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Los Angeles Times (November 23)

2021/ 11/ 25 by jd in Global News

“L.A.’s infamous Thanksgiving traffic gridlock” is “expected to return with vengeance” after taking 2020 off for Covid. “An estimated 3.8 million Southern Californians will be driving to their holiday destinations — up 9% from last year and only 1% less than in 2019, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.”


Los Angeles Times (October 21)

2021/ 10/ 23 by jd in Global News

“As more communities across California require proof of vaccination at many retailers and other public venues, the battle over enforcement of the new rules is just beginning to heat up.” Though “many businesses have welcomed these sorts of rules,” others resent the additional burden enforcement places on them in terms of time and staffing requirements, as well as the potential for conflict.


Santa Monica Daily Press (October 12)

2021/ 10/ 13 by jd in Global News

The most populous state in the U.S. now has “the lowest per capita rate of new coronavirus cases.” Still, California just topped 70,000 cumulative COVID deaths. This is “the most in the nation, surpassing Texas by about 3,000 and Florida by about 13,000, although California’s per capita fatality rate of 177 per 100,000 people ranks in the bottom third for the U.S.”


Los Angeles Times (August 19)

2021/ 08/ 21 by jd in Global News

“With more than a million acres burned fairly early in the fire season, California is entering uncharted territory as the record dry conditions that have fueled so much destruction will soon combine with seasonal winds that fire officials fear will bring unprecedented dangers.” Many experts fear for the *fire-prone state” as the *impending arrival of strong Santa Anas and Diablos — which typically move in around mid-September — could mark even more misery for weary residents and beleaguered fire crews.”


Newsweek (August 2)

2021/ 08/ 03 by jd in Global News

“The price of bacon could soar by up to 60 percent in California when an animal welfare proposition kicks in at the start of next year.” Proposition 12 takes effect January 1. It “mandates space requirements for confining certain animals and prohibits the sale of meat and eggs from animals that are kept in places that do not meet this standard.”


LA Times (July 23)

2021/ 07/ 24 by jd in Global News

Covid-19 cases are “reaching levels in Los Angeles County not seen since the waning days of the winter surge…. Though L.A. County’s indoor mask mandate remains the most expansive in the state, about 60% of Californians now live in a county that either advised or instructs universal face coverings in places such as grocery stores, retail outlets, movie theaters and at restaurants when not eating or drinking.”


San Francisco Chronicle (July 14)

2021/ 07/ 13 by jd in Global News

“With nearly half of California residents still not fully immunized against COVID-19 and the highly infectious delta variant in wide circulation, the state could be facing a surge up to two-thirds the size of last summer’s wave of infection despite generally high vaccination rates.” Any new surge will likely prove “far less deadly and disruptive than what the state endured over the winter when more than 22,000 Californians died between Thanksgiving and the end of January and the state was largely shut down for several months.”


San Francisco Chronicle (June 16)

2021/ 06/ 18 by jd in Global News

“California shrugged off 15 months of pandemic restrictions Tuesday and emerged into an appropriately sunny day to take a celebratory—if cautious—collective leap toward a post-COVID normal.” This historic day marks the first time “life could return to some semblance of what it used to be, a future bolstered by vaccines that will likely forestall another deadly surge.”


New York Times (April 28)

2021/ 04/ 29 by jd in Global News

“California is awash in cash, thanks to a booming market. In a single year, the state’s financial outlook has gone from surplus to deficit to surplus as capital gains tax collections have risen amid a soaring stock market and I.P.O. boom.” At the worst, the state “anticipated a $54 billion shortfall,” but it now expects a $15 billion surplus in the fiscal year that starts July 1.


Los Angeles Times (April 22)

2021/ 04/ 23 by jd in Global News

“California has entered another drought.” But some researchers now suspect “the last one may never have really ended.” They posit “California and other Western states are actually more than two decades into an emerging ‘megadrought’—a hydrological event on par with the worst dry spells of the last millennium. Except this time, they say, human-caused climate change is driving its severity—and will make it that much harder to climb back out of.”


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