Mar 29 2020
Spectrum Internet During COVID19
 

What is Spectrum doing to provide services to those in need during the COVID-19 crises?

So far Spectrum has been one of the most difficult companies to deal with during the COVID-19 crises.

Here’s some of Spectrum posted on their site.

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Mar 25 2020
COVID-19 Scam Alert #covid19scams #scams
 

PUBLIC ALERTS ON
COVID-19 SCAMS, FRAUDULENT WEBSITES,
EMAILS AND DONATION REQUESTS

Residents are advised that there have been reports of COVID-19 scams, malicious websites, email schemes, donation solicitations, and suspicious links that have come to the attention of law enforcement and public officials.

The Los Angeles County Chief Information Officer Williams Kehoe stated, “Malicious actors can prey upon those that are distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic and use it to their advantage. The Public needs to be mindful and careful, and avoid websites, phishing emails, and scams that engage people through false information about health crisis and steal personal user information and data. By clicking on fraudulent weblinks, hackers can deliver malware and then gain access to passwords, browsing information, credit card numbers, and other personal information. We all need to stay vigilant.” Residents should also be careful of hackers impersonating public officials and service companies trying to gain your personal information.

Precautionary measures to protect yourself from scams related to COVID-19:

  • Independently verify the identity of any company, charity, or individual that contacts you regarding COVID-19.
  • Check the websites and email addresses offering information, products, or services related to COVID-19. Be aware that scammers often employ addresses that differ only slightly from those belonging to the entities they are impersonating. For example, they might use “cdc.com” or “cdc.org” instead of “cdc.gov”.
  • Be wary of unsolicited emails offering information, supplies, or treatment for COVID-19 or requesting your personal information for medical purposes. Legitimate health authorities will not contact the general public this way.
  • Do not click on links or open email attachments from unknown or unverified sources. Doing so could download a virus onto your computer or device.
  • Make sure the anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer is operating and up to date.
  • Research any charities site soliciting donations in connection with COVID-19 before giving any donation. For online resources on donating, visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website: www.ftc.gov
  • Be wary of any business, charity, or individual requesting payments or donations in cash, by wire transfer, gift card, or through the mail. Don’t send money through any of these channels.
  • Be wary that scammers going door-to-door asking for donations in cash, Bitcoin, or PayPal. Do not feel intimidated to answer the door of possible solicitors.

Everyone should remain vigilant and take these precautionary measures to avoid being victimized by malicious scammers trying to profit from the COVID-19 crisis.

If you believed you have been scammed, please report to Temple Sheriff’s Station at (626) 285-7171.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 resources, visit the below links:

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Mar 25 2020
LA County Property Taxes Due #COVID19 Possible Relief After April 10
 

LA County Property Taxes Due #COVID19 Possible Relief After April 10

PROPERTY TAX UPDATES
Under California State Law, the County of Los Angeles Treasurer & Tax Collector is not able to extend the April 10 property tax deadline. However, beginning on April 11, the day after property taxes are due, people unable to pay on time for reasons related to COVID-19 may submit a request for penalty cancellation online. The department has set up a special team to process these requests for those who demonstrate they were affected by the outbreak.
For more information, visit Los Angeles County.
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Mar 25 2020
COVID-19 Company Response to Consumers Not Able to Pay Bills
 

Business and individuals worldwide are experiencing difficulties paying works let alone service providers.

With many non-essential businesses not able to generate revenue they are being shuttered and employees are being laid off.  The amount of daily and weekly unemployment claims has risen to levels not seen since the Great Depression.  The unemployment rate will be one of the highest most have ever experienced. The debate of if there will be a depression or recession is ongoing, meanwhile the legislatures are trying to figure out a way to keep the economy from total collapse.

Companies like Spectrum should be ashamed of how they are handling the situation.  I reached out to them and received three different answers.

Verizon seems to be better, but has not really followed through

Intuit – was good, they credited a month of service

other companies seem to be figuring out what to do, but most are not clear

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Mar 22 2020
The Pasadena Chalk Festival at The Paseo is Postponed Until Further Notice
 
The Pasadena Chalk Festival at The Paseo is Postponed Until Further Notice
(March 19, 2020, Pasadena, CA) As you may have heard by now, we have no choice but to postpone our highly anticipated Pasadena Chalk Festival scheduled for June 20-21. It is beyond our imagination that this could have ever happened. It carries with it great disappointment, and especially because we know how much this means to all of us. But our most important concern is for the safety and health of our chalk family and their loved ones. As we regroup we are planning ways to keep our chalk momentum going. So please stay tuned and stay positive. Look for more chalk news from us on the horizon.
The Pasadena Chalk Festival is the largest chalk art festival in the nation with over 600 artists from across Southern California and beyond who create 200 spectacular chalk murals on concrete surfaces and in every style imaginable. Thousands of people attend this event annually at The Paseo in Pasadena, CA. In 2010, a record was achieved for the largest display of chalk art in one place, at one time, putting the Pasadena Chalk Festival officially into the Guinness Book of World Records.
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Mar 20 2020
To the El Portal and Yahaira’s Cafe Family Go Fund Me Fund
 
On behalf of the ownership of El Portal and Yahaira’s Cafe, thank you and muchas gracias for the overwhelming support we’ve heard from you as the reality and seriousness of coronavirus (COVID-19) has become clearer. Like so many of you consider us family, we consider you family, too. As a family/familia, we will get through this together.

On Monday, March 16, Pasadena’s City Manager declared a Local State of Emergency that included a mandate to close restaurants and bars for sit-down service. While this was difficult news for us to hear, we agree that it is the correct course of action to help preserve the health of our patrons, our staff, and the greater Pasadena community.

But that decision has come at a cost. While we remain open for take out and delivery, our doors have been closed for dine-in and bar service. Which means our team who works hard every day to make your dining experience a great one – servers, dishwashers, bussers, cooks, bartenders – has seen deep reductions in or elimination of their hours. These team members – many of whom you, like us, consider family – are the people who are being hit the hardest.

Therefore, we have started this Go Fund Me drive to help support the staff that makes up the backbone of El Portal and Yahaira’s Cafe. We sincerely hope that our many friends and longtime patrons come together to support those who are most in need. When we get through this – together – we look forward to seeing you again in your favorite booth or bar chair, supported by our staff who need you the most today.

You can make a donation through this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/el-portal-staff-relief-fund

100% of the money we raise will go to our hourly employees to help them pay for essentials (food, rent, child and health care, etc.).

Please share the details of this drive with everyone you know who is part of our huge El Portal and Yahaira’s family!

Muchas gracias,
Abel
Rosalia
Armando
Letty
Luis

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Mar 19 2020
Possible Cure for COVID-19 Coronavirus Chloroquine #covid19cure
 

Possible Cure for COVID-19 Coronavirus Chloroquine #covidcure

Is this for real

 

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Mar 19 2020
Working Remotely Resources
 

Are you having to work remotely?

There are lots of resources to work remotely, in most cases the best resources

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Mar 19 2020
Take Out Options Pasadena Amidst COVID-19 #survivecovid @626food
 

Are you looking for a restaurant that is offering take out?

In Pasadena there are many restaurants offering take out and many with special menus.

Here is the list.

 

Pasadena Restaurant 
Take-Out Directory

Many of our restaurants are offering take-out and/or delivery during this. To make it easier for you to know who they are and to support them, Pasadena has made a list and modified parking in front of these businesses to allow for pick-up. The Directory of Pasadena restaurants, bakeries, and cafes is now live at  https://www.visitpasadena.com/pasadenabusinesses/.
If you know of a restaurant that isn’t on the list please share this with them and encourage them to sign-up.  The link is on the directory website.
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Mar 16 2020
How Much Worse Will COVID-19 Coronavirus Get? #covid19
 

How much worse will COVID-19 Coronavirus?

As of March 16, 2020 the stock market closed down close to 3,000 points!

We are already seeing severe impacts around the world.   One of the problems right now is that the confirmed cases could rise above 200,000 quickly as testing increases.

The stock market is being pummeled by the spread of COVID-19.

This is like nothing this generation as ever seen. We are so connected yet so disconnected, and our lives are so fragile.

How people act in the coming weeks months will be critical to what happens next.  How this virus spreads and mutates and if a vaccine is developed and deployed quickly.

What is the real origin of the COVID-19 Coronavirus?  Do we really know?  Is it form a lab, is from bats and other animals?  Is it biological warfare? Was it an accident?  The truth is out there and will come out.  COVID19 has caused so far disruption to the world economy, beyond what anyone ever anticipated.

 

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