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Gig workers like and want flexibility, that’s why they became gig workers

Are gig workers ⁠— think Uber drivers or Door Dashers ⁠— seeking to trade their flexible occupations for a full-time, 40-hour-week job? Two recent surveys suggest they’re not interested. A survey of 1,000 on-demand drivers, commissioned by Uber and conducted by a duo of polling firms representing clients on the political left and right, finds that 85 percent prefer some version of their current flexible arrangement. Another survey ⁠— this one of 1,000 independent contractors, and commissioned by...
Tags: Labor, California, Opinion, America, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Don, Washington Free Beacon, Newsom, Mike Garcia, Dubal, Guest Commentary, Veena Dubal, Jeff Joseph, University of California Hastings In


Reopening California theme parks: What’s the rush?

A Disney employee runs a line to get in to the virtual queue for World of Disney on the reopening day of the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Shirley Wong, left, and her husband, Gary Lam, head toward the exit after a morning of shopping on the reopening day of the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Sound The...
Tags: Business, Florida, Jobs, News, California, Disney, California News, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Tourism, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, North Carolina, Parks, Orlando


Disneyland could allow for social distancing at 50% capacity, data shows

Disneyland could theoretically let in 25,000 to 30,000 visitors per day and still allow for six feet of social distancing per person when the Anaheim theme park reopens with new COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place, according to new data analysis. Disneyland could comfortably accommodate 50% of the 110-acre theme park’s theoretical pre-COVID-19 attendance capacity, according to estimates by the Thinkwell Group. Thinkwell Group’s Brad Kissling calculated the COVID-19 physical-distancing ...
Tags: California, China, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Shanghai, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Southern California, Anaheim, Shanghai Disneyland, Newsom, Disneyland Disney California Adventure


California needs a new energy plan

The blackouts that rolled through California in August were the direct result of what happens when we plan based on wishful thinking and not science. Our planning and policies did not hold up to a real-world challenge and millions of Californians lost power during the hottest days of summer. As our state’s energy regulators and leaders plan for how to prevent blackouts in the future, our top priority should be to plan for a warming planet and more frequent and intense extreme weather events such...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Cpuc, LA County, Newsom, California Independent System Operator, California Public Utilities Commission CPUC, Diablo Canyon, Bob Foster, Mike Garcia, Guest Commentary, Cal ISO


Celebrating America’s great Constitution

America today marks the 233rd anniversary of when Americans in those hallowed halls in Philadelphia unleashed the Constitution onto the world. Celebrating our Declaration of Independence is important, but it was the Constitution that gave form to the republican form of government that endures to this day. While it may not be at the heart of the political debate, the Constitution remains in our hearts and, especially, on our minds as we contemplate the challenges facing California and America. As...
Tags: California, Opinion, Washington, America, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Ben Franklin, Philadelphia, Republican, Alexander Hamilton, Orange County Register, Franklin, LA County, Calvin Coolidge, Newsom


Democratic squabbling doomed California’s ‘year of housing production.’ What happens in 2021?

Buffy Wicks was breastfeeding her four-week-old daughter in her fifth floor Capitol office when she saw on television her fellow lawmakers were finally about to vote on one of the few remaining housing bills that really mattered. Wicks, only a month removed from a C-section, raced with her newborn down to the state Assembly chamber to make one last plea for her colleagues to pass SB 1120. Following in the footsteps of a 2019 Oregon law, the proposal would have forced California single-family...
Tags: Business, News, California, Housing, Oregon, Senate, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Atkins, Hollister, East Bay, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area


COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

By PAUL WISEMAN | AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak. Before the pandemic hit the economy, the number signing up for jobless aid had never exceeded 700,000 in a week, even during the depths of the 2007-2009 Great Recession. Now they’ve topped 700,000 for 26 straight weeks. The Labor Department said Thursday that U.S. jobless cl...
Tags: Business, News, Congress, California, Washington, Disney, US, Alabama, Sport, West, Soccer, Donald Trump, Grant, South, Trump, Ward


USC, UCLA work together to get clarity on lifting of restrictions in L.A. County

An unprecedented situation called for an unusual maneuver. The athletic directors at USC and UCLA joined forces and held a joint Zoom call with Los Angeles County health officials Wednesday evening to clear a path for the football teams to begin practicing, according to sources familiar with the discussions. And it worked. “It was encouraging,” one source said. So encouraging that the teams are preparing to conduct full-squad practices once Pac-12 presidents approve that step, a move that could ...
Tags: California, Oregon, Stanford, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Chargers, College sports, Ncaa, Berkeley, Usc, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Alexander, Bruins


Get a flu shot, Garcetti urges Angelenos amid coronavirus pandemic

Mayor Eric Garcetti urged all Los Angeles residents on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to get a flu shot before the typical season hits this fall to avoid possibly overwhelming hospitals with cases of influenza and COVID-19. “I need you to do one more thing that you add to that list to protect yourselves and your family and your loved ones,” Garcetti said. “Every Angeleno has a critical role to play in preventing a worst-case scenario. Doctors are already talking about (the flu) … saying this could be the ...
Tags: Health, News, California, Washington, Government, Los Angeles, Recommended, Sport, Atlantic, Soccer, Community, Eric Garcetti, Grant, Gavin Newsom, Knott, KCRW


Grant help is on the way for breweries in LA County

A new grant program will be rolled out — on a fast track — to help level the COVID-19 playing field for breweries and other small businesses that are caught between contradictory health orders issued by Los Angeles County and the state of California. A motion by Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, who represents the 4th District, was approved Tuesday, Sept. 15, by the board to establish a $10 million grant program to help businesses that have remained closed or restricted by L.A. County h...
Tags: California, Sport, Soccer, Disneyland, Grant, Los Angeles City Council, Gavin Newsom, San Pedro, Los Angeles County, Health Department, Los Angeles City, Knott, LA County, Hahn, Newsom, Joe Buscaino


Buena Park calls on Newsom to reopen Knott’s Berry Farm

The six-month closure of Knott’s Berry Farm has been “devastating” for the Buena Park theme park and a “disaster” for the city that depends on the 100-year-old institution to drive spending at area hotels, restaurants and businesses, according to Buena Park mayor Fred Smith. “Tourism is a big part of Buena Park’s economy,” Smith said during a press conference across from Disneyland. “Knott’s Berry Farm is the largest employer in our city. It is the largest source of tax revenue, drawing visitors...
Tags: California, US, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Michigan, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Smith, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Centers for Disease Control, Knott, LA County, Berry Farm


If no post-Labor Day coronavirus surge, LA County could enter less risky recovery phase by October

Los Angeles County could move to the next, less risky tier of pandemic recovery by early October, if positive current trendlines hold, the county’s public health chief said on Wednesday, Sept. 16 — but only if Labor Day’s gatherings fail to fuel a COVID resurgence. County officials announced 31 more deaths Wednesday, for a total 6,303 people lost to the six-month outbreak. Also logged were 1,148 new cases, for a total of 256,148. Related links Ferrer faces tough coronavirus questions from ...
Tags: News, California, US, Recommended, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Associated Press, Disneyland, Pasadena, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, Knott, Board of Supervisors


Re-elect Mike Garcia to represent 25th Congressional District

Mike Garcia was elected to Congress last May in a special election to fill the remainder of the term of former Rep. Katie Hill, who resigned in October 2019. Garcia decisively defeated Assemblywoman Christy Smith, whose district overlaps almost two-thirds of the 25th congressional district. CD 25 includes Palmdale, Porter Ranch, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley and part of Lancaster. Now Garcia, a former Navy pilot and defense industry executive, is facing off against Smith again for a full term in th...
Tags: Congress, Navy, California, Opinion, White House, Sport, Soccer, House, Nancy Pelosi, Smith, Endorsements, Garcia, Assembly, LA County, Palmdale, Newsom


Buena Park mayor calls on Newsom to reopen Knott’s Berry Farm

The six-month closure of Knott’s Berry Farm has been “devastating” for the Buena Park theme park and a “disaster” for the city that depends on the 100-year-old institution to drive spending at area hotels, restaurants and businesses, according to Buena Park mayor Fred Smith. “Tourism is a big part of Buena Park’s economy,” Smith said during a press conference across from Disneyland. “Knott’s Berry Farm is the largest employer in our city. It is the largest source of tax revenue, drawing visitors...
Tags: California, US, Recommended, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Michigan, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Smith, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Centers for Disease Control, Knott, Berry Farm


Gov. Newsom: Nothing In State Guidelines Preventing Pac-12 From Resuming Football

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Any plans for the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten in returning to football are on hold due to health policies in two states within the conference. The Big Ten changed course Wednesday and said it will begin an eight-game football schedule on Oct. 23. The Pac-12 has also reconsidered starting its football season this fall, but does not have approval from state and local health officials in California and Oregon to conduct contact practices. Earlier this month, the Pac-12 announced a ...
Tags: Health, News, California, Oregon, Sports, Sacramento, Ap, PAC, Ncaa, Pac-12, Ducks, Gavin Newsom, Scott, Brown, Kate Brown, Atlantic Coast Conference


Coronavirus: Gavin Newsom says California has no restrictions preventing Pac-12 football’s restart

Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday said there is nothing in the California guidance to prevent Pac-12 teams from playing, a statement that seemingly contradicts his own rules. “There is nothing in the state guidelines that denies the Pac-12 from having conference games,” Newsom said in response to a question from the Bay Area News Group. “There is nothing that denies the games from occurring.” Newsom said he spoke this morning with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. “I want to make this crystal cl...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Oregon, Stanford, Sports, California News, NFL, Los Angeles, Recommended, Sport, Soccer, College sports, Berkeley, Usc, Ucla


Newsom’s foolish endorsement of split roll reveals his priorities

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s image-building efforts of late make him appear wizened and independent-minded, but his recent backing of the split-roll initiative reveals the shopworn tendencies we’ve come to expect from the establishment. To be clear: Proposition 15 is no more about addressing unfair benefits for wealthy corporations than it is about helping to educate little kids. This is a straight confiscation bankrolled by Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, his wife Priscilla Chan and the California Teachers...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, California, Opinion, Politico, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Gavin Newsom, Priscilla Chan, California Teachers Association, LA County, Newsom, Lao, Legislative Analyst 's Office, East Gov Newsom


Newsom: Announcement coming ‘very, very shortly’ on reopening California theme parks

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday an announcement will be coming “very, very shortly” on issuing COVID-19 guidelines that would allow California theme parks to safely reopen after more than six months of coronavirus closures. “We will be making announcements soon as it relates to theme parks and amusement parks,” Newsom said during a news conference Wednesday. “Making announcements soon as it relates to some areas, industries as well as sectors and putting out additional guidelines in those space...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Michigan, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Knott, Great America, Universal Studios Hollywood, Newsom, Garden Grove


Disneyland-area cities ratchet up pressure on Newsom to reopen California theme parks

Leaders from Disneyland-area cities ratcheted up the pressure on Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen California theme parks after more than six months of coronavirus closures that have led to thousands of lost jobs and closed businesses. The mayors of Anaheim, Buena Park and Garden Grove called on Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, Sept. 16 to issue COVID-19 guidelines that would allow Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and other California theme parks to safely reopen. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter an...
Tags: California, US, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Michigan, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orange County, Smith, Cal State Fullerton, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Steve Jones, Anaheim, Knott


Disneyland ‘disappointed’ with California’s lack of progress in reopening theme parks

Disneyland called on the state of California to issue COVID-19 guidelines for safely reopening theme parks as the Anaheim theme park joined a growing chorus of amusement parks and government leaders urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to take action after six months of closures. “We are disappointed with the state’s lack of progress in providing the industry with guidance and clarity on reopening,” Disneyland resort president said Ken Potrock in a statement. “We have proven we can operate responsibly, with...
Tags: California, Disney, Recommended, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Michigan, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Legoland California, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Downtown Disney, Newsom, Garden Grove


California must do more to allow ex-offenders find work

Amid catastrophic wildfires, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will finally expand economic opportunity for some of the state’s inmate firefighters. For decades, California has trained thousands of prisoners to fight fires. Today, those working in a penal fire camp earn just $2-5 a day, plus an extra $1 per hour when on the fire line. But in a cruel irony, once they’re released from prison, many ex-offenders find themselves barred from working as firefighters. Almost all of the state’s 900-pl...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, Institute for Justice, Newsom, Nick Sibilla, Guest Commentary, Assembly Bill 2147, AB2147


Gov. Newsom should sign SB629 to protect journalists from the police

In tumultuous times such as these, it is vital that the press is able to gather information in order to help better inform the public of what is going on. Members of the press, in any society, and certainly in the United States, should never find themselves attacked, manhandled or unduly interfered with in the course of doing their jobs. In covering the countless protests that have broken out across the nation, reporters have found themselves tear-gassed, hit with rubber bullets, zip-tied, detai...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, United States, Editorials, Gavin Newsom, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, California Legislature, Healdsburg, Ron Hart, Mike McGuire, Newsom, KPCC, Josie Huang


Most California ‘job killer’ bills bite the dust again

As COVID-19 slammed into California a half-year ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a partial shutdown of what had been a high-flying economy to combat the deadly virus, plunging the state into its worst recession since the Great Depression. In turn, the pandemic and the recession spawned a flurry of legislative bills aimed, their sponsors said, at ameliorating the effects on the lives of ordinary Californians, especially those who suddenly saw their jobs vanish. They included expansions of support p...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Chamber of Commerce, Gavin Newsom, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters, Ron Hart, Newsom, Guest Commentary, Ron Paul NFL


Morning Wrap: Trying to explain the Clippers collapse in Game 7; Dodgers bounce back against Padres

The Morning Wrap shares the day’s top five stories from our reporters at the Southern California Newspaper Group. … Sign up to have our top sports stories delivered to your inbox with our daily newsletters ONE: What happened to the Clippers? Read Mirjam Swanson’s story on how the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead in losing Game 7 to the Nuggets, and what columnist Mark Whicker had to say about one of the greatest collapses in NBA history. And social media? It was not kind to the Clippers or its tw...
Tags: Angels, Uncategorized, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Usc, Lakers, Nuggets, Clippers, DAVE ROBERTS, Dodgers, Padres, Kawhi Leonard, Diamondbacks, Newsom


Family of nursing home resident who died: ‘She had 3 really good years there and 1 really bad week’

Karen Johnson, 77, spent about three years in the Highland Springs Care Center in Beaumont. “She was at an unlocked memory care facility in Hemet, but she got to the point with her Alzheimer’s and dementia … where she needed to be in a locked facility,” said her daughter, Dena Garcia. Eye of the Storm Southern California Nursing Homes during the Coronavirus Pandemic Latest installments in a continuing series Part One:  What do Southern California nursing homes hard hit by COVID-related death...
Tags: Health, Business, News, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Medicare, Johnson, Disneyland, Pasadena, Riverside County, Fort Worth, Southern California, San Bernardino


Ferrer faces tough coronavirus questions from LA County supervisors

Pressed by leaders frustrated with the pace of reopening Los Angeles County’s giant, pandemic-humbled economy, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Tuesday defended her department’s gradual approach. And she stood firm that it will be weeks before restrictions on schools and businesses will ease. The lengthy Q&A with the Board of Supervisors came as board members are getting earfuls from business interests and constituents, many indignant and confused as to why certain kinds of businesses ca...
Tags: News, La, Recommended, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Commerce, Long Beach, Disneyland, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, Board of Supervisors, Barger, LA County, Solis


Disneyland opens Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge pop-up shop in Downtown Disney

Disneyland has temporarily set aside its commitment to immersive storytelling experiences in favor of offloading some Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge merchandise gathering dust while the coronavirus keeps the gates closed at the Anaheim theme park. Disneyland has converted the WonderGround Gallery retail space in Downtown Disney into a pop-up Star Wars Trading Post selling once-exclusive Galaxy’s Edge merchandise. But wait! How did a shipment of interstellar goods from the Star Wars planet of Batuu mak...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Tomorrowland, Southern California, Anaheim, Downtown Disney, Walt Disney Imagineering, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Newsom


USC football players ask Newsom to let them practice

The players on the USC football team released a letter Tuesday asking for California Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow them to return to the practice field. College football teams in California have been barred from returning to full-contact practices due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the country. USC and UCLA haven’t even been allowed to work out in their weight rooms due to county guidelines. Though the Pac-12 has delayed its football season due to the pandemic, other schools in ...
Tags: California, Sports, NFL, Sport, Soccer, College sports, Nebraska, Usc, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Mets, Helton, Clay Helton, Newsom, USC Football, Amon Ra St Brown


Wildfires and California policymaking

The influence of climate change on wildfire seasons can’t be ignored, but California’s leaders need to focus on more practical, near-term solutions to contain future wildfire outbreaks. As he surveyed the wreckage of a wildfire that has spread around the Northern California town of Oroville last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom warned the nation about the threat of global warming. “Observe it with your own eyes,” he said. “The debate is over, around climate change. This is a climate damn emergency.” Clim...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Oroville, Los Angeles Times, Forest Service, Gavin Newsom, Northern California, Legislature, Creek, Ron Hart, Elizabeth Weil, Newsom, Sierra National Forest, Boxall


California fitness centers sue state over virus closures

California fitness centers have filed a lawsuit alleging Gov. Gavin Newsom’s measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus unfairly target the industry and are demanding they be allowed to reopen. The California Fitness Alliance, which represents nearly 300 businesses, filed the suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Scott Street, a lawyer for the group, said Tuesday. The suit accuses state and Los Angeles County officials of requiring gyms to close without providing evidence that ...
Tags: California, Sport, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, Fed, Vegas Strip, Los Angeles County, MGM Resorts, Newsom, Schuler, COVID, Francesca Schuler, In Shape Health Clubs, California Fitness Alliance, Los Angeles County Superior Court Scott Street, California Department of Public Health Under



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