Before the coronavirus pandemic, San Francisco resident Taylor Buckley was busy at his construction job. So busy, in fact, that he’d been putting in enough overtime to feel like he was in a pretty good place financially.

But then came March 16: San Francisco issued a shelter-in-place order and Buckley was laid off immediately. Wasting no time, he applied for unemployment with the Employment Development Department of California (EDD) on March 17.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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