» After spending several days in limbo off the coast of California while coronavirus testing took place, passengers aboard the Grand Princess will begin to disembark today once the ship docks in Oakland. At least 21 people on board have tested positive for the coronavirus, 19 of them crew members. Californians aboard the ship will now be sent to two military bases. [NPR]
» If the situation aboard the Grand Princess weren’t warning enough, the State Department and the CDC have recommended that Americans “defer” cruise ship travel for the time being. [Politico]
» An “atmospheric river” may bring heavy rain to the region. After a parched-dry winter, any rain is good rain. [Los Angeles Times]
» 18,255 apartments in the City of L.A. may be just sitting vacant, in spite of a tight rental market. Those vacancies have not translated into lower rent prices. [Curbed]
» Options for building a Metro transit line through the Sepulveda Pass could cost as much as $7 billion more than previously estimated. Proposed routes have also earned the ire of wealthy homeowners. [Los Angeles Times]
» As a federal judge, Kevin Sharp applied the “three strikes” law that sent 24-year-old Christopher Young to prison for life on a non-violent drug charge. Now he’s working with Kim Kardashian to secure Young an early release. [CBS News]
» Elon Musk thinks we’re all a bunch of babies who should stop whining about coronavirus. “The coronavirus panic is dumb,” tweeted the tech titan. [Complex]
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