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Pacific in the Press | May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020

Quote of the Week

“These numbers are stunning and they point to great stresses in the economy.”

Jeff Michael, The Mercury News, April 29, 2020

Coronavirus unemployment: One in five California workers files for unemployment: 3.7 million have filed for unemployment in California in seven weeks,” The Mercury News, April 29, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story on unemployment claims. “This is a shocking number and it is reminiscent of the Great Depression, but we really don’t want to make those kinds of comparisons because the Depression lasted for many years,” said Michael of the 3.7 million Californians who have filed for unemployment. He later added, “These numbers are stunning and they point to great stresses in the economy.” The story also mentions an earlier report in which Michael predicted the state unemployment rate would be 18.8% in May, much higher than the worst unemployment rate in California at 12.1% in the wake of the Great Recession. Recovery would begin shortly afterward. The story also appeared in The Mercury News’ sister newspaper, The East Bay Times. It was later published by the Marin Independent Journal, The Whittier Daily News, Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, Daily Breeze, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Redlands Daily Facts and The Orange County Register.

Modoc County going against governor’s Stay-at-Home order,” KRCR 7 (ABC, Redding), April 30, 2020: McGeorge’s Leslie Gielow Jacobs commented in this online and broadcast story about Modoc County going against the state’s stay-at-home orders. The county allowed non-essential businesses to open. Jacobs said the guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 apply equally to all counties. “Counties can’t do things that conflict with what the state has said. They can’t be opened,” Jacobs told the outlet. “There are a number of counties that have had more restrictive rules than the state, and so that is likely OK, but the counties can’t have less restrictive rules.” KCVU in Chico and Redding, KAEF-TV and KBVU-TV, both in Eureka, and KTVL-TV in Medford, Oregon, also carried the story.

Rural California counties move to defy Newsom’s shutdown order. Here’s how he could respond,” The Sacramento Bee, May 3, 2020: McGeorge’s J. Clark Kelso was quoted in a story about counties defying the state’s stay-at-home restrictions and whether Gov. Gavin Newsom might use police to enforce the orders. “He’s not one to jump ahead to something that’s extreme or radical. I believe it’s a good idea not to have a confrontation over this. Look, this is not Los Angeles defying the governor; this is Modoc. The stakes are smaller.” The story was shared by The Fresno Bee.

California Courts Like Day and Night in Handling Pandemic,” Courthouse News Service, April 28, 2020: McGeorge’s Mary-Beth Moylan was quoted in this story about a Southern California attorney pushing for the San Diego County presiding judge to force clerks back to their jobs to process lawsuits and other legal paperwork. Moylan sided with presiding judges saying that each court faces different staffing and that judges are trying to remedy processing delays by extending deadlines. “They can complain but I don’t think they have an actionable complaint,” Moylan said of attorneys urging that the clerks return.

Be.Tech instructor making face shields,” Manteca/Ripon Bulletin, April 29, 2020: Dugoni alumnus and Manteca dentist Nabeel Cajee ’11 (COP), ’15 (DEN) and Pacific were mentioned in this story about community partners, Print to Protect Coalition, working to provide personal protective equipment to health care workers, first responders and other essential workers. We wrote about Cajee’s efforts earlier this month. Pacific Libraries and SOECS are part of the effort, as well.

Finding Comfort In Baking Bread During A Pandemic,” Capital Public Radio’s “Insight With Beth Ruyak,” April 29, 2020: History’s Ken Albala was interviewed on this program to discuss why so many people are baking bread during the pandemic. He also explained how simple baking bread really is.

California Republicans Sue to Stop Collection of Ballots Amid Pandemic,” Courthouse News Service, April 29, 2020: McGeorge’s Mary-Beth Moylan was quoted in this story about the California Republican Party suing state officials to ban “ballot harvesting,” or the act of groups collecting mail-in ballots from voters to be turned in to election officials in time to be counted. Moylan said case law is lacking. “Courts generally will shy away from making declaratory judgments, they want to see if there’s actually a problem,” Moylan told the outlet.

Stockton teams hold food drive,” KXTV (ABC 10), April 30, 2020: Pacific was mentioned in this story about the effort through May to support drive-thru food drives to benefit the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/San Joaquin. Pacific Athletics, the Ports, the Kings and the Heat joined Visit Stockton for the Stockton Sports Unite food drives. The story was shared: Stockton sports teams combine forces to raise money for Emergency Food Bank – KXTV,”, May 1, 2020.

Stockton sports support community with May food drives,” The Record, April 28, 2020: Pacific Athletics Director Janet Lucas was quoted in this story about Stockton Sports Unite, a partnership including Pacific and local sports teams — the Kings, Ports and Heat — in supporting Visit Stockton’s drive-thru food drives in May to benefit the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/San Joaquin. “I think right now it is important that we have a united approach to our community,” Lucas told The Record. “We don’t need everybody doing something a little bit different. That’s why I thought it was really important that we support, in particular, what the community is trying to achieve.” At least one other outlet carried a story about the effort: Stockton Sports Unite,”, April 28, 2020. 

Close Up: University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music,”, April 28, 2020: Pacific’s Conservatory of Music was featured in a music trade publication profile. Keith Hatschek, director of the Music Management and Music Industry programs, was quoted about alumni success: “The one-on-one relationship with their professors and coaches is one of the key ingredients for our students’ success when they graduate. We only have 54 music business majors, and the unique environment we’ve created allows them to collaborate with performers and instrumentalists in other disciplines.”

California High Court Delays State Bar Exam,” Courthouse News Service, April 27, 2020: McGeorge student Jake Pillard was quoted in this story about the state Supreme Court postponing until Sept. 9 this year’s state bar exam, which was scheduled to be July 28–29. The court ordered the bar to administer the test online. “It’s so hard to believe they are doing an online exam. It seems like it would be prone to cheating,” Pillard told the outlet. “What’s preventing someone from standing up and going to the bathroom and then looking at an outline. Are we going to tell students they cannot use the bathroom? It’s just silly.”

The Triumphant Return of France’s ‘Forgotten Vegetables’,”, April 27, 2020: History’s Ken Albala was quoted in this story about foods that were eaten during hard times — world wars and the Depression — and later avoided. “My mother’s generation, who grew up in the Depression, ate just unspeakable things,” he told the outlet and used lungs as an example. “She kind of looked at those with nostalgia but would never make them for the family. Even though she didn’t leave the home to work, she used convenience foods. She was totally into modernity and technology and science and instant everything.” He also predicted that an improvement in the economy would cause a shift away from the current do-it-yourself cooking movement. “It’s been at least 15 years or so now that the do-it-yourself, craft, cook from home movement has been going,” Albala said. “Since the first economic downturn. … Once this is all over and the economy is back, I think people are going to get tired of the do-it-yourself again.”

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