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Some People's Phones Told Them Wednesday's Quake Was Coming Ahead Of Time

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A 7.1 magnitude quake struck the Ridgecrest area on July 5, 2019 (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Just before waves from the 5.5 magnitude earthquake reached Los Angeles Wednesday evening, some people were warned that shaking was coming.

“I looked at my phone and I said to my husband, ‘We have 30 seconds. There’s a five point something earthquake coming,’” said Ginny Brideau who lives in downtown L.A.

She, her husband, and their daughter used the opportunity to brace themselves.

Brideau had downloaded California's MyShake app, which is connected to the state's earthquake early warning system.

But while she and 20,000 others benefited from the warning - plenty of others who'd signed up didn't get any advance notice.

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LAPD Chief 'Very Concerned' About Proposed Cuts To His Budget

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LAPD Chief Michel Moore. (Screenshot from Mayor of Los Angeles Facebook page)

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said "I’m very concerned" about the proposed cut of $100-$150 million to his budget unveiled Wednesday by city leaders. But he said he's willing to take a close look at his budget before taking a definite position.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said he wants to find that amount of money to take out of the LAPD's coffers as part of a reassignment of $250 million to investments in black and other communities of color. Several members of the city council also introduced a motion seeking up to $150 million from Moore's department for the same purpose.

In an official statement Thursday, the chief said that large of a cut would be "significant." But “my first reaction is not to discount or throw away," Moore told us in an interview outside First AME Church in Los Angeles, where he had just participated in a meeting with Garcetti, Sheriff Alex Villanueva and others.

"I think my responsibility to the public safety of Los Angeles is to first understand before I respond,” Moore said. To that end, he vowed to "look at every single dollar spent," to understand how it supports the LAPD's mission.

"For those costs that can be reduced or eliminated, I want to have that conversation," Moore said. The LAPD's budget for the next fiscal year is $3.1 billion.

A coalition of community groups and activists led by Black Lives Matter-L.A. has called for cutting the police budget by 90%. Moore called that unrealistic.

“I don't see how that’s accomplished within the current framework of our government and with public safety," he said, while reiterating his willingness to engage in a dialogue with Black Lives Matter over the funding issue.




Day 9 Of Protests: Follow Our Coverage

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Protesters chanted at police to take a knee with them in front of L.A. City Hall on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

The anti-police brutality protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis are continuing for a ninth day in Los Angeles.

One of today’s protests is taking place at Grand Park, across the street from L.A. City Hall. Hundreds are gathered there, where protesters are calling on police to take a knee with them.

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If Lawmakers Get Their Way, California Won’t Slash Funding For Schools, Colleges

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Last month, as part of a plan to make up for a coronavirus-triggered $54 billion state revenue shortfall, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed deep cuts to California’s education spending.

This week, leading State Assembly and Senate leaders proposed an alternative: Don’t cut California’s education spending. They propose…

  • Rejecting Newsom’s proposal for more than $8.1 billion in cuts to Proposition 98 — the main source of state funding for K-12 schools and community colleges. (For some context, that’s a Great Recession-esque cut; and in some ways, the state’s K-12 system hasn’t fully recovered from that prior crisis.)
  • Rejecting $770 million in proposed cuts to the University of California and Cal State University systems.
  • …and more.

Senate President pro tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) said in a statement:

‘Our economy has been pummeled by COVID-19, but thanks to a decade of pragmatic budgeting, we can avoid draconian cuts to education and critical programs, or broad middle-class tax increases.’

Newsom had proposed to roll back some of his proposed budget cuts if — and only if — lawmakers in D.C. end up approving a new multi-trillion-dollar COVID-19 package to state and local governments.

The legislature’s budget deal “flips the presumption,” banking on Congress coming through with an aid package. If it doesn’t, then cuts and spending reductions take effect — including delaying more than $5.3 billion in payments to school districts, which would basically force them to borrow this money.

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LA County And City Lifted Curfew Orders Today. Here's What We Know So Far

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People march peacefully in front of the Hollywood sign amid demonstrations over George Floyd’s death on June 1, 2020 in Los Angeles. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Editor’s note: This story is no longer being updated. Los Angeles County has lifted its curfew orders and most other cities have followed.

As protests against racism and police brutality in response to the death of George Floyd enter Day 9, Los Angeles County officials say they do not plan on issuing a countywide curfew tonight, though cities still have the authority to order their own.

Here’s what we know so far about where curfews are and are not for the night of Thursday, June 4, 2020.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. today, county officials said there are currently no plans for a countywide curfew tonight, but noted that individual cities have the authority to issue their own.

Earlier this morning, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva released a statement saying his department will stop enforcing a curfew. He cited "current situational awareness and the recent pattern of peaceful actions by protesters" as reasons why.

"Other jurisdictions are free to make their own decisions," he added.

The sheriff's department patrols the unincorporated areas of L.A. County, along with a number of local cities it contracts with.

Last night, the American Civil Liberties Union and Black Lives Matter-L.A. filed a lawsuit claiming that the curfew orders violate the constitutional protections of free speech and freedom of movement, as well as journalists' ability to report on the protests.

All of this comes after widespread confusion about yesterday's curfew in L.A. County.

CITY OF LOS ANGELES

Following the county annoucement, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will not impose a city curfew tonight.

BEVERLY HILLS

Beverly Hills cancelled their curfew at 12:31, as per an announcement on Twitter, which quotes Mayor Friedman: "The protests in our City have remained peaceful over the last several days. We thank our residents & business community for their patience & cooperation as we work to keep our community safe."

This is a reversal of what the city said this morning when officials announced that there would be a citywide curfew tonight, from 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. Friday. "The curfew prohibits anyone from being upon public streets, sidewalks, alleys, parks or any public place," city officials said in a press release.

SANTA CLARITA

City officials have ordered a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.

Santa Clarita is policed by L.A. County sheriff's deputies, and sheriff's department officials told us today that deputies will not be enforcing any curfew orders in any areas they have jurisdiction.

We've been trying to get a simple question answered: does that mean the curfew in Santa Clarita is actually being enforced? Officials from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station referred us to the department's main public information office, which initially told us no, there would not be enforcement by its deputies there.

But then the local sheriff's office tweeted that they actually would be upholding Santa Clarita's order. A spokesperson from the city later told us the same thing.

We reached LASD headquarters again, and a spokesperson clarified that cities like Santa Clarita, which the department contracts with to provide law enforcement, are exceptions, meaning deputies will be enforcing the city's curfew order.

A few hundred people were taking part in peaceful demonstrations in Santa Clarita today. City spokesperson Carrie Lujan said the city is in unified command with the county sheriff's and fire departments, along with the California Highway Patrol, "to ensure that the protests do stay peaceful and people aren't trying to take advantage of the situaion to riot or loot."

National Guard troops have also been deployed in the city at the request of the sheriff's department. It was not immediately clear what their mission is, but local sheriff's officials said extra resources were brought in because: "we believe in being proactive when it comes to maintaining safety."

SANTA MONICA

City officials said this morning they would follow whatever curfew the county put in place, if one was announced.

Following the county's announcement this morning, the Santa Monica Police Department officials said the city does not plan to issue a curfew for the city Thursday night.

WEST HOLLYWOOD

Officials lifted the city's curfew today, following L.A. County's announcement.

BURBANK

City officials said they are not planning to issue curfew orders tonight.

BEYOND L.A. COUNTY

The city of San Bernardino is continuing a standing curfew order, though it will be less restrictive than previous days. The new order is from 8 p.m. to sunrise, city officials said (compared to a 6 p.m. start before).

The city of Upland has institued a nightly curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. The order is currently set to last through Monday, June 8, according to city officials.

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ACLU, Black Lives Matter LA File Lawsuit Over Curfew Orders

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People demonstrate against racism and police brutality at a protest in Hancock Park outside L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's house on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Samanta Helou-Hernandez for LAist)

The American Civil Liberties Union and Black Lives Matter L.A. have filed a lawsuit against local political and law enforcement leaders, calling for an end to the "draconian curfews" imposed as largely peaceful protests continue throughout Southern California.

They say the curfew orders violate the constitutional protections of free speech and freedom of movement, as well as journalists' ability to report on the protests. The lawsuit states:

"Those orders have entirely eliminated all political protest in the night hours, during a time when thousands of law-abiding people seek to express their opposition to racially-discriminatory police violence. The orders have also prohibited a massive swath of entirely innocuous activity, including grocery shopping, recreational physical activity of any kind, and visits to loved ones, with only extremely narrow exceptions. And the orders have made it extremely difficult for certain journalists to report on what occurs at night."

In a statement, Melina Abdullah, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter L.A., said the local political and law enforcement leaders "are attempting to suppress our ability to fully mobilize and focus full attention on the true issue of concern in the protests — police violence against Black people."

ACLU officials also cited a tweet from L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn, who Wednesday voiced that the curfew orders should be lifted.

L.A. County and individual cities have instituted curfews every day since Sunday. Historically, experts we spoke with earlier this week said there's little evidence they actually reduce unrest.

The suit names L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Michel Moore, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, county Supervisor Kathryn Barger, San Bernardino city manager and director of emergency services Teri Ledoux, San Bernardino Police Chief Eric McBride, and the cities of Los Angeles and San Bernardino.

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'The Fear You Can't Get Rid Of': One Santa Monica Business Owner Decides To Close For Good

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A store in Santa Monica painted with graffiti. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

While reporting from downtown Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon, I met the owners of a store called Yak Exchange as they stood out front and tried to keep people from breaking in.

"I’m with the protestors," owner Psang Lhamo told me, "but there are a lot of other bad peoples, they’re trying to loot, which is not good, they are hurting all the businesses."

When I returned on Monday, their Tibetan boutique was nearly empty. The couple had moved out most of the merchandise.

On Wednesday, I finally caught up with them, and they confimed: After watching many of their neighbors' stores get broken into, they were closing down for good.

"Now I don’t feel right about opening the store. What if another group of people come in and do it again?" said Tenzin Mutikdaktsang, Lhamo's husband.

Mutikdaktsang had already been considering closing down due to the coronavirus. He’d had no sales for two months, and he said his landlord wouldn’t give him a break. But the looting pushed him over the edge.

"Business can be OK, up and down, but the fear you can't get rid of," he said.

Mutidaksang said his two other stores in downtown L.A. will stay open.

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Morning Briefing: One Week Of Protests In LA

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Protestors gather outside Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's house, in the Hancock Park neighborhood, on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Mike Roe/LAist)

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L.A.’s protests against the killing of George Floyd began last Wednesday during a scheduled demonstration outside District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office that Black Lives Matter L.A. has been holding weekly for two-and-a-half years.

Yesterday, that demonstration took place again, as it has for so long. The difference? The afternoon’s event was attended by thousands of people, instead of the usual several dozen or so.

Last summer, I spoke to Melina Abdullah, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter L.A., to discuss the group’s weekly protests.

“We have always understood that police violence is not just a matter of how police departments and sheriffs behave,” she said, “but there are also other systems that are intertwined, including the district attorneys.”

It seems like the rest of the city is catching on now, too. Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


Coming Up Today, June 4

Emily Guerin talks to the owner of a Tibetan store who stood guard during the looting in Santa Monica over the weekend. Nevertheless, she decided to throw in the towel and close her business.

KPCC/LAist reporters will have ongoing coverage of the protests going on around the city.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Going Beyond “F The Cops”: We talk to people in various communities around the city to hear how they feel about their relationship with the police. A city council motion seeks up to $150 million in cuts to LAPD to be reinvested in disadvantaged communities.

Metro’s Strange Decision: On Saturday night, L.A. Metro shut down its bus and rail services countywide, and has been using its buses to transport people arrested by police at protests.

L.A. Kids: LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner offered possibilities for how the school district may reopen.

Please Come Back: Former President Barack Obama addressed mayors and county representatives directly, laying out three steps he thinks governments can take to address police brutality and systemic racism.

Coronavirus In Numbers: There are now 58,267 coronavirus cases and 2,489 deaths in L.A. County, and at least 119,347 cases and 4,374 deaths in California. Worldwide, there are more than 6.4 million cases and over 384,000 deaths.

Yes, That Was An Earthquake: A quake measuring greater than magnitude-5 struck east of Ridgecrest around 6:30 p.m. tonight.

And Finally, Here Are Some Mountain Lion Kittens: If you, like us, could use a moment to de-stress, then gaze upon these cute, cranky mountain lion kittens.

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