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. 14, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Air quality is demonstrably worse in LA today compared to yesterday when the city opened smoke relief centers.

Why aren't these centers opened today? Was it just a one-time thing the city did to appease the demands of activists? 

The city will say, well, we opened them and no one came.

But they opened them with very little notice in only FOUR locations citywide.

Plus people don't feel safe going inside to get relief from heat or smoke because the city will take their belongings. 

In 2006, Southern California heat wave killed 130 people. In 2009, a study revealed that 350 to 450 people had actually died. And that's just a heat wave.

We may not know for years how many more people died this week because they couldn't get inside. 

Last year, 3 unhoused people died each day in LA County. In 2020, we've already surpassed that number. We still have four months to go.

As @lyrickelkar explains so well here, LA officials will blame heat, virus, whatever. But these deaths are preventable.

As air quality continues to deteriorate as temperatures are forecasted to rise until mid-week, remember the wise words of my @thelapod co-host @safrazie

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