Northern California Live Updates Week of July 13

July 17, 2020 Updated: July 17, 2020

This page covers general news updates weekly, in addition to the coverage of the CCP virus* outbreak in Northern California.

For more news related to the CCP virus, see The Epoch Times special coverage of the CCP virus outbreak.

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Click here to see archived updates and here for the previous updates on the early CCP virus situation.

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July 17

  • Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines for distance learning—“science will determine when a school can be physically open–and when it must close. But learning must be non-negotiable,” he tweeted.
  • Berkeley Council votes to make a series of changes to public safety. One way is to create the Berkeley Department of Transportation (BerkDOT) to handle traffic enforcement in place of police.
  • Sacramento Kings announced their partnership with Sacramento County to transform the Golden 1 Center into a voting center for the November general election.

July 16

  • Berkeley announces a blood drive scheduled on Aug. 4.
  • The City of Santa Clara’s Annual Cleanup Campaign has been rescheduled for Aug. 10-Sept. 4.
  • The City of Millbrae requests for public input to help shape The Plan Bay Area 2050 Blueprint.
  • Sunnyvale prepares for district elections on Nov. 3.
  • Yolo County announces a COVID-19 outbreak at Woodland Residential Services, a facility that serves vulnerable and high risk resident. There are 10 confirmed cases (6 residents and 4 staff) and 1 resident death.

July 15

  • The City of San Mateo will resume parking enforcement meters, pay stations, street cleaning zones, and residential parking permit program areas.
  • Ukiah Library in Mendocino County partnered with the California State Library to create COVID-19 diaries. Participants of all ages can submit essays, poems, letters, photographs, artworks or videos from Jul. 31 through Dec. 31.
  • Humboldt County invites businesses to apply for an encroachment permit to convert outdoor areas like parking lots for businesses to use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Contra Costa County recognizes pretrial, probation, and parole services week from July 19-25 to acknowledge professionals that contribute to public safety, community engagement, and support for victims.
  • San Mateo County allows outdoor and visits in long-term care facilities for family members, friends, and those making legal decisions for residents.

July 14

  • The Crews Fire in Gilroy is at 5,513 acres and is 100 percent contained as of 2:45 p.m.
  • The Monterey Jazz Festival has announced it will be virtual and will be held on Sept. 25–27.
  • Santa Clara’s Art & Wine Festival is canceled due to COVID-19.

July 13

  • Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin gives an update on the CCP virus via a virtual Town Hall meeting. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Berkeley has recorded 254 cases and 1 death. Of the 13,254 tests performed, 1.6 percent turned out positive.
  • A hedge fund buys The McClatchy Company (owner of the Sacramento Bee and Fresno Bee, among others) after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Attorney Robert Tyler releases a statement after the state’s order to close houses of worship. “The freedom of worship is of paramount importance and we will support churches who provide services as their faith sincerely dictates so long as they do not provide their services recklessly,” he stated according to the release.
  • The state has announced more indoor closures for businesses like restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, and museums.
  • The Crews Fire in Gilroy is at 5,513 acres and is 97 percent contained as of 10:30 a.m.
  • The San Francisco County Transportation Authority announced the Southgate Road Realignment project. Its goal is to construct a safer interchange for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians on Yerba Buena Island.