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Newsom on Covid: ‘There are good things to report’

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After what appeared to be a near-lightless holiday season and the start of the New Year, California officials in recent days have pointed to signs that the overwhelming coronavirus outbreak in the state is finally easing – or at least not. not get worse.

“There are good things to report,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a video message posted Tuesday evening. “We are starting to see some stabilization in both the ICUs and our positivity rate.”

And he officially announced that a strict home support order affecting the Sacramento area would be lifted, with immediate effect, due to the expected improvement in the capacity of the area’s intensive care unit. This means that some businesses, including hair salons and restaurants with outdoor dining, may be able to reopen.

[Track coronavirus cases and hospitalizations across California.]

It was the first of the four major regions of the state that had been placed under the exit order.

Dr Mark Ghaly, Secretary of State for Health and Human Services, told a virtual press conference on Tuesday that “the biggest signal to me that things are starting to stabilize and potentially improve” is the flattening rate of hospital admissions.

New Covid-19-related hospitalizations increased from around 3,500 per day around Jan.5 to 2,500 and 2,600 in the previous two days, he said.

Still, hospitals in the vast Southern California and Central Valley region, both of which are still on stay-at-home orders, are full.

And according to a New York Times database on Tuesday, officials reported that more than 720 people have died from the virus in California – a daily record.

The state has also fought relentlessly to deploy vaccines, despite what leaders have described for months as a detailed and “fairness-driven” planning process, based on a carefully structured hierarchy of workers and managers. age groups. As of Tuesday, only a quarter of the state’s available doses had been administered.

On Wednesday, however, Mr Newsom announced that the state was opening vaccine eligibility to anyone aged 65 and over, as well as building a new system to alert residents when they were eligible to be vaccinated. . It should start next week.

“There is no higher priority than effectively and equitably distributing these vaccines as quickly as possible to those facing the most serious consequences,” he said in a statement. “For those who are not yet eligible for vaccines, your turn is coming. We are doing everything we can to bring more vaccines to the state. “

Some cities and counties are also expected to open mass vaccination centers, such as at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles – although Los Angeles County is set to continue immunizing only healthcare workers at least until the end of the day. end of the month.

The move comes shortly after the federal government ordered states to begin using reserved doses of vaccine for second injections.

[Read the latest story about the shifting federal vaccine rollout guidance.]

Dr David Lubarsky, executive director of UC Davis Health, said on Tuesday that while Governor, Dr Ghaly and others in the state had done their best to navigate a difficult situation, “perfection is there. ‘enemy of good’. The top priority should be getting gunfire – not spending resources to keep people from crossing the line.

“If you are so determined to make sure that Patient A has to come before Patient B before Citizen C, you can’t get people to the door enough,” he said.

He said the state would be better served by allowing healthcare providers a greater share of doses to be administered to patients rather than counties.

Healthcare providers, he said, already have built-in ways to contact regular patients in large groups based on factors such as their age and risk of death. And large healthcare systems, in particular, can quickly create algorithms to factor in things like zip code, which can indicate whether a patient may live in a particularly vulnerable community.

Dr Lubarsky said that as of Tuesday, about 12,000 of the system’s 13,000 staff received at least their first doses of the vaccine by opening the process, and patient vaccinations were due to begin soon.

“We said, ‘If someone skipped the line, shame on them,’ he said. “If they showed us their ID cards and worked in the hospital, it was a bit of an honor system.”

[Read four opinion pieces by experts about how to fix the vaccine rollout.]

As a result, he said, the rate of transmission of Covid-19 among staff has dropped significantly. In recent weeks, an average of 135 employees “were getting Covid and going home.” This week, he says, that number is in the 1920s.

Ultimately, Dr Lubarsky said opening mass vaccination centers and other efforts to expand eligibility were positive steps.

“I think they are 100% moving in the right direction,” he said.

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President Trump on Wednesday became the first president in the country’s history to be impeached twice.

In a chamber led by President Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from San Francisco, 232 members of Congress voted to accuse the president of inciting a violent insurgency against the US government.

This list included each Democratic representative, as well as 10 members of the president’s own party.

Among the Republicans who voted for impeachment was Representative David Valadao, who narrowly took over the Central Valley siege he lost in 2018 in November.

Although he said on twitter that he believed Ms Pelosi had turned “what should be a full investigation into a hasty political coup,” he had to vote his conscience.

“Its inciting rhetoric was anti-American, odious and absolutely unforgivable,” Mr. Valadao said. “It’s time to put the country above politics.”

Patches – a calico cat believed to have been killed alongside his owner in January 2018 when rainstorms sent debris sliding down the Montecito hills in the aftermath of Thomas’ fire – was recently found alive and reunited with its owner’s partner, the Associated Press reported.

“While we don’t know exactly what she’s been doing with her life for the past three years, we can see that Patches and Norm are thrilled to be reunited,” the shelter who found the feline said in a Facebook post.

Maybe that would have been enough heartwarming cat news for a day. But then I came across this report from the Sonoma Index-Tribune, about a woman from Glen Ellen who also recently tracked down her cat, Mordecai Jones, who was also lost for about three years, after missing during the 2017 forest fires.

I’m not sure if this confluence of pet-related good fortune is meaningful, but I think this week we’ll take what we can get.


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Gov. Gavin Newsom of California has described an “all-terrain approach” that will allow a wider range of healthcare workers, including pharmacists and dentists, to administer the coronavirus vaccine.

We are sending an urgent appeal to all levels, to our healthcare partners, to our legislative partners, as well as to labor and business partners from top to bottom of state, this notion of a practical approach to accelerate the fair and safe process. vaccine distribution. Once again, we are not losing sight of the issue of fairness. We do not lose sight of the imperative to give priority to the most vulnerable and the most essential. That’s why we’re talking about our special efforts to vaccinate vaccinators as part of everyone on deck – the slide that represents the number of categories of individuals and groups that can currently vaccinate. And you can see the myriad of registered nurses, medical assistants and the like. But we recognize that more people need to have this capacity. And that’s why you remember that about a week ago we talked about our efforts on pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. We are seeing more and more paramedics partnering with the counties. Local health workers are encouraging this and we are very supportive of paramedics as this local option allowing additional vaccinators to help deliver these vaccines faster.

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Video: ‘We’re not at the finish line,’ Newsom says despite virus vaccine

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Governor Gavin Newsom of California announced the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine in his state, but stressed the danger the state faces in the coming weeks.

We finally see the vaccine used. We’re finally seeing those we value most – we’ve been celebrating since the start of this pandemic – getting that support. These emergency doctors and nurses, the people out there on the front lines of this pandemic, and from the start, have been tired, worn out, worn out. I had these conversations about some of the work we do, our mutual aid for morgues, and our working with coroners just a few days ago. And some have been hesitant to want to share this publicly. But I think I have an obligation to publicly share what we are doing on this issue. Here are the numbers: 163 people we lost on average, every day – 142 yesterday. We just had to order 5,000 more body bags. They just bought for the state. And we just distributed them in San Diego, Los Angeles, Inyo counties. This should give food for thought. I’m not saying that, you know, I don’t want people to run around with that. I don’t want people to scare people. But, but it’s a deadly disease, and we have to keep in mind where we are on this current journey together towards the vaccine. We are not yet at the finish line.

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Video: California hospitals face spike in Covid-19 patients, Newsom says

TimesVideoCalifornia Hospitals facing spike in Covid-19 patients, Newsom told Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said the number of hospitalizations for Covid-19 in the state jumped 72% in two weeks, with a 69% increase in the number of patients infected with the virus admitted to intensive care.

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The pressure on California hospitals is growing again rapidly, Newsom says.

Hospitals across California continued to fill up quickly to dangerous levels as state and local authorities try to curb the explosive spread of the coronavirus in the state, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday.

More than 10,000 Covid-19 patients are now hospitalized in the state, he said, 72% more than two weeks ago. The number of intensive care units increased by 69% during this period.

“You can see how quickly this is developing,” he said at a press conference.

The country’s most populous state has tried to prepare for a fall push by preparing emergency health care facilities, stockpiling thousands of ventilators, stepping up testing and other measures. These preparations are now being tested on a large scale by the state’s deadly upward trajectory in the number of cases.

As of Monday, millions of Californians live under some of the most aggressive restrictions since March, when the state imposed the nation’s first stay-at-home order. Experts say the order helped curb the spread of the virus in California at a time when it raged out of control in places like New York City and hospitals were inundated.

This time around, California’s new guidelines to stay at home as much as possible in three of its five regions have met much more resistance, even though the virus is more widespread now than it has ever been. summer. The feeling of exhaustion and frustration is more palpable, as leaders plead with tired residents to hang on to a more difficult stretch before vaccines become widely available.

Many people in the state say they have listened to advice on making their lives safer by moving their activities outside and wearing masks, and that the new restrictions send a confusing message by closing playgrounds and preventing people get together with relatives, even outdoors, while keeping malls open.

On top of that, law enforcement officials across the state, including Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, have said they will not enforce the new restrictions.

On Monday, after new restrictions took effect across much of the state, Newsom sought to avoid panic over the hospital’s capacity.

He said the state still has more than 73,000 hospital beds open and regional leaders have been looking at where to retreat from elective surgeries to preserve space for emergency patients. He discussed programs to recruit additional health workers and to allow some patients in hard-hit areas to be treated at home with ventilators.

“Hopefully this will add more optimism to the frame,” he said.

Even so, state officials say they expect the situation to worsen as the impact of Thanksgiving trips and gatherings becomes clearer.

“We know that cases that potentially happened during Thanksgiving are going to emerge now,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the California Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Mr Newsom also announced on Monday the statewide rollout of a new app, developed in partnership with Google and Apple, that can notify users when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the. virus. Technology relies on Bluetooth to detect phones that have been within feet of each other for more than a few minutes, and it can be difficult to get people to use them, some experts have said.

The system is voluntary, and comes over nine months into a pandemic that has overtaken all other efforts to alert people of potential exposure through contact tracing, leading to skepticism about the app’s effectiveness.

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Video: ‘Pulling that emergency brake’: Newsom announces new virus restrictions

Ultimately, if we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed. If we don’t act now, we’ll continue to see an increase in the death rate – more lives lost. And that is why today we are complying with the plan that we released about 14 weeks ago, by pulling on that emergency brake. In areas where the ICU capacity is less than 15%, we are now enforcing a three-week home stay order. We’ve defined these five regions: Northern California, Greater Sacramento, the Bay Area, the San Joaquin Valley, and the Greater Southern California area. By next week, or rather as late as next week, areas of Greater Sacramento, Northern California, as well as areas of the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, will have reached this critical care capacity. by 15% or less. The Bay Area may have a few extra days. Our current projections suggest mid-December, maybe the end. But all this in the coming weeks. When the area is categorized as home, bars, wineries, personal services, hair salons and more will be temporarily closed during this three week period. There is light at the end of the tunnel. We are a few months away from real progress with the vaccine, real distribution, real accessibility, real availability.

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A seat, competing pressures as Newsom considers Senate choice

SACRAMENTO – From Gavin Newsom’s time as a young San Francisco mayor through more than two decades of public life, Alex Padilla has been a staunch ally.

As chairman of the Los Angeles City Council, Mr. Padilla introduced Mr. Newsom to important union and Latino leaders. As a state senator, Mr. Padilla presided over Mr. Newsom’s first short-lived campaign for governor. And as California’s Secretary of State, Mr. Padilla conferred a key early endorsement that helped Mr. Newsom win the governor’s seat in 2018.

Now Mr Newsom is in a position to reciprocate: he must nominate someone to fill the soon-vacant U.S. Senate seat of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Although many names have been thrown to succeed Ms Harris, Mr Padilla has emerged as the frontrunner, according to more than half a dozen advisers, policy consultants and fellow lawmakers familiar with the governor’s thinking.

Yet nearly a month after Ms Harris was elected, Mr Newsom has yet to name a successor – and the pressure is mounting.

“Look, all roads lead to Alex Padilla,” said Nathalie Rayes, president of the Latino Victory Fund, which has been running a “Pick Padilla” campaign since August. “I think the longer he waits – well, I would have done that a long time ago, but I’m not the Governor of California.”

Since President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. chose Ms Harris as vice-president in August, the question of her successor has been a subject of high-stakes speculation. Mr Newsom faces extraordinary cross currents of factional rivalry and identity politics in a state where the Democratic Party is completely defined by both.

He spoke of the Senate appointment not as a political trinket he is eager to do without, but as a heavy task that is more likely to generate grudges than personal gratitude and popular excitement. That sense of imminent danger has only worsened in recent days, following news that Mr Newsom broke his own administration’s public health guidelines to attend an extravagant birthday party at French Laundry restaurant. for a longtime political advisor.

Critics seized on the misstep, adding to the challenges Mr Newsom already faces as his state grapples with a terrifying rise in Covid-19, lingering problems in its unemployment benefit system and impending loss of funds stimulus packages that subscribe to temporary shelter. for tens of thousands of homeless during the pandemic.

Asked about the Senate appointment last week, Mr Newsom dodged.

“This decision has not yet been made,” he said, speaking from his home, where he was in quarantine after three of his four children were found to have been in contact with a police officer. California Highway Patrol which subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. .

He said he had not set a timeline for the decision, other than that, it must be made by Jan. 20, when Ms Harris is sworn in as vice president. But, he added, “progress has been made.”

Uncertainty gave way to the lobbying of a whole series of aspirants and their political representatives. For a few weeks it appeared that the list of candidates for the post continued to grow rather than shrink towards possible selection.

Democratic leaders have sought to pull Newsom in different directions, playing on what they see as his short and long-term political aspirations. Some argue he needs to nominate a black candidate if he ever hopes to win a Democratic presidential primary, others that he needs to nominate a Latino to win a comfortable re-election in 2022, still others than Ms Harris must be replaced by another woman. or that he must appease the progressives if he is to govern successfully in an ongoing fiscal crisis.

This is in addition to the foundational fundamentals of the statewide campaign that the governor and successor to Senator Harris will have to do in 2022, when their term expires. California, the most populous state, has a myriad of subcultures – north and south, coastal and inland – and the primary countryside alone can cost millions of dollars.

Although Republicans make up less than a quarter of registered voters in the state, another roughly third of the electorate has no party preferences and turnout is declining in off-year elections. Whoever appoints Governor Newsom will need not only the experience, but also the money, the campaign trail, and the charisma to get Democrats from the Mexican border to the Oregon border.

Mr Newsom has had conversations with a few potential candidates, although he does not appear to have conducted formal interviews for the position, people familiar with the process said.

Mr Padilla, 47, has become a favorite with Latin American lawmakers, advocacy groups and a number of labor officials, and his circle of political advisers overlaps considerably with Newsom. The second son of a Mexican-born parent – a short-lived cook from Jalisco and a housekeeper from Chihuahua – Mr. Padilla made his way to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 1994 in mechanical engineering.

He and his siblings still live within five miles of the home they grew up in in Pacoima, Calif., In the San Fernando Valley. His original plan, he says, was to work in the aerospace industry, but the anti-immigrant policies that swept through California in the early 1990s propelled him into political activism.

“It was really a wake-up call,” he said last week, chopping onions for pumpkin chili as he spoke from home. Relatives were chatting in the background; he and his wife, Angela, have three children and his stepmother lives with them. “I knew I would have to do my part or that our community would continue to be a scapegoat.”

After graduating, he worked in the office of US Senator Dianne Feinstein. In 1999, he was a 26-year-old city councilor representing his old neighborhood. In 2001, he was the youngest president of Los Angeles City Council.

In the State Senate, where he spent eight years, Mr. Padilla presided over Mr. Newsom’s 2009 gubernatorial candidacy before Jerry Brown entered the race and Mr. Newsom retired, running. more like lieutenant governor.

In 2014, Mr. Padilla ran to the Secretary of State’s office on a promise to register one million new California voters. As a result of legislation it pushed to register Californians to vote when they get a driver’s license, the state added more than 4 million.

Exit polls have shown that a third of California’s electorate this year is Latino, a group that makes up 40% of the state’s population. Yet the state never had a Latin senator or governor. Mr Newsom was instrumental in ensuring the lockout continued in the 2018 election, when he defeated one of the state’s top Latin American Democrats, the former mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, during a primary election.

“The two political parties have failed to defend the needs of a growing electorate,” said Sonja Diaz, director of the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles. Choosing a Latino for one of the most powerful positions in the country, she added, would help turn the tide.

But other Latino candidates also have supporters. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, 62, raced and won statewide and represented Los Angeles in Congress; his name also appeared as a potential member of the Biden cabinet.

And Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia, 42, the city’s first openly gay mayor, has an enthusiastic base. In addition to running what would be the largest city of many other states, Mr. Garcia’s history-making biography and personal charisma have won him the attention of the National Democratic Party.

On Wednesday, Mr Garcia – who has been supporting Gov. Newsom since 2009 – said tackling a coronavirus outbreak hitting Los Angeles County was his priority for now and would not speak at length about the Senate vacancy.

“Anyone would be honored to serve their country in this way,” he said. “But I will support whoever the governor chooses.”

If Mr. Newsom elevates a state officer like Mr. Padilla or Mr. Becerra to the Senate, that would also create a new position to fill – potentially offering him a consolation prize for a person or group disappointed with his Senate decision. .

Still, active campaigns are underway to urge Mr Newsom to replace Ms Harris with a woman, especially a black woman. Led by longtime State Democrats like Willie Brown and dollar-dollar female donor groups, they argue that when Ms. Harris steps down and takes up her new post, the Senate will once again have no black women. The number of women of color in the bedroom would drop by a quarter to just three: Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Catherine Cortez-Masto of Nevada.

At least two black women from the United States House delegation are continuing their appointments: Reps Barbara Lee, 74, and Karen Bass, 67, though Ms Lee is seen as riding the much more determined campaign for the post. . Ms Bass, who was approved for vice-presidency last summer, is also under consideration for potential jobs in the Biden administration.

Neither approved the governor in the 2018 Democratic primary. But both women are highly regarded on the left, as is a third member of the House delegation who wants to join the Senate, Representative Ro Khanna, 44 years, former co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

The state’s Asian-American leaders have also encouraged Mr. Newsom to consider choosing a member of the increasingly politically organized community, such as Mr. Khanna or Representative Judy Chu, who chairs the Asia-American caucus. Pacific in the House.

Another prominent progressive, Representative Katie Porter of Orange County, is seen as a likely candidate for the Senate at some point, but perhaps more likely to seek the seat currently occupied by Senator Dianne Feinstein, who has 87 years old and announced this week that she was resigning. as the main democrat of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

There are, however, practical reasons why it may make sense for Mr Newsom to avoid an appointment from the House. Democrats are only expected to hold a tiny majority in the House in January, and that number could decline further if lawmakers accept nominations for jobs in the Biden administration.

Some Democrats have also suggested a long-term option where Mr Newsom could appoint a distinguished figure at the end of their public life, who would serve the last two years of Ms Harris’ tenure without seeking re-election – someone like Dolores Huerta . , the civil rights and union leader, who is 90, or Mr. Brown, who is 86.

For now, Mr. Padilla has played down the urgency of Mr. Newsom’s decision.

“He’s a deliberate person with tons on his plate,” Mr. Padilla said. “There are forest fires. There is Covid. He has a budget due in January. This is just another important element. “

But Ms. Rayes of the Latino Victory Fund was less patient.

“I know other people have their favorites, and I guess he’s really feeling the pressure,” she said. “But it would be easier to just hang out with it.”

Jill Cowan and Jennifer Medina contributed reporting.

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Newsom Family Quarantined Amid Rise Of Covid In California

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On Monday, in the middle of his virtual press briefing, Governor Gavin Newsom coughed.

He continued to speak and cough again. He stopped and smiled, apparently anticipating the question.

“It was tea that got into my throat,” he said. “Nothing more.”

Early in the morning, the governor’s office said Mr Newsom, along with his family, had entered quarantine after three of his children came into contact with a state highway patrol officer who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

The incident brought home – “literally,” Mr Newsom said, his head framed by old books as he spoke from a desk in his home – the realities of a coronavirus outbreak that has affected everyone. the corners of this vast state.

Although everyone in Mr. Newsom’s house – including his partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom; their four children; and someone the governor described as a housekeeper or caregiver residing “overseas” – tested negative for the virus on Sunday, he said they would all be quarantined for two weeks, according to the state and local councils.

[See coronavirus cases by California county.]

The Newsoms learned of the revelation on Friday evening, the governor’s office said. The whole family waited until Sunday to be tested to reduce the likelihood of a false negative result (the virus may take time to reach detectable levels after infection). The governor and his partner were not in direct contact with the officer.

One of Newsom’s children was already in quarantine after a classmate tested positive, Politico reported on Friday. The governor was criticized for returning his children to classrooms at their private schools when many public schools in the state remained closed. (And if you forgot, he also went to the French laundry with too many people – a misstep.)

With infections and hospitalizations each increasing at an alarming rate in the state, officials announced a curfew late last week for counties in the state’s reopening purple level – in other words, the curfew affects nearly all of the state’s nearly 40 million residents.

According to a New York Times database, the state reported an average of 12,694 new cases per day over the past week, a large increase from a month ago. That’s more than the state’s previous peak of just over 10,000 new cases per day at the end of July.

[Read more about the curfew.]

Officials implored Californians to take precautions and reconsider their movements even within the state.

Some local officials have also taken more aggressive steps to stem the tide and warn that further lockdowns may be possible.

San Francisco leaders have said the county, which has performed better than any other major city in the state, may be moved from the second most restrictive red level to the purple level this week, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

In Los Angeles County, where indoor dining has been closed for months and cases of the virus continue to rise, health officials took an extra step on Sunday to outdoor meals closed “To reduce the possibility of overcrowding and the potential for exposure.” This order takes effect Wednesday, just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

But as Eater Los Angeles reported, there was some reluctance over the measures, including from supervisor Kathryn Barger, who said closing restaurants whose owners have worked hard and invested heavily to operate safely. punishes the wrong people and will not stop the spread.

Mr Newsom also delivered encouraging news on Monday: The state could start immunizing some of the state’s 2.4 million healthcare workers as early as next month, and broader plans to distribute vaccines were underway. .

[If you missed it, here’s more about the state’s vaccine rollout.]

Read more:

  • Hospital staff prepare for more stress across the state after the holidays: “Everyone’s just petrified.” [The Los Angeles Times]

  • Small gatherings can certainly spread the virus. But the data doesn’t actually show they are responsible for the surge Across the country. [The New York Times]

  • A San Diego Superior Court Judge refused to order officials to lift restrictions on restaurants and gyms inside, claiming that “the impact on public health of dismantling part of the state’s response to COVID-19 designed to reduce the spread of the community outweighs the economic harm.” [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

  • Starting Wednesday, travelers arriving in Los Angeles at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, and Union Station from out-of-state should complete an online form recognizing the state-recommended 14-day quarantine. [CBS Los Angeles]

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  • In a signal that American companies are leaving President Trump, General Motors has said it will no longer support administration efforts to backtrack California Emissions Standards. [The New York Times]

If you missed it, in late September Mr Newsom said the state plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars in 15 years, adding urgency to the state’s climate plans. [The New York Times]

  • Appointment of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Alejandro N. Mayorkas will be the first Latino and the first immigrant to head the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Mayorkas is a former senior federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Loyola Law School. [The New York Times]

  • Senior California Senator, Dianne Feinstein, said she would relinquish the Democratic top spot on the Judiciary Committee next year, yielding to pressure from progressives. [The New York Times]

  • In a first in San Francisco, Chesa Boudin, the district attorney, announced that a former police officer had been charged with manslaughter after killing an unarmed carjacking suspect in 2017. [The New York Times]

  • Apple security chief accused of working with Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriff to redeem iPads for faster concealed weapon licenses. It’s part of a bigger corruption scandal engulfing Sheriff Laurie Smith’s office. [The Mercury News]

  • Due to Facebook’s algorithm, some accounts have acted as “super-diffusers” of disinformation, sow false electoral theories. [The New York Times]

  • Twenty years ago, last month, a show featuring a now iconic Burbank ensemble took the place of an eccentric Connecticut town debuts on the CW. Here’s a look at the reasons why “Gilmore Girls” survived. [The New York Times]


One of the many weird things about this pandemic is the way it has slowed down time.

Fortunately, there are always more books to read. My colleagues at The Times Book Review put together this list of the top 10 that came out this year. (One of them is “Uncanny Valley,” a Silicon Valley memoir that doubles as a “quietly damning talk” of the Bay Area tech scene.)


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