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In L.A. and across the country, we’re facing a protracted pandemic, a reckoning over racial inequity, and a smog of mixed signals about how to exist safely in a world that’s irrevocably changed. Thousands of readers have sent us questions and it’s clear that people need help navigating all the changes. With that in mind, we're rolling out a new series, “How To (New) L.A.

Based on our “How To L.A.” handbook of practical guides for living in Los Angeles, these stories guide Angelenos through the many new regulations for existing in this city. We’re committed to keeping them up-to-date, no small thing as they often change by the day. The guides cover topics from how to be your own famous L.A. chef without leaving your kitchen, to how to vote in the upcoming election under new social distancing guidelines, and how to explore and experience the city you love, without risking your or your family’s health.

We’re rolling out some of nearly a dozen of these stories today, and will continue to do so for the next week and into the foreseeable future. We’re here to help.

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

Jessica P. Ogilvie

Coming Up Today, July 29

As a human person in society, how should I evaluate possible hazards when engaging with the world right now? As part of our How To New L.A. series, Lisa Brenner weighs in on the not-very-reassuring answer from officials and leaders: use the world at your own risk. Plus: what can I do, where can I go, and what’s allowed when I get there?

Amid calls to defund the police, there is a strong push to re-think the response to mental health crisis calls. But what would that look like in Los Angeles? Robert Garrova examines programs in other cities, like Eugene, OR, to see what kind of training and funding would be needed for such an undertaking.

When Mayor Garcetti released L.A.'s Green New Deal last year, he made clear that trees need to play a key role in saving L.A. from increasingly hot temperatures, decreeing that 90,000 trees needed to be planted before the end of next year. Jacob Margolis checked in with City Forest Officer Rachel Malarich to see how that’s going.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

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Arts And Entertainment: Netflix nabs 160 Emmy nominations, the most ever, in a field of nominees John Horn calls "slightly more diverse” than previous years In Episode 6 of Hollywood, The Sequel, director Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland) calls on her peers to make a firm commitment to hire outside their comfort zones, in order to maintain – and improve – racial and gender equity.

California vs. Trump: The state of California, along with the cities of L.A., Long Beach, Oakland and the LAUSD, are taking legal action against the Trump administration for trying to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the census numbers used to apportion seats in Congress.

Health: A report from California’s auditor says L.A. County needs to do more to make sure people with serious mental illness receive ongoing care. Some experts are tempering expectations that herd immunity might finally stop the spread of coronavirus.

L.A. Law: Sheriff Villanueva’s recent jab at Supervisor Hilda Solis, referring to her as ”La Malinche” for her attempts to rework the L.A. County budget, are the latest example of his loose-cannon behavior, especially on social media. The head of the LAPD's new Community Safety Partnership Bureau says she welcomes the concerns of activists who oppose the effort… even those who say the police should be defunded instead.

Photo Of The Day

Boxes of medical-grade PPE were given out for free to small medical practices in Southern California. The boxes were distributed at the Rose Bowl parking lot.

(Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images)

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