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Coronavirus: California continues troubling trend upward in COVID-19 metrics

The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in California soared as Los Angeles County reported three days’ worth of test results Monday. The raw number of cases reported around the state Monday obliterated the previous record but comes with an enormous caveat: a number of counties, including L.A., which itself accounts for nearly half the state’s confirmed cases, had backlogs of test results of up to three days because of the long holiday weekend. In total, the statewide case count grew by 16,637, including 8,903 in Los Angeles, to 271,889, according to data compiled by this news organization. Another 109 Californians succumbed to the virus — 81 in Los Angeles — raising the death toll to 6,446. With the weekend delays accounted for, the average number of new cases reported around the state each day for the past week climbed to its highest point of the pandemic. For the first time, California is adding more 7,000 new cases per day — 7,041, 28.6% more than a week ago — while the average daily death count reached its highest level in more than a month: 67…

Stephens: Taking stock of the state of freedom — it’s very much in doubt

It’s worth taking stock of the state of freedom — and of our attitudes toward it — at home and around the world. In Russia, Vladimir Putin just won a “plebiscite” ratifying his right to stay in power until the year 2036. In Hong Kong, a new security law came into effect, effectively putting an end to the right of peaceful protest. In Poland, a runoff election will decide if the country continues its slide toward illiberalism. In the United States, these stories barely make a dent on public consciousness. Conservatives and liberals alike have ceased to care very much about the denial of freedom to others. We also have our own problems with freedom. For once, the main problem isn’t Donald Trump. The president may be an instinctual fascist, a wannabe autocrat. But, after nearly four years in power, he’s been unmasked as an incompetent one. Trump may have privately praised Xi Jinping for building concentration camps for Uighurs. Congress still passed legislation to impose sanctions on China for them. He may want to bring Russia back to the Group of 7. The other…

Sponsored: Grand Ingleside Terraces home is near Muni, shops, cafes and S.F. City College

Behind a grand pillared entrance, San Francisco’s Ingleside Terraces is home to picturesque neighborhoods and about 750 single-family homes on generous lots. This home in San Francisco’s Ingleside Terraces features classic elements, updated features and five spacious bedrooms.  The prestigious location of this home at 816 Victoria St. is within walking distance to the vast shopping district along Ocean Avenue, including cafes and restaurants. Enjoy the convenient proximity to Whole Foods Market, Target, Philz Coffee, City College and much more. The Balboa Park BART Station is about a mile walk or a two-minute ride on Muni. Easily access the freeways and 19th Avenue, and the beach. Stonestown Galleria is also about a mile away. Seize the opportunity to own this three-level home that features about 2,423 square feet of light-filled living space. Five spacious bedrooms and five updated bathrooms offer lots of room for large families and multigenerational living. Classic features and charm are beautifully blended with significant updates. Among its many features are a marble-tiled front entry, multilayered crown molding, built-in cabinetry, hardwood floors, high ceilings, recessed lighting and dual-pane windows. A gas fireplace…

Northern California police recover child’s stolen tricycle, arrest suspected thief

Chico police said in a press release that this child’s tricycle was recovered after being stolen Monday in Chico. (Chico Police Department — Contributed)  CHICO — A Huffy Green Machine tricycle was stolen from a neighborhood in Chico before it was returned to its rightful owner later Monday afternoon. Springer  The Chico Police Department received a call from a man at 12:27 p.m. Monday claiming that someone had stolen his son’s tricycle from a neighborhood in Creek Hollow Drive, according to a press release. The man also reported seeing the alleged thief near a transient camp located behind Kohl’s on Springfield Drive. Police officers said they found the child’s tricycle in possession of Wade Springer, 29, who police said is a transient in the area. Springer was arrested on suspicion of theft/appropriation of lost property and police returned the stolen tricycle to the residence it was stolen from.

Man aims at woodchuck, hits 80-year-old golfer

A Wisconsin man reportedly trying to shoot a woodchuck instead hit an 80-year-old golfer. The shooting happened around 11 a.m. Monday at The Golf Club at Camelot in Lomira, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office said. “It appears that a 50-year-old Lomira man was attempting to shoot a woodchuck which was on his property. While attempting to do so, a bullet ricocheted off some trees striking an 80-year-old Fond du Lac man,” said the sheriff’s statement on the incident. The golfer was taken to a hospital in Fond du Lac, 12 miles to the north. The injury was non-life-threatening. “Sheriff Dale Schmidt would like to remind the public .. firearms are capable of shooting long distances and it is always necessary to have a backstop that can sufficiently stop a bullet from traveling beyond that which is desired,” said the statement. Related Articles Northern California police recover child’s stolen tricycle, arrest suspected thief California police say hoax led search for man who threatened to hang himself Cyclist helped apprehend a murder suspect by lending a cop his bike Golden Gate Bridge officials probe ‘singing’ noise on…

Letters: Police reform | Reluctance toward transparency | Schools and Communities First | Fund conservation | Puig, Giants bad fit

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Gradualism won’t work in remaking police Re: “San Jose police need major reforms” (Editorial, June 30) There we go again with busy-work but achieve-nothing “reforms”: “side agreement,” toothless “independent auditor,” “reform plan,” “defunding … not the answer,” “probe,” “intent,” “arbitration,” “transparency,” “improve accountability,” “audit,” “explore options,” “review policy” … What we hear is “Black Lives Matter, yes, but not too much too soon!” Where are we? A racist, unaccountable, police force continuously involved in “extra-judicial” killings, individual officers who won’t break rank and prevent the “bad apples” from committing murder. What do we want? Non-lethally armed community safety officers with training in mental health response and defusing situations. We can’t get there from here. Not “gradually.” We are stuck in a bad local minimum, and gradualism won’t get us anywhere. As any Bay Area techie knows, we need to consider options that represent large changes to the status quo. Ranjeet Tate Cupertino Police reluctance to share records understandable The Mercury News argues that they should have better access to public…

The ‘myth’ of diverting state gas taxes away from roads: Roadshow

Q: In the past, you have explained that the gas tax was used for a specific reason, such as for road improvements. Wednesday, I read your column, and under a complicated tax swap, money that had been marked for transportation now goes to public safety, local health and social services programs and city and county operations. What the hell! Did the money for roads get hijacked? Again? Tony Banks, Redwood City Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. A: No. All state gas tax revenue goes solely for roads and highways and has for decades. Traffic officials say it’s a myth that transportation funds have been diverted.  “The facts are quite the opposite,” said Randy-the-MTC-Man. “It is transportation which has gotten billions of General Fund monies.” According to the Reason Foundation, California doesn’t divert gas taxes the way many other states do for transit, pedestrian and bicycle projects, and environmental, education and even tourism. But we rank nearly first in the nation in terms of the amount of state gas tax we pay at 50.5…

Letters: Schools and Communities first | ‘Watch list’ focus | Coliseum sale | Help our schools | Pleasanton do-over | Libraries’ welcome return

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Tax initiative unlikely to overwhelm assessors The Schools & Communities First Act will not be too overwhelming for assessors because it will be phased in over time. The way I understand it, nearly 80% of the revenue will be coming from just 6% of commercial properties in California. That’s because most commercial properties are already paying their fair share. That’s why this proposition has the support of many assessors in California, including the assessors of San Francisco and Alameda counties. Taxing commercial property at fair market value is something that nearly every other place in the country already does. And explains why California public schools are near 40th in the country per student spending — which I see the terrible consequences of in my son’s school daily. Ted Lam El Cerrito ‘Watch list’ data should focus on cities Why not have the data points for the “watch list” list go city by city, rather than county by county? Counties are large and far-flung. If there is a worrisome outbreak in…

ACLU, San Francisco request release of body camera footage in Vallejo officer-involved shooting

Pressure continues to mount from outside Vallejo to release body camera footage from the fatal officer-involved shooting of Sean Monterrosa in front of a Vallejo Walgreens during the early morning hours of June 2. Both the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have taken the rare action of asking Vallejo leaders to release the body camera footage immediately, instead of delaying release of the footage up to 45 calendar days — as allowed by state law. “For years, police accountability and civil rights activist in Vallejo have run up against a police department that has disproportionately targeted people of color, has been allowed to brutalize Black and Latino residents, and has rarely been held accountable for its actions,” part of the supervisors’ June 16 resolution reads. In its five-page letter from June 30, the ACLU criticizes the city for failing to release the body camera footage, and video from a private drone sought through the California Public Records Act by the nonprofit public interest newsroom Open Vallejo. “Not only is the city required to release these records…

On this date, 2016: Kevin Durant thrilled to join Warriors

(This story was originally published in 2016) OAKLAND — Kevin Durant, like many others around the league, suspected the Warriors’ players had a great bond. It looks like they have fun, seems like they are close. Durant, though, had to be sure. Before he made this tremendous leap of faith, he wanted to look Stephen Curry in the eyes for an invitation. But Curry didn’t show up alone when he came to the Warriors’ meeting with Kevin Durant in the Hamptons last weekend. He had Klay Thompson with him. And Draymond Green. And Andre Iguodala. Durant said he was shocked the stars of a 73-win would come recruit him. Watched them together, their bond was obvious, genuine. It was symbolism he couldn’t ignore. “To see them together, they all walked in and it looked like they were holding hands,” Durant said, prompting laughter from much of the 300 or so people at the introductory news conference on Thursday. “It was just a family. I could tell they enjoyed being around each other.” The amount of back story in Durant’s move could fill a book. And…

Ask Amy: I want my unhappy neighbor to leave me alone

Dear Amy: I need to distance myself from an eight-year friendship with a neighbor. This is hard to do, since we are more or less isolated due to COVID. I can’t use the excuse that I’m out with other people or tell a little white lie about why I can’t talk to her when she calls. Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)  Her negativity, repeated stories and complaints are driving me crazy. She has become extremely negative and unhappy. I did tell her to seek therapy, and she said it didn’t help. Our world is upside down right now and, honestly, I want to savor every moment I have left. I just don’t have the patience to deal with other people’s issues right now. I don’t want to be a phony and pretend to agree with the things she says and does. I want to distance myself, but I don’t want to be mean. Any suggestions? Short-distance Friend Dear Short-distance: Write down some simple statements: Related Articles Ask Amy: I’m very put off by my girlfriend’s relationship with her dog Ask Amy: Our berserk neighbor…

Harriette Cole: Should I say something about my roommate’s worrisome eating habits?

DEAR HARRIETTE: I am in my 20s, and one of my roommates is exhibiting signs of an eating disorder. She is fixated on her weight and barely eats. Harriette Cole  How do I bring up my concern for her health and well-being without crossing any lines? I want to make sure she feels supported. At the same time, I think it would be irresponsible of me to say nothing. I am concerned for her life. Eating Disorder DEAR EATING DISORDER: Thank you for caring about your friend so deeply. She is lucky to have you. It is understandable that this is a difficult topic for you to broach. And yes, you should say something. Health professionals recommend that you do your homework in advance. Learn as much as you can about eating disorders so that you come to your friend with some knowledge, but do not try to act like an expert. Ask your roommate if you can schedule a time for the two of you to meet. Tell her your concerns — preferably things you have practiced so that you can say them without…

Miss Manners: How did my compliment get turned into an insult?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I was asked to give a reference for a young man. When I stated that he was articulate, the caller became offended, asking me if I knew that was an insult. Judith Martin  The young man I gave the reference for was black, and I am an older white woman. How can I avoid this kind of misstep in the future? What should I say about a young black man who has overcome much adversity, and who is articulate and intelligent? GENTLE READER: Being articulate, which means being able to express oneself and one’s ideas, is surely a basic expectation. Thus you would seem to be saying this young man is not inarticulate — implying that he is above the low expectation one would have of him. Do you see how that becomes an insult? And it has become particularly associated with racism, as if one would not expect a black person to speak well. Related Articles Miss Manners: She publicly chided me for keeping my stimulus check Miss Manners: There’s no emergency, they just scream all the time Miss Manners: She…

Dear Abby: I am terribly hurt by the obituary they wrote

DEAR ABBY: After a long and successful life, my uncle recently passed away. He was married to my mother’s sister. Jeanne Phillips  During one of our phone calls, my aunt told me she and my cousins had written his obituary and that it would be published soon.  To my shock and dismay, I located the obituary and discovered that my sister and I were not mentioned as his niece and nephew. I am still terribly hurt. Why would they do this? My sister and I grew up spending every major holiday and birthday with my uncle. The obituary did include his other niece and nephew, who live on the opposite side of the country and kept in touch only with an occasional phone call and holiday card. I included my cousins in my parents’ and sister’s obituaries, all of whom have passed in the last few years. Related Articles Dear Abby: He was hounding me for a date as my boyfriend was dying Dear Abby: My kids are stuck with an inadequate grandmother Dear Abby: My wife refuses to get a job because it’s not…

One killed in crash on Highway 4 in Martinez

MARTINEZ – At least one person was killed in a solo-vehicle crash on eastbound Highway 4 in Martinez on Monday night, according to the California Highway Patrol. A CHP spokesperson said the crash was reported just east of Cummings Skyway about 9:40 p.m. Officers arrived to find that a vehicle had traveled off the roadway and hit a tree. Two people were inside the vehicle. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries, the spokesperson said. No other information was immediately available. Check back for updates. Related Articles Car carrying four young Peninsula men crashes on Highway 101, killing one Campbell man killed in Skyline Boulevard crash Two killed in separate collisions in Contra Costa County Fatal crash shuts down East Bay highway in both directions Authorities identify San Jose man killed in June 16 crash

NHL, players announce labor deal, plan to resume play Aug. 1

By JOHN WAWROW and STEPHEN WHYNO The NHL is in position to resume playing in less than a month — with 24 teams in action, all in Canada — and could be on the verge of enjoying labor peace through 2026. The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association on Monday announced a tentative deal on a return-to-play format and a memorandum of understanding on a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement. Should both agreements be ratified, the NHL would proceed immediately to its expanded 24-team playoff format, with play beginning on Aug. 1. Under the plan, training camps would open July 13, with teams traveling to their respective hub cities for exhibition games on July 26. The hub cities are Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, for the qualifying round and at least first two playoff rounds, according to a person with direct knowledge of the agreements who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league and NHLPA have not released this information. For the conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final, the person said, the league is being cautious…

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