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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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¡Buenos dias! The Assembly is coming back tomorrow meeting for floor session at 7am. At 10am, Budget sub 1 on health and human services meet in Room 4202 and Transportation meets in the Assembly Chamber at 2:30. The Daily File provides this guidance.

We encourage the public to provide written testimony before the hearing by visiting the committee website at and following the web portal submission instructions. Please note that any written testimony submitted to the committee is considered public comment and may be read into the record or reprinted.

Due to the statewide stay-at-home order and guidance on physical distancing, seating for this hearing will be very limited for press and for the public. All are encouraged to watch the hearing from its live stream on the Assembly’s website at

The Capitol will be open for attendance of this hearing, but the public is strongly encouraged to participate via the web portal or telephonically. Information regarding a call-in option for testimony will be made available on the committee website closer to the hearing date. We encourage the public to monitor the committee’s website for updates.

ORANGE COUNTY: In the Register, Brooke Staggs and Jonah Valdez report on restaurants and shops ignoring the stay at home order.

Nomads Canteen is one of the most high-profile examples of an Orange County business that’s reopened in recent days, despite ongoing orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom that restaurants only offer to-go orders and that other businesses that haven’t been declared “essential” remain shut down to slow the spread of the virus.

“People are saying I have blood on my hands and that their grandma is going to die,” Nomads Canteen owner Jeff Gourley said of the backlash he’s received online from some people. “But I’m not forcing anyone to come here. If you don’t feel the way we do, just stay home.”

Meanwhile, people largely followed the Orange County beach closures, reports the LAT.

Newsom closed the beaches over the objections of Orange County officials after large crowds hit the sands last weekend. But on Saturday Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, which was jammed with hundreds of rowdy protesters on Friday, were mostly deserted.

Temperatures are cooler this weekend and it remained unclear how aggressively the closure would be enforced.

SANDY EGGO: Meanwhile,. San Diego County beaches were open yesterday but not packed, reports the SDUT.

Thousands of beachgoers up and down the county coastline made tracks in the sand and played in the water Saturday, the first weekend since the region went on COVID-19 lockdown in March.

Most people were not wearing face coverings, but the vast majority were practicing social distancing and respecting prohibitions against sitting down, standing around, playing sports or laying out. The relatively few surfers in the water kept distance between one other, too.

SF: In the Chron, Heather Knight looks at the impact of the shutdown on San Francisco's small businesses. Meanwhile, Phil Matier writes that San Francisco is attracting homeless who are seeking a hotel room.

The city has leased more than 2,700 hotel rooms as emergency housing for at-risk homeless people — those who are older than 60 or have underlying health problems — and frontline workers.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has said the city needs more and demanded the city lease 8,250 hotel rooms to effectively house the city’s homeless population during the coronavirus emergency.

Breed has said that just housing 1,000 people in hotel rooms has proven to be an “incredible logistical challenge.”

Hence the mayor’s attempt to tap the brakes.

MODOC: Modoc County has begun to reopen writes Luke Money in the Times.

In the far northeast corner of California, “the new normal” began to take shape.

Tiny Modoc County on Friday began to reopen, with restaurants again serving food and other retailers swinging their doors open for customers.

Modoc County — which has recorded no coronavirus cases — was the first California county to reopen even as Gov. Gavin Newsom said his stay-at-home order remains in effect. He said Friday to expect changes within days but stressed that social distancing is still necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The Modoc County reopening came with health rules. Restaurants and bars were allowed to host diners, but only at half the businesses’ capacity. People 65 and older and residents with underlying health conditions were still required to stay home except to conduct essential business, and large gatherings where people cannot stay six feet apart will still be banned.

SUTTER AND YUBA: Sutter and Yuba counties are allowing businesses to reopen tomorrow. Rong-Gong Lin II reports for the LAT.

The twin counties near the state’s capitol would join a sparsely populated county in California’s northeastern corner, Modoc County, with fewer than 9,000 residents, that on Friday allowed all businesses, schools and churches to reopen as long as people inside can stay six feet apart.

The move by Yuba and Sutter counties — with a combined population of 171,000 people and just 50 coronavirus cases and three deaths — comes as other California counties on the Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley are demanding to reopen more businesses. On Friday, Newsom said he could make an announcement within days about easing the state’s stay-at-home order.

Dr. Phuong Luu, health officer for Yuba and Sutter counties, on Friday issued new orders that on Monday will allow restaurants, retailers, shopping malls, gyms, fitness studios, salons, spas and tattoo parlors to operate.

Those buildings will need to limit the number of people inside to ensure people can stay six feet from one another and provide hand sanitizer at the entrance.

FARMS: For CalMatters, Manuela Tobias looks at the impact of the shutdown on California's farms.

While demand at California’s food banks has risen by 73 percent during the pandemic, demand for the products of farmers and ranchers has dropped by 50%. Because it’s too costly to harvest and transport the food, and much of it is perishable, California growers are destroying some crops, milk and livestock.

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