Even as pandemic lockdowns fade into memory, COVID-19 has transformed California’s workplace culture in ways researchers say will reverberate well beyond 2022. According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, working from home for some portion of the week has become the new normal for a large segment of Californians. The data shows high-income employees with college degrees are more likely to have access to this hybrid work model, while lower-income employees stay the course with on-site responsibilities and daily commutes. At a basic level, that means low-wage workers will continue to shoulder greater risks of infection and serious illness as new COVID variants sweep through job sites, alongside seasonal waves of flu and other respiratory viruses. Multiple studies have found that COVID took its greatest toll in low-income neighborhoods, whose workers were deemed essential during early pandemic lockdowns — the farmworkers, grocery clerks, warehouse packers, and other service … [Read more...] about A work-from-home culture is taking root in California, Census data show
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At 6 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, the chef Tanya Holland sat alert in the green room of “Good Morning America” just off Times Square, asking her small team if they needed anything. With dozens of television appearances under her belt, Ms. Holland did not seem nervous, but instead used this quiet moment to rehearse her brief cooking segment. “I’ve done this many times,” she said, while getting a touch-up from her makeup artist. Her mood was meditative, despite the hundred moving pieces in the studio. It was not unlike the morning routine she kept at her restaurant, Brown Sugar Kitchen , nearly 3,000 miles away in Oakland, Calif. As the chef and owner of the nationally recognized soul-food restaurant, which was open 2008 to 2021, Ms. Holland began most days at 5:30 a.m., heating oil in anticipation of orders of fried chicken, boiling water for poached eggs, signing off on orders of fresh produce and baking pecan-topped sticky buns to a golden brown as customers began to queue outside. … [Read more...] about The Chef Tanya Holland Chronicles the Journey of ‘California Soul’
The University of Colorado-Denver is part of a growing trend of universities focused not just on people starting their careers but those looking to make changes after decades of work. The school will start its Change Markers program in January, a semester-long course aimed at people who have just retired or are thinking about it. The goal is to provide a framework for people to make life and career transitions, said Anne Button, the program’s director. “Universities traditionally help people find their purposes at the beginning of their careers, but why not also at the end of their primary careers as they transition into what’s next?” asked Button. More universities are launching similar programs as the U.S. population gets older and people live longer. The 2020 Census showed the U.S. population grew 7.4% since 2010, the slowest rate since the 1930s. Although Colorado is the sixth-youngest state, it’s experiencing the fourth-fastest growth rate in people over 65, … [Read more...] about Facing a “demographic cliff,” universities turning to nontraditional students to strengthen enrollment
(CNN) From the very beginning of his presidency, Joe Biden has pledged to make sure communities hit hardest by Covid-19 will receive sound information about the virus and access to vaccinations. "Equity (and) equality" remain "at the heart" of the government's responsibility, Biden said at a White House briefing last summer. "We need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes, door to door -- literally knocking on doors." But some of the small groups representing communities of color that were contracted as part of a National Institutes of Health Covid-19 outreach project tell CNN they have not been paid properly. The end is near: The new pandemic data looks promising -- for some, anyway "We lost trust in the system," said Venus Ginés, president of Día de la Mujer Latina, who said the NIH effort has been "poorly managed from the beginning" and "poorly executed." "It's a very lousy system, … [Read more...] about NIH needed help reaching communities of color about Covid-19, but grassroots groups say they were not paid properly
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California at Berkeley has labored to enroll more Black and Latino students in the quarter century since the state barred the consideration of race or ethnicity in its admissions. Still, those groups remain underrepresented at the renowned public university here on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay. The gap is huge for Latino students. They account for 55 percent of California's public school students, state data show, but 19 percent of UC-Berkeley undergraduates. UC-Berkeley is undeniably diverse. Just 20 percent of its undergraduates are White. But is it diverse enough? The university's demographics, and its arduous efforts to shape them, illuminate the stakes as the Supreme Court weighs a potential ban nationwide on affirmative action in admissions. Voters in California banned schools from considering the race of … [Read more...] about UC-Berkeley can’t use race in admissions. Is it a model for the country?
In Paul Thomas Anderson’s cinematic love-in “Inherent Vice,” Joaquin Phoenix plays Doc Sportello, a Los Angeles shamus in Jesus sandals trucking through the sunshine and noir like a stoner Philip Marlowe. Based on the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel, the film is set in 1970, the year after Charles Manson freaked the city out and its good vibrations faded into an endless summer bummer. That’s the gospel according to Joan Didion , at any rate, who in “The White Album” writes that many people she knew believed the 1960s ended Aug. 9, 1969, the day the Manson Family began its Helter Skelter frenzy. Somehow Doc, a hippie crowned in a halo of pot smoke, never got the message. Mr. Anderson, a Los Angeles son and its reigning cinema laureate, knows California’s plagues and pleasures well. His films are filled with its light and malevolent forces, its faith healers and dream peddlers. Bodies writhe like Cecil B. DeMille extras in “Boogie Nights,” in which a pornutopia is found and lost, while a … [Read more...] about Noir Days of Sun, Los Angeles Smog and Marijuana Haze