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    PLEASANTON, Calif. (KGO) -- With their cowboy hats and boots, Ryan Klaus and Madeline Mahoney, came dressed for Friday's country concert at the Alameda County Fairgrounds."We have been stuck inside for a while. It's always a good excuse to get outside and listen to some live music!" says Klaus, who lives in Mountain View. "It's better than nothing. It's that sense of community that we all need."San Jose local, Ryan Scripps, who gained fame as a contestant on season 13 of the "The Voice," was the first of three acts. He ignited the crowd, performing some of the songs that he sang on the show.Event organizers told the crowd that the Alameda County Fairgrounds is the only venue in the...
    California officials are desperate to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the workplace, which has been one reason for a surge in cases. Could one solution be to pay people to stay home when they get sick? A county in the San Francisco Bay Area is planning to offer stipends of $1,250 for low-income residents to stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19. Alameda County, the Bay Area’s second most populous county, plans to offer the payments to those who test positive, are not receiving unemployment or paid sick leave, and are referred by designated clinics in high-risk neighborhoods. Politics California’s Latinos, Black people feel effects of pandemic most acutely, poll finds ...
    Residents in Alameda County, California who test for coronavirus could get paid $1,250 if they isolate for two weeks, according to Washington Examiner. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to pay the stipend who test positive for the virus as an incentive to quarantine rather than return to work. “What we heard — through our conversations with [residents] or the conversations they were having with contact investigators and tracers — was that many of them just could not afford to lose two weeks’ worth of wages to quarantine and isolate,” Vanessa Cedeno, a policy adviser for the county, told the Los Angeles Times. "If people are afraid to get tested or they cannot isolate safely when they’re COVID-positive, then...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan has visited parts of the county hardest hit by COVID-19, like the Acorn district in West Oakland."And what people said was they can't isolate, they have to keep going to work, because they don't have money," explains Chan.WATCH LIST: 38 California counties where COVID-19 is getting worseSo on Tuesday, the county's Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a pilot program that will pay infected people a one-time stipend of $1,250 to stay home. The program is expected to help thousands of people."When you have people who are going out and not being able to quarantine, when they are sick, this is going to spread the disease even more," says Supervisor Chan,...
    HAYWARD (KPIX) – Alameda County has launched a new program to help patients stay home once they’ve been diagnosed with coronavirus. County officials hope to slow the spread of COVID-19 by helping families that face a sudden financial crisis when a test comes back positive. “So literally every single person that we have spoken to through our contract tracing program, they have all asked for either food, help with rent, or access to be enrolled in healthcare,” says Andrea Schwab-Galindo, CEO of Hayward’s Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center. Schwab-Galindo has watched the pandemic land squarely on her community of working class neighborhoods, primarily people of color. “Most people that test positive are usually the members that are out there working and...
    EMERYVILLE (KPIX 5) — One Alameda County barber has found a creative way to get around the rules that forced him to close up shop during the pandemic: he took his business on the road. Shavin Singletary has cut hair professionally for ten years. His barber shop has been closed for months. Now he’s doing a booming business in an Emeryville parking lot, “My phone started ringing and it as other clients all looking for haircuts. So I was like, ‘OK, the shop is closed, but I can do mobile services for the time being.'” Shavin says doing outdoor mobile cuts has drawn the attention of folks passing by, including one woman waving a big thumbs up. He charges $30...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson chastised the county’s General Services Agency (GSA) at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting for sole sourcing a project for tiny homes when Black contractors are getting few, if any, projects from the agency. When the county does something wrong, Carson said, “I’m going to call it out.”  Carson said people call him every day about the lack of contracts for Black contractors and the lack of work for them has been going on for years.  “There has not been any change,” Carson said.  His comments came before the approval of the tiny homes project at 2055 Fairmont Drive in unincorporated San Leandro. It was deemed an emergency project, which appears to...
    OAKLAND — Alameda County will pay $1,250 to people diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-isolate, if they meet certain qualifications. The pilot program, approved unanimously by county supervisors Tuesday, is intended to help curb the spread of the disease in Alameda County, which has seen its number of cases rise. “This is specifically designed to encourage people who are positive for COVID-19 to shelter-in-place and quarantine,” Lori Cox, director of the county’s Social Services Agency, told supervisors. “This is intended to keep people at home and other people safe.” The money would be paid to people diagnosed with COVID-19 who are not receiving unemployment benefits or paid sick leave. The $10 million pilot project will cover up to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the current coronavirus outbreak and now the reopenings can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know here’s a news roundup of the top coronavirus and reopening-related stories from the last 24 hours. Good News — Neighbors Helping Neighbors Family Finds Creative Way For Morgan Hill Grandmother To Have Her Birthday Hugs MORGAN HILL — In the current COVID-19 era, birthday wishes can be hard to fulfill when you can’t see family in person. But a Bay Area family recently figured out a way to make a grandmother’s birthday dream come true. All Morgan Hill resident Maria Vasquez wanted for her birthday was to hug...
    SAN LEANDRO — Despite a decade in the making, plans to rebuild a juvenile detention camp in the East Bay have been canceled as changes loom statewide in the juvenile justice system. A new Camp Wilmont Sweeney was originally scheduled to be completed this past June, but surging construction costs in large part doomed the project, Alameda County Probation Chief Wendy Stills said in an interview Monday. Because of that, Alameda County is not moving forward with plans to build a new campus, she said. The county had been awarded a $35 million state grant, and had budgeted a matching $30 million for the renovation. But the project was delayed because it took PG&E some time to move an easement...
    CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (KGO) -- A stolen U-Haul truck filled with a Castro Valley family's personal belongings has been located in Oakland, Alameda County sheriffs say. Officials announced the recovery of the truck on Twitter on Monday after it was reported missing on Saturday morning. LOCATED: The U-HAUL was located unoccupied a short time ago in Oakland. ACSO deputies are on scene to recover it and return it to the family. It appears pretty full, so we are hopeful all of their personal family belongings are still inside. Call 510-667-7721 w/any suspect info. https://t.co/Q4hpjGeq2J— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) August 4, 2020Officials say the truck appears to be "pretty full" and deputies are on the scene to return the truck to...
    PLEASANTON — Some hair salon owners are planning to open in protest of Alameda County’s rules later this month, with or without approval. About 30 stylists and owners from the Tri-Valley region of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore met Saturday to discuss their frustration over the state’s and county’s rules not allowing them to reopen during the pandemic. They are concerned that if they don’t reopen soon, it could mean the end of their businesses. The stylists came to a consensus: They will protest by reopening for at least one day on Aug. 17, regardless if the county or state comes around to granting them approval. They will send a letter of intent to city, county and state officials this week,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A 52-year-old Salida woman has been charged with killing her newborn baby boy, whose body was dumped in the bushes along side a Castro Valley Road in 1988, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday. Alameda County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said that Lesa Lopez of Salida, Calif., was being held in Santa Rita jail on a single count of murder after DNA linked her to the case. The death had remained unsolved until recent advances in DNA technology gave investigators hope of locating a suspect. Alameda County investigators enlisted the help of a private DNA laboratory out of Oklahoma City and the FBI in 2019. Using their technology, investigators began searching through...
    PLEASANTON, Calif. (KGO) -- There is growing frustration and anxiety in an industry hard hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Across California and the Bay Area, hairstylists and salon owners are struggling and want to reopen their businesses. In the East Bay, a growing group of stylists are prepared to defy a county order and open anyway.RELATED: Everything to know about California's confusing coronavirus reopening plan, summer shutdown and what comes next"I can't feed my family, we need to open," said stylist Miranda Hankins.Hairstylists and salon owners in the Tri-Valley say they've held on long enough."Our county will not allow us to do anything, not even outdoors," said Pleasanton salon owner Renae Earl.Salons in Alameda County have not been allowed...
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    Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device. “The Secret Life of Pets” was Friday night’s family-friendly Drive-In Movie at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Admission to the movie included access to the fairground’s Grab-n-Stay Food Truck Festival, where corndogs and shaved ice and other fair food and drinks could be purchased. The fairground’s popular drive-in movie season has been extended until the end of August. Masks are required while at the fairgrounds, and social distancing is encouraged. The movie nights sell out within an hour after being posted on the fairground’s website. Click here for information on the movies in August.
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Hair salons in Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin are talking about trying to unify using civil disobedience to open up "all at once," defying Alameda County's health orders during the novel coronavirus pandemic.Christine Palmer is making banners for a rally she will be holding outside her Pleasanton salon on August 1.It's a desperate last resort. She wishes officials would come by and sit in her chair."If only we had city officials, county officials... Governor Newsom, come get your haircut and see how we're following the guidelines you gave us," said the Flaunt Hair Designs owner.RELATED: Getting off state's COVID-19 watch list nearly impossible, Solano County public health official saysApp users: For a better experience, click here...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the current coronavirus outbreak and now the reopenings can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know here’s a news roundup of the top coronavirus and reopening-related stories from the last 24 hours. Alameda County Has Most Coronavirus Cases In Bay Area, Spike In Hospitalizations OAKLAND — Alameda County has the most coronavirus cases in the Bay Area and now it has more hospitalizations than it ever had during this entire pandemic. Could a second lockdown be on the way? Alameda County Interim Public Health Director Nicholas Moss says cases have somewhat stabilized but all options are on the table. “We certainly are always considering...
    OAKLAND (KPIX) – Alameda County has the most coronavirus cases in the Bay Area and now it has more hospitalizations than it ever had during this entire pandemic. Could a second lockdown be on the way? Alameda County Interim Public Health Director Nicholas Moss says cases have somewhat stabilized but all options are on the table. “We certainly are always considering whether or not to take steps like that, to move backwards,” Dr. Moss explains. With Alameda County on the California’s Monitoring List, it’s working jointly with the California Department of Public Health to flatten the curve. With the highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began, any ease of restrictions is on pause. “I’m really still...
    DUBLIN (CBS SF) — An Alameda County Sheriff’s Office technician has been arrested for allegedly smuggling a phone and methamphetamine to an inmate at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. The district attorney’s office said Wednesday it filed multiple counts against the technician, Shannon Taylor, and against inmate Leonard Jones who is awaiting trial on murder charges. Taylor was arrested on June 17 following an extensive investigation that revealed she brought a cell phone and methamphetamine to the jail on multiple occasions, and that Jones planned to sell the meth in jail and split the proceeds with Taylor, the DAs office said. “Shannon Taylor’s actions not only violate the law, but also the trust the public places in those working withing...
    DUBLIN — An Alameda County Sheriff’s technician has been charged with 10 felonies for allegedly smuggling in drugs and a cellphone to the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged. Shannon Taylor, 51, Wednesday with 10 felonies, including bringing drugs into a jail, possession of drugs for sale and sale of drugs, from incidents that occurred from December 2019 until June of this year. After a two-month long investigation by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, they found that an inmate Leonard Jones, 37, had befriended an employee of the jail, Taylor, and had her bring in methamphetamine on at least two occasions, according to court documents. Jones then sold the meth at the jail and allegedly...
    OAKLAND — Alameda County will try again to get a bond measure passed to replace and upgrade its fire stations in the unincorporated area. Alameda County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved putting the $90 million bond on the November ballot in the county’s unincorporated area. The 31-year general obligation bond would levy 1.6 cents per $100 of a property’s assessed value; it would cost the owner of a $400,000 home $64 annually. It marks the second time this year that the Alameda County Fire Department will seek support for a bond measure to fix and replace its outdated stations. The previous one, Measure D on the March 3 ballot, narrowly failed to secure the two-thirds majority needed to pass. Voters...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Newark leaders never get enough tax money In Newark’s City Council minutes of May 28, 2020, the city manager said reserves are adequate to balance the 2020-2022 biennial budget, which can be re-examined in the fall to consider corrections. Now Newark wants a nine-year utilities tax extension before the budget is reconsidered in the fall (“City Council asking voters to extend utilities tax for nine years,” July 25). The city has leaned on this temporary tax since 2010. Surveys were recently sent to residents asking voters to prioritize needs such as 911, street maintenance and other services. No mention was made about pension fund obligations....
    Alameda County voters likely will be asked a second time in less than a year to approve a half-cent sales tax. On Tuesday, supervisors are expected to give final approval on putting the half-percent tax increase before voters on Nov. 3. The money would help pay for “housing and services for those experiencing homelessness,” as well as those needing “mental health services, job training, social safety net and other general fund services,” according to the draft legislation. Supervisor Wilma Chan suggested the tax hike, which if approved, would boost county revenues an estimated $150 million each year. Alameda County’s sales tax rate now is 9.25%, which does not take into account a proposed ballot measure from March to also boost...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- 76 nursing facilities across the Bay Area failed to meet staffing requirements mandated by federal law, but the ABC7 I-Team found the problem is only getting worse in one county."He would've got to see his grandson graduate in December," said Scott Akrie mourning the loss of his father. "My parents were about a month away from their 65th wedding anniversary."RELATED: 10th COVID-19 death confirmed at Gateway nursing home in HaywardCostell Akrie died of COVID-19 a mere three weeks after being temporarily admitted into the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward."They were so short on staffing that no one could go into his room in order to give him the phone," he said. "The phone would...
    OAKLAND —  As coronavirus cases topped 10,000 in Alameda County last week, Oakland officials started telling residents to avoid Lake Merritt, one of the city’s most popular gathering sites. The tidal lagoon with more than three miles of shoreline near downtown Oakland has been attracting large crowds on weekends, including families with barbecues, young people with sound systems and dozens of vendors hawking meat, alcohol and T-shirts. With a surge of new COVID-19 cases in Oakland, the epicenter for confirmed coronavirus infections in Alameda County, city police officers in vehicles and on horseback and civil enforcement officers patrolled the lake over the weekend to try to reduce overcrowding. Signs warned that vehicles parked along the lake on weekends would be...
    OAKLAND — The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office shared additional details this weekend about its loss of another member to COVID-19 late last week. In a statement Saturday following Friday’s disclosure, the department said Valerie Leon, 61, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Kaiser Medical Center in Modesto. Alameda County Sheriff’s Office officials mourned the loss Friday, July 24, 2020 of sheriff’s Technician Valerie Leon to complications from COVID-19. Leon was 61, officials said. (Courtesy Alameda County Sheriff’s Office)  Leon, who joined the sheriff’s office in 1997, worked assignments at Oakland’s Rene C. Davidson Courthouse and the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau, where she was on duty during the pandemic, officials said. “Once again it is with a heavy heart we must...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the current coronavirus outbreak and now the reopenings can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know here’s a news roundup of the top coronavirus and reopening-related stories from the last 24 hours. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Cancelled Because Of COVID-19 Fears SAN FRANCISCO — Organizers for San Francisco’s wildly popular free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival announced Saturday that this year’s event will be cancelled in light of the current surge in COVID-19 cases. The festival, which has featured the likes of rock legend Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, T-Bone Burnett and others, annually draws hundreds of thousands of fans to Golden Gate Park...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — For the second time in a week, a member of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department has died while being treated for a COVID-19 infection, officials announced Saturday night. Alameda County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said technician Valerie Leon passed away Friday evening while being treated for from complications due to COVID-19 at Kaiser Hospital in Modesto. Leon, 61, joined the Sheriff Office in 1997 and worked a variety of assignments including at the Rene C Davidson Courthouse in Oakland. During the pandemic she was on assignment to the Coroner’s Bureau where she worked in administration. “Once again it is with a heavy heart we must announce the passing of one of our own,”...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    California reported 137 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, making it the fifth deadliest day of the pandemic as state leaders unveiled efforts to better protect Black and Latinx workers in agriculture, healthcare, grocery stores and other hard-hit essential industries. The new deaths bring the total in the state to 8,324. California counties also reported 9,320 new cases, for a statewide total of 440,016. That includes 345 new cases in Alameda County — tied for the second-most new daily cases in the county ever — bringing its total to 10,214. It is the first Bay Area county to record more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases. Los Angeles County, which has for months led the state in new cases, reported a slower case...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY – For the second time in 24 hours, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office on Friday night announced the death of a staff member from complications related to COVID-19. “It is with great sadness we can confirm that a professional non-sworn staff member of our agency has passed away this evening due to COVID-19 complications,” the sheriff’s office said in a tweet. “This is our second employee to pass away in the past 24 hours due to COVID-19.” It is with great sadness we can confirm that a professional non-sworn staff member of our agency has passed away this evening due to COVID-19 complications. This is our second employee to pass away in the past 24 hours due to...
    DANVILLE (KPIX 5) — Family and friends of an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy who died from coronavirus complications less than 24 hours ago on Friday were remembering the law enforcement officer as a remarkable individual. The department confirmed that 57-year-old Senior Deputy Oscar Rocha died just before 7 p.m. Thursday evening after being removed from life support at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. Friends described him as a man of integrity, honor and loyalty. His wife Maureen Ennor Rocha was at his side. “I got to sit with him a little bit longer and then…when they took everything out,” remembered Rocha. “I went in and sat with him and I put his badge in his hand, so that...
    By STEFANIE DAZIO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles police officer — whose domestic partner is pregnant with twins — died of the coronavirus Friday morning, becoming the agency's first sworn member to succumb to complications from COVID-19 as the virus sweeps through the state. Officer Valentin Martinez, 45, was a 13-year veteran of the LAPD. He is the second LAPD employee to die of the virus; Senior Detention Officer Erica McAdoo died earlier this month. In Northern California, Alameda County Deputy Sheriff Oscar Rocha died Thursday evening from the virus's complications. “I knew Deputy Rocha personally, and he was a solid guy. He always treated me and my clients with respect,” Alameda County Deputy Public Defender...
    WALNUT CREEK (KPIX) — An Alameda County sheriff’s deputy has died of COVID-19. The department confirmed that 57-year-old Oscar Rocha died just before 7 o’clock Thursday evening after being in intensive care at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. The 25-year-veteran from Danville was surrounded by fellow deputies and his wife Maureen Ennor Rocha who had herself been infected with the coronavirus but recovered. The sheriff’s office honor guard posted a photo on Facebook captioned: RIP brother, you’ll be greatly missed. Deputy Oscar Rocha has died of COVID-19. (Alameda County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook)
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy Oscar Rocha has passed away after battling COVID-19, his wife said Thursday.Rocha was a 25-year veteran of the department.He was well known at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland, where he spent most of his career.He also worked at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin where there's been a coronavirus outbreak.But it's unknown if he contracted it there.Deputy Rocha was 57-years old.If you have a question or comment about the coronavirus pandemic, submit yours via the form below or here.Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic hereRELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: COVID-19 Help: Comprehensive list of resources, information Watch list: Counties where COVID-19 is getting...
    A senior deputy with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office died Thursday evening, the sheriff’s office said. The cause was complications related to COVID-19. Deputy Oscar Rocha, 57, had been in critical condition in an area hospital’s intensive care unit for nearly three weeks, and had worked most of his 25-year career in either the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland or the Santa Rita Jail. The sheriff’s department had seen at least 40 deputies test positive for the novel coronavirus recently while more than a hundred inmates at Santa Rita have tested positive in an ongoing outbreak. In a social media post, the sheriff’s honor guard paid tribute to Rocha, saying, “RIP brother, you’ll be greatly missed.” Contact George Kelly at...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — As researchers at the Harvard Global Health Institute are calling for a dramatic increase in COVID-19 testing in California, health officials in Alameda and Santa Clara County have announced they will be opening new testing sites this week. Alameda city officials say they are planning to open a new site in partnership with CityHealth Urgent Care on Wednesday. The new testing site will provide free testing to anyone with health insurance or a government issued ID, including children and people with special needs, regardless of symptoms. The testing site will have the capacity to test 500 people per day, and will return the results of the test within 15 minutes. It will be located at...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Walnut Creek park display shouldn’t be new normal Kudos to the Walnut Creek Parks people for quickly cleaning up the huge mess left at Heather Farm Park on Sunday, July 12. Hundreds of folks barbecued, picnicked and partied, launching fireworks for hours, while their kids happily played on the slides and swings, despite the signs clearly saying the playground was closed, due to COVID19. Social distancing and masks were largely ignored. Police were called about the loud fireworks, but none were ever seen, leaving people to wonder why. Fireworks were heard late into the evening. I’m all for having fun, but come on. Is this...
    More than 40 Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies and staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 since late June as the department deals with a coronavirus surge both in and out of Santa Rita Jail. The department counted its first two positive cases among employees back in March and didn’t record another until the end of June, said Sgt. Ray Kelly Saturday. But in the past month alone, about 41 sheriff’s employees — mostly sworn deputies — have come down with the virus. At one point in early July, about 70 of the department’s 1,600-person force were quarantined for illness or exposure. The first batch of 35 infections were identified over the course of a few days, followed by another half-dozen over...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A former parish priest at Alameda’s St. Joseph Basilica has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery on an adult, according to Alameda County prosecutors. Varghese Alengadad, 68, also known as Father George, was a priest at St. Joseph Basilica when the alleged battery took place on July 24, 2019. The charges sent shock waves through the island’s Catholic community. “Father George held a position of trust, authority and power at St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda,” Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said in a statement. “As Pastor of the church and school, there existed a power imbalance over others that compounds the impact of sexual abuse. His position made his actions all the more devastating...
    SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) – An unexpected fire sparked early Thursday morning at the Alameda County Fire Department’s Training Facility in San Leandro, fire officials said. Firefighters responded at 2:19 a.m. to the fire at the facility at 890 Lola St. The county fire department wrote on Twitter, “Thousands of firefighters that have trained here will know this as the as the original classroom/office building.” Firefighters on the scene of the fire on July 16, 2020. (Alameda County Fire Department) The department’s website says the Training Facility site contains a four-story cement tower, a single-story wood residence-style structure, an area for vehicle extrication training, a classroom, and other training facilities. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. © Copyright...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the current coronavirus outbreak and now the reopenings can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know here’s a news roundup of the top coronavirus and reopening-related stories from the last 24 hours. Good News — Neighbors Helping Neighbors Sonoma County Food Bank Provides For Those Who Can’t Travel Because Of COVID Quarantine FORESTVILLE — Thirty years ago, Food for Thought was organized to help HIV patients. Now, that model is being used to feed COVID-19 patients. It’s an unusual food bank, providing food for folks too ill or in isolation from coronavirus who can’t get food on their own. “Someone will get infected and then...
    LIVERMORE (KPIX) – Restaurants in Alameda County got some much-needed news Wednesday night that outdoor dining can stay open, for now. Azul restaurant in Livermore just opened 4 weeks ago, in the middle of the pandemic. The owner says having an outdoor dining set up in front of his restaurant has boosted his business 50 to 60 percent, but it was in danger of being shut down. “On Friday at 9 o’clock we were told that it was over, it was like a punch in the gut. Tears literally started coming down and I was like why,” says Azul owner MJ Moreno. Luckily, the City of Livermore notified restaurant owners it would not enforce the county’s guidance over the...
    (CBS SF) — An Alameda County sheriff’s lieutenant has been fired following an investigation into the death of a man arrested in Fremont in 2019 after his parents called police seeking care for him, a sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday. Lt. Craig Cedergren no longer works for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office following an investigation into the death on June 15, 2019, of Christian Madrigal, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said. Civil rights attorney John Burris, who is representing the parents in a lawsuit against the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, said the decision to fire Cedergren was important. “I’m glad to see it’s taken place,” Burris said. Alameda County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Craig Cedergren is seen at left during incident at Santa...
    OAKLAND — The Oakland Zoo, facing financial turmoil and losing $2 million a month since shutting down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, can resume outdoor activities after receiving permission from the state, Alameda County health officials said. The state gave permission Wednesday that will enable the zoo to reopen and also allow outdoor dining within the county, as long as face masks are worn at all times. The news couldn’t come fast enough for the zoo. Oakland Zoo president Joel Parrott and executive vice president Nik Dehejia petitioned the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on July 2 to allow the zoo to re-open as an “outdoor museum,” and said the zoo might not survive if it was not allowed to...
    Warning: Viewer discretion is advised. CLICK HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the video. DUBLIN — The sheriff has fired the highest-ranking officer in charge when a Fremont man with mental health issues was left chained to a cell door and eventually hanged himself. Alameda County Sheriff’s Lt. Craig Cedergren also was the person who found Christian Madrigal, 20, unresponsive in his cell on June 10, 2019. Madrigal had been left there after authorities tried to restrain him using a longer ankle chain, which was found wrapped around his neck. Cedergren was fired this weekend after a due process hearing and was found negligent of his duties. The decision upheld Sheriff Greg Ahern’s recommendation to terminate him, confirmed sheriff...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Alameda County officials annouced Wednesday their request for COVID-19 variance by state health officials has been approved, allowing them to immediately allow al fresco dining at restaurants across the county. The order will also allow the Oakland Zoo to reopen with appropriate safety measures in place. However, the news was not all positive in regards to COVID-19 restrictions. Alameda health officials said Wednesday was the county’s third day on the state’s COVID-19 watch list meaning that places of worship can hold outdoor services only and indoor malls will be required to close. more details to follow
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – Alameda County supervisors Tuesday bid farewell to the county’s former health officer, who was sworn in as the state’s epidemiologist. Dr. Erica Pan was Alameda County’s health officer for a year, including the period since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and overall had served the county for 8-1/2 years in more than one role. Pan was sworn in Monday as state epidemiologist and deputy director of the California Department of Public Health Center for Infectious Diseases. Dr. Erica Pan. (Alameda County Department of Public Health) “Dr. Pan’s extensive experience in public health, infectious diseases and emergency response is exactly what California needs right now in our continued response (to) the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr....
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the current coronavirus outbreak and now the reopenings can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know here’s a news roundup of the top coronavirus and reopening-related stories from the last 24 hours. Southbay Businesses On Emotional Roller Coaster After Being Forced To Close A Day After Reopening SANTA CLARA — The surge in COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County prompted a quick end to what had been a happy re-opening for many businesses including salons, spas and gyms. Now, after another shutdown order just hours after the re-opening, workers feel confused and disappointed. “It’s a wave of emotions. I’m definitely upset. We just...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Even as Alameda County's COVID-19 numbers continue to go up, today the Board of Supervisors voted to file a variance attestation with the state, allowing public health officials to keep outdoor businesses open."We were very grateful for the approval process, it's something that we had hoped would come earlier but we are so grateful the supervisors passed it," said Kathy Weber with the Alameda Business Association.RELATED: Everything to know about California's confusing coronavirus reopening planGovernor Gavin Newsom's orders on Friday put many restaurants in the county in limbo, as he rolled back re-opening guidelines. As one of only two counties in the state without a variance, Alameda's public health officials had no power to advance...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The Alameda County Board of Supervisors gave their unanimous approval Tuesday to a plan to ask for a variance from state-imposed COVID-19 restrictions that would allow local restaurants to once again offer outdoor dining. It was not known when the official paperwork would be filed by county health officials and if the state would approve the variance. Currently, Alameda County is on the state watchlist. But Tuesday’s vote gave residents at least a hope of someday soon returning to al fresco dining. For several weeks, local residents have been able to enjoy a meal with social distancing and outside seating at local restaurants as Alameda County health officials began rolling back COVID-19 restrictions. Then on Friday...
    Chief David Rocha, who led the Alameda County Fire Department through regional consolidation efforts and was named the state’s top fire chief last year, will retire August 15, the department said Tuesday. Alameda County Fire Department Fire Chief David A. Rocha will retire in August after a 33-year firefighting career, the department announced Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Courtesy Alameda County Fire Department)  Rocha, who worked for a private ambulance company before starting his firefighting career in San Leandro in April 1987, earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration. After serving as a fire Inspector, engineer, captain, battalion chief, and assistant and deputy fire chief, he was appointed fire chief in 2014. Last year, Rocha was named the California Fire Chiefs...
    With the traditional school year starting next month, mid-Alameda County districts are cautiously weighing options to ensure safety for students and teachers, and many are deciding to start with online-only instruction. But school officials stressed that plans could quickly change, depending on recommendations from state and local health authorities. Hayward Unified Hayward Unified School District will start with online classes and then phase in getting its approximately 20,000 students back into classrooms. Schools on the traditional schedule will start Aug. 24 and take part in what’s being described as “full-distance learning,” meaning students will study from home and interact with instructors online or via phone, email and text messages. Its year-round schools will start Thursday, also with full-distance learning. The...
    LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — Alameda County was added to the state’s COVID-19 watchlist Sunday in the wake of rising new cases of the virus among local residents. If those numbers don’s so improve after the next three days, state officials will begin reimposing COVID-19 business restrictions. Alameda, which has had the largest number of positive COVID-19 cases in the Bay Area, already has been slow to rollback those restrictions. “Definitely observing in the community people outside are kind of just walking around not wearing masks, so I definitely understand why we’re on a watch list. But I know in here, we’ve been keeping everything as safe as possible,” said Hostess at Strizzi’s Restaurant Isabella Montanaro. The county says more cases...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the current coronavirus outbreak and now the reopenings can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know here’s a news roundup of the weekend’s top coronavirus and reopening-related stories. Good News — Neighbors Helping Neighbors South City Pre-Teen Invents Virus-Blocking, ‘Safe Touch’ Utility Device SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO — Ever since the pandemic began, scientists have been trying to get a handle on preventing the spread of the disease. It looks like a 12-year-old kid may have beaten them to it. These days, people are looking for ways to keep from touching the same objects as everyone else. As a little kid, Mizan Rupan-Tompkins had a...
    Alameda County became California’s 30th county placed on the state’s watch list because of growing concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic, health officials announced Sunday. “While Alameda County has the highest number of cases among Bay Area counties, the County’s case rate is third highest in the Bay Area and less than half of California’s overall case rate,”  said a statement released by county health spokeswoman Neetu Balram. The state puts counties on its watch list if they exceed thresholds for certain criteria, including significant changes in COVID-19 infection rates, increases in hospitalizations, and availability of ICU beds and ventilators. In the past two weeks, Alameda County averaged a COVID-19 case rate of 104 positive results per 100,000 people. The...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- In the East Bay, it's a big step back for reopening plans in Alameda County. Guidance from the state is forcing the county to shut down outdoor dining immediately -- but not everyone is willing to comply.Octavio Guzman owns La Penca Azul in Alameda. He says keeping his restaurant afloat hasn't been easy, especially in Alameda County where outdoor dining is now off the table, suspended less than a month after it was allowed to reopen."It's very confusing, things change overnight," said Guzman.Outdoor dining was permitted under Alameda County health guidelines, but the county announced the state's tightening of restrictions Friday night. Restaurants, wineries and bars can only offer drive-thru, pick up or delivery under...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — It’s been in place for less than 24 hours, but restaurant owners, local polticians and county residents seemed bewildered, angered and confused Saturday night by a health official’s order banning outdoor dining. If you live in Alameda County can you meet your friends for an al fresco dinner Saturday night? Many of the downtown Livermore and Pleasanton restaurants were ignoring the new state guidelines and continuing to offer outdoor dining. “This is really going insane. There’s no way that we can just like shut down and throw away food, money,” said Esteban Blancas, the general manager of Nonni’s Bistro in Pleasanton.’ He said they already bought thousands of dollars worth of food for this weekend. He...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Under new state guidelines announced Friday night, residents in Alameda County can no longer dine outdoors due to COVID-19. Restaurants, wineries and bars can only offer drive-thru, pick up or delivery under the state order.Outdoor dining was permitted under Alameda County health guidelines, but the county announced the state's tightening of restrictions Friday night. @AlamedaCounty Update on Outdoor Dining: Today we learned the state issued updated guidance, dated July 9th, prohibiting outdoor dining in non-variance counties, which includes Alameda County. pic.twitter.com/jEEFXz3jWW— Alameda County Public Health Department (@Dare2BWell) July 11, 2020Under the county's reopening plan, outdoor dining , along with retail businesses and summer schools, were allowed to reopen on June 29.The state's guidance prohibits outdoor...
    LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — Four cities in Alameda County pushed back on Saturday after the Alameda County Health Department suspended outdoor dining due to stricter state guidance. In late June, the county had freed up restaurants, bars and wineries to provide outdoor dining but it shifted gears Friday night in a press release, saying that only takeout and delivery would be allowed until a variance could be obtained from the state. On Saturday, Livermore and Hayward announced they wouldn’t enforce the revised order and would proceed with planned street closures this weekend that allow more space for outdoor dining in their cities. Oakland city officials said street closures would not take place but added that the revised order wouldn’t be...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Under new state guidelines announced Friday night, residents in Alameda County can no longer dine outdoors due to COVID-19. Restaurants, wineries and bars can only offer drive-thru, pick up or delivery under the state order.Outdoor dining was permitted under Alameda County health guidelines, but the county announced the state's tightening of restrictions Friday night. @AlamedaCounty Update on Outdoor Dining: Today we learned the state issued updated guidance, dated July 9th, prohibiting outdoor dining in non-variance counties, which includes Alameda County. pic.twitter.com/jEEFXz3jWW— Alameda County Public Health Department (@Dare2BWell) July 11, 2020Under the county's reopening plan, outdoor dining , along with retail businesses and summer schools, were allowed to reopen on June 29.The state's guidance prohibits outdoor...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
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    OAKLAND (CNS SF) — Alameda County health officials announced late Friday night they were being forced to once again prohibit outdoor dining during a surge of new cornavirus cases across California. For several weeks, local residents have been able to enjoy a meal with social distancing and outside seating at local restaurants as Alameda County health officials began rolling back COVID-19 restrictions. Nowhere was the rush to outdoor dining more visible than in the city of Alameda. Workers re-striped a segment of Park Street to cordon off space for outdoor dining and shopping. Crews created two lanes instead of four between Tilden Way and Encinal Avenue to allow space for maintaining physical distance from one another to help prevent the...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY – Outdoor dining is off the table again in Alameda County, officials announced late Friday. “Today we learned the state issued updated guidance, dated July 9th, prohibiting outdoor dining in non-variance counties, which includes Alameda County,” the county said in a news release. The county’s health officer, with state approval, had amended the county COVID-19 shelter-in-place order to allow for the reopening of retail stores and outdoor dining on June 19. Under the stricter state guidance, all restaurants, wineries and bars in the county may now only be open for drive-through or pick-up and delivery, according to the county. Related Articles San Jose teachers will not return to the classroom until conditions are safe Oakland...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Alameda County health officials announced on Wednesday they were pausing the process of lifting COVID-19 restrictions because of a rise in new confirmed cases and an increase in hospitalizations. Alameda County has avoided being placed on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s watchlist for monitoring the escalation of virus spread, but health officials said they still need to adjust their reopening time line. “We are concerned by the increase in local cases, disproportionate impact on communities of color, local impact of the outbreak at San Quentin State Prison, and the alarming disease trends we see in counties that have opened at a faster rate,” county officials said in a news release. “This week and next will be critical for...
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    Alameda County set a new daily record for new coronavirus cases Thursday and more than 7,000 more coronavirus cases were reported in California — a jump of 753 from the previous day, but below highs set earlier in the week, according to data collected by the Bay Area News Group. There are now 245,288 known cases in the state. Ninety-six new deaths were reported, bringing the statewide total to 6,261. Alameda County reported 228 new cases, a high since the pandemic began, and well above its average of 143 in the past seven days. That brings the county’s total cases to 6,384 with 138 deaths. Two deaths were reported Thursday. In Contra Costa County 306 new cases were reported Thursday,...
    ALAMEDA, Calif. (KGO) -- While Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered beaches and/or parking lots up and down the state closed this Fourth of July weekend due to surging COVID19 cases, one of the Bay Area's most popular, in the county with the highest number of cases, is wide open.4TH OF JULY: What's allowed and what's not in CaliforniaIt also comes as Alameda County records its highest number of new cases, 228, in one day.Unlike Memorial Day weekend, the parking lots at Alameda's Crown Beach are wide open, and East Bay Regional Parks Police will allow people to sit, rather than keep moving, as long as they follow some basic coronavirus safety precautions.In fact, with the holiday weekend fast approaching, the...
    OAKLAND — Some renters struggling to make ends meet amid the coronavirus pandemic got some good news Tuesday, when Alameda County supervisors extended a moratorium on evictions. The moratorium now runs until Sept. 30. It is intended to protect people from ending up on the street because of the pandemic. “So many people have lost jobs,” Supervisor Wilma Chan said during an interview Wednesday. “We don’t want to have a situation where we are creating more homeless.” The board’s action places a moratorium on evictions from residential units in both unincorporated and incorporated areas of the county for people who are unable to pay rent because of a loss of income, substantial out-of-pocket medical expense or extraordinary child care needs related...
    Alameda County has partnered with the Native American Health Center and La Clínica de la Raza to expand free coronavirus testing in the Fruitvale district in Oakland. According to data provided by the Alameda County Public Health Department, Fruitvale’s 94601 zip code has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 cases of any zip code in the county. A health department map featuring case rates reveals there are more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 residents in the 94601 zip code, which is nearly double the rate across California and nearly three times as high as the 365.1 cases per 100,000 residents in Alameda County. Related Articles Map: 19 California counties on coronavirus watch list; restaurants ordered closed ...
    DUBLIN (CBS SF) – Thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks were seized in the East Bay, according to Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Police, along with and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad technicians have confiscated about 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks in Newark, San Leandro, Hayward and Dublin in the last week. “Each year we see injuries to people, especially young kids, from these surprisingly dangerous items,” said the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad in a tweet. “We all enjoy a spectacular fireworks show but illegal fireworks often do more harm than good.” California-sanctioned ‘Safe and Sane Fireworks’ packages are legal in many parts of the state, including Newark, Union City and Dublin. They include an assortment of...
    The A’s still have the green light to return to Oakland and start playing baseball even though Alameda County announced delays to its COVID-19 reopening timeline that seemingly would put the team back on the bench. The Alameda County’s Office of Emergency Services announced on Monday that increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates in the East Bay caused a temporary pause in reopening plans that included allowing opening barbershops, pools and indoor dining as well as professional sports events without fans. The A’s are set to begin workouts at the Coliseum on Saturday with plans to start playing regular season games there later this month, and according to the county, nothing has changed despite Monday’s announcement. ...
    HAYWARD — Gail Steele stood just 5 feet 3 inches tall, but her unwavering advocacy for children and those most vulnerable in the community made her a towering figure in East Bay politics. The former Hayward city councilwoman and longtime member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors died Friday at home with her family near her side. She was 83. “It’s a really big loss for our community,” Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday said. “She dedicated decades to this city. I never met anyone who cared more, and especially for the children.” As a supervisor, Steele represented Hayward, Newark and Union City, as well as parts of Fremont and unincorporated Sunol. She served from 1992 to 2010 — some 18 years —...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY (KPIX/CBS SF) — Health officials in Alameda County announced Monday afternoon that they would be pausing the county’s current reopening plans due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. The announcement comes as other parts of the Bay Area including Contra Costa County, Marin County and San Francisco made similar moves in recent days due to rising coronavirus cases. Alameda County health officials said they would be extending their timeline for phased reopening and pulling back a request for the Board of Supervisors to support the county’s planned variance attestation on June 30. According to the statement issued by health officials, Alameda County’s case rate per 100,000 people has risen from 63.2 to 71.1 over the...
    OAKLAND (KPIX) – At the start of the coronavirus pandemic California officials knew immediately if it spread into the homeless population a disaster could occur, so the state leased hotels to house people living on the streets. Now, months into the pandemic, many of the rooms sit empty. The state identified, and Alameda County leased the Comfort Inn and Radisson Hotel near the Oakland Coliseum as places for homeless people to recover or seek refuge from the virus. “It was a win-win when it came up because they were empty. We don’t have tourists anymore,” said James Vann, co-founder of Oakland’s Homeless Advocacy Working Group. But what sounded like a great way to get the homeless off the...
    The Alameda County Public Health Department is pulling back a request to the county’s Board of Supervisors to support a Variance Attestation that would allow the county to move into the next phase of reopening. A press release from Alameda County’s Office of Emergency Services announced increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates have compelled the county to temporarily pause its reopening plans. Alameda County has recorded 5,762 coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic, the most of any Bay Area county. The county has added more than 700 cases to its count over the last seven days and has also recorded 13 additional deaths, bringing the COVID-19 death toll in Alameda County to 133. “We are concerned by...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    LIVERMORE, Calif. (KGO) -- More and more parts of the Bay Area are reopening after the COVID-19 shelter in place orders, but barbershops and salons in Alameda county have still not made the cut and that is creating a desperate situation for small business owners."I am just worried that everyone is going to forget about us," said Jerome Fahnhorst, owner of Livermore Barber Shops. Fahnhorst closed the doors of his two shops over three months ago and he's still waiting to hear when he might be able to reopen."There are a lot of unknowns. I am just trying to prepare when we can reopen and get everything in order," said Fahnhorst.Alameda and Santa Clara Counties are the only counties in...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland officials are streamlining the permitting process for businesses wanting to apply to use public rights-of-way – sidewalks and parking spaces, in particular – to allow outdoor dining and retail activity under the “Flex Streets” program. The city will also waive all fees for these permits to allow commercial activity made possible by Alameda County’s updated shelter-in-place order. Alameda County officials have announced the relaxing of the health officer’s orders that reopening outdoor museums, outdoor restaurant dining, religious services, indoor/outdoor retail and outdoor fitness classes. Indoor and outdoor retail and outdoor dining will be allowed at reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing and safety plans are in place. While essential in slowing the spread of...
    PLEASANTON (KPIX) — The Alameda County Heath Department is easing its stay-at-home order to allow more businesses to open. The county now allows outdoor restaurant dining, outdoor fitness classes, outdoor museums and indoor retail stores including malls to operate. The city of Pleasanton shut Main Street downtown to traffic so businesses could take advantage of the new outdoor-dining rule. Almost every restaurant had moved its tables out to the street. Many tables — six feet apart — were filled with happy customers. “This weather is beautiful out here so it’s been a good environment and the people are pretty much friendly,” said a diner named Everett McGee. Up and down the street, the mood was upbeat and the restaurant tables...
    For Piedmont residents Naomi and Sunny Grewal, it was an early Father’s Day celebration and the couple’s first time out without their 1- and 3-year-old children since March. Kitchen Story, the Oakland eatery known for modern Korean food, was the last restaurant the Grewals dined at before the lockdown. It felt almost ceremonial to return on the day Alameda County allowed restaurants to resume outdoor dining. “We love it here and have been supporting this restaurant with take-out from the start,” said Naomi Grewal, sitting on the three-table patio and covering her face when a server approached with their order. “It feels good to be out. We also feel safe because there’s no one else here.” After three months, Alameda...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.There are confirmed cases in the nine Bay Area counties and California's first COVID-19 related death was a Placer County man who was a passenger on a cruise out of San Francisco. Local emergencies related to coronavirus have been declared in Solano, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, and Alameda counties. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- It's a new step forward in reopening, this time It's Alameda County's turn. Outdoor dining and retail got the okay to reopen to customers.It's lunchtime at Crogan's restaurant in Oakland where there's a new outdoor dining space with a tent on La Salle Avenue."Oh my God, it almost feels normal, we miss hanging out and eating out," said Tia Ny from Oakland.LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms will look likeThis restaurant and others may now serve diners outside with lots of cleaning and sanitizing mixed in."It's not going to be normal but this is kind of cool and different, what more do you want?" said Crogan's owner Mike Williams.In Berkeley, the Stained Glass Garden...