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2020 has been… a hectic year, to say the least. But while many of us were focusing our attention elsewhere, engineers and builders were working hard to construct L.A.’s newest landmark: a $1.5 billion bridge at the Port of Long Beach.

The Gerald Desmond Replacement Bridge will – as its name suggests – replace the original Gerald Desmond Bridge, which connects downtown Long Beach to Terminal Island. (Desmond, a politician who served in Long Beach city government, died in 1964.) The existing structure has started to deteriorate, which is problematic for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that 15% of the nation’s imported cargo travels over it every day.

Work on the new structure has been underway for several years. Once it’s up and running, it will feature bike lanes and walking lanes, and has three different types of earthquake protections. It will also light up with LEDs, making it visible for miles across South L.A.

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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, September 4

LAist contributor Keith Taylor flashes back while hearing an NPR interview with the Attorney General to some painful episodes in the 1970s, when he was pulled over and threatened by police for no good reason.

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LAist columnist Erick Galindo writes about a new volunteer group called Hood Renovationz that has been raising money to complete small, free remodels for people in low-income communities.

As the temperatures soar this weekend, the health of those without air conditioning could be severely affected, reports Jacob Margolis.

This heatwave is going to be even hotter than the last. Sharon McNary examines how the power grid might hold up this time.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Policing The Police: In the wake of the controversy over the Dijon Kizzee shooting, we discuss law enforcement training and tactics, and what goes on inside cops' heads when they're on the beat.

County Services: The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal to reform the L.A. Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Here's a list of cooling centers and other tips to keep from overheating this weekend, as temperatures could peak at 115 degrees in parts of L.A.

Fixing L.A.’s Infrastructure: A massive new $1.5 billion bridge will rise above the Port of Long Beach by the end of fall. Workers at an L.A. Department of Water and Power generating plant found a natural gas leak back in the spring, but it won’t be fixed until the Fall.

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Here’s What To Do: Celebrate the end of summer (what?) with drive-in movies (Cars, Back to the Future, The New Mutants), sip a mint julep for the Kentucky Derby, take part in a month long Coastal Cleanup, and more in this week’s best online and IRL events.


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Protestors take a moment of silence for Dijon Kizzee.

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