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Over the weekend we learned of the death of Julio Gosdinski, the beloved longtime operator of the Griffith Park merry-go-round.
“This was his ‘first and last job,’ is what he likes to say,” his friend Dora Herrera, who is an officer with the Friends of Griffith Park board, told reporter Josie Huang. Gosdinski was found dead at his home Friday at age 49.
He came to the U.S. from Peru when he was 12 and started working on the merry-go-round when he was a teenager. Gosdinski played such a big role in running and maintaining the famous carousel, friends say they're worried about what's next for the attraction he co-owned.
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No Mask, Big Fine: If you're planning to be out and about in Hermosa Beach, be sure to have your mask handy. The city has started enforcing a new ordinance. First fine: $100. Second fine: $200. Third and more: $500.
Pandemic Relief — With Big Caveats: After failing to get an agreement in Congress to extend some critical pandemic relief programs, President Trump on Saturday issued several executive orders, including one that brings back a weekly supplement for unemployment benefits — but at a lower amount. He's calling on an extra $400 in relief, down from $600, and says states must pay 25% of the total.
'Cautiously Optimistic': It's a phrase they've used a lot, but L.A. County public health officials said again over the weekend that they're "cautiously optimistic" about current hospitalization trends. They also announced 61 new deaths, bringing that total to 4,977, and also said to expect the positive COVID-19 cases to rise once a state backlog is fixed.
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