News in Brief

News in Brief

COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

Last week California became the largest state in the nation to adopt the Apple, Google COVID-19 Contact Tracing App. The tracking system uses anonymous “keys” between phones in close proximity to each other and if someone is later diagnosed with the virus, they simply enter their positive test result into the app and alert all the other phones that were within six feet of that “key” for 15 minutes or more. To participate in the application, you must “opt in.” Measures are in place to address policy concerns so users can feel confident it does not use location data or identify the people users encounter. In September, the App was piloted by students and faculty at UC San Diego and UC San Francisco and expanded to five other UC campuses in mid-November. There are, however, concerns about the adoption rate of this technology.

Commenting about this concern Gov. Newsom stated, “I’m very sober about the adoption rates. I don’t expect tens of millions of people, quite the contrary. We’re hoping that they’ll be enough to make this meaningful.”

The app, CA Notify, also became available on iOS and Android devices Thursday, Oct. 10. Learn more about CA Notify here.

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Fontana Auto Club Cancels 2021 Race Weekend

Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway has lost one of its biggest events for 2021. Race weekend  2021 originally scheduled to occur Feb. 26 through 28, will instead be held in Daytona, the weekend of Feb. 19 through 21. Auto Club Speedway President David Allen advised the decision was made to protect the health, safety, and well-being of fans, competitors, track employees and other stakeholders. Anyone with tickets for the 2021 race weekend will be honored in 2022. For more information about the track’s schedule, etc. visit Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway’s website here.

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Grant Funding Available for Non-Profits in Moreno Valley

The City of Moreno Valley is now accepting applications for federal grant funds dedicated to programs and projects benefiting low- and moderate-income residents or neighborhoods and is addressing affordable housing and homelessness. Between the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program and the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program the city anticipates a total of about $2.91 million in funding for Fiscal Year 2021-2022. CDBG program funds ($2.035M) must be used for projects for low- and moderate-income residents or neighborhoods to eliminate blight or for community emergency needs. HOME program funds ($692K) must be used to create, retain, or rehabilitate affordable housing. ESG program funds ($183K) must be used to improve the quality of life for people who are homeless or those at risk of homelessness.

Applications will only be accepted from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and government entities. Individuals are not eligible under federal guidelines to apply and directly receive this funding. The City will accept applications for funding online beginning Dec. 10, 2020, through Jan. 29, 2021, via Planet Bids. Please use the following links: CDBG Application; HOME Application; or ESG Application. For additional information call 951-413-3450 or email grantsadmin@moval.org. The city will hold Application Workshops on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. More information will be provided through Planet Bids.

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FDA Panel Backs Emergency Use for COVID-19 Vaccine

An advisory committee for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee met and voted Thursday, Dec. 10 to approve an emergency use authorization request from Pfizer and BioNTech for their COVID-19 vaccine. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still needs to weigh in, the nod from the FDA panel potentially cleared the way for some groups to start getting vaccinated within days.

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