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COVID deaths severely undercounted among communities of color, new study finds

The findings align with what experts have been saying for more than a year.

Pandemic Nation

After the California Recall, Gov. Newsom Should Reflect on COVID Missteps

The election outcome shouldn’t be mistaken by the Newsom administration as an endorsement of the governor’s handling of the pandemic.

Pandemic Nation

As COVID Assistance Ends, a Nightmare Scenario Unfolds for Many Californians

The fraying of the state’s safety net is about to be put on full display.

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This Labor Day, We Remember Our Essential Workers

A Capital & Main photo essay honors the American workers whose critical work keeps our nation moving forward.

Pandemic Nation

Why One California School District Mandates COVID Vaccinations for Students

Other districts may well be watching — and wondering how soon they can enact a similar policy.

Pandemic Nation

Between COVID and Staffing, California Pushes Nurses to the Limit

As the Delta variant rages, caregivers face dual battles against the virus and burnout.

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COVID and Kids: Rising Hospitalizations a Growing Concern

The stark progress of the highly transmissible Delta variant has obliterated much of last year’s confidence regarding children and COVID.

Pandemic Nation

Shifting COVID Policies Sow Confusion Among California Schools

Amid rising infection rates and changing state and federal guidelines, districts are struggling to navigate the reopening of schools.

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Why Young Adult Vaccination Rates Are Stagnating

An entirely different approach is needed to turn the tide on COVID vaccinations among the 18-29 group.

Pandemic Nation

Increasing Number of Small Businesses Requiring Proof of COVID Vaccination

With case rates rising once again, businesses with everything to lose are doing what the government will not.

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As Children’s COVID Cases Rise, L.A. County Will Wait Nearly Two Weeks to Consider Employee Vaccine Mandate

Health experts feared this would happen when mask restrictions were lifted. Now, children’s COVID rates have increased fivefold.

Pandemic Nation

As Delta Surges, L.A. County Isn’t Requiring COVID Vaccinations for Government Workers — for Now

Some local governments around the country are already mandating shots for public employees.

Pandemic Nation

As COVID Delta Variant Surges, Businesses Should Follow University of California’s Lead

Vaccine mandates will make campuses safer. It could do the same for workplaces.

Pandemic Nation

Delta Variant — and County Inaction — Pushing Los Angeles Toward a COVID Emergency

The stakes are high for a region that is home to roughly four million unvaccinated residents.

Pandemic Nation

California is About to Feel Delta’s Full Force

Experts fear hyperlocal outbreaks in communities with low vaccination rates.

Labor & Economy

Massive Fires and COVID Have Battered California’s Wineries

As the state gradually emerges from the pandemic, an economic hangover lingers over the wine industry.

Pandemic Nation

When Masks Become Optional, Do Children Become Vulnerable?

As summer rolls on, some are predicting kids will be vectors for new, more contagious COVID strains.

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A Los Angeles COVID Report Card

Is it too late for L.A. County to learn from its pandemic mistakes?

Pandemic Nation

What Will California Look Like Now That the Masks Are Coming Off?

Pandemic restrictions are ending, whether we’re ready or not.

Labor & Economy

As California Reopens, a Brutal ‘Normal’ Awaits Many

For millions in the Golden State, economic inequality brings a different kind of peril to daily life.

Society

COVID-19 Deaths: Who Wasn’t Counted?

Issues with death certification have led to unreliable mortality data, leaving families, vulnerable communities and epidemiologists in the dark.

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California Races Against Time to Get Latinos Vaccinated

With a full reopening less than a month away, 60% of the state’s Latino population remains unvaccinated.

Education

Black Students in Los Angeles Face Uphill Battle to Graduation, 2021 Study Finds

How the pandemic brought festering problems into a new light.

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Pandemic Nation

Oregon and Washington COVID Cases Surge as Neighbor States See Declines

Can California dodge the latest surge?

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McDonald’s Stores Collect COVID Relief Funds — And Employee Safety Complaints

California workers say McDonald’s and other fast food chains repeatedly disregarded pandemic safety precautions.

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Inside Kaiser Permanente’s Broken Mental Health Care System

Critics accuse the medical provider of not matching the level of its treatment of mental illnesses with that of its care for physical health.
Co-published by Fast Company

Labor & Economy

Is the Abandonment of Guest Worker COVID Protections a Taste of Things to Come?

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act would likely lead to enormous increases in the number of workers brought to the U.S. by growers.

Pandemic Nation

California Faces Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Dilemma

It’s been a particularly brutal few days for America’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, most recently due to the Johnson & Johnson rollout.

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Why California’s Undocumented Immigrants Remain Vaccine-Resistant

Some workers fear revealing their undocumented status at vaccination sites. It takes the spread of only a few stories to stoke those fears.

Pandemic Nation

Winners and Losers After Gov. Newsom Signs California’s Worker-Rights Bill

A first look at a new law meant to give laid-off hotel and other hospitality workers a shot at jobs lost during the COVID crisis.

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Selling the Vaccine Becomes Tougher in Certain Communities

The Johnson & Johnson pause threatens to exacerbate vaccination hesitancy.

Pandemic Nation

Racism Is ‘A Serious Public Health Threat,’ Says CDC Director

Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s comments underscore how ethnicity and economic inequity place heavy thumbs on the scale of health outcomes.

Education

New COVID Variants May Complicate School Reopenings

Kids are more susceptible to new coronavirus strains, leading some experts to rethink their stance on reopening classrooms.

Pandemic Nation

Health Experts: ‘A Race Between the Variants and the Vaccine’ Amid a Surge

It could be a case of California vs. Californians, as policy and politics clash with the latest medical information and suggested guidance.

Coronavirus

Los Angeles Families Reluctant to Return Kids to School

LAUSD survey data shows most families prefer online instruction for the remainder of the school year.

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USC and UCLA Get Low Grades for Their COVID Responses

A look at how L.A.’s top universities treated their students, campus workers and professional staff during the pandemic.

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Los Angeles Faces Familiar Virus Challenges As It Enters Orange Tier

Los Angeles County’s reopening leads to anxiety for workers, families and advocates — and to hope, too.

Pandemic Nation

As States Ease COVID Vigilance, Virus Cases Tick Up

America’s governors and mayors are loosening safety restrictions, while a pandemic weary populace behaves as if the crisis is over.

Young waitress serving drinks to customers in outdoor plastic tent wearing a mask. Waiter wearing protective face mask serving drinks at street cafe during pandemic.
Pandemic Nation

Small Businesses Exempted From California’s Expanded Sick Leave

New legislation requiring paid time off for COVID-related issues excludes businesses with 25 employees or less.

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Does Newsom’s Color-by-Numbers Plan to Reopen California Risk Disaster?

Some public health experts warn the state is loosening restrictions too soon, and fear a new surge.

Pandemic Nation

California’s Counties Revolt Against Blue Shield’s Vaccination Role

Governor Newsom asked a major campaign donor to manage his state’s vaccine distribution. But Blue Shield has met with pushback.

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Baffling Illness in Children Follows in the Wake of COVID

MIS-C disproportionately affects children of color.

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A Year Into COVID, What Have We Learned?

Key takeaways about the roles of power, money and race in shaping America’s response to the pandemic.

Pandemic Nation

Vaccine Distribution Key Element in Gov. Newsom’s Plan to Reopen Schools

Local rates of infection have driven most school districts’ decisions on whether to reopen, and families’ decisions on whether to attend.

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Not All California Schools Can Reopen With New Ventilation Upgrades

HVAC standards are the elephant in the living room of debates over reopening classrooms. Many schools can’t afford needed upgrades.

Pandemic Nation

An Equity Conflict Shadows the Release of a New Vaccine

Speed bumps on the path to mass immunity.

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Eviction Moratoriums Can’t Protect the Most Vulnerable Tenants

During the pandemic, legal safeguards were created to help unemployed renters. But some families can still fall through the cracks.

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How Were Los Angeles Hospitals Brought to the Brink by COVID?

Experts describe the winter surge as a “perfect storm” driven in part by poor planning, staffing woes and a tardy governmental response.

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Missteps in L.A.’s Pandemic Response Left Disadvantaged Communities Behind

New collaborations with community organizations may produce innovative solutions that could make the pandemic recovery more equitable.

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COVID-19 in Court: Legal Coalition Sues to Stop Some In-Person Civil Trials

Pro bono law firms say L.A. court system prioritizes nonessential operations over community safety.

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Vaccines Are Not Reaching Hardest Hit Los Angeles Communities

Why are whites more likely to get their shots when people of color suffer more from COVID-19?

Pandemic Nation

The American Way of Death: Separate and Unequal

Life expectancy for U.S. whites declined by 0.8 years in 2020’s first half. For Latinos it was 1.9 years, while for Blacks it dropped 2.7 years.

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Reopening Schools in the Pandemic Reveals a Class Divide

Differences among school districts are ignored at California’s peril.

Pandemic Nation

California’s Vaccine Push Excludes Its Community Clinics

As COVID vaccines are rolled out, a critical health care network is underused.

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Tulare County’s Homeless to Be Thrown Off Their Levee Sanctuary

In the San Joaquin Valley, the homeless are being evicted in the middle of the pandemic.

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Podcast: Health Care Workers Battle in COVID’s Dangerous Trenches

What happens when pandemic fighters are at risk themselves with preexisting medical conditions?

Pandemic Nation

New Report Shows Where Economic Damage Has Been Worst

Lowest-paid workers take the worst hit while pandemic continues its damage.

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Courthouse Interpreters Say They Lack COVID Protections at Work

Translators claim working within whisper distance of defendants makes them especially vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Education

Why Is California Rushing to Reopen Its Schools?

Gov. Gavin Newsom says schools can reopen safely, but many campuses can’t meet the state’s most recent guidelines for being open.

Coronavirus

Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium COVID Vaccine Super Site in 13 Photographs

A look at one of the country’s largest COVID-19 vaccination centers.

Pandemic Nation

Podcast: For-Profit Hospital Deserts Pandemic-Wracked Los Angeles

An interview with Shenita Anderson, an ER nurse at L.A.’s for-profit Olympia Medical Center, which is closing despite the COVID-19 crisis.

Pandemic Nation

California’s Essential Workers Get Bumped Down Vaccination Line

Critics of the state’s move to an age-based priority system say it defies statistical evidence that workplace transmission is a major source of the virus’s spread.

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Data Reveals Dramatic Gap Between COVID Vaccinations and COVID Deaths Among Latinos in L.A. County

New numbers show that just 29% of the people receiving vaccines are Latinos, who account for 52% of L.A. County’s COVID deaths.

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Are Los Angeles’ Malls COVID Super-Spreaders?

How much retail shopping contributed to January’s surge is hard to know. Critics charge the county’s policy has been fatally flawed.

Pandemic Nation

Why California’s Rent Moratorium Falls Short

The rent moratorium extension worked out in Sacramento is a flawed and incomplete emergency measure.

Pandemic Nation

As Los Angeles COVID Vaccines Roll Out, Black and Latino Cases Surge

While California struggles to distribute COVID-19 shots, Latino Los Angeles takes a hit.

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Los Angeles Mall Closures to Be Debated

County sources say the Board of Supervisors is trying to balance the health crisis with economic considerations.

Pandemic Nation

Epic Fail: For-Profit Los Angeles Hospital Closes in the Middle of Surge

A 204-bed hospital in L.A.’s Mid-Wilshire district is shuttering, despite the city’s need for intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients.

Coronavirus

COVID Workplace Protections Are Welcomed and Attacked

California’s workplace safety agency has received complaint after complaint about COVID-related cases fueled by lax labor protections.

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California’s Lagging Vaccine Rollout

The state’s slow-footed distribution of COVID-19 shots is the result first and foremost of a federal botch-job of the highest order.

Pandemic Nation

Why So Few African Americans Are Willing to Take the COVID Vaccine

How could only 29% of Black Californians be willing to take a vaccine that might save them?

2020 in Review

10 Urgent Stories From a Scary Year

A look back at some of Capital & Main’s coverage of 2020.

2020 in Review

Picture This: How Capital & Main Photographers Captured the Year

From street protests to COVID coverage to wildfires and beyond, our photographers were in the thick of the action.

2020 in Review

Through a Lens Darkly: A Photographer’s Journey Through Los Angeles

A look at L.A.’s best and worst year.

Pandemic Nation

Chasing the Vaccine: Last, and Lost

She has heard no plan for a federal relief package that might somehow lessen her burden. And, hotel worker Liliana Hernandez says, the whole notion of a vaccine getting the country back on track might be way too late for her and her colleagues. In a state of inequity, relief remains elusive.

Pandemic Nation

Chasing the Vaccine: The Pushback

Michelle Burton of the Community Health Councils discusses the systemic and pervasive racism that lies at the root of a deep distrust of the health care system among African Americans.

Pandemic Nation

Chasing the Vaccine: Fatigue on the Front Lines

Mark Kreidler speaks with Erin McIntosh, a rapid-response nurse in Riverside, about the burnout plaguing health care workers in the final stretch of the pandemic.

Pandemic Nation

Chasing the Vaccine: Convincing Californians to Roll Up Their Sleeves

CommuniCare’s CEO explains how community clinics will receive and administer the vaccine to patients who don’t often see doctors.

Pandemic Nation

Attacking Homelessness After COVID’S End

The pandemic highlighted the homeless crisis. Will California’s search for solutions continue after COVID-19 fades from the headlines?

Pandemic Nation

How Will California Organize Its COVID Vaccine Rollout?

Who gets the coronavirus vaccine first — and who decides this? Mark Kreidler talks with California health care advocate Anthony Wright.

Pandemic Nation

Nowhere to Run in the COVID Super-Surge

We knew this day could come. Why did California hospitals still run out of beds?

Pandemic Nation

California Finally Acts to Protect Virus-Threatened Hospital Workers

California’s new goal is to COVID-test hospital workers. But will the state’s health care behemoths follow the nonbinding recommendation?

Pandemic Nation

Pandemic Nation Podcast: No Reinforcements

Mark Kreidler speaks to Jenny Wong-Swanson, a Kaiser Permanente nurse in Woodland Hills, about the pandemic’s explosion.

Pandemic Nation

The Shell Game That Is Gov. Brian Kemp’s New Health Care Plan

A new program would divert 500,000 Georgians out of the ACA exchange and nudge them into private insurance company offerings.

Pandemic Nation

Trump’s Capitol Death Grip Worsens COVID Surge

“We’re going into a very dark winter,” says President-elect Biden. By spring there could be nearly half a million COVID-19 American deaths.

2020 Elections

Another Accelerant Could Fan COVID Surge: Donald Trump

The actions — or inaction — of the lame duck president may further the spread of the pandemic.

Pandemic Nation

Pandemic Nation Podcast: A Sense of Relief

Mark Kreidler speaks to Dr. Jeanne Noble about the new president-elect and his impact on how the country deals with COVID-19.

Pandemic Nation

Gloom at the Top: Where Is America’s COVID Leadership?

As COVID-19 surges, service sector workers’ necks are again on the chopping block. Joe Biden’s new programs are 10 long weeks away.

2020 Elections

A Whole Lot of Hurt: An Election Ends, the Pandemic Continues

The president’s disavowal of COVID-19 on the campaign trail did not escape the electorate’s notice.

Pandemic Nation

Pandemic Nation Podcast: A Shattered Service Economy

Mark Kreidler speaks to Elvia Martinez, a food service worker at LAX.

Pandemic Nation

COVID Casualties: The Jobs That May Never Return

The Trump administration’s failure to respond to the health crisis has led to job losses that could take decades to rebuild.

Pandemic Nation

Why Nurses Say “Trump Must Go”

Donald Trump’s inability to reckon with the truth of the coronavirus is apparent by the numbers: 8.2 million COVID cases, 221,000 deaths.

United States of Inequality

Minnesota Had Some of the Nation’s Worst Racial Disparities. Then Came the Pandemic

The disparate impacts of COVID could ensure this battleground state stays blue in 2020.

Pandemic Nation

Trump Losing Ground as COVID Spreads in Swing State Michigan

Polls show Joe Biden ahead by as many as nine points in Michigan, a state Trump won in 2016 by just 10,704 votes.

Pandemic Nation

Pandemic Nation Podcast: Mishandled Outbreak

Mark Kreidler speaks to Eunice Balencio, a South San Francisco nurse on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle.

Coronavirus

Trump, COVID and Needless Suffering

What is the president’s obligation to those sickened or killed by a virus he could have done far more to tame?

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Dysfunction and Dissent: Inside L.A. County’s Troubled Nursing Home Oversight Division

Employees call for leadership change as inspector general prepares to release first report.

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Can L.A. County Turn Around Its Nursing Home Debacle?

Some observers say it’s time to hand over L.A. County’s oversight of its nursing homes to California. But would state control be any better?

Pandemic Nation

Baseball Players Go to Bat for Laid-Off Workers

Will Gov. Newsom sign a bill that would require employers to rehire service workers laid off in hotels, airports and event centers?

Pandemic Nation

The Battle Over School Meals Drones On

A last-minute reversal by the USDA will allow schools to provide free meals to all students through 2020.

Pandemic Nation

Pandemic Nation Podcast: School Lunch Insecurity

Mark Kreidler speaks to Kirsten Tobey, co-founder of Oakland’s Revolution Foods.

Immigration

Death, Miscarriage and COVID-19:
Inside ICE Air’s History of Medical Neglect

Co-published by The Guardian
Even before the pandemic, ICE consistently failed to provide adequate medical care to detainees on its flights — with dire outcomes.

Detention Dispatches

Detention Dispatches: Frightful Night Flights

How ICE moves detainees under the cover of darkness.

Pandemic Nation

Latino Workforce Is Most at Risk: Report

A UCLA study says that over a three-month period, three age groups of Latino workers suffered a nearly five-fold increase in death rates.

Pandemic Nation

Are Courtrooms the Next Frontier for COVID Health Care Workers?

The nation’s largest hospital chain faces a lawsuit alleging it failed to protect employees.

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Pandemic Nation Podcast: Essential Restaurant Workers

Mark Kreidler speaks to Eileen Saltman, a worker at Reem’s California, a restaurant and bakery in Oakland.

Pandemic Nation

Risking Workers’ Health to Protect the Bottom Line

What California’s nursing home COVID crisis can teach us about taking better care of essential health workers.

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Eviction Tsunami Averted for Now

In an eleventh hour move, Sacramento extended the statewide eviction moratorium for renters suffering COVID-related hardships.

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Homeless Deaths Are Spiking in Los Angeles and Beyond

Are COVID deaths going unreported? Or has living on the street become more dangerous?

Pandemic Nation

How Come Schools Can’t Afford Hand Sanitizer?

While many struggle in the shadow of COVID-19, CEO compensation has never been so good.

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Reinventing Learning: Teaching 5th Grade Online

Frank Lara, a teacher in San Francisco’s Mission District, discusses the challenges of distance learning as the fall semester begins.

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Did Barbara Ferrer Fail to Protect L.A.’s Most Vulnerable from COVID?

Defenders of L.A.’s public health chief see a fierce advocate for equity but many question her record and leadership style.
Co-published by L.A. Taco

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Tribal Casinos Weigh Dueling Risks of COVID-19, Economic Ruin

The dual public health and economic crisis has driven Native American leaders to ponder diversifying gaming-dependent tribal economies.

Pandemic Nation

Gear and Garments: California Awaits the Next Pandemic

Could lives have been saved if the state had a 90-day supply of PPE on hand when COVID-19 erupted?

The Year of Teaching Dangerously

Teachers Discover That Distance Learning Is a Dance

The headless-chicken days of March. Zoom crashes. Parents against PPE. And yet teacher stress levels are returning to normal.

The Year of Teaching Dangerously

Middle School Teachers Face a Fall Term of Uncertainty

Middle school is where many students branch out academically. Some seem to thrive online, while others have “dropped off the map.”

The Year of Teaching Dangerously

Are High Schoolers Zoning Out on Zoom?

Teachers are trying new ways to make online learning work. Getting students to turn on their screens can sometimes be the hardest part.

The Year of Teaching Dangerously

How California Schools Are Adapting to the Age of the Pandemic

This week a new series examines the fears and frustrations of teachers facing a new year of distance learning.

The Year of Teaching Dangerously

Elementary School Students’ Uneasy Year Zero

While some kids spend class time looking at age-inappropriate YouTube videos, their teachers search for ways to connect with them.

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Tulare County During the Pandemic – The Hard Price of Poverty

The rural county of Tulare has become a hotspot for the virus, with Latino communities and essential workers hit especially hard.

Detention Dispatches

Detention Dispatches: State of Disarray

How Florida Has Become the Epicenter of ICE’s Shameful COVID Response

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Protest at Newsom’s Home Over COVID Outbreaks in Detention Centers

Demonstrators call for the mass release of prisoners and immigrant detainees in the name of public health.

Coronavirus

Demonstrators Call For Release of San Quentin Prisoners Amidst COVID Outbreak

In less than two months, over half the inmates of San Quentin have become infected with the coronavirus.

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Oakland Tenants Protest Investors Plan to ‘Inspect’ Their Units During Pandemic

A Bay Area rent strike could be a harbinger of tenant unrest as California prepares for an eviction tsunami triggered by the pandemic.

Opinion

Blame California’s Leadership, Not Trump, for State’s COVID Comeback

It doesn’t take the wisdom of hindsight to know that the way state and local officials barreled ahead with reopening would lead to disaster.

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L.A. County’s COVID-Battered Businesses

From Dodger Dogs to tires: A list of sellers, manufacturers and offices hardest hit by the coronavirus.

Detention Dispatches

Detention Dispatches: Black Lives Matter

Detainees at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Pandemic Nation

Tesla Bullies Workers and Alameda County Over COVID

In March Elon Musk tweeted, “Coronavirus panic is dumb.” Now Tesla has moved forcefully against self-quarantining workers.

United States of Inequality

Could Dayton’s Black Voters Turn Ohio Blue?

Racial unrest and economic uncertainty collide in the industrial Midwest.

Pandemic Nation

Returning Hotel Workers Fear COVID Dangers

A union representing 25,000 L.A. County hospitality workers is seeking a pause of hotel reopenings until safety issues are addressed.

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Arizona’s Disastrous Reopening Endangers Its Vulnerable Workers

Health experts say the Grand Canyon State has “lost control of the epidemic.”

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Nonprofits Fill Government Aid Void for Struggling Angelenos

An East L.A. family leans on community during the pandemic as government lets down low-income immigrants.

Detention Dispatches

Detention Dispatches: Pepper-Ball Rifles, Tear Gas Canisters and Shields

The Adelanto Detention Facility is again in the center of controversy, allegedly using protests taking place outside the facility as an excuse to mistreat detainees.

Coronavirus

Inspector General May Not Stem Deadly COVID-19 Outbreaks at L.A. Nursing Homes

Advocates ask supervisors to act now as fatalities mount and public health dept. allows COVID patients into facilities with poor track records.

Reopening the Golden State

Safety Unknowns Await Returning Medical and Dental Workers

Hospitals and clinics that recently faced financial collapse are reopening waiting rooms. But PPE shortages and staff-risk issues remain.

Pandemic Nation

Florida Fudges COVID Numbers Downward as Infections Surge Up

The Sunshine State shows there is more than one way to suppress the kinds of figures that reveal the virus’s true human cost.

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Hand Over Fist: Health Insurers Make a Killing During Contagion

In the midst of a pandemic, some insurance companies’ profits may be even higher than had been predicted before the coronavirus hit.

Detention Dispatches

Detention Dispatches: By The Time I Get To Arizona

Since 2003, 19 detainees have died within Arizona’s detention centers.

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L.A. Public Health Ok’d Release of COVID Patients to Nursing Homes With Many Coronavirus Deaths, Poor Ratings

The agency also scrubbed statistics on coronavirus deaths and cases at designated nursing homes from its website.

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The Geography of Despair: Homeless Deaths Are L.A.’s Other Epidemic

They died in parking lots, in hospitals, in train stations and in encampments. Now the county’s homeless must face the coronavirus.

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Is L.A. County Prepared for a Coronavirus Surge?

Health experts worry that Los Angeles County officials might let COVID-19 “burn” through the population.

Pandemic Nation

U.S. Ill-Prepared to Combat COVID-Induced Mental Health Crisis

More than a third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression, a 300 percent increase over last year.

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Death Trap: When COVID-19 Hit L.A. Nursing Homes, Where Was the County’s Department of Public Health?

The bleakest chapter of the history of COVID-19 in Los Angeles will be devoted to the demise of nursing home residents.

Pandemic Nation

How People of Color Vanish in the CDC’s Numbers

Long-established inequities in America’s health care system have put poor people in the crosshairs of a medical disaster.

Pandemic Nation

‘Tsunami of Evictions’ Predicted as Tenant Protections Lapse

As eviction bans lift and temporary housing provisions end, what happens to those who can’t afford rent?

Reopening the Golden State

Caregivers See Threats from COVID-19 and Budget Cuts

As California reopens, essential home care workers may have their hours cut.

Pandemic Nation

A Nursing Home Tragedy in Vallejo

A coronavirus outbreak swept through one Bay Area facility, leaving 16 dead. Was the home a disaster waiting to happen?

Reopening the Golden State

Cutting It Close: Hair Care Workers Worry About Returning to Their Chairs

Thousands of California stylists and barbers are anxiously wondering: What’s the best way to reopen and start doing hair again – safely?

Reopening the Golden State

Is the Golden State Reopening Too Soon?

Capital & Main’s new series examines the challenges and concerns of employees working in close contact with the public or each other.

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United States of Inequality

Primary Snapshots: Pandemic Spotlights Pennsylvania’s Disparities

The COVID-19 crisis hits the state after a decade of rising economic inequality.

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Performance Anxiety: Will the Adult Film Industry Survive the Pandemic?

Even porn actors must work from home as one of the most intimate industries remains in lockdown.

Education

Betsy DeVos Directs COVID-19 Relief Funds to Private and Charter Schools

Critics charge DeVos is exploiting a national public-health crisis to promote her agenda of privatizing public education.

Pandemic Nation

Nurses Still Waiting for Masks After 100 COVID RN Deaths

A survey of 23,000 nurses found that 87 percent of respondents must still reuse disposable masks while attending to COVID-19 patients.

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Doctors Slam Public Health Agency for High COVID Toll at L.A. County Nursing Homes

More than half of the county’s COVID-19 deaths have occurred at nursing homes. Where was the public health department?

Labor & Economy

Growing Local is Key to Providing Food Security in Times of Crisis

To break the corporate grip on our food, we need to stop looking to fields far away and look closer to home.

Politics & Government

Safety Net Programs Threatened by California’s Budget Deficit

Gov. Newsom’s revised budget puts programs aimed at addressing disparities in access to vital services on the chopping block.

Coronavirus

Are Washington’s Farmworkers COVID-19 Guinea Pigs?

COVID-19 is spreading throughout central Washington state. One agricultural county has the highest infection rate on the West Coast.

Pandemic Nation

Remote Communities Face Virus With Fewer Hospitals

The lights are going out in America’s rural hospitals and clinics at the moment they are most needed.

Coronavirus

Renters Battle for More Protections Against Eviction

Pandemic-battered California faces another falling domino as paychecks vanish and rents come due.

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Street Vending in Covid Times

A veteran photographer records the stories of Los Angeles street vendors pushed to the edge by a pandemic.

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Immigrant Advocates See Fatal Flaws in Detention Centers

Why ICE’s immigration detention facilities throughout the country have become COVID-19 hotspots.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announces executive action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on March 15
Coronavirus

Angeleno Card Helps to Fill in Aid Gap for L.A.’s Neediest

The Mayor’s Fund has raised $20 million to fund debit cards for impoverished residents hit hard by the COVID-19 economic crisis.

Coronavirus

COVID-Related Strikes Hit Washington’s Apple Sheds

Demands for safer working conditions and extra hourly hazard pay during the pandemic are powering a strike wave in the Yakima Valley.

Politics & Government

California Budget Crisis May Imperil Reforms, Says Controller

In a Capital & Main interview, State Controller Betty Yee casts doubt about the prospects for Prop. 13 reform and other initiatives.

Pandemic Nation

Permanent Job Losses May Be the Pandemic’s Second Act

A new study, citing historical precedent, claims 42 percent of recent layoffs will result in permanently lost jobs.
Co-published by Fast Company

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Is a Housing Crash Coming to Florida?

There are signs that another foreclosure crisis may be looming in this swing state.

Chasing the Virus

Why “Reopen California” Rallies Anger Frontline Nurses

The deaths of young, previously healthy COVID patients show the danger of ignoring personal safety precautions.

Coronavirus

On the Front Lines of “Reopen America”

Trumpers, conspiracists and anti-vaxxers attack shelter-in-place orders: “I can’t just work, work, work and watch Netflix!”

Pandemic Nation

A Veep Quits Amazon. Will it Matter?

The firings of company whistleblowers, Tim Bray wrote, were further evidence “of a vein of toxicity running through the company’s culture.”

Coronavirus

Community Clinics Are Suddenly on Life Support

How a safety net became “a house of cards” under the economics of a pandemic.

Coronavirus

May Day Rent Strikers Meet Reopen California Protesters

As the pandemic’s cruelest month gave way to the merry month of May, Los Angeles was filled with demands and unrest.

Chasing the Virus

Nurses Begin Using Recycled Masks

Two Kaiser RNs look back on a week of having to use “reprocessed” N95 masks. Meanwhile, COVID cases have leveled off.

Coronavirus

Guest Workers on Farms Stand in the Eye of the COVID Storm

The Trump administration says no to family immigration, but yes to guest workers.

Coronavirus

Hundreds Infected With COVID-19 in ICE Detention Centers

Amid a raging pandemic, immigrant detainees say they are double bunked in cells and that guards don’t wear protective equipment.

Pandemic Nation

To Live and Die Poor in L.A.: Virus Survey’s Grim Figures

Los Angeles reports that its county’s low-income COVID deaths are triple the number of those of wealthier neighborhoods.

Immigration

Video: Trump Cites Coronavirus for Green Card Curb

The 60-day ban, which originally targeted all forms of immigration, now freezes the issuing of green cards.

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Coronavirus

Why Over Half of California’s COVID Deaths Have Been in L.A. County

Everything from chronic physician shortages to the county’s political culture seemed aligned against a rapid response to the virus.

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Labor & Economy

With Millions Jobless, Is the USA Ready for UBI?

As pandemic-driven unemployment figures skyrocket, the once-unthinkable is being discussed: A universal basic income for Americans.

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Latest News

A Tale of Two Pandemics: The Rich Are Getting Richer

A new report shows that some American billionaires are making substantial gains during the global health crisis.

Chasing the Virus

Keeping Safe and Sane in a COVID-19 ICU

With the pandemic showing no signs of slowing, nurses at Peter Sidhu’s hospital are allowed to bring in their own masks from home.

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Pandemic Nation

Battles Over Masks Grow Desperate

From health care workers to immigrant detainees, efforts to acquire protective face coverings are complicated by bureaucratic resistance.

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Coronavirus

Why Coronavirus Won’t Be the End of It

The ongoing threat of vector-borne disease is reshaping our understanding of the dangers of a warming climate.

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Coronavirus

Homeless Get Lost in San Francisco’s COVID-19 Priorities

San Francisco’s early lockdown spared it from the brunt of COVID-19, but the city has failed to shelter its homeless during the crisis.

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Coronavirus

Los Angeles: Geography of a Virus (Updated)

“The public should not think one location is safer than the other,” says the county’s health department.

A U.S. Army National Guard Soldier, SSG Daniel Rasik, assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s HHC 1-148th Infantry Regiment – 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stocks shelves at the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, March 23, 2020. Nearly 400 Ohio National Guard members were activated to provide humanitarian missions in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, continuing The Ohio National Guard’s long history of supporting humanitarian efforts throughout Ohio and the nation. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker)
United States of Inequality

Food Banks on the Front Lines as Ohioans Await Economic Relief

Food insecurity skyrockets in the key battleground state.

Coronavirus

From Farms to the Tables of Displaced Workers

A new Los Angeles program distributes farm-fresh food to struggling families.

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Coronavirus

Community Organizers Double Down During Pandemic

The crisis has hit marginalized communities especially hard, deepening inequities in access to housing and child care.

Latino Businesses
Coronavirus

Virus Poses Harm, Opportunities for Latino Businesses

From corporations to street vendors to mariachi tailors, entrepreneurs face huge challenges.

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Coronavirus

Virus Wreaks Havoc on Workers’ Financial Health

More than 2 million Californians have recently lost their jobs and many are now without health coverage.

Chasing the Virus

Nurse’s Diary: The Pandemic’s Silver Linings

Policies for PPE (personal protective equipment) have become streamlined, but a fear of cross-contamination remains.

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Pandemic Nation

Undocumented Taxpayers Get No Stimulus Money

A trio of Democratic lawmakers is attempting to correct Congress’ omission of undocumented workers from the CARES Act.
Co-published by Fast Company

HEALTH

Health Care Expert: Post-Virus Future May Not Be Bright

Americans stricken by COVID-19 face another pandemic threat: crushing medical bills.

Coronavirus

“I Feel Like Yelling, ‘Governor Newsom, Help!’”

California struggles to protect its health care workers as they fight the pandemic.

Coronavirus

California’s Virus Cases Match State’s Demographics

California now has 19,472 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 541 deaths.

Coronavirus

Immigrants in Detention Centers ‘Sitting Ducks’ For COVID-19

Despite warnings from public health experts, ICE still holds nearly 35,000 detainees in close quarters.

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Coronavirus

Unmasking Kaiser’s COVID-19 Protective Gear Failure

Unclear policies and protective equipment shortages are stirring heated confrontations in the hallways of Kaiser Permanente hospitals.

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Coronavirus

Vacant House “Reclaimers” Fight on Two Fronts

Some neighbors support the Reclaimers with donations of food and clothing. Others are loudly opposed to their presence.

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Chasing the Virus

Nurse’s Diary Launches New Video Journal

For registered nurse Peter Sidhu, every work shift is hand-to-hand combat with a virus that sickens – and kills — more Californians daily.

Pandemic Nation

California Bill Could Offer Help to Parents Missing Work to Care For Kids

SB 943 would expand the state’s Paid Family Leave program, extending benefits to parents impacted by school closures.

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Coronavirus

Mariachi Plaza in the Age of Coronavirus

“I’m here fighting for my community,” said Eva García, who had come to a Food Not Rent protest in Boyle Heights.

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The Heat 2020

For Trump’s EPA, Back to Normal Means More Pollution

Cheering the clear skies of the COVID-19 epoch is a little like celebrating the return of wildlife to Chernobyl’s exclusion zone.

United States of Inequality

Wisconsin’s Pandemic Primary Could Exclude Many Voters

Critics charge that the poor and people of color will be left out

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Labor & Economy

We Must Spend Our Way to Recovery, Says Economist

“How are you going to pay for it?,” a standard retort to Medicare for All, seems to have melted away. Today, how can we not pay for it?

Coronavirus

How Will Public Transit Survive the COVID-19 Crisis?

With ridership in free fall, transit agencies face a long road back to normalcy.

Labor & Economy

America’s Farmworkers Await the Virus

Farmworkers may be considered “essential,” but the undocumented workers who pick the nation’s food are excluded from the CARES Act.

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Pandemic Nation

Pandemic Truths and Consequences

As uncertainties and conflicting data swirl around COVID-19, a few truths about the poor bear repeating.
Co-published by Fast Company

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Labor & Economy

L.A. City Council Punts on Some Crisis Aid

An eviction ban failed by a single vote when two council members recused themselves because of what they said were conflicts of interest.

Coronavirus

I Bus Tables at Salazar. My Co-workers Are Desperate.

Restaurant workers at a Los Angeles eatery were looking forward to the high season of tips and extra hours. Then came the pandemic.
Co-published by Fast Company

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Coronavirus

Grocery, Pharmacy Workers Urge More Safeguards

Supermarket and pharmacy employees are “essential workers” who are still on the job. The say they need more COVID-19 protections.

United States of Inequality

Economist Thea Lee:
‘They’re Building the
Plane as It’s Flying’

The president of the Economic Policy Institute discusses the COVID-19 financial tailspin and attempts by lawmakers to mitigate the damage.

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Coronavirus

Virus: Los Angeles City Council Eyes Sweeping Aid Plan

L.A.’s City Council will vote on a far-reaching aid package for workers and renters. Business groups are fighting the plan.

Coronavirus

Limited Protections Leave Tenants Vulnerable to Evictions

Even as Californians are ordered to shelter in place, renters face the prospect of homelessness.

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Coronavirus

Kaiser Nurses: Supply Shortages Endanger Staff, Patients

Frontline nurses claim that a lack of both N95 masks and coronavirus testing is putting hospital populations at risk.

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Labor & Economy

Jared Bernstein on Combating the Viral Recession

The economist says Republicans must stop pushing for a corporate slush fund in order to pass the emergency stimulus bill.

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Pandemic Nation

No Sheltering in Place for California’s Homeless

After a week of private negotiations, the state is no closer to filling empty hotel rooms with at-risk homeless people.
Co-published by Fast Company.

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The Heat 2020

How the Pandemic Taught Us to Take Science Seriously

The mishandling of COVID-19 has unfolded just as the response to global warming has — only at a faster clip.

Coronavirus

Fallout from Trump’s Chinese Coronaslur

Officials accuse the president of stoking xenophobia and violence against Asian-Americans.
Co-published by Newsweek

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Latest News

Homeless Moms Seize Houses as Coronavirus Rages

Facing a health crisis, California legislators call for a moratorium on evictions, utility shutoffs and foreclosures.

Coronavirus

Los Angeles Schools to Feed Students During Closures

LAUSD will begin a new program Wednesday to keep district students fed during the closure of schools due to the coronavirus.

Pandemic Nation

Service-Sector Jobs, Sick Leave in Limbo

Today veteran journalist Mark Kreidler begins a new weekly column covering the coronavirus and its social impacts.
Co-published by Fast Company

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Coronavirus

Our Magic Mountain – Quarantining America’s Political Sickness

What is the connection between a lack of commitment to collective well-being and social disaster in a time of crisis?
Co-published by The Guardian

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Latest News

Coronavirus Is Hitting Low-Wage Earners Especially Hard

The coronavirus story involves governmental response times and political spin. But economic inequality issues also play a large part.
Co-published by Fast Company