I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and special sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, bringing you the latest newsletter in California – at least for now. We at the USA Today Network are very grateful for your support and look forward to continuing to provide you with the best possible local news coverage, starting with these headlines from Golden State.
California extends eviction ban, reimburses rent for eligible tenants under new deal
The Golden State will ban evictions for unpaid rent until the end of September and reimburse all overdue rents for eligible tenants under a deal announced Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders.
California banned evictions after Newsom imposed the country’s first statewide shutdown in March 2020 and ordered most businesses to close and people to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus .
These protections were due to expire on Wednesday. The new agreement will extend the moratorium on evictions until September 30.
To be eligible for the $ 5.2 billion provided by the federal government to California for this effort, tenants must pay at least 25% of what they owe by September 30, sign a declaration that they have struggled economically because of COVID-19 and must earn 80% or less of the region’s median income.
“Our California housing situation was a crisis before COVID, and the pandemic has only made it worse – this extension is critical to ensure more people don’t lose the safety net that helps them keep their home, ”Senate Speaker Pro Tempore said. Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego.
More infectious COVID-19 mutation found in Tulare County
A highly infectious variant of COVID-19 first sequenced in India has emerged in California – in Tulare County, to be precise. The case was identified by genomic sequencing performed by the Tulare County Public Health Laboratory.
Public health officials fear that the more infectious Delta variant could spread rapidly in the unvaccinated population, giving them more opportunities to mutate into an even more dangerous variant.
Currently, 33% of people living in Tulare County are fully vaccinated, one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state.
“We need to maintain important safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, and it is especially important for unvaccinated people to wear a face cover or mask when in any indoor public environment,” Dr Karen, Tulare County Public Health Officer. said Haught.
The California Department of Public Health reports that fewer than 350 cases of the emerging strain have been sequenced in the state, but the variant is gaining a foothold in the United States.
The CDC this week released data showing the prevalence of the Delta strain more than doubled in the two weeks that ended June 19 to 20.6% of genetically sequenced positive COVID-19 test samples, up from 9 , 9% during the week ending June 5.
Can employers tell you about your immunization status?
As more and more companies request that employees return to the office, some want to know the immunization status of their employees.
Manhattan-based Morgan Stanley, for example, told employees they needed to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to work. Goldman Sachs also requires U.S. employees to disclose whether or not they have been vaccinated, but does not require workers to be vaccinated.
But is it legal?
For the most part, as The Mercury News reports, employers can require employees to be vaccinated. But federal laws may require companies to provide exemptions or reasonable accommodations to workers who are not vaccinated due to a disability or religious beliefs.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces non-discrimination in employment laws, inquires about vaccination status or requests documents does not violate federal laws on employment. equal opportunities in employment.
However, all documents collected by an employer regarding immunization status must be kept confidential. And learning about why a person does not get the vaccine could reveal medical, disability, or religious information protected by federal law.
Elsewhere in California, singer Britney Spears says her guardianship won’t let her remove her IUD. Is it even legal?
Britney Update: After a passionate speech in court, the singer dropped a bomb, which her “so-called team” refused to let her remove the intrauterine contraceptive device inside her, which prevented the star to have more children.
“I wanted to take the IUD out, so I could start trying for another baby,” the artist told the court, “but… they don’t want me to… have more children. So basically this tutelage is doing me more harm than good. I deserve to have a life.
Jodi Hicks, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, called the pop icon’s story of forced contraception “extremely disturbing,” as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Bay Area group sues Coca-Cola for “greenwashing” plastic pollution
A Bay Area-based environmental group has filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola for false advertising, accusing the beverage company of “greenwashing” its image while generating more plastic pollution than any other company in the world.
The Berkeley-based Earth Island Institute has taken legal action against Coca-Cola, arguing that the company cannot legally market itself as a sustainable or environmentally friendly business while generating millions of tons of waste plastics every year.
The complaint says the company is misleading consumers by using the word “sustainable” in its marketing and making unrealistic claims about recycling.
“Coca-Cola will never be a truly sustainable business unless it completely moves away from its addiction to single-use plastic, which it has no plans to do,” according to the lawsuit.
Coca-Cola spokeswoman Ann Moore declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said by email that the company recognizes its “responsibility to help solve the global plastic waste crisis.” The company, she said, has pledged to collect “a bottle or can for every product we produce and recycle” by 2030.
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As the philanthropy and special sections editor of The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraising and people giving in the Coachella Valley. Contact him at [email protected]