CALIFORNIA — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday threw cold water on President Donald Trump's plan to force states to pitch in to provide a new round of unemployment benefits, saying the proposal was financially unworkable.
In his Monday afternoon briefing, Newsom said California would need to contribute at least $700 million per week in order to fund Trump's program, which was laid out in an executive order the president signed Sunday. The order would give Americans $400 in monthly unemployment benefits if states contributed a quarter of the cost.
But experts say the program is unlikely to wind up actually helping many unemployed Americans, since there are numerous strings attached — chief among them, the fact that states may lack the money to fund it.
"The state does not have an identified resource of $700 million per week that we haven’t already obliged," Newsom said Monday. "There is no money sitting in the piggy bank."
Long Beach mayor loses both parents to COVID-19
Just days after he lost his mother to the coronavirus, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced Monday that his stepfather died due to complications from COVID-19, too. He died the day after his wife's memorial service.
Garcia's mother, a longtime healthcare worker, was 61. Her husband was just 58. The couple had been married for 27 years. Garcia shared his grief with supporters Monday.
"We are incredibly saddened to share that my stepfather, Greg O'Donnell, has passed away due to complications from COVID-19," Garcia said in a statement. "It's a heartbreaking loss for our entire family, especially for my brother Jake."
Public health director resigns
The director of California's Department of Public Health resigned from her post on Sunday, a sudden departure that came days after officials revealed that a technical glitch had caused an undercount of coronavirus cases statewide.
Dr. Sonia Angell, who had helped lead the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and frequently appeared alongside Newsom in his public briefings about the pandemic, announced her resignation in an email to Department staff, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Officials have not said whether Angell's resignation was related to the undercount, which was disclosed last week just one day after Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke optimistically about apparent declines in positive tests across much of California.
One week earlier, some local officials had reported problems with the state's computer system for counting cases, but members of the Newsom administration insist they were unaware of the problems until last week, the Times reported.
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There were more than 5,100,636 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States and 163,613 deaths as of Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least 10,481 of those deaths were in California. The U.S. has the most confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in the world.
Who has been diagnosed with coronavirus in California?
Total number of cases (Johns Hopkins University): 574,673 as of Tuesday
Total deaths reported (Johns Hopkins University): 10,481 as of Tuesday
Case breakdown by age, per the California Department of Health (totals may be outdated):
Age 0-17: 53,136 cases
Age 18-49: 339,235 cases
Age 50-64: 107,300 cases
Age 65 and older: 61,464 cases
Unknown/Missing: 776 cases
Gender of confirmed positive cases:
Female: 281,543 cases
Male: 274,192 cases
Unknown/Missing: 6,176 cases
The latest live updates from across California are as follows:
Tuesday, 8:26 a.m.: Data Glitch Confounds Coronavirus Totals In Orange County, State
Current totals in Orange County, amid corrections from the state. UC Irvine poses a new way to look at the spread of COVID-19 in SoCal.
Tuesday, 7:43 a.m.: South Bay Survey: What Redondo Beach Locals Say About Pandemic
The South Bay Survey results are in. Here's what people said about their coronavirus pandemic concerns.
Tuesday, 7:05 a.m.: Deadline 8 PM: Up To $3500 In Emergency Rent From Alameda County
The Emergency Rent Assistance Program is designed for people who've suffered a financial setback because of coronavirus closures.
Tuesday, 5:48 a.m.: 2 Library Branches Reopen With To-Go Service
Library patrons can request books, DVDs, audiobooks or any other item for front door pick up. They have been closed because of coronavirus.
Monday, 7:13 p.m.: Coronavirus Spikes Among Kids, But LA Has Reason For Hope
Cases among children are way up statewide, but Los Angeles officials see signs of hope in the data.
Monday, 4:47 p.m.: Months Until Students Can Return To San Diego Unified Schools
Officials announced they were making preparations to get children back in schools, but were looking at a timeline of "months, not weeks."
Monday, 4:35 p.m.: Mountain West, Aztecs Postpone Sports Seasons Due To Coronavirus
The Mountain West Conference announced it was postponing its fall sports season indefinitely in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, 4:29 p.m.: South Bay’s Smash Mouth Headlines Potential ‘Superspreader’ Event
Frontman Steve Harwell: "We’re all here together tonight! F**k that COVID s**t!."
Monday, 4:12 p.m.: 5 New Coronavirus Outbreaks Reported In San Diego County
The outbreaks were reported in a restaurant, a restaurant/bar setting, a government office, a business and a grocery store, officials said.
Monday, 3:18 p.m.: Tensions Erupt As Newbury Park Church Holds Indoor Services
A scuffle between protesters erupted Sunday outside the Godspeak Cavalry Chapel, which has stayed open despite a temporary restraining order
Monday, 3:09 p.m.: Grace Community Church Retains Lawyers After Cease-And-Desist
Pastor John MacArthur called last Sunday's service a "peaceful protest."
Monday, 1:58 p.m.: San Quentin Inmate Dies Of Apparent Coronavirus Complications
Condemned killer Pedro Arias, 58, had been on death row since 1990.
Monday, 1:34 p.m.: First San Quentin State Prison Employee Dies From Coronavirus
A prison guard has become the first employee at San Quentin to die amid a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility, officials said.
Monday, 12:15 p.m.: Fremont, East Bay Realtors Raise Money For Food Bank
They raised nearly enough for $50,000 worth of food purchased for the Alameda County Food Bank. Demand has soared since coronavirus closures.
Monday, 11:45 a.m.: Bay Area Discovery Museum Reopens After Coronavirus Closure
The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito opened Saturday for the first time in the nearly five months since the COVID-19 lockdown.
Monday, 10:33 a.m.: California Colleges, Universities: Coronavirus State Guidance
In-person lectures cannot resume in a county on the state "Watch List" — which is currently frozen because of irregularities.
Monday, 10 a.m.: East Bay Company Providing Food Boxes To Alameda County Food Bank
The company shifted from making school lunches to helping feed the growing number of struggling families.
Monday, 8:47 a.m.: Marina Del Rey Parking Lot Party Packed With People
In a video posted by TMZ, a large group of people party in a Marina del Rey parking lot. Many of them aren't wearing masks.