The downtown Skyline appears behind a fence separating the 101 freeway from Echo Park

Pandemic in Los Angeles: Day 48

Our city lives inside of us. Keep breathing, Los Angeles.

J.T.

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Pandemic in Los Angeles: Day 45

Today marks the 45th day since Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home orders took effect on March 19th, 2020.

And for a second week in a row, protests greeted the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento, as well as in Los Angeles, as more people expressed their vexation with the ordinances, a lack of services, and burgeoning joblessness.

In the seven weeks since March 19th, 2020, over 3.7 million people in California have filed for unemployment claims, according to the LA Daily News.

But a lack of work and the call to continue socially distancing notwithstanding, it looked like a typical Sunny weekend driving past Echo Park this afternoon, with scores of people over the grass surrounding the famous Lake.

At least in Metropolitan L.A., even if the beaches are closed, city-goers have green pastures to enjoy. The fact of the matter is that as spring sunshine looms larger over L.A.’s dry interior, it will only become more difficult to keep the state’s 40 million people indoors. Californians pay taxes, after all, not to mention rent and mortgages, to be able to enjoy the outdoors here.

In L.A., 55% of the city’s residents are renters.

In all likelihood, then, in effort to fend off more unrest from the citizenry, then, Governor Newsom, along with mayor Garcetti should announce significant changes to the ordinances soon.

Since March 19th, Los Angeles’s 10 million residents have counted over 24,000 cases of the coronavirus across its population, though that number, as before, is an under-count due to lack of testing.

By contrast, halfway across the world, in Vietnam, with over 95 million people between its jurisdiction, the country has counted just 270 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak, and zero deaths to show for it.

That statistic is one that should make every Californian–and indeed every American–pause to ask the following: As the richest economy on the planet, if not the health and future of its work-force, just what is our government invested in? And what’s it waiting for?

J.T.

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Pandemic in Los Angeles: Day 37

The summer-like heat was something fierce this day.

On this Friday
the world appeared to me to return to its normal state by virtue of the summer glaze over the skyline, through the windows at home, and across the din of my eyebrows while I zig-zagged past so much of Los Angeles delivering the new Los Cuentos face-masks to the people.

Like the Los Cuentos hoodies, and the Los Cuentos caps a year earlier, the new face-masks are as much about caring for communities in Los Angeles as they are about declaring to the world of the metropolis that coronavirus notwithstanding, we are here, we are activated, and we’re not going anywhere without our cuentos still guiding the way.

I am thankful for every supporter in this next chapter for JT, and can assure them we will continue meeting the work with the same dedication and enthusiasm we show for this blog.

Let’s get covered, Los Angeles.

J.T.

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