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Nail Salons, Tattoo Parlors And Spas Can Now Reopen In LA County

Cristina Vives gives a customer a manicure both wearing protective face masks and behind a plexiglass screen at a nail salon in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Nail salons, massage and tattoo parlors, and businesses that specialize in other personal care services like waxing, electrolysis, and piercing can reopen as soon as tomorrow (Friday, June 19) in L.A., Orange and Riverside counties.

The state of California has issued safety guidelines for reopening nail salons and other personal care businesses, which were released on June 12.

Personal care, according to the state guidelines, includes anything that involves touching the customer's face. Precautions include extra cleaning, physical distancing and temperature taking.

L.A. County's modified orders also include nail salons. Their guidelines suggest plastic partitions between workers and clients with cutouts for hands and feet, among other things.

Personal care, according to the state guidelines, includes anything that involves touching the customer's face

Lisa Fu is the Executive Director of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative. She says reopening safely is a priority for salon owners — but they need the backing of officials to enforce those guidelines:

"We really want to make sure that [nail salon technicians] are protected, safe and healthy and so they really need on-going trainings and technical assistance to make sure the guidelines are not only enforced now as they reopen, but that they continue to be enforced."

Fu said when they surveyed California nail salon owners in April and May, the collaborative found that nearly 75% of them were worried about paying their bills; 70% of salon owners said they will need extra money to modify salons to meet the reopening guidelines.

According to a 2018 report by the UCLA Labor Center, with the collaborative, almost 80% of nail salon workers are foreign born and considered low wage workers.

Here are some of the guidelines from the state of California on personal services:

  • Face coverings for employees should be washed or discarded after each shift.
  • Provide temperature and/or symptom screenings for all employees at the beginning of their shift and any vendors, contractors, or other workers entering the establishment. Make sure the temperature/symptom screener avoids close contact with workers to the extent possible.
  • Since porous surfaces such as chair seats cannot be easily disinfected, consider covering with a plastic or disposable liner and cleaning or disposing of the liner after each customer.

The amended L.A. County order gives the greenlight to the following businesses, starting June 19:

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Orange County Mini-Golf Has Reopened, LA County Not-So-Much

This miniature golf course was around in England in 1925, so we're guessing the game will survive COVID-19, but who knows? (Alfred Hind Robinson/Getty Images)

L.A. County hasn't opened up its own mini-golf courses yet. But Orange County has said "fore" to local businesses, as long as modifications are made to allow for safe play. Those have included social distancing, sanitizing equipment, and employees wearing masks (although they no longer have a choice, given today's mandate b Gov. Newsom).

Mock it if you must, but mini-golf calls on the same skills professional golfers use when putting. There are even professional mini-golf tournaments, where deft players face off for prize money — whether on a more straight-forward course, or one featuring the absurd obstacles your mind when you think of miniature golf. (Mini windmills or moats, anyone?)

You can read all about the wild world of professional mini-golf and the ABC TV show about the sport that's drawing millions of viewers at the link below — and find out what it takes to become a mini-golf pro. (Beyond paying your registration fee. Though that's kind of the main part.)


Metro May Look At Shifting Away From Armed Cops On Trains, Buses

LAPD officers patrol an L (Gold) Line station. (Courtesy of L.A. Metro)

The LA Metro may try to figure out a way to stop using armed law enforcement officers on its trains and buses.

Several Metro board members are introducing a motion that would set up a special committee to work out ways to use social workers, mental health professionals and unarmed "transit ambassadors" to deal with non-violent crimes and code of conduct violations.

"We hear routinely from young people, particularly young people of color, that they feel that they are treated differently on the system," said L.A. City Councilman and Metro Board member Mike Bonin, who co-authored the motion.

Metro's Operations, Safety, and Customer Experience Committee is expected to take up the motion on Friday. Meanwhile, today the committee voted to call for a report on the use of force policies of the four public law enforcement departments and one private security agency that patrol the transit system.


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LA To Provide Beds To 6,000 Homeless People In 10 Months

Homeless encampments on Skid Row (James Bernal/KPCC)

The City and County of Los Angeles have finally agreed on a plan to shelter several thousand homeless people who live near freeways. It’s the latest in a lawsuit filed in March by plaintiffs who say local government has handled homelessness with negligence.

Per the agreement, the city of Los Angeles will shelter or permanently house 6,000 people within 10 months. It’s intended to “humanely relocate” those who are currently living under, on, or near freeways.

Progress towards that goal will be overseen by federal judges, including U.S. District Judge David Carter.

It took almost a month for the city and county to work out the details of that deal. The hanging point was over who will pay for the services -- like case management, counseling, and medical care -- in those 6,000 spaces.

In the end, the county of L.A. agreed to provide the city of L.A. up to $60 million a year for those services. That works out to about $10,000 in services per bed per year.

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Face Coverings Now Required Across California 

Kristina Wong smiles at the camera in her homemade mask. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

California public health officials issued guidance Thursday requiring face coverings in public spaces and other "high-risk settings" to limit the spread of the coronavirus, as new cases rise by thousands daily. It replaces previous state guidance that lets county health officials decide whether to require face coverings. The guidance reads:

"Over the last four months, we have learned a lot about COVID-19 transmission, most notably that people who are infected but are asymptomatic or presymptomatic play an important part in community spread. The use of face coverings by everyone can limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing, and/or sneezing, as well as reinforce physical distancing."

Places and situations where face coverings must be worn include:

  • Indoor public spaces
  • Outdoor public spaces when impossible to stay 6 feet away from others
  • While getting health care services, including at pharmacies, hospitals, laboratories, dental offices, blood banks and veterinary clinics
  • At work while interacting with the public or co-workers, and while walking through common areas
  • While waiting for, driving or riding on public transit or in a private taxi or ride-share vehicle

Read the full guidance on face coverings:

The guidance includes exemptions for kids under 2 years old and people with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask.

Los Angeles County already required residents to cover their faces in public. Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties had only recommended wearing masks in public until now. The state guidance overrides those rules.

In an emailed statement to KPCC/LAist, Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel said the state order on face coverings "came as a surprise when the governor had previously announced his support for local control when dealing with the virus." Steel had previously questioned the need for people to wear face coverings in public.

The National Union of Healthcare Workers applauded the state's mask requirement:

"Healthcare workers know the value of wearing a mask, as do many conscientious Californians, and it’s time that the rest of us do as well. Gov. Newsom’s mask order is exactly what we need to make everyone start taking the pandemic seriously again and stop putting others at risk."

California is now one of 11 states to require all residents to wear masks in public and the first on the West Coast, according to the National Governors Association.



15:13 p.m.: This article was updated with reactions from Orange County Superivor Michelle Steel and the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

This article was originally published at 1:51 p.m.

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At The Drive-In — Together, Alone

Popcorn, candy and drinks sold at the refreshment stand at the Pacific Drive-In Theater in West L.A. (Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library Collection)

Los Angeles's first permanent drive-in opened in 1934. That year, the Pacific Drive-In Movie Theatre, which stood at the corner of Pico and Westwood boulevards, charged an admission fee of 35 cents per person. The first screening was Handy Andy, starring folksy cowboy Will Rogers.

Nicknamed "ozoners," drive-ins didn't take off until the late 1940s, when car culture and the baby boom added millions of automobiles — and children — to the American landscape.

During the 1950s, the greater L.A. area had approximately 70 drive-ins. By 2017, that number had shrunk to just one.

But with the COVID-19 pandemic shuttering traditional movie theaters, some movie fans are returning to drive-ins.

Hadley Meares dives into the history of these outdoor oases and how they shaped Southern California.


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California College Student ‘Refreshed’ By DACA Decision

More than 100 DACA recipients and their supporters held a press conference in Venice on Nov. 19, 2019. (Erick Galindo/LAIst.)

The Supreme Court decision to uphold a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation impacts thousands of California college students.

One of them is 21-year-old Adan Arguelles, who’s studying film production at Pasadena City College. He found out about the court’s decision around 7 a.m. this morning.

“I’m feeling really, really refreshed. You're in that period where you're in between waking up and sleeping, so whatever you see feels dreamlike.”

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, allows Arguelles, who came to California from Tijuana when he was 6 years old, to apply for a work permit. He also pays in-state tuition thanks to AB 540.

“My number one goal is to, you know, find something I'm good at ... a place where I'm able to grow,” Arguelles said.

In 2016, when the Trump Administration announced the end of the Obama-era program, Pasadena City College estimated there were 1,100 DACA students enrolled at that time.

The University of California also celebrated the court decision. The prestigious university system was the first to sue the federal government over the Trump administration’s move to rescind the program,

“Although the battle to provide a permanent status for DACA participants continues, and much sacrifice and struggle remains, today we join the entire UC community and all DACA recipients to celebrate this day of justice,” UC Regents chair John A. Pérez said in a statement.

KPCC + LAist community engagement intern Nubia Perez contributed to this story.



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Supreme Court Rules Against Trump Administration In DACA Case

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A narrowly divided Supreme Court extended Thursday a life-support line to some 650,000 so-called "Dreamers," allowing them to remain safe from deportation for now, while the Trump administration jumps through the administrative hoops that the court said are required before ending the program.

The vote was 5-to-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the decisive fifth vote that sought to bridge the liberal and conservative wings of the court.

Roberts and the court's four liberal justices said the Department of Homeland Security's decision to rescind DACA was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act.

In his opinion, Roberts wrote: "The appropriate recourse is therefore to remand to DHS so that it may reconsider the problem anew."

The decision has been highly anticipated in California which has the most DACA recipients of any state — about 200,000.

It is perhaps no surprise then that DACA has high levels of support in the state. A 2018 Public Policy Institute of California found that 81% of likely voters in California favor the protections offered by DACA.


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Morning Briefing: LAPD Chief Does An About Face

Protestors hold posters at a march to defund school police on Tuesday June 16, 2020. Chava Sanchez/ LAist

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Speaking to AirTalk host Larry Mantle yesterday, LAPD Chief Michael Moore did a complete 180 when talking about a recent L.A. City Council proposal to send trained service providers like social workers and mental health experts to non-violent calls, rather than armed police officers. The proposal was a response to the presentation made to city council by leaders of Black Lives Matter-L.A on Monday.

Moore said he supported the proposal “100%,” and went so far as to suggest that the system could be funded by a cut of $150 million from LAPD’s budget.

“That would free officers up, and allow officers to stay focused on police work of major importance,” Moore told Roman. “It’d also allow officers more time, really spend more time in the communities.”

Just last week, Moore seemed to oppose the cuts, saying that they would result in the elimination of hundreds of LAPD jobs.

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

Jessica P. Ogilvie

Coming Up Today, June 18

Peep the summer solstice at Stonehenge, score Father's Day takeout deals and more in this week’s best events, brought to you as usual by Christine N. Ziemba.

Mike Roe looks at what exactly a professional mini-golfer does and the national TV show trying to share the mini sport with the masses.

LA's drive-in movie theaters are roaring back to life thanks to the coronavirus pandemic — and Hadley Meares has a brief history of their rise and fall.

With the many, many protests still happening throughout Los Angeles, the slow but steady mainstreaming of the phrase "defund the police" and America's reckoning with its racist past, this Juneteenth is a real occasion to celebrate. We’ll have a list of our top picks for IRL and virtual Juneteenth events.

More than 1,000 people without homes died in 2019 in Los Angeles County, where our homeless population has mushroomed as housing has become increasingly unaffordable. Dana Amihere has the story.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Reopening L.A.: An informal Twitter poll suggests LAist readers are most definitely not ready to go back to the gym. The wealthiest American households are keeping a tight grip on their purse strings, as their lower income counterparts spend a lot more freely.

Traffic Fatality: An SUV crashed into L&E Oyster Bar in Silver Lake this morning, killing one person who was riding by on a scooter and injuring two others.

Coronavirus Updates: State prisons will soon begin an early release policy for certain inmates who have six months or less of their sentence left to serve. A “warm line” for people 60 and up gives callers a safe space to talk about what they're seeing and experiencing when it comes to COVID-19.

Policing The Police: Several LAUSD board members will introduce resolutions at the group’s June 23 meeting calling for reforming, restructuring, or reducing funding for the L.A. School Police. LAPD Chief Moore says he supports "100%" the city council motion to redirect non-violent calls away from the police.

Wildfires And Coronavirus: As wildfire season begins, standard firefighting and evacuation practices need to change to adhere to coronavirus social distancing and safety measures, or firefighters will face an even greater risk.

Greening L.A.: In one of the first pilot projects of its kind, a solar panel company will get hundreds of its customers to supply energy to Southern California Edison at peak demand times.

New LAist Studios Podcast: Our weekly deep dive into the evolving world of podcasts, “Servant Of The Pod With Nick Quah,” launched yesterday.

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Photo Of The Day

Moviegoers leave an empty space between each car at the Paramount Drive-in. Drive-in theaters are back in style due to social distancing regulations.

(Chava Sanchez/LAist)

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