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Groups rally in downtown San Diego for rent, child care help

Groups rally in downtown San Diego for rent, child care help

A pair of protests collided in front of State Sen. Toni Atkins’ downtown San Diego office Friday morning, and joined forces to call for help. Members from the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment gathered to tell Atkins to support Assembly Bill 1436, which would extend the eviction moratorium until April 1, 2021. They say it’s the only way to protect people who haven’t been able to pay rent because of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, a car rally organized by UDW/AFSCME Local 3930 demanded a new tax on California billionaires to help pay for child care and shore up holes […]

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California child care workers’ union on hold while they struggle with supplies, safety

California child care workers' union on hold while they struggle with supplies, safety

Gabriella Cisneros looks after 14 children at her home day care outside San Diego and is down to her last bottle of Clorox wipes. A private childcare operator, she has a few rolls of paper towels and a little hand sanitizer left, but she doesn’t know how long those will last so that she can keep the kids, and her livelihood, safe. It’s the latest concern for these crucial workers who make sure grocery store employees, EMTs, nurses, doctors, police officers and others on the front line can work and know their children are safe. But Cisneros, 38, said dwindling […]

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For in-home care workers, the job continues despite shortages in PPE

For in-home care workers, the job continues despite shortages in PPE

Aurora Sanchez noticed her mother, Maria Ocampo, was sick with what would later be diagnosed as the new coronavirus March 25. Sanchez first realized something was wrong when she tried to wake up a sleeping Ocampo in the mother’s Bakersfield home, and felt the 86-year-old “burning up.” A thermometer would reveal Ocampo had a temperature of 104 degrees, and soon after being woken she began hallucinating and saying things that didn’t make sense. That’s when Sanchez says she screamed to her sister for help. Ocampo was rushed to the hospital, where she spent three days before returning home. Her illness has required Sanchez and two […]

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“We are on our own”: How the coronavirus pandemic is hurting child care workers

“We are on our own”: How the coronavirus pandemic is hurting child care workers

Miren Algorri has been a licensed day care provider for 22 years — her 23rd anniversary is coming up this month. Ordinarily, Algorri and her assistant take care of up to 14 kids in her home in Chula Vista, California. The youngest right now is 16 months old. “We still rock him to sleep,” Algorri said. The oldest is 8, and she has been caring for him for six years. But on Tuesday, she told Vox, “I am sad to announce that today we have zero attendance.” Algorri was still technically open on Tuesday, and said she hopes to stay […]

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Most In-Home Caregivers Receive Low Pay and No Protective Gear

Most In-Home Caregivers Receive Low Pay and No Protective Gear

Carnella Marks considers herself lucky. She lives in Chico and has some masks left over from the Camp Fire a few years ago. She’s using them to try and make sure she doesn’t catch coronavirus or pass it along to her 71 year-old father-in-law Albert, who she cares for. He lives with Marks, her husband, and her thirteen-year-old twins. Marks is an in-home support service (IHSS) worker in Butte County. Like many of the state’s half a million IHSS workers, she takes care of a family member. Mark’s father-in-law has a severe case of Alzheimer’s. He also has heart and […]

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