, Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze and more, alleging he was discriminated against and unfairly fired from “Jackass Forever” so that studios and producers could steal the film’s franchise, his lawyers said Monday. Margera also wants an injunction against the film’s release. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. “Jackass Forever,” which is in post-production, is slated to hit US theaters on October 22. Representatives for Tremaine, Knoxville and their company, Dickhouse Productions, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did a representative for Paramount Pictures. Los Angeles Times

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POLICY AND GOVERNMENT

Larry Elder’s outspoken conservative radio rhetoric under scrutiny in a recall election. Elder, a top candidate in the race to replace California Governor Gavin Newsom in the recall elections next month, has made many controversial statements. He has at times fueled skepticism about climate change, describing global warming as a pot and a myth. He said the medical establishment and “occupational victims” have exaggerated the danger of second-hand tobacco smoke. Los Angeles Times

The Senate approved a major bill on Tuesday to rebuild the country’s aging roads and bridges, with $ 8.3 billion specifically earmarked for water infrastructure projects in the West and billions more to fund national projects to mitigate the effects of wildfires. The plan, which is the first part of President Biden’s Build Back Better program, will then go to the House, where he will face the challenges of the progressives. Los Angeles Times

CRIME AND COURTS

“A betrayal you can’t even put into words. ” Long Beach has owned the Queen Mary as a tourist attraction since 1967, but for years it has leased the ship to various operators who have struggled to make a profit. A little-known real estate investment company had big plans for the Queen Mary, but now it owes hundreds of millions to a range of creditors – and the fate of the city’s most famous asset is more uncertain than ever: “It was clearly an operator who did not keep his commitments. Long Beach Post

Massive fire in downtown Modesto in June was the result of arson, according to the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigation Unit. The four-alarm fire at American Lumber Co. caused up to $ 2 million in damage to the facility and inventory. No arrests were made in this case. Modesto Bee

HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

The Delta variant aspires to the joy of the start of the 2021 school year. Back to school 2021, with California campuses fully open for 6 million children, was meant to herald relief – if not celebration – for an almost normal school year ahead. But an increase in the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus has rekindled parents’ anxiety; for many, the security and quality of schooling again seem uncertain and precarious. “I wanted to be excited about a new school year, but now I have to think, ‘Am I putting our health at risk by going to school in person? Says parent Irma Villalpando. Los Angeles Times

Dr Smita Malhotra and Dr Rosina Franco listen to Josefina Flores, Principal of Euclid Avenue Elementary School, speak.

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THE CULTURE OF CALIFORNIA

How Ron Popeil perfected the art of infomercials. Ron Popeil – sometimes referred to as “America’s Salesman” – passed away last month at the age of 86. It was sudden, his family said, and peaceful. Popeil and his company were based in SoCal. Television critic Robert Lloyd explains the magic of Popeil: “Without television, Popeil would have been a name on a box; with television it was Thomas Edison. Los Angeles Times

Workers carrying out infrastructure upgrades at Santa Cruz High School have discovered human remains. The school, along with much of the city, is known to be located in areas where civilizations have existed for thousands of years. The find in July put the project on hold for two weeks as archaeologists and tribesmen investigated it. “The district works closely with the tribal community, especially the Indian Canyon Mutsun Band of Coastanoan and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, in all aspects of the work,” said Sam Rolens, spokesperson for the school district of the city ​​of Santa Cruz. Good time

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ALMANAC OF CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles: Hot, hot, hot, 88. San Diego: I am a huge fan of smoothies. A great day for them! 78. San Francisco: Have you ever drunk Frosé (Frozen Rosé)? I’ve had it a few times. It’s hit or miss, but if you know of a good place in Frosé, let me know. 71. San José: 86. Fresno: 107. Sacramento: 104.

AND FINALLY

today Californian memory is of Malcolm Edwards:

My all-time favorite California Dreamin memory is the weekend camping trip to Crystal Lake Campground in the late 50’s to the 60’s when I was a kid with Dad and two brothers. The campsite was a surplus tarp with sleeping bags laid out and tall pine trees reached up to the sky at night. Meals were bacon and eggs for breakfast and hot dogs for dinner, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything. The trips inspired a later career as a ranger and I still make periodic visits to Crystal Lake. The anticipation of three days in the woods has always been this kid’s dream come true.

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