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COVID-19 testing sites unfriendly to walk-up traffic

LOS ANGELES — As a pandemic loomed, local health officials and government leaders scrambled to set up an accessible testing system, devising a series of drive-through coronavirus testing sites around Los Angeles County. In early May, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti made his city the first in America to offer widespread free testing to all county Read More…

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Supervisors eliminate 3,200 positions from county budget

LOS ANGELES — The county Board of Supervisors, on a 4-0 vote June 29, approved a revised $34.9 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that envisions deep across-the-board cuts and the elimination of thousands of positions, including sharp reductions in the sheriff’s department. Supervisor Janice Hahn abstained from the vote because she said the Read More…

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Governor bans indoor dining as COVID-19 spreads

LOS ANGELES — Responding to continuing increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Gavin Newsom July 1 ordered a halt to indoor dining and barred other indoor activities at businesses such as wineries, museums and casinos in counties that have been on the state’s COVID-19 “watch list,” which includes Los Angeles. “The bottom line is, Read More…