» L.A.’s stay-at-home order will not lift entirely on May 15, but Eric Garcetti thinks that day could be when the rollback of restrictions begins. The mayor says he would like to see two consecutive weeks of declining COVID deaths and hospitalizations before relaxing things. [Los Angeles Daily News]
» After Friday’s flareups, much smaller protests continued in Orange County over the weekend. An estimated 2,500 protesters gathered in Huntington Beach on Friday to demonstrate against Governor Gavin Newsom’s shutdown of O.C. beaches, around 50 were spotted on Saturday. [KTLA]
» Commercial air traffic at L.A. airports is down 95 percent compared to the same time last year. The body that controls LAX and Van Nuys Airport reports dropping from an average of 1,900 flights per day to now just 400. [Fox Los Angeles]
» A homeless man and housing activists staged an “occupation” of a hotel suite at the Ritz Carlton at L.A. Live to advocate for the expansion of Project Roomkey. The man, a former model who has been homeless for nearly a year, gained entry to the hotel by claiming to be a famous musician looking for a space to conduct a streaming concert. [Daily Beast]
» Pandemic has local newspapers in California and elsewhere particularly hard. Small publishers across the state have shuttered in recent weeks, and it is not clear who will cover those communities and cities with them gone. [Los Angeles Times]
» New evidence shows that COVID-19 carriers can be infectious for longer than previously assumed. L.A. County Public Health has issued new guidelines, saying anyone with a positive test should now self-isolate for longer, even when not showing symptoms. [KTLA]
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Parks and Rec Fans Can Thank This Musician-Comedian for ‘5,000 Candles in the Wind’
The biggest emotional wallop of last week’s Parks and Recreation Special was arguably the entire cast singing along to the song Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) wrote as a tribute to miniature horse / Pawnee legend, Li’l Sebastian: “5000 Candles in the Wind.” The real-life songwriter who made that catchy, absurd, now nostalgically moving ballad is Mark Rivers. We caught up with Rivers to discuss how he landed the Parks and Rec gig, writing for Andy, and why the show is still so special.
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