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.
There's a renewed sense of urgency to keep some of the Bay Area's Latino neighborhoods affordable and accessible for the people who live there.
Supervisors declared misinformation about COVID is a public health crisis. Supporters of that declaration say bad information is just dangerous and is causing people to hesitate about getting vaccinated.
Health officers for nine Bay Area jurisdictions on Thursday said they would lift indoor mask mandates when COVID cases and hospitalizations are low and when 80% of the cities' total population is fully vaccinated. That won't be until at least December.
An announcement from health officers is expected to come Thursday, giving more details about when they might decide to drop indoor mask requirements for people who are fully vaccinated.
But like the Mexican-American community itself, the lowriders faced negative stereotypes and discrimination.
Data from OUSD shows at the start of the first week of school - there were more than 100 COVID cases among students districtwide and 16 cases among staff. Now, the numbers have dropped to 37 cases among students, eight among staff.
To keep kids in school, one Bay Area County is sending home free COVID test kits to students and staff. Nine schools in Marin County are part of a pilot program with the California Department of Health, that could become a model for schools across the state.
Marin County has set the weekend of Oct. 30, as the date for the first free vaccine clinics to be offered. They're anticipating the Food and Drug Administration will approve the Pfizer COVID vaccine for elementary-age students by then.
On Friday, the new rule applies to any customer who wants to go to a gym, restaurant, bar or theater in the city of Berkeley. If they're over the age of 12, they will need to show proof of vaccination to go in.
San Jose residents who live near a relocated safe-parking lot for people living in their vehicles are protesting the change. The lot is being moved from an Apple-owned site to a city-owned site.