Many of the affected wineries plan to rebuild, as does The Restaurant at Meadowood. But as fires barrage Wine Country year after year, “it’s difficult to imagine anyone else wanting to build other new restaurants of its caliber here,” San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Soleil Ho writes — a sobering thought that throws into question the region’s long-term viability not only for food, wine and tourism, but also for the residents who call it home.
California is approaching yet another inflection point in its pandemic response. The statewide coronavirus positivity rate is the lowest it’s ever been at 2.8% over a 14-day period, but Gov. Gavin Newsom and public health leaders warned Monday that the rate of transmission is ticking up in several regions, potentially signaling a looming wave of cases that could result in further business restrictions. Nevertheless, seven counties — Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Contra Costa, Butte and Yolo — moved into the state’s red reopening tier Tuesday, allowing them to reopen restaurants, gyms and churches indoors with limited capacity. And San Francisco, Amador and Calaveras counties moved into the orange reopening tier, permitting businesses to reopen indoors at even greater capacity. Los Angeles County, by far California’s most populous, remains in the most-restrictive purple tier, along with 17 others. Twenty-three are in the red tier, 14 in orange and three in the least-restrictive yellow tier.
Brandon Combs of the Firearms Policy Coalition: “Under Becerra’s utterly absurd interpretation of law, flat pieces of metal at Home Depot would be treated as firearms and chunks of aluminum would be so-called ‘ghost guns.’”
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