Coronavirus Update: Trump Claims to Have ‘Total Authority’ Over Reopening States

Also Mayor Garcetti’s daily briefings, a big digital debut for Universal Pictures, and more

» After Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced their intention to coordinate reopening their states, Donald Trump asserted that he has “the ultimate authority” when it comes to reopening the country. He told reporters: “When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total and that’s the way it’s got to be. … It’s total. The governors know that.” Constitutional scholars disagree with this assertion.  [The Washington Post]

» Eric Garcetti’s daily briefings are helping L.A. stay sane. His signature sign-off–”Strength and love, Los Angeles”–has become a slogan of the era. [Los Angeles Times]

» What is one thing that the seven countries showing the most effective responses to the pandemic all have in common? Female heads of state. [Forbes]

» Universal Pictures logged the biggest ever “digital debut” of a film with their online release of Trolls World Tour. It’s a rare bright spot for a struggling entertainment industry. [Los Angeles Times]

» Some local restaurants are turning off delivery apps over safety concerns. Even the cleanest restaurant can’t control what happens to their food once it’s in the hands of a third-party driver. [Eater L.A.]

» Sheriff Alex Villanueva and County Supervisor Kathryn Barger are sharply divided about pandemic response. What exactly caused the relationship between two of the county’s top officials to turn so hostile? [KTLA]

» The South Pasadena and San Clemente locations of Trader Joe’s have closed temporarily. Team members have tested positive for COVID-19. [Pasadena Now]


» COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Are Going from Fringe to Mainstream with Dizzying Speed From the supposed hazards 5G to ”death panels” in New York, disinformation is spreading like, well, a virus

» What It’s Like to Get a Drive-Up COVID-19 Test in L.A. A first-person account of navigating the process. And lots of traffic cones

» Gavin Newsom Is Working on Plans to End Stay-at-Home He’s in talks with Oregon and Washington officials for a coordinated reopening of the West Coast


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Here Are 9 Ways to Get Wine Right Now, When You Need It Most

By this point, you’ve probably made your way through the wine you hoarded in early March and are starting to wonder how you’ll replenish your supplies. Luckily, many local shops, restaurants, bars, and other providers have set up ways for you to get wine delivery or pick-ups with minimal contact.


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