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Morning Briefing: Tangible Change

Protesters chanted at police to take a knee with them in front of L.A. City Hall on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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Slowly but surely, some small but tangible changes appear to be coming out of this week’s protests.

After Black Lives Matter L.A. organized “The People’s Budget,” a pushback against Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposal to give $3.1 billion to LAPD for the next fiscal year, the mayor announced that he would consider redistributing some police funds into services for communities of color. A lawsuit was filed against local government-imposed curfews. And thousands of people are still in L.A.’s streets, not backing down in the fight against America’s systemic racism.

As former President Barack Obama said yesterday, we may indeed be experiencing an historic moment of “epic change.” Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

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Jessica P. Ogilvie

Coming Up Today, June 5

An analysis of coronavirus data shows that while much of L.A. County was sheltering in place, infections spiked in communities of color, with an especially dramatic spike among Latinos. Elly Yu explains how this happened, and talks to some essential workers who didn’t have the option of safely distancing.

Carla Javier talks to high school students about the lessons they're learning from the many demonstrations and protests happening outside the classroom.

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The Magic Castle has faced a backlash on social media after offering their parking lot to the LAPD as a staging area, reports Mike Roe.

Emily Guerin reports on the past 24 hours in Santa Monica: the protests and their aftermath, as well as the ensuing conversations between Santa Monica residents of multiple races who are trying to process what happened and how best to support each other.

Efforts to keep children from falling behind during the COVID-19 pandemic have been massive, expensive and unprecedented. Still, officials — from local school district leaders to Gov. Gavin Newsom — admit these efforts likely won’t be enough to prevent a crisis of “learning loss” in California schools, reports Kyle Stokes. New research tells us just how deep this COVID-19 "slide" could be.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

L.A. Protests: Peaceful demonstrations are underway at City Hall and other locations across L.A. during the ninth day of unrest following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The ACLU and Black Lives Matter L.A. have filed a lawsuit against local political and law enforcement leaders over the legality of curfew orders. Here’s what we know about where mandatory curfews were instituted on Thursday, June 4, going into Friday.

Money Matters: Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed deep cuts to California’s education spending; some lawmakers are pushing back. LAPD Chief Moore says he's "very concerned" about the proposed $150 million in cuts to his budget, but he's willing to look more closely at them.

L.A. Stories: The owner of a Tibetan store who guarded it from damage during the looting in Santa Monica over the weekend decided to throw in the towel and close her business for good.

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Coronavirus In Numbers: There are now 59,692 coronavirus cases and 2,532 deaths in L.A. County, and at least 122,167 cases and 4,444 deaths in California. Worldwide, there are more than 6.5 million cases and over 388,000 deaths.

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