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Volume 2 • Issue 24

December 11, 2020

County of Santa Clara To Receive 39,300 Doses of Moderna Vaccine in First Allocation

The County of Santa Clara anticipates a first delivery of 39,300 doses of Moderna vaccine later this month, if that vaccine receives required Emergency Use Authorization from the federal government. This will be in addition to the anticipated 17,550 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. These early doses of both vaccines will be made available to people in the highest risk categories, as defined by the federal government

and State of California: people at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their work in direct health care or long-term care settings, and residents of long-term care facilities. While these initial allotments will not provide vaccinations for everyone in the priority groups, more doses of both vaccines are expected to become available in the coming weeks and months. The County is prepared to rapidly and equitably

distribute all vaccine does it receives according to a required vaccine plan submitted to the state earlier this month. As is the case in other counties across the state, the County Public Health Department will help to allocate vaccine doses to hospitals in the county. Storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines will be complex for many reasons, including the requirement that the vaccine be stored at low and ultra-low

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allocation, requirements, and timelines, and will continue to share that information with stakeholders and the public as we receive it.

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Congratulations Armstead has been active with social justice. Starting in 2020, Armstead has opened each of his press conferences by addressing different societal issues, including education inequality, racism, implicit bias and more. He also turned words into action through work on the 49ers Fans are encouraged to vote on Twitter using Players Social Justice #WPMOYChallenge and mentioning or tagging Armstead Council, which directed education kits to multiof the 2015 NFL Draft, The San Francisco the allocation of the student families through Armstead has been a 49ers today announced team’s $1 million donation Sacramento’s Mercy consistent philanthropist, DL Arik Armstead as following the tragic Housing which provides with a particular focus their 2020 nominee for death of George Floyd in low-income housing. on education and his the Walter Payton NFL Minneapolis. Man of the Year Award To promote literacy hometown of Sacramento, Since 2016, Armstead presented by Nationwide. and motivate students to Calif. Through his has made it a priority to Named after the late Hall foundation, the Armstead read, Armstead launched visit UC Davis Hospital of Fame running back of Storytime with Arik Academic Project, annually during the the Chicago Bears, the Armstead this year, which holidays and has donated Armstead has raised over award is given annually won him the prestigious $200,000 to reinvest into a total of $20,000 in to a player demonstrating NFLPA Community his community. toys for the hospitalized outstanding community MVP in Week 10. Since The pandemic has children. If a patient isn’t service activities off the May, the program has exacerbated disparities able to leave their room, field, as well as excellence and underscored an impacted over 440 youth he makes individual visits on the field. The 2020 from first-to-fourth grade to spread holiday cheer. increasing digital Walter Payton NFL and included 21 virtual divide. In an effort Throughout his sixMan of the Year will be classrooms visits in more to ensure children year career (2015-20), announced during NFL than 15 school districts have the resources to Armstead has appeared in Honors, a primetime from Sacramento to Doha, 74 games (55 starts) and continue their education awards special to air the Qatar, while covering virtually, Armstead registered 190 tackles, 20.5 week of Super Bowl LV, topics ranging from donated $50,000 and sacks, five passes defensed, on CBS. equality, black history, personally delivered 350 three forced fumbles and Since being drafted Chromebooks along sustainability and beyond. one fumble recovery. by the 49ers in the first In addition to his with one-year of preIn 2019, Armstead round (17th overall) work around education, paid internet service and registered single-season career highs in tackles (54), sacks (10.0), passes defensed (two), forced fumbles (two) and fumble recoveries (one). His 10.0 sacks led the team and ranked tied for 15th in the NFL last season. He also started all Dal Arik Armstead (Bottom Center) being suprised with the news of his nomination by his Mom and Dad (Top Left), Wife (Top Center), brothers, and sisters. three postseason

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contests and added eight tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble. He signed a five-year contract extension with the team on March 16, 2020. This year, he has started all six games and registered 16 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two passes defensed. As a nominee, Armstead will wear a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year helmet decal through the end of the season in recognition of his accomplishments on and off the field. All 32 nominees will receive a $40,000 donation in their name to their charity of choice. The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award will receive a $250,000 donation to the charity of their choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide. Fans are encouraged to participate in Nationwide’s 6th annual Charity Challenge, a social media campaign designed to support and promote team nominees. Fans can vote on Twitter by using #WPMOYChallenge followed by their favorite nominee’s last name. The player whose unique hashtag is used the most between Dec. 10 and Jan 17 will receive a $25,000 contribution to their charity of choice, while the second and third place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000 donations, all courtesy of Nationwide.


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U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn Says Gov. Newsom Must Appoint Black Woman to U.S. Senate Antonio‌ ‌Ray‌ ‌Harvey‌ ‌|‌ ‌California‌ ‌Black‌ ‌Media‌

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina), the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives and highest-ranking African American in Congress, said Gov. Gavin Newsom must appoint a Black woman to replace Sen. Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate. “Black women play a

critical role in everything I do and say, and I would love to see a Black woman replace our Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” he said. “I’ve made that known to everybody.” Clyburn, who has represented South Carolina’s 6th District in Congress since 1993, said

Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and Karen Bass (D-CA-37) are both qualified and prepared to be California’s next junior Senator. “I’ll go a little bit further. I’ll mention two Black women in Lee and Bass,” he continued. “Two outstanding women, either one of whom

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would make outstanding Congresspeople.”  In February, as President Elect Joe Biden’s campaign began to sputter due to lukewarm support among Democrats, tough competition from Michael Bloomberg and sharp criticisms in the African American community, Clyburn endorsed the former Vice President. With that nod, Clyburn -- highly regarded in his home state and across Democratic Circles -- set Biden up for a critical win in the South Carolina Democratic primary. That victory gave Biden’s now-successful run for the presidency new life. Clyburn was speaking Wednesday afternoon during a Zoom conference with journalists, including California Black Media.  The meeting was held to mark the 150th Anniversary of Joseph Rainey’s swearing-in to Congress. Rainey, who was also from South Carolina, became the first Black person to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives when he was elected in 1870. Speaker of the House of Representatives and California

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi also attended the virtual tribute and news conference. Clyburn said his decision to support Biden’s candidacy for president was influenced by Black women, his wife Emily (who passed away in 2019), and three daughters, including Mignon Clyburn, who was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama.  “All three of them are active politically. So, I know the value of Black women,” Clyburn said of Mignon Clyburn, Jennifer Clyburn-Reed, and Angela Clyburn. “The endorsement that I made -- it was Emily Clyburn speaking through me. She told me three or four weeks before she passed away that our best bet to win this election was Joe Biden.” After Jan. 20, 2021, when Harris is sworn in Vice President of the United States, there will be no Black woman in the U.S. Senate. The loss of the presence and perspective of the only Black woman in the highest governing body in the country

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December 11, 2020 has been a major point of concern for Black women in California, across the nation and at all levels of Democratic Party membership and leadership ranks. Gov. Newsom can either appoint a replacement to complete Harris’s term, which ends in 2023, or he can call a special election. Harris was elected to the position in 2017 after former Sen. Barbara Boxer decided not to run for another term. Boxer held the seat from 1993 to 2017.  According to several media reports and sources close to the governor’s office, California’s Secretary of State Alex

Padilla is at the top of the list of people being considered for the job. But Black women and African American organizations in California and around the country have been adamant that African American women should continue to have a voice in the Senate. They have organized a nationwide campaign, #LetsKeepTheSeat, to urge Gov. Newsom to appoint Bass or Lee. Clyburn also said that he is pleased that Biden has appointed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Health and Human Services Secretary. He considers Becerra (who was also a

U.S. Congressman from 1993 to 2017) a colleague and friend. “Xavier Becerra will be coming here as a part of this administration. So now I have no conflict except for these two outstanding Black women,” Clyburn said.  A poll released earlier today found that, among California voters, Bass is the top choice to replace Harris. The survey was commissioned by the Washington, D.C. political consulting firm Strother Nuckles Strategies and conducted by Public Policy Polling an organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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El número de casos de COVID-19 ha alcanzado un punto crítico en el condado de Santa Clara Con los casos de COVID-19 aumentando y las UCI de los hospitales alcanzando su capacidad, los funcionarios de salud y los líderes comunitarios están implorando al público que se adhiera estrictamente a las reglas estatales y del condado sobre reuniones y distanciamiento social antes de la celebración del Día de la Señora de Guadalupe. El número de casos en los últimos días ha batido récords de manera constante, con 1,700 registrados recientemente en un solo día y los números de hospitalización alcanzando un nuevo máximo de más de 400. El aumento de casos de COVID-19 está relacionado con el contacto con la comunidad, incluida la reunión con familiares y amigos que no vivan en la misma casa, así como

cualquier actividad que implique multitudes. A medida que aumenta el número de casos, disminuye la capacidad disponible en los hospitales. Tres hospitales, Regional Medical Center, O’Connor y St. Louise, ya alcanzaron su capacidad y no tienen camas disponibles en las unidades de cuidados intensivos. Alrededor del 10% al 12% de los casos de COVID-19 requieren hospitalizaciones y, de ellos, del 25% al 35% generalmente requieren tratamientos de cuidados intensivos. La comunidad Latina sigue siendo la población más afectada, representando el 55.4% de todos los casos cuando son solo el 25.8% de la población del condado de Santa Clara. COVID-19 es un asesino: hasta la fecha, 519 personas en el condado de Santa

Clara han muerto a causa del virus. Los líderes del condado de Santa Clara instan a los residentes: Quédense en casa, salven vidas. Esto incluye celebraciones culturales como la celebración de la Virgen de Guadalupe. Las actividades de celebración deben restringirse al hogar o realizarse virtualmente.

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Community Leaders Plea: Stay Home, Save Lives on Lady of Guadalupe Celebration Day The Number of COVID-19 Cases has Reached a Critical Point in Santa Clara County With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing and hospital ICUs reaching capacity, health officials and community leaders are imploring the public to strictly adhere to state and County rules on gatherings and social distancing ahead of the Lady of Guadalupe Day of celebration.

Case numbers in recent days have steadily broken records, with 1,700 recorded recently in a single day and hospitalization numbers reaching a new high of more than 400. The increase in COVID-19 cases is connected to community contact, including gathering with family members and friends who do not live in the same house as well as any activities involving crowds. As the number of cases increases, the available capacity in hospitals decreases. Three hospitals -Regional Medical Center, O’Connor, and St. Louise -- have already reached their capacity and do not have beds available in intensive care

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units. About 10% to 12% of COVID-19 cases require hospitalizations and of those, 25% to 35% usually require intensive care treatments. The Latinx community continues to be the most impacted population, representing 55.4% of all cases when they are only 25.8% of the population in Santa Clara County. COVID-19 is a killer -- to date, 519 residents in Santa Clara County have died from the virus. Santa Clara County leaders urge residents: Stay home, save lives. This includes cultural celebrations such as the Virgin of Guadalupe celebration. Celebration activities should be restricted to within the household or held virtually.

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December 11, 2020

Op Ed

Opinion: It’s More Unaffordable to Not Have Health Insurance By Manny Otiko | California Black Media As someone who has been self-employed as a rideshare driver and a freelance writer, I’ve received a crash course in making sense of the quirks and complications of the American healthcare system. You learn very quickly when you’re selfemployed that you have to do everything yourself – and, in the process, you have to understand all of it, too. You have to be your own HR department and accounts payable staff. That’s when you realize the value of employer-paid health insurance. With fulltime employment, in some cases, employers pay all the health care insurance costs. In other cases, they pay half. When your

monthly premium is $400, that $200 subsidy could go a long way. I’m single, but it’s even worse for families. My brother, who has a wife and two children, pays more than $1,000 for his monthly premium. Fortunately, he makes a good living and can afford it. But many families

can’t. “The total costs for a typical family of four insured by the most common health plan offered by employers will average $28,166 this year,” according to the annual Milliman Medical Index, an independent assessment of health costs provided by a private risk

management firm. USA Today reports that healthcare costs have jumped $5,000 in two years and, already unaffordable, the prices keep rising. I tried to do the responsible thing and buy health insurance, but it becomes prohibitive when you have to foot the bill yourself. Companies were quoting me premiums averaging about $400 per month – even with Obamacare. And with all the other essential bills, such as food, gasoline, rent, adding up, it comes down to a choice of what you can eliminate. Like many Americans, you ask yourself what you can do without? I can do without health insurance, but I can’t do without transportation, food and shelter. That’s the central problem with Obamacare.

It’s still too expensive and forces you to buy into the complicated healthcare system. Even with additional Covered California subsidies the costs are still high for freelance workers. But after I fell ill during the COVID-19 pandemic, I learned the high cost of not having health insurance, too. I woke up in the middle of the night, experiencing the worst pain I’ve ever had in my life. I finally called an ambulance and was transported to the hospital. I stayed in the hospital for about six hours. They never performed any surgery on me, or gave me any medication. (I had a kidney stone) But when I got the bill, it was about $15,000. Now, I’m buried in paperwork as I try to get rid of this debt. It’s no wonder that healthcare costs are the no. 1 source of bankruptcy. But people have to ask themselves, can you afford not to have health

County of Santa Clara Statement Regarding Calvary Chapel Court Hearing The Santa Clara County Superior Court ruled today that Calvary Chapel San Jose and its head pastor, Mike McClure, were in contempt of court for repeatedly violating a temporary restraining order mandating that the church stop holding unlawful indoor gatherings and require that its congregants wear face coverings and maintain physical distance during

services. In October, County of Santa Clara County Counsel James R. Williams and District Attorney Jeff F. Rosen filed the lawsuit against Calvary and McClure for repeatedly holding indoor gatherings—often with hundreds of unmasked congregants—that violated the State and County Health Officers’ public health orders. The court granted a temporary

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and hospitalizations, it is absolutely vital for all individuals and entities to urgently and fully comply with all public health orders,” said Williams. “These public health orders are literally a matter of life and death; they are designed to reduce COVID-19 transmission, avoid serious illness, and save lives. This entity’s ongoing violations put the whole community at

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insurance? I chose to risk not having it and now I have close to $15,000 in medical debt. The worse thing is this: even if I had medical insurance, I still would have had a large bill. However, I realize that owing $7,000 in medical bills is not worse than close to $15,000. I finally bit the bullet and decided to buy an HMO program that cost me close to $350 per month. That’s not an easy bill to pay. It’s like a car payment. (Fortunately, my car is paid for) When I complained about the cost

to a friend, she told me I’d be better off saving the money. But I’ve already been down that road. Therefore, I urge everyone in situations similar to mine to sign up for insurance through Covered California. It’s necessary. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 31, 2021. This raises an issue Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) talked about during her presidential campaign. Medical insurance is supposed to protect against medical

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debt. But even if you have it, you still get hit with a pile of bills. As Warren said, medical insurance doesn’t work. It’s false advertising. “In 2005, she, along with David Himmelstein, Deborah Thorne and Steffie Woolhandler, Warren published a paper in the journal Health Affairs documenting a memorable statistic: More than 40 % of all bankruptcies in America were a result of medical problems, they wrote. In 2009, they updated that research with an even

Op Ed more startling number: Medical bills were responsible for more than 62 % of all American bankruptcies.” I favor a single-payer system where everyone gets covered. It also lowers health insurance costs because it reduces the administrative and advertising costs for companies. And no matter what the forprofit healthcare talking points tell us, singlepayer systems are more efficient. The United Nations rated the French healthcare system the most efficient, and that’s a single-payer program. And you don’t see large numbers of Canadians crossing the border to go to American for-profit hospitals. According to retired healthcare executive Randall Potter, the health insurance industry poured millions into a stealth propaganda campaign when director Michael

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Moore came out with his movie ‘Sicko.” The 2007 movie pointed out the flaws of the American forprofit system and showed how other countries had much more efficient health systems. “The industry knows from years of focus group message testing that terms like ‘socialized medicine’ and ‘government-run health care’ scare many Americans and that many of us respond favorably to terms like ‘choice’ and ‘competition.’ Based on this knowledge, there were several big lies I helped craft — and that are still in circulation today,” said Potter in an NBC News article. Whatever the answer is, we need to try something different, because this current system isn’t working. Just look at my story, and there are millions of people like me.

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Students in the Food Line on Alabama Street Give Online Learning an “F” By Juan Carlos Lara | Mission Local In the food line that wraps around several blocks of the Mission every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, students sometimes join their parents. Along with other San Francisco publicschool students, they will conclude their fall semester in a little more than a week. While they await their own grades, the students in line with their parents at the threetimes-a-week food line on Alabama Street know what they would give online learning: a big F. They don’t blame their teachers or schools. Many, it seems, have made valiant efforts to enrich the experience. It is simply online learning: the lack of human connection, of friends, of teachers. The experience has left students disillusioned, stressed and anxious about the future. The San Francisco Unified School District has committed to start reopening schools by late January, a day that students look forward to experiencing. “This isn’t really what I thought it would be, going in, but I just work with what we have,” said Lincoln High senior Arnold Guerra. He was referring to a photography

class with no camera, but it reflected his feeling about the whole experience. I still haven’t adjusted, he said. He praised his teachers for trying, but engaging with lectures and bonding with teachers is much harder through a screen. The internet fails at least once a week, dropping Guerra from his class without warning. Other times, the class meeting will freeze up, either because of Guerra’s internet connection or his teacher’s. And that photography class he looked forward to became a class on the history and icons of photography. “They just make us research people that have been involved in cameras which is … OK,” Guerra said, not hiding his disappointment. Post-graduation plans? “I don’t even know what I want to do tomorrow,” he says. ” I’m really winging it right now.” Mission High School Principal Pirette McKamey is not surprised. Absences have been a significant problem this semester, she said. Students simply have conflicting obligations.

Some have gotten jobs to support their families, McKamey said. Others might log into their class, but show no sign of being present. Their cameras are turned off, they fail to answer questions and

homework never gets turned in. The schools offer computers, noisecancelling headphones, hotspots and free food distribution, but don’t have what families need most: financial support, she said. So, many like Guerra end up in the food lines to help parents with the weekly pick-up. Roger Caixon, another highschool senior, also regularly accompanies his mother to the Mission Food Hub to collect groceries. Caixon comes with large, over-theear headphones, his phone and a portable charger almost the size of a brick to pass the hours spent waiting in line. His favorite subject in school is literature. He especially likes to read fanfiction about his favorite anime shows.

“It helps you get through all of your days,” Caixon said. However, he isn’t doing well in his math and science classes. He was struggling to adjust at the start of the semester and sort of disengaged at some point along the way, Caixon said. Now that finals are coming up, he’s worried that he won’t do very well. It also doesn’t help that he has a bad habit of missing class. Sometimes, he oversleeps, and sometimes he’s marked absent because he’s not paying attention when he gets asked a question and the teacher assumes he’s not in front of his screen. Some days, he misses school to come with his mom to the food hub. He gets in line behind her so that they can take home two portions, a major source of support since she’s lost both of her jobs. He isn’t even as excited

Roger Caixon (left) poses with his mother (right) and grandmother (center) at the Mission Food Hub. Photo by Juan Carlos Lara.


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for his winter break as in years past. Staying home this year will be “more of the same.” Caixon tried to keep in contact with his friends, but text chats aren’t the same as lunchroom shenanigans, and he’s lost contact with a few. He still texts some, but they don’t talk anywhere near as often. Teresa Cruz Lopez’s daughter began ninth grade this year, frustrated that her idealized dream of starting high school had been ruined. But the 14-year-old girl, who Lopez did not want to name, watches the news regularly and knew very well why she couldn’t attend school in person. Often, Lopez has to go to work and leave her daughter alone, and all

she can do to make sure her daughter doesn’t slack off is hide the television remotes. “The school has called to say she’s not doing as well as she should be, mainly in math and science,” Lopez said in Spanish. Lopez said John O’Connell High School, where her daughter attends, offers lots of outreach and personalized tutoring, but her daughter is too shy or too discouraged to seek help. More than just struggling, Lopez said her daughter seems depressed and often overwhelmed. All Lopez can do, she said, is keep encouraging her daughter to finish the semester strong. But Lopez also said she realizes how disheartening

the whole situation must be. Once looking forward to making new friends, she’s now stuck at home. At Mission High and other schools, teachers call families to do wellness checks, and staff often report many of the same stories. Parents like Lopez want to be there during the day to support their children, but have to go to work. Those like Caixon’s mom want their children to attend school but need their help elsewhere, either watching younger siblings or helping get more food to make it through the week. Even given their struggles for basic needs, McKarney said, “it’s important for children to be engaged intellectually, that they get the education that they deserve.”

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SJ Health

COVID-19 Response and Recovery The following is information about the City of San José’s response to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support our most at-risk communities. Updates on City of San José Services and/ or Operations • City of San José Responds to Stay-atHome Order: The Santa Clara County Health Department, along with four other counties and the City of Berkeley, announced that they would begin the State of California’s regional stayat-home order on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 10 p.m. The order will be in effect until Jan. 4, 2021. The decision means that the City of San José returns to stage 5 of our response. In stage 5, the City’s Emergency Operations Center is fully activated to respond to the extremely high risk posed by COVID-19. All essential services, including Beautify San José and building inspections, will continue to operate, with increased attention to our city’s most vulnerable. We will modify some operations to ensure safety and compliance with the stay-at-home order. Services that are prohibited under the order are being suspended until at least Jan. 4. • Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Temporarily Closed: Effective immediately, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is temporarily closed to the public and reservations

are on hold. Unused Happy Hollow admission tickets to “Walk through the Zoo” will be valid once Happy Hollow reopens, and reservations will be rescheduled once a reopening date is announced. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo members will have the option to extend their membership for the length of the temporary closure, or to donate the time to help support the Zoo. The public can help continue Happy Hollow’s work in conservation, education, and play by making a donation to Happy Hollow Foundation, Happy Hollow’s nonprofit partner. For more information, FAQs and updates about reopening, visit www.happyhollow. org. • Youth Intervention Services Clean Slate Tattoo Removal Program:

The Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force Clean Slate Program is suspending laser treatments out of an abundance of caution for participants, during the County’s Stay-at-Home order. The Clean Slate Tattoo Removal Program, in partnership with Valley Medical Center, helps former gang members remove visible tattoos that keep them from education and employment goals. Clean Slate Tattoo Removal Services will continue once the Stay-atHome order is lifted. Visit https://www.sanjoseca. gov/your-government/ departments/parksrecreation-neighborhoodservices/gang-interventio for more information about Youth Intervention Services. • Playgrounds reopening: Following updates from the County

and State, City of San José’s 296 playgrounds will begin reopening Thursday, December 10. Those who choose to use the newly opened amenities must follow all posted signage as well as County public health orders. Guidelines for use include washing or sanitizing your hands before and after using playground or exercise equipment; wearing face coverings at all times; keeping a six-foot distance from those outside of your household; staying home if anyone in the household is ill; not sharing personal items or toys; and sanitizing equipment before and after use with EPA approved disinfectants as the equipment is not sanitized by City staff. Parents and caretakers are responsible for ensuring that their children are playing safe and following all of the rules. Do your part to protect your family and others against COVID-19 by following these guidelines. The City of San José will continue to monitor our parks and facilities to ensure the safety and wellness of our community. • Essential Volunteers Needed: The holiday season has just begun and we need your help. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to assist nonprofit partners to help

distribute critical food and necessities to residents in need. Partners include local nonprofits Second Harvest Food Bank, Veggielution, Sourcewise, First 5 Santa Clara County, the Salvation Army, and Martha’s Kitchen. Even with the new Stay-At-Home orders, volunteers have been deemed “essential” by the State of California to help aid in packaging, distributing, and delivering meals at food banks and other public food security programs as part of the state’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Submit an application to volunteer at https:// siliconvalleystrong.org/ volunteer/. Silicon Valley Strong is the emergency relief effort created by the City of San José, the County of Santa Clara, and partners, that calls on the community to stay informed, look after one another, and help our most vulnerable residents. If you have the time or you are on vacation with free time, volunteer in your community – it’s essential. • City Manager Update to Council: City Manager Dave Sykes presented an update to the City Council during Item 3.1 yesterday, Dec. 8 regarding the City’s response to COVID-19. Dave and officials from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) provided information on the Regional Stay-atHome Order, efforts and strategies for distribution of COVID-19 vaccine, and a community and


December 11, 2020 economic recovery update. The full City Council meeting can be watched on the City’s YouTube Channel. • San José Recreation Preschool: Children ages 3 to 5 can participate in Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ (PRNS) San José Recreation Preschool program, with session two beginning Monday, January 4. Face coverings are required, daily health screenings will be performed, and each learning pod will be limited to no more than 12 children. For those interested in a “stay at home” option, PRNS will continue to offer their virtual Recreation Preschool program, also beginning on January 4. Registration for both in-person and virtual recreation preschool begins December 9 at 10 a.m. Scholarships are still available for families and individuals who meet the qualifications. You must apply in person at a community center and scholarships can be used at any program location. For more information or to register

for programs, please contact a community center listed on the San José Recreation Preschool webpage (https://www. sanjoseca.gov/yourgovernment/departmentsoffices/parks-recreationneighborhood-services/ programs-activities/sjrecreation-preschool). Council Study Session Addresses Trash and Blight Concerns: In late June, the Emergency Operations Center activated the Beautify San José Response Branch to address growing blight and trash problems, as well as sanitary conditions within homeless encampments made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday December 4th, City staff facilitated a City Council study session to discuss the complexities involved, actions taken, and the roadmap ahead for our City. Watch the study session at http:// sanjose.granicus.com/ MediaPlayer.php?view_ id=2&clip_id=12045

COVID-19 Testing, Tracing, and Support Services If you need a

COVID-19 test, don’t wait! A high rate of testing helps identify and stop the spread of COVID-19 cases, and is one of the factors that is helping our county reopen under the new State regulations. Some testing sites are listed below, but there are many more throughout the county. For a full list of COVID-19 testing sites in Santa Clara County, go to www. sccfreetest.org or call 2-1-1. The County offers support options for people who test positive or have been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. If you need help with food, bills, or a place to stay while you isolate or quarantine, please call 408-808-7770 to learn about support services from the County of Santa Clara. Updates from the State of California and County of Santa Clara • State Allows Playgrounds to Remain Open: Today, the State of California announced that playgrounds may remain open to facilitate physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise. The California Department of Public Health guidance on playgrounds remains in effect. • State Announces Temporary Tax Relief and

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SJ Health $500M in Grants to Assist Struggling Businesses: Last week, Governor Newsom announced California will provide temporary tax relief and a new grant programfor businesses impacted by COVID-19. The temporary tax relief includes an automatic 3 month income tax extension for taxpayers filing less than $1 million in sales tax and broader opportunities for businesses to enter into interest-free payment arrangements. The State is also increasing funding for the California Rebuilding Fund, a low interest loan program to help impacted small businesses rebuild from the economic crisis. Start the preapplication process now at https://www. connect2capital.com/p/ californiarebuildingfund/ california-rebuildingfund-pre-applicationapply/. The Governor also announced the creation of a $500 million COVID Relief Grant program administered by the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) for small businesses that have been impacted by health and safety restrictions implemented as a result of the pandemic. Funds will be awarded to intermediaries with established networks of Community Development Financial Institutions to distribute grants of up to $25,000 to small

businesses and non-profits throughout the state by early 2021. CalOSBA is in the process of developing the program and will make it available to small businesses as soon as possible. For updates on the availability of this funding, visit the State’s Office of Business website (https://business. ca.gov). • Free Flu Shots Every Saturday: The County will continue to offer free flu shots from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 12 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. The car entrance for general parking at the Fairgrounds site is Gate D, 2542 Monterey Rd., San José. No appointments are needed. Masks are required and all are welcome regardless of insurance or immigration status. Flu shots are recommended every year, but they are even more critical in the time of COVID. Get your flu shot right away to prevent catching the flu and spreading it to coworkers, family members, or people you live with. Flu shots are also available at Valley Medical Center pharmacies on weekdays. No appointment is needed. Go to https://www. scvmc.org/patients-andvisitors/for-patients/ Pages/Flu-ClinicSchedule.aspx more information and a schedule.


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Legal Notice

Common Law Will Finally Apply to the Internet By L. Gordon Crovitz | NiemanLab “Silicon Valley platforms might not like being compared to ships causing oil spills, but it’s time for the digital platforms to likewise be held accountable for the harm they cause through their information pollution.”

For many of us, the dawn of the commercial use of the internet in the 1990s was a time for optimism, even utopianism. Recalling the sluggish innovation of the telephone era, when AT&T as a regulated monopoly had to get government approval to offer anything beyond a rotary-dial phone, many of us were thrilled when Congress formalized an unregulated internet, declaring in 1996 that the internet would be “unfettered by federal or state regulation.” Entrepreneurs would not have to get permission from a bureaucrat to launch a browser, website, or app. In the enthusiasm for an open internet, we cheerleaders didn’t notice an unintended consequence when the law went beyond the benefits of permissionless innovation. The law also immunized platforms on the internet from a fundamental part of the common law. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act declared that digital platforms, unlike analog publishers such as newspapers and

magazines, would not be held accountable for the content they published. This was intended to give them immunity as they removed child pornography and other harms, but it became interpreted to mean that Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube could publish whatever they or their users wanted without being held to account. Centuries-old duties of care that apply to every other industry didn’t apply on the internet. They didn’t need to worry about defamation laws or other online harms they caused. This immunity looks like it will end in 2021, marking a 25-year experiment that resulted in misinformation and hoaxes plaguing online platforms. By now, news consumers don’t know what sources to believe in their Facebook feeds, resulting in less trust even for the most trustworthy journalism. When it comes to COVID-19 and vaccine news and information on the internet, an “infodemic” has resulted in many people saying they won’t take a COVID-19

vaccine, threatening the opportunity to defeat the virus through herd immunity. NewsGuard has identified 368 websites spreading misinformation about COVID-19 and issues regular reports on superspreaders of healthcare hoaxes on Facebook and other platforms. Reforming Section 230 has bipartisan support in Congress, and Presidentelect Biden has even said he would repeal it altogether. The Trump Justice Department laid out reforms to Section 230 that would require the platforms to earn reduced immunity in exchange for showing “good faith” efforts. For the first time, the platforms would have to disclose their criteria for moderating content, show that they apply their criteria consistently — not on “deceptive or pretextual grounds” — and give publishers “timely notice describing with particularity the provider’s reasonable factual basis for the restriction of access and a meaningful opportunity to respond.” The U.K. government would go further. British parliamentarians are brutal in their hearings as they grill Silicon Valley executives, whose inability to accept responsibility for harms make it clear that their irresponsibility is a feature of the system, not a bug. The U.K. is crafting legislation based on its Online Harms White Paper that would restore basic duties of care to the digital platforms,

no longer exempting them from common law duties. For example, the platforms would have to take steps to reduce misinformation by providing their users with information about the sources of news they encounter online. Similarly, the European Commission promulgated a Code of Practice on Disinformation that requires the platforms to provide indications of the trustworthiness of sources online based on journalistic principles. This is not the first time U.S. law had to be reformed after protecting an emerging industry by exempting it from basic obligations of the common law. In the 19th century, Congress wanted to protect the fledgling U.S. shipping industry from damage caused

by accidents at sea. The Limitation of Liability Act of 1851 limited the financial liability for shipping companies from accidents they caused to the often trivial amount of the remaining value of the ship, instead of being held liable for the full extent of the damage caused. Congress eventually had to update the law to hold shippers fully accountable for the damage from oil spills caused by their negligence, no longer immunizing them from the basic duty of care under the common law. Silicon Valley platforms might not like being compared to ships causing oil spills, but it’s time for the digital platforms to likewise be held accountable for the harm they cause through their information pollution.

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Sales of Fake Negative COVID-19 Test Certificates Booming in Moscow By Harry S. Johnson | eTurboNews According to acting department chief of Moscow public prosecutor’s office, the sales on the websites selling false certificates of negative test results

for the presence of the COVID-19 infection increased dramatically lately. The official said that the demand for medical certificates of the absence

of the COVID-19 infection among the citizens is growing. Since spring 2020, illegal schemes on selling false certificates of the absence of coronavirus appeared on the internet, in autumn instances of sales of fake certificates became more frequent. The public prosecutor’s office is constantly monitoring the media outlets and the internet and warns the citizens that using false

certificates is a criminal liability, he said. According to the official, currently five criminal cases have been opened, about ten instances are being checked. Since illegal offers of certificate sales were posted on the internet, Moscow’s public prosecutor’s office undertook measures to block five websites and to declare the information posted therein illegal for dissemination in the territory of the Russian Federation. He noted that the perpetrators offer to

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America’s 2020 Most Generous Cities named By Harry S. Johnson | eTurboNews Although it’s been a difficult year for everyone, it’s also brought out the generosity in Americans. A recent report on charitable giving shows that more people in the U.S. this year are reaching into their pockets to help others in need. In fact, “total donations made through June equaled 47.3 percent of total giving for all of 2019.” But where in America are people giving back to their communities the most? In honor of the Season of Giving, the experts crunched the data to find the Most Generous U.S. Cities of 2020. They compared the 150 biggest U.S. cities across 12 key indicators of philanthropic behavior, from charitable giving to volunteering rate to the number of food banks. So which cities are the most giving this year? See the results below, followed by key findings from the report. America’s Most Generous Cities 1. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2. St. Paul, Minnesota 3. Portland, Oregon 4. Salt Lake City, Utah 5. Vancouver, Washington 6. Boston, Massachusetts 7. Seattle, Washington 8. Washington, D.C.

9. Tacoma, Washington 10. Baltimore, Maryland Key Takeaways: • Northwest Is Best: With four of their cities in the top 10 of our ranking, the states of Washington and Oregon dominate our list. While cities like Portland and Seattle have solid numbers of volunteers and participation in local organizations, part of their high scores could be attributed to need. It’s no secret that the West Coast has a large homeless population, and with housing prices continuing to soar in the region, it’s doubtful the need will dissipate any time soon. • Big Cities, Big Needs: In general, larger cities rank higher on our list than smaller and midsize cities. Boston and Washington, for example, have higher volunteering rates and more nonprofit organizations. Plus, with increasing inequality, there’s often

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San Jose Library Hosts a Holiday Laptop Donation Drive with HP

SJ Library is accepting used laptop donations to benefit local families and students In partnership with HP Inc., San Jose Public Library (SJPL), and the Library Foundation are hosting a donation drive to refresh and repurpose used Windows laptops through the HP Refresh program empowering communities to crowdsource unused computers that can be put in good use – a global solution with local action.

a greater need in larger cities for shelter beds, soup kitchens and food banks. Generosity tends to sprout where it’s required most. • Southern Inhospitality: Southern cities tended to do relatively poorly in our ranking. This is mostly due to the lack of available services. Cities like Lubbock, Texas, and Columbus, Georgia, have comparatively fewer numbers of donation centers, food banks and soup kitchens. That’s not to say the residents of these cities aren’t generous, but the lack of services cuts down on volunteer opportunities and on ways to address community needs.

The donation drive officially kicked off last Tuesday, December 1st and in just over one-week 57 laptops have been collected, including one mailed in from Santa Rosa! Donated laptops will provide students, families, and other Library program participants with access to the technology they need to thrive. Donations will be accepted through January 9, 2021 and can be made at any of SJPL's 24 Express Pickup locations, Monday-Saturday from 1-6 p.m. An acknowledgement receipt will be provided by the San Jose Public Library Foundation for the gift-in-kind taxdeductible donation. Find your pickup location at https://www.sjpl.org/express-pickup

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During this unprecedented holiday season, civil engineering firm SANDIS has pivoted in its gift giving. Instead of bestowing clients with baskets filled with celebratory bottles and goodies, valued at $250300 apiece, the Campbellbased firm will donate the money to San Jose nonprofit Hunger at Home. “It seemed like the right thing to do this year,” said SANDIS vice president Laura Cabral. “First, there was an accessibility issue. Most people are working from home, so we’d have no idea where to deliver the baskets. More importantly, there was a need to help people who are food insecure in our community.” “Gifting pivots like these are crucial, especially now that the Bay Area is in lockdown,” said Ewell Sterner, the founder and CEO of Hunger at Home. As restaurants lay off staff, the nonprofit expects to see a surge of individuals needing help. “The money

a company would spend on a $300 gift basket will provide 60 meals,” he added. Pre-COVID-19, Hunger at Home transferred to Silicon Valley’s needy the excess food from convention halls, hotels, stadiums and tech companies that otherwise would go to waste. However, after the pandemic hit, the nonprofit nimbly switched to become a full-scale meal preparation and distribution network, marshaling a team of chefs, food service workers and volunteers to prepare 10,000 meals a day in one commercial kitchen for people who are struggling to make ends meet. Hunger at Home’s community distribution

takes place at 1534 Berger Drive in San Jose every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 – 11 a.m. although cars begin to line up as early as 4:30 a.m. “In the early stages of the pandemic, 200-300 cars came through; we’re seeing it grow every week. On Wednesday, December 3rd, we had almost 700 cars come through, said Sterner. One car often represents several families because not all have transportation, he added. Each day 32,000 pounds of food, including groceries, produce, and prepared family-style meals are given away. The food is not the typical PB&J fare one might find at a soup kitchen. Hunger at Home offers highquality, nutritious meals

of varying ethnicities, including a variety of different proteins, fresh vegetables and starches. Hunger at Home’s chefs are also accomplished professionals, said Sterner. “I’m looking in our kitchen right now and I see an executive chef from Marriott Hotel, and another from Levi’s Stadium.” Since January as part of California’s Project Roomkey, Hunger at Home has served an additional 179,000 meals to those unsheltered individuals and families who are now housed in hotels and motels. These efforts amount to up to 1,400 meals delivered seven days a week to 12-14 properties. Cabral believes it’s imperative for companies like SANDIS to help. “We’ve been in this community for so long – 55 years. Our mission is to improve the communities where we live, work and play. But it’s not just building nice infrastructures; it’s about supporting all the residents of the Bay Area and giving where we can.” She encouraged others in the construction community to follow suit this holiday season. “It’s heartbreaking that so many are facing dire

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