Daily LA: Bird lays off 30%, L.A. Clippers Owner Donates $25M

The coronavirus outbreak is taking a deep toll on the U.S. economy, prompting hundreds of layoffs over the past week alone and halting a historic 11-year bull market in stocks.

Here’s your Daily LA for March 27, 2020.

Happening in LA

Bird lays off about 30% of workforce amid COVID-19 pandemic

Bird is the latest startup hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Bird laid off about 30% of its employees amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, TechCrunch has learned.

GoodRx Launches Marketplace For Online Doctor’s Visits

An online healthcare marketplace operator GoodRx, which operates online marketplaces for prescriptions, doctors, and other healthcare services, is expanding its marketplace to include online doctor’s visits (telehealth)

Clippers Owner, Steve Ballmer Donates $25M to COVID-19 Relief

The L.A. Clippers owner and his wife Connie just pledged more than $25 MILLION to help fight the battle against COVID-19.

Top Local Bars To Delivery Alcohol to Your Home in Los Angeles

In the wake of devastating COVID-19 closures, the hospitality industry is doing everything they can to adapt and stay afloat. Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s emergency declarations, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has temporarily allowed the sale of alcoholic beverages to-go.

How A Federal Stimulus Could Help LA’s Small Businesses During The Pandemic

The bill contains $349 billion in loans to small businesses and nonprofits with less than 500 employees. People who are self-employed, freelancers and independent contractors — even gig workers like Uber or Lyft drivers — would also qualify.

L.A. County Beaches Are Now Closed

All Los Angeles County beaches closed to the public on Friday, March 27, as part of the ongoing response to COVID-19. The new order expands upon the series of “soft closures” established previously, which closed parking lots and certain access points at beaches, hiking trails, and other outdoor areas. Beach-adjacent bike paths, piers, and promenades throughout the county are included in the shut-down.

Headlines

Trump signs historic $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill

President Trump signed the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package into law on Friday shortly after the House passed the bill.

Coronavirus stimulus package: Aid and stimulus guide for U.S. individuals and businesses

On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a law authorizing $2.2 trillion in spending to protect the U.S. from the economic fallout stemming from the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The bill — the largest dollar figure of any ever passed — was the third pice of aid and stimulus legislation passed since the crisis began.

Disneyland, Walt Disney World to remain closed ‘until further notice’ amid coronavirus outbreak

Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort will remain closed “until further notice” amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, Disney announced Friday.

US coronavirus cases reach more than 101,000 as reported deaths hit new daily high

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States topped 101,000 on Friday as infections quickly spread to new areas of the country. As of Friday evening, the US has at least 101,242 known cases of coronavirus and 1,588 people have died, according to CNN’s tally of cases reported by health officials.

How GoFundMe became America’s coronavirus safety net

GoFundMe has emerged in recent years as America’s de facto health care safety net, so it makes sense that the crowdfunding platform would play a huge role in helping Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Layoffs: Landry’s Inc., Philly YMCA Latest To Let Workers Go Amid Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic wipes out markets, closes schools and colleges, suspends major conferences, sports leagues, and cultural events as well as upends the travel industry, businesses losing out on cash flow have started laying off workers.

Deals

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus is discounted for a limited time

If you’ve had your eye on Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus but haven’t fancied the $999 price tag, today is your lucky day. Verge readers can get an unlocked model of the 2019 flagship for just $579 over at Daily Steals. All you have to do is enter the code VERGEGXLYS10 at checkout.

Roku is giving away 30 days of premium video

Add Roku to the list of companies offering free premium TV trials to keep people entertained while they stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s launching a Home Together initiative that provides extended 30-day trials of familiar networks and services.

The Whisper

ZipRecruiter is an online employment marketplace, connecting millions of employers and job seekers through mobile and email services. We were told that the company has laid off 500 staff. Not verified.

Art of Sport is a direct-to-consumer body care company that makes body and skincare products engineered to power all athletes. AOS lays off a few of its 16 employees. Not verified.

 

 

 

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