Kounalakis’s husband, Markos Kounalakis, is director of a family-run real estate company in Sacramento that received a loan worth between $350,000 to $1 million. In state public disclosure forms, Kounalakis reported Markos, a longtime foreign affairs news columnist and analyst, as drawing a salary between $10,001 to $100,000 from AKT Investments, Inc., which dubs itself the largest land development company in Northern California. … [Read more...] about Companies Tied To Top California Officials, Including Gov. Newsom, Get Federal Aid
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The data shows loans that have been approved, but it does not say how much was disbursed, nor which loans have been forgiven so far. The loans were largely dished out on a good-faith basis, with borrowers certifying to their eligibility and the accuracy of the data they provided, meaning the figures on how many jobs were retained have not been thoroughly vetted. … [Read more...] about US Pandemic Aid Program Saved 51.1 Million Jobs, But Wealthy Also Benefited
12:09 p.m. Marin County closes indoor dining for at least 3 weeks: Reversing course, Marin County is banning restaurant indoor dining for at least three weeks starting at midnight Sunday. County health officials in a written statement Sunday cited lack of improvement in COVID-19 numbers after the county was added to the state’s coronavirus watch list on Friday. Only a week ago, restaurants were allowed to offer inside seating for the first time since March. Outdoor dining and take-out is still allowed as long as restaurants follow COVID-19 health precautions. The county said state strike teams will “help patrol restaurants and other businesses that refuse to comply.” Read the story here. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: California breaks record, again, for most new cases in a day
“I’ve been bothered for a while by the fact that the statue is occupying such a place of prominence next to City Hall,” Duggan said. “But when I looked at some of the violence around the country, in particular, you’ve got people with arms gathering around a Columbus statue in Philadelphia arguing with people.” … [Read more...] about Where have statues of Confederates, and other historical figures, been removed?
#BLACKLIVESMATTER I created a post yesterday to try and illustrate unity. To me, it represented the unity of two opposing sides. It represented a community standing as one against injustice. It represented an ideal, but it didn't take into consideration the amount of anguish and rage the black community feels against the police for the unjustly murders of their sons and daughters. It was ill-timed and insensitive. I am deeply sorry. My focus for so long has been bringing communities together, but the black community is hurting. The black community is angry. I am here angry and hurting with you and for you. Too many black lives have been taken. My ignorance led me to a path of optimism. I am a white man. I don’t know nor will ever understand the depth of being black. No matter how many people I work with, collaborate with, been influenced by, support, or love, I will never know what it is to be black. As a company of artists of all backgrounds, we believe in and support diversity … [Read more...] about L.A. choreographer Instagrammed solidarity with protesters. Then came a backlash