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Paying Rent in the Corona Era: Why bother?

As we all sit at home surrounded by our family 24/7 while searching for excuses to leave the premises for a brief break, many of us are wondering in this city where more than 70 percent of the...

Garcetti: Los Angeles Adds Homeless Shelters, Beds and Porta Potties to Help the Homeless

4/3/2020. The City of Los Angeles has opened 12 Covid-19 testing sites now, said LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. "We've tested 40,000 LA residents," Garcetti said, adding that we will see 30,000 tests next...

City of Santa Monica Fences Palisades Park, To Enforce Social Distancing During Covid-19

4/5/2020: The City of Santa Monica has closed the crown jewel of Santa Monica parks, Palisades Park. The views from the park are inspiring and memorable, and the park was just too much of a magnet...

Report: Boris Johnson's Condition is "Stable," but Critical

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly is not improving. He is having trouble breathing, and may require ventilation soon. Two thirds of Covid19 patients on ventilators never recover. Boris...

"Don't Go Shopping" Says LA County Dept of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer

4/7/2020. At today's daily update, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles Co. Director of Public Health, said that there were 22 new deaths in the County. This brings the Covid-19 death toll in Los Angeles...

Covid 19 Cases Increase Among California's Homeless Population, But not to Epidemic Levels

One mystery of the Coronavirus crisis is why more homeless people have not been diagnosed with the illness. 10 cases have been diagnosed so far among LA County's homeless population, reports Dr....

State of California Recommends Releasing Defendants Without Bail During Coronavirus Emergency

On Monday the Judicial Council of California adopted new rules to lower jail populations in the name of stemming the spread of COVID-19. Chief among these is no-cash bail for certain non-serious,...

Bernie Sanders Drops Out, Virtually Assuring a Trump Second Term in Coronavirus America

4/8/20: Bernie Sanders ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination today. As we relegate his "Democratic Socialism" to the ash heap of history, the reasons why a Trump victory in November is...

COVID-19 is a First-World Disease. The Third World Says "What Coronavirus?" As We Freak Out

The entire United States, with a population of 350 million, shut down nearly all economic activity on March 16, unwilling to expose its citizens to a disease estimated to kill approximately 2 percent...

No Courts, No Freedom, No Rights: We are watching our legal protections swirl down the toilet

"I discovered to my joy, that it is life, not death, that has no limits." Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera One of the casualties of Covid-19 has been our system of justice. The...

Passover in an Era of Social Distancing, Coronavirus and Covid-19: Pickup Curbside

 Barbara Lazaroff, founder of the outstanding SPAGO  restaurant Beverly Hills announced that their 36th Annual Seder will be a "Seder to go" with curbside pickup on Wednesday April 8 and Thursday...

Jennifer Biagiotti Worried the Homeless Would Get Covid-19. So She Started Making Them Face Masks

How did an artist and her husband begin making Covid-19 masks for homeless people, nurses and others? "It all started with a friend of ours asking Jennifer to volunteer to make masks for the social...

Santa Monica College, East LA College & Orange Coast College Donate Ventilators & PPE to Hospitals Fighting Covid-19

Editor's Note: What follows is a press release from Santa Monica College. It has not been edited or check for facts. SMC, East Los Angeles College (ELAC), and Orange Coast College were among 23...

World's Most Remote Territory Bans Visitors, In an Attempt to Avoid Covid-19 outbreak

Citing an influenza epidemic somehow brought to the Island in March, the government of the world's most remote territory has banned any visitors for the time being. The hope is that the Wuhan...

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