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Morning Briefing: Coronavirus Closure Debates Get Heated

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Tables and chairs are arranged under pop-up tents for outdoor dining in Culver City on Friday, Nov. 20, two days before L.A. County restaurants had to stop offering outdoor dining. (Elina Shatkin/LAist)
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Good morning, L.A.

Yesterday’s meeting of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors was Ground Zero for yet another battle over coronavirus-related closures.

On Sunday, public health officials announced that outdoor dining would be banned starting Wednesday. Supervisor Kathryn Barger then penned a motion to overturn the decision. On Tuesday, her motion failed, meaning the ban is still in place. Pasadena officials have decided to disregard the order and allow outdoor dining to continue.

Meanwhile, L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer was on hand at the board’s meeting to discuss plans for another safer-at-home order, which was triggered by a recent five-day average of new coronavirus cases that exceeded 4,500.

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Ferrer’s suggestions include prohibiting gatherings with other households, keeping public spaces like parks and trails open (but requiring social distancing), and reducing maximum occupancy regulations for businesses.

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

Jessica P. Ogilvie


Coming Up Today, November 25

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Thousands — perhaps tens of thousands — of high school seniors may be spending their Thanksgiving breaks racing against the end-of-month deadline to apply to University of California schools. One task they may have left till the last minute: The personal insight questions or essays. Jill Replogle will look at some efforts to coach students through them.

Our Racism 101 panelists will respond to more reader questions, such as: "At what point does appreciation for another culture cross over into appropriation?" "How do you feel about dressing up for Halloween as a character that is a different ethnicity from yours, if you don't change your skin/hair?" … and more.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Care-First For L.A. Kids: L.A. County will move towards ending the Probation Department’s supervision of juveniles in detention, and transferring control to a care-first, youth development program.

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Rebuilding SoCal: The L.A. County Board of Supervisors selected the first eight local commissioners to begin redistricting. Some residents whose tiny, low-tech vacation cabins in Big Santa Anita Canyon were destroyed by the Bobcat Fire are being allowed back to repair and rebuild.

Homelessness: Nearly everyone living in a mile-long homeless encampment along Venice’s Penmar Golf Course is being offered hotel vouchers through Project Room Key.

The Biden White House: President-elect Joe Biden commented on his pick of L.A.’s Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS Secretary.


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Johnny D. Gibbs, a sometimes-resident of a tent encampment for unhoused Angelenos on Rose Ave. in Venice.

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