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April 17, 2021

Ruiz named Woman of the Year

Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) named Kathy Zanger Ruiz the 2021 Woman of the Year for Assembly District 30 on March 15. Ruiz was honored as part of the Women’s History Month celebration hosted by the Legislative Women’s Caucus. “I am proud to recognize Kathy Ruiz...

Covid-19 highlights health care inequality in Gilroy

Gilroy City Councilmember Rebeca Armendariz and a team of volunteers have been hitting the phones over the past couple of months, contacting seniors, farmworkers and others who have been most impacted by Covid-19, helping them set an appointment to receive a vaccine. But the group...

Citing need for local control, county declines to take part in state vaccine plan

Santa Clara County officials said the county will not join the state's new centralized vaccine distribution plan that will be run by Oakland-based health insurance giant Blue Shield.  During the county board of supervisors meeting, County Executive Jeff Smith said the state's new program, known...

Animal cruelty suspect ordered to house arrest

A Morgan Hill woman who is accused of felony animal abuse has been ordered to wear a monitoring device and is restricted to home confinement after a hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court last week, according to authorities. Ava Geddes, 66, appeared at the...

Indoor dining and more can resume as Santa Clara County moves to Red Tier

Indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and other activities can resume with limitations after the state moved Santa Clara County into a less-restrictive tier due to its dipping Covid-19 numbers. On March 3, the county will be classified in the Red Tier of the state’s reopening...

What to know about California’s plan to reopen schools

By Jill Cowan, The New York Times Almost exactly a year ago, on March 7, 2020, officials in the Elk Grove Unified School District—Northern California’s largest—announced that schools would close for a week in response to concerns that the novel, unknown coronavirus could spread like...

Gilroy woman charged in storming of Capitol

A Gilroy woman faces criminal charges in relation to her involvement in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., according to authorities. Mariposa Castro is accused of illegally entering the Capitol building during a demonstration supporting former President Donald Trump as...

Clinic in Morgan Hill brings Covid-19 vaccine to 1,000 farmworkers

An effort to vaccinate 1,000 farmworkers this week at Monterey Mushrooms’ north Morgan Hill facility began Sunday morning—the first day that frontline workers in the agricultural industry are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine in Santa Clara County. Public health experts and labor advocates say that...

Jobless claims decline as coronavirus cases ease

By Patricia Cohen, @nytimes New claims for unemployment fell last week, the government reported Thursday, the latest sign that the labor market’s recovery, however slow and unsteady, is continuing. “The numbers look encouraging on the face of it,” said Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford...

County expects to move into ‘Red Tier’ next week

With the Covid-19 vaccine making its way through the local population and case rates and hospitalizations declining, Santa Clara County officials expect the state to loosen its public gathering guidelines by next week. And on Feb. 25, Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced a...