More than a thousand gathered in front of the California Capitol building to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay at home order and demand that the state re-open on May 1, 2020. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters
It’s unclear how the state will respond to a mass reopening of churches. But it hasn’t been cracking down on businesses that have reopened too early.
Despite investigating nearly 1,100 complaints, the state barbering board hasn’t taken any enforcement measures, and the state Alcoholic Beverage Control department has only responded to a few, the Associated Press reports.
Meanwhile, some sheriffs refuse to enforce the governor’s order.
Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco: “It’s time to get back opening up our businesses and letting our people do what our normal business activities are. … The government should not be picking and choosing who gets to open.”
The Bottom Line: As of 9 p.m. Thursday night, California had 84,057 confirmed coronavirus cases and 3,374 deaths from the virus, according to a CalMatters tracker. (Note: As of yesterday, I’m no longer using the Los Angeles Times tracker. CalMatters has a different methodology, so you may have noticed the number of cases and deaths went down.)
1.University of California ditches SAT and ACT in historic decision
The University of California will no longer require students to submit SAT or ACT test scores as part of its admissions process, the Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday in a historic decision likely to have national ripple effects. Instead, the nine campuses plan to develop by 2025 a new standardized test for California residents that will better reflect what students learn in school and mitigate racial biases and inequities that critics say the SAT and ACT exacerbate. If it can’t develop a satisfactory exam, it will drop the standardized testing requirement completely for Californians, CalMatters’ Mikhail Zinshteyn reports. (It’s unclear if out-of-state applicants would still have to take standardized tests and, if so, which ones.)
UC President Janet Napolitano: The regents need “to drill down into factors that contribute to the disproportionate representation, or un-representation, of students from underserved communities within our student population. We are a public university, after all.”
2. Immigrant women’s jobs hit hardest by pandemic, study finds
The workers hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic are non-citizen women — immigrants with green cards, work visas or who are undocumented — with nearly one in three losing their jobs between Feb. 15 and April 18, a study published Wednesday by UC Merced Community and Labor Center researchers found. Unlike the Great Recession, which principally affected the male-dominated manufacturing and construction industries, this recession is impacting the female-dominated service and hospitality industries, CalMatters’ Jackie Botts reports. Undocumented immigrants are especially at risk, since they don’t qualify for most safety net programs.
Martina Avila Mendez, a Los Angeles street food vendor: “I feel disappointed. I’ve been calling since yesterday, and nobody answers the phones. … I feel humiliated to be begging for those $500.”
3.Capturing history: How to share your COVID-19 experience with future Californians
Do you want to document your COVID-19 experience so future generations of Californians can better understand what it was like to live through the pandemic? Now you can. The California State Archives is collecting submissions for its new “community memory project” called the California COVID-19 Archive. If accepted, your submission could become part of the archive’s historical collections and be featured online. To share your story and experience, fill out the following form.
Lawmakers should investigate SoCalGas threat: A group funded by SoCalGas threatened that if the San Luis Obispo City Council voted to encourage construction of all-electric buildings that would not use gas appliances, it would hold a protest without social distancing, writes Heidi Harmon, mayor of San Luis Obispo.