In CA: Governor scolds rural counties reopening ahead of his orders, says it's 'big mistake'
Wednesday, 6 May 2020 Gavin Newsom says Yuba and Sutter counties are putting employees and residents at risk. In other news, the state sues Uber and Lyft for failing to comply with new gig worker rules. And the high court hears a case on 'pension spiking.'
Naya Rivera’s four-year-old son told police he watched her disappear beneath the water at the California lake she is feared to have drowned at, an officer has said.Police told the PA news agency that Josey Hollis, who is safe and well, observed his mother disappear under the waves during their boating trip on Wednesday.There is no evidence to suggest Rivera, 33, left Lake Piru, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office sergeant Kevin Donoghue said.
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Thousands of inmates in California state prisons could be released as early as August. This is in an attempt to curb the spread of covid-19, a frequently deadly disease. The disease itself is caused by the novel coronavirus strain SARS-CoV-2 reports Gizmodo. An estimated 8,000 incarcerated individuals could be released by the end of next month. This measure is meant to create space to allow prisons to better implement safety protocols.
Of Friday, the search for the body of "Glee" actress Naya Rivera resumed. CNN reports that Rivera went missing from a lake in Southern California. She is presumed dead following a boat ride she took Wednesday with her four-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey. Rivera came to Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, north of Los Angeles, around 1 p.m. PST on Wednesday. Officials said more that 80 people were involved in the search for Rivera.
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday said there has been a "significant increase" in wildfires this year compared to last year and encouraged residents to mitigate "the loss of lives and property" due to wildfires "in the same spirit" of COVID-19 mitigation.
The NY Times and Business Insider report that Uber is holding acquisition talks with food delivery startup Postmates. Earlier this year Uber was reported to be holding acquisition talks with Grubhub. But those talks reportedly fell through. In mid-June Grubhub announced it was merging with Just Eat. Postmates is smaller than Grubhub, and would be more amenable to a take-over.
Just Eat Takeaway, a food-delivery service based in Europe, bought Grubhub. According to Gizmodo, while sales have spiked, operation costs have also been high. The acquisition of Grubhub makes it the largest digital food delivery service operator outside of China. Stories analyzing the deal pointed out a European deal was less likely to get blocked by antitrust regulators. Before Just Eat Takeaway acquired Grubhub, Uber wanted to also buy the food-delivery service.
California's Public Utilities Commission made an order Tuesday regarding Uber and Lyft drivers. All drivers are "presumed to be employees" under AB-5, the state's new gig work law. The agency said they must now comply with existing regulations related to employees. The ruling is a significant defeat for Uber and Lyft, which had argued publicly and in lawsuits. Their argument was that their drivers were properly classified as independent contractors.
Reuters Lyft said some cities were starting to see significant rebounds following the coronavirus' decimation of ride-hailing requests. Overall, US rides were up 26% in May compared to April, with some cities like Austin, Texas up as much as 73%. Shares of Lyft rose about 4% in after-hours trading as investors welcomed the rebound. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Uber and Lyft said they'll suspend rides and deliveries in cities where curfews are issued. Over the weekend, Uber temporarily shut down in parts of country says Business Insider. California, Minnesota, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and others have enacted curfews. Rentable scooters have also become a mainstay of protests. Lime says it's removing vehicles from select cities. The companies hope to discourage people from using their companies to get to protests.
· *All Lyft drivers and passengers will soon be required to wear masks, the company said Thursday. *
· *The app will also prompt users to avoid the front... Business Insider Also reported by •TechCrunch •Mashable