Morning Brief: Confusion Prevails When It Comes To What's Open And What's Not
Good morning, L.A.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that the state would lift its stay-at-home order, handing reopening control back to the leadership of California’s 58 counties.
The state order was in place for one-and-a-half months, overriding both county and city lockdown regulations. When it was first issued in December, Newsom’s order contained two tenets that inspired outrage: the shuttering of outdoor dining, and the closing of personal care services, such as nail and hair salons — even those that were operating at minimum capacity.
It was, however, the dining mandate that really struck a nerve. County and city officials could not agree on whether to adhere to the state’s guidelines with regards to outdoor dining; after being asked by L.A. City’s governing body to overturn the ban, L.A. County’s Board of Supervisors upheld it instead.
As the weeks ticked by, though, and SoCal’s coronavirus cases and deaths continued to grow at staggering rates, the importance of staying at home began to sink in. Two weeks ago, county officials described the regional loss of life as “horrific.”
Unfortunately, this lack of clarity and back-and-forth has come to be the defining principle of California’s and L.A.’s approach to issuing coronavirus guidance. Confusion abounds, and the right hand never seems to know what the left hand is doing.
Or, as this TikToker brilliantly put it:
Keep reading for more on what’s going in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
What Else You Need To Know Today
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- A state audit found the EDD woefully unprepared for the sudden recession caused by the coronavirus, causing many people to have trouble with unemployment benefits.
- Today marks one year since the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others crashed into a hillside near Calabasas.
- State leaders are looking for ways to help residents who are worried their water will be turned off.
- LAUSD officials will submit a draft of a school reopening plan to the state, as a show of good faith.
- We examine why California's rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines is one of the slowest in the country.
- Southern California’s about to get walloped by an atmospheric river that could drop up to six inches of precipitation.
Before You Go … How Food And Chaos Bonds L.A.’s Salvadoran Community
“The connection between food and crisis is one of the open secrets of Salvadoran life, both in Los Angeles and beyond.”
So writes LAist guest contributor Robert Lovato, in an examination of how his Salvadoran heritage has informed his life as an Angeleno and beyond. Lovato explains that many Salvadorans in L.A. planned to return home one day, then soon found themselves bound to the U.S. by family, work and the hope for safety.
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