California Policy and Politics Sunday Morning  

More than half of all eligible Californians are fully vaccinated -- Additionally, 68.5 percent of Californians 12 and older have received at least one shot of a vaccine, according to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Among Californians 18 and older, 71.6 percent have at least one dose and 56.8 percent are fully vaccinated. Leonardo Castañeda in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/13/21

Gov. Newsom: A vaccination verification system is coming ‘very shortly’ -- Trying to stay away from the phrase “vaccine passport,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that California is on the cusp of releasing an electronic system that will allow businesses to confirm that their customers have received their shots. Paul Sisson in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/13/21


Los Angeles County coronavirus case numbers and deaths continue to drop as reopening nears -- On Saturday, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health confirmed 196 new cases and four deaths; two of the dead were over 65 and two were over 80. Andrea Castillo in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/13/21

L.A. County Archdiocese to fully reopen June 19 -- Archbishop José H. Gomez announced in a letter Saturday that the dispensation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, except for those who are ill or have underlying health conditions or have significant concerns of becoming ill. The item is in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/13/21

San Clemente charges restaurants who choose to use public space for outdoor dining -- At least seven restaurants along Avenida Del Mar and near the Pier Bowl in San Clemente have signed up with a new city program that will allow them, for a fee, to continue offering outdoor dining over the next five months. Erika I. Ritchie in the Orange County Register -- 6/13/21

Capitol Siege   

FBI raids home of Los Angeles-based actor who entered U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 with right-wing protesters -- The FBI this week raided the home of a Los Angeles-based actor who was among a group of right-wing protesters who entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, authorities said. About 20 agents armed and outfitted in tactical gear raided the North Hollywood home of Siaka Massaquoi shortly before 6 a.m. Friday, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Richard Winton, Anita Chabria in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/13/21

Policy & Politics 

Kevin Paffrath is big on YouTube - and he wants to be California's next governor -- Of the 40 or so Californians who have filed statements of interest to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom as the state’s governor in the upcoming recall election, Kevin Paffrath is the only one with 1.65 million followers on YouTube. Lauren Hernández in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/13/21

Walters: California’s charter school war flares up again -- When Gavin Newsom succeeded Jerry Brown as California’s governor two years ago, it re-ignited the Capitol’s long-running conflict over charter schools, which receive public funds but operate independently of traditional public school systems. Dan Walters CalMatters -- 6/13/21

Effort to defund Riverside County Sheriff’s Department continues amid new budget -- George Floyd spurred Peter Sisson to hit the books — the budget books, to be exact. The Riverside resident read municipal budgets to see if taxpayer dollars for law enforcement could go elsewhere. “I was aware of the issues, but didn’t have a lot that I was doing outside other than being aware,” Sisson said. Jeff Horseman in the Riverside Press Enterprise$ -- 6/13/21


San Diego County pays $1M to family in inmate death, pushing year’s payouts past $14M -- Before he was served a meal in a plastic bag and left unmonitored in his San Diego County jail cell, Ivan Ortiz told guards he was feeling depressed and hearing voices telling him to kill himself, his family said in a lawsuit. He had tried to hang himself earlier that day on March 18, 2019. Kelly Davis, Jeff MCDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/13/21


Mark Zuckerberg gives more Facebook employees option of working from home -- Mark Zuckerberg plans to spend at least half of next year working from home, and he is also giving more Facebook employees the option of working remotely. Aidin Vaziri in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/13/21


UC San Diego rises out of pandemic with big, joyous commencement -- UC San Diego, one of the first campuses to broadly test students for the coronavirus and to help develop vaccines against the pandemic, celebrated its work and sacrifice Saturday by kicking off a weekend of in-person commencement ceremonies that hardly seemed possible last winter. Gary Robbins in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/13/21


Healdsburg declares drought emergency, bans sprinklers -- People living in Healdsburg must turn off their sprinklers and drip irrigation systems because the city has declared a drought emergency, city officials said Friday. The ban applies to all residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city. The item is in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/13/21

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Skeptical East Oakland residents urged to apply for guaranteed income pilot -- “It’s … a little hard to believe.” That was East Oakland resident Silvia Beltran’s first impression of the city’s new guaranteed income pilot program, which will randomly select 600 qualified families to receive $500 monthly for 18 months. Nora Mishanec in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/13/21

Officials end search for Catalina ferry passenger who went overboard; ‘Don’t give up on him,’ sister says -- The search for a man who went overboard on a Catalina Island passenger ship off Long Beach was called off Friday night, authorities said. Andrea Castillo in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/13/21

Saturday Updates   

California’s biggest heat wave of the year heightens drought and fire fears -- With a worsening drought gripping the West and wildfire season looming, California is bracing for the most severe heat wave of the year — one that promises to tax the state’s power supplies while also offering a grim preview of challenging months to come. Hayley Smith, Lila Seidman in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/12/21

More than half of all eligible Californians are fully vaccinated -- More than half of Californians 12 and older, the current minimum age to be eligible for one of the vaccines against COVID-19, are fully inoculated, a significant milestone just days before the state’s major lifting of pandemic restrictions on June 15. Leonardo Castañeda in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/12/21

California moves to rescind dozens of emergency COVID-19 actions as reopening nears -- California has finalized plans for its full economic reopening next week, beginning the process of unwinding more than a year of pandemic-related restrictions and emergency actions while continuing efforts to persuade the skeptical and reluctant to get vaccinated. Luke Money, Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ Jeong Park in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/12/21

Finally, Bay Area hospitals shutter COVID wards as threat of coronavirus recedes -- They’re dismantling triage tents and flipping COVID wings into overflow maternity wards. Emily DeRuy in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/12/21

Here’s how Bay Area sports fans will be affected by state’s June 15 re-opening -- Oakland Athletics, SF Giants to immediately allow maskless fans at games, other Bay Area teams’ plans awaiting governor’s announcement Tuesday. Jon Becker in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/12/21

How California theme parks will verify visitors have been vaccinated -- Coronavirus guidelines call for Disney, Universal and other California theme parks to verify that visitors have been vaccinated once the state’s economy fully reopens on June 15 — but what does that mean and how are the parks supposed to pull off that massive undertaking? Brady MacDonald in the Orange County Register -- 6/12/21


Something surprising happened in Oakland when a homeless man organized a community discussion -- Nino Parker, who’s been homeless in Oakland for years, had a new set of worries in October when the city passed a policy that bars homeless people from living in encampments in parks and near homes. Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/12/21

Lopez: The homeless situation in Venice is complicated. But that’s no excuse for inaction -- Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, who finds himself at the center of a raging storm over homelessness in his district, isn’t surprised that so many of his constituents on the Westside are livid. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/12/21

Policy & Politics 

These big banks were the least likely to serve Bay Area communities of color with PPP loans -- The economic crisis triggered by COVID-19 pummeled small businesses across the nation, especially those without safety nets and access to credit. To alleviate those struggles, Congress established the Paycheck Protection Program, designed to provide forgivable loans to needy businesses at no interest. Yoohyun Jung, Nami Sumida in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/12/21

City Hall silence: Why did so many stay quiet about Supervisor Aaron Peskin's behavior? -- Supervisor Aaron Peskin has bullied and berated people for years — often in front of his colleagues in public meetings, but nobody did much about it. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/12/21


Police I.D. driver suspected of plowing into outdoor diners, killing one -- San Jose police have identified the driver who allegedly crashed into an outdoor dining area of a sports bar in the Willow Glen neighborhood on Friday night, killing one person and injuring two. Aidin Vaziri in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/12/21

Preliminary injunction granted restricting L.A. County Sheriff’s Department use of force at protests -- A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction limiting the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s use of projectiles and chemical agents at protests, finding that it has indiscriminately fired them at peaceful protesters, legal observers and journalists. Leila Miller in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/12/21

Unstable Ground  

Here’s what would happen if a huge quake hit Los Angeles -- If a large earthquake ruptures the San Andreas fault, the death toll could approach 2,000, and the shaking could lead to damage in every city in Southern California — from Palm Springs to San Luis Obispo, seismologist Lucy Jones has said. The item is in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/12/21

What to do during and immediately after an earthquake -- California natives know the drill: During an earthquake, drop to the floor and cover your neck and head with your hands. If you can, get underneath a table and hold on until the shaking stops. The item is in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/12/21

Japan and Mexico have earthquake early-warning systems. How does California’s compare? -- When it comes to building a state-of-the-art earthquake early warning system, California is behind. Victoria Kim, Kate Linthicum, Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/12/21

We unboxed 4 premade earthquake kits, from $30 to $300 -- Everyone needs an earthquake kit. When the big one hits, you’ll need basic supplies, food and water to last you at least a couple of days until help arrives. Jenn Harris in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/12/21

Earthquake apps: Which ones are worth downloading? -- Apps cannot predict when and where an earthquake will strike, but there is a relatively new early warning system for the U.S. West Coast. Those warnings will come through an app called MyShake. Madalyn Amato in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/12/21

Your guide to retrofitting your home for earthquakes -- Picture this: You’ve just bought and moved into your first home. You’ve found the right shade of eggshell paint for the walls and family pictures have been hung. Madalyn Amato in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/12/21

How earthquakes happen: The science of a shake -- Californians have no doubt seen warnings about a major earthquake in headlines, science textbooks, Hollywood and more for years. And experts say we’re overdue. But to prepare for the Big One, it will help to know what one is. Madalyn Amato in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/12/21

Lucy Jones says this is the most important thing you can do to prepare for a quake -- People, not kits. If you really want to be ready for the next big earthquake, forget the earthquake kit and go talk to your neighbors. Lucy Jones in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/12/21


Here’s what might have caused the latest mystery boom over San Diego -- The window-rattling boom that shuddered through parts of San Diego county Tuesday may have been — could have been— the result of aircraft from MCAS Miramar training over the ocean. Greg Moran in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/12/21

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Pentagon adds ‘Ghost Fleet’ of autonomous ships to San Diego’s cutting-edge Navy squadron -- Late last month, the Nomad pulled into San Diego harbor after a 4,000-mile voyage from the Gulf of Mexico. The long, flat-bed ship was utterly nondescript — except for the fact that it had navigated nearly the entire trip on its own, without the aid of a human pilot. Andrew Dyer in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/12/21