Kate Wolf, Npr News, Lawrence Crawford discussed on Morning Edition


From NPR news I'm a Martinez And I'm the will king good morning Starting tomorrow a moratorium on evictions ends in California It was in place because of COVID But now millions of tenants are wondering what's next for them Here's Kate wolf from member station KQED After 18 months of protections legislators say there isn't political will to extend the eviction moratorium But people won't be kicked out right away As the deadline approaches California governor Gavin Newsom points to a grace period in the expiring law for low income tenants who apply for rental assistance They are eviction protections that deny any court action through a period that extends through March 31st of 2022 However according to census data from this month over 900,000 Californians feel not at all confident that they will be able to pay rent this October Lawrence Crawford and his wife Vanessa are among them Before the pandemic Vanessa worked in a salon in Lawrence was a restaurant server They've been struggling too with trying to get unemployment from the state We're trying to feed ourselves We kind of like you know take care of stuff We're trying to work but the cost of money to do all these things but like unemployment is not there The two live in downtown San Jose with their son After months of struggling to pay their rent in piecemeal they applied for the state's rent relief program this summer But they haven't received anything and rent is coming due We have to pay it by the 5th And I don't think we're going to have it So the poly expects the eviction process In all they owe $23,000 in back rent Technically since the crawfords are still waiting for rent relief they can't be evicted yet California has only given out a small percentage of the $7.2 billion it's set aside for aid State and local governments have been extremely slow to distribute the funds but a spokesperson with the state agency overseeing the process says it's speeding up Meanwhile both renters and landlords are feeling the crunch Deborah Carlton with the California apartment association advocates for property owners She says although landlords don't want to proceed with constantly evictions they might have to The state in the local governments have been given plenty of time to figure out how to make this work I mean now into 18 months of many owners not getting any money Carlton points out that landlords have mortgage payments too and more than half of them are mom and pop businesses Despite assurances from the governor come October 1st an uncertain future awaits both renters and landlords Friend PR news I'm Kate wolf in Oakland While travel restrictions have eased many ski resorts are now struggling to find enough workers The problem has been simmering for years in resort towns but the pandemic has made it worse Not a keck of Vermont public radio reports Like so Amano walks through a room full of mountain bikes and greets Ronald shop employees That was his weekend mellow Salamano is president of killington and pico ski resorts Last year he was worried about just being able to open This year his biggest headache is staffing It's pretty much all we talk about But it's depressing you go to job fairs in town and two or three people show up Vermont's unemployment rate is just 3% and since the pandemic the state's workforce is shrunk by nearly 30,000 people Some aren't working because of health concerns Others lack child care or just plain burned out Many others have chosen now to retire The situation has forced salamano like many in the industry to prioritize This summer for instance weddings and mountain biking got staffed but the resorts popular ropes course zipline and roller coaster were only open on weekends He says they've invested millions in technology to automate what they can but come winter ski areas still need hundreds more people Everyone from lift operators and snowmakers to trail groomers parking attendants and folks to dish up hot soup It's a bit of a reckoning in the resort industry Adrienne seia Isaac is with the national ski areas association in Colorado She says resorts nationwide are offering seasonal workers everything from signing bonuses and paid time off to discounted child care and more flexible schedules The largest area operator in North America has pumped up the starting wage to $15 in many of their mountain communities where the cost of living is higher Whether resorts will be able to hire foreign workers seasonal staff many ski areas have relied on for years remains unclear because of vaccination and border issues What is clear is everyone in the industry will need to adapt Ski lodges will likely offer more grab and go foods while restaurants may cut back on the number of meals they serve or remove tables Hotels may take rooms offline Mali mahar president of the Vermont skier is association says cross training will be key So you work in accounting or in the marketing department you might be trained to fit ski boots at the rental shop and then you might go to the cafeteria and scoop soup or make sandwiches or run a cash register This time of year cyclists are using the chairlifts at killington instead of skiers Chris Carter teaches mountain biking at the resort while everyone appreciates higher pay he says professional development for staff can be equally important For instance he says killington pay for his instructor certification training and now he's helping train newer staff Yeah it definitely helps bringing people back from season to season And somebody who gets their certification through here at the hill they're like oh this is my home This is now the place where I'm going to spend my time So it made the difference for me this season as well That's important because while it's critical resorts attract new employees they can't afford.

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