Posts Tagged: pandemic

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Amid pandemic, air quality remains critical environmental challenge

A nearly empty freeway interchange near downtown Los Angeles, photographed in April 2020. (Photo: Time Media)

In 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by almost 9%, and the state’s smoggy skies briefly cleared. This was particularly true during the pandemic’s first months, when schools closed, offices went remote, and statewide shelter-in-place orders kept millions of Californians at home. That spring, clogged freeways went vacant. Fewer semis rattled down roads.

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Hoping to beat historic odds, GOP hopeful eyes controller’s office

State controller candidate Lanhee Chen, center, speaking with potential voters. (Photo: Chen campaign committee)

Lanhee Chen decided to become a Republican at age 10 after watching the 1988 presidential debate between George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis. He has a vivid memory of watching Bush talk about “compassionate conservatism” and how important it is to encourage people to help one another. “Government is not the reflexive solution to everything,” said Chen, 44. “That was the vision.”

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‘Long COVID’ still a mystery as California fights pandemic

An illustration of California battered by the coronavirus pandemic. (Image: bekulnis, via Shutterstock)

More than two years after California imposed the nation’s first lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19, the deadly disease persists, fueled now by the highly infectious subvariants and clouded by fears that the malady will stick around awhile — a long while.

Opinion

California’s seniors need expanded health care options

A nurse confers with a patient at the patient's home. (Photo: SeventyFour, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: California has attracted residents for centuries, and for good reason. Since the Gold Rush in the mid 19th century, millions of people have gravitated to the opportunities offered across our great state. Whether it be chasing dreams of fame in Hollywood, following the technology development in Silicon Valley, or spending time in our unique climate, Americans have looked to us to lead.

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Amid policy and pandemic, will California employment rebound?

A worker inspects planks at a California timber yard. (Photo: sirtravelalot, via Shutterrstock)

The year 2021 was a long year battling COVID-19. As coronavirus restrictions ease under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s SMARTER Plan in 2022, we turn to the Golden State’s labor market. Is it on track to rebound to its pre-pandemic shape? Here are the employment numbers, then and now.

Opinion

Opposition brewing to Sacramento storm water tax

A warning sign blocks motorists from entering an area flooded by storm water. (Photo: Yorklass, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: We strongly suspect that readers of this column are stunned to see the authors’ names together as coauthors. One of us is a conservative taxpayer advocate and the other is a Democratic political consultant. What unites us is our opposition to the City of Sacramento’s proposed storm water tax. Here’s some background.

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Nurses confront state, hospitals over COVID health care hazards

A nurse at a protest at Alameda Hospital in 2020 seeking improved medical protective equipment. (Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald, via Shutterstock)

On the front line of health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, registered nurse members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United are pushing for more employer accountability tied to a crisis of staffing and unsafe workplaces. The union, which represents about 100,000 registered nurses in California, says the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has not adopted such workplace protections.

Opinion

Food hubs offer answer to a disrupted supply chain

Harvesting and collecting grapes in August in Kern County. (Photo: Richard Thornton, via Shutteratock)

OPINION: Food hubs could be a supply chain solution for California produce. Instead of languishing in a warehouse waiting for  truck chassis or open cargo containers to ship it around the world, our bountiful California produce could feed into a local supply chain that could go straight to our schools and feed California’s children.

Opinion

State should do more to unclog port congestion

The tugboat Sandra Hugh pushes a cargo ship into the crowded Port of Oakland. (Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: If the Grinch is attempting to steal this Christmas, he is doing so under the guise of supply chain disruptions and congested ports. The attention-grabbing headlines asking, “Who Can Save Christmas,” usually top stories about children finding the right toy under the tree Christmas morning.

Opinion

Education: Attack on parent choice awakes a sleeping giant

A school bus awaits to pick up children at a California school. (Photo: Debbie Ann Powell, via Shutterstock)

OPINION: The accumulation of harmful public policy proposals which would have eliminated parent choice in California demonstrates what happens when Sacramento’s public education establishment awakes a sleeping giant.

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