Coronavirus Update: The White House Discussed Scrapping the Coronavirus Task Force

Also, three more O.C. beaches get the OK to open, the L.A. Sheriff’s Department makes budget cuts, and more
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» The White House has stated it plans to disband its coronavirus task force. Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday he expects they’ll be wrapping up by Memorial Day. [Washington Post]

» After a week of lawsuits and protests over Gavin Newsom’s mandated temporary closures, three O.C. cities—Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, and Dana Point—will be able to open stretches of their coastline, with certain protocols and procedures in place. A day earlier, the state agreed to plans put forth by Laguna Beach and San Clemente. [KTLA]

» The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced plans to close patrol stations, park operations, and cut back on homeless outreach. The cuts are part of a proposal to bring the department’s budget back into the black.  [Los Angeles Times]

» An LAPD officer may have beaten a man accused of trespassing in Boyle Heights. Video of the incident has gone viral, causing the department to issue a statement calling the footage “disturbing.”  [L.A. Taco]

» Disney’s CEO admits he has “no projections” as to when film production might resume. He did say future film sets will take extra precautions to keep everyone safe. [Deadline]

» California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed suit against Uber and Lyft over alleged misclassification of workers. The suit accuses the rideshare companies of denying drivers access to sick leave and other benefits. [BBC]

» Coronavirus might be able to linger in the air far longer than previously thought, according to a new study. The findings suggest that simply standing six feet apart is insufficient to avoid spread. [Bloomberg]


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Knott’s Berry Farm Is Offering Its Famous Fried Chicken Dinners to Go

One hundred years after Walter Knott settled in Buena Park to start his berry farm, the Chicken Dinner restaurant at his legendary park is reopening for to-go service. Starting on Tuesday, May 5, you can call in for a bucket of the park’s fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, corn, and biscuits with boysenberry jam and pick it up at the curb in front of the Knott’s Marketplace. You can also order desserts, including whole boysenberry pies ($13)—just like Cordelia Knott used to make—at a separate window at the farm bakery.

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