Good morning, and welcome to Essential California newsletter. It is Wednesday, Nov 17. I’m Justin Ray.
My mom pushed me to get a booster shot and treated me like I was rooting for the virus. She has even used these newsletters against me, citing my daily writings to claim hypocrisy about COVID-19 and beyond.
I’m all for getting the booster shot (and I did on Tuesday, Mom). However, while state officials have said no California adult should be denied a booster, I wasn’t the only one who believed that to get one, it seems like you have to lie. I called a hospital and easily scheduled one, but was confused by messages on the boosters.
When you go online, eligibility questions make someone who is reasonably healthy feel they can’t get the supplemental vaccination because they don’t belong to a high-risk group. But on Tuesday California health officials tried to clear things up by releasing new guidelines indicating that all adults who are at least six months away from their last dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or two months after their single J&J shot, can receive a booster.
But there are a few important things to know – primarily why just about everyone is at risk and thus eligible for a booster shot.
Should I lie? New. Websites ask if you belong to one of the few eligible groups. One option describes those “at high risk of exposure to COVID-19”. We will, according to an indulgent interpretation recently uttered by health officials across California, any adult qualifies, as all are essentially “at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to occupational or institutional setting.” In addition, the CDC expressly allows vaccinated adults to use their own judgment to determine whether they believe they are “at an increased risk of being exposed to COVID-19.”
Health officer tells providers not to send anyone away. dr. Tomás Aragón, director of the California Department of Public Health, sent a letter on Tuesday with instructions for vaccination providers to “enable patients to self-determine their risk of exposure. Don’t turn down a patient who asks for a booster.” Adults eligible for a booster may include those who “live in geographic areas that have been hit hard by COVID,” those who “live in high-speed transmission areas,” “work with the public or cohabit with someone who is living with the public.” works” or “live or work with someone who is at high risk of serious consequences from COVID.
A reminder about the booster: Wondering which one to choose? I’ve discussed this before, but we’ve got a few important context about the different vaccines. While you should see your doctor, please consider our records of how long they last.
Why you should take a booster: Without a booster, health officials warn, vaccinated people are at greater risk of breakthrough infections, which can lead to hospitalizations and death in the most vulnerable. “When it’s your time,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of LA County Public Health, “please come in and get your booster.”
And now, this is what is happening in california:
FYI, I wanted to give the full quote from yesterday’s newsletter about Tasha Adams, whose estranged husband Stewart Rhodes started the Oath Keepers. “If I hadn’t helped him start it, I mean, there would probably still have been an uprising,” Adams said in an interview with The Times. “But what would it have looked like? I’m trying to find that out.”
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California gas prices hit an all-time high on Monday while the average price of a regular gallon rose to $4,682, according to the American Automobile Assn. Prices are primarily driven by higher crude oil costs and increased fuel demand, said AAA Southern California spokesman Doug Shupe. “During the pandemic, we had very, very low demand, and then it increased rapidly as more and more people got vaccinated,” he said. “The desire to get out and travel was quickly picked up.” Los Angeles Times
Staples Center gets a new name for Christmas: Crypto.com Arena. The downtown Los Angeles venue will bear the new name for 20 years under a deal between the Singapore cryptocurrency exchange and Anschutz Entertainment Group, the owner and operator of the arena. Crypto.com paid more than $700 million for the naming rights, one of the largest deals in sports history. Visitors will see a distinct change at the entrance to the LA Live arena, next to the Magic Johnson statue, where 3,300 square feet will become a dedicated Crypto.com “activation space” offering crypto-centric interactive experiences for sports or music fans. Los Angeles Times
“I assumed the price on my bill must be a typo.” Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch broke her foot while riding a horse. She has been treated at a UCLA affiliated orthopedic facility in Thousand Oaks and has no complaints about the quality of care. “My doctors were fantastic,” Drachkovitch told me. “This isn’t about them.” What this is about, as you’ve probably guessed, is her next bill for medical care. What caught her attention was the cost of $809 for a plastic hiking boot. The worst part? What she discovered on Amazon: the same shoe for drastically less. Los Angeles Times
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POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
A group gathered to demand that San Francisco donate a largely vacant city-owned building to a nonprofit that represents black business, cultural, religious and community groups. At a meeting in front of the Fillmore Heritage Center, actor Danny Glover, NAACP San Francisco Chapter President Rev. Amos Brown and other black leaders said the building should be donated as reparations to the city that destroyed the once-vibrant Black Fillmore neighborhood during urban regeneration in the 1950s and 1960s. this street,” Glover said. “They have not kept their promise. We have to fight for that.” San Francisco Chronicle
Amazon has agreed to pay $500,000 to better enforce state consumer protection laws after California’s attorney general said the company hid COVID-19 case numbers from its employees. It is the first such action under the state’s “right to know” law, intended to improve workplace safety. In a statement from his office, Atty. Gene. Rob Bonta said Amazon agreed to monitor and improve how it notifies employees and local health authorities about COVID-19 cases in its workplaces. The measures come “at a pivotal time for workers as Amazon’s peak holiday season approaches,” the statement said. Los Angeles Times
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
Venture capitalists in Los Angeles say they have changed their investment strategies because of climate change. Investors are looking to clean-tech startups, and money is pouring in to companies like Rivian, the electric vehicle manufacturer and Swell, a provider of home energy storage. “Scientists have told me that 50% of the reductions we need to make to get to zero will come from technologies we don’t have yet. That’s just a reality,” US climate envoy and former Senator John Kerry said in May. Dot.LA
State regulators urged Californians to do more to conserve water after the latest monthly data showed conservation lagging behind in September. Statewide water use in cities and towns was down 3.9% from September 2020. The drop in water use was smaller than in August, when Californians used 5% less. Gov. Gavin Newsom called on Californians in July to voluntarily cut water by 15%, but the latest figures released Tuesday show much of the state is still a long way from that goal. “The relapse is not welcome. But it is what it is,” said Joaquin Esquivel, chairman of the State Water Resources Control Board. “We must continue to focus on conservation during this critical time of drought.” Los Angeles Times
Vincent Valencia lived alone on top of Mammoth Mountain for most of the past 18 years – a frozen world regularly plagued by the ugliest weather California has to offer. At 61, he is one of the few people with the obscure skills needed to oversee the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area gondola operation, which often deals with white-out conditions, winds of 280 mph and temperatures dropping to minus 30 degrees. “I may not see another living soul for five days or more,” Valencia said recently. “I’m alone and don’t do stupid things.” Los Angeles Times
A podcast explores the state. “What is California?” is a podcast hosted by Stu VanAirsdale, who may have the best name ever. So far contains my favorite episode Los Angeles Times columnist Erika Smith, who says LA, with its ideological and cultural diversity, empowers people to experience new ideas. She argues that homogeneity in less diverse communities means that people never get to know other ways of living. VanAirsdale also has interesting interviews with former Government Jerry Brown and state auditor Elaine Howle. What is California?
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Today California Memory is of Michael Breeden:
I was about 12 when I first saw San Francisco. We drove over the Bay Bridge on our way to take my sister to the University of San Francisco. It was just before sunset and it seemed as if a brilliant golden light was reflecting from every window of the city. Over the years I have come to enjoy the city more as I saw the many wonders it had to offer. It is a small architectural museum with many choice pieces.
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