Sep 16, 2020
City of Anaheim Asks Gavin Newsom to Re-open Disney After $100 Million Shortfall
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The city government of Anaheim, California, has asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to issue regulations that allow Disneyland and other theme parks to reopen, after the lack of commerce brought a $100 million shortfall to public coffers.
California’s theme parks have been closed since coronavirus restrictions began in March.While Florida’s Disney World reopened in July, its counterpart in California has remained closed, affecting the local economy throughout the region.
The Orange County Register reported:
The city of Anaheim joined California theme parks in urging the state to issue COVID-19 guidelines that will let the major tourist destinations reopen.
About half of the city’s general fund budget comes from revenue tied to businesses around Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center. Anaheim faces a $100 million budget deficit as a result of the extended coronavirus closures, according to Lyster.
Theme parks have been left waiting on the sidelines while other segments of the California economy have reopened under Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
“Beaches are open, museums are open, zoos are open and most of SeaWorld in San Diego is open,” [city spokesperson Mike] Lyster said. “There does not seem to be a lot of consistency there.”
California saw record-low coronavirus rates over the past week, with cases falling throughout the state. The state has been slow to reopen its economy after an initial round of reopening in late spring coincided with a surge in coronavirus cases (as well as Black Lives Matter protests and riots that saw large crowds of people gathering in urban areas).
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Texas school asks students to write about hero Kyle Rittenhouse
The controversial paper assigned Monday by W. T. White High School teacher Paul Ford asked students to write a one-page essay on a “hero for the modern age,” the Dallas Observer reported.
Rittenhouse, who was charged last month with fatally shooting two people at a Black Lives Matter protest, was listed as one of the heroes to choose — alongside Malcolm X, Mahatma Gandhi, César Chávez, George Floyd and one of Rittenhouse’s alleged victims, Joseph Rosenbaum.
“It didn’t sit right with him that a white supremacist murderer was on the same page as people he recognized to be important historical figures,” said Kristen Hernandez, whose brother was one of the seniors who received the assignment.
“I don’t think that human rights are up for debate, I don’t think the sanctity of Black lives is up for debate, and that’s what this assignment is basically saying,” she added.
The district later issued an apology in an emailed statement, saying the prompt had not been approved by the administration.
District spokeswoman Robyn Harris said an investigation would be launched and then “appropriate steps” would be taken.W. T. White High SchoolGoogle
“Racial equity is a top priority in Dallas ISD, and we remain committed to providing a robust teaching environment where all students can learn,” Harris said.
“It is important that we continue to be culturally sensitive to our diverse populations and provide a space of respect and value.”Filed under black lives matter , kenosha shooting , schools , texas , 9/17/20