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COVID-19: AP's Daisy Nguyen and Stephanie Dazio report that California is preparing for a surge of COVID-19.
The mayor of the nation’s second-largest city warned that the coronavirus may become so pervasive, families ought to prepare for how they will isolate themselves at home without infecting others in their households.
Anticipating a surge in COVID-19 cases this week that may overwhelm healthcare systems, Mayor Eric Garcetti urged people who test positive for the coronavirus not to rush to hospitals unless they have serious symptoms. Instead, he asked the city’s 4 million residents to think about how they will separate themselves from family members while quarantining at home.
“Don’t just take social distancing seriously, I hope each and every one of us take isolation seriously too,” Garcetti said as he described the strategy as the next phase in the fight against the pandemic.
PRISONS: For the Chron Aiexei Koseff writes that Governor Gavin Newom says he has no intent to release a large number prisonors because of COVID-19.
Newsom said the “very strong isolation protocols” and other steps his administration has taken are sufficient. He rejected the idea of discharging large numbers of prisoners early, saying at a March 23 news conference that it could exacerbate problems such as homelessness and the strain on the health care system if inmates can’t find jobs or build new lives as the economy grinds to a halt.
“I have no interest, and I want to make this crystal clear, in releasing violent criminals from our system, and I won’t use a crisis as an excuse to create another crisis,” Newsom said. “That’s not the way we will go about this. We will do it in a very deliberative way.”
PG&E: In the Chron, J.D. Morris asks what's next for Pacific Gas & Electric Company.
As part of its plea agreement, PG&E will be fined about $3.5 million — the maximum allowed by statute. The company will also pay $500,000 to reimburse costs incurred by the district attorney’s office.
Calmatters's Dan Walters write about the 2 deals that PG&E made to remain as an investor-owned company.
DAM IT: The AP's Gillian Flaccus writes up the controversy surrounding the planned demolition four dams on the Klamath River.
more after the jump...
POT: In the LAT, Patrick McGreevy writes that cannibis dispensaries remain open, but not everyone is happy about that.
Opponents of Proposition 64, including Kevin Sabet, head of the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, said there are health risks in smoking cannabis, while pills and other medicines made from cannabis are available elsewhere for medical patients.
“Given the choice of marijuana-based FDA drugs available at pharmacies, deeming pot shops ‘essential’ makes no more sense than allowing tobacco stores,” Sabet said.
SENIORS: Erica Hellerstein writes for Calmatters that the shutdown is particularly affecting seniors.
Already, social service providers are fielding heart-breaking calls from seniors, alone, hungry, some disabled and without the financial or community support needed to get through a lockdown with no end in sight.
“One elder called and said, ‘Am I going to die?’ That was how she opened her conversation with me,” said Cathy Michalec, executive director of Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly San Francisco, a nonprofit aimed at reducing senior isolation that is sending care kits to elderly residents. “Seniors are isolated always. I think for some seniors really it just amplified the fact that they are alone.”
DAY LABORERS: For the LAT, Ruben Vives reports on the impact of the shutdown on day laborers.
The economic fallout of the novel coronavirus has affected almost every major industry sector of the United States. More than 3.3 million people in the country have filed first-time jobless benefit claims.
But if there’s a constant of economic crises, it’s that low-wage earners — especially black and Latino workers — tend to take the biggest hits. In the hierarchy of labor in America, you don’t get much more tenuous than the humble day laborer, whose livelihood often depends on a barometer of economic optimism.
STUDENT MEALS: For EdSource, Ali Tadayon writes how local food banks are helping distribute school meals.
With schools shut down across the state, districts are serving “grab and go” meals to students in an effort to stop the coronavirus spread. Many have also allowed food banks to distribute boxes of groceries at the school sites. The largest effort is underway at the Los Angeles Unified School District, which has partnered with star chef Jose Andres and other organizations to provide meals for both students and their parents.
“We know entire families are going hungry, so when families are going to the school district, there may be others in the household who need food as well,” said Andrew Cheyne, director of government affairs for the California Association of Food Banks. “Schools in this environment have become a bright spot — they are known, trusted, highly accessible locations that families are used to visiting.”
BALLOT UPDATE: We're getting closer...
cakeday and classifieds after the jump...
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