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Local Postal Workers Blast USPS Cuts

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Gaare Davis, President of American Postal Workers Union California, opposes USPS policy changes implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. August 18, 2020. Libby Denkmann/LAist

The U.S. Postmaster General announced Tuesday he is backing off policy changes such as overtime limits and removing collection boxes.

But local members of Congress, and California’s top elections official, are still sounding the alarm about the Trump Administration’s cost-saving measures they say could jeopardize the November election -- when more voters than ever before are expected to mail in their ballots.

Local representatives of the American Postal Workers Union say the changes have already caused delays in mail sorting and delivery.

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Bill To Stop Evictions Advances In Sacramento

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The dome of California's State Capitol in Sacramento. (Megan Garvey / LAist)

California lawmakers are scrambling to pass a bill preventing evictions before courts start processing eviction cases again in September. With the clock ticking, one proposal took a step forward in the statehouse today.

AB 1436 would halt evictions of tenants who fell behind on rent due to COVID-19, provided they submit an “attestation” — basically proof of the connection — to their landlord within 15 days of a request for payment. Tenants would remain on the hook for the full rent bill, but would have until April 2021, or 90 days after the state’s emergency expires — whichever comes first — to pay it back.

San Francisco Assemblymember David Chiu, who introduced the bill, said on Monday:

“This is frankly our last chance to take action to stop a massive wave of evictions and foreclosures.”

Chiu and other legislators argued that the cost of doing nothing would be catastrophic, including a wave of evictions.

As many as 5.4 million Californians are at risk of eviction, according to a report published earlier this month.

The bill would also extend a year of mortgage forbearance, which allows a pause or reduction in payments, to homeowners with privately backed loans. Supporters said that provision would prevent further consolidation in the housing market. “No one is going to benefit and make out like a bandit from this pandemic. Nobody should,” Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson said.

The bill has the support of several renters groups, and fierce opposition from many landlords. The Senate Judiciary Committee listened to hours of public comment on Monday before voting 6-0 to advance the bill, with three abstentions. Its next stop is the Senate Rules Committee.

A separate bill working its way through the statehouse, SB 1410, would offer tax credits to property owners whose tenants fall behind on rent. The two proposals could be combined in the coming days.

For any bill to provide immediate eviction protections, it will require two-thirds support in the legislature, and the Governor's signature.

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On LAUSD’s First Day Of Online-Only School, Even The Bus Drivers Are Pitching In

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Grace Sanchez has been driving an L.A. Unified school bus for 30 years. On the district's first day of online-only classes, she reported to San Fernando Middle School to help answer phones. (Kyle Stokes/LAist)

The L.A. Unified School District kicked off a new school year today with two days of online orientation.

But on campus, there was still activity. The phone rang off the hook in the front office of San Fernando Middle School this morning as parents and students called in with tech support questions.

“I believe it was more than 200 calls this morning,” reported Grace Sanchez. Her normal job: school bus driver. Her “today” job: whatever the middle school’s front office staff needed.

“We’re all in the same boat. We have to make the best of it, and try to help each other out.”

Administrators handed Sanchez some talking points, and Sanchez — who’s been behind the wheel for LAUSD for 30 years — did her best to talk students through problems with their laptops, passwords and online systems.

She didn’t have all the answers — but Sanchez says she did help a lot of Spanish-speaking parents.

A line outside an administrative office at L.A. Unified's San Fernando Middle School on the first day of online-only classes, Aug. 18, 2020. (Kyle Stokes/LAist)

Even though the district is beginning the year in online-only mode, custodians, bus drivers and food service workers reported to work at LAUSD sites this week. Some administrators and office staff are on-campus too, and teachers are being given the option to teach from their classrooms.

Sanchez plans to be back at San Fernando Middle School — answering phones — again on Wednesday.

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Flash Flood Warning, Thunderstorms, Heat, Fire — This Afternoon's SoCal Weather

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Thunderstorms in northern Los Angeles County on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (National Weather Service)

As a heat wave continues to make the L.A. area very, very hot, the weather continues to surprise — a strong thunderstorm hit near Acton in northern Los Angeles County.

This afternoon will likely see brief heavy rain, hail, and gusty winds, according to the National Weather Service. A 44 mph wind gust was reported at Lake Palmdale, as well as a 61 mph just east of Highway 14 in the Antelope Valley.

Frequent lightning is occurring with this storm, and forecasters warn that lightning can strike up to 10 miles from a thunderstorm. People are encouraged to seek shelter inside a building or a vehicle. Scattered thunderstorms will continue over the mountains through this afternoon.

At the same time, fires continue to burn. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency, which his office said was to ensure the availability of resources to combat fires exacerbated by both the heat and high winds.

Combining them both, a flash flood warning was issued for the Apple Fire burn scar thanks to heavy thunderstorms building over the San Bernardino National Forest. Potentially damaging debris flows are expected in Forest Falls and other parts of San Bernardino County, with the possibility of flows in the southern end of the burn area in the Banning Pass, according to the National Weather Service.

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NBCUniversal Vice Chair Ron Meyer Steps Down After Admitting To Affair And Extortion Attempt

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File photo: Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBCUniversal, attends a conference in July 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Meyer has been forced out of the company. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Ron Meyer, the former top talent agent who held senior positions at NBCUniversal for a quarter century, has been forced out of the media company after he revealed an extramarital affair and said he was the victim of a related extortion plot.

"Based on Ron’s disclosure of these actions, we have mutually concluded that Ron should leave the company, effective immediately,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said in a statement Tuesday.

Meyer, who was a former partner at Creative Artists Agency, was one of Hollywood’s longest-serving moguls. While his tenure at NBCUniversal did not include the kind of mega-deals orchestrated by the Walt Disney Co., Meyer had stabilized the studio following a series of ownership and leadership changes.

Meyer’s units at NBCUniversal (itself a division of Comcast) included its theme parks, movie studio, the NBC network, cable channels such as USA and Bravo, and the new streaming service Peacock. Just two weeks ago, NBCUniversal forced out NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy for allegedly creating a toxic workplace.

"I recently disclosed to my family and the company that I made a settlement, under threat, with a woman outside the company who had made false accusations against me," Meyer said in a statement.

“After I disclosed this matter to the company, we mutually decided that I should step down from my role as Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal. I’ve spent 25 years helping to grow and support an incredible company in a job I love.”

Meyer did not identify the woman with whom he had the affair. But Variety and The Hollywood Reporter identified her as the same actress who had been involved in a relationship that cost another studio chief his job last year, Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara.

Meyer said in his statement that he had reached a settlement with the woman with whom he had an affair, but “other parties” had “continuously attempted to extort me into paying them money or else they intended to falsely implicate NBCUniversal, which had nothing to do with this matter, and to publish false allegations about me.”

Like a lot of media companies, NBCUniversal has been hit hard by the pandemic, with revenue in the last fiscal quarter plummeting more than 25%, largely because of theme park losses.

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LA City Sues Trump Administration Over Suddenly Shortened Census

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A man wearing a face mask walks past a sign encouraging people to complete the 2020 Census in Los Angeles, California, August 10, 2020. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

The city of Los Angeles is suing the Trump administration over its decision to abruptly shorten the essential, in-person phase of the 2020 Census. That's when census workers go door to door in hopes of counting people who haven’t yet responded.

The U.S. Census Bureau had previously extended operations for the decennial count to October 31 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, earlier this month, that deadline was changed to September 30.

“We asked the administration for explanation by letter and received no response at all,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said during a news conference Tuesday.

The legal complaint argues that without any rationale or evidence supporting this change, the decision was “arbitrary and capricious.”

Several other municipalities and organizations, including the National Urban League, the League of Women Voters, and the cities of San Jose and Salinas have also joined the lawsuit.

L.A. in particular has a lot to lose, Feuer said. Los Angeles County is often considered the hardest-to-count region in the nation because the county has a huge population of renters, immigrants and people without internet access. Since in-person outreach is being shortened, these communities could well be overlooked.

Census enumerators doing in-person work were only deployed in the county starting last week.

“We know that the effect of the ‘rush plan’ will fall particularly hard on communities of color in Los Angeles,” Feuer said.

He added that the city could lose “millions and millions of dollars” and possibly, political representation.

In many historically undercounted census tracts across L.A., only a third of households have responded to the census with just 43 days left until the count is scheduled to end.

In the city of L.A. as a whole, only slightly more half of all households have responded, far behind the current national response rate of 63.9%.

The city’s lawsuit asks the U.S. District Court of Northern California to force the Census Bureau to return to their previous amended schedule. That would again extend the deadline for self-response to the end of October, and allow more time for data analysis into 2021.

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What We Know So Far About LAUSD's Coronavirus Testing Program

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A boy receives a nasal swab test for COVID-19 at a mobile testing station in a Compton public school parking area. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

Way back in March, Stephanie Mednick remembers talking with a group of fellow school nurses about what steps they'd need to take to reopen campuses.

The idea of widespread coronavirus testing did come up. But these nurses knew better than to expect that the Los Angeles Unified School District would actually do it.

"It sort of was like, 'Oh, yeah right, we're really going to do that,'" said Mednick, who's been an LAUSD nurse for 38 years.

But widespread coronavirus screening is now exactly what LAUSD hopes to do. Over the weekend, district leaders rolled out their ambitious plan -- estimated to cost $150 million -- to slowly begin testing all students and staff periodically for COVID-19, along with contact tracing efforts and research on school reopening.

We've compiled everything we know about the program into a handy guide.

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Coronavirus Hospitalizations Tick Up As California Prepares For Flu Season

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California Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly delivered an update on COVID-19 and how the state is preparing for the arrival of flu season, on top of the coronavirus pandemic. You can read highlights below or watch the full video above.

LATEST CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

There are 4,636 new COVID-19 cases being reported today — Ghaly noted that this number includes cases reported Sunday into early Monday, and that Sunday is the lowest day for reporting. There were also 100 new deaths. Following two weeks of decline in hospitalizations, there was a slight increase, with hospitalizations 86 people higher than the day before.

There has been a greater reduction in cases in Southern California than Northern California, Ghaly noted. Some counties are increasing the wearing of masks, while others are doing increased disease investigation, Ghaly said. Some counties have been able to keep cases under control in shared facilities, such as nursing facilities, prisons, and other congregant facilities.

"We don't feel like we're moving in the wrong direction," Ghaly said — case and hospitalization trends continue to go down.

PREPARING FOR FLU SEASON — GET THE FLU SHOT

With flu season coming up, Ghaly stressed the need to be prepared. Outbreaks of flu and COVID-19 will drain the state's health care resources, according to Ghaly, which are already scarce. The state is starting some flu prep early due to these concerns. The flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, Ghaly said.

"Together, flu and COVID create a doubly risky situation," Ghaly said.

As with COVID-19, wearing a mask can help protect people from the flu. But, Ghaly stressed, we also have a flu vaccine — and it's especially important to get a flu vaccine this year to help avoid the need to go to an emergency room or urgent care, where you could possibly be exposed to COVID-19.

Vaccinations have significantly decreased during the pandemic, Ghaly noted. There have been a third fewer vaccine doses this year for children 0-18. MMR vaccinations for children 4-6 years old dipped the most in April, but are still below normal this month. California has a lower admission rate for children suffering from COVID-19 than there is nationally, according to one study, Ghaly said. The state hopes that there is higher-than-usual vaccinations to come now that more pediatricians' offices are open.

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting Latino children, just as it is with Latino adults, Ghaly said. Flu has an enormous influence on children, Ghaly noted.

GO TO THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE FOR VACCINES, OTHER ESSENTIAL APPOINTMENTS

Ghaly said that people may feel uneasy about going into doctor's offices, but that health care providers in California have taken "extraordinary measures" to protect patients and make sure there is not an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. If you have an essential health need — including getting vaccinated — you should either schedule a visit or talk with your doctor about your concerns, Ghaly said.

When social distancing starts to ease, infants and children not protected by vaccines could be vulnerable to avoidable diseases like meases and whooping cough, Ghaly said. The same is true for adults who aren't vaccinated, which could make them more vulnerable to shingles or pneumonia.

Many clinics are starting to receive flu vaccine shipments, Ghaly said. He recommended getting it done early to avoid a rush in the coming weeks, especially as both flu and COVID-19 start to affect the state.

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What We Know About The Wildfires Burning In SoCal As Of Aug. 18

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Firefighters work to extinguish hotspots from the Lake Fire in the Angeles National Forest on August 13, 2020. (Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images)

2020 has been a series of figurative garbage fires, but here in California, we're also dealing with actual fires. We've seen several smoke plumes in the SoCal skies over the past few days, so here's a brief look at firefighters' efforts today.


LAKE FIRE

Fire crews are in the seventh day of battling the Lake Fire, which broke out last Wednesday afternoon and quickly exploded, forcing hundreds of people in the Lake Hughes area to evacuate.

The wildfire is burning in the Angeles National Forest "over eight miles to the northeast of Interstate 5 and south of Highway 138," fire officials said. [Click here for today's map of the burn zone.]

THE BASICS

  • Acreage: 21,115 acres
  • Containment: 38%
  • Structures threatened: 4,570
  • Structures destroyed: At least 12 homes, 21 outbuildings
  • Resources deployed: 1,983 firefighters
  • Injuries: One minor injury to firefighter

CURRENT CONDITIONS

The combination of rugged terrain, extreme heat, and dry brush and trees is challenging firefighters. The fire is burning toward what officials refer to as "100-year-old fuels" — dense forest areas with many old, drought-stressed trees. Crews are also watching for so-called fire tornadoes, or fire devils, "a spinning vortex column of ascending hot air and gases rising from a fire."

A car charred by the Lake Fire is seen at Pine Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest on August 13, 2020. (Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images)

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

  • Lake Hughes Road west of Pine Canyon and north of Dry Gulch Road
  • Everything east of Ridge Route Road
  • Everything west of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78
  • Everything north of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road
  • Everything south of Highway 138

EVACUATION CENTERS

On Monday afternoon, the American Red Cross annouced it closed its evacuation center at Highland High School, but said teams would be standing by to set up a new one at Antelope Valley Fairgrounds if needed.

For large animals only:

  • Antelope Valley Fairgrounds | 2551 W. Avenue H in Lancaster

ROAD CLOSURES

  • 3 Points Road from Highway 138 to Pine Canyon
  • Old Ridge Route from Highway 138 to Pine Canyon
  • Pine Canyon Road from Ridge Route Road to Lake Hughes Road

RANCH 2 FIRE

The blaze was reported Thursday afternoon in the Azusa Canyon area near North San Gabriel Canyon Road and North Ranch Road. It initially threatened homes, but burned away from the foothill cities and into Angeles National Forest. Fire officials suspect arson. [Click here for the latest map of the burn zone.]

THE BASICS

  • Acreage: 3,900 acres
  • Containment: 19%
  • Resources deployed: 456 firefighters

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Hot and dry conditions persist, but fire officials reported little fire growth overnight.

"Firefighters have focused on extending the containment line from the eastern perimeter along the Silver Mountain Ridge up to Pine Mountain," officials said.

ROAD CLOSURES


HOLSER FIRE

This blaze broke out yesterday afternoon in the Piru community in Ventura County, slightly west of the Santa Clarita Valley.

THE BASICS

  • Acreage: 3,000 acres
  • Containment: 20%
  • Resources deployed: 400 firefighters

EVACUATIONS

There are no mandatory orders at this time, but an evacuation warning has been issued for residents along Piru Canyon Road:

  • North to Lake Piru
  • South to Highway 126, excluding the community
  • East to the LA County Line
  • West to Piru Canyon Road

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Governor Signs Cal State Ethnic Studies Bill Into Law, Overriding Trustees' Plan

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AB 1460 will give faculty at the new College of Ethnic Studies at Cal State LA and others throughout the Cal State system more say over curriculum. (CSULA screenshot)

All 23 California State University campuses will be required to offer ethnic studies classes starting next year and undergraduate students will have to take at least one of those classes to earn their degree under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The new law, Assembly Bill 1460, overrides a plan approved by the Cal State trustees last month that would have allowed classes with a social justice component to count toward earning a degree.

The law also gives CSU ethnic studies faculty a greater say in crafting the requirement’s goals and which classes would qualify. The CSU administration proposal opened the process up to a wide range of departments and did not give the same power to ethnic studies faculty.

“This bill reflects 50 years of student, faculty, and community advocacy for curriculum reflective of and responsive to our diverse state,” the bill’s author, San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, said on Twitter. Weber is a former San Diego State University professor.

Undergraduate students who earn their degrees starting in the 2024-25 academic year will be required to take at least one three-unit class in one of four specific ethnic studies disciplines: Native American studies; African American studies; Asian American studies; or Latina and Latino studies.

Weber, along with the CSU’s powerful faculty union, clashed with administrators at the CSU trustees meeting last month -- not about whether the requirement is needed, but who would have a say in creating it.

At the meeting, a CSU trustee warned that signing AB 1460 into law amounted to undue legislative encroachment into curriculum matters that should be left up to university administrators.

A Cal State spokesman said on Tuesday the university system will not challenge the new law.

“The CSU complies with all state and federal laws and will begin work to implement the requirements of the new legislation,” spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said in an email.

More than 100,000 students earn bachelor’s degrees from the CSU’s 23 campuses each year. The university hopes the ethnic studies requirement will better prepare them for the challenges of today’s society.

“I think they'll be able to recognize the injustice in our institutions, in our workplaces that involves people of color,” said Charles Toombs, president of the California Faculty Association and professor of Africana Studies at San Diego State University.

“I think [students] will speak up,” he added. “I think they will have the lens to raise issues. And in that sense, they will start the process of dismantling a lot of ugliness that has existed in this country for centuries.”

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The 'Mother Of Hollywood' Thought The City Was Going To Be A Christian Utopia Free From Alcohol, Gambling And Prostitution

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(Photo illustration by Elina Shatkin/Photos from the Los Angeles Public Library Collection and USC/University of Southern California Libraries/California Historical Society)

When 22-year-old Daeida Hartell married 51-year-old real estate developer Harvey Wilcox in 1883, she had no idea she would go on to establish one of the most famous locales in the world or cement her destiny as the mother of Hollywood.

A photographic of Daeida Hartell Wilcox Beveridge, patron of the arts and founder of Hollywood along with her husband. (University of Southern California Libraries/California Historical Society)

Born in 1861 in a small Ohio town called Hicksville (yes, really), Daeida grew up a devout Episcopalian and worked for a time as a milliner. She inherited her spirit of adventure and a love for the outdoors from her family, which had first settled in Rootstown in 1804.

Although Harvey Wilcox was 30 years her senior, he and Daeida shared a strong sense of religion and idealism. As a child, Harvey had been crippled from the knees down after contracting polio. To cope with his decreased mobility, he became an avid horseman. He worked as a cobbler but earned a small fortune in real estate in Kansas. In 1883, he and his new bride headed west and settled in Los Angeles, where they bought a house at 11th Street and Figueroa Boulevard (it's now part of USC).

A photo portrait of Horace H. Wilcox, the co-founder of Hollywood along with his wife, Daeida. (University of Southern California Libraries/California Historical Society)

"Harvey decided he wanted to be a gentleman farmer," says Ann Otto, a distant relative of Daeida and author of the historical novel Yours In A Hurry. The couple tried raising figs and apricots but Harvey got bored and went back into real estate, according to Otto.

Daeida stayed home and took care of their first child while developing techniques for drying figs. The death of their 19-month-old boy left the couple grief stricken. They found solace by taking carriage rides around Los Angeles, much of which was still unpaved and undeveloped. Daeida became especially fond of the Cahuenga Valley and took a particular interest in an abandoned fig orchard around Pass Road and Prospect Avenue.

The Wilcoxes bought four separate parcels of land bordered by what is now Gower Street, Whitley Avenue, Sunset Boulevard and Franklin Avenue. In 1887, Harvey registered a "Map of Hollywood" with the L.A. County Recorder's Office. Glen Creason with the History and Genealogy Department at the Los Angeles Public Library explains says during that era, registering a map meant it had been presented to "the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to be recognized as accurate."

In an essay in the book Los Angeles in Maps, Creason writes:

"Wilcox hatched a plan to develop a perfect suburb and set about to buy up the land, subdivide some 640 acres and create the city of Hollywood... This map, distributed by Wilcox from his Spring Street realty office paints a rosy picture of that dream with the Pacific Ocean, seemingly just a stones throw from the perfect grid layout spreading out from the main intersection of Prospect and Weyse (later Vine street). The campaign that launched this map promised choice land with ocean views, two railroads, a grand hotel, Sunset Boulevard one hundred feet wide and six miles long, concrete walks and fine water for the 'future home of the wealthy.' This piece of paradise was just $350 an acre."

This is a drawing of the first map of Hollywood, issued by real estate agent Harvey Henderson in 1887. Tracts and lots are numbered on the map. The Hotel Hollywood inset never was built as shown. The Wilcox residence is another inset. His office was located at 34 North Spring Street, where people could inquire for particulars concerning the development. Various other sites are listed at right and numbered accordingly on the map. Railroad routes are also included. At left is the Pacific Ocean. Prospect Avenue was the original name for Hollywood Blvd., and Weyse Avenue was the original name for Vine Street. (Security Pacific National Bank Collection/Los Angeles Public Library Collection)

Daeida was reportedly the one who chose the name. According to Gregory Paul Williams in his book The Story of Hollywood, she had been riding a train back to Ohio when she had supposedly heard the word "Hollywood" from a woman who owned an Illinois estate with the same name. Harvey agreed with Daeida it was the perfect moniker for their utopian community.

The two of them envisioned a town where alcohol, gambling and prostitution were forbidden and religion was the foundation of the community. By the early 1900s, Prospect Avenue, later renamed Hollywood Boulevard, would house churches representing every major Christian denomination, according to Williams.

Panoramic view of Hollywood in the time of Harvey Wilcox. The orchard in the foreground is located at what would later become the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Cahuenga Ave. Harvey and Daeida Wilcox owned a 160-acre ranch named Hollywood. It stretched from Gower to Hudson and Franklin to Sunset. (Security Pacific National Bank Collection/Los Angeles Public Library Collection)

Harvey and Daeida relished their new roles as town founders. They planted rows of pepper trees and later added streets following those paths. Williams writes:

"During rest breaks and lunches, Harvey and Daeida sat in the shade of the fig barn near Prospect Avenue and Pass Road, refining his map of Hollywood with its ramrod-straight streets, parks and picnic grounds. The two amused themselves creating street names... For a personal touch, there was a street for Harvey -- Wilcox Avenue, and one for Daeida -- Dae Avenue (later Hudson Avenue and Schrader Boulevard). They named two streets after the children of Mr. Weid, the Dane who farmed plots of land around Nopalera... His two children crossed the Wilcox property daily on their way to a one-room school at Sunset and Gordon. Daeida named the children's path after them, Ivar and Selma Avenues."

Not long into their new venture, tragedy would again strike Daeida. Harvey passed away on March 19, 1891. Shortly before his death, the real estate market had taken a turn for the worse. Although she faced financial difficulties and water shortages from a long drought, Daeida refused to give up on her dream of a Christian temperance community.

Three years after Harvey's death, 33-year-old Daeida, met and married 43-year-old Philo Beveridge, the son of former Illinois governor John Beveridge. She would give birth to four children, two of which would die young. Otto notes how different Philo was from Harvey. "He was a tall, blonde, handsome businessman, but not focused. He bounced around from different things," she says. This included a failed water heater business.

This view of Hollywood from 1905 includes the home of Paul de Longpre, located on the west side of Cahuenga Blvd. at Hollywood Blvd. The artist, who was born in Lyons, France, desired the 65-foot-deep lots for a large flower garden, which at one time included over 4,000 roses. (Security Pacific National Bank Collection/Los Angeles Public Library Collection)

Daeida and Philo opened a real estate office on the corner of Hollywood and Cahuenga boulevards, and Daeida became more engaged in philanthropic endeavours. "She had so much power and was a force in the community," Otto says. She donated land for a city hall, post office, library, police station, banks, churches and even turned her fig barn into a primary school.

"They sold lots mostly to conservative Midwesterners who strongly agreed with Harvey Wilcox's hatred of alcohol," Williams writes in The Story of Hollywood.

By the early 1900s, Hollywood had become a community of large, beautiful homes dotted with citrus groves. Residents hosted lawn parties, played tennis and held an annual Mayday celebration with a four mile-parade down Hollywood Boulevard.

Daeida brought in Hollywood's first celebrity resident, French artist Paul De Longpre, who was famous for his watercolors of flowers. In Los Angeles, he found a wide variety of flora blooming year round. Daeida had met him at an exhibition in 1901, and when he told her he wanted to move to Hollywood, she gave him some land near her home, at Cahuenga and Prospect, then moved her family to a nearby farmhouse. The De Longpre estate, opened to the public in 1901, attracted tourists from around the world who came to stroll its verdant grounds.

Paul De Longpre's home was located on the west side of Cahuenga Blvd. at Hollywood Blvd. on property he obtained from Mrs. Daeda Wilcox Beveridge after he moved to Los Angeles in 1889. The artist, who was born in Lyons, France, desired 65-foot-deep lots on which to develop an extensive flower garden. At one time, he had 4,000 roses, which he masterfully depicted in his paintings. Many tourists visited his garden and art gallery over the years. The home was demolished in 1927. (Security Pacific National Bank Collection/Los Angeles Public Library Collection)

By 1903, Hollywood had approximately 700 residents and they decided to incorporate as an independent city. Daeida did not support the decision. If she had been allowed to vote, she almost certainly would've voted against it. According to Williams, "Daeida Beveridge considered the action too costly. Additionally, she felt having the name Hollywood applied beyond her housing subdivision did not benefit her family's interests."

Hollywood's independence turned out to be short lived. The new city couldn't solve its sewage problem and, Williams writes, "The city of Los Angeles refused to share any Owens Valley water with the community unless they became a part of the larger city."

In 1910, Hollywood became a district of Los Angeles. What had once been a rustic temperance community was defenseless against, "the blight that consumed Los Angeles at the end of the twentieth century," Williams writes, and was now subjected to taxes and assessments from L.A. officials.

Daeida Wilcox Beveridge died of cancer in 1914, at age 53, just as the movie industry was coming to Southern California, ushering in a new era of prosperity and licentiousness. Although Hollywood is as much an imagined place as a real one, her legacy remains etched in the street names and buildings still scattered throughout the area.

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The Best Online And IRL Events This Week: Aug. 17 - 20

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Hong Khaou's 'Monsoon,' starring Henry Golding and Parker Sawyers, is one of Outfest 2020's Centerpiece films. (Courtesy of Outfest)
NHMLA launches the online exhibition of 'Rise Up LA: A Century of Votes for Women,' with images, text and ephemera on women's history. (Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.)

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.


Mystery Science Theater riffs on a Vincent Price camp classic. Outfest 2020 launches streaming and drive-in screenings. Various events celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. A documentary examines how a coup in Iran changed history. The cast of The Little Hours does a Q&A after a drive-in screening.

Tuesday, Aug. 18 (opening)

Rise Up LA: A Century of Votes for Women
The Natural History Museum launches its digital exhibition that celebrates the centenary of the 19th Amendment, which gave the women the right to vote in 1920. The online component features photos, protest ephemera, narratives and video interviews for an oral stories compendium. The digital assets are part of a larger physical exhibition that will hopefully be mounted in its entirety at NHM in the fall.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Aug. 18; 4 p.m.

Learn at Home (Grown-Up Edition)
The L.A. Opera continues its LAO at Home series with a "vacation edition" of opera happy hour. Music lovers can join vocalist and pianist Jeremy Frank as he leads a virtual journey to some of opera's most gorgeous locations.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Aug. 18; 5 p.m. PDT

The Mads: The Tingler
Join Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff ("The Mads" from Mystery Science Theater 3000) for a live-riff screening of The Tingler. The 1959 film was directed by William Castle and stars Vincent Price as a doctor who discovers a parasite that grows on people's features.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

Tuesday, Aug. 18; 7 p.m. PDT

The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Watch a virtual Q&A with actor and musician Jeff Goldblum moderated by actor, director and writer Illeana Douglas. Goldblum will chat about his National Geographic show of the same name, streaming on Disney+. The conversation premieres exclusively on the American Cinematheque's YouTube Channel.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Aug. 19; 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Your Girl and Mine: The Women's Right to Vote
In 1914, after more than 65 years of protest, American women still lacked the complete right to vote. Ruth Hanna McCormick and the National American Woman Suffrage Association produced the now lost feature Your Girl and Mine to convince Congress to pass full voting rights for women. While the film didn't win the hearts and minds of American politicians, it helped build momentum for the cause. At this Hollywood Heritage Museum online event, archivist Mary Mallory explores the importance of this work.
COST: $7.50 - $15; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Aug. 19; 12 p.m. PDT

Art Past Present with Enrique Martínez Celaya
The Wende Museum presents a Zoom discussion with Martínez Celaya, a professor of humanities and art at USC, shares ideas about how we confront the past in order to give meaning to the present. He'll be joined online by artist and writer Farrah Karapetian as well as the museum's chief curator, Joes Segal.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

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BOOK EVENT ALERT: We are pleased to partner with our friends @foodforward to present a special online event in celebration of the IDT's late founder and director, Joseph Shuldiner, and his recently released cookbook, "The New Homemade Kitchen" - next Wednesday, August 19th at 12:30pm PST. * This lively lunchtime discussion will touch on Joseph's legacy as a culinary innovator and mentor and delve into his work with the Institute of Domestic Technology - the culmination of which can be found in the pages of "The New Homemade Kitchen." The event will feature Institute faculty members Kevin West (@savingtheseason, @deerhook1750), Daniel Kent (@rufuschristmas), Hana van der Steur (@negativenellie), and Yoko Maeda Lamn (@hakko.online) in conversation with Food Forward's Executive Director and Founder Rick Nahmias. Bring your appetite and get inspired to transform your cooking repertoire! * The event is free, but reservations are required. See the link in our bio for more details and to reserve a spot. * In anticipation of the event, we encourage participants to purchase a copy of "The New Homemade Kitchen" from our favorite Chinatown cookbook shop, Now Serving (@nowservingla), which will be donating a portion of the book's proceeds to the UCLA Neuro-Oncology Brain Cancer Research Fund. * We look forward to seeing you there! * Cover photo and styling by @ren_fuller, @coopercairns, @stephaniehanes Dean illustrations by Harry Bates * #josephshuldiner #thenewhomemadekitchen #instituteofdomestictechnology #quarantinecooking #fromscratch #makeyourown #homeec #cookbook #recipes

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Wednesday, Aug. 19; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

A Celebration of The New Homemade Kitchen
Nonprofit organization Food Forward partners with the Institute of Domestic Technology for a special event celebrating the posthumous release of Joseph Shuldiner's book, The New Homemade Kitchen: 250 Recipes and Ideas for Reinventing the Art of Preserving, Canning, Fermenting, Dehydrating, and More. Shuldiner was a culinary innovator and the IDT's founding director. The lunchtime discussion features Institute faculty members Kevin West, Daniel Kent, Hana van der Steur and Yoko Maeda Lamn in conversation with Food Forward's founder, Rick Nahmias.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Aug. 19; 6 p.m. PDT

Coup 53
UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Farhang Foundation present a special screening of Taghi Amirani's groundbreaking 2019 documentary, which focuses on the event of August 1953, when Iran's democratically elected prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh, was overthrown in a coup and replaced by the shah. Ticket purchase includes an exclusive Q&A with actor Ralph Fiennes and filmmakers Taghi Amirani and Walter Murch. The film streams online and viewers have 24 hours to watch it.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

Wednesday, Aug. 19; 6:45 p.m. (Doors)

ArcLight at the Drive-In: The Little Hours
Vineland Drive-In
443 Vineland Ave., City of Industry
Hit the road for a screening of Jeff Baena's comedy about medieval nuns, priests and the temptations of the flesh. There will be a live Q&A with director Baena and stars Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Fred Armisen. All attendees will get free water, free kombucha and a free caramel corn. Advance tickets only.
COST: $55 per car; MORE INFO

Thursday, Aug. 20; 5 p.m.

Unsettling Ramona Salon Series
Heidi Duckler Dance continues its series of virtual programs spotlighting the histories and experiences of Native Americans in California. Based on Ramona, an 1884 novel about a Scottish-Native American orphan, these salons focus on Native perspectives to "unsettle" a story that helped the visibility for Native rights campaign but also romanticized California's colonial history. This week, the salon presents Unsettling Self with filmmaker Robert I. Mesa, actor Duane Minard and artistic director of The Autry's Native Voices program, DeLanna Studi. The final salon takes place on Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. PDT.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Hong Khaou's 'Monsoon,' starring Henry Golding and Parker Sawyers, is one of Outfest 2020's Centerpiece films. (Courtesy of Outfest)

Thursday, Aug. 20 - Sunday, Aug. 30

2020 Outfest
For the first time, L.A.'s LGBTQ film festival screens more than 160 films from around the world via streaming and drive-in options. The digital portion of the festival will be powered by Vimeo while the drive-in experience takes place at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. Centerpiece films include The Obituary Of Tunde Johnson (dir. Ali LeRoi), Shiva Baby (dir. Emma Seligman), Monsoon (dir. Hong Khaou) and Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story (dir. Posy Dixon).
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

Thursday, Aug. 20; 5 - 6 p.m.

The Shout Out Show
Aisha Alfa, Sophia Zolan and Wynter Spears lead an hour of positive vibes, giving props to people, places and things they are loving right now. The show happens every Thursday on YouTube and on Dynasty Typewriter's website.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Slater's 50/50 offers its signature Pork-a-Palooza bacon flight, along with a number of specials for Bacon Lover's Day. (Courtesy of Slater's 50/50)

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.

  • On Thursday, Aug. 20 (National Bacon Lover's Day), the Pasadena outpost of Slater's 50/50 serves up a free order of Bacon Fat Popcorn with any purchase. Plus, you can $5 bacon Bloody Marys and $5 bacon Old Fashioneds all day.
  • A new pizza option recently opened in WeHo. Lucca Pizza is a to-go only wood-fired pizza and wine shop. Offering Roman and Neapolitan style pizza, it's open Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 11 p.m. Pick-up takes place at its sister restaurant, Norah (8279 Santa Monica Blvd.).
  • Also in West Hollywood, Las Palmas (the newly opened, Tulum-inspired rooftop pop-up from E.P. & L.P.) has launched a weekend brunch service focused on foods from the Yucatan peninsula. Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m., available for parties of four or six.
  • Bayside in Newport Beach recently started the Barclay Jazz Lunch on Saturdays. Dine outside on the patio and listen to jazz. Prices run $90 to $135 for a three-course meal. Doors open at 11 a.m. for lunch, and the music starts at noon.
  • With locations all over SoCal, Urban Plates offers a $10 everyday menu with seven dishes to choose from such as moroccan chicken braise, chimichurri chicken plate, urban grilled chicken salad, curry tofu and vegetable braise and the grilled portobello mushroom sandwich.

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Coming Up Today, August 18

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

L.A. Kids: LAUSD will periodically administer coronavirus tests to staff who are on campus and students at home. Rodney King's daughter's foundation is helping kids with back-to-school supplies.

A Moment For Patriotism: The California Democratic party is making a show of unity, putting pro-Sanders and pro-Biden people together as co-chairs of the delegation. Hollywood's most recognizable fighter pilot, Pete "Maverick," Mitchell, will be back in the cockpit for a new Top Gun movie, and officials wonder whether it will lead to a bump in recruitment — as the 1986 film did.

Policing The Police: The Pasadena Police Department said they’re hoping to release body cam footage of the fatal shooting of Anthony McClain within the next few days.

Coronavirus Updates: L.A. County officials reported 1,185 new confirmed cases of coronavirus Monday, but new data shows a steady decline in daily hospitalizations. California has cleared its COVID-19 backlog, which was caused by problems with a data-processing system.

Fire And Money: There have been a few different plumes of smoke in the SoCal skies over the past several days, so here's a quick look at where things stand. L.A. County launched its $100 million rent relief program, which differs significantly from the city's.

Here’s What To Do: Mystery Science Theater riffs on a Vincent Price camp classic, a documentary examines how a coup in Iran changed history, the cast of The Little Hours does a Q&A after a drive-in screening, and more in this week’s best online and IRL events.


Photo Of The Day

Wooyong Choi is one of 12 parents who have been using a camera to document their lives for KPCC/LAist since last fall. Here, he snaps a pic of his kids playing at the beach.

(Courtesy of Wooyong Choi)

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