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Family Of Health Care Workers Has Now Lost Grandma To Coronavirus; Mom And Grandpa Died First

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(From l. to r.) Arlene Aquino, son Adrian, daughter Ivy and mother, Josie. (Courtesy of the Aquino family)

The Aquino children of Los Angeles lost their mother and grandfather to the coronavirus last month. Last night, they also lost their grandmother.

Josie Aquino, 70, died of COVID-19 — exactly on week after the virus took her 44-year-old daughter Arlene Aquino, a nurse who worked in the Valley. Her 77-year-old husband, Fernando Aquino, died of the virus May 15.

The three had lived together in a house in Arleta with Arlene's children Ivy, 22 and son Adrian, 11.
Arlene moved from the Philippines to L.A. with her children about a decade ago, reuniting with her parents who had emigrated first.

Because the children are estranged from their father in the Philippines, Ivy is working to become her little brother's guardian.

A family spokeswoman said the pain was too much for there to be any comments at this time.

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LA Extends Cleanup Support For Businesses That Are Looted, Vandalized

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A crew of good Samaritans help with cleanup at Von Dutch on Melrose and Sierra Bonita following a night of looting and vandalism. (Megan Larson/LAist)

More than 120 businesses have been damaged or destroyed by looting and vandalism in the unrest of the past few days, and many of them had just reopened to customers, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said tonight.

Businesses already struggling to survive under closure orders that aimed to reduce the impact of the coronavirus pandemic now have to contend with property damage, Garcetti said in a live-streamed press conference.

He said the city will be extending the following services to assist:

  • Building and Safety is conducting safety assessments to anyone who requests one at no cost. "Some damaged buildings may need only to repair glass, and they get a yellow ticket, and that means as soon as it's repaired you're good to go," Garcetti said, adding that no permits will be required for those repairs.
  • Businesses with fire damage need a permit for repairs, and Garcetti said submitted plans will be assigned to a plan checker on the same day and given priority processing. Visit buildla.lacity.org.
  • The certified construction and demolition hauler requirement will be waived, so businesses don't have to pay to have debris removed
  • The Sanitation Department will provide roll-off dumpster services to help clear out debris quickly
  • In the coming days, Garcetti said, he'll be proposing to the city council additional financial assistance directly to businesses, so that they can bring employees back and return to business.

The L.A. Police Department arrested nearly 700 people last night, and 70 of those were involved in burglarizing or looting businesses, according to Chief Michel Moore.

Moore and Garcetti both expressed support for the efforts of protesters, who turned out starting last week following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

But both had strong words for those they said are taking advantage of others' freedom of speech to cause damage.

"We will not stand for violence, for looting, for arson. Not today, not ever, no exceptions," Garcetti said. "Not only because it's wrong, not only because our businesses are barely starting to stand up and those workers that work there need to get a paycheck. But we also know the danger to human lives, and thank God that so far, we've not seen in this city the loss of life. But we've come close already."

Moore said one police officer suffered a fractured skull and is now recovering safely following surgery to insert metal plates, stitches and staples.

CORONAVIRUS TESTING

Garcetti said most testing centers will remain closed amid the ongoing protests, but Dodger Stadium and the Kedren Community Health Center in South Los Angeles will be open and staffed by workers from the city and fire department.

Dodger Stadium's capacity has been increased to 7,700 tests per day, Moore said.

You can sign up at coronavirus.lacity.org/testing.

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Connie Rice: "We're Still Fighting The Last Battles Of The American Civil War"

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A demonstrator at the candlelight vigil against police violence in front of Pasadena City Hall, May 31, 2020. (Aaron Schrank)

Civil rights lawyer Connie Rice is a black woman who has worked for decades to reform the Los Angeles Police Department — from the courthouse, the pulpit and inside the squad room. So she can assess this moment in U.S. history from a multitude of angles.

And she did recently in an interview with KPCC AirTalk Host Larry Mantle.

"For the officers, they see it as just one incident, many see it as a rogue officer," she said of George Floyd's death, which has been ruled a homicide.

"To the community, however, policing is ... the interface of the systemic oppression that slaves, freed Africans, freed African Americans, and now African Americans today have lived under.

And you're talking about an overlay of a COVID pandemic that has stripped away the mask and revealed the deep, savage inequalities that are fueling the rage."

Rice said we're still fighting "the last battles of the American Civil War."

But she said we have a model for fixing policing, one that Rice said is based on keeping everyone safe and rewarding cops for avoiding arrest and the use of force.

"When you have that happening, you have the policing for 21st century America," she said. "You have the policing that will make sure that the riots that we're seeing today and the uprisings we're seeing today are no longer necessary."

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'People's City Council' Raises More Than $1 Million For Protester Legal Aid, Equipment And More

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A sign at a May 30 protest reads "Care Not Cops." Chava Sanchez/LAist

Los Angeles activists are scaling up their organization and resources.

Since local demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis began, a coalition of advocates has raised more than $1.1 million to support protesters in L.A.

Ricci Sergienko with “The People’s City Council” says the group includes members of many of the community organizations behind the People's Budget, an alternative plan for city spending. It proposes eliminating almost all funding for the Los Angeles Police Department, which activists say uses violence against black and brown communities, and instead use city resources on social services and housing.

“It’s become more and more apparent [that] LAPD needs to be defunded,” Sergienko said.

What’s in store for donations?

Sergienko said the “People’s City Council Freedom Fund” will be used to buy supplies (including masks, goggles, and helmets), hire workers for specific actions, equip medics, and help pay legal fees for protesters who are arrested.

“We’re going to protest and be peaceful," he added. "But we have to be prepared for the reality of the situation.”

Many organizers in L.A. cite the ongoing protests in Hong Kong as a model for the long-term development of an organized resistance movement.

Confused About Curfew? One Of Those Messages Was Meant For Glendale

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Conflicting curfew notifications were sent to L.A. County residents on Monday, June 1, 2020. The one on top was meant only for Glendale residents. (Jacob Margolis/LAist)

At about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Los Angeles County lit up phones with another Wireless Emergency Alert notifying residents that a curfew would be in place from 6 p.m. Monday night until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Two minutes later, phones across L.A. County blared again, this time with the message, "Curfew now 5pm-6am."

Confusion and frustration reigned as people tried to figure out what was going on.

Why was the curfew seemingly moved up by an hour in just two minutes? It was a mistake.

The initial message came from the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management. The second one did not.

"It was definitely a surprise. It was not something that was planned," said Helen Chavez, associate director for the L.A. County OEM.

Chavez said the message came from the city of Glendale, which was trying to communicate a 5 p.m. curfew — that only applies to Glendale.

"The intent was to send it to those within Glendale's boundaries," said Eliza Papazian, public information officer for the city of Glendale. "At this moment we're working with the platform that we use to send these notifications to perform an analysis and determine what occurred exactly."

That platform is Everbridge, the same company the city of L.A. uses to distribute its Wireless Emergency Alerts. The system notifies residents of natural disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, and mudslides.

When asked why L.A. County didn't send out another alert to clarify the mistake, Chavez said they were trying to avoid "WEA fatigue." Because the curfews were so close to one another, they instead reached out via the media to clarify.

Cities with earlier curfews include:

  • Beverly Hills — 1 p.m.
  • Long Beach business district — 1 p.m.
  • Santa Monica — 1:30 p.m.
  • Long Beach — 4 p.m.
  • Culver City, 4 p.m.
  • West Hollywood — 4 p.m.
  • Glendale — 5 p.m.

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Police Tactics At Protests May Lead To More COVID-19 Cases In LA

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Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in Mid-City Los Angeles on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Chava Sanchez/ LAist

The use of tear gas by law enforcement in Los Angeles during protests this weekend may lead to more cases of COVID-19, experts said.

“During this time when we're protesting police brutality, the use of tear gas is causing more harm in the way of spreading COVID,” said David Eisenman, professor of medicine and public health at UCLA. “There is some culpability on the police for using this method, which increases the sneezing and increases the coughing and therefore increases the spread."

Eisenman is also concerned that law enforcement isn’t considering social distancing while people are in custody. Police officers making arrests in L.A. corralled people together in some cases and herded them onto buses.

“People who've been arrested are being maintained for a prolonged period of time in large groups, [in] confined spaces. So that's also a risk for spreading COVID,” Eisenman said. “If there's one person in that group who is asymptomatic and spreading, or even symptomatic and spreading, we could have super-spread or events due to police custody.”

When asked during a press conference if the county health department would be issuing any guidance to law enforcement, director Barbara Ferrer said: “Thanks for alerting us to that.”

“We're always happy to talk with any sector about how to maximize the ability, as you're going about your business, for all people to be safe,” Ferrer said.

Ferrer also noted the underlying racism connecting the killing of George Floyd and other black men by police officers to the disproportionate toll COVID-19 has taken on black Angelenos.

"When I report each week that we have seen elevated numbers of black deaths in this county due to COVID-19, I am reporting on the consequences of these long-standing inequities," she said.

Ferrer also expressed concern about protests turning into so-called "super-spreader" events, whereby one infected person could potentially infect many others. She cautioned demonstrators to maintain physical distance as much as possible, and to wear face coverings.

“Please take care for and protect all of the people around you," Ferrer said. "Wearing your face covering is a much needed act of kindness and respect.”

TESTING SITES CLOSED DUE TO UNREST

Meanwhile, access to testing has dramatically decreased as many testing sites have been closed due to the unrest.

Eisenman said people who attended protests should get tested within the next week. He also thinks health officials should do more to increase access to testing, especially in vulnerable communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.

He said health officials also need to work harder to gain trust from communities that may be wary.

“We need to make sure that people feel that their information will be kept away from law enforcement, that this will not be connected somehow,"Eisenman said. "We need to get trusted community members to get that message out. It's vitally important that we increase testing in the days and weeks to come."

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Trump Threatens To Deploy US Military To Quash What He Calls ‘Domestic Terror’

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After a brief comment about seeking justice for the family of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police, President Donald Trump said he was marshalling federal resources to help quash the rioting and looting that has taken hold in cities -- amid mostly peaceful protests -- across the country over the past several nights.

Without taking questions or addressing his administration's stance on the protests, Trump said he would go so far as to deploy the U.S. military to aid local law enforcement if governors and local mayors do not take action on their own.

Making no call for peace and expressing no concerns about the police brutality being protested, the president made the announcement from the White House Rose Garden tonight:

"Today, I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets. Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them."

As night began to fall on Washington D.C. and police broke up protests nearby, Trump continued:

“I am mobilizing all available federal resources — civilian and military — to stop the rioting and looting to end the destruction and arson and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans including your Second Amendment rights,” he said, referring to the right for civilians to bear arms.

Trump did not invoke the right to peaceful protest, free speech, or the First Amendment -- nor did he acknowledge the aggressive police tactics that have played out at protests in multiple cities, where it’s peaceful protestors and journalists have been targeted, harmed or arrested by law enforcement.

The response to protesters by law enforcement in many places, including L.A. County, is already considered by some to be unnecessarily aggressive. LAist's own reporters have been shot with rubber bullets, tear-gassed and had guns aimed at them. Nationwide, reporters have been attacked by police and arrested despite being properly credentialed.

Trump said he has already dispatched "thousands of heavily armed soldiers" to assist law enforcement in the nation's capital. He said those looting or vandalizing in Washington, D.C. were a disgrace, without differentiating troublemakers from mostly peaceful protesters.

Once law and order is restored, Trump said, "we will help you, we will help your business, and we will help your family."

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The First Step Towards Rebooting Hollywood

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Sony Picture Studios halted film and TV production amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands in the entertainment industry have lost their jobs. Virtually all live action production in the state has stopped. But now Hollywood has a plan to resume production safely.

A task force composed of representatives from production companies and unions said on Monday that it is sending its preliminary recommendations to Gov. Gavin Newsom, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Newsom is set to unveil California's delayed guidelines on Tuesday.

The Industry-Wide Labor Management Safety Committee Task Force's report is filled with ideas for health monitoring and testing:. "Recommended options include electronic survey, manual screening and/or temperature spot-checks. Productions shall emphasize and reinforce to all cast and crew that working while sick with symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted."

The 22-page report also details how social distancing might work on a typically crowded film set.

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Ferrer: Poorer Coronavirus Outcomes For Minorities Linked To Police Brutality, Inequality

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Protesters hold up signs at demonstrations held over the weekend in L.A. (Josie Huang/LAist)

Los Angeles County announced an additional 22 deaths of COVID-19 patients, along with 978 new confirmed cases today.

All of those who died in the last 24 hours had underlying health conditions, while 10 of those 22 victims were residents of skilled nursing facilities.

That brings the county's totals to 2,384 deaths and at least 55,968 cases, which also includes 1,947 cases reported by the cities of Pasadena and Long Beach.

Today's coronavirus update comes as officials extended the countywide curfew following days of protests and unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

L.A. County public health director Barbara Ferrer extended her condolences over Floyd's death, and acknowledged the deaths of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Louisville, Kentucky in March, and Tony McDade, who was also shot and killed by police in Tallahassee, Florida.

Ferrer connected their deaths to what she previously called a “disturbing” trend in L.A. County’s COVID-19 data, with African Americans dying from the disease at a higher rate than other racial groups:

"When I report each week that we have seen elevated numbers of black deaths in this county due to COVID-19, I am reporting on the consequences of these longstanding inequities. And it's not just the direct victim of violence — the person who's beaten or shot or asphyxiated — who pays the price for brutality. It is an entire community that lives with the fear that the next time it could be them, or their son or daughter, neighbor, or friend. It is the consequence of that fear that we are seeing when we report instance after instance of inequality and health outcomes."

Ferrer also cautioned anyone participating in demonstrations to maintain physical distance as much as possible, and to wear face coverings:

“There's a lot of risk of these gatherings becoming super spreader events — that is, events where a great deal of transmission of the COVID-19 virus is happening,” she said. “Please take care for and protect all of the people around you. Wearing your face covering is a much needed act of kindness and respect.”

BY THE NUMBERS:

Ferrer also gave an update on the county’s breakdown of COVID-19 deaths by race.

Of the 2,200 deaths where race and ethnicity are identified:

  • 41% Latino [48.6% of county residents]
  • 28% White [26.1% of county residents]
  • 17% Asian [15.4% of county residents]
  • 12% African American [9% of county residents]
  • 1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 1% identified with another race or ethnicity

To date, 94% of all those who have died had some underlying health condition.

Health officials also confirmed the first coronavirus death of a pregnant woman and her baby. Ferrer said the woman had “significant” underlying health conditions, though she did not specify if those conditions were related to her pregnancy.

So far, 228 pregnant women countywide have tested positive for COVID-19, with 79% of them presenting symptoms. There have been 52 live births and 4 non-live births among pregnant women who have tested positive, and 40 infants who were tested at birth all tested negative for the virus.

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Gov. Newsom: 'The Black Community Is Not Responsible For What Is Happening'

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Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered an update on the demonstrations across the state. You can read highlights below or watch the full press conference above.

PROTESTS ACROSS CALIFORNIA

Newsom spoke about those he said are trying to exploit the current moment, citing looting, violence, and threats, as opposed to protesters.

"That has no place in this state and in this nation — we as a society need to call that out," Newsom said.

Newsom said that, in some instances, violence by police was not necessary to keep the peace. He said that it was important not to create an environment that puts people in harm's way. Newsom said any acts of violence against others will be investigated, whether they be by those in uniforms or by members of the community.

Newsom said that he had a responsibility to prove to those protesting that they matter and that he cares.

"You've lost patience — so have I. You are right to feel wronged. You are right to feel the way you are feeling, and we collectively, society has a responsibility to you to be better, and to do better," Newsom said.

The governor declined to name extremist groups that he referenced as participating in some of the issues across the state, noting that he didn't want to promote them.

Speaking about the issues facing California, Newsom talked about whether leaders could meet this moment and do justice to what's to come.

"The black community is not responsible for what is happening in this country right now — we are," Newsom said. "Let's just call that out. We have a unique responsibility to the black community in this country, and we've been paying lip service about that for generations."

NATIONAL GUARD RESPONSE TO PROTESTS

The state has more than 4,500 National Guard members available to respond to protests if needed, Newsom said. He said that they have been disproportionately assigned to Southern California, and that those National Guard members are used to respond to requests from mayors and police chiefs.

CORONAVIRUS TESTING AS PROTESTS CONTINUE

The governor said that they want everyone to be tested, adding that the state's testing center locator indicates which testing sites are open today, though some sites are being closed due to protests. Yesterday, more than 67,000 COVID-19 tests were conducted, Newsom said.

REACTING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP

Newsom said that his reaction to President Donald Trump's call to governors to get tough on protesters included the meeting he had today with faith leaders and the rest of the message he delivered during his press conference. When asked about Newsom's decision not to criticize the president since the coronavirus pandemic broke out, Newsom said there are more important messages than trying to be part of the daily news cycle.

He noted several times during his news conference, as well as when asked about whether the president was failing to provide leadership, that leaders and leadership can be found anywhere. When it isn't coming from those in formal leadership positions, Newsom said, it can be found elsewhere, such as with the moral leadership of faith leaders.

MEETING WITH FAITH LEADERS

Monday's press conference was held at Sacramento's Genesis Church.

Genesis Church Pastor Tecoy Porter opened up the press conference, speaking following the governor meeting with faith leaders. Porter described the current moment as a "double pandemic" — with the nation dealing with both coronavirus and racism, following what happened to George Floyd.

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Long Beach Officials Respond To Shooting Of LAist Reporter With Rubber Bullet

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Minutes after he was struck in the neck while covering a protest in Long Beach, our higher education reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reported his own injury on social media. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez / LAist

At a press conference this morning, Long Beach's Mayor and Chief of Police addressed the shooting of KPCC/LAist reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez by an officer with a rubber bullet.

"I've personally also communicated with him, apologized to him as well, and we'll look forward to discussing that in the days ahead," Mayor Robert Garcia said.

Chief of Police Robert Luna said he was not aware of the incident — which happened Sunday afternoon near 3rd and Pine streets in Long Beach — until this morning. He said he had urged LBPD's internal affairs investigators to reach out.

"Yes we have a version of what happened, but being in this business for 34 years, there's always two sides to every story," Luna said.

"I will assure you that the incident will be fully investigated and we'll get to the bottom of what happened," he added.

Guzman-Lopez was interviewing a protester when he was shot. "I talked to him for about a minute and just as I was finishing talking to him — right after I said: 'Thank you,' I heard a pop and I felt something, you know, the bottom of my throat and I saw something bounced onto the ground, and then I ran," he later told KPCC's Larry Mantle.

He said he was shot Sunday "only after I was obviously interviewing somebody. Nobody else in that intersection was doing anything like I was doing there."

"It just doesn't square up with, you know, what is the policy towards using rubber bullets. OK, so you're trying to clear, you're trying to disperse. You're trying to stop people committing violent acts or that sort of thing. I was doing none of that... and I was nowhere near anybody engaged in any kind of, you know, taking, stealing or whatever," he said. He said he was wearing his press credentials at the time he was shot.

In a tweet sent this morning, Guzman-Lopez said an emergency room doctor said his wind pipe wasn't damaged by the bullet.

Police did not offer information about the identity of the officer who shot Guzman-Lopez, or if the officer would be back on the streets today.

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How You Can Support LA's Black-Owned Restaurants

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Fried chicken and waffles at Soul Restaurant & Bar in Hollywood. (Jay Connor for LAist)

Looking for tacos? Hungry for African food? Need a killer cup of coffee? Seeking superb soul food? Craving Carribeean food? How about some BBQ, gumbo, fried chicken or fried fish? And don't forget about dessert!

Kat Hong (aka @provoloned) has created a handy Google document listing more than 100 of Los Angeles's black-owned restaurants — and anyone can access it.

She says she'll keep updating the doc with more restaurants. Given how many amazing places Los Angeles has to eat, there are bound to be more she can add, so let her know.

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LA Announces 6 PM Curfew Countywide. Here’s What We Know So Far

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Sheriff's deputies and police officers deployed a water cannon Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica, which quickly dispersed protesters. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

Editor’s note: This story is no longer being updated. Click here for the latest information on local curfew orders as of Tuesday, June 2.

Peaceful protests turned chaotic and destructive in parts of Southern California this weekend.

Here’s what we know about where mandatory curfews are continuing Monday, June 1, and into Tuesday.

L.A. CITY AND COUNTY

Both the city and county of L.A. are under curfew beginning at 6 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti said. He also issued this statement Monday about the continuing protests:

“The focus needs to stay on taking down systemic racism and ending senseless violence against Black men and women — and we can’t let a small number of people hijack that movement by putting lives in danger and destroying property. We are keeping the curfew in place tonight to protect everyone’s safety and help our first responders keep the peace.”

L.A. County sent out emergency alerts via text message on Monday afternoon about the 6 p.m. curfew — and then, to much confusion, sent out another alert just minutes later saying the curfew had been moved to 5 p.m. However, Mayor Garcetti clarified later that the city's curfew, at least, was still 6 p.m.

Here is the county's curfew order, in full:

Although the order is in effect for the entire county, some cities have instituted their own curfews that begin earlier. (If you live in a city where the curfew time is different from the county's, the stricter curfew stands.) Here's our running list, below:

BURBANK:

A citywide curfew begins at 5 p.m. and runs through 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 2.

BEVERLY HILLS

A curfew previously set to start in the city’s business district now extends citywide. That means the citywide curfew starts at 1 p.m. and currently lasts until 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 2.

“The curfews prohibit anyone from being upon public streets, sidewalks, alleys, parks or any public place,” city officials said in a press release.

CULVER CITY

Culver City has announced its own curfew starting Monday at 4 p.m., lasting until Tuesday at 5:30 a.m.

The city is also halting Culver CityBus service starting at 8 p.m. According to the city, anyone who needs a ride home after that time should call the CulverCityBus hotline: 310-253-6500.

GLENDALE

Glendale's curfew begins at 5 p.m. through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

SANTA MONICA

A curfew in the city’s business districts begins at 1 p.m. today. A citywide curfew begins at 1 p.m.

Big Blue Bus service was also set to be suspended starting at 12 p.m., the city announced. Service will resume on June 2, although the city said that decision was "subject to change."

Mayor Kevin McKeown said Sunday was “one of the most distressing days in Santa Monica history” and drew a sharp distinction between peaceful protesters and what he called the “organized criminals” who took advantage of the situation.

“On Sunday, Santa Monica honored and respected, and ultimately protected, a peaceful protest against institutional racism. Yet our solidarity with those honoring George Floyd was betrayed, as was his memory, by opportunistic and organized criminals. Taking advantage of the protest as a diversion, they stole not only goods, but jobs, and challenged the resilience of our business community, which is poised for recovery from the ongoing pandemic… We know better than to let the looters obscure the message of the protesters, who have indeed been heard. What a small and selfish criminal element has done instead is to bring our community more closely together.”

LONG BEACH

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced a curfew has been extended for the city's business districts starting at 1 p.m. Monday, with a larger citywide curfew set for 4 p.m.

WEST HOLLYWOOD

A citywide curfew begins at 4 p.m. Monday in West Hollywood, Mayor Lindsay Horvath announced.

ELSEWHERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Cities in nearby counties also instituted curfews over the weekend, and could continue orders today. As of Monday morning, curfews have been announced in the following cities:

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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Census Field Operations In LA County Are On Pause Again

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Census takers were supposed to start visiting homes across LA County today, but safety concerns over COVID-19 have local census officials delaying plans once again.

Last week, San Bernardino and Ventura counties reopened their offices and began the process known as “Update Leave.” That means census workers visit remote areas to update addresses and drop off individual questionnaires at homes. Today, Orange County is also resuming this work.

But according to Patricia Ramos with the L.A. Census Office, it isn’t safe to send census takers into L.A. neighborhoods yet—even though workers won’t need to interact with any residents.

“The hold-up is not dependent on the Census Bureau, it’s dependent on health authorities saying that it is okay to resume various types of activities,” Ramos said, adding that the L.A. County Health Department hasn’t given the go-ahead. We’ve reached out to the Health Department and will update if we hear back.

The delay means other counties will have more time to conduct Update Leave before the new census deadline of October 31st. Potentially, that could mean L.A.—already considered one of the hardest-to-count areas in the country—could have a less accurate final count.

That isn’t something Ramos is concerned about.

“For the moment we’re still on pace, we still have time,” Ramos said,

Field operations in L.A. will be considered on a week-by-week basis, but when they do resume, workers will be provided with five reusable face masks, new gloves every day, and two ounces—a quarter cup—of hand sanitizer.

Summer Flying: Expect Masks, Fever Checks and Earlier Goodbyes

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A passenger at LAX Bradley International Terminal Feb. 28, 2020 (Sharon McNary/LAist)

At LAX, after you flash your ID and pull liquids out of your carry-on baggage, you might be asked to reveal something else this summer -- your body temperature.

It’s just one of many changes passengers could face if they fly during the pandemic, as the airport attempts to rebound from a 95 percent drop in passenger traffic, its lowest count in 60 years.

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Peaceful Protesters Hold Vigil Against Police Violence In Pasadena

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Pasadena’s All Saints Episcopal Church and other local faith groups organized Sunday night's vigil. (Aaron Schrank)

While much of the attention over the weekend was focused on looting and vandalism, thousands upon thousands of people protested peacefully across Los Angeles County. Among them, was a crowd that gathered last night outside of Pasadena City Hall for a protest and candlelight vigil led by faith leaders.

The event, which was organized by Pasadena’s All Saints Episcopal Church and other local faith communities, began with a disclaimer:

“This is a nonviolent protest,” Barbara Walker from the First Baptist Church of Pasadena told the crowd. She said it’s important for clergy and all leaders to speak out against police violence.

"If you have a role in society and people look up to you, when you see injustice, it is your responsibility to step up."

A demonstrator at the candlelight vigil against police violence in front of Pasadena City Hall, May 31, 2020. (Aaron Schrank)

The event drew a diverse crowd, which meant a lot to protestor Max Dean of Pasadena.

"It gave me more encouragement to get my voice heard and invite as many people as I can to things like this so we can try to move on from the countless deaths that have occurred from my community and other people of color."

Organizers didn’t just call for justice for George Floyd, but also for local victims of police violence, like Kendrec McDade and Leroy Barnes.

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Morning Briefing: From A Pandemic To An Uprising

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Protestors march down Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica, May 31, 2020. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

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For the past few months, I’ve been starting this newsletter, almost without exception, with news about the coronavirus. But this weekend, an uprising erupted in Los Angeles and across the country to protest police brutality, American racism and the systematic injustice that led to the death of George Floyd, taking our collective minds off the pandemic in one impassioned moment.

Protests began last Wednesday and grew exponentially by Friday. Over the weekend, they expanded from downtown L.A. to the Fairfax district, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Culver City. Speaking to Libby Denkmann, Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter-LA said the decision to hold protests in higher-income, predominantly white areas was deliberate.

"Going to Pan Pacific Park was absolutely about letting white folks who are from more affluent backgrounds understand or get a little glimpse of what we experience as black people every day," Abdullah said.

It’s unlikely I’ll say anything here that hasn’t already been said, but much of it bears repeating. The release of pent-up pain and frustration we’ve seen this week is the result of centuries of wrongdoing at best, and unthinkable brutality at worst. That this moment has arrived during a global pandemic certainly adds to its apocalyptic feel; the sensation that things aren’t as they were last week, at which time things weren’t as they were weeks before that.

We are at a crossroads in history – none of us knows where it will land, but all of us are part of it. We can only decide for ourselves what that part will be.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


Coming Up Today, June 1

Catch virtual art show openings. Watch Darren Criss' new show, which spoofs the world of songwriting. Contribute to a crowd-sourced art project about reading. Tune into a concert that benefits the historic Apollo Theater. Christine N. Ziemba has this week’s quarantine-approved events.

After you flash your ID to TSA and pull liquids out of your carry-on baggage, you might be asked to reveal something else this summer – your body temperature. It’s being considered by LAX, one of many changes passengers could face. Sharon McNary has more.

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The Past 48 Hours In LA

L.A. Protests: The city entered days four and five of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. Skid Row Pastor Stephen "Cue" Jn-Marie says protesters are angry not just about police brutality, but about income inequality, capitalism and more. An 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. curfew was put in place for the entire city, and the National Guard was called in. See the weekend in photos.

Local Officials Weigh In: L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin said "we need to pay as much attention to the violence that is causing people like George Floyd to die" as we do to any acts of violence — such as looting and vandalism — intended to usurp and "discredit legitimate protest."

The Aftermath: Following a night that left some stores with smashed windows and looted merchandise, Angelenos came together to help with the cleanup. And, we want to hear your thoughts and questions on the weekend’s events.

Coronavirus In Numbers: There are now 55,001 coronavirus cases and 2,362 deaths in L.A. County, and at least 111,776 cases and 4.171 deaths in California. Worldwide, there are more than 6.1 million cases and over 371,000 deaths.

COVID-19 Testing: A detainee at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center tested positive for COVID-19. Some testing sites have closed during the anti-racism protests, but these sites remain open.

Let’s Just Go To Mars Or Something: Amid everything, there was an historic space launch.

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