Allie Rasmus is happy to be back reporting in the Bay Area where she was born and raised.
She came to KTVU after working as a reporter in Phoenix, Austin, and Washington, D.C. She won awards for her political coverage based out of the state capitol in Texas. In Arizona's capital city, she covered the immigration debate, the housing market crash and the Great Recession. Here in the Bay Area, she earned an Emmy nomination for a story about the homeless crisis.
Allie graduated from Northwestern University with dual degrees in political science and journalism, and went on to earn her master's degree in journalism at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. After graduation, she lived with her grandparents while working for Univision's news bureau in Mexico City. Allie is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and former NAHJ Ruben Salazar National Scholarship winner.
When she's not at work, you can catch Allie strolling through her favorite Oakland neighborhoods, sampling the great food at restaurants and cafes in Oakland, or hiking the trails in the East Bay hills. She and her husband love taking their two young children to the places Allie loved going to as a kid in the Bay Area: Children’s Fairyland, the Oakland Zoo and the Grand Lake Theater. Allie considers herself "East Bay all the way" and never gets tired of enjoying the place with the best climate, culture and people in the world.
The youngest students in the Berkeley Unified School District will be returning to classrooms today. Unlike many other Bay Area public school systems, the Berkeley kids will be in classes five days a week for instruction.
The move to orange means more businesses can reopen for the first time and the ones that are already open can expand their capacity indoors.
For middle and high school students, that means a half-day, two days a week in-person, while the majority of their schooling will still be online. Elementary students will come to class for a couple of hours a day, four days a week.
The revised COVID-19 recommendations represent a turn away from the 6-foot standard that has forced some schools to remove desks, stagger scheduling and take other steps to keep children away from one another.
That hybrid schedule is two hours a day of in-person instruction, four days a week.
In Santa Cruz County, which the state deemed OK to enter the red tier on Tuesday, the Boardwalk is set to open on April 1.
Shifting to the red tier also paves the way for more public schools to reopen - especially middle and high schools.
The bill does not order school districts to resume in-person instruction and it does not say parents must send their kids back to the classroom if they don’t want to. It also doesn't require minimum hours of in-person instruction in order to receive the money.
The parent advocacy group, Open Schools California, called the governor's plan a failure because it doesn't require minimum hours of instruction. Districts could reopen for as little as one hour of classroom instruction a week - and still count as reopened and qualify for the money.
Despite some San Francisco supervisors calling for an investigation into the agency that oversees the attraction, the Ferris wheel was approved for a four-year extension.