She cleans hotel rooms the state set aside for homeless individuals to curb the spread of the coronavirus - and the mother of four is getting deported. Barbershops and hair salons reopen throughout much of the state. And find out how one beach successfully opened to sunbathers.
It's Arlene back from furlough with your top Golden State stories for Tuesday. Nice to see you, friends.
But first, at the base of the Sierra Nevadas, in a small community not unlike so many others in the state lacking basic necessities, residents for the first time in five years turned on their taps.
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She's an essential worker with 3 U.S.-born children. She's being deported anyway
Her life has been in limbo for nearly two decades, when an immigration judge ordered her to return to Mexico. But she's been able to stay in Ventura County, granted relief by federal immigration officials year after year based on humanitarian concerns.
In April, their response to the 48-year-old's request changed: Denied.
Vanessa Frank, the attorney representing the woman, said ICE officials have the authority to weigh the facts of the case - that she is working, paying a mortgage, supporting a family (three of her children are U.S. citizens while a fourth qualifies for DACA protections) and consistently showing up for her immigration proceedings - and halt the deportation.
During the pandemic, the woman has been deemed an "essential" worker for cleaning a hotel that's part of Project Roomkey, a state program designed to shelter homeless individuals.
She wants her client's deportation stopped, along with removals of other immigrants doing "essential" work as the pandemic continues.
Golden State's future is everyones'; revisiting Tara Reade; S.F.'s homeless (non?) sweeps
California's strengths - commerce, education and tourism - have become liabilities, our economy hit harder than perhaps any other state. Its pace of recovery, then, has wide-ranging implications for the country's future.
Some California defense attorneys are revisiting cases that involved the testimony of Tara Reade - who in March said Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 - and whether she misrepresented her credentials under oath, leading to their clients' convictions.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed has said the city doesn't do homeless sweeps, but text messages reveal she does request police clear areas of visible homelessness.
It's time for that haircut
Barbershops and hair salons in many countries across the state can reopen immediately, pushing the state further into Phase 3 reopening territory, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.
The announcement came a day after he said houses of worship can reopen, so long as attendance is limited to 25% of building capacity or under 100 people and religious leaders and congregants follow other guidelines.
Last month, Newsom laid out a reopening process based on tracking six metrics and to be laid out over four stages. The third included in-person religious services and hair salons, but also movie theaters and nail salons, which are not yet allowed.
The orders affect some of 47 of 58 counties that have been granted variances that allow them to move ahead of state orders on reopening. The excluded 11 are Alameda, Contra Costa, Imperial, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Tulare counties.
Take a look at your county happenings in this interactive state map.
The salons and barbershops will need to adhere to guidelines designed to limit spread of the coronavirus. Such protocols were not followed by the trio who cut his hair (his children), Newsom said, adding that next time his family of young stylists will do better.
Still not willing to venture out? Here's our step-by-step guide on cutting your own hair. And one on buzz cuts, if that's the route you're going.
Cuts impact our littlest residents: Though much of the state's commerce is on track to reopen, it's still a long road to recovery. Newsom's new budget proposal, updated in mid-May, revealed cuts and takeaways of more than $1 billion for early childhood programs.
If the legislature approves them, it would eliminate 20,000 new preschool slots and make it more difficult for low-income families to get subsidized childcare.
Speaking of the young folks, Newsom said he'll release guidelines for summer camps, child care and schools on Wednesday. Tune in right here for that.
Saving Punjabi, businesses reinvent themselves and do hand sanitizers cause car fires?
The only one of the 23 California State University campuses to offer Punjabi won't do so any longer, come fall. Students and others are rallying to save the course.
An events management company has turned its attention to helping Long Beach restaurants create more outdoor dining.
We fact-checked the claim alcohol-based hand sanitizers will spark car fires. They will not.
Cones: the secret sauce to opening up this beach
Walking, running, swimming and surfing along our beautiful coastline is awesome, but so is lounging on a chair with a good book and Doritos. And over Memorial Day weekend, there was exactly one place you could do that across hundreds of miles: Hueneme Beach Park in Ventura County.
To get the beach ready and minimize issues, city officials simply spaced out cones 10 feet apart and put a cone in every other parking space to limit crowds. The effort seemed to work.
"Everyone's been great. We have not had any issues and haven't had to ask anyone to leave the beach," Michele Turner, a community services officer with the Port Hueneme Police Department, told the Ventura County Star on Monday. "I think people are just so excited to have a beach that they can come sit and hang out at that they're being very cooperative."
This spirit of cooperation wasn't the case everywhere. Large crowds prompted officials to close the popular Eaton Canyon hiking trail in Pasadena and people flooded the boardwalk at Venice Beach.
What else we're talking about
Some fear it could be years before nursing homes reopen to visitors. But at what cost to residents and their families?
A group of Republican lawmakers are suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over a proxy voting system that allows members to designate another lawmaker to vote for them if they can't travel to Capitol Hill because of the pandemic.
I'm one of those saving on daycare costs but my grocery bills are another matter. That and other ways the coronavirus has changed our spending.
And on that note, off to feed the family. Again.
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