Monthly Archives: March 2020

San Mateo County Shelter in Place till May 3, 2020

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy

Update: Louise Rogers Chief of Health stated 534 Tests Total in SMC through March 30, 2020.

According to the SMDJ article this morning wrote “The regional stay-at-home mandate will remain in place until at least May, said officials working diligently to ready San Mateo County for an expected surge in coronavirus cases.” It didn’t identify which SMC Government Officials made that order. I’ve asked County Manager Mike Callagy if it was him, or Dr. Scott Morrow?

Mike Callagy’s response “The orders come from the Health Officers in the Bay Area.  7 of them have come together to develop new and modify the old orders.  Dr. Morrow is the Health Officer for San Mateo County.”

One of the main unanswered questions for San Mateo County residents is How many COVID-19 tests have been taken to date? This is an important question. How many people in San Mateo County who have symptoms and went to Hospitals or Urgent Care locations and were sent home because no tests were available?

How many TESTS are available for the PUBLIC in San Mateo County Today?

There are 309 confirmed cases in San Mateo County, with six deaths linked to the disease. Callagy said officials are still gathering testing data which will help model a local curve of potential exposure and infection. Currently, he said the testing sample size is too small to be considered representative of the county. Why?

Mike Callagy said the business relief fund formed to aid local companies suffering in the wake of the shelter-in-place mandate is seeking donations as well. This is what the Board of Supervise gave $3M of taxpayer money to last week of course it wasn’t called that on the Agenda.

Complete Stay in Place Order

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San Mateo County Close all Parks. Get on the same page.

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: March 27, 2020 1:30 PM Good News SMC Parks are Closed

This should be a no brainer, COVID-19 is a Virus with no cure, no vaccine, we don’t know how it spreads, we have first responders who wear PPE getting infected and San Mateo County Leaders think its ok to encourage people to leave their homes after Governor Newson issued a Stay in Home order, on top of San Mateo County Health Shelter in Place order. This is like the President saying go to Church on Easter Sunday.

From: Sabrina BRENNAN <sabrina@dfm.com>
Subject: CLOSE ALL SMC COUNTY PARKS
Date: March 27, 2020 at 11:37:01 AM PDT
To: Nicholas Calderon <NCalderon@smcgov.org>
Cc: Don Horsley <dhorsley@smcgov.org>, Deborah Hirst <dhirst@smcgov.org>, Chris Hunter <chris.hunter@asm.ca.gov>

Hello Nicholas, 
Please apply common sense and meet the moment!  
San Mateo County Parks message to “Keep Parks Open” is inconsistent with Scott Morrow’s message to the public and is giving the public the idea that it is just fine to go to your favorite park or beach. Your decision to keep County Parks open is straining local resources, especially the grocery markets, and absolutely increasing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yesterday, the public got into a yelling and screaming fight at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve after hours and sticks and logs were being thrown by visitors who appeared inebriated. I’m concerned that another bloody fist fight might breakout on the Pillar Point Bluff Trail as was the case not that long ago when an off leash dog walker got into a physical altercation with visitors and the Sheriff had to intervene.
Governor Newsom’s decision to close State Parks was wise; please follow his lead. I urge you to close all County Parks including the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Please take action and close County Parks TODAY before the weekend! 


Thank you,

Sabrina Brennan & Aimee Luthringer Moss Beach, CA

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Dave Pine <dpine@smcgov.org>

To:Michael Stogner,akeighran@burlingame.org,Adam Rak,t.livermore@woodsidetown.org,Herb Perez and 57 more…Fri, Mar 27 at 1:21 PM

We initially held off on closing the parks given the importance of getting outside and exercising and doing things for the good of one’s mental health.  But because of the overwhelming crowds at the parks, people not practicing social distancing, and the shortage of park personnel, we made the call today to close all the County Parks.  A public announcement will be going out soon.

Dave Pine

Dave Pine

Supervisor, District 1

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

400 County Center, 1st Floor

Redwood City, CA 94063

(650) 363-4571 (w)

(650) 814-3103 (m)

Beckmeyer, Sue <beckmeyers@ci.pacifica.ca.us>

To:Michael Stogner Fri, Mar 27 at 2:16 PM

Hi Michael,
The County Manager has closed all county parks as of today.
Regards,- Sue Beckmeyer   Pacifica Mayor pro Tem

San Mateo County Parks Announcement

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San Mateo County Elected Officials should be Decent Human Beings, Most are Not.

By Michael G. Stogner

Foster City Councilman Herb Perez is just one example. He will be removed and replaced April 1, 2020 when the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election results are Certified. San Mateo County Election Official Mark Church has stated the results will be certified by April 1, 2020 even though California Governor Gavin Newsom extended that date to April 22, 2020.

The Real Question here is what did every single elected official in San Mateo County do to remove Herb Perez from office as soon as they became aware of his behavior. Did any one of them contact Herb Perez by phone, letter or e-mail and suggest he apologize, provide the Black Belt to Julia Vo, promise to change his behavior etc or even resign to avoid a successful recall? It would be good for the public to know how many elected officials contacted Herb Perez.

What did they do to protect this child and her mother once they came forward with this video.

Video of Julia & Vy Vo

RECALL is the only Real Citizen Oversight it’s that simple.

First SMC Elected Official to respond to Article.

Martin, Deirdre <martind@ci.pacifica.ca.us>

To: Michael Stogner Fri, Mar 27 at 8:24 AM

I contacted Herb Perez about the way he treated Catherine Mahanpour during the nomination period for mayor pro tem in 2018/19.  His response was awful and I wrote him off at that point.

He is full of spit and vinegar.


Deirdre Martin
Mayor, City of Pacifica
170 Santa Maria Ave.
Pacifica, CA  94044
215.806.8217
martind@ci.pacifica.ca.us

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San Mateo County 8 Deaths in 1 Day. COVID-19

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: July 28, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 5198 118 Deaths

Update: July 27, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 5124 117 Deaths

Update: July 26, 2020 8:30 AM No Change

Update: July 25, 2022 8:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 5022 117 Deaths

Update: July 24, 2020 8;30 AM San Mateo County Cases 4957 117 Deaths

Update: July 23, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 4885 114 Deaths

Update: July 22, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases

Update: July 21, 2020 9:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 4674 114 Deaths

Update: July 20, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 4551 114 Deaths

Update: July 19, 2020 No Change

Update: July 18, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 4465 114 Deaths

Update: July 17, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 4403 114 Deaths

Update: July 16, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 4333 114 Deaths

Update: July 15, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 4254 114 Deaths

Update: July 14, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 4168 114 Deaths

Update: July 13, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 4045 112 Deaths

Update: July 12, 2020

Update: July 11, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3949 112 Deaths

Update: July 10, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3846 112 Deaths

Update: July 09, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3787 111 Deaths

Update: July 08, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3743 111 Deaths

Update: July 07, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3692 111 Deaths

Update: July 06, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3599 108 Deaths

Update: July 05, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3536 108 Deaths

Update: July 04, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3536 108 Deaths

Update: July 03, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3441 108 Deaths

Update: July 02, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3376 108 Deaths

Update: July 01, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3311 108 Deaths

Update June 30, 2020 8:00 PM San Mateo County Cases  3248 108 Deaths     

Update: June 29, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3141 106 Deaths

Update June 28, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3083 106 Deaths

Update: June 27, 2020 4:00 PM San Mateo County Cases 3083 106 Deaths

Update: June 26, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 3049 106 Deaths

Update: June 25, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 2996 104 Deaths

Update: June 24, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 2961 104 Deaths

Update: June 23, 2020 7:45 AM San Mateo County Cases 2901 104 Deaths

Update: June 22, 2020 9;30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2825 103 Deaths

Update: June 21, 2020 9:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2825 103 Deaths

Update: June 20, 2020 9:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2797 103 Deaths

Update: June 19, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2770 103 Deaths

Update: June 18, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2678 99 Deaths

Update: June 17, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2653 99 Deaths

Update: June 16, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2625 99 Deaths

Update June 15, 2020 *:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2591 99 Deaths

Update: June 13, 2020 8:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 2553 99 Deaths

Update: June 12, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2533 99 Deaths

Update: June 11, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2494 93 Deaths

Update: June 10, 2020 7:45 AM San Mateo County Cases 2475 93 Deaths

Update: June 09, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2437 93 Deaths

Update: June 08, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2394 88 Deaths

Update: June 07, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2342 88 Deaths

Update: June 06, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2330 88 Deaths

Update: June 05, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2299 88 Deaths

Update: June 04, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2255 84 Deaths

Update: June 03, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2212 84 Deaths

Update: June 02, 2020 8:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 2188 84 Deaths

Update: June 01, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2169 84 Deaths

Update: May 31, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2129 84 Deaths

Update: May 30, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2104 84 Deaths

Update: May 29, 2020 7:45 AM San Mateo County Cases 2061 84 Deaths

Update: May 28, 2020 7:00 PM San Mateo County Cases 2045 82 Deaths

Update: May 27, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 2022 82 Deaths

Update: May 26, 2020 9:28 AM San Mateo County Cases 1940 82 Deaths

Update: May 25, 2020 7:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1925 76 Deaths

Update: May 24, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1847 76 Deaths

Update: May 23, 2020 7:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 1791 76 Deaths

Update: May 21, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1738 75 Deaths

Update: May 20, 2020 9:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1701 75 Deaths

Update: May 19, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1687 75 Deaths

Update: May 18, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1680 68 Deaths

Update: May 17, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1652 68 Deaths

Update: May 16, 2020 3:30 PM San Mateo County Cases 1612 67 Deaths

Update: May 15, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1575 66 Deaths

Update: May 14, 2020 7:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1536 66 Deaths

Update: May 13, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1515 65 Deaths

Update: May 12, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1497 65 Deaths

Update: May 11, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1464 65 Deaths

Update: May 10, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1453 65 Deaths

Update: May 09, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1425 62 Deaths

Update: May 08, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1398 57 Deaths

Update: May 07, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1377 56 Deaths

Update: May 06, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1341 56 Deaths

Update: May 05, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1315 56 Deaths

Update: May 04, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1281 52 Deaths

Update: May 03, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1268 51 Deaths

Update: May 02, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1233 51 Deaths

Update May 01, 2020 7:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1197 51 Deaths

Update: April 30, 2020 7:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1171 48 Deaths

Update: April 29, 2020 7:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1136 48 Deaths

Update: April 28, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 1099 48 Deaths

Update: April 27, 2020 2:00 PM San Mateo County Cases 1080 46 Deaths

Update: April 27, 2020 1:00PM San Mateo County Cases 1080 43 Deaths

Update: April 26, 2020 5:30 PM San Mateo County Cases 1054 43 Deaths

Update: April 26, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 1019 43 Deaths

Update: April 25, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 1019 41 Deaths

Update: April 24, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 989 41 Deaths

Update: April 23, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 966 39 Deaths

Update: April 22, 2020 8:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 958 39 Deaths

Update: April 21, 2020 10 :00 AM San Mateo County Case 935 39 Deaths

Update: April 21, 2020 8:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 935 28 Deaths

Update: April 20, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 920 28 Deaths

Update: April 19, 2020 no data reported.

Update: April 18, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 838 28 Deaths

Update: April 17, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 797 28 Deaths

Update : April 16, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 767 28 Deaths

Update: April 15, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 751 21 Deaths

Update: April 14, 2020 7:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 747 21 Deaths

Update: April 13, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 701 21 Deaths

Update: April 11, 2020 10:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 652 21 Deaths

Update: April 10, 2020 10:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 638 21 Deaths

Update: April 9, 2020 8:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 633 21 Deaths

Update: April 8, 2020 11:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 617 21 Deaths

Update: April 7, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 589 21 Deaths

Update: April 6, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 579 13 Deaths

Update: April 5, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 555 13 Deaths

Update: April 4, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 538 13 Deaths

Update: April 3, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 486 13 Deaths

Update: April 2, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 453 10 Deaths

Update: April 1, 2020 8:45 AM San Mateo County Cases 388 10 Deaths

Update: March 31, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 309 10 Deaths

Update: March 30, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 309 6 Deaths

Update: March 29, 2020 9:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 277 6 Deaths

Update: March 28, 2020 9:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 274 6 Deaths

Update: March 27, 2020 8:30 AM San Mateo County Cases 239 6 Deaths

Update: March 26, 2020 9:00 AM San Mateo County Cases 195 5 Deaths.

San Mateo County as of this morning reported 165 Cases with 5 Deaths. Up until today total cases were 161 with 1 Death. That’s 4 Deaths in one day.

That is a 3% Fatality Rate at this time.

You and only you are responsible for your Health and Safety.

Remember There is no cure, no vaccine and even if you test positive most likely you will be sent home.

Best of health to you

San Mateo County Health Website

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Good News, for San Mateo County Landlords Foreclosures Halted.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which backstop about $5 trillion of mortgages, have also halted foreclosures for 60 days under orders from the FHFA.

Debt relief for landlords who don’t evict

Fannie and Freddie offer forbearance on multifamily loans.

By Jesse Westbrook

Many landlords may be allowed to fall behind on their mortgage payments amid the coronavirus outbreak in return for not kicking renters out of their apartments.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency said Monday that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will grant mortgage forbearance to owners of multifamily properties in exchange for suspending evictions. The move applies to all Fannie- and Freddie-backed mortgages in situations where renters can’t afford to make their monthly payments due to the outbreak.

“Renters should not have to worry about being evicted from their home, and property owners should not have to worry about losing their building,” FHFA Director Mark Calabria said in the statement. “The multifamily forbearance and eviction suspension offered by the enterprises should bring peace of mind to millions of families.”

Fannie and Freddie, which are regulated by the FHFA, don’t make loans. Instead, they buy mortgages from lenders and package them into securities. The companies provide guarantees on the securities to protect investors in case borrowers default, a process that keeps the mortgage market humming.

The FHFA announced this month that Fannie and Freddie would provide payment forbearance for single-family residences provided that borrowers could demonstrate hardship from the novel coronavirus.

Such forbearance could allow monthly mortgage payments to be suspended for as long as a year.

Fannie and Freddie, which backstop about $5 trillion of mortgages, have also halted foreclosures for 60 days under orders from the FHFA.

Westbrook writes for Bloomberg.

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San Mateo County Courts Closed for 60 Days.

By Michael G. Stogner

All courts in the State of California are closed and cases are delayed for 60 days. Better late then never, this was a no-brainer. San Mateo County Supervisors might take this time and finally secure the 400 County Center Building as they should have years ago. People entering the building without going through the metal detectors every single day.

Hon. Judge Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye Order

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye said in her order that court facilities were “ill-equipped to effectively allow the social distancing and other public health requirements” that have been imposed across California to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Menlo Park Fire District has 6 Firefighters at home. COVID-19 Issues

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: March 24, 2020 On more Firefighter is home for a total of 7

Policy changes: Firefighters will now wear medical gloves, masks and safety glasses when responding to medical calls, said Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

Patients, will be asked to meet firefighters outside if possible.

“We can’t afford to have our first responders on the sidelines while they are waiting for testing, testing results and/or to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine, if they are symptom-free,” Schapelhouman said. “If this gets worse, which is what we are planning and preparing for, then it could become both overwhelming and unsustainable.”

Schapelhouman said the goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep the district fully functional.

Schapelhouman said firefighters so far have responded to at least a dozen suspected COVID-19 incidents.

Most recently, three firefighters treated a man who later tested positive for the deadly respiratory disease. They wore proper protective equipment, or PPE, during the call, but not safety glasses, and were “considered exposed” because their eyes could have been exposed to vaporized mist from a nebulizer the man was given to help him breathe.

Schapelhouman said the firefighters have not exhibited any symptoms but will remain in quarantine until March 28.

“That incident made us take a big step back and collectively look at what was being recommended, what we were doing, and say, ‘We can do better so that this doesn’t happen again,’” he said.

Two more firefighters were also sidelined after treating an ill man with a wife who is hospitalized with the virus, Schapelhouman said. One tested negative for COVID-19 and results are pending for the other.

Schapelhouman said a sixth firefighter self-isolated for 14 days after he was possibly exposed at a training center in San Jose, where at least 13 firefighters have tested positive.

Along with the additional safety gear, the fire district is rolling out a two-person unit to handle suspected COVID-19 incidents, Schapelhouman said. More units will be added based on demand.

“At some point, we know our firefighters will contract COVID-19,” Schapelhouman said. “Most are not in the risk categories and all are extremely healthy and fit based upon the daily expectations of our profession, but our collective goal is to delay, or stop, spread for as long as possible.”

Menlo Park Fire District is just one in San Mateo County there are several. This is just an example of how quickly things change. All first responders and medical personnel must have the P.P.E. to do the job they all want to do and the job the public is counting on them to do.

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San Mateo County Election Results Extended 21 Days by Gov. Newsom.

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: March 23, 2020 Mark Church says the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election will be Certified April 1, 2020 barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Public Trust is the Key to Government Functioning. That includes all branches, Sheriff , District Attorney, Judges, Probation, Public Health, County Manager, County Counsel and yes Elections.

Why did Mark Church stop publishing the vote tally? Santa Clara County has continued to update on the schedule they told the public they would.

What difference does it make you might ask? For Foster City Residents it makes a big difference having Herb Perez an elected official recalled remain in office until the vote is certified. For District 13 Senate Race where Sally Lieber is in second place behind Josh Becker in Santa Clara County and she is leading Alexander Glew by 8,499 votes there. This one Senate seat involves both San Mateo County & Santa Clara County. Most of the Political Players in SMC do not want Sally Lieber in the picture. I’ll just give one example the SMDJ with 84,000 viewers wrote an article on Feb. 3, 2020 just in time to influence mail in voters they did not mention Sally Lieber and a few others. They endorsed a candidate who is not in the running. Today Sally Lieber is 1,164 votes out of Second Place where top two vote getters go to the November Election.

The March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election results deadline has been extended 21 Days by Governor Gavin Newsom. So final results will be April 22, 2020. As you know Mark Church has not provided an update since March 13, 2020. He also doesn’t seem to know about this order. It’s not on his website.

Here is what is on SMC website March 22, 2020

Important Information about Election Results

The Registration & Elections Division is shifting to minimal staffing for COVID-19 mitigation. In compliance with the order from the County Health Officer, the Elections Division located at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17 as a precautionary measure. 

The Registration & Elections Division will continue to process all ballots as normal. The election will be certified no later than April 1, 2020, within the statutory deadline. The next results report will be the official Statement of the Vote.

Vote by Mail Ballots received: 198,265
This information is a raw count estimate as of 5 p.m. March 13, 2020 that is subject to change and updated daily.

There was supposed to be a March 17, 2020 update.

San Mateo County Residents remember the recent Measure W passing in the last two days of Mark Church reporting. It failed every reporting date up to the last two….

Measure W article

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California Coastal Commission Chairman Steve Padilla COVID-19 Positive.

By Michael G. Stogner

This article is from todays LATIMES. Anybody can catch this Virus.

Head of coastal panel in ICU
At least one other person at meeting last week has tested positive for virus.
By Rosanna Xia
The chairman of the California Coastal Commission, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, has been admitted to an intensive care unit, according to his family and staff.
At least one other person who attended the Coastal Commission meeting last week has since tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolated. All commissioners and commission staff are now self-isolating and monitoring their health for signs of illness.
“After experiencing worsening symptoms, Steve Padilla was admitted to UC [San Diego] Thornton Hospital ICU where he is receiving additional treatment, including a respirator to aid with difficulty breathing associated with COVID-19,” his daughter, Ashleigh Padilla, wrote in a statement late Thursday.
“I know his amazing doctors and nurses are doing everything they can to send him home healthy when this is all over.”
Padilla had left last week’s Coastal Commission meeting in Santa Cruz after developing sudden symptoms. He said late Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and was doing well back home and recovering.
“This is a scary time. My symptoms — fever, body aches, headaches, chills — came on very rapidly,” Padilla, who also serves on the Chula Vista City Council, told his community over the weekend.
“My main concern now is for the well-being of others. My friends and family have been informed and are taking the necessary steps — but it’s my duty to be transparent for the entire community. I must be mindful of all I’ve come in contact with in my service as your councilman and coastal commissioner.”
When asked where he thought he may have caught the virus, he said the only thing he could think of was that he had passed through the international airport in San Jose, where a number of TSA agents had tested positive.
The Coastal Commission, which plans and regulates development along the state’s 1,200-mile coastline, meets every month for three days in cities up and down the state.
Attendance was lighter than usual at the meeting March 11, 12 and 13 at the Hilton Santa Cruz hotel, in Scotts Valley, as heightened anxiety over COVID-19 rippled across the state.
Still, dozens had shown up to express their concerns about desalination and water treatment infrastructure on the coast, beach parking fees and curfews at Cowell and Main beaches in Santa Cruz.
Many issues on the agenda had been postponed or canceled, and one could almost feel the room jump whenever someone coughed.
Lawyers, lobbyists, environmentalists and coastal officials elbow-bumped one another instead of shaking hands, and everyone laughed — but was also relieved — to see commission staff run to the microphone with Clorox wipes in between each person who stepped to the lectern to give their three minutes of comment.
A longtime coastal commissioner, Padilla was appointed to the 12-member board by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. He was recently elected by fellow commissioners to lead the statewide panel.
Jack Ainsworth, the commission’s executive director, had informed the staff and the public that the commission was looking into ways to host its April meeting, scheduled to be held in Oxnard City Hall, online instead.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom issued Statewide Stay in Home Order effective tonight.

By Michael G. Stogner

Governor Gavin Newsom

Video of his order

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