What’s open: Southern California beaches, parks, trails

Christopher Reynolds, Mary Forgione 2020-08-14 23:26:58 As local and state authorities scramble to limit indoor risks amid rising coronavirus infections, Southern Californians have been looking to parks, beaches and trails for exercise and relief. But this weekend will be marked by high temperatures and wildfires.Here’s a snapshot:• The Lake fire, north of Castaic and west of Lake Hughes in L.A....

What is cottagecore? 5 bucolic trips safe for coronavirus

Rachel Schnalzer 2020-08-14 21:13:21 A picnic lunch surrounded by rolling hills. Bouquets of wildflowers and baby barn animals. Not a laptop or cellphone in sight.If this imagery is soothing to you, you’re not alone. Welcome to cottagecore, a sunny corner of the internet where you can immerse yourself in an idealized, rose-tinted version of country living. Think Taylor Swift posing...

Alcatraz Island reopens Monday – Los Angeles Times

Christopher Reynolds 2020-08-14 06:57:20 Alcatraz Island reopens Monday, ending about five months of pandemic-caused closure for one of the most popular National Park Service sites in California.In a statement Thursday, an NPS spokesman said Alcatraz cruises — the main source of visitor access to the island — will resume with reduced capacity to allow social distancing. The boats are operated...

A perfect COVID-19 getaway, if you don’t mind a 4-mile hike

Kelcie Pegher 2020-08-13 18:30:59 The trip to the local mountains seemed doomed from the start.COVID-19 cases in California were on the rise. Testing requirements had changed from anyone with or without symptoms to those most at risk. Then there was a fire at the trailhead that temporarily shut the area mere days before our 4-mile hike in. Going to camp...

Airbnb to pursue legal action after unauthorized party in Sacramento County

Leila Miller 2020-08-13 05:51:05 Airbnb for the first time will be taking legal action against a guest for violating its ban on unauthorized parties, the company said Wednesday.In a statement, Airbnb said it will be initiating legal proceedings against a booking guest who held a party last weekend in Sacramento County. Three people were shot and wounded at the event.Airbnb...

Hotels, airlines and sports venues turn to Clorox and Lysol to vouch for their cleanliness

Hugo Martín 2020-08-12 17:30:01 If you jump on a United Airlines flight, you are likely to see the Clorox logo on signs and posters as you board.Check into a Marriott or Hyatt hotel and expect to see stickers emblazoned with the name of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, an arm of the world’s cleaning-products industry trade group. Customers of Delta...

The 5 places that shaped Kamala Harris, including Montreal

Christopher Reynolds 2020-08-12 05:46:44 There’s no easy way to sum up the U.S. senator who is sharing the Democratic ticket with Joe Biden. But these five North American locations have played crucial roles in the personal history of Kamala Harris:1. Oakland and Berkeley Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, stands outside the...

Can I travel abroad right now? COVID-19 passport updates

Christopher Reynolds 2020-08-11 20:30:44 The U.S. State Department on Aug. 6 relaxed its pandemic warnings about international travel, which means more Americans may be thinking about big trips.Certainly, more people are boarding planes. Government tallies show that 831,789 travelers went through TSA airport checkpoints on Sunday, far below last year’s numbers, but the highest total since March 17.For those planning...

Column: COVID-19 customer service doesn’t have to be this bad

David Lazarus 2020-08-11 18:30:02 Among the various things the COVID-19 pandemic has changed, and not for the better, is customer service. Just ask anyone who has tried to contact California’s Employment Development Department with questions about unemployment benefits.But I don’t see this solely as a problem. I see it as an opportunity.First, an example of what consumers are up against...

What’s open: Southern California beaches, parks, trails

Christopher Reynolds, Mary Forgione 2020-08-11 02:44:57 As local and state authorities scramble to limit indoor risks amid rising coronavirus infections, Southern Californians are increasingly looking to parks, beaches and trails for exercise and relief. But recent high temperatures — above 90 degrees in many places — and wildfire outbreaks pose significant challenges in several areas.Here’s a snapshot:• In San Bernardino...