Western states call for massive rent relief — and political wins
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The best hope for swift pandemic aid to struggling California tenants and landlords might come from Georgia.State lawmakers from California and three other Western states this week are urging their congressional delegations to step up with $100 billion for rent relief — an achievable goal, they believe, if Democrats win two seats in U.S. Senate elections in Georgia, seize control of the upper chamber, and push a significant stimulus bill through Congress.Assemblymember David Chiu, D-San Francisco, chair of the housing and community development committee, said the federal aid...
The Mercury News
Once upon a time, America had 2 Thanksgivings. It did not go well
SAN DIEGO — Think America is divided now? Eighty years ago, the country couldn’t even agree on when to hold Thanksgiving.The controversy in 1939 split the nation in half, with some states following decades-old tradition and sitting down for turkey on the last Thursday in November, while the others heeded a [directive](In hindsight, the furor may seem overblown — in San Diego, the Union newspaper editorialized against it three times — and its details quaintly humorous. The governor of Maine was so upset he refused to eat turkey at a public event and opened a can of sardines instead.But then, li...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
COVID-19 tracking apps are launching across the country, but not in Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — At least 20 states have or are developing apps that help users track the spread of the coronavirus and warn them if they’ve been near someone who has tested positive for highly contagious COVID-19.Florida is not one of them and likely won’t be.As the Google-Apple technology takes hold across the U.S., several Florida mayors urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to create the state’s own app to shore up a state tracing program Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber described as “still failing to do its job.”“Please consider directing your Department of Health to allow local governments the option to ut...
Chicago's Marisel Vera explores Puerto Rico's history in new novel, 'The Taste of Sugar'
CHICAGO — Marisel Vera always knew she was a writer. Growing up in Humboldt Park, the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants said before she was a writer, she was a reader who didn’t feel represented in books.“I never saw myself in books,” she said. “So although I knew that I was a writer, I never ever thought I could be a novelist, because I never saw that any Puerto Rican had written a novel in the English language, until I was much, much older. And when I saw a couple books like that, the people were from New York, so not my experience at all.”Her latest novel, “The Taste of Sugar,” follows ne...
Alaska signs deal for more 737 Maxes now that the plane is cleared to fly
SEATTLE — Days after the Federal Aviation Administration cleared Boeing’s 737 Max to fly passengers again, Alaska Airlines became the first carrier to expand its fleet of the aircraft.Alaska announced Monday it will lease 13 Maxes from Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corp (ALC).Alaska already has 32 Maxes on order directly from Boeing, five of which are expected to be flying by summer 2021. Alaska will begin flying the 737-9 Max in March.Following so soon after the plane was ungrounded, the transaction indicates that airlines willing to take new jets in the middle of a historic aviation downturn c...
The Seattle Times
What Joe Biden's victory could mean for SoCal housing
President-elect Joe Biden has detailed plans to help low-income renters, and first-time home buyers, that could make a difference for many Californians who face some of the highest home and rent prices in the nation.His progressive agenda was released before the election and there is no guarantee it will pass. The new president likely faces a divided Congress that could slow, or deny, approval of his housing strategy.Biden’s proposals, detailed on his campaign website, include new tenant protection, down payment assistance, community integration proposals and expansion of low-income housing cr...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Apple Cup canceled as Washington State's COVID-19 issues persist
The Apple Cup is canceled.Two days after Washington State announced it could not meet the 53-player scholarship threshold to participate in Saturday’s game at Stanford, next Friday’s rivalry game against Washington has also been called off.“This decision was made under the Pac-12’s football policy due to Washington State not having the minimum number of scholarship players available for the game as a result of a number of positive football student-athlete COVID-19 cases and resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under contact tracing protocols,” a Pac-12 statement read. “U...
The Seattle Times
Ivanka Trump distances self from dad's election fraud claims as her own legal jeopardy grows
Ivanka Trump is among a growing number of President Donald Trump’s close advisers who want nothing to do with his legal efforts to subvert the results of the Nov. 3 election, according to a new report.These advisers may publicly act as though they believe Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani can pull some kind of courtroom miracle to prove widely debunked claims of election fraud, Axios reported.“But talk to them privately, and many say Rudy Giuliani and his team are on a dead-end path,” Axios writers Jonathan Swan and Alayna Treene said.“Even Jared and Ivanka think this is going nowher...
The Mercury News
U.S. Passes 250,000 Deaths From COVID-19, Highest In The World
With coronavirus cases surging across the country, the U.S. reached a grim new milestone Wednesday of 250,000 COVID-19 deaths – by far the highest in the world.Wednesday also saw 172,000 new cases and 1,900 deaths – making it one of the worst days of the pandemic. Cases in every state except one across the nation are surging to 1,167 per day as recorded last week from a weekly average of 821 per day in early October. Hawaii is the only state where the caseload remains relatively flat. Around the country, governors have raced to implement new policies this week, such as a nightly curfew in Ohio...
Jake Scott, former Miami Dolphins star and Super Bowl MVP, dies at 75
Jake Scott, the ball-hawking safety who was MVP of the Super Bowl that capped the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ perfect season and later was jettisoned after multiple disagreements with coach Don Shula, died on Thursday in Atlanta. He was 75.Scott, who was born in Greenwood, South Carolina, and lived primarily in Hawaii since 1982, was visiting friends in Georgia and had been hospitalized after injuring his head in a fall about a week ago, former teammate Dick Anderson said.“He was a great teammate and a great player,” said Anderson, who owned a Colorado ranch with Scott during parts of the five years ...