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Homelessness funds mostly spared in California budget cuts
While homelessness funds were largely spared from proposed budget cuts, California lawmakers press for more funding for other housing programs.
Bill coming due for some California nonprofits that laid off workers
Rather than pay unemployment tax, many nonprofits chose to cover unemployment benefits themselves because it was cheaper. The coronavirus changed that equation.
Coronavirus updates: Bay Area counties diverge once again on reopening
Of the six Bay Area counties who originally partnered together for the nation's shelter-in-place order, three are moving forward with reopening more businesses on Monday June 1, while the other three remain enforcing a stricter order.
3 things to know before traveling in California this summer
Vacation season is dawning on the Golden State just as Gov. Gavin Newsom begins to loosen shelter-in-place rules.
Hundreds block Silicon Valley highway over Floyd killing
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - An officer was injured after hundreds of people marched through the capital of Silicon Valley and temporarily shut down a five-lane section of highway Friday to protest the killing of an African American man by a white Minneapolis police officer. Vehicles were at a virtual standstill on the southbound lanes of U.S. 101 in San Jose ahead of rush hour during a pandemic that has kept many Californians home, according to video footage from KGO-TV. Protesters left the highway after an hour. Police later fired tear gas and nonlethal projectiles into the crowd that grew to about 1,000 protesters in downtown San Jose. Officers in riot gear lined up to prevent them from further disrupting traffic near city hall, KPIX-TV reported. The station said protesters smashed the windows of police cars and threw water bottles, and several were detained. One of the station's reporters said he was struck by a hard plastic disk fired by police but was not injured. A San Jose officer was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, said Officer Gina Tepoorten, a department spokeswoman. Police officers' union spokesman Dustin DeRollo said the officer was punched in the head by protesters and knocked unconscious, while other media reports said the officer was struck by a thrown object. Several hundred protesters meanwhile marched peacefully down city streets in the state capital of Sacramento, gathering near a police station and shouting at dozens of police guarding the building. Many protesters wore masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, KCRA-TV reported. The activity came a day after nine people were arrested after rocks were thrown at businesses, vehicles and officers during a Southern California protest stemming from the death of George Floyd, authorities said. Small...
The best takeout and delivery spots in the South Bay and Peninsula
Many restaurants in the South Bay and Peninsula are offering takeout and delivery since shelter in place: Here are our favorites, including a vegetarian snack shop, a combination taqueria/grocery store and a sustainable cuisine stalwart.
Michael Franti says positivity is more important than politics now
Veteran Bay Area hip-hop and funk musician and activist Michael Franti is more interested now in finding connections rather than writing politically charged music.
Despite California sheriffs' claims that 'zero bail is a fail,' data isn't so clear
A review of data from some Bay Area jails shows that anywhere between 3% to 12% allowed to bail out for free have been re-arrested during a roughly two-month period, an analysis by this news organization shows.
Fires, tear gas, looting at Friday night George Floyd protest in Oakland
A protest in Oakland over the police-custody death in Minneapolis of George Floyd devolved into chaos on Friday night, with fires being set, windows smashed, police officers struck by thrown objects and tear gas fired at protesters.
Is BART running out of money? Budget showing serious shortfalls
Confronted with the worst financial crisis in its 48-year history, BART managed to scrape together a $915 million budget to survive for one year.
Apple Buys Machine-Learning Startup to Improve Data Used in Siri
Apple Inc. bought machine-learning startup Inductiv Inc., adding to more than a dozen AI-related acquisitions by the technology giant in the past few years.
Bay Area officials rushing to recruit and train contact tracers
Every morning starting at 9 a.m. she picks up the phone and dials up a stranger, introducing herself and explaining her job helping public health officials track down every person in Contra Costa County who's been exposed to the new coronavirus.
Coronavirus education: Bay Area non-profit offers free distance learning to homeschool kids during COVID-19 pandemic
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Similar to a tutor, but so much more, Khan Academy is a free resource for distance learning for students, and offers everything from math and science to test preparation during the novel coronavirus pandemic.Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy , speaks with ABC7's Kristen Sze about how it started and what they offer.
What Bay Area libraries will look like when they reopen
With shelter-in-place orders lifting across the Bay Area, library patrons are wondering how they will be able to access the much-needed materials, resources and activities offered by their local branches.
Bay Area guide to reopening: What each county allows
Although the state has outlined the four phases for reopening during the pandemic, Bay Area counties have opted to go at their own pace.
Summertime, and the living’s uneasy? Doctors tell us what’s OK, what to put off till another day
Can families travel anywhere this summer? Can kids see their grandparents or play with their friends? And what about wearing masks while exercising? Doctors offer real-world guidance and practical tips as society, like businesses, slowly reopens.
California unemployment hits 15.5% in April — largest monthly job loss ever recorded
Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week that 25% of California workers could be left jobless, a rate akin to Great Depression levels.
Facebook Is Taking Down Coronavirus Misinformation Posts But Not Ones About Vaccines Or Climate Change
The social media platform is siding with scientists to stop the spread of harmful misinformation about the pandemic. If it can do it now, why wasn't it doing it all along?
Hollywood Film Producer Charged with $1.7 Million COVID-Relief Fraud
A California man has been charged with allegedly filing bank loan applications fraudulently seeking more than $1.7 million dollars in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the
Op-Ed: Silicon Valley's Creative Sector Needs Representation, Diversity and Equity Now
Now more than ever, it is imperative that the San Jose arts community leans into diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.
Tesla Reopens, But Battle Between Carmaker and Alameda County Isn't Over
Company's lawsuit challenging health orders is pending. And critics of CEO Elon Musk say issues raised by his behavior during dispute remain unresolved.
Pandemic widens digital divide — Congress may spend billions to narrow it
Twenty years after the term “digital divide” was coined, the pandemic has forced politicians to invest more money in trying to bridge it. But some advocates worry that the gap is so wide that it won’t be enough.
No Bay Area coronavirus deaths in 2 days
Health officials in the nine counties said no one died from COVID-19 on either Sunday or Monday.
Donald Trump 'announces' Bay Area transit funding that occurred weeks ago
On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump "announced" on Twitter that three Bay Area agencies would receive over $700 million in federal funds. In an email sent to SFGATE, BART Chief Communications Officer Alicia Trost confirmed that the president was referring to funds already allocated months ago from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "I am proud to announce the San Francisco Bay Area will receive over $700M in federal funds to support continued operations and ...
Coronavirus live updates: Alameda County now a dubious No. 1 — Bay Area’s COVID-19 leader
Massive protests ignited by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis are sending shudders through the health community about potential for a new coronavirus surge as demonstrators gather close together. Evidence is mounting on a chronic health and behavior legacy that will survive the immediate symptoms of the coronavirus.
'American Idol' winner announced, Filipino American Francisco Martin makes Bay Area proud in season finale
If you're an 'American Idol' fan and you live in the Bay Area, chances are you've heard of Daly City's own Francisco Martin. He did not win the singing competition but he still made the community proud.
Pleasanton-based Specialty's Café and Bakery announces closure after 33 years due to COVID-19
It's last day of operation would be Tuesday, the company said in an announcement posted Sunday on its website.
Sara Cody suggests Bay Area reopening will lag behind state by weeks
With a new order issued across five of the original six Bay Area counties previously enforcing a stay-at-home order stricter than the one in effect statewide, it appears the regional consortium has been restored.
Bay Area Records Its First Day Without a New COVID Death Since March
With seven Bay Area counties besides Solano and Napa reporting COVID-19 data over the weekend, Sunday marked the first day since late March that there were no new deaths confirmed from the virus in the region.
California Is Relaxing Some of Its Criteria for Reopening. Here Are the Changes
The updated criteria announced Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom applies to counties that want to reopen faster than the state. The eliminate requirements that a county have zero deaths and no more than one case per 10,000 residents over 14 days.. Newsom estimated 53 of 58 counties could meet the new criteria. California is relaxing some of its reopening criteria, and that could mean most of the state may soon be offering services such as dining at restaurants. The criteria announced Monday by Gov....
Imagining the Bay Area bar and restaurant scene of the near future
Bar and restaurant owners describe possible scenarios for when they can start opening their bars and dining rooms to guests again.
Big Tech was first to send workers home. Now it’s in no rush to bring them back.
Tech’s titans set the agenda for U.S. employers in early March, sending staff to work from home as the started to spread near their West Coast headquarters.
Bay Area Housing Post-Pandemic: What’s in Store?
Rents are expected to go down, but home prices may stay high. Low-income earners will be hit the hardest, while those with the deepest pockets are likely to come out of sheltering in place unscathed.
Harsh times could await some Bay Area teams as coronavirus slows cash flow
The economic consequences the coronavirus pandemic has wrought on the business of American sports, worth an estimated $71 billion annually, have been rough. And much harsher times might be ahead.
Face Mask Do’s and Don’ts – NBC Bay Area
How often should you wash your mask? And what’s the best way to clean it? Nurse Alice shares some best practices for wearing face masks.
Bay Area Infant Recovering After Contracting Syndrome Related to COVID-19 – NBC Bay Area
A Bay Area infant is recovering at Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital after contracting a disease related to COVID-19, according to a report in...
Every Bay Area county's projected date for joining rest of state in Stage 2 reopening
As the rest of the state of California entered Stage 2 of Governor Gavin Newsom's reopening plan Friday, six Bay Area counties continued enforcing a stricter shelter-in-place order.
Hiring in the Bay Area Is Down 25% Since February, Data Show
Hiring in the Bay Area has decreased by 25.3% since February, when concerns over the coronavirus began ramping up in the region, according to LinkedIn hiring data analyzed by the Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies. That's compared to a 1.2% decline in January, prior to local and state shelter‐in‐place orders and widespread COVID‐19
Rent relief: Tenants would get 10 years to repay under California lawmakers’ coronavirus plan
State Senate leaders proposed a massive economic relief package on Tuesday to guide California through its coronavirus budget woes by encouraging residents to prepay their future state income taxes and offering struggling tenants more than a decade to make up the rent they owe.
Virus Unleashes Wave of Fraud in US Amid Fear and Scarcity – NBC Connecticut
Federal officials say the COVID-19 outbreak has unleashed a wave of fraud