J.B. Pritzker To Be Sworn In As Illinois Governor Monday

Chicago (CBS) — When billionaire J.B. Pritzker takes the oath of office Monday, he will become not just the richest governor, but the richest elected official in the nation. His personal wealth was no small factor in his successful campaign for governor.

Pritzker spent $171 million of his own money to get elected.

“The people of Illinois are worth it,” Pritzker said. “We need to change the direction of the state.”

Pritzker says the biggest problem facing the state right now is instability.

“We need a balanced budget in our state, and we need people to have their faith restored in state government,” Pritzker said.

That faith was shattered during Gov. Bruce Rauner’s political tug of war with House Speaker Mike Madigan that left Illinois without a budget for two years. Now, Democrats will have bigger majorities in both the House and Senate with voters focused on results.

Pritzker’s goals for his first six months in office include balancing the budget, raising the minimum wage and legalizing recreational marijuana.

He backed a graduated income tax but stopped short of supporting a gas tax hike to fix roads and bridges.

“You’ve got to look for ways to pay for infrastructure, but it doesn’t have to be one particular source,” Pritzker said.

Pritzker says he expects to have a good working relationship with powerful Madigan, who some say considers himself Illinois’ real governor.

“There’s going to be disagreements along the way, no doubt about it,” Pritzker said. “That happens between the executive branch and the legislative branch, but the fact is that we won on a set of principles. I believe the legislature won on that as well, so there’s a lot that we can get done. If we can lift up working families, that’s what’s good for our economy, that’s what’s good for the people of Illinois and that’s what I’ll be fighting for.”

Pritzker is worth more than $3 billion and his personal fortune is already impacting state government. He is doubling the salaries of some 20 top staffers, including his three deputy governors, with money from his own pocket.

Pro-Life And Pro-Choice Marches Bring Thousands To Chicago’s Streets

Chicago (CBS) — The topic of abortion was front and center on the streets of Chicago Sunday as both sides made their voices heard.

Thousands of pro-life activists from around the Midwest marched through downtown during the 46th annual March for Life.

This year’s theme is “Unique from Day One: Pro-Life Is Pro-Science”.

Organizers say 76 Marches for Life took place around the United States.

Hundreds of pro-choice supporters took to the same streets with signs for the March for Abortion Rights.

Pro-choicers held signs supporting a woman’s right to choose.

Organizers also reiterated women should not have to apologize if they choose to have an abortion.

Both marches coincide with next week’s anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in 1973.

New Round Of Rain Set To Douse Bay Area After Dry Weekend

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The next round of rain is set to begin this coming week. Once it starts falling, there won’t be a dry day in the Bay Area until perhaps Friday.

The pending slug-like shot of moisture has rammed up against a formidable blocking High to the east.

The overwhelming probability is that rain won’t begin until very early Monday morning (except in the Santa Cruz mountains and the extreme South Bay).

If you’ve never been to Seattle, you’ll get a dose of what it’s like, with on-again, off-again rain and showers for the ensuing four days.

The models suggest the most robust rain setting in Wednesday through Thursday, with amounts totaling two to three inches in general, with more at higher elevations.

Inland areas will be slower to feel the showers as they move from the south to the north.

Rain will fall throughout the state of California over the next few days. In the Bay Area, the heaviest rain will likely come on Wednesday night. The weekend looks to remain dry, with a slight chance of showers.

Highs will range from 56° (inland) to 60° (along the coast) for the duration. Lows will be mostly in the 40s.

The National Weather Service warned of an increased risk of sneaker waves at Bay Area beaches from 9 a.m. Sunday through 3 a.m. Monday.

The beach hazards warning applies to west to northwest-facing beaches along the Central Coast from Sonoma County through Monterey County, including Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Montara State Beach in San Mateo County and Marina State Beach in Monterey County.

 

Chariot E-Shuttle Service To Cease All Operations

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Chariot, the San Francisco-based commuter e-shuttle service owned by Ford, will cease all operations in the U.S. and the U.K., the company announced Sunday evening.

The last day for U.S. shuttle service will be Feb. 1 and the last day the company will operate in the U.K. is Jan. 25; the company plans to completely cease operations by the end of March.

Chariot’s defining trait is its use of 14-passenger vans that traveled along specific routes, dictated by the accommodating mobile app. Riders purchased Chariot credits and used the app’s map to find a pickup spot.

Chariot was also known for its charter services and enterprise commuter services. The large seating capacity was popular for “vanpool” commuting.

In a statement released on Sunday, Chariot CEO Dan Grossman cited the “rapidly changing” wants and needs of commuters in today’s mobility landscape.

“We are truly grateful to our commuters, enterprise customers, and partners for your support over the past five years,” said Grossman.

“Chariot was built on a commitment to help reduce congestion, ease the commute and improve quality of life in cities, and since our start, we have provided our customers with more than 3 million rides. In addition, we helped Ford build their mobility business, and their experience with Chariot continues to inform their mobility efforts and design decisions for the future.”

The company said it will make “a good faith effort” to refund customers’ remaining commuter credit balances after services end.

The company’s headquarters is in San Francisco, and it operates in cities such as New York, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles and Denver, as well as the Greater London area in the U.K. The company was acquired by Ford in 2016.

WiFi Now Available At Clark And Lake Blue Line Station

Chicago (CBS) — Commuters can now stay connected thanks to free WiFi on the CTA Blue Line.

The city announced the new service at the Clark and Lake station.

It’s the latest in a series of internet upgrades throughout the CTA system.

In all, the CTA provides WiFi coverage across 22 miles of tunnels and platforms on the Red and Blue Lines.

The CTA plans to expand coverage to the Washington, Monroe and Jackson stations on the Blue Line later this month.

Truck Crash Brings Down Power Lines In Oakland; Left 1500 Without Power

OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — Power is still out in parts of West Oakland after a Goodwill truck knocked down three power poles and damaged a fourth on Sunday morning.

It happened this morning just before 11:00 a.m. on 19th Street between Adeline and Union Streets.

In a cell phone video shot by one of the nearby residents, he can be heard saying, “These wires are live.” Only a few moments later, the lines start to arc as he screams, “Get the (expletive) out of there!” before another loud explosion is heard.

“I heard a loud bang from my apartment and ran downstairs, came down, and just looked up the street, and it’s just like Armageddon. It’s just chaos,” said Kristi Rowe, who lives nearby.

Battalion Chief Zoraida Diaz with the Oakland Fire Department said, “It was a Goodwill truck that got caught up in the wires, might have potentially struck the pole.”

Witnesses said the driver realized the truck was stuck and gunned the accelerator in an attempt to get the truck free. Instead, neighbors said the truck jerked forward, pulling down the nearby power pole and the two on either side.

The power poles damaged cars as they came crashing down. The heavy wires slammed across other nearby vehicles, blowing out the windows.

power lines Truck Crash Brings Down Power Lines In Oakland; Left 1500 Without Power

The downed power lines created quite a scene in Oakland (CBS)

Oakland firefighters said the driver wasn’t hurt and stayed on scene to help with the investigation.

People who live nearby said they’re just trying to make the best of the situation.

“Bought a huge cooler, we’re going to get dry ice now. We got some 500 lumen lights to put on the table and I went and bought a whole lot of candles at Marshalls,” said Rowe.

PG&E said immediately after the lines came down, about 1,500 people lost power. As of 5:00 p.m., that number is down to about 50 people. Crews say they have to replace the three power poles that fell, and also a fourth that was damaged, but did not fall.

All the repairs are scheduled to be finished sometime Monday morning, restoring power to the impacted areas on 19th Street.

Oakland Judge Blocks Trump Admin.’s Birth Control Rules

OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — An Oakland judge blocked Trump administration rules that would allow employers to opt out of providing birth control coverage for women workers on Sunday.

U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. ordered the motion forward of a preliminary injunction, which was secured by a coalition of 14 attorneys general led by California AG Xavier Becerra.

The injunction blocks–in 13 states, including Washington, D.C.– the Trump administration’s attempt to deny millions of women and their families access to no-cost birth control guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act.

“The law couldn’t be clearer–employers have no business interfering in women’s healthcare decisions,” said Attorney General Becerra in a statement on Sunday.

“Today’s court ruling stops another attempt by the Trump Administration to trample on women’s access to basic reproductive care. It’s 2019, yet the Trump Administration is still trying to roll back women’s rights. Our coalition will continue to fight to ensure women have access to the reproductive healthcare they are guaranteed under the law.”

The rules were supposed to take effect on Monday, Jan. 14 before Gilliam ordered the motion forward.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in court documents the rules “protect a narrow class of sincere religious and moral objectors from being forced to facilitate practices that conflict with their beliefs.”

The zero-cost requirement comes from a health care law under Barack Obama. Obama officials included exemptions for religious organizations.

The Trump administration expanded those exemptions and added “moral convictions” as a basis to opt out of providing birth control services.

At a hearing on Friday, Gilliam said the changes would result in a “substantial number” of women losing birth control coverage, which would be a “massive policy shift.”

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