Garcetti authorizes shutting down utilities at large parties

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Customers wait outside Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles to place their take-out orders. (Photo by Afonso Salcedo)

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Renters whose eviction notices were previously frozen due to the pandemic are now facing evictions enforced by the L.A. Sheriff’s Department.

Southeast Los Angeles has become the new epicenter for the coronavirus, disproportionately impacting working class Latino communities. The area’s residents account for 19% of new infections, despite only making up 12% of the countywide population. — L.A. Times

Mayor Eric Garcetti has authorized the city to shut off the utilities at homes and businesses that are violating public health guidelines by hosting large parties. — ABC23

Nearly 1,000 L.A. County renters are facing eviction for pre-COVID judgements, now that the four-month freeze on all court-ordered evictions has ended. — Daily Bulletin

 

A California state assemblymember has introduced a measure that requires employers to notify their employees if a coworker has tested positive for COVID-19. — ABC7

Up to 17,600 inmates in California state prison may be released early due to coronavirus safety concerns. — KRON4

Eleven players on the LA Galaxy II, the reserves team of the LA Galaxy soccer team, have tested positive for the virus. — Patch

new, free indoor COVID-19 testing site will be opening on Aug. 11 at Memorial Park in Azusa. — CBSLA

L.A. County Bans Large Parties

As a socially-distant hobby and semi-urban escape, some locals are trying out fishing on the L.A. River.

L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced a “legally binding health officer order” banning large gatherings and parties. The ban follows recent publicity surrounding high-profile parties as well as the coronavirus infection trend impacting young people — since June 9, the case rate among 18-29-year-olds has quadrupled. — Deadline

California’s statewide disease registry system, CalREDIE, has been malfunctioning for the past few weeks, resulting in a “significant and unresolved” undercounting of COVID-19 cases. — Eater, Mission Local

 

L.A. Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion to penalize Angelenos for renting out their home for large parties using “deterrence tools” besides fines. — KCET

At a Westlake Food 4 Less, 28 employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Workers hosted a rally demanding more safety precautions. —ABC Los Angeles

For some pandemic escapism, some locals are taking up fishing on the L.A. River. — L.A. Times