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ICE Says International Students Will Have to Leave the U.S. If Colleges Go Online-Only in Fall

Many colleges have already confirmed they will be continuing with online-only classes in the fall in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. But, according to an announcement today from ICE, the hundreds of thousands of people who travel to the U.S. to attend school on student visas will have to make other plans.

The agency says that, regardless of the public health reason for avoiding in-person classes, students enrolled at institutions that are online-only in the fall will have to leave the country or transfer to an institution that isn’t. Students who are not currently in the U.S. will not be allowed to enter the country to attend a university or program that opts for virtual instruction. Additionally, the State Department will not be able to issue any new visas for students enrolled at U.S. schools or programs that go fully online for the fall semester.

The modifications, which impact F-1 and M-1 visas, were announced via a post on the ICE website on Monday. While federal regulations have historically capped the number of online classes an international could take, an exemption was put into place for the 2020 spring and summer semesters due to the pandemic. The coronavirus hasn’t gone away but, it appears, the exemption now will.

Eligible students who hold the F-1 visas will still be allowed to take some portion of their course loads as online classes. These students can take one class or three credit hours online, and may be allowed to take more if they are attending a school that is offering a hybrid with both in-person and online instruction and the institution files certain documentation that asserts the student is taking at least some in-person classes and is enrolled in only the minimum number of online classes they would need to make progress toward their degree.

In 2019, there were 1,095,299 international students learning in the U.S., BuzzFeed reports, with a large number of them attending schools in California. At USC, a school that’s already announced its intention to be at least 80 to 90 percent online-only in the fall, international students account for nearly 25 percent of the total student body. UCLA and the Cal State system have also announced similar reductions in in-person instruction.

Many universities financially depend on the tuition fees paid by international students, particularly in fields including science and engineering, where enrollment among American students has declined.

If any particular school opens for the fall with some in-person classes, but then has to switch to online-only for any reason–say, a resurgent coronavirus outbreak–the institution is required to report that change of status to ICE within days. That could potentially result in international students being sent home mid-semester, perhaps amid a public heath situation that would make international travel dangerous.

“For a lot of international students like myself returning home right now is a death sentence for many reasons, including the pandemic. Learning in the USA has been a refuge for so many of us,” said a student attending the University of Massachusetts on an F-1 visa who spoke to BuzzFeed. “It appears to be a Trumpian move to force universities to be in-person in the fall. I am scared. Scared that my life doesn’t matter. Scared of both the US government and my own government.”

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


Coronavirus Cases Los Angeles, Update 7/6/2020:

Below is the current breakdown of coronavirus cases as of 8 p.m. on July 5. There are now 116,570 total confirmed cases (+1,584 from prior day). Of the cases, 8,675 have been hospitalized and there have been 3,534 deaths (+48 from prior day). The regions with the highest rate of infections per capita are Castaic, Vernon, and the Wholesale District. The most deaths have been recorded in Glendale (111), Westlake (106), Pico-Union (67), and Inglewood (65).

Novel Coronavirus Cases in Los Angeles County, by Neighborhood
Acton 29
Adams-Normandie 112
Agoura Hills 65
Agua Dulce 14
Alhambra 523
Alsace 172
Altadena 269
Anaverde 5
Angeles National Forest 5
Angelino Heights 26
Arcadia 223
Arleta 541
Artesia 126
Athens Village 82
Athens-Westmont 587
Atwater Village 96
Avalon 6
Avocado Heights 87
Azusa 722
Baldwin Hills 304
Baldwin Park 1095
Bassett 276
Bel Air 50
Bell 716
Bell Gardens 774
Bellflower 1031
Beverly Crest 60
Beverly Hills 306
Beverlywood 71
Bouquet Canyon 1
Boyle Heights 1971
Bradbury 10
Brentwood 128
Brookside 1
Burbank 621
Cadillac-Corning 54
Calabasas 137
Canoga Park 849
Canyon Country 50
Carson 750
Carthay 131
Castaic 1799
Central 1079
Century City 56
Century Palms/Cove 682
Cerritos 252
Chatsworth 312
Cheviot Hills 37
Chinatown 43
Claremont 135
Cloverdale/Cochran 147
Commerce 230
Compton 1650
Country Club Park 156
Covina 693
Covina (Charter Oak) 112
Crenshaw District 138
Crestview 126
Cudahy 512
Culver City 230
Del Aire 32
Del Rey 149
Del Sur 3
Desert View Highlands 9
Diamond Bar 208
Downey 1842
Downtown 342
Duarte 263
Eagle Rock 349
East Hollywood 367
East La Mirada 42
East Los Angeles 2799
East Pasadena 9
East Rancho Dominguez 228
East Whittier 37
Echo Park 89
El Camino Village 78
El Monte 1795
El Segundo 66
El Sereno 490
Elizabeth Lake 4
Elysian Park 33
Elysian Valley 124
Encino 244
Exposition 39
Exposition Park 549
Faircrest Heights 16
Figueroa Park Square 113
Florence-Firestone 2536
Gardena 567
Glassell Park 317
Glendale 1555
Glendora 448
Gramercy Place 114
Granada Hills 561
Green Meadows 384
Hacienda Heights 433
Hancock Park 143
Harbor City 224
Harbor Gateway 354
Harbor Pines 9
Harvard Heights 257
Harvard Park 662
Hawaiian Gardens 208
Hawthorne 847
Hermosa Beach 91
Hi Vista 1
Hidden Hills 5
Highland Park 505
Historic Filipinotown 230
Hollywood 526
Hollywood Hills 138
Huntington Park 1331
Hyde Park 312
Industry 14
Inglewood 1149
Irwindale 22
Jefferson Park 123
Kagel/Lopez Canyons 10
Koreatown 530
La Canada Flintridge 82
La Crescenta-Montrose 62
La Habra Heights 16
La Mirada 387
La Puente 547
La Rambla 66
La Verne 164
Ladera Heights 33
Lafayette Square 39
Lake Balboa 375
Lake Hughes 1
Lake Los Angeles 70
Lake Manor 6
Lakeview Terrace 271
Lakewood 522
Lancaster 1282
Lawndale 240
Leimert Park 131
Lennox 247
Leona Valley 13
Lincoln Heights 535
Little Armenia 262
Little Bangladesh 254
Little Tokyo 40
Littlerock 27
Littlerock/Juniper Hills 2
Littlerock/Pearblossom 37
Llano 2
Lomita 97
Long Beach 4379
Longwood 53
Los Feliz 88
Lynwood 1499
Malibu 56
Manchester Square 57
Mandeville Canyon 3
Manhattan Beach 161
Mar Vista 144
Marina del Rey 29
Marina Peninsula 20
Maywood 679
Melrose 978
Mid-city 173
Miracle Mile 79
Mission Hills 313
Monrovia 379
Montebello 1028
Monterey Park 360
Mt. Washington 212
Newhall 3
North Hills 838
North Hollywood 1388
North Lancaster 7
North Whittier 66
Northeast San Gabriel 126
Northridge 635
Norwalk 1343
Pacific Palisades 81
Pacoima 1437
Palisades Highlands 10
Palmdale 1477
Palms 316
Palos Verdes Estates 56
Panorama City 1322
Paramount 988
Park La Brea 44
Pasadena 1401
Pearblossom/Llano 9
Pellissier Village 7
Pico Rivera 1084
Pico-Union 995
Playa Del Rey 9
Playa Vista 57
Pomona 1816
Porter Ranch 153
Quartz Hill 74
Rancho Dominguez 34
Rancho Palos Verdes 154
Rancho Park 33
Redondo Beach 245
Regent Square 16
Reseda 1036
Reseda Ranch 41
Reynier Village 22
Rolling Hills 3
Rolling Hills Estates 25
Roosevelt 3
Rosemead 304
Rosewood 11
Rosewood/East Gardena 5
Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez 41
Rowland Heights 305
San Dimas 194
San Fernando 331
San Gabriel 268
San Jose Hills 245
San Marino 32
San Pasqual 4
San Pedro 1238
Santa Catalina Island 3
Santa Clarita 1345
Santa Fe Springs 206
Santa Monica 445
Santa Monica Mountains 54
Saugus 6
Shadow Hills 21
Sherman Oaks 441
Sierra Madre 38
Signal Hill 118
Silver Lake 318
South Antelope Valley 1
South Carthay 56
South El Monte 341
South Gate 1954
South Park 942
South Pasadena 173
South San Gabriel 96
South Whittier 609
Southeast Antelope Valley 7
St Elmo Village 70
Stevenson Ranch 76
Studio City 127
Sun Valley 657
Sunland 239
Sunrise Village 18
Sycamore Square 1
Sylmar 1428
Tarzana 366
Temple City 272
Temple-Beaudry 613
Thai Town 66
Toluca Lake 37
Toluca Terrace 8
Toluca Woods 5
Torrance 649
Tujunga 197
Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain 8
University Hills 25
University Park 387
Val Verde 33
Valencia 13
Valinda 293
Valley Glen 241
Valley Village 310
Van Nuys 1306
Venice 107
Vermont Knolls 369
Vermont Square 173
Vermont Vista 875
Vernon 13
Vernon Central 1455
Victoria Park 97
View Heights 17
View Park/Windsor Hills 71
Walnut 124
Walnut Park 316
Watts 799
Wellington Square 53
West Adams 444
West Antelope Valley 3
West Carson 182
West Covina 1181
West Hills 243
West Hollywood 292
West LA 25
West Los Angeles 227
West Puente Valley 168
West Rancho Dominguez 13
West Vernon 1045
West Whittier/Los Nietos 402
Westchester 196
Westfield/Academy Hills 2
Westhills 3
Westlake 1443
Westlake Village 10
Westwood 148
White Fence Farms 22
Whittier 862
Whittier 29
Wholesale District 1482
Willowbrook 655
Wilmington 677
Wilshire Center 512
Winnetka 537
Wiseburn 47
Woodland Hills 348
Under Investigation: 3062

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Afternoon Update: Kanye West Apparently Got a Boatload in PPP Funds

» When he isn’t selling $50 pairs of socks to his churchgoers or randomly deciding to run for president, Kanye West is collecting lots of government money as proprietor of Yeezy LLC. While some California small businesses collected as little as $1, billionaire West reportedly accepted as much as $5 million from the government program. [CBS News]

» Elon Musk, who apparently supports Kanye’s bid for president, had a laugh at the expense of people short-selling Tesla stock by selling a pair of Tesla-branded short shorts—which apparently sold out in minutes. The red satin shorts sold for $69.420, because the world is run by 11 year olds boys. [TMZ]

» While arguments against defunding the police tend to revolve around violent crime, an L.A. Times analysis found that relatively few calls fielded by LAPD officers are for violent crimes. According to the Times, “Of the nearly 18 million calls logged by the LAPD since 2010, about 1.4 million of them, or less than 8 percent, were reports of violent crimes.” [Los Angeles Times]

» The biggest box office hit over this year’s Independence Day weekend actually came out in 1984. Sony’s reissue of Ghostbusters was a hit at drive-ins, which now account for 90 percent of box office receipts. [Deadline]

» Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick inked a big deal with Disney. The first project will reportedly be a docuseries about his journey from 49ers QB to civil rights icon. [CNN]

» Despite a Sheriff’s Department directive to wear masks when they’re interacting with one another and the public, officers continue to be spotted bare-faced across the city. [LAist]

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Which L.A. Neighborhoods Are Best—and Worst—at Wearing Masks?

Depending on your worldview, wearing a face mask during the current coronavirus pandemic is either a simple act of responsibility or a meltdown-inducing incursion into your personal freedom (or, you know, you just can’t be bothered). Wondering where your neighbors fall on that divide? One new survey attempts to pin down what Los Angeles neighborhoods wear masks most often, and where people are going around bare-faced.

Local data firm InfoGears created an online survey to ask Angelenos to anonymously report about their pandemic experiences. Among the items on the questionnaire, it asks respondents to state how often they wear a mask when venturing outside their homes.

Only in one L.A. zip code did 100 percent of residents report that they “always” wear a mask when going out. That zip code is 90042, which includes Highland Park. Following Highland Park near the top in the mask-wearing rankings are North Hollywood (91605), Garnsey and Sherman Village (91607), and San Pedro (90731).

Meanwhile, the neighborhood where people were the least likely to say they’re committed to mask life is Glendale (91208), with just over 41 percent of respondents saying they always put on their face cover. Also near the bottom are La Crescenta (91214) and the western Antelope Valley (93536).

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That July 4 Fireworks Ban? Yeah, People Didn’t Listen


Despite officials canceling professional fireworks displays and issuing a “no fireworks” order across Los Angeles due to the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of Angelenos took it upon themselves to ensure that rockets’ red glare remained a major part of their Fourth of July celebrations—leading to a surge in emergency service calls, fires, and a spike in air pollution.

While the Los Angeles Fire Department averages just under 1,400 calls in a typical 24-hour period, on Saturday it responded to 1,738 calls for service, including 200 calls for rubbish fires, 103 tree fires, 28 grass fires, and 11 shrub fires.

In the most serious incident, a fireworks-related blaze took out eight units in a Northridge apartment complex and displaced 50 residents before 80 firefighters could extinguish the flames.

“As it always is, the Fourth of July was a busier night for all different types of fires,” L.A.F.D. spokeswoman Margaret Stewart told the Los Angeles Times. “Whereas people like to disregard and create their reasons for why they think fireworks are illegal, last night proved the point in terms of a tree fire that extended into an apartment building.”

Particle pollution was so bad that air quality in parts of the city was rated as hazardous into Sunday Morning.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which serves unincorporated L.A. County and 59 cities, also saw calls skyrocket. The department normally gets 1,100 to 1,200 calls per day, but it received 1,676 calls for service on Saturday—with nearly 500 coming between 9 and 10 p.m. alone.

On Twitter, of course, some were quick to showcase the pyrotechnical orgy as a bold political stand against the freedom-crushing tyranny of local government.

Former U.S. ambassador to Germany, Republican Richard Grenell, declared, “Fireworks still going all across Los Angeles despite @GavinNewsom and @ericgarcetti trying to criminalize our freedoms. Californians are tired of Newsom. He’s overplayed his hand.”

Civic-minded folks on another band of the spectrum, meanwhile, had their own take on the fireworks…

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A New Documentary Goes Inside Danny Trejo’s ‘Crazy’ Transformation

Near the end of Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo, set for digital release on July 7, the Machete star and owner of Trejo’s Tacos speaks to inmates at Arizona State Prison. He tells them: “Everything good that has happened to me happened as the direct result of helping someone else.”

That one line encapsulates the perspective of the prolific actor, whose IMDB page boasts 384 credits and counting. “The more you help other people, the better your life gets. It’s that simple,” Trejo says on a recent video call. “It’s just you feel better about yourself and your surroundings. I honestly believe that’s the way that God wants us to live is by helping each other.”

Trejo has been helping others, even in the midst of the pandemic. He’s been getting food to people experiencing homelessness in the San Fernando Valley, as well as frontline workers, the elderly, and others in need. He’s bringing diapers to pass out when requested as well, since people often ask for them. “This is my community. I terrorized this community for a long time,” he says. “Right now, I’m just paying it back.”

“I terrorized this community for a long time. Right now, I’m just paying it back.”

Inmate #1, a reference to the nameless characters that Trejo played early in his film career, traces the actor’s story back to the beginning through interviews with him, as well as his family and friends. In blunt detail, he talks about his youth in Pacoima, his introduction to drugs, and the crime he engaged in as a result. Trejo, 76, spent a significant chunk of his teens and 20s in and out of correctional facilities. He describes time spent in solitary confinement, replaying The Wizard of Oz in his head and hearing “Hey Jude” play on a radio in the distance, building up to the moment when he decided to change his outlook on life.

Later on, Trejo became a drug counselor, which led to him being discovered on a film set and kickstarted his life as an actor. Decades, and many films, later, Trejo continues to speak to people at prisons and addiction facilities.

Director Brett Harvey had just finished up Ice Guardians, a documentary about hockey enforcers, when he did a deep dive into Trejo’s life to pitch this project. “It was the craziest transformation of human character that I had ever come across in any of the documentaries or even just films I watched,” the Canadian director says by phone from Burnaby, British Columbia. Once the film was a go, they got to know each other over pancakes at diners and football games in Trejo’s living room. He said that he was struck by how forthcoming Trejo was when talking about his past. “I think that Danny had gotten to a point in his life where he had made amends with where he was at and he was comfortable talking about some of the scarier things that he had done in his life,” says Harvey.

It took several years to complete the documentary, partly because of complications coordinating with Trejo’s filming schedule. Another was waiting for access to film in a correctional facility. The crew was finally able to shadow Trejo when he spoke at Arizona State Prison.

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For Trejo, one of the biggest challenges was going into the prison as himself. “It’s OK if you go back into institutions playing a part, being a character,” he says. “You’ve got to go back there being yourself, with no mask, it’s kind of terrifying.”

For the director, a challenge was recapturing Trejo’s life from 50 to 60 years ago with little archival footage, but that led to one of Harvey’s favorite experiences on the documentary, which was riding in Trejo’s Chevrolet Bel Air while he pointed to various landmarks and spoke about his life. “It became a little difficult because, every 20 seconds, people were yelling ‘Trejo!’ or ‘Machete!'” Harvey says.

Also, the director notes, the film’s cut-off point for production came before some incredibly interesting events in the actor’s life. If you watch the documentary and wonder why there’s no mention of Trejo rescuing a child from an overturned car in Sylmar, that’s why.

But, Harvey says, he’s seen evidence of Trejo’s goods works. “I can attest to the fact that he literally has underwear and socks in the back of his trunk that he will give out when he’s driving down the street if he sees somebody that he thinks is in need of it,” says Harvey. “He will go and buy dog food when he sees a person who doesn’t seem to have a home on the street and has a dog.”

As for the documentary, Trejo says that he sees it as a message of hope. “It doesn’t matter where you start,” he says. “It matters where you end.”

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Ghislaine Maxwell Headed for Court in New York, Where James Comey’s Daughter Is on the Case


Federal prosecutors in Manhattan’s Southern District have asked a judge to issue a protective order on discovery materials connected to Thursday’s arrest of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell as the accused sex trafficker prepares for her next court appearance, slated for July 10. Those materials could identify other targets of the ongoing sex trafficking probe connected to disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

A letter from Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss—cosigned by three assistant DAs on the case, including James Comey’s daughter Maurene Comey—says, “Such a protective order will be necessary to facilitate the production of discovery while also protecting, among other things, the privacy and identity of third parties, including victims of the conduct charged in the Indictment.”

Maxwell, 58, was arrested in a dramatic raid Thursday morning at her $1 million Bradford, New Hampshire, hideout, where Assistant Director of the New York FBI William Sweeney says “she slithered away…and continued to live a life of privilege.” As FBI surveillance planes flew over the 156-acre mountain estate, two dozen heavily armed agents and NYPD detectives assigned to a joint task force for crimes against children swarmed the remote retreat Maxwell paid cash for in December, using a carefully constructed trust to hide the purchase.

The pixie-haired heiress was arrested wearing sweatpants and a white T-shirt, two sources with direct knowledge of the raid told Los Angeles magazine.

The FBI had been tracking her movements, Sweeney now says, since July 2019 when Epstein, 61, a convicted pedophile whom she once dated, was arrested on federal sex crime charges. Epstein was found dead in his jail cell a month later, and while the Bureau of Prisons has called it suicide, Epstein’s family and others dispute that ruling. Surveillance footage from his cell was reportedly lost due to a camera malfunction.

After she was taken into custody last week, Maxwell, 58, was hit with a six-count indictment on federal charges related to “the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein,” said Strauss, who replaced Geoffrey Berman, Trump’s hand-picked prosecutor who was inexplicably pushed out of office in recent weeks. President Trump is one of multiple powerful elites connected to Epstein, along with Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton, and Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who negotiated a controversial plea deal with former Miami U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta that essentially squashed a 53-count pending federal indictment in that state.

Yesterday Dershowitz, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least one Epstein victim, sent out a bizarre tweet where he waived “any right of privacy,” if, in fact, “Epstein made secret videos of all the men who had sex in his houses and planes.”

Maurene Comey being among the federal prosecutors on the case has raised eyebrows among NYPD detectives assigned to the task force. One detective close to the case told Los Angeles that appointing Comey, an Assistant U.S. Attorney with no experience in human trafficking cases and one with close ties to a bureau that’s come under fire for the handling of the Epstein case in Florida, has an air of “impropriety.” Comey was hired by the Southern District as a clerk in 2014, and became a prosecutor in 2015, an unusually short amount of time to be assigned one of the most high-profile investigations in the country.

Maxwell is expected to be transported by U.S. Marshals this week after spending the weekend in a New Hampshire lockup.

Strauss said the indictment against Maxwell includes “almost unspeakable” crimes committed against girls as young as 14.  “Maxwell assisted, facilitated and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom and ultimately abuse victims.” Maxwell, prosecutors said, “would try to normalize the abuse for a minor victim.”

Prosecutors say Maxwell poses “an extreme risk of flight,” and point out in a detention memo that “Maxwell has three passports, large sums of money, extensive international connections, and absolutely no reason to stay in the United States and face the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence.”

In addition to the decade behind bars she’s facing, Maxwell has been named in 15 civil suits filed by Epstein victims. Until last week, Maxwell sightings were scarce. She had been spotted hiding in an oceanfront mansion in the tony Massachusetts town of Manchester-by-the-Sea owned by her reputed love interest, tech CEO Scott Borgerson who told the Boston Globe, “My private life is my private life.”

For nearly a year a joint NYPD-FBI task force has built its case against Epstein’s purported madam using the Mann Act, which targets sex traffickers. Investigators have subpoenaed former Epstein pilots and raiding his island home, working to prove allegations that between 1994 and 1997, Maxwell and Epstein—and possibly others—abused young girls at his Upper East Side townhouse, his Palm Beach, Florida estate, his ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at Maxwell’s home in London.

Maxwell is now also charged with perjury for allegedly lying about her alleged role in Epstein’s perversions and her own alleged abuse of underage girls in a deposition as part of a 2016 civil litigation. Asked if Epstein had a “scheme to recruit underage girls for sexual massages,” Maxwell responded: “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” according to the indictment.

Maxwell also denied interacting with anyone under the age of 17 at Epstein’s properties or her own and said she wasn’t aware that Epstein had a substantial collection of sex toys at his properties.

Last week Strauss told reporters investigators have requested an interview with Prince Andrew, one of several high-profile Epstein affiliates who have been logged on his private plane logs.

The investigation into other potential abusers continues, Strauss said last week.

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Thank You Is More Than a Name at This Chinatown Coffee Pop-Up

Red benches sit vacant in Chinatown’s sun-soaked Central Plaza. Coin-operated kiddie rides haven’t seen any action for weeks beneath Gin Ling Way’s iconic red lanterns. It’s noon, but most storefronts are dark and locked. One door remains open behind a metal gate, belonging to the stationary store Paper Please, where two baristas still craft coffee and tea drinks at a back counter to help fuel frontline medical workers.

Generosity and gratitude have been welcome silver linings during the pandemic. Thank You Coffee debuted in March, just as the COVID-19 crisis hit, and the pop-up that business partners Jonathan Yang, Matt Chung, and Cody Wang operate out of a similarly cordial business has been true to its name.

It’s possible for anybody to order pick-up drinks on Mondays and Wednesdays and delivery on Tuesdays and Thursdays. More often, Thank You Coffee drops off bottled beverages to healthcare heroes at larger facilities like L.A. County and USC Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center through Donate PPE and for friends and acquaintances in the medical world. McCormick Ambulance Service, Southland Care Center, Herald Christian Health Center, Cal Veterans Home of California Pharmacy, and Los Alamitos Medical Center have all benefited from Thank You Coffee drop-offs.

The business is making the most of its limited space, utilizing a La Marzocco Linea Mini espresso machine and Hario V60 coffee drippers to brew beverages like sweet lattes, hojicha lattes, and a signature You’re Welcome Latte that combines espresso, chicory pecan bitters, oat milk, and lapsang souchong syrup made with smoked black tea from Fujian, China. Cold brew is also popular. They favor creamy, shelf-stable, more sustainable oat milk over cow’s milk and nut milks for all their drinks. Beverages arrive in plastic 12-ounce bottles ($6) and 64-ounce jugs ($25) that sport handwritten labels and smiles.

Yang is an L.A. native who worked in coffee for Bird Rock Roasters, LAMILL, and Café Dulce, and who also attended seminary school. During seminary, he helped start Steeple House Coffee at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley before cofounding Thank You Coffee. Chung worked at Hideout Coffee in Rowland Heights, and Wang handles the business’s finances. Yang’s wife Julia is a graphic designer and focuses on aesthetics.

Thank You Coffee connected through Instagram with Paper Please’s owners, who wanted to give them a platform to serve coffee while searching for brick-and-mortar locations. Chinatown was a great fit and may work for them long-term, because of their connection to the culture and neighborhood. Jonathan and Julia Yang’s grandparents both lived in Chinatown and they would spend time exploring the streets and plazas as kids. Jonathan Yang says, “It seemed special to be a second generation Cantonese-American operating in Chinatown.”

As of last month, Thank You Coffee had donated over 650 bottles to frontline workers, twice the number they’d sold. “We wanted to start off characterized by generosity,” Jonathan Yang says. “We’re hoping that’s the kind of environment we can create for our staff and guests.”

Thank You Coffee, 441 Gin Ling Way, Chinatown, 562-265-8359.

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Morning Brief: Gloves and Masks Are Now a Must at the Gym

» Any trip to the gym will now require masks and gloves, per a new L.A. County ordinance. Masks with valves do not comply with the order, as they allow the wearer’s droplets to escape from the mask. [KTLA]

» The Soledad fire began burning quickly near Agua Dulce on Sunday afternoon. The fire shut down portions of Highway 14 and triggered evacuations as it tore through at least 400 acres in just hours.  [Santa Clarita Valley Signal]

» Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who’d been hospitalized for months with the coronavirus, passed away at Cedars-Sinai on Sunday. According to his wife, Amanda Kloots, the 41-year-old’s body had been ravaged by the disease; he’d endured heart attacks, a leg amputation, and a tracheotomy. The couple moved from New York to Los Angeles just last year. [The New York Times]

» Ennio Morricone, who scored more than 500 movies from A Fistful of Dollars to Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (for which he won an Oscar), has passed away. He was 91. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Kanye West tweeted that he intends to run for president in 2020. He has taken no formal steps toward doing so, but Elon Musk endorses him. [CNN]

» The Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills was seized from the assets of financier-turned-fugitive Jho Law, linked to a $2.5 billion corruption and theft scheme. Now the property is up for sale–but the luxury hotel business isn’t exactly booming right now. [The New York Times]

» On Saturday night, a woman stole a LAFD ambulance and took it for a ride through Vernon and South Gate. Authorities detained and arrested her after a televised chase. [NBC Los Angeles]

» Center Theater Group, one of L.A.’s top performing arts companies, will stay dark until at least spring 2021. The group announced a lineup of shows to begin next April, including To Kill a Mockingbird and Hadestown.  [Spectrum News]


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Bars Are Closed (Again), but These Canned and Bottled Cocktails Will Help You Get By

With bars closed, you’re left with two options when cocktail hour rolls around: shake up your own or pick up premixed canned cocktails. Yes, there are a lot of mediocre, overly sweet premade cocktails, but these six manage to make convenience delicious and sophisticated.


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Bars Are Closed (Again), but These Canned and Bottled Cocktails Will Help You Get By

With bars closed, you’re left with two options when cocktail hour rolls around: shake up your own or pick up premixed canned cocktails. Yes, there are a lot of mediocre, overly sweet premade cocktails, but these six manage to make convenience delicious and sophisticated.

LiveWire’s Heartbreaker

This crisp and effervescent beverage is the brainchild of Harvard & Stone alum Aaron Polsky, and marries the best parts of a Moscow mule and paloma. Made with Ventura Spirits vodka, it’s punctuated with extracts and organic acids of oroblanco grapefruit, kumquat, jasmine, and ginger. LiveWire’s Heartbreaker, $6 at Bar Keeper, 614 N Hoover St., Silver Lake, livewiredrinks.com, and elsewhere.

B&K Classic Cocktail Co.’s Old Fashioned

Matt Bostick and David King, the team behind this award-winning old fashioned made with proprietary bitters, dreamt up the idea of bottling this classic when they were running their now-closed Baldoria restaurant and bar. It’s best poured over ice, and if you’re feeling extra fancy, add an orange twist. B&K Classic Cocktail Co.’s Old Fashioned, $7.50 at Everson Royce, 155 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, bkclassiccocktails.com, and elsewhere.

Green Bar Distillery’s Hibiscus Spritz

This floral, fruity, and herbaceous cocktail created by an organic L.A. distillery elevates the classic Italian Aperol Spritz with notes of rose hips, lavender, jasmine, lemongrass, cardamom, and orange bitters. Greenbar Distillery’s Hibiscus Spritz, $20.99 for a 4-pack at Erewhon, 15285 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, greenbardistillery.com, and elsewhere.

Two Chicks’ Sparkling Vodka Fizz

Perfect for an afternoon picnic, this smooth, bubbly, and aromatic libation crafted by a women-led business is punched up with vodka and natural essences of elderflower and pear. Two Chicks’ Sparkling Vodka Fizz, $3.99 at Mission Wine & Spirits, 13654 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, twochickscocktails.com, and elsewhere.

Drnxmyth’s Bourbon Sour

For a heady cocktail made with fresh cold-pressed orange and lemon juices, this high-rye bourbon sour created by local barman Jason F. Yu becomes a complete drink once you twist and shake the bottle to combine the juices and alcohol separated by different compartments. It’s complemented by bitters made with sassafras, nutmeg, cinnamon, and molasses — and is lovely over ice. Drnxmyth’s Bourbon Sour, $9.99 for delivery at drnxmyth.com, and elsewhere.

Vervet’s Angelicano

Developed by four friends, including local bartender Hope Ewing, Vervet manages to squeeze a craft cocktail experience into its colorful cans. All four flavors are winners, but we especially love the Angelicano, which features red bitters and white vermouth and drinks like a sparkling Negroni. Vervet, $5.50 at Bar Keeper, 614 N Hoover St., Silver Lake, $58 for eight at drinkvervet.com/store.