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Unemployed Californians Could Soon Get An Extra $300 Per Week

A staffer processes claims at California's unemployment office. (California Employment Development Department)

It’s been about a month since millions of Californians lost their federal unemployment benefits, throwing many into a financial downward spiral. Now, they may get some short-term relief through a new federal program.

Over the weekend, California’s unemployment office announced that the state was approved to participate in the federal Lost Wages Assistance program, which was created by an executive order earlier this month from President Trump. The state will receive $4.5 billion to start, with the possibility of more funding down the line.

The program will provide an extra $300 per week to Californians who are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. That money will be added to their existing state unemployment benefits.

Payments will be retroactive to Aug. 1, and are guaranteed to last at least three weeks for qualified recipients. But this will only be a short-term replacement for the $600-per-week supplement that expired in July (Congress has so far failed to renew that program).

There’s still no word on when Californians can expect to receive the new federal money. In a press conference last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said details should be coming soon.

“As soon as we have clarity from the feds, we'll make public exactly when those dollars will be forthcoming,” he said.

In order to qualify for the federal $300 boost, Californians need to already be receiving at least $100 per week in state benefits. That requirement will leave out many lower-wage workers, as well as some freelancers with mixed sources of income.

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1931 Water Pipe Is The Culprit In Gusher That Again Flooded UCLA

A large tree had to be removed for workers to get to a broken water main under Sunset Boulevard near Royce Drive on Aug. 23, 2020. (Courtesy LADWP)

Repairs continued Monday after a water main break flooded Sunset Boulevard near UCLA, in an incident reminiscent of the watery mess that flooded the campus and ruined hundreds of cars six years ago.

The pipe break, on a stretch of Sunset Boulevard near Royce Drive, occurred early Sunday morning, shutting down the street for 12 hours. Officials did not know why the 30-inch water line built in 1931 broke.

Much of the water gushing out of the pipe was routed away from UCLA into storm drains that take the water to the ocean, but enough got onto the campus to flood the bottom floor of an underground parking garage with about three feet of water, said Breonia Lindsey, director of water distribution for the L.A. Department of Water and Power.

About ten cars were parked in the flooded area of the garage when the pipe broke in the early morning hours Sunday.

Some LADWP customers experienced lower water pressure but none were left without water service, Lindsey said.

Accessing the broken pipe was a challenge for crews. A tree’s roots had grown around the pipe, and a concrete culvert had been built on top, so the tree, roots, and part of a roadside wall had to be removed to get to the break. Repairs were expected to take another few days, Lindsey said.

The 2014 incident happened on a different pipe, about 500 feet west of Sunday’s break. Then, a 90-year-old Y-shaped pipe joint with a bad weld dating from the 1950s broke open. It flooded the south end of the campus with 20 million gallons of water and filled the lower floor of an underground parking garage, ruining more than 700 cars. The floor of Pauley Pavilion, where the Bruins play basketball, had to be replaced, part of about $15 million in damage from the leak.

In 2015, the LADWP estimated its water system needed $12 to $15 billion in repairs and replacements to make it resilient from earthquakes and pipe breaks like this weekend’s. Higher new water rates took effect in 2016, and part of the increase is going to an accelerated program to upgrade the aging system.

The pipes in the system have about an 80-year life, but funding was in place to manage only about a 300-year replacement cycle back in 2015. With the higher water rates, that replacement cycle has been brought down to about 200 years, Lindsey said.

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Permanent Housing Still Eludes Residents Of 'Bridge' Homeless Shelters

The interior of the Schrader 'A Bridge Home' site in Hollywood. (Matt Tinoco/LAist)

When L.A. politicians pitch "bridge housing" as a solution to homelessness, they create the impression each temporary shelter will smoothly and rapidly transition homeless individuals into permanent housing.

But the reality is less straightforward.

At the first four sites opened under L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's "A Bridge Home" program -- each which has been open for more than one year -- only about one in four individuals who departed the shelter has left for permanent housing.

It's the result of an extremely limited amount of low-income housing in Los Angeles that very poor people can afford. Consequently, many can find themselves stuck in what was supposed to be an interim solution.


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'We Must All Proceed With Caution': LA County Health Officer Gives Coronavirus Update


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 Public Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis presented new figures today, showing that COVID-19 infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths are down to levels not seen since early June.

The three-day average for hospitalizations grew to roughly 1,400 in June, then jumped to over 2,000 per day in July. As of August 21, that rate was averaging about 1,291 across three days, Davis said.

(Courtesy Los Angeles County)

What does this mean for L.A. County residents? Dr. Davis explained:

"First, it means, thankfully, that the work we have all done as a community and the sacrifices we are making are working. We're preventing COVID-19 infections, including serious illness and deaths. Second, if we can maintain this lower transmission, it means that we could begin to think about schools [and] more businesses reopening or someday moving their operations back indoors.

But, Davis warned, individuals and businesses need learn from the swell in cases, hospitalizations and deaths seen in June and July, which led local authorities to tap the brakes on the reopening process.

“As we continue our journey of recovery, we must all proceed with caution,” he said. "All of us must meet must own our roles in this recovery."

(Courtesy Los Angeles County)


Los Angeles County officials reported 1,198 new confirmed cases of coronavirus today, bringing the total to at least 232,893 cases countywide. In total, 10,111 cases have been reported in Long Beach and 2,291 in Pasadena (those two cities operate their own health departments).

Dr. Davis reported 13 new deaths of COVID-19 patients. In total, officials have conformed that 5,558 people have died from COVID-19 countywide.

A few more key figures reported today:

  • So far, 92% of those who have died had underlying health conditions, Davis said.
  • There are currently 1,219 people hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those individuals, 32% are in the ICU, with 18% on ventilators.
  • 2,205 residents in institutional settings have died. Those sites include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, shelters, treatment centers, supportive living, and correctional facilities. The vast majority of those victims — 90% — were living in nursing homes.
  • The county health department is currently investigating 875 residential congregate settings and non-residential settings where there’s at least one confirmed case of COVID-19. Davis said there are 31,096 confirmed cases in those facilities — 15,980 residents and 15,116 staff members.
  • Davis said 1,498 cases have been confirmed among homeless people in L.A. County

Davis also provided a racial breakdown of the confirmed deaths, based on information confirmed for 5,231of the victims. According to the latest available information:

  • 50% Latino / Latina [48.6% of county residents]
  • 10% African American [9% of county residents]
  • 24% 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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Awesome Online And IRL Events This Week: Aug. 24 - 27

It's Kobe Bryant Day in L.A. and Orange County. He played his final game as a Laker on April 13, 2016, taking on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. (Harry How/Getty Images)

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.

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Remember Kobe Bryant on 8/24. Watch a tribute to director Lynn Shelton. Laugh along with the creators of The Black Lady Sketch Show. Celebrate a decade of the Hollywood Babble-On podcast. Commemorate the Chicano Moratorium's 50th Anniversary. Learn about Ray Bradbury's dystopian vision -- and figure out if we're living in it.

Monday, Aug. 24

Kobe Bryant Day
In 2016, after 20 years with the Lakers, the Los Angeles City Council declared 8/24 Kobe Bryant Day in Los Angeles in honor of the two numbers he wore whilw playing with the team. Last week, Orange County supervisors approved the same honor. Bryant, who passed away in a helicopter crash in January (yes, just earlier this year), would have turned 42 on August 23. The Lakers will debut new Mamba theads during their game against Portland on Monday. Nike launches "Mamba Week" this week, with activities and special releases. And closer to home, Ike's Love & Sandwiches is offering a Kobe Tribute Sandwich.

Monday, Aug. 24; 7 p.m. PDT

A Black Lady Sketch Show + Q&A
The American Cinematheque presents an evening focusing on this Emmy-nominated HBO series, which features sketches performed by a core cast of black women. It includes a Zoom Q&A with creator and star Robin Thede and director Dime Davis. Your RSVP confirmation will include a link to watch the show before the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent the day of the event.
COST: $10 - $14; MORE INFO

Monday, Aug. 24; 8:30 p.m.

Hollywood Babble-On Live Podcast
Vineland Drive-In
443 Vineland Ave. City of Industry
The comedy podcast hosted by filmmaker Kevin Smith and former KROQ morning show funny man Ralph Garman celebrates its 10th anniversary at the drive-in. ArcLight presents the duo live and on the big screen as they do their anniversary show, riffing on pop culture, movies, TV and celebrities. Please follow all safety protocols. Each car gets a free ArcLight Caramel Corn.
COST: $100 per car; MORE INFO

Monday, Aug. 24

This 24-hour livestream DJ event technically starts at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday night and lasts all day and night. Check out sets and tunes spun by Lil Jon, Pete Wentz, Samantha Ronson, Irie, Chase B, Baby Yu, Crooked, DJ Five, Eric DLux, Ever, Gusto, Jerzy, Justin Credible, Lezlee, Quiz, Richard Vision, Ross One, Sour Milk, Trauma and Triple XL. The party will be available to watch on Twitch.

The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a program that reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium march in East LA. (Courtesy of UCLA FIlm & Television Archive)

Monday, Aug. 24; 4 p.m. PDT

Chicano Moratorium 50th Anniversary (1970-2020)
Explore an episode of L.A. history that still resonates. On August 29, 1970, more than 20,000 students held a peaceful march in East L.A. to protest the Vietnam War as part of the National Chicano Moratorium movement. The march was violently interrupted by law enforcement. Prominent Mexican American journalist Ruben Salazar was one of four people who were killed that day. The UCLA Film & Television Archive streams a chronological selection of short works examining pivotal moments of activism in East L.A., from the student walkouts of 1968 to the march in 1970. The event is hosted by Chon Noriega, director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and author of Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema. It features a post-screening discussion with artist, writer and educator Harry Gamboa Jr. and Los Angeles Times staff writer Carolina Miranda.

(Ray Rui/Unsplash)

Monday, Aug. 24; 7 p.m. PDT

En Casa con La Plaza: Cocina
Lucy Thompson-Rivera, co-owner of downtown L.A.'s Pez Cantina, shows attendees how to prepare a shrimp and avocado salad, a late summer tomato pico de gallo and an essential Mexican cocktail. Watch on Zoom or Facebook Live.

Tuesday, Aug. 25; 6 p.m. PDT

Vroman's Live: DJ Waldie
The writer and cultural historian discusses his latest book about L.A. and its environs: Becoming Los Angeles: Myth, Memory, and a Sense of Place. Waldie examines the city's history (and conflicted past) and its aspirations. Waldie's first book, Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir, details his 1950s childhood in Lakewood, which at the time was California's largest planned suburb. The event will be livestreamed on Crowdcast.

Lynn Shelton attends 'Sword of Trust' Marc Maron & Lynn Shelton in Conversation with Sam Lipsyte at 92nd Street Y on July 11, 2019 in NYC. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Tuesday, Aug. 25; 7 p.m. PDT

Lynn Shelton Tribute + Panel Discussion
The indie filmmaker died earlier this year, leaving behind an impressive body of work in TV, film and writing. The American Cinematheque hosts a virtual tribute to Shelton with a panel discussion featuring Mark Duplass, Jon Hamm, Eddie Huang, Gillian Jacobs, Marc Maron, Kevin Murphy, Mikaela Wakins, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon. Those who attend the live tribute will get a free screener for Little Fires Everywhere, as Shelton directed several episodes of the show.

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Los Angeles Zoo Reopens
Get ready to rawr once again with the animals: After closing its gates in March, the zoo is ready to get back to business. Staffers have modified the experience to conform with COVID-19 health protocols, which include limiting the number of guests, timed ticketed entry, face covering requirements and the closure of indoor and high-touch spaces. All guests, including members, must now reserve timed tickets online before visiting.
COST: $17 - $22 for nonmembers; MORE INFO

Thursday, Aug. 27; 5 p.m. PDT

El Cap Throwback: Movie Trivia
El Capitan Theatre holds a remote trivia night focusing on Walt Disney Studios animation. This is a family-friendly, all-ages event.
COST: $10 per log-in; MORE INFO

Thursday, Aug. 27; 10 - 10:30 a.m.

Wright Virtual Visits: Hollyhock House & Monona Terrace
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has started a new video series in which two of Wright's sites will be paired side by side on a Facebook Live video. Each week, the organization focuses on a theme, contrasting the designs of both buildings. This week, the Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park will be compared to the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center (Madison, Wisconsin), examining the garden terraces and vistas. The video will stream live on both venues' Facebook pages.

Thursday, Aug. 27; 7 p.m. PDT

Fairytales For Days of Reckoning
KCRW's Steve Chiotakis guest stars in this evening of children's off-the-rails tales. This half-scripted and half-improvised event starts with Mother Goose and ends wherever comedians decide to take the audience. Grandmas and grandpas may blush; children may be freaked out so this show is rated PG-16. Zoom link will be sent the day of the event to registered guests.
COST: FREE for KCRW members, $1 donation and up for everyone else; MORE INFO

Thursday, Aug. 27; 7:30 p.m.

Adam Pascal
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 West Malvern Ave., Fullerton
The Tony nominee performs at The Muck as part of its drive-in concert series. Pascal starred as the original Roger Davis in the Off-Broadway, Broadway and London Productions of Rent. He was also the original Radames in Broadway's Aida. To help ensure safety, there's a contactless ticketing system and a mask requirement anytime guests exit their vehicles.
COST: $30 per car; MORE INFO

Thursday, Aug. 27; 6:30 p.m. PDT

Are We Living in a World Ray Bradbury Tried to Prevent?
Zócalo Public Square, the Fowler Museum and ZYZZYVA present a program around the works of the late Ray Bradbury, who would have turned 100 on August 22. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury imagined a world where truth, knowledge and the written word had no value and people were glued to screens. He also wrote about the promises of a carnival-hawker con man in Something Wicked This Way Comes. A panel discussion delves into issues such as censorship and xenophobia while discussing Bradbury's life and work. Register to receive updates and the streaming link.

Thursday, Aug. 27; 7 p.m.

Reflecting on Tipping Point
The Catalina Island Museum presents a virtual event and talk with Elizabeth Turk, sculpture artist and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow. She'll chat with Julie Perlin Lee, executive director of the museum, about the ongoing Tipping Point exhibition, which explores extinction. Watch on Zoom.

A family wearing face masks, hike at Griffith Park at the back of the Hollywood sign during the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic in May. (APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

Thursday, Aug. 27; 7 p.m. PDT

Architecture & Beyond - Discovering Griffith Park
Los Angeles Public Library's Los Feliz Branch welcomes Modern Hiker's Casey Schreiner for an online presentation about L.A.'s most famous city park. The slideshow and discussion is based on Schreiner's book, Discovering Griffith Park. RSVP required for Zoom link.

Thursday, Aug. 27; 2 - 3:30 p.m.

We Zoom Your Room
Families are invited to an interactive live performance on Zoom with Frankie Martin and Forest DerrMartin of the arts group Pumpernickel Palace. Watch as the performers lampoon infomercials that results in a new Zoom background, created during the call. In exchange for the Zoom room decor, participants must be ready with a family-friendly joke. RSVP is required and space is limited.

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.

  • It's National Dog Day on Wednesday, and Golden Road Brewing will deliver their newest brew, Hazy Pup IPA, directly to people's homes, alongside (adoptable) pups from local dog rescue Wags & Walks. Proceeds from Hazy Pup will benefit the rescue year round, but for a donation of $50, fans will get two six-packs of the brew, a Golden Road discount code and puppy playtime at delivery. Deliveries take place from Thursday to Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. MORE INFO
  • Descanso Restaurant in Costa Mesa introduces weekly happenings including Wine Wednesday beginning Aug. 26 from 3 to 9 p.m., and new happy hour specials available al fresco Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. The taqueria also recently expanded its 1,500 square-foot outdoor patio.
  • Dine at Roundtable Pizza in Lakewood on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., and the restaurant will donate 20% of your bill to spcaLA.
  • Beauty brand Summer Fridays teams with Craig's Vegan to create a limited-edition Vanilla Cloud ice cream. It's a cashew-based non-dairy frozen dessert, infused with madagascar vanilla bean. In Los Angeles, pints will be available exclusively on Postmates ($10 - $20).

More Than Five Months Later, Some L.A. Nursing Home Residents Still Aren’t Allowed Outside

A resident of an East L.A. nursing home looks out the window onto the street. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

In March, nursing home residents were confined to their facilities to keep the coronavirus from spreading. L.A.’s medically fragile residents have been hit hard — more than 2,000 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19.

More than five months later, some nursing home residents feel like they're in prison amidst the seemingly endless COVID-19 restrictions on their visitors and movements.

Citing the potential for transmitting the virus, some nursing home administrators say they can’t allow residents to leave and may evict them if they do.

L.A. County estimates it's receiving between 25 and 35 complaints from nursing home residents each week.


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COVID-19 Is Upending College Enrollment As Procrastinators Wait To Sign Up

Occidental College first-year students and their families on campus move-in day in 2019. (Marc Campos/courtesy Occidental College)

The fall semester’s online classes begin this morning at Cal State Northridge, Occidental College and other schools in Southern California, and administrators are already seeing a new enrollment trend: an increasing number of students waiting until the last minute to sign up for classes.

These so-called “late deciders” are upending the schools’ projections for fall enrollment, which could lead to a big financial hit as slots held for students who applied and were admitted reconsider their enrollment plans.

In the last few weeks, Cal State Northridge student advisors say about 120 first-year students who’d been admitted have finally come forward to enroll.

“The mother in me is, like, ‘Why didn't you take care of this before?’” said Geraldine Sare, director of the university’s student advising office.

She said the chaos of these students’ senior year of high school led them to consider forgoing college. And they’re taking advantage of the university’s eased deadlines for enrollment.

There are also about 70 students who committed to attend but now say they won’t.

“They're saying personal reasons or financial reasons and you know we don't want to go further with that conversation,” Sare said.

Freshman enrollment is down at Northridge and other campuses. In addition to extending enrollment deadlines, Northridge is being more generous with requests to enroll in the spring semester.

Good enrollment management is critical to the financial outlook for higher ed institutions. But so is more aggressive recruitment of students who have historically been overlooked by universities.

The unstable nature of CSUN’s first-year student enrollment sheds light on how the pandemic is shaping students’ college plans and leading some campuses to change enrollment deadlines and adjust projections of how many students will enroll.


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LA Trump Supporters Find Haven In Beverly Hills Park

Shiva Bagheri has taken the lead organizing the weekly Freedom Rally in Beverly Hills. Josie Huang/LAist

Beverly Hills has recently become L.A.'s meeting ground for conservatives and supporters of President Donald Trump.

A lot of it has to do with Shiva Bagheri.

The Beverly Hills resident started planning "Freedom Rally" events at Beverly Gardens Park in late July, and the events have only grown in popularity.

Bagheri said she is pushing against the tyranny of Democrats such as Gov. Gavin Newsom and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. She added another way to fight back is for conservatives to start their own militias.

At the rallies, people vent about what they see as government overreach, and show their support for law enforcement and the president.

Saturday's rally drew at least a couple hundred attendees and several dozen counter-protesters. Clashes between members of both groups led to police orders to disperse. One man was arrested.


How Did Beverly Hills Become A Hub For Conservative Rallies?

Morning Briefing: Trump Supporters Take Beverly Hills

Pro-Trump supporters gather to face off anti-Trump demonstrators. (Brian Feinzimer for LAist)

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As the presidential election gets closer, Trump supporters and conservatives have found a warm embrace in the city of Beverly Hills. For weeks, pro-Trump resident Shiva Bagheri has been organizing a “Freedom Rally” at Beverly Gardens Park, which is home to the city’s iconic sign and reflecting pool.

Speaking to KPCC’s Josie Huang, Bagheri said that under Democratic control, California is turning into a “Third World country,” that wearing a mask is like wearing “a muzzle,” and that Americans’ best option to fight back is to form small militias.

"We have to do this pretty soon," Bagheri said. "I mean, seriously, I know that people are already gathering and they're making their own little militias — and that's in our Constitution."

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

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Coming Up Today, August 24

In a rush to control the coronavirus, new murky regulations and lack of enforcement have kept some nursing home residents trapped inside for months. Jackie Fortiér has the story.

Dire warnings months ago about fall college enrollment don't appear to be materializing. But some SoCal campuses have bent over backwards to enroll students, reports Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, and students appear to be making last-minute decisions to attend.

Remember Kobe Bryant on 8/24, laugh along with the creators of The Black Lady Sketch Show, learn about Ray Bradbury's dystopian vision, and more. Christine N. Ziemba has this week’s best online and IRL events.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

L.A. Protests: Protesters turned up outside post offices across Southern California and the rest of the country, bearing signs of support for the USPS. Crowds of conservatives and Trump supporters have turned Beverly Gardens Park – home of the iconic Beverly Hills sign and reflecting pool – into the site of a "Freedom Rally" event every Saturday since July.

Wildfires: We answer your most frequently asked questions about wildfires, including: “where do they get their names?

The Movies: In some areas of the country, audiences returned to theaters — where facemasks are mandatory — to see the Russell Crowe thriller, Unhinged.

Photo Of The Day

A pro-Trump float makes its way past the offices of the Beverly Hills Courier.

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'All Black Lives Matter' Art To Become Permanent On Hollywood Boulevard

All Black Lives Matter mural on Hollywood Blvd. (Courtesy NBCUniversal)

The words All Black Lives Matter stretch down the center lane on Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. Painted with yellow to represent Black Lives Matter, but also including colors of the LGBTQ and transgender pride flags, the street mural was painted by volunteers for the June 14 All Black Lives Matter march.

Made with temporary materials, the mural was only intended to last through the march, but when crews appeared to remove it, some people protested.

Now, the slogan will be made permanent — and the installation includes a new street sign in honor of the march. L.A. City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell says it’s a fitting place, at the same location of L.A.'s first official Gay Pride Parade, which took place 50 years ago.

“It’s the only such commemoration of LGBTQ+ rights with an emphasis on the transgender community anywhere in the city of Los Angeles,” said O’Farrell.

Installation of the permanent All Black Lives Matter street mural begins today, and is scheduled to be complete by the end of the week.

Expect Very Few California Speakers At This Week’s Republican National Convention

US President Donald Trump speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 29, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Ima

Last week, we heard from a parade of Californians taking turns on the Democratic National Convention stage. But according to the schedule released Sunday, the Republican Party gatherings in Jacksonville, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. will be a different story.

Starting tonight, we’re more likely to hear about California — and the Trump Administration’s criticisms of the state — than to hear the voices of California politicians.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield is the only elected official from the state slated to speak. One of President Trump’s closest allies on the Hill, McCarthy will take the stage on Thursday, the final night of the convention.

The other Californians in the lineup: Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, who in February became the first openly gay cabinet member in U.S. history; and Kimberly Guilfoyle — a former Fox News personality and the current Trump campaign finance chair. (And, incidentally, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ex-wife.)

But the Golden State will undoubtedly be a repeated target in RNC speeches. For example, President Trump has repeatedly made false or misleading claims about California elections, alleging with no proof that massive voter fraud occurred here in 2018.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Kamala Harris, are also often subjects of the President’s ridicule as he attempts to use California policies as cautionary tales about the consequences of Democratic leadership on a national scale.