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Without any fanfare, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $202.1 billion state budget Monday evening, a spending plan that closes a $54 billion COVID-19-related deficit in part by abandoning most of the progressive program initiatives he proposed in January budget.
“In the face of a global pandemic that has also caused a recession across the world and here in California, our state has passed a budget that is balanced, responsible and protects public safety and health, education, and services to Californians facing the greatest hardships,” Newsom said in a statement.
The plan calls for more than $11 billion in so-called "trigger cuts" that could be rescinded if the federal government provides more COVID 19-related financial assistance to the state by October 15. Those cuts include $6.6 billion in deferred spending on schools, $2.8 billion in cuts to state employee salaries and approximately $970 million in funding cuts for the University of California and the California State University systems.
John Myers writes in the Times:
Legislators persuaded Newsom to largely replace the cuts he proposed last month to some of the state’s core programs with an assortment of other budget-balancing solutions: delayed payment plans, borrowing from various internal funds and more optimistic tax revenue estimates. The final agreement also relies heavily on cash reserves, withdrawing almost half the money in California’s $16-billion “rainy day” fund.
COVID-19: A team at the LA Times reports on the scary news of the COVID-19 spread in California.
California plummeted deeper into a new coronavirus crisis Monday as new cases spiked to record levels, some hospitals filled up, and officials expressed growing alarm and frustration with people refusing to follow safety rules despite the increasingly perilous conditions.
The state broke its record Monday for the greatest number of new coronavirus cases reported in a single day, tallying more than 8,000. That’s the third time in eight days the state has broken a record of new daily cases, according to the Los Angeles Times’ California coronavirus tracker.
A Times analysis found that California is on track to roughly double the number of coronavirus cases in June over those it recorded in May. In May, there were 61,666 cases reported statewide; by Monday night, there were 114,196 cases reported for the first 28 days of June.
By Monday evening, there were a cumulative reported 223,000 confirmed cases and more than 5,900 coronavirus-related deaths in California.
And the caseload surge began with Memorial Day, reports a team at the LAT.
People had been pent up in their homes; businesses shuttered for months amid the stay-at-home order began to open. And as the reopening accelerated, a lot of people were ready to get out.
The beckon of summer rituals followed — day trips to the beach, Memorial Day barbecues, graduation celebrations, Father’s Day gatherings. Around the same time, historic protests began, triggered by outrage over the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd while in police custody, which sparked unprecedented demonstrations across the nation, including in the streets of California.
Taryn Luna reports in the Times that we may be shutting down again.
Explaining his decision to require limited bar closures in seven counties, Gov. Gavin Newsom warned Monday that the state will continue to pull back on reopening as COVID-19 spreads in California.
“The bottom line is: We’re doing this because we have seen an increase in the spread of this virus,” Newsom said. “We need to take further steps and that’s exactly what we did this weekend.”
Newsom reported a 45% increase in coronavirus cases in the last seven days and said the rate of positive tests is now at 5.5%. As of Monday, the state is monitoring and working with 19 counties that have failed to meet guidelines for hospitalizations, transmission of the virus or sufficient testing for at least three days.
The governor warned about growing cases one day after he ordered a limited closure of bars in seven counties that have fallen short of the state’s guidelines for more than two weeks. But the practical effect of the governor’s first action to impose restrictions that had been previously lifted in some areas remains unclear.
SCHOOLS: As students are supposed to be learning at home, 1 in 4 kids in California don't have adequate internet access, reports Andrew Chamings in the Chron.
California is the second-worst state in the country when it comes to providing students with adequate internet access to learn from home.
The number of students in the state without broadband access to enable them to continue their education is much larger than previously thought, as a return to in-class learning remains uncertain amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The study carried out by Common Sense Media and the Boston Consulting Group reveals that 25% of California's K-12 students lack adequate connection (1,528,536 students) and 17% lack adequate devices at home (1,063,415 students), making it second only to Texas in states with the largest population of K-12 students without the means to learn from home.
The study also showed that 8% of teachers in the state lack adequate connectivity at home.
LA BEACHES: Kathleen Ronayne reports for the AP:
Los Angeles will close beaches and ban fireworks displays over the holiday weekend as California officials warned that further restrictions may be necessary to curb a troubling spike in coronavirus cases in much of the state.
Large Fourth of July gatherings are “a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19,” Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health for Los Angeles County, said Monday.
The 10-million-resident county hit a one-day record of 2,903 confirmed cases and more than 100,000 overall.
Ferrer warned Los Angeles could soon be on a “runaway train.” She said the county’s infection rate among those tested has reached 9%. The state’s rate is about 5.5%.
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