Business & Economy

Greg Laemmle, owner of the Laemmle chain of theaters, says his eight theaters are hurting: “We're hemorrhaging ... probably in the order of $20,000 - $30,000 a week, plus.”

from Greater LA

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to lost jobs for many people in LA. They may not be able to pay rent. How are they and their landlords dealing with that possibility?

from Greater LA

President Trump has called COVID-19 “the Chinese virus,” and blamed China for its origin and spread.

‘Asian Enough’ podcast hosts on rising racism during coronavirus outbreak

President Trump has called COVID-19 “the Chinese virus,” and blamed China for its origin and spread.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Undocumented housekeepers are losing work due to the coronavirus outbreak. They don’t qualify for unemployment income and may not be eligible for government bailout.

Coronavirus cancellations cost undocumented housekeepers

Undocumented housekeepers are losing work due to the coronavirus outbreak. They don’t qualify for unemployment income and may not be eligible for government bailout.

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More than 3 million people filed for unemployment last week. The Senate has unanimously passed the $2 trillion stimulus bill. The House is expected to approve it on Friday.

With 3 million Americans out of work, will $2 trillion stimulus package be enough?

More than 3 million people filed for unemployment last week. The Senate has unanimously passed the $2 trillion stimulus bill. The House is expected to approve it on Friday.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Rachel Fournier, a cashier at Ralphs supermarket near USC, she says volume is constant. She tries to enforce social distancing at her checkout line.

Ralphs cashier on supermarkets during coronavirus: Like Super Bowl on Thanksgiving

Rachel Fournier, a cashier at Ralphs supermarket near USC, she says volume is constant. She tries to enforce social distancing at her checkout line.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Many grocery stores have shortages of meat, canned goods, and toilet paper. Officials keep saying America has enough food. But there are some issues with the supply chain. Why?

Grocery supply chain struggles to handle coronavirus-driven demand

Many grocery stores have shortages of meat, canned goods, and toilet paper. Officials keep saying America has enough food. But there are some issues with the supply chain. Why?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Jodie Dolan's laundry truck has five washers and dryers that handle 30-40 loads in a five-hour shift.

Laundry Truck LA helps homeless people stay clean, DOLAN clothing company sews free masks amid coronavirus

Jodie Dolan's laundry truck has five washers and dryers that handle 30-40 loads in a five-hour shift.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Spanish Love Songs, an LA punk band, was planning on touring through the summer. But now that isn’t happening.

With tour canceled, LA punk band connects with fans virtually to survive

Spanish Love Songs, an LA punk band, was planning on touring through the summer. But now that isn’t happening.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

For the second time in 24 hours, Senate Democrats prevented a $2 trillion stimulus package from moving forward.

Congress fights over $2 trillion stimulus package as coronavirus endangers economy

For the second time in 24 hours, Senate Democrats prevented a $2 trillion stimulus package from moving forward.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Nearly 40 million Californians just completed the first weekend under Governor Gavin Newsom's shelter-in-place directive. Much of Los Angeles was shuttered.

Flattening the curve is critical, social distancing is our ‘only weapon’

Nearly 40 million Californians just completed the first weekend under Governor Gavin Newsom's shelter-in-place directive. Much of Los Angeles was shuttered.

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"All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday.

Tax deadline extended to July 15 over coronavirus pandemic

"All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday.

from NPR

Justin Jangwoo Kim, a political fundraiser, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal bribery charge for helping a real estate developer pay off an LA City Councilmember.

Political fundraiser Justin Jangwoo Kim will plead guilty to bribery at LA City Hall

Justin Jangwoo Kim, a political fundraiser, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal bribery charge for helping a real estate developer pay off an LA City Councilmember.

from KCRW Features

Governor Gavin Newsom's office projects that as many as 25 million Californians could contract COVID-19. Dr.

Is health care a right or a privilege? Coronavirus amplifies wealth disparities in US

Governor Gavin Newsom's office projects that as many as 25 million Californians could contract COVID-19. Dr.

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This week, bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries in California were asked to close immediately, and restaurants to offer delivery or takeout service only.

Last call: How long can bars survive without business?

This week, bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries in California were asked to close immediately, and restaurants to offer delivery or takeout service only.

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Service industry and gig economy workers are getting hit hard by the fallout from COVID-19. For Uber and Lyft drivers, business has dried up.

Uber driver stays afloat amid coronavirus, chef’s program helps laid-off restaurant workers

Service industry and gig economy workers are getting hit hard by the fallout from COVID-19. For Uber and Lyft drivers, business has dried up.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

President Trump today invoked a Cold War-era law to respond to the novel coronavirus:   
  
  “I’ve also just invoked the Defense Production Act to help facilitate distribution of…

Coronavirus economic crisis: What more can the government do to help workers?

President Trump today invoked a Cold War-era law to respond to the novel coronavirus:  “I’ve also just invoked the Defense Production Act to help facilitate distribution of…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

With many industries, companies, and entertainment venues closed due to coronavirus, gig economy workers are worried about possible financial ruin due to their lapse in work.

No work, no pay: Gig economy workers and coronavirus

With many industries, companies, and entertainment venues closed due to coronavirus, gig economy workers are worried about possible financial ruin due to their lapse in work.

from Greater LA

People across the country are stocking up on essential supplies to get through the next few weeks as cities shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cannabis sales during coronavirus are ‘record shattering,’ adding strain to supply chain

People across the country are stocking up on essential supplies to get through the next few weeks as cities shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

from KCRW Features

Remember what going to the grocery store used to be like, back in the old days of … just a couple weeks ago? COVID-19 has given us a new reality.

Long lines, yelling customers, anxiety: LA grocery clerks cope with coronavirus outbreak

Remember what going to the grocery store used to be like, back in the old days of … just a couple weeks ago? COVID-19 has given us a new reality.

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