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Zoo, parks and library announce restrictions following gathering limits – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

Following limitations on the number of people who can gather at events, the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Department and Topeka Zoo announced restrictions of their own.

Gianfranco Pezzino, Shawnee County health officer, announced in a Nov. 12 press conference the large event limit dropped from 500 people to 100 people with mass gatherings capped at 10 people. Pezzino said private events and weddings are limited by these restrictions as well.

“Those private parties sometimes act as superspreaders,” Pezzino said at the press conference.

The zoo will require masks when on zoo grounds, even when outside, unless you are eating or drinking, according to a Friday press release. It also requires pre-ordering tickets to attend the Zoo Lights event, and recommends zoo patrons pre-order tickets online for daily admission. Those mandates go in effect Saturday.

“Over the last six months we have seen how important it is to our community

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  • November 14, 2020
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Zoo, parks announce restrictions following gathering limits – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

Following limitations on the number of people who can gather at events, the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Department and Topeka Zoo announced restrictions of their own.

Gianfranco Pezzino, Shawnee County health officer, announced in a Nov. 12 press conference the large event limit dropped from 500 people to 100 people with mass gatherings capped at 10 people. Pezzino said private events and weddings are limited by these restrictions as well.

“Those private parties sometimes act as superspreaders,” Pezzino said at the press conference.

The zoo will require masks when on zoo grounds, even when outside, unless you are eating or drinking, according to a Friday press release. It also requires pre-ordering tickets to attend the Zoo Lights event, and recommends zoo patrons pre-order tickets online for daily admission. Those mandates go in effect Saturday.

“Over the last six months we have seen how important it is to our community

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  • November 13, 2020
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California’s Proposition 15 Would Undo Limits on Commercial Property Taxes

More than 40 years after imposing severe restrictions on property-tax increases, California voters might begin rolling them back next week, sending shivers through the state’s commercial real-estate industry.

A measure on the Nov. 3 ballot would make the most significant changes to 1978’s Proposition 13 by allowing local governments to begin assessing commercial property based on its current value, rather than capping increases from the last time it was sold.

But this year’s measure, known as Proposition 15, wouldn’t apply to residential property, allowing homeowners to continue to enjoy the state’s longstanding limits on property-tax increases. “The opponents have adopted a divide-and-conquer strategy,” said Matt Regan, a senior vice president of the Bay Area Council, a business group that opposes the measure. “They’re saying we’re protecting residential tax rates, but we’re going to vote the commercial property-tax payers off the island.”

Once fully implemented, Proposition 15 would generate between $6.5

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  • October 27, 2020
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How Kamala Harris got the call, and will the Legislature extend eviction limits?

Firefighters battle the Lake Hughes fire in Angeles National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, north of Santa Clarita, Calif.
Firefighters battle the Lake Hughes fire in Angeles National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, north of Santa Clarita, Calif.

Plus: School looks different depending on which county you’re in. Voting at Dodger Stadium? And crowds are flooding into parks.

Greetings from Palm Springs, where we’re about to be engulfed by a brutal heat wave! I’m Rebecca Plevin, The Desert Sun’s immigration reporter and its most dedicated ice cream-eater.

But first: It’s fire season, and several big ones are burning. Evacuations were ordered in parts of northern L.A. County as Lake Fire grew to 10,500 acres near Lake Hughes, in Angeles National Forest north of the Santa Clarita Valley. To the east, officials issued mandatory evacuation orders Thursday as the Ranch Fire threatened Azusa’s Mountain Cove community. But in some good news, the containment of the 33,424 Apple Fire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest has grown to 80%.

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  • August 14, 2020
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Six Flags Great Adventure Set To Reopen, With Changes, Limits

JACKSON, NJ — Six Flags Great Adventure will be reopening beginning July 3, now that Gov. Phil Murphy has allowed the state’s amusement parks to reopen, Six Flags officials announced Wednesday.

Murphy on Tuesday announced that amusement parks and water parks, along with playgrounds, could reopen as of July 2, with provisions that include a limit of 50 percent of capacity in attendance and other requirements.

The reopening of Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor will be gradual, with reduced attendance levels that are increased slowly, and extensive new safety measures.

“We have developed a comprehensive reopening safety plan that includes protocols designed by theme park and water park industry experts, along with best practices from top destination parks from around the world, which will allow guests to experience our parks in the safest way possible,” said Mike Spanos, president and CEO of Six Flags. “This ‘new normal’ will be different

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