Jan 17, 2021

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This former politician wants politicians to know what it’s like to be jobless, get COVID, scrape to survive

By Nita Lelyveld
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  • These are the daily worries of a woman I talked to this week as the National Guard descended on Washington and America reeled from an attack on our Capitol — while all over our country thousands of households face bread-and-butter security crises that also are grave, with people out of work and sick and unable to pay their rents and hungry and desperately in need of help from a federal government long otherwise occupied.
  • That’s all I knew when I first got on the phone with Araceli Gonzalez-Burkle, who turned out to be a former local politician, a Republican who twice voted for President Trump, a go-getter who was just a few classes short of her MBA until her pandemic joblessness left her unable to keep paying tuition.
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At Lake Tahoe, unfurling the statewide welcome mat is ‘awkward’ as pandemic rages

By Susanne Rust, Luis Sinco
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  • The owners — Wallace’s longtime South Lake Tahoe neighbors — have refused to close down their restaurant to indoor dining, despite state and local public health orders, which forbid indoor dining as coronavirus caseloads surge and regional ICU beds fill.
  • Cindy Gustafson, a Placer County supervisor, who lives in Tahoe City, said most people on the California side shop in Nevada — Reno is the closest place for any kind of substantial shopping.
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Column: Just when they need it most, 800 Compton residents are about to get free money

By Erika D. Smith
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  • Rather, an unknown number of anonymous private donors are bankrolling the Compton Pledge, which is being managed by the Fund for Guaranteed Income, a charity led by Nika Soon-Shiong, the daughter of Los Angeles Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong.
  • When we spoke last week, the mayor lamented how, almost a year into the pandemic, we see it as normal that millions of poor people risk their lives for a paycheck every day, stocking grocery store shelves and delivering packages to support millions of affluent people who get to work from home.
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L.A. wants to impose tougher enforcement for mask violators

By Dakota Smith
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  • The City Council also on Wednesday voted 11-3 to encourage city employees who are able to issue administrative citations to target those who violate the city’s mask orders.
  • But the Los Angeles Police Department hasn’t given out any citations for not wearing a mask, Alex Comisar, Garcetti’s spokesman, said Wednesday.
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UC students will be back on campus this fall for mainly in-person classes

By Teresa Watanabe
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  • The University of California announced Monday it is planning to bring students back to its 10 campuses for mostly in-person classes beginning fall 2021, as the development of effective vaccines indicate they will once again be able to safely gather.
  • Officials made the announcement in the hopes of helping the system’s 286,000 students plan for fall amid the continuing uncertainty of the pandemic.
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