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    WHERE EVERYBODY WILL STOP WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND LISTEN AND SPEND SOME TIME TAKING DEMAND AND CONTROL OF THE SITUATION THAT IS BEFORE US IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 IT IS TIME FOR US TO HAVE A COLLECTIVE COURSE CORRECTION TO MAKE SURE ALL OF THE WORK THAT WE'VE DONE, THE DAYS AND THE WEEKS AND THE MONTHS, OF CONTRIBUTING TO SAVING LIVES WAS NOT FOR NOTHING

    THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT OUR LOVED ONES, STAY ALIVE, THAT OUR ECONOMY, STAYS OPEN AND THAT WE KEEP OUR FOCUS LOOKING FORWARD, EVEN IN DAYS IN WHICH WE ARE EXHAUSTED, TIRED OF THIS DISEASE, WANT IT TO BE DONE IT IS NOW TIME FOR US TO ACT, AND ACT TOGETHER WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE TRUTH COVID-19 HAS NEVER LEFT US IT IS STILL HERE, AND IT'S STILL AS DANGEROUS TODAY AS IT WAS DAY ONE WHEN IT ARRIVED

    THIS WEEKEND, WE CROSSED A NUMBER OF SOBERING THRESHOLDS, MILD STONES THAT REMINDED US OF HOW DANGEROUS THINGS ARE AROUND THE WORLD, TEN MILLION HUMAN BEINGS HAVE NOW BEEN CONFIRMED TO HAVE CONTRACTED COVID-19 AND HALF A MILLION DIED FROM THIS DISEASE HERE IN AMERICA, THE NUMBERS ARE PROPORTION ATLY EVEN WORSE, 25 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED OF CONTRACTING COVID-19 A QUARTER OF THE WORLDWIDE CASE SXZ A QUARTER OF THE DEATHS NOW, 125,000 FELLOW AMERICANS HAVE PERISHED AT THE FACE OF THIS DISEASE HERE WE PASSED ANOTHER THRESHOLD, ADDING 2903 NEW CASES, A STAGGERING NUMBER FROM A FEW WEEKS AGO, BRINGING OUR TOTAL OVER 100,000 DIAGNOSED POS IF I HAVE COVID-19 CASES AT NOUZ 1772

    HERE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY, WE ACCOUNT FOR 1 OUT OF 100 POSITIVE DIAGNOSED CASES OF COVID-19 NOW WE KNOW AROUND THE WORLD, MANY PLACES DON'T HAVE THE TESTING CAPACIT THAT WE DO WE KNOW THAT NUMBER IS GROSSLY UNDERESTIMATED BUT STILL THESE ARE SOBERING NUMBERS THAT SHOULD BE SOBERING FOR EACH ONE OF US TO ASK OURSELVES WHAT WE CAN DO TO WIN THIS FIGHT AND SAVE LIVES

    THE UNITED STATES ACCOUNTS FOR 9% OF THE POPULATION, AND 10% OF THE WORLD'S DIAGNOSED CASES THAT MAY BE SOMETHING THAT WE MAY DISMISS, WE'RE MORE TESTING, AND RICHER COUNTRY BUT DEATHS DON'T LIE AND WE HAVE A QUARTER OF THE WORLD'S DEATH TO DATE FROM COVID-19 LET ME RESTATE IT, THIS TIME FOR A COURSE CORRECTION, IT'S TIME FOR TO US CONTROL IT'S TIME TO TAKE CONTROL BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE COVID-19 IS STARTING TO TRYING TO CONTROL US, AND IT'S TIME TO TAKE IT BACK

    FOR YOURSELVES, FOR YOUR FAMILIES, FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, OUR CITY, OUR COUNTRY AND OUR WORLD AND THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, WILL BE CRITICAL WEEKS IN DEFINING WHETHER WE CAN DO JUST THAT WHEN THE HISTORY OF COVID-19 IS WRITTEN, THERE WILL BE MANY IMPORTANT MOMENTS THE MOMENT LA

    ACTED FIRST, WHETHER IT WAS WITH FACE MASK OR CLOSING THINGS DOWN OR TESTING FOR EVERYONE WE HAVE BEEN IN A PLACE THAT HAS NOT INFLUENCED A COUNTRY BUT THIS WORLD IN A FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 BUT THIS PERIOD WILL BE OUR SECOND BIG TEST TO SEE IF WE CAN APPLY ALL THE WHICH IS DO NOT AND TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO OUR PART TO KEEP PEOPLE LIVING AND TO KEEP LIVELIHOODS MOVING FORWARD TODAY, THE COUNTY SHARED THAT ESTIMATED THAT 1 IN 140 PEOPLE IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY IS CURRENTLY INFECTIOUS WITH COVID-19 OVER THE COMING WEEK, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT WILL FALL TO ONE OUT OF 100 OR EVEN 1 OUT OF 70 RESIDENTS IN L

    A COUNTY THINK ABOUT THAT WHEN YOU GO TO A GROCERY STORE WHERE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WILL GO IT MEANS WE'RE CLOSER AND CLOSER TO PEOPLE WHO ARE INFECTIOUS I THINK THE LONGER THIS WENT ON AND IF YOU WERE LUCKY ENOUGH NOT TO BE AFFECTED BY IT, WE HAVE BEGUN TO ASSUME THAT EVERYBODY AROUND US IS NOT INFECTIOUS BUT REMEMBER AT THE BEGINNING WHEN WE ASSUMED THAT EVERYONE WAS

    WE HAVE TO RETURN TO THAT WE MAKE ACTION TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND OUR CITY WE WORKED HARD TO PUT A SAFER AT HOME PLACE AND OUR INFECTION RATE TO LESS THAN 1 OR ABOUT 1 WHICH MEANT THAT EVERY PERSON THAT GOT COVID-19 INFECTED ONE PERSON OR SLIGHTLY LESS THAT'S WHAT HELPED US BEND THE CURVE OR START TO PUSH IT DOWN

    NOW OUR INFECTION RATE IS INCREASING AGAIN, ESTIMATED TO BE AT 126, NOT AS HIGH AS WHEN IT WAS AT THE BEGINNING BUT WORRYING AND INCREASING WE ARE CLOSELY TRACKING THE POSITIVITY RATE, THAT IS THE RATE OF POSITIVES FOR EVERY COVID-19 TEST THAT WE DO IT WAS AS LOW AS 66

    IN FACT SIX OF THE 7 INDICATORS THAT WE TRACK TO SEE WHAT IS HEADED AROUND THE CORNER, IS HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION ONLY DEATHS CONTINUE TO DECLINE AND THAT'S TWO TO THREE BEHIND WHERE WE ARE TODAY MANY INDIVIDUALS INFECT READY YOUNGER 18-40 YEARS OLD WHICH IS NOW 40% FROM THOSE INFECTED UP FROM 33% FROM A MONTH AGO AND IT REMAINS THAT CRITICAL THAT EVERYONE TAKE CONTROL OF THIS SITUATION

    WE'RE ALSO VERY CLOSELY MONITORING OUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE'RE FIGHTING AGAINST, MAKING SURE OUR MEDICAL WORKERS AND MEDICAL FACILITIES ARE NOT OVERWHELMED SO WE DON'T LOSE MORE LIVES WITH FRONTLINE WORKERS AND WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO SAVE LIVES, ESPECIALLY OUR VULNERABLE, THOSE WHO ARE ELDERLY, THOSE WHO HAVE PREEXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS TODAY, 849 BEDS INCLUDING 743 ACUTE BEDS AND 146 ICU BEDS THIS IS NEWER THAN WE'VE HAD IN A WHILE AND WHILE WE SURGE ONCE AGAIN AND WE MAY HAVE TO DO THAT TO BUILD OUR BED CAPACITY AT OUR HOSPITAL AND CONVENTION

    WE HAVE INVENTORY VENTILATORS OF 1147, THIS IS IN OUR HANDS NOT JUST THE HANDS OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS HOSPITALIZATION RIGHT SIDE RISING, WE WERE AVERAGE ABOUTING 1400, WE VIN CREASED ALMOST 20% ABOVE THAT THIS IS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS SINCE THE HEIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC WHEN WE WERE AT 1900 AND OUR COUNTY PROJECTS THAT WE WILL BE AT THE OLD PEEK IN JUST A WEEK, TO 27% IN JUST TWO WEEKS WE MUST NOT GET TO THE PLACE WHERE COVID-19 OVERWHELMS OUR HOSPITALS

    THESE PROJECTION RIGHT SIDE SOBERING BUT I WANT TO REMIND YOU CERTAIN THINGS REMAIN STRONG, BECAUSE OF YOU, BECAUSE OF THE WORK WE'VE DONE IN AND OUTSIDE OF GOVERNMENT OUR TESTING CAPACITY, IS AMONG THE STRONGEST IN THE NATION, OUR CONTACT TRACING CONTINUES TO GROW AND OUR TESTING PROGRAM HAS CONGREGATE LIVING FACILITIES HAVE CUT MORE THAN HALF OF DEATHS BECAUSE WE WENT IN THERE STRONG AND WE'RE SAVING LIVES LAST WEEK I ORDERED MORE TEST AS DEMAND SURGE AT THE BEGINNING OF LAST WEEK, TO MEET THE DEMAND

    AND THIS PAST WEEKEND, 18,500 PEOPLE WERE TESTED IN FACT NOW MORE THAN ONE MILLION PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, HAVE NOW BEEN TESTED THROUGH OUR CENTERS AND NOW WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO TEST 18,7 02 PEOPLE AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS LIKE CVS AND THROUGH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS WHICH WE WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE CAN ALSO DO TEST WHEN YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS BUZZ WHETHER YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OR NOT, YOU CAN GET A TEST THROUGH COUNTY FACILITY AND I'LL REMIND YOU ONE MORE TIME IT'S AT CORONAVIRUS

    LACITYORG/TESTING RESULTS AVERAGE OF ONE TO TWO DAYS WE ARE ABLE TO MEET THAT CAPACITY INCLUDING DODGER STADIUM AND IN ADDITION, WE ADDED NEARLY 300 CITY EMPLOYEES WHO STEPPED UP TO BE CONTRACT TRACERS UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND DR

    BARBARA FERRER, WHO HAS BEEN DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB TRACKING AND TRACING AS A MEMBER OF THE CONTACT TRACING TEAM REACHES OUT, IT WILL APPEAR ON YOUR PHONE AS LA PUBLIC HEALTH PLEASE PLEASE ANSWER THE PHONE

    AND ANOTHER THING I WANT TO SAY TOO, SOME FOLKS ARE NOT REPORTING MANY CONTACTS THEY'RE ONLY SAYING ONE OR TWO NAMES MAYBE THEY FEAR BEING FIRED AT WORK MAYBE THEY THINK IT'S GOING TO GO TO OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL SXZ –AND BETRAY THEIR IMMIGRATION STATUS THESE THOUGHTS ARE FALSE

    THIS IS TO STOP THE SPREAD THIS INFORMATION IS NOT SHARED WITH ANYBODY IT IS YOUR HEALTHCARE PRIVACY PROTECTED RIGHT AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN STOP THE SPREAD TOGETHER WHEN WE LET THE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS KNOW SO WE CAN LET THEM KNOW TO STOP THIS WE'RE MAKING DECISIONS ALWAYS BASED ON THE LATEST DATA FROM GUIDANCE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS FROM PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    AND AS ALWAYS, WE WILL ALWAYS CHANGE COURSE TO CHANGE LIVES CONFRONTED BY THIS DATA, IT'S NOW FOR A PAUSE AND OVER THIS WEEKEND, THE GOVERNOR AND HIS OFFICE REACHED OUT AND ASKED ME ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD CLOSE THE BARS AND I SAID YOU HAVE MY 100% SUPPORT OF DOING THAT WOULD I LOVE TO SEE MORE OF THE ECONOMY TO OPEN UP BUT WE CANNOT ENDANGER PEOPLE'S LIVES AND BARS THAT HAVE BECOME DANGEROUS WITH MANY PEOPLE NOT ABIDING BY THE CAPACITY MIX WITHED DRINKING AND ALCOHOL, THEY BECAME A LEGAL MIX

    AND TODAY, THE COUNTY ANNOUNCED THAT BEACHES AND PIERS WILL BE CLOSED OVER THE JULY 4th WEEKEND AND FIREWORKS DISPLAYS HAVE BEEN DISCOURAGED TO DISCOURAGE GATHERING I KNOW HOW MUCH WE LOOK FORWARD TO THIS YEAR, BUT NOT THIS YEAR THIS YEAR WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT SAVING LIVES TO PROTECT WHAT WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY TO PROTECT WHO WE ARE AND MAKE SURE THAT OUR ECONOMY DOES NOT TAKE MORE STEPS BACKWARD OUR PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS, STILL PROHIBIT GATHERING WITH PEOPLE OTHER THAN THOSE YOU LIVE WITH GETTING TOGETHER WITH FAMILY AND CO-WORKERS IS HOW THE VIRUS SPREADS

    WITH WE GET EXHAUST ASKED LAZY, IT GETS STRONG AND THRIVES IT TAKE ONE PERSON TO SPREAD COVID-19 THROUGH YOUR NETWORK WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE WHO DECIDE TODAY HAVE THAT WEDDING, BECAUSE IT WAS ONLY 30 MEMBERS AND NOW A DOZEN THAT WERE INFECTED WORK PLACE THAT'S PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY CAN THROW THROUGH WORKERS AND THEY FIGURED THAT THE VIRUS DID NOT LIVE THERE INSTEAD OF PUTTING PLEXIGLASS WHERE THERE IS NOW OVER 100 PLACES

    WE'VE SEEN THAT FOLKS ARE NOT ABIDING BY MANY OF THE RULES OUT TL THOSE WHO ARE NOT, MUST TAKE CONTROL OF THIS MOMENT AND I KNOW THE COUNTY IS BEEFING UP INSPECTIONS, WE'VE OFFERED TO HELP ANYWAY THAT WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT FOLKS ARE ABIDING NOT BY MASK BUT BY GUIDANCE IF YOU HAVE ARE GOING TO BE OPEN, YOU'LL ABIDE BY AND WE HIT A HARD PAUSE FOR OPENING OTHER BUSINESSES SUCH AS THEATERS, AND BOWLING ALLEYS AND THEME PARKS AND OTHER VENUES

    EVERY DAY WE CONTINUE TO LEARN ABOUT THIS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS I READ TODAY ABOUT HOW WE CAN INFECT THE CELLS IN OUR BRAINS AND HOW IN WUHAN CHINA OVER A QUARTER OF FOLKS INFECTED HAD THE INFECTION IN THEIR BRAINS THIS PLACE SXZ SPACES WHERE THE VIRUS INTER ACTS AND WHERE IT SPREADS MORE EASILY AND WE'LL ALWAYS USE THAT INFORMATION TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH GATHERINGS WITH PEOPLE, YOU DO NOT LIVE WITH ARE NOT ALLOWED

    AND BUSINESSES NEED TO ABIDE BY ALL AND NOT JUST SOME OF THE RULES, THOSE MANDATES ARE NOT A VENUE YOU DON'T GET TO PICK AND CHOOSE AND WHEN WE SAW ON THE THIRD WEEKEND THAT RESTAURANTS WERE OPEN, STILL COUNTY INSPECTORS BETWEEN A THIRD AND A HALF OF RESTAURANTS ARE STILL NOT ABIDING BY ALL THE RULES IT MIGHT ONLY MEAN ONE OR TWO THAT YOU HAVE TO TIGHTEN UP, BY FOR OTHER PLAYSES BY THE THIRD WEEKEND, PLEASE DON'T ENDANGER THE LIVES OF YOUR WORKERS, CUSTOMERS, AND YOUR OWN LIVELIHOOD WHETHER YOU WANT TO THINK ABOUT ITSELFLESSLY OR SELFISHLY

    WE HAVE TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE MOMENT AND I KNOW THE COUNTY IS TALKING ABOUT THE LICENSES OF THOSE PLACE THAT'S DO NOT ABIDE BY THE RULES AND REGULATIONS WHIE THE GOVERNOR AND COUNTY AND I CAN ISSUE ORDERS, FIGHTING COVID-19 IS REALLY OUR COLLECTIVE WORK IT'S NOT THE WORK INSIDE GOVERNMENT IT'S LIKE THE HONOR SYSTEM FOR ALL OF US

    IT'S THE STRENGTH OF WHAT WE DID FOR TWO AND A HALF MONTHS AND MUST DO AGAIN, A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY NO MATTER YOUR AGE, RELIGIOUS BELIEVES YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS, WE HAVE TO DO OUR PART AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT YOU CAN AND YOU WILL BUT THESE TWO WEEKS AS I MENTIONED WILL BE DEFINING AND I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND BUSINESS THAT'S WE'RE REQUIRING YOU TO TAKE CRITICAL STEPS TO KEEP EVERYONE HEALTHY AND IF YOU NEED TO REFRESH WHAT THE RULES ARE, GO TO CORONAVIRUS

    LACITYORG/BUSINESS AND FOLLOW THE PROTOCOLS THAT ARE THERE FROM THE COUNTY AS WELL AS HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS ON THOSE SITES WE EDUCATE, WE ENCOURAGE AND ENFORCE BUT AS LONG AS WE KEEP EDUCATE ANDING ENCOURAGING, THAT'S WHERE WE WIN THE BUSINESS

    BUSINESSES, THEY DON'T CHOOSE SOME OF THEM, THEY HAVE TO GO WITH ALL OF THEM AND IF YOU HAVE THREE OR MORE CASES IN YOUR BUSINESS, THREE CASE NZ YOUR WORK PLACE, IF YOU'RE A BOSS OR OWNER, IN 14 DAYS YOU NEED TO REPORT THAT SO WE CAN TRACK AND HELP MAKE SURE THAT YOUR BUSINESS DOES NOT GET SHUT DOWN MAKE SURE YOUR CUSTOMERS DON'T GET SICK MAKE SURE YOUR EMPLOYEES DON'T DIE THAT'S HOW SERIOUS THIS IS PLEASE OBLIGE BY THIS REGULATION WE'RE SEEING PEOPLE FLAUNT THE BUSINESSES OVER CAPACITY AND FOLKS GATHERING IN BACK YARDS

    WE DON'T CARE ABOUT LIVES AND JOBS MY CENTRAL MESSAGE IS THIS, WHETHER WE CONTINUE ON THIS RECOVERY JOURNEY IS DEBATABLE COVID-19 IS TAKING CONTROL AND WE NEED TO TAKE CONTROL BACK SO TO YOUNG PEOPLE, YOU'RE NOT IMMUNE YOU CAN CAUSE GREAT DAMAGE BUT YOU CAN ALSO SAVE A LIFE

    WE SEE ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA, NO MASKS PEOPLE PARTYING AND FOR PARENTS, PLEASE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY IF IT'S A YOUNG PERSON OR CHILD OF YOURS LIVING IN YOUR HOME, MAKE SURE YOU TOO ARE HELPING US IN THIS FIGHT TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, DON'T GET EXHAUSTED, DON'T LET UP, DON'T START SOCIALIZING IN WAYS THAT ARE NOT PERMITTED ESPECIALLY IN THE TWO WEEKS, DON'T HAVE THIS MOMENT RESULT IN US WHAT WE CAN DO WE CAN DO AND ECONOMY CAN DO

    AND TO THE VULNERABLE, MY MESSAGE IS VERY LOUED AND CLEAR, IF YOU'RE OVER 65 AND HAVE PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, THIS IS A IMPORTANT TIME WHILE IT'S NOT MANDATED, IT'S STRONGLY ENCOURAGED THAT YOU STAY HOME DURING THESE WEEKS IF YOU CAN STAY HOME, WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE SAFE AND YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE MOST VULNERABLE 93% OF OUR DEATHS ARE POPULATION THAT LOOKS LIKE YOU

    THAT WILL IS EITHER SENIORS, OR FOLKS THAT ARE WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS OR BOTH AND WE'RE ALSO SEEING THIS BEGIN TO SCUE AS WELL TOWARDS LOW INCOME WORKERS AND HIGH DENSITY SURROUNDINGS EITHER AT WORK OR HOME WE'RE SEEING THE LATINO INFECTION RATE GO UP, IT'S NOW THE HIGHEST OF ANY ETHNIC GROUP AND GOOD NEWS, WE BROUGHT DOWN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN DEATHS, WHERE WE SEE 9% OF THE POPULATION AND 16% OF THE DEATHS, THAT'S NOW DOWN TO THE 11% OF THE DEATHS AND WE HOPE TO KEEP THAT FALLING AND WE ALWAYS LOOK AT THIS THROUGH A RACIAL EQUITY LENS TO EVERYONE ELSE, PLEASE DO YOUR PART, STAY AT HOME, CANCEL ANY PLANS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN IN VIOLATION, OR EVEN IF PERMISABLE, USE DISCRETION AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE, WASH YOUR HANDS

    AND REMEMBER, THAT WE ARE NOT POWERLESS WE'VE BEEN GETTING HELP FROM OTHERS AND HELP FROM EACH OTHER FOR INSTANCE, LOS ANGELES DRAWS STRENGTH AS A STATUS IN THE GLOBAL WORLD AND DURING THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES, WE HAVE GLOBAL PARTNERS WHO LOVE OUR CITY AND STEP UP THEY'RE THERE FOR US WE BUILD BRIDGES AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER COMMUNITIES, EVEN AS OTHERS BUILT WALLS WE HAVE BUILT BRIDGES

    AND WE HAVE SEEN THAT WHETHER IT'S FOREIGN CONSULATE, BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS FROM THE BEGINNING OF CO*EF THAT HAVE REACHED OUT TO HELP TRANSLATING INTO LANGUAGES, LOOKING FOR PPE IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND TONIGHT I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THOSE PARTNERS, VIA JET AIRLINES WHICH WE'RE HOPING WILL BE ONE OF THE COMPANIES THAT WILL FLY LOS ANGELES THAT DONATED THOUSANDS OF PPE THIS MASSIVE DONATION IN ADDITION TO THE 200,000 MASK TO TAIWANEES FROM LOS ANGELES AND 10,000 FROM THE VISIT NAMESE CONSULATE TO THOSE WHO ARE WEARING A FACE COVERING, THANK YOU

    AND TO THOSE WHO ARE NOT, PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE MAKE SURE YOU'RE SAVING A LIFE EVERY TIME YOU WEAR A MASK THROUGH ALL OF THIS, WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THE PAINFUL MOMENTS WE HAVE TO REMEMBER EACH ONE OF OUR LOVED ONES AND NEIGHBORS AND FELLOW ANGELINOS WHO HAVE DIED AT THE HANDS OF COVID-19 WE NEED TO PICTURE THE MEDICAL WORKERS ON LONG SHIFTS TODAY WHO ARE SCARED ABOUT THE WEEKS COMING FORWARD, OR THEY CLEAN A HOSPITAL OR SOMEBODY WORKING AT A GROCERY STORE, THEY WONDER WHAT THESE NUMBERS MEAN TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILY'S SAFETY WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT FAMILIES WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SEE EACH, POLICE OFFICERS WHO HAVE NOT GONE HOME BECAUSE MAYBE THEIR LOVED ONE AS A PREEXISTING CONDITION

    WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT MOVED US AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CRISIS TO REACH BEYOND OUR GRASP AND FIND OUR BETTER ANGELS TO DIG DEEP EVEN WHEN WE'RE SUFFERING ECONOMICALLY TOLL DO MORE IN OTHER WORDS, TO LEAD WITH LA LOVE

    TO FIND THAT ANGELINO SPIRIT THAT IS IN EACH ONE OF US WE NEED TO REVERSE THE THINKING THAT NOBODY AROUND US IS INFECTIOUS AND ASSUME THAT EVERYBODY IS GO BACK TO THOSE PODS IN OUR HOUSEHOLDS, KEEP OUR ECONOMY MOVING FORWARD BY NOT ENDANGERING THE GAMES THAT WE HAVE MADE SO NO MORE ANGELINOS HAVE TO SUFFER ECONOMICALLY AND NO MORE LIVES HAVE TO BE LOST I HOPE THAT MESSAGE IS CRYSTAL CLEAR TONIGHT MY FELLOW ANGELINOS

    I'M PROUD OF EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE DONE TO LEAD LET'S MAKE SURE THAT THAT MEANS SOMETHING AND LET'S MAKE SURE THAT WE TAKE CONTROL BACK OF COVID-19 STARTING TONIGHT SO PLEASE CONTINUE TO DO YOUR PART BY STAYING HEALTHY AND STAYING SAFE AND STAYING AT HOME STRENGTH AND LOVE AND JUSTICE TO EACH ONE OF YOU

    THANK YOU AND WITH THAT, I'LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS >> OUR FIRST QUESTION COMES FROM LINE OF CLAUDIA FROM KNX NEWS RADIO PLEASE GO AHEAD >> Mayor Garcetti: HI CLAUDIA

    >> ONE MOMENT, PLEASE >> Mayor Garcetti: HI CLAUDIA, YOU THERE? >> RELATED TO COVID, SO MAIM NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT BUT GIVING THE BIG REOPENING AFTER THE MEMORIAL DAY I EXPECTED TO SEE THE COVID-19 GROW WE START TODAY SEE THE NUMBERS BUT YOU PROCEEDED WITH REOPENING AND I WANT TO KNOW YOU SAY IT WAS BASED ON DATA, IT WAS CLEAR THAT IT WOULD TAKE TWO TO THREE WEEKS HOW THE REOPENING AND THE PROTEST MAY UPSET THE NUMBERS

    MY SECOND QUESTION IS REGARDING THE CITY HALL CORRUPTION SCANDAL COURT DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST HUIZAR AND OTHERS PAY TO PLAY SCHEME YOU'VE BEEN MAYOR SINCE 2013, DO YOU TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR MISSING, YOU KNOW, RED FLAGS ABOUT POTENTIAL MISCONDUCT AT CITY HALL SHOULD YOU HAVE CAUGHT THIS SAY DURING YOUR WATCH, THANK YOU >> Mayor Garcetti: SURE

    LET ME ANSWER THE FIRST ONE FIRST OF ALL, WE'VE FOLLOWED THE DATA CLOSELY, THERE IS NOT EVIDENCE YET THAT THE PROTEST LEAD TO MUCH SPREAD THOUGH IT'S SOMETHING THAT DR FERRER HAS HYPOTHESIZED BUT WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANY EVIDENCE THIS IS ABOUT NEW INDICATIONS MOVING FORWARD

    AND WE KNOW THAT RIGHT NOW FOR INSTANCES WE DID WITH FARMERS MARKETS, WITH THE CONSTRUCTION TRADE, THERE ARE THINGS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T HAVE OUR HOSPITAL CAPACITY OVERWHELMED BUT I THINK ALL OF US RECOGNIZE THAT WE CANNOT STRANGLE OUR ECONOMIC SITUATION AND THE PROSPERITY OR THE SUFFERING OF PEOPLE HERE IN LOS ANGELES THAT WAS UNACCEPTABLE WE HAD UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ABOVE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, WE HAD PEOPLE WHO WERE LITERALLY HANGING BY FINGER NAILS ON TO THEIR LIVELIHOOD SO WE HAVE TO BALANCE THAT TOGETHER

    BUT AT THIS MOMENT WHEN WE SEE INDICATORS, WE HAVE TO TAKE SHIFT ACTION, WHETHER THAT'S CLOSING DOWN BARS EVERYBODY SAYS, WHY DON'T YOU DO XY AND Z THE STATE SAYS WHAT IS PERMISABLE AND THE COUNTY SAYS, WHAT IS ACTUAL YOU CANNOT BE A LITTLE ISLAND IF PEOPLE GO ACROSS THE STREET AND WORKOUT THERE, THEY WILL BRING THAT IF THEY GO OUT TO DINE JUST NEXT DOOR

    IT WILL BE HAVE THE SAME AFFECT AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS HAVE BEEN CLEAR ABOUT THAT THE BEAR HAS BEEN BETTER AT ACTING TOGETHER AND WE'RE SEEING GREATER SPREAD AROUND LA COUNTY HIGHER RATE AT INCREASE IN VENTURA, SAN BERNARDINO, RIVERSIDE AND ORANGE SECOND WE'VE SEEN LOS ANGELES GO DOWN TO LESS THAN IT'S PROPORTION IN L

    A COUNTY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS AND LA COUNTY GO DOWN BELOW HALF OF THE STATE NUMBERS

    SO I THINK LA CITY AND LA COUNTY, THROUGH TESTING AND CONTRACT TESTING, THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT WHAT IS OPEN OR NOT, IS DOING A PRETTY GOOD JOB

    BUT WE'RE SURROUNDED BY FOLKS THAT DON'T HAVE WALLS BETWEEN US THAT IS A THREAT TO OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AS WELL I HOPE THAT REGION LEADERS WILL ACT ON THIS AND THE GOVERNOR WILL LOOK AT A REGION AND NOT JUST SAY, YOU HAVE TO CLOSE THAT ONE IS FREE AND CLEAR I THINK AN AREA AND REGION SHOULD BE MANDATED BY THE STATE OR DETERMINED BY THE COUNTY LEADERS TOGETHER TO MOVE TOGETHER SO WE'RE WELL BELOW, DAYS WHEN WE HAD 40% INCREASE DAY OVER DAY, WE'RE AT 1 OR 2%

    DEATHS GO DOWN, WE'RE NOT AT THE PEAK WHERE WE ARE AT HOSPITAL BUT WE CAN SURGE UP MORE BUT IT'S WORRYING ENOUGH THAT WE DO A HARD PAWS AND STEP BACK ON BARS AS THE COUNTY SAID, ON BEACHES AND FIREWORKS AND OTHER THINGS AND THEN TO DO WHAT YOU SAID SEE WHERE WE ARE TWO WEEKS FROM NOW AND I ALWAYS SAID, WE'RE LIVING IN THE GRAY, SOMETIMES WE'LL TAKE STEP FORWARD AND SOMETIMES BACKWARDS AND I TRUST THE PEOPLE THAT WATCHING THIS

    AS FAR AS CITY HALL, THERE IS NO WAY THAT STOP THEM IF THEY'RE DETERMINED TO DO BAD IS HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR THE DISGUSTING CORRUPTION THAT WE SAW IN THIS CASE AND OTHER CASES AND WE ARE ALL HERE, THIS IS ALL OUR WATCH I'M CERTAINLY NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS, BUT ALL OF US HAVE A SPOMENT TO ROOT IT OUT AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I CALLED FOR IS PEOPLE MAKING SURE CANNOT VOTE ON LAND USE DECISIONS IF THEY'RE TAKEN MONEY OR CONNECTED TO ANYBODY BEFORE THE CITY THAT'S THE WAY TO FINALLY WEED OUT THIS

    LIKE WE DO AS METRO IS THE WAY TO GET RID OF THAT I BELIEVE HERE AT CITY HALL BUT SOMEBODY WHO WANTS TO BREAK THE LAW, WHO ALWAYS WANTS TO FIND A WAY, THERE ARE NO RED FLAGS BUT I HOPE THAT THEY PAY THE FULLEST PRICE NEXT QUESTION, PLEASE >> OUR NEXT QUESTION FROM THE LINE OF ROBERT

    >> Mayor Garcetti: HEY, ROBERT >> HOW ARE YOU DOING, SIR? >> Mayor Garcetti: GOOD >> A COUPLE OF THINGS, LET'S START IN TERMS OF WHAT WE'LL DO WHEN IT COMES TO PROTEST SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND AND IS THERE GOING TO BE SOME TYPE OF GUIDANCE FOR THESE PROTEST TO NOT CONTINUE GIVEN WHAT BARBARA FERRER UNDERLINED SAYING THAT SHE DOES NOT ENCOURAGE LARGE GATHERING AND ALSO WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO CLOSURES, VILLANUEVA ALSO SAYING THAT HE WILL NOT DO IT

    WHETHER WILL IT COME TO ENFORCEMENT OF CLOSURES >> ENFORCEMENT OF CLOSURE IS ON US, EVEN IF WE SAID EVERY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND INSPECT OR WENT OUT THERE, THERE ARE 10 MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTY I ENCOURAGE, THE THREE Es, EDUCATION, LET THEM KNOW AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN ENCOURAGE WHERE WE DON'T SEE PEOPLE NOT ABIDING, WHETHER IT'S A CITY EMPLOYEE SAYING HERE'S A MASK FOR YOU AT A PARK LETTING PEOPLE KNOW, YOU'RE OUT OF COMPLIANCE

    AND THEN ENFORCE AS YOUR LAST RESORT WE'RE NOT GOING TO TURN LOS ANGELES INTO A POLICE STATE THAT'S NOT EVEN THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET ADHERE ANS TO IT WE WILL NOT HESITATE IN WORK PLACES THAT ARE CLEARLY ENDANGERING THEIR EMPLOYEES OR CUSTOMERS WHETHER IT'S A FACTORY OR RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT, TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO ENFORCE THOSE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS THAT'S A COUNTY JURISDICTIONAL AUTHORITY

    BUT I OFFERED WHATEVER HELP WITH OUR CITY STAFF THAT THEY CAN USE THAT THEY CAN USE AS THEY'RE DOING WITH TRACING AS FAR AS PROTESTS, I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY NOTICE IN GENERAL, THEY SAID TO KEEP YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCE AND WEAR YOUR MASKS PEOPLE STILL CAN AND SHOULD EXERCISE THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS THIS IS A CRITICAL MOMENT NOT TO LET UP WITH THAT

    I'VE BEEN PROUD OF PEOPLE, BUT ANYBODY LESS THAN SIX FEET FROM EACH OTHER, AND THIS ALSO GOES FOR OUR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES PEOPLE POINT OUT WHETHER IT'S FOLKS FROM OUR DEPARTMENT TRANSPORTATION OR POLICE DEPARTMENT OR OTHERS, WE SHOULD ALL BE WEARING MASKS WE SHOULD KEEP OUR DISTANCE AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ABIDE BY THAT SO WE CAN PROTECT OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND WE WILL ABIDE ANYTHING THAT DR FERRER SUGGESTS ON THAT THAT'S DETERMINED BY THE COUNTY AND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

    BUT I WOULD NOT DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM KEEPING THEIR VOICES HEARD BUT DO THAT SAFELY PLEASE USE YOUR JUDGMENT AND WHERE EVER YOU CAN, STAY AT HOME THANKS, ROBERT NEXT QUESTION >> OUR NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM THE LINE OF MARY BETH FROM KT LA CHANNEL 5 NEWS

    >> Mayor Garcetti: HI, MARY BETH CAN YOU HEAR ME? GO AHEAD, MARY BETH >> ONE MOMENT PLEASE PLEASE GO AHEAD >> OKAY, THANK YOU

    YES, MR MAYOR WITH THE RAMPED EFFORTS WITH THE TRACKING AND TRACING, I'M WONDERING, JUST HOW MANY IN THE SURGE AND NEW CASES ARE PARTICIPATED IN DEMONSTRATION OR MEMBER OF FAMILY CIRCLE, THEY DID, I KNOW IN THE LA COUNTY PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, THEY MENTIONED IT WAS THE ACTIONS THAT OCCURED 3 OR 4 WEEKS AGO THAT'S ONE QUESTION, WHY THE BARS BEING CLOSED WHEN IT TAKES ABOUT TWO WEEKS TO SHOW UP

    BARS HAVE BEEN OPEN ABOUT A WEEK >> IT'S BEEN CLEAR IN THE COUNTRY SO PLACE THAT'S SHOULD E OPEN LONGER THESE ARE ALREADY DANGEROUS CLUSTERS THIS IS GENERALLY THE PLACE WHERE SPREAD IS HAPPENING AND COUPLED WITH THAT, IT'S BETTER TO CUT IT OFF NOW

    IN TERMS OF THE PROTEST NUMBERS, I KEEP ASKING THE SAME QUESTION, IF THE CONTACT TRACERS CAN TRACK IT SXL THAT GETS TO ROBERT'S QUESTION, IT'S A SACRED RIGHT TO BE ABLE TO GO OUT AND USE OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT ESPECIALLY AT THIS CRITICAL MOMENT, I DON'T WANT TO DISCOURAGE THAT BUT I DO WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE GOOD MEDICAL ADVISE AND WE DON'T HAVE ANY CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE THAT IT HAS LEAD TO THAT I'M HOPING THAT IS SOMETHING THE CONTACT TRACERS CAN INQUIRE ABOUT

    WHILE DR FERRER SAYS IT'S LOGICAL THAT'S NOT WHERE THEY'RE SAYING MOST THE SPREAD THAT'S GENERALLY OUTDOORS WHERE THIS THRIVES IS IN A WORK PLACE OR A HOME SETTING FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME AND THAT DOES NOT FIT OF PROTEST

    THIS IS HAPPENING AS DR FERRER SAID, PROBABLY BECAUSE WE HAD ONE POD FOR A LONG TIME, OUR HOUSEHOLD AND THEN MANY OF US ARE GOING BACK TO WORK AND THEN YOU'VE GOT THAT TWO PODS AND THEN THE THIRD, MAYBE THE RELAXING WHETHER WE SHOULD STILL ABIDE BY SEEING OTHER PEOPLE HANG OUT PLACES WHERE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO A SMALL PARTY

    THOSE THREE THINGS TOGETHER IS HER THEORY WHY THIS IS SPREADING AND TO MY POINT, LOOK I'VE BEEN TALKING TO THESE PEOPLE ON THE PHONE, THEY SAID THEY'RE NOT SICK, I'M GOING TO ASSUME THEY'RE NOT INFECTIOUS WE HAVE TO GET BACK TO THE POINT ASSUME TO THAT PEOPLE ARE INFECTIOUS YOU GET TOGETHER WITH THREE PEOPLE, THERE IS A 150 CHANCE YOU GO TO A GROCERY STORE WHERE THERE IS AT LEAST THAT MANY PEOPLE, YOU CAN GUARANTEE SOMEBODY THERE WALKED BY SOMEBODY THAT WAS INFECTIOUS

    INSTEAD OF ASSUMING THE BEST, WE SHOULD ASSUME THE WORSE THANK YOU, MARY BETH NEXT QUESTION >> NEXT QUESTION FROM THE LINE OF DAKOTA SMITH FROM "LA

    TIMES" >> Mayor Garcetti: HI DO COULD AT THAT >> I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE CITY FINANCE, APPROVED A PLAN TO ALLOW 3000 CITY EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A RETIREMENT TO RECEIVE A PAY OUT TO RETIRE AND THAT WENT THROUGH THE COMMITTEE YOU SERVE ON IS THIS BETTER THAN FURLOUGHS, DO YOU SUPPORT IT? >> YES, I CHAIR THAT MEETING

    WE APPROVED THAT PLAN AND MOVED IT OUT QUITE SIMPLY IT WILL SAVE MONEY, AND COSTS AND IT CAN PERHAPS LESSEN THE FURLOUGHS THAT WE HAVE SO PROVIDE MORE SERVICE THIS YEAR IT'S ESTIMATED THAT YOU GET A INCENTIVE PROGRAM, YOU IT WILL BE ABOUT 60 MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR A 90 MILLION NEXT YEAR SO OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD, 150 MILLION SOMETHING WE NEED IN THE WORSE FISCAL CRISIS THAT WE HAVE FACED

    WE TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMIC CRISIS AND HEALTH CRIES AND RACIAL JUSTICE, BUT THIS IS ANOTHER CRISIS THIS WAS A SMART SOLUTION TO BE ABLE TO REDUCE SOME OF THE FURLOUGHS POTENTIALLY AND SAVE THE MONEY THAT WE NEED BUT IT WILL DEPEND ON HOW MANY SIGN UP WE'RE ENCOURAGING THOSE ELIGIBLE AND WHO WANT TO, THIS IS THE TIME TO DO THIS REDUCE FURLOUGHS FOR THOSE WHO STAY BEHIND AND SAVE MONEY, IT SEEMS TO BE A WIN-WIN-WIN

    THANK YOU AND WE HAVE ONE MORE IN SPANISH, I THINK >> YES, LAST QUESTION COMES FROM THE LINE OF VICTOR CORDERO FROM ESTRELLATV >> THANK YOU, MAYOR I'M GOING TO ASK IN SPANISH FIRST AND THEN IN SPANISH

    WE HAVE MORE CASES OF CORONAVIRUS ARE YOU PLANNING ON IMPLEMENTING THE SAFER AT HOME AGAIN, IF SO, WILL THERE BE MORE HELP FOR THOSE NOT ABLE TO GO WORK AND WHAT DO YOU TELL TO THE PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE THE IDEA OF CLOSING THE CITY AGAIN [REPEATING QUESTION IN SPANISH] >> Mayor Garcetti: THANK YOU WELL FIRST AND FOR MOST NONE OF US WANT TO GO BACKWARDS WHICH IS WHY THIS MESSAGE IS SO IMPORTANT TONIGHT WE ARE STILL IN A SAFER AT HOME ORDER BUT MAYBE YOU'RE REFERRING TO AS STRICT AS THE BEGINNING WITH FEWER REOPENINGS AT FIRST WE GOT SMARTER AND WE KNOW BETTER HOW TO BEAT COVID-19 AND HOW TO SLOW THE SPREAD

    AND IF WE REMEMBER OF KEEPING DISTANCE, WASHING YOUR HANDS AND WEARING A FACE MASK AND BY THE WAY, WORKERS SHOULD KNOW THEIR RIGHTS AT THE PLACE OF WORK, THAT IF THEY HAVE AN EMPLOYER WHO IS NOT PROVIDING THEM WITH EQUIPMENT OFFICIAL A PLACE TO WASH THEIR HANDS AND ALL OF THAT STUFF THAT THAT EMPLOYER IS IN VIOLATION AND PUTTING THEM AND THEIR JOB AT RISK I BELIEVE THAT THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, WE CAN ENSURE THAT THIS IS A PAUSE AND MAYBE THE BARS AND COUPLE OTHER THINGS, MAYBE THERE IS NO MORE STEPS BACKWARDS TO THE SECOND POINT, I DON'T THINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO BE THERE AGAIN AND FEDERAL FORGOT A LOT OF PEOPLE, PEOPLE IMMIGRANTS, PEOPLE MARRIED TO IMMIGRANTS AND OTHERS WHO DID NOT GET THE ASSISTANCE TO OTHERS

    WE HAVE TO STOP COVID-19 AND HELP THE PEOPLE ECONOMICALLY I'M VERY PROUD THAT A COUPLE OF WEEKS FROM NOW, WE'LL HAVE MORE ASSISTANCE, $100 MILLION ASSISTANCE, ANGELINO CARD WE'RE GOING TO KEEP ON GOING AND HELP BUSINESSES TO KEEP PAYING THEIR EMPLOYEES I'LL SAY THAT ALSO IN SPANISH BUT TO THOSE OPPOSED, I AGREE WITH YOU, I DON'T WANT TO CLOSE ANYTHING EITHER BUT I ALSO DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO DIE

    AND THAT'S UP TO US, NOT UP TO THE MAYOR BUT UP TO US IN ESPANOL, NO QUIERO CERRARMAS DE LOS LOSS –LOS ANGELES [SPEAKING SPANISH] SO WITH THAT I'M GOING TO TURN TO ANSWERING THAT IN MORE DETAIL AND UPDATING ALL OUR SPANISH SPEAKING ANGELINOS ON THIS THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN AND THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU WILL DO

    AND PLEASE PLEASE GO BACK TO THE MIND SET THAT WE HAD JUST A MONTH AND A HALF, TWO MONTHS AGO, AND LET'S GET THROUGH THESE NEXT TWO WEEKS, AND SHOW THAT LA SPIRIT ALIVE AND WELL AGAIN [SPEAKING SPANISH] MUY BUENAS TARDES, LOS ANGELES [SPEAKING SPANISH] [SPEAKING SPANISH] FUERZA Y AMOR IS JUSTICIA, LOS ANGELES

    GRACIAS THANK YOU, ALL

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