|Koalas at San Diego Zoo (6.21.2020)|
As I said earlier, we had a very productive morning. I eventually gave up on the County Supervisor's meeting, however. It is excruciating to listen to Gaspar grandstand and repeat the blatantly false talking points of the administration. If anyone who reads this is in her district, PLEASE support Terra Lawson-Remer in November. We made plans for an afternoon trip to San Diego Zoo and I know I mentioned it on Instagram, but now they give rubber wristbands by party so you're not comingling with other groups of people. It was a little more crowded than I like, but it was still comfortable and easy to avoid crowds, though I don't know why the volunteer docents can't at least remind people that they need to keep masks on over their noses and to follow designated one-way paths where they're already clearly marked, like by they pygmy hippos. Anyway, it was still pretty fun but now I'm home and see I missed a bunch of action today, so some links after the jump.
- You should really just subscribe to Wired's CoViD updates. Today's newsletter covers that arrogant bastard Bolsinero from Brazil who has now tested positive after denying the severity of the virus, a story about how the spread is so rampant that in many places, they can't even contact trace anymore, and how the median age of Covid has dropped by 15 years, meaning it will be less lethal for that demographic, but is more likely to spread to vulnerable populations who come in contact with low or no symptom patients.
- Got this fun one in email about Gaspar:
Chicano Federation Rejects San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar
Blaming Spread of COVID-19 on Grocery Workers
Blaming Spread of COVID-19 on Grocery Workers
A Statement from Nancy Maldonado, CEO of The Chicano Federation of San Diego County, regarding San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar's comment at today's board meeting that "... grocery stores are a little more interesting. I think what tends to happen, and what I think our data is seeing is, some of these outbreaks may be attributed to the business, but are really the employees and workforce who are social."
“We are ashamed of Kristin Gaspar's embarrassing response to the COVID-19 crisis in our region. Blaming our grocery store workers for the increase in cases during today's Board Meeting demonstrates a clear, continual lack of attention to the hard work, facts and science being presented to her daily.
Instead, San Diego County has an elected official who prefers peddling in reckless and uneducated theories. We reject Mrs. Gaspar's baseless explanation of a pandemic that is destroying the lives of Latinos in San Diego and urge our Board to instead take the lead from our scientific community to come up with a systemic and systematic solution to this national health crisis.” – Nancy Maldonado, CEO of The Chicano Federation of San Diego County
- Six COVID-19 cases now reported by California Assembly. Legislature’s return date unclear - Sacramento Bee (7.7.2020)
- Internet accusations (which don't even make sense...are people who test positive supposed to be ashamed??) flew accusing Lorena Gonzalez and Nathan Fletcher of testing positive. "So, having received about a dozen texts in the last hour about rumors, let me be clear: Both Nathan & I have been in quarantine for almost a full 2 weeks. We have tested negative to Covid-19 twice. I was not present in the Capitol when individuals may have been exposed," she tweeted.
- Mayor Faulconer CoViD-19 Update:
- Executive order to immediately waive fees and permit process for outdoor dining on sidewalks, private parking lots adjacent to restaurants effective immediately. Public street parking will hopefully be included with Council action next week.
- Does not exempt restaurant from ADA regulations (4 foot path of travel)
- Must comply with County and State regulations
- Can't have live music
- No vaping/smoking
- Customers must still wear masks while going to and from seating
- Tables must still be distanced
- Ordinance will go to City Council next week
- Every location will have constraints; use common sense with ADA in mind
- Executive order as of now isn't available online, but you can watch the video here
- San Diego City Council
SD City Council just unanimously approved putting a measure on the November ballot to create a new independent police oversight commission. @GGomezD9 notes support was not always unanimous, and says the council needs to take complaints of police misconduct more seriously. pic.twitter.com/0QBL5PLf10— Andrew Bowen (he/him) (@acbowen) July 7, 2020
- More San Diego County News:
- County Board Approves Small Business Stimulus Program
- 578 New Cases Since Monday
- 12 New Deaths Reported Since Monday
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