My dad used to say, “When our neighbor is unemployed, it’s a recession. When we’re unemployed, it’s a depression.”
I feel like we could say the same about the current health crisis impacting our family and friends in Orange County and beyond.
Given the gravity of the current situation, we’ll try and share the most important local news from across various media outlets – both local and national, that we think you might find especially useful in our local communities which you might otherwise miss.
In most instances, we’ll share a headline and a few key details, with a link to the original media story. Our local media and government agencies continue to be the best source of current news and information. We simply hope to highlight some of the less-prominent stories.
We’ll still share our favorite fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, and other stories, because we hope (and believe) it can lift spirits and provide a needed positive distraction from the headlines.
We wish you all the best as all of us face this unprecedented health crisis.
The Rev. Lawrence Wilkes, who in 2012 stepped in as interim pastor at the Crystal Cathedral when the Schuller family departed after a tumultuous bankruptcy, died last month after contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Doctors confirmed on March 28 that Wilkes, 80, had the disease, according to a Facebook post…
via Coronavirus: Former Crystal Cathedral pastor dies from COVID-19 — Orange County Register
Very soon it will be no mask, no service at Los Angeles’ grocery stores. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday night mandated that, “starting Friday, April 10th, employees and customers at many non-medical essential businesses such as grocery stores will be required to wear face coverings.”
via Los Angeles Makes Masks Mandatory For Workers & Customers In Stores & Other Essential Businesses — Deadline
With no way to safely pull it from the water, the Pilgrim – an icon of Dana Point Harbor – will be demolished. The decision made over the weekend followed extensive efforts to salvage the tall ship after it heeled starboard suddenly in its dock next to the Ocean Institute on March 29. more…
via Tall ship Pilgrim will be demolished — Orange County Register
Hal Willner, a record producer famed for his left-of-center tribute albums and concerts, and as the long-time sketch music producer for “Saturday Night Live,” has died of complications related to the coronavirus, Variety has confirmed. He was 64. On his Twitter account, the producer had alluded to having been diagnosed in a March 28 tweet…
via Hal Willner, Music Producer and ‘SNL’ Veteran, Dies of Coronavirus at 64 — Variety
Disneyland will halt annual pass payments for passholders who have paid for a full year and those on the monthly payment plan while the Anaheim theme park remains closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
via Disneyland halts annual passholder payments during coronavirus closure — Orange County Register
Orange County added 56 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday, April 2, increasing the region’s reported total to 656. The rate of increase slowed for much of this week, with the number of cases doubling every six days or so.
via Orange County has 56 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus, with three more deaths — Orange County Register