» Both state and federal eviction moratoriums are set to expire on June 30, but Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders are meeting privately to decide what to do. California has $5.2 billion to pay off people’s rent, but wouldn’t likely be able to do so by the end of June. [KTLA]
» L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the mayors of ten other American cities are leading the charge on paying slavery reparations. The coalition, called Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity, “stands on the belief that cities can—and should—act as laboratories for bold ideas that can be transformative for racial and economic justice on a larger scale,” the group’s website says. [Voice of America]
» In another sign of the region’s recovery, L.A.’s COVID-19 death rate has dipped below the Bay Area’s. Once-hard-hit L.A. reported about two deaths a day last week (down from 241 a day at the pandemic’s peak) compared to four a day in the Bay Area (down from a peak of 63). [Los Angeles Times]
» Antivax influencers are cashing by perpetuating the myth that the COVID-19 vaccine somehow magnetizes people. Some experts are calling for Sherri Tenpenny—who went viral for performing a failed magnet test before the Ohio legislature—and others like her to be booted by social media platforms. [Raw Story]
» A big cash reward of $500,000 was being offered for information in the shooting death of six-year-old Aiden Leos—will it be paid now that arrests have been made? Turns out it’s not so simple. [USA Today]
» A petition to prevent Jeff Bezos from returning to earth after his little space jaunt has upward of 40,000 signatures. The Amazon boss and his brother will fly into space aboard the New Shepard rocket on July 20. [Business Insider]
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