Closed For Now: What the Government Shutdown Means For Los Angeles


Sure, your West Elm catalog and 20% off coupon for Bed Bath and Beyond were delivered in yesterday’s mail, but the first government shutdown in 17 years is taking effect here in Southern California. (And we mean beyond the suspension of @NASAJPL’s Twitter Feed.)

IRS walk-in offices in Los Angeles, El Monte, and San Bernadino are closed (with customer service telephone lines not available), the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley is partially shuttered, and services at Yosemite, Joshua Tree, the Angeles National Forest, and San Bernadino National Forest are extremely limited.

Local cities, which receive federal funding, continue to operate without much disruption—for now. “We’ve planned ahead and can manage a short shutdown,” mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “But if this drags on, it will become increasingly difficult for us to cover for the halted federal funds, which could affect job training, public safety, road repair, housing and other important services.”

Unfortunately, it’s not looking like an end to the government shutdown is in sight, and pop-up commerce products, like these Defund Obamacare Symbolic Balls for Your Representative, aren’t going to ease the economic hit of D.C. being at a stand still. “Congress needs to put the politics aside and focus on the people’s business. Washington’s dysfunction is hurting our economy,” said Garcetti.

Or, as Britney Spears put it: