Corona Virus Brings San Francisco Into Yellow Tier of Impending Surge

Corona Virus Brings San Francisco Into Yellow Tier of Impending Surge

COVID-19 is a serious danger to reckon with. And no area of California knows this better than the North. Specifically, the Bay Area, is more than certain that this new subvariant is going to be a dangerous version of Omicron. This results in the CDC indicate that the Bay Area reached yellow levels of concern.

Of course, the surge started by the third week of April, while also accounting for the daily case count rising above 100. Sure, last weekend the cases peaked in the city, but the jury’s still out if things are going to be just as bad as they were back in the Winter.

This is quite a stretch of where the case count for Omicron was in January, where the cases per day averaged around 2,377.

By April 25th, Corona Virus cases hit about 400 a day, with 300 trickling in for the days afterwards.

There’s still a likelihood that things could get get bad. But there have only been slight up-ticks of hospitalizations. The yellow tier shows “medium” levels of COVID transmission. And the areas besides San Francisco involve Santa Cruz county, Marin county, San Mateo county and Santa Clara county.

The CDC shows that the yellow tier holds about 200 new cases for every 100,000 residents within a span of a week. The amount of daily cases have risen to about 40% since the last week.

Deaths are relatively low in the Bay Area for the timing of the last two months. There’s higher rates of vaccination that stop the cases of Corona Virus from being worse than it already is. Deaths have been somewhat reinventing the norm as the toll of deaths from COVID-19 has recently hit about 1 million as of last Wednesday. Certainly, experts all across the world are noticing that the subvariants of Omicron found in BA.4 and BA.5 are reason enough to be scared. The worst could come from the worst.

Even UCSF has a wild Dr. Bob Wachter that’s getting afraid of the virus. He recommends that people wear N-95 masks against the incoming surge of COVID-19.

For COVID hospitalizations, there are more inpatients coming from the elderly end of the spectrum, more than anything.

If you ask me, COVID-19 is a very scary thing that we can always stay prepared for. But despite that real threat, the corona virus is easy to prepare against. Especially with the vaccinations and the masks being so readily available. This is all the truth you can realize when defending against Corona Virus.

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Supreme Court Fights The Private Attorneys General Act In CA Labor Law

Supreme Court Fights The Private Attorneys General Act In CA Labor Law

California lawmakers have noticed that there are not nearly enough investigators and lawyers to follow all of the violations found in workplace laws. These including minimum wage and overtime. Hence comes in the Private Attorneys General Act. This law allows for workers to sue their employers in the name of the state, by seeking penalties which had usually been the business of a state labor agency. In that it would allow them to properly operate. By which way, this Private Attorneys General Act allows for immediate deputization of workers to enforce labor laws, through private lawsuits.

A SoCal Cruiseline did not like this and challenged the PAGA so hard, the United States Supreme Court heard about it. In June, as a result, the court is trying to decide if workers with job contracts are even allowed to sue their employer, much less bring their case to a courtroom.

Companies have always persuaded against unions. Are they going to put a hit on freethinking enterprisers as well?

In Other Words, What Does This Mean?

Yearly, thousands upon thousands of Californians use this act to their advantage. The data shows however, that plenty claims don’t even get close to resulting in civil penalties. This is evident in an analysis found by the agency. This could be for any amount of rationale. Especially if workers and employers settle before hitting trial.

9 out of 10 times there’s a claim, it usually alleges theft of some sort. Therefore the date is connected to a certain trend of American business, sadly.

When the law won? It usually has been for these type of scenarios. (Data like this was brought to the public by two advocacy groups at the Research division of UCLA.):

  • In December of 2021, video game publisher Riot Games agreed to a $100 million deal to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit brought in part under the law. The video game maker, which created the popular game League of Legends, will be paying $80 million of the settlement to workers, at least 2,300 of whom are eligible, according to the Washington Post. Under the deal, the company will also increase transparency about pay for job applicants, create 40 full-time positions for qualified applicants who previously worked for the company as contractors, and will have a woman or member of an underrepresented community present on employment panels.
  • In 2019, a claim brought by a Safeway cashier under the law resulted in a $12 million settlement as well as seating for some 30,000 cashiers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • And in 2017, a group of workers for West Coast Tomato Growers brought several claims under the law, including alleged violations of meal and rest break laws, said Cynthia Rice, an attorney for workers in the case and director of litigation, advocacy, and training for California Rural Legal Assistance, which provides free civil legal services to low income people. The resulting settlement required the company to adopt dozens of new policies including informing workers of heat illness regulations, providing them with equipment sufficient to their jobs, bringing in an ergonomic expert to reduce physical hazards to field and packing shed workers, and more.

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Little Russia Businesses Impacted Negatively By Ukraine War

Little Russia Businesses Impacted Negatively By Ukraine War

The conflict occurring in Ukraine is not making matters any easier on San Francisco and their neighborhood of Little Russia. It’s said that this area is feeling an ongoing impact of negative sorts from the invasion on Ukraine, led by President Vladimir Putin. In so many ways, innocent bystanders or restaurant owners are just receiving the short-end of the stick with all the injustice happening.

There’s problems ongoing in the area of Little Russia.

The owner of Europa Plus on Geary Boulevard, Alex Miretsky, is being told to stop selling Russian products to show solidarity with Ukraine. Can you believe that? Then, there are the owners from Georgia running Moscow & Tbilisi Bakery, encountering a similar experience. However, Daniel Korennoi himself, a refugee out of Russia, moved to the Bay Area with the same belief he holds for all refugees.

That business owners who left Europe in search of a safe haven need their space.

Of course, there are businesses that are investing in helping Ukraine rather visibly. Fiorella, for one, is an Italian restaurant that has been giving customers sunflower seeds, every time they dine at one of three restaurants from March 18th to March 25th.

Sunflowers have very strong symbolism for the Ukrainian people. Each seed represents a dollar donation to the Jewish Community Federation’s Ukranian Relief Fund or the World Central Kitchen. In such a case, the “Seeds for the Future” campaign takes its inspiration from Boris Nemchenok. That guy is the Fiorella co-founder who is half Ukrainian.

San Francisco in general is starting to draw up war lines. The question is, where do you align?

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Mayor London Breed Pulls The Plug On Surveillance Oversight Law

Mayor London Breed Pulls The Plug On Surveillance Oversight Law

Well, after much deliberation and thought, Mayor London Breed has been able to pull the harmful ballot initiative that has so many Northern Californians in turmoil. This is the surveillance oversight ordinance. The decision comes after much heated debate from the community as well as a coalition letter signed by beyond 30 San Francisco community and civil rights organizations. This includes the EFF and the Electronic Frontier Alliance members of the Oakland Privacy and Black Movement Law Project.

Mayor London Breed Wants the People To Give You Big Win.

This is increasing realize when police gave more and more power to surveil the public. Such a victory would best benefit the unhoused, immigrants and activists of all sorts.

Breed specifically wanted to allow police unilateral authority to access networks of surveillance cameras that they had previously used, without Board approval, to spy on protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Several members of the Board of Supervisors countered this initiative by offering their own ballot measure, which would have strengthened, rather than undermined, the surveillance oversight ordinance. Now that the mayor has pulled her ballot initiative, the Supervisors have done the same. 

The mayor and the San Francisco Police Department recently used public fears of crime as justification to introduce the proposed ballot initiative, which would have created massive exceptions to the ordinance’s requirement that police get permission from democratically elected Supervisors before using or acquiring any new surveillance technology

Mask Mandate Looks To End In The Bay Area On February 16th

Mask Mandate Looks To End In The Bay Area On February 16th

Not too long after Governor Gavin Newsom made it known that California will let go of the mask mandate on February 15th, the Bay Area says that local indoor mask mandate rules will be loosened.

Mask Mandate rules have no effect on the Proof Of Vaccination.

Mere days later, 11 Bay area counties are joining forces to announce local indoor mask mandate rules to end next week. This would involve Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and San Benito counties. This also involves the City of Berkeley. They will soon stop requiring vaccinated people to put on masks.

There still is a necessity for folks over two years to mask up. The masks are necessary for everyone on public transport and in health care settings, as well as at schools.

San Francisco along with other cities have to have proof of vaccination requirements. You’ll be required to show your card or a negative test in order to enter “restaurants, bars, gyms and other settings where food and drink are consumed.”

For sure the business owners need to determine their rules for mask-wearing. That’s a given. If you’re running your own business and they’re curious as to who you are and what your status is, you should not even question them. In fact, you should almost accept that you would still have to mask up at restaurants and bars. This is all to say that the mask mandate is unnecessary in order for individuals to feel safe and like they have some actual say in the matter.

Strong Winds up to 70 MPH Blow Fast Through the Bay Area

Strong Winds up to 70 MPH Blow Fast Through the Bay Area

A strong, off-shore wind event which is more typically in the Fall time versus the Winter is expecting to develop today. There will be sustaining winds of 20 to 30 MPH. Also isolated gusts up to 70 MPH. This is according to the National Weather Service. These are northerly to northeasterly winds that blow from inland valleys toward the coast in San Francisco.

On early Friday morning, the winds are starting to pick up in a local region where gusts up to 35 mph recording.

“Tonight into Saturday morning, we are expecting the strongest winds regionwide,” said Brooke Bingaman, a forecaster with the weather service. “The peak gusts could range from 50 to 70 mph, the strongest winds will be at the highest elevations.

Those winds do mix down into the valley which includes San Francisco. In fact, we could see the sustained gusts in the valleys of 15 MPH to 30 MPH. There may be isolating gusts which are possible around 40 MPH to 50 MPH.

Strong Winds – Advisory

Also, the National Weather Service has, in fact, issued a wind advisory for the peninsula in effect Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday. Then there is a wind warning and advisory which is in effect for the North Bay through 11 a.m. Saturday.

Securing loose objects and structures is what the weather service did, in fact, advise people. Also, plus be aware of tree limbs that could, in fact, be blowing down.

Moreover, power outages are actually possible. In fact, high-profile vehicles and those pulling trailers may have actually had difficulty driving in gusty conditions.

Plus, the off-shore winds can thus heighten the risk of wildfires sparking and spreading. Also, the risk in Northern California is low due to the fall and early winter rains. 

In fact, the winds are forecast to subsiding around 7 a.m. Saturday in valley areas. Then, at about 11 a.m., Saturday at higher elevations.

Plus, there are above normal temperatures are expecting along with the winds with afternoon highs in the 60s across the region on Friday and Saturday. 

New Measure Requires Sick Leave for Domestic Workers

New Measure Requires Sick Leave for Domestic Workers

A new measure that was unanimously passing by legislation that provided domestic workers with paid sick leave is the first of its kind in the United States. “Domestic Workers’ Equal Access to Paid Sick Leav”e is the ordinance. It does establish a “portable” paid sick leave benefit which allows people who work for many households to earn and then consolidate benefits from numerous “hiring entities” and then access the paid leave as they move between jobs.

New Measure – Employers of Domestic Workers

Under this ordinance, domestic workers accrue the right to paid sick leave equal to not less than one hour of net pay. It would be at the domestic worker’s regular rate of pay, for every 30 hours of work. However, both the hiring entity and the domestic worker are then responsible for reporting the number of hours of work and net pay rate pay to the “paid sick leave system.” This is while the right to sick leave funds does accrue in hour-unit increments. However, the funds are not transferred from the hiring entity to the domestic worker. This is until the domestic worker does request the funds.  Additionally, the hiring entity is really responsible for any tax withholding or tax reporting obligations. It would be for the contribution at the time the paid sick leave funds are transferring.

Affecting roughly 10,000 domestic workers in San Francisco, this ordinance is for those people who work in private homes. Also, under the ordinance, a “domestic worker” does include any individual who is employing by or contracts with a hiring entity to thus provide labor or services in a residence:

It would include caring for a child. Thus serving as a companion or providing other non-medical care or services for a sick, convalescing, disabled, or senior person. They would provide cleaning, cooking, providing food or butler services. Plus gardening and personal organizing. Also to perform other in-home personal or domestic services.

A “domestic worker” is defining as an individual who is part of their employment or contract. Also resides in the personal residence of the hiring entity.

Geminid Meteor Shower Set to Illuminate the Sky by Friday

Geminid Meteor Shower Set to Illuminate the Sky by Friday

The Geminid meteor will have a Monday-Tuesday peak which is expected to be obscured in the West Coast state and city by the clouds from atmospheric rivers, and clouds and rain. This is forecast to persist through Thursday. Though there may be a chance to catch the end of the meteor shower by Friday, December 17th.

Geminid Meteor Lighting up the Sky

In fact, as Earth does pass through the massive dusty cloud. It will trail the 3-mile-wide space rock 3200 Phaethon. It is the nighttime sky that will light up with shooting stars in the coming days. 

Every December 7th to the 17, the Geminid meteor shower will occur. It is expected to reach its peak this year. It will be from the night of December 13th into the morning of December 14th. Those hours are characterizing for seeing blazing fireballs, NASA said.

“The window will be Friday night,” said Drew Peterson. He is the forecaster with the National Weather Service. “Moreover, I cannot say it’s going to be completely clear. Moreover, there are still going to be some clouds. In fact, it does look like it will be better later Friday night. It would be versus Saturday morning. In fact, it will be looking into eight days ahead of trying to forecast the cloud cover. Therefore, it could really change between now and then.”

The North Bay said Peterson is more than likely to have clear skies than areas south of the Golden Gate in San Francisco.

There is a stream of small particles that are left causing by the Geminid meteor shower. It has been left behind by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, said Gerald McKeegan. He is the adjunct astronomer at Chabot Space & Science Center.

“Very close to the sun is where the orbit goes periodically. In fact, it may really be a remnant of an old comet,” McKeegan did write in an email. In fact, when it is close to the sun, and small grains are then releasing from the asteroid’s surface. Then it can drift into a stream of particles which orbit around the sun and then cross the Earth’s orbital path.”

DoorDash to Pay $5.3 Million to Couriers over Violations

DoorDash to Pay $5.3 Million to Couriers over Violations

DoorDash, the restaurant delivery company, is set to pay $ 5.3 million to settle allegations with a West Coast state and Northern city, that has stiffening. Also, there is the sick leave of approximately 4,500 delivery workers on the city’s mandatory health insurance.

DoorDash Workers and Compensation

Today, the deal has been announcing a representation of significant compensation for some couriers and marks. It is another unsetting point in the disagreement over whether gig workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors. Therefore, it is despite not setting a precedent.

The company did not admit any wrongdoing, DoorDash. The company is based in San Francisco.

Health Care and Sick Leave Requirements

DoorDash did say the settlement was not recognizing that a judge could have it established as an employer. Like other gig companies, DoorDash did insist that its employees should be classified as independent contractors.

Also, the city officials that were involving in the case do beg to disagree.

“DoorDash couriers, we therefore believe were, actually, misclassified. Then, they should have been employees for years,” said San Francisco Prosecutor David Chiu. “Moreover, it is not part of the settlement, but the perspective of the city.”

Tacit Admission

“This is indeed a tacit admission that (DoorDash couriers) are employees,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, whose complaint about DoorDash wage practices in 2019 is catalyzing the investigation which led to the settlement. “It really sends a message to Big Tech that they cannot exploit their employees.”

Director of the city’s Labor Standards Enforcement Bureau, Pat Mulligan, whose staff did pore over DoorDash records for thousands of workers for hours, had likeminded thoughts. In its two decades history in his office, the agreement is the largest.

Misclassification of Workers

“After all the debate about the misclassification of workers … this is important … for the enforcement of labor law and the advocacy of workers,” he said.

The agreement with grocery delivery company Instacart. Milligan’s department did reach an agreement with a grocery delivery company Instacart. It was last year on a similar case involving health insurance contributions and paid sick leave. Without admitting any wrongdoing, Instacart did agree. They paid approximately $750,000 to 985 couriers who did work for them around town from late 2013 through mid-2016.

Neighborhood Tires of Rising Crime: Bands Together to Hire Security Force

Neighborhood Tires of Rising Crime: Bands Together to Hire Security Force

Neighborhood in a West Coast state in a Northern city says it is sick and tired of the crime rising. Therefore is going to take matters into its own hand. Thus they are banding together to hire their own security force.

Neighborhood is Under Siege

Social media is showing photos of crimes in the city even in the broad daylight. Also, cars are burglarizing with sometimes the people inside. It is often in the same car more than once.

On Tuesday in a local suburb, there were people tiring of being victims, who met up to consider the cost for really some peace of mind.

Stealing and Committing Assault is Brazely out in the Open

There are people at the meeting that believe people can come into San Franciso to steal and commit assault with no consequences.

A resident that has lived in the local area for 16 years knows very well that crime is up there.

“There are cars that are constantly broken into plus lots of broken glass,” he said. “In addition, there is a number of package robberies. In fact, it is actually rampant. Actually, I have a few women friends. They are very uncomfortable and nervous at night.”

In a local district, there are neighbors who are in the process of hiring a security force that is not far away in local district.

Supervisor Catherine Stefani does represent that area. Moreover, she recently spoke about crime and punishment, or lack thereof.

“Also, I’ve been in this city for 21 years,” she said. “I’ve also been in public service since 2007. Thus, I’ve never heard the complaints about home break-ins and other property crime like I really have in the past year and a half.”

The people in the local area, Stefani says are seeing a really lack of prosecution being a huge part of the problem.

“Moreover, if you know your sentence is going to be less here. Also, you might not be charging, what is really going to stop you?” Stefani said. “Therefore, it is the whole can of worms: the mayor, the Board of Supervisors, prosecutors, the police. Sadly, they can blame each other, but also they can’t sit down and have a system that works.”

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