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Disney California Adventure theme park plans to host a food festival tentatively by March

Disney announced on Monday plans to host a food festival tentatively scheduled for mid-March after the state lifted its stay-at-home order last month.

In a letter commemorating the 20th anniversary of the California Adventure Park, Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock said the “all-new, limited-time ticketed experience” will feature “world-famous food and beverage offerings from around the resort, the latest merchandise and unique, carefully crafted entertainment experiences.”

The event will have “limited capacity and enhanced health and safety measures in place,” Potrock added. The food festival prompted the company to recall about 1,000 employees who were laid off or furloughed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“This past year has presented extraordinary challenges, but that has not curtailed in any way our ability to move forward with a spirit of optimism,” Potrock said in the memo to employees.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a regional stay-at-home order in early December of last year as COVID-19 infections surged in the state. Newsom lifted the order on January 25 “as projected ICU availability over 4 weeks in all regions rose to over 15%,” according to a press release.

Disneyland and its rides will still remain closed amid the ongoing pandemic. California reported nearly 10,500 cases and more than 200 deaths on Monday. More than three million cases have been reported in California, and the death toll in the state surpassed 44,000. (Source: insider.com)

 

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Gov Newsom picks Alex Padilla to fill Harris’s Senate seat

Sacramento, CA: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday named California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, giving the state its first-ever Latino senator.

Ms. Harris, the second nonwhite senator elected to represent California, is set to vacate the seat when she takes higher office on Jan. 20 and Mr. Newsom had been under intense pressure to appoint a person of color to replace her.

“Through his tenacity, integrity, smarts and grit, California is gaining a tested fighter in their corner who will be a fierce ally in D.C., lifting up our state’s values and making sure we secure the critical resources to emerge stronger from this pandemic,” Mr. Newsom said of Mr. Padilla.

Mr. Padilla previously served eight years in the state Senate, where he built a reputation as a business-friendly moderate, before being elected as secretary of state in 2014. He was re-elected in 2018. Some California activists lobbied against his selection for Ms. Harris’s seat because they believed he wasn’t liberal enough.

California’s other senator, Dianne Feinstein, for whom Mr. Padilla once worked, had endorsed him for the seat.

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US lawmakers send Diwali greetings to Indian community

Washington: Many governors, Senators and elected officials  in the US greeted Indian Americans on the occasion of Diwali, with many of them joining their constituents in celebrating the festival.

Light will always overcome darkness, tweeted Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, home to the largest Indian-American population in the US. “Today, we celebrate the power of hope over despair. Happy Diwali to all those celebrating!” he said.

“Happy Diwali to all who celebrate. While celebrating will be different this year, I hope this holiday brings you light, joy and peace,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“Happy Diwali to all those celebrating the Festival of Lights around the world and in the great State of Texas,” tweeted Governor Greg Abbott of Texas.

“On this festival of lights, may you and your families be blessed with the glow of joy and prosperity to last through the year,” said Delaware Senator Chris Coons, who could be picked for Secretary of State under a Biden administration.

“Wishing a happy Diwali to everyone celebrating the Festival of Lights in New York, across America, and around the world!” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“Joining millions in New Jersey and around the world lighting lamps today as we celebrate #Diwali. These tiny flames illuminate the darkness and symbolize our common pursuit of light, knowledge and goodness. Sending my warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday,” said Senator Bob Menendez.

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US lawmakers send Diwali greetings to Indian-American community

Dozens of elected representatives in the US greeted Indian Americans on the occasion of Diwali, with many of them joining their constituents in celebrating the festival of lights.

Light will always overcome darkness, tweeted Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, home to the largest Indian-American population in the US. “Today, we celebrate the power of hope over despair. Happy Diwali to all those celebrating!” he said.

“Happy Diwali to all who celebrate. While celebrating will be different this year, I hope this holiday brings you light, joy and peace,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“Happy Diwali to all those celebrating the Festival of Lights around the world and in the great State of Texas,” tweeted Governor Greg Abbott of Texas.

“Wishing a Happy Diwali to all those observing! On this festival of lights, may you and your families be blessed with the glow of joy and prosperity to last through the year,” said Delaware Senator Chris Coons, who could be picked for Secretary of State under a Biden administration.

“Wishing a happy Diwali to everyone celebrating the Festival of Lights in New York, across America, and around the world, and Saal Mubarak to everyone ringing in the New Year!” said Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee also sent out its Diwali greetings. “To all those celebrating Diwali this week, I wish you and your family a joyful and blessed Festival of Lights! Diwali2020,” said Jim Risch, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“Joining millions in New Jersey and around the world lighting lamps today as we celebrate #Diwali. These tiny flames illuminate the darkness and symbolize our common pursuit of light, knowledge and goodness. Sending my warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday,” said Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“Wishing a happy Diwali to all those celebrating the Festival of Lights in Pennsylvania and around the world today. As we take a moment to celebrate the light and joy in our communities, may we continue to give light to a more just and peaceful world,” said Senator Bob Casey.

“Happy Diwali to all those celebrating the Festival of Lights today! Wishing you a joyous and prosperous holiday,” said Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Senator Ted Cruz sent his Diwali greetings to Indians and all Indo-American friends in Texas.

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