Golden State plans to extend protections against evictions after June
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California plans to extend eviction protections after June
Gov. Gavin Newsom said California will pay off all past due rents accumulated in the country’s most populous state due to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, a pledge to make landlords free while giving tenants a clean slate .
What is not settled is whether California will continue to ban evictions for unpaid rent beyond June 30, a pandemic-related order that was supposed to be temporary but proves difficult to reverse.
California has $ 5.2 billion to pay people’s rent, money from several aid programs approved by Congress, the Associated Press reports. An extension of the eviction ban looks likely to give California more time to spend the money to cover unpaid rents. But landlords and tenant rights groups are arguing over the length of the extension.
Homeowners cite the state’s rapid economic recovery as a reason not to extend the moratorium on evictions much longer. California has created 495,000 new jobs since February. In April alone, California accounted for 38% of all new jobs in the United States
COVID-19 cases on the rise in California
New coronavirus cases rose 6.2% in California in the week ending Sunday while the state added 6,530 cases. The previous week there were 6,148 new cases.
California was ranked 31st among the states with the fastest spreading coronavirus per person, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. With 11.87% of the country’s population, California recorded 8.17% of the country’s cases last week.
In the Golden State, the worst weekly epidemics per person occurred in Modoc, Sierra and Mendocino counties. Los Angeles County, with 1,489 cases, added the most new cases overall; San Diego County, with 546 cases; and Sacramento County, with 439.
In California, 142 people were reported dead from COVID-19 during the week ending Sunday. During the previous week, 155 people had been declared dead.
A total of 3,808,258 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and 63,335 people have died of the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, 33,541,887 people have tested positive and 601,824 people have died.
The Skinny on California Digital Vaccination Cards
Last week it was reported that California Gives Residents Access to Digital Record of Their Immunizations. While state officials have emphasized that this was not the dreaded “vaccine passport,” there still seems to be some confusion about the usefulness of the digital record.
The New York Times reports which state COVID-19 Digital Vaccine Registry allows residents to access proof of their vaccinations electronically. However, residents are not required to wear it and businesses are not required to request it. And if you’d rather use your paper vaccination card instead, you’re more than welcome.
State tech workers say digital recording – which doesn’t require a separate app – is simply a free tool available to you in the event your paper card is lost or damaged. And that’s not limited to COVID: The digital record is supposed to include any vaccinations you’ve received in California, which may prove useful for people traveling, especially outside of the United States.
3 dead, 5 injured in Father’s Day shooting
Three people were dead, five were recovering from gunshot wounds and police were looking for a suspect on Monday afterwards gunshots erupted on Father’s Day in the city of Richmond, Northern California.
Richmond Police Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy said several people apparently came to the house hosting the party around 11 p.m. Sunday and shot a crowd of people. First responders found two people dead and a third person died at a local hospital shortly after.
Local media including ABC station said a Guatemalan “Marimba” party – the marimba is Guatemala’s national musical instrument – was underway with around 100 people, music, alcohol and dancing.
Police told local NBC affiliate the victims appeared to be targeted and the shooting was isolated from the event, which had been promoted on Facebook.
Jon Rahm wins first major golf title at US Open at Torrey Pines
In sports news, Spanish golfer Jon Rahm birdied 25ft at 17 and birdie 18ft at last claim the head and close in 4 under 67 beat Louis Oosthuizen suddenly Sunday at the 121st US Open near San Diego.
Rahm, who ranks No.3 in the world, won his first major title just 15 days after testing positive for COVID-19 and being forced to withdraw from the memorial tournament before the final round despite a lead of six strokes. He took the news harshly at first, but accepted the decision and was cleared to play in the major after spending time in self-quarantine. But it did not come without consequences: Rahm, 26, failed to be present when his parents arrived from Spain and first met his son, Kepa, who was born in April.
Rahm opened with rounds 69-70-72 and edged the three 54-hole co-leaders – Russell Henley, Mackenzie Hughes and Oosthuizen – three strokes before the final round. Needing to charge on Sunday, Rahm came out of the gate like a bull, birding the first two holes and surviving a few loose tee shots on the third and fourth, which led to his only bogey of the day, and the ninth, which, thanks to a free drop, turned into a birdie to join the trophy hunt.
Rahm is the first Spaniard to win a US Open.
Man arrested after 21 tons of pistachios from California nut company went missing
A man was arrested in central California on Friday for allegedly stealing around 21 tonnes – or 42,000 pounds – of pistachios from a farming business.
When Touchstone Pistachio performed a routine audit this month, he discovered that the nuts were missing. The company has contacted authorities and an investigation began on Thursday. The next day, leads in Fresno and Kern County helped detectives find the nuts inside a semi-trailer that had been moved from one lot in the town of Delano to another nearby lot. .
Lost pistachios “were being moved from 2,000 pound bags into smaller bags for resale,” according to the sheriff’s department.
After finding the hidden pistachios, police arrested Alberto Montemayor, 34, from Montemayor Trucking.
The Sheriff’s Department said the stolen pistachios were returned to Touchstone.
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As the Philanthropy and Special Sections Editor of The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke written about nonprofits, fundraising and giving back in Coachella Valley. Reach it at [email protected].