Almost Daily Briefing, March 31, 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 the California League of Cities 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.
- Governor Newsom announced during his new daily press conference an executive order to relax rules on staffing ratios and "scope-of-practice" limits, among other requirements to help secure more medical and health care professional to address surge needs. Notes are attached from this press conference. At tomorrow’s 12pm Governor press conference (available at @CAgovernor Twitter page and California Governor Facebook page), Governor Newsom will announce the launch of an initiative to help older Californians stay connected while they stay home during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Governor Newsom Takes Executive Action to Establish a Statewide Moratorium on Evictions -The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.
- The White House will hold a briefing on Wednesday at 10:30am with Dr. Anthony Fauci.
- Governor Newsom Announces California Health Corps, a Major Initiative to Expand Health Care Workforce to Fight COVID-19
- Here you can find information on how to deliver meals to seniors or sign up for California Health Corps: https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/
- President Trump extended the federal government’s social distancing guidelines through April 30. Last week, Trump had suggested that the guidelines could sunset by Easter Sunday, April 13, which health experts had warned against.
- Governments under 500,000 may receive the funding from their State, but that it will be at the State's discretion.
Coronavirus: Contra Costa County positive cases up to 187 - The total number of positive tests for COVID-19 in the Contra Costa County is up to 187, up 12 from Sunday's total. (East Bay Times)
Bay Area’s coronavirus stay-at-home extended through end of April, officials confirm - Seven Bay Area jurisdictions will sign onto an extension of the original order, with possible revisions expected in a day or two. (Fremont Argus)
Park District closes regional parks, restricts parking to limit overcrowding for public and staff safety, trails still open -Additionally, park picnic areas are closed, and all group gatherings prohibited. By Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor, East Bay Regional Park District The COVID-19 health emergency remains a serious and evolving situation. (Contra Costa Herald)
Coronavirus layoffs: Macy’s, Kohl’s furlough store workers, other employees - Several hundred jobs are being lost in the Bay Area alone, potentially, as a result of furloughs by Kohl's and Macy's, based on the number of department stores the retailers operate in the nine-county region. (BANG)
The Bay Area is drinking 42% more alcohol than usual while sheltering in place -You aren’t the only one who’s been drinking more. During the first week of sheltering in place, Bay Area residents drank more alcohol than usual — 42% more than usual, in fact, according to data from BACtrack, a San Francisco company that produces smartphone-connected breathalyzer devices. (SF Chronicle)
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds to Become Temporary Homeless Shelter during Pandemic -The grounds will be used to move homeless seniors and people with underlying health conditions out of shelters and out of harm's way. (NBC Bay Area)
30% Of California's Restaurants To Close Unless They Receive State Aid – As many as 30,000 California restaurants could close permanently because of coronavirus restrictions that have shuttered dining rooms and led to widespread layoffs. (Bisnow SF)
Before COVID-19, California let 1 in 4 of its public health labs close -But in the two decades leading up to the COVID-19 outbreak, 11 of California’s public health labs designed for the focused testing Newsom wants closed their doors. California now relies on 29 county and city public health labs, along with the California State Laboratory in Richmond, to serve 40 million people. (Sacramento Bee)
PG&E says Camp Fire criminal fine won't be paid with victims' fund -PG&E Corp. said Monday that it no longer plans to pay $4 million related to the 2018 Camp Fire criminal case from a $13.5 billion trust intended to compensate individual fire victims. (SF Chronicle)
Lafayette Planning & Building Department’s Virtual Planning Counter (1:00-3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday)
HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND CITY PLANNING
Say goodbye to Senate Bill 50, hello to Senate Bill 902 -Six weeks after Californians saw the legislative failure of Senate Bill 50, an attempt to impose dense housing and high-rise buildings. (LA Daily News)
California home sales now "essential," but health risks scare agents -Though the federal government has deemed real estate sales essential, real estate professionals question the health risks of a very personal sales process that includes bringing strangers into other people's homes. (Mercury News)
SF looks to limit construction as virus restrictions are extended -While San Francisco was a leader in imposing the country’s earliest and strictest stay-at-home orders to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the city has been much more lenient than places like New York and Washington, D.C., when it comes to allowing construction to go forward. That may soon change. (SF Chronicle)
Amid COVID-19, big construction projects still moving forward -Both the first residential project in Sacramento's Railyards development and the 8-1/2 story residential and retail project 17 Central in Midtown Sacramento are still on track for summer starts, according to their developers. (Sacramento Business Journal)
Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles added more protections for renters on Monday, barring landlords from increasing rent on homes that fall under the city’s rent stabilization program. (The Los Angeles Times)
Planners and Pandemics: Identifying Problems and Providing Solutions -Planners are professional problem solvers. Let's see how our methods can be applied to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Planetizen)
CalPERS allocates $375 million to emerging manager real estate fund -The Canyon Catalyst funds are discretionary separate accounts managed for CalPERS. (Pensions & Investments)
THAT OTHER LAFAYETTE
Lafayette sees 800 percent increase of COVID-19 cases in one week, officials said- During a Monday afternoon briefly, Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory said in one week, the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases jumped from nine to 82.
Thieves stole a van Gogh painting under cover of Covid. The piece vanished from a closed Dutch museum.
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