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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.

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

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.

California Sues Ride-Hailing Companies / Homes For Oakland’s Unhoused

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

May 5, 2020

California’s Modest Reopening / Assembly Returns / Don’t Fear Bats, Fear People

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

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Fire season may start early this year in Northern California. And fire experts predict it’s also likely to be especially severe.

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

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

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

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.”

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

Bay Area Headlines: Wednesday, 4/29/20, AM

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

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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Coronavirus has impacted another “only-in-San Francisco” tradition. San Francisco’s 37th annual Folsom Street Fair will move from its SoMa venues to a virtual space this September.

Rent Relief Options / San Francisco Park Street Closures

Bay Area Headlines: Monday, 4/27/20, PM

Apr 27, 2020

Bay Area Shelter-In-Place Order To Be Extended Through May / Pushback In Rural Counties Against Stay-At-Home Order / Heatwave Brings Crowds To Public Spaces / Stanford Stanford Health Care To Cut Employee Wages / Oakland Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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Stanford Health Care is planning system-wide pay cuts and furloughs to roughly 14,000 employees. This comes as embattled hospitals across the country fight the pandemic.

Bay Area Headlines: Monday, 4/27/20, AM

Apr 27, 2020

As California Hospitals Return To Normal, Patients Wonder When They Can Seek Care / California Cities Report Projected Economic Impact / Sacramento Muslims Celebrate Ramadan Together Virtually

Unemployment Benefits / Californians Volunteering / Elective Surgeries Allowed / SF Transit Hikes

California Hospitals Resume Non-Emergency Surgeries California Doctors On The Front Lines In New York City / SF To Increate Public Transit Fees / COVID-19 Caseload In Navajo Nation / Northwestern California Experiencing Severe Drought

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On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom partially lifted hospital restrictions. That’s because successful social distancing has left the state’s hospitals well below capacity. 

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The SFMTA Board of Directors voted unanimously, on Tuesday, to increase MUNI fares by the end of this year.


Bay Area Headlines: Thursday, 4/23/20, AM

Apr 23, 2020

'Showers On Wheels' For Homeless Residents In Sacramento / More Testing Needed Before California Economy Can Re-Open / Air Quality Improves, But Climate Change Is Major Cause Of Pollution

New Study Suggests COVID-19 More Widespread Than Data Shows / San Francisco Provides Zip Codes With Testing Data / Monitoring Cases At Nursing Homes / Slow Streets Campaign To Launch In San Francisco / East Bay SPCA To Host Drive-Through Pet Food Pantry

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San Francisco became the first Bay Area municipality to release a detailed map of COVID-19 cases across neighborhoods. Most Bay Area counties post daily updates about COVID-19 cases broken out by city, gender, age and race. But San Francisco’s new map goes further to show how each zip code is impacted by the virus.