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California is pausing unemployment claims for 2 weeks

California is pausing unemployment claims for 2 weeks

Officials say California will not accept new unemployment claims for the next two weeks as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog as more than 2 million people are out of work statewide during the coronavirus pandemic.The state announced the two-week pause on Saturday, calling it a “reset period that will help expedite new claimant payments, reduce fraud and tackle backlog issues moving forward.”Nearly 600,000 Californians are part of a backlog where their unemployment claims have not been processed by the state’s Employment Development Department for more than 21 days.The...

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As more people go out, nearly 50% of coronavirus cases in L.A. County are among those 40 and under

As more people go out, nearly 50% of coronavirus cases in L.A. County are among those 40 and under

As more people go out to work and to socialize, COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising among younger Los Angeles County residents, who now make up almost half of all the county’s documented cases, health officials said Monday.“Unfortunately, where we are today is different than where we were two, three or four weeks ago,” L.A. County’s health director Barbara Ferrer said. “Cases are surging, hospitalizations are increasing, and mostly, this is all a reflection of a lot more community spread.”There’s been a significant increase in infections among those aged 18 to 40 years old. “Almost 50% of...

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Coronavirus outbreaks traced to parties and family gatherings as L.A. County sees spike in hospitalizations

Coronavirus outbreaks traced to parties and family gatherings as L.A. County sees spike in hospitalizations

As Los Angeles County grapples with a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, health officials said Wednesday they traced several COVID-19 outbreaks to recent parties and family gatherings.“Unfortunately, many of these celebrations resulted in the spread of COVID-19, and for some, serious illness that required hospitalization,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a media briefing.Ferrer said this underscores the “very real risk” of celebrating with members of different households during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.There were 1,889 people hospitalized...

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Parking enforcement to resume July 6 in L.A. after monthslong pause for stay-at-home orders

Parking enforcement to resume July 6 in L.A. after monthslong pause for stay-at-home orders

Parking enforcement will resume July 6 in Los Angeles after a monthslong pause while residents were asked to stay at home to curb the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Friday.This means that drivers will again get tickets for parking during residential street sweeping and in rush hour, anti-gridlock zones and loading zones, or for having an expired registration, according to the L.A. Department of Transportation.The city ordered the relaxed parking regulations in March, and has extended the period several times.Some relaxed enforcement will continue, including:All other parking...

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Man arrested after lighting firework that was thrown back into his car during Riverside protest: Police

Man arrested after lighting firework that was thrown back into his car during Riverside protest: Police

A man was arrested after lighting a firework then assaulting the person who threw it back into his car during a Riverside protest earlier this month, police said Thursday.Video shows a car stopped at the intersection of University Avenue and Orange Street, where a crowd of protesters was gathered June 1.A man emerges from the car and appears to light a firework as several run towards him, one of them quickly picking up the firework and tossing it back into the car, video shows.A passenger in the car runs out as the fireworks explode, sending sparks flying as the smoke-filled car rolls back....

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L.A. mayor directs city departments to begin planning affirmative action programs, names city’s first chief equity officer

L.A. mayor directs city departments to begin planning affirmative action programs, names city’s first chief equity officer

On Juneteenth, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an executive order directing all city departments to begin planning affirmative action programs in recruitment hiring, training and personnel policies.The mayor on Friday also announced a new position, the city’s first chief equity officer, and named L.A. deputy mayor Brenda Shockley to the position.“I welcome this opportunity to continue to fight for racial equity and equal opportunity, and against systemic racism and injustice,” Shockley said.The California Assembly 58-9 last week to let voters decide whether to repeal the ban on...

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Reward of up to $10,000 offered for information on burglars who stole 29 guns from Santa Monica Big 5

Reward of up to $10,000 offered for information on burglars who stole 29 guns from Santa Monica Big 5

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information on a group of burglars who stole 29 firearms from a store in Santa Monica last week, officials said Tuesday.The burglars arrived at Big 5 Sporting Goods at 3121 Wilshire Blvd. around 8 p.m. May 31 and smashed the windows with a crowbar and a sledgehammer, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.They then used bolt cutters to cut through a metal gate and broke into the store, stealing multiple firearms, officials said.Some of the suspects were seen riding in a white BMW four-door sedan, according to...

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Firefighters battle blaze at downtown L.A. produce market as propane tanks explode outside: LAFD

Firefighters battle blaze at downtown L.A. produce market as propane tanks explode outside: LAFD

Firefighters battled a blaze that erupted and spread into a produce market in downtown Los Angeles Monday, the L.A. Fire Department said.Propane tanks were seen exploding outside of the one-story building at 815 Kohler St., fire officials said after the blaze was reported around 3:20 p.m.The produce market was open for business and people were self-evacuating when firefighters arrived at the scene, according to LAFD.The fire was dubbed a major emergency incident about 20 minutes after it ignited and 112 firefighters responded to the scene, going into defensive mode.“Due to the extreme fire...

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Relaxed parking enforcement in L.A. to be extended through July 1, Garcetti says

Relaxed parking enforcement in L.A. to be extended through July 1, Garcetti says

Relaxed parking enforcement in Los Angeles will continue through July 1 as residents are still asked to stay home to curb spread of the novel coronavirus, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday.“Even though there’s more opening, we’re still recommending people stay at home,” the mayor said. “Folks can telework from home and we want to continue encouraging that to help stop the spread of COVID-19 [and] allow people to be able to work from there and not get punished because they’re doing the right thing.”The city stopped ticketing drivers during street sweeping in residential areas or...

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Protestors block 101 Freeway, smash patrol car window in downtown L.A. during protest over George Floyd’s death

Protestors block 101 Freeway, smash patrol car window in downtown L.A. during protest over George Floyd’s death

Hundreds of protestors took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles Wednesday for a demonstration in the name of George Floyd, a black man who died after being pinned beneath a Minneapolis police officer’s knee.A large group broke away and got onto the 101 Freeway around 6 p.m., blocking traffic on both sides of the freeway during rush hour as Los Angeles Police Department officers and Los Angeles Fire Department units responded.At one point, some people surrounded a California Highway Patrol car and were seen banging on it and kicking it as the vehicle drove through the crowd on the freeway...

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