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These Delicious Rum Cocktails Are Available to Go in L.A.

“National Rum Day” may not be an actual “holiday,” but it’s a pandemic, it’s entirely too hot, and we’ve got to live, OK? Celebrate by hitting up these local small businesses and grabbing some tasty drinks to go.


Thunderbolt has several rum-based drinks on their to-go menu, including their namesake cocktail, which features two types of rum, along with peaches and mint. Alternately, grab an Otter Pop-esque frozen daiquiri tube. Order on Thunderbolt’s website.

Employees Only

Takeaway drinks from Employees Only come in super-cute little glass bottles–not that you would ever order a drink just for the ‘gram. For rum day, the Tropic City would be the move, a summery mix of rum, cachaca, strawberry, peach, and ginger.  Order on Postmates.

Lost Parrot Tiki

This cocktail pop-up will roll its adorable cocktail truck to your door, or you can pick up at a location in Pasadena. Kits include their colorful tiki creations, like the rum-based Funky Polynesian or Guacamaya, along with garnishes, cups, and fun extras. Order on Lost Parrot Tiki website.

The Mermaid

Little Tokyo bar the Mermaid has recently reopened for takeaway drinks (and assorted bar snacks). On National Rum Day, we would grab the Drink Like a Fish punch or the Making Waves adult slushie. Order on Grub Hub.

Melrose Umbrella Co.

Melrose Umbrella Co. is offering a sort of greatest hits menu from both the original bar and their tiki offshoot, Lono. Options range from classic Mai Tais to complete beach party kits with various accoutrements. Order on Umbrella Hospitality Group website. 

The Semi-Tropic

Just want to celebrate your National Rum Day with a blended piña colada? The Semi-Tropic will fulfill your desires. Now you just need an adult kiddie pool to dip in while you drink. Order on The Semi-Tropic website. 

Accomplice Bar

Mar Vista’s best cocktail bar is offering a brief list of signature drinks available for takeaway through their next-door sister restaurant, Little Fatty. Order a Dirty Money, featuring rums, banana liquor, amaro, and citric acid. Order on Toast.

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Dodger Stadium Will Be the First MLB Ballpark to Become a Polling Place

With Donald Trump actively trying to limit mail-in voting and people leery of crowded polling stations during the pandemic, LeBron James and the Dodgers are offering an alternative solution by turning Dodger Stadium into a voting center for anyone registered to cast a ballot in Los Angeles County—and parking will be free.

The move is a joint effort between the team and More than a Vote, the organization LeBron James co-founded in June to fight voter suppression and discrimination.

“Dodger Stadium is part of the fabric of Los Angeles, and we’re proud to continue to partner with the County to make the property available for the benefit of the community at large,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement on the team’s website. “Voting is all of our civic duty, and we’re excited to work with More Than a Vote to do anything we can to help get out the vote by making this process as easy, accessible and safe for all Angelenos.”

“I may still be new to L.A. but didn’t take long for me to learn how special the relationship is between the Dodgers and Lakers. We are all in this together,” James said. “I’m really proud we were able to help the Dodgers become the first MLB stadium to open for voting. This is exactly why we created More Than a Vote. A lot of us now [are] working together and here for every team who wants to follow the Dodgers lead and turn their stadium into a safer place for voting.”

The park has been closed to fans this season but has served as L.A.’s largest COVID-19 testing site as well as a staging ground for emergency equipment and a food distribution. It will be open to voters for five days leading up to Election Day on November 3.

L.A. County registrar-recorder/county clerk Dean C. Logan says the stadium “will meet public health standards for physical distancing while ensuring voters have access to in-person voting options in the Presidential election.”

Still need to register? You can register, pre-register, and check your registration status here.

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Who Are Those Kids Frolicking on the Walls of the Hollywood Freeway Downtown?

For answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive.

Q: Who are those kids frolicking on the walls of the Hollywood Freeway downtown?

A: The seven running, jumping tots depicted in Glenna Avila’s masterpiece are among the last remnants of a mural program commissioned to welcome the 1984 Olympics to L.A. The artist borrowed the kids from her family and friends. Her nephew Joseph is now a musician, cousin Jana is an aerospace engineer, and nephew Greg is starting a hemp farm in Kern County. Yuriko is a special-ed teacher; Kevin, a TV producer; Misty, a teacher in Pasadena; and the toddler, Gabriel, now a burly contractor in Glendale, still smaller than his 18-foot image.

Q: Where do TV doctor shows get the scary organs displayed on surgery monitors? Whose colonoscopy am I watching?

A: Due to health-care privacy laws, set designers often have to fake surgeries digitally or use old-fashioned movie magic like plastic tubing and red food coloring. Some shows prefer pig organs from medical research companies since they most resemble human ones. As far as colons go, almost everyone has taken a peek at Dorian Weber’s. The enterprising Austrian photographer begged his doctor for footage of an old procedure. He now earns a small fortune selling the gory images to TV and movie productions at $4,300 a pop. But don’t get any money-making ideas.

Q: Pacific Design Center. Why? What was there before that?

A: An endless parade of ailing streetcars and buses once rolled through West Hollywood’s Sherman Yard, which served as a municipal repair and maintenance facility from 1896 to 1974. Eager to upscale those 19 prime acres, developers came up with the idea for 1.6 million square feet of interior-design showrooms offering fancy wallpaper, home elevators, and chairs ranging from Chippendale to Hepplewhite. Today the site of the old repair shop is the premiere design showplace on the West Coast.

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Being Immunocompromised During a Pandemic Was Scary Enough. Then Public Safety Became Politicized

In June, Christina (a pseudonym) intended to spend her 36th birthday socially distanced with family in a park, but called off the event and opted for video chats instead. “I know I’m probably being more cautious than I need to be,” she says, “but taking on any risk is really scary because you have this very vivid memory of what it’s like to be in a hospital and be scared for your life.”

Last summer, Christina was diagnosed with leukemia and has mostly been staying at home since then. After starting chemotherapy, she was neutropenic, meaning that she was low on the white blood cells known as neutrophils, and had been hospitalized for an E. coli infection. She had a bone marrow transplant in November and developed graft-versus-host disease. Christina is taking immunosuppressants and, when she’s off of those, she needs to be re-vaccinated for diseases like mumps. “I’m basically like a brand new baby,” she says.

And then there’s COVID-19. “After being that sick, I made a promise to myself that I was going to live my life more fully and do the things that I want to do and be gracious and positive, but now, I’m just stifled because there’s not a lot to look forward to and there’s no end in sight,” she says. “This might be something that I have to deal with for the rest of my life. I’m trying to come to terms with that and figure out what risk I’m willing to take.”

Immunocompromised people are among those at a high risk for developing more severe cases of COVID-19. That’s a large and diverse group of people whose immune systems are weaker than average for a variety of reasons. Some people are immunocompromised due to therapies for diseases like lupus and certain cancers. For transplant recipients, immunosuppressants help keep the body from rejecting a new organ. For others, uncontrolled diabetes and untreated HIV can lead to compromised immune systems. Then there are people with heart and lung diseases, who may not have suppressed immune systems, but who have more difficulty fighting off a virus like COVID-19.

It’s a “broad set” of scenarios, says Dr. David Quinn, Medical Director of USC Norris Cancer Hospital. Being immunocompromised can mean that a person catches a virus easier than others, but it also impacts how their bodies handle the virus. “If an immunocompromised person gets a sickness—they get a viral infection—they do worse than if they weren’t immunocompromised,” says Dr. Quinn.

For those who are immunocompromised, life during the pandemic means considering risks that others may not. It can also mean trying to protect yourself when many aren’t looking out for each other.

When Juliet, who wanted to be identified by only her first name, gets a flu, it can turn into something much worse. Now in her early 40s, Juliet was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus during childhood. She’s immunocompromised as a result of the medication she takes and developed routines to try and stay healthy long before COVID-19. “Before, I would be very careful about touching doorknobs and not touching my face, washing my hands. I had that protocol already,” she says. Since the pandemic, she’s stepped up those practices. Juliet tries to limit her errands to one day a week. When she does go out, she follows a cleaning ritual similar to what a health care professional might do. She also washes her groceries and sprays whatever is packaged in cardboard. “I’m trying to be extra mindful,” she says.

“We set up a new standard of living,” says Jessica (a pseudonym), a 29-year-old actor who went into quarantine in late February, when her boyfriend, a “news junkie,” started keeping tabs on the pandemic as it unfolded in China and Italy.

“I have to ask myself, ‘What is worth my health?'”

For Jessica, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia at 25 and takes a daily chemotherapy pill, being immunocompromised during a pandemic has her thinking about work as productions begin to resume in Los Angeles. Her last acting gig ended at the end of 2019. “It feels like I should be fighting for every opportunity,” she says, but, Jessica adds, she has to ask herself, “What is worth my health?”

Dr. Quinn notes that, while compromised immune systems have been recognized by doctors for a very long time, there are more people immunocompromised now. Today, more people are living with cancer and other diseases thanks to therapies that didn’t exist even a few decades ago. Sometimes, though, those same therapies are also what suppresses the immune system.

For people who are immunocompromised, staying away from the virus is often a team effort that involves families, partners, roommates, and anyone else who might be in close contact with them. “If you live in the same house as a person who is immunocompromised, it’s very difficult to isolate them. It’s also socially difficult,” says Dr. Quinn. “If you have somebody in your house who is potentially more at risk—and everybody is at risk from getting this—you need to do the duty outside of making sure that you don’t bring COVID-19 back into your house.”

Emily Taylor was 28 when she was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer. After eight rounds of chemo and surgery that included the removal of one lung, she’s been cancer-free for more than seven years. “In my case, I’m immunocompromised not because of active treatment. It’s every day, I’m weaker than the average person,” she says.

“I felt like we were all in this together and everybody was united as one. When people started going back out into the world, I realized that I was kind of alone”

Taylor is married with young children and has other family living with them as well, which she says has been a help. She says that she started feeling a little “FOMO” when the lockdown guidelines began to loosen. “I felt like we were all in this together and everybody was doing it and everybody was united as one. When people started going back out into the world, I realized that I was kind of alone,” she says.

“I had my family and people supporting me, but it really brought home to me that I was different and our situation was very different and that we’re going to have to make a lot of concessions in order to preserve my health and our family’s health,” she continues. “It meant that, not only would we be alone, but I would be affecting the lives of everyone around me.”

All this is further complicated by the politicization of pandemic, which has made even the simple act of wearing a mask in public a point of protest. In total, I talked to six immunocompromised people for this story, and every one of them had something to say about the lack of unity as COVID-19 persists in the U.S. Jason (a pseudonym), who is currently undergoing chemotherapy, referred to aggressive anti-maskers as a sign of a “pretty bleak society.” Graham Greene, who is immunocompromised due to maintenance therapy for acute lymphocytic leukemia, wonders if people realize that the point of the mask is to protect others: “It seems like everybody knows, or everybody should, but I don’t think that’s the case.”

If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how interconnected we all are. “The reality of being immunocompromised is that you’re relying on your community to be there for you. In this time, there are a lot of people in the community and I don’t know if they don’t care or they have different priorities,” says Jessica. “It feels alienating.”

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Morning Brief: ‘Swatting’ Incident Involving BLM Founder Was ‘a Message’

» The man who initiated the “swatting” attack on Melina Abdullah told dispatchers he was doing it “to send a message.” Abdullah is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter and outspoken critic of the LAPD. [Los Angeles Times]

» Two weeks after passing away from the coronavirus, one-time Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain came to life on Twitter to criticize Kamala Harris. The account is now being run by the “Cain Gang,” which includes his daughter, Melanie. [The Independent]

» Agricultural workers have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Already lacking basic protections, now many of California’s farm workers face eviction from their homes.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Out-of-work live entertainment professionals staged a protest at L.A. Live. The event advocated for adoption of the Restart Act and other legislation to offer relief for the sector. [Variety]

» A fast-moving brush fire tore through the Azusa foothills on Thursday. Known as the Ranch Fire, it triggered mandatory evacuations in several areas. Two other wildfires continue elsewhere in the region. [CBS Los Angeles]

» Grace Community Church in the San Fernando Valley has filed a lawsuit against Gavin Newsom, Eric Garcetti, and Xavier Becerra, claiming discrimination. The complaint says that the officials were “all too eager” to allow gatherings of “favored protesters,” making it unfair that public health orders would be enforced against churches. The church’s pastor, John MacArthur, announced on July 26 that he had decided to resume indoor services, in direct violation of the rules. [CBS Los Angeles]


» Meghan and Harry Reportedly Plunked Down $14.69 Million for a Montecito Dream House Besieged by paparazzi in L.A., the former royals are settling down in Santa Barbara County

» The City Will Now Issue Pandemic Relief Funds for Artists A new program will provide one-time funds to professional artists in Los Angeles

» These Maps Track Every Wildfire Burning Around L.A. Hot, dry conditions mean a small spark could quickly become a dangerous blaze


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What to Stream This Weekend

Fill your weekend with great content. This week, we’re recommending you try Jayro Bustamante’s new La Llorona, the Sundance-winning political doc Boy’s State, and more.


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Afternoon Update: The Ranch Fire Burns Acres and Threatens Homes in Azusa

» As the Lake fire continues to burn out of control north of Santa Clarita, another fast-moving brush fire is forcing evacuations in Azusa. The Ranch fire was reported just before 3 p.m. on Thursday and officials say it’s “burning away from Foothill cities and into the forest.” [CBS Los Angeles]

» Aging Jackass prankster Steve-O taped himself a billboard at Cahuenga Boulevard and Yucca Street this morning to promote his new comedy special, Gnarly. On Instagram he wrote, “I’m attached to a billboard right now and want to emphasize that a team of real professionals rigged everything safely. There is zero chance of me falling, and it’s important to me that we not waste any valuable city resources on this. I’m happy to just hang out.” [The Los Angeles Times]

» Former Trump fixer Michael Cohen announced he’s releasing a book about the president’s alleged misdeeds, and made the foreword available for free as a teaser. In it he claims that Trump did collude with Russia and says that he’ll “never leave office peacefully.” [NBC News]

» Authentic 1950s SoCal burger chain Fatburger has acquired mock-1950s burger chain Johnny Rockets for $25 million. FAT Brands will now operate more than 700 restaurants nationwide. [CNN]  

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Kamala Harris’s VP Nomination Gives Joe Biden a Record-Breaking Fundraising Bump

In the 24 hours following Joe Biden’s announcement that Kamala Harris would be his running mate, he raised $26 million dollars—a sum Biden’s campaign says is double his previous one-day record, and shows a surge in enthusiasm among Democrats for the first-ever Black woman to appear on either party’s presidential ticket, the Associated Press reports.

Harris and Biden got together in Delaware for their first fundraiser Wednesday, where the California Senator talked to grassroots donors about how her parents—UC Berkeley scholars from India and Jamaica who marched in the civil rights movement—sparked her passion for politics through their activism.

“This is a campaign that really fuels my hope because it is about knowing that this is fighting for something and not against something and it’s fighting for the best we are as a nation,” Harris said. “It’s fighting for the best of who we can be.”

“It’s really palpable, the excitement,” Biden said.

With Election Day closing in, the Biden campaign hopes the one-day surge is just the tip of a fundraising iceberg that will overtake the $300 million war chest Donald Trump and the Republicans reported last month.

Where Biden has struggled to raise money in the past—his campaign was nearly tapped out when he won the South Carolina primary—Harris has long been a fundraising superstar. She already has the backing of wealthy California and Wall Street megadonors, and supporters also hope her historic candidacy will bring new money into play.

“To have someone on the ticket whose mother is from the south of India is a dream come true,” said Swadesh Chatterjee, a North Carolina businessman and political fundraiser. “You will see more fundraising from the Indian American community.”

Bakari Sellers, a CNN commentator and prominent Harris supporter, predicts, “Kamala is going to raise money and it’s going to be money that wouldn’t otherwise be raised.”

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Steve Westly, who’s known Harris for more than 20 years, told the Associate Press, “She’s animated, she’s smart and she’s lively. And this is in a world of bland, cautious, older Caucasian men. She is going to do very well.”

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Take-Out Tip: Brandoni Pepperoni’s Creative, Delicious Pizzas Are Just a Text Away


Looking for pizza that’s far from basic this weekend? Look no further than Brandoni Pepperoni. Six nights a week, Brandon Gray offers up some of L.A.’s most exciting pies for takeout from the back of the WeHo Gateway shopping center. Gray, a veteran of Navy kitchens and top local restaurants like Providence, brings boundless imagination to his creations.

They’re topped with premium ingredients—Jidori chicken, Sungold tomatoes, Spanish octopus—in exciting combinations. The “Straight Up Menace”—with spicy lamb sausage, Coleman Farms wild arugula, and pickled peppers—is particularly compelling, but all are worth an order. A curry-Dijonnaise dressing renders a side salad surprisingly memorable.

7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, text orders to 323-306-4968. For menu, go to brandoni-pepperoni.com.

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DAILY TRACKER: Updates on L.A. County’s COVID-19 Cases


Coronavirus Cases Los Angeles, Update 8/13/2020:

Below is the current breakdown of coronavirus cases as of 8 p.m. on August 12. Data may be incomplete due to issues in the state’s electronic lab reporting system.

There are now 216,139 total confirmed cases (+1,999 from prior day). There have been 5,171 deaths (+64 from prior day). The regions with the highest rate of infections per capita are Saugus, Castaic, and City of Industry. The most deaths have been recorded in Glendale (147), Westlake (129), and El Monte (117). The seven-day average positivity rate is 6.4 percent.

Novel Coronavirus Cases in Los Angeles County, by Neighborhood
Acton 56
Adams-Normandie 210
Agoura Hills 128
Agua Dulce 22
Alhambra 1023
Alsace 294
Altadena 524
Anaverde 9
Angeles National Forest 7
Angelino Heights 55
Arcadia 469
Arleta 1154
Artesia 260
Athens Village 191
Athens-Westmont 1263
Atwater Village 187
Avalon 5
Avocado Heights 228
Azusa 1627
Baldwin Hills 520
Baldwin Park 2344
Bassett 528
Bel Air 62
Bell 1318
Bell Gardens 1588
Bellflower 1948
Beverly Crest 91
Beverly Hills 570
Beverlywood 127
Bouquet Canyon 5
Boyle Heights 3667
Bradbury 17
Brentwood 226
Brookside 3
Burbank 1134
Cadillac-Corning 103
Calabasas 218
Canoga Park 1498
Canyon Country 100
Carson 1461
Carthay 187
Castaic 1874
Central 1777
Century City 101
Century Palms/Cove 1281
Cerritos 482
Chatsworth 557
Cheviot Hills 58
Chinatown 96
Claremont 297
Cloverdale/Cochran 251
Commerce 467
Compton 3279
Country Club Park 256
Covina 1460
Covina (Charter Oak) 257
Crenshaw District 262
Crestview 163
Cudahy 922
Culver City 346
Del Aire 60
Del Rey 299
Del Sur 8
Desert View Highlands 38
Diamond Bar 448
Downey 3353
Downtown 604
Duarte 931
Eagle Rock 540
East Covina 4
East Hollywood 534
East La Mirada 84
East Los Angeles 5255
East Pasadena 60
East Rancho Dominguez 539
East Whittier 63
Echo Park 188
El Camino Village 128
El Monte 3664
El Segundo 106
El Sereno 994
Elizabeth Lake 6
Elysian Park 84
Elysian Valley 220
Encino 444
Exposition 68
Exposition Park 1081
Faircrest Heights 26
Figueroa Park Square 272
Florence-Firestone 4819
Gardena 976
Glassell Park 562
Glendale 2693
Glendora 1067
Gramercy Place 204
Granada Hills 970
Green Meadows 791
Hacienda Heights 828
Hancock Park 186
Harbor City 406
Harbor Gateway 780
Harbor Pines 17
Harvard Heights 476
Harvard Park 1347
Hawaiian Gardens 433
Hawthorne 1664
Hermosa Beach 172
Hi Vista 5
Hidden Hills 6
Highland Park 911
Historic Filipinotown 361
Hollywood 967
Hollywood Hills 241
Huntington Park 2373
Hyde Park 668
Industry 29
Inglewood 2366
Irwindale 61
Jefferson Park 221
Kagel/Lopez Canyons 28
Koreatown 957
La Canada Flintridge 139
La Crescenta-Montrose 130
La Habra Heights 31
La Mirada 706
La Puente 1213
La Rambla 75
La Verne 388
Ladera Heights 76
Lafayette Square 74
Lake Balboa 793
Lake Hughes 2
Lake Los Angeles 165
Lake Manor 18
Lakeview Terrace 464
Lakewood 1015
Lancaster 2519
Lawndale 531
Leimert Park 252
Lennox 574
Leona Valley 15
Lincoln Heights 901
Little Armenia 351
Little Bangladesh 411
Little Tokyo 55
Littlerock 61
Littlerock/Juniper Hills 7
Littlerock/Pearblossom 63
Llano 3
Lomita 197
Longwood 103
Los Feliz 157
Lynwood 2696
Malibu 88
Manchester Square 147
Mandeville Canyon 18
Manhattan Beach 289
Mar Vista 263
Marina del Rey 63
Marina Peninsula 28
Maywood 1166
Melrose 1579
Mid-city 240
Miracle Mile 136
Mission Hills 603
Monrovia 661
Montebello 1864
Monterey Park 763
Mt. Washington 450
Newhall 6
North Hills 1450
North Hollywood 2840
North Lancaster 18
North Whittier 161
Northeast San Gabriel 282
Northridge 1145
Norwalk 2718
Pacific Palisades 105
Pacoima 2745
Padua Hills 3
Palisades Highlands 20
Palmdale 3181
Palms 462
Palos Verdes Estates 76
Palos Verdes Peninsula 3
Panorama City 2259
Paramount 1992
Park La Brea 86
Pearblossom/Llano 19
Pellissier Village 23
Pico Rivera 1971
Pico-Union 1553
Playa Del Rey 22
Playa Vista 111
Pomona 4402
Porter Ranch 285
Quartz Hill 135
Rancho Dominguez 67
Rancho Palos Verdes 246
Rancho Park 63
Redondo Beach 477
Regent Square 25
Reseda 1788
Reseda Ranch 88
Reynier Village 29
Rolling Hills 5
Rolling Hills Estates 33
Roosevelt 7
Rosemead 686
Rosewood 16
Rosewood/East Gardena 14
Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez 75
Rowland Heights 550
San Dimas 420
San Fernando 723
San Gabriel 480
San Jose Hills 592
San Marino 63
San Pasqual 9
San Pedro 1695
Sand Canyon 5
Santa Catalina Island 17
Santa Clarita 2563
Santa Fe Springs 439
Santa Monica 696
Santa Monica Mountains 95
Saugus 21
Saugus/Canyon Country 1
Shadow Hills 49
Sherman Oaks 828
Sierra Madre 63
Signal Hill 214
Silver Lake 534
South Antelope Valley 1
South Carthay 94
South El Monte 735
South Gate 3753
South Park 1726
South Pasadena 233
South San Gabriel 154
South Whittier 1414
Southeast Antelope Valley 11
St Elmo Village 120
Stevenson Ranch 131
Studio City 205
Sun Valley 1226
Sun Village 118
Sunland 365
Sunrise Village 40
Sycamore Square 5
Sylmar 2664
Tarzana 524
Temple City 436
Temple-Beaudry 1018
Thai Town 132
Toluca Lake 86
Toluca Terrace 17
Toluca Woods 14
Torrance 1168
Tujunga 335
Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain 10
University Hills 46
University Park 633
Val Verde 52
Valencia 38
Valinda 622
Valley Glen 476
Valley Village 431
Van Nuys 2262
Venice 234
Vermont Knolls 621
Vermont Square 283
Vermont Vista 1604
Vernon 10
Vernon Central 2513
Victoria Park 180
View Heights 37
View Park/Windsor Hills 123
Walnut 229
Walnut Park 580
Watts 1549
Wellington Square 101
West Adams 742
West Antelope Valley 4
West Carson 316
West Covina 2354
West Hills 428
West Hollywood 458
West LA 39
West Los Angeles 422
West Puente Valley 306
West Rancho Dominguez 20
West Vernon 1887
West Whittier/Los Nietos 800
Westchester 331
Westfield/Academy Hills 4
Westhills 9
Westlake 2105
Westlake Village 23
Westwood 275
White Fence Farms 36
Whittier 1858
Wholesale District 2041
Willowbrook 1220
Wilmington 1398
Wilshire Center 941
Winnetka 1013
Wiseburn 107
Woodland Hills 715
Under Investigation: 4322

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If Kamala Becomes VP, Do These L.A. Dems Have a Shot at Her Seat?

On Tuesday, Joe Biden made history by selecting Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate in the November election. About 12 seconds after the news broke, Californians began looking into the crystal ball, pondering one very big question: If Biden and Harris thump Trump and Pence, who will fill Kamala’s seat, one of the plummiest of plum political gigs in the state?

The answer is up to Governor Gavin Newsom, who according to state law gets to select a person to occupy an empty U.S. Senate post. If Harris becomes vice president, the governor’s choice would finish out Harris’ six-year term, which ends in early 2023. That person would also likely be the heavy favorite in the next election, and potentially a force in national politics far into the future. After all, Dianne Feinstein was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992, and is still there nearly three decades later. Harris’ predecessor Barbara Boxer held California’s other Senate seat for 24 years.

Who will Newsom appoint if the opportunity presents itself? Perhaps the only person who knows is Newsom himself. That said, there are a number of quality candidates and aspirants, including a coterie of Angenelos. Here’s how the locals stack up, in horse race form, complete with horse race names.

A Real Smart Alex

Odds: 3:1

The Details: Alex Padilla has been serving as Secretary of State in Sacramento since 2015, but his roots are in Los Angeles, and a glance back at his early days shows that he knows how to position himself politically. Raised in Pacoima, Padilla graduated from MIT and was elected to the L.A. City Council in 1999 when he was just 26. Two years later his fellow council members voted him in as the panel’s president, making him the youngest person and the first Latino to hold the job. Padilla, who later served eight years in the state Senate, has earned strong reviews for his current role overseeing California elections, and he is tight with Feinstein. Plus, he has a history of working with Newsom, and the governor could bolster his own legacy by naming California’s first Latino U.S. Senator. As a bonus, if Newsom taps Padilla, he then gets to pick Padilla’s replacement as Secretary of State, and how do you like them dominos? A lot could happen between now and when Newsom would name a replacement for Harris in January, but Padilla jumps to an early lead.

X Marks His Spot

Odds: 5:1

The Details: If Padilla is considered the pacesetter, then Attorney General Xavier Becerra isn’t far behind. Then-governor Jerry Brown picked Becerra to be the state’s top lawyer in late 2016 (he succeeded Harris, who had just been elected to the Senate), and Becerra has earned headlines and accolades by repeatedly taking on the Trump Administration in the courts. Before that, Becerra spent 24 years in Congress, representing portions of Los Angeles. He chaired the House Democratic Caucus and was the first Latino to serve on the Ways and Means Committee. He knows everyone in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., and is adept at dealing with mega-power players. As with Padilla, Newsom could make history by selecting California’s first-ever Latino U.S. Senator, and again, the governor would also get to pick the next state attorney general. Becerra has everything it takes to run hard and can surprise—after all, he was Brown’s out-of-nowhere choice for AG four years ago.

Everybody Loves Karen

Odds: 8:1

The Details: Six months ago, the notion of elevating five-term Los Angeles Congresswoman Karen Bass to the U.S. Senate was far-fetched. But so was the idea of Bass as vice president. Yet after she made Biden’s short list, and seemed to impress absolutely everyone she came into contact with, her star is bright, and no one would scoff if Newsom picked the Chair of the House Congressional Black Caucus to move over to the Senate. While news stories about her visits to Cuba and comments she made after the 2016 death of Fidel Castro may have made Bass too risky to place on the national ticket, particularly when Florida is in play, few Californians care about that. Bass may be starting this race-that’s-not-really-a-race behind others, but the recent past proves that she can sprint to the front of the field.

Intelligent Adam

Odds: 12:1

The Details: Quick, which Californian has been the greatest foil to Trump? If you said Congressman Adam Schiff, you’re not alone. The Burbank-based legislator and chair of the House Intelligence Committee shot into the stratosphere last year with his leading, lashing role in the presidential impeachment proceedings. Schiff, a ten-term Congressman who is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, seemed to revel as an infuriated Trump attacked him, which just had the snowball effect of making him more popular in Democratic circles. Schiff, who grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts, attended Stanford and started his career in the L.A. branch of the U.S. Attorney’s office, is an ambitious sort who is comfortable with seemingly anything thrown his way. He checks a lot of boxes, but the timing may not be right, and one has to ask: At this moment in history, would Newsom send a 60-year-old white guy to Washington?

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Mayor Garcetti endorsed Joe Biden early on

Thoroughly Modern Mayor

Odds: 30:1

The Details: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti boosted his national profile with a sort of soft run for president that ended in early 2019, and the telegenic, bilingual figure is one of the best-known politicians in California. Yet others on this list have much stronger ties with Newsom, and the city’s notorious homelessness problem and recent high coronavirus numbers could clutter Garcetti’s path. Even if Garcetti doesn’t get the gig, he still could wind up in Washington. He’s got a long relationship with Biden and endorsed him for president at an important moment in the election cycle. Many think Garcetti is in line for a Cabinet post or another juicy gig.

Hiya Hilda

Odds: 40:1

The Details: L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis may be something of a long shot to earn the selection, but her resume and connections make her impossible to rule out. Solis knows D.C. from her eight years in Congress, and she and Biden had the same boss when she was the U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Barack Obama. Solis has held her current gig, which involves representing some 2 million county residents, since 2014.

The Field

Odds: 50:1

The Details: Other names have been bandied about, and various media reports have mentioned Los Angeles area players including state Senator Holly Mitchell, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. These individuals and others are accomplished politicians, but at this moment they appear to trail many stronger candidates. Still, when it comes to one person making a choice—and this is solely Newsom’s choice—the unpredictable can happen.

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