Emile DeWeaver has been counting his blessings during the pandemic. The 42-year-old has a good job with Pilot, a successful tech startup that helps companies handle bookkeeping and tax preparation. As a product specialist who deals with clients online and over the phone, he can work remotely, from a place in East Oakland he shares with four housemates. He pays his rent and owns some stock. He even has a handful of chickens in his backyard, in a small coop next to mature lemon and orange trees that pop with fruit.“Very few people from Oakland can afford to live in Oakland. I live in Oakland,” DeWeaver told me on a recent evening, sitting in a chair in the backyard and drinking a mug of green-black tea. A wiry, bookish Black man, he wore glasses and a T-shirt that said Democracy Needs Everyone. “I’m very lucky, and that’s generally the tenor of my life since being out of prison.” … [Read more...] about California could cut its prison population in half and free 50,000 people. Amid pandemic, will the state act?
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6:30 p.m. US Surgeon General advises people to prioritize mental health during pandemic: In a video message posted to social media Thursday, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams advised people to prioritze their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. “So make sure you’re building in time for activities you find enjoyable, and that help you relieve stress,” Adams said. “For me, that means going for a run or spending quality time with my family and our dog, Bella.” Those in need of someone to speak to confidentially may call 1-800-273-8255 (the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) for support, Adams said. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Bay Area gears up for weekend collision of scorching heat, pandemic misbehavior
SNAP’s executive director, however, expressed praise for Harris’s successor as California attorney general, Xavier Becerra (D), and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). He said Becerra has “opened a statewide investigation into Catholic Church practices and has ordered all California bishops to preserve sex abuse files.” … [Read more...] about Catholic Abuse Survivors: Kamala Harris ‘Chose Not to Prosecute a Single Abusive Priest’
Michael Cohen: “From golden showers in a sex club in Vegas, to tax fraud, to deals with corrupt officials from the former Soviet Union, to catch and kill conspiracies to silence Trump’s clandestine lovers, I wasn’t just a witness to the president’s rise—I was [a]… participant.” … [Read more...] about Affordable Housing Could Look Like This