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Coronavirus Puts Nearly Half Of LA Workers At Risk Of Losing Their Jobs

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L.A.'s many low-paid workers are at risk of layoffs. (Josie Huang/LAist)

More than two million Californians have already filed for unemployment in the wake of coronavirus-related business closures. That’s one out of every eight workers in the state.

But a new study finds things could get much worse as the crisis drags on.

Researchers with the Economic Roundtable, an L.A. nonprofit, find that 43% of California workers are at high risk of unemployment. They came up with that number based on risk factors like:

  • Not being able to work from home
  • Being paid hourly
  • Working in a field deemed non-essential

Economic Roundtable President and study co-author Daniel Flaming said the risk in L.A. County is even higher, with 47% of workers here in danger of losing their jobs.

“We are less affluent than the San Francisco Bay Area and have a higher concentration of low-paid service jobs,” Flaming said. “That leads to a higher level of risk.”

The report finds the risk of job loss is not evenly distributed. Young people, Latinos and those with low incomes are at higher risk of getting laid off.

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Almost Half Of Workers In LA Have Been Let Go Or Put On Reduced Hours, Survey Finds

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Nearly half of the city's workforce has been cut or had their hours reduced because of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study from Loyola Marymount University.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has teased out some of the study's findings in recent days, though the full report from LMU's Center for the Study of Los Angeles is not scheduled for release until tomorrow morning. Tonight Garcetti asked the center's associate director, Brianne Gilbert, to share a few more of the findings.

The study is based on surveys of 2,000 adult residents by phone and online in English and Spanish and found that 48% of respondents were impacted in all, and that younger and poorer workers were hit hardest, Gilbert said.

Some of the other takeaways from the study:

  • Nearly 1 in 5 Angelenos do not have anyone they can depend on for care
  • 95% of Angelenos support the Safer at Home order
  • The majority (59%) say that the government's response has been just about right so far, while 30% think the government could do even more
  • Most Angelenos gave accurate answers to the ways to protect themselves and others as well as the most common symptoms

We'll bring you the full report tomorrow.

CHILD CARE FOR HOSPITAL WORKERS

Tonight the mayor announced an initiative to help cover child care for hospital workers and their families so they can focus on doing their jobs.

Participants will have three options:

  • Apply for a stipend of $100 per shift. You'll be encouraged to use the stipend to help your kids stay at home or in the home of a trusted relative or neighbor, and participating hospitals must commit to making the full stipend available to all non-professional employees and prioritize low wage workers, Garcetti said.
  • Get free referrals to licensed providers in your community via Carina, WeeCare, and "referrals throughout the county," Garcetti said.
  • Free child care for kids aged 6-14 at rec centers for those who qualify. Starting Monday, the city will begin staffing its recreation centers from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

STREET REPAIRS

Garcetti also said the city will take advantage of the lull in traffic to work on some major repaving project. The Bureau of Street Services will shift from residential streets to major corridors that would normally take much longer because of the high traffic volume.

"We're always stuck between people saying 'Don't do this during rush hour' and 'Do it quickly.' Well, now we don't have rush hour, and we can do it quickly."

Garcetti said better pavement and smoother roads will help commuters headed to essential jobs.

You can find more details on the program, including the streets scheduled for work, at streets.lacity.org/adapt.

Moving that work away from residential streets could have a side benefit: less noise for all of us stuck at home.

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To Better Track The Coronavirus, An LA Antibody Study

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Testing people to see if they currently have COVID-19 only tells us so much. It’s perhaps more important to know who has had it, including those who never got sick.

That’s where a blood test for antibodies comes in.

You develop antibodies a few days after getting infected. That information can help us better determine how far the virus has spread and how deadly it really is.

To start getting answers, researchers with USC and L.A. County launched a study today to test a demographically-representative group of 1,000 Angelenos for COVID-19 antibodies.

“That information is needed, because right now, we are making decisions about this disease based not on real data or evidence, but based on worst case scenarios from mathematical models,” said USC Professor Dr. Neeraj Sood, who’s leading the study along with officials from the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

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Diary From The Coronavirus Frontlines: ‘A Few Moments Of Crying’

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Yesterday, I spoke with a nurse practitioner, Carrie Belin, who’s part of Saban Community Clinic’s street medicine team in Hollywood, which treats patients where they live — on the streets.

Treating the unsheltered poses its own challenges, but in a pandemic it’s even harder.

With the pouring rain lately, she was concerned, especially now that L.A. County officials have announced at least 18 unsheltered people who are positive for COVID-19. After she finished her shift she told me:

“I find myself wondering how my patients are doing at night. Whether or not they're going to have symptoms that are going to mimic COVID-19.”

Because of the lack of testing available, she said having to discern between a cold or flu or COVID-19 makes her nervous. She said she’s also worried about simply finding unsheltered people who are at particularly high-risk of getting the virus. Unlike most people, the unsheltered don’t always have a phone or internet access.

“Trying to find people is really tough,” she said. “Many of the facilities where we would generally end up having engagement like libraries are closed.”

And when their team does find a patient with any symptoms, it can be hard to get that homeless person to accept treatment or services—like going to a shelter or quarantine unit.

“For many people, and especially people that are marginalized, that having any interaction with authority or with healthcare professionals can be a prejudicial and very triggering type of environment or experience,” Belin said.

The distrust among the homeless community can be palpable.

In one case, a patient with a new cough was being resistant to help. She said that to convince him to isolate, they finally had to provide him a tent.

“I've had a few moments of crying and stuff. This is really hard work,” She said. “And it sometimes feels really hopeless.”

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Ice Cube's ‘Check Yo Self’ T-Shirts Raise Money For Underfunded Hospitals, Including In South LA

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Rapper Ice Cube performs at the ACL Music Festival in Austin, Texas, on October 7, 2017. (Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images)

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"Check Yo Self" is one of rapper Ice Cube’s biggest hits. Now the L.A. native hopes it can do some good during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ice Cube announced this week that he's created T-shirts with the song's refrain: “Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self.” The net proceeds will go to help underfinanced hospitals and nurses in inner cities and rural areas — including Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in South L.A.

He talked today with our newsroom in an interview with Nick Roman, who hosts KPCC's All Things Considered show on 89.3 FM.

Ice Cube told us he designated that the hospital because it's in the heart of the community where he grew up.

"They’re always understaffed and underfunded. And I'm pretty sure [there’s] a lot of medical centers across the country that [are] in the same position,” he said. "So I wanted to make sure the money went directly to those kinds of hospitals, the ones that really need it."

Ice Cube also talked about growing up with family members who worked at UCLA as patient escorts and groundskeepers.

“I've seen people come home from those jobs. And they're pretty stressed because they do care about the people that they're trying to take care of, and when they lose those people, it’s very [stressful].

So, you know, I understand what a lot of the workers are going through right now, when they're trying to keep people alive, and they just can't, but they gotta go back in and gotta go do it all over again. These are the real heroes.”

You can listen to the full interview below.

Diane Rodriguez, Influential Voice In LA Theater, Has Died At 68

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Diane Rodriguez, a leading light of the local and national theater community, has died following a long struggle with cancer.

Her death was confirmed in a press release issued by Center Theater Group, where she served for 24 years on the artistic staff.

Rodriguez, a San Jose native, was an actor, playwright, producer and director who got her start with El Teatro Campesino.

She was appointed to the National Council on the Arts by former President Barack Obama. She was also a former president of the national service organization, Theater Communications Group.

Rodriguez had recently suffered a stroke. She was 68 years old.

Luis Valdez, founder and artistic director of El Teatro Campesino, where Rodriguez got her start. called her "an unforgettable and beloved member" of their theater's family.

"Her power as an artist came from the heart," Valdez said in a statement, "which she shared onstage as well as in life, by generating the collective spirit that creates theatre. The arc of her evolution as an artist and as a representative of the American theatre will give hope and inspiration to new generations of theatre artists."

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2 Ways To Make An Easy DIY Face Mask

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Sharon McNary in a mask she made to match her shirt. (Sharon McNary/KPCC/LAist)

This week, in another segment of our "No-Panic" live event series, our reporter Sharon McNary (known for her expert sewing skills) demonstrated some very simple ways to DIY your own face coverings.

Here we break down her two methods:

  1. The first method requires just a T-shirt and scissors. And if you have cardboard, you can create a stencil (it kinda looks like half of the letter H, but fatter). You'll place the stencil over a folded edge of the T-shirt and cut along it -- and voila, you have a mask. Skip to 4:26 in the video above for the full tutorial.
    The "H" template (Sharon McNary / LAist)
  2. The second way requires a bandana and two hair ties. After making a series of folds, you have the option of inserting a sort of "filter" into the mask for extra protection. Sharon suggests a coffee filter, or any other kind of nonwoven fabric. Then, you'll use the hair ties to keep the mask intact and hang it from your ears. Skip to 7:35 in the video above for the tutorial.
    The folded bandana + hair ties method. (Sharon McNary / LAist)

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April Showers Bring Some Brighter News: Rainfall Is Now Above Average

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A woman walks in the rain with umbrella, facemask and gloves Los Angeles this week. (Frederic J. Brown/ Getty Images)

The end of a weeklong storm is soon coming to an end, but there's already a silver lining.

How much rain has Southern California really received this year? To answer these questions, we have worked with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in recent years to put our precipitation in context.

This graph above reflects rainfall data from 20 rain gauges around the Los Angeles Basin. These gauges have detailed records stretching back decades and give a picture of how much rain is falling across the region. This year’s rainfall is reflected in the the red line; the blue line represents the median totals.

The chart tracks rain according to the "water year," which runs from October 1 through September 30.

So where do things stand?

Forecasters say we're down to a few light showers across the Southland today and snowfall is expected in the mountains through tonight.

Ryan Kittell with the National Weather Service has your weekend overview:

"We are expecting maybe some clouds to greet people in the morning on Saturday, but definitely warmer conditions from what we saw yesterday {THURS} and today {FRI}. And then by Sunday, maybe a little bit more of a gloomier — more like June gloom type — weather with maybe some drizzle in the area."

Skies should be clear by Monday and Tuesday and by the middle of next week he says the Southland can expect highs to be back up in the 70s.

Meantime, a winter storm advisory remains in effect for L.A., Riverside and San Bernardino county mountains through 8 p.m. tonight.

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Trump To Announce Advisory Council On Reopening The Country

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President Trump plans to appoint a council to advise him on how best to reopen America after much of the nation went dormant to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Trump said Friday that he plans to announce on Tuesday who he has named to make recommendations about some kind of path to normalcy.

"I'm going to surround myself with the greatest minds," he said in another marathon news conference at the White House. "We're going to make a decision and hopefully it's going to be the right decision."


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Trump and advisers must balance economic, social, public health and other priorities. The president was asked what metrics he would use in recommending when some places might begin to attempt to get back to normal.

"The metrics right here," Trump said, pointing to his temple.

Danger of a bounce-back epidemic

The president was asked about reports that have suggested that a return to normalcy after about 30 days of social distancing and other countermeasures might mean a boomerang flare-up in cases later this year.

Trump said he and advisers would contemplate the possibility of an echo spike after the current surge in cases and deaths.

"There's always going to be a risk where something can flare up," he said.

The president also acknowledged that if an echo outbreak gets desperate enough in some places, that might necessitate another round of social distancing and other mitigation efforts.

But the United States expects to add new tools to help it battle the coronavirus, including tests and treatments, so the model for a response will change over time.

And Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top immunologist who has been advising the White House's disaster response, suggested at a briefing on Thursday that normalization might look different for different parts of the country.

All the same, if the end has come into view, the nation still must travel a difficult course to reach it, another top physician, Dr. Deborah Birx, said at Friday's briefing.

She cited data about infections and deaths that are following expectations but are not yet on a down slope.

"As encouraging as they are, we have not reached the peak," Birx warned.

Trump: Response supplies flowing

Trump asserted on Friday that the federal response has helped mitigate earlier shortages in masks, equipment and other materiel sought for hospitals and health care workers.

"We're in great shape in every way," he said. "Ventilators, protective clothing — we're not getting any calls from governors at this moment. We're getting very few calls from governors or anybody else needing anything — we're in great shape for this surge that's coming in some areas."

It wasn't immediately possible to assess whether, in fact, the shortfalls that have been reported in some places have been ameliorated; the president's statement followed weeks' worth of efforts to marshal, ship and produce the supplies.

Trump has, at various times, dueled with governors or other officials about the local needs or local responses to the crisis.

The president said he lamented that new predictions call for about 60,000 deaths from the pandemic but he said that outcome was preferable to the higher projections, which ranged from 100,000 deaths into the prospect that millions could be killed.

"In the mist of grief and pain, we're seeing signs our aggressive strategy is saving countless lives," Trump said.

Trump and public health authorities urged Americans to continue to stay home, keep away from large groups and take the other precautions urged to slow the spread of the virus. The countermeasures are working, officials say.

Questions about process for normalization

With confidence now strengthened about the validity of the social distancing strategy and early indications about the end coming into sight, discussion has turned to how America may be able to get back to normal.

The White House's advisers suggest that there won't be one plan that applies everywhere.

"I don't think there are going to be benchmarks that are going to be consistent from one [area] to the other," Fauci said on Thursday.

Trump has been under pressure to at least announce an end date to the countermeasures that call for staying home and avoiding large groups — which have amounted to a medically induced coma for much of the U.S. economy.

Restaurants, brick-and-mortar retailers, travel and other industries have been poleaxed; some 17 million people are out of work.

With at least a theoretical decrease in sight to new infections and deaths, Trump and Vice President Pence say they're eager to begin assessing how sections of the United States could return to something like normal, permitting people to move more freely and return to work.

Trump said on Friday that's the assignment he'll give to the new council he plans to appoint, which he said would include "great business, great doctors — we're going to have have a great group of people."

That also could include governors, potentially even Democratic governors, Trump said at another point in the briefing in response to a question.

Long path to implementation

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told NPR this week that his agency is working on a plan for normalization, but his comments suggested the necessity for a major and as yet incomplete effort.

First, the nation needs more coronavirus testing, Redfield said, especially testing with rapid results to render quicker diagnoses. Public health authorities also are looking ahead to new tests that can show whether a person had the virus in the past and may be carrying antibodies.

Second, Redfield said, the United States must vastly expand contact tracing connected with those who become infected.

This article originally appeared on NPR.org.

LA's Stay-At-Home Order Extended To May 15, And More Angelenos Need To Physically Distance To Stop Spread

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Los Angeles County Health officials said today the stay-at-home order will be extended to May 15. They laid out new data that shows current social distancing practices are working — but we need to do better.

Barbara Ferrer, director of the county public health department, said they were using a model which has three scenarios.

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The first has health officials doing nothing to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

The second assumes current social distancing tactics of closed public spaces and schools continues.

The third scenario includes increased physical distancing, with more people staying home than there are now.

In the first scenario — which, happily, we have moved far away from — 95 percent of Angelenos would get infected.

In the second scenario, if current physical distancing is maintained, about 30 percent of the population of Los Angeles County will get COVID19 by August.

But in the third scenario, if even more people stay at home — including when they are sick — that number drops to just 5 percent.

Ferrer said more rigorous physical distancing includes isolating yourself completely in your home if you may have COVID-19.

“People who we know are infected, or we think might become like these people, in particular, have to keep their distance from others,” Ferrer told reporters in a morning press briefing (you can watch live updates for the public at the top of this story).

Christina Ghaly, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, said even with the measures in place now, every positive COVID-19 case is infecting at least one other person — sometimes up to two or three — so increasing physical distancing is necessary.

“For some people [physical distancing] is harder than others, because of the economic situation,” Ghaly said. “But it has saved lives. It has saved hundreds or thousands of lives. And if it’s continued, it will continue to save lives.”

The data shows that 3% of coronavirus patients in the county require hospitalization, and the majority of those patients use a ventilator, a machine that helps them breathe.

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Modeling also showed that the county has sufficient hospital beds and ventilators, but officials were quick to warn that the need for hospital based services could quickly exceed capacity if physical distancing was relaxed.

County officials also announced the latest case totals:

  • 18 new deaths | 241 total deaths
  • 475 new cases | 8,430 total cases

Health officials said 18 cases have been reported among the county's homeless population.

CA Officials: State's Coronavirus Curve Won't Peak Until May — Maybe Later

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Heading into our fourth week of a stay-at-home order, California is doing well at flattening the coronavirus curve — so well that the the number of infections may not peak until May, or later.

That's according to the head of the state's Health and Human Services Agency, Dr. Mark Ghaly.

"It's also going to be a cautionary tale," California Gov. Gavin Newsom said at today's coronavirus briefing, "because if we pull back from that effort, you can see numbers that will change radically and quickly."

At the briefing, Ghaly presented data that show how drastically movement has gone down across all counties in the state, including Los Angeles, the state's most populous.

According to Ghaly, the latest modeling suggests that the number of COVID-19 infections will not only peak later than previously thought, it suggests "Our peak may not end up being as high as we actually planned. The difference between what we're seeing today in our hospitals may not be that much different than where we are going to peak in the many weeks to come."

Dr. Ghaly echoed Newsom's warning. "This is a point of pride for Californians that we've done so well with what we've been doing, but I caution you that this line could easily start to see an upward slope," he said.

You can watch the live video below for more details.

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‘Untethered’: How Coronavirus Is Affecting The Developmentally Disabled

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COVID-19’s dramatic disruption of everyday life can be especially difficult for people with a developmental disability — and their families.

School systems and other government agencies that help people with a developmental disability have had to change how they provide services by moving most of them online. That can be a huge problem for people with things like Down syndrome or autism who rely on in-person support.

Shafali Jeste, a pediatric neurologist and professor at UCLA, told us:

“They’re untethered, they don’t have the support that they normally would have. And a lot of it is falling on the parents to have to provide those supports.”

That includes Jennifer St. Jude of Lancaster. Her two kids have autism, and so does she.

“Not knowing that light at the end of the tunnel, not having that definitive timeframe is just like [a] total trigger for people on the spectrum,” she said.

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COVID-19 Map: Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Top 8.4K In LA County; Death Toll Passes 100,000

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Jump to: CALIFORNIA | WORLDWIDE | SOCAL COUNTIES | ANALYSIS

WHERE WE STAND

On Friday afternoon, L.A. County reported 475 new cases and 18 new deaths, marking another rise in the mortality rate to 2.8%. There have now been 8,430 total confirmed cases here.

The United States is among a number of countries experiencing large-scale epidemics. The map above shows cumulative confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries and is updated in near real-time throughout the day. Zoom out to see more of the world.

Below are the recent totals for the United States, followed by the 10 countries with the most reported cases of COVID-19. Italy, Spain, Germany, and now France are all reporting more confirmed cases than China, where the outbreak began late last year, but whose reported numbers have since greatly slowed.

These numbers are changing rapidly and experts have warned that confirmed cases are far under the actual total of infected individuals. For more detail check the full tracker, which includes death tolls and projections of cases on the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering site. Engineers there are collecting data from:

IN CALIFORNIA

Statewide, our friends on the L.A. Times data desk are tracking cases in California by surveying "numbers released by the dozens of local health agencies across the state." As of about 12:45 p.m. Friday, the newspaper is reporting California has:

  • 20,398 confirmed cases
  • 554 deaths

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AT A GLANCE

At a press briefing Friday, L.A. County public health officials said the stay home orders are extended until May 15.

As of April 10, more than 40,600 people have been tested in L.A. County.

As of the latest updates Friday:

LA COUNTY

  • 8,430 cases
  • 241 deaths

* [Includes numbers released by Pasadena and Long Beach. See more from L.A. County]

ORANGE COUNTY

  • 1,138 cases
  • 17 deaths

* More from Orange County

As of the latest updates Thursday:

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

  • 1,280 cases
  • 33 deaths

* More from Riverside County

VENTURA COUNTY

  • 274 cases
  • 7 deaths

* More from Ventura County

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

  • 729 cases
  • 24 deaths

* More from San Bernardino County

FLATTEN THE CURVE

As new cases continue to be confirmed, Californians are continuing to be under "safer at home" and "social distancing" orders. State and county officials have ordered the vast majority of Californians to strictly limit interactions with other people, wash hands frequently, and stay 6 feet away from others.

Remember, the goal of social distancing is to "flatten the curve" of COVID-19's spread.

HOW CALIFORNIA CASES COMPARE


SOME STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT COVID-19

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Campaigning In A Pandemic: No Baby Kissing Forecast

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Antonio Villaraigosa kisses a baby in the Grand Central Market on election day, June 5, 2001. (David McNew/Getty Images)

There's a new reality on the campaign trail.

The COVID-19 threat means no in-person contact with volunteers, donors or potential voters.

See that image above of then-mayoral hopeful Antonio Villaraigosa? Well, shaking hands and kissing babies are out. And, at least in local elections, going negative may also be be out.

Political consultant John Shallman told us:

"People are going to have to really know that this may not be the right time to run these harsh, negative, personal campaigns. This may be more of, 'How do I turn my campaign to be a campaign of service?'"

We take a deeper look at the changes for candidates hoping to win this November.

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‘I Am Arab, I Am American, I Matter'

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A decade ago, the Arab American Civic Council started its first Census write-in campaign called "Check It Right, You Ain't White." The goal was to encourage visibility and representation of Arab Americans.

This time, they're using a different call to action. Raad Ghantous, the group's chair, explains:

“We went through a real adverse situation when the current administration went into power. That, in a very interesting way, caused more unity. Out of that came a sense of civic engagement, and that civic engagement is a positive energy.”

Ghantous' group chose a celebratory slogan: ‘I am Arab, I am American, I Matter' to encourage fellow Arab Americans to check "Other" when they are asked about their race and ethinicity on the 2020 Census, and then write in how they identify.

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Morning Briefing: Gen Z Delivers Hope For Us All (...Per Usual)

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The notion of generational bad blood has been a hot topic for years now; according to reports, Millennials and Boomers hate each other, Gen Z and Boomers hate each other and Gen X hates everyone. But the truth is, most of us actually care about each other, and, you know, want one another to be well.

So let’s focus on this: A Santa Barbara teenager, noticing that his 65-and-over neighbors could use a hand during the pandemic, created Zoomers to Boomers, in which Gen Z kids bring groceries and food to older folks. Marlborough School 11th grader Mira Kwon recently launched the budding organization's L.A. branch.

And they’re not the only ones; a 58-year-old in Ojai is shopping for seniors too, after his wine bar closed down. Artists are creating new work specifically for online viewing. And frontline health care workers are putting their own safety on the line to care for the unhoused as well as people flooding the ER.

There’s hope for the future, after all. (Crazy kids.)


COMING UP TODAY, APRIL 10

People are suddenly interested in growing their own food. Elina Shatkin explores what they should plant, what does well here in SoCal and what new backyard farmers need to know.

Erick Galindo takes a drive-through coronavirus test, along with about 100 others in a South L.A. parking lot. Galindo, whose symptoms had a doctor telling him to self-quarantine, also talks to DACA recipients who are working through coronavirus and helping support family members while knowing SCOTUS could soon issue a decision to end their status.

Libby Denkmann examines the new reality for campaigns – a world in which there’s no hand-shaking or baby kissing allowed. Candidates and political consultants tell her how they’re adapting.

Hadley Meares looks at how L.A. repurposed various buildings and locations to use as hospitals and other vital institutions during the influenza epidemic of 1918.

Alyssa Jeong Perry speaks to a frontline health worker caring for homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic.

L.A.-based rock outfit Chicano Batman represents a wide range of musical styles, from ranchera music to oldies to West Coast hip hop. They sat down with Jonathan Shifflett.

Leo Duran talks with Annelisa Stephan of The Getty Center, about their social media phenomenon of asking people to recreate their artwork using things around the house.

L.A. County and USC have launched a pilot antibody study. Robert Garrova has the details.

Arab-American advocates had to change their census messaging for the Trump era, reports. Caroline Champlin.

DIY a mask. In case you missed it during our live event this week, Elizabeth Robinson is going to break down all the steps infrastructure reporter Sharon McNary walked viewers through to make some simple homemade face coverings.

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THE PAST 24 HOURS IN L.A.

L.A., California, The World: There are more than 7,900 cases of coronavirus in L.A. County. In California, there are 18,309 cases. The worldwide number of cases is at nearly 1.6 million.

Seeking Justice: More than 1,400 and counting; that’s how many anti-Asian incidents have already been reported to an online tracking tool that’s only been up and running for weeks. Meanwhile, courtrooms in L.A. are pivoting to remote proceedings.

Diary From The Frontlines:The admission rate is just skyrocketing” said an ER doctor working in downtown L.A., “and the [people] that need to be admitted to a higher level of care… is increasing by the day.” Dozens of patients at a Riverside County nursing home had to be evacuated after staff failed to show up for two days. LAFD is using telehealth to reduce non-emergency hospital trips during the coronavirus pandemic, and child care workers are asked to prioritize at-risk children.

New School: A group of L.A. high school students is delivering groceries to seniors and other high-risk neighbors through Zoomers to Boomers, a free delivery service created by a Santa Barbara teenager. Long Beach Unified School Board members have selected veteran educator Jill Baker as the school system’s next superintendent. No LAUSD students will receive a lower overall grade than they had in March.

California Makes Progress: As of one month ago, California had 7,587 ventilators identified in the state's resources. That number is now up to 11,747. L.A. County residents can apply online to get approved for a coronavirus test.

Money Talks: Investigative reporter Aaron Mendelson and attorney Javier Beltran answered questions in a live Q&A about paying rent. More than two million Californians have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus, but many frustrated freelancers are still waiting to file. Since mid-March, 58-year-old Nigel Chisholm of Ojai has been offering to grocery shop for high-risk residents.

New Day, New Rules: If you live in the city of L.A., you are now required to cover your face any time you go to any store or take a cab or rideshare. One silver lining from Mayor Eric Garcetti’s news briefing last night? Adoptions of shelter pets are “off the charts.”

We Like To Watch (And Listen): Want some scary listening? Here are six killer crime novels, recommended by John Horn, host of The Frame. Also, from the comfort and relative safety of your couch, watch the Coachella documentary, Phoebe Waller-Bridge's solo stage show of Fleabag and more.


IN NON-COVID-19 NEWS

A closer look at why a California appeals court dismissed the criminal case against the leader of the Mexico-based religious group known as La Luz Del Mundo, or the Light of the World Church.


YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN

Beautiful blue lights lit up the Forum in Inglewood last night, among the landmarks and buildings around the nation honoring health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

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