“Surveys indicate a lot of people think unemployment is temporary with 78% saying they’ll be able to go back to their old jobs,” Anderson said. “We have a lot of skepticism about whether that’s actually going to be the case or not. The longer the shutdowns drag on, the more businesses will have to fold or make job cuts more permanent. It’s going to be a harder slog for people to go back to work than they think.” … [Read more...] about ‘Shock in the labor market’: California, nation see no end to unemployment deluge
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Closing state prisons is not just a fiscal issue for Newsom, who has been trying to burnish his liberal credentials on criminal justice. Although he has not made it a centerpiece of his agenda as Brown did, Newsom has continued his predecessor’s emphasis on rehabilitation and reversing the impact of the state’s past tough-on-crime policies. During his first year in office, Newsom granted a reprieve to Death Row inmates, pardoned immigrants to shield them from deportation and signed a bill to ban the use of private prisons. … [Read more...] about Gavin Newsom wants to close prisons as coronavirus shreds California’s budget
11:36 a.m. Santa Clara County health officer elaborates on approach to reopening: Santa Clara County health officer Dr. Sara Cody on Wednesday said Bay Area officials are moving slower than the state in reopening to ensure they are not creating harm. Cody said it takes at least two weeks to understand the impact of reducing certain measures, like resuming construction, before further reducing stay-at-home orders. She said the county’s health order being more restrictive than the state’s “pretty brisk clip” of reopening has been challenging to explain to the public. During a Facebook Live conversation, she compared the pandemic to a wildfire that needs to be monitored. “We have dry tinder everywhere and we do not want to have a large fire again. We know that we are going to have little spot fires,” Cody said. “We are now much better resourced in terms of testing and contact tracing to be able to address those spot fires. But what we don’t … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: 2.1 million new jobless claims as U.S. death toll tops 100,000
4:53 p.m. Mandatory testing for staff at Chino state prison: All employees will be tested for the coronavirus at the California Institution for Men in Chino (San Bernardino County), where nine inmates have died due to the coronavirus, the Los Angeles Times reports. As of Tuesday, 635 inmates at the Chino prison had tested positive for the virus, including 458 in custody with active cases, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website. The prison has confirmed 58 cases among staff, with 35 returned to work, according to state corrections officials. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Trump waits 16 hours to acknowledge 100,000 dead in U.S.
4:15 p.m. More DMV offices to reopen Thursday: The California Department of Motor Vehicles will reopen 46 more field offices on Thursday, in addition to 25 reopened earlier this month, to assist customers with an existing appointment and to provide limited transactions that require an in-person visit. In the Bay Area, the 46 include Corte Madera, Daly City, Fairfield, Fremont, Oakland Coliseum, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Mateo and Santa Clara. They will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Wednesday when they will open at 9 a.m. The DMV “has begun rescheduling prior appointments and notifying customers of the new date,” it said in a press release, but didn’t say whether all appointments missed since the offices closed March 27 will be automatically rescheduled. “Appointments will be rescheduled as time permits,” said DMV spokeswoman Anita Gore. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: More than 40 million file for unemployment in just 10 weeks