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Gov. Newsom responds to Trump's threat to send federal officers to Oakland -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom responded Monday to President Donald Trump's threat to send "federal law enforcement" to Oakland and several other cities to clamp down on protests. “The answer is no, and we would reject it," Newsom said at a noon press briefing. Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/20/20

Californians can get their hair done outdoors under new health order -- Californians will be allowed to get their hair cut and their nails done outdoors, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, a week after he ordered personal care services shuttered again in most of the state amid a surge in coronavirus cases. Alexei Koseff in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 7/20/20

Coronavirus spikes in California hot spot counties drive up cases --Among a troubling spike in the number of coronavirus cases across California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a bit of positive news on Monday: The rate of positive infections over the past 14 days has held steady, while the seven-day average has dipped slightly. Colleen Shalby in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

Newsom denies he jumped through Trump hoops to secure coronavirus aid -- Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday flatly denied a weekend report that the White House had conditioned coronavirus aid on asking President Donald Trump directly for help and thanking him. "Not true," Newsom said when asked, adding that "no one told me that. No one asked me that." Jeremy B. White Politico -- 7/20/20

Mayor Signs Exec Order Allowing Gyms, Churches, Salons To Expand Outdoors -- San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer signed an executive order Monday to allow local gyms, churches and salons to expand their businesses outdoors into private parking lots. Faulconer said gyms and places of worship can operate outside "effective immediately," while state regulations still need to be amended to allow barbershops and salons to take their businesses outside, though both are covered under Faulconer's executive order. KPBS -- 7/20/20

Younger L.A. County residents are increasingly catching COVID-19 -- The surge of the coronavirus in Los Angeles County continues to be fueled by younger people, with the majority of those infected younger than 41. Officials said Sunday that 53% of the 2,848 new cases reported for the day occurred among that group. Overall, 52% of cases to date in the county have been people under 41. Alex Wigglesworth, Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

As COVID-19 spreads, potentially deadly fungus infects L.A. County healthcare facility -- The shortage of medical equipment, including gowns and gloves, triggered by the coronavirus outbreak may be helping to spread dangerous germs within healthcare facilities, according to officials who warned of a potentially deadly fungus in a Los Angeles County healthcare facility. Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

California hospitalizations at all-time high, 11,000 infected in Sacramento region -- As of Monday morning, the virus has infected at least 11,00 residents in the six-county Sacramento area, and killed 147. The majority of the cases and fatalities have occurred in Sacramento County, where local health officials are increasingly worried by testing shortages and dwindling resources at hospitals — only about 14.5 percent of intensive care beds are available in the county, according to state health department data. Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/20/20

How COVID is deepening California’s income inequality in 5 charts -- The pandemic has left millions of Californians without jobs, food or money for next month’s rent. Meanwhile, the state’s many billionaires got richer. Jackie Botts CalMatters -- 7/20/20

After recovery, COVID patients sometimes face stigma from disease -- Don Udan spent almost three weeks on a ventilator while hospitalized with COVID-19, but he has been slowly returning to his normal life since being discharged April 21. Every so often, though, he has a wake-up call that life may be different for a while. Gary Warth in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 7/20/20

Coronavirus: The Bay Area seniors who are left behind by a telehealth tech divide -- Doctors are increasingly using telehealth as the safest, most effective means of caregiving. It’s a luxury that low-income seniors who don’t have internet, a computer, or digital skills simply can’t access. Laurence Du Sault CalMatters -- 7/20/20


Latinos hope George Floyd protests brings focus on police violence in their community -- You don’t know these names, but Alejandra Merriman does. She wrote them on a piece of poster board and held it as she marched to demand justice: Frank Mendoza. Anthony Pacheco. Martin Escobar. Brittny Mejia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

Policy & Politics 

California could reinstate affirmative action. Here’s what that means for hiring -- California unions that represent public employees — including AFSCME, SEIU and the California Teachers Association — have endorsed the initiative to restore affirmative action. Their leaders say affirmative action polices could help agencies provide paths to employment and higher-paying jobs for people who otherwise could be overlooked. Matt Kristoffersen and Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/20/20

Scales of justice can be tipped by spending on prosecutions, public defenders -- It’s an undeniable maxim of American criminal justice: the government almost always wins. When campaign season rolls around, district attorneys invariably point to conviction rates north of 90 percent. In San Diego County, where District Attorney Summer Stephan next faces voters in 2022, the prosecutor’s office boasts of convicting almost 19 of every 20 defendants. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 7/20/20

UC Berkeley has a poor reputation among Black students. It’s trying to change that -- Two years ago, UC Berkeley seemed like a dream campus for Ahmad Mahmuod. The San Diego-born son of Somali refugees, the first in his family of nine to attend a four-year university, could hardly believe he’d earned admission to the world-famous campus, known for its top academic rankings and history of progressive activism. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

CA120: Say hello to the ‘Lucky Eight’ -- The 2021 redistricting has begun in earnest with the seating of the first eight members of the California Citizens Commission, the so-called “Lucky Eight” because they were seated after a random draw of ping-pong balls. In the quarantine era, this drawinbg, carried live, likely qualified as riveting entertainment. Paul Mitchell Capitol Weekly -- 7/20/20


California weighs steep new fines to combat illegal cannabis sellers -- Alarmed that unlicensed cannabis sellers continue to dominate California’s pot market, state lawmakers are moving toward imposing steep new fines on businesses that provide building space, advertising platforms and other aid to illicit operations. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

Business Risks  

No grand opening: Why the pandemic has been extra hard on Sacramento’s new restaurants -- More than 20 restaurants have opened in Sacramento and Placer counties in the last three months, trying to carve out a place in their respective neighborhoods while handcuffed by social distancing requirements and fears of virus transmission. Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/20/20


Out in the open, Sacramento’s homeless face a hidden public health crisis -- Finding a toilet became more difficult for Sacramento’s homeless population during the coronavirus pandemic, as gas stations and fast food joints closed their restrooms and public facilities periodically shuttered in an effort to rein in the outbreak. The pandemic compounded existing issues for Sacramento’s homeless population, which has long struggled to access toilets and sinks. Jasmine Kerber in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/20/20


California Policy & Politics Monday Morning  

L.A. County continues dangerous coronavirus surge as Garcetti warns of new restrictions -- Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 2,848 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with the majority of those infected under the age of 41, as related hospitalizations reached a new high. Howard Blume, Alex Wigglesworth in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

15 L.A. County children sickened by rare coronavirus-related inflammatory syndrome -- Multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, can cause different parts of the body to become inflamed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. Symptoms include fever, pain in the abdomen, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes and exhaustion. Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

‘I was naive to think this couldn’t touch my family’: Pacific Islanders hit hard by the coronavirus -- It was still early in California’s coronavirus outbreak when Lina Ili started feeling the symptoms that would soon turn her family’s life upside down. Tony Barboza, Ben Poston in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

San Francisco malls closed with city on coronavirus watch list -- Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the Bay Area continued to mount over the weekend, and San Francisco’s two indoor malls are back in lockdown mode barely one month after being allowed by the city to reopen. John King and J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 7/20/20

Future of California-funded coronavirus testing sites unclear after August -- The future of more than 100 state-funded coronavirus testing sites across California will be up in the air at the end of the summer, stirring concerns that hard-pressed counties may be forced to fill in the gaps themselves. Fiona Kelliher in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 7/20/20

How the coronavirus spread through one immigration facility -- Gregory Arnold walked into the warden’s office April 1 as the novel coronavirus ripped through one of the largest immigration detention centers in the United States. Waiting with about 40 guards to begin his shift, he heard a captain say face masks were prohibited. Elliot Spagat Associated Press -- 7/20/20

Military teams sent to five California hospitals amid coronavirus staffing shortages -- Active-duty U.S. Air Force doctors, nurses and other medical providers are being sent to work in California hospitals to assist with a steep rise in coronavirus cases that has strained some healthcare systems across the state. Maya Lau, Alex Wigglesworth in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

Bay Area teens, stuck inside, grappling with new kind of fear of missing out -- As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, many of us are struggling with shutdown fatigue. But for teenagers whose families are taking public health orders seriously, the feelings of missing out can be even more intense. Aidin Vaziri in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 7/20/20

Enforcing Bay Area health orders: Thousands of complaints, many warnings, few citations -- In the first weeks of the Bay Area’s coronavirus shutdown, callers flooded Santa Clara County’s hotline for reporting rule-breakers, with most complaints focused on businesses flouting the health order and staying open. Catherine Ho and Aidin Vaziri in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 7/20/20


Nancy Pelosi calls for FBI probe into ‘brutal police killing’ and ‘murder’ of Sean Monterrosa by Vallejo police -- In a striking statement that referred to the incident as a “brutal police killing” and a murder, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday publicly called for the FBI to investigate the June fatal shooting of Sean Monterrosa by a Vallejo police officer. Nate Gartrell in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 7/20/20

‘It’s extremely terrifying to me’: Bay Area protesters speak out about Portland -- About 50 people gathered at Wallenberg High School in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon to spread their message about disbanding the police. Rusty Simmons in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 7/20/20

Out of Portland tear gas, an apparition emerges, capturing the imagination of protesters -- She emerged as an apparition from clouds of tear gas as federal agents fired pepper balls at angry protesters in the early Saturday darkness. A woman wearing nothing but a black face mask and a stocking cap strode toward a dozen heavily armed agents attired in camouflage fatigues, lined up across a downtown Portland street. Richard Read in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20


Did baristas lose their jobs because of COVID-19 or because they tried to unionize? -- It was just like the heady pre-pandemic days at Augie’s Coffee on a recent Friday morning in downtown Riverside. Gustavo Arellano in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

Policy & Politics 

Rocklin church defies California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order by holding indoor service -- Pastor Greg Fairrington prayed for Gavin Newsom during a fiery sermon Sunday while acting in defiance of the California governor’s public health order prohibiting indoor worship. Fairrington, the lead pastor at Destiny Christian Church in Rocklin, told his south Placer County congregation they were engaged in a spiritual battle between good and evil. Jason Anderson in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/20/20

Antiracism as government policy? County supervisors will decide soon -- The antiracism movement in Los Angeles County is moving from protest marches to the halls of power. On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors is slated to begin debate over a proposal aimed at strengthening county efforts to address racial inequality. Jaclyn Cosgrove in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

California progressives want Barbara Lee, Karen Bass or Nina Turner to be VP -- California Sen. Kamala Harris is widely believed to be on Joe Biden’s short list for vice president, but a group of Bernie Sanders supporters in the California Democratic Party wants the nominee-to-be to pick either Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee or one of two other Black women instead. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 7/20/20

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a Black housing crisis gets worse -- Black Americans have long been more likely to pay unaffordable rent and mortgages compared with white people, according to census data. With the current downturn, Black households face a greater probability of being unable to pay, raising the risk some may be forced onto the streets or into shelters already disproportionately occupied by Black people. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

Cannabis farmers in a poor California town want to go legit, but the raids keep coming -- Ronnie Bell’s prized possessions aren’t the collectible toys or bongs that clutter his ranch-style house. What the 65-year-old values most is his extensive indoor marijuana grow. Stephanie Lai in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/20/20

Walters: California tests at-home schooling -- After weeks of uncertainty, it’s now obvious that the vast majority of California’s six million public school students will be staying, and presumably studying, at home this fall, rather than returning to the classrooms they hastily abandoned four months ago. Dan Walters CalMatters -- 7/20/20

Also . . .   

Pavement markers slow daredevil skateboarders on popular SF hill after near-fatal crash -- A gnarly collision near Dolores Park on Friday sent a bicyclist and a skateboarder to a hospital and may have forever ended skateboarding on a popular San Francisco hill. Rusty Simmons in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 7/20/20

POTUS 45  

Trump defends bungled handling of coronavirus with falsehoods and dubious claims -- President Trump said in an interview aired Sunday that the rising number of U.S. deaths from the coronavirus “is what it is,” defended his fumbled management of the pandemic with a barrage of dubious and false claims, and revealed his lack of understanding about the fundamental science of how the virus spreads and infects people. Philip Rucker and Felicia Sonmez in the Washington Post$ -- 7/20/20


Biden under pressure to shatter ‘cement ceiling’ by naming a black woman to be his running mate -- Ask Joe Biden what he’s looking for in a vice president and he fondly describes his tenure as second-in-command to former president Barack Obama. Vanessa Williams and Sean Sullivan in the Washington Post$ -- 7/20/20


-- Sunday Updates   

Garcetti says economy reopened too quickly, warns of new stay-at-home order -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday said L.A. opened too quickly and again warned that the cityß was close to imposing some type of new stay-at-home order as coronavirus cases continued to spike. Alex Wigglesworth in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/19/20

Coronavirus backlash triggers wave of progressive activism from Asian Americans in Orange County -- After generations of benefiting from a conservative trope that painted Asian Americans as shining examples of how to assimilate and overcome racism, Tammy Kim said a wave of discrimination tied to the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped reality for many Asian Americans in Orange County. Brooke Staggs in the Orange County Register -- 7/19/20

How Vietnamese Americans rallied behind nail salons during the California shutdown -- Nail salon owners say they face two obstacles: recovering from the hit to their bottom line from months of closure, as well as worries about their reputation. Debra Kahn Politico -- 7/19/20

Rep. Karen Bass: Flags must remain ‘at half-mast’ until John Lewis is laid to rest -- After urging President Donald Trump on Saturday to remain silent on the death of Rep. John Lewis, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass said flags must remain lowered until Lewis is laid to rest. Maria Carrasco Politico -- 7/19/20

San Diego’s beach neighborhoods use secret weapon to limit parking — illegally painted red curbs -- The longtime San Diego battle between beachgoers and the neighborhoods where they park has risen to a new level this summer in La Jolla Shores, where someone illegally painted 150 feet of curb red so no one would park there. David Garrick in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 7/19/20

California is trying to crack down on power line fires. Will it work? -- After years of failing to stop fiery catastrophes caused by California utility companies, state regulators are taking a different approach this year that they hope will prevent power lines from burning more neighborhoods to the ground. J.D. Morris in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 7/19/20

New records in Oakland police shooting raise questions about DA’s role in investigating cops -- Swerving on Fruitvale Avenue, the red Buick was spotted by two rookie Oakland cops. The Buick’s driver hooked a U-turn and sped off. The patrol car trailed for several blocks, its lights flashing and sirens blaring, before the Buick stopped. David DeBolt, Thomas Peele, Robert Salonga in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 7/19/20

Trump Leans Into False Virus Claims in Combative Fox News Interview -- An agitated President Trump offered a string of combative and often dubious assertions in an interview aired Sunday, defending his handling of the coronavirus with misleading evidence, attacking his own health experts, disputing polls showing him trailing in his re-election race and defending people who display the Confederate flag as victims of “cancel culture.” Katie Rogers in the New York Times$ -- 7/19/20

Trump declines to say whether he will accept November election results -- President Trump declined to say whether he will accept the results of the November election, claiming without evidence that mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic could “rig” the outcome. Felicia Sonmez in the Washington Post$ -- 7/19/20


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