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Coronavirus is still here. Bars are closed. Prom was canceled. And concerts … what are those, again?

But some Angelenos aren’t letting that stop them from partying like it’s 2019.

Last Friday, dozens of patrons (who may or may not have included LAPD officers) drank the night away at the Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood, sans masks. Apparently, the music was so loud that it “vibrated security bars.” On Monday, LAPD officers responded to noise complaints about a mansion party on Mulholland Drive that ended in deadly gunfire.

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And if you missed the video of influencers hanging off the arm of a construction vehicle at Jake Paul’s party/music video shoot, it’s a good hate-watch.

There’s no real moral to this story, except please don’t?

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and please report parties to the public health department.

Gina Pollack

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

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Coronavirus Updates: California is reporting some problems when it comes to tracking COVID-19 cases. State Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said there are discrepancies in its testing system; now they have to manually validate the data. Translation: computing nightmare. Citing state guidelines, the L.A. County Department of Health says it will not consider waiver applications from elementary schools seeking to reopen … until the coronavirus case rate drops.

Pandemic Partying: County health officials investigate a maskless party at a Hollywood bar, which may or may not have been attended by law enforcement officers. (Depends who you ask.) Meanwhile, a mansion party in Beverly Hills goes haywire.

Policing The Police: Compton Mayor Aja Brown says her community is being terrorized by L.A. County Sheriff's deputies. The city has a multi-million dollar law enforcement contract with LASD, but there’s a growing list of residents who say they’ve been unfairly pulled over, arrested and harassed. Meanwhile, it’s official: You (yes, you) will get to decide in November whether the county should divert hundreds of millions from law enforcement (and other programs) to community investment.

Watch Where You Point That Thing: L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey's husband is being charged with misdemeanor assault, after pointing a gun at protesters who showed up on their porch in March. The whole thing was caught on video.

Of Mice And Money: Disney announced massive losses yesterday — a 94% drop from a year ago. That includes $3.5 billion from its theme parks alone, with heavy hits to its movie and TV units. The company also announced it will release the live action Mulan on Disney+ streaming in September. In other industry news, NBC/Universal laid off thousands of employees.

Water Wars: A judge suggests Bellflower should pay a private company to take over its terrible, very bad water system.

The Apple Fire: In Riverside County, the Apple Fire, burning since Friday, had consumed nearly 27,000 acres and was just 15% contained as of Tuesday night, though some evacuation orders in Riverside County were lifted.

Photo Of The Day

A “For Lease” sign on the balcony of a now closed "Le Pain Quotidien" in West Hollywood, one of many restaurants in the city closing forever, amid the pandemic.

(Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)

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