HOW MIXED MESSAGING ON CORONAVIRUS PROTOCOLS ERODES PUBLIC TRUST
Governor Gavin Newsom issued new limits on community outings and in-person shopping under a statewide order that will be determined by how strained an area's hospitals are. This follows recent orders from LA City and LA County that say some things are off limits, while activities like golfing are ok. It's confusing and, to top it off, officials on all levels of government have been doing things in public they say WE Can't. Ahem, French Laundry. Government observers say all of this risks eroding public trust.
Dan Schnur, Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.
CITY COUNCILMAN KEVIN DE LEON WEIGHS IN ON EL SERENO WITH A MOTION TO LEASE VACANT HOMES
After the forced removal of unhoused families from vacant CalTrans-owned homes in El Sereno, Councilman Kevin De Leon has introduced a motion asking the city to look into leasing—and ultimately purchasing—the properties, so they could be used for housing.
- Kevin De Leon, LA City Councilman, 14th District
RESIDENTS IN HIGH FIRE AREAS GET PROTECTION FROM HAVING INSURANCE DROPPED
On top of everything else, fire crews are battling a wind-driven brush fire burning in Orange County's Silverado Canyon. It started as house fire last night...and has prompted mandatory evacuations in the Silverado and Williams Canyon areas. It's now burned more than 7-thousand acres and is still zero percent contained. BUT there is some GOOD news for hundreds of thousands of policyholders affected by the Bobcat fire that started in September and burned through the San Gabriel Mountains. Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today announced a one-year moratorium that ensures L-A County policyholders in high fire risk areas will not lose coverage.
AFTER PANDEMIC, RESTAURANT INDUSTRY WILL BE A 'SHADOW OF ITS FORMER SELF '
Restaurants in LA got a bit of a win yesterday after a judge ordered the county to show cause for shutting down outdoor dining. But after what Governor Gavin Newsom announced today, it might be a moot point. The state is imposing more restrictions on most businesses but specifically for restaurants they will be limited to take-out and delivery only for at least the next 3 weeks. The new wrinkle is that any re-opening of dining rooms will determined by a region's intensive care unit capacity dropping below 15%.So for Southern California, that covers 11 counties including Los Angeles.
- Jot Condie, President & CEO of the California Restaurant Association.
COULD GARCETTI GET A SHOT AT A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOB?
Even before Joe Biden won the presidential election, there had been speculation over who would make up his cabinet. One name mentioned? LA's own mayor Eric Garcetti...for Housing and Urban Development -- or HUD -- secretary, as well as transportation. Now these may be rumors, but many some Angelenos are taking this opportunity to assess Garcetti's record on housing, homelessness and transportation, which happen to be some of the biggest problems facing the city. For days, activists have stood in front of the mayor's house, calling out policies that they're unhappy with. But this MIGHT make a role in the Biden administration more appealing.
- Long-time city hall reporter and Los Angeles Magazine writer Jon Regardie