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Series Of Earthquakes Shake LA And People Still Act Surprised

If there is one thing that everyone knows about Southern California is that you should expect earthquakes. They are as unique and predictable to Southern California as hurricanes in Florida. Yet, three earthquakes this morning shook Southern California to some surprise.

2020 has been one crazy year and for Angelenos, July ended with a bang.

Three earthquakes, one being a 4.2 centered in Pacoima, shook Southern California. The first earthquake occurred at 4:30 a.m. local time. the epicenter is 23 miles north of downtown LA. The quake woke up people in the greater Los Angeles area with a jolt and sustained rocking.

Some people are trying to get all philosophical with it.

Sure, we aren’t necessary on the planet. One can even argue that we are the biggest threat to the earth’s integrity. However, the earth shaking beneath your feet is one of the most unnerving sensations. Let people panic in peace.

Some people were ready to physically fight the earthquake.

When dealing with an earthquake, it is important not to run. You want to stay in place and find a way to hunker down. Study tables are a good place to hide under during an earthquake, according to the National Safety Council. If that is not available, a good, sturdy doorframe is the second-best place to hunker down.

Others managed to sleep right through them.

There is a special class of people who are never awakened by earthquakes. The sleep is so deep that not even the earth moving wakes them up. Those are the kinds of people you want on your side. Nerves of steel.

This one abuelito thinkgs that your concern over this earthquake is cute.

The 1994 Northridge earthquake is something no one will ever forget. The 6.7 magnitude earthquake was devastating and those who lived through it will never forget it. While this earthquake hasn’t caused immediate damage, it is a reminder to always be ready for the big one.

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Protesters Take To The Street Against Mayor Garcetti’s Potential Position In Biden’s Administration

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Protesters Take To The Street Against Mayor Garcetti’s Potential Position In Biden’s Administration

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President-elect Joe Biden is currently putting together his cabinet. People have celebrated his choices so far byt Angelenos are taking to the streets in anger over one: Mayor Eric Garcetti. Protesters are highlighting Mayor Garcetti’s résumé when it comes to homelessness in Los Angeles.

#BlockGarcetti protests have filled LA streets for the past seven days.

Protesters are urging the President-elect Joe Biden not to appoint LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to his cabinet. The mayor was floated as potentials for the Department of Housing and Urban Development or Department of Transportation. On both counts, protesters claim that Mayor Garcetti has been a failure to the city.

On Thanksgiving Day, protesters chanted outside of Mayor Garcetti’s home. Two protesters were arrested after police declared the protest an unlawful assembly.

Protesters are pointing to Mayor Garcetti’s record on homelessness in the city as the biggest disqualifier for the position.

Black Lives Matter is responsible for the unrelenting demonstrations against LA’s mayor. They have organized daily protests to bring attention to the climbing death toll of homelessness in the City of Angels.

Homelessness has been a major issue in Los Angeles. In 2017, General Dogon protested Mayor Garcetti in person. The homelessness activist was given an award by the mayor and he took the opportunity to call out Mayor Garcetti for his homelessness track record. Dogon reminded those watching of Mayor Garcetti’s lack of work on Skid Row, a strip of downtown LA notorious for homelessness.

The pandemic has exacerbated the homeless crisis in LA.

Americans are facing mass evictions as the economy continues to suffer and no federal plan has offered rent forgiveness. Unemployment remains high as the virus continues to rage in the U.S. Los Angeles County recently went back into a three-week lockdown to stop the rampant spread of Covid.

Covid numbers in Los Angeles have been spiking drastically. Cases have tripled and hospitalizations are increasing rapidly. On Nov. 19, the county reported more than 5,000 cases of the virus.

After seven days of protest, the demonstrations seem to be going strong.

Covid restrictions in the county have pushed people back to their homes with little more to do than scroll social media. With the new restrictions, people are free to demonstrate against the possibility of Mayor Garcetti joining the Biden administration.

READ: Mayor Eric Garcetti Announces Budget Cut To LAPD But Critics Say It Isn’t Near Enough

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Several California Politicians Go Against Covid Guidelines In Last Couple Weeks Sparking Outrage

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Several California Politicians Go Against Covid Guidelines In Last Couple Weeks Sparking Outrage

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California’s Covid outbreak is reaching record levels. Californians are catching Covid at higher rates than any time during the pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s family is currently quarantining and eight California state politicians traveled to Maui despite travel warnings as Covid surges.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and his family are going into a 14-day quarantine.

Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are on the rise in California as Thanksgiving approaches. The virus is spreading rampantly across the country and in several parts of the world as we enter the predicted second wave. The CDC has urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving in an attempt to slow the inevitable spread.

Gov. Newsom and his family face a potential exposure because of a California Highway Patrol officer who tested positive for Covid. A spokesperson for the governor said that one of the children was likely exposed at their private school after a classmate tested positive for the virus, according to ABC 7 News.

Earlier this month, Gov. Newsom set off a firestorm of outrage after he attended an in-restaurant dinner.

Gov. Newsom attended a dinner at The French Laundry in Yountville, California on Nov. 6. A week later, a reporter was tipped off to the dinner being indoor and maskless and pressed the governor on the matter. Gov. Newsom maintained that the dinner was outdoor. However, the photos of the event showed Gov Newsom and his wife sitting at a table with 10 other guests and enclosed on three sides.

On Nov. 19, Gov Newsom started to bring restrictions back in California to combat the fast spread of Covid-19. Several counties are being limited in their restaurant services to control the virus. Los Angeles County restaurants can only offer drive-thru, delivery, and take-out to prevent people from gathering in groups and further spreading Covid.

Forty-one counties in the state are listed as purple tier, or as having widespread community spread. These counties are currently facing widespread non-essential indoor business shutdowns. There is also a curfew in place for the state forcing businesses to close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Also during this Covid spike, eight Calfornia assemblymembers attended a conference in Hawaii.

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, State Senator Andreas Borgeas, Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, Assemblyman Heath Flora, Assemblyman Chad Mayes, Assemblyman Jose Medina, and Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio traveled to Hawaii despite urgent travel advisories.

The Independent Voter Project hosted the event at the Fairmont Kea Lani resort in Maui despite the spike in Covid cases. The theme of the conference was about revitalizing America’s economy after these Covid lockdowns. Most invitees declined to attend in person because of the pandemic. The Sacramento Bee reports that at least 20 lawmakers from California and other western states chose to attend the conference.

A tweet from Carrillo brought light to the lawmakers who secretly went to Hawaii.

Technology is the biggest tattle tale, y’all. A tweet from Assemblywoman Carrillo marked her as in Kihei, Hawaii. It wasn’t long until people learned who from California was in Hawaii as millions went back into lockdowns.

“For those that are confused or angry as to why I’m here, I can assure you that I took great precaution and thought regarding my attendance,” Assemblywoman Carrillo told LAist. “I was informed that IVP is the first conference allowed and is being seen as a test as to what is possible. This helped inform my decision on what could be possible for California.”

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