California hiked its gas tax for road repairs, yet ‘poor’ bridges have multiplied, data show

Since the legislation was approved in 2017, state crews have repaired some 2,900 potholes, replaced or repaired more than 1,300 lane miles of pavement, fixed 37,500 feet of guardrail, replaced or repaired nearly 950 highway lights and traffic signals, and re-striped more than 2,000 miles of highway to improve visibility and safety, Hart said.

‘Daddy won,’ Alec Baldwin’s Trump boasts in first ‘SNL’ since end of Mueller probe

“Saturday Night Live” built the cold open of its newest episode around the report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently submitted following his two-year-long Russia investigation. Alec Baldwin returned to play President Trump alongside Robert De Niro as Mueller.

The sketch showed Mueller reading the almost 400-page report, Attorney General William Barr, played by Aidy Bryant, summarizing it and Trump live-tweeting his reactions.

“I am reading zero pages,” Baldwin’s Trump said. “But Sean Hannity has read it and he’s so excited, he texted me an eggplant.”


“On the charge of obstruction of justice, we have not drawn a definitive conclusion,” De Niro’s Mueller said, to which Bryant’s Barr replied, “But I have, and my conclusion is Trump clean as a whistle.”

“Free at last, free at last!” Baldwin as Trump said.

As for allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, De Nrio as Mueller said there were “several questionable instances involving the president’s team” and noted that 34 people were indicted during his investigation.

“The pardons are already in the mail,” Baldwin’s Trump replied. “Russia, if you’re watching, go to bed. Daddy won.”


Later, Trump said, “If you shoot at the devil, you best not miss.”

“Did somebody say ‘devil’?,” Rudy Giuliani, played by Kate McKinnon, responded, suddenly emerging.

“I guess I was a legal genius the whole time,” Giuliani continued. “And all of my mind games worked. If you want to know what my mind games were, you have to ask the family of goblins who live in my head and holds open my eyes.”

“P.S., can’t wait to see what the Southern District of New York has in store for Trump,” Mueller said.

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WATCH: Tiger Woods holes out with thrilling 82-yard eagle, advances to weekend against McIllroy

For Tiger Woods, it was do-or-die.

And he did in electrifying fashion — sinking an 82-yard eagle on the 13th hole at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship golf tournament in Austin, Texas, on Friday to advance to weekend play.


Woods had mounted a comeback against Patrick Cantlay, taking a 1-up lead ahead of the 13th hole. The par-4 hole played only 276 yards, all over water, amid a stiff breeze. Cantlay’s drive had settled in a knob above the green, 40 feet from the hole for a chance at eagle. And then it was time for a decision.

“I knew I needed to put it up there to at least have a chance at 3, to force him to have a good pitch,” Woods said.

With 82 yards to go, Woods swung his wedge and smacked the ball down the fairway. The ball stopped about 5 feet behind the hole on its second bounce and gently spun back toward the hole. Fans rose to their feet in the stands behind the green and let out a thunderous cheer for Woods when it sunk.

The eagle on No. 13 helped propel Woods to a 4-and-2 victory over Cantlay. But it was only one of Woods’ incredible shots from the tournament.


A day earlier, Woods pulled off a first-class recovery shot when his ball landed under a bush. From his knees, Woods took a left-handed shot that knocked the ball just a few feet from the pin. He sunk it for par.

Woods’ next match is set for Saturday against Rory McIlroy, who has a chance to return to No. 1 in the world if he wins the tournament.

“We’ve played tournaments together, battled each other down the stretch at event, but never in a match-play situation,” Woods said. “It’ll be fun.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Could police foot patrols help problems plaguing downtown Bakersfield?

Early one morning, Blue Oak Coffee Roasting co-owner Bernadette Sebastiani parked her car in front of the business on 20th Street in downtown Bakersfield to begin work when she was approached by a man.

He began slamming his fists on her trunk and yelling gibberish at her. When she told him to back off, he sat down at the table in front of the coffee shop, and began masturbating in front of her.

Incidents like that aren’t new for Sebastiani and co-owner Cynthia Price. Since they opened up shop in downtown Bakersfield in 2017, Sebastiani said they’ve been frequently yelled at by addicts demanding food and had food and money stolen from the shop.

Sebastian wonders why she hasn’t seen any police officers doing foot patrols downtown, something she thinks could have a big impact on the area’s chronic problems with vandalism and vagrancy if done on a regular basis.

“That would be amazing,” she said. “If they want to come in for free coffee, they would always be welcome.”

Sebastian recalled one time when a transient followed her into the freezer, where an altercation occurred.

“We have a lot of problems with the addicts that come in,” Sebastiani said. “It gets really dangerous for us, and it’s gotten to the point where we question whether we want to stay here.”

Price said sometimes officers will park their patrol cars in the Fox Theater parking lot across the street from the coffee shop, which immediately deters any troublemakers, even if officers don’t get out of the car.

However, officers usually only stay there for an hour or two before leaving.

“It would not take a lot of presence to make a difference for us,” she said.

Gaby Schmidt, owner of Soapterra on 18th Street, said she would also like to see officers regularly walking around the downtown area.

“There are some scary characters downtown that make me and other business owners a bit vulnerable,” she said. “Police officers doing foot patrols could help make us feel a little more secure, and not so worried about what could happen.”

Schmidt said foot patrols would also be useful for BPD in building a relationship with the business owners and the community they serve.

“I want them to patrol in a friendly way,” she said. “I want them to get to know the community, to have a friendly presence, not necessarily the kind that scares people.”

The challenges of foot patrols

Bakersfield Police Department Public Information Officer Nathan McCauley acknowledges that foot patrols aren’t a priority for the department right now due to staffing limitations and an effort to make the most efficient use of officers’ time.

McCauley said the 14 officers in the department’s Impact Unit, which largely deals with the homeless in downtown and Old Town Kern, do some foot patrols depending on need.

Officers will also do patrols around the city for special events, such as the Kern County Fair.

“Our city is too spread out for us to be doing that all the time. That wouldn’t be an efficient use of officers’ time,” he said. “It’s great for protecting a building or two, but in terms of response time, if you’re not by a patrol car, it really limits the area where you can respond to. I’m not sure how effective it is.”

However, McCauley said the department still recommends that officers get out of their cars when they’re not out on a call to build relationships with businesses and community members.

While most police departments have some level of foot patrol, it has not been as common in the past decade or so, as departments have had to grapple with budget cuts that makes prolonged foot patrols infeasible.

“We used to have officers dedicated to certain areas of town full-time, and they would often spend their time on foot,” McCauley said. “As the city has grown and there’s been more ground to cover, that became less and less practical, especially when the (economic) recession hit.”

Now, as the national economy has bounced back, foot patrols are becoming more frequent at some departments across the country.

A study published by the National Police Foundation in 2016 examined five police agencies that are implementing significant foot patrol efforts and found that it comes with many benefits and a few challenges for them.

Besides building a better relationship with the community, the study also concluded that foot patrols can change how the community views police officers and can provide departments with an increased sense of legitimacy in the eyes of the community.

The study also concluded that foot patrols are rewarding for officers and can be emotionally beneficial for them.

However the study acknowledged the difficulties of foot patrols, including the fact that they are manpower-intensive and make it difficult for police departments to adequately measure the productivity of officers.

“The agencies that we studied had made a conscious effort to bring foot patrols back as a way to better engage with their communities,” said Brett Cowell, who co-authored the study. “At the same time though, most agencies are facing staffing shortages, and having an officer on foot only exacerbates that problem because an officer on foot can’t respond to calls for service like a motorized officer can.”

Hope for the future

Sebastiani said she understands BPD’s perspective on the feasibility of foot patrols.

“I understand they’re understaffed, and they have to prioritize based on what’s the most dangerous things going on at a given time,” she said. “I know they’re dealing with their own set of issues and are doing the best they can. They can’t be everywhere at once. I don’t know what the solution is.”

Things could change in the near future, however. Bakersfield voters narrowly passed Measure N last November, which allowed the city to increase the sales tax from 7.25 percent to 8.25 percent starting Monday. Revenue from the measure will largely go toward bulking up public safety efforts.

The police department expects hire 100 officers within three years, starting with 40 new hires in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

McCauley said the extra officers could lead to an increase in foot patrols in the coming years. The department is still working out exactly how the new officers will be utilized. BPD already has around 400 officers.

“I think it’s something that could definitely grow with this,” he said about foot patrols. “We will continue to evaluate what is the most effective use of these new officers.”

Playboy model, 25, arrested in death of California psychiatrist, 71, found in trunk of car

A 25-year-old Las Vegas woman has been arrested in California, charged in the murder of a 71-year-old child psychiatrist who was found bludgeoned to death in the trunk of a car in Nevada earlier this month, authorities said Thursday.

Kelsey Turner was taken into custody March 21 in Stockton in connection with the death of Dr. Thomas Burchard, of Salinas, Calif., Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said.


Turner was arrested by Las Vegas detectives and the Stockton FBI task force, FOX5 Las Vegas reported. Further details on her arrest or how police identified Turner as a suspect in Burchard’s death weren’t immediately available.

Her name and photo matched those that appeared on a Facebook profile that described the woman as a model who posed for racy photos, including some posted on Playboy’s Italian-language website, the Californian of Salinas reported.

Kelsey Turner, 25, was arrested in California for the murder of Thomas Burchard, a 71-year-old psychiatrist, whose body was found bludgeoned to death earlier this month in the trunk of a car in Nevada, authorities said Thursday.

Kelsey Turner, 25, was arrested in California for the murder of Thomas Burchard, a 71-year-old psychiatrist, whose body was found bludgeoned to death earlier this month in the trunk of a car in Nevada, authorities said Thursday. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Social media profiles for a Kelsey Turner identify her as a model living in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. But property records obtained by the paper indicate Turner also had addresses in Arizona and California, including Salinas, about 130 miles from Stockton.

Burchard’s body was discovered March 7 in a desert area near the entrance to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area. His body was found after a passerby noticed a rock had been thrown through one of the vehicle’s windows, police said. It was not immediately clear who owned the car.


Authorities determined Burchard died from blunt force injury to the head. His death was ruled a homicide.

Burchard, who chose not to retire at 65 because he couldn’t bear to leave his patients, had worked nearly four decades in the behavioral health program with Montage Health, the Review-Journal reported.


“Dr. Burchard was a psychiatrist in our behavioral health program for almost 40 years and was very helpful to many patients,” Montage Health spokeswoman Mary Barker said. “It’s a very sad situation and our hearts go out to his family, friends, patients, and colleagues. We are notifying his patients and providing grief counseling for staff.”

Turner was being held in the San Joaquin County Jail without bail as she awaits extradition to face a murder charge in Las Vegas.