Morning Briefing: Time To 'Hunker Down' – Again
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ICYMI, the coronavirus is making a comeback here in L.A. – so much so that yesterday had the unfortunate designation of seeing the most reported new cases in a single day in the region since the outbreak began.
The reason, according to County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, is simple: people aren’t following the guidelines intended to keep us all safe. Bars and restaurants aren’t enforcing masks or social distancing, and many of our fellow Angelenos have “gone back to living as if COVID-19 is not in our community,” Ferrer said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has already ordered L.A. County bars to close after reopening for a whopping nine days, and Ferrer recommended behaving, in upcoming weeks, the same way we did at the beginning of the pandemic: act like everyone is sick.
"This is the time to hunker down, back in your home, whenever you can,” she said during a press briefing. “At this point, if you're not part of the solution to slowing the spread, you're ending up being part of the problem."
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and try to stay safe out there.
Coming Up Today, June 30
Nedjatollah "Ned" Harounian, who immigrated with his family from Iran, operated his shoe-and-leatherwear store on Melrose Ave. for 30 years until it was burned down during the recent protests. Sabrina Fang profiles the 81-year-old as he decides what to do next.
Several proposed cuts to early childhood programs have been reversed by state legislators, reports Mariana Dale. Providers who care for children from low-income families will not see their rates cut 10%, and the state will not add 20,000 new state preschool slots as previously proposed.
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The Past 24 Hours In LA
Coronavirus Updates: On the same day the county announced its most new coronavirus cases in a single day, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti urged residents to redouble their efforts to get the region's recovery back on track. He also warned that the pandemic was beginning to gain the upper hand again. L.A. Public Health officials said hospitals could reach capacity in just two weeks as coronavirus cases surge.
L.A. Kids: A survey of parents by the advocacy group SpeakUp found that many are dissatisfied with online instruction from LAUSD. The district’s superintendent said child care may be provided this fall in unused community buildings – for an estimated cost to the district of $100 to $150 per child per day.
Policing Policies: As calls to defund the police go mainstream, there's a push for alternative first responders to incidents involving homeless people. The LAPD and FBI have set up a website to get the public's help in identifying people involved in assaults, arson and looting during the George Floyd protests.
Money Matters: L.A. County's CEO presented a revised budget proposal to county supervisors. Today is the last day for immigrants without legal status to apply for pandemic relief funds from the state, but some lawmakers say the program needs to be extended. Project Roomkey has provided shelter for L.A.'s unhoused -- and for some, it's provided jobs, as well.
Wildfire Season: A fast-moving brush fire tore through Niland last night, an impoverished remote town at the Salton Sea.
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