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San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to permanently ban landlords from evicting tenants who failed to pay rent due to the Covid-19 crisis.
What this means is if you are a San Francisco resident, and your health or livelihood was impacted by the coronavirus, you can not be legally evicted for failure to pay your rent.
The law applies solely to rental payments missed while the city's state of emergency was in effect. The law also prohibits fees, penalties, interest and other charges normally faced by tenants as a result of falling behind on rent during the crisis.
The bill, introduced by District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston, must still be approved on second reading, Bizjournals.com reports.
Preston stressed that tenants are still obligated to pay their rent and that past due rent incurred during the state of emergency would become "akin to consumer debt" that landlords can pursue in small claims court without using the threat of eviction.
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San Francisco police will no longer respond to neighbor disputes, road rage disputes, school discipline calls, or other non-criminal calls, ABC7 reports.
The change is part of police reform efforts in response to nationwide calls by Black Lives Matter to defund police departments after widely publicized deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of police.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed released her police reform plan Thursday morning.
Under the new proposal, uniformed officers will no longer respond to non-criminal calls. They will be replaced by "trained and non-armed professionals" who will attempt to resolve the dispute.
The mayor's office said her plan will help lessen the response of armed officers to San Francisco schools or neighbor disputes.
As part of the mayor's plan, military-style AR-15 weapons will be banned in the police dept., as well as tear gas, bayonets and tanks.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he does not support Black Lives Matter-LA's demand to defund the police department's $1.8 billion operating budget by 90%.
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A Fox News host is being called homophobic for his comments about San Francisco's "shelter in place" order. San Francisco was the first city to order residents to stay home during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
Mark Steyn, who is a Fox News guest host, was filling in for Rush Limbaugh, who is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.
Steyn told Limbaugh's radio listeners that the Bay Area is under quarantine because of "gay guys." He said San Francisco is under a "shelter in place" order to stay home because "a big gay apocalypse" would be blamed on President Donald Trump.
The coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly population, particularly those with weak immunity, chronic illnesses such as AIDS, COPD and other respiratory-related problems.
"San Francisco has just ordered everyone to shelter in place, just to say, 'Stay in your apartment. Don't leave your apartment unless you need to go out to a grocery store or to a pharmacy or to a doctor's.' Why are they doing that?" Steyn asked. "Why is San Francisco the first to do that? Because they've got all the gay guys there."
He added San Francisco is "a big gay town," and they're the ones with all the compromised immune systems from all the protease inhibitors and all the other stuff. And they don't want all the gays dropping dead on the San Francisco mayor's watch. So that's why they've got all that sheltering in place there."
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has refused to order or approve a lockdown for any city within the state, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio threatening to order a lockdown of NYC.
Mass hysteria over the coronavirus outbreak drove the stock market down another 2,000 points on Wednesday, triggering a breaker that halted all trading for 15 minutes.
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Al Roker has left NBC's Today after a staffer tested positive for the Coronavirus, dubbed Covid-19.
Roker, 65, is one of America's best known weather forecasters. He and Craig Melvin did not appear on Monday's episode of Today after one of the staffers tested positive for the Coronavirus.
NBC learned of the staffer's positive test on Sunday night and informed the anchors. The network is trying to determine whether to cancel tapings of the show.
"Both are fine right now, they feel good, but caution is the order of the day," said co-host Savannah Guthrie on the show.
In 2002, the portly Roker underwent gastric bypass surgery to lose weight. Eight months later, he dropped 100 pounds.
Today is asking all employees who came in contact with the staffer to self-isolate for 14 days. Employees the show's third hour were asked to work from home.
Over 4,000 people in the U.S. are confirmed positive with 71 deaths. The average age of the people who died is 80.
President Donald Trump said the outbreak could last until August but he said he is not considering a nationwide lockdown.
The Coronavirus hysteria has reached peak levels. San Francisco's mayor has ordered a 3-week lockdown. Residents will not be allowed to leave their homes for anything except doctor visits or grocery stores.
San Francisco is in an uproar after the city's black female interim mayor was ousted in favor of a white male 1 percenter. Interim Mayor London Breed was replaced by venture capitalist Mark Farrell at a contentious board meeting on Tuesday.
Breed became interim mayor in December when Mayor Ed Lee died suddenly of a heart attack while shopping. Lee, 65, was the first sitting mayor to die in office since Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington, died in 1987.
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