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Articles from the April 18, 2020 edition

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  • Online Petition Seeks to Recall Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 18, 2020

    4/15: An online petition appeared on Thursday morning 4/9/2020, and seeks to fire Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole. This after a Tuesday night City Council meeting, where he and other discussed whether Covid-19 and its attendant loss of revenue to the City, require the City to furlough some of its employees. Mgr. Cole sent us the following comment after an earlier version of this story appeared online: "At the meeting, I did not advocate for furloughing workers, a topic which was not on the a...

  • Bus Drivers Take Risk to Work, And So Do the Passengers Under Coronavirus

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 18, 2020

    Bus drivers (a handful) have died from Coronavirus in New York City, Santa Cruz and Riverside County. While none as far as we know have become seriously ill from Covid-19 in LA County, the buses now require you to board from the rear and remain 8 feet away from the driver. And drivers are apprehensive, especially the ones still showing up for work. Needless to say the Twitteratti are outraged. "I'm so mad I was on the bus couple of days ago in Los Angeles at least eight feet behind the bus...

  • Los Angeles County Covid Cases Exceed 10,000, With a Death Rate of 3.6%

    Janet McLaughlin, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 18, 2020

    4/14/20. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health, briefed listeners on the latest Coronavirus numbers. LA County experienced 40 new Coronavirus deaths--the highest number LA County has ever reported in a single day. Total number of County deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic is now 360. This means the mortality rate is 3.6%. Recently, the racial makeup of Covid-19 casualties has been discussed. Some argue that racial disparities have increased deaths in certain...

  • In Video Message, Barack Obama Endorses Joe Biden for President The Day After Bernie Sanders Did the Same

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff writer|Apr 18, 2020

    The former president apparently wanted to avoid charges of bias that plagued the 2016 campaign of Hillary Clinton. People such as Tucker Carlson on Fox TV could say that Hillary was promoted as the successor to Obama, over the objections of Bernie Sanders' supporters. This time around, Obama did not support his former VP until after Sanders himself had endorsed Biden for US President. Obama remains quite popular with Democrats, and his late endorsement will be important in turning out voters for...

  • UC Santa Cruz Shuttle Bus Driver Dies of Covid-19, Reports his Union.

    Observer Staff|Apr 18, 2020

    An unidentified UC Santa Cruz bus driver became the first Union employee to die from Coronavirus, the local union said. The man was a grandfather in his 60's, with apparent underlying health problems. Laboratory testing confirmed he was positive for COVID-19, which health officials believe he contracted via community spread. He died in a local hospital early Tuesday. The man was a shuttle driver at UCSC who last worked on the campus April 2. UCSC learned of his diagnosis over the weekend, and...