Morning Briefing: Change Keeps Coming To LA
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In the wake of two weeks of massive protests against systemic racism and police brutality, change keeps rolling in to L.A. at a rate that I’m finding both surprising and encouraging. For instance: L.A. District Atty. Jackie Lacey filed felony assault charges against an LAPD officer for beating a trespassing suspect, less than one week after she received the case – an unprecedented turnaround for her office.
At the same time, L.A. County Supervisors backed a statewide ban on certain types of neck holds used by law enforcement. Angelenos of all stripes are showing up to support Black-owned businesses, and nearly 9,500 rooms have been provided to homeless Californians.
Want more? L.A. Metro laid out its vision for transportation in 2050. It’s less Jetsons and more common sense (like making public transit safer for women and more accessible to all), but still, progress is coming at us — let’s keep the pressure on.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
Coming Up Today, June 10
After a fire at the restaurant Mozza, Mike Roe talks with a server there who has been doing a Mozza-themed comedy show on Twitch with other staff.
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Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the results of the 2020 Los Angeles County homeless count would be released on Wednesday. The results will be released on Friday, June 12.
The Past 24 Hours In LA
The Future Of L.A.: We hear the stories of the class of 2020, which is graduating into a global pandemic, a shaky economy and a flashpoint moment highlighting police brutality and systemic inequality. L.A. Metro has outlined its vision for the future of transportation – think 2050 – in a draft plan now available for public comment.
Policing The Police: Less than a week after getting the case from the LAPD, District Atty. Jackie Lacey filed felony assault charges against an officer who beat a man suspected of trespassing in Boyle Heights. The L.A. Supervisors backed a statewide ban on the carotid restraint.
California Kids: Gov. Gavin Newsom has often mentioned the more than 400 pop-up child care centers established in California since the start of the coronavirus, but the majority of emergency child care waivers were granted to existing child care centers and homes.
Supporting Our Neighbors: Amid the protests that have taken over L.A.'s streets these past few weeks, there's been a social media push to support the city's Black-owned restaurants. Thousands of homeless Californians have found shelter in hotel rooms through Project Roomkey, Gov. Newsom’s ambitious plan to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Now what?
Coronavirus In Numbers: There are now 65,945 coronavirus cases and 2,710 deaths in L.A. County, and at least 134,802 cases and 4,678 deaths in California. Worldwide, there are more than 7.1 million cases and over 408,000 deaths. Here’s an overview of current coronavirus cases and trends in L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. While much of L.A. County was sheltering in place, infections spiked in communities of color, with an especially dramatic spike among Latinos.
How To Stay Busy: The Latin Alternative Music Conference opens its sessions to all, Love 2 Love You moves online for Pride Month, and more virtual and IRL events for this week. Your local multiplex might be reopening as soon as this Friday -- even if there are hardly any new films coming out.
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Photo Of The Day
Taken near MacArthur Park, this photo is from one of visual journalist Chava Sanchez's sunset drives, which he takes to decompress whenever possible.
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