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California To Move Into Second Phase Of Reopening / California Restaurant Association Estimates Half Of State's Bars And Restaurants Will Not Reopen / California Hospital Association Requests $1 Billion In Aid / Fire Experts Predict Severe Season With Early Start

Individuals, Groups, And Counties Restless / Assembly Back In Session

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California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol on Monday, restarting a legislative session interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, even as a handful of lawmakers plan to stay home for fear of contracting or spreading the disease.

Two More California Counties Set To Reopen Despite Stay-Home Order

May 4, 2020
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Small groups of people ignored closures and set down their towels and umbrellas on Orange County's warm beaches on Sunday, defying stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus as pressure to reopen parts of California continues to build.


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. 


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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On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the US food supply. Across the country, farmers are destroying tens of millions of pounds of fresh food.

Orange County Beaches Closed By California's Governor

May 1, 2020
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The news hit Orange County like a cold wave: California’s governor was shutting down the beaches.

A “hard close” order took effect on Friday for seashores from wealthy Newport Beach to artsy Laguna Beach and down Doheny way.

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On this edition of Your Call's Media Roundtable, we're discussing the COVID-19 outbreak in Brazil and its impact on poor and marginalized communities. So far, more than 81,000 people have tested positive and at least 6,000 have died.

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Most Bay Area residents are passing their sixth week of shelter-in-place. We’ll hear from a diverse group of locals, including a real estate broker, a new mom, and a funeral director. It’s Day By Day: Quarantine Diaries.

California Beaches To Remain Open, Except In Orange County LA To Offer Widespread Testing To All Residents / UCSF Scientists Identify Drugs That May Slow COVID-19/ SF Judge Seeks Release Of Immigrants Detained Without Proper Social Distancing / Pacific Gas And Electric Forced To Comply With Stricter Inspections

California Beaches To Remain Open, Except In Orange County

Quarantine Diaries: Week 6

Apr 30, 2020

Most Bay Area residents are passing their sixth week of shelter-in-place. We’ll hear from a diverse group of locals, including a real estate broker, a new mom, and a funeral director. It’s the Quarantine Diaries.

Plus, at the end of today's episode, we're featuring local musician Lane Sanders, an experimental percussionist based in San Jose who will be releasing new tracks through out quarantine.

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A new UCSF study identifies several medications that could help manage the novel coronavirus.

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Michael Fleming never got to say goodbye to his father. He didn't know his dad was fading away on a ventilator, diagnosed with coronavirus at the federal prison where he was serving time for a drug charge.

His father, also named Michael, was held at FCI Terminal Island in Los Angeles and died April 19. At least half the population there has tested positive, the largest known hot spot in the federal prison system.

Farms To Food Banks / More Electric Delivery Vans And Trucks Required

Farms To Food Banks

California is launching a new effort to connect farm waste to desperate food banks during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Here we are, the breadbasket of the world, California, and we want to address that mismatch. We want to address the supply and the demand.”

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing how COVID-19 is affecting Indian Country. There are nearly 1,900 confirmed cases across the Navajo Nation and 60 reported deaths.

Governor Newsom To Close California Beaches Friday

Apr 30, 2020
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Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all beaches and state parks closed starting Friday after people thronged the seashore during a sweltering weekend despite his social distancing order that aims to slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to a memo sent to police chiefs around the state.

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Students in San Francisco’s public schools have some new clarity regarding their grades during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Melissa Jones is the Executive Director of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiatives, a coalition of the region's public health departments. The coalition has been meeting regularly to discuss best practices for policy decisions around COVID19. One of which is whether or not counties should keep their parks open for residents to access during the shelter in place order. 

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Across California, students are seeking to recoup money paid for a college experience that has been dramatically transformed by the pandemic. A student at UC Davis has filed a class action lawsuit against the UC system. The lawsuit accuses the university of profiting from the pandemic.

Some Businesses Allowed To Reopen As Shelter-In-Place Extends / San Francisco Unified Adopts New Grading Policy For Remainder Of School Year / Funding Needed To Continue Meal Program For Seniors / California To Require Automakers To Sell More Zero-Emission Trucks

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to profound changes in the way our system of justice resolves disputes in myriad arenas -- whether the release of prisoners from jail or the suspension of trials in most civil, family law and criminal cases -- and not all for better.  How do these changes effect you now?  What changes are likely to survive after the pandemic has passed?  Joining YLR host Jeff Hayden is emmy-nominated legal and political commentator Dean Johnson, and author and attorney James Bostwick who handles catastrophic injury cases.  Questions for Jeff, Dean and Jim?

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I had assumed the lockdown was a time when the frenetic world would finally slow down... 

City Visions: Author Bonnie Tsui and Why We Swim

Apr 29, 2020
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Described as "a love letter to water," Berkeley author Bonnie Tsui's new book "Why We Swim" takes a deep dive into the history, science and pleasures of swimming and its impact on her life. 

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Apr 29, 2020

Newsom: Schools May Open In July / Teacher Credentialing Adjustments / Trial Slowdown Concerns / Online Groceries For Low-Income Californians / Virtual Folsom Street Fair

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On this edition of Your Call, we're speaking with Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about how the US government has handled the COVID-19 crisis. He says the public safety net is not working and the US is on course for a second Great Depression.

Newsom: Schools May Open In July

Apr 28, 2020
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Governor Gavin Newsom made an ear-catching statement about schools at his noon press conference, yesterday. After saying he’s concerned about kids missing out on their education while schools are closed, he said, “We are considering the prospect of an even earlier school year, into the fall. As early as late July, early August ... As a parent, myself, and having talked to many parents and educators, even the kids, I think we might want to consider getting that school year moved up a little bit.”

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Oakland is continuing to close off 74 miles of roads through their Slow Streets Initiative. The closures are supposed to give Oaklanders more safe, outdoor space while we shelter in place. But some residents in East Oakland aren’t open to the idea.

California Distributes Nearly 3 Million Surgical Masks With More On The Way / San Francisco Fails To Fill Hotel Rooms For Homeless Residents / Students Sue California State University and UC Systems / San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair Goes Virtual

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The standoff between local lawmakers and San Francisco’s mayor around housing the homeless continued Tuesday as a group of city supervisors held a press conference to denounce the mayor’s efforts.