- Sacramento County has recorded more positive cases per capita than any other county statewide with at least 100,000 residents. According to Tuesday's numbers, the daily average of new cases over the past week in the County is just under 150 per day. That's a jump of nearly 40% from the previous week and is the county's worst rate since mid-April. Sacramento County Health Officer Doctor Olivia Kasirye suggested during yesterday's Board Meeting that the rise of COVID-19 cases is due to the now-dominant Delta variant, along with pandemic restrictions being lifted one month ago.
- California lawmakers are making a move on a plan to pay meth addicts to stay sober. The concept is reward for sobriety, also known as contingency management. State Senator Scott Wiener introduced SB 110 to make it a legal practice and says it could be something as simple as offering a $20 gift card as incentive for negative urine test results.
- A new program is rolling out in Sacramento County to give families-in-need extra cash to get out of poverty. Operated and funded by United Way,with help from nonprofit Up Together, the guaranteed income program will send $300 checks to one-hundred families across Sacramento County,who are making less than 150% of the California Poverty Measure. The one-hundred families participating in the program were selected through a lottery. The payments started going out in June, and will last for two years, reportedly with "no strings attached."
- California community colleges will now require students to complete a course in ethnic studies. Under a new regulation adopted this week by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, students pursuing an associate degree or transferring to a CSU will need to take a four-unit quarter class or a three-unit semester in ethnic studies. In addition to improving diversity studies, this move is intended to help students transferring to a CSU, so students may use the required course to meet a general education requirement for their degree.