12:13 p.m. Business, taxpayer groups urge Newsom to extend property tax deadline: The California Taxpayers Association, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California Chamber of Commerce and 75 local business and taxpayer groups urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to extend the April 10 deadline for paying the second installment of this year’s property tax until July 15. In a press conference Thursday, Newsom noted that counties “disproportionality rely on” property taxes. He had a call from the California State Association of Counties “and they have requested that we not impose upon them any mandate or dictate from on high unless we are prepared to backfill the impacts of that mandate,” Newsom said. In a statement, the association said, “County Public Health Departments, public hospitals, health systems, schools and more basic services of life would be seriously impacted by a property tax funding delay of even a few months. In most cases, property tax payments … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Newsom issues order protecting consumers from price gouging
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WALNUT CREEK, CA — The number of coronavirus cases in Contra Costa County reached 222 on Tuesday, with three deaths. There is no breakout for Walnut Creek. Some counties, including Los Angeles and Orange in southern California, provide statistics for individual cities, but Contra Costa County chooses to keep that information private. … [Read more...] about Latest Walnut Creek Coronavirus Updates
A spokesman for the California Department of Finance said there was no immediate plan to replace the delayed local funds with an equal amount of state tax revenue. Newsom has allocated some, but not all, of the $1 billion in emergency response funds approved by the Legislature last month. … [Read more...] about Californians won’t have water service turned off for unpaid bills during coronavirus crisis, Newsom says
Seven and a half decades on, Churchill’s proudest fanboy is prime minister and finds himself in his hero’s shoes—leading the country through a crisis so terrifying and so all-consuming its only real comparison is that war. Who knows what fresh hell the next months will bring but, right now, Boris Johnson’s popularity is surging as he drags Britain through the coronavirus pandemic after having already delivered on his promise to “Get Brexit Done.” Johnson has been handed the kind of historic crisis he’s spent his lifetime studying but, fancying himself as something of a Churchill scholar, he’ll know that steering a nation through its darkest hour comes with no guarantee of gratitude when voters return to the ballot box. … [Read more...] about Can Keir Starmer Persuade Britain to Dump Its Wartime Prime Minister Like Churchill?
3:09 p.m. Don’t force fire victims to rebuild during outbreak, Lara says. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a notice Friday telling insurance companies to stop enforcing deadlines on policyholders for claims or coverage until 90 days after any state of emergency has ended related to COVID-19. The notice applies to deadlines for claim forms, proof of loss, medical exams, physical inspections and any other deadlines which, if not met, could result in a policy cancellation. Lara said the notice came after the department received complaints from people who said their insurance companies told them they must continue to repair or rebuild homes lost in the November 2018 wildfires if they wished to obtain full replacement cost and additional living expenses due under their policies. State law, however, requires insurers to provide up to 36 months, plus additional 6-month extensions for “good cause,” for policyholders to collect full replacement cost and … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Pink tests positive for COVID-19