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Coronavirus: U.S. Rep Adam Schiff Explains Bill on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Race in LA: Cheryl Farrell, How Hairstylists Are Adjusting to New State Guidelines




A laboratory operator wearing a protective gear handles patients' samples in a laboratory of the National Reference Center (CNR) for respiratory viruses at the Institut Pasteur in Paris on January 28, 2020. - The CNR analyses the tests for respiratory viruses among which coronavirus. The deadly new coronavirus that has broken out in China, 2019-nCoV, has so far killed 106 people and infected over 4,000 -- the bulk of them in and around Wuhan. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)
A laboratory operator wearing a protective gear handles patients' samples in a laboratory of the National Reference Center (CNR) for respiratory viruses at the Institut Pasteur in Paris on January 28, 2020. - The CNR analyses the tests for respiratory viruses among which coronavirus. The deadly new coronavirus that has broken out in China, 2019-nCoV, has so far killed 106 people and infected over 4,000 -- the bulk of them in and around Wuhan. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Legislation

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is just one of the features of the two-trillion dollar CARES Act passed in March to combat the economic slump brought on by the pandemic. The bill provides unemployment benefits for those who lost work as a result of that slump and aren’t eligible for standard unemployment benefits - people who classify as self-employed, for example. The issue is that a lot of so-called “mixed earners” - people who collect a combination of W2 and 1099 income through their work - feel left out. Now a new bill seeks to change that. It’s called the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act… and it was proposed by US Representatives Adam Schiff and Judy Chu.

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Coronavirus: K-12 Schools

Following the recent surge in coronavirus cases, Governor Newsom announced that most schools in California won’t be reopening when the academic year begins. Districts will instead resume classes through online learning. The governor added that schools will only be allowed to physically open if they are in a county that has been off the state’s monitoring list for COVID-19 cases for 14 consecutive days. But there’s still a lot of questions teachers and parents alike have on how this is all going to work out this school year.

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Race in LA: Cheryl Farrell

Now for the latest installment in our new series Race in LA. In it -- we ask Angelenos how race and identity shape their day-to-day lives. The essays, written by both community contributors and LAist staffers, are published each week. The stories told are aimed at fueling meaningful conversations about lived experiences as a certain race or ethnicity. This week, Cheryl Farrell shares her experiences in jogging while Black. 

Coronavirus: Outdoor Salons

The pandemic has been particularly hard on hairstylists and manicurists. They were some of the last businesses to reopen...only to be shut down again weeks later. Now, the Governor has said they can go back to work if they do it outdoors and, of course, follow all safety protocols. And that is far easier said than done. Alexis Roberts Keiner has been a hairdresser for almost 20 years...and operates a small, private client salon, called Nerrivik, in Beverly Hills. She's also an artist, having just received her Master of Fine Arts degree. 

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