Could Atwater be a ‘sanctuary city’ for business amid COVID-19? Council to consider idea

The City of Atwater is considering becoming a sanctuary city — but not in the way you may think.

City Council on Monday discussed how Atwater could be a sanctuary city for small businesses to operate amid state-mandated closures during the coronavirus pandemic.

It was Councilmember Brian Raymond who floated the idea, which appears to have gotten some traction. A special meeting will now be held Friday at 12 p.m. in the Atwater City Council chambers regarding a sanctuary city resolution, City Manager Lori Waterman said.

“We can have a sanctuary city for illegals, a sanctuary city for anything,” Raymond said. “Why don’t we become a sanctuary city for small business?”

Raymond told the Sun-Star he got the idea after speaking to a friend prior to attending the City Council meeting. He had been thinking about additional ways to protect small businesses after County Supervisor Daron McDaniel’s idea to declare

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how to get entrepreneurial in lockdown

This is a four-part series on what people are doing to boost their income during lockdown, from setting up a side business to learning Japanese

One in five Britons are planning to start a new business while in lockdown, new research has shown. 

Although they may feel unsettling, times of financial adversity are often a boom period for innovation and entrepreneurship. Tech titans Uber, Whatsapp (now part of Facebook) and Airbnb were all founded during the last recession. 

Aside from being a creative outlet, setting up a sideline business can also help to boost your income. While a fifth of the population is planning on setting up a business, among those whose job has been affected by coronavirus that rises to one in three, according to GoDaddy, a website for entrepreneurs.

Tristan Dell, 25, is planning on doing exactly that. He has used his time in lockdown to set

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Opinion | Fauci Is Not the Villain

No serious person would argue there are no hazards to opening back up or that it should be done heedlessly, only that some level of risk is worth taking to begin to ease the nation’s economic calamity.

Fauci is an important voice in this debate, if only one voice. He is neither the dastardly bureaucratic mastermind imposing his will on the country that his detractors on the right make him out to be nor the philosopher-king in waiting that his boosters on the left inflate him into. He’s simply an epidemiologist, one who brings considerable expertise and experience to the table, but at the end of the day, his focus is inevitably and rightly quite narrow.

This is why it’s a tautology for Fauci’s critics to say that he’s focused on the disease above all other considerations. This is like saying the Commerce secretary is too consumed with finding business

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How Esports Could Offer Potential Investment Opportunities

Like to play Fortnite or League of Legends? You’re in good company, because esports have become hugely popular. And esports investing and esports stocks have benefited.

Gaming and esports have grown rapidly—driven by consumer demand, new distribution strategies, and new technology, according to research firm GlobalData. Gaming has transformed into a service model rather than just a product model. As that interest has grown, so has interest in esports investing.

Like everything else, esports have been affected by the sudden, global spread of the novel coronavirus. reported that dozens of live esports tournaments, such as Dota Pro Circuit, have been canceled or postponed indefinitely. Some events that were supposed to be held in stadiums, such as League of Legends, have moved online to support social distancing guidelines.

The Meteoric Rise of Esports

Before the global outbreak of COVID-19, games and esports analytics firm Newzoo forecast that global esports would

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