California parents struggle as Covid and fires collide

With much of northern California still under lockdown and wildfires raging across the state, Corinne Perham’s nine-year-old daughter recently asked: can coronavirus and fire make people extinct?

Covid-19 changed the lives of Perham’s family in ways large and small – her husband, an emergency room doctor, started showering before he came home from work, and her nine- and 10-year-old daughters were distance learning at their Chico home. Then a deadly wildfire burning nearby rained ash on the region and created hazardous air that meant no one could go outside for days. Perham’s kids started asking “when will the fires be over?” along with “when will corona be over?”

Related: ‘We need to show children we can survive’: how to parent through a pandemic

“The children of Chico are so resilient,” Perham, 44, told the Guardian told this week, adding that her daughters were familiar with the sight of smoke because

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California artists try to adapt to new world wrought by pandemic

CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of Americans in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced California small business owner Stephanie Mufson to make dramatic changes to survive. In July, she told CBS News she wasn’t sure if her company Parade Guys, which builds floats and large displays for outdoor festivals would make it. 

Mufson, an independent artist, typically works with a team of contractors who are experts at painting, sculpting, and building floats for outdoor festivals and parades in the San Francisco Bay Area.

But in the last six months, festivals like the San Francisco Pride Parade and Fourth of July celebrations did not take place in person, resulting in economic hardship for the independent contractors who rely on those outdoor festivals for work. 

“It is not the same world that I spent most of my life basing my career around,” Mufson

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Why are so many schools closed when California cleared them to reopen?

Principal Ryan Stanley, left, welcomes second-grader Maeva Chappaz, with her mother, Amelie Chappaz, upon arrival for her first day of in-class instruction at Ocean Air School in the Del Mar Union School District. <span class="copyright">( Bill Wechter / San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
Principal Ryan Stanley, left, welcomes second-grader Maeva Chappaz, with her mother, Amelie Chappaz, upon arrival for her first day of in-class instruction at Ocean Air School in the Del Mar Union School District. ( Bill Wechter / San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Capistrano Unified School District is ready to go, preparing to start welcoming students back to class on Sept. 28, soon after Orange County is expected to meet the state’s COVID-19 requirements for reopening schools.

But 25 miles northwest, Santa Ana Unified School District officials have laid out a more sobering timetable. Elementary schoolchildren probably won’t be back to class until at least November. High school students? Possibly not until early 2021.

“We have some of the highest COVID rates in all of Orange County,” said Santa Ana district spokesman Fermin Leal. “We’re not going to reopen just because the state tells us it’s OK, or the county gives us

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How California lawmakers flouted pandemic safety practices

Clockwise from upper left: State Sen. Jim Nielsen, Assembly members Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer Sr., Ian Calderon and Patrick O'Donnell <span class="copyright">(California State Senate; California State Assembly)</span>
Clockwise from upper left: State Sen. Jim Nielsen, Assembly members Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer Sr., Ian Calderon and Patrick O’Donnell (California State Senate; California State Assembly)

In California, cradle of renowned tech startups and Silicon Valley, elementary school students have had to figure out how to work remotely, but lawmakers have not.

As the end-of-session frenzy gripped the state Legislature in late August, pandemic no-nos spiked: Lawmakers gathered indoors in large numbers and huddled closely, let their masks slip below their noses, smooshed together for photos and shouted “Aye!” and “No!” when voting in the Senate, potentially spraying virus-laden particles at their colleagues.

“It’s terrible role-modeling,” said Dr. Sadiya Khan, assistant professor of cardiology and epidemiology at Northwestern University. “Why do we have to do this if they’re not doing it?”

Legislative leaders are divided on whether remote voting violates the state constitution. Nonetheless, it was authorized — should it be

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California inks deal for new system after COVID data backlog

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About a month after California disclosed its COVID-19 tracking system had produced inaccurate case numbers, state officials awarded a $15 million contract Tuesday to a software company to design a successor capable of collecting greater amounts of more detailed data on the spread of the virus.

Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said in an online briefing that the current system was not designed to handle the work that came with the outbreak in California, which has more cases than any other state.

The replacement, to be developed by OptumInsight Inc., will be “built to really handle that high volume of test results, both negatives and positives,” he said.

Paired with a recently announced expansion in testing, the state intends to collect more data, packed with greater detail. That should allow officials to gather a greater range of demographic information, that in turn will allow

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Labor Day Weekend 2020 In California

CALIFORNIA — As Labor Day Weekend — the official end of summer — nears, restaurants throughout the state are stepping up with specials, discounts and free delivery — plus those keeping-it-easy, family meal-packs and ready-to-grill kits.

Peruse this year’s guide for deals and offers from your favorite eateries, and enjoy the long holiday weekend!

Note: Offers may vary by location, so check ahead to make sure your nearest restaurant is participating.

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BAR LOUIE: Order delivery or takeout, use discount code 25BL and get $25 off your first order with EZCater. Locations in Downey, Tustin and Northridge.

BJ’S RESTAURANT & BREWHOUSE: For a limited time, the eatery is offering a $3 delivery fee with no service charge on purchases of $19.95 or more made via the website or app. New family-meal bundles that serve four are offered, starting at $44.95. Find sites here.

BUCA DI BEPPO: Dorit Kemsley,

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California condor sanctuary near Big Sur ‘completely destroyed’ as Dolan Fire spreads

The Dolan Fire had scorched 21,844 acres as of Wednesday morning, spreading more than 1,400 acres further overnight, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Containment remained at 15%, the U.S. Forest Service said in a news release.

According to the release, progress on the fire has been slow due to rough terrain and a lack of available crews — more than 15,000 firefighters battle upwards of two dozen major fires and lightning complexes throughout the state, according to Cal Fire.

The Dolan Fire is about 10 miles south of Big Sur, between Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Limekiln State Park.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, firefighters provided structure protection while low-intensity backing fires burned in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The Dolan Fire stopped short of McWay Ridge, the U.S. Forest Service said in an update.

The U.S. Forest Service had not released how many structures had been

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Lucid SUV may have been spotted on a film shoot in Northern California

CEO Peter Rawlinson told Green Car Reports, “I can confirm that we’re doing an SUV off the Air platform,” and that the nascent automaker has already finished a road-worthy prototype. Deliveries of the Air sedan start in Q2 of 2021. Rawlinson said of the SUV, “I’m going to put that into production in early ’23.” It’s possible we’ve gotten a preview of what’s coming in 18 months thanks to Twitter user Coast Redwoods, who — while driving a Tesla Model Y — spotted an Air sedan and what looks like a prototype Lucid SUV parked on the side of a back road. The captions to the photos explained that the California Highway Patrol had blocked the road in Pescadaro, about 50 miles west of San Jose near the coast. Coast Redwoods didn’t say so, but the setup looks like one used for a promo shoot. The Air is slated

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Online coding bootcamp Lambda School just raised $74 million, even as it loses the ability to offer its controversial income share agreements in California

Austen Allred, CEO and co-founder of Lambda School 

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Austen Allred, CEO and co-founder of Lambda School
  • The online coding bootcamp Lambda School announced a $74 million Series C round of funding, TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden first reported Friday. 

  • Lambda School has also received approval to operate from the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), over a year after being fined and ordered to shut down by that agency.

  • While Lambda School has been approved to operate, it cannot offer income share agreements to new California students.

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Lambda School, an online coding bootcamp known for a financial model where students don’t have to pay until they find a job, just announced a $74 million Series C round of funding on the heels of approval to continue operating in California — with a catch. 

Lambda School, headquartered in San Francisco, was built on the promise of

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More rolling blackouts ordered in California amid power shortages and searing heat

SANTA MONICA, CA - AUG. 15, 2020.: Beachgoers create a forest of umbrellas as thousands seek refuge in Santa Monica with temperatures reaching triple digits and beyond in inland valleys and deserts on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. A heatwave caused by a high pressure system over Southern California is expected to last through next week. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)</span>
SANTA MONICA, CA – AUG. 15, 2020.: Beachgoers create a forest of umbrellas as thousands seek refuge in Santa Monica with temperatures reaching triple digits and beyond in inland valleys and deserts on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. A heatwave caused by a high pressure system over Southern California is expected to last through next week. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

New rolling blackouts in parts of California were ordered Saturday night as power shortages continued because of an extreme heat wave.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Saturday night it was beginning to rotate power outages affecting up to 250,000 customers in Northern and Central California. San Diego Gas & Electric said it also interrupted power to some customers but had restored all service by 7 p.m.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said that 3,800 customers were without power late Saturday in

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