According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, residents at nursing homes are at the highest risk of being impacted by the coronavirus. Despite taking precautionary measures, these facilities have accounted for nearly half of all deaths related to COVID-19 in California, and data released by the state suggests there have been many more outbreaks than previously disclosed.
During the discussion, we will address the following questions:
Local governments across California have seen their budgets gutted by the pandemic-induced recession, but they aren’t likely to have much luck turning to voters for a handout. A new Public Policy Institute of California poll found that voters are not in a giving mood when it comes to new bond and tax measures.
That follows an unprecedentedly bad year for city and school fiscal measures in the March election, with voters rejecting more than half of ballot box fundraisers for the first time in decades. So just how bad a situation is this for California’s cities and what other options do locals have?
CalMatters political reporter Ben Christopher will moderate a virtual discussion on Thursday, May 7, at 1 p.m. about how the pandemic is gutting California cities’ budgets.
The coronavirus has forced the entire world into disarray, but the food industry in particular. With restaurants closing or reshaping business models around slimmed-down take-out menus, the dominoes are starting to fall for the farmers who suddenly have nowhere to take their food. And, at the same time, as more people find themselves out of work, food banks are teeming with hungry families. But getting food from fields to the hungry families that need it isn’t as simple as it sounds.
Manuela Tobias, Fresno Bee reporter and contributor to CalMatters’ statewide “California Divide” collaboration, moderates a conversation at noon on Friday, May 1, on the state’s food supply chain and where it’s breaking down.
With national headlines about meat processing plants being shut down, milk being poured down the drain, and hundreds of people lining up daily at food banks, we’ll talk with people familiar with the situation about where the breakdowns are, why they’re happening, and how they can be resolved.
In mid-March, public schools across California closed en masse to combat the coronavirus pandemic. But while schools remain physically closed, educators and students are in the thick of the new reality of distance learning.
How are California’s teachers navigating the most significant disruption to education in modern history? How can parents help their child during these unprecedented times?
CalMatters K-12 education reporter Ricardo Cano will host a virtual conversation on Tuesday, April 28, at 4 p.m. with three California teachers who’ve been at the forefront of leading remote instruction.
– Larry Ferlazzo, an English teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento
– Jesus Galindo, 3rd grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary in RichmondRead More
CalMatters housing reporter Matt Levin will moderate a virtual discussion on Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m. on what help is available for homeowners and renters struggling to make mortgage payments and rents, and what can be done to help homeless Californians while shelter-in-place orders are in effect.
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Before the coronavirus pandemic, California was already a place where millions of workers struggled to make ends meet each month. Now, shelter-in-place orders have effectively left many more workers without jobs, unable to pay rent, feed their families or pay their bills. In other words, California’s safety net just got a lot more crowded.
Fortunately, the state offers a lot of financial help, but it’s not always easy or straightforward.
To help you navigate the patchwork of resources available, CalMatters income inequality reporter Jackie Botts spoke to three experts about how Californians can get help. The experts also discuss how people can help the less fortunate.
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The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down, and the fear and anxiety of living during these unusual times is taking a toll on Californians’ mental health. Economic stress, living in self-isolation and continued physical distancing can be overwhelming, and it’s more important than ever to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves.
CalMatters health reporter Jocelyn Wiener talks to Dr. Amy Ahlfeld, clinical psychologist, and Dr. Mark Levine, psychiatrist, about tips and strategies for how to get past the coronavirus without losing your mental health.
For resources on mental health, ranging from meditation apps to hotlines for victims of domestic abuse, look at this Google doc of resources from Drs. Ahlfeld and Levine.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many small businesses across the state to close their doors or drastically change their operations. As the crisis continues to batter the economy, CalMatters Capitol reporter Laurel Rosenhall will host a conversation with Isabel Guzman, the director of the office of Small Business Advocate at GO-Biz, and Dilawar Syed, chair of GO-Biz’s Entrepreneurship Task Force and CEO of healthcare AI startup Lumiata, about what the state of California is doing to help struggling entrepreneurs and their businesses.
Are you a college student whose semester has been turned upside down by the pandemic? Are you a professor who is getting acclimated to teaching your students via video conference?
CalMatters College Journalism Network Editor Felicia Mello and fellow Aidan McGloin moderated a conversation with California State University Chancellor Tim White on April 2 to discuss how CSU is transitioning to online learning and address questions students, families, administrators and educators have about this new reality.
We’re continuing to follow up on questions from our readers about how colleges are adjusting to the coronavirus era. If you have a question you’d like our reporters to answer, you can submit it on the form below.
School districts across California have closed their doors as communities go on lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, and instructional time for millions of the state’s K-12 students is now spent at kitchen tables instead of classrooms.
This new reality has created obstacles for teachers who are experimenting with distance learning on a massive scale, parents who are juggling homeschooling with working remotely and myriad other stressors, and students who are used to face-to-face instruction.
CalMatters K-12 reporter Ricardo Cano talks to Linda Darling-Hammond, the president of California’s State Board of Education, and Cindy Marten, the superintendent of San Diego Unified School District, about what the state is doing to prepare parents, students and educators for homeschooling and distance learning during this unprecedented chapter in California’s history.