Jacobโ€™s Journal – Weekly News Rewind (09/28-10/02)

L.A. County to Reopen Indoor Nail Salons, Shopping Malls and Outdoor Cardrooms, Playgrounds

Wednesday, September 30 (KTLA 5) โ€“ Los Angeles County officials announced indoor nail salons, shopping malls, outdoor cardrooms, and playgrounds are allowed to reopen amidst a decline in COVID-19 hospitalization rates. Nail salons and shopping malls must maintain a 25% maximum capacity, while mall food courts and common areas must stay closed. In playgrounds, parents and children aged two or older must wear face coverings and canโ€™t eat or drink in playground areas.

On Tuesday, the county announced breweries and wineries serving meals could resume outdoor services next week. It will also begin reviewing applications to reopen schools for in-person instruction in early October. Meanwhile, L.A. County is expected to remain in the purple tier of the stateโ€™s color-coded system for reopening for at least three more weeks.

High Temperatures Prompt Statewide Flex Alert

Thursday, October 1 (NBC Los Angeles) โ€“ On Thursday, a statewide Flex Alert was issued by the California Independent System Operator (ISO) from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. High temperatures prompted the alert, which is issued when the power grid operator expects electricity demand to increase. Officials requested that residents conserve energy and provided several tips, including setting air conditioning thermostats to 78ยฐF, avoid using major appliances, and turning off unnecessary lights. The ISO also said consumers can prepare by pre-cooling their homes, charging electric vehicles/mobile devices/laptops, and using major appliances before 3:00 p.m.

LA County Ralphs, Food 4 Less Stores Cited For Failing To Protect Employees From COVID-19

Wednesday, September 30 (CBS Los Angeles) โ€“ Grocery stores, including four Ralphs branches and one Food 4 Less branch in Los Angeles, were cited for health and safety violations that failed to protect employees from COVID-19. According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, proposed penalties range from $13,500 to $25,560. Ralphs was found by Cal/OSHA to fail to properly notify the state after two workers died from COVID-19. A spokesperson said the company would appeal the fines. The agency also found that, at Food 4 Less, employees did not maintain physical distancing from customers at stores in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Culver City, and West Hollywood.

Grossman Burn Foundation Co-Founder Arrested in Westlake Village Crash That Killed 2 Boys in Front of Parents

Wednesday, September 30 (KTLA 5) โ€“ Rebecca Grossman, co-founder and chair of the Grossman Burn Foundation, was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriffโ€™s Department. Her arrest comes after two boys were struck and killed in Westlake Village on Tuesday night. Bail is set at $2 million. The crash occurred at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive, at about 7:10 p.m., as the boys (aged 9 and 11) were crossing the street with their family. The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriffโ€™s Station can be contacted at 818-878-1808 to provide information about the incident.

One Killed In 5 Freeway Crash Near Disneyland

Tuesday, September 29 (CBS Los Angeles) โ€“ At least one person was killed in a single-car crash on the 5 Freeway in Anaheim, near Disneyland. The crash occurred just after 3 a.m. on the southbound 5 Freeway at Disneyland Drive. Anaheim Fire & Rescue responded to the incident. The cause of the crash and number of people in the car havenโ€™t been confirmed.

One Killed, 3 Hurt In Violent South LA Wreck

Thursday, October 1 (CBS Los Angeles) โ€“ According to police, one person was killed and three injured in a two-vehicle collision in South Los Angeles early Thursday morning. The incident happened just after 1:15 a.m.ย  at the 1300 block of Slauson Avenue. A BMW was severely damaged in the crash, based on footage from the scene. There has been no word on whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

NBA Finals: Lakers, LeBron Roll in Game 1, Top Heat 116-98

Thursday, October 1 (KTLA 5) โ€“ The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 116-98 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night. Anthony Davis scored 34 points and LeBron James scored 25 points with 13 rebounds and nine assists. For the Heat, point guard Goran Dragic left in the second quarter; according to a source, he was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. All-Star center Bam Adebayo seemed to aggravate a left shoulder strain, causing him to leave in the third quarter. Jimmy Butler, despite a twisted left ankle, scored 23 points. Game 2 is set for Friday night.

LeBron James’ Voting Initiative Recruits 10,000 poll Workers, and Obama Joins NBA Virtual Crowd to Thank Them

Thursday, October 1 (CNN.com) โ€“ More than a Vote has signed up 10,000 volunteer poll workers as of this week in its โ€œWe Got Nextโ€ recruitment effort. The voting rights organization, led by NBA star LeBron James, has been working to combat systematic, racist voter suppression. Its recruitment initiative is being run in partnership with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). In Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, virtual fans included numerous first-time poll workers, according to the NBA, while former President Barack Obama, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille Oโ€™Neal, and others thanked them for their participation. According to The New York Times, More Than a Vote and LDF plan to target 11 cities in the second phase of their push.