California will be the first state in the nation to offer COVID-19 disaster relief to undocumented immigrants. Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a fund of $125 million Wednesday, including $75 million in state money and the rest from philanthropic sources.
Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED
Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Employment Development Department are giving Uber, Lyft and other gig companies what they hoped for: unemployment coverage for drivers paid by federal taxpayers through the CARES act, instead of state unemployment funds.
Reporter: Sam Harnett, KQED
Federal Prison in Lompoc Struggling to Contain Outbreak
The U-S Bureau of Prisons is scrambling to control the coronavirus at several of its institutions, with the largest outbreak now at a federal prison in Santa Barbara County. Officials are planning to establish a temporary hospital at the prison to treat the growing number of sick inmates.
Reporter: Alex Emslie, KQED
State Legislators Consider Costs of COVID-19
Today, California senators will be meeting, some of them virtually, to talk about how expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic will hit the state’s budget.
Guest: Katie Orr, KQED Politics Desk
Immigration Detainees Call for COVID-19 Protection
The worst coronavirus outbreak at a federal immigration detention center is unfolding in San Diego. California’s U.S. Senators are calling for an investigation into reports that guards mistreated detained women who were asking for protective masks. Panic is spreading among the more than 32,000 people in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
Reporter: Tyche Hendricks, Immigration Editor, KQED