Instacart workers seek strike as jobs get busier, riskier

By Alexandra Olson and Curt Anderson | The Associated Press Writers NEW YORK — A possible strike by Instacart workers highlights the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the grocery delivery business, where workers are worried about their safety as they try to meet a surge in demand for online groceries. A group called the Gig Workers Collective is calling for a nationwide walk-out Monday. They’ve been asking Instacart to provide workers with hazard pay and protective gear, among other demands. Instacart said Sunday it would soon provide workers with a new hand sanitizer upon request and outlined changes to its tip system. The group said the measures were too little too late. While some workers say they intend to join the strike for at least a day — or have stopped filling orders already for fear of getting the virus — other, newer workers are content to have a paying job at a time of mass layoffs in other industries. The San Francisco-based delivery app is trying to hire 300,000 more workers — more than doubling its workforce —to fulfill orders it says have…

2 San Bernardino County Firefighters Test Positive For Coronavirus

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY (CBSLA) — Two firefighters in San Bernardino County have tested positive for coronavirus. They work for The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District and the Montclair Fire Department. The firefighters had been previously under a self-quarantine before being diagnosed with coronavirus. “Currently, the firefighters are feeling well and remain in isolation,” the department said in a statement. “Both firefighters are being medically monitored by their primary physicians.” Officials are encouraging the community to continue monitoring coronavirus updates. For the latest number of cases in San Bernardino County, click here.

Liberty announces protections for Apple Valley customers amid COVID-19 pandemic

APPLE VALLEY – Liberty Utilities recently announced several actions the company says were taken to protect Apple Valley customers and employees during the coronavirus pandemic.The actions include restricting public access to the local customer service office to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 and a temporary moratorium on service disconnections, according to a statement from the water company.Additionally, protections for low-income customers enrolled in […]

Redwood National and State Parks Close Parking Lots, Recommend Virtual Tours

If you’ve been scanning the list of Redwood State and National Parks to see which ones still have open parking lots, you can stop now. They’re all closed, effective immediately. Hikers, walkers and cyclists are still welcome, just not their cars. Also, campgrounds, visitors centers and bathrooms remain closed. According to a press release, the closure of parking lots is an effort “to support federal, state and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).” Even in the great outdoors, it turns out, the parks, their lots and trails were getting crowded, making it difficult or impossible for visitors to maintain the necessary 6 feet of physical separation recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Instead, the release states, “The National Park Service and California State Parks encourage people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Redwood National and State Parks on our webpage.” This includes links to YouTube for virtual tours of old growth groves and more that you can scan your way around as a friendly guide tells you all about the environs. We looked…

HumBug: Bugs in the City

A quick trip to San Francisco a few weeks ago, when that was still possible yielded familiar creatures. At a rest area we saw at least three California tortoise shell butterflies frolicking in the sun. There were western box elder bugs on one of the picnic tables. They suck juices from box elders, maples and other trees. Sitting in Wise Sons Delicatessen, I watched a red admiral make a bee line past the window. Traveling east along 24th Street, a western tiger swa llowtail flew above the traffic. I wondered if it was just luck that it avoided windshields and radiator grills or if a hundred years of automotive traffic had selected for individuals with instincts to fly high. Variability in a species allows for adaptability. An individual with an atypical flight pattern for its species may be able to take advantage of unusual opportunities or avoid pitfalls other members of its species may fall prey to. If it succeeds it can pass the genetics for this trait on to subsequent generations and change the overall species behavior or in extreme cases found a new…

L.A. working to bring homeless indoors with more shelters, hotel rooms amid coronavirus pandemic, Garcetti says

As the deadly coronavirus pandemic threatens to rip through the large homeless population in Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday said the city is working on expanding its capacity to bring more people indoors. Another five emergency shelters were set up at L.A. City Parks recreation centers to house people, Garcetti said at a news conference Sunday. The city now has 13 of the temporary shelters open. The mayor said the city is also getting more than 500 camper trailers from Gov. Gavin Newsom, with the first 25 arriving in Los Angeles on Sunday. The trailers will be parked next to shelters and those who begin to show symptoms will be brought to the trailers to self-quarantine, according to the mayor. The city also secured over 900 motel and hotel rooms that can be used to isolate or quarantine people believed to have been exposed to the virus or are awaiting coronavirus test results, the mayor said. Garcetti urged hotel and motel owners in the city to volunteer their rooms for those who need to quarantine themselves. Volunteers would be paid if they are…

Inmate, Deputies Among New Coronavirus Cases In Riverside County

RIVERSIDE COUNTY (CBSLA) — An inmate has tested positive for coronavirus in Riverside County, marking the county’s first incarcerated case. Two more sheriff’s deputies in Riverside County have also tested positive for the virus, according to Sheriff Chad Bianco, bringing the total number of infected deputies to three. RELATED: Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy, Pomona College Student Positive For Coronavirus “I have spoken to all of them and they are in good spirits recovering,” Bianco said in Facebook video regarding the deputies’ conditions. Others who have been in contact with the affected deputies and inmate are under a self-quarantine as they await their test results, according to Bianco. Officials said the inmate who tested positive was “immediately isolated” and is undergoing treatment. The news cases come as Orange County and Los Angeles County has granted early release to some non-violent offenders to curb a potential outbreak. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department runs five detention facilities and the sheriff says there are no plans at this time to release any inmates early. “I feel very strongly that the inmates we have remaining in custody pose a much…

Eastvale Amazon Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19

Share this article:A worker at an Amazon facility in Eastvale tested positive for COVID-19, the e-commerce giant announced Sunday. “We are supporting the individual who is recovering,” the company said in a statement. “We are following guidelines from health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site.” Amazon said all associates who had close contact with the person in the facility will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. During that time, quarantined employees will be paid. All hourly employees have unlimited unpaid time off through April and all employees diagnosed with COVID-19 or who need to go into quarantine will receive up to two weeks of pay, Amazon said. The company also said they are stepping up sanitizing efforts and ensuring employees practice social distancing. Last week, Amazon reported that an employee at a fulfillment center in Moreno Valley tested positive for COVID-19. The World Health Organization said the likelihood of contracting the virus from a package is low. Eastvale Amazon Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19 was last modified: March 29th, 2020 by Contributing…

Riverside County Surpasses 200 Coronavirus Cases

Share this article:Riverside County public health officials announced 38 new cases of coronavirus Sunday afternoon, bringing the countywide total to 233. The number of deaths remained unchanged at eight. A bulk of the confirmed cases in the county have been recorded this week. Since Monday, 188 cases have been reported. “I just want to be perfectly honest with you, and very clear with you, that we know that the surge isn’t even here yet,” Fourth District Supervisor Manuel Perez told constituents over Facebook Live Friday afternoon. “The surge is coming, and we anticipate the surge sometime in mid-April up until early May.” Perez said the numbers will continue to climb as more testing is done. Starting Friday, the Riverside University Health System began releasing its coronavirus patient data grouped by city, instead of corralled into broadly defined regions as before. A man in his 70s who became the first non-Coachella Valley resident to die due to complications from coronavirus this week was identified Friday as a resident of Beaumont, where five cases have been discovered. His name was not released. Some cities saw a drop…

Gas Prices Drop to Lowest Amount Since 2017

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County dropped for the 25th consecutive day Sunday, falling 1.4 cents to $3.01, its lowest amount since Oct. 28, 2017. The average price is 16.8 cents less than one week ago, 46.3 cents lower than one month ago and 55.3 cents lower than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. “With many people staying or working at home this past week, gasoline demand has continued to weaken,” said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager. “Combined with the ongoing oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, we could see the average price in areas close in on $3 per gallon, with many stations selling regular gasoline for much less than that,” added Spring.

Positive Coronavirus Cases Climb to 233 in Riverside County

Riverside County public health officials announced 38 new cases of coronavirus Sunday afternoon, bringing the countywide total to 233. The number of deaths remained unchanged at eight. A bulk of the confirmed cases in the county have been recorded this week. Since Monday, 188 cases have been reported. “I just want to be perfectly honest with you, and very clear with you, that we know that the surge isn’t even here yet,” Fourth District Supervisor Manuel Perez told constituents over Facebook Live Friday afternoon. “The surge is coming, and we anticipate the surge sometime in mid-April up until early May.” Perez said the numbers will continue to climb as more testing is done. Starting Friday, the Riverside University Health System began releasing its coronavirus patient data grouped by city, instead of corralled into broadly defined regions as before. A man in his 70s who became the first non-Coachella Valley resident to die due to complications from coronavirus this week was identified Friday as a resident of Beaumont, where five cases have been discovered. His name was not released. Some cities saw a drop in cases…

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