Coronavirus Update: Undocumented Californians Will Get COVID-19 Relief Checks

Also congress’ gift to the wealthy, new rules to protect food delivery workers, and more
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» Undocumented California residents will receive $500 coronavirus relief checks. Payments will come from a $125 million public-private fund. Undocumented people were excluded from federal stimulus payments. [East Bay Times]

» The coronavirus economic relief package contains a big gift to millionaires and billionaires, thanks to Republican lawmakers. A change to the tax law will allow some of the nation’s wealthiest individuals to avert almost $82 billion in tax liability in 2020. According to the Guardian, “nearly 82 percent of the benefits from the change will go to people making $1 million or more annually.” [The Guardian]

» Eric Garcetti suggested in an interview that large entertainment and sporting events might not happen until 2021. “Until there’s either a vaccine, some sort of pharmaceutical intervention, or herd immunity, the science is the science,” he said. [CNN]

» Netflix is now worth more than Disney. The streamer’s stock just hit an all-time high. [Variety]

» L.A. County has instituted new rules intended to protect food delivery workers. Provisions include requiring companies to supply masks and gloves to the drivers, and requiring grocery stores to allow the delivery workers to use restrooms to wash their hands between gigs. [KTLA]

» Larry Edmunds Bookshop, a local landmark since 1938, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to try to remain in business. Last year, the shop appeared in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. [Hollywood Reporter]

» Pandemic has put a particularly dangerous pressure on individuals who sell sex on L.A. streets. “If you’re out there right now, you’re really being pushed to be out there, whether that push factor is poverty or somebody making you.” [Los Angeles Times]


TOP STORIES FROM L.A. MAG

» When It Comes to COVID-19 Data, Now You Can See What the Mayor Sees Eric Garcetti opens up his daily coronavirus summaries to the public

» Several L.A. Business People Have Been Included in Trump’s Economic Revival Groups Rick Caruso and Elon Musk are on the enormous list of business types the White House released

» Moby Takes Heat for Layoffs at Vegan Restaurant Little Pine Social media lit up with criticism of the musician-turned-restaurateur this week


ONE MORE THING

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You Can Now Instantly Order the Food You See on Instagram

We’re scrolling Instagram more than ever lately, and when our favorite local restaurants post gorgeous photos of their meals, we can’t help but shed a tear for simpler times. But, thanks to a partnership with Playa Vista-based food ordering platform ChowNow, at least we can instantly order what we’re seeing on screen for takeout or delivery.

The new project will allow participating restaurants to add “Order Food” buttons and stickers on their posts and stories, which will drive users directly to a cart on ChowNow–which makes the time between seeing a crave-inducing pic and actually picking up your meal shorter than ever.

And, while that frictionless experience might not be great for your impulse control, it could help restaurants stay afloat.

[FULL STORY]


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