April 07, 2020

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Letter: Here’s what I see driving to Santa Clara every day
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I just want to voice what I have been seeing on the roadways, and that is a lot of cars.We are supposed to be staying home. But I work in Santa Clara and my work is essential so I have to travel from Fremont to Santa Clara every day.And every day this past week, I saw more and more cars on the freeways and streets.Related Articles Letter: Even fierce critics like Newsom, Cuomo praise Trump’s actions Letter: Jobs do more to sustain people than assistance Letter: If we just did this, millions of us could go back to work Letter: A stark difference between Trump’s and Newsom’s updates Letter: COVID-19 does not care about political affiliation It’s making me mad that so many people just don’t care about the shelter-in-place order. We need to follow the rules in order to slow this virus down.
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As governor sends 500 ventilators to national stockpile, Santa Clara County seeks used equipment
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SAN JOSE, Calif. - On Monday, Governor Newsom announced that California will be lending 500 ventilators to the national stockpile to help New York, Louisiana and other coronavirus hot spots. The governor made the announcement at the same time Santa Clara County is looking for used ventilators. The county is willing to pay a $1,000 bounty for each ventilator even if it’s broken.“Even if they are broken we are interested in those ventilators because we want to get as many as we can to Santa Clara County,” said Cindy Chavez, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.Right now, Santa Clara County has 435 ventilators available and foresees needing 1,000 more. Sunnyvale-based Bloom Energy will refurbish them. The ventilators will then be distributed to all 11 hospitals in the county.
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Harriette Cole: My kids suddenly realized how poor we are
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DEAR HARRIETTE: I live in New York City, and the disparity between the haves and have-nots is so real, it’s scary. We are an average family, but we see now that being middle class almost equals being poor these days.Many of my neighbors packed up and shipped out as soon as news of the pandemic hit our city, which has more cases than anywhere else. It was like a Friday evening in the summer, when everybody goes to the Hamptons or to wherever their country homes are. We don’t have a country home.A lot of my kids’ friends have left. As they are talking over Snapchat, my kids now realize that most of their friends who once seemed equal to them are actually way better off in their fancy second homes.How do I keep my kids calm and deal with everything that’s going on when part of it is hard to discuss, including why the disparities are so different from family to family? Suddenly I feel poor and disadvantaged.
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St. Anthony’s Diner is feeding more people now than ever in its 70-year history
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SAN FRANCISCO - Those who run St. Anthony's Dining Room in San Francisco's Tenderloin say they've never had to serve this many meals each day to the homeless and those who are nearly homeless. And they've been around for almost 70 years."It's a lot of people. It's a lot of meals we are serving," said St. Anthony's dining room development director Suzie Sheedy. "The closest thing was the Loma Prieta earthquake. But this by far has had a much larger and much longer impact on our daily services."St. Anthony's is now serving about 3,300 lunches daily. That's a 1,000 meals per day more since the pandemic began."We're seeing people in line we have never seen before. The fact is, people are being laid off, the people who were already on the edge of poverty are now having to chose between paying the rent, the electricity bill, or food," said Sheedy. 
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Muni, BART Cut Back Service Significantly Due To Pandemic
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With ridership plunging due to the pandemic, deep cuts are coming to both Muni and BART. Both transit systems will be scaling back service significantly this week. Joe Vazquez reports. (4-6-2020)
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Coronavirus tip: Seeking sourdough starter? Look no further than a neighborhood tree
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Making bread has become a popular quarantine hobby amid the and it seems like everyone is trying it because baking ingredients are wiped out on grocery shelves. But, San Francisco residents have found a creative and resourceful way to share the wealth amid the Dry yeast packets are like gold and sold out at most stores, so home bakers are sharing an even more prized ingredient, sourdough starter. The fermented smelling, yeasty bubbly mixture is an essential element that's used to leaven your loaf and give it a distinct, yet delicious taste. However, it takes at least 5 days to make and many feedings until the starter is ready to be used. If you don't have the patience, get outside for some fresh air, keep your social distance and look no further than a telephone pole.
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Bay Area Restaurants Getting Hit by Burglars During Coronavirus Pandemic
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Bay Area restaurants, already seeing a devastating drop in business during the shelter-at-home order, are now getting hit by burglars.Someone smashed a window and broke into Jack Holder's in San Jose over the weekend, days after they provided free meals to more than 200 first responders.“The initial reaction is anger, you’ve been violated,” said owner Dan Holder. “You do something nice for the community and then some lowlife breaks into your business.”
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Fremont community thanks essential workers, including their mailman
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FREMONT, Calif. (KGO) -- A neighborhood in Fremont was full of encouraging messages for their mailman and first responders during coronavirus pandemic. "Dear Mailman, Thank you and stay safe" is what a homemade sign on a mailbox in the Parkmont Villas community. Sal Garcia is the mailman there and says he recently came across nearly a dozen signs like this. "It felt really good," Garcia said. "I took pictures of them because I did feel something. Thank you I appreciate the love the support." Kay Diack lives in the neighborhood and says it was the kids who made the signs. All in an effort to thank first responders who came to visit, medical workers, garbage collectors, grocery workers, and of course, mailman Sal. Sal has been delivering mail for 24 years. September will be his 25th year anniversary and those in Fremont are proud of his work.
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Coronavirus crisis: Renters searching for relief in Mountain View
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (KGO) -- Available resources aren't meeting the requests of residents seeking rent relief in Mountain View. Rental assistance group, (CSA), confirmed it has already helped 76 families. However, hundreds of others also need support. "We have a queue of about 1,200 people waiting for rental assistance from our agency," CSA Executive Director, Tom Myers told ABC7 News. "And that's why it's absolutely vital that we get as much funding in here as we possibly can for this rental relief that we're providing." Myers explained, what the agency is able to offer is just not enough. "It's not enough, and we have people who are going to be having a real trouble in paying their rents," he added. The City of Mountain View has already added $500,000 to the agency's relief efforts. Myers said it can take up to $2,000 to help each qualifying household- meaning, there isn't enough money to go around.
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Scientists Focus On Antibody Test That Could Be Key In Getting People Back To Work
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Scientists in the Bay Area and around the world are focusing on an antibody test that could determine who has recovered from the coronavirus without ever knowing it. Betty Yu reports. (4-6-2020)
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Coronavirus Update: Santa Clara County Offers To Pay $1,000 For Old, Used Ventilators
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Leaders of Santa Clara County, the Bay Area county hit hardest by coronavirus, are willing to pay a bounty of $1,000 to anyone who can provide a used or old ventilator. Katie Nielsen reports. (4-6-2020)
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Pet Owners Worried About Passing COVID-19 to Their Beloved Animals
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Pet owners are in a frenzy wondering if they can pass COVID-19 to their beloved animals after a report of a person doing exactly that to a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York.Nadie, a 4-year-old Malayan tiger contracted the coronavirus from an asymptomatic worker. She is expected to be okay, as are the other six large cats that also have symptoms. Nikki Smith from Sonoma County’s Safari West, an African adventure park that has cheetahs, rhinos and other exotic animals, said she was surprised but not shocked.
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Coronavirus: Eviction ban eyed for small Peninsula businesses
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REDWOOD CITY – Small businesses battered by the novel coronavirus in unincorporated San Mateo County would no longer have to fear eviction for nonpayment of rent under an urgency ordinance the Board of Supervisors is set to consider Tuesday.The ordinance would take effect immediately if approved. It would apply only to businesses under $2.5 million in annual gross receipts in unincorporated areas of the county.“Small businesses, just like all of us in this county and this world, did not ask for this pandemic and the health and financial uncertainties it brings,” said District 4 Supervisor Warren Slocum, the ordinance’s co-sponsor, in a statement. “As leaders of this county, we must do everything we can to help our community and that includes protecting our businesses for their own sake as well as the community that relies on them.”
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I-Team digs into records of Orinda nursing home, scene of COVID-19 outbreak
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ORINDA, Calif. (KGO) -- A resident from East Bay nursing home Orinda Care Center died over the weekend after testing positive for novel coronavirus. He was among two dozen residents who've been infected there, along with several staff, making for one of the largest nursing home outbreaks in the state. The ABC7 I-Team has been digging into the facility's records. Advocates for nursing homes tell us this coronavirus pandemic is exposing long-simmering problems with oversight. In exclusive video, crews in hazmat suits perform a deep clean for COVID-19 at Orinda Care Center. The I-Team was there Sunday to also see a nurse from the county arrive, her second day working at the facility. "Just helping." "Helping to clean things up and to test or-" "No, just to help with the patients." "Okay, great, thank you."
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Chalk art draws East Bay neighbors together amid the COVID-19 pandemic
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LIVERMORE, Calif. (KGO) -- As week three of California's shelter-in-place order comes to an end. A Livermore neighborhood is finding a way to show their gratitude to front-line workers from their own driveway. One family's bright idea inspired their neighbors to dazzle their sidewalks and driveways to sending positive messages to neighbors and the many heroes working the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. "I dedicated two pieces of artwork to the people who serve and the 911 dispatchers because they don't get enough recognition," Victoria Leeds-Piotrowski, a Livermore resident. Tiffany Dodds and her family wanted to send thanks to healthcare workers, truck drivers and grocery store workers who are still having to work during the spread of the virus. "We decided to do the American flag and messages of support, stay positive, stay healthy and stay strong," said Tiffany Dodds, a Livermore resident.
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San Francisco’s Green Apple Books struggles for survival, adapts to change
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SAN FRANCISCO - Many would consider Green Apple Books on busy Clement Street in San Francisco's Richmond District an institution. After all it opened its doors in 1967.Now, the owners of the bookstore have turned to online sales to comply with the coronavirus shelter-in-place order. Most employees have been laid off.   "I just want to unlock the door and let people back into the store," said Kevin Ryan, co-owner of Green Apple Books and two other bookstores in the city.    Inside the store, it's unnaturally quiet. The shelves are filled, but there's no one browsing in the isles.    "It's amazing how quickly it shut down," said Ryan,"It's very strange. Got the garbage cans in the store. Boxes in places where there ordinarily wouldn't be boxes."   The business is coping with the third week of shelter in place.
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New San Francisco COVID-19 Cases Prompt Strategy Change
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San Francisco officials on Monday embraced using vacant hotel rooms to house the city’s at-risk homeless population within hours after two residents of the city’s largest shelter tested positive for COVID-19.On Monday, Mayor London Breed disclosed that the two residents who tested positive while being housed at Multi Service Center South, a 340 bed facility run by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, have been moved, along with 19 other residents who had been exposed.
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Oakley: 35-year-old woman injured in shooting
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OAKLEY – Contra Costa County authorities are investigating a shooting that sent a 35-year-old woman to the hospital late Monday night.The shooting was reported about 9:45 p.m. on the 2600 block of Dutch Slough Road in Oakley, according to Battalion Chief Craig Auzenne of the East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Firefighters arrived to find the woman with a single gunshot wound to the leg.In a news release, Auzenne said the woman was flown by helicopter to the John Muir Health-Walnut Creek Medical Center.The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting, according to Auzenne.Check back for updates.
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San Francisco Relocating Homeless Out of Shelters and Into Hotels After Abrupt Policy Change
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In a sudden reversal, Mayor London Breed announced San Francisco will begin utilizing hotel rooms to house more of the city’s homeless.  To promote “social distancing” and reduce population levels at shelters throughout San Francisco, city leaders had previously unveiled plans to relocate hundreds of people out of shelters into large-scale homeless centers, such as a newly constructed 394-bed shelter at the Moscone Convention Center. However, on Monday – just three days after city leaders opened the Moscone West shelter – Breed announced her administration will instead rely on hotel rooms to relocate homeless individuals out of overcrowded shelters.  
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Respiratory Therapist on the Front Line of COVID-19 Helps Save Lives
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There’s a lot of talk about men and women on the front line of COVID-19 helping to save lives during the pandemic and one respiratory therapist who is doing just that. Heather Moore works at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek. She and her colleagues put their lives on the line, treating COVID-19 patients and though she says the hospital has enough ventilators, that could change.“I know we are preserving them as best we can right now,” she said. “It's always going to be a fear because we don’t know how long this is going to go on for.”
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East Bay Hospital Worker Sleeps in Car to Prevent Bringing COVID-19 Home
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Ready to care for others, but scared to go home.That's how a hospital worker in the East Bay feels every time her shift is over. The worker worries she will bring the coronavirus home to her family.The worried mom has even resorted to sleeping in her car because she can’t find a safe temporary place to spend the night."I just feel the energy in the emergency room has just shifted so much in the past month, it’s really scary," said Jamie Levingston, a San Leandro Hospital employee.
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County says it has housing for all homeless with COVID-19
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Santa Clara County officials announced late Friday that they had identified housing for every person with COVID-19 who needs housing assistance.“We have led the region in addressing homelessness and the housing challenges facing our community,” said County Supervisor Dave Cortese.In addition to that laudable feat, officials said 174 vulnerable residents have been given shelter space or other housing, with more than 200 more set to receive placements in coming days.County staff, led by the Director of the County’s Office of Supportive Housing Ky Le, are working with other government agencies and non-profit partners to secure the housing space.Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Destination: Home, and the City of San Jose have assisted. Homeless individuals are more likely to have underlying health conditions, which put them at high-risk for COVID-19 complications.
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Bay Area cities issue citations for violating social distancing rule amid COVID-19 lockdown
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- At least two major Bay Area cities have issued citations to individuals violating public health orders in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Two citations have been handed out in San Francisco and two in San Jose. None have been handed out in Oakland. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said in a press conference Monday, "This is a matter of life and death so we're asking that the public please comply with these public health orders." Chief Scott says he's had conversations with the San Francisco District Attorney about the possibility of the DA's office filing charges stemming from the citations issued. "I will say that he's been extremely supportive we've talked specifically about the need, if the need arises he is supportive," said Chief Scott. Chief Scott said he didn't have the cases to discuss the merits of either, but that eventually the two cases would make their way to prosecutors.
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1 Person Injured After Crashing Into Contra Costa Co. Fire Engine on WB Hwy. 24
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At least one person was transported to a hospital after crashing into a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District fire engine on a state Highway 24 off-ramp in Lafayette late Monday night, according to fire officials.The engine struck was part of a team of firefighters still working an earlier traffic collision, Fire Captain George Laing said. It was hit at about 11:33 p.m. Monday by a Honda Accord just east of Acalanes Road, per the California Highway Patrol.
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Shelter-In-Place, Social Distancing Elusive For Thousands Of Bay Area Homeless During Coronavirus Pa
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On week four of a shelter-in-place order, tens of thousands of unhoused people in the Bay Area are still unable to do so.  Susie Steimle reports. (4-6-2020)
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