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'This Is Big.' LAPD Will Expand Its Community Policing Program Into A Permanent Citywide Bureau
The Los Angeles Police Department will create a permanent bureau to expand on its community policing program, the Mayor Eric Garcetti announced tonight.
The Community Safety Partnership Bureau will make permanent and citywide the program of the same name, which was established in 2011 and focused on the housing developments of Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens, Imperial Courts and Ramona Gardens. That program requires officers to commit to remaining in one community for five years and attend meetings with residents.
A study from UCLA recently concluded that the CSP program could take credit for "seven fewer homicides, 93 fewer aggravated assaults and 122 fewer robberies than would otherwise have been expected to occur in Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens," according to the L.A. Times.
The new bureau will continue the tradition of placing officers in five-year assignments in one place, Garcetti said, "to develop relationships with the people that they serve."
"The police officers and community members know each other's names, so that they can sit down together and talk about their neighborhood. So that a police officer looks at her assignment not as an assignment."
The announcement, made at a remote live-streamed briefing, was the latest reform the mayor has promised in response to demands made by protesters who took to the streets here following the death of George Floyd in May.
Garcetti said it was part of a shift in policing "from a warrior mentality to a guardian mentality."
Prominent civil rights attorney Connie Rice said, "This is big, and in police world this takes courage."
"A chief of police doesn't just get up and stand up a bureau for guardian policing, and for Chief Moore to do this, it sends a message across the country — and at a time when it's risky to do so."
Rice praised the program back in June but lamented that it was only a demonstration project and that it "has not changed the DNA of the rank-and-file for LAPD."
The new bureau will be led by Deputy Chief Emada Tingirides. She said one of the keys to the initial program was to avoid using "police" in the title.
"This isn't an LAPD program," Tingirides said. "This is a community program. This is about understanding the cultures of the communities and adjusting how we work and respond to conflict within communities."
The community safety approach involves building understanding, she said, with strategies that include:
- Having teenagers attend gang intervention training to explain to officers why they fear the police
- Role playing where children and residents feel what it's like to be a police officer, and vice versa
"As we can see across the country, our nation right now, people are hurting," Tingirides said. "One of the important components of this program is understanding our history and what has occurred in the past, and not being afraid to say, I'm sorry and we recognize it, but to work together to change it."
LA Received 221,000 Applications For Rent Relief
Los Angeles’ rent relief program received 221,000 applications, according to Housing and Community Investment Department spokesperson Sandra Mendoza. The intense demand comes as tenants have been struggling to keep up with rent in recent months.
The program, with $103 million in funding, is projected to assist just 50,000 households.
Applicants who were selected in a lottery have received notification, according to HCID’s Mendoza, and will need to provide documentation. Those who qualify but were not selected will be placed on a waitlist. Applicants can check their status online.
While the number of applicants includes duplicates and households outside city limits, it reflects the intense demand for government assistance during a worsening pandemic. HCID’s website struggled under the volume of traffic it received after the application portal opened. (A program to provide cash assistance to Angelenos this spring also drew hundreds of thousands of applicants and crashed HCID's website.)
The rent relief program provides low-income households with up to $2,000 towards rent if they’ve lost income due to the pandemic. The money goes straight to landlords, with a maximum of $1,000 per month. Landlords have to agree to accept the funds.
While advocates have said they welcome the assistance, in a region with a huge shortage of affordable housing and where low-income renters were already severely rent-burdened, it won’t meet the need. There are an estimated 880,000 renter households in Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Census. For many, $2,000 is less than a single month’s rent.
COVID-19 Cases Top 176K In LA County; 3 More Workplaces Shut Down After 'Significant Outbreaks'
Los Angeles County's coronavirus task force delivered its daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic. Read highlights below or watch the full video above.
Los Angeles County officials reported 2,039 new confirmed cases of coronavirus today, bringing the total to at least 176,028 cases countywide. In total, 7,479 cases have been reported in Long Beach and 1,897 in Pasadena (those two cities operate their own health departments).
County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer also reported 17 new deaths of COVID-19 patients. The total number of deaths countywide now stands at 4,375 people.
So far, 92% of those who have died had underlying health conditions, she said.
Ferrer took a moment at today’s media briefing to note that it’s been 145 days since the a public health emergency was declared in the county. And though we initially "bent the curve," an increase in infections and cases means "additional rollbacks or closures must remain on the table," she said.
"... at this stage in the pandemic, we believe we have a lot of tools available that, if fully utilized should allow us to slow the spread without going back to the more stringent safer-at-home orders that were in place earlier in the pandemic."
The test positivity rate currently stands at 9% and there are roughly 400 COVID-19 cases per hundred thousand residents, according to Ferrer.
"We're not where we need to be," she said.
THREE MORE WORKPLACES CLOSED
County health officials are investigating "significant outbreaks" among employees at three workplaces. More than 40 people have been infected at each site, Ferrer said, and all three have been shut down.
"We were not notified as we're required to be notified once they had their three cases," she said.
The workplaces include Golden Foods and Mission Foods — as in Mission tortillas. Ferrer said the full number of cases at each site will be added to the county's running list of workplace outbreaks, which can be viewed here.
CONTACT TRACING INCENTIVE
The county is lanching a pilot program to see if a $20 gift certificate can incentivize more people to participate in contact tracing interviews with public health workers.
Ferrer said the program will run for three weeks and be assessed.
"We're hopeful that it will work," she said. "We really respect that people have to give us an hour of their time."
NEW THREE C'S
Ferrer also outlined a new version of the "three C's" county health officials had been sharing. Earlier, those three C's were things to avoid: crowded places, confined spaces and close contact with people outside your immediate household.
The county's new C's are being encouraged: "compliance, containment and collaboration," she said.
Compliance means individuals and businesses following the county's health guidelines on face coverings, social distancing, disinfecting and more.
Containment of the virus can be achieved "through testing, particularly in the hardest hit communities, to identify those who are who may be positive," Ferrer said.
"We know that our brown and Black neighbors, and those in poor communities are bearing the brunt of this virus," she said. "They are infected at a higher rate, and they see the worst outcomes. Adequate testing [and] appropriate testing can help us overcome this."
Testing capacity has increased by more than 65% in recent weeks, she said.
BY THE NUMBERS
More than 1,649,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 and had their results reported to L.A. county health officials. Of those tests, 10% have been positive.
There are currently 2,017 people hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those individuals, 29% are in the ICU, with 18% on ventilators.
Ferrer also provided a racial breakdown of the confirmed deaths, based on information confirmed for 4,083 of the victims. According to the latest available information:
- 48% Latino / Latina [48.6% of county residents]
- 11% African American [9% of county residents]
- 25% White [26.1% of county residents]
- 15% Asian [15.4% of county residents]
- Less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander [0.4% of county residents]
- 1% identified as belonging to another race or ethnicity
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Gov. Newsom: 109 Coronavirus Deaths Per Day; 93% Of Californians Are In Watch List Counties
Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered an update on California's response to coronavirus. You can read highlights from the press conference below.
LATEST CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
Coronavirus positivity rates in the state of California over the past 14 days are at 7.5%. Those numbers are holding relatively stable, Newsom said. The seven-day average is at 7.8%.
The seven-day average of new cases is at 9,859 — there were 6,891 new cases Sunday. The seven-day average of COVID-19 deaths is up from 91 to 109 this past week. There were 29 deaths reported Sunday.
Hospitalization and ICU numbers are continuing to rise, but at a more modest pace than they were two to three weeks ago when hospitalizations were up 50%, Newsom said. Hospitalizations are up 3% over the past two weeks, while ICU patients are up 7%.
There were 128,000 people tested in California on Sunday. Newsom noted that there are still testing issues in different parts of the state, including with supplies. He said that the state is focusing testing on the most vulnerable sectors and regions.
There are now 37 of the state's 58 counties on California's coronavirus monitoring list. Those counties include 93% of the state's population.
COVID-19 SPREAD IN YOUNG PEOPLE
There continues to be a disproportionate rate of infections among people 18-49, Newsom said.
Newsom emphasized the need to not let your guard down, noting that the state is seeing people who wear face coverings at work but don't do so when mixing outside of work with friends and family.
"We will get through this. This is not permanent state. This is not the rest of our lives — quite the contrary," Newsom said.
He said that the state will bend the curve once again.
WHAT'S NEXT ON TESTING
New strategies for innovation in testing will be announced Friday, Newsom said. He also mentioned pool testing being used to help with testing for those who are asymptomatic in particular, as well as to increase capacity in schools given limited capacity.
CORONAVIRUS IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY
Newsom announced an additional $52 million for the Central Valley as part of its coronavirus response. The funding will be used to improve isolation, quarantine, and testing protocols, as well as to help essential workers. It's part of a $499 million grant from the CDC.
Positivity rates in eight Central Valley counties range from 10.7 to 17 percent, Newsom said.
Newsom spoke from the Diamond Foods plant in Stockton. He said that while there is a high chance of workers being infected with COVID-19, the question is how a company responds to an infection.
Three strike teams to help with coronavirus will be used in the Central Valley, similar to the team used in Imperial County that helped lead to an improvement in coronavirus numbers there, according to Newsom.
Infections in the Central Valley range from 250 per 100,000 people to 450 per 100,000, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said. Hospital beds are also increasingly full, though hospital systems have mutual aid arrangements to decompress those hospital systems, Newsom said.
The governor reiterated a point from Friday about the importance of protecting essential workers, while cases and deaths continue to rise. He noted that certain sectors of the economy are more directly affected than others.
SPORTS AMID CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAKS
Newsom said that he has had a number of conversations with Major League Baseball. He noted that there are stronger concerns about contact sports like football, not just baseball and basketball. He acknowledged concerns by player representatives as well as the state continues to work through its protocols.
Child Care Workers Approve Union Representation
Child care providers have overwhelmingly voted to be represented by a union in collective bargaining with the state over better pay and other benefits.
Child Care Providers United reported during a Facebook livestream on Monday that 97% of the ballots mailed in between June 22 and July 22 favored representation. At least 43,000 child care workers will be eligible to join the union, which is a partnership between labor groups SEIU and AFSCME.
The election was almost two decades in the making. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation in September 2019 that gave the providers, who care for children from low-income families who receive public assistance, the right to collectively bargain.
These providers, most of whom are women of color, rely on payments from the state to provide subsidized care and say the rates work out to lower than minimum wage for the hours they work.
The election happened in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that has both highlighted child care’s role in allowing parents to work and the challenges providers face to operate in a system that’s been underfunded for years.
More than three-quarters of California child care providers say they’re losing income with fewer families enrolled and 80% say it costs more to buy the cleaning supplies and protective equipment needed to operate, according to a survey from UC Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Child Care Employment.
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Local Congressman Requests Equitable Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccine When It Becomes Available
Pharmaceutical companies are being asked to make a plan for equitable distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, when one is ready.
Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in the U.S., which reflects inequities in access to healthcare. Individuals in those communities are also more likely to work in frontline, essential jobs, thereby increasing their risk of exposure.
At a recent House oversight committee hearing, Congressman Raul Ruiz, who is a physician, requested that drug executives whose companies are developing vaccines also propose a distribution plan.
Ruiz said that a vaccine should first go to the medically vulnerable, frontline healthcare workers, and those communities with the highest transmission and fatality rates, “and not [to] who can pay for it, and giving it to the rich and powerful, or to Fortune 500 companies who want to inoculate in order to keep their employees coming to work and make a profit.”
The congressman, who represents the Palm Desert area, says the distribution of coronavirus tests and personal protective equipment has gone to the highest bidder rather than in accordance with public health needs, and it’s a pattern he does not want to see repeated with a vaccine.
Things To Do This Week, Online And IRL: July 27 - 30
Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on schools, stores, businesses and events. With in-person concerts, talks, comedy shows, food festivals and other gatherings cancelled, we have turned our events column into a "nonevents" column. It will remain this way as long as social distancing and stay-at-home orders are in effect.
During this difficult time, please consider contributing to your local arts organizations or to individual artists and performers.
Learn about the history of coffee and camping (they're two separate events). Join a botany-inspired ice cream lecture and tasting. Watch and discuss Penelope Lowder's new play. Listen to Aimee Bender talk about her first novel in a decade.
Monday, July 27
Bad Ideas with Adam Devine
In Adam Devine's new adventure series (on Quibi), he and a companion travel to new locations in search of adventure -- conjuring demons in a purportedly haunted locale, entering a chili pepper eating contest, driving the Death Road in South America in an ice cream truck.
COST: Subscription; MORE INFO
Monday, July 27; 7 - 8:30 p.m. PDT
Jackie and Laurie Present
Watch an evening of women-centric comedy hosted by Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin of the Jackie and Laurie Show. The Zoom lineup includes Erin Jackson, Aida Rodriguez, Jen Kirkman, Jessica Kirson and Ophira Eisenberg.
COST: $10; MORE INFO
Tuesday, July 28; 5 p.m. PDT
A Backcountry Evening
For this online Atlas Obscura experience, Jason Ward, of Birds of North America and co-organizer of Black Birders Week, traces the history of camping and land conservation in the U.S. He also discusses notable scientists and artists who were inspired by the outdoors. All ticket proceeds go to the Greening Youth Foundation. There's also an optional whiskey tasting package.
COST: $5 per device; MORE INFO
Tuesday, July 28 - Sunday, Aug. 2
2020 New American Voices Playwriting Festival
The Landing Theatre Company in Houston holds an online festival showcasing four new American plays and eight discussions. The panels will focus on the future of regional theater, the challenges of performing virtually and the state of Broadway. Among the featured plays, Agathe, by L.A.'s Angela J. Davis, is being presented on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. PDT.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Aimee Bender: The Butterfly Lampshade
Bender returns with her first novel since her 2010 bestseller, The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake. It explores similar themes of mental illness and broken love between mother and child. Fellow writer Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will interview Bender. The conversation streams over Crowdcast. (The book is available for pre-order now from Skylight at $26.95.)
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO
Wednesdays, 8 - 9 p.m. PDT
The Crazy Uncle Joe Show
In the Groundlings' long-form improv show, performers travel back and forth through time. The weekly cast includes Stephanie Courtney (Progressive Insurance's Flo), Roy Jenkins (Modern Family), Brian Palermo (Grown-ish), Leonard Robinson (Insecure), and Christen Sussin (The League).The online edition takes place on Wednesdays via Zoom and ticket buys will get a link to the show at least 24 hours before for registration.
COST: $8; MORE INFO
Thursday, July 30 at 5 p.m.
All About Coffee
Maite Gomez-Rejón of Artbites traces coffee's journey from Africa to the Middle East to 17th century Europe while exploring its role in jolting people into the Age of the Enlightenment. Hear the good, the bad and the ugly about the beverage we love to drink. Then, learn how to make a few tasty items including White Russians and coffee-rubbed salmon with orange salsa.
COST: $25; MORE INFO
Thursday, July 30; 3 p.m.
The Skylight Theatre presents an online recording of the play West Adams by Penelope Lowder, as it was performed earlier this year. The play, which takes place in the historic L.A. neighborhood, touches on gentrification and racism. A live conversation follows the performance.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
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Thursday, July 30; 6 p.m. PDT
Cameron Esposito: Live From Home
Watch Esposito (Queery, Take My Wife) perform from her home. Proceeds from the show will go to Dynasty Typewriter and Esposito (Venmo: @CameronEsposito).
COST: FREE, but donations encouraged; MORE INFO
Thursday, July 30; 6 - 7 p.m.
Unheard LA - A Deeper Listen (Part 3)
While many stories go untold, even more go unheard. As the nation reckons with systemic racism, our community-centered storytelling series Unheard LA is taking a deeper listen. Bruce Lemon Jr. hosts this special virtual event featuring the stories of Matthew Cuban Hernandez, Taz Ahmed and October B.L.U. followed by a live conversation -- all in collaboration with our Race In LA initiative. Dana Amihere, co-editor and developer of Race In LA, will also join in for a live conversation. Watch on KPCC's event page or on Livestream and Facebook Live.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO.
Thursday, July 30; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. PDT
Campesinos: Workers of the Land
Parajo Valley Arts Council presents a virtual event that features writings by Naomi Helena Quinonez, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs and Victoria Banales as well as Esperanza del Valle's performance of "dancing while sheltering in place." Inspired by the exhibition "Campesinos: Workers of the Land," the event recognizes the contributions of farm workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO
Thursday, July 30; 8:30 p.m. PDT
Road Trip to Mission Tiki Drive-In
Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre
10798 Ramona Ave., Montclair
The American Cinematheque hits the road -- again -- with a creepy double-bill featuring Re-Animator, based on H.P. Lovecraft's work, and Pet Sematary, adapted from Stephen King's novel.
COST: $15 - $50; MORE INFO
Thursday, July 30; 6 -7 p.m. PDT
Freeze Wild: Virtual Native Ice Cream Tasting Event
The California Botanic Garden partners with Bert & Rocky's Cream Company in Claremont to create three ice cream flavors made with native California plants grown and harvested at the garden. Participants will receive three pints including Coyote Mint Chip, Coastal Sage Yum and Cactus Cream. Pick up your ice cream on Wednesday and Thursday (physical distancing in full effect). The virtual event on Thursday night includes a tasting and a discussion of ingredients, recipes and growing tips.
COST: $55 - $85; MORE INFO
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At Common Space we have always hoped to help close the gap between our differences. We believe people are more similar than different and beer can help bring people together. That is what we hope to achieve. Our name, Common Space, encompasses this idea but we also try our best to make our taproom an environment of acceptance, unity, and friendship. Recently we have taken steps to show our support for the #BLM movement and have taken initiatives. During a week in June we matched all donations made to @aclu_nationwide through our website. Together we raised $5,900 to help fight racism and reimagine policing. In addition to this we will be releasing two beers next week supporting the BLM movement, with profits benefiting various organizations. First is Take Action Citra IPA (7.2% ABV). This IPA is a symbol of the inspiration from our community to be unapologetically strong and Take Action by doing what we know how to do best. And that is to brew beer. Profits from Take Action Citra IPA will be donated to BLM Los Angeles @blmlosangeles . The artwork for this can and this imagery was created by Devon Blow, owner at @mypurplepineapple . Take Action will release Friday July 24th. Also releasing this month is our version of Black Is Beautiful (7.0% ABV), a collaborative initiative stared by @weatheredsoulsbrewing , to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily. Profits from this stout will go to @campaignzero . This Black Is Beautiful Stout will release Friday July 24th. ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
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Dine & Drink Deals
Who doesn't miss going out to eat or stopping by a bar for a drink? Here are a few options from restaurants and bars as we work our way back toward normal.
- Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne has just released Take Action IPA, a tropical beer brewed in support of Black Lives Matter. Proceeds from every beer will benefit BLM Los Angeles. Take Action IPA comes in four-packs ($15) and cases of six four-packs ($80). Delivery available.
- Patxi's Pizza opens the doors to its latest outpost, which is in Porter Ranch (20101 W. Rinaldi St., Suite 100) on Monday, July 27. The eatery serves up Chicago-style deep dish, Neapolitan thin crust and dessert pies. Patxi's is currently open for patio dining and takeout.
- The Raymond in Pasadena celebrate summer by inviting Downtown L.A.'s chef Michael Hung of Faith & Flower for a five-day staycation from Tuesday, July 28 through Saturday, Aug. 1. Hung prepares a five-course tasting menu ($75 per person) that can be enjoyed on any one of The Raymond 1886's three patios or for takeout/delivery.
- Mochinut, a new concept that offers a hybrid of mochi and donuts, as well as Korean street food, opened its latest location in Garden Grove over the weekend.
- Korean BBQ spot Baekjeong opens its Irvine location today for outdoor dining, marking the first time Baekjeong has offered al fresco seating.
- The Downtown Long Beach Alliance launches Dine Out DTLB, an information campaign with an interactive map that shows people where they can eat al fresco.
Morning Briefing: LA Protests Begin Anew
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Protests against systemic racism and police brutality are gaining renewed traction across the country as federal agents in Portland, Oregon are accused of violence and overreach.
In L.A., hundreds of activists gathered at the Federal Building on Wilshire Boulevard on Sunday to speak out against those agents’ actions, and to maintain the momentum from protests that began in May following the death of George Floyd.
Speaking to the gathered crowd, Black Lives Matter leader Janaya Future Khan issued a reminder, saying: “... it’s not just about what you stand for, it’s about who you sit with,” while readying the group to take over the intersection of Wilshire and Veteran.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
Coming Up Today, July 27
Learn about the history of coffee and camping, join a botany-inspired ice cream tasting, listen to Aimee Bender talk about her first novel in a decade, and more. Christine N. Ziemba has this week's best online and IRL events.
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The Past 48 Hours In LA
Policing The Police: Local activists rallied outside the Federal Building in Westwood to protest federal police response in Portland, Oregon.
Coronavirus Updates: L.A. County public health officials on Sunday confirmed 1,703 new cases of the coronavirus and 10 new deaths attributed to the disease. The Los Angeles Fire Department and the Los Angeles Police Department both suffered COVID-19 fatalities.
Money Matters: The L.A. Dodgers played at home for their first day game of the season, but the ban on fans in the stands meant area businesses were sorely missing sales, too. A $3 million donation from Oprah Winfrey's charity will go to South L.A. residents who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus.
Photo Of The Day
A woman protests systemic racism and police brutality in front of the Federal Courthouse in Westwood.
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