Month: April 2020

Art for a Critical Cause

The Venice Art Walk goes virtual to aid Venice Family Clinic’s COVID-19 response By Christina Campodonico Buying art may seem like a luxury right now, but it could actually save lives. The Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction, also known as the Venice Art Walk for short, launches this Sunday, May 3, on the online auction platform Artsy. Through May 19, art lovers can bid on works by the likes of master text artist Ed Ruscha, Incubus vocalist Brandon Boyd and celebrity photographer Sid Avery to benefit the community health care center, which serves 28,000 low-income, uninsured and...

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s State of the City shows measured optimism

By Danny Karel Amid a herculean civic effort to combat the novel coronavirus, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his annual State of the City address to a nearly vacant City Hall on April 19. The mayor offered a sobering assessment of present circumstances but framed this challenging time as a unique opportunity to orient the city toward a better, more just future. However, he was clear that the interim will be painful. He began by referencing the 2008 recession. “Until now, it was the biggest economic blow of our lifetime, and it hurt,” he said. “But there’s no...

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A Renter’s Survival Guide

LA Councilmember Mike Bonin’s telephone town hall offers expert advice and resources to renters impacted by COVID-19 By Danny Karel By many estimates, social distancing and the Safer at Home order have saved tens of thousands of lives, but they’ve also kept millions away from work and unable to collect a paycheck. For both landlords and renters, this has resulted in a fraught and contentious predicament that has sent local, state, and federal legislators scrambling for solutions. “This is a real crisis we’re facing,” said Larry Gross, Executive Director of the Coalition for Economic Survival. “Prior to COVID-19, this...

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Corona by the Numbers & Local Updates: COVID-19 Cases Top 20,000 in LA County, Deaths top 1,000

Reported Cases by Neighborhood as of Monday, April 27 Culver City: 58; Del Rey: 46; El Segundo: 27; Marina del Rey: 11; Mar Vista: 52; Playa Vista: 19; Playa del Rey: 1; Santa Monica: 156; Venice: 44; Westchester: 61 Total Confirmed Cases in LA County: 20,976 Total Deaths: 1,000 • In his Tuesday night briefing, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the City of Los Angeles had brokered a deal with Honeywell to procure 24 million N95 masks. Masks will be distributed to first responders and sold to area hospitals in need at cost. “These will be lifesavers, quite...

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Essential Heroes

Local grocery workers share their experiences working in the aisles during COVID-19 Photos and Story by Shanee Edwards For grocery store workers across the country, checking out customers, stocking shelves with toilet paper and delivering your groceries have catapulted them to the front lines of the current pandemic. That can mean long stressful days dealing with impatient, jeopardous customers while implementing lots of changes quickly – often without any additional compensation. In March, Instacart grocery delivery workers walked off the job to demand hand sanitizer and higher pay. Whole Foods workers organized a “sick-out” for hazard pay and paid...

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