A 4.5 earthquake centered just a few miles east of Riverside/San Bernardino shook the Inland region this morning. The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor, which occurred at 6:42 a.m. Pacific Time, was centered about 4 miles north of Banning. The quake was felt as far east as the Coachella Valley, as well as in parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties. There were no injuries reported, and a report of only very minor damage to a lighting fixture at a fast food restaurant in Banning.
A bill before the California state Senate this week would extend tax breaks to landlords who do earthquake retrofits on vulnerable buildings. This comes as the Los Angeles City Council is preparing to release a plan requiring retrofits. KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports on what this mandate could mean for renters.
A new collaboration between the state of California and the federal government is getting resources from the Obama Administration and good reviews from local leaders trying to save the Salton Sea - California's largest inland body of water - from drying up. KVCR's Ken Vincent has a short report.