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Ask an Expert: All Things Coronavirus, Coronavirus Contact Tracing, 2020 Season of Minor League Baseball is Cancelled




OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 16: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a a news conference about the state's efforts on the homelessness crisis on January 16, 2020 in Oakland, California. Newsom was joined by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to announce that Oakland will receive 15 unused FEMA trailers for the city to use as temporary housing and as mobile health and social services clinics for the homeless. Newsom signed on executive order on January 8 to deploy 100 trailers and crisis response teams to areas in need across the state.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 16: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a a news conference about the state's efforts on the homelessness crisis on January 16, 2020 in Oakland, California. Newsom was joined by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to announce that Oakland will receive 15 unused FEMA trailers for the city to use as temporary housing and as mobile health and social services clinics for the homeless. Newsom signed on executive order on January 8 to deploy 100 trailers and crisis response teams to areas in need across the state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Ask an Expert: All Things Coronavirus

The spike in COVID-19 cases has prompted the Governor to hit pause on the reopening of the state - and actually roll back permissions he had given to various places.Any activity indoors - be it dining or a visit to a museum - has been significantly curtailed for the next few weeks. It’s no doubt giving everyone a bit of whiplash...to be given a taste of normalcy...only to have it taken away...and it just underscores how persistent this virus is.

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Coronavirus Contact Tracing

As protests continue in the streets about racial inequities in policing... the coronavirus pandemic continues to disproportionately affect communities of color. And as the state develops strategies to contain the virus... such as contact tracing... it's focused on recruiting people who speak multiple languages to reach those hardest hit communities.The thing is, these are sensitive conversations.. and as KQED's health correspondent April Dembosky explains... tracers who can talk to people in their native language... are more likely to break through.

Urban Parks 

LA has a dearth of parks and reinvesting in green spaces, especially near communities of color, is one of the top agenda items for activists. We find out why equal access to parks is important.

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Police De-escalation

Since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, a lot of attention has been paid to "the talk" - the conversation Black and Brown parents have with their children about handling interactions with law enforcement. But some parents are going even further. Olivia Richard reports on a mentoring program run by the 100 Black Men Organization. 

2020 Season of Minor League Baseball is Cancelled

Major League Baseball is putting plans in the works to get a 60 game season going, but for minor league baseball, they'll have to sit this one out. On Tuesday it was announced that the season was cancelled for all 160 affiliated minor league baseball teams across the US and the worst part is some may never make it back. 

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TBT: Ballard Mountain

The aftermath of George Floyd's killing while in police custody has sparked a movement in more ways than one. Particularly in how we look back on our own history and some of the uncomfortable truths it can reveal. So, for today's Throwback Thursday we're talking about John Ballard, recognized as the first African-American man to settle in the hills above Malibu... in an area known now as Ballard Mountain. 

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