POLICY & POLITICS
North SJ Valley:
Jessica Gonzalez, Kelsten Obert, Hunter Sauls and David Wright, vying for a seat on the Modesto City Council, answered questions from The Modesto Bee’s Editorial Board on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.
The Bee takes its role as a provider of local journalism seriously, and that’s why we focus so much on elections. We have an important one coming in November, and for The Bee, it’s more about what’s happening here in Stanislaus County than the noise coming from Washington.
Central SJ Valley:
Costa will be the featured speaker for a first-ever virtual version of the President’s Lecture Series at Fresno State, less than a month before the 2020 presidential election. The President’s Lecture with Costa is scheduled from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. It’s free to participate, by visiting Zoom at the time of the event.
A split Fresno City Council, California, decided Thursday to send a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom to ask for permission to open indoor dining.
- Can Fresno responsibly open indoor dining amid COVID-19? Here’s how leaders want to do it Fresno Bee
- Local restaurant owners urge California to allow indoor dining in Fresno County abc30
- Mayor Brand, Officials Send Letter To Gov. Newsom For Restaurants To Reopen Business Journal
The Fresno City Council placed a moratorium on evictions for small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, and set limits on fees from apps used to order food. The moratorium on evictions, which also applies to home renters, is in place until 90 days after the city repeals its emergency orders related to COVID-19.
Fresno County reported 80 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county total to 27,312 since the pandemic’s outbreak. The update in new cases on Wednesday was a slight increase from Tuesday’s daily number of 36, but overall the county has been steadily decreasing in daily new infections.
The Clovis City Council met for the second time this month on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. One of the main items on the agenda that had much public interest was the expansion of the city’s sphere of influence for future urbanization north of Shepherd Avenue.
The Fresno City Council voted Thursday to remove a slate of measures related to Covid-19 business closures introduced by Councilmember Garry Bredefeld. The four resolutions would stop code enforcement from citing businesses out of compliance with emergency orders and compel the city to sue the state for enforcing its guidelines, among other measures.
South SJ Valley:
On Tuesday, Assemblymember Rudy Salas, chair of the Joint Legislative Committee, forwarded the State Auditor his request for an emergency audit of the Employment Development Department, the state agency responsible for providing unemployment insurance benefits to Californians.
The Hanford City Council met Tuesday and attempted to tackle the issue of establishing a food truck ordinance in the city. It was clear by the end of the discussion, which occurred during a study session meeting before the regular meeting, that this issue will need to be brought back to council several more times before any official ordinance is put in place.
State officials have failed to account for all of Kern County’s coronavirus tests, according to local officials, potentially limiting the county’s ability to reopen businesses and schools. During Thursday’s weekly media briefing, the county said the state missed around 8,600 COVID-19 tests that were completed at a federal testing site at the Kern County Fairgrounds beginning in mid-July.
California companies must warn their workers of any potential exposure to the coronavirus and must pay their employees workers compensation benefits if they get sick with the disease under two laws that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday. Newsom, a Democrat, signed the laws over the objections of business groups, who have said they are “unworkable.”
- Gavin Newsom signs laws requiring companies to report COVID-19 infections, provide workers’ comp Fresno Bee
- Newsom signs bill requiring businesses to disclose coronavirus infections SF Chronicle
- California SB 1159 Expands Presumption of Workers’ Compensation Liability for COVID-19 Illness Claims Littler
Pregnant inmates face unique challenges which congressional lawmakers say have not been adequately documented or addressed, so the House plans to vote on legislation aimed at improving their prison medical care.
A Black California lawmaker has requested an investigation over a California Correctional Peace Officers Association ad that showed crosshairs over his photo. The political ad represented a threat to him and his family and constitutes “potentially criminal conduct” under a law protecting elected officials, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, said in a letter to Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
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The card landed in mailboxes last week. And it advises people to “plan ahead” if they want to vote by mail — which is definitely good advice. But it also asks voters to request their mail-in ballot 15 days before Election Day. This ‘caused confusion’ because a new state law in California already requires counties to automatically send out mail-in ballots.
Worries about the coronavirus and support for continuing and even increasing state and local restrictions are highest among the state’s poor and communities of color, while concerns are far lower among white residents and the better-off, according to a new poll.
In a year when the coronavirus pandemic upended every aspect of normal life, the impact in the California Capitol was also dramatic. Lawmakers took an unprecedented two-month pause in the spring, when Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order for people to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus.
As California enters its sixth month of the pandemic and coronavirus outbreaks rip through garment factories, meatpacking plants, fast-food chainsand strawberry fields, Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state agencies took action Thursday to expand worker protections.
Commencing January 1, 2021, California school and community college districts and county offices of education will have to provide 12 workweeks of unpaid family leave with benefits for more reasons and to more employees. On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1383, significantly expanding the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) in line with recent changes to paid “kin care” leave.
President Trump, who traveled to California this week to learn about the devastating wildfires that have scorched much of the state, told Gov. Gavin Newsom that dead trees and leaves were primarily to blame for the infernos.
A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.
- Empty trucks, falsified records: How Louis DeJoy’s changes at the Postal Service brought chaos LA Times
- Federal judge temporarily blocks USPS operational changes amid concerns about mail slowdowns, election Wash Post
- Judge blocks ‘politically motivated’ changes to U.S. Postal Service ahead of election Reuters
After battling months of withering criticism for his response to the coronavirus crisis, President Trump is relying on a new defense — it was Joe Biden, not him, who failed during a pandemic.
U.S. Atty. Gen. William Barr drew sharp condemnation Thursday for comparing lockdown orders during the COVID-19 pandemic to slavery. In remarks Wednesday night at an event hosted by Hillsdale College, Barr called the lockdown orders the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history” since slavery.
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have removed California from their lists of quarantined states, which means that travelers from California now can head east without facing a required 14-day quarantine.
House Democrats’ plan to vote on legislation decriminalizing marijuana before the November election went up in smoke Thursday, as leadership decided to postpone consideration of the measure amid concerns about the political optics.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday dodged a question on whether he will bring a motion to vacate to remove Speaker Nancy Pelosi from her post, an effort the Freedom Caucus was urging him to pursue.
President Trump pressed his case Thursday that U.S. schools are indoctrinating children with a left-wing agenda hostile to the nation’s Founding Fathers, describing efforts to educate students about racism and slavery as an insult to the country’s lofty founding principles.
At the center of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is a small group of officials who, under Vice President Pence’s leadership, worked to address the emergence of the threat. Among them was Olivia Troye, a senior adviser to Pence, who attended the coronavirus task force’s meetings for months.
Lawmakers are aiming to unveil Friday a bipartisan spending bill averting a government shutdown next month, but Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse over another round of coronavirus relief despite President Trump’s renewed interest in a deal.
President Trump argued this week that the death toll from the coronavirus was actually not so bad. All you had to do was not count states that voted for Democrats. “If you take the blue states out,” he said, “we’re at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at. We’re really at a very low level.”
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
- California Department of Public Health
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) CDC
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic – WHO
- John Hopkins University & Medicine John Hopkins University
- Tracking coronavirus in California LA Times
- Coronavirus Tracker SFChronicle
- Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count NY Times
- How many coronavirus cases have been reported in each U.S. state? Politico
- Coronavirus Daily NPR
- Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the pandemic spreads Financial Times
- Coronavirus in California by the numbers CalMatters
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is courting union members with what California Labor Federation spokesman Steve Smith described as “the strongest platform to support workers since FDR.”
- Joe Biden’s CNN town hall: An occasional whopper Wash Post
- ‘Talk about losers’: The top moments from CNN’s kid-gloves town hall with Biden Politico
- Latino Voters Are Joe Biden’s Problem – and Maybe His Solution U.S. News
- Biden’s weakness with Black and Latino men creates an opening for Trump Politico
This is a confusing ad. The core of it is a misleading clip from Biden in the mid-1990s. But the tagline — “Now Biden’s promising your benefits to illegal immigrants” — is a head-scratcher.
- Cash-strapped Trump campaign awaits a bailout from big donors Politico
- Trump retweets manipulated video falsely suggesting Biden played ‘F— Tha Police’ PolitiFact
- Commentary: Will white women without college degrees torpedo President Trump’s reelection Brookings
Kern Sol News
A majority of Central Valley voters view police use of force during the Black Lives Matter protests as appropriate and a majority do not view the issue of police violence as a systemic problem, according to a recent study.
A November ballot initiative that would reinstate affirmative action policies long banned in California has slim support among likely voters, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California poll.
- California ballot measure to lift ban on affirmative action widely opposed by surveyed voters EdSource
Let’s squarely face an ugly possibility: President Trump could get elected a second time without winning the popular vote. Indeed, according to most experts, that’s the only way he could be re-elected. This would surely prompt another chorus of calls to scrap the Electoral College. I think that would be a mistake.
Fox & Hounds
The Public Policy Institute of California’s September poll measured the current standing of two ballot measures: Proposition 15, the property tax increase on commercial property, and Proposition 16 to rescind the ban on affirmative action. As expected, the Prop 15 battle is going to be close with a slim majority in favor at the present time.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
For the first time in modern American history, a sitting president is openly flouting American election norms. What can foundations and donors do about it?
MADDY INSTITUTE PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAMMING
Sunday, September 20, at 10 a.m. on ABC30 – Maddy Report: Countdown to the 2020 Census – Guests: Laura Hill with the Public Policy Institute of Calif., Taryn Luna with the Sacramento Bee, Dan Walters with CALmatters, SOS Padilla, Sarah Bohn- PPIC and John Myers, LA Times. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.
Sunday, September 20, at 10 a.m. on Newstalk 580AM/105.9FM (KMJ) – Maddy Report – Valley Views Edition: “Census & Immigration: Distinctly Different Issues Intersect.” – Guests: SOS Padilla, Sarah Bohn- PPIC and John Myers, LA Times. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.
Local farmworkers impacted by COVID-19 are being offered support services from a local job training company. Proteus Inc. has been helping farmworkers with support services such as rent and mortgage assistance, utility assistance and transportation help. The group says they are the sole distributor of CARES Act funding that was allocated for farmworkers in the Central Valley.
Despite the smoky conditions, the work never ends on Valley farms. The lemongrass crop had to be cut and packed so orders could quickly be filled. But because of the layer of smoke hovering, crews on David Sarabian’s farm were all wearing N95 respirators.
Fire evacuees and their livestock are finding refuge in their new home away from home in Fresno County. “This is a safe place, and it’s a peaceful place,” said evacuee Lori Harshman. The Double S Horse Ranch outside of Clovis on Highway 168 has transformed into a livestock center, caring for 500 animals from horses to pigs and more.
President Trump announced another $13 billion in aid for farmers, who’ve financially suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic, during his Wisconsin rally on Thursday. “I’m proud to announce that I’m doing even more to support Wisconsin farmers,” Trump said during the rally in Mosinee, Wis.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE/FIRE/PUBLIC SAFETY
At 34, Isaac Miller’s future looked bleak. He was facing detention, a seven-year prison sentence, and a $50,000 bail. Without his family’s savings, he said he didn’t know how he would have paid his way out, which meant he could have lost his job and the ability to find a good lawyer.
Crime data released this week by the FBI shows most reported crimes in Modesto have decreased in the first six months of this year compared to the same time period in 2019. Overall, violent crime is down 8.5% and property crime is down nearly 20%, according to the preliminary data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.
The Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center received 1,116 reports of anti-Asian discrimination in California between March and July this year, according to a Thursday report. As of Aug. 5, 2,583 incidents of anti-Asian discrimination nationwide have been self-reported to the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center since March.
Fresno’s Mayor-elect Jerry Dyer said he plans to form a youth advisory commission when he takes office early next year. Around five years ago while he was Fresno’s police chief, he did something similar with the Police Department. But the young people who were part of the Police Chief’s Youth Advisory Council say they were left disappointed and with questions.
The Creek Fire that has burned parts of the Fresno and Madera counties’ foothills in the Sierra National Forest has caused the displacement of 2,672 people, according to Fresno County administrator Jean Rousseau.
- Creek Fire live updates: Wildfire reaches 20% containment, spreads to 246,756 acres Fresno Bee
- Creek Fire live updates: U.S. Marines will help firefighters; wildfire burns 248,256 acres Fresno Bee
- Creek Fire live updates: More evacuations downgraded; crews around Shaver; FPU cabin lost Fresno Bee
- Drought, beetles and millions of dead trees: Why the Creek Fire is so hard to control abc30
- Creek Fire: 244,756 acres burned with 18% containment, latest evacuations issued for Fresno, Madera, Mariposa counties abc30
- Creek Fire: Crews brace for weather changes as they battle tirelessly abc30
San Luis Obispo County had a break from all gray skies early this week, but more smoke might be headed this way. The U.S. Forest Service said air quality around the Dolan Fire has continued to improve day by day. However, a shift in winds was expected to move the smoke south once again.
After days of calmer weather conditions in the north Sierra Nevada foothills, where the deadly North Complex wildfire continues to burn, crews are bracing for more gusty winds Thursday and Friday that will have the potential to again flare up fire activity.
The SQF Complex Fire has grown to 122,835 acres as of Thursday morning and is 12% contained. The Castle and Shotgun fires combined destroyed 150 structures and leave more than 3,000 threatened. Firefighters are focusing stopping the wildfire from spreading to the west. Overnight, fire crews were working to strengthen contingency lines in the area.
Experts on wildfires say the safety of California’s nearly 40 million residents will require a multipronged approach, including thinning overgrown forests, better community planning and adapting to a warming climate.
Gusty winds forecast through tonight in the Sierra Nevada could exacerbate the North Complex wildfire, the fifth-deadliest and sixth-largest in state history, state fire officials said Thursday. The news comes as 17,400 firefighters battle 26 major wildfires, including the Bobcat Fire in Los Angeles, which forced additional evacuations Thursday.
Faced with the twin climate crises of historic wildfires and spiraling insurance costs, California on Wednesday laid out new rules to make insurance more affordable in fire-prone areas. But the changes could backfire, experts say — pushing insurers to stop offering insurance in those areas and further imperiling communities on the front lines of climate change.
The Fresno County Board of Supervisors this week approved a $3.9 billion budget amid uncertainty over the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new budget reflects a 7% increase from the previous budget. It is aided partly by federal relief handed to local governments for the coronavirus pandemic, known as CARES Act relief.
U.S. stocks fell Thursday, hurt by weakness in the labor market as uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic continues to weigh on hiring. The S&P 500 dropped 0.8% to 3357. The Nasdaq Composite declined 1.3% to 10910, pushing the tech-heavy index further into negative territory for the month.
Moments in which it is possible to affect historic change are infrequent, and when we arrive at one it is imperative that all individuals and institutions of good do what they can to make certain the moment is seized.
To those who’ve heard it, the history of the Zanger family business represents the quintessential American success story: Italian immigrant family prospers through decades of hard work, innovation and luck.
For believers in “late capitalism” — the idea that we’ve reached the terminal phase of the planet’s dominant socio-economic system — the new Census Bureau numbers should have been unsettling. Data for 2019 show median US income rose nearly 7 % to $68,703. “Rising employment and broad-based wage increases in 2019 helped drive that uptick” is how officials explain the increase, according to The Washington Post.
CalPERS board members expressed support Wednesday for a proposal to limit personal investments by future chief investment officers. The board weighed in on a plan that would force its chief investment officers to divest from some or all of their investments or place them in a blind trust as a condition of employment. They expect to consider a specific proposal from the system’s staff in November.
A new law in California lets more people than almost anywhere else in the country take up to three months off from work to care for a family member thanks in part to a nursing mother who brought her baby to work with her on the final day of the state legislative session to vote for it.
California’s auditor warned the state’s unemployment agency 18 months ago that its use of Social Security numbers on some mailed documents “continues to put some Californians at risk of identity theft.”
After months of discussion, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health will move forward with emergency statewide standards to address what worker advocates have been calling “an occupational health emergency.”
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak.
Something I’m keeping an eye out for next week: a roadmap of solutions for the various problems confronting California’s unemployment department, which Newsom said would be shared within 45 days of forming a “strike team” on July 29.
California Center for Jobs & the Economy
|Initial claims for both the regular Unemployment Insurance Program and the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program for the self-employed basically returned to previous trends following a surge at the end of August. While easing, the continued high level of claims reflects the lengthening of the current economic disruption due to the shutdown orders.|
On September 9, 2020 Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1867 (“AB 1867”), which requires private sector employers with 500 or more employees in the United States to provide up to 80 hours of COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (“SPSL”).
- California workers to get stronger family leave protections under new state law LA Times
- California workers to get stronger family leave protections under new state law LA Times
- CalChamber Statement on Governor Signing SB 1383 into Law CalChamber
- California expands family leave protections to millions of small business workers Politico
A new report published by the California Policy Lab on September 15 adds important detail to the dramatic rise in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims in California in recent weeks. Last week, California officials suggested “a big part” of the state’s recent rise in PUA claims “is linked to fraud.”
Several school districts are working on getting back on their feet after the Creek Fire displaced thousands of families and left many staff and students without a place to call home. Driving down Auberry Road, Superintendent Steve Rosa said he was amazed to see Pine Ridge School still standing.
If you close your eyes, Celeste Gonzalez’s kindergarten classroom sounds like a traditional kindergarten class. The General Shafter School teacher is conducting a lesson about counting numbers. Principal Sandra Johnson is gently reminding a student how to hold a pencil. Another student proudly announces “I’m done!” as he finishes his work page.
The Knights Ferry Elementary School District on Wednesday became the first public school district in Stanislaus County to have its reopening plan for TK-6 in-person education approved. The one-school district has students in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade, but the waiver approves bringing back only the 122 enrolled up through sixth grade.
Special education in California may face vast challenges — funding shortfalls, teacher shortages and distance learning, to name a few — but Heather Calomese is undeterred. Calomese, the state’s newly appointed director of special education, has an ambitious vision to improve equity and outcomes for the state’s 800,000 students enrolled in special education.
We knew in March that students wouldn’t learn much during lockdown, and they seem to be in for more of the same this fall. The problem isn’t just that teachers lack experience with remote instruction. For reasons scientists only partially understand, it’s demonstrably harder to learn via video than in person.
With so many public school districts starting the year with 100 % remote learning, parents are scrambling. Driven by economic necessity or desperation for quality educational options, untold numbers of parents are looking for in-person learning options wherever they can find a spot: from private and charter schools to the learning pods that have sprung up this fall. But in some school districts, the resulting competition to keep these families enrolled is not sitting well.
Automotive technology instructor Marty Kamimoto has a lot to be excited about. Over the summer, two new diagnostic computers showed up at the auto bays at Fresno City College, along with a brand new Toyota Camry and Tacoma.
Fresno State News
Ali Abdullah is a biology major at Fresno State with dreams of going to medical school to become a plastic surgeon in the Central Valley, helping those with deformities or emergency reconstruction needs.
Fresno State News
Fresno State is ranked among Washington Monthly’s top 30 national universities that best serve the country in the areas of social mobility, research and civic engagement. The magazine announced Monday that Fresno State ranked No. 26 out of 389 private and public universities. Fresno State is joined in the top 30 by six Ivy League institutions, seven University of California campuses, MIT and top-ranked Stanford University.
Fresno State News
Marina Morningstar spent the summer at home in Vancouver, Washington splitting her days between being a Fresno State Dog Days orientation leader virtually and working at a local restaurant to pay for school. As the oldest of three children, finding a way to help her parents pay for her college is always top of mind — especially this year.
Fresno State News
For the fifth consecutive year, Fresno State is ranked among the top three of the nation’s best public universities for graduation-rate performance in U.S. News and World Report’s 2021 Best College rankings issued today.
The State Center Community College District (SCCCD) issued $205 million in “new money” general obligation bonds to fund capital projects at college campuses throughout the district. The funding comes from Measure C in 2016.
With a global pandemic shining a spotlight on the field, the importance of health professionals has never been more evident. California State University, Bakersfield’s School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME) has received a $3 million, five-year Title V grant from the Department of Education that will launch students on paths toward a variety of health careers and develop a new major in public health, so needed in the local community.
Fresno State University has rescinded a faculty position offer to a graduate student candidate who allegedly misrepresented their identity, university officials said Thursday.
The University of California’s top health executive has told UC officials to prepare to continue online learning and limited access to campus beyond the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic will probably cause at least another year of disruption to university operations.
University of California regents banned the use of quotas based on race and gender in admissions, hiring and contracting Thursday — underscoring their intent to limit how they would restore affirmative action if state voters approve its use again.
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Public universities may not dominate the top of The WSJ/Times Higher Education College Rankings or stand out in matters of finance, but they shine when it comes to campus diversity.
For 27-year-old Gaby, the daughter of farm workers, completing her nursing associate degree at Fresno City College six years ago altered the course of her life and that of her family. By the time she became a registered nurse, her income was three times what her parents made — combined.
As someone who worked on my city’s Climate Action Plan and is pretty familiar with our state’s environmental policies, I think both authors have hit the nail on the head.
The California wildfires have wreaked havoc on the students in Jesusita Rivera’s fifth grade class in East Palo Alto, Calif., a lower income neighborhood surrounded by Silicon Valley’s wealthiest Zip codes.
President Trump has made dismantling federal climate policies a centerpiece of his administration. A new analysis from the Rhodium Group finds those rollbacks add up to a lot more planet-warming emissions.
An environmental review critical to Kern’s frustrated efforts to streamline local oil permitting has cleared another hurdle as it heads for what could be a final vote of the county Board of Supervisors by the end of this year.
A new study suggests eyeglasses could help protect against COVID-19 after researchers noticed an odd trend in China. Researchers found that people in Wuhan, China, who wore eyeglasses at least eight hours a day had a lower chance of getting the virus, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Opthamology.
The Central Valley was already home to one of the dirtiest air basins in America. Add to that smoke from the Creek Fire and SQF Complex Fires and you have people struggling to catch their breath. Rebecca Magdaleno of Selma said she was ‘having trouble breathing’.
The Kern County Public Health Services Department announced 72 new COVID-19 cases Thursday morning. Kern’s total virus case count is now at 31,158 since the first was announced locally six months ago. There have been 340 virus-related deaths during that time in Kern.
- New Fresno-area coronavirus cases drop to one of the lowest totals in months Fresno Bee
- COVID-19 update: Tulare County reports more deaths, but lowering infection rates Visalia Times Delta
- COVID-19 update: Active cases come back down in county Porterville Recorder
- Active Merced County COVID-19 cases fall below 600 for first time since June Merced Sun-Star
- Coronavirus: As deaths tick up in California, other metrics continue to improve Mercury News
- Coronavirus Case Numbers Stay Elevated in Parts of Midwest WSJ
A debate over the safety and timing of a possible Covid-19 vaccine has become a flashpoint in the presidential campaign and within the Trump administration, as well as in a key Senate race that could determine control of the chamber next year.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at MIT and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, along with their collaborators at the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Ragon Institute, have been working on a CRISPR-based diagnostic for COVID-19 that can produce results in 30 minutes to an hour, with similar accuracy as the standard PCR diagnostics now used.
Political slogans paint stark choices for health care reform: “Medicare for All” or “Free-Market Competition.” These slogans are designed to be simple and appealing — but vague enough to obscure the trade-offs involved, allowing listeners to fill in their own notions and masking varying beliefs.
California is recalling N95 masks obtained through a $90 million contract with Advoque, a company based in Santa Clara, after federal regulators revoked certification for the masks last week.
As health care providers work to develop a safe and effective vaccine to fight COVID-19, Fresno County is ramping up its efforts to administer as many flu shots as possible this season.
Free prostate screenings will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Kern Medical, 3551 Q St. Contact Gloria McCormack at 326-2278 to schedule an appointment.
The Kern County Latino COVID-19 Task Force, Kern County Public Health Services Department and Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host a free COVID-19 mobile test site on Bakersfield College’s Panorama campus on Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
With the reddish-orange skies and smoke-filled air, Californians who had previously never heard of PM2.5 pollution are quickly learning about the Air Quality Index and what they need to do to protect themselves from wildfire pollution.
James Wood checks his clipboard and bangs on the door at a Motel 6. The air is thick with smoke. “Red Cross,” he calls, loudly, through his heavy, protective mask. “Dinner!” His gloved-and-masked partner places four white foam boxes on the ground. They are filled with chicken tacos, compliments of the Salvation Army. The motel door swings wide.
U.S. hospitals expect to be better prepared if a second wave of Covid-19 cases hits in coming months, doctors and administrators say, after gaining a better understanding how to triage patients, which drugs to use and what supplies are needed.
Banner Health had figured out how to get ahead in the modern health-care industry. The Phoenix-based nonprofit hospital system relentlessly focused on costs. It trimmed labor, the largest expense for any hospital. Last year, it carried 2.1% fewer employees for every bed filled, compared with the year before.
In the past three to four months, the U.S. economy has recovered somewhat from the COVID-19-induced employment troughs observed in April, while the virus caseloads and deaths at first declined and then surged again, starting in June. However, the partial recovery of U.S. labor markets in the late spring and summer, and more recent trends in virus cases and deaths, do not change the fundamental fact that both employment and health outcomes for the U.S. during the pandemic have been worse than in almost any other high-income country in the world.
Members of Congress are pressing the administration for further inquiries after the Department of Homeland Security announced this week it is looking into a whistleblower complaint that claimed federal immigration detainees underwent unnecessary gynecological surgeries — including full hysterectomies — without their consent.
California’s Sequoia National Park has been fully closed due to a nearby wildfire in the Sierra Nevada wilderness. The action this week came after the park headquarters and the community of Three Rivers at the park’s southern entrance were put on evacuation notice, according to a statement.
Yosemite National Park will close at 5 p.m. Thursday due to smoke and hazardous air quality caused by California wildfires, officials announced. Kings Canyon National Park to the south also announced it will close at the same time. Sequoia National Park, which shares a border with Sequoia, closed to visitors Tuesday in response to the Castle Fire on the SQF Complex.
- Yosemite National Park to close Thursday night due to hazardous air quality abc30
- Yosemite closes at least through weekend because of smoky air SFChronicle
The world of real estate tax law may seem convoluted and isolated, but some fear a proposal from presidential candidate Joe Biden has the potential to upend a delicate balance of investments, jobs and rent — while others feel closing a loophole has been a longtime coming.
The median price of a California home shot up to a record $706,900 in August — breaking the $700,000 mark for the first time while also smashing previous records set in June and July — as home sales reached their highest level in more than a decade, according to a Wednesday report from the California Association of Realtors.
The pandemic downturn has amplified housing instability in an already volatile sector, and while policy action in California has focused on renters, homeowners and landlords also risk financial consequences due to the virus.
Americans with mortgages have accumulated nearly $10 trillion in home equity thanks to a decade of rising home prices. Yet millions of them have fallen behind on mortgage payments and risk losing their houses.
NPR’s David Greene talks to Wade Crowfoot, California’s secretary of Natural Resources, about this year’s wildfire season, and what can be done to prevent or control them.
When the idyllic upstate city of Hudson, New York, launches its basic-income pilot program in late September, it will become one of the smallest U.S. cities to embrace a policy once seen as far-fetched or radical.
Caltrans announced Monday that the state will receive more than $493 million in additional transportation funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) annual August redistribution.
A soon-to-expire federal law that governs the country’s highway policies appears to be headed toward a yearlong extension. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the top transportation policy authorizers on Capitol Hill, have indicated support for extending the provisions in the 2015 FAST Act highway law for a 12-month duration.
Amid mounting controversy and concerns over environmental justice, California American Water on Wednesday withdrew its application for a desalination project in the small Monterey Bay town of Marina.
California Water News Daily
In response to lower water sales and concerns about the financial impacts of COVID-19 on its
member agencies and the public, the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California today voted to approve a cost-cutting plan to reduce district expenditures.
It’s been a long time coming, but La Boulangerie de France’s second location is scheduled to open Monday. La Bou, as locals call the bakery’s original Fig Garden Village location, is opening a walk-up window with sidewalk seating in downtown Fresno.
KVPR Classical is Valley Public Radio’s all-new radio station dedicated to playing timeless classical music, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hear the same Classical 24 hosts you’ve enjoyed on FM89 on the new KVPR Classical stream, in crystal clear all-digital sound.
For more than a decade, if you wanted to see a movie at a drive-in in the Central Valley you had to travel more than 70 miles to Madera. But now, in the age of coronavirus, the region has multiple drive-in options to choose from for safe family fun.
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