Coronavirus Response: ‘We’re Moving Way Too Slowly,’ California Homeless Advocate Says

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Since the beginning of an international pandemic, experts have known one population is particularly vulnerable to contracting and spreading the coronavirus: the homeless. Elected officials have vowed repeatedly to get homeless people indoors, but testing shortages and bureaucratic wrangling are making it difficult to help them. Relatively few of California’s 150,000 have been moved into individual quarters and there’s no indication of widespread checks on health and safety among the homeless. It’s unclear — partly due to testing shortages — how many even have the highly contagious virus. More than a dozen cases have been confirmed. “The whole shelter-in-place and the whole lack of shelter-in-place for homeless people was totally poorly thought out,” said Needa Bee, who lives in a camper in Oakland with her teenage daughter. The shutdown of public libraries and other facilities has made it much harder for homeless people to get clean water and food or use the bathroom. Many are also older or have underlying health conditions. It’s a struggle playing out nationwide. In Portland, Oregon, recovering homeless will be housed in the retro-hip Jupiter Hotel.…

Wet Weekend In Store For NorCal; Heavy Snow Expected In Sierra

TRUCKEE (CBS13) — A significant system is expected to bring up to four feet of snow to some parts of the Sierra over the weekend. The National Weather Service says light to moderate rain is expected in the valley starting early Saturday. Only about .5’’ to 1’’ of precipitation is expected in the valley while about 2”-3” is expected in the foothills, forecasters say. Heavy mountain snow returns this weekend, especially on Sunday. Up to 1-3 feet of snow are forecast, locally up to 4 feet. Chain controls & travel delays are very likely with this storm. #cawx — NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) April 3, 2020 Forecasters say the heaviest precipitation is expected on Sunday. Effects will be more pronounced in the high country, however. Snow levels are expected to be between the 4000’-5000’ mark on Saturday and Sunday. The level is then predicted to drop down to the 3000’-4000’ mark come Monday. A Winter Weather Watch will be in effect from Saturday morning through Monday morning. Drivers are being asked to avoid mountain travel if possible, and to bring chains if they do.

Corona Beer Halts Production, But Not Because Of Declining Sales

(CNN) — Production of Corona beer is being temporarily suspended in Mexico because of the coronavirus pandemic. Grupo Modelo, the company that makes the beer, posted the announcement on Twitter, stating that it’s halting production and marketing of its beer because the Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses. The Anheuser-Busch Inbev-owned company also makes Modelo and Pacifico beers. This week, the Mexican government announced the suspension of non-essential activities in the public and private sectors until April 30 in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The country has more than 1,500 cases and 50 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. Grupo Modelo is ready to enact a plan to “guarantee the supply of beer” if the Mexican government decides to include breweries as essential, according to a statement. Constellation Brands handles the distribution and import of Grupo Modelo’s beers in the United States. The company said it will discuss the production cessation on a call Friday morning. Corona’s coincidental name with the virus hasn’t dented sales. Constellation said sales of its beer brands grew 8.9% for the first three months of this year, with Modelo and Corona being…

‘Lean On Me’ Singer Bill Withers Dies At 81

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Renowned R&B singer Bill Withers has died at the age of 81, according to the Associated Press. Withers’ family told the AP Friday that he passed away in Los Angeles from heart complications. Bill Withers wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lovely Day.” The three-time Grammy Award winner, who withdrew from making music in the mid-1980s, died on Monday in Los Angeles, his family said. His family released a statement which read, in part: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other. As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.” His death comes…

San Diego Man Who Recovered From Coronavirus Donates Plasma To Help Orange County Patient

ORANGE (CBSLA) — A San Diego aerospace engineer who made a full recovery from COVID-19 donated his plasma to help a patient in Orange County Thursday. Jason Garcia, 36, heard through a friend about researchers calling for survivors of coronavirus to donate blood plasma in the urgent effort to treat the disease. Garcia had to travel to St. Joseph Hospital in Orange to make the donation because it is one of the first in the country to begin treating patients with recovered patients’ plasma. “I’m glad this turned into a positive thing,” he said. Garcia’s donation, and the infusion of a patient in Orange County, happened on the same day. His plasma will also be used to treat two more patients. The hope is that the plasma from survivors of the infection and its antibodies will boost the ability of other patients to fight off coronavirus.

Man Stabbed To Death In Sherman Oaks

SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA) – Police are investigating the stabbing death of a 35-year-old man late Thursday night in Sherman Oaks. Los Angeles police responded to the 15200 block of Burbank Boulevard where they found a man dead from multiple stab wounds. The victim’s name was not immediately released. Police do not yet have a motive in the killing or any suspect information. It’s unclear exactly where the stabbing occurred. The crime scene is located a few blocks from the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area.

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