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California scaled up 1st-In-US Electric Truck Sale Proposal.
The regulators of California strengthened a proposed first-in-the-nation rule that would force automakers to sell more electric delivery vans and work trucks. The state has the country’s worst air quality. The updated government proposed by the California Air Resources Board has asked the automakers to sell a certain percentage of zero-emission trucks per year.
By 2035, the board estimates at least 20% of these trucks on the road would be electric. Paul Cort, an attorney for Earthjustice’s Right to the Zero campaign, said in his statement that this would be transformative. At some point in the future, these makers are going to realize that it does not make sense to make zero-emission trucks and combustion trucks to serve the same market.
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Phased reopening plan outlined by the governor of California.
Governor of California Gavin Newsom has outlined the phased reopening plan for the state. The retail businesses and schools will open based on the apparent stabilization in both the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19. He said in one of his tweets that stage one is where the state is now, staying home and working on flattening the curve.
The next stage will involve lifting restrictions in some lower-risk workplaces such as retail, manufacturing, and offices where telework is not possible. Reopening child care centers will be a part of that second stage as well. The announcement from Newsom comes as a number of other governors have moved to act on or schedule reopenings of their states despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
California beaches packed with thousands despite COVID-19 concerns.
Tens of thousands of people visited southern California beaches during the weekend. It reignited the fears that large crowds in public spaces may reverse progress to contain COVID-19 in the US. Photos of gatherings in Newport Beach, Orange County, during a weekend heatwave, sparked intense backlash, and comparisons with Florida were released.
Beach and park reopenings have also prompted debates and public health concerns in Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and other regions looking to re-emerge from lockdowns. The governor urged beach-goers to practice physical distancing, but it all went unheard during the weekend.
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Before COVID-19, building dense cities was California’s cure for the housing crisis.
In the last ten years, the lawmakers in California pushed with increasing urgency to build more housing near transit stops and job centres. The reason was the increasing density of the population. It was termed as the best way to control the exploding cost of living and reduce the reliance of residents on carbon-spewing vehicles in a state best known for its sprawling suburbs. However, no one thought of preparing the state for a pandemic like COVID-19.
Sceptics of greater urbanization say the pandemic has proved that they were right all along, pointing to orders from public health officials to use social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. New York City, the nation’s densest major city, is a hotbed of the outbreak in the United States with more than 150,000 confirmed cases and 11,100 deaths.
Massive meal delivery program announce for seniors in California.
Governor of California Gavin Newsom has announced on Friday that the state is launching a massive meal delivery program for seniors who are facing food insecurity. He added that it would revitalize the restaurant industry as well. The program will go in effect immediately, and the state will reimburse local restaurants for delivering nutritious meals to at-risk seniors in California. The meals have to be delivered three times a day, seven days a week. Out of the 5.7 million seniors in California, 1.7 million live alone. The seniors who are at high risk of exposure to the virus have already been affected or exposed to the virus directly or have compromised immune systems along with those who are below federal poverty guidelines will be eligible for the meals. Participating restaurants will be reimbursed up to $16 for breakfast, $17 for lunch and $28 for dinner deliveries.
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Stay-at-home orders to be eased by LA County by may.
The officials of Los Angeles County have passed a motion on Tuesday to develop a plan that will take the case of easing down the stay-at-home order. The strict social distancing rules will also be relaxed. The current orders are set to expire on 15th May. Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement on Tuesday that there were no plans to extend the orders further.
However, as the deadline is approaching, the officials are reevaluating what is best for the county. More than 20,000 in the county of 10 million have tested positive for the virus, and nearly 950 have died. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion Tuesday to establish an action plan to work with local businesses, labor partners, and community leaders to lift restrictions.
Los Angeles and the US hit a terrifying death count.
On Tuesday, a grim milestone was achieved by the United States that is into the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of deaths has 58,348 that was more than the causalities during the Vietnam conflict.
The deaths at that time spanned the years from 1959 till 1975, while the recorded COVID-19 causalities occurred during the short three-month span from February 9 till April 28. Johns Hopkins University has kept the tally of cases in Baltimore, Maryland. They have reported 1,012,399 total cases as of eight o’clock pm Eastern. In California, the number of cases hit 46,402, with 1,868 Californians dying.