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Stimulus checks update

Millions of people in this state will get an extra $600 stimulus check

February 23rd, 2021

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a COVID-19 relief bill into law on Tuesday that provides $600 stimulus checks to 5.7 million lower-income Californians. Households that receive California’s EITC and taxpayers with ITINs who didn’t receive federal stimulus checks are eligible for the payments. Governor Newsom says Californians will receive their payments shortly after filing their …

Stimulus checks update

If you live in this state, you might get an extra $600 stimulus check

February 18th, 2021

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $9.6 billion relief package this week that will include a new round of $600 stimulus checks for lower-income residents. According to Newsom, $600 payments will be sent to “those with incomes below $30,000, as well as those unfairly excluded from previous federal stimulus payments.” The $600 payments will have …

pandemic air quality

Air quality has dramatically improved due to the pandemic

December 14th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many people to remain home for work, reduced commuting, and other outdoor activities. NASA satellites tracking thermal data and environmental pollutants show a dramatic change in air quality.  In places like California that often struggle with air quality, the air was much cleaner after the pandemic hit with full force. …

california wildfires

San Francisco basically looks like the apocalypse right now

September 10th, 2020

California’s wildfires turned San Francisco into a hellscape on Wednesday, covering the city in an orange haze. There are nearly 50 active fires burning in California right now, with some having already consumed hundreds of thousands of acres. Climate change has been directly linked to the increase in extreme weather events such as the dry …

gender reveal fire

Future parents spark wildfire during gender reveal party

September 7th, 2020

A gender reveal party sparked a wildfire that has already consumed 7,000 acres and forced widespread evacuations. A “pyrotechnic” device was used at the party and that, combined with the dry conditions, created an uncontrollable blaze.  No charges have been filed, but a similar incident in 2018 resulted in the gender revealers having to pay …

Coronavirus California

A single person exposed 180 people in a church to coronavirus

May 18th, 2020

180 people were exposed to the novel coronavirus during a church service on Mother’s Day. The infected person’s COVID-19 test result returned positive a day later, and all of the contacts were notified of their exposure. The incident further underscores the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, especially in areas where stay-at-home orders …