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There’s no end date for when it will be safe to gather in crowds again, so people around the world continue to stretch the possibilities of a Zoom call. Funerals, weddings, and church services have all been happening virtually. For one woman in Berkeley, the shelter-in-place order meant rethinking two very different rituals.

California Senate Proposes Rent Forgiveness Program For Low-Income Tenants / Economic Recovery Plan Outlined / Whither The Money?

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Right now, a lot of high school students who want to apply for college this fall should be taking their SATs or ACTs. But, because of COVID-19, The College Board and ACT, which administer the tests, canceled spring exams.

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Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Friday directing counties to send all registered voters mail-in ballots.

While local and state leaders are preparing for the next phase, we’re all still grappling with the way the pandemic has changed our day-to-day lives. For the past seven weeks, we’ve been checking in with people from around the Bay to hear how they are dealing with these extraordinary times. In this episode, we hear about new loves, dashed dreams, and the competitive spirit of an 8-year-old Uno champ. 

Bay Area Headlines: Tuesday, 5/12/20, AM

May 12, 2020

Voting By Mail In California On Election Day / New Bill Would Ban Businesses From Refusing Cash / Free Late-Night Taxi Rides For Essential Workers 

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll get an update on how the US government is handling the COVID-19 crisis. According to the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins, there are now over 1.3 million positive COVID cases in the US. 80,897 people have tragically died.

Activists Organize Against The Rise Of Anti-Asian Racism During COVID-19

May 12, 2020
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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the rise of COVID-19-related attacks against Asian Americans and find out how communities are responding.

Tesla Sues Alameda County To Be Considered Essential / 'Double Rainbow Guy' Paul Vasquez Has Died

A Hospital Chaplain On The Front Lines Of COVID-19

May 11, 2020

Rev. Claire Bohman provides support to patients, their loved ones, and staff at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. In this installment of our new series "The Essentials," Rev. Claire says COVID-19 has more caregivers asking for spiritual and emotional support.

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Oakland is bracing for a $122 million shortfall over 14 months due to the coronavirus. This is the largest financial shortfall in the city’s history. What is the city’s plan to weather this economic storm?



While we are sheltered in place, Manny's in San Francisco is presenting a series of virtual conversations with leaders and thinkers who are trying to make sense of this moment and how we will recover. 

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Public transit service in San Francisco has been cut dramatically due to the shelter in place order. Now, the city’s rolling out a new commuting option for essential workers: free taxi rides.

California’s Budget Woes / Great Depression Level Unemployment / Open For Business, Again / Counties Impatient For Freedom / Stage Two Of Four To Recovery

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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing a Mother Jones investigation about the COVID-19 outbreak at a JBS meat processing plant in Greeley, Colorado. According to the CDC, Colorado has the most COVID-19 related deaths connected to meat processing plants. So far, seven workers have died.

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California’s coronavirus-induced budget deficits could continue until at least 2024 and total a knee-buckling $126 billion, the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office said Friday.

Is This Allowed? Confusing California Rules, Enforcement

May 8, 2020
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Manager Lisa Trino thought she was doing everything right at Spencer’s Cafe in Bakersfield.

“Out of 25 tables we were only using nine tables, and all staff was wearing masks and using gloves and we were practicing social distancing,” she said.

Bay Area Headlines: Friday, 5/8/20, AM

May 8, 2020

California's Phased Recovery / SFUSD's Huge Budget Deficit / The State's $54 Billion Shortfall / Scenes From A (Reopened) Mall

California's Phased Recovery

As expected, Governor Gavin Newsom announced, yesterday, that most of California is moving into the next stage of its phased reopening. That does not include the group of Bay Area counties that are maintaining strict stay-at-home rules. But elsewhere, the state released guidelines that businesses will have to meet if they want to resume operations.

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On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Italy and other hard hit European countries. According to The European Commission, Europe’s economy will shrink by 7.4 percent this year.

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Tenderloin residents have been raising alarm bells about deteriorating conditions in their neighborhood. And yesterday, the mayor responded.

California’s Impending Budget Shortfall / State Restrictions Loosened / Fremont’s Minimum Wage Postponement / San Francisco Addresses Homeless Crowds

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Fremont lawmakers might postpone a scheduled increase in minimum wages set to take effect this July. They’re meeting next Tuesday to hash out the details.




Workers' Comp Expanded / East Oakland Testing Site Opens / The Future Of Air Quality

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with award-winning health journalist Trudy Lieberman about the current state of US health coverage since the Affordable Care Act passed 10 years ago.

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Every weekday at noon, I've gotten in the habit of listening to California Governor Gavin Newsom's press conferences. There's always at least one attention-grabbing line, and it's usually not what's reported.

Your Legal Rights: Coronavirus and Nursing Homes

May 6, 2020

This, the third in our series on how the coronavirus has affected our lives, our institutions, and planning, focuses how the pandemic has affected long-term care patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout California.  Joining YLR host Jeff Hayden, from the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, are Attorney  Michael Dark, and Deputy Director Pauline Shatara.  Questions for Jeff and his guests?  Call toll free at (866) 798-8255.

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In April, nearly 4,000 Mission District residents volunteered to get tested for COVID-19 and its antibodies. Unidos en Salud released the results of that testing on Monday, which raise difficult questions about racial and class disparities in San Francisco.

Bid To Block Stimulus Package For Immigrants Denied /Yuba City Mall Defies Stay At Home Order / Uber Joins Lyft, AirBnB In Significant Job Cuts

Uber Laying Off 3,700 Employees

May 6, 2020
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Ride hailing company Uber is announcing a significant reduction in its workforce today.

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The city of Oakland has launched a new program to house over 130 homeless individuals.