Thursday, April 30, 2020

Thursday's Briefing: Fired Oakland officers reinstated after Police Commission violated Brown Act; Covid-19 ICU cases down in the Bay Area

Rent strike cries intensify in the Bay Area

by Steven Tavares
Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 4:00 AM

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News you don't want to miss for April 30:

1. The five fired Oakland police officers involved in the shooting of Joshua Pawlik in 2018 were reinstated after it was found the Oakland Police Commission violated the Brown Act, the state law for transparency in public meetings, KPIX reports.

2. University of California Chancellor Janet Napolitano said the system lost $600 million in revenues in March, mostly due to refunds for student housing and dining, and U.C. hospitals, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The U.C. system is unlikely to begin the fall semester on time, Napolitanto added, and will consist of online and in-person classes. $$

3. Gov. Gavin Newsom is shutting down beaches in Orange County, in what could be a warning to sunbathers across the state, SFGate reports. Scenes of packed beaches last weekend alarmed public health officials leading to early reports that Newsom was leaning toward closing all public beaches in the state.

4. The number of covid-19 patients in Intensive Care Units in the Bay Area has dropped by 30 percent in recent weeks, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. This comes as the number of confirmed cases statewide have increased. $$

5. You may have seen the phrase "rent strike!" spray painted on some buildings in Oakland recently. The East Bay Times reports the rallying cry for renters is growing in the Bay Area. $$

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Wednesday's Briefing: Alameda County to allow some outdoor activities to resume; Layoffs hit Bay Area tech companies

Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board exec placed on leave

by Steven Tavares
Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 4:00 AM

Under the county's revised shelter in place order golf enthusiast can return to local links like Chuck Corica Park in Alameda. - CHUCK CORICA PARK
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  • Under the county's revised shelter in place order golf enthusiast can return to local links like Chuck Corica Park in Alameda.


News you don't want to miss for April 29:

1. Alameda County and five other Bay Area counties issued a revised shelter in place order on Wednesday that will allow for some outdoor activities to resume, such as, construction work, landscaping, gardening, golf and tennis, SFGate reports. Groups of 12 children or less will be allowed to congregate outdoors. The revised order begins May 4.

2. The U.S. gross domestic product dropped by 4.8 percent last month, the Associated Press reports. Unemployment numbers due next week could reach 20 percent, they warned. Meanwhile, a potential drug for covid-10 looks promising.

3. Massive layoffs hit the Bay Area tech sector: Lyft is laying off 982 employees and will furlough 288, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. In addition, e-cigarette maker Juul is eliminating up to 950 jobs, TechCrunch reports.

4. When Bay Area hospitals canceled scheduled operations and procedures due to the expected influx of covid-19 patients that have not materialized, it is forcing hospitals to layoff workers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

5. Berkeley's Rent Stabilization Board placed its long-time executive director on administrative leave for an undisclosed "personal matter," Berkeleyside reports.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tuesday's Briefing: School year may start in July; A's could be back on the diamond in late June

Forty percent of covid-19 deaths in California occurred at nursing homes

by Steven Tavares
Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 4:00 AM

A new plan would call for the A's to play home game at the Coliseum starting in late June and only play within a 10-team division to limit travel. - STEVEN TAVARES
  • Steven Tavares
  • A new plan would call for the A's to play home game at the Coliseum starting in late June and only play within a 10-team division to limit travel.


News you don't want to miss for April 28:

1. The upcoming school year could open early, maybe in July, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday, the East Bay Times reports. Such a move would be part of a second phase for reopening the state, along with allowing workers at "low-risk" businesses to slowly return to work.

2. A lawsuit filed in Oakland and Los Angeles federal courts argues the University of California and Cal State University systems should refund fees charged for student services because they have been closed during the covid-19 pandemic, EdSource reports.

3. The state health department said 40 percent of California's deaths due to covid-19 are from nursing homes, the Sacramento Bee reports. In the East Bay, covid-19 outbreaks have occurred at nursing homes in Orinda, Hayward, Oakland, and Castro Valley, among others.

4. Tesla appears to be backtracking on whether it will reopen its Fremont factory, the East Bay Times reports. With the shelter in place extended yesterday another month, a report said the electric vehicle company asked some employees to return to work on Wednesday.

5. Major League Baseball may start its season sometime between late June and the Fourth of July, USA Today reports. Under the proposal the A's and Giants would play in one of three 10-team regional divisions. Each team would play in their home stadiums while limiting travel to the western U.S.

6. However, MLB's proposed plan means roughly three months of baseball games will have been canceled. The A's and Giants are planning ticket refund and exchange programs, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Monday's Briefing: Shelter in place order extend through the end of May; Oakland pays $1.4 million for fatal shooting by OPD

Oakland Roots season canceled

by Steven Tavares
Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 4:00 AM

Hold on to your masks for, at least, another month. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Hold on to your masks for, at least, another month.


News you don't want to miss for April 27:

1. Alameda County, along with five other Bay Area counties, announced the shelter in place order will be extended through the end of May, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. While the social distancing guidelines will remain, some restrictions, none stated as of yet, may be relaxed. $$

2. Tesla, meanwhile, is telling some employees at its Fremont plant to return to work this week despite the shelter in place, CNBC reports. Alameda County health officials went toe-to-toe with Tesla last month after its defied the shelter in place order.

3. The next big local covid-19 story will be widespread cuts to city services and potential layoffs of public employees. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will announce a budget shortfall figure on Thursday and it could be very big. Oakland's estimated gap is also large. The San Francisco Chronicle looks at the expected damage California cities might expect from the sudden economic downturn.

4. Oakland officials agreed last week to pay $1.4 million to the mother of Joshua Pawlik, who was killed by Oakland Police in March 2018, KTVU reports. The incident roiled the police department and led the Oakland Police Commission to fire the officers involved and set the groundwork for former police Anne Kirkpatrick eventual firing.

5. How is Richmond escaping the levels of covid-19 cases being reported in other parts of Contra Costa County, and neighboring cities, despite having attributes that often predict outbreaks, such as large pockets of low-income residents and African Americans, the Los Angeles Times asks? $$

6. Gov. Gavin Newsom may soon decide whether essential workers who may have been infected by covid-19 while on the job, can qualify for workers' compensation, Calmatters reports.

7. The Oakland Roots second season is canceled due to covid-19, SFGate reports. The semi-pro team with the stylish logo packed the seats at Laney College during its inaugural season.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Friday's Briefing: There's signs the local shelter in place order will be extended; covid-19 outbreak at Oakland nursing home

Newsom waives DMV late fees

by Steven Tavares
Fri, Apr 24, 2020 at 4:00 AM

Excell Healthcare Center on High Street in Oakland has seen a large number of covid-19 cases.
  • Excell Healthcare Center on High Street in Oakland has seen a large number of covid-19 cases.


News you don't want to miss for April 24:

1. San Francisco Mayor London Breed provided a hint on Friday that the city's shelter in place order will be extended past May 4, possibly weeks or a month, KPIX reports. If so, its very likely Alameda County and neighboring counties will follow suit.

2. While Alameda County has achieved success in limiting covid-19 deaths to 48, as of Friday, a large number of those cases have occurred at nursing homes. Residents and employees at the Excell Healthcare Center in Oakland have suffered three deaths and over 50 confirmed cases of covid-19, the East Bay Times reports. $$

3. Due to strains on its system, those receiving unemployment benefits will not be required to verify every two weeks that they are seeking employment, as has been customary in the past, the San Francisco Chronicle. The action, though, is temporarily, the state's labor secretary said. $$

4. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that waives DMV late fees for vehicle registration dates between Mar. 16 and Mar. 30, KTVU reports. The order also extends temporary operating permits for 60 days and allows expired I.D. card to be valid through June 22.

5. The shelter in place is allowing cities in Bay Area, like Oakland and Emeryville, to temporarily close some streets to allow safer access for walkers and bikers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. But it's a strategy Berkeley as long deployed. $$

6. A student and community housing project proposed by U.C. Berkeley at People's Park will be up to 16 stories on side, Berkeleyside reports. The public has until April 27 to weigh-in on the design.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Thursday's Briefing: BART anticipates huge budget deficit next year; San Leandro Police release body-camera video of fatal shooting at Walmart

4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week

by Steven Tavares
Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 4:00 AM

BART is facing astounding decreases in daily ridership due to covid-19. - FLICKR/ERIC FISCHER
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  • BART is facing astounding decreases in daily ridership due to covid-19.


News you don't want to miss for April 23:

1. BART learned on Thursday that $250 million in recent federal relief funds will allow it to balance its budget for this fiscal year, with $78 million remaining, BART Board Director Rebecca Saltzman said. However, BART is facing a massive shortfall for next year between $200 million and $400 million.

2. San Leandro Police released body-camera video from the two officers involved in last Saturday's fatal shooting of Steven Taylor, a 33-year-old African-American man, inside a local Walmart, KTVU reports. Police were called after the store reported a man wielding a bat. After Taylor was tased, one officer shot him in the chest. Taylor died at the scene. The police department and district attorney's office is investigating the incident.

3. Kaiser Permanente is building a $14 million lab in Berkeley that will increase its ability to test for covid-19 from around 1,200 tests a day to 5,000, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The facility is set to open in June. $$

4. Cal State East Bay is planning to offer a mixture online classes along with a smattering of in-person classes, the East Bay Times reports. San Jose State is planning the same fall lineup.

5. California appears to be getting it done when it comes to flattening the curve, and people are giving Gov. Gavin Newsom high marks for his leadership. But push back in Sacramento is beginning to grow following a flurry of executive orders and a Legislature out of session for more than a month, Politico reports.

6. The headline says it all: "US weekly jobless claims hit 4.4 million, bringing 5-week total to more than 26 million," CNBC reports.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Wednesday's Briefing: Oakland's budget shortfall is $80 million; Newsom to allow essential surgeries

San Leandro mayor said man fatally shot by police "passed away"

by Steven Tavares
Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 4:00 AM

Oakland's finance director equated the city's deficit to eliminating 320 police officers. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Oakland's finance director equated the city's deficit to eliminating 320 police officers.


News you don't want to miss for April 22:

1. Oakland is looking at a potentially historic $80 million budget shortfall over the next year, Bay City News reports. "The size and scale of these revenue shortfalls is like nothing Oakland has ever experienced," according to the city's finance director.

2. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the first small loosening of the state's shelter in place orders on Wednesday when he announced essential surgeries can resume, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "Newsom said hospitals would be allowed to reschedule essential surgeries like tumor removals and heart valve replacements, which were temporarily prohibited to make more resources available for responding to the coronavirus pandemic." $$

3. Two Santa Clara County residents died from covid-19 three weeks before the previously first known case in the U.S., CNN reports. An autopsy revealed the patients died on Feb. 6 and Feb. 17. The first known case was believed to be Feb. 29 in Washington state.

4. Several Bay Area transportation agencies are capitalizing on the shelter in place order and a lack of traffic congestion to make needed repair and upgrades, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

5. San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter was criticized after offering condolences to the family of Steven Taylor, the man fatally shot by San Leandro Police inside a Walmart store last weekend, but neglected to mention his name, while adding that he had "passed away," the East Bay Citizen reports.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Tuesday's Briefing: Bay Area covid-19 hospitalizations are dropping; poor air quality is a risk for covid-19 patients

Fire damages Richmond church

by Steven Tavares
Tue, Apr 21, 2020 at 4:00 AM

Trucks at the Port of Oakland. - CHRIS DUFFEY
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  • Trucks at the Port of Oakland.


News you don't want to miss for April 21:

1. Those who suffer the effects of poor air quality are at greater risk of complications associated with the coronavirus, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. In the East Bay, for example, West Oakland residents suffer from high rates of asthma due to trucks and industry in the area. $$

2. All of Bolinas' 1,600 residents in Marin County can be tested for covid-19, along with an antibody test, SFGate reports. The $400,000 project is funded by two Bolinas venture capitalists.

3. While the state at-large is seeing an overall rise in covid-19 cases, the trend is quite different here in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Over the past two weeks, the number of Bay Area residents hospitalized due to covid-19 has dropped. $$

4. Lawmakers want Gov. Gavin Newsom to reveal the extent of the state's bill when it comes to covid-19 emergency spending, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. An assembly analysis estimates the tab is about $7 billion. $$

5. A fire early Tuesday morning at Richmond's Bethel Church caused extensive damage to the structure, KPIX reports. The cause of the fire is not yet determined.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Monday's Briefing: 51 covid-19 cases, 1 death reported at Safeway distribution hub; Barbara Lee endorses Biden

San Leandro PD shot, kill man inside Walmart

by Steven Tavares
Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 4:00 AM

The 2.2 million sq. ft Safeway distribution hub in Tracy. - CITY OF TRACY
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  • The 2.2 million sq. ft Safeway distribution hub in Tracy.


News you don't want to miss for April 20:

1. Fifty-one employees at Safeway's distribution warehouse in Tracy have been infected with covid-19, including one death, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The massive 2.2 million sq. ft. hub delivers goods to Safeway stores for most of California and parts of Nevada.

2. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that a host of major tech companies have donated 70,000 laptops and tablets to help students unable to participate in now ubiquitous distance learning classes, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

3. Alameda County's progressive one-two punch in Congress, Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna, endorsed Joe Biden for president on Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. $$

4. San Leandro police officers shot and killed a 33-year-old man who was wielding a bat on Saturday afternoon, SFist reports. Videos of the incident, which occurred inside a Walmart in San Leandro, raised criticisms on social media that the homicide was unjustified.

5. The Outside Lands music festival is contemplating a move from August to October or even next year, Bloomberg reports. This comes as a number of high-profile acts are putting their tours on ice until the pandemic subsides.

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