With Coronavirus Making Medical Safety Gear Scarce, The Public Is Stepping Up. Here’s How To Help

At the same time, panic-buying of N95 face masks and other gear has reduced available supplies. Some people have even stolen surgical masks and hand sanitizer from clinics. Now, with more than 35,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. as of Monday morning and the number rising sharply, public health officials fear hospitals will soon […]

Airbnb announces $25 million program for housing in Bay Area, LA County

The announcement comes nearly three months after Google committed to a $1 billion plan that would help build 20,000 homes in the Bay Area over the next decade. Earlier this year, a partnership of Bay Area businesses and foundations announced a plan to raise $540 million to help build and preserve affordable and workforce housing. […]

Through Baton Rouge Gallery’s new program, Flat Curve Gallery, everyone can exhibit their art

“We look at all the artwork first to make sure there is nothing offensive,” Andreasen said. “But anyone can post here. Whether you’re 5 or 55, we want our community to grab a crayon, a paintbrush, a handful of clay or whatever helps them create and allow us to share.”

More Shapiro: ‘I’m taking that program down to Chinatown’

The NCAA investigation into Shapiro’s allegations is ongoing, so neither the school nor the NCAA can comment on the matter, although Miami said they expect to hear something from the NCAA by summer. Interestingly, the Herald notes that  some players mentioned in Shapiro’s claims haven’t been reached out to by the NCAA. Others have been […]

Jeremy Corbyn says coronavirus crisis proves his hard-left policies were RIGHT, despite crushing election defeat, as shadow chancellor John McDonnell crows ‘the country is changing’

He added: ’I think our society and our politics will never be the same again, because we have suddenly realised as a society and a community, we need everybody – and everybody has a contribution to make.’  

California DMV closing all field offices to public to stem spread of coronavirus, memo says

A DMV employee in the San Joaquin Valley, who spoke on condition of anonymity, praised the decision to close to the public. She had been wearing gloves at work and was instructed to disinfect her station with disinfecting wipes after each customer, but she said that her customers often had trouble maintaining their distance.

In SF and across the Bay Area, officials enlist public buildings in fight against the coronavirus

Mary Ellen Carroll, executive director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, said the city’s search for public spaces that could be used for “ambulatory care centers” — treatment centers for medical needs not related to the coronavirus — stems from the need to take pressure off the city’s hospitals, in preparation for a […]

With Coronavirus, California’s Economy Is In Uncharted Territory

But in the longer term, “basically every source of state tax revenue that you can imagine is going to be down,” said Jeffrey Clemens, an economist at UC San Diego. That includes sales taxes, which depend on transactions in the now-paralyzed retail sector, and the state’s progressive income tax, which is particularly prone to whipsawing […]

FAQ on stimulus checks, unemployment and the Coronavirus bill

BY Tara Siegel Bernard and Ron Lieber The Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion economic rescue plan Wednesday that will offer assistance to tens of millions of American households affected by the coronavirus. Its components include stimulus payments to individuals, expanded unemployment coverage, student loan changes, different retirement account rules and more. The House of […]

A U.S. recession? Probably. Depression? Only if the virus is untamed

The most important next step, a growing body of economists and policymakers say, is fixing America’s public health response. A haphazard patchwork of restrictions across states and a slow-to-mobilize White House could make coronavirus’ impacts worse, health experts say.