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2020 in Review

10 Urgent Stories From a Scary Year

A look back at some of Capital & Main’s coverage of 2020.




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Homeless Deaths Are Spiking in Los Angeles and Beyond

By  Jessica Goodheart

Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Are COVID deaths going unreported? Or has living on the street become more dangerous?

‘Not Ok, Boomers!’ Say Restless Millennials

By Steve Appleford
baby boomers

Illustration by Define Urban

Baby boomers are criticized by younger, debt-burdened Americans frustrated by economic inequality. But many boomers are also hurting.

Homeless Moms Seize Houses as Coronavirus Rages

By  Steve Appleford

Photo: Steve Appleford

Facing a health crisis, California legislators call for a moratorium on evictions, utility shutoffs and foreclosures.

Gavin Newsom Hands Out Fracking Permits to Connected Driller

By  Steve Horn

While California was convulsed by COVID-19 and George Floyd’s death, the governor gave Big Oil a big gift.

A Jared Kushner-Connected Company Is Buying an L.A. Mall

By Jack Ross

Photo: Luis Sinco/L.A. Times via Getty Images

Why wasn’t an African American community group allowed to make a final bid on the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza?

Outbreak: Los Angeles’ Fateful 15 Days

By  Jason McGahan

Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Everything from chronic physician shortages to the county’s political culture seemed aligned against a rapid response to the virus.

Under Trump, Income Growth Slows Across U.S.

By Jessica Goodheart

Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

48 states saw real median household income growth decline in Trump’s first two years, some dramatically.

L.A. Public Health Ok’d Release of COVID Patients to Nursing Homes With Many Coronavirus Deaths, Poor Ratings

By  Danny Feingold

Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The agency also scrubbed statistics on coronavirus deaths and cases at designated nursing homes from its website.

Redding’s Homeless Ride a Wave of Very Tough Love

By  Evelyn Nieves

Photo: Chris Solberg

California Gov. Gavin Newsom calls homelessness an emergency akin to a major earthquake, but his proposals do not prevent cities from sweeping people off the streets.

Performance Anxiety: Will the Adult Film Industry
Survive the Pandemic?

By  Alex Demyanenko

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Even porn actors must work from home as one of the most intimate industries remains in lockdown.

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