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Firefighters Say Bobcat Fire Is 84 Percent Contained, But Spots Around Mt. Wilson Still Burning Themselves Out
The Bobcat Fire is now 84 percent contained, according to fire officials, but on Saturday remaining spots of brush continued to burn themselves out around Mount Wilson, sending a visible amount of smoke into the air above the Angeles National Forest.
However, officials said the burn is within containment lines in steep terrain that firefighters cannot access, so fire crews are allowing those spots to burn out on their own.
Public Information Officer Jim Innes said that while temperates are not as high as they have been recently, the low humidity levels make for bad fire conditions.
"The fuel moistures are at historic lows, so our position here is, it's a sleeping dragon in a way," Innes said. "We're always wary that there could be a start at any time. So, we're certainly not letting our guard down."
Innes said firefighters are monitoring the remaining fuel that's burning around Mount Wilson, but that overall it's not a bad thing since it's an "internal burn" within containment lines and after that fuel burns, they won't need to worry about remaining fuel igniting.
The Bobcat Fire has burned close to 115 thousand acres, and approximately six thousand homes remain threatened.
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White House COVID-19 Testing Scheme Raises Questions After Trump Diagnosis
As more people within President Trump's circle test positive for COVID-19, the way in which the White House has handled the pandemic all along has come under sharp scrutiny.
Testing strategies promoted by the White House have also raised questions, Kaiser Health News reports:
President Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis is raising fresh questions about the White House's strategy for testing and containing the virus for a president whose cavalier attitude about the coronavirus has persisted since it landed on American shores.
The president has said others are tested before getting close to him, appearing to hold it as an iron shield of safety. He has largely eschewed mask-wearing and social distancing in meetings, travel and public events, while holding rallies for thousands of often maskless supporters.
The Trump administration has increasingly pinned its coronavirus testing strategy for the nation on antigen tests, which do not need a traditional lab for processing and quickly return results to patients. But the results are less accurate than those of the slower PCR tests.
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On Saturday, more questions emerged about Trump's condition and diagnosis after Trump's physician spoke of the president being "72 hours" into his diagnosis during a press conference, sowing confusion about exactly when he tested positive for COVID-19. The White House doctor has since walked back the comment, saying he misspoke.
Morning Briefing: Reimagining Public Safety
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The city’s work to reimagine public safety is moving forward. At a meeting yesterday, a city council committee endorsed the idea of asking local nonprofits to brainstorm a system in which social workers or health professionals, rather than armed officers, would respond to nonviolent 9-1-1 calls.
In the glacial pace of City Hall, the next step is for the idea to be put to a vote before the entire council. But it’s a step, and one that has some elected officials pretty jazzed.
"I'm as giddy as a school boy. I cannot wait to begin," said Committee Chair Herb Wesson. "Because I truly believe ... that we're going to send a message throughout this country."
The committee’s action happened to come on the same day that the county coroner’s office released its autopsy of 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee, who was shot and killed by two sheriff’s deputies in August. The report found that Kizzee was shot 16 times, and at least five of those shots were to the back. His fatal injuries included “trauma to the heart, lungs, liver and left kidney.”
Kizzee was initially pulled over for riding his bicycle against traffic.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
The Past 24 Hours In LA
Policing Law Enforcement: L.A.'s City Council is looking to pilot a crisis response program that sends social workers and/or health professionals to non-violent 911 calls, instead of armed officers. The L.A. County Coroner’s autopsy of 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee, who was shot and killed by two Sheriff’s deputies, details 16 gunshot wounds, with at least five sustained from behind.
Coronavirus In L.A.: The long-awaited guidelines from the state on the reopening of theme parks were delayed again. The LAUSD board gave Superintendent Austin Beutner emergency powers to deal with the coronavirus outbreak – and he has moved aggressively under that authority. Scientists agree that the simplest, easiest way to fight the coronavirus is to get most people to wear masks, yet the political fight over face coverings rages on.
Local Landmarks: Traffic lanes around Long Beach’s bright new replacement for the Gerald Desmond Bridge will be closed over the weekend while workers connect ramps of the 710 Freeway.
Film News: Today marks the 40th anniversary of Somewhere in Time, a film that took one of the longest, weirdest journeys to becoming a cult favorite. The L.A. District Attorney has filed six new charges against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
L.A. Stories: Here's how Angeles Crest Creamery founder Gloria Putnam is regrouping after the Bobcat Fire scorched her business. Writer and actress Judy Jean Kwon reflects on what’s lost when a family immigrates to a new country. At a local gathering for China National Day, oppressed Chinese minority groups came together to show unity.
On The National Stage: A federal judge has ruled the count for the 2020 Census must continue through the end of October. Now that President Trump has tested positive for COVID-19, what happens next with the election?
There's a lot going on in the world right now, and it’s hard enough to keep up with our day-to-day lives, let alone to stay current on the news. But if you have some time this weekend, these articles provide some much-needed insight into the current moment in L.A., as well as some news you may have missed:
Check out some of L.A.’s best Latinx-owned restaurants. (Daily Trojan)
This fourth-grader provided an insider’s take on what it’s really like to be a distance learner. (The562.org)
Our friends at L.A. Taco offer up their guide on where to eat, drink and chill east of the L.A. River. (L.A. Taco)
Eight motels in L.A. have been purchased by the county for homeless housing. (Urbanize L.A.)
Homeless kids face a near-impossible dilemma with distance learning, with no access to the internet and few public spaces available for studying. (NBC Los Angeles)
UCLA students marched to get police off their campus. (Daily Bruin)
California took a step closer to providing reparations for the descendents of people held in slavery in America. (L.A. Watts Times)
Grace Community Church in Sun Valley is fighting for its right to hold indoor services – and calling the First Amendment into question. (KCRW)
Activists are fighting to keep tienditas in Boyle Heights. (The Eastsider)
Photo Of The Day
Uyhgurs joined Hong Kongers and activists from other diaspora communities in L.A. who are fighting Chinese repression.
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