Coronavirus Update: Restaurants Report Losing Money on Takeout and Delivery

Also grants for artists, star-studded graduations, and more

» One new study finds that many restaurants are actually losing money on takeout and delivery service. The survey of Bay Area restaurants found concerns that the business model is not sustainable for a majority of small operators.  [ABC San Francisco]

» Are L.A. County beachgoers following the rules? A series of photos from LAist appears to show an awful lot of people lounging on the sand (which is still prohibited), albeit at a distance. [LAist]

» The L.A. City Council has approved measures to issues emergency grants to local arts agencies. Money to support the cultural groups and individual artists will come from fees paid by developers. [Los Angeles Times]

» The agency that issues visas and green cards is struggling financially amid the pandemic. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is seeking a $1.2 billion bailout from Congress. [The New York Times]

» Barack Obama, LeBron James, and Bad Bunny were among the star-studded lineup of speakers to send wishes to the Class of 2020 in a virtual graduation livestream. The weekend broadcast was produced by the LeBron James Family Foundation and The Entertainment Industry Foundation. [Vanity Fair]

» Facebook has acquired GIPHY for $400 million. The largest share of GIPHY traffic was coming from Facebook-owned Instagram, making the synergy clear, but some industry watchers speculate there could be antitrust scrutiny of the deal. [Axois]

» One week after Texas began reopening, the state reported its biggest ever single day rise in cases of COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci issed a warning that states reopening too soon are likely to see “little spikes that might turn into outbreaks.”  [Newsweek]


» Hackers Are Threatening to Air Donald Trump’s Dirty Laundry A group attempting to extort $42 million from an entertainment attorney who represents Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen claims to have dirt on the President

» National Parks Are Suddenly Flooded with Wildlife. What Happens When Humans Return? Bears, deer, and other animals are out in numbers not seen in generations

» Design Pro Emily Henderson on How to Balance Comfort and Style When You’re Home 24/7 Henderson offers helpful tips—and a look inside her swoon-worthy Lake Arrowhead A-frame


Staying in with… Katzù Oso

Katzù Oso (aka Paul Hernandez) is based in Montebello, and credits the sunny, California vibes with informing his dreamy synth-pop sound. Before staying at home, the indie artist was sharing concert and festival stages with Cuco, Omar Apollo, and BROCKHAMPTION–but for now, he’s performing livestream concerts and focusing on making new music from his home studio. Here’s what he’s listening to, playing, and using to stay creative while staying at home.


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