Californians are now required to wear face masks in most public settings, to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Governor Newsom said Thursday that the order came in response a growing body of research showing face masks’ effectiveness and the need for more precautions as the state reopens the economy.

Z107.7 News Director Gary Daigneault and Managing Editor Tami Roleff wear their masks.

“Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered, putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease” Newsom said. “California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations.”

The guidance requires the use of a face mask in most situations outside the home, including inside businesses and while waiting in a line to enter, going to a healthcare facility, and riding public transportation. At work, Californians must cover up if interacting with the public or working in a setting other people may enter, while walking in common areas like hallways, or when physical distancing isn’t possible. Children younger than 2 are exempt along with people with disabilities. Restaurant patrons, meanwhile, will not be required to wear masks so long as they are six feet apart from other tables; nor will those exercising or incarcerated.

The new mandate comes as California experiences record numbers of new coronavirus as the state increasingly reopens for business. Wednesday, the state topped 4,000 cases in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began. The Newsom administration did not address how the new requirement will be enforced or if Californians who violate the order will be subject to citations or other penalties.


Erika Ashley Lloyd

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Walnut Creek woman whose 2006 black Honda Accord was found abandoned and vandalized in Twentynine Palms.

Erika Lloyd, 37, talked to her parents on the East Coast in the morning of Monday, June 15. According to Lloyd’s sister-in-law Jenna Lloyd, Erika was very stressed about the coronavirus and the quarantine and was going to go camping for a few days to “unplug,” despite the fact that she is not an experienced camper.

Park rangers found Erika’s car vandalized Monday at Indian Cove campground in Joshua Tree National Park. Lloyd said the windows and windshields had been broken, and the dashboard inside had been beaten. Rangers left a note on the car noting the damage; when they checked back Monday night, the car was gone.

On Tuesday, a CHP officer found the beat-up car on Shelton Road, east of Twentynine Palms, facing the highway, and had it towed.

Erika’s parents reported her missing Wednesday and CHP notified them her car had been found in the desert.

A search for Erika Lloyd has not found any trace of her. She is described as Caucasian, 5 feet 7, with brown hair and blue eyes. The Sheriff’s Department has taken over the investigation; if you have any information, call Detective Alan Penington at 760-366-4175.


Juneteenth celebrates the date of June 19, 1865, when the slaves in Galveston, Texas, first learned of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863 that abolished slavery. Managing editor Tami Roleff says there will be a celebration in Twentynine Palms today to mark the occasion…

Juneteenth in 29! is a local celebration that is being held today in Twentynine Palms. Residents are encouraged to meet at 4 p.m. at Bucklin Park (on Highway 62 at Split Rock Avenue) in Twentynine Palms. Then at 5 p.m., residents will march a short distance away to the parking lot behind 6470 Adobe Road for the rest of the celebration. “Life gave us lemons, but we made lemonade” is this year’s theme, and attendees are encouraged to wear yellow t-shirts in observance. Participants are also requested to wear masks and observe social distancing. Highlights of the completely free event include presentations on the history of the holiday, games, a Black history quiz, snacks and water.


San Bernardino County reported a whopping 440 new novel coronavirus cases Thursday, June 18, setting a new one-day record for the largest increase for the second time in three days. Cases of COVID-19 reached 8,454. An additional death was also reported Thursday, bringing the death toll to 230. Gatherings over holiday weekends, protests and business re-openings could be playing a role, said Lana Culp, a county public health department spokeswoman. “We’ve done a lot of testing as well,” she said. “The more testing you do, the more you’ll find cases.” In the county of 2.1 million, 99,719 people have been tested, of which 8.5 percent were positive. A projected 5,065 people have recovered from the disease, according to the county.


This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration revised the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application. Ernest Figueroa has more information about the loan forgiveness application…

The Small Business Administration published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:

  • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25 percent, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25 percent.

The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form. 

The applications give borrowers the option of using the original eight-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period. 

EZ Forgiveness Application.

EZ Forgiveness Application instructions

Full Forgiveness Application

Full Forgiveness Application instructions