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Mayor Garcetti: 'I Can't Emphasize Enough That Our Beaches And Trails Are Still Closed'


The view to Santa Monica pier on a very quiet beach on March 25. Taylor Coffman / LAist

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti used his daily briefing on the city's coronavirus response to remind Angelenos that beaches and trails are closed this weekend, saying that he could not empahsize the point enough:

"Please do not spend your Saturday, or your Sunday, heading out for a swim in the Pacific, or a hike in the hills. It's not worth it. That day is coming, but it is not this weekend. We all want to chart a path towards reopening. We all want to be with our families in these beautiful spaces. We all want to keep up our slow but steady progress towards the phase of recovery. And trust me, we will get there."

The mayor added that the numbers show our social distancing efforts are working, explaining that the infection rate has decreased since the stay-at-home order went into affect on March 19, which means Los Angeles is successfully flattening the curve.


Garcetti addressed some confusion about testing being open and free for everyone in the city of Los Angeles, regardless of whether or not symptoms are present.

  • The city previously had a surplus of unused tests, which is why leaders chose to open appointments to everyone.
  • The test does not tell you if you've had COVID-19 in the past. That's an antibody test, which is a whole other thing. You could get tested today and contract the virus tomorrow. Therefore, the mayor reminded everyone that even if they have a negative test, they still need to wash hands, wear face coverings in public spaces and continue social distancing practices.

The mayor gave a few examples of situations where testing would be suggested:

  • you've developed a cough and want to make sure it's not allergies
  • you are a rideshare drivers and one of your passengers seemed sick
  • you live in a household with elderly loved ones or people with underlying medical conditions AND you get the sense you might be sick

Reminder: Sign up for testing at or call 213-978-1028 (or 3-1-1 after 5 p.m.).

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Judge Orders Orange County's Beaches To Stay Closed — For Now

People were seen gathering on the beach north of Newport Beach Pier on April 25, 2020. (Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Orange County beaches will remain closed despite objections from some residents and local officials.

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered them shut them down in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus, triggering protests and threats of lawsuits from officials in Huntington Beach and Dana Point.

Both cities wanted an immediate, temporary restraining order against the closures. But state Superior Court Judge Nathan Scott allowed the order to stand. He also ordered Newsom's legal counsel to show probable cause for the action. Another hearing is set for May 11.

The governor's order followed last week's heat wave, which brought thousands of people to Orange County's coastline. Beaches had remained open at that point, although many parking lots were closed to discourage visitors.

Michael Gates, an attorney for the city of Huntington Beach, called the presence of CHP officers and state law enforcement "Orwellian," arguing the state did not have a rational basis for ordering the shutdown. Orange County supervisors also condemned the move yesterday as an unnecessary overreach.

But supervisor Doug Chaffee, who represents the inland cities of Brea, Fullerton and most of Anaheim, and who is the only Democrat on the board, says Newsom was within his authority to close the beaches because of the COVID-19 emergency.

He told KPCC's AirTalk he doesn't think that any legal action against the governor will prevail in court although a countywide closure may force all the beach cities to work together on a uniform policy:

"I don't think it's good for one city to have one standard and another a different one because then you get confused and you don't know what you can do and not do. So, hopefully, we can work to a solution where we can use the beaches to some degree."

To date, a total of 50 people have died from COVID-19 in Orange County, which has 2,537 known cases.


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May Day During Coronavirus: A Call To Help Essential Workers

Grocery workers have faced great risks during the pandemic. (Chava Sanchez/ LAist)

Labor and immigrant rights groups held May Day demonstrations across California today, including a car caravan outside Amazon’s distribution hub in Hawthorne.

A big theme of the day was the need for more support for the essential workers who keep L.A. running during the pandemic.

Instead of its usual rally downtown, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of L.A. had to resort to a Zoom call.

“Immigrants and workers in transportation, warehouses, grocery workers and education keep the county going even as Congress wrongly leaves them out of crucial stimulus relief funding,” said Executive Director Angelica Salas.


A Coronavirus May Day: Zoom Calls And A Car Caravan

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In-Person Voting Starts This Weekend For 25th District Special Election -- But You Should Probably Vote By Mail

Map of 25th District ballot drop boxes. (Screen Shot From L.A. County Registrar Recorder Website)

What does voting during a pandemic look like? We’ll soon find out: nine vote centers are set to begin opening Saturday for the May 12th special election to fill an empty Congressional seat in North L.A. County. The district includes parts of Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, Porter Ranch, Palmdale and Lancaster.

Every registered voter in the district should already have a ballot after an executive order from Governor Newsom expanded vote-by-mail to address coronavirus safety concerns. Many people are already sending in ballots, according to Political Data Inc., a bipartisan voter data company.

While California provides prepaid postage for ballots, there are also 22 drop-boxes available in L.A. County. The district also includes part of Ventura County, where one in-person vote center will be open Saturday, May 9 and two centers are planned for Election Day. (More info here.)

L.A. County has issued guidelines for in-person voters and election workers, including keeping a distance of six feet and sanitizing ballot-marking devices after every use.


LA Sues Company In Beverly Hills For Selling An Unapproved Coronavirus Test

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. (Courtesy NIAID-RML)

Los Angeles prosecutors are suing a company with offices in Beverly Hills for selling an at-home COVID-19 blood test that has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The L.A. City Attorney and L.A. County District Attorney announced the suit against the Applied BioSciences Corporation, its president, Chris Bridges, and founder Scott Stevens. The company claims it is "focused on the development and commercialization of novel, science-driven, synthetic cannabinoid therapeutics / biopharmaceuticals that target the endocannabinoid system to treat a wide-range of diseases," according to a statement from the city and county.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey says that fraudulent medical tests are a public health risk because they can give consumers a false sense of security that they aren't sick.

"People who believe they are healthy or virus-free are more likely to return to work and otherwise move about freely, increasing the risk to themselves and others."

Lacey says the FDA has approved the first at-home nasal swab collection kit for COVID-19 testing, but Applied BioSciences was selling a blood antibody test that has not been approved.

Prosecutors say the company claimed in advertisements its tests could diagnose COVID-19 from a single finger prick of blood — and could do it with 96.3% accuracy in 15 minutes. The company allegedly marketed and sold the test kits on its website for $35 each.

The lawsuit aims to stop the company from marketing or selling the kits and seeks restitution for consumers who bought them.

Last month, city attorney Mike Feuer announced similar actions taken against businesses selling unapproved at-home kits. This lawsuit is the latest in a crackdown on coronavirus-related fraud with officials targetting companies for price gouging and making false and misleading claims.

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What We Still Don't Know About Who Is Dying From Coronavirus In LA

A nurse instructs a patient where to go to complete their test at a drive-through testing site. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

The coronavirus pandemic is taking a disproportionate toll on communities of color around the country, with African Americans and Latinos dying at higher rates of COVID-19 than their white neighbors.

This is also true for L.A.'s black community and other communities of color. But so far, even as local Latinos outpace other groups in the sheer number of local COVID-19 deaths, county data suggests they are still underrepresented based on their large share of the county's population, raising questions about how well cases are being reported.

However, all of the L.A. County residents who have died so far are adults: There have been no confirmed local deaths so far of juveniles under 18 from COVID-19, according to a public health department spokesperson.

So we compared L.A. County's reported death rate for COVID-19 victims by race and ethnicity to each group's adult-only population in the county, wondering if disaggregating kids from the mix made a difference.


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How A Gift Card And Abuela's Menudo Recipe Has Saved One Family During The Pandemic

(Photo by Jojo Nicdao-Flickr Creative Commons/Illustration by Chava Sanchez)

Can menudo help with coronavirus? Not really, but it has helped one Lynwood family ease the economic toll the pandemic has taken on their livelihoods.

Our Mis Ángeles columnist Erick Galindo brings us the story of how a broke, hungry, laid-off family turned things around after receiving a gift card from a generous donor. Armed with abuela's menudo recipe and a granddaughter's ingenuity, they used that donation to start a tiny business.

"So I had this $100 gift card they gave me, and I was thinking about how I can turn it into more. So I told my grandma, 'Can you make your menudo? We can sell it. And so she did, and everyone got involved."



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LA County Updates Isolation Time For People With Coronavirus; Confirmed Cases Top 24K

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

Los Angeles County officials reported 1,065 new confirmed cases of coronavirus today, bringing the total to at least 24,215 cases countywide. In total, 667 cases have been reported in Long Beach and 406 in Pasadena (those two cities operate their own health departments).

L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer also reported 62 new deaths of COVID-19 patients. The total number of deaths countywide now stands at 1,172.

At the start of April, Ferrer had reported 79 deaths in L.A. County. She noted the “devastating losses across our communities during the month of April.”

Ferrer also noted that the Centers for Disease Control has updated its self-isolation guidance for people who've contracted COVID-19. The CDC now says people need to isolate themselves for 10 days plus 72 hours. (The previous guidance was seven days plus 72 hours.) She explained:

“The reason for the change is because there's new evidence that suggests that the virus may shed for a longer period of time, which means that a person may be able to infect other people for a longer period of time than was initially thought, when we had the guidance that people needed to self-isolate for seven days, plus 72 hours after fever and symptoms subsided.”

Of the 62 people who’ve died in the past 24 hours, 46 were over the age of 65, and 39 of those victims had underlying health conditions. Seven victims were between 41 and 65 and all had underlying health conditions. One victim was between 18 and 40.

Ferrer also provided a racial breakdown of the confirmed deaths, based on information confirmed for 1,069 of the victims. According to the latest available information:

  • 13% African American [9% of county residents]
  • 19% Asian [15.4% of county residents]
  • 38% Latino / Latina [48.6% of county residents]
  • 29% White [26.1% of county residents]
  • 1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander [0.4% of county residents]
  • 1% identified as belonging to a different race or ethnicity

Ferrer said 92% of those who have died had underlying health conditions, a statistic that has not changed for two weeks.

The death toll at institutional facilities in L.A. County — particularly at nursing homes — continues to climb. Ferrer reported that 564 residents at those facilities have died. That number represents 48% of all deaths countywide.

Earlier this week, Ferrer pointed out that the rates of confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 are “extremely high” among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the county. (LAist reporter Josie Huang took a closer look at why.)

In yesterday's media briefing, health officials provided an updated list of the official symptoms of coronavirus. That list is now as follows (new symptoms in bold):

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

County health officials advised anyone experiencing these symptoms to schedule an appointment to be tested.

Ferrer also had a reminder for county residents: safer-at-home orders are still in effect and as we transition into reopening and recovery in the coming weeks, health officer orders will continue to be part of “our new normal.” She put it this way:

“The conditions we faced in February and March and April haven't changed significantly. We still have a new virus that is easily spread among people who are in close contact with each other. Ninety-five percent of us have still not been infected, and until there's a vaccine, most residents in L.A. County can be infected at any time, over the months to come. Recovery will help us get people back to work, but without taking extraordinary measures to reduce our exposures to people who are infected and to keep our distance as much as possible, we could easily see a big spike in new cases, and we need to all do our part to make sure we avoid the situation.”

Here are some other key figures for L.A. County being reported today:

  • More than 152,200 people have been tested for COVID-19 and had the results reported to county health officials. Of those tests, 14% have been positive.
  • There are currently 1,959 people hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those individuals, 27% are in the ICU, with 17% on ventilators.
  • In total 4,880 people who've tested positive for coronavirus in L.A. County have "at some point" been hospitalized, Ferrer said, which represents about 21% of all positive cases.
  • Ferrer gave an update on cases among pregnant women. So far, 106 pregnant women have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 27 completed their pregnancies, and there were 26 live births. Twenty-two infants were tested for COVID-19 at birth and all were negative. “We don't have signs that pregnant women are transmitting the infection to their newborns at this point in time in L.A. County,” Ferrer said.
  • The county health department is currently investigating 316 institutional facilities where there's at least one confirmed case of COVID-19. Those sites include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, shelters, treatment centers, supportive living and correctional facilities. Ferrer said there are 5,658 confirmed cases in those facilities — 3,530 residents and 2,128 staff members.
  • There have now been 228 confirmed cases “at some point in time” in county jail facilities, Ferrer reported. In total, 144 inmates and 84 staff members have tested positive.
  • Twelve staff members at juvenile detention facilities have tested positive.
  • There are 650 confirmed cases in state and federal prisons613 inmates and 37 staff.

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FilmWeek: Our Reviews Of 'Bull,' 'A Secret Love,' 'Deerskin' And More Movies You Can Stream From Home

Still from 'Deerskin' featuring Jean Dujardin (L) and Adèle Haenel. (Courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment)

Every week, Larry Mantle, who hosts our newsroom's longtime public affairs show AirTalk, and KPCC film critics spend an hour talking about new films.

This week, Lael Loewenstein and Tim Cogshell joined Larry to review this weekend’s new movie releases and shared some of their recommendations:


  • Available on VOD (iTunes & FandangoNOW)

Here's what Tim said:

"What I love about this movie is the way [director Annie Silverstein] sees these communities. Man, she can actually see these communities -- who these people are, what they do, how they live. She does not allow herself or this film to slip into any stereotypes. Reality is always right there. It’s a very, very good movie and astute directing.”

"A Secret Love"

  • Available on Netflix

Lael’s topline:

"This whole kind of fly-on-the-wall of watching [Pat Henschel and Terry Donahue] going through this excruciating challenge to figure out how to maneuver old age at the same time they’re maneuvering coming out with their relationship is really very, very powerful.”


Lael says:

"It’s so weird ... It’s a cross-genre hybrid, which really perfectly stars Jean Dujardin because as the star of ‘The Artist’ and the OSS movies, he’s no stranger to satire and American movie genres. It’s sort of a play on horror films, also kind of a play on the Western, in some ways.”

“South Mountain”

  • Available on VOD (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, & Vudu)

Tim’s synopsis:

“[The protagonist’s husband] is engaged in this affair with a woman who is, in fact, having a baby ... all of this is going to wreak havoc in their marriage in all kinds of ways with the daughters going off to live their lives. This movie is about ... how all of this rips this family apart, but not in that sort of wild and vicious and horrible way that usually manifests itself in these sort of movies. It’s painful. It’s deep and it’s moving, but it’s a calculated kind of thing.”

Listen above to hear more in-depth reviews of these films and more:


  • Tim Cogshell is also a film critic for Alt-Film Guide and; he tweets @CinemaInMind
  • Lael Loewenstein is also a film columnist for the Santa Monica Daily Press; she tweets @LAELLO

Gov. Newsom: California 'Days, Not Weeks' From Loosening Stay-At-Home Restrictions


In Gov. Gavin Newsom's daily coronavirus update, he said that announcements related to loosening stay-at-home restrictions are coming soon. He also responded to protests against the California's stay-at-home orders, including a lawsuit by Orange County residents. Read the highlights below or watch the press conference above.


Newsom today said the state is "days, not weeks" away from adjusting stay-at-home orders. He promised he would make announcements about that in the next week and said they would give people confidence in California's ability to get back on its feet economically. He said that personal protective equipment, such as masks, is essential in these changes, as is training workers.

The governor said that announcements are coming soon about how the retail and hospitality sectors (including restaurants) can reopen — but with significant modifications. He also said the state has heard the message from residents of rural communities who are eager to get back to work

Newsom addressed those protesting on May Day, saying that he supported their right to protest and called people's frustration "understandable and legitimate." He asked protesters to wear face coverings and to practice social distancing.


More than 2,000 Californians have now died from coronavirus, Newsom said. Over the last 24 hours, 91 people have died from coronavirus in California.

More than 50,000 positive tests have now come in for coronavirus, out of 650,000 tests conducted. The state has been averaging more than 25,000 tests per day, Newsom said, hitting its end-of-April testing goal. That includes 30,000 tests reported yesterday.

Meanwhile, California's number of people in intensive care stayed flat while hospitalizations went down 2% yesterday. The number of people being investigated for potentially carrying COVID-19 went down 13.9%.


Newsom said that he was unsurprised about Orange County residents suing over beach closures, adding, "We'll see what happens this afternoon."

N95 masks are being sterilized in Burbank to allow them to be reused, Newsom said.

The governor used Friday's press conference to bring attention to previously announced coronavirus-related programs, such as the child care portal announced yesterday and sick-leave protections for food-sector workers.

A total of 3.9 million Californians have filed for unemployment since March 12, with $7.5 billion distributed to them so far, according to Newsom. There have been 340,000 people who've signed up for the separate Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

The governor thanked essential workers as part of May Day, also known as International Workers' Day. He thanked health care workers, grocers, farmworkers, and others.


On Monday, the governor plans to talk about testing and tracing, quarantine and the technology being used in those areas. He said that "constructive announcements" related to adjusting stay-at-home orders are on the way, as long as coronavirus numbers stay stable or decline. Announcements about controlling large crowds may be coming as early as Monday or Tuesday, Newsom said.

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DIY Cheek Swabs: How Effective Are They Really?

A medical personnel member takes samples on a woman at a "drive-thru" coronavirus testing lab set up by a local community center in West Palm Beach 75 miles north of Miami, on March 16, 2020. (Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)

Los Angeles County is providing thousands of coronavirus self-testing kits to residents, but public health officials are leery of the shortage of data on whether this easier method ― in which an individual swabs his or her own cheek ― is as reliable as a less comfortable but well-established technique.

Coronavirus testing is commonly an unpleasant, even painful experience in which a health care provider pushes a torturously long swab up your nostril. President Donald Trump declared that submitting to the process was "a little bit difficult."

As an alternative, emerging research has investigated oral fluid tests, like those being conducted in L.A. County, with subjects generally required to cough in order to bring up virus-rich saliva before they swab their mouth or spit into a container. A non-peer-reviewed study of 65 patients in China reported that the detection rate of the novel coronavirus was higher in saliva than in other respiratory samples. But other studies have found that oral fluid tests aren't as accurate when people are not reminded to cough beforehand.



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With No Dorm To Live In, Student Trades Cal State LA For The Army

Adam Sanchez walks through the Cal State Los Angeles campus weeks after classes where moved online. His experience at the school and COVID-19 have radically changed his career path. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

Like all 23 California State University campuses, Cal State LA asked students to vacate its dorms when the coronavirus shutdown happened in March.

Most went back home. Some, like freshman Adam Sanchez, didn't have that option.

Even though he grew up less than two miles away in El Sereno, the campus felt a world away. He told us:

“I think that living in the dorms helped me a lot in getting through the first semester. Because at home, I don't have access to the internet.”

And no internet at home means no access to the online classes that have replaced in-person instruction during the coronavirus outbreak.

Exceptions were made for international students and foster youth, but Sanchez is neither. With no options left, he's dropping out and enlisting in the Army. He reports for duty on May 17.


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DWP Gets Crafty With Its PPE

Francisco Villalobos Casillas runs the LA DWP upholstery shop. (Courtesy LA DWP)

Some 3,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers needed fire-resistant masks just as supplies dried up nationwide. And not just any masks, fire-resistant masks.

The DWP turned to its own upholstery shop to fill the gap. At first they repurposed a supply of new fire-resistant pants, shirts and bandanas because the right kind of fabric was scarce.

But just this week, a roll of 200 yards of the special fabric came in, and the DWP upholstery shop and a few sewers are putting out some 200 masks a day.


Landlords Push Back Against Eviction Protection Measures

A "For Rent" sign is seen on a building Hollywood, California, May 11, 2016. (Robyn Beck/AFP)

If you’re a landlord or a renter in California, you’re probably thinking about rent today — paying it or collecting.

You might also be confused by the patchwork of laws and measures meant to prevent evictions during this financially troubled time of COVID-19. And if you’re paying attention you might have noticed there’s a lot of controversy around those measures.

A backlash has developed among landlords to some eviction protection measures.


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Street Vendors Struggle To Make Ends Meet Under Coronavirus Crackdowns

A street food vendor in MacArthur Park. (Lexis-Olivier Ray for LAist)

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During the Before Times, the intersection of 6th and Bonnie Brae would turn into a street food hub every night at around 5 p.m. The area teemed with vendors selling fried chicken and papas, Guatemalan tamales, pupusas and shredded beef tacos.

The smoky, ad hoc marketplace was a testament to the diversity of Westlake-MacArthur Park, one of Los Angeles's most densely populated neighborhoods. The median household income here is $26,000 and the area has only one mainstream grocery store.

For many people, street vending is both a potential source of income and a vital source of food.

In mid-March, the L.A. City Council imposed a temporary moratorium on street vending. Since then, officers from the Bureau of Street Services have cracked down on MacArthur Park's street vendors.

A few vendors have adapted to the new normal, Lexis-Olivier Ray explains. Despite increased enforcement, they're willing to risk not only their health but also their freedom so they can make ends meet.


Trump: Panel Will Examine Nursing Home Response To Coronavirus

President Donald Trump hold a signed proclamation for Older Americans Month during an event on protecting Americas seniors from COVID-19. (Mandel Ngan/Getty images)

In comments at a White House event, Trump acknowledged that nursing homes were:

"A spot that we have to take care of. I guess you could call it a little bit of a weak spot, because things are happening at the nursing homes that we're not happy about."

The panel will be known officially as the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. It will look at how nursing homes have responded to the pandemic and recommend improvements. Members will include nursing home operators, resident advocates and public officials.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also announced it will send two shipments of personal protective gear to every nursing home, each shipment containing a one-week supply, by July 4.

The American Health Care Association, which represents most nursing homes, applauded the announcement. In a statement, President and CEO Mark Parkinson said, "We appreciate the commission and the plan of action announced today by the Trump administration as an important step forward to ensure long term care facilities receive the vital support needed during this unprecedented public health crisis."

But the praise from the nursing home industry was not universal. LeadingAge, which represents nonprofit senior services including nursing homes, blasted the administration for leaving testing out of its plan. President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan said in a statement, "Today's announcements fell far short of what's needed to protect the most vulnerable Americans from the coronavirus."


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Morning Briefing: The Battle Of The Beach


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After Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner interrupted Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Wednesday press briefing to defend OC's decision to keep its beaches open despite crowds of thousands over the weekend, Newsom responded by closing down all state and local beaches – in Orange County only.

"I believe that this is a profound mistake," Wagner told Larry Mantle, host of KPCC's AirTalk. "I think it is an overreach, and I think it's going to undermine the very exemplary voluntary compliance we've seen here in Orange County."

While some Californians fight for their right to sunbathe, though, others are fighting a different battle: trying to find child care while they're at work providing essential services. For those folks, the state has finally set up a website where users can enter their location and see a list of child care providers that are still open.

It's not a perfect solution, but it's a step towards one. But much like the disproportionately high coronavirus deaths among low-income communities and people of color, concern over opening beaches versus concern over accessing child care shines yet another spotlight on the inequalities we're seeing as this pandemic unfolds – and in this case, each community's priorities, too.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you tomorrow morning.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

Coming Up Today, May 1

Some students with no place else to live have been told by Cal State to leave their dorms. Now they face an even tougher challenge keeping up with their studies. One tells Adolfo Guzman-Lopez he's giving up.

Sharon McNary profiles employees in the DWP’s upholstery shop, who generally spend their days repairing torn seats for vehicles; they’ve now shifted to sewing fire-resistant face covers for the utility’s thousands of workers.

Since all reported COVID-19 deaths in L.A. County are among adults so far, Aaron Mendelson crunched some numbers to get a closer look at death rates in communities of color. Mendelson also looks at the ongoing confusion around eviction moratoriums, some which are now being lifted.

Erick Galindo talks to a woman in Lynwood who lost her job and benefited from a local collection. With it, she bought pozole ingredients, and turned that into a new micro-business.

AirTalk's regular Filmweek critics share their picks for what to stream at home while theaters are closed.

Alyssa Jeong Perry talks to a man who has helped deliver food aid during some of the biggest crises the country has faced. He says this is worse.

Paramedics and EMTs can now work in nursing homes, reports Jackie Fortiér. The county's move to change the guidelines comes as many nursing homes deal with staff shortages due to COVID19 outbreaks.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

L.A., California, The World: There are now at least 23,182 coronavirus cases and 1,111 deaths in L.A. County. There are at least 49,840 cases and 2,014 deaths in California. Worldwide, there are over 3.2 million cases and more than 233,000 deaths. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti used Thursday’s daily address to speak to the class of 2020.

Money Matters: Some spouses of immigrants have filed suit over their inability to receive federal stimulus checks. People who have exhausted their unemployment benefits for the year are supposed to get an extension – but that's not happening. Insurance companies say their policies were never meant to cover viruses, especially a once-in-a-century epidemic. An analysis of about a month's worth of unemployment claims between March and April estimates that California's unemployment rate has hit 20%.

Unequal Outcomes: California's population of Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians is small, but state health data shows they are suffering from COVID-19 disproportionately. Despite investing more than any other state, California's response rate to the 2020 Census is off by more than 10% from the final 2010 count.

Digital Connections: After years of planning, a state web site to connect parents with child care providers is up and running. Will "digital contact tracing" really be effective, and is it worth your privacy?

Just Beachy: Gov. Newsom announced the closure of Orange County beaches, although the battle rages on.

Couch-tertainment: Have fun but stay home with Guelaguetza's Cinco de Mayo party, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes’ En Casa con LA Plaza Latinx Zoom Sessions, and Salvadoran cooking classes. Or, watch DragCon via livestream!

Your Moment Of Zen

Echo Park Lake is full of baby geese! Digital Producer Gina Pollack captured this #squad.

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