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Happy Cesar Chávez Day! SEEN ON TV: Governor Newsom was on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah last night.
COVID-19: Total California cases: 7,426 in California; Total California deaths: 149
Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to encourage resident consider careers in the health care industry, reports CalMatters
As the number of people hospitalized in California with the coronavirus doubled in just four days, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday sent out an urgent call seeking help from the state’s 37,000 retired and part-time health care professionals.
Newsom issued an executive order that will temporarily allow retired doctors and nurses to return to work, broaden the duties that some nurses may perform and bring medical school and nursing students who are close to graduating into the workforce almost immediately.
Newsom’s order allows the state to waive licensing and certification requirements for certain medical professionals through June 30th.
It gives the state the flexibility to allow doctors and nurses who have retired in the last five years, students who have nearly graduated from medical and nursing schools and others who are in the process of obtaining a license or getting relicensed to treat patients. The new workers would be paid and covered by malpractice insurance.
The governor also signed an executive order to provide small businesses relief.
The executive order allows the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) to offer a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. That means small businesses will have until the end of July to file their first-quarter returns.
Additionally, the order extends the statute of limitations to file a claim for refund by 60 days to accommodate tax and fee payers.
The executive order also includes extensions that impact state government workers, as well as consumers. For instance, the Department of Motor Vehicles will limit in-person transactions for the next 60 days, allowing instead for mail-in renewals. Additionally, the Department of Consumer Affairs will waive continuing education requirements for several professions, also for the next 60 days.
There is growing tension about the treatment of farmworkers who are considered essential but can't practice social dealing in the fields, reports Susie Cagal in The Guardian.
THE GUV: Taryn Luna and Phil Willon write that Governor Gavin Newsom is using pressure rather than force in getting people to stay home.
“That social pressure we’re seeing out there for people to do the right thing is the most powerful enforcement tool we have and we’ll continue to use that as our moral authority advanced all throughout the state of California,” Newsom said Monday.
But while the approach is consistent with the governor’s deliberate response to the coronavirus pandemic and his effort to persuade Californians to adapt to the new restrictions rather than wielding the power of his office, some have questioned whether Newsom needs to do more.
The Chron's Joe Garafoli looks at Newsom's response so far.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to start holding daily briefings about the coronavirus crisis in California is a sign the state is about to go prime time in its fight against the pandemic — and that Newsom will be the face of its response.
With Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti predicting his city will soon be inundated with COVID-19 cases like New York is now, the national spotlight is likely to be pointing at Newsom. The leader of the world’s fifth-largest economy — the “nation-state,” as Newsom likes to call it — must become a reliable source of information, direction, foresight and comfort to 40 million Californians.
The fight “is entering a new phase,” Newsom declared Monday in the first of what his office said would be daily noontime briefings, taking the place of irregularly scheduled appearances that the governor was making in the early evening with only a few minutes’ notice.
For CalMatters, Elizabeth Aguilera and Ricardo Cano report that the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the state's special education system.
Across California, schools have physically shuttered as they make the unprecedented move toward online instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has upended almost every facet of education in California and the nation — but perhaps no other student group stands to be more affected than students with special needs.
Nearly 800,000 students in California receive special education services, accounting for almost 13% of the state’s student enrollment. That number doesn’t include the tens of thousands of children under age 3 who receive specialized services through the state’s 21 regional centers — which provide support services to special needs individuals — under the Department of Developmental Services.
From Anthony Pico of Aunt Bertha:
In the recent weeks we launched FindHelp.org to address COVID-19 needs in the community. This free site is managed by Aunt Bertha, As the Community Engagement Manager for FindHelp.org and Aunt Bertha, I am reaching out to our most impacted regions on the West Coast. Every zip code in the United States is covered, and we now have COVID-19 specific programs tagged. Over 161,000 programs are listed across the country and I wanted to make sure you had the information to share with your connections in the hopes to get this information to as many people as possible.
Can you reach out to your network and help us get the word out about FindHelp.org? To find programs in your area enter your zip code and then search for "covid19". That is how we are tagging programs for that specific need.
THE DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN LA AND NYC: The LAT team writes that California's jump on social distancing likely kept COVID-19 from growing to the extent in NYC.
The coronavirus continues to spread rapidly in both places, but so far at a rate slower than in the country’s other hot spots such as New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Louisiana.
To be sure, the epidemic still could get dramatically worse on the West Coast. A San Francisco nursing home with more than 700 beds is contending with an outbreak that has infected two patients and nine staff members. There are signs of the contagion at 11 Los Angeles County nursing homes, too.
But experts are looking to California and Washington for signs that social distancing is making a difference.
Although cases are taking off in the City of Angels.
THE BUDGET: Tomorrow the beginning of the usually critical month of April, where geeks like yours truly watch daily cash reports. Of course, the tax deadline was moved to July 15. Obviously, the state's fiscal year begins July 1. The Legislature needs to pass a budget by midnight June 15.
I'm guessing we're looking at the equivalent of a federal continuing resolution with essentially flat budget and then revisit in August when we see tax revenues. Of course, withholding will drop significantly because of layoffs/furloughs. March witholding payments are do April 31. April-June is due by July 31, so we're going to flying blind the next several months.
We won't know California uneployment for March until the end third week of April. The April numbers will come in the third week of May.
Of course, the budget is in the best position of my 25 years here, with plentiful reserves. However, we have no idea how long the devastated economy to recover. The Budget Stabilization Account can only withdrawn from spend the level of the highest three Budget Acts. So, almost no new money is likely unless for costs related to the pandemic or unless the federal government step in with state assistance as done in 2009. And, cuts could be coming.
How quickly things have changed.
SMALL BIZ: David Lightman for McClatchy looks at the benefits for small businesses that were part of the federal stimulus approved last week.
More than 763,000 small businesses in California could be eligible for $48 billion worth of help from the economic aid package that became law last week.
The estimates from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reflect what state businesses could receive from the $350 billion national program aimed at allowing smaller companies to retain employees. The federal government would provide forgivable loans to help them meet payroll and pay the rent and utilities.
LA FARMERS MARKETS: Mayor Eric Garcetti announced yesterday that farmers markets would be suspended until they can come with a plan ensuring social distancing. The Sacramento Farmer's Market with additional precautions, although it was still hard to maintain 6 feet distance.
REAL ID: The Department Homeland Security has announced that the REAL ID has been pushed to October 1, 2021 because of COVID-19.
more after the jump...
PG&E: J.D. Morris reports that PG&E now says it no longer plans to use monies to pay cost of $4 million relating to trial costs out of victim settlement costs.
PG&E Corp. said Monday that it no longer plans to pay $4 million related to the 2018 Camp Fire criminal case from a $13.5 billion trust intended to compensate individual fire victims.
Instead, the cost will be borne by insurance companies who are party to a separate $11 billion settlement in PG&E’s bankruptcy case, the company said in a statement.
FUEL ECONOMY: President Trump is expected to release the final rollback of fuel economy standards, reports Kurtis Alexander for the Chron.
The Trump administration is expected to finalize new fuel economy standards for automobiles on Tuesday, moving forward with one of its most sweeping environmental rollbacks even as it contends with an unprecedented national health crisis.
The regulation, scheduled to take effect later this year, would undo an Obama-era policy requiring automakers to sell cars that spew fewer smog-forming pollutants and less heat-trapping gas, which would have led to more electric vehicles and fewer big gas guzzlers.
The new federal rule calls for a 1.5% annual boost in vehicle fuel efficiency, down from 5% under the current rule. New cars would have to average about 40 miles per gallon by 2026 instead of closer to 50 miles per gallon. The change was unveiled in a leaked draft of the regulation and first reported by the New York Times.
DAM IT: The AP's Gillian Flaccus writes up the controversy surrounding the planned demolition four dams on the Klamath River.
SANDY EGGO: Phillip Molnar looks at who will advantage of the rent delay in the region.
An effort is being led locally by the City Heights-based San Diego Tenants Union, which says they have about 100 people who plan to participate and anticipate the number to grow.
“People don’t want to do it. They have to do it,” said Rafael Bautista, an organizer with the tenants union.
Similar plans to stop paying rent are led by different groups in Chicago, New York City and other big cities. It is part of a growing movement in the United States — as well as some spots in Europe and other parts of the world — among people who feel they shouldn’t have to pay rent because of the mandatory COVID-19 shutdown.
The organization is providing all renters participating in the strike a letter with tenants union letterhead to give to landlords that informs them: “If we cannot pay rent on April 1, 2020, it is very unlikely that we will be able to pay our rent for the duration of this crisis.”
BALLOT UPDATE: We're getting closer...today was the original deadline for counties to report election results to the state. Because of COVID-19, the deadline has been postpone to 4/21.
cakeday and classifieds after the jump...
CAKEDAY AND CLASSIFIEDS: Happy birthday to Tony Cáfrdenas, Mark DeSaulnier, Justin Fanslau, Debby Marroquin, Jerry Seedborg. Leslie Smith, and Rick Wathan!
Rep. DeSaulnier is reported to still be in critical condition in an East Bay hospital.
FAREWELL: Former Assembly member Bob Campbell (D-Richmond) (1937–2020)