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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – With the rise in new coronavirus cases and the rise in the demand for vaccinations, the information you need to know is coming fast and furious. Here is a recap of the COVID stories we’ve posted over the past 24 hours.

Oakley School Board Resigns After President Resigns Over Comments On Hot Mic
OAKLEY – The day after the Oakley School Board President resigned over derogatory comments about parents she and other board members made in a videoconference, the remaining trustees followed her lead. District superintendent Greg Hetrick released a statement early Friday night announcing the mass resignations after the social media explosion skyrocketed following the release of the tapping of the public meeting. Board chairwoman Lisa Brizendine resigned on Thursday, although no public announcement was made at the time. The statement reads: “Board members Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito and Richie Masadas ask that the statement be shared with you: We deeply regret the comments made at the Education Committee meeting earlier this week.”

California high school sports are allowed to resume
SAN FRANCISCO – State health officials have given the go-ahead to resume select high school sports programs and set a benchmark of fewer than 14 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents for counties to play again. At a morning press conference, Governor Gavin Newsom said several districts in the Bay Area have already achieved this standard. “We currently have 19 counties in this category, including Alameda County, Marin, San Francisco. Many of the counties in the Bay Area are already well below 14 cases for 100,000 so they can move as early as February 26,” said the governor. “This is for outdoor sports including contact sports. Including soccer, rugby and water polo. “The sport can continue in all Bay Area counties except Solano and Contra Costa as COVID infection rates are higher. But health officials said their case numbers are trending downward and that these two districts are expected to allow outdoor sports within two weeks. Continue reading

COVID Vaccination Efforts: How Far Is The Light At The End Of The Tunnel?
SAN FRANCISCO – Six million vaccination shots delayed by winter storm. Claims to possible herd immunity by spring. Concerns that health officials were not optimistic enough about the vaccine. It’s been a week of swirling pandemic headlines, some of which were seemingly contradicting. “Aside from the winter storm that created a large amount of static electricity in the system, there are some things going on that are very positive,” says UCSF epidemiologist George Rutherford. The good news is that case numbers are falling in most of the country, including California. “In certain parts of the state, you are really starting to see the dynamics of the transference switch,” Rutherford said. “And I think that’s mainly due to naturally acquired immunity.” Continue reading

Mobile Vaccination Clinic Comes to Hayward, Host Visit by Gov. Newsom
HAYWARD – California will provide 10% of first vaccine doses to childcare workers starting next month to facilitate children’s return to classroom learning, Governor Gavin Newsom said Friday at a mobile vaccination clinic in Hayward. The move comes a day after California lawmakers announced a $ 6.5 billion proposal that aims to reopen schools this spring. According to Newsom, this is not fast enough for California’s six million K-12 students and he would be vetoing it. “My fear of what was released yesterday is that it will actually slow down our ability to safely reopen schools,” Newsom said. Continue reading

East Bay restaurants team up to boost business amid a pandemic
PLEASANTON – In the Tri Valley, the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the restaurant industry to find new ways to boost business. The Result: Try Tri-Valley, a weekly restaurant program that helps businesses survive. Friday night in downtown Pleasanton was busy this week. Despite the temperatures in the 1950s, many of the outdoor dining tables were filled when guests showed up to support local restaurants. Sabio am Main served a special three-course meal in the hope of building a business. “It’s pretty hard for everyone. It’s no secret that sales are falling across the board, ”said Eian Cathcart with Sabio am Main. More than 40 restaurants and wineries from Danville to Pleasanton are part of the first Taste Tri-Valley Restaurant Week. The aim is for all restaurants in the region to survive the pandemic. But the local family businesses have hurt the most. Continue reading

Livermore cites bicycle repairman for working out of his garage; Orders the store to be closed
LIVERMORE – Lots of people in the Bay Area are working from home during the pandemic, but a Livermore man says trying to work from his garage got him into trouble with the city. “I couldn’t pay rent. I had no charm. I wasn’t unemployed, ”said AJ Wright. He lost his job repairing bicycles at Livermore Cyclery when stores closed at the start of the pandemic. He could take home his workbench and equipment. “I have all the tools to get the job done. I’ll try it. I’ll put some feelers out there and see what happens, ”Wright said. Last April he started AJ’s Bike Service from his garage. He says he got a business license to run the city and tried to do everything right to make sure he was following city guidelines. Within a few weeks he had enough clients to keep him busy all day. Continue reading

Stolen Unemployment Benefit for EDD California to fund assault weapon purchases; 2 arrested
SACRAMENTO – When police ransacked an apartment in the California capital in mid-January, they didn’t find the illegal assault weapons – it was a small red notebook with 55 names and their birthdays, social security numbers, usernames, and passwords for accounts with the state unemployment agency. Police say a notebook was worth over half a million dollars in fraudulent benefits. The money was delivered on more than a dozen debit cards, which were likely used to purchase the illegal weapons. On Friday, authorities arrested 25-year-old James Smith and 21-year-old Chyna Hill, accusing them of 23 cases of unemployment insurance fraud, 13 cases of possession of stolen property and one case of possession of identifying information with intent to investigate more than 10 Cheat people. Continue reading

East Bay Scholar Pushes Through Online Learning; Strive to serve the community
RICHMOND – Many students struggle with the stress of studying online, but Miguel Angel Moya uses this time to think about how he can serve his community after graduation. Like most college students in California, Moya spends his freshman year leaning against his computer online for hours. The 18-year-old major in human biology is tired. “I would really prefer to be in a classroom and do other students and things like that,” Moya said. “To be able to see like people, not a screen. I mean, I don’t even know if you’re real or not. I’m looking at a screen right now and I’m talking to the camera so it’s kind of crazy. ” It’s crazy. Moya’s part of the 2020 high school senior year. He virtually finished his senior semester at Richmond High School, an experience he found isolating. Continue reading