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News Brief: Car Caravan Protests LBUSD Proposal to Have Teachers Instruct From Empty Classrooms

August 6, 2020 by Brian Champlin
Photo by Steven Brewer via flickr cc

On the docket today: Teachers and parents protest LBUSD’s proposed instruction guidelines, the County puts some teeth into its ban on big gatherings, and UCLA football players have tested positive for coronavirus. Also, why was Jake Paul’s home raided on Wednesday? First, the news:

Morning News Rundown

Teachers and parents held a car caravan outside the LBUSD headquarters on Wednesday night in protest of the district’s proposed plan to have teachers conduct virtual instruction from empty classrooms. LBUSD has set a deadline of Aug. 14 to decide what instruction protocol will be for the coming school year. [Long Beach Post]

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Following a large gathering in Beverly Crest this week that resulted in the shooting death of a 35-year-old woman, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a “legally binding” ban on gatherings and parties. [We Like L.A.]

On Wednesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he has authorized the city to shut off LADWP service in the “egregious cases” of large gatherings or house parties in violation of the county’s order. [We Like L.A.]

Only hours after Mayor Garcetti’s warning about possible utility shutdowns, a local news chopper spied hundreds of guests at a private wedding at a mansion in Holmby Hills. The event dispersed just before midnight following the arrival of LAPD. [KNX 1070]

At least eight UCLA football players have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to campus for the fall semester, according to a Wednesday update from L.A. County Public Health. [CBS Los Angeles]

Close to 1,000 pre-COVID0-19 eviction orders have begun processing by the L.A. Sheriff’s Department this week, according to attorneys from landlords and tenants. The orders were handed down before a countywide moratorium stopped evictions from moving forward in March. Landlords argue that these eviction orders are valid because they were initiated before the moratorium went into effect. Tenants rights groups strongly oppose. L.A. County’s blanket moratorium on COVID-related evictions has been extended through Sept. 30. [Daily News]

A new report from the office that coordinates L.A.’s on-location permitting shows productions are on the uptick since cratering at the beginning of the pandemic. Since June 15, FilmLA has received 577 film permit applications from 422 unique projects. One caveat: The vast majority––almost two-thirds––are for the advertising industry, including still photography and commercials. Only 9% of the applications are for film and television productions. [LA Mag]

A massive fight involving close to 100 people broke out at the Cambria Hotel & Suites in Anaheim on Wednesday afternoon. Two people were arrested, two were taken to the hospital, and the cause is still being investigated. [FOX 11]

Something Random…

FBI agents raided the Calabasas home of YouTube personality Jake Paul on Wednesday in connection with a riot that took place at an Arizona mall back in May. On his Twitter account, Paul said his appearance at the riot was only to “share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood we traveled through.” He claims he did not participate in or condone the violence. Misdemeanor charges against Paul were filed and then dropped without prejudice by the Scottsdale Police, who are letting the Feds take the lead on the investigation. As for the raid, multiple firearms were seized, though no arrests are planned at this time. [ABC 7]

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