Almost Daily Briefing, March 30, 2020
The Almost Daily Briefing
Published news articles from local, regional, and national media on topics of interest to the #LoveLafayette Community
This update was provided to the City of Lafayette by Townsend Public Affairs and by way of news reports. Read the latest coronavirus information and find resources for Lafayette residents and businesses on the City’s COVID-19 Webpage: http://bit.ly/LafayetteCoronavirusInfo.
- The White House: President Donald Trump announced Sunday evening that he was extending social distancing guidelines through the end of April.
- The House of Representatives passed the CARES Act by voice vote and President Trump signed it into law. This marks the passage of the largest stimulus package in U.S. history. TPA is working closely with state and federal stakeholders to ensure that aid goes immediately to where it is most needed.
- Statewide Moratorium on Evictions: Governor Newsom has issued an Executive Order (attached) banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. The Executive Order requires tenants, not more than seven days after the rent comes due, to declare in writing that they cannot pay all or part of their rent due. Tenants will still remain obligated to repay full rent in a timely manner and could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted.
- FEMA: As of March 26, FEMA has shipped over 9 million N-95 masks, 20 million surgical/facemasks, 3.1 million face shields, nearly 6,000 ventilators, 2.6 million gowns, and 14.6 million gloves to states. Supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile have arrived in California and are being distributed to medical facilities throughout the state. Additionally, FEMA completed the sale of 105 travel trailers to the state to support a State COVID-19 housing initiative for impacted individuals.
- USNS Mercy: The Mercy has arrived at the Port of Los Angeles expects to be in place and operational within a week. The ship will house non-COVID-19 patients, thereby creating additional beds within Southern California hospitals for COVID-19 patients.
- United Kingdom: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his health secretary tested positive for COVID-19
Contra Costa County Reports 175 Coronavirus Cases, 3 Deaths -On Sunday Contra Costa County is reporting it has 175 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). The county also said it has 3 deaths. (East County Times)
Expect Bay Area shelter-in-place order extension this week, officials say - Sources confirm that officials are looking at a prospective continuance, with some modifications, of regional stay-at-home order to May 1. (East Bay Times)
Contra Costa County: COVID-19 and Property Tax Deadline April 10 -The Contra Costa Tax Collector’s Office announced today that it understands and shares the public’s concern about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on its residents and businesses, and is committed to helping in any way they can. (East County Times)
Contra Costa Superior Court remains closed through April 30, update on acceptance of filings -The Court has requested authorization from the Chief Justice to continue its closure through April 30, 2020 and will issue a further release with details as to what Court operations will resume during any extended closure period. (Contra Costa Herald)
Community college district halts chancellor search process amid coronavirus -The Contra Costa Community College District's Governing Board has hit the pause button on the search process for the district's next leader. (DanvilleSanRamon.com)
Coronavirus impact: Bay Area restaurants asking for support after accepting take-out only orders -Vanessa's in Walnut Creek and Social Bird in Lafayette, among others, are just starting to offer this service. (msnNOW)
BART to begin Orinda track replacement in May -The project will require five weekend track shutdowns between the Lafayette and Rockridge stations on May 9-10, May 34-25, June 6-7, and June 20-21. (Progressive Rail Roading)
Sheriff's helicopter crew rescues young hiker in Walnut Creek -A young hiker was injured Saturday after a fall on a trail in the Shell Ridge Open Space in Walnut Creek. (DanvilleSanRamon.com)
Danville Teen Goes Viral Planning TikTok Prom On March 28 -San Ramon Valley High School junior Natalie Reese, 17, had looked forward to her prom since kindergarten, dreaming of her gown. (Patch)
The state had 21 million N95 masks stockpiled. All are expired. -The Chronicle's MATTHIAS GAFNI: "As the coronavirus pandemic slammed into California and doctors and nurses sounded the alarm on a dire shortage of masks, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the release of the state’s emergency stockpile of 21 million N95 respirators. (SF Chronicle)
Coronavirus: California State Parks close access to vehicles at all parks -Officials say large crowds on Saturday caused officials to close access to cars at all 280 state parks. (BANG)
NRA sues Newsom to get gun stores deemed essential during shelter-in-place - The National Rifle Association is suing to have California gun stores declared essential businesses amid Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus emergency. (Sacramento Bee)
SF's jail population drops 25% after inmates are released to thwart virus - San Francisco has reduced its jail population by nearly 25% in March to create distance between inmates and staff and prevent the coronavirus from taking hold, a problem that has grown dire in other jails and prisons across the country. (SF Chronicle)
Instacart workers, who shop for and deliver groceries, are set to go on strike today, saying they haven’t been given adequate protection from infection at supermarkets. (The New York Times)
Lafayette Planning & Building Department’s Virtual Planning Counter (1:00-3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING
Concord City Council Declines To Extend Agreement With Lennar -The Concord City Council on Tuesday met via video conference to discuss its response to a letter it received. (Patch)
California saw dense housing near transit as its future. What now? -Opponents of infill and transit-oriented development are blaming population density as a primary factor behind the pandemic's spread in urban areas, largely based on New York City's exponential increase in coronavirus cases and deaths. (Politico)
We'll Need To Reopen Our Cities. But Not Without Making Changes First.-We must prepare for a protracted battle with the new coronavirus. But there are changes we can make now to prepare locked-down cities for what’s next. (CityLab)
SF Muni’s light rail service to end indefinitely Monday; buses will fill in -San Francisco’s Muni Metro is shutting down to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The light-rail trains will be replaced with buses. (SF Chronicle)
Coronavirus: From large to small, cities in Ventura County anticipating financial hit -But he is concerned, and he suspects every other city manager in Ventura is too. "About a third of our general fund revenues comes from sales tax." (Ventura County Star)
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Neighbors put teddy bears in windows for 'bear hunt' -Children in one Lafayette neighborhood, maps and binoculars in hand, have been on a safari this weekend.
Walmart is selling more tops these days, but not pants. It might have something to do with the millions of people now working from home.
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