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CA Contact Tracing Training Program Starts Today, LA County Sheriffs Dept. Faces Budget Cuts, U.S. Federal Music Project




Public health experts say tracing who people infected with the coronavirus have been in contact with is a critical step in easing social distancing restrictions.
Public health experts say tracing who people infected with the coronavirus have been in contact with is a critical step in easing social distancing restrictions.
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California Contact Tracing Training Program Starts 

California is preparing to train as many as 20,000 people to trace the spread of the virus, as the state looks to start reopening some retail stores this Friday. Governor Newsom's administration has partnered with the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Francisco to provide online and in-person training to state employees selected for the program. The training course is set to start today at both universities.

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Santa Monica Layoffs

Santa Monica's budget shortfall is so huge that city leaders will vote Tuesday on a plan to lay off hundreds of city workers. We discuss how this one city is trying to find a path forward in this pandemic. 

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LA County Sheriffs Department Faces Budget Cuts 

The LA County Sheriffs Department announced this week that it has to shut down stations in Altadena and Marina Del Rey due to budget cuts.

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Mis Ángeles: How A $100 Gift Card Helped A Lynwood Family Start A Menudo Delivery Service

The story of how a hungry, laid-off Lynwood family turned a gift card from a generous donor into a tiny family business - with help from abuela's menudo recipe - to ease them through the pandemic's economic downturn.

You can find Erick's full column here.

On the Lot 

Disney earnings take a dive. Meanwhile, writers are struggling with how to work the pandemic into storylines.

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U.S. Federal Music Project

More than eight decades ago, the U.S found itself in an economic slump much like the one we’re facing today. It’s a bleak chapter we now know as the great depression. Millions of people were thrown out of work - including thousands of professional musicians. Take Two’s Austin Cross reports that many would have been forced to take up manual labor, if not for a special federal program.

Want to listen to some Take Two tunes? We have you covered.

Check out our producer curated playlist.