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HIGH HOPES: For AP, Kathleen Ronayne reports on Governor Newsom's hopes for federal assistance with the state's budget problem.
Outlining his budget proposal Thursday, Newsom laid out in stark terms the problems California faces as it reacts to falling revenues and increased spending from the coronavirus pandemic. Without an infusion of at least $14 billion from Congress, Newsom said the state would have to cut billions to public schools, hundreds of millions for preschool, child care and higher education programs and reduce health benefits for the poor, among other things. His budget is a draft, and he now enters negotiations with state lawmakers ahead of a June 30 deadline.
WHERE HAS REOPENED? The LAT looks at where in California has reopened.
California is currently in the second phase of Gov. Gavin Newsom's four-phase plan to gradually reopen the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is no official date for when the third and fourth phases will begin, but some counties are charting their own path to reopening independent of the state's guidelines. As counties open up, we'll be tracking their progress here.
SCHOOLS: For CalMatters, Ricardo Cano reports on the budget impact on schools.
The fire comes in the form of a $6.5 billion cut to schools’ main source of funding as well as other reductions in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised budget that, if enacted, would mean single-year reductions to public education greater than those experienced during the Great Recession a decade ago, according to advocates.
Newsom’s budget includes several nooks and crannies that ease a $15.1 billion shortfall for K-12 schools and community colleges. Still, the proposed education cuts arrive as schools expect to tack on more costs in order to safely reopen their doors for teachers and students in the fall.
That leads us to the frying pan: About 7 in 10 California school districts were spending more money than they were receiving prior to the pandemic, according to the California School Boards Association, and 40% were already weighing employee layoffs to help offset rising costs.
Alexei Koseff also writes in the Chron on the schools budget:
E. Toby Boyd, president of the California Teachers Association, the state’s largest teachers union, said the revenue losses would probably mean larger class sizes for students, an end to many arts programs and cancellation of team sports.
...while Mikhail Zinshteyn looks at the impact on higher ed.
California’s budget heartache means its public colleges and universities are expected to receive nearly $2 billion less than planned for the coming year, but the financial aid that keeps tuition free for hundreds of thousands of students remains largely unscathed.
Those state spending cuts of 10% were part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised budget proposal released Thursday, and include across-the-board reductions in state spending as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cascade across California and usher in a grueling recession. The proposed budget hits higher education twice — taking away money the governor projected it would receive back in January and forecasting additional cuts unless Congress and the White House agree on another rescue package for states.
RURAL CALIFORNIA: The LAT looks at the rush to reopen parts of rural California and the debate of whether it is being done too quickly.
Bolstered by new coronavirus testing sites recently opened by the state, 23 rural California counties this week began to shake off some of their social restrictions and resume a semblance of pre-pandemic life. More are expected to follow.
But testing in many of those places has been slim, both due to a lack of access and demand, leaving questions about how much the coronavirus is circulating in communities.
HOMELESS: For the AP, Robert Jablon reports on a federal court ruling requiring LA to find shelter for homeless.
The city of Los Angeles and LA County must find shelter for thousands of homeless people who are living near freeways, a federal judge ordered Friday, saying their health is at risk from pollution, earthquakes and the coronavirus.
U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter issued a preliminary injunction requiring relocation of an estimated 6,000 to 7,000 people camping near freeway ramps and under overpasses and bridges. He gave officials one week — until May 22 — to come up with a plan for providing “humane” housing.
LA: In the LAT, a team reports that in LA County officials are considering letting some cities reopen in advance of a countywide order.
L.A. County remains the epicenter of the novel coronavirus in the state, with more than 1,700 deaths and more than 35,000 confirmed cases. On Friday alone, officials announced 962 more cases and 47 additional deaths.
But like the rest of California, some areas of the county have seen far fewer cases and deaths than others. That’s why Los Angeles County officials are trying to determine whether it’s possible for individual cities that meet the benchmarks to move to the next stage of reopening before other parts of the county do.
THE OC: In the LAT, Luke Money reports on the spike in COVID-19 cases in Orange County.
Orange County’s recent coronavirus spike continued Friday as health officials reported 158 new infections and four additional fatalities — raising the total number of cases to 4,125 and the death toll to 84.
The latest update continued a multiday trend that has seen the county’s caseload grow significantly, even as officials move forward with lifting coronavirus-related restrictions and allowing more businesses to reopen.
Meanwhile, Laylan Connelly reports in the Register that an Orange County Superior Court judge has denied a preliminary injunction in the case sought by Huntington Beach which sought to have Gavin Newsom's beach closure order ruled beyond the governor's authority.
Newsom ordered all 42-miles of Orange County coastline to shut down on April 30 after tens of thousands of beachgoers showed up along the coast when a heat wave hit weeks into the stay-at-home orders. After a weekend of off-limit sands, the state eased up on the closure, allowing beaches to open for active use only – meaning people can walk, run, surf, but not lounge around on the shore all day.
Huntington Beach officials want to be able to have open beaches without the active-use-only restrictions.
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