SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – An attempt to audit California’s Motor Voter Program has died in committee.
While the audit got enough votes from Assembly members, it fell two votes from State Senators short out of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee on Wednesday. Assembly members Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) had requested the audit.
The audit was requested after a glitch botched the voter registrations of thousands of Californians.
Motor Voter allows Californians to register to vote when they applied for a new driver’s license.
The program has come under heavy scrutiny, however. A Senate Bill was introduced last year that would change the process from automatically registering people to vote to making people opt-in.
The audit would have also taken a look at the problematic rollout of the California DMV’s REAL ID.
(CBS Detroit/CBS Local) — The Rocket Mortgage Classic debuts this week at Detroit Golf Club. It will be the first of two consecutive PGA Tour debuts (the 3M Open starts next week). The Detroit area is no stranger to Tour events; the Buick Open called nearby Grand Blanc, Michigan home for over 50 years, ending back in 2009. Quicken Loans, which runs Rocket Mortgage, is also a familiar name, having recently sponsored the Quicken Loans National, the Tour’s former stop in the nation’s capital.
Still, a new event in a new location brings with it some uncertainty. Will the game’s best be drawn to Detroit in the weeks between the season’s third and fourth major? How will the course compare to that of other PGA Tour events?
Some of the game’s bigger names were intrigued enough to at least take a flyer. The field this week includes seven of world’s top 30 players. Among them are the second-ranked Dustin Johnson, who finished second at this season’s Masters and PGA Championship, and 12th-ranked Gary Woodland, who won the U.S. Open. Rickie Fowler, the Rocket Mortgage spokesperson and world number 14, will tee it up as well.
The list continues, with Chez Reavie riding a hot streak after capturing the Travelers Championship last week and logging a T3 at the U.S. Open the week before. Hideki Matsuyama and Smylie Kaufman will also be on hand, along with rising names like Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff. However, Xander Schauffele, the world’s ninth-ranked player, pulled out of the Rocket Mortgage Classic last week for undisclosed reasons.
“All the players… are always excited any time we go to an old classic-designed golf course,” noted Peter Kostis, on-course reporter for CBS Sports. “People have not seen this one before. It’s going to be interesting how this plays out with the players and how quickly they can adjust.”
A $7.3 million purse and the usual allotment of FedExCup points are on the line at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, along with a couple of Open Championship berths. What will the field make of this unique yet somehow familiar Donald Ross track?
The Detroit Golf Club originated 1899, and the courses opened in 1916. Donald Ross, known for creating Pinehurst No. 2, Plainfield Country Club and East Lake Golf Club, among many others, is credited with the design. Each of his courses offers a playable yet challenging test of golf within its natural surroundings. But, as Kostis points out, “each one is unique.”
The event will be played on the North Course, while borrowing the third hole, a 393-yard par-4, from the South Course. Lengthened for the event, the track will play as a par-72 at 7,309 yards, with the par-5 fourth hole (the course’s longest) now stretched to 625 yards, and the par-4 18th expanded to 460 yards.
The opening hole, a 397-yard par-4, is original to the course, and tees off near the base of a bent oak that marked a Native American trail between Detroit and Saginaw.
The 14th, 15th and 16th holes come together at ‘Area 313,’ where birdies could fly. The series starts with a 555-yard, risk-reward par-5, depending on how it’s approached. The 15th hole is a par-3 that plays longer than its 160 yards. The 16th hole, a 446-yard par-4, offers scoring opportunities for those who can navigate the green.
Given that tournament history at Detroit Golf Club is sparse, how the course will hold up in PGA Tour play is pure speculation. Who are the favorites going into the Rocket Mortgage Classic?
Dustin Johnson (6-1)
Johnson is the highest-ranked player in the field. He’s also one of the game’s better drivers, who’s second-best in strokes gained: tee-to-green. DJ will be playing a course that seems like it will reward distance off the tee, so he certainly deserves to be a favorite this week. Johnson’s two wins this year came at the Saudi International in early February (another inaugural event) and the WGC-Mexico Championship later that month. But he hasn’t yet missed a cut in 2019 and made the top 10 in eight of his 13 events. Two of those top 10s were second-place finishes at majors.
Rickie Fowler (10-1)
Fowler is another of this field’s more talented players. He last won at the Phoenix Open, the same weekend Johnson was hoisting a trophy halfway around the world. His performance hasn’t measured up to DJ’s since. Fowler put up a T2 at the Honda Classic, but has only managed four top-10 finishes in his 13 tournaments this year. Still, expect his name somewhere on the leaderboard come Sunday.
Gary Woodland (12-1)
Woodland should still be riding high after his three-stroke win at the U.S. Open two weeks ago. But he’s put up other top 10s in 2019, including a T8 at the PGA Championship and a T7 at the Phoenix Open. Woodland is third best in the field at strokes gained: tee-to-green. So if he can hit greens and make birdies, he’ll be in the running as well.
Zack Sucher, though not a favorite this week, provides another interesting storyline going into the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The journeyman golfer, who missed much of 2017 due to injury, played in the Travelers on an exemption. He finished T2, keeping hope alive. As Kostis mentioned, “it will be really cool to watch him, because he’s fighting like crazy. He’s only got two events left to earn enough FedExCup points to get his card back.”
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“People are coming out of the trenches,” Empire Gold Buyers CEO Gene Furman told Bloomberg. “Cartier, Rolexes, Tiffanys, Van Cleefs: we see an uptick in the luxury market because people need to raise money.”
“The tides are turning big time,” said Tobina Kahn, president of House of Kahn Estate Jewelers. “As a gemologist, I’m a buyer, if I can see that gold is continuing to go up, I’m more confident about paying more for it than having it go down.”
On Tuesday, Gold climbed for a sixth straight session to settle at $1,423.44 an ounce in the spot market in New York.
(CBS Local)– Las Vegas has hosted some of the most famous acts in the world, but nobody has done it longer in Sin City than magicians Penn & Teller.
The magicians have performed together in Vegas for 18 straight years and are back with a new season of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” on The CW.
Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller first met in the 1970s and have been working together for 44 years.
“When I first met him, Teller was already working silently,” said Jillette in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “I think he was really interested in seeing if he could lie to people without speaking. By the time I met Teller, he was a good magician. I was a juggler. I wasn’t a funny physical comedian and then I decided I wanted to do more talking. We’re from middle class backgrounds. My father was a jail guard, Teller’s dad was a commercial artist. We came to New York on a whim in 1984. Producers took a shot on us and we did not expect to be successful.
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The duo’s CW show gives magicians the opportunity to fool two of the most well-known magicians ever. Penn & Teller even turned the tables this season by trying to pull off a trick themselves for David Copperfield.
“If you didn’t see the first episode, we did something that no show like this has ever done,” said Jillette. “We decided to put ourselves under the same pressure that the people on our show are on. We went out to try to fool David Copperfield. We put David Copperfield in our seat and we went out to see if we could win our own show. I have not seen Teller shake in 20 years and I had to call out for a glass of water because my mouth went cotton mouth dry.”
Penn & Teller are most famous for their double bullet catch trick. The duo enjoys bringing out old tricks while also coming up with new ones. Some new tricks can take years to develop.
“We did that trick for many years and it was very well known and then we just stopped doing it,” said Jillette. “Since we’ve been in Vegas the past 18 years, we’ve done six or seven hours of brand new material. It is possible to be non-monogamous with your material. You can love that material and still want to do new stuff.”
“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” airs Monday nights at 8pm EST/PST re-airs Wednesday nights on The CW.
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A new count is showing that the number of homeless in California has continued to grow.
Wednesday, officials released their numbers from the 2019 Sacramento Homeless Point in Time count. According to their findings, 5,570 people experience homelessness in Sacramento County on any given night – an increase of 19 percent from last year.
Officials noted, however, that this year’s count was considerably more comprehensive than in years past.
“People will rightfully ask how chronic homelessness can be down while the overall homeless numbers are going up,” Steinberg wrote in a statement after the numbers were released. “The answer is that we have a housing crisis.”
According to the count, 93 percent of the homeless people interviewed said they were from the Sacramento area.
The report also noted that the rate of homelessness in Sacramento is consistent with other California cities.
Steinberg said, in the coming months, the city will be opening hundreds of new shelter beds for the homeless. He touted the decrease in number of people being defined as chronically homeless as a step in the right direction.
“Any increase is disappointing, but the numbers also contain hopeful signs,” Steinberg wrote. “This change shows that our strategy of targeting the most chronically homeless with services and shelter is beginning to work, and we need to take it to scale.”
The count was done over two nights in January. More than 900 volunteers helped in the count.
CHATOM, Ala. (CBS Local) — An auto dealership in rural Alabama is celebrating the Fourth of July by offering a Bible, a gun and an American flag with every vehicle it sells.
“God, guns, and freedom,” Chatom Ford in Chatom, Alabama, wrote as it announced the promotion in a post on Facebook on June 19.
“This is a small gift to our valued customer and an opportunity for us to celebrate our independence,” the post continued.
The dealership also posted a video featuring Koby Palmer, a general sales manager, talking about the promotion.
“I just want to reach out to everybody in the area and let y’all know we’ll be celebrating July 4th a little bit differently this year,” Palmer said in the video, which had been viewed 96,000 times as of Wednesday.
“Between now and the end of July, everyone that comes into our dealership and purchases a new, pre-owned or certified pre-owned car, truck or SUV, not only are they going to get the great deals and service that we provide here, they’re also going to get a Bible, an American flag and, also, a 12-gauge shotgun,” he continued.
In the video, Palmer holds a bible in front of a truck with an American flag draped across the tailgate. Towards the end, he places the Bible on top of the tailgate, reaches for a shotgun, cocks the weapon and encourages viewers to “call, click or text and y’all come see us.”
In order to take advantage of the offer, Chatom Ford says customers must be 18 or older, have a valid ID and must be allowed to legally own a firearm in any state.
Most Facebook users responded positively to the promotion.
“Great idea! I see a sales record on the way God bless America,” wrote Gary N Tammy Benjamin.
“What a great way to celebrate freedom!,” Dennis Fretwell wrote. “Hats off to Chatom ford and God bless Alabama.”
However, a few others indicated they would pass.
“I can buy a boatload of bibles, shotguns and flags for what that overpriced truck costs. No thanks…,” wrote James Morrisette.