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Morning Briefing: The Financial Fallout

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As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, the financial fallout is wreaking havoc in just about every sector.

For some Californians, it’s meant getting their job back only to lose it again during the most recent surge. For others, it’s meant trying to help groups that have been hit the hardest – like Indigenous Angelenos – only to find that their needs were greater than anyone anticipated. It’s about trying to hang on to housing at a time when losing it could mean the difference between life and death.

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

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Weekend Reads

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 without also trying 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:

Andrew Kettle was unhoused and living at Echo Park Lake when he died of a heart attack. This profile chronicles his life. (KCRW)

Undocumented agricultural workers in Central California are reeling from making the decision between risking their lives by going back to work, or risking their livelihoods by staying home. (La Opinión)

Casting agent Berenice Molina helps young people transition out of gangs and into acting careers. (LA Taco)

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Asha Grant is preparing to open The Salt Eaters Bookshop in downtown Inglewood, which will feature books by and about Black women and girls, femmes, and non-binary folks. (Los Angeleno)

An editorial asks if a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes is motivated by white guilt. (2 Urban Girls)

Racial covenants stating that buyers must be white to purchase a given property can’t be enforced, but are still included in some housing documents in California. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Photo Of The Day

Graffiti on the walls of a Shoe City in Bell reminds people to stay home.

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