Bay Briefing: Where Small Businesses in the Bay Area Got Help


Hello, Bay Area. It’s Wednesday June 23 and some really good dogs are sniffing out COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Pedro Rodriguez’s business was turned upside down overnight after local health ordinances – crucial in curbing the spread of the coronavirus – came into force in March 2020.

“I didn’t know what to do,” said Rodriguez, who runs Santo Coyote, a popular Mexican restaurant on International Boulevard in East Oakland. “I didn’t want to lose my business, but I didn’t know where to look for help.”

Like millions of business owners across the country, Rodriguez turned to the Paycheck Protection Program, the federal government’s primary response to the staggering economic effects of the pandemic. The $ 953 billion business loan program was meant to be a financial lifeline for faltering businesses.

And it was – depending on their location. Shwanika Narayan and Nami Sumida explain where in the Bay Area companies have been successful in securing PPP loans – and where they have not.

A development of several decades in the making

New homes, each with their own dock, at the Delta Coves development on Bethel Island.

Paul Kuroda / The Chronicle Special

If you want to see just how diverse the new Bay Area housing can be in 2021, there’s no better place to start than in Delta Coves.

In an area that increasingly emphasizes dense housing alongside centrally located public transportation, the project is nestled against the microscopic downtown area of ​​Bethel Island, a thankfully isolated part of County of Bethel. Contra Costa which is as close to Sacramento as it is to San Francisco.

The island doesn’t have a bus stop, but each of the newcomer’s 474 welcome sites has a dock along the shore of a 145-acre lagoon.

And if a project like this sounds like something from another time, there’s a reason. Delta Coves was approved by the County Supervisory Board in … 1976. John King explains.

• In a Bay Area city, almost half of all homes are worth over a million dollars (that’s not San Francisco).

• SF will extend the moratorium on evictions as negotiations to protect state rents continue.

Coronavirus Updates

Tule smells the target on an olfactory wheel during training at Tactical Directional Canine in Smithsburg, Maryland.

Tule smells the target on an olfactory wheel during training at Tactical Directional Canine in Smithsburg, Maryland.

Shuran Huang / The Chronicle Special

It can detect the location of a buried land mine. Breathe a human armpit and find its owner 400 meters away. It can even point conservation researchers to fresh killer whale poo floating in the ocean.

Now the super nose of Canis lupus familiaris – your staple dog – is also detecting COVID-19 in people who may not know they have it. Nanette Asimov explains how dogs can detect the coronavirus.

• CDC panel to review treatable cases of heart inflammation in young people after COVID vaccinations.

• Notice: We’ve just reopened and businesses are already screwing up working from home.

Around the bay

• La Pulga: Bay Area Flea Market vendors go on hunger strike to protest the development.

• Inyo Fire: Forest fire caused by lightning near Mt. Whitney grows to 400 acres amid high winds.

• Mass Shot from Lake Merritt: Victim identified as 22-year-old man from Oakland, SF

• Legalized corruption and one tinge of sexism“: Strong words fly in the East Bay Assembly race.

• Exasperated Giants and A fans: Streaming exclusivity is gaining ground in baseball, and that looks a lot like a sign of the future.

Food Chronicle

Buah segar, an Indonesian dessert, is served at a pop-up for D'Grobak in San Francisco.

Buah segar, an Indonesian dessert, is served at a pop-up for D’Grobak in San Francisco.

Nick Otto / The Chronicle Special

The Bay Area is in the throes of a vibrant underground Indonesian food movement, with cooks visiting homes across the region with cans of satay with peanut sauce, meatball noodle soup, and thick stuffed pancakes. of chocolate chips and cheese. Now they are hoping that this recent wave of support translates into mainstream success.

Janelle Bitker talks about the next step and the optimism these chefs feel.

• Closure of the service point at the Yemeni Falafelland counter and closure of other restaurants in the bay area.

• Rare tasting room space for several Sonoma County wineries to open in Healdsburg.

• San Francisco to permanently cap food delivery charges for DoorDash, Grubhub and other apps

Bay Briefing is written by Taylor Kate Brown, Anna Buchmann and Kellie Hwang and sent to readers’ inboxes on weekday mornings. Sign up for the newsletter here and contact the editors at [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]

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