Where to get food, rent relief, and other help in Santa Ana

OC wants to re-open sooner, what you can and can't do with your friends for now, plus some distractions!

Hi! I’m el Don Web Editor Julian Reynoso. And this is the D-Brief.

There are only 3 more weeks left in school and it’s all but confirmed that the fall semester will be entirely online for most, which some of us might not be too joyous about.

The state chancellor of community colleges held a press conference to inform what is being done to aid college students. With California loosening its stay at home order, businesses are re-opening and we’re starting to get a taste of the new normal, yet, multiple counties believe the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t close enough.

Are you allowed to see your friends? What’s open this weekend? Where can you get help paying your bills or applying for jobs? Just need new music to listen to? Read on for articles, links, podcasts and more in this edition of the D-Brief.

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Where to get food, rent relief, and other help in Santa Ana during this pandemic

Are you struggling to pay rent? Put food on the table? Find adequate medical care? Apply for unemployment? We made some calls and compiled this short list of city county, community groups and local nonprofits that are working to provide essential financial, food and medical services for Santa Ana residents during this global pandemic.

Note: This is a growing list. If you would like us to include additional resources, email emilyhernandez@eldonnews.org with “resource guide” in the subject line and details of how people can access the resources.

Read more at eldonnews.org

OC Teams With Surrounding Counties to Push Gov. Newsom for Faster Reopening

Orange County does not meet several key requirements set by the state to move into the next phase of re-opening. Our news editor live-tweeted the OC Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday where they debated teaming up with other neighboring counties to loosen restrictions on businesses.

Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties are slated to send Newsom a letter about his strict benchmarks counties have to meet before allowing more businesses to reopen — beyond the small retail shops and some manufacturing he allowed to reopen last Friday. 

The OC Health Agency promised to have a comprehensive re-opening plan completed by next week’s meeting.

Read more at Voice of OC

Get off the COVIDcoaster! Listen to our podcast!

This week is all about music…Dylan and Sarah chat with el Don staffer Adam Ponce and Sarah's friend Nicole, a drummer for local band @siamjem, and artist @margarita.

We chat about Bright Eyes, Harry Styles, Talking Heads and a wide variety of other artists, including Sarah's least favorite, Rex Orange County. You can find Sarah @civilfemme and Nicole @finewinedad on Instagram.

Listen on Spotify instead

Can I see my friends yet? What the current coronavirus guidance says:

The short answer is “no” but the longer answer is a little nicer to hear. The L.A. Times has this helpful guide on what the CDC, the state and the county says about what you can do now and what you will be able to do in the near future.

As long as you practice physical distancing precautions, you can see your friends. Your faces must stay covered and you have to keep a minimum of six feet between you. Ideally, you should be outdoors, where there’s better ventilation and the virus is less space-constrained.

California also has a “Resilience Road-map” which helps you understand what stage in the re-opening process we are at (Stage 2!) and the safety and risk procedures given for each.

Read more at L.A. Times

What’s open and closed this weekend: Beaches, parks and trails in Southern California

Beaches, trails and parks are re-opening — but it comes with many strings attached, including closed parking lots, piers, boardwalks and more.

Details vary by city.

Read more at L.A. Times

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