Help us rise to the challenge of covering the coronavirus crisis. Our journalism is free for all to access. But we rely on your support. Donate today to power our journalists.

Here's your daily audio briefing (updated weekdays):

Sidewalks Become Canvases For Sidelined Artists

Cynthia Lake, an art teacher at John Muir High School in Pasadena, makes chalk art in front of her home, April 24, 2020 (Sharon McNary/LAist)

The one thing you have to believe about artists is that come hell or pandemic, they are going to make art. So it is with Cynthia Lake.

On a walk through my Pasadena neighborhood, I came across Lake, sitting on her butt, red Crocs-clad feet spread wide, busily scraping chalk on the sidewalk in front of her Chester Avenue house. A friend was doing the same thing about five concrete panels away.

Her plans to enter the Pasadena Chalk Festival in June crumbled, like so many other arts and culture events that have vanished during our months of pandemic prevention.

So she’s turned to the streets for a creative outlet.

“I'm working on a Georgia O'Keeffe calla lily now, one of her expanded views that is enlarged to abstraction,” she said. “I mixed my colors on the ground and then I rub them with packing material to blend it, as if you're painting.”

She was layering gold on yellow, and adding a background of white and some little orange and black dots in the center of the flower. The harder she rubs it in, the more durable it remains underfoot.

It's quite hilarious to watch people walk by the front of my house at night,” she said. “They're jumping over the images (to avoid them) thinking they're going to ruin them. I'm telling them, no, walk on.

Sidewalk art in Pasadena during the pandemic (Sharon McNary/LAist)

Lake teaches art at Pasadena’s John Muir High School, and has been doing it for 27 years. She’s disappointed that only a fraction of her students have the internet access and tech equipment to continue her art classes online.

So we are having a huge disparity with the students who have and have not,” Lake said.

On the sidewalk, wearing her festival souvenir T-shirt from a past event, she joked that she was channeling her inner Bob Ross, the iconic “Joy of Painting” TV artist famous for celebrating “happy little trees.”

“It’s just a happy little flower I'm creating here, just trying to brighten spirits,” she said.

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

Not All Angelenos Think Climate Change Will Impact Them

Smoke from the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula on Oct. 31, 2019. Noah Berger/AP

Even with record setting heat waves, massive wildfires, and a disappearing coastline, 11 percent of Angelenos don’t think that climate change will impact them a great deal.

Though, 40 percent think it will, and 66 percent say that future generations are going to get it bad.

Those and more climate change opinions are broken down in the latest Los Angeles Public Opinion Survey released by Loyola Marymount University.

Researchers spoke with a diverse group of 2,002 L.A. County residents of various economic, educational and racial backgrounds, in a variety of languages.

A 2020 survey on climate change options amongst residents in LA County. (Courtesy of Alejandra Alarcon with StudyLA at Loyola Marymount University.)

Here are some highlights:

Percent of Angelenos that feel that climate change will have a great impact on:

  • Themselves: 40 percent
  • L.A. region: 49 percent
  • Across the U.S.: 56 percent
  • Future generations: 66 percent

Here are a number of other ways the question, "How much do you think climate change will affect you personally" broke down:

Political views:

  • Liberals: 49 percent
  • Conservatives: 23 percent


  • African American: 47 percent
  • Asian: 33 percent
  • White: 36 percent
  • Latino: 44 percent


  • 18-44: 43 percent
  • 45-64: 37 percent
  • 65+: 34 percent


  • Roughly 40 percent regardless of education


  • Roughly 40 percent regardless of income


  • Female: 44 percent
  • Male: 34 percent

Want to see more? Check out the report, below.

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

Coronavirus Nursing Home Outbreaks Prompt Differing Responses

Warning notices on a door at the Cedar Mountain Post Acute nursing facility in Yucaipa after an outbreak. (Chris Carlson/AP)

The Los Angeles County health department is ordering nursing homes to test all residents and staff for COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms.

That’s because 40% of coronavirus deaths in L.A. county have been residents of skilled nursing facilities.

The coronavirus has also spread through five nursing homes in Orange County. As of Friday, there have been 130 confirmed cases among residents and 87 among staff.

Even though it faces a similar public health crisis, Orange County is not requiring testing of everyone in nursing homes.

As more tests become available, asymptomatic testing is gaining traction. Researchers have found that it can take 14 days for someone who is exposed to the coronavirus to develop symptoms, meaning health care workers could be spreading the virus even if they feel healthy.


OC Nursing Homes Are Latest Coronavirus Hot Spot

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

WATCH: Mayor Garcetti Mandates Monthly Coronavirus Testing At Every Nursing Home In LA County

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti in his Wednesday, March 25, 2020 press conference.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today rolled out an emergency order mandating coronavirus testing for all residents, workers and contractors at every skilled nursing facility in L.A. County every month.

The mayor said that L.A. is the first city in the country to put forth such a mandate.

Operators at nursing homes will be able to request testing kits from the city's Emergency Operations Center. The city will also provide trained personnel to set up these tests.

While the order does require all nursing facilities to provide the tests, it does not require all residents, employees or contractors to take one.

"If we can get this right, it is another step forward in the work that we can collectively do to see a day when part of our county and cities will re-open," he said.

There are currently about 800,000 Los Angeles residents over the age of 60, 80,000 of whom live below the poverty line.

The county will also expand its senior meals program, which is staffed by more than 130 disaster service workers in partnership with Everytable. The program will provide meals to a total of 12,000 seniors, up from 5,000 last week.

This is in addition to the plan announced by Governor Newsom today, to provide meals to seniors from local restaurants, who will be reimbursed by FEMA.

"Bottom line, we care about you," Garcetti said. "If you're a senior living in a skilled nursing home facility or whether your a senior just stuck at home, not sure when your next meal is going to be, we are here to say we love you, we support you, we will feed you, and we will protect you."

If you are a senior in need of help or if you know of a senior who does, call 213-263-5226 or visit

More info from today:

  • As of today, we now have 33 testing sites in Los Angeles; over 106,000 people have been tested at those sites
  • In the U.S., about 150,000 tests are conducted a day; testing in L.A. County now accounts for about 10% of the national tests given on any single day, even though we make up just 3% of America's population
  • The number of Angelenos being admitted into hospitals has started to stabilize. As a county, between 200 and 300 new people are being admitted to the hospital per day; Garcetti said this a "good number to stay under our capacity."
  • A union deal will now allow janitorial and custodial staff, many of whom are contractors, to keep their jobs as part of California's work-sharing program. Employers will be able to reduce hours but still allow workers to apply for unemployment to make up for lost hours.

The mayor finished today's news conference by urging Angelenos to stay home this weekend, despite the extra hot weather:

"It [feels like] summer, and I know what that does to us. Our primal natures want to get out. The vast majority of Angelenos, though, will be at home this weekend. And unless you're in a critical job, please stay at home, no matter what the temptations are, no matter how badly we want to go out, the beaches remain closed, our trails remain closed, you cannot play on playgrounds, you cannot go and play on basketball or tennis or golf courses. We need to stay at home. And we need to do this to keep everyone safe. We can't let one weekend reverse a month of work that you have invested in."

The mayor urged anyone struggling with the heatwave to visit a cooling center in lieu of breaking the stay-at-home order.

In answer to a question about enforcement, the mayor said the city would not issue fines or other forms of punishment for violators. He asked, though, that everyone cooperate for the greater good.

To put it blunty, "If you go out and hit the beaches and the trails, the safer-at-home orders will last longer, more people will be sick, and more will die."

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

'Grave Risk Of Harm': Suit Claims LA Not Protecting Jail Inmates

(Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

Cramped and unsanitary conditions. Too few masks. Not enough soap.

Unless something is done to improve the situation in L.A. County's jails,"prisoners are going to die at an incredible rate," claims attorney Dan Stormer.

He represents two advocacy groups and nine inmates who filed a lawsuit Friday claiming the county and Sheriff Alex Villanueva have failed to protect the thousands of inmates in L.A.'s jails.

To fight the virus' spread, Villanueva reduced the jail population from about 17,000 at the end of February to just under 13,000 by April 1. But the suit says he needs to do more.

The Sheriff's Department didn't have an immediate comment on the suit, which seeks class action status.



Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

LA Launches Campaign To Spur Abuse Reporting During Coronavirus

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer (left) and DA Jackie Lacey (right). (Screenshot of LA Cityview 35 live stream)

L.A.’s top prosecutors launched a campaign Friday to spur people to come forward about domestic abuse that may be going unreported with so many stuck at home.

In the month since the stay-at-home order, there’s been a 47% drop in reported physical child abuse, said City Attorney Mike Feuer. The worry is that the abuse hasn’t stopped; it’s just not being flagged since so many kids are away from teachers and others who are required to report the signs.

“I am very alarmed at what appears to be a dramatic decrease in reporting of crimes relating to our most vulnerable,” Feuer said.

The city attorney is also concerned that adults in violent relationships are struggling to report crimes since they might be stuck at home with their abusers. What’s more he said, with many nursing homes shut off to visiting family members, there’s been a 50% decrease in reports of elder abuse.

So L.A. is partnering with the California Grocers Association to post flyers in English and Spanish in stores that include hotline numbers and where to go for legal help. LAUSD will also have the information at its grab-and-go food centers.

L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said she’s calling on the entire community to report suspected abuse. “Better you call and be wrong than you not call and find out later you could have saved someone’s life,” she said.


Here's the English-language flyer:

Can My Pet Cat Or Dog Get The Coronavirus?!

(Photo by KiVEN Zhao / Unsplash)

Maybe. It has happened.

A tiger in New York City with a respiratory illness (I know, nothing makes sense) was the first animal to test positive in the U.S. That was in early April.

On April 22, two pet cats in New York were confirmed to have COVID-19 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratories.

The CDC's website said it has been aware of reports about pets, including cats and dogs, being infected. Most had close contact with an infected person.

There's an evolving FAQ with CDC guidance on protecting animals. Specific recommendations were laid out in the press release from the USDA:

  • Don't let pets interact with people or animals from outside of your home.
  • Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent mingling with other animals or people.
  • Walk dogs on a leash and keep at least 6 feet away from other people and animals.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.

If you're sick (either suspected or confirmed COVID-19), you should:

  • Avoid contact with your animal friend, and isolate.
  • That means no petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, or sharing food or bedding.
  • Have another member of your household care for your pet if possible.
  • If that's not possible, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after interactions.

Meanwhile, adoptions of shelter pets in L.A. have been "off the charts."


Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

Closure Of I-5 In Burbank and Glendale Starts This Weekend

The red area in the map indicates the portion of I-5 that will be closed from Apr. 25-27 for a bridge demolition. (Courtesy of Caltrans)

Not that most of us will be (or should be) zipping around freeways this weekend, but for those who do need to be on the road: A 36-hour closure of the I-5 Freeway in Glendale and Burbank starts this Saturday.

The closure begins at 2 p.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Monday. It's part of a project to tear down and replace the Burbank Boulevard Bridge over the freeway.

All lanes of northbound I-5 will be closed at the 134 Freeway near Griffith Park, while the southbound I-5 will be closed at the 170 Freeway in Sun Valley.

When we last mentioned this closure was coming, in mid-March, we described it as being "reminiscent of 2011's 'Carmageddon.'" Times are, uh, a tad different now.


10 Cooling Centers Where You Can Wait Out This Heat Wave

(Stock photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash)

The first heat wave of the year is here, with the warmest days expected Friday and Saturday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Thompson says two things are causing this hot weather:

"First of all, we have high pressures that are just off the California coast, bringing us clear skies. And at the same time we have some northerly offshore winds that are helping warm things up, so that combination of those two things is making for the warm temperatures."

A heat advisory for the Inland Empire and Los Angeles and Orange counties runs through 6 p.m. Saturday.

The county has released a list of cooling centers where you can go to escape the heat while at the same time remaining physically distanced during this coronavirus pandemic. Because distancing rules require at least 6 feet between each person, these spaces will likely fill up faster than usual, and the county advises that you call first to make sure there's still seating available.

The following locations are open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25:

Jocelyn Center
210 N. Chapel Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91801

Buena Vista Library
300 N. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91505

Los Angeles
Colonel Leon Washington Park
8908 South Maie Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90002

Los Angeles
Lincoln Heights Senior Center
2323 Workman St.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Robert M Wilkinson Multipurpose Center
8956 Vanalden Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324

Panorama City
Mid-Valley Senior Center
8825 Kester Ave.
Panorama City, CA 91402

Robinson Park Community Center
1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 9110

Sherman Oaks
Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center
5056 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

El Cariso Community Regional Park
13100 Hubbard St.
Sylmar, CA 91342

Whittier Community Center
7630 Washington Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602

When in doubt, you can also call 211 for information from L.A. County and 311 in the city of L.A.

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily newsletters. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

60% Jump In Coronavirus Cases At LA County Nursing Homes, Other Institutional Facilities

This May 2019 file photo shows a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health office. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

Let's begin with a quick PSA: We didn't think we'd have to say this, but here it is: do not inject or ingest bleach or other disinfectants. That is not a treatment and could kill you.

Los Angeles County officials reported 1,035 new confirmed cases of coronavirus today, bringing the total to at least 18,517 cases countywide.

L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer also reported 52 new deaths of COVID-19 patients. The total number of deaths countywide now stands at 848.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases at institutional facilities rose dramatically, from 3,343 reported yesterday to 5,339 reported today. Most of those cases were residents at nursing homes, which remain a "tremendous concern" for health officials, Ferrer said.

Speaking to the sharp rise in confirmed cases, she explained:

“The large increase in the number of residents, is because we have done a lot of testing in our facilities, and because of the increased testing, we've been able to identify many asymptomatic residents and staff who are positive for COVID-19.”

In total, 365 residents at institutional facilities — most of them from nursing homes — have died, Ferrer said. Those deaths now account for 43% of all COVID-19 deaths countywide.

Institutional settings also include jails, rehab centers and convalescent hospitals.

Because of the sharp increase in cases at nursing homes, county officials have issued a new order requiring all staff and residents to be tested for the virus, even if they don't have symptoms.

The county will give testing priority to facilities with the "most severe outbreaks," Ferrer said, but adding that officials will make sure testing is available for all nursing homes in L.A. County and will work with each facility to figure out how often it tests staff and residents.

The order also bars visitors and workers deemed non-essential from entering all "congregate healthcare facilities," Ferrer said. Communal dining and other group activities at nursing homes are being suspended to ensure proper social distancing, she said.

Ferrer also noted that, yes, it's sunny and warm this weekend and people are eager to get outside and enjoy any source of joy they can right now. She advised L.A. County residents:

"... it's fine to go outside right near your house or at your house. It's not fine to go and drive to another county because you think that counties has relaxed some of their restrictions and you're going to be able to do things there that you can't do here... We don't need you to go out get infected in another county and then bring your infected self back here to L.A. County — and those other counties... really couldn't afford to be overwhelmed by travelers coming in as well so so we're going to ask you to please not do that."

Here are some other key figures being reported today:

  • More than 108,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 and had the results reported to county health officials. Of those tests, 15% have been positive.
  • There have now been 115 confirmed cases “at some point in time” in county jail facilities, Ferrer reported. Ferrer said 47 inmates and 69 staff members have tested positive.

County officials reported demographic information for 771 people who haved died (97% of cases):

  • 15% African American [9% of county residents]
  • 18% Asian [15.4% of county residents]
  • 37% Latino or Latina [48.6% of county residents]
  • 28% White [26.1% of county residents]
  • 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • 1% identified as belonging to a different race or ethnicity

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

Will There Still Be Improv After Coronavirus?

Teaching improv online. Improv teacher Billy Merritt is in the top center square. Courtesy Billy Merritt

The famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York recently announced that their permanent location will close for good — but the organization will continue some classes and shows elsewhere. That kind of bad news/good news scenario could soon hit Los Angeles's improv comedy scene too.

Improv teachers expressed concerns about the financial stnading of theaters like UCB long before the New York theater closed. Now they're wondering when audiences will be able or want to go see shows in-person again.

We talked with improv teachers about how their craft is changing now, and what it will look like when safer-at-home orders get lifted.

Online classes aren't standard in improv, given the difficulty of re-creating the experience of people moving around a stage, touching each other, and passing imaginary objects back-and -orth. But teachers are finding ways to make it work remotely.

We also asked teachers for exercises to practice improv by yourself while socially distancing — hopefully they can brighten your somewhat-more-lonely days.


Keeping Improv Comedy Alive During Coronavirus

Gov. Newsom: California Will Pay Local Restaurants To Deliver Meals To Seniors

File: California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers his daily update on coronavirus on April 8, 2020. Gov. Newsom's office

In Gov. Gavin Newsom's daily update on California's response to coronavirus, he announced a new program to help out both seniors and restaurants through a new delivery program. You can read the details about the program, along with other coronavirus updates, below, or watch the governor's press conference above.


Another 93 people have died from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, Newsom said. There was a 5% rise in the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19. Hospitalizations were flat yesterday, after previously declining, Newsom said. ICU numbers were slightly up by 1%, Newsom said. Three of the four numerical indicators the state is looking at were flat or down yesterday, Newsom said.


An estimated 1.2 million of 5.7 million California seniors live alone, socially isolated, Newsom said. He noted that seniors may be stuck under coronavirus stay-at-home orders for longer.

The state is partnering with FEMA, as well as local cities and counties, to have local restaurants deliver healthy meals to seniors through the new "Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors" program. There is no cap on the number of meals — three meals a day, seven days a week, Newsom said. Decisions on which restaurants are eligible to provide meals will be made at the local level.

Those seniors either must have been at high-risk of exposure to coronavirus, their finances are below 600 percent of the federal poverty level, have already been exposed to coronavirus, or are broadly at higher risk for coronavirus.

The reimbursement is up to $16 for breakfast, $17 for lunch, and $28 for dinner. The food will be low sodium, along with other guidelines around the food's health. FEMA is reimbursing 75 percent of the funding, with the state paying for 75 percent of the remaining 25 percent, Newsom said — the rest will be paid for by cities and counties.

This is for people ineligible for other programs, Newsom said, adding that Meals For Wheels can only do so much. It's the first program like this in the nation, Newsom said.

The state plans to do outreach, but for those who are interested in the program, they can start by calling 2-11, Newsom said.


Newsom said that the state is significantly expanding its wellness and check-in programs. The state is working with Sacramento State University, utilizing students to help in the efforts to reach seniors.

United Airlines offered the state the chance to use its call center employees, and California is tasking those employees with doing check-ins on seniors.

Newsom also announced a new "Friendship Line" — 888-670-1360 — for seniors who need emotional support, offering a number for people who need someone to talk to at this time.

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

Freeway Traffic Might Be Light, But Our Coastline Is A Different Story

Is there a Sig Alert at sea? Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

We land lovers might be finding what little joy we can from Southern California's clear freeways and clearer skies, but there is one traffic jam forming right now, just a bit west of Pacific Coast Highway.

As of Thursday afternoon, 27 oil tankers were lined up in our coastal waters, carrying crude oil nobody needs right now, because of a worldwide oil glut and (you guessed it) coronavirus.

This video from the U.S. Coast Guard shows what it looks like:

"Due to the unique nature of this situation, the Coast Guard is constantly evaluating and adapting our procedures to ensure the safety of the vessels at anchor and the protection of the surrounding environment," Cmdr. Marshall Newberry from the USGS' Los Angeles/Long Beach Sector said in a press release.

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

Trump Immigration Ban Targeting Green Card Seekers Takes Effect

A line of people waits outside the immigration court on Olive Street in downtown Los Angeles in October 2018. (Leslie Berestein Rojas/ LAist)

A new immigration ban from President Trump affecting green card seekers takes effect today. It will affect thousands of Southern California families who are have been sponsoring loved ones— often for years, even decades — to come to the United States legally.

The only relatives exempted from the ban, which is set to last 60 days, will be the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens.

Trump has said the idea is to protect U.S. worker's jobs during the coronavirus crisis. Temporary workers deemed "essential" to coronavirus relief efforts will be exempted, as will wealthy immigrant investors. But many families seeking to reunite with parents, adult children or siblings abroad are left out.

We caught up with one such family: An elderly U.S. citizen who has been sponsoring his eldest son to move here from Mexico as a legal permanent resident to help take care of him. Jose Amaya, 78, told us:

"I'll have no choice but to wait, wait and see if this ends, no?"


Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

Longstanding Health Hazards In Low-Income Housing Make Some Renters Unsafe At Home

Patricia Macias and her son Elijah. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

A few days ago, I talked to Dr. David Jacobs of the National Center for Healthy Housing, a nonprofit advocacy and research group, about the dangers of being quarantined in substandard housing.

“The challenge before us today,” he told me, “especially in the context of the COVID epidemic, is to make sure that these existing conditions in homes don't produce a second wave of health problems.”

Patricia Macias knows all too well about these challenges. In addition to his Down Syndrome, her son Elijah has health issues that are exacerbated by conditions inside their apartment in Arlington Heights.

“Since we've been living here, he has developed asthma, and he's suffering right now with sleep apnea,” Macias told me.

They have lived at the property for a decade, Macias said, and coped with roach infestations, rats, and lead paint.


Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

This Year, Armenian Americans Find Other Ways To Remember 1915 Genocide

Thousands of members of the Armenian community march to the Turkish Consulate on this date three years ago in L.A. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

In this time of social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day today around L.A. will be very different than in other years:

  • No marches
  • No large public gatherings

But local Armenian Americans are finding other ways to join as a community and remember the systematic expulsion and mass killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish Empire in 1915.

They'll mark the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by donating to charity — such as donating meals to those who need them — and tuning in to live-streamed commemorations instead.

LAist has compiled a list of different ways in which L.A.'s Armenian Americans are remembering.


Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

Morning Briefing: It's About To Get Hot


One of the things I’ve been wholeheartedly grateful for during this pandemic is the weather. It’s been nice and cool in L.A. — unseasonably so! — which means that amid everything else, we at least haven’t had to worry about overheating.

But all good things must come to an end, and this week, temperatures will begin to climb into the 90s. Parts of the city that don’t have as many trees or green spaces could be up to 10 degrees hotter than elsewhere, reports Alyssa Jeong Perry.

This is especially worrisome for folks who rely on public spaces to stay cool, with the closing of malls, libraries, museums and more. The city is looking into opening up cooling centers if they can safely do so, but in the meantime, be sure to check on your neighbors who might be more vulnerable to the heat, drink plenty of water and don’t overdo those #COVID15 workouts.

Ramadan Mubarak to our friends who are beginning their observation of the month-long holiday this evening. And to all Angelenos, stay cool, stay safe, and try to stay sane.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

Coming Up Today, April 24

Mike Roe speaks to improv teachers who are continuing classes from a remote distance.

In L.A., most of us are staying put, part of the “safer at home” order. But as Aaron Mendelson reports, for Angelenos living in substandard housing, staying home can pose other types of health threats.

Erick Galindo talks with a local immigrant advocate who has become the coronavirus question-answerer. A common query: Is it OK for me to seek medical care?

California's Work Sharing program allows employees to keep their jobs with fewer hours, and use unemployment benefits to make up for lost wages rather than losing their jobs altogether. But David Wagner reports that the state's outdated application process leaves many in the dark.

Tens of thousands of Armenian Americans tyically gather outdoors to mark Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. This year, reports Aaron Schrank, the community is finding other ways to mark the occasion.

At least three L.A. restaurants have sued their insurance companies for denying coronavirus-related claims, and Elina Shatkin reports that we can expect to see more such lawsuits.

Josie Huang explores the fallout of Trump's ban on most green cards: families sponsoring relatives other than a spouse or minor child of a U.S. citizen will have to wait even longer to see their loved ones. Some have already been waiting for years.

Congressional District 27 in the San Gabriel Valley is one of the few majority Asian-American districts in the country, and Caroline Champlin examines how the 2020 census could determine its future.

Investigative reporter Aaron Mendelson takes look at the reality for some low-income renters who face health hazards in their rental units where they've been told to stay to be "safer-at-home."

Never miss an LAist story. Sign up for our daily newsletters.

The Past 24 Hours In LA

L.A., California, The World: There are at least 17,508 coronavirus cases and 797 deaths in L.A. County. There are over 39,000 cases and 1,500 deaths in California. Worldwide, there are nearly 2.7 million cases and over 188,000 deaths.

COVID-19 Fatalities: Yesterday was the deadliest day for the coronavirus in California. In L.A. County, the virus is now killing more people every day than coronary heart disease, emphysema, COPD or the flu.

Feeling The Heat: Temperatures are expected to hit the 90s in the coming days in some parts of L.A., leaving concerns about those who rely on public spaces to stay cool. The two candidates in the competitive race to replace Katie Hill in CA-25 talk about their plans for coronavirus relief and recovery.

Money In The Time Of...: Here’s the best way to get your unemployment claim processed. L.A. County has been allocated more than $1 billion by the feds to keep public transit moving, while passenger traffic at small local airports is taking a nosedive. The glut of oil and collapse of demand in Southern California is resulting in oil tankers lined up offshore, layoffs and more. All of California’s cities have mammoth looming budget gaps that will force cuts to core services.

L.A.’s Food Scene: West Hollywood’s Cannabis Cafe has reopened as the "World's First Cannabis & Food Drive-Thru.” The San Gabriel Valley's famed Sichuan restaurant Chengdu Taste is coping with the impact of the coronavirus. Kura Sushi, a large restaurant chain that got a federal COVID-19 loan intended for small businesses, is giving the money back, along with all publicly-traded companies.

Facing The Truth: Facebook is letting advertisers target users the company has identified as interested in “pseudoscience.” There's pressure on Orange County officials to denounce recent hate incidents targeting the Asian community, including at an area high school. The number of people in L.A. County experiencing anxiety or depression jumped dramatically between mid-March and mid-April.

Utilizing Our Resources: The attorneys general of 20 states, including California, are calling for further easing of restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood. The public housing units at Jordan Downs in Watts will receive $35 million to improve and expand. ER volumes have been down 40 to 70%, but people may be forgoing care for fear of contracting COVID-19. No, you probably don't need to wear a mask when you're walking or jogging around outside — just keep your distance.

Homelessness And Unemployment: More than 4 million more people have filed for unemployment, bringing the approximate total of out-of-work Americans to around 26 million. L.A. is moving towards settling a lawsuit over its handling of the homeless, which will require policy changes in all 15 council districts.

Immigrant Detainees: A federal judge has ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to reduce the number of people detained at Adelanto ICE Processing Center in San Bernardino County by at least 250 by the end of the month.

Take Your Child... Where?: We took a hard look at why yesterday's official take your child to work day may have maximum quarantine gaslighting.

Your Moment Of Zen

Intermission is a pleasant way to think about what we're going through right now. We've all seen the Instagram posts chiding us to "make the most of this time!" and "take a needed break!" and we've all wanted to reach through the app and slap the people who post them. But yeah, we can get behind the idea of an intermission; it's just a break between acts in a show. And who knows what the next act will bring?

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Help Us Cover Your Community

  • Got something you’ve always wanted to know about Southern California and the people who call it home? Is there an issue you want us to cover? Ask us anything.
  • Have a tip about news on which we should dig deeper? Let us know.

The news cycle moves fast. Some stories don't pan out. Others get added. Consider this today's first draft, and check for updates on these stories and more. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.