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Smelling Rotten Eggs In The Inland Empire? We Have The Answer

The Salton Sea at Bombay Beach last March. (Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images)

If you're a resident of the Coachella Valley and something smells like rotten eggs today, just look to the Salton Sea.

Elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide there have led the South Coast AQMD to issue an odor advisory.

Such spikes are relatively common (so common, it's actively monitored). The odor is the result of a natural process in the water.

And while the odors can cause headaches and nausea, there are no long-term health risks associated with those symptoms.

If you're intrigued by the Salton Sea, we have a cool video for you to watch on its history. Tom Explores Los Angeles, which examines many forgotten pieces of L.A. history, did a YouTube segment on the Salton Sea's history in 2015. One key update since then, a deal was reached last year on long-stalled mitigation for the danger posed by letting the sea dry out.


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L.A. County Announces 11 New COVID-19 Deaths, 1,784 New Cases


As some restaurants, hair salons and other businesses begin to reopen, L.A. County health officials confirmed 11 new deaths related to COVID-19 and 1,784 new cases.

That brings the total deaths in the county to 3,120 and total cases to 83,397. There currently are 1,426 people hospitalized; 29% in the ICU and 21% of them are on ventilators.


Health officials continue to provide a racial breakdown of the confirmed deaths, based on information for 2,900 of the victims. Here's a breakdown of the proportion of overall deaths by race and ethnicity:

  • 42% Latino / Latina [48.6% of county residents]
  • 11% African American [9% of county residents]
  • 17% Asian [15.4% of county residents]
  • 29% White [26.1% of county residents]
  • “Slightly less than” 1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander [0.4% of county residents]
  • 1% identified as belonging to another race or ethnicity


Here's a look at longer-term trends in the county. To see more, visit our California COVID-19 Tracker and choose L.A. County or any other California county that interests you. These numbers are current as of Saturday, June 20:

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Tension As Peaceful March Takes Confrontational Turn In Protest Of Fatal Shooting By Deputy

Anthony Lee Pittman, an artist from Compton, marches down Compton Blvd. with an American flag he painted. (Brian Feinzimer for LAist)

Hundreds of people spent their Father's Day marching from the auto body shop where 18-year-old Andres Guardado was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy last week to the station were that deputy is based.

The mood along the three-mile route from Gardena to Compton was at times mournful, angry and hopeful. By the time the crowd reached the Compton station, things got tense.

Protesters faced off with deputies in riot gear, who were standing behind a metal fence and perched on the rooftop. The marchers banged on the fence and chanted:

"Put the gun down. Put the gun down."

More than three hours after they began, the crowd began to break up, vowing to be back.

As most protesters were leaving, the scene got far more confrontational. Deputies fired what appeared to be tear gas, according to photographer Brian Feinzimer, who is on assignment for LAist.

Our reporter Josie Huang reported getting hit with what she also believed to be tear gas:

Huang also documented the injuries of protesters:

As well as other members of the press caught in the response by the deputies:

The aggressive move by deputies to clear the area near the station of protesters came after several hours of very peaceful protest. Guardado's family began the march shortly before 2 p.m. asking those who came out today to keep things calm.

Here are some key scenes throughout the day:

And his father:

Numerous Salvadoran flags were flown by marchers. Guardado's family is from El Salvador.

At a news conference Saturday, Sheriff Alex Villanueva offered his condolences to the Guardado family. Sheriff's officials said the shooting is under investigation.

They also offered details about the incident, saying that when deputies arrived at the auto body shop where Guardado worked as a secutiry guard, Guardado produced the weapon and ran onto the shop's property. At that point, one deputy fired six rounds, striking Guardado in the upper torso.

According to Captain Kurt Wegener:

  • A modified .40 caliber gun was recovered at the scene
  • The weapon had 13 live rounds
  • The weapon does not appear to have been fired during the incident
  • Guardado was not wearing a security uniform or a gunbelt

His family has disputed the claim that he was armed, and questioned why the deputy fired his weapon in the first place. It was unclear why deputies were at that location Thursday night, although in their Saturday news conference, sheriff's officials said there'd been another shooting at that address on June 7 and, at that time, weapons and narcotics were found. A number of businesses share the location.

Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Nanette Diaz Barragán today released a joint statement on the shooting calling on California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to independently investigate Guardado's death:

"Another day, and another Black or Brown kid has been shot in the back by police. These killings must stop. We demand it. The American people demand it."

Barragán's district includes Gardena where the shooting took place. An autopsy is pending.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly said the shooting took place in Waters' district. LAist regrets the error.


A New Life For Circus Of Books' Iconic Neon Sign

(Courtesy of the Museum of Neon Art)

Circus of Books Silver Lake location was a landmark of the local gay community for more than three decades. After the longtime owners shut the doors in 2016, the store's iconic sign was stacked out back in an alley.

Now the sign will be restored and preserved at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale. The museum's Executive Director Corrie Siegel says they're raising funds to make the neon glow again:

We try to preserve signs not just because they're beautiful to look at but because of the stories that they tell. And for so many gay men, Circus of Books was a beacon for safety, for connection, for resources.

Siegel says the museum works to preserve Los Angeles history through its collection. The Circus of Books sign is the first piece honoring LGBT history.

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Sunday's LA Protests: Where, When And What We Know

An image from Saturday's Black Father's March. (Josie Huang/LAist)

The protests over police brutality and systemic racism continue today throughout Southern California.

Here are some we know about (this is by no means an exhaustive list):

Downtown L.A.: At 8:15 a.m. organizers held a "ritual to elevate the spirits of those who died brutally at LAPD headquarters.

At Pershing Square at 11 a.m. there's a "Skate for Black Lives Matter."

Sherman Oak: A daily protest is held at noon at the Galleria at Ventura Blvd. and Sepulveda Blvd.

South Pasadena: A daily protest is held from noon to 6:30 p.m. at Mission and Fair Oaks.

Long Beach: A "Skate for Peace" will take place at 1 p.m. at Cherry Ave. and Ocean Blvd.

Downtown L.A.: A daily protest near City Hall begins at 2 p.m.

Gardena: A Father's Day march is also planned for 2 p.m. in Gardena to protest the fatal shooting of Andres Guardado and other men killed by law enforcement. An L.A. County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed 18-year-old Guardado on Thursday. Protesters will march from Redondo Beach Boulevard and Figueroa Street to the Compton Sheriff's Station.

Altadena: An "Honoring Black Fathers'' march and rally is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Altadena Library.

Pasadena: At 6 p.m. in Pasadena a "Fathers United for Justice Rally'' will be held at Pasadena City Hall.


Morning Briefing: Fallen Colonizers And 4th Grade Missions

Portrait of Juníper Serra, 1774. (Detroit Publishing Company Collection, Wikimedia Commons)

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If you grew up in L.A. in the early '90s (I can't speak to other decades, but my guess is it's gone on a lot longer than that), then you have a clear and specific memory from 4th grade: building a model of a California Mission.

I remember reconstructing Mission San Luis Obispo out of cardboard and clay, proudly filling the fountain with blue toothpaste.

We learned about Junipero Serra like he was Santa Claus, a kind and generous man, beloved by all who gave us the gift of modern California. He had cool priestly robes and a penchant for arched doorways that seemed to signify purity and innocence, as the Disneyfied versions of history tend to do. He was a literal Saint in the making.

I didn't learn until much later that "converting" the Native population to Catholicism was code for rape, murder and forced labor. It's not even shocking at this point, given the history of colonialism in this country.

I would have rather learned to build something more useful as a 10-year-old, but I did learn something new today: Karma is real.

Keep reading for more on what you need to know this weekend.

Gina Pollack

The Past 24 Hours In LA

It was another day of protests in L.A. — Venice, Inglewood, Los Feliz, Compton. The energy is still up all over this city. Folks went all out for Juneteenth in Leimert Park (check out the photos). No curfews, no violence, no looting. Just peace, the right to assemble, and a celebration of Black lives.

Have you often heard those loud booms, at all hours of the night in your neighborhood? Do you wake up in a hot sweat thinking a bomb has been dropped? Is your dog stressed as hell? Yeah, it's officially summer in L.A. and the fireworks are going offfff.

People are refusing to wear masks despite a statewide order ... and advice from epidimeologists, public health officials, your mom and pretty much everyone else who believes in science. Small business owners are doing their best to enforce the rules, but sometimes it's incredibly awkward.

A group of Native/Indigenous activists tore down the Olvera Street statue of Father Junipero Serra, the Spanish priest who founded the California mission system, with the goal of converting Native people "at all costs." The action at Plaza Olvera was a show of solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the recent wave of "unmounting" Confederate statues across the country. One of the organizers had this to say: "Here, in what is currently known as California, the legacy of slavery was operationalized by and linked to the Mission system ... To ignore this legacy for the prettier and softer side of Serra's actions is to accept gifts from an abuser."

Andres Guardado was working as a security guard for a Gardena auto body shop when L.A. County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed him after he reportedly produced a handgun. In a press conference yesterday, Captain Kent Wegener said Guardado had an illegal weapon. When asked if Guardado pointed the gun at deputies, Wegener said "that remains to be seen." The owner of one of the businesses at the address, Street Dynamic Autobody, told KPCC/LAist that deputies broke his surveillance cameras after the shooting and did not have a search warrant to take the video footage.

Photo Of The Day

Skysis Parks and Treyvon Reed represent at the Juneteenth celebration in Leimert Park. (Chava Sanchez/ LAist)

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