Commentary: The love-hate relationship between restaurants and delivery services
The COVID-19 health crisis has had a devastating effect on the nation’s restaurant industry. According to a National Restaurant Association survey taken April 20, 8 million of the nation’s 11 million restaurant workers are currently unemployed. Hundreds of thousands of restaurants have closed, and one in five will not reopen. For the remaining restaurants, delivery sales have increased from 5-10% to 70-80% of total sales as a result of the in-house dining prohibition.This dramatic growth in app-based delivery sales is reflected in the bottom lines of the four companies that own 99% of the deli...
The Seattle Times
As counties reopen, California rushes to build an army of coronavirus 'disease detectives'
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California hurries to reopen stores, offices, restaurants and more, another rush is on behind-the-scenes.State health officials have launched an unprecedented effort to train thousands of front-line, county-level workers to act as a firewall to stop the coronavirus from roaring back this fall.Commonly known in the public health world as communicable-disease “contact tracers,” this ad hoc group will serve as community strike teams in each county, working on tight deadlines to stop individual infections from turning into major outbreaks.When someone tests positive for COV...
The Sacramento Bee
Trump administration withdraws approval for homeless shelters in Sacramento, across California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Trump administration has yanked approval for major homeless shelter projects it previously approved in Sacramento and San Francisco.The move undermines a critical component of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to shelter the homeless on state land and throws nearly two dozen potential shelter projects across the state into question, according to letters the Federal Highway Administration sent the California Department of Transportation earlier this month.Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said the city must find a way to still open a 100-bed shelter near X Street and Alhambra B...
The Sacramento Bee
San Jose could reap benefits of exodus from San Francisco, LA in wake of COVID-19, study says
SAN JOSE, Calif. — In the wake of a pandemic sweeping through many of the country’s most densely packed areas, analysts expect an exodus from cities in favor of car-friendly suburban areas.San Jose is among the cities best-positioned to reap the benefits of a post-coronavirus world, according to a new study from the data analytics firm Moody’s. Researchers looked at the top 100 metro areas in the U.S., favoring those with more educated — and spread-out — populations, to predict which cities would fare best and worst in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.San Jose was joined by a selection of ...
The Mercury News
'Homecoming' review: Janelle Monae follows Julia Roberts down memory lane
If all podcast-to-streaming adaptations came off as beautifully as the first season of Amazon’s “Homecoming,” “Homecoming” season two (premiering Friday) would be a spellbinder instead of what it is: a sleek follow-up roughly halfway between “gripping” and “a pretty good try.”The seven half-hour episodes feature a wealth of wily, charismatic actors, a few back for an encore from season one. How those episodes work for those who haven’t seen the set-up — the Julia Roberts-headlined 2018 season — is tough to assess. I’d have to unsee it to find out.This time, no Julia Roberts. Janelle Monae take...
NFL conditionally reinstates Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL, sources told the Star-Telegram on Wednesday. Smith will be eligible to participate with the Cowboys starting next Tuesday (May 26).Smith, the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, has been out of the league since 2015, placed on an indefinite suspension after repeated violations of the substance policy and personal conduct policy.But the Cowboys are hoping that he’s able to resurrect his career with them. He’ll have familiar faces in the organization.The Cowboys hired Jim Tomsula to coach their defensi...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Fabiola Santiago: Can we trust cruise ships, airlines to protect the traveling public from coronavirus?
Reopening fever is being peddled as the antidote to cabin fever, a major side effect of the novel coronavirus quarantine.Travelers are eager to get back on the road again.By sea. By air. By car.But the novel coronavirus is still with us — and spreading.That’s a fact, easily proven by the numbers of confirmed cases of the infected and deaths, still on the upswing.Then, there’s the matter of travel industry track record.Are you ready to sail again with a cruise line that told travelers it was safe when the highly contagious coronavirus was spreading in Florida and worldwide — and it clearly wasn...
Vikings doomed by turnover after lost offseason? Not necessarily.
Mike Zimmer couldn’t remember the date when NFL teams finally reassembled and went back to work following the lockout in 2011.But he does remember one thing.“There was plenty of time to get ready for the season,” said the Vikings coach, who was Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator at the time.It was March 11 when the lockout began and July 25 when it ended. In between were 130 days in which the NFL did nothing but hold its draft.No free agency. No trades. No offseason programs, real or virtual. No minicamps, rookie or full-squad.The Bengals had gone 4-12 in 2010 and were at war with starti...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Staffing nursing homes was hard before the pandemic. Now it's even tougher
Residents have fallen ill with the new coronavirus in both the Worcester, Mass., nursing homes where Kwaku Tsibo Bondah works. Protective equipment is in short supply, he said, and many of his colleagues have tested positive or are calling in sick because they’re afraid to come to work.“It’s really challenging … everybody is in a state of anxiety,” said Bondah, a licensed practical nurse. “Because you are going into a room with someone who has COVID-19 there.”Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities were short-staffed before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now it’s even harder to recrui...
What will change when concerts and festivals return? Everything
When will live concerts and festivals return?No one knows for sure.But the coronavirus pandemic has led to a constantly growing number of spring and summer tours falling through or being rescheduled for fall or next year. Such major festivals as Coachella and Stagecoach, which were both postponed from April to October in Indio, Calif., could be pushed back to 2021.Live Nation, the world’s largest concert and live events promoter, in late April began offering ticket refunds, exchanges and credit options for more than 30,000 canceled or postponed shows.As of May 13, Ticketmaster — which is owned...
The San Diego Union-Tribune