» While we’re all supposed to be isolating, LAPD officers are responding to record numbers of calls to break up house parties. On April 25, officers got the largest single-day number of calls since Halloween 2019. [Crosstown]
» Stunning photos show parking lots at L.A.-area sports stadiums full of rental cars that nobody’s renting. And Toyota has reportedly had to lease additional storage space at the Port of Los Angeles for new cars that aren’t selling. [L.A. Times]
» A body that washed up on Venice Beach near 27th Avenue and Ocean Front Walk has been confirmed to be missing former pro wrestler Shad Gaspard, who went missing while swimming over the weekend. [Patch]
» Car washes and pet groomers may reopen for business, Mayor Garcetti announced today. Some guidelines remain in place, like that customers still can’t go inside a groomer’s shop along with their pet, but can only pick up and drop off outside. [KTLA]
» Long Beach is considering an “open streets initiative” as part of the recovery process. The program could allow for closing some streets to cars and instead using the outdoor spaces for restaurant dining or recreational areas. [Los Angeles Times]
» Lakers legend Magic Johnson plans to provide $100 million in loans to minority-owned businesses impacted by the pandemic. His Equitrust insurance company will provide capital to back 5,000 PPP loans already approved by the SBA. [CBS Los Angeles]
» There will be no kayaking on the L.A. River this summer. The body that oversees river recreation still plans to open the season on May 25, but because of COVID-19 will issue no permits for non-motorized boating. Officials cite concerns about the ability to maintain distancing and a lack of protocol for adequately sanitizing equipment. [The Eastsider]
» Joshua Tree National Park has reopened for visitors. Most facilities other than visitors centers and group campsites are fully operational; some trails will now be one-way only. [Los Angeles Times]
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» Are Malibu Beachgoers Being Reckless when It Comes to the Rules? One journalist reports that ’70 to 90 percent’ of people on Zuma Beach weren’t wearing masks this weekend
ONE MORE THING
New Restaurants Have Continued to Open During the Pandemic—Some with Surprising Success
While many L.A.-area restaurants have closed completely amid the quarantine, a few newbies have opened during this trying time, joining the ranks of older spots offering takeout and delivery.
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