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  • Nooner Conversations (Scott Lay): Media Consumption in a Pandemic Age: Roger Salazar and Hilary McLean of Alza Strategies [YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Simplecast] (2020-04-25)
  • Look West (Assembly Democratic Caucus): First Responders in a Covid-19 World: Assemblymembers Jim Cooper (sheriff's deputy) and Freddie Rodriguez (EMT) (2020-04-23)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): SEIU Local 2015 President April Verrett on representing workers in skilled nursing facilities that have been a focus during the pandemic. (2020-04-23) 
  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe): Bill and Sherry examine voting by mail in the midst of a pandemic.  They agree on the need but disagree over whether it can be implemented by the November election.  They also search for an answer to a big question: Where's Joe Biden? (2020-04-23)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) on legislative during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-04-14)

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  • Cruel, cruel summer
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Ugh. The U.S. economy contracted by 4.8% in the first quarter, the largest since the great recession. That's not the bad news. The bad news is that the first quarter impact of COVID-19 was essentially the last two weeks of March. The second quarter that we are in now will be much, much worse.

We expect 20% in California for the second quarter. Even with the laxitiy in the state's orders beginning in Q2, we're talking about a 20%+ reduction. I write that not only by news but also family who work in restaurants and accounting in the state. We are closed for many months.

CRUEL SUMMER: We may not be able to get a hair cut in California until July. By then, I'll fit in perfectly with any 80s tribute band. For those not following the bouncing ball, I should have had my hair cut in January. I had a an appointment for March 18 cancelled. I am super shaggy and have to rotate through my hats when I meet humans on Zoom.

Yesterday, Governor Newsom laid out a four-stage process of reopening the state. We're not going back to "normal" soon and our process for reopening will be very different than Georgia's. It is going to be months, not weeks.

Ana B. Ibarra reports for CalMatters that Newsom's announcement includes the possibility that schools open earlier than usual late this summer:

California could reopen for an earlier school year, perhaps as soon as late July, to make up for lost learning time, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today in laying out a course for easing his shelter-in-place order. Pointing to the state’s stable hospitalization data, the governor delivered hopeful news for throngs of parents struggling with distance learning and “cautious optimism” that some retailers and manufacturers may be able to reopen with modifications in a matter of weeks.

The administration laid out a four-step plan to help resuscitate California’s economy while keeping everyone safe. As the state continues to acquire more masks and protective gear, Newsom said California could gradually reopen low-risk workplaces, allowing more workers back to their jobs — provided there are enough precautions such as curbside pickup at retail stores.

Schools and childcare facilities would have to be an essential part of that effort for working parents.

Here are the stages from the governor's presentation:

Stage 1
Goal: Make essential workplaces as safe as possible.

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