5:38 a.m. Teamsters pressure Apple and Tesla to pay shuttle bus drivers during pandemic: A union representing 1,000 shuttle bus drivers is calling on Apple and Tesla to guarantee these contracted employees get paychecks and health care during the coronavirus pandemic, when Silicon Valley companies have shut their doors. Facebook, Genentech, Electronic Arts, Twitter, Salesforce and LinkedIn have all pledged to maintain these protections for drivers. “Both Apple and Tesla seem to pride themselves on being good corporate citizens, and both benefit greatly (from) the services these drivers provide,” Rome Aloise, president of Teamsters Joint Council 7 said in a statement. “I am hoping that this is simply an oversight by both companies, and that they will step up and do the same as the other tech companies.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus in the Bay Area: The key events unfolding on March 31
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On Tuesday health officials from six Bay Area counties ruled that nonessential construction must stop through at least May 3 because of the coronavirus health emergency. The order shut down construction of hotels, commercial buildings, and residential buildings that don’t have at least 10% affordable units. It allows projects “that provide services to vulnerable populations” as well as those that are “required to maintain safety, sanitation, and habitability of residences and commercial buildings.” The order exempts health care projects related to fighting the pandemic. … [Read more...] about Bay Area builders scramble to shut down job sites as construction joins stay-home list
Regional exodus It's a story that is being repeated throughout the Bay Area. Since 1990, census estimates suggest the region has lost at least 40,000 African Americans, or 8 percent of its black population, even while the region's overall population increased by 15 percent. Flight has been greatest in the most urban counties, with San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda collectively losing more than 20 percent of their black residents. Many have moved to the Bay Area's outer suburbs - particularly Solano and eastern Contra Costa counties - while others have left the region altogether. In a 2004 study, demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution found that many black Californians were making a "reverse migration" and heading back to the South. … [Read more...] about Bayview revitalization comes with huge price to black residents
In light of coronavirus, many individuals have quickly picked up on the need to wash hands any time you leave and reenter your household. But if you have an infected person living in your home — even in an entirely separate room — you need to be constantly washing your hands at home, ideally at least once an hour, or even more. … [Read more...] about What should you do if a member of your household gets COVID-19?
12:27 p.m. Stricter measures in Bay Area shelter-in-place extension to May 3: Bay Area officials confirmed Tuesday that the shelter-in-place order has been extended to May 3 and with stricter guidelines to curb the coronavirus pandemic. “Please remember every unnecessary contact with another person increases the chances that the virus may spread from one person to another,” said Dr. Sara Cody, public health officer in Santa Clara County, the Bay Area’s hardest hit county. Going forward, use is prohibited at playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and “similar recreational areas;” and public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools and rock walls must be closed. “Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household,” the new guidelines state. Among other restrictions, funerals must be limited to no more than 10 people. Most commercial and … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Record number of Californians seek unemployment insurance