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The Nooner for Tuesday, August 25, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners

  • Floor Sessions
  • COVID-19
    • The numbers
    • The county watch list
    • Special ed
    • Higher ed
  • Wildfires
    • Emergency alerts
    • Children
    • Santa Cruz mountains

¡Buenos dias! The Giants host the Dodgers at 6:45. Sorry about yesterday, but my asthma and the smoky skies aren't getting along particularly well. I'm still dragging with little sleep. Thank you for your patience as I also try to keep track of floor sessions.

Of course, I am extending subscribers and advertising (which I always do).  Meanwhile, Comcast is installing new fiber in my 'hood, so I'm drawing on Verizon internet from me phone. 2020 is so, well, 2020.

Has Kimberly Guilfoyle stopped yelling yet? Michael Finnegan reports in the Times:

“If you want to see the socialist Biden-Harris future for our country, just take a look at California,” said Guilfoyle, whose former husband is Gov. Gavin Newsom. “It is a place of immense wealth, immeasurable innovation, an immaculate environment, and the Democrats turned it into a land of discarded heroin needles in parks, riots in streets and blackouts in homes.”

“In President Trump’s America, we light things up,” she shouted. “We don’t dim them down.”

Indeed, our forests are particularly lit up right now and it has nothing to do with raking. Tonight we get Melania, who just made over The White House Rose Garden and I don't think she will be invited to be a member of the American Horticulture Association.

FLOOR SESSIONS: The Assembly has floor session today and Thursday at 9am, with the other days on call of the Speaker. The Senate meets tomorrow at 10am, Thursday at 10am, Friday at 9am, Saturday at 10am, Sunday at 2pm, and Monday at 10am. 

SACTOWN: The restaurant space at 10th and Kay is again available as it El Santo Cantina falls to the fate of Kay. After Randy Paragary failed there with his Cafe Bernardo brand and then two (or three?) other restaurants have passed through.


-The numbers: The state added 109 deaths yesterday for a total of 12,261. The LAT reports "Over the past week, the state has averaged 5,987 new cases and 131.3 new deaths per day." 45 of the deaths reported yesterday were in Riverside County. Los Angeles had 15 and Sacramento had 12.

-The county watch list: In the LAT, Taryn Luna and Melody Gutierrez write that counties are confused what the reopen and when.

Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared to deliver welcome news on Monday to counties that have slowed the spread of coronavirus and been removed from the state’s watchlist only to find themselves in limbo as they await his long-promised reopening rules.
The governor said counties must wait two weeks to reopen businesses after they come off the state’s list, a timeline that would allow Santa Cruz to open later this week and Placer and San Diego to follow the week after.

“There has to be a 14-day period between the application [and] implementation of not only schools but reopening any sector of the economy,” Newsom said Monday. “So, there’s no delay in that respect for these counties moving forward.”

But later an aide sought to recast Newsom’s comment and it became clear that he misspoke. The fumble only added to the confusion county officials across California are feeling about the directives — or lack thereof — coming from Sacramento since the pandemic began. While Newsom has preached the importance of local control, the state has taken the lead on California’s response and announced public health guidelines with little notice and less explanation for how counties should interpret the rules.

Orange, Mono, and Sierra counties were removed from the monitoring list yesterday. That doesn't mean schools can reopen. For that to happen, a county must be off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Sacramento County currently has a case rate 158/100,000 residents. To get off the list, it needs to be below 100.

-Special ed: In the Bee, Madeleine Chenery looks at how special education is serving students during COVID-19. As you've guessed, it's not good.

-Higher ed: The LAT's Michael Finnegan reports on the outbreak of COVID-19 at USC.

Just one week into fall semester, USC is reporting “an alarming increase” in the number of COVID-19 cases in students among the campus community, according to a Student Health notice sent out Monday.

In the past seven days 43 cases have been identified and more than 100 students placed in a 14-day quarantine due to exposures, the memorandum from Dr. Sarah Van Orman, chief health officer for USC Student Health, said.

The university is testing students who are symptomatic and those who have had contact with positive individuals, as well as some asymptomatic students. All of the positive cases were related to students living off campus, the statement said.


-Alerts: In the Times, Joseph Serna reports that California's emergency alert system needs work -- bigly. That said, the required weekly and monthly tests manage to break whatever recorded show I'm watching.

As fire crews battle a massive system of wildfires sparked by freak lightning storms, emergency officials are learning once again of the technological shortcomings of localized alert systems.

-Children: The Chron's Jill Tucker looks at the mental and physical impact on school children from the concurrent crises of wildfires and COVID-19.

Already struggling with the stress of the pandemic and the challenges of virtual learning, the wildfires pose new threats to children’s well-being. The trauma, experts say, is piling up with potential lifelong consequences affecting their mental, emotional and physical health as well as their ability to learn.

This is a generation of children steeped in stress and fear, and the impact on society could be devastating and costly for decades to come, experts said.

“I do have significant concerns,” said California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris, an expert in how childhood stress can harm lifelong health. “I think that especially with the wildfires, what a lot of kids are experiencing is trauma on top of trauma.”

-Santa Cruz Mountains: Kurtis Alexander reports in the Chron on the fight to save small towns in the Santa Cruz mountains.

The fight to save the small towns of the San Lorenzo Valley from unrelenting fire turned in favor of firefighters this week, if only briefly, as crews beat the blaze back to the wooded ridges above and warm, menacing temperatures cooled. But the battle, in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, was not over.

As the week began, new fingers of the 78,000-acre CZU Lightning Complex were crawling toward the main strips of Boulder Creek and Ben Lomond, carrying flames into rural neighborhoods, sending columns of thick smoke high out of redwood forests and moving the danger ever closer to historic downtowns.

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