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RECENT PODS:

  • SacTown Talks: Assembly member Cristina Garcia (2020-12-18)
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  • Inside Golden State Politics (Bill Boyarsky and Sherry Jeffe): Becerra: Another Bright Spot For California And The Rest of The Country (2020-12-10)
  • Then There's California (Senate Democratic Caucus): State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, the new Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, talks about public policy, health, and social justice priorities for our Latinx communities in 2021. (2020-12-09)
  • Capitol Weekly Podcast (John Howard and Tim Foster): Vaccines are coming with Dr. Dean Blumberg, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UC Davis School of Medicine and Acting Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease Section, UC Davis Medical Center. (2020-12-07)
  • Look West Podcast (Assembly Democratic Caucus): Introduction to new Assembly Democrats (2020-12-07)
  • KQED's Political Breakdown (Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos): Dr. Anthony Fauci on California's New COVID Restrictions and Lessons from the HIV/AIDS Epidemic (2020-12-04)

The Nooner for Monday, January 4, 2021, presented by SYASL Partners

  • Long weekends at The Nooner
  • Legislature's work ahead
  • CAGOP "death spiral"?
  • Nunes
  • Shopping malls
  • SF Housing
  • COVID-19
    -the numbers
    -vaccines
    -regional stay-at-home
    --regional data
    -tiers for fears
    -California: what happened?
    -LA workplace spread
    -LA travel quarantine
    -Inland Empire
    -Kaiser San José
  • Cakeday and classifieds 

LONG WEEKENDS AT THE NOONER: Here's what was covered the last few days. Obviously, there weren't a lot of political stories.

  • Friday, January 1
    • A Long December
    • Do you recall?
    • Double-X factor
    • COVID-19
      -the numbers
      -new strain
      -the "kids"
      -vaccines
      -regional stay-at-home
      --regional data
      -enforcement
      -morgues and funeral homes
  • Saturday, January 2
    • Prop. 22
    • Train safety
    • COVID-19
      -the numbers
      -regional stay-at-home
      --regional data
      -ICU capacity projection methodology
      -"World War III"
      -Valadao tests positive
      -Oxygen
      -Vaccines
      -Traveling nurses
      -What pandemic?
      -Collateral impact
      -Every Rose Has Its Thorn
  • Sunday, January 3
    • Do you recall?
    • New laws
    • SF drug epidemic
    • COVID-19
      -the numbers
      -new strain
      -post-Christmas surge
      -New Year's clusterf***
      -Kaiser San José
      -LA County breakdown
      -regional stay-at-home
      --regional data
      --Bay Area strain
      --Greater Sacramento Region
      --Placer County
      --LA homeless

SPORTS PAGE: The 3-3 Golden State Warriors host the 3-3 Sacramento Kings tonight at 7pm. Yesterday, the Warriors' Steph Curry scored a career-high 62 points in the 137-122 win over the Blazers. Apparently, the defense called in sick.

¡Buenos días y feliz lunes! Hope you had a great weekend as we wind up for a wild 2020.

From the "who moved my cheese" file, this morning, my trusty electric water kettle for tea appears to have bitten the dust. It has saved me literally hundreds of walks to the microwave while writing. Yes, I tried different working outlets. I will be wearing my watch today and tomorrow morning while writing to get credit for the additional steps before a replacement arrives.

No food news this morning as I had leftovers of Saturday night's Thai yellow curry sturgeon for dinner last night. There will be something new on the menu tonight, likely a stew or chili given the chily, wet weather.

Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) was reelected to be Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 117th Congress with the narrow Democratic majority and 216 votes. Two Democrats voted for other candidates (one for Sen. Tammy Duckworth and one for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries) and three voting "present."

I still believe that she won't serve the entire term as she pledged in the 2019 speakership race that she would only serve two terms upon her return to the rostrum and I can't see her returning to rank-and-file. That secured the votes of the liberal "squad" in 2019 including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) who have been vocal in calling for new leadership but stuck with Pelosi yesterday.

Meanwhile, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) was unanimously elected by the Republican Conference to remain as House Republican Leader.

LEGISLATURE'S WORK AHEAD: In the Bee, Hannah Wiley writes on the work ahead for the Democratic-supermajority Legislature when it reconvenes next Monday as many Californians are struggling.

“This moment really demands a level of intentionality and soul searching amongst lawmakers,” [Assembly member Buffy] Wicks said, “To say, ‘we have to do better for our constituents.’”

But where to begin? And how?

The Legislature isn’t built for speed or flexibility, said Democratic consultant Andrew Acosta, which hamstrings lawmakers who are eager to address “a crisis where people are looking for answers yesterday.”

They can write letters asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to keep playgrounds open, lobby on behalf of essential workers for a top spot in line for the COVID-19 vaccine or launch a fundraising effort for furloughed restaurant employees.

What’s really needed, however, is courage to break from standard legislative protocol to finally address the root issues of what’s caused so much suffering this year, Acosta argued.

“If you can’t change how the process works, then you’re limited in how you can move quickly and adjust on the fly,” Acosta said. “But now that we’re in COVID, in my opinion, you have to rise up and break up out of the status quo, the ‘we always have to do it this way.’”

Wiley goes on to look at what the Legislature could do on:

  • Housing and evictions crisis
  • Access to health care
  • Supporting the middle class

Wiley continues:

John Kabateck, California director for the National Federation of Independent Business, said now is the time for California to save, not spend, and to avoid raising taxes or caving to special interest groups’ expensive requests.

“Our policymakers never met a dollar bill they didn’t like,” Kabateck said. “Hopefully this pandemic has given all of our state leaders an Economics 101 lesson on how to be better at spending our dollars.”

Still, teachers unions will want more money to safeguard their classrooms from COVID-19. Affordable housing advocates want a low-income housing tax credit for developers. Social safety net advocates are petitioning against cuts to services.

The next few months of the Legislature will be anything but normal. 

CAGOP "DEATH SPIRAL"? Following the swearing in of four GOP congressional members (Garcia, Kim, Steel, and Issa) who flipped seats in 2020, the LAT's Stephanie Lai looks at whether it's evidence that the slide of the California Republican Party has stopped in California.

The wins marked a short-term resurgence for the GOP, which has struggled for decades as the state became a blue bulwark. But it’s unlikely they signal a major change in the political dynamic, given that the victories were by thin margins.

With Latino and Asian American populations growing and redistricting looming, long-term trends are still challenging for Republicans in areas that are purple or leaning red.

Still, the four winning congressional candidates, all of whom are from immigrant backgrounds, have shown that Republicans can capture slivers of farm country and suburbia by avoiding political extremes and appealing to diverse communities.

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It remains to be seen how politics in these battleground districts will play out once President Trump leaves office.

“It’s probably a recognition that a death spiral is just that — it’s not a straight line,” said Mike Madrid, a Republican consultant and former political director of the California Republican Party. “The way parties die is not in one moment. They erode over time.”

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“People were voting for a divided government. They were rejecting extremism,” Madrid said. “They were voting against Donald Trump at the top of the ticket. They were voting against what they viewed to be extremist voices from the Democratic Party to keep a check on a Biden presidency.”

The landscape for Republicans could change, for better or worse, this year when a bipartisan citizens commission redraws congressional districts.

“They could get some safer seats but not as many competitive seats,” said Rob Stutzman, a Republican consultant and president of Stutzman Public Affairs. “The way reapportioning might work, you may see more Republicans consolidated in the same districts.”

Still, some political experts said the GOP stands a fighting chance if candidates can appeal to the same racially diverse voters who abandoned the party in 2018.

Meanwhile, President trump tweeted this morning "The “Surrender Caucus” within the Republican Party will go down in infamy as weak and ineffective “guardians” of our Nation, who were willing to accept the certification of fraudulent presidential numbers."

As Axl Rose once sang, lots of GOP leaders are thinking "We don't need no civil war..."

This morning, newly reelected Rep. Mike Garcia, who won a full term after being elected last March in a special in CA25, emailed that he will object to the Electoral College votes of the six states in question.

If you haven't listened to or read the transcript of the call with President Trump, WH chief of staff Mark Meadows, and lawyers with Georgia elections officials including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his team, it is something else. Meanwhile, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) have written FBI Director Chrisopher Wray asking for an inquiry into the call. The only Democrat on Georgia's state elections board is also asking for an investigation into whether legal lines were crossed.

NUNES: The White House confirmed this morning that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) will today receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

AP reports:

The award, established by President John F. Kennedy, is meant to recognize those who have made an “especially meritorious contribution" to national security, world peace or ”cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

From the White House release:

Nunes - Medal of Freedom

Also receiving the award today is Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). Whether or not he will wear a coat just may be a betting line in Vegas.

SHOPPING MALLS: The Register's Jeff Collins writes that the reduced foot traffic predating, and heightened by, the pandemic is leading a "long-overdue" shakeout of America's shopping malls.

Numerous finance research groups are predicting the pandemic will accelerate an ongoing shakeout of shopping centers, compressing a long-overdue redevelopment of dying malls from years into perhaps months.

“Announcements of mall redevelopments have surged since the pandemic,” Ellen Dunham-Jones, director of Georgia Tech’s Urban Design Program, said during a recent online conference by the National Association of Real Estate Editors, or NAREE.

A Barclays Research report published in October predicted 15-17% of U.S. malls may no longer be viable as shopping centers and need to be converted into other uses.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has likely accelerated a long-expected (reorganization) of retail capacity in the U.S.,” the report said.

Coresight Research, an advisory and research firm specializing in retail, predicted last summer as many as a fourth of U.S. malls — almost 300 retail centers – will close in the next three to five years.

Researchers and industry analysts say malls have been struggling since the 1990s, the result in part of overbuilding.

Then along came Amazon and other e-commerce retailers that have captured an increasing share of the market.

Here in Sacramento, the departure of Nordstrom and the questionable futures of JC Penney and Sears have many questioning the future of Arden Fair Mall, the nearest comprehensive mall to downtown Sacramento. Something I didn't know until recent stories is that the smaller stores in malls (and shopping centers) generally have a contract clause that allows renegotiation or even termination of the lease if specified anchor tenants depart.

SF HOUSING: In the Chron, Roland Li reports that UCSF has reached an agreement to add more than 1,200 new homes as part of its massive expansion plans that include replacing the existing hospital with a larger facility.

UCSF has reached an agreement with the city to boost the housing, transit and jobs programs that are part of its massive Parnassus campus expansion plan — a key step ahead of an approval vote this month.

UCSF will build 1,263 new housing units for students, faculty and staff, which would more than double the school’s entire housing stock in the city. By 2050, 40% of those units will be affordable for people making less than 120% of the area median income, including half of those limited to 90% area median income. The commitment is an increase from UCSF’s earlier proposal to build 762 housing units.

“It was one of the things we heard loud and clear from the community, as well as our own internal constituencies, that housing had to be key to the plan,” said Brian Newman, a UCSF vice chancellor for real estate. 

UCSF wants to build 2 million square feet across new buildings, including a new hospital that will replace an aging facility that fails to meet current state seismic regulations. Inadequate capacity also forces the hospital to turn away thousands of patients per year.

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The medical research university will also contribute around $20 million for transit improvements, including street and Muni stop renovations, along with Muni passes for outpatient visitors.

COVID-19, cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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COVID-19: California added 87 deaths yesterday for a total of 26,637 since the pandemic began. Of course, like Christmas, it is possible that there are cases with delayed reporting because of the holiday weekend. Today's 14-day rolling average is 283 deaths per day.

While testing and cases are a bit unreliable because of the holiday weekend, we can look at other indicators, which are not good. The current indicators of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and those in the ICU hit pandemic highs yesterday.

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients were 22,003 yesterday with a 14-day rolling daily average of 20,618. Those in the ICU hit 4,671 with a 14-day rolling average of 4,323.

COVID hospitalized patients by day COVID ICU hospitalized patients by day
Source: California Department of Health Services, state dashboard (accessed 01/04/21 11:12am)

-Vaccines: In the SDUT, Greg Moran looks at the pushing-and-shoving of groups trying to advance in priority order to receive a vaccine by lobbying Governor Newsom and his administration.

The correspondence, posted online, runs hundreds of pages combined. They are from prominent figures like the chief or the CEO of United Airlines. From lobbyists, non-frontline health care workers, teachers and their union representatives. The media, too — the California News Publishers Association wrote to urge that news media workers be prioritized and included in the grouping of essential workers to get the vaccine.

The growing archive of comments and letters captures the urgency, and anxiety, at this fraught period of a pandemic that has killed 25,000 people in the state, sickened another 2.2 million and brought the state health care system to its knees.

It also highlights the enormity of the task that the policy makers and officials overseeing distribution of the vaccines face as they weigh a welter of competing interests from every corner of the state.

State leaders previously determined who gets first priority for the vaccine — frontline healthcare workers in hospitals, and residents and workers at long term care facilities, where the virus poses a huge risk to the vulnerable elderly population.

Also included are paramedics and emergency responders, workers in dialysis centers, and depending on their risk levels, some home health care workers, laboratory employees and community health care workers.

Few quarrel with that initial grouping, known as Phase 1A. It is priority in the subsequent groups, or Phase 1B, that has attracted the most comments and attention.

-Regional stay-at-home: Three regions -- Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California -- are now under the state stay-at-home order indefinitely. The Bay Area Region is expected to join them when its initial three weeks are up on Friday.

--documents and updates:

--Update on 12/03 with Governor Newsom and HHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly:

--Update on 12/07:

--Dr. Ghaly update on 12/08:

--Governor Newsom update on 12/18:

--Governor Newsom update on 12/28:

--Dr. Ghaly update on 12/29:

--Governor Newsom update on 12/30 (K-6 school reopening):

--Governor Newsom and Dr. Fauci on 12/30:

--the regions: Here are the regions with the latest ICU capacity (available physical beds and necessary staffing). The benchmark to avoid falling under the stay-at-home order is 15% capacity and to emerge from it, there must be a four-week outlook indicating that it will remain above 15%.

  • Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
    ICU capacity as of 1/3: 35.5% (+2.9%)
  • Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
    ICU capacity as of 1/3: 8.4% (+3.3%)

  • Greater Sacramento: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
    ICU capacity as of 1/3: 10.3% (+3.4%)
  • San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
    ICU capacity as of 1/3: 0.0% (no change)

  • Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura
    ICU capacity as of 1/3: 0.0% (no change)

-tiers for fears: There were no changes to county tier assignments yesterday.

  • Purple/Widespread=54 counties
  • Red/Substantial=3 (Alpine, Humboldt, Mariposa)
  • Orange/Moderate=1 (Sierra)

-California: what happened? The Bee's Lara Korte looks at how things went from golden in California's COVID-19 management to the awful situation we are in now.

Californians hunkered down, and just as many had hoped, the state began to bend the curve of coronavirus transmission. In April, when New York City was experiencing 1,200 coronavirus deaths a day, California, with four times the population, recorded about 70. Throughout the spring and into early summer, while death rates shot up in states like Florida and Texas, California’s stayed relatively low.

The reprieve was short-lived. Now, even though 98.3% of the state’s population is under stay-at-home orders, more than 250 Californians are dying daily, with hospital staff and resources stretched thin. In Southern California, some Los Angeles County mortuaries are running out of room to store the dead.

The toll in California isn’t yet as severe as some states.

Wait for it...wait for it... What about the other Magic Kingdom?

Florida, with many fewer restrictions, ended the year with an average of 100 deaths per 100,000 people, while California reported 64 deaths per 100,000. But the full impact of the holidays has yet to be seen, and a new, more transmissible variant of the virus has arrived.

So how did we get here? Short of a robust national emphasis on testing that never materialized, human nature, “COVID fatigue,” and holiday gatherings are chief culprits, say those who study pandemics most closely.

“What you’re seeing right now is a complete function of people not being able to stay apart, not being patient,” said Bradley Pollock, associate dean for Public Health Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine. “This is just human nature, we’re social creatures."

Thanksgiving is a major culprit for the recent surge, Pollock said, and gatherings from Christmas and New Year’s Eve could make things even worse.

-Enforcement: Senator Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) has introduced SB 102 to stop state enforcement of COVID-19 health regulations. From the Leg Counsel Digest:

This bill would prohibit the Department of Consumer Affairs, a board within the Department of Consumer Affairs, and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from revoking a license for failure to comply with any COVID-19 emergency orders unless the board or department can prove that lack of compliance resulted in transmission of COVID-19.

Of course, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control isn't really enforcing when a place "...On The River" in Sacramento and Fumé Bistro and Bar in Napa, both with full liquor licenses, openly tout serving indoors. There are dozens of others but I try to not name names unless they are openly flouted and advertised.

Melendez has also introduced SCR 5 to terminate the state of emergency issued March 4, 2020.

-LA workplaces: While home social gatherings have been the focus on the recent spike in cases a team at the times report that workplaces are of increasing concern.

[O]ne thing about the pandemic has not changed during the darkest phase: those who suffer most. For those with the means to stay home and the strength to avoid gatherings, COVID-19 has remained a relatively low risk. For people living in crowded conditions and who must work, it’s become an even more mortal threat.

Workplaces remain an area of growing concern, amid new outbreaks at retail establishments as well as other businesses deemed essential. The massive increase in cases makes the chances of workplace transmission higher.

“If you had a workplace before where you had 500 workers, there might be one person who was infected, so the risk of transmitting it to a lot of people was lower,” Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, Los Angeles County’s chief medical officer, said Sunday. “But now, with the prevalence of infection at 1% or higher, if they have 500 employees, maybe five are infected. And it magnifies the chances it can spread in the workplace.”

This is evident in the database of workplace cases I shared yesterday, put together by an individual developer with county data. Let's look at the additions yesterday, which are based on workplace reports and are delayed from the date of the positive test reports:

Date
Place name Location New cases Total cases
1/3/21 Vons West Hollywood>10 8969 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90069 15 15
1/3/21 The Habit Burger Grill - Chatsworth 9243 Winnetka Ave, Chatsworth, CA, 91311 2 5
1/3/21 TFC Manufacturing, Inc.>10 4001 Watson Plaza Dr, Lakewood, CA, 90712 13 13
1/3/21 Target #1884 7100 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90046 2 28
1/3/21 Sunrider>10 1461 Francisco St, Torrance, CA, 90501 12 23
1/3/21 Stonefire Grill #2 6405 Fallbrook Ave, West Hills, CA, 91307 7 14
1/3/21 Southland Box Company>10 4201 Fruitland Ave, Vernon, CA, 90058 12 12
1/3/21 Smurfit Kappa North America 440 Baldwin Park Blvd, City of Industry, CA, 91746 3 22
1/3/21 Rancho Foods, Inc. 2528 E 37th St, Vernon, CA, 90058 4 38
1/3/21 Pals Eindelijk El Monte (Pals Inc) 11645 Mcbean Dr, El Monte, CA, 91732 4 4
1/3/21 Pactiv 12500 Slauson Ave, Santa Fe Springs, CA, 90670 7 18
1/3/21 New Century Plaza - South Tower>10 2025 Avenue of The Stars, Los Angeles, CA, 90067 13 13
1/3/21 Morley Construction Company 5500 W 98th St, Los Angeles, CA, 90045 2 37
1/3/21 McDonald's #14283 4480 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90023 2 17
1/3/21 Lockheed Martin Palmdale>10 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale, CA, 93599 14 14
1/3/21 LAFD Fire Station 25 2927 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90023 2 9
1/3/21 LA County Sheriff's Department - East Los Angeles Station 5019 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA, 90022 2 24
1/3/21 LA County DCFS - Metro North 1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90007 3 62
1/3/21 JCPenney, Northridge Fashion Center 9301 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA, 91324 8 20
1/3/21 Toyota, Longo>10 3534 Peck Rd, El Monte, CA, 91731 11 64
1/3/21 Honda, Downtown LA 780 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90037 1 11
1/3/21 Hannibal Industries>10 3851 S Santa Fe Ave, Vernon, CA, 90058 14 31
1/3/21 Griley Airfreight 5341 W 104th St, Los Angeles, CA, 90045 -3 11
1/3/21 Foster Farms Compton>10 1805 N Santa Fe Ave, Compton, CA, 90221 21 21
1/3/21 Fenix Marine Services 614 Terminal Way, San Pedro, CA, 90731 2 10
1/3/21 FedEx Ground Sun Valley>10 9210 San Fernando Rd, Sun Valley, CA, 91352 28 28
1/3/21 Costco Business Center Warehouse, Burbank #653>10 11428 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA, 91605 16 16
1/3/21 Cintas Corporation>10 20100 S Susana Rd, Compton, CA, 90221 16 16
1/3/21 Chick-Fil-A Santa Clarita>10 24180 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA, 91355 11 11
1/3/21 Bristol Farms #4 Westchester 8448 Lincoln Blvd, Westchester, CA, 90045 10 10
1/3/21 Best Buy West Hollywood 1015 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA, 90038 -1 27
1/3/21 Best Buy Downey>10 12118 Lakewood Blvd, Downey, CA, 90242 12 12
1/3/21 Bentley Mills LA>10 14641 Don Julian Rd, City of Industry, CA, 91746 18 99
1/3/21 Apple Store, Glendale Galleria>10 2126 Glendale Galleria, Glendale, CA, 91210 13 13
1/3/21 Alexander's Prime Meats 6580 N San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA, 91775 2 13
1/3/21 Imc Powered By Parts Authority>10 8901 Canoga Ave, Canoga Park, CA, 91304 22 22

Meanwhile, while film and television production has been deemed an essential industry, outbreaks on sets and the hospital situation in Los Angeles County has led to a pause in production, something that has been urged by county health officials. The LAT team writes:

On Sunday night, an agreement had been reached by actors union SAG-AFTRA and groups representing film and TV producers and advertisers to recommend a temporary hold on in-person production in Southern California, according to the union.

“Southern California hospitals are facing a crisis the likes of which we have never seen before. Patients are dying in ambulances waiting for treatment because hospital emergency rooms are overwhelmed. This is not a safe environment for in-person production right now,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement.

-LA travel quarantine: In the Times, Rong-Gong Lin II and Luke Money look at how the quarantine requirements for non-essential travel into Los Angeles County from outside the region by nonresidents and residents alike works. In short, the initial announcement and graphics put out by the Department of Public Health sounded a lot stricter than it actually is.

Who it affects: Anyone traveling for leisure or recreation, or to visit a family member for a nonessential reason, who enters L.A. County from anywhere outside the Southern California region, which is defined as the counties of Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

What they need to do: Quarantine themselves for 10 days. That means they need to stay at home or find other lodging and avoid contact with others, meaning they should not go out to grocery stores or restaurants but instead have food delivered to them.

Who is exempted: Licensed healthcare professionals, those working for essential government or infrastructure reasons, people transiting through L.A. County and not staying overnight, people who are members of professional or collegiate sports teams and personnel of a film or media production operating within the county, among others.

Contrast the details that evolved over the last week from the announcement in the December 28 county press release:

For those who traveled outside of L.A. County and recently returned, you may have had an exposure to COVID-19. The virus can take up to 14 days to incubate, and for many people the virus causes no illness or symptoms. If you go back to work, go shopping or go to any gatherings at any point over the next 10 days, you could easily pass on the virus to others. All it takes is one unfortunate encounter with an individual with COVID-19 for you to become infected, and sadly, for you to go on and infect others.

Because of the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 while traveling outside of L.A County, for everyone that traveled or are planning to travel back into L.A. County, you must quarantine for 10 days. If you start to experience any symptoms or have a positive test, isolate for 10 days and until you are fever-free for 24 hours. The best way to safely quarantine is to not leave your home or allow any visitors to your home, and to find others who can help you buy groceries and other essential necessities. If you need help during your self-quarantine, such as finding assistance to help get groceries, there are resources available by calling 211 or visiting the Public Health website.

This was included in the daily press release that includes county statistics before the actual order was available. It was nonsensical from the start because lots of essential workers cross county lines daily. The two biggest changes are that the order now exempts travel for essential needs and work, as well as uses the regional approach so a restaurant worker providing take out service who lives in Chatsworth but has a job in Simi Valley doesn't have to quarantine after each shift, as was suggested by the initial plain reading.

The travel quarantine language is found in paragraph 3(f) on page 6 of the current Los Angeles County public health order.

-Inland Empire: The LAT's Ruben Vives reports on the situation in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

If ever a region was susceptible to faring poorly during a pandemic, it is one like the Inland Empire, with rampant poverty and high rates of people with just the kind of underlying health issues that COVID-19 preys on. And San Bernardino County has been more resistant to state mandates than L.A., with officials clashing with Gov. Gavin Newsom over the latest stay-at-home order.

For weeks, coronavirus cases in this region were growing faster per capita than in most counties in the state, according to a Los Angeles Times tracker.

Although the infection rate has slowed a bit in San Bernardino County, it is still listed as one of the 10 counties hit hardest by the recent COVID-19 surge.

Over the last seven days, there were about 744.4 cases for every 100,000 residents in San Bernardino County.

The situation is far worse in Riverside County, where in the last seven days there were 941.7 cases per 100,000 residents.

-Kaiser San José: Yesterday, I included an item on the outbreak that has infected 44 employees in the emergency department of the Kaiser Permanente hospital in San José and which is believed to be tied to an employee's air-powered inflated Christmas tree costume. Today, a team at the Chron reports that an employee has died from COVID-19 that may be associated with the incident.

Airborne transmission of the coronavirus, possibly linked to an inflatable Christmas costume, is the likely cause of a 44-person outbreak — and at least one fatality — in the emergency department at Kaiser Permanente San Jose.

Kaiser said over the weekend that it is still investigating why so many San Jose employees in the same department have tested positive for the coronavirus since Dec. 27. But the hospital has acknowledged the fact that a staff member “briefly” appeared in the department two days earlier wearing an “air-powered costume.”

Late Sunday evening, Kaiser Permanente issued a statement that one of the emergency department employees who had been working on Christmas “has passed away as a result of COVID-19 complications.”

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jose Alvarado, Maria Arias, Phyllis Chow, Alex Franco, former state senator Cathleen Galgiani, former Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, and John Van Winkle!

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Director of Government Affairs, California Psychological Association

The California Psychological Association (CPA) is seeking a Director of Government Affairs. The Director of Government Affairs will report to the Chief Executive Officer and will be responsible for planning and managing the government affairs and advocacy efforts of CPA. This will include providing the primary analysis of proposed legislation to assess its impact on psychology, psychologists, and patients; serving as the primary contact for CPA with the California legislature and relevant government agencies; working with state regulators on policy issues; serving as CPA’s primary contact for health care provider advocacy groups , coalitions and stakeholders, and community providers; providing advocacy expertise and recommendations to the CPA Board of Directors , Local Advocacy Network, and CPA members, and the CPA PAC.

Link to full job description and to apply: https://www.cpapsych.org/resource/resmgr/advocacy_and_lan/CPADirOfGovAffairsPosition.pdf

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Built on the foundation of nationally ranked and world class programs, McGeorge School of Law offers an online master (MSL) degree for individuals seeking in depth knowledge of law and policy, but who do not require a traditional law degree. Our MSL’s two concentrations in Government Law & Policy and in Water & Environmental Law offer students the flexibility to work while they learn and still engage in a highly interactive master’s program. To learn more and to sign up for our monthly webinars, please visit our website, Online.McGeorge.edu, or contact us at graduatelaw@pacific.edu.

Statewide Coalition Manager – Preschool Development Grant

Are you a relationship builder? Do you love policy analysis? Do you have a background in public policy, public administration, child development, or a similar field? Do you want to work somewhere that makes a difference in the lives of children across the state? Then YOU’RE the person we’re looking for! Come join us at Child Care Resource Center as our new Statewide Coalition Manager!

You will work in partnership with regional Resource and Referral (R&R) hub agencies throughout the state of CA to nurture and build out the partnerships of Regional Hubs and their local R&R partners. This position will focus on expanding regional and local relationships and building regional strategies for the delivery of early childhood services, including Parent Café and Early Childhood Café programs, throughout California, and will also coordinate the development of other regional partners including California Quality Consortia, California County Offices of Education and Tribal partners appropriate to each region. Reporting to the Chief Strategy Officer, this position utilizes a high level of collaboration and relationship building to create effective internal and external relationships, communicate the CCRC Mission, Values and Vision to external stakeholders, and work in collaboration with other CCRC Departments and organizational partners.

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