Monday, July 6, 2020

Monday's Briefing: AC Transit may steeply cut bus services due to covid-19; Illegal fireworks to blame for Fourth of July fires

Testing issues block A's from beginning workouts

By Steven Tavares
Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 3:42 PM

click to enlarge AC Transit is losing $5 million in lost fare revenue each month during the pandemic, officials said. - FILE PHOTO
  • File photo
  • AC Transit is losing $5 million in lost fare revenue each month during the pandemic, officials said.


News you don't want to miss for July 6:

1. AC Transit is looking at the possibility of slashing bus service by up to 30 percent due to a sharp decline in ridership due to the pandemic, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Weekday ridership has dropped from 189,000 to 53,000, as of late May. $$

2. Fourth of July sparked a large number of fires in the Bay Area, including a few significant blazes in Contra Costa County on Saturday night, ABC7 reports.

3. Crowds at Lake Merritt on Saturday night hindered Oakland firefighters from quickly attending to a medical emergency in the area, SFGate reports. The call should have taken 2-3 minutes for firefighters to respond, said a spokesperson for OFD, but, instead, took 14 minutes.

4. Two supporters of President Trump, attempted to cover up a large Black Lives Matter mural painted on a street in Martinez, the Bay City News reports.

5. A problem with its covid-19 testing stopped the Oakland A's from conducting their first workouts at the Coliseum over the weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The delay in receiving covid-19 tests was exacerbated by the holiday weekend. $$

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