Legislature Passes $1.1 Billion in Emergency Coronavirus Funding — Then Leaves the Capitol

In an urgent attempt to prepare California for a surge of critically ill coronavirus patients, state lawmakers Monday allocated up to $1 billion for an unprecedented ramp-up of hospital capacity, and then, in an extraordinary move, went home for a month — or perhaps longer — effectively shutting down business at the state Capitol as Americans face growing calls to isolate themselves. 

Mar 17, 2020 Laurel Rosenhall, Rachel Becker & Ana B. Ibarra

Local Businesses Struggle as Coronavirus Changes Our Daily Lives

On a bleary Monday morning in Sacramento with the Dow Jones industrial average tanking, on its way to a 2,997 point drop and its worst day since 1987, Greater Sacramento Economic Council President and CEO Barry Broome offered advice for local business owners that he knows won’t be popular.

Mar 17, 2020 Graham Womack

Facing Pandemic, California Takes Cover, from the Capitol to Disneyland

California’s governor took extraordinary action on Thursday, clamping down on public gatherings, ordering residents to follow public health rules, authorizing the state to commandeer hotels and medical facilities and whipping emergency officials into action to proactively stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Mar 13, 2020 Laurel Rosenhall and Ana B. Ibarra