Northern California Live Updates Week of July 27

July 31, 2020 Updated: August 3, 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.

Click here to see all the latest cases by county.

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

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July 31

  • Chen Song, 38, a Stanford University scholar accused of being a Chinese agent, appeared in federal court. Even though the judge found it “highly suspicious” that the defendant’s daughter went back to China without the court’s knowledge, she declined the federal government’s request to decline bail.
  • Judge denies bail for former UC Davis researcher Juan Tang.
  • Berkeley announced an arson investigation on July 29.
  • San Mateo offers virtual services for remodeling.
  • The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is seeking a new representative for the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC).

July 30

  • Gilroy announces that Gilroy Youth Commission applications are open for those ages 12–18.
  • Yolo County announces that nut buying will run from Aug. 1, 2020 to Apr. 1, 2021.
  • Butte County reports its first human West Nile Virus infection.
  • Monterey County announces fines for face covering order violations. See penalties here.
  • Monterey Municipal Beach lifts beach advisory about bacteria posing a potential risk of illness.
  • Solano County Fairgrounds will have its first drive-in concert series on Aug. 29.

July 29

  • After being added to the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list, San Mateo County announced that more businesses will be shut down starting Aug. 1.
  • Cupertino has canceled all in-person events through the end of the year. See here for a list of canceled events.
  • Millbrae will have its first drive-in movie on Aug. 14. “Toy Story 4” will be playing at 8:30 p.m.
  • A statue of Sir Francis Drake, an English naval officer, has been taken down in Marin County.

July 28

  • Hayward announces its goal to reach 100 percent emission reduction by 2045.
  • Contra Costa County has announced that people will be fined for violating public health orders. People will be fined $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second violation, and $500 for each additional violation within one year of the initial violation.
  • Solano County warns residents who received unsolicited seeds from China to contact the county agriculture department for safe disposal. The USDA announced it is investigating the packages.
  • According to a Public Information Officer (PIO) from the Oakland Police Department, four people were arrested during the riots on July 25. Two were Oakland residents, and two were not (Hayward and McKinleyville), the PIO wrote in an email to The Epoch Times.
  • A 5-alarm fire burns in SF’s SoMa neighborhood.

July 27

  • Eight Central Valley counties will receive $52 million for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine.
  • Former UC Davis researcher Juan Tang’s initial appearance in federal court via translator results in setting a hearing on Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. for a preliminary investigation. Before then, a bond package will be presented to the court by the defendant’s attorney, Lexi Negin.
  • Juan Tang, 37,a former UC Davis researcher arrested by the FBI last week, makes an initial appearance in The United States District Court in Sacramento at 2 p.m.
  • Google has announced that its employees may work from home until June 30, 2021.
  • The Oakland mayor has called the people responsible for damaging a courthouse and other buildings over the weekend “agitators.”

*The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.