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Mayor’s roads initiative takes shape as management position created

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The City of Turlock’s new roads program initiative took a step forward on Tuesday night after the City Council unanimously voted in favor of creating a position for someone to lead it. 

A new job description for the position of Roads Program Manager was created following the approval vote, and the Council also gave the go-ahead for the City to fill said position with hiring incentives. The person hired for the position will facilitate the roads program initiative, which was announced by Mayor Amy Bublak in her State of the City address on May .

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COVID-19 vaccines in California: Everything you need to know

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Developments are fast-moving as California and other states work to ramp up the COVID-19 vaccination effort. The state has said it aims to vaccinate most Californians by the summer of 2021 and eligibility is soon opening up to everyone.

People ages 50 and older became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on April 1 and everyone ages 16 or older in the state will be eligible on April 15. Some counties and health providers are moving on a faster timetable.

Placer, Stanislaus and Butte counties have opened vaccines to those 16 and over, while Amador, Sutter and Yuba counties are now offering the vaccine to people 18 and over.

UC Davis Health said that anyone ages 16 and older can sign up online for a vaccine, including people who are not already patients.

Here are answers to common questions about the vaccine that we have found from our coverage — all in one place.

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After attacks on Asian Americans, California lawmakers push to expand hate crime laws

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Since 2017, California lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen bills aimed at hate crimes, including attempts to improve data, train police and establish a hotline.

Most of those bills died in committees, never getting a floor vote, according to a CalMatters analysis.

But in the wake of recent, highly visible crimes targeting Asian Americans, lawmakers are introducing some of the same measures their colleagues once rejected.

"There wasn't the same level of urgency that I think is true today," said Democratic Assemblymember David Chiu of San Francisco, who is reintroducing his bill from 2017 that would require the state attorney general to maintain a toll-free number where people could report hate crimes.

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"The Atlanta shooting woke up much of the rest of America to what those of us in the Asian American community have been experiencing for quite some time."

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Stanislaus County waits for COVID cases to lower before moving into red tier

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MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — While Stanislaus County’s infection rates have dropped significantly since the peak of the pandemic, they haven’t dropped low enough to meet the state’s criteria to move up to the red tier.

Stanislaus County at 13.6% per 100,000 people. The state mandates infection rate at 10% or lower.

The last time Stanislaus County was in the red tier was before the holidays and business owners say getting back there would be a big help.

Owner Larry Cary has been serving customers at his Modesto restaurant, The Brighter Side, for 45 years. He and other business owners are anxiously awaiting a return to the red tier.

“We’re doing maybe half to two-thirds business, is what we’re doing,” Cary said.

Cary says he wants to get back to doing business like before the pandemic.

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Patient tests positive for UK coronavirus variant in Butte County | COVID-19 Updates in Northern California

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — ABC10 is following the latest coronavirus statistics and vaccine news for the Sacramento region and the state of California. 

This blog will be updated throughout the day with the latest COVID-19 news. Click HERE to learn when and where you can sign-up to get the coronavirus vaccine near you.

Updates from last week, can be found here. 

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing. That's according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials. 

The recommendations were announced Monday. They also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way with people considered at low-risk for severe disease, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren. 

Sacramento Metro Fire's Captain Chris Vestal is one of the frontline workers who has been fully vaccinated.

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‘We may be getting closer to the end of this’ | San Joaquin, Stanislaus could see red tier by Mid-March

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif. — San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties could be in store for a long-overdue breath of relief as their COVID-19 stats continue to drop.

If all the trends go the right way, officials in both counties say they could be making the leap to California’s red coronavirus tier by the week of March 15. Both counties are currently in the purple “widespread” tiers, which is the most restrictive one.

The red tier would allow a number of businesses to partially reopen indoor with modifications, and, if the case rate metrics line up, children could also return to the classroom in Stanislaus County.

There’s only a couple of things standing in the way, the adjusted case rates and testing volume. In other words, the counties need a case rate of 7 per 100,000 or lower to move into the red tier, and, to get there, they say more people need to get tested.

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Manteca is inching toward year round homeless shelter

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Manteca has taken the first step toward city funding of a year-round homeless shelter and services.

The City Council Tuesday authorized spending $180,000 in the first of what could be a series of six month contracts with the Turlock Gospel Mission to operate an emergency homeless shelter at 555 Industrial Park Drive.

The vote that extends the shelter through Sept. 30, 2021 also grants the city manager authorization to extend it for a second six-month period from Oct. 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 for an additional $180,000.

They also approved a conditional use permit to allow the tent operation to legally take place in the industrial park much to the chagrin of neighboring property owners and businesses.

They expressed their dismay in an email to city officials sent via a representative. At least one owner that had spent significant money buying and repairing a nearby industrial building that had been damaged by an illegal marijuana growing operation several years ago has decided to sell due to the proximity of the homeless shelter. They have been experiencing non-stop issues with homeless that vandalize, trespass, and defecate on their property.

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Air board tells San Joaquin Valley growers to phase out ag burns by 2025

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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. 

The move to phase out burning is more than a decade in the making for the eight-county Central Valley, where growers set fire to hundreds of thousands of tons of waste from vineyards and orchards every year. Burning sends up plumes of particles and gases that drift into farm towns largely made up of Latino residents. 

After a four-hour hearing and more than an hour and a half of debate, the air board unanimously approved a resolution directing air board staff to work with the local air district to phase out nearly all burning over the next four years. 

The phase-out will mostly affect owners of vineyards and orchards who will have to grind up vines, trees and other waste and mix it into soil, or haul it to composting and biomass facilities. 

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California’s rocky COVID-19 vaccine rollout dogged by poor communication, forecasting

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California is failing to provide crucial information about COVID-19 vaccine supply levels to local officials, complicating efforts to schedule appointments and contributing to temporary closures of vaccination sites.

Officials running local vaccination programs in multiple counties say they are not being told how many doses they will receive over the next three weeks, which is key data they need to keep vaccine sites open and running smoothly.

President Biden promised last month that his administration would provide a “reliable three-week supply look-ahead” in an effort to improve the transparency and efficiency of the country’s rocky vaccine rollout.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said he learns every Tuesday morning how many doses the Golden State will receive over the next three weeks. But state officials have yet to share those numbers with many local, city and county leaders, making it difficult to create appointments and plan for the administration of second doses.

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BUSD takes step toward building affordable housing for teachers, staff

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The front entrance of the Berkeley Adult School where Curative runs a COVID 19 test facility using one of Gehl’s custom made kiosks to streamline the efficiency of testing. Nov. 23, 2020. Photo: Pete Rosos

Cornelius Smith pulls into the parking lot at Oxford Elementary at 8 a.m. He leans the driver’s seat back to get some shut-eye, two hours before his shift starts. 

By day, Smith works as a school safety officer at the high school. By night, he is an armed officer at the Federal Reserve in San Francisco. He sleeps when he can, crashing for a few hours in the evening at his cousin’s place in Emeryville or at his parent’s in Hercules, and in his car in the mornings. The drive home to Antioch takes up to an hour and a half, depending on traffic, and he makes it back only on the weekends.

Smith would love to live in Berkeley, but with the sky-high cost of housing, “it’s way too expensive.” Many teachers live paycheck to paycheck, and classified staff like Smith earn even less. School safety officers at Berkeley Unified make as little as $29,000 each year, and the median salary for district employees is $45,833

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