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What questions do you have?

We’d like to know what’s on your mind as the Bay Area begins to slowly reopen. Ask us a question below so that we can report on what matters most to you.

Also, check out our COVID-19 Community Resource Guide for information on everything from emergency childcare, internet access, grants and funding, and more. 

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California lawmakers returned to work today after an extended summer recess. Officials were originally scheduled to resume the session on July 13 but postponed their return due to the pandemic.

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we'll get an update on the COVID pandemic in Italy and the $860B recovery fund to help the 27-member EU bloc tackle their economic crisis.

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By now, over four months into the shelter-in-place ordinance, you’ve probably swapped testing stories — or been on a Zoom call featuring questions such as: How did you get an appointment? Did it hurt? How long to get the test results?

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With a recent surge in Coronavirus cases, UC Berkeley has decided to begin the fall semester fully remote.

YLR: The Virus, The Beach, Justice

Jul 22, 2020

Two coronavirus stories to tell.  First, the story of one man, and how one person could and did make a difference. Seeing crowded beaches throughout the beach, how Brent Turner rallied local officials to close the beaches before the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  Then, a second story, of working in the trenches of the justice system, and how courts throughout the state, and the nation, have been paralyzed as individuals within test positive, and how the public has been excluded to the protection of all.

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On Monday, the Bay Area had its first major sporting event since the pandemic began. Yesterday the A’s played the Giants in their first spring training game at the Oakland Coliseum.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the new FRONTLINE documentary, COVID’s Hidden Toll, with filmmaker Andrés Cediel and producer Daffodil Altan.

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On July 17, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the majority of schools in California will have to revert to distance learning as coronavirus case numbers rise. How have schools prepared over the summer for more online learning? What can families expect and will the state's most vulnerable children fall further behind? 

YLR: Your Evolving Right to Bail

Jul 15, 2020

Our system of Bail has evolved from where someone would await your trial in your stead to make sure you showed up,  to where you posted money to make sure you showed up, to where you posted money to make sure you showed up and everyone else stayed safe.  Come the pandemic, the jails could not remain so crowded or infected persons would spread the virus -- first among themselves, then spread to the rest of the community.  How does this affect bail?  Pretrial release?  Public Safety?   

COVID's Mental Health Crisis: What Resources Are Available?

Jul 15, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the pandemic’s mental health toll. More than 30% of adults in the US reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

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In our ongoing series, The Essentials, we meet people who are working out in the real world while many of us are sheltered at home. In this installment, we hear how the pandemic has changed the daily routine for Jimmy Hsu, who owns a laundromat in Richmond.

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San Francisco Public health officials released guidelines this week on how to safely reopen San Francisco’s schools, considering both the public health effects of the virus as well as students’ learning and well-being.

Death Row Inmate Dies Of Apparent Virus Complications

Jul 8, 2020
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Another California death row inmate at San Quentin State Prison has died from apparent complications of the coronavirus in the midst of an outbreak that has infected about 40% of inmates at the prison, corrections officials said Wednesday.

The COVID-19 outbreak in prisons across California is taking an incredible toll — not only on the people inside, but on the families and friends of incarcerated people. And because of the pandemic, our producers on the inside can’t access their recording equipment. So today, you’ll hear from the friends and family outside of prison, reading letters to their loved ones stuck on the inside.

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out what’s being done to prevent a massive eviction crisis from happening across the country. A backlog of eviction cases is already moving through the court system and it could get worse as unemployment benefits run out.

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Less than a week ago, Chanthon Bun was incarcerated at San Quentin Prison. He had been granted parole and was waiting to get out. But two things stood in his way: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and COVID-19.

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the alarming number of coronavirus cases in California’s prisons. According to the California Department of Corrections Tracker, there are now 5,365 confirmed cases inside the state's 35 prisons. The official death toll is 28.

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A few weeks ago, University Press Books in Berkeley announced it would shut for good after nearly 50 years in the business. Now, the remaining East Bay independent bookshops  are turning to the community to hold on. 

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Positive cases of COVID-19 at San Quentin State Prison have now surpassed 1,000, including more than a hundred prison workers who tested positive. The outbreak started after a transfer of incarcerated people from Chino.

State Senators Question Prison Officials On Outbreak

Jul 1, 2020
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California lawmakers harshly criticized state corrections officials Wednesday, saying they botched their handling of the coronavirus pandemic by inadvertently transferring infected inmates to a virus-free prison, triggering the state’s worst prison outbreak.

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Santa Clara County officials on Tuesday issued some requirements and recommendations for reopening schools.

The county did not commit to a firm date for opening K-12 school campuses.

But in a guidance document, the public health department said that schools should prioritize in-person instruction along with strict safety protocols.

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San Francisco landlords are suing the city over the COVID-era eviction moratorium. 

How COVID-19 Has Further Exposed Racial Health Disparities

Jun 30, 2020
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  On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with doctors about how the COVID pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color. According to The COVID Racial Data Tracker, Black people account for 23 percent of COVID-related deaths, despite making up only 13 percent of the US population.

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Protesters gathered outside San Quentin, Sunday, to demand local officials take action to address the skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases inside the prison.

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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the Coronavirus crisis in Brazil. The country now has the second-highest COVID-19 death toll in the world after the US. More than one million people have been infected and over 50,000 have died.

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As Bay Area cities are continuing to ease social distancing measures, Governor Gavin Newsom and Dr. Anthony Fauci warn Californians to remain cautious.

 

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll get an update on COVID-19 cases, which are surging. The United States reported 36,880 new cases on Wednesday, the largest one-day total since the start of the pandemic.

Health Officers Sound Alarm As California Economy Reopens

Jun 24, 2020
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Health officials in a San Francisco Bay Area county that was among the most aggressive in the nation in shutting down its economy to slow the spread of the coronavirus are warning of “worrisome” growing infections as California on Tuesday reported its highest daily infection rate to date and hospitalizations from the virus increase.

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In the third month of shelter in place, some people are anxious to go outside and see friends. Others have to think about where they’ll park their home each night and how to get clean water for showers. Constance Johnson and her kids have been riding out the pandemic on a converted school bus in Richmond.

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