Alissa Walker+ Your Authors @awalkerinLA I'm a writer and a walker in LA. Words @Curbed/@NYMag. Co-host @theLApod. LAUSD mom. #CancelRent #HomesGuarantee #BetterBusesforLA Sep. 11, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

As if it wasn't enough just to survive a 120-degree day during a pandemic, we're also forcing everyone who can't go inside to breathe the worst air LA has seen in 25 years.

This weekend won't be as hot, but the air will be toxic. As we try to prevent a respiratory disease from killing people.

Can LA open its cooling centers and other city facilities as clean air centers?

✅ Malls
✅ Auditoriums
✅ Sports venues
✅ Hotel ballrooms
✅ Convention centers

I'm calling on our councilmembers to identify and open these facilities in their districts immediately as cooling/clean air centers for people who will need them. 

Here's what Portland has done since yesterday:

- Added shelter capacity
- Expanded shelter access to 24 hours a day
- Secured 40k KN95 masks

Our air is forecasted to be this bad by tomorrow.

@LAHomeless @lapublichealth @MayorOfLA what's the plan? 

Seattle and King County just opened a "healthy air center" that's open 24 hours a day, and will conduct outreach to make sure people most at risk are getting inside. 

Any news on what LA is doing?

San Francisco opened four libraries as weather relief centers.

We could easily do this in every council district at the very least.

What is LA waiting for?

Late to this one but Oakland also had two air respite centers open this weekend.

One hour ago LA's public health department extended its smoke advisory through Sunday but the city has yet to even open its cooling centers.

Update and expansion of Oakland relief centers in this thread.

Sharing this also because this is the type of commitment we should be seeing from at least one elected official in LA.

BREAKING: LA will open four "smoke relief centers" on Sunday.

Details here: 

Reminder that LA is doing the absolute bare minimum today. Activists are still having to fill in the gaps.

Support @StreetWatchLA @KtownforAll @GroundGameLA @PplsCityCouncil and read their demands, which include opening hotel rooms to at-risk Angelenos

The city is announcing the smoke relief centers 30 minutes before they open

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