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What You Need To Know Today: Extreme Heat and LA's Unhoused, Route Fire, Local Farmer's Market Finds

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A pedestrian uses an umbrella while walking past City Hall in Los Angeles on August 29, 2017.
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Today in How to LA: What L.A. County is doing to keep vulnerable residents cool this weekend, community reflections from the sixth street bridge, what you can find at L.A.'s farmers' markets. 

Happy first day of September, y’all! This month, records will be broken. No, I’m not necessarily talking about my hopes and desires for LA’s hometown GOAT Serena Williams to play some serious match-winning tennis. I’m talking about the HEAT. Yep, we’re going to stick here for a minute.

Like my colleague Erin Stone writes, September is one of our hottest months and this month records will be broken due to the current climate crisis. Temperatures are expected to be 10 to 18 degrees warmer than normal in Southern California. And this extreme heat is especially dangerous for vulnerable populations like the elderly, the disable and the unhoused.

LA County officials have released a list of cooling centers that will be open during the heatwave. Here’s the problem: public libraries, which represent 60% of those centers, will have shortened hours or will be completely closed on Sunday and Labor Day. That is, unless the county officials can put up temporary locations.

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My colleague Caitlin Hernández and I wrote a story about this, and what it means for LA’s most vulnerable populations. Andreina Kniss is an organizer with KTown For All, an advocacy group for the unhoused. She worries that most people aren’t aware that cooling centers are available to them and, if they do, they might be too far away.

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"A lot of unhoused people are disabled and can’t move around very easily,” Kniss said. “A lot of folks elderly folks have mobility issues. So asking an unhoused person who might be a couple of miles from their local library to go walk over there is literally asking for a heatstroke.”

Read the story here.

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Wait! One More Thing...Food Is Expensive. Check Out Local Farmers' Markets For A Healthy Deal

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A woman shops at the Mar Vista Farmers' Market
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Thursday is my favorite day of the week because we get to talk all about FOOD. Fun fact about yours truly: I am a chicken & waffles connoisseur. It is my favorite dish of all time. But TODAY we are talking about your local farmer’s market. My colleagues with the How to LA podcast took a trip to one in Mar Vista. They stocked up on beautiful fruits and veggies and chowed down on arepas. The best part though - it was actually cheaper than going to the regular market. It was certainly cheaper than Whole Foods!

Did you know that California has more farmers’ markets than any other state? Wow! I might just make it a bucket list goal to explore all 116 in L.A. County. But first I think I gotta check out the one closest to me. I might just tell you all about my experience in a future newsletter. For now, check out the podcast or read aboutthe Mar Vista market trip in LAist.

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