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Morning Briefing: California Stays At Home – Chapter 1

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In an historic move, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all Californians to stay at home just one hour after L.A County officials, joined by the mayors of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Pasadena, gave the same mandate here. L.A. officials also reported the second death from coronavirus in the county, and Newsom requested more help from the feds, estimating that as many as 56% of Californians will get COVID-19 in the next eight weeks.

In other words, s**t just got really, really real. And we’re right there with you; since last week, our newsroom has been working remotely, and our reporters, producers, social media mavens, editors and staff are scrambling to keep their kids fed/entertained, their relationships intact, their pets walked, and to keep from going completely stir crazy.

With that said, we’re committed to continuing to bring you the most updated information as it happens, and to examine what this new lay of the land means in the lives of Angelenos. In that spirit...

Look for these stories later today:

  • Josie Huang examines how Chinatown businesses and restaurants are faring in light of the coronavirus.
  • Adolfo Guzman-Lopez explains what college students need to know about their financial aid during the coronavirus-related shutdowns.
  • Are community clinics transitioning to telemedicine? Alyssa Jeong Perry explores.
  • Governor Gavin Newsom has mentioned help for nursing homes in confronting coronavirus. Jackie Fortiér asks, what is that help, exactly?
  • David Wagner talks to several businesses that are hiring during the coronavirus.
  • Even with the suspension of visitation, there’s a serious threat of illness spreading in jails and prisons. Emily Elena Dugdale talks to a man who spent 30 years in state prison and county jail and tested positive for norovirus during that time.
  • Edison has said people won't be cut off if they don't pay their power bills, however the utility company is still going ahead with planned outages. Sharon McNary reports.
  • Why are beans difficult to find in many supermarkets? Jacob Margolis looks at the bean supply chain in an effort to explain how our food gets to us.
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Here’s what happened in the past 24 hours:

And finally, some light reading. While you’re home, why not brush up on your L.A. history?

Your moment of Zen:

A family enjoys El Segundo beach (Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images)

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The news cycle moves fast. Some stories don't pan out. Others get added. Consider this today's first draft.


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