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Newsom Says Business Can Reopen, A Little Bit

Newsom Says Business Can Reopen, A Little Bit Governor Gavin Newsom announcing that the Golden State can start to reopen, at least a little bit, beginning as soon as Friday. State Finances Take Hit from Coronavirus This crisis has taken a huge bite out of state tax revenue... just as the demand for California’s social safety programs is skyrocketing. All those people in need put extra pressure on state finances. Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED Politics Immigrant Activists Want Stimulus Checks for Undocumented An L.A.-based immigrant advocacy group is pushing for all immigrants to be included in economic and health recovery efforts from the pandemic. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED Working Hollywood Copes with Coronavirus Shutdown Like with other industries, the coronavirus pandemic has shut down Hollywood. And that's been disastrous for all the companies that supply goods and services to film and television productions. Guest: Mikel Elliot, CEO of Quixote Studios Mariposa County's Successful Contract Tracing Effort Mariposa County, which includes Yosemite National Park, confirmed its first coronavirus case last week. Within a few days that jumped to thirteen cases. County officials say they’re containing the spread. Reporter: Laura Tsutsui, Valley Public Radio In-Home Healthcare Workers Lack PPE In-home supportive services workers help older, disabled people in their homes—so they don’t have to seek care elsewhere. Many of these minimum wage workers say the state hasn’t provided them with enough personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, shipments of N-95 masks and gloves have finally arrived, but there’s a catch. Only those who have been exposed to COVID-19 have access. Reporter: Julie Chang, KQED Consumer Privacy Advocates Want Stricter Rules The California Consumer Privacy Act created new rights around how businesses collect and share our personal information. Now the group Californians for Consumer Privacy has announced it’s submitting voter signatures to qualify a new measure for the November ballot. It would create even stricter rules to protect users’ privacy. Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED


5 May 2020

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Drive-By Protests and Outreach to Help Day Laborers

State Assembly Heads Back to Work After Emergency Recess State legislators are returning to Sacramento today after leaving for an emergency recess in March because of the coronavirus crisis. Guest: Anthony Rendon, California Assembly Speaker State's First Election During Pandemic Heats Up North of LA The first election during California's COVID-19 crisis is next Tuesday. Voters north of Los Angeles in the Simi, Santa Clarita, and Antelope Valleys are casting ballots in a special election. They’ll decide who fills a Congressional seat left vacant by the resignation of freshmen Democrat Katie Hill last October. The pandemic has re-framed the candidates' messages—and reshaped how the election will take place. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED Politics Drive-By Protests and Outreach to Help Day Laborers Even under stay at home orders, most counties have allowed construction projects to continue, including home remodeling and landscaping. So day laborers have kept looking for the little work that remains. In Los Angeles, activists are reaching out to workers to tell them about programs that can help. Reporter: Benjamin Gottlieb, KCRW FaceBook Page Provides for Needs of Prisoners During Pandemic Jails and prisons are hot spots when it comes to the spread of COVID-19. They’re also places where personal hygiene products to keep clean are in short supply. There’s a new online effort to help, one prisoner at a time. Reporter: Kate Wolffe, KQED


4 May 2020

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‘Trailers for Nurses’ Helps Health Workers Isolate

First Known Coronavirus Death Weeks Earlier Than Previously Thought The first confirmed deaths from the novel coronavirus in the United States look like they took place in Santa Clara County, more than a month earlier than initially thought and reported. Reporter: Kate Wolffe, KQED PG&E's CEO Steps Down The CEO of embattled utility Pacific Gas and Electric is stepping down. The utility's plan for leaving bankruptcy has been approved and will allow it to tap a state insurance fund in case of future fires. Reporter: Lily Jamali, KQED Governor Newsom Warns Against Re-opening State Golf courses, beaches and parks are opening again as some California cities and counties begin to ease stay-at-home orders put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But Governor Gavin says the number of positive tests, hospitalizations, and deaths have actually ticked up, not down. New Poll Illuminates Coronavirus Concerns With the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths still climbing, a new poll finds many Californians are very worried about their health, and their finances. Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED California EPA Fights Federal Regulatory Relaxation This Earth Day, California’s Environmental Protection Agency is carrying an extra burden. In March, its federal counterpart said that it would stop enforcing most environmental regulations for an open-ended period of time. Reporter: Craig Miller, KQED Diary of a Bay Area Nurse When hospital workers show up for work now-a-days they have to take extraordinary precautions to make sure they don’t spread the coronavirus inside hospitals. And those precautions don’t stop once they leave work and go home. Bay Area ER nurse Douglas Frey offers a snapshot of what he does after a shift at the hospital. Producer: Leslie McClurg, KQED 'Trailers for Nurses' Helps Health Workers Isolate Health care workers are exposed to the coronavirus more than anyone else. After their shift is over, many worry about passing the sickness onto their families. So they’ve had to find ways to isolate after work with some even pitching tents in their garages and backyards. Now, in Ventura County north of L.A., they’ve got another option. Reporter: Kathryn Barnes, KCRW Lewis MacAdams, advocate for LA River, Dies Lewis MacAdams has died. A poet and environmentalist, for more than thirty years, MacAdams championed the restoration of the Los Angeles River through his art and activism by founding the group the Friends of the L.A. River.


22 Apr 2020

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As Economy Stalls, Renters Organize for Relief

As Economy Stalls, California Renters Organize for Relief It’s the first of the month. Which means rent is due. But with the COVID-19 pandemic gutting parts of the economy, a lot of California renters can’t pay it. KQED’s Molly Solomon reports advocates have organized a “rent strike” in hopes of winning support for rent relief on a massive scale. Reporter: Molly Solomon, KQED Surf's Up, But Some SoCal Beaches are Closed With clear skies and some pretty good surf forecasted this weekend, health officials are once again warning people *not* to gather at local beaches. The coast along Orange County will be CLOSED altogether—per Governor Gavin Newsom’s orders—and the beaches in LA County remain shut down as well. Neighboring regions are taking a softer approach. Reporter: Kathryn Barnes, KCRW Sacramento Adjusts to New Reality of Pandemic Before this pandemic, the politicians we send to Sacramento were expected to tackle issues like homelessness, housing and PG&E’s bankruptcy. But the coronavirus has forced new priorities in the state capitol. Lobbyists are adjusting to the new reality. Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED Politics Remote Modoc County Reopens for Business Today, one of the state’s least populated counties, in the far northeast corner of the state, starts a “staged reopening” of its non-essential businesses. Isolated Together: CapRadio Documents Sheltering-in-Place Sheltering-in-place has been... real. Our partners at CapRadio are documenting it with help from listeners, in a new project they’ve launched called Isolated Together. Guest: Scott Rodd, Reporter, CapRadio


1 May 2020

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California Lawmakers Propose Plans To Make Housing a ‘Human Right’

U.S. Justice Department Warns State Not To Violate Religious FreedomsAre measures put into place to protect Californians from the coronavirus also stepping on religious freedoms? In a letter sent to Governor Gavin Newsom, the U.S. Justice Department warns that keeping houses of worship closed might violate constitutional rights. Over One Million Undocumented Californians Seek Financial Relief This is the first week undocumented Californians hit hard by the pandemic can apply for state financial relief. The response has been overwhelming. Just two of the dozen nonprofits the state selected to screen applicants say they got 1.3 million calls on the first day. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED UC Regents Consider CutsThe financial toll of the pandemic is coming into focus for the University of California system. As UC Regents meet to discuss the issues this week, advocates are making a case against cuts. Reporter: Vanessa Rancano, KQED California Lawmakers Consider Making Housing a 'Right' California’s housing crisis has driven state lawmakers to think big: How can they guarantee housing as a right? Two different approaches to that problem have made their way to the the state capitol. Now the coronavirus pandemic is shaping the debate. Reporter: Molly Solomon, KQED Housing Imperial County Is Turning Away COVID-19 Patients Two hospitals in Imperial County are turning away coronavirus patients because they say they can't handle any more. The hospitals attribute the recent spike to American citizens living in Mexico who've tested positive for COVID-19 there and are crossing the border to seek treatment. People Experiencing Heart Attacks Are Staying Away From HospitalsFor weeks, doctors have been worried that patients having heart attacks were not coming in to emergency rooms because they were afraid of contracting the coronavirus. A new study confirms doctors’ suspicions. Reporter: April Dembosky, KQED Already Struggling, Recycling Industry Nosedives During Pandemic Californians are stuck at home and producing more trash than ever. However, the centers that process residential recycling say they can’t operate with workers standing six feet apart. Which means a lot of those materials aren’t getting recycled. Reporter: Caleigh Wells, KCRW


20 May 2020

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Research: More Coronavirus Cases Than Previously Thought

Research Shows More People Had Coronavirus Than Previously Thought What if far more people are infected with coronavirus than previously thought? A preliminary study that tested more than 800 adults in L.A. County for COVID-19 antibodies suggests that’s the case. Those antibodies indicate someone’s been exposed to the virus. Reporter: Robert Garrova, KPCC Legislators Want More Oversight of Pandemic Spending In a legislative hearing yesterday, members of both parties said they wanted more oversight over how Governor Newsom is responding to the pandemic, especially when it comes to how money is being spent, like a recent deal to buy millions of masks from China. Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED Politics City Officials Watch Dwindling Tax Revenues As tax revenues dwindle because of the business shutdown, the state’s largest cities are getting financial help from the federal government through the CARES Act. But smaller cities, at least for now, are on their own. So what’s like to run a smaller city during the pandemic? Guest: Peter Weiss, Mayor of Oceanside Judge: ICE Should Release Detainees at High Risk of COVID-19 A federal judge in southern California has ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to consider releasing all detainees nationwide who are at high risk of contracting Covid-19. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED


21 Apr 2020

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Amid Pandemic, State Releases Thousands of Prisoners

Amid Pandemic, State Releases Thousands of Prisoners — But Will They Have Support at Home? Thousands of nonviolent inmates are being released from California’s prisons and jails as the state grapples with the pandemic. Advocates are worried about the fate of those men and women once they’re out. Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED Politics Families of Patients in State's Mental Health Hospitals Worry State mental hospitals face similar challenges. Families of patients worried that their loved ones aren't able to practice physical distancing inside. Reporter: Lee Romney, KALW Essential Fishing Industry Seeks Silver Lining to Coronavirus Commercial fishermen and women on the Central Coast are among the many who could use some clarity right now. Their salmon season is launching in just a few weeks, in early May. Even though California’s fishing industry is designated as essential, it’s biggest customers are not. Restaurants are all but shut down because of the pandemic. Some of the people who make their livings in commercial fishing are looking for a silver lining right about now. Reporter: Erika Mahoney, KAZU How Carlee's Restaurant is Feeding Borrego Springs The town of Borrego Springs, population 3,000, is smack in the middle of Anza Borrego State Park. "Panic buying" during quarantine has been especially tough on residents in rural towns. There’s often just one or maybe two grocery stores in some communities. So a restaurant owner there took matters into his own hands. Carlee’s is helping feed Borrego Springs in a way its owner probably never expected. Reporter: Nina Sparling, KQED Remembering KCRW's Matt Holtzman This weekend, our friends at KCRW in Los Angeles lost a friend and colleague, producer Matt Holzman, to cancer. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report co-Host


13 Apr 2020

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Newsom To Work With Neighboring Governors to Reopen States

Newsom To Work With Neighboring Governors to Reopen States At a time when President Donald Trump is claiming “total” authority over how states will reopen following the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to outline his own plan to get California moving again. Newsom says he’s coordinating with the governors of Oregon and Washington. He says they’ve agreed to a framework that lets science guide their decisions. Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED Census Bureau Wants More Time to Complete Count The Census Bureau is trying to cope with disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s asking Congress for four extra months to complete the 2020 count, but that raises concerns about accuracy. Reporter: Tyche Hendricks, KQED Insurance Companies Must Provide Refunds California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered insurance companies to provide refunds to customers for March, April, and possibly May, if the shelter-in-place directive is extended. Reporter: Alice Woelfle, KQED Law Enforcement Officers Cope with Coronavirus One of many jobs that are changing in the COVID-19 era is policing. Law enforcement officers have to enforce stay at home orders, while also keeping the peace at food banks and grocery stores. And when they do make arrests, there's a new level of danger -- the slightest touch brings with it the risk of possible transmission. Reporter: Claire Trageser, KPBS


14 Apr 2020

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Meeting Spiritual Needs During the Pandemic

Hospital Chaplains Re-Imagine Their Jobs During Pandemic Most days since this pandemic started, we share the latest grim numbers: how many Californians have Covid-19, and how many have died from it. Because the coronavirus is so contagious and dangerous, many people have died in hospitals without loved ones by their sides. But there are people who provide comfort, like Sister Donna Maria Moses, a Catholic nun and the senior chaplain at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She manages staff and volunteer chaplains of all faiths at the hospital. She described how her job has changed as we’ve learned more about the virus. Guest: Sister Donna Maria Moses, Dominican nun and Senior Chaplain, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hotel Rooms for Healthcare Workers Treating COVID-19 Patients Health care workers battling the coronavirus could soon get free hotel stays under a program announced by Governor Newsom. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED Oakland Teachers Donate Stimulus Checks to Their Students Undocumented workers who’ve lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic are left out of unemployment benefits and the federal stimulus package... even if they pay taxes. Now, teachers and principals at Oakland Unified are pledging to donate their stimulus checks to struggling families. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED Meditation Is Popular During Tough Times In times of high stress and anxiety, experts, including the California Surgeon General, say having a mindfulness practice, like meditation, can be helpful. So it’s no surprise that Google searches for the word “meditation” are at an all time high, now that we have a global pandemic on our hands. Reporter: Chloe Veltman, KQED


10 Apr 2020

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Animal Shelters Emptying As Humans Shelter-In-Place

CA Won't Go Back To 'Normal' Anytime Soon Governor Gavin Newsom is laying out a road map for what the easing of California’s coronavirus lockdown might look like. At his daily briefing on the state’s approach towards managing the pandemic, he ruled out a return to the way things were just a month ago. Reporter: Guy Marzaroti, KQED Bailout For Airports As Passenger Numbers Plummet Airports around California have taken a huge hit as the coronavirus crisis has all but shut down air travel. They’re about to get some help thanks to the federal government’s recently passed two-trillion-dollar relief package. Reporter: Dan Brekke, KQED What Does The Coronavirus Mean For California Real Estate? There is no industry in California that hasn’t been touched by the coronavirus pandemic including residential real estate. Some of the hottest housing markets in the state are reeling from the shock, but this doesn't necessarily mean lower housing prices. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, KQED L.A. Rolls Out Stricter Guidelines For Masks And Sanitation All businesses in Los Angeles County that have remained open during the coronavirus outbreak must now provide face coverings for their employees. That’s according to a new order issued by the county’s health department. The directive is just one part of new, stricter guidelines set to go into effect by the end of today. Reporter: Benjamin Gottlieb, KCRW California's Early Shelter-In-Place Order May Help Its Economic Future With the economy thrust into turmoil by the pandemic, we’re spending a lot of time wondering what the way out of this moment might look like. One thing is clear, the road to recovery will be a long one. Guest: Mary Daly, President, Federal Reserve Bank Of San Francisco Pet Adoption Is Through The Roof During Shelter-In-Place Since quarantine started in the US, people everywhere have rushed to take in new pets, and it’s not just adoptions. According to a site that tracks data from animal wellness agencies, the rates of fostering have exploded too. Reporter: Danielle Chiriguayo, KCRW


15 Apr 2020

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Zoom-Bombing Leads To Vigilant Zoom-Bouncers

Governor Anticipates Tough Economic Times In California As California responds to the coronavirus pandemic, state and local governments are burning through enormous amounts of money. Governor Gavin Newsom says all that spending now means painful fiscal times later. Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED Los Angeles County Rolls Out Self-Administered COVID-19 Tests Los Angeles County has become the center of the coronavirus pandemic in California, If you live there and think you might have COVID-19 you can now get tested. Formerly, testing was largely reserved for at risk populations like the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Reporter: Kathryn Barnes, KCRW After 9-Month Pause, California Issuing Fracking Permits Again California officials are granting fracking permits again. The state had put a hold on applications for the controversial oil extraction technique last July because of growing safety and environmental concerns. Reporter: Ted Goldberg, KQED Zoom-Bombing gives rise to Zoom-Bouncers you’ve heard of “zoom-bombing,” where trolls hijack an online video conference and post awful things. But have you heard of zoom-bouncing? It’s a new word for the coronavirus pandemic lexicon: Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED


8 Apr 2020

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Businesses Plan for Reopening When Restrictions Lift

Gov. Newsom Talks Coronavirus Testing Governor Gavin Newsom says California is making big strides in its push to ramp up COVID-19 testing, but he isn’t committing to a date for reopening the state just yet. Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED Politics Worker Tests Positive at Foster Farms Plant Employees at a Foster Farms plant in the Central Valley are worried about their health… now that one of their coworkers has tested positive for COVID-19. Reporter: Alex Hall, KQED DACA Students Lose Out on Aid Undocumented college students dealing with campus closures won’t be getting any emergency help from the federal government because of the coronavirus pandemic. Reporter: Vanessa Rancaño, KQED Health Clinics Struggle Without Patients Non-profit community clinics and health centers care for people regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status. But during this pandemic, many clinics across California are struggling to keep their doors open. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED Coffeehouse Owner Plans for Post-Pandemic Reopening Here in California, no word… yet… about when that will start happening here, but many small businesses are planning for it, including coffeehouses. Coffeeshops reopening would represent a step back to normalcy for me and many others. But how do you reopen a kind of business where spaces can be tight and people linger, sometimes for hours? Guest: Sara Peterson, owner Scout Coffee in San Luis Obispo


23 Apr 2020

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Judge: PG&E ‘Cheated’ on Power Line Maintenance

PG&E 'Cheated on Maintenance,' Judge Writes — Then Orders New Probation Conditions We’ll start a San Francisco federal judge’s order to require Pacific Gas and Electric to take a series of steps to improve its safety practices and head off future disasters. Reporter: Raquel Maria Dillon, KQED Fire Victims Vote on PG&E Settlement, But What’s The Plan? As tens of thousands of PG&E fire victims vote on their settlement with the utility, recent court filings make it clear that key details of that plan are still being negotiated, including the timing and amount of compensation. Meanwhile, some fire survivors who are navigating this complex process without legal help say they have yet to receive ballots. Voting ends May 15. One-on-One with Erin Brockovich Activist Erin Brockovich gained fame fighting PG&E. These days, she’s a consultant for attorneys who helped negotiate PG&E’s compensation settlement with fire survivors. She fielded questions that survivors shared with The California Report about her current role. Guest: Erin Brockovich, Activist Retiring CalFire Spokesman Worried about Firefighters and Their Families Hot weather last weekend was a reminder that fire season isn’t just around the corner—it’s already here. Captain Scott McLean, whose voice you might recognize as the department's spokesman, is retiring this week and discussed the challenges CalFire faces in the near future. Guest: Capt. Scott McLean, CalFire Why It's Hard to File for Unemployment Right Now Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, it’s been clear from your emails and tweets to us that for so many of you, the process of filing for unemployment benefits has been confusing and sometimes infuriating. We went looking for answers and an explanation of the technical issues that people are coming up against when they try to file their claims. Guest: Jenna Gerry, senior attorney with Legal Aid At Work How Hospitals Prepared for the COVID-19 Surge Governor Gavin Newsom says it’s not safe to loosen shelter-at-home orders unless hospitals can handle a potential surge in COVID19 cases. Even though California seems to have flattened the curve so far, a future spike is possible, especially when current restrictions soften. Reporter: Lesley McClurg, KQED Science


30 Apr 2020

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From Social Distancing to Shelter-in-Place

Social Distancing Escalates to Shelter-in-Place As of midnight, the Bay Area has the nation’s strictest policy aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Residents are being instructed to not leave the house for the next three weeks unless it's essential. Legislature Passes Emergency Funding The California Legislature took emergency action Monday night to address the coronavirus, and then it took a break. Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED Food Delivery Workers Hustle to Keep Restaurants Alive In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered restaurants to stop serving in-house meals as a public safety precaution, but ordering out is still allowed. That's made food delivery people very important, both to keep people fed and to keep restaurants going. Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report co-Host Inspections of Nursing Homes on Hold Regulators charged with overseeing nursing homes aren't inspecting nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Advocates for this population, the most at risk of dying of COVID-19, aren’t able to access patients either. Reporter: Molly Peterson, KQED Science Dancing Through the Pandemic, Online The mayor of San Luis Obispo is trying to help others in her community cope in her official capacity. And in her side-gig, which is teaching music to preschoolers. She's taking that project online during the coronavirus crisis. Guest: Heidi Harmon, Mayor of San Luis Obispo


17 Mar 2020

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Food Banks Cope With Surge in New Clients

Healthcare Workers Could Lose Immigration Protections There are thousands of immigrants among the healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. But for years, the Trump Administration has tried to end the protections that allow many of these immigrants to live and work in the U.S. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED Food Banks Cope With Surge in New Clients More and more Californians are losing their jobs because of the pandemic. Many are going to rely on the state’s food banks to keep their refrigerators and pantries stocked. But how ready is California’s food security safety net? The L.A. Regional Food Bank is already seeing a surge of people looking for food assistance. Reporter: Michael Flood, President, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Audio Diary: A Physician Recovers from COVID-19 We've heard a lot about health care workers who've tested positive for COVID-19. One of them is Matt Willis, a physician and the Public Health Officer of Marin County. Willis tested positive about two weeks ago and has been isolated at home ever since, alone in an upstairs bedroom, away from his wife and children. He says he’s been feeling short of breath and running a fever off and on. Reporter: Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer A Bucket Brigade Born of Natural Disasters Now Fights the Pandemic Residents in lots of California communities have gotten good in recent years at organizing themselves to respond to natural disasters, like wildfires and mudslides. Now near Santa Barbara, those same skills are being used to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Reporter: Stephanie O’Neill


6 Apr 2020

Rank #15

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The Battle of the Beaches in the War on Coronavirus

Emergency Room Doctors Have Coronavirus Homework Turns out it’s not just the risk of infection and the long hours that makes being an hospital Emergency Room staffer draining right now. Treating COVID-19 comes with homework. Once doctors finish their shifts, they still have to try and catch up on the latest coronavirus research. Following the latest medical literature about coronavirus is exhausting and, sometimes, discouraging. Guest: Clay Josephy, emergency medicine doctor in South Lake Tahoe NASA Scientists Build a Better Ventilator Months into this pandemic, there remains a national shortage of ventilators. Well, a team of engineers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena is figuring out how to build more -- and fast. Reporter: Jerome Campbell, KCRW Student Volunteers Help at Monterey's Public Health Lab Monterey County’s Public Health Laboratory has increased its COVID-19 testing capacity seven-fold over the last 5 weeks thanks to one graduate student who offered to help, after hearing a story on local public radio. Reporter: Michelle Loxton, KAZU The Battle of the Beaches in the War on Coronavirus Governor Gavin Newsom says those weekend crowds at some Southern California beaches don’t help contain the coronavirus. It's shaping up to be the Battle of the Beaches, one of many in the War on Coronavirus. Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED Politics The Case for Expanding Medi-Cal to Protect Undocumented Seniors from Coronavirus At the start of this year, before most of us had ever heard of COVID-19, Gov. Newsom proposed expanding the state’s health insurance, Medi-Cal, to low-income undocumented seniors. This pandemic may derail those plans, just when they need it most. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED


28 Apr 2020

Rank #16

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Pastors Want To Resume In-Person Religious Services

Pastors Want To Resume In-Person Religious Services More than 1,200 California pastors are vowing to hold religious services on May 31st, Pentecost Sunday. That would be in defiance of a state moratorium on religious services put into place to help halt the spread of the coronavirus. One pastor explains what it's like to shut down his house of worship at a time when people's needs, both spiritual and practical, are so great. Guest: Pastor Robert Chavez of Victory Outreach Church Film and TV Production To Resume, But Probably Far from Hollywood Governor Gavin Newsom says he’s "drafting" guidelines and standards so television and film projects can resume production as California emerges from the pandemic shutdown. But Los Angeles County likely won’t meet those standards at first, so Hollywood still won’t be able to shoot in Hollywood. Reporter: Shannon Lin, KQED Watchdogs: Cuts to Senior Services Could Endanger Elderly, Disabled Nursing home watchdogs say proposed cuts to programs serving the elderly and the disabled will put more people at risk for COVID-19. Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED Subcontractors Won't Get Part of Federal Bailout of Airlines Many people whose work is critical to the airline industry aren’t seeing a dime of that money. They’re subcontractors: janitors, maintenance workers and caterers, like one airline cook at San Francisco International Airport. Reporter: Sam Harnett, KQED Joshua Tree Park Reopens with New Rules After a two month closure over coronavirus concerns, Joshua Tree National Park reopened this week with some limits in place. While the park is a welcome day trip for Southern Californians who’ve been cooped up and want to get out for Memorial Day weekend. But locals near the park are conflicted about the impending influx of visitors. Reporter: Matt Guilhem, KCRW


21 May 2020

Rank #17

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Cities and Counties Brace for Budget Cuts Due to Coronavirus

Cities and Counties Brace for Budget Cuts Due to Coronavirus Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gave a sobering warning in his State of teh City address Sunday. Because of cratering municipal revenue during the coronavirus shutdown, the city plans to enact furlough days for thousands of employees and make painful cuts to municipal services. L.A. is just the biggest example of how California’s 482 cities and towns are wrestling with the consequences of the pandemic on their budgets. Guest: Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director, League of California Cities California Prisons Try to Keep Inmates Coronavirus-Free The first California inmate has died from health complications related to COVID-19. He was incarcerated at the California Institution for Men in San Bernardino. That comes after a federal judge denied an emergency motion that would have forced state prison officials to reduce the state’s prison population by thousands to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The judge wants to see first if changing up prison housing works. Reporter: Julie Small, KQED State Nursing Home Regulators Release COVID-19 Infection Counts The coronavirus has sickened thousands of workers and residents at long-term care facilities. More than 20 percent of the state’s nursing homes now report cases of COVID-19. That’s according to a list released by the Department of Public Health this weekend. Reporter: Molly Peterson, KQED Science Delivering COVID-19 Information in All Languages Immigrant residents of California speak more than 200 different languages and many aren’t fluent in English. So, how do you get pandemic information to them, especially if their language isn’t widely spoken? Reporter: Alex Hall, The California Report's Fresno reporter


20 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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Is Mass Transit Ready for Reopening? Who’s Ready to Ride?

Newsom Changes Qualifications for Next Phase of Reopening The vast majority of counties in the Golden State can start easing pandemic restrictions and reopening their economies, says Governor Gavin Newsom. This despite the fact that there are more than 80,000 confirmed coronavirus infections in the Golden State and more than 3,200 Californians have died from COVID-19. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED Legislators Ready to Reassert Power in Sacramento Since the pandemic started and the state shut down, Governor Newsom has wielded an enormous amount of power. But the legislature is now back in session and at a state Senate hearing Monday, lawmakers seemed ready to reassert themselves as budget negotiations get underway. These discussions are going to be tough because of the need to make up for a huge drop in tax revenue. Reporter: Katie Orr, KQED Barbershops and Nail Salons Worry They Can't Last Until Reopening Maybe you can’t wait to get back to your favorite barber or nail salon. But it may still be a while, as these places are supposed to open last, in the state’s final phase of re-opening. And many of these businesses are worried they won’t survive until then. Reporter: Sarah Mizes-Tan, CapRadioHow One Slaughterhouse Avoided Outbreaks Across the country, slaughterhouses have been forced to shut down because of coronavirus outbreaks that endanger workers. This has disrupted the meat supply chain. But one employee-owned processor near Sacramento acted quickly to protect its workers and has managed to avoid closure. Reporter: Alice Woelfle, The California Report Is Mass Transit Ready for Reopening? Are People Ready to Ride Again? As stay at home restrictions are loosened, how many people will really feel safe returning to buses trains and subways? The experts really have no idea what's ahead. But for now trains and buses are mostly empty. Guest: Phillip A. Washington, CEO, L.A. County's Metropolitan Transportation Agency


19 May 2020

Rank #19

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California To Provide Disaster Relief for Undocumented Immigrants

Newsom To Provide Disaster Relief for Undocumented Immigrants California will be the first state in the nation to offer COVID-19 disaster relief to undocumented immigrants. Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a fund of $125 million Wednesday, including $75 million in state money and the rest from philanthropic sources. Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED Uber and Lyft Aren’t Paying for Drivers’ Unemployment: You Are, Confirms Newsom Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Employment Development Department are giving Uber, Lyft and other gig companies what they hoped for: unemployment coverage for drivers paid by federal taxpayers through the CARES act, instead of state unemployment funds. Reporter: Sam Harnett, KQED Federal Prison in Lompoc Struggling to Contain Outbreak The U-S Bureau of Prisons is scrambling to control the coronavirus at several of its institutions, with the largest outbreak now at a federal prison in Santa Barbara County. Officials are planning to establish a temporary hospital at the prison to treat the growing number of sick inmates. Reporter: Alex Emslie, KQED State Legislators Consider Costs of COVID-19 Today, California senators will be meeting, some of them virtually, to talk about how expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic will hit the state’s budget. Guest: Katie Orr, KQED Politics Desk Immigration Detainees Call for COVID-19 Protection The worst coronavirus outbreak at a federal immigration detention center is unfolding in San Diego. California’s U.S. Senators are calling for an investigation into reports that guards mistreated detained women who were asking for protective masks. Panic is spreading among the more than 32,000 people in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Reporter: Tyche Hendricks, Immigration Editor, KQED


16 Apr 2020

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