CA is better than FL, TX against Delta. Here’s why.
Hello and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. This is Thursday August 12. I am Justin Ray.
Yesterday, two major events took place in California’s management of COVID-19: first, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered that school employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo a weekly test to prove that they are not infected with the coronavirus. Second, Los Angeles has taken a step towards demanding people have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before venturing into many types of public places.
California coronavirus case rate remains below national average and significantly lower than Florida and Texas. Both are compared to the Golden State because of the comparable population size. But they’re also useful for studying drastically different approaches to COVID-19.
Why are we doing better? Simply put: We have above average immunization rates and have reimplemented mandatory mask policies in parts of the state.
The numbers are dramatic: California on Wednesday reported 141.1 new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 population in the previous week. This rate is half that of Texas, 297.8; and less than a quarter of Florida’s of 653.8, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California’s rate is also lower than the national average of 232.1.
But officials stressed that the Delta variant continues to be a threat to public health, and they expect cases to increase further in the coming weeks.
Of the 117 people admitted to Los Angeles County public hospitals primarily for COVID-19 between June 15 and August 5, 112 were not fully vaccinated and only five were fully vaccinated, according to Dr. Christina Ghaly, director of county health services.
There are more reasons why California does so much better than other states. You can read our full story here.
For memory : I want to touch on part of yesterday’s newsletter. A few readers emailed about the section that dealt with partygoers’ fees at the door of a party at the Sunnyvale Airbnb house. I used the term “girls”, which people rightly pointed out as problematic. I used it because it was on the original flyer. I should have used quotes. I feel bad and I apologize that it escaped me.
And now, here’s what’s happening across California.
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The PG&E power line suspected in the Dixie fire was to be buried underground in a security move. After the triggering of Pacific Gas & Electric equipment the massive campfire that burned much of Paradise, California, the company said it would conduct a safety campaign, which included burying some power lines through NorCal. Among the power lines that were to be buried was a 10-mile stretch that may have sparked this year’s destructive Dixie fire, now the second largest in California history. The situation underscores the scrutiny PG&E faces this summer as a series of massive fires in northern California raged in hot, dry conditions. Los Angeles Times
Exclusive to subscribers: Anthony Barajas and Rylee Goodrich were on their first date when they were shot in a Corona movie theater. Grieving family and friends, along with nearly a million TikTok followers from Barajas, wonder how three young lives collided in a dark theater on July 26 and if anything could have been done to prevent shooting. Los Angeles Times
Thousands of vacancies for LA teachers, counselors, and nurses remain in school. Days before the start of the school year, a wave of well-funded hiring for Los Angeles schools falls short of its target and a shortage of teachers and other professionals hits the recovery targets in the event of pandemic. Shortages are particularly pronounced in positions serving students most in need of academic and mental recovery. In total, the district had hoped to hire the equivalent of 4,389 full-time positions that require a professional designation for teaching or a related field. Of these open slots, less than half were filled as of July 29, the most recent date for which figures are available. Los Angeles Times
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POLICY AND GOVERNMENT
San Francisco City employees send letters about the vaccination warrant. More than 200 employees in the city and county of San Francisco are asking to be exempted from a number of anti-COVID-19 warrants, including frequent testing and wearing masks. For about six weeks now, employees have given their supervisors a similar letter. The note lists 41 conditions for employees to comply with the vaccination mandate. He is asking that their “God-given and constitutionally guaranteed rights” not be taken away with regard to vaccination, testing and mask mandates. KTVU
CRIME AND COURTS
Santa Barbara surfer father “enlightened by QAnon” to kill his children, says federal government
A Santa Barbara father suspected of killing his two children in Mexico told the FBI he was an adherent of QAnon and had to kill them because they had been infected with snake DNA and that ‘he was saving the world from monsters, according to a criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles Federal Court on Wednesday. Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, is charged with two counts of overseas murder of a United States national in the murder of his 2-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter. He is accused of shooting at them with a speargun on Monday in Rosarito. San Diego Union-Tribune
A college professor is suspected of being involved in a series of arson attacks near the massive Dixie fire. and was ordered detained in the Sacramento County Main Jail. Gary Stephen Maynard, 47, has worked at several colleges in California, including Santa Clara University and Sonoma State University. Maynard was arrested on Saturday following an investigation opened in late July. When questioned by officers, “Maynard denied having started fires and, at one point, said if officers accused him of starting fires, he would defend himself in court,” court documents say. Sacramento Bee
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
Oakland’s new ice rink isn’t just about recreation. The UMOJA ice rink in Liberation Park has a deep purpose. Open for the first time on June 17, the park is intended to provide physical recreation, but it is also about rejuvenating the neighborhood. “I think it should be in every city,” said David Miles Jr., the owner of 8 Wheeler Church in San Francisco. “I want to spread skating wherever I can. ” Oaklandside
THE CULTURE OF CALIFORNIA
$ 10,000 per month?!?!? Murphy-Goode Winery garnered a lot of attention on the Internet with its Really Goode Job campaign, which offered a dream job: a one-year apprenticeship in the cellar with a salary of $ 10,000 per month. From a pool of 2,000 applicants, the Healdsburg Estate chose two 28-year-olds who had never worked in the wine industry before. But the couple created wine-focused Instagram accounts during the pandemic. Chronicle of San Francisco
Why air conditioning reigns supreme in Southern California. “Air conditioning is such a standard in our standard of living now that, swept along as you can be right now by this cool, soft air, you might not even think about it – until the electric bill comes. is coming, ”writes columnist Pat Morrison. She explains the history of home air conditioning and its importance to SoCal. Los Angeles Times
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ALMANAC OF CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles: Covered, 89. Looks like a lot of places will be covered. It’s a good time for some good cloudy day music. I will name a few. Beyoncé, “Sandcastles” San Diego: Chaud, 82. Joni Mitchell, “Song for Sharon” San Francisco: Covered, 69. Sarah Mclachlan, “Do what you have to do” San José: FKA Twigs “mirrored heart” 84. Fresno: 105. James Blake, “Waves No Shores” Sacramento: 99. Washed out, “Face Up”, which I have listened to 1000 times. It gives me Sade vibes.
today Californian memory is of Lee McElroy:
As a native of San Franciscan my childhood was a dream come true. My best friend’s dad was a zookeeper, which gave us access to behind-the-scenes events: the extraction of a hippo tooth, the bottle-feeding of newborn tiger cubs, the birth of Penny the Elephant, so named because the kids of SF donated their money, and more. A dollar lunch included a hot dog, pink popcorn, and a coke. Entrance to the zoo was FREE. The beautiful days of yesteryear …
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