Northern California Live Updates Week of August 31

Northern California Live Updates Week of August 31
Northern California Live Updates

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.
Californians may check CalFire’s website for fires and containment statuses. People may also sign up for alerts in their county. People can visit to check air quality status throughout the day. It is updated hourly.
Click here to see archived updates and here for the previous updates on the early CCP virus situation.
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September 4

  • Some San Mateo County parks have reopened after the CZU Lightning Complex fire.
  • The National Weather Service has issued a fire watch for the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills from 10 p.m. Sept. 7 to 8 a.m. Sept. 9.
  • See here for Yolo County’s Voter Assistance Center and Ballot Drop Box locations for the Nov. 3 general election.
  • Siskiyou County announces a Notice of Scheduled Vacancy on the PSA II Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council for a four-year term.

September 3

  • There is a statewide Flex Alert from Sept. 5–7 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Santa Rosa announces that all events will be canceled for the rest of 2020.
  • Santa Rosa announces that five public art proposals will be considered for permanent installation in Courthouse Square.
  • Due to extreme fire weather conditions, Placer County’s Hidden Falls Regional Park will be closed Sept. 5–8.
  • Woodland Christian School became the first elementary school in Yolo County to reopen for in-person instruction.

September 2

  • Santa Clara caps third-party delivery service fees at 15 percent to help local restaurants.
  • Santa Cruz County reminds the public of beach closures throughout Labor Day weekend.
  • Siskiyou County announces a water collection and distribution zoning text amendment.
  • Santa Rosa warns of excessive heat Sept. 5–7.
  • USDA offers assistance to farmers and livestock producers affected by the California fires.
  • As of Sept. 2 at noon, the SCU fire is 72 percent contained, LNU is 76 percent contained, and CZU is 46 percent contained.

September 1

  • University of California will stop using SAT/ACT scores in admissions.
  • Nancy Pelosi got her hair done without a mask, breaking CCP virus restrictions.
  • Former UC Davis researcher attends hearing and may be released on bail.
  • Santa Rosa residents can look up what designated evacuation zone they are in here.
  • Pescadero now has a local assistant center for residents impacted by the CZU Lightning Complex fires.
  • Santa Cruz County will start consolidating shelters to focus on those who need long-term displacements.
  • Yolo County announced that individuals released on $0 bail have committed 247 new crimes.
  • Spare the Air has been extended through Sept. 3 due to wildfires.
  • San Francisco is taken off the COVID-19 watch list. Indoor shopping and outdoor hair salons, barbershops, and personal services may reopen.

August 31

  • According to one report, an anonymous lawyer intends to help Juan Tang, a former UC Davis researcher accused of visa fraud, bail out of jail.
  • Over 30 U.S. mayors have sent a letter to the House and Senate requesting to extend the census deadline to Oct. 31.
  • Santa Cruz County announces a new online form for evacuees using the free hotel program.
  • Yolo County allows hair salons and barbershops to resume.
  • Some counties, such as Solano and Contra Costa, may reopen indoor malls operating at a maximum capacity of 25 percent.
  • As of Aug. 31 at noon, the SCU fire is 60 percent contained, LNU is 63 percent contained, and CZU is 39 percent contained.
  • California launched a “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” for residents to check the status of each county and the activities allowed.
*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.