In my district, Gavin Newsom's curfew is a dead letter. All three Sheriffs are not enforcing it, trusting people to make their own decisions. The same is true of many Sheriffs across California.
Collective action at the local level can be a powerful counterweight against Newsom’s one-man rule. That’s why I’ve written the Healthy Communities Resolution, which is now being considered by the Board of Supervisors in 15 counties.
The Resolution comes out of the Conference of North State Representatives we convened in Red Bluff. I worked with James Gallagher and other legislators to crystallize the points of agreement from the Conference into a Resolution for each county’s Board of Supervisors to consider and adapt as they see fit. Here are a few of the introductory clauses:
The Resolution concludes that “these facts demonstrate a need for collective and unified action from our county and surrounding communities,” including:
While we’ve sent the Healthy Communities Resolution to the 15 Northern California counties at the Conference, any county can pass it. So you can get in touch with your Board of Supervisors to have it considered no matter where you live. A copy of the sample Resolution along with our letter to county leaders is here.
For all of California government’s shortcomings, it nevertheless contains a rich institutional tapestry interwoven with 170 years of history. These institutions provide distinct reserves of power, sites for organizing, and vehicles for opposition.
Gavin Newsom can only turn California into a full-fledged autocracy if we let him. So let’s not let him.
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Two New Cases of COVID-19, One Hospitalized in Sierra County
As of November 23, 2020, Sierra County Public Health has confirmed two new positive COVID-19 cases in Sierra County and is reporting its first hospitalization due to COVID-19. Cases are isolating and outreach to close contacts is ongoing; all close contacts identified will be contacted by a member of Public Health. Based on guidance from the CDC, you will be considered a close contact if you fall into one of these categories:
Sparks, NV, November 23, 2020- The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is maximizing Giving Tuesday donations with a match offer to help to fund their Child Nutrition programs, which support children who face hunger through a variety of programs. With the support of John Anderson Construction, and their generous matching donation, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada is able to triple Giving Tuesday donations to help with this vital initiative. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada supports children through programs like school based food pantries, Kids Cafe, which feeds kids when they are out of school, Back-Pack Kids program and Mobile Harvest. Their goal for the Giving Tuesday Campaign is to raise an additional 45,000 meals to help children who face hunger throughout northern Nevada and the eastern slope of the Sierra in California.
"Child Hunger is a problem in that we must address in order to have a healthy community,” said Nicole Lamboley, president & CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. “This year has been tough for everyone, and especially for families with children in the household. We want to make sure that we are prepared to meet these significant increases that we are seeing so that all children have access to the food they need to be healthy.”
Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 1 and those who would like to support the effort can do so at fbnn.org.
A study by Feeding America that was updated in October 2020, The Impact of the CoronavIrus on Food Insecurity, projects that the rate of child food insecurity will reach 32.3% in Nevada by the end of this year, which will tie us (with Louisiana) for the highest food insecurity rate in the nation. This represents a 65% increase in child food insecurity in two years moving us from 9th in the nation to 1st.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As Californians plan for the Thanksgiving holiday during the ongoing pandemic, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reminds everyone the rules of driving safety are just as crucial as ever.
To encourage safe travel, the CHP will enact a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) beginning at 6:01 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 29. During the MEP, CHP officers will be actively looking for unsafe driving practices as well as helping motorists in need.
“This year has presented us with many unforeseen challenges, but safety is still our priority,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “If you choose to travel this Thanksgiving weekend, our goal is to help motorists arrive at their destination without incident.”
Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, traffic may be a bit lighter, but this is not an invitation to speed to your destination. The rules of the road still apply, and motorists should avoid driving tired, impaired, or distracted. Additionally, in an effort to reduce COVID-19 transmission, Governor Gavin Newsom has instituted a limited stay at home order from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and a travel advisory, encouraging people to only go about essential activities during those hours and to self-quarantine for 14 days if they are arriving from another state or country.
Those who must be on the road, remember to buckle up. Proper seat belt use is the single most effective way to save a life in the event of a crash. When you are traveling for the holiday, or any time of the year, make sure everyone in the vehicle is safely secured before even starting the car, and that includes children being in the correct child safety seats.
During the 2019 Thanksgiving MEP, 42 people died on California roadways. Of the 27 who died within CHP jurisdiction, 11 were not wearing seat belts. The CHP also made 867 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.
California Dental Association reminds public that dentistry is an essential health care service during pandemic
Sacramento, Calif. — With most of the state under a new California Department of Public Health Limited Stay at Home order, the California Dental Association reminds the public that dental care is an essential health care service and dental practices remain open.
Under guidance from the California Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dental practices adhere to strict infection control guidelines and office protocols to safely provide oral health care during the pandemic.
“Oral health is essential to overall health and we want Californians to know that dentists are prepared to safely provide care and meet their patients’ oral health care needs,” said Dr. Richard Nagy, president of the California Dental Association.
To minimize the risk of infection, dental practices follow very strict infection control guidelines to protect patients and staff, including:
To keep teeth and gums healthy, CDA urges Californians to brush two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss regularly, avoid sugary drinks and visit a dentist for regular checkups to diagnose dental problems early when they are easier to treat. To help keep children out of dental pain, parents should provide each family member with his or her own toothbrush, spoon, fork or cup; wipe infants’ gums twice a day with a washcloth; clean pacifiers and bottles with soap and water, not spit; put only water in a baby’s bottle at bedtime; and help children brush and floss until they have mastered the skill — usually around age 7.
About the California Dental Association
The California Dental Association is the non-profit organization representing organized dentistry in California. Founded in 1870, CDA is committed to the success of our members in service to their patients and the public. CDA also contributes to the oral health of Californians through various comprehensive programs and advocacy. CDA’s membership consists of more than 27,000 dentists, making it the largest constituent of the American Dental Association. For more information, visit cda.org. # # #
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Your Employees Kept You Going This Year.
While scrambling to keep their business alive in tough times, leaders may forget to
thank someone essential: their employees. Deb Boelkes says it’s time for that to change.
And she shares some heartfelt ways to show gratitude this Thanksgiving.
Jacksonville, FL (November 2020)—Thanksgiving might look a little different for your employees this year. They may not be doing much traveling due to COVID-19, and their family gatherings are likely to be small, quiet affairs. But Deb Boelkes says leaders can make Turkey Day special by giving workers the heartfelt “thank-you” they deserve and need right now.
“For the better part of 2020, employees have kept businesses going strong,” says Boelkes, author of Heartfelt Leadership: How to Capture the Top Spot and Keep on Soaring(Business World Rising, 2020, ISBN: 978-1-734-07613-4, $19.95). “They’ve worked long hours, coped with the stressors of the pandemic, and done what’s necessary to function in unprecedented chaos. Not only is the Thanksgiving holiday a much-deserved break, it’s also the perfect time to honor their hard work with messages and gestures of thanks and appreciation.”
Saying thank you isn’t just a nice thing to do during the holidays. It’s smart business year-round. It positively impacts everything from employee well-being to job satisfaction to motivation to productivity. It’s a powerhouse tool for building engagement. It may even be a pathway to a more empathetic and emotionally intelligent workplace, notes Boelkes.
“When a leader begins saying thank you on a regular basis, it truly can boost positive emotions throughout the workforce,” she says. “In fact, it can unleash a chain reaction of gratitude in which everyone becomes more appreciative of each other. In hard times, this can make the workplace a haven.”
With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, now is the perfect time to step up your gratitude game. Here’s how:
Take a pre-Turkey Day celebration break. Do you regularly set aside time to recognize and celebrate employee accomplishments? If not, now is a great time to get started. Take an afternoon before the holiday break for a celebration calling out the great work people have been doing. For employees working on-site, you might hold a socially distanced pizza party, for instance (they’ll have enough turkey soon!). And don’t forget remote employees: Simply request that everyone finish up half an hour early and host a Zoom happy hour. While everyone is enjoying their snacks and sodas, take a few minutes to say thank you to each employee.
“Get specific about how their hard work has helped the company and share a few things you have noticed that they do especially well,” suggests Boelkes. “Then open it up for employees to thank and compliment one another. It’s a great way to create a sense of unity and camaraderie while people are physically separated.”
Put your “thank-you” on (festive) paper. The uniqueness of a handwritten note—especially in this age of emails, Facebook posts, and tweets—will not go unnoticed. Pick up some beautiful paper in fall colors (or maybe seasonally themed greeting cards) and write a heartfelt letter of thanks to your employees. Simple words of gratitude and encouragement are always uplifting. And if you want to call out someone’s exceptional performance on a recent project, it will be greatly appreciated.
As Paul Spiegelman, cofounder of the Small Giants Community, shared, “That note you can get from someone…that says, ‘thank you, you’ve changed my life’…is much more powerful, much more valuable, than any amount of money I could have in the bank.”
Extend the gratitude to family members as well. The simple act of sending a special thank-you note to an employee’s spouse, parent, or child can have an exponential impact. (After months of Zoom meetings, you may already be on a first-name basis with them as well!) This thank-you can help strengthen the high performer’s personal life, especially when his/her partner or other family member may have felt he/she, too, had sacrificed—from family time lost—as a result of the dedicated effort extended by this hardworking relation.
Want to go the extra mile? Consider sending the family a pecan pie or a pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving dessert.
Be especially generous with flex time… When everyone is stressed and overworked, giving people some freedom with their work schedule helps them stay sane—especially near the holidays when people might feel stressed and overextended. If someone’s life can be made easier by working a half-day in the morning and finishing their work in the evening, be as accommodating as possible. Also try to make yourself available to them on their schedule if you can. This is a big way to let them know you care.
…And encourage time off, now and going forward. You might go ahead and give your team the Wednesday off before Thanksgiving as well as the Friday afterward. Encourage them to spend the time relaxing. But don’t stop there. Encouraging people to take mental health days from time to time, as well as their regular vacation days, is a great way to say thank you. Also, periodically, dismiss your team early or tell them to come in late the following day. In these days of remote work, employees need reminders that they can make time to recharge and take breaks.
“During a time when everyone needs a boost of positivity, don’t underestimate the power of thank-you,” concludes Boelkes. “It can do amazing things for morale and make your team unstoppable, even in a pandemic. And saying thank you feels good. It rewards the giver as much as it rewards the recipient. Express it freely and you will keep the gratitude flowing during Thanksgiving and beyond.”
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About the Author:
Deb Boelkes is the award-winning author of The WOW Factor Workplace: How to Create a Best Place to Work Culture and Heartfelt Leadership: How to Capture the Top Spot and Keep on Soaring.
Dr. Glenn Mollette
Now is the time to develop your plan for avoiding a blue holiday season and having a merry holiday season. I love Elvis' song Blue Christmas, but I don't want to have one. However, In the best of times holiday blues strike most people.
If you are missing a significant person in your life the blues are inevitable. You miss them sitting at your table. You miss them coming in your home. You are reminded of how much that person meant to you. Holiday shows don't often help. While some are festive, they often remind us of the voids we have in our lives. We don't always enjoy songs like I'll be home for Christmas because we know that often home is a past memory. Being reminded of the past is not always warm and fuzzy.
Social isolation will only make this year tougher. The best in life are the friends, family and positive relationships we have. Talking on the telephone, video chats, and good human relationship connections are important for your spirit.
Churches, groups, fraternal organizations etc. need to think about reaching out to people this season. Real, actual communication is the key. People don't need more Robocalls, more Facebook videos or mail to read. People need real human interaction and this may be the toughest December in our modern history to have this.
Sunday school classes, senior adult organizations, school organizations, classes, teams, should coordinate efforts to reach out to each other and to others. Letting others know you are thinking about them with positive reinforcement will be critical this holiday season.
Suicide happens too much during the holiday season. With Covid-19, unemployment and so many issues facing our planet, the environment for an upsurge of suicide is ripe. People can be saved from this by us all helping each other.
Make a holiday telephone list of people you are going to call often between now and January 1. You may call them every week. Or, it may be someone who needs a call every two or three days. Keep the calls brief. Often five or ten minutes will be a boost to someone. If you text message or video chat then commit to connecting with others with occasional chats and brief hellos.
One of the ways to boost your spirit to be helpful. Who can you help this holiday? How can you help your local school? How can you help someone who is hurting more than you? How can you help a local human aid group or senior citizen's group? You may know people who have lost loved ones. If you do, it helps to talk to others and say, "I know how you feel and what you are going through." There are people all around who may not be suffering as much as you. When you take your mind off yourself to help someone else, then you will find your load will be a little lighter and your spirit brighter.
The blues may sneak up on us this season. However, begin making your game plan now for overcoming and moving beyond them.
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