Tag: California

They Know Tenants Can’t Pay, So These Landlords Aren’t Collecting Rent

The way Dennis Beaver tells it, waiving April rents for his tenants was an easy call for him and his wife. “We were having dinner and we looked at each other, and we both instantly had this notion,” the Bakersfield, California, landlord and attorney said. “Let’s forgive rent for the month of April. Let’s do […]

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Coronavirus in California: Blood Donation Eligibility for Gay and Bisexual Men

ImageA blood drive at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda on March 30, amid the coronavirus pandemic.Credit…Mario Tama/Getty Images Good morning. On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said California would loan 500 ventilators to the national stockpile in an effort to help states like New York where hospitals are overwhelmed. California, he said, was […]

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Despite Trump’s Optimism, Lack of Sports Could Extend Into the Fall

Although President Trump has expressed optimism that sports leagues could resume play “sooner than later,” sports leaders have been planning for a longer postponement of games and events, extending into the fall and possibly later. After meeting with the commissioners of several major sports leagues on Saturday, Mr. Trump discussed resuming sports in August, ESPN […]

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Wildfire Victims Push to Reopen $13.5 Billion Deal With PG&E

Four months ago, Pacific Gas & Electric seemed poised to emerge from bankruptcy after reaching a $13.5 billion settlement with tens of thousands of people who lost homes in wildfires started by the utility’s equipment. Investors cheered that agreement, bidding up the company’s share price by nearly 40 percent. But the deal now appears to […]

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On the Road Again? Certainly Not Thanks to Coronavirus

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Coronavirus Cases in California: Mono County Officials Worry About a Surge

ImageSkiers in Mammoth Lakes in 2018. Now, because of worries over the coronavirus, the resort town is trying to keep tourists away. Credit…Christopher Weber/Associated Press Good morning. (Don’t already get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) The Times has joined forces with the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism to provide expanded coverage […]

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How a Chinese-American Novelist Wrote Herself Into the Wild West

The day in 2015 that C Pam Zhang was laid off from her first job out of college, she celebrated with friends at the park, then promptly made plans to move to Bangkok. She had been working at a tech start-up in San Francisco for several years, she said, “kind of stress-testing this question of […]

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The N.R.A. Sees a Threat, and an Opportunity, in Covid-19

Faced with budget pressures and an invigorated gun control movement, the National Rifle Association has found a new cause amid the pandemic — fighting to keep gun stores open as its fund-raising appeals depict the government’s coronavirus response as a threat to Second Amendment rights. On Thursday, the group sued the State of New York […]

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How Far Should Police Go in Enforcing Coronavirus Lockdowns?

SYDNEY, Australia — With much of the globe under stay-at-home orders, police officers are becoming the enforcers of a new coronavirus code that demands what humans naturally resist: complete isolation and obedience. Empowered by tough new laws and public pressure, police forces are testing how far to go in punishing behavior that is ordinarily routine. […]

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Is Construction an ‘Essential Business’ in L.A. County?

ImageConstruction workers on the roof of a new home on Sunset Boulevard after Los Angeles announced new Covid-19 protocols for construction sites that include physical distancing.Credit…Lucy Nicholson/Reuters Good morning. (Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today by email.) Today, Adam Popescu, a journalist based in Los Angeles, looks at how stay-at-home orders […]

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Farmworkers, Mostly Undocumented, Become ‘Essential’ During Pandemic

LOS ANGELES — Like legions of immigrant farmworkers, Nancy Silva for years has done the grueling work of picking fresh fruit that Americans savor, all while afraid that one day she could lose her livelihood because she is in the country illegally. But the widening coronavirus pandemic has brought an unusual kind of recognition: Her […]

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Governors Might Not Be Able to Save Us, but They Can Raise Hell

As the Trump administration has floundered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s governors have tried to step into the breach. Gavin Newsom of California was the first to issue a statewide order to stay home. In Washington State, Jay Inslee’s aggressive measures have gotten credit as the rate of increase of the […]

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Devin Nunes Says Decision to Cancel School in California Was ‘Overkill’

The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee this week criticized closing schools in his home state, California, as “way overkill” — even as President Trump came to a reckoning over the number of people who could die during the coronavirus pandemic. The lawmaker, Representative Devin G. Nunes, played down the gravity of the outbreak […]

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Coronavirus Data in California: Dr. Bob Wachter of U.C.S.F. on Testing

ImageA pedestrian walked through a nearly empty Union Square in San Francisco on Sunday.Credit…Jeff Chiu/Associated Press Good morning. (Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today delivered to your inbox.) Believe it or not, it’s April. In California, we’ve been staying home for weeks now, and although experts have said — cautiously — […]

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$30 Million in Illegal Drugs Seized From Cross-Border Tunnel in San Diego, U.S. Says

Federal agents seized $29.6 million worth of illegal drugs from a tunnel used by smugglers to enter San Diego from Mexico, a cross-border passageway so sophisticated that it had ventilation, lighting and an underground rail system, the authorities said on Tuesday. The tunnel’s entrance was not far from a newly constructed section of the border […]

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Will the Coronavirus Threaten Our Food?

Two terminals for the Port of Houston were shut down for a day this month after an employee tested positive for coronavirus, and Pennsylvania briefly closed most of its truck stops and service areas to slow the spread of the virus, threatening to also slow the distribution of food and other goods. Some meat packagers […]

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California Health Corps Formed by Newsom to Fight Outbreak

ImageA woman crossing an empty street near the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday.Credit…Robyn Beck/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Good morning. (Don’t get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) In talking about California’s response to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Gavin Newsom has been unequivocal: The state needs more hospital capacity — […]

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Low Pay, High Risk: Nursing Home Workers Confront Coronavirus Dilemma

“You may have just that one patient with the Coronavirus that come into your facility, and you don’t know. I can go to work today, wind up feeding them. And then find out two hours later, ‘Oh, they have that virus.‘ And I’m already been exposed. Nursing Assistants, CNA’s, we’re the closest ones, we’re the […]

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Zoom Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Sharing Data with Facebook

On Monday a user of the popular video-conferencing software Zoom filed a class action lawsuit against the company for sending data to Facebook. The lawsuit argues that Zoom violated California’s new data protection law by not obtaining proper consent from users about the transfer of the data. “Defendant knew or should have known that the […]

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