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Morning Brief: Guaranteed Basic Income, Reparations, And Vegan Hot Dogs

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Supervisor Holly Mitchell has been an advocate for guaranteed basic income.
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Good morning, L.A. It’s July 26.

This week, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will vote on whether to test out a program that offers guaranteed basic income for a small number of low-income Angelenos.

The plan would provide 150 L.A. County residents between the ages of 18 and 24 with a monthly check for approximately $1,200 a month. The board moved to examine the possibility of such a program in May.

“It’s a faith and belief that families will always do what they can, and put their children first,” said Supervisor Holly Mitchell at that time. “This assumption that we should trust [families in poverty] less than any other income group is a problem.”

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The vote comes at a time when guaranteed basic income is very much in the news, particularly in Southern California. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti included a pilot program proposal in his budget, in which 2,000 Angeleno families at or below the federal poverty line would receive $1,000 a month for one year, no strings attached.

Long Beach recently announced a pilot program that will give $500 a month to 500 single-parent families within the city’s lowest-income zip codes beginning at the end of the year.

And last week, the California legislature unanimously approved a statewide guaranteed income program — the first of its kind in the United States. Through the program, city and county governments can apply for a portion of the $35 million designated by the state.

It’s not clear how the state program would factor in to L.A. City or County’s proposed pilots.

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Before You Go ... Vegan Food + L.A. Sports

two hot dogs in buns topped with mustard, relish and onions
The new plant-based Dodger Dog from Field Roast.
(Courtesy of Greenleaf Foods)

Vegan and plant-based food is having a moment in Los Angeles.

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Yes, it’s been happening for a long time, but the city is now seeing a surge in creative plant-based restaurants, and many eateries that aren't fully vegan or plant-based are adding substantial offerings on their menus.

But perhaps the most telling harbinger of change is the entrance of plant-based protein into the world of L.A. sports.

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