Plus: Long Beach ebook drive leads to false story about Kamala Harris, one other police video attracts fireplace, and can California adults have the option to add dad and mom to medical insurance plans?
I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and particular sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, wishing you a completely happy hump day throughout this ultimate week in April. Here are some of the most recent headlines from right here within the Golden State.
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- Disneyland to reopen Friday; masks, temperature checks required
- Why are some Californians struggling to get a COVID vaccine?
- Will California adults have the option to add dad and mom to medical insurance plans?
- Long Beach ebook drive leads to false story about Kamala Harris
- Bodycam video reveals police pinning California man for greater than 5 minutes earlier than his loss of life
Disneyland to reopen Friday; masks, temperature checks required
Have you been holding your breath till you possibly can as soon as once more go to Disneyland? If so, the wait is nearly over.
The gates to the “Happiest Place on Earth” and California Adventure will open again on Friday morning for the primary time in 412 days — the longest closure for the amusement park in its 65-year historical past.
Most of Disneyland’s fashionable rides and points of interest are anticipated to be open when company return, together with Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
But strolling down Buena Vista Street in California Adventure and Main Street USA in Disneyland might be completely different than earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic compelled the closure of all California theme parks in March 2020.
Most notably, everybody — solid members and company 2 years and older — should put on masks, even when vaccinated. And signage and markings on the bottom will remind all to preserve their distance from these not inside their households. (Which means if you happen to’ve been eager for a hug from Mickey or Minnie, you are out of luck; all you may get is a wave.)
At least there will not be the kind of crowds one usually expects; the parks are opening at about 25% of capability.
For extra detailed information, together with park hours, schedules, rides and wait instances, eating reservations and meals orders, obtain the Disneyland app or go to disneyland.disney.go.com.
Why are some Californians struggling to get a COVID vaccine?
We hear loads of tales of extra coronavirus vaccines and unfilled appointments, however why are some Golden State residents still finding it difficult to get one?
Marlies Mokhtarzadeh stated she was turned away from a pharmacy providing the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine by a clerk who informed her she had to make an appointment online. Unfortunately, that was not an choice for the 80-year-old, who had additionally tried repeatedly to get an appointment by a toll-free phone quantity.
“I’m trying to find somebody that will give me the shot,” she said. “They have it at the Walgreens in Millbrae, and I don’t know why they won’t give me the shot.”
One Bay Area physician has been licensed to inoculate sufferers towards COVID-19 since late February however has been unable to get vaccines from San Mateo County or Blue Shield. When he referred to as the previous to ask why, he was informed he wanted to converse to the latter. A spokesman for Blue Shield informed him they’re working to broaden suppliers who need to administer the vaccine.
Meanwhile, California is claimed to be in much better form, vaccine-wise, than it was weeks in the past when scoring an appointment was trigger for celebration. Today, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and different populous counties are promoting that anybody can stroll in for a shot.
Will California adults have the option to add dad and mom to medical insurance plans?
California may turn into the one state to let grownup kids add their dad and mom as dependents to their medical insurance plans, according to a policy proposal aimed at increasing insurance coverage among low-income people living in the country illegally who aren’t eligible for government-funded protection.
A proposal within the state Legislature authored by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago handed its first committee listening to on Tuesday. If it turns into legislation, California could be the one state that enables this, in accordance to the state Department of Insurance.
“When we were young, our parents were there for us and took care of us,” stated Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, who helps the proposal. “Now we can take care of them when they need it the most.”
Business teams, nevertheless, say including a lot of older folks to their massive group insurance policy will simply drive up their already skyrocketing premium prices. Employer premiums would improve between $200 million and $800 million per yr, relying on how many individuals join. The consequence, they are saying, could be increased well being care prices for everybody.
Long Beach ebook drive leads to false story about Kamala Harris
When the City of Long Beach introduced its plans to briefly flip its conference middle into housing for up to 1,000 unaccompanied migrant kids arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border, officers launched a ebook drive so as to have studying materials readily available. Someone donated Vice President Kamala Harris’ 2019 ebook for youngsters, “Superheroes Are Everywhere.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that the book was placed on a cot and photographed, which led The New York Post to run a front-page story erroneously reporting that federal officers had purposely included the ebook as a part of their “welcome kits” for the youngsters.
Republicans and conservatives expressed their disapproval. “The Biden administration’s weakness caused a surge of illegal immigration,” tweeted Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). “Now they’re forcing taxpayers to buy Kamala Harris’s book to give to those illegal immigrants?”
However, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services informed The Times Wednesday that no books have been included in welcome kits: “No taxpayer dollars were used to purchase Vice President Harris’ book,” stated Zhan Caplan.
After fact-checking by the Washington Post, the New York paper reportedly deleted after which amended its story.
Meanwhile, Laura Italiano, the reporter whose byline was on the article, tweeted Tuesday that she had resigned from the publication after being “ordered” to write the story.
Bodycam video reveals police pinning California man for greater than 5 minutes earlier than his loss of life
In a state of affairs that appears eerily acquainted, police within the Northern California metropolis of Alameda launched bodycam footage late Tuesday showing officers pinning a man to the ground for more than five minutes during an April 19 arrest.
The man, Mario Gonzalez, 26, stopped respiration throughout the occasion and died. A police assertion stated he had a medical emergency after officers tried to handcuff him. His household says he was killed by police who used extreme drive.
In the video from two officers’ physique cameras, one officer seems to put a knee on Gonzalez’ again and leaves it there for about 4 minutes as Gonzalez gasps for air, saying “I didn’t do nothing, OK?”
Officers repeatedly requested him for his full identify and birthdate, however Gonzalez appeared dazed, presumably intoxicated, as he struggled to reply questions.
Shortly earlier than Gonzalez stopped respiration, one officer requested the opposite: “Think we can roll him on his side?” however the different solutions, “I don’t want to lose what I got, man.”
Gonzalez left a 4-year-old son and was the principle caretaker of his 22-year-old brother, who has autism, his household stated.
The official reason for loss of life is beneath investigation.
And final however definitely not least, a huge completely happy birthday goes out to actress and singer Ann-Margret, who turns 80 today. The Swedish-born two-time Academy Award nominee who has referred to as California residence because the early Nineteen Sixties, starred in such basic movies as “Viva Las Vegas” with Elvis Presley, “Bye Bye Birdie” with Dick Van Dyke and “Tommy” with The Who. As they are saying in Swedish (through Google Translate), “Grattis på födelsedagen!”
In California is a roundup of reports from throughout USA Today community newsrooms. Also contributing: Los Angeles Times, Santa Ynez Valley News. We’ll be again in your inbox tomorrow with the most recent headlines.
As the philanthropy and particular sections editor at The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraising and individuals who give again within the Coachella Valley. Reach him at [email protected].