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  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Carmela Coyle, president of the California Hospital Association to talk about the challenges that hospitals face as they deal with this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, “an order of potential magnitude that we just haven’t seen before.”
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) on California's COVID-19 response  (2020-03-19)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Lenny Mendonca, Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom, on the economic impact of the COVID-19 (2020-03-12)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senators Jim Beall (D-San José) and Tom Umberg (D-Anaheim) on the Census (2020-03-12)
  • Look West (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Assembly member Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) and Secretary of State Alex Padilla on the Census (2020-03-12)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Politico's Carla Marinucci on primary results and Warren's departure (2020-03-05)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Paul Mitchell on the departure of Elizabeth Warren and what's next in the presidential (2020-03-05)

The Nooner for Tuesday, March 24, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • COVID-19
  • AB 5
  • Ballot update
  • Cakeday and classifieds

I wish there was more out there on different topics, but here we are. Our worlds got really small quickly.


    • California confirmed cases: 2,297 (up 21.5% since yesterday) , with 45 deaths (+10 from yesterday). Confirmed cases in 39/58 counties. [h/t SFChron]=
  • TESTING: California is way behind in testing and tracking coronavirus. It’s a big problem [LATimes]

    In the race to expand testing for the novel coronavirus and track the results, California has fallen behind New York and other hot-spot states as an assortment of public and private groups pursue testing programs in an uncoordinated fashion.

    A fragmented landscape akin to an orchestra playing without a conductor has emerged with public officials at the city, county and state levels scrambling to come up with testing options and priorities. At the same time, various universities and an increasing number of private, for-profit labs have developed their own testing schemes.

    The result has been a confusing, incomplete picture of the virus in California.

    Public health experts warn that a robust, coordinated testing program is crucial so the state knows not only who is infected but how quickly and where the virus is spreading in order to effectively deploy limited resources, such as protective equipment, ventilators and medical staff.

    From yesterday's California Department of Public Health update:

    As of 2 p.m. PDT on March 22, approximately 26,400 tests had been conducted in California. This includes the latest numbers California has received from commercial and private labs. At least 14,317 results have been received and another 12,100 are pending.

  • California coronavirus cases surge to 2,200 as L.A. County hospitals await wave of patients [LATimes]

    Gov. Gavin Newsom said he believes California will need 50,000 hospital beds for COVID-19 patients, a significant increase from the 20,000 beds his administration had forecast last week. The Democratic governor said the state’s 416 hospitals were doubling so-called surge plans to 40% of their capacity, which includes providing 30,000 new beds across the system.

    San Francisco officials warned that a surge in coronavirus is expected to come within a week or two, and voiced dismay over images of the public crowding at beaches and parks across California.

    “The worst is yet to come,” San Francisco Director of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax said at a news conference Monday.

    San Francisco has already taken steps to decompress the healthcare system — banning almost all visitors to hospitals and long-term care facilities, canceling elective surgeries and routine medical visits, ordering that appointments be done by phone or video if possible, and opening up tents to care for mild coronavirus patients to keep hospital beds free.

    A steep rise in people being hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County likely signals the approach of a wave of extremely sick patients that could overwhelm hospitals in the coming weeks, experts say.

  • State beaches and parks: After a weekend of gatherings that did not comply with the public health order, the state has closed all state beaches and parks.
  • Ballot measures: There are currently 22 potential California ballot measures collecting signatures, several huge ones. The deadlines need to be suspended during this time with gathering is essentially illegal.
  • Gov. Newsom: California will need an additional 50,000 hospital beds to respond to coronavirus [CNBC]:

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said the state will need an additional 50,000 hospital beds to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

    “As a consequence of updating our models, we are looking to significantly increase our procurement of assets, specifically beds, throughout our healthcare delivery system,” Newsom said.

    The state will expand provided for the needed beds through a variety of means, Newsom said. The hospital system alone will provide for an additional 30,000 beds through its surge plan. The state has also acquired three hospitals that will provide an additional 3,000 beds.

    California will seek to acquire the remaining 17,000 beds through a variety of means, including the use of hotels, motels, fairgrounds, convention centers and other facilities, Newsom said.

  • Courts: Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye yesterday instructed all California superior courts to suspend jury trials for 60 days. [order]
  • Tourism: In the Bee, Ryan Sabalow and Jason Pohl report on the toll the shutdown is having on the state's tourist towns.
  • SF: Supe Hillary Ronen tweets: "San Francisco has 33,000 hotel rooms that currently have an occupancy rate of 5-7%. This means we have approximately 30,000 empty rooms. I promise to do everything in my power to make sure these rooms are used to house people experiencing homelessness & other vulnerable pops."

    I appreciate the work, but the occupancy rate is what terrifies me, which likely is similar across the state, impacting employees, businesses, and government.

  • LA: Coronavirus hospitalizations climbing sharply in L.A., likely the approaching wave [LATimes]:

A steep rise in people being hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County likely signals the approach of a wave of extremely sick patients that could overwhelm hospitals in the coming weeks, experts say.

As of March 6, five people in the county had been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19. Two weeks later, on Friday, that figure had jumped to 48. By Monday, the total had climbed to 90.

Though the raw numbers remain relatively low, the rate of increase has set many doctors and nurses on edge after watching the disease’s alarming trajectory in China, Italy and now New York City.

80% of coronavirus patients in L.A. County are ages 18 to 65, infecting people ‘across the board’ [LATimes]

  • Dr. Fauci: Trump Has Given Unusual Leeway to Fauci, but Aides Say He’s Losing His Patience [Maggie Haberman @ NYTimes]

    President Trump has praised Dr. Anthony S. Fauci as a “major television star.” He has tried to demonstrate that the administration is giving him free rein to speak. And he has deferred to Dr. Fauci’s opinion several times at the coronavirus task force’s televised briefings.

    But Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, has grown bolder in correcting the president’s falsehoods and overly rosy statements about the spread of the coronavirus in the past two weeks — and he has become a hero to the president’s critics because of it. And now, Mr. Trump’s patience has started to wear thin.

more after the jump... 

BALLOT UPDATE: We're getting closer...

  • Ballots counted: 9,499,056
  • Ballots counted are up +11.1% from 2016's 8,548,301
  • Turnout in 2016: 8,548,301 of 19,023,417 registered 15 days out (45.49%)
  • Turnout so far in 2018: 9,499,056 of 20,660,465 registered 15 days out (45.88%)  

AB 5: Federal judge rules freelance journalists, photographers not exempt from Calif. contracting law [Bob Egelko @ SFChron]

A federal judge has refused to exempt freelance journalists and photographers from a new California law that would reclassify many of them as employees rather than contractors, a status that would increase their workplace benefits but could make it harder for them to find work.

The law, AB5, defines workers as employees unless they operate free of outside control in work that is different from the business that hired them. It exempts some freelancers, but only if they submit no more than 35 articles or photos to a particular news outlet or business in a year.

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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