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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran, which continues to be the worst hit country in the Middle East. The virus has infected more than 76,000 people in Iran. More than 4,800 have died.


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It’s been a month since health officials across the Bay Area ordered residents to shelter in place. Since then, we have been checking in regularly with a mix of people from all around the Bay to see how the pandemic is affecting our lives. This week, we will hear from a public defender, a high school student, a new parent and a single parent, a delivery driver and more.

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Because of the coronavirus, justice is moving more slowly in California. Jury trials have been suspended, and hearings have been delayed. But immigration courthouses are still open. In this interview, Francisco Ugarte, an immigration attorney with San Francisco’s Public Defender’s Office, speaks about how this pandemic has changed deportation hearings. 

Financial Relief For California Gig Workers / COVID-19 In Nursing Homes / Fremont Workers Required To Wear Face Coverings / San Francisco Bill To Protect Renters After Crisis

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Since the shutdown, 2.7 million Californians have applied for unemployment. And today, there’s good news if you are self-employed, or an independent contractor: The state is developing a one-stop website to make it easier to apply. 

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San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston has proposed legislation to expand the city’s pandemic-related eviction ban.

Bay Area Headlines: Thursday, 4/16/20, AM

Apr 16, 2020

Measuring California's Air Pollution During Shelter-In-Place / Public Transit Agencies Honor Essential Workers

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’re hearing how people experiencing domestic violence are receiving support while sheltering at home during the COVID-19 crisis. Organizations around the globe are seeing an increase in domestic violence calls.

Why Is It Taking So Long To Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing In The US?

Apr 16, 2020
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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll get an update on why COVID-19 testing in the US has slowed down. In order to relax shelter in place policies, we need widespread testing. What will it take to get there?

Coronavirus in the Workplace

Apr 15, 2020

The Coronavirus has led to sweepig changes in law of the workplace, all of which are designed to soften the impace of COVID 19, keep wages coming in and keep businesses alive.  Tonight, co-hosts Jeff Hayden and Dean Johnson welcome employment attorneys Margaret Grover and Thomas Lenz.

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Bay Area shelters and dog rescues are currently closed to the public. So, what’s happening with all the unhoused dogs? Turns out, shelters are getting creative. 

Disaster Assistance For Immigrants Rate Increases In SFMTA Budget Proposal / California DMV Extends Driver's License Validity

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Worried about driving on an expired license during a pandemic? Well, The DMV is extending the validity of all expiring driver’s licenses through May 31st this year. 

City Supervisors Urge SFMTA To Not Increase Fares

Apr 15, 2020


Next week, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will vote on a budget proposal, which would increase MUNI fares. 

Sheltering SF's Unhoused People / San Francisco Pride Canceled

Sheltering SF's Unhoused People 

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved an emergency ordinance that requires the city to secure over 8,000 hotel rooms in the next two weeks to help people shelter-in-place. Most of those rooms are for people experiencing homelessness. 

Sandip Roy

In the year 1427, there will be no celebration. 

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about farmworkers and meat processing plant workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Alameda County has issued new safety guidelines for assisted living facilities as the number of COVID 19 cases at nursing homes continues to rise.

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Some singles are sexually frustrated and longing for intimacy while sheltering in place. They’re refraining from physical contact for their own health and safety. But they are finding ways to cope without touch. 

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Schools are closed, and Zoom is the new classroom for thousands of Bay Area students. We'll discuss how local school districts are handling distance learning, get tips from teachers and hear about what we can do to create equitable learning experiences for all. We'll also get a update on the lastest local pandemic developments and hear a specially composed reflection on life in the coronavirus era by Bay Area novelist Vanessa Hua.

Mike Altfest / Alameda County Community Food Bank


The loss of jobs during this pandemic has left families struggling to pay for groceries. I contacted a local food bank to see how it’s responding to the crisis. 


San Francisco City Attorney's Office

Public gatherings have been banned for weeks now. But some people have found a way to keep the party going. San Francisco police recently shut down an illegal underground nightclub.

Housing San Francisco's Homeless / Feeding San Francisco's Hungry

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The coronavirus crisis has drawn pretty much all of California’s attention for the last month. But there are many other items that need to be considered, soon, including the next state’s budget.

San Francisco Offers New Food Provision Programs

Apr 14, 2020
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The city of San Francisco is creating several programs to support people who are in quarantine but can't access groceries.

Brooke Anderson, Oakland-based photojournalist


On this edition of Your Call, we’ll get an update on how COVID-19 is spreading through San Francisco’s homeless population.


An emergency order to help keep San Francisco restaurants stay afloat went into effect today.

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Domestic workers are using lessons learned from California’s wildfires to support their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re also pushing for legislation that could protect workers in future disasters.

Three State Partnership / Insurance Refunds Demanded / SF Delivery App Fees Capped / SF Party Busted

Easter Bunny Pays Visit To Animals At SF Zoo

Apr 13, 2020
San Francisco Zoo

Animals at the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens were treated to Easter-themed treats this weekend. The zoo, which is currently closed to the public, is still taking care of its 2,000 animal residents despite is ongoing closure during the novel coronavirus pandemic.