Friday, September 04, 2020

CoViD-19 County WIll Likely Move To Purple Tier On Tuesday | Cases Among SDSU Students Triples | Labor Day Partying Will Lead To Mid-September Spikes | Governor Signs AB2257, Amending AB5 For Musicians

A couple local Mule Deer Chillin' at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
in honor of National Wildlife Day (Taken 6.28.2020)

We are continuing our bingeing, no lights, dark cave, air-conditioning weekend around here. Nova and I watched All Together Now on Netflix and while many of the Netflix original movies have reused tropes across the board, this movie about a musically talented and all-around good souled teenager and her mom who are experiencing homelessness pulls at all the heartstrings and I think even Nova cried a little, and I've maybe seen her cry 10 times in our whole lives together. (Unlike me, who will cry on the spot for anything, even just if I'm asked, "Are you crying?") We also watched Trolls World Tour which is finally on Hulu. I'm certain that I don't have to rate that one. It is exactly what you expect. 
Anyway, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the State reassesses our case count per 100k people on Tuesday based on the 7 days preceeding a 7 day lag. But the case rates are already available, so if they assess the numbers that are currently available from 8/25-8/31, our case rate will be almost 8.0, which puts us back into the PURPLE Tier, meaning even further capacity limitations and moving certain businesses back to outdoor only. 
And this is before Labor Day weekend, which will certainly cause a spike in mid-to-late September. The only possibility that this is inaccurate is if the daily counts as they're reported include inmates, (which the assessment will not) and could lower the county numbers. There's also a funny allowance if we exceed a certain amount of baseline daily tests, but that formula is foggier. 
Still, it isn't looking good. So I guess live it up this weekend, go tattoo up before they close again, be careless and wreckless, then prepare for the outrage again on Tuesday when even more restrictions come back, yet again. We only have ourselves to blame. Or do the right thing, don't mix households, wear your mask, wash your hands, and maintain space. At least you might save yourself and loved ones, even if as a county we're pretty much doomed yet again. Lots of reading for the weekend, after the jump.
If that was all confusing, here's the formula for figuring out which tier we're on.

8.25 - 228
8.26 - 277
8.27 - 285
8.28 - 263
8.29 - 253
8.30 - 304
8.31 - 267
Total: 1877
Average = 268.14 cases per day
[268.14 Average/3,370,418 County Population] x 100,000 = 7.96 cases per 100k for the time period of August 25-August 31. 

 Source: The Press House, 9.4.2020:


LOS ANGELES—September 4, 2020 – California’s music community celebrated today as Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2257 (AB2257) into law. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon (D-Whittier), along with leading artists rights organizations, amended Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) with AB2257 to provide relief to the vast majority of affected music professionals, including recording artists, musicians, composers, songwriters and vocalists. 

The legislation, which passed the California Senate unanimously, is supported by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Music Artists Coalition (MAC), Independent Music Professionals United (IMPU), International Allegiance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the Recording Academy®, Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), Songwriters of North America (SONA) and Teamsters.

Enactment of AB2257 will once again permit most music professionals to follow the Borello test (as opposed to the Dynamex or ABC tests) to determine employment classification for both live performances and studio recordings. California’s adoption of AB5 in September 2019 had established a three-part “ABC” test to determine if workers are employees or independent contractors. The ABC test unintentionally affected musicians and others from the music community. In January 2020, Assemblywoman Gonzalez introduced legislation to address the unintended issues affecting musicians and other creators.

The new legislation also specifically provides for unions to continue to organize the work of recording artists, musicians, singers, and others, ensuring that current and future collective bargaining agreements will always govern in California.

In a statement, the music groups said, “This legislation ensures musicians and other creative workers can continue to live, create, and thrive in California. California’s leaders promised efforts to protect workers with a bill that would not undermine or destabilize the state’s vital music economy. Today, they have kept that promise. AB 2257 restores California’s leadership as a home to the creative arts and creates clear, fair rules of the road for freelance, union, and independent artists in the state.”

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