• Risky U.S. mortgages face reckoning in market spooked by coronavirus

    Risky U.S. mortgages face reckoning in market spooked by coronavirus
    By Prashant Gopal, Bloomberg
    As America heads into a deep recession, the $11 trillion residential-mortgage market is in crisis. Investors who buy home loans packaged into bonds are dumping even those with federal backing because of panic that millions might not make their payments.
    Yet one risky sector had started to show cracks long before the coronavirus pandemic sparked the worst financial meltdown in 12 years: the federal government’s largest affordable-ho
  • Sneeze guards go up at grocery checkouts as UFCW petitions for coronavirus policy

    Sneeze guards go up at grocery checkouts as UFCW petitions for coronavirus policy
    Three of the country’s largest supermarket chains are installing partitions at checkout stands, and the union that represents local workers is trying to make those safety measures part of public policy in California.
    The United Food and Commercial Workers said Wednesday, March 25 that it is petitioning Gov. Gavin Newsom to include supermarket workers as emergency personnel in the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The petition includes a state order for plexiglass partitions to
  • Southern California restaurants tap into alcohol to-go in the coronavirus pandemic

    Southern California restaurants tap into alcohol to-go in the coronavirus pandemic
    In better times, customers at the Rusty Pelican could sit and sip a cocktail with a view of Newport Harbor.
    The restaurant’s dining room is currently closed the fight against the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.
    But general manager Steve Burke is able to deliver a bit of that experience, literally. It’s selling cocktails like Salty Pear martinis and $22 pitchers of margaritas for pickup or delivery.
    The Rusty Pelican is taking advantage of “regulatory relief” offered b
  • USNS Mercy expects to reach Port of Los Angeles Friday and starting helping hospitals expecting coronavirus surge

    USNS Mercy expects to reach Port of Los Angeles Friday and starting helping hospitals expecting coronavirus surge
    The USNS Mercy, a Navy hospital ship that should help take the load off Los Angeles area hospitals as they treat coronavirus patients, is expected to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles on Friday and be in service by Saturday at the latest.
    The 1,000-bed ship – which was offshore of Camp Pendleton on Wednesday, March 25 – left San Diego on Monday and has been while en route making preparations to take patients.
    “The medical staff is utilizing the time to make sure all is ready fo
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  • USNS Mercy expects to reach Port of Los Angeles Friday and start helping hospitals expecting coronavirus surge

    USNS Mercy expects to reach Port of Los Angeles Friday and start helping hospitals expecting coronavirus surge
    The USNS Mercy, a Navy hospital ship that should help take the load off Los Angeles area hospitals as they treat coronavirus patients, is expected to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles on Friday and be in service by Saturday at the latest.
    The 1,000-bed ship – which was offshore of Camp Pendleton on Wednesday, March 25 – left San Diego on Monday and has been while en route making preparations to take patients.
    “The medical staff is utilizing the time to make sure all is ready fo
  • NHL postpones draft, awards show and combine because of coronavirus

    NHL postpones draft, awards show and combine because of coronavirus
    With its 2019-20 season already suspended indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL announced Wednesday that it had postponed its annual entry draft and said it would announce a new date, venue and format “when details are finalized.”
    The draft was originally scheduled for June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
    “While today’s news is disappointing for fans of hockey in general and those here in Montreal in particular, this is the right decision to make un
  • Coronavirus help: Are California’s mortgage relief offers a good deal?

    Coronavirus help: Are California’s mortgage relief offers a good deal?
    Lenders are lining up to let California homeowners with coronavirus-related financial troubles skip some mortgage payments.
    That’s great news for the homeowners among the 1 million-plus Californians who have recently applied for unemployment insurance, a shocking loss of jobs. For all of last year, 2.1 million claims were made. In 2008 and 2009, in the heat of the Great Recession, 3.9 claims were made each year.
    Policymakers and bankers are rushing to find ways to keep the sudden economic
  • Should fear of a recession keep you from buying a home?

    Should fear of a recession keep you from buying a home?
    By Kelly Anne Smith and R.H. Bierck, Bankrate.com
    Last month, some economists were predicting a likely recession by 2021. But now that the coronavirus is crimping consumer spending, closing businesses, halting wages and sending workers home, some economists say the economy has got to be in recession now.
    Recessions are usually identified by viewing data that isn’t fully compiled, so by definition, this is a look back. Based on the economic effects of the covid-19 virus that are mounting da
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  • Whicker: NBA should ponder becoming the game of summer

    Whicker: NBA should ponder becoming the game of summer
    Forget the fact that we can’t tell Monday from Saturday anymore.
    What month is it?
    The familiar pages of our calendar are tumbling down empty streets because of the coronavirus pandemic. There is no rush hour, no lunch break, no church service, no Taco Tuesday to define the week. There are no sports to define the month. Our slate is unbearably clean.
    Given this vacuum, there will be a full box of suggestions, most of them ill-designed and blasphemous.
    The concept of playing a Christmas Wor
  • Maps: How are states reacting to the coronavirus pandemic?

    Maps: How are states reacting to the coronavirus pandemic?
    Not every state is impacted or reacting the same during the coronavirus pandemic.
    Here’s a look at the state of each state as of March 24. The National Governors Association is updating this information regularly.
    The CDC tally for COVID-19 cases in each state for March 25 shows one state — New York — with more than 5,000 cases. Five states had 50 or fewer cases. The CDC updates its figures daily.
    Cases
    These are the active COVID-19 cases by state as of March 24:Emergency decla
  • Metrolink to reduce service by 30% amid coronavirus outbreak

    Metrolink to reduce service by 30% amid coronavirus outbreak
    Experiencing a sharp reduction in ridership due to the coronavirus pandemic, Metrolink will cut its train service 30% beginning Thursday, March 26.
    Metrolink rider Patrick Jara, 55 of San Bernardino, watches as his train to Union Station pulls into the San Bernardino Depot Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Metrolink will be reducing service by 30 percent beginning Thursday amid the coronavirus outbreak and plummeting ridership as a result. Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
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  • LA County pulls back on linking Lancaster teen’s death to coronavirus

    LA County pulls back on linking Lancaster teen’s death to coronavirus
    Public health officials have walked back further their initial determination, issued a day earlier, that the death of a 17-year-old Lancaster boy was linked to the novel coronavirus.
    Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said on Wednesday, March 25, the department was no longer including the death of the young person in Lancaster as associated with COVID-19 and the case was still under investigation by the CDC.
    “There were extenuating circumstances that pointed to an alt
  • Gov. Newsom says 4 banks to suspend mortgage payments for some in coronavirus crisis

    Gov. Newsom says 4 banks to suspend mortgage payments for some in coronavirus crisis
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom says four of the nation’s largest banks have agreed to temporarily suspend mortgage payments for those affected by the coronavirus.Wells Fargo, US Bank, Citi and JP Morgan Chase have all agreed to waive mortgage payments for 90 days, Newsom said. Bank of America has agreed to a 30-day suspension, he said.More than 1 million Californians have filed for unemployment benefits since March 13.The news comes after Congress reached a deal with the Trump administration
  • Coronavirus in LA County: 3 new deaths, 138 new cases – and a quarantine order

    Coronavirus in LA County: 3 new deaths, 138 new cases – and a quarantine order
    Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will issue a new quarantine and self-isolation order on Wednesday, March 25, requiring anyone who has been tested for the new coronavirus or exposed to a confirmed case to stay in their homes for at least two weeks, officials announced during the county’s regular noon briefing on Wednesday.
    Across the county, three additional people have died from COVID-19, the disease stemming from the novel coronavirus, L.A. County Public Health Director Bar
  • Coronavirus fears bring rise in fraud schemes, FBI warns

    Coronavirus fears bring rise in fraud schemes, FBI warns
    Law enforcement officials are reporting a rise in fraud schemes as scammers work to take advantage of the  coronavirus pandemic.
    With residents bombarded by health information, seeing a slew of charity requests and likely soon expecting funds from a federal stimulus package, FBI officials say thieves are attempting to leverage the pandemic to steal their victims’ money, personal information or both.
    Mike Herrington, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles fiel
  • Coronavirus fears bring rise in fraud scheme, FBI warns

    Coronavirus fears bring rise in fraud scheme, FBI warns
    Law enforcement officials are reporting a rise in fraud schemes, as scammers work to take advantage of the  coronavirus pandemic.
    With residents bombarded by health information, seeing a slew of charity requests and likely soon expecting funds from a federal stimulus package, FBI officials say thieves are attempting to leverage the pandemic to steal their victims’ money, personal information or both.
    Mike Herrington, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles fie
  • Park Life: Universal, Knott’s extend closures and Disneyland halts construction amid coronavirus outbreak

    Park Life: Universal, Knott’s extend closures and Disneyland halts construction amid coronavirus outbreak
    Will a halt to construction delay the opening of Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure? Are the extended closures of Knott’s and Universal a harbinger for the rest of the theme park industry? How much are Disney theme parks losing during the closure? Will Disneyland expand the use of virtual queues after the coronavirus closure? Find out more in this week’s Park Life newsletter.
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  • An alternate March bracket, the Sweet 16 of Southern California movies

    An alternate March bracket, the Sweet 16 of Southern California movies
    We asked our staff about the quintessential Southern California movies and got dozens of responses. So it was up to the brain trust of the editors of the Southern California News Group Entertainment Squad to narrow these great ideas into the Sweet 16 of Southern California movies of the past 50 years.
    We had some rules, like only one Quentin Tarantino film could make the list, so his love letter to LA got the spot. We agonized over which F. Gary Gray entry to include and opted for the one that n
  • Dapper Dans sing from home and take requests during Disneyland’s coronavirus closure

    Dapper Dans sing from home and take requests during Disneyland’s coronavirus closure
    The temporary closure of Disneyland won’t keep the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet from bringing the sounds of Main Street U.S.A. to everyone stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
    A new 2-minute video posted to YouTube by Disneyland shows 16 Dapper Dans harmonizing from their living rooms and at-home recording studios while Disney’s Anaheim theme parks are closed through the end of March amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’
  • Memorable Opening Days from Angels seasons past

    Memorable Opening Days from Angels seasons past
    The Angels were supposed to be opening the 2020 season on Thursday in Houston against the Astros, with a powerful offense led by three-time MVP Mike Trout and newcomer Anthony Rendon.
    Like any Opening Day, the optimism would have been high around the Angels, even though some figured they may not have enough pitching.
    Unfortunately for the Angels and their fans, the question of pitching now seems trivial compared with what the baseball world – the world, actually – faces. The coronavi
  • Long Beach reports 8 firefighters tested positive for coronavirus

    Long Beach reports 8 firefighters tested positive for coronavirus
    Eight firefighters in Long Beach have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials announced Wednesday, March 25.
    The new cases bring the total of confirmed cases in Long Beach to 41, according to officials.
    Four of the firefighters are Long Beach residents and are included in the total, while four others are residents of other areas.
    The exact location where the firefighters were exposed is still under investigation, but Fire Station 11, located at 160 E. Market Street, has been identif
  • 4,000 LAX concession workers seek financial aid amid coronavirus crisis

    4,000 LAX concession workers seek financial aid amid coronavirus crisis
    An estimated 4,000 concession workers at Los Angeles International Airport are seeking financial assistance as they grapple with a steep drop-off in business amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    In an online petition submitted Wednesday, March 25 to LAX management, the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti, the employees say they want to renegotiate lease terms to ease their losses.
    The workers, represented by Unite Here, Local 11, say the city and Los Angeles World Airports, which oversees
  • Memorable Opening Days from Dodgers seasons past

    Memorable Opening Days from Dodgers seasons past
    It is baseball’s annual new year celebration.
    Opening Day is a national holiday for baseball fans, signalling the start of a new season with all its hope and promise. Thursday was supposed to be that day in 2020. With that on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, here are some memorable moments from past Opening Days in Dodgers history:
    April 15, 1947
    On their way to a National League pennant, the Brooklyn Dodgers started the 1947 season with a 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves. Down 3-2
  • Local Breweries come to the rescue so you don’t miss happy hour

    Local Breweries come to the rescue so you don’t miss happy hour
    Yes! Local breweries have your back
    If you are 21+ and happen to have a love for craft beer, you’re in luck! Several local OC breweries are serving up “hops” and dreams by providing pick-up service for cans, kegs, and fills for growlers. Intrigued? Keep scrolling…
    Gunwhale Ales
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    Pickups available at Costa Mesa today. You can call in your order ahead of times too for fast curbside service. (949) 239-9074
    Locations:
    Costa Mesa:  2960 RANDOLPH AV
  • Laguna Woods Village residents share creative solutions to stay-at-home order

    Laguna Woods Village residents share creative solutions to stay-at-home order
    As indefinite facility closures quiet Laguna Woods Village and the news only seems to get louder, many residents are looking for creative solutions to keep the West Coast’s largest active senior community active.
    Managing the home of some 18,000 seniors — a particularly vulnerable demographic to the coronavirus or COVID-19, Village Management Services began closing facilities on Thursday, March 12.
    Countywide, the first order to ban public gatherings in Orange County to curb transmis
  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell orders all team team facilities closed for 2 weeks

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell orders all team team facilities closed for 2 weeks
    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday.
    In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8, when the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities.
    The order includes the Rams’ training headquarters on the campus of Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, and the
  • Balancing vulnerabilities during the coronavirus pandemic

    Balancing vulnerabilities during the coronavirus pandemic
    We do not envy policy makers during this pandemic.
    They have exceedingly difficult decisions to make, under extreme pressure, with human lives hanging in the balance. Yet, the suspension of economic activity resulting from social distancing and shelter-in-place orders issued by policy makers is simply breathtaking. The costs imposed by government-mandated closures fall overwhelmingly on the economically vulnerable among us – in particular, those living paycheck to paycheck.
    Given uncertain
  • Orange County now accepting donated equipment to protect health workers from coronavirus

    Orange County now accepting donated equipment to protect health workers from coronavirus
    Businesses that want to donate items to protect Orange County’s health care workers can now do so through the county’s Emergency Operations Center.
    Starting Wednesday, March 25, the county will accept new, unopened containers or packages of medical and N95 masks, gloves, gowns, eye protection and sanitizing wipes. The items will be distributed to health care providers around the county, according to a news release.
    Only supplies from businesses are currently being collected; personal
  • Paramount man arrested on suspicion of robberies of pharmacies in Orange, Los Angeles counties

    Paramount man arrested on suspicion of robberies of pharmacies in Orange, Los Angeles counties
    A 32-year-old Paramount man was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of committing several strong-armed robberies at pharmacies in Orange and Los Angeles counties, authorities said on Wednesday, March 25.
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Judge Thomas Jr. without incident Sunday, March 22, after the ATF’s conducted surveillance and found evidence linking him to the crimes, ATF spokeswoman Ginger Colburn said.
    He has been charged in a federal criminal compla
  • 3 arrested in beating, stabbing death of homeless man in Santa Ana park

    3 arrested in beating, stabbing death of homeless man in Santa Ana park
    Two men and a woman have been arrested for the beating and stabbing death of a homeless man at Santiago Park in Santa Ana over the weekend.
    The suspects, arrested Tuesday, March, 24, were described as transients who lived in the same area as the victim, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
    Shortly after 8:20 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to an attack at the entrance of the park on Main Street. They found the victim bleeding from several wounds.
    Numerous suspects were seen attacking
  • MLS plan: ‘Play as many games as we possibly can’ after coronavirus upheaval

    MLS plan: ‘Play as many games as we possibly can’ after coronavirus upheaval
    Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber is focused on playing “as many games as we possibly can” once the health guidelines allow for a return for athletes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    “Our plan is to play as many games as we possibly can,” Garber said Tuesday morning on ESPN’s “Get Up.” “We’re in consultation with our teams and others to try to figure out what do we need to do to get back to as quickly as we can ensuring that we&rsqu
  • Billionaires want people back to work. Employees aren’t so sure

    Billionaires want people back to work. Employees aren’t so sure
    By Max Abelson and Donald Moore, Bloomberg
    The billionaire Tom Golisano was smoking a Padron cigar on his patio in Florida on Tuesday afternoon. He was worried.
    “The damages of keeping the economy closed as it is could be worse than losing a few more people,” said Golisano, founder and chairman of the payroll processor Paychex Inc. “I have a very large concern that if businesses keep going along the way they’re going then so many of them will have to fold.”
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  • Will unions grow from coronavirus workplace safety fears?

    Will unions grow from coronavirus workplace safety fears?
    On March 25, 1911, Fannie Lansner — an immigrant from Lithuania and a supervisor at the Triangle Waist Co. — directed co-workers out of the burning building, but her actions prevented her own timely exit. She was just 21.
    Apr. 1, 2011 – BROWN BROTHERS On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Waist Factory in New York’s Greenwich Village. Workers tried to make their way downstairs, but the doors on their floor were always locked and the fire escape soon crumpled
  • Gabby Williams discusses life under lockdown in France

    Gabby Williams discusses life under lockdown in France
    Gabby Williams is an American-French basketball player who plays for both the Chicago Sky of the WNBA and the Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomération club in France, whose season was recently suspended due to the coronavirus. Williams, who remains in France under a government-mandated lockdown, won two NCAA championships while playing at UConn. She spoke to Just Women’s Sports about life in quarantine, the financial realities of playing overseas, and what makes UConn so good.
    To re
  • Dana Point closes trails, coves due to coronavirus concerns

    Dana Point closes trails, coves due to coronavirus concerns
    The city of Dana Point has closed access to Dana Cove and the tidepool area behind the Ocean Institute, as well as several trails in the city, until further notice due to coronavirus concerns.
    Coastal cities this week across Southern California responded to crowds and reports from last weekend of people ignoring coronavirus social-distancing rules, as the state tries to curb the number of people infected.
    Some coastal towns enforced full closures of their beaches and some hiking trails or parks,
  • USC center Onyeka Okongwu declares for NBA draft

    USC center Onyeka Okongwu declares for NBA draft
    After one year, Onyeka Okongwu is taking his talents from USC to the NBA.
    The Trojans center and Chino Hills product made his decision to declare for the NBA draft official Wednesday with a post on Twitter.
    “My freshman campaign at the school has been nothing short of spectacular,” Okongwu wrote, thanking head coach Andy Enfield and his staff for welcoming him to USC. “To my brothers on the team, the love and bond I have for you guys is real and it’s something I will alwa
  • San Clemente closed pier, beach parking lots due to coronavirus concerns

    San Clemente closed pier, beach parking lots due to coronavirus concerns
    San Clemente shut down the popular pier and city-owned beachfront parking lots in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, with the closures starting Wednesday, March 25.
    The sand and ocean, as well as the beach trail, remain open for now.
    Coastal cities this week across Southern California responded to crowds and reports from last weekend of people ignoring coronavirus social-distancing rules, as the state tries to curb the number of people infected.
    Some coastal towns enforced full closure
  • OC Parks joins parking lot closures at county beaches and parks to curb coronavirus

    OC Parks joins parking lot closures at county beaches and parks to curb coronavirus
    OC Parks announced the closure of parking lots at all county beaches, regional parks and wilderness parks to curb the spread of coronavirus, effective Wednesday, March 25.
    Coastal cities this week across Southern California responded to crowds and reports from last weekend of people ignoring coronavirus social-distancing rules, as the state tries to curb the number of people infected.
    Some coastal towns enforced full closures of their beaches and some hiking trails or parks, while others enacted
  • Newport Beach closed piers, beach parking lots, Back Bay Drive to vehicles

    Newport Beach closed piers, beach parking lots, Back Bay Drive to vehicles
    A woman carries her umbrella as she walks along the Balboa Pier. The pier was closed due to coronavirus concerns starting March 25, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    Newport Beach closed down both of its piers, the Balboa Pier and Newport Pier, and beachfront parking lots starting March 25 due to ongoing coronavirus concerns.
    Coastal cities this week across Southern California responded to crowds and reports from last weekend of people ignoring coronavirus social-dista
  • ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ wraps up season with LA area episodes

    ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ wraps up season with LA area episodes
    “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is wrapping up its first season on HGTV in two Los Angeles County cities, according to a news release.
    This week’s episode focuses on Hawthorne residents the Fifita family, who open their home to at-risk youth. It airs 8 p.m. Sunday, March 29.
    The final episode is about Los Angeles Police Department veteran Deon Joseph, his wife Tosha, their three sons, and the refresh that turns their Carson home into a “spa-like retreat.” It airs A
  • Orange County Health Care Agency head named to CalOptima post

    Orange County Health Care Agency head named to CalOptima post
    Orange County will have a key vacancy to fill in April, after county Health Care Agency Director Richard Sanchez was chosen to temporarily head CalOptima, the agency that provides health insurance to low-income residents.
    CalOptima’s CEO will be stepping down within about month, county Supervisor Andrew Do said Tuesday, March 24. While a search is underway for a permanent replacement, CalOptima’s board on Monday chose Sanchez to provide near-term leadership because of his knowledge o
  • Intrusions on our liberties cannot end soon enough

    Intrusions on our liberties cannot end soon enough
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had a message for people who gathered in groups over the weekend at beaches and parks.
    “We know who you are,” he said.
    What?
    What does that mean? Is the city conducting surveillance of residents by capturing the location data from cell phones? Is the mayor demanding records from phone companies?
    On March 12, my own cell phone received a text informing me that Mayor Garcetti “shared updates about the City’s actions to help protect the public
  • Library and tech team step up in CSUF transition to online classes amid coronavirus concerns

    Library and tech team step up in CSUF transition to online classes amid coronavirus concerns
    Emily Bonney has news for students who checked out books from Pollak Library before it closed and went virtual Friday: Due dates have been extended.
    People were panicking, said Bonney, dean of Cal State Fullerton’s Pollak Library.
    “I got calls from anxious students over the weekend saying they had books that were due in March,” she said.
    Before Friday, the library had been open and was also being used by the Division of Information Technology to hand out loaner laptops and Mi-F
  • Report: USC guard Kyle Sturdivant enters transfer portal

    Report: USC guard Kyle Sturdivant enters transfer portal
    USC guard Kyle Sturdivant has entered the transfer portal, according to a report from ESPN.com.
    The freshman played in 21 games for USC in 2019-20, averaging 2.0 points and 1.2 assists in 8.3 minutes as the Trojans’ primary backup point guard.
    Sturdivant’s season was tragically interrupted by the sudden death of his father in February. After playing in USC’s games at Arizona and Arizona State, he went home to Georgia for the next three weeks to be with his family as they mourne
  • Truckers find coronavirus road is tough, but they can’t stop

    Truckers find coronavirus road is tough, but they can’t stop
    The nation, he said, would crumble without people like him.
    Yet, when truckers pull into some distribution centers to pick up goods, they can’t go to the bathroom inside – another social distancing edict brought on by the coronavirus. Sometimes, they are met with handwritten posters pointing them to makeshift facilities.
    “In the last two days, I’ve used a porta-potty twice,” said Scott Braden, a long-haul trucker from Bellflower. He said his porta-potty experiences
  • Huntington Beach Pier, beach parking lots closed due to coronavirus concerns

    Huntington Beach Pier, beach parking lots closed due to coronavirus concerns
    The city of Huntington Beach announced the closure of beach amenities such as the pier and beachfront parking lots, as well as playground structures and sports fields throughout the city,  as a way to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
    The sand and ocean, however, remain open at this time.
    Coastal cities this week across Southern California responded to crowds and reports from last weekend of people ignoring coronavirus social-distancing rules, as the state tries to curb the number of peop
  • Titans rise to the challenge as campus transitions to telecommuting and virtual teaching

    Titans rise to the challenge as campus transitions to telecommuting and virtual teaching
    By Fram Virjee
    Cal State Fullerton president
    “True character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure – the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation…” Those words, which were first coined by author and professor Robert McKee, are oft considered the Cardinal Rule for storytellers aiming to infuse their fiction with heroes that pop from the page or jump off the screen.
    Over the last month, however, as the pressure on all of us here at Cal State
  • As the artists of our lives, we can create beauty and serenity in uncertain times

    As the artists of our lives, we can create beauty and serenity in uncertain times
    What can we do when we can’t do anything?  How can we stay in touch without touching? The word is that we are the most vulnerable age group right now. And we are, but just think of what we have come through so far. I would say at our age we are artists of life. An artist steps up to a blank canvas, piece of wood or slab of clay, a bolt of material and thinks, “I can make something beautiful from this.” They create one brush stroke, one hand movement, one stitch at a time.
  • IOC’s Bach: 2021 Olympics are like putting a jigsaw puzzle together

    IOC’s Bach: 2021 Olympics are like putting a jigsaw puzzle together
    The numbers Sunday morning were alarming.
    International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach had insisted for weeks that the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo would be held this summer as scheduled even as IOC officials monitored around the clock the spread of COVID-19 and consulted with the World Health Organization.
    Bach’s position shifted abruptly as he and IOC officials reviewed the latest coronavirus tracking data Sunday morning.
    “The situation changed very rapidly,” Bach rec
  • IOC’s Bach: 2021 Games are like putting a jigsaw puzzle together

    IOC’s Bach: 2021 Games are like putting a jigsaw puzzle together
    The numbers Sunday morning were alarming.
    International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach had insisted for weeks that the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo would be held this summer as scheduled even as IOC officials monitored around the clock the spread of COVID-19 and consulted with the World Health Organization.
    Bach’s position shifted abruptly as he and IOC officials reviewed the latest coronavirus tracking data Sunday morning.
    “The situation changed very rapidly,” Bach rec

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