Coronavirus Update: The Sheriff’s Department Won’t Close Gun Stores After All

Also Santa Monica cracks down, big layoffs at MOCA, and more

» Early Wednesday morning, just hours after the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department made the call that gun stores were non-essential businesses and would be forced to close, Sheriff Alex Villanueva called off the department’s efforts to close them. [Los Angeles Times]  

» Santa Monica is stepping up enforcement of the rules about staying home. The city, which was flooded with visitors over the weekend, may consider violating the order a misdemeanor and issue fines to individuals or businesses. [Santa Monica Mirror]

» One study suggests California is the most aggressive state when it comes to fighting the pandemic. The state is also ranked number one in offering employee sick leave.  [The Mercury News]

» Anti-vaccine groups are being linked to the spread of misinformation about coronavirus. Some have referred to social distancing guidelines as evidence of a “police state.” [Mother Jones]

» MOCA has laid off 97 part-time workers. The museum is said to be bracing for an extended closure and subsequent struggle to fundraise amid a down economy. [Los Angeles Times]

» Netflix is expected to pay cast members working on shows that have been put on hold due to the pandemic. Work that can be done remotely, like writing, will carry on. [Deadline]


» What We Know About L.A. County’s COVID-19 Cases, by Neighborhood The most up-to-date stats about local patients 

» Guests of a Disco Birthday Party at Trump’s L.A. Golf Course Catch the Coronavirus At least five have tested positive for COVID-19 after celebrating former Rancho Palos Verdes mayor Susan Brooks’s 70th

» Farm Workers Are Still in the Fields as the Pandemic Spreads Brave workers are keeping our food supply chain going–even if it puts them and their families at risk



undocumented restaurant workers

Restaurant Workers During the Coronavirus Crisis

Aaron Melendrez, Damian Diaz, and Othón Nolasco of Va’La Hospitality, a bar consultancy group based in Boyle Heights, noticed that no one was putting an emphasis on the industry’s most vulnerable: undocumented workers. Often the first people in a restaurant each day and the last out the door at night, undocumented employees can be treated as the most expendable when payroll needs to be leaner. And when Congress does finally dole out aid to America’s workforce, undocumented workers will be left to fend for themselves.

The Va’La guys started to think about what undocumented workers may need in the coming weeks of economic uncertainty. “What happens when the last paycheck runs out?” Nolasco wondered.

They reached out to the community, asking the managers of restaurants around Los Angeles which of their employees may need the help, and created No Us Without You as a means to feed workers and their families.


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