On this episode of WTF California, we discuss school reopenings and the terrible plans being put forward by school boards. While East Contra Costa Schools remain closed, others are opening up. We discuss BART debacle, San Francisco taking $120 million from police, Air Board screws over farming community plus Wile E. Coyote update in Contra Costa County.
- Newsom’s vaccine plan aims to reopen K-12 classrooms
SAN FRANCISCO – California released a new plan Thursday outlining how the state will allocate vaccines to education workers as Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to push to reopen more schools to in-person instruction.
- California pushing teachers to front of vaccine line as supply increases
California will release about 75,000 vaccine doses every week for counties to administer to teachers and other education workers, under a plan announced by the governor’s office Thursday that further prioritizes educators to quickly get schools reopened.
- Oakland public schools could reopen in weeks: ‘Students are really suffering’
Oakland students could start heading back to classrooms within weeks, with district officials informing parents this week that it’s critical to reopen schools, starting with the youngest children and most at-risk students across all grades.
- Standardized testing will go on for 4.3M California students, despite concerns over increasing stress
Despite deep concerns over elevating student stress just as children are returning to school, standardized testing will take place this spring for about 4.3 million California students. With limited options, the state Board of Education voted against pursuing a blanket waiver from the federal government to suspend mandated standardized testing after the Biden administration released guidance this week that encouraged states to move forward with testing — but come up with ways to ease the process.
- 38% of Americans would give up sex for a year just to travel again, survey finds
Desperate vacationers said they would willingly give up love, sex or money in exchange for a trip, according to a recent survey by travel search site Trivago
- San Clemente City Council sent home after councilwoman refuses to wear mask during 1st in-person meeting in months
Councilwoman Laura Ferguson was the only council member not wearing a mask during San Clemente’s Feb. 16 meeting, which was the first time the council had met in person for months. The in-person part of the meeting didn’t last long. The council was sent home to reconvene the meeting on Zoom after Mayor Kathy Ward called Ferguson out for not wearing a mask.
- BART faces ‘crisis without precedent’: $1 billion in lost revenue with few daily commuters
BART expects ridership won’t be close to rebounding to pre-pandemic levels for years and is grappling with “a crisis without precedent in our history,” the transit agency’s staff told its board Thursday. The pandemic is expected to cost the train system more than $1 billion in revenue losses through fiscal year 2022.
- Here’s how San Francisco plans to redirect $120 million from law enforcement to Black residents
After roughly eight months of planning, San Francisco city leaders unveiled a road map Thursday to shift $60 million in local law enforcement funding into the city’s Black neighborhoods over the next year.
- Costco to raise starting wage to $16 an hour, end hazard pay
Costco will increase its starting wage to $16 an hour, surpassing most of its main competitors. Costco CEO Craig Jelinek announced the increase Thursday at a Senate Budget Committee hearing, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, to examine wages at major companies. Jelinek said the starting wage for Costco employees would rise to $16 next week, up from $15 the company instituted two years ago.
- Amendment would ban prison labor in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California relies on thousand of inmates to fight massive wildfires, churn out vehicle license plates, mop prison floors and myriad other tasks — all for wages that rarely top a few dollars a day. Opponents, led by State Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager, want to end the practice, which they call a visage of slavery. They propose to amend the state Constitution’s ban on indentured servitude to remove an exemption for people who are being punished for crimes.
- Air board tells San Joaquin Valley growers to phase out burns by 2025
Valley residents have waited more than a decade for the end of burns at vineyards and groves that spew smoke. Several board members pushed for quicker action, but the board voted to grant four more years. California’s air quality board voted today to call for a near-complete ban of agricultural burning by 2025 in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the most polluted regions in the country.
- Man accused of trying to bury wife alive on Coronado beach
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A 23-year-old parolee was back behind bars Thursday for allegedly attacking his wife during an argument at Coronado Beach, beating her and attempting to throw her into the ocean and bury her alive in the sand.
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