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April 2, 2020

‘You Can’t Move and You Can’t Stay’: Top Democrats Say COVID Renter Protections Won’t Work - (Sacramento Bee - April 2)

Two top Democrats in the California Legislature say Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order temporarily protecting tenants who can’t afford rent because of COVID-19 doesn’t stop landlords from initiating eviction proceedings and could allow a wave of evictions once the order ends on May 31.

March 31, 2020

SF Moves to Oppose Blood Ban; Wiener Plans Drive - (Bay Area Report - Mar 31)

Gay District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman introduced a resolution to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors March 31 calling upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lift its ban on men who have had sex with men in the past year from giving blood amid a projected blood supply shortage due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

March 27, 2020

Opinion: The Coronavirus And HIV: Different Pandemics With The Same Lessons - (Buzzfeed News - Mar 27)

For many of us who’ve been on the front lines of the HIV pandemic for decades, the emergence and explosion of the novel coronavirus has been scary in a very particular kind of way.

March 24, 2020

Wiener Calls for End of Gay Blood Ban Amid Coronavirus-era Shortages - (Bay Area Reporter - Mar 24)

Citing worries of shortages in the nation's blood supply as American life comes to a standstill in response to the novel coronavirus, gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) is calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lift its ban on men who have had sex with men in the past year from giving blood.

March 6, 2020

Bills Would Let Churches Build Affordable Housing on Their Land, Regardless of Zoning - (SF Chronicle - March 6)

SACRAMENTO — Can church parking lots provide a solution to California’s housing shortage? A pair of bills would make it easier to build affordable housing projects on property owned by religious institutions.

March 5, 2020

State Lawmakers Seek To Block Seton Medical Center Closure In Daly City Amid Coronavirus Spread - (CBS Bay Area - March 5)

DALY CITY (CBS SF) — A group of state legislators on Thursday called on Verity Health Systems to reverse its decision to close Seton Medical Center in Daly City, arguing that the closure will make it harder for nearby residents to get to a hospital and affect the ability to treat coronavirus cases.

March 3, 2020

Officials Decry Anti-Asian Bigotry, Misinformation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak - (LATimes - March 3)

As the coronavirus has spread across the United States, officials are trying to push back against Asian American bias and misinformation surrounding the outbreak.

There are already signs that some are staying away from Chinatowns and other Asian communities in the U.S., sparking concern about bias.

March 2, 2020

Number of LGBT CA State Judges Remains Flat - (Bay Area Reporter - March 2)

The number of out judges on California state courts remained flat at an official count of 62 between 2019 and 2018. It marked the first time the ranks of LGBT people serving on the bench had not increased year-to-year since 2014.