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Kroger closes five stores in California cities that require ‘hero pay’

Grocery store chain Kroger announced that it was shutting down five stores in Southern California after cities approved ordinances requiring retailers to pay a “hero pay.”

Kroger closed two stores in Long Beach on Saturday: a Ralphs and Food 4 Less in Long Beach, California. Kroger, which is the largest supermarket chain in the U.S. with nearly 2,800 stores in 35 states, stated that the city-mandated $4 “hero pay” increase was to blame for the store closings.

“As a result of the City of Long Beach’s decision to pass an ordinance mandating Extra Pay for grocery workers, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close long-struggling store locations in Long Beach,” said a spokesperson for Kroger several weeks ago, the Epoch Times reported. “This misguided action by the Long Beach City Council oversteps the traditional bargaining process and applies to some, but not all, grocery workers in the city.”

In January, the Long Beach City Council and the city’s Democratic Mayor Robert Garcia approved a “hero pay” ordinance that increased wages by $4 per hour. The COVID-19 pandemic-related pay increase included employees of pharmacies and retail stores with 300 or more employees in the southern California city.

The California Grocers Association attempted to stop the pay increase but was denied by a federal judge in February. U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II concluded, “CGA utterly fails to address why the ordinance is not an appropriate means for … fairly compensating grocery workers for the hazards they encounter as essential workers.”

Union leaders claimed that Kroger is punishing workers and the communities.

The closures will impact an estimated 200 workers, according to KTTV-TV. Kroger said that employees of the doomed stores were given the chance to transfer to other locations. The grocery store workers union claims that the transfers could mean long and expensive commutes.

Last month, the Los Angeles City Council approved an emergency ordinance to require grocery stores, retailers, and pharmacies with more than 300 employees nationwide, or more than 10 employees on-site, to offer employees an additional $5 per hour in hazard pay during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kroger reacted by planning to close three Los Angeles locations on May 12, citing “hero pay” as the main factor for shuttering the doors.

“The mandate will add an additional $20 million in operating costs over the next 120 days, making it financially unsustainable to continue operating the three underperforming locations,” Kroger said in a statement. “Despite our efforts to overcome the challenges we were already facing at these locations, the extra pay mandate makes it impossible to run a financially sustainable business that ensures our ability to continue serving the Los Angeles community at those three locations with reliable access to affordable, fresh groceries and other essentials.”

“We are proud of our role as a leading employer in Los Angeles and remain committed to our dedicated associates on the frontlines serving in our 65 other area locations,” the supermarket chain said.

Two Los Angeles City Council members introduced a motion to investigate Kroger for closing the three L.A. stores.

“The city has an interest in considering whether it should take legislative action to address these closures and potentially future closures of other grocery stores especially in areas of the city that are commonly known as Food Deserts,” the motion introduced by Democratic Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Paul Koretz said.

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Kroger closes five stores in California cities that require ‘hero pay’

Grocery store chain Kroger announced that it was shutting down five stores in Southern California after cities approved ordinances requiring retailers to pay a “hero pay.”

Kroger closed two stores in Long Beach on Saturday: a Ralphs and Food 4 Less in Long Beach, California. Kroger, which is the largest supermarket chain in the U.S. with nearly 2,800 stores in 35 states, stated that the city-mandated $4 “hero pay” increase was to blame for the store closings.

“As a result of the City of Long Beach’s decision to pass an ordinance mandating Extra Pay for grocery workers, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close long-struggling store locations in Long Beach,” said a spokesperson for Kroger several weeks ago, the Epoch Times reported. “This misguided action by the Long Beach City Council oversteps the traditional bargaining process and applies to some, but not all, grocery workers in the city.”

In January, the Long Beach City Council and the city’s Democratic Mayor Robert Garcia approved a “hero pay” ordinance that increased wages by $4 per hour. The COVID-19 pandemic-related pay increase included employees of pharmacies and retail stores with 300 or more employees in the southern California city.

The California Grocers Association attempted to stop the pay increase but was denied by a federal judge in February. U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II concluded, “CGA utterly fails to address why the ordinance is not an appropriate means for … fairly compensating grocery workers for the hazards they encounter as essential workers.”

Union leaders claimed that Kroger is punishing workers and the communities.

The closures will impact an estimated 200 workers, according to KTTV-TV. Kroger said that employees of the doomed stores were given the chance to transfer to other locations. The grocery store workers union claims that the transfers could mean long and expensive commutes.

Last month, the Los Angeles City Council approved an emergency ordinance to require grocery stores, retailers, and pharmacies with more than 300 employees nationwide, or more than 10 employees on-site, to offer employees an additional $5 per hour in hazard pay during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kroger reacted by planning to close three Los Angeles locations on May 12, citing “hero pay” as the main factor for shuttering the doors.

“The mandate will add an additional $20 million in operating costs over the next 120 days, making it financially unsustainable to continue operating the three underperforming locations,” Kroger said in a statement. “Despite our efforts to overcome the challenges we were already facing at these locations, the extra pay mandate makes it impossible to run a financially sustainable business that ensures our ability to continue serving the Los Angeles community at those three locations with reliable access to affordable, fresh groceries and other essentials.”

“We are proud of our role as a leading employer in Los Angeles and remain committed to our dedicated associates on the frontlines serving in our 65 other area locations,” the supermarket chain said.

Two Los Angeles City Council members introduced a motion to investigate Kroger for closing the three L.A. stores.

“The city has an interest in considering whether it should take legislative action to address these closures and potentially future closures of other grocery stores especially in areas of the city that are commonly known as Food Deserts,” the motion introduced by Democratic Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Paul Koretz said.

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LA County sheriff blames ‘defund the police,’ progressive policies for murder, violent crime wave

Los Angeles County’s top cop, Sheriff Alex Villanueva, says the far-left “defund the police” narrative and progressive officials are responsible for a worrying spike in violent crime.

What is the background?

Major cities across the U.S. have experienced a spike in violent crime this year.

In Los Angeles, for example, murders are up nearly 200%, Fox News reported. Through the first two months of 2021, there were 60 murders in Los Angeles County compared to just 21 during the same time period last year.

Portland is another major city experiencing a wave of homicide. There were 25 murders in Portland through the first three months of 2021 compared to just three during the same time period in 2020.

Other cities like New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, among others, are also plagued by soaring murder rates.

What did Villanueva say?

According to Villanueva, criminals emboldened by progressive law enforcement policies and the “defund the police” movement are behind the spike in violent crime.

Speaking with Fox News last Thursday, Villanueva specifically blamed new Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, the progressive lawman who has introduced quick reform to Los Angeles law enforcement after just months on the job.

“They need to really pick and choose very carefully because for them it’s very easy to say, ‘Oh yeah, all cops are bad,’ and, ‘Let’s reform and defund the police,'” Villanueva said. “Yet they’re the very first ones to pick up the 911 when someone’s crawling over their back gate trying to get into their house.”

Anything else?

The worrying direction of crime is not just new to 2021. In fact, violent crime, especially murder, was already particularly high in 2020.

“Last year, the United States tallied more than 20,000 murders — the highest total since 1995 and 4,000 more than in 2019. Preliminary FBI data for 2020 points to a 25% surge in murders — the largest single year increase since the agency began publishing uniform data in 1960,” USA Today reported.

In fact, the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund found that murders rose and police activity dropped in cities where police were most criticized last year.

“This data confirms that in places where law enforcement saw the most resistance from community leaders and calls for less policing, we saw more homicides,” LELDF president Jason Johnson said, the Washington Examiner reported.

“Progressive prosecutors made it clear that making arrests for drug and weapons crimes that will go unprosecuted only exposes officers to the risk of disciplinary action, lawsuits, and criminal prosecution. So, to mitigate that risk, police took a more passive approach,” Johnson added.

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Black Lives Matter co-founder gets blasted after buying $1.4M home in mostly white neighborhood

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors was sharply criticized this week after news broke that she had purchased a $1.4 million home in a mostly white Los Angeles-area neighborhood.

As the New York Post noted, Khan-Cullors is a “self-described Marxist.”

What are the details?

Khan-Cullors, who helped start the Black Lives Matter movement following George Zimmerman’s 2013 acquittal, purchased the home in Topanga Canyon, a longtime popular getaway for Hollywood actors and musicians.

According to U.S. Census data, 88% of Topanga residents are white, while fewer than 2% are black.

Dirt.com explained:

A secluded mini-compound tucked into L.A.’s rustic and semi-remote Topanga Canyon was recently sold for a tad more than $1.4 million to a corporate entity that public records show is controlled by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37-year-old social justice visionary and co-founder of the galvanizing and, for some, controversial Black Lives Matter movement.

A winding 15 minute drive from The Commons at Calabasas and a slightly longer and somewat less serpentine drive from Malibu’s Getty Villa, the pint-sized compound spans about one-quarter of an acre. The property’s not-quite 2,400 square feet is divided between the a three-bedroom and two-bath main house and a separate one-bed/one-bath apartment capable of hosting guests long term with a private entry and a living room with kitchenette.

What was the response?

Prior to news of Khan-Cullors’ newest purchase, there had already been questions surrounding finances and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Between lucrative deals to write books and produce black-centered content, Khan-Cullors has reportedly been accused of “grifting off of Black tragedy for financial gain,” the Moguldom Nation reported.

News of Khan-Cullors’ new house generated sharp criticism, according to the Moguldom Nation:

“For somebody that claims to love Black people, it’s kinda strange that she chose a place to live that’s practically devoid of Black people,” a Twitter user wrote.

Some accused her of cashing in on BLM. “She capitalized on that ‘Injustice against Black People’ bag. They’ve been scamming since day 1,” another tweeted.

“This is blood money,” charged another.

Black Lives Matter revealed in February that it raked in more than $90 million in 2020.

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Newsweek headline says cop car ‘strikes’ protesters at LA march — but video in magazine’s own story appears to indicate otherwise

Newsweek ran a Sunday story with the following headline, “Police Cruiser Strikes Breonna Taylor Protesters During Los Angeles March.”

But one might be inclined to take issue with the conclusion Newsweek’s headline draws, based on Twitter video the magazine includes in its story to illustrate the apparently heinous act.

The second video below is the clip Newsweek uses; its caption from self-described “Gonzo anti-fascist/anti-racist reporter” Vishal P. Singh tells an even more sinister tale: “LAPD just ran over two protesters at the Hollywood Breonna Taylor march.”

Let’s roll the tape, shall we? (Content warning: Profanity):

If you were expecting a speeding cop car walloping innocent protesters doing nothing remotely problematic during Saturday’s festivities, you might be disappointed about now. Instead the video Newsweek uses shows a pair of protesters standing in front of a police cruiser that’s inching forward, trying to get through an intersection:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @VPS_Reports

The camera turns away from the scene momentarily as the sound of one protester pounding the vehicle’s hood is heard, which is shown in other videos. The camera turns back and shows the cruiser’s front bumper beginning to touch one protester’s leg as the vehicle continues inching forward:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @VPS_Reports

As the cruiser continues inching forward, the protesters pound the hood again and climb atop it:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @VPS_Reports

The cruiser accelerates, and the protesters begin to feel some Newtonian effects:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @VPS_Reports

One protester is dispatched from the hood and easily lands feet-first on the street and smartly gets out of the way:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @VPS_Reports


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @VPS_Reports

Alas, the other protester stays atop the hood as the cruiser drives down the street — with other protesters furiously chasing the cruiser on foot as one individual hollers, “Holy s**t!” and “Did you see that? They just ran two people over!” It isn’t clear from the video what became of the second protester.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @VPS_Reports

Newsweek describes the video as showing “the police cruiser speeding forward, knocking off two protesters who had climbed onto the car’s hood” — and the magazine does not use any form of the word “strike” in its story.

As the video in question turns to another intersection, an individual close the camera is heard repeating the mantra: “LAPD just ran over two protesters!” And as the camera is trained on a line of cops, the same voice by the camera is heard saying, “You guys just ran two people over.”


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @VPS_Reports

Newsweek also quotes another tweet from Singh: “Ppl asking why the protesters who got hit by LAPD’s car jumped on the hood… uh… cuz when you’re getting hit by a car YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE UNDER IT.”

Here’s another Twitter video of the incident, this time from a “Notorious Lefty” who unsurprisingly parrots the same message:

The following clip offers perhaps the clearest vantage point that Newsweek’s choice to use “strikes” in its headline was perhaps far-fetched — as was the claim from the street that “LAPD just ran over two protesters!”


LAPD Takes Antifa For A Ride

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‘The sheer dishonesty’

Some folks on Twitter pushed back against Newsweek’s headline:

  • “What gall, when there is a whole video. ‘Cruiser strikes protesters’ my ass,” one user wrote. “They hopped on the hood and started beating on the car after blocking its path. The sheer dishonesty.”
  • “Fake news,” another commenter said.

Others took issue with Singh’s initial tweet:

  • “No, LAPD did not run over two protestors, two protestors attacked a LAPD car, which for their own safety the occupants drove away,” one commenter said.
  • “Are you so blind that you can’t even see who is at fault in this clip? What these 2 are doing is called Obstruction, it’s against the law,” another user wrote. “And the officer clearly did not run over them, they ran over him by jumping on his car. WAKE UP!”
  • “‘Ran over’ is nonsense—they got in front of an accelerating car, then jumped on the hood and started beating on it,” another commenter observed. “What do you expect, for police to just sit there and let themselves be violently attacked? This is pure provocation, and has zero to do with ‘peaceful protest.'”

Anything else?

The New York Post also ran a story on the incident. And while its headline is accurate — “Protester clings to hood of LAPD car during clashes at Breonna Taylor rally” — the caption for the Post’s featured photo invokes that familiar word: “An LAPD cruiser strikes a protesters [sic] during a Breonna Taylor march in Los Angeles on Saturday night.”

Neither Newsweek nor the New York Post immediately responded Monday to TheBlaze’s requests for comment.

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LA County could reopen indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters as early as Monday

Los Angeles County could be opening its indoor dining, gyms, and movie theaters as early as Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

So long as the county moves to its red tier, which is expected to occur by Monday, operations for many industries can resume at limited capacity.

What are the details?

In a significant step forward for the embattled county, the Times notes that the new health order will “mark the first time in more than eight months the residents can eat indoors at a restaurant.”

But capacity will be capped at just 25%.

“Patrons must sit at least eight feet apart from other tables, and indoors, only one household with a maximum of six people per table is allowed,” the outlet noted. “Restaurants can allow up to six people per table from three households to dine together outdoors.”

Restaurants’ ventilation systems are also required to be in “good working order,” but the outlet does not state how — or even if — authorities will monitor restaurants.

What else?

The latest health also order permits the following:

  • Museums, zoos and aquariums could open indoors at 25% capacity.
  • Gyms, fitness centers, yoga and dance studios could open indoors at 10% capacity with masking requirement for all indoor activities.
  • Movie theaters could open indoors at 25% capacity with reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least six feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.
  • Retail and personal care services can increase capacity to 50% with masking required at all times and for all services.
  • Indoor shopping malls can increase capacity to 50% with common areas remaining closed; food courts can open at 25% capacity adhering to the restaurant guidance for indoor dining.
  • Institutes of higher education can reopen all permitted activities with required safety modifications except for residential housing, which remains under current restrictions for the spring semester.
  • Schools are permitted to reopen for in-person instruction for students in grades 7-12 adhering to all state and county directives.

Anything else to know?

Los Angeles County lifted its outdoor dining ban approximately six weeks, ago, the outlet noted, at 50% capacity — a move that breathed new life into the dying hospitality industry.

“An estimated 110,000 restaurants across the country have closed in the past year,” the outlet said, citing information from the National Restaurant Association.

“Data show that 1.4 million residents worked in restaurants before the pandemic,” it continued. “Since the closures last march, about 1 million workers have been laid off or furloughed.”

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LA teachers warned against posting vacation pics online as union fights against in-person classes

Leaked messages from a private Facebook group for members of United Teachers Los Angeles union show teachers being warned not to share pictures of their Spring Break trips online, over concerns that it might compromise the union’s stance against returning to in-person schooling due to concerns over COVID-19.

What are the details?

In a post obtained by KTTV-TV, members were given a “friendly reminder” that reads:

“If you are planning any trips for Spring Break, please keep that off Social Media. It is hard to argue that it is unsafe for in-person instruction, if parents and the public see vacation photos and international travel.”

The message was sent just days after more than 90% of UTLA’s 25,000 teachers voted against returning to the classroom unless the Los Angeles School District meets the union’s standards. UTLA is asking that all staff be vaccinated (or have access to the COVID-19 vaccine), and for additional safety standards to prevent coronavirus spread such as ventilation and daily cleaning.

UTLA issued a statement in reaction to the Facebook comment, saying:

“We have a diverse membership and they are able to post their views on personal Facebook pages and in this Facebook group – however UTLA does not monitor nor is responsible for the content. We do not want to discourage a robust dialogue for members in the public square of opinion.”

It appears whoever posted the message to UTLA members might have seen the backlash last month against a Chicago Teachers Union leader who posted photos online boasting from her vacation in Puerto Rico, after arguing just hours earlier that Chicago’s schools were not safe enough to reopen for in-person learning.

Anything else?

According to KTTV reporter Bill Melugin, parents in the Los Angeles school district were angered over the leaked warning to Spring Breaking teachers — which came just a week after UTLA’s president sparked outrage when she blamed “white, wealthy parents” for “driving the push” for California to reopen schools in a decision she sees as premature.

“We are being unfairly targeted by people who are not experiencing this disease in the same ways as students and families are in our communities,” UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz asserted in reaction to California’s $2 billion plan to incentivize schools to be open by April 1.

“If this was a rich person’s disease, we would’ve seen a very different response. We would not have the high rate of infections and deaths,” Myart-Cruz said. “Now educators are asked instead to sacrifice ourselves, the safety of our students, and the safety of our schools.”


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LA teachers union voted ‘overwhelmingly to resist premature return,’ slams reopening plan as ‘propagating structural racism’

Classrooms in the second-largest school district in the nation will continue to be dark for the immediate future after the powerful United Teachers of Los Angeles voted “overwhelmingly” not to return to in-person learning until they deem work conditions to be safe.

The UTLA announced on Friday that its “members have voted overwhelmingly to resist a premature and unsafe physical return to school sites.” Of the UTLA members, 91% voted not to return to classrooms until certain “safety criteria” are met.

The teachers refuse to return to classroom learning until Los Angeles County is out of the purple tier. According to California’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” restrictions, purple tier regions are areas that have “widespread” COVID-19 infections. In order to get out of the purple tier, a county needs to have fewer than seven coronavirus cases per 100,000 and less than 8% of positive COVID-19 tests. Most of the state of California is in the purple tier, and has been for months.

The Los Angeles teachers union also states that they won’t reopen schools until “staff are either fully vaccinated or provided access to full vaccination.” California entered Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination effort this month, which allows coronavirus shots for individuals who are age 65 and older, those who work in agriculture, food, emergency services, childcare, and education.

Before they return to classrooms, the United Teachers of Los Angeles also demanded that “safety conditions are in place at our schools including PPE, physical distancing, improved ventilation, and daily cleaning.”

“This vote signals that in these most trying times, our members will not accept a rushed return that would endanger the safety of educators, students, and families,” said UTLA president Cecily Myart-Cruz said.

On Thursday, both chambers of California’s Legislature nearly unanimously passed a school reopening. The bill does not require schools to reopen, but holds back approximately $2 billion in grant money until districts return for at least part-time in-person learning by March 31. The school will lose 1% of the grant money for every day after April 1 that there is not in-person education, according to the Daily Wire.

The United Teachers of Los Angeles responded to the reopening plan by labeling it as “a recipe for propagating structural racism.”

“If you condition funding on the reopening of schools, that money will only go to white and wealthier and healthier school communities that do not have the transmission rates that low-income black and brown communities do,” Myart-Cruz said. “This is a recipe for propagating structural racism and it is deeply unfair to the students we serve.”

“We are being unfairly targeted by people who are not experiencing this disease in the same ways as students and families are in our communities,” the UTLA president added. “If this was a rich person’s disease, we would’ve seen a very different response. We would not have the high rate of infections and deaths. Now educators are asked instead to sacrifice ourselves, the safety of our students, and the safety of our schools.”

The Los Angeles Unified School District has over 600,000 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade at over 1,000 schools.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines on how schools should reopen in February, which clearly stated that school reopening should not be conditional on having teachers and faculty vaccinated.

In July, Dr. Robert Redfield, then-director of the CDC, cautioned about the psychological damage that lockdowns and remote schooling could inflict on children.

“But there has been another cost that we’ve seen, particularly in high schools,” he said. “We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID. We’re seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID.”

The former CDC director also said in July that he would “100%” have his grandchildren go back to school.

Last month, the nation’s fifth-largest school district proclaimed that it wanted to reopen as “quickly as possible” after a rash of student suicides. Clark County School District in Nevada experienced double the number of student suicides in nine months this year compared to all of last year.

Following a worrying number of child suicides and suicide attempts, the city of San Francisco filed a lawsuit against its own school district to reopen.

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LA Schools To Launch Microsoft COVID-Tracking App So Children Can Attend Classes

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

The Los Angeles school district is launching a Microsoft-developed a COVID-tracking app for children, which allows students to schedule and view the results of COVID tests, post the results of off-campus COVID tests, and schedule vaccinations.

According to a promotional video, however, “the real magic is your daily health check,” where students answer a questionnaire about whether they have any symptoms – after which the “Daily Pass” app will issue the child a scannable QR code to be scanned by a staff member, who will also take the child’s temperature.

Your entrance ticket appears!” exclaims the narrator.

Given the incredibly low transmission rate of COVID transmission at schools – just 0.08% among more than 90,000 students in North Carolina school districts according to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy – one can’t help but question whether Microsoft’s app will actually improve the COVID situation, or simply collect data and habituate children to being tracked. Of note, all data will be reported as required to health authorities, according to the LA Times.

The app, first announced in August, will be ‘instrumental in coordinating student and employee health checks, coronavirus tests and vaccinations.’

The software associated with the app is already being used to schedule and track district-managed coronavirus tests and vaccinations — the district began a pilot vaccination effort last week.

In Monday’s announcement, Beutner touted the app’s ability to generate a unique QR code for each student and staff member authorizing entry to a specific L.A. Unified location for that day.

A person will receive that code based on a negative coronavirus test or by self-reporting that they are free of symptoms. When those individuals arrive at a campus, their QR code, a type of barcode, is scanned by a staff member, who also takes the individual’s temperature. Besides helping to keep people safe, the goal is to prevent logjams at the entrance to school at the beginning of the day. –LA Times

Sort of like the golden ticket in ‘Willy Wonka,’ everyone with this pass can easily get into a school building,” said Superintendent Austin Beutner in a Monday statement.

The Times notes that this process “will not catch people who are asymptomatic carriers of the infection” (16% of children who contract COVID), but the school district hopes to “address that shortcoming through the weekly coronavirus testing of students and staff.”

“We’ll know the status of everyone on the building,” said Buetner, who added that it’s unclear when elementary schools will return to in-person instruction, but that day-care and small-group in-person learning will begin this week for a limited number of children.

United Teachers Los Angeles, meanwhile, says their district’s teachers, counselors, nurses, and librarians should not return to work until they are fully immunized.

 

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LA County puts new restriction on restaurants ahead of Super Bowl: TVs must be turned off

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted his stay-at-home lockdown order last week, allowing businesses deemed “nonessential” by the government, including restaurants and salons, to resume some in-person operations with safety precautions in place.

However, Los Angeles County public health officials have already enacted a new restriction that has many people scratching their heads: no TVs on at restaurants.

What are the details?

L.A. County public health officials released new restrictions Friday on outdoor dining, as indoor dining is still prohibited in the county.

Those restrictions include:

  • Televisions must not be turned on
  • Employees who come into contact with customers must wear a face mask and a face shield
  • No more than six people may be seated at a table
  • Every person at a table must be from the same household
  • Tables must be placed at least 8 feet apart, not the traditional 6 feet

Officials said they placed restrictions on TV operations because they fear Super Bowl watch parties could become “super spreader” events.

From the Los Angeles Times:

“We really do need to be cautious as we move forward, given we have a major sporting event” coming up, and it’s not uncommon for people to be “yelling, shouting, screaming during the excitement of a game,” said L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis.

“There is no such thing as no risk at a restaurant or any other setting where people from different households are together,” he added during a briefing Friday.

L.A. County Health Director Barbara Ferrer added on Wednesday, “It will be tragic if the Super Bowl becomes the Super Spreader of coronavirus.”

The Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 7.

According to KLTA-TV, Ferrer also warned that officials would enact strict restrictions again if coronavirus cases rise after this latest restriction easing.

“It is really up to us whether we can sustain reopenings without jeopardizing each other’s health and our ability to get more schools to reopen,” Ferrer said. “The only way for this to occur is to keep doing what keeps the virus in check.”

Anything else?

Health officials are reportedly concerned about the Super Bowl, in particular, because they suspect championship celebrations for the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers contributed to the massive COVID-19 spike in the LA-area last fall.

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Democratic LA city councilman absolutely roasted after botching Pledge of Allegiance at meeting

Democratic Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León was supposed to lead the council in the Pledge of Allegiance on Tuesday but was unable to complete it, KCBS-TV reported.

The 54-year-old managed to get through the first part: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.”

But then problems began:

On his first try after completing the first phrase through “the United States of America,” there was a long, uncomfortable pause until he added a newfangled word that sounded like “under visible.”

Then he restarted the pledge, and there was still a long pause in the same spot. You could tell de León was flustered as he let out a quiet, “Oh boy.”

He then plowed ahead — leaving out “and to the republic” — and then reciting the rest of it, after which he exhaled a frustrated huff.

How did folks react?

Reactions were a mixed bag on Twitter, with many folks blasting the councilman and others pushing back by saying the pledge isn’t that important:

  • “Sad and pathetic,” one commenter said. “It should be funny, but in all honesty it’s tragic and disgusting how these people that work for the government of the United States of America don’t even know the simple Pledge of Allegiance. It should serve as indicator of how ill prepared he is for his duty.”
  • “Meh,” someone noted. “I forgot most of that hollow propaganda after reciting it every school day for 13 years, and I don’t feel bad about it.”
  • “How disgraceful!” another commenter exclaimed. “That you could actually be an adult male living in the United States of America, and not even know the simple words to the Pledge of Allegiance. What rock has this slimeball been under? I can just imagine what the other council members are like!”
  • “The pledge is weird and fascist,” another user said.

De León later posted a tweet acknowledging his faux pas:

“Embarrassing, am I right?” he noted. “If you or someone you know got a good laugh out of my own ‘unique’ version of the pledge of allegiance, consider donating a few $ to https://nouswithoutyou.la. They’re doing amazing work in CD 14 to provide food security for undocumented immigrants.”

And folks reacted in a divided way again:

  • “There’s no ‘unique’ version. This isn’t pizza, or ‘your version’ of Mac n’ cheese. It’s the Pledge,” one commenter said. “It’s either right or it’s wrong.”
  • “Actually you’re wrong,” another user shot back. “The pledge is not some hallowed text handed down from God, it was written by a person, and as such, has been changed. Specifically, they added under god in the 50s to combat the godless communists. It’s changed a lot of the years.”
  • “Gladly gave to the fund — don’t sweat it, this country is more than a flag or a pledge to it…” another commenter said. “Just two weeks ago these reply trolls preferred the Confederate flag anyways.”
  • “You are right, but at the same time you have to know the fundamentals and history that help create this country,” another user noted. “That was no laughing matter, as a person who is in a public office of government should know the Pledge of Allegiance and Constitution.”
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ANOTHER Mutant Strain of COVID Detected In Los Angeles Is Likely “Vaccine Resistant”

Another mutant strain of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in Los Angeles. Known as L452R, the newly announced mutation is likely vaccine-resistant.

But is this really a big deal considering the vaccine isn’t protecting people from COVID-19, the non-mutant strain? This new strain was first identified in Denmark in March.

According to a report by Deadline, two days after the Los Angeles Public Health Department announced that the much-talked-about United Kingdom variant of COVID-19, known as B.1.1.7, had been identified in the region, the California Department of Public Health revealed that another lesser-known strain had been circulating in the county as well.

“This variant carries three mutations, including L452R, in the spike protein, which the virus uses to attach to and enter cells, and is the target of the two vaccines that are currently available in the United States,” said Dr. Charles Chiu. A spike protein mutation could, then, interfere with the vaccine’s efficacy.

As a virologist and professor of laboratory medicine at UCSF, Dr. Chiu in concert with state authorities has been genetically sequencing test samples to identify new variants said early indications are the L452R might be less susceptible to the currently approved vaccines.

“This variant was identified in several large outbreaks in our county,” said Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody. She called that correlation “a red flag and must be investigated further.”

None of the mutations of this coronavirus (that has been used as an excuse to exact tyranny upon the public) appear to be more deadly, in fact, quite the opposite.  The rulers are having trouble with their propaganda right now as they attempt to persuade people to take a vaccine that has already proven to be far more severe in side effects than contracting the virus itself.

The most concerning issue is what the ruling class could do in order to convince the public this vaccine is necessary.  Stay alert. There are several things going on all over the country right now that could really impact the masses in a disturbing way.  Stay prepared, and keep your eyes and ears open, but use discernment.

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Los Angeles school board authorizes district to sue Gavin Newsom over his plan to reopen schools

Teachers’ unions in California have been remarkably successful thus far at using public pressure to keep the government from forcing them to return to their classrooms on even a part-time basis, as workers in virtually every other field in America have done, and as teachers across most of the rest of the country have done.

However, the patience of California parents with the travails of distance-learning has reached such a critical point that even Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), one of the nation’s foremost proponents of COVID-19-inspired lockdowns, has begun to apply pressure on schools to reopen under a “California’s Safe Schools for All” framework.

Still, although Newsom has insisted that his plan will allow schools to reopen safely, he has been so effectively cowed by the teachers’ unions that he has already publicly declared that if the unions won’t allow their teachers to go back to the classroom, he won’t attempt to force them. Instead, his plan will merely provide additional funding that will provide for hiring additional teachers and purchasing additional safety equipment for schools that do choose to reopen.

Even this milquetoast and completely inoffensive plan was egregious enough, however, to cause the Los Angeles Unified school board to vote on Tuesday to authorize the district to sue Newsom over the plan. To re-emphasize, the plan the district plans to file a lawsuit over does not require Los Angeles schools to reopen for in-person learning, it merely provides extra money and resources to the district in case they voluntarily decide to.

Apparently, the Los Angeles Unified School District wants the money the governor has touted in his plan, regardless of whether classrooms are reopened or not. Additionally, Los Angeles school superintendent Austin Beutner has criticized the plan for allegedly not doing enough to address the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on low-income communities.

According to Beutner, “The Governor’s plan does not address the disproportionate impact the virus is having on low-income communities of color,. “It leaves the definition of a ‘safe school environment’ and the ‘standard for reopening classrooms’ up to the individual discretion of 1,037 school districts across the state, creating a patchwork of safety standards in the face of a statewide health crisis. And it reverses a statewide commitment to equity-based funding of schools.”

Politico notes that the district has not yet filed suit because there is not an official law or program yet to sue over, and further notes that the district hopes to avoid litigation on the matter.

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Despite draconian lockdown measures, Los Angeles is now the nation’s hottest spot for COVID-19 infections

By all accounts, Los Angeles and its surrounding areas have consistently had some of the strictest — if not the strictest — lockdown measures in the country. They were one of the first areas of the country to institute a “stay at home order,” one of the last areas of the country to partially reopen this summer, and one of the first areas to institute mask mandates and strict lockdown measures when COVID-19 began to see a resurgence in the winter.

In fact, while most of the rest of the country has at least resumed some of the activity that was paused by lockdowns even as winter has driven case numbers higher, California instituted a nighttime curfew in late November and Los Angeles instituted a second stay-at-home order on Nov. 27, making it one of the few jurisdictions in America to do so.

While almost every other county in America has had some measure of in-person learning in schools, Los Angeles schools (as well as schools in the rest of the state) have remained stubbornly closed.

Los Angeles has also taken harsher enforcement measures against individuals and businesses who do not comply with the coronavirus lockdown orders, levying huge fines and even threatening utility cutoffs for businesses and residents who don’t comply.

None of it has helped — nor, for that matter, has Los Angeles’ famously moderate climate. Los Angeles has experienced a 1,000% increase in COVID-19 cases since Nov. 1, according to the Los Angeles County director of health, and the virus shows no sign of slowing down. Hospitals in the county report that they are overflowing with COVID-19 cases.

Los Angeles County is, by all accounts, the current epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

County officials seem mostly content to double down on the measures that have thus far failed to contain the spread of the virus, even going so far as to issue recommendations for Los Angeles residents to wear masks inside their homes. They are also mounting a full-court press to convince the public to actually abide by the coronavirus guidelines, even though their most prominent leaders have not.

According to most recent estimates, as many as 1 in 3 Los Angeles County residents have been infected with the novel coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. Los Angeles public health experts have blamed the area’s soaring infection rate on its population density, as well as massive “pandemic fatigue” and refusal to comply with regulations on the part of the public.

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Students in Los Angeles will be required to get COVID vaccine before returning to school

The Los Angeles Unified School District has announced that students will be required to show proof that they have received a vaccine for the novel coronavirus before returning to in-person learning, according to a report from Fox News. According to District Superintendent Austin Beutner, parents who have concerns about the safety of the vaccine will be required to keep their children in remote learning, presumably indefinitely.

Beutner’s comments, as first reported in the Los Angeles Times, caused concern in light of the fact that neither of the currently approved vaccines for the coronavirus have been tested for use in teenagers, much less small children. Additionally, school-aged children are likely to be the last in line to receive the vaccine, since children generally have far milder symptoms and are much less likely to experience serious complications from COVID-19 than adults.

However, Beutner told the Times that he did not mean to advocate that schools should remain closed until all students are vaccinated. Instead, he said, the state should set standards for reopening all schools and require schools to reopen once all directives have been achieved. In his view, once the vaccine has become available to children, the COVID-19 vaccination requirement would be no different from the mumps/measles requirement, which the district already has.

In spite of having perhaps the strictest lockdown measures in the country, and one of the nation’s most temperate climates, California has seen COVID-19 cases skyrocket, particularly of late. California public schools have lagged behind most of the rest of the country already in in-person learning, due largely to the influence of teachers’ unions.

In fact, California schools’ recalcitrance to open for in-person learning has been so acute that even Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, a strong (if hypocritical) proponent of lockdown measures has publicly urged schools in his state to reopen as quickly as possible and even provided financial incentives to help schools modify their facilities as needed to make them safer for operation during the pandemic. Predictably, however, school districts and teachers’ unions balked at the plan.

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Anti-mask protesters storm LA County stores: ‘People die, your father’s not special’

Anti-mask protesters in California staged demonstrations against coronavirus safety restrictions at several stores in Los Angeles on Sunday, leading to some violent altercations, drawing police attention, and involving plenty of shouting.

Videos of the protests were shared by Beverly Hills Courier writer Samuel Braslow on Twitter, who documented the protesters as they began demonstrating at a Century City Ralph’s grocery store and moved on to the Westfield mall.

In the first video, an unmasked man walks into the grocery store as another masked customer recording with his smart phone repeatedly asks him to put on a mask and warns “you’re gonna get sick.” Other shoppers shout unintelligibly in the background.

Some violent altercations broke out as the protesters were met with opposition from shoppers.

One woman who refused to wear a mask at the Ralph’s grocery store claimed that a masked customer hit her and in response she attempted to ram him with her shopping cart and shouted at him. She was later seen kicking the man.

Another protester called a shopper a “mask Nazi” and insisted he didn’t need to wear a mask because he had tested negative for the coronavirus.

The maskless protesters then moved on to the nearby Century City Mall, where they entered Bloomingdale’s and other stores. Store staff unsuccessfully attempted to make the protesters leave. LAPD reportedly arrived at the scene but did not attempt to remove the protesters from the premises.

The protesters chanted “no more masks!” as they moved throughout the stores, which are privately owned.

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At one point the demonstrators erupted into impromptu dance, singing “YMCA.”

Other videos show the anti-mask protesters having verbal confrontations with food court employees, and in one video police stepped in when one shopper allegedly pushed a protester on camera. Officers later told Braslow that no charges were pressed.

One woman who said she is a doctor shouted at the demonstrators, saying that her mother is in the hospital with COVID. A protester responded, “people die, your father’s not special.”

Another reporter at the scene, Emily Holshouser with CSUN-TV, said that the police who were present at the demonstrations explained that they did not intervene save for some “brief altercations” because they did not want to escalate the situation.

Holshouser noted that the latest COVID case numbers for L.A. County show 12,488 new cases, 91 new deaths, and 7,544 hospitalizations.

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This Is NOT A Joke: LA Mayor Bans Most Walking

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued an order for residents to stay at home. With that, comes a ban on the use of public transportation, driving, and most forms of walking. Yes, a ruler thinks he has the moral authority to tell people they cannot walk.

Does anyone still believe this is the “land of free?” If you do, you’re delusional. As Christmas approaches, Mayor Garcetti has decided that the coronavirus (which is a massive hoax) is doing causing needless suffering and death.

“We must minimize contact with others as much as possible,” Garcetti wrote in his order dated December 2. The steps were needed to avoid risking “needless suffering and death,” he said.

The order, which supersedes one from June, prohibits public and private gatherings of people from more than one household and states that all businesses in the city that require people to work on location must stop operations. Walking, driving, travel on public transport, bikes, motorcycles, and scooters are prohibited, other than for those undertaking essential activities. -Fortune

The term tyrant is not harsh enough for Garcetti.

There are several exemptions, including for faith-based outdoor services and the homeless. Others that can continue to operate include supermarkets, grocery stores, and health-care operations, but that doesn’t cover gyms and similar facilities. Still, activities such as golf, tennis, and pickleball are permitted, according to the order. Just don’t go for a walk with your dog…yes, this is real.

Additional orders force visitors to L.A. to complete forms stating they know and will comply with California’s demands to be a slave. Anyone over the age of 16 traveling into L.A. must complete an online form upon arrival to acknowledge they’ve read and understood a California travel advisory. Failure to submit the form is punishable by a fine of up to $500.

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Meanwhile, the federal government has paved the way to execute Americans in any way they feel is appropriate as they continue to create more criminals out of those pesky citizens who refuse to be controlled or live in fear.

DOJ Quietly Amends Execution Protocols, Clearing the Way for Gas Chambers, Firing Squads

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LA Mayor Garcetti responds after restaurant owner called him out in viral video over lockdown hypocrisy

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has responded to a restaurant owner who called him out in a viral video over hypocritical coronavirus-related restrictions.

What’s the background?

Angela Marsden, owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill in Sherman Oaks, decried Los Angeles’ COVID restrictions, which currently includes a ban on outdoor dining, in a video on Friday. In the shocking video, Marsden revealed that a TV production crew just feet from her restaurant had been approved to have outdoor dining for its production.

“I’m losing everything. Everything I own is being taken away from me and they set up a movie company right next to my outdoor patio, which is right over here. And people wonder why I’m protesting and why I have had enough,” Marsden said.

She later continued, “This is dangerous. Mayor Garcetti and Gavin Newsom is [sic] responsible for every single person that doesn’t have unemployment, that does not have a job, and all the businesses that are going under.”

Los Angeles County enacted a ban on outdoor dining at restaurants last month amid a surge of COVID cases. Public health officials claim the ban is necessary to prevent the virus from spreading further.

What did Garcetti say?

According to the New York Times, Garcetti said he empathizes with Marsden — but, in the same breath, claimed the restrictions are “necessary.”

“My heart goes out to Ms. Marsden and the workers at the Pineapple Hill Saloon who have to comply with state and county public health restrictions that close outdoor dining,” Garcetti said.

“No one likes these restrictions, but I do support them as our hospital ICU beds fill to capacity and cases have increased by 500%. We must stop this virus before it kills thousands of more Angelenos,” he added.

More from the Times:

California has declared entertainment industry workers essential, and in Los Angeles County they must follow strict guidelines such as eating in
staggered shifts or in an area large enough to stay six feet apart.

How did Marsden respond?

She told the Times that, when she arrived at her restaurant on Friday, she saw members of the Hollywood production crew without masks.

Meanwhile, she described the impact of the restrictions on her staff as “devastating.”

“They can’t pay their rent, they have to tell their kids they don’t have a job or money for Christmas,” Marsden told the Times.

Anything else?

Last week, L.A. County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ordered Los Angeles County public health officials to provide him scientific evidence proving why a ban on outdoor dining is necessary.

“You have to do a risk-benefit analysis for public health. You don’t just talk about the risk of spreading disease. You have to talk about the benefit of keeping restaurants open,” Chalfant said.

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Restaurant owner reduced to tears over Dem hypocrisy: Her business is shut down, but Hollywood gets pass

A Los Angeles-area restaurant owner is going viral after she exposed the cruel hypocrisy of coronavirus-related restrictions imposed by Democratic leaders.

The viral rant comes as California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti enact new restrictions as COVID cases continue to surge in the Golden State.

What did the restaurant owner say?

Los Angeles County officials banned outdoor dining last month, one of the few lifelines afforded to restaurants, which have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But according to Angela Marsden, owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill in Sherman Oaks, local officials permitted a TV production to skirt the rules. Shockingly, the Hollywood crew had set up outdoor eating areas just feet from Marsden’s restaurant.

In her blistering rant, Marsden blasted Garcetti and Newsom for prioritizing Hollywood over small businesses like hers.

“So this is my place, the Pineapple Hill Grill & Saloon. If you go to my page you can see all the work I did for outdoor dining, for tables being seven feet apart,” Marsden said. “And I come in today because I’m organizing a protest and I came in to get stuff for that.”

“And I walk into my parking lot — and obviously Mayor Garcetti has approved … this,” she continued, pointing to the production setup, including tables for outdoor dining to be used by the production crew, “has approved this being set up for…this being set up for…for a movie company.”

Marsden continued:

I’m losing everything. Everything I own is being taken away from me and they set up a movie company right next to my outdoor patio, which is right over here. And people wonder why I’m protesting and why I have had enough.

They have not given us money and they have shut us down. We cannot survive, my staff cannot survive. Look at this. Tell me that this is dangerous, but right next to me, as a slap in my face, that’s safe. This is safe? Fifteen feet away?

This is dangerous. Mayor Garcetti and Gavin Newsom is [sic] responsible for every single person that doesn’t have unemployment, that does not have a job, and all the businesses that are going under.

We need your help. We need somebody to do something about this.

According to KCAL-TV, Marsden spent about $80,000 to make her restaurant safe and compliant with the new COVID-related regulations. Yet, she remains shut down.

Unfortunately, Marsden told KCAL that the restaurant — which has existed for more than 40 years — will be shut permanently if leaders do not allow her to reopen by February.

“If I’m not open by February, I will no longer be here,” Marsden said. “My restaurant can’t open for to-go, what little money we have I have to try to hold on to for the hopes that we’ll get to go to outdoor dining again, which is why I’m fighting so hard to get it open again.”

Is there some good news?

L.A. County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ordered Los Angeles County public health officials this week to present him with scientific evidence proving why a ban on outdoor dining is necessary.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Chalfant is skeptical that such extreme measures are necessary to slow the spread of COVID.

“You have to do a risk-benefit analysis for public health. You don’t just talk about the risk of spreading disease. You have to talk about the benefit of keeping restaurants open,” Chalfant said.

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‘It’s time to cancel everything’: Left-wing LA mayor talks even tougher about COVID-19 lockdown — then gets smacked right back

Left-wing Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hit his constituents with even tougher talk about his coronavirus lockdown orders late Wednesday night, even going so far as to say “it’s time to cancel everything.”

But if the livid reactions to his Twitter video are any indication, it would appear Garcetti doesn’t have a lot of support.

What are the details?

While the city revised its “Targeted Safer at Home Order” late Wednesday, KABC-TV reported that it matches what Los Angeles County issued last week and that there are no additional restrictions.

But L.A.’s order comes with more extreme language than before, the station said.

Thousands of city residents received a text message with a link to the city’s new emergency order that contains the line “all persons living within the City of Los Angeles are hereby ordered to remain in their homes,” KABC reported, adding that the text message caused a stir and sparked confusion over its meaning.

However, the order includes numerous exceptions, such as buying food, obtaining medical care, and traveling to use other essential businesses, such as car repair shops, the station said. Film production and fitness centers that operate outdoors are allowed to remain open, KABC added.

But Garcetti’s video doesn’t say any of that. In fact, his words in the clip of 23 seconds — if that’s all anyone within the city limits saw — sound quite extreme: “My message couldn’t be simpler. It’s time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. And if it isn’t essential, don’t do it. Don’t meet up with others outside your household. Don’t host a gathering. Don’t attend a gathering. And following our targeted Safer at Home order, if you’re able to stay home, stay home.”

L.A. County reported another 5,987 coronavirus cases Wednesday, one day after reporting a record-high 7,593 new cases, KABC said, adding that county officials said hospitalizations are putting a growing strain on the region’s health care system.

“If cases continue on this pathway, if they continue to increase at the pace that we’ve seen, the county expects we will run out of hospital beds here in Los Angeles by Christmastime,” Garcetti also said, according to the station.

He added that violating the order is a misdemeanor, subject to fines and imprisonment, KABC reported, adding that Garcetti also asked police and the city attorney’s office to enforce it. Home utilities also can be shut off for violations, the station added.

What was the reaction?

Reactions on Twitter to Garcetti’s “cancel everything” video were overwhelmingly hostile:

  • “Good idea,” one commenter quipped back. “You’re canceled.”
  • “Open the city,” another user wrote. “Open the city now!”
  • “Spoken like a true communist,” another commenter said.
  • “You and every other Democrat should be howling at Democrats in Washington to get people money to stay the f*** home,” another user declared. “The pressure for them to give a significant, sustained and continuing *all cash stimulus* direct to everyone should be coming from you and [California Gov.] Gavin [Newsom].”

Even former “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey joined the fray: “You’re an absolute fool! The recovery rate of Covid is about 99.95%; over 38 million people have recovered from this. Domestic abuse, child abuse, suicide cases all have skyrocketed to an almost 1000% increase. Children that depend on meals at school now can’t get it. Foolish!!!”

Anything else?

Garcetti’s coronavirus responses have made numerous headlines — and not all of them positive:

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Los Angeles enacts new lockdown, report says county spent millions of CARES Act funds on PR firms

Los Angeles County officials announced Friday a new lockdown that bans most public and private gatherings amid a global surge of coronavirus cases.

Reacting to the new stay-at-home order, KTTV-TV reporter Bill Melugin reminded area residents that LA officials used some of the money they received from the CARES Act, which was meant to help struggling businesses and residents, on “remarkably ineffective PR firms.”

“A reminder that L.A. County is using some of the federal CARES Act money it receives, money that should be going to restaurants @lapublichealth just closed, to instead pay for portions of their remarkably ineffective PR firms, now costing $2.9 million,” Melugin said.

What about the lockdown?

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that, beginning Monday Nov. 30, all public and private gatherings will be prohibited through Dec. 20. Only members of the same household will be permitted to gather together during the lockdown, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“Residents are advised to stay home as much as possible and always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others,” the health department said.

Protests and religious activities are exempt from the order.

More from the LA Times:

[The lockdown order] imposes new occupancy limits on businesses, such as personal care and retail, but does not close them. Beaches, trails and parks will remain open, but gatherings of people from more than one household at those sites are banned.

The announcement came just two days after restaurants in much of L.A. County were ordered to suspend outdoor dining. That decision sparked a backlash from restaurant owners and some elected officials, who called the rules too punishing for the already struggling industry.

What about CARES Act spending?

According to KTTV, Los Angeles County recently extended agreements with two PR firms — Mercury Public Affairs and Fraser Communications — for “emergency COVID-19 communications assistance.”

Part of the job the PR firms have been tasked with is “recruiting celebrity influencers” to promote COVID news on social media.

More from KTTV:

The County is now paying both firms a total of $2.9 million, a 650% increase from when the contracts were first signed seven months ago, and according to Fraser’s contract, L.A. County is using federal CARES Act money to offset the cost of the contract through the end of 2020. County funds will pay for it through 2021.

Los Angeles County entered into business with the PR firms “despite the fact that the county has a fully staffed county communications team,” KTTV noted.

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LA Cancels Christmas: All Gatherings BANNED Except Protests and Church

Residents in Los Angeles have been ordered to stay at home on house arrest until Christmas week. All gatherings except those done for church & protesting have been prohibited.

Residents are advised to stay home as much as possible and always wear a face-covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others, according to RT. 

Besides take-out and delivery, restaurants and bars will remain closed under the new demand.  Certain other “non-essential” facilities, such as playgrounds and card rooms, will be closed altogether. Outdoor recreation will be “permitted”, but only for individuals from the same household, who will be required to wear face coverings and remain six feet away from other people.

There should be no illusions as to whether or not you are free at this point. This won’t end until we all decided these tyrants do not have any power over us.

LA County. by far California’s most populous with over 10 million residents, has so far recorded more than 387,000 coronavirus cases (with tests not intended for this purpose) and some 7,600 deaths, according to official data. The district has seen a “surge” in cases in recent days.  California as a whole is among the worst-affected states in the US, approaching 1.2 million cases and over 19,000 deaths, according to the rigged numbers. 

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Two men arrested for alleged voter fraud scheme, fraudulently registering thousands of people

Two California men have been charged with dozens of felony crimes after authorities say they submitted thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications on behalf of Los Angeles-area homeless people.

What are the details?

Authorities claim that Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro, 53, and his co-defendant, Marcos Raul Arevalo, 34, conspired to fraudulently obtain mail-in ballots for fake voters.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Montenegro allegedly submitted 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications between July and October, falsifying names, addresses, and signatures — all under penalty of perjury, of course — in the process.

More from KNBC-TV:

The conspiracy charge alleges that Montenegro submitted and filed signed nomination papers containing 41 signatures and addresses to the city clerk this summer and that just 18 of the names, addresses and signatures on the nomination papers were validated by the Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder’s Office.

The conspiracy charge also alleges that Montenegro was subsequently issued write-in candidate nomination papers and that he “submitted and filed signed write-in candidate nomination papers containing 32 signatures and addresses for fictitious, non-existent or deceased person” with the city clerk’s office. It further alleges that he and co-defendant Marcos Raul Arevalo “and other unknown co-conspirators” used three post office boxes in Hawthorne as well as Montenegro’s home address “as mailing addresses for over 8,000 voter registration applications for fictitious, non-existent or deceased persons, that were submitted for processing to the Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder’s Office and the California Secretary of State.”

Fortunately, officials quickly uncovered the scheme, and no illegal votes were cast.

Officially, Montenegro has been charged with 32 felony crimes: 18 felony counts of voter fraud, 11 felony counts of procuring a false or forged instrument, two felony counts of perjury, and one felony count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud. He was also charged with nine additional misdemeanors.

Meanwhile, Arevalo has been charged with eight counts of voter fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, and four counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, along with four misdemeanors.

If convicted on all charges, Montenegro faces more than 15 years in prison, and Arevalo faces more than seven years in prison.

What about voter fraud?

President Donald Trump, his campaign, and his supporters have alleged that voter fraud stained the 2020 election on a wide-scale, but none of their legal challenges have proved fruitful thus far. Judges have outright rejected the claims of voter fraud.

And in cases like this where law enforcement uncover schemes to commit fraud, officials almost always catch the perpetrators before they have the opportunity to actually cast fraudulent ballots.

Indeed, even the federal government has disputed Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud.

“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result,” the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees said in a joint statement last week.

The agencies clarified, “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

Trump responded to the statement by firing Chris Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, on Tuesday.

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Media claim megachurch is source of COVID-19 ‘outbreak.’ Turns out, it was just three cases.

Grace Community Church, the Los Angeles-area megachurch that re-opened in defiance of coronavirus-related lockdowns, is pushing back against what media are claiming is an “outbreak” originating at the church.

What are media claiming?

Multiple Los Angeles-area news outlets claimed last week that a COVID-19 “outbreak” is happening at the church, framing the story around the church’s defiance to lockdown orders.

The Los Angeles Times reported, “Coronavirus outbreak strikes L.A. megachurch that defied public health orders.”

Local news station KTLA-TV reported, “Coronavirus outbreak strikes defiant Sun Valley megachurch that held indoor services despite public health orders.”

What’s the truth?

According to attorneys for the church, the “outbreak” is actually just three confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Jenna Ellis, an attorney for Grace Community Church, called the stories “grossly misleading” meant to incite “fear-mongering” against the church.

“Three very mild positive tests among more than 7,000 people is hardly news. 0.04% is not an ‘outbreak.’ The LA Times and others’ grossly misleading and fear-mongering headlines aim to mischaracterize Grace Community Church as irresponsible and a superspreader,” Ellis said, the Daily Wire reported.

She added, “It has never been the Church’s position that it is only safe to hold services if no one ever tests positive, or for example, if no one ever gets the flu during flu season. Our position has been that LA County shutting down churches indefinitely amid a virus with a 99.98% survival rate, especially when state-preferred businesses are open and protests are held without restriction, is unconstitutional and harmful to the free exercise of religion.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed to both the Los Angeles Times and KTLA that the “outbreak” was just three COVID-19 cases.

More from the LA Times:

Under the county health officer’s order, places of worship must report to the county Public Health Department when at least three coronavirus cases are identified among staff or worshipers within a span of 14 days so the agency can determine whether there is an outbreak.

Anything else?

Grace Community Church is locked in a heated legal battle with Los Angeles authorities.

The church continues to hold indoor worship services in defiance of a ruling by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, which ordered the church to stop holding indoor services.

The city has asked a judge to hold the church in contempt of court, according to the LA Times.

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