Arlene Martinez, The Desert Sun

Arlene Martinez

The Desert Sun

Ventura, CA, United States

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Past articles by Arlene:

In CA: Cases spike in places deeper into reopening, but that won't stop us

Friday was a big day in the Golden State, with gyms, bars and movie theaters reopening, but could waves of new cases follow? As the Magic 8-Ball might say: 'Signs point to yes.' Plus: As the movement to reform police gains traction, some see a powerful interest group as being a significant obstacle. → Read More

In CA: It's mixed messages when it comes to reopening what, where and how

There's no clear consensus on when the state should fully reopen its economy or schools, but some businesses are done waiting. And a former California police chief, one of the few African African women in the position, talks about what it felt like to watch the video of George Floyd dying. → Read More

In CA: Sheriff tells people they're welcome not to use 911; waiting on 300 million masks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls on President Trump to be a "healer in chief." The state waits on hundreds of millions of N95 masks. And I talk with the attorney who successfully argued to the state's high court that video and other electronic records should not come with an out-of-reach price tag. → Read More

In CA: Cuts, deferrals and delays to cut the budget by $54.3 billion

With a huge deficit looming, the governor says he'll dip into reserves, cut state pay and delay planned pre-K offerings and expanded health coverage. Also: Imperial County suffers disproportionately from the coronavirus. Plus: Stick around for stories that remind us growth isn't always easy. → Read More

In CA: SoCal has the sun, surf and most coronavirus cases

Five California counties have more than 70% of the entire state's coronavirus cases and when it comes to hospitalizations, the number's even higher. And Tesla CEO Elon Musk joins those requesting to reopen faster, but he didn't wait for an answer. → Read More

In CA: We will all vote by mail now, and Gerber's first adopted spokesbaby

Stores started reopening Friday, either too early or not fast enough. And a million U.S. citizens may not get federal stimulus money because of a clause in the law. Plus, I talked to one of our NorCal partners about the work it's been doing at a time the community needs real news the most. → Read More

Ventura County Fair still on for now despite coronavirus pandemic; tickets on sale

The annual Ventura County Fair is still planned for its 12-day run in August. → Read More

In CA: In the West, we gear up to reopen and our curve is down, so why no national props?

The Golden State gets ready to open for business — on paper, at least. We'll find out more on Tuesday. And the state's quick action is being praised for its quick response to the coronavirus pandemic. Plus: Over the last month, everything about our world feels more threatened, a new poll shows. → Read More

In California: Cases slow, but there's still a lot of social distancing to do

Coronavirus will peak in the Golden State on April 17, when an estimated 70 people will die, new modeling predicts. And a USA TODAY investigation shows health officials sounded the alarm on the virus long before action was taken. Plus: If you must grocery shop, read on for tips to do it safely. → Read More

In California: A national emergency and a deal reached on sick pay + other assistance

President Trump declares a national emergency as thousands of schools close across California and the country. And a new USA Today analysis shows no state is prepared for what could be six needy patients for every one hospital bed. That's under the best-case scenarios. → Read More

In California: And the Golden State vote goes to Bernie Sanders

The Vermont senator captures the hearts of Golden Staters, early results show. And demands grow for an independent investigation into how L.A. County Sheriff's leaders handled disturbing photos taken at the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash scene. → Read More

In California: A tender goodbye in Los Angeles

The world says goodbye to Kobe Bryant. Travelers exposed to coronavirus head to quarantine sites across the state, including one in Ventura County, as the Dow drops 1,000 points following the jump in cases. And Prop. 13 offers multi-unit developers a sweet deal - is the same true for taxpayers? → Read More

In California: Art Laboe talks radio; candidates weigh in on Native American issues

On Valentine's Day, take a trip down memory lane with DJ Art Laboe. Plus: Democratic presidential contenders weigh in on Native American issues. And this might be a good time to get your dog vaccinated. → Read More

In California: Joaquin's vegan lecture, a disease-tracking dog and a grieving mom

Joaquin Phoenix brought a message to milk and meat lovers, and California's farmers had a response. Police warn of mayhem as a wave of progressive district attorneys join the ranks of traditional tough-on-crime prosecutors. And specially trained dogs are helping citrus growers protect their crops. → Read More

In California: A flurry of activity in Kristin Smart's '96 disappearance

Authorities serve multiple search warrants in the 1996 case of the missing Cal Poly freshman. Plus: President Trump's SOTU takes aim at the Golden State's sanctuary law. And we asked Democratic presidential candidates questions on four issues important here. Wednesday's spotlight: Housing. → Read More

In California: Instagrammers threaten magnificent coast live oak

Plus: In what turned out to be his last sit-down interview, Kobe Bryant shared frustrations about exciting projects that moved. so. slow. And amid coronavirus fears, major airlines suspend travel to mainland China while Americans are quarantined at a SoCal air base. → Read More

In California: A deadly avalanche in Lake Tahoe; we sue Trump (again)

One person died and another was badly injured in a morning avalanche in Lake Tahoe. The state sues over President Trump's plan to open up coastal and farming land to gas and oil extraction. And lots of chickens didn't make it 'cross the road. → Read More

In California: Knowing is half the battle

Find out how to see more than a million snow geese as they feast in NorCal's plentiful rice fields. And our Palm Springs-based political reporter breaks down all you need to know ahead of the Golden State's March 3 primary. → Read More

In California: A new internet privacy law returns power to consumers

Starting Jan. 1, you can find out who's been selling your online deets, and order them to stop. In other news, a fatal blow from a redwood tree. → Read More

ICE inks contracts worth billions for private immigration centers

The move happens just ahead of a state law that goes into effect Jan. 1 that phases such arrangements out of existence. Meanwhile, PG&E's power shutoffs were bad, but maybe they were even worse than we thought. → Read More