Bloglikes - Sport en-US Wed, 23 Jun 2021 21:24:01 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Were the Miami Dolphins 'The Team' That Tom Brady Was Talking About? Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:18:58 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News NFL Dolphins Tom Brady Miami Dolphins Ryan Fitzpatrick Mike Lombardi Virat Kohli calls for best-of-three finals to decide future World Test Championships Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:10:46 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs India Sport Cricket Nz Virat Kohli England's bowlers set up big win before Jos Buttler seals 1-0 series lead Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:10:45 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs England Sport Cricket Sri Lanka Jos Buttler Kane Williamson toasts 'special feeling' as New Zealand finally get 'across the line' Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:10:45 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Cricket New Zealand Kane Williamson Euro 2020: 'They've found a way through!' Leon Goretzka equalises for Germany against Hungary Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:01:46 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Germany Football Hungary Munich Timo Werner Leon Goretzka Portugal 2-2 France: France top group as Cristiano Ronaldo equals record Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:48 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs France Football Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Who England will face in the last 16 of Euro 2020 England went into their final game against the Czech Republic knowing that a win to top the group would likely give them a tougher opponent in the last 16.

However, Gareth Southgate has warned their prospective opponents that there is much more to come from his side.

“There is more to come from us, definitely. We’re not fluent but we have moments where we are a good side,” said Southgate.

Who England will face in the last 16 of Euro 2020

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: Gareth Southgate manager of England in discussion with substitute and debutant Declan Rice of England during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between England and Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

“We are still improving, there’s more to come from us and we will need squad depth because the players have looked tired through games but we have that.

“We said to the players before the game that the pressure was off, we had qualified but there was still something to achieve by winning the Group which was always our target.

“First or second, there was no way of knowing what is the better route and there’s no way of knowing who we will face next but you have to take control of what you can achieve and we wanted to stay at Wembley.”

Wembley was the prize and England earned it. Their opponents will travel and face Southgate and his men on their turf, but who will that be?

England will play Germany

After a drama filled night in Group F England will face Germany.

England’s prospective opponents could have been one of all 4 sides at different points throughout the night.

Portugal’s early goal against France meant they would be playing the World Champions at Wembley.

Then Hungary and France both scored meaning an unlikely pairing with the group’s underdogs.

Even a Germany equaliser was quickly responded to again by Hungary and by this point the game between Portugal and France was levelled at 2-2 thanks to braces from former Real Madrid teammates Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, a late equaliser from Leon Goretzka broke Hungarian hearts and set up a tantalising tie between the two rivals.

Leon Goretzka looks to have spared #GER‘s blushes…


— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) June 23, 2021

The last time the pair met was in 2017 when they played out a dull 0-0 draw.

The rhetoric will certainly be of England’s improvement and Germany’s decline since then and England may even go into the game as possible favourites.

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Germany 2-2 Hungary: Germany to face England in the last 16 at Euro 2020 Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:54:07 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs England Germany Football Hungary Apartment company looking to fill jobs throughout Southern California Advanced Management Co., an Irvine-based business that owns 53 apartment complexes throughout Southern California, is looking to hire.

The company has 45 openings for a variety of positions, including sales trainer and performance manager, construction superintendent, energy and utility specialist, director,  leasing consultant, service technician, groundskeeper and construction worker.

A living room in Advanced Management Co.’s Artists Village complex in Santa Ana is seen here. (Photo courtesy of Advanced Management)

“We’re hiring partly because of turnover,” company spokeswoman Sarah Romney said. “We’re also aware that many people lost their jobs during the pandemic, so we wanted to help them be aware of these opportunities.”

The privately owned company employs more than 400 employees and its footprint covers Los Angeles and Orange counties, as well as the Inland Empire. Apartment communities range from 50 to 800 units.

The apartment complexes can be found in Santa Ana, Fullerton, Anaheim, Riverside, La Habra, Azusa, Montebello, Chino Hills, Montclair and Ontario, among other locations.

Romney said the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on operations at the company’s properties.

“We increased the cleanliness to makes sure everything was clean,” she said. “And all of our activities were cancelled, including Halloween parties, pool parties and community events. Our pools and fitness centers were all closed.”

Established in 1982, most of Advanced Management’s apartment communities have been renovated in recent years. The company promotes a “live-green” philosophy that encourages water and electric conservation, and it plants hundreds of trees every Arbor Day and participating in an annual beach cleanup day.

Information regarding the various job openings can be found at

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Ronaldo scores 109th international goal to equal record Visit for the rest of the story.]]> Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:50:10 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs France Sport Iran Budapest Soccer Portugal Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Afp Ali Daei John McAfee, antivirus software creator, found dead in Spanish prison By Aritz Parra, Renata Brito and Barry Hatton | The Associated Press

John McAfee, the creator of the McAfee antivirus software, has been found dead in his cell in a jail near Barcelona, a government official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Authorities said the cause of death was being investigated.

Hours earlier, a Spanish court issued a preliminary ruling in favor of the 75-year-old tycoon’s extradition to the United States to face tax-related criminal charges that could carry decades in prison.

Security personnel at the Brians 2 penitentiary near the northeastern Spanish city tried to revive him, but the jail’s medical team finally certified his death, a statement from the regional Catalan government said.

“A judicial delegation has arrived to investigate the causes of death,” the statement said, adding that “Everything points to death by suicide.”

The statement didn’t identify McAfee by name but said he was a 75-year-old U.S. citizen awaiting extradition to his country. A Catalan government source familiar with the event who was not authorized to be named in media reports confirmed to the AP that the dead man was McAfee.

Spain’s National Court on Monday ruled in favor of extraditing McAfee, who had argued in a hearing earlier this month that the charges against him by prosecutors in Tenessee were politically motivated and that he would spend the rest of his life in prison if he was returned to the U.S.

The court’s ruling was made public on Wednesday and was open for appeal. Any final extradition order would also need to get approval from the Spanish Cabinet.

The entrepreneur was arrested last October at Barcelona’s international airport. A judge ordered at that time that McAfee should be held in jail while awaiting the outcome of a hearing on extradition.

The cybersecurity pioneer’s defense had argued the extradition request was politically motivated and therefore wasn’t appropriate. He disagreed with the current monetary system, which has made him “public enemy No. 1,” according to court documents released Wednesday. The U.S. calculates that McAfee owed more than $4.2 million in taxes, the documents show.

The ruling came as the latest setback for McAfee’s burgeoning legal troubles. In March, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also accused him of hiding cryptocurrency income of more than $23 million. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss has said McAfee “exploited a widely used social media platform and enthusiasm among investors in the emerging cryptocurrency market to make millions through lies and deception.”

McAfee led an eccentric life after he sold his stake in the antivirus software company named after him in the early 1990s.

He twice ran long-shot bids for U.S. president and was a participant in Libertarian Party presidential debates in 2016.

In July 2019, McAfee was released from detention in the Dominican Republic after he and five others were suspected of traveling on a yacht carrying high-caliber weapons, ammunition and military-style gear, officials on the Caribbean island said at the time.

McAfee was charged last October in Tennessee with evading taxes after failing to report income made from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consulting work, made speaking engagements and sold the rights to his life story for a documentary. The criminal charges carry a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

The last post from McAfee’s Twitter account was a retweet of a Father’s Day message from his wife Janice McAfee.

“These eight months John has spent in prison in Spain have been especially hard on his overall health both mentally and physically, as well as financially, but he is undeterred from continuing to speak truth to power,” it said.

The U.S. embassy in Madrid didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Bloomberg contributed to this report.  Related Articles

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Cristiano Ronaldo equals men's international goalscoring record Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:45:06 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs France Football Cristiano Ronaldo Whicker: Tyronn Lue proving to be a quiet storm on the Clippers’ bench When Tyronn Lue finishes one of those annoyingly meaningless, two-question TV interviews between quarters, he always says, “Yes, ma’am.”

This explains part of the world’s lifelong underestimation of the Clippers’ coach. Respect isn’t weakness. Calm isn’t indecision.

Lue coached Cleveland to one of the most remarkable NBA championships of all time in 2016 while he navigated the sensitivities of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Now he is the first Clippers’ coach to take down history, however temporarily.

The Clippers are the first team to overcome an 0-2 deficit in multiple series in the same season. Lue approached those sticky wickets by promising the Clippers would be just fine. He says the same about Thursday night, when they meet Phoenix in Game 3 at Staples Center.

This isn’t logical, since Chris Paul might return for the Suns, and Lue must lift his team’s chins off the floor after it led by one and had Phoenix attempting an in-bounds pass with less than a second left, and still lost on Tuesday.

But the Clippers have shown the type of dogged unity that surpasses all things, and Lue has shown that players respond better to simplicity than consistency.

Rajon Rondo, Luke Kennard, Patrick Beverley and Demarcus Cousins have all drawn the dreaded DNP-CD (Did Not Play) in these playoffs for at least two consecutive games, and all have stayed ready for Lue’s call and answered it competently.

On March 22, the Clippers were snoozing their way to a 21-point deficit to Atlanta, which was on an eight-game winning streak and has now made the Eastern Conference finals.

Halfway through the third quarter, Lue removed all the starters and put in a patchwork crew of Kennard, Terance Mann, Nic Batum, Patrick Patterson and Amir Coffey. The Clippers won by nine.

College coaches survive such drastic measures. NBA coaches are normally too insecure to try. The most telling tribute a coach gives a star player these days is, “He lets me coach him.” At one time, that wasn’t an option.

Three seasons after the Cavaliers jolted Golden State and became the first team in 38 years to win an NBA Finals Game 7 on the road, they started 0-6 and fired Lue. If the Clippers do shed this particular 0-2 yoke, Lue will make the Finals in all four years he’s been allowed to finish a season.

These Clippers were down 0-2 to Dallas and down 30-11 in Game 3. That was a tap-out moment, but they won comfortably.

“I think the older players appreciate how he handles it,” said Danny Nee, Lue’s coach at Nebraska. “He doesn’t panic or show emotion. He’s just grown like the Empire State Building.

“I always tease him, ask when he’s going to settle down and have kids. He would be a great father. And he still has his first nickel.”

Lue was a formidable talent at Raytown High, outside Kansas City, but Nee first saw him in a Las Vegas tournament.

“We didn’t think a lot of other people knew about him, but then Rick Majerus started talking about him, and he zoomed like Amazon stock,” Nee said. “When I went to the gym, the whole world was there. I didn’t think we had much of a chance.”

But Lue did not play well. “I’m thinking, this might be the best thing for us,” Nee said. “He was down in the dumps.”

Nee followed Lue out to the car and not only pumped him up but offered him a scholarship. Lue didn’t forget that Nee was first in line, and later he signed.

“I gave him the keys,” Nee said. “I did not take him off the court.”

In 1996, almost everyone else wanted off the court. The Cornhuskers were 15-8 when nine players refused to practice and, instead, met with athletic director Bill Byrne to bring up various complaints about Nee, mostly concerning playing time. Lue and Bernard Garner were the only two who did not.

Byrne told the players Nee wasn’t going anywhere, and if Nebraska had to replace them with football players, it would. The Huskers didn’t make the NCAA tournament but won the NIT.

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“Ty calmed everything down and got them back to the table,” Nee said. “It’s the way he handles things. I thought you’d have to be a lion tamer to coach LeBron, but Ty was very businesslike and approachable. He learned the job the way you were supposed to.”

Three of the four working NBA coaches – Lue, Monty Williams and Nate McMillan – are former players. They coach games, not probabilities. Sometimes you clear the bench, and sometimes you say, “Yes, sir.” Sometimes the same person can do both.

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Golden Knights Offensive Struggles Put Them on the Brink Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:27:51 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Hockey Carey Price William Karlsson Nicolas Roy Vegas Golden Knights 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs Tapping rarely used rule, LA councilmen Buscaino, Lee urge vote on stricter anti-camping ordinance LOS ANGELES — Councilmen Joe Buscaino and John Lee invoked a rarely used rule on Wednesday, June 23, to have the Los Angeles City Council vote Tuesday on whether to pull a draft anti-camping ordinance from the Homelessness and Poverty Committee, where it has been sitting since Nov. 30, 2020, and force the full council to vote on it.

The ordinance would restrict people from lying, sleeping, sitting, or placing tents and personal property on streets and sidewalks:

  • Where it reduces the path of travel required by the American with Disabilities Act;
  • Within 10 feet of an operational or utilizable entrance, exit, driveway or loading dock;
  • Within 500 feet of a facility that provides housing, shelter, supportive services, safe parking or storage to unhoused people;
  • Within 500 feet of a designated freeway overpass, underpass, ramp, tunnel or pedestrian subway; and
  • St all times and all locations if a person has been offered shelter.

“It is unconscionable for this City Council to adjourn for a month-long recess without considering this important ordinance that will restore rules and order to our shared public spaces,” Buscaino said Wednesday.

“Public Safety is the core responsibility of local government, and we are failing to protect both the unhoused and the housed. Allowing unmitigated encampments on our streets and sidewalks is not compassionate, it’s reckless,” he added.

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The city’s current anti-camping ordinance, which has not been enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic, prohibits tents during daytime hours, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On June 9, Buscaino, who is running for mayor in the 2022 election, requested the City Council amend the mayor’s Declaration of Local Emergency and resume enforcement of the current anti-camping ordinance.

Wednesday’s action was taken under Council Rule 54.

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Sling TV is the best live TV streaming service for cord cutters on a budget If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more.

  • Starting at $35 a month, Sling TV is one of the most affordable live TV streaming services.
  • Despite a tricky user interface, Sling TV's streaming quality and channel offerings are excellent.
  • Sling TV plans come with networks like ESPN, CNN, TBS, Food Network, and BBC America.

Sling TV Review and How It works 4x3 Sling TV's plans start at $35 a month for live TV streaming.

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When stacked up to other live TV streaming options, Sling TV is one of the most affordable in the industry. The Sling Orange and Blue plans each cost just $35 a month, offering a solid selection of live channels.

That comes out to just over $1 a day each month. For the money, Sling TV provides live streaming access to networks like FX, CNN, AMC, ESPN, Disney, and more. It's nearly half the cost of competing services like Hulu + Live TV, but you don't get quite as many channels as those more expensive options.

As an added bonus, new customers can even get their first month for only $10. But, does more affordable translate to better value compared to other streaming platforms? We put the service to the test to see if Sling TV is a viable alternative to cable and satellite.

What is Sling TV?

Sling TV is one of the cheapest options to stream live TV, and it features a selection of many popular channels. The service also includes access to a library of on-demand shows, along with support for recording programs to watch later.

Sling offers a few different plans, as well as add-on channels and packages. The main options are Sling Blue ($35/month), Sling Orange ($35/month), and the Sling Orange/Blue bundle ($50/month).

Orange features the least amount of channels at 33, while Blue includes 44 channels overall. The bundle combines both plans, but since some networks overlap between Orange and Blue, the bundle ends up including a total of 50 channels.

How much is Sling TV?

Sling TV comes in three plans: Orange, Blue, and an Orange/Blue bundle. Orange and Blue each cost $35 a month, while the bundle costs $50 a month.

As part of a special promotion, new members can get their first month of Orange or Blue for just $10. New members can also get a discount on their first month of the Orange/Blue bundle, bringing the price down to $25.

Sling's promotion tends to alternate between a $10 introductory month and a $25 introductory month, so it's unclear how long the better deal will last.

Compared to other live TV streaming services, like Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV, Sling TV subscriptions can cost as much as $30 less per month. You get fewer channels with Sling, but the savings make it a better option for budget streamers.

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Sling tv  30+ channels 4x3 You can access the Sling TV app on a variety of devices.

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Both Orange and Blue come with a base package of the same 27 channels, including CNN, BBC America, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, and many more. In addition to the base package, both plans have their share of unique channels.

Orange has six unique channels including Disney Channel, ESPN networks, FreeForm, and Motortrend. Blue, on the other hand, has 17 unique channels including Discovery, Fox and NBC (in select markets), NFL Network, USA, and more.

In addition to live TV, Sling comes with an extensive selection of on-demand content from its channel lineup, including titles like "Real Housewives'' and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Sling also has several genre-based add-ons starting at $6 a month.

Before signing up for Sling, we recommend you check out our full breakdown of all the Sling channels and extra packages available to ensure that your favorite networks are included.

How do I stream Sling TV?

Sling TV lets you use a number of devices to stream channels including Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices, Xbox Series X|S, web browsers, and more.

For a full list, the streaming service details all of its supported devices on its website.

Is Sling TV worth it? Sling TV in living room lifestyle The Sling TV interface isn't the best, but it's getting an update this year.


Despite Sling TV being cheaper than most other live TV streaming options, it maintains great channel offerings and quality playback on par with the competition.

On that front, the service is easily worth the $35/month cost of admission. With over 30 channels on its Blue and Orange plans, Sling TV is one of the most economical ways to stream live TV.

When it comes to cheaper live TV streaming options, Philo offers 66 channels for $25 a month - $10 less than Sling's base plans. Though Philo includes more storage and its catalog features some networks missing from Sling, like Animal Planet and MTV, it doesn't offer any local channels. Philo is also lacking in sports coverage since it doesn't carry channels like ESPN or NFL Network.

With those factors in mind, we think Sling is the better budget option for most people who want a cheaper alternative to cable. That said, there are some drawbacks to keep in mind when choosing Sling.

Sling's current interface could use some work

One downside is the user interface Sling uses on the majority of its apps. In short, it isn't particularly attractive or intuitive.

The interface lacks a channel-surfing option, which means you can't flip through stations like you would on cable. This limits you to a home page broken into horizontal sections, starting with your "Favorite" channels if you've selected any.

It's a useful shortcut, but depending on the size of your screen you'll only see three to five channels at a time, and you'll be doing a lot of side-scrolling. Below that you get access to your DVR recordings - Sling TV offers 50 hours of free DVR storage in its base package although you can get 200 hours for an extra $5 a month.

If you're looking for a more traditional channel guide interface, you'll find it in the "Guide" tab, but since there are no numbers associated with the channels, you'll once again find yourself doing a lot of scrolling.

An updated interface is in on the way with key improvements

Sling TV is set to launch a number of changes to its app soon. The streaming service announced a beta app in May 2021. The updated app first became available on select Fire TV devices and features a new home page and a vertical sidebar with a DVR tab. It will be added to more devices throughout 2021, according to a press release.

We got to try the new app with a Fire TV Stick 4K and it's a clear improvement. The home screen now includes a number of title recommendations based on shows and movies you've watched.

Additionally, Sling TV's channel guide - which you can find on the app's sidebar - now lets you surf dozens of channels just like a traditional cable plan. You can also choose to record shows as you navigate through the guide.

You can scroll between tabs like "Favorites" and "Recents" on the top of the guide to find certain channels easier. While there still aren't numbers associated with channels, you can easily find what you're looking for with other tabs like "A-Z," "Sports," "News," "Movies," and more.

Aside from the guide, each channel has "Info" and "Explore" options. The "Info" option lets you see on-demand content and programs set to air on a channel in the future. Meanwhile, the "Explore" option lets you navigate all upcoming shows and movies.

The bottom line Sling new interface Sling TV is a great option for cord cutters on a budget.


With plans starting at $35 a month, Sling TV remains one of the best options there is to stream live TV on a budget. New members can even get $25 off their first month, making it an affordable service to test out if you're on the fence.

Even though the current app's interface is less than ideal, an upcoming update should alleviate any worries you might have about navigating through your favorite channels.

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Disneyland: Less than half of 32,000 employees have returned to work Less than half of the 32,000 Disneyland employees have returned to work after thousands were laid off or furloughed during the 412-day coronavirus closure of the Anaheim theme parks.

The Disneyland resort has 15,000 cast members currently working and expects to hire about 1,000 more this summer, according to Disneyland officials.

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Disneyland laid off or furloughed thousands of cast members — Disney parlance for employees — during the COVID-19 pandemic after state officials refused to allow California theme parks to reopen for more than a year.

Before the layoffs and furloughs, Disney employed more than 100,000 at its U.S. theme parks — 32,000 at Disneyland and 77,000 at Disney World.

It’s unclear if or when Disneyland — the largest employer in Orange County prior to the pandemic — will ever return to pre-pandemic staffing levels.

SEE ALSO: Disneyland band returns with more live entertainment coming soon

The phased reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure means the parks have not yet returned to full attendance capacity or reopened many attractions, restaurants and shops.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek said during a tech conference in late May that he expects the company’s U.S. theme parks to see low double-digit attendance increases over the next several months and reach full capacity by the fall.

An exact count of the layoffs and furloughs at the Disneyland resort during the pandemic is not available — but the numbers are staggering.

Disney laid off 28,000 employees in September 2020 at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Approximately 37,000 Disney employees were on furlough as of October 2020.

By the end of 2020, the Disneyland resort had laid off more than 11,500 employees and furloughed thousands more.

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Disneyland has been steadily recalling and rehiring cast members during the phased reopening of the parks that began last fall. Admitting more visitors and bringing back additional attractions, eateries and shops would likely require hiring more cast members — based on past stages of the phased reopening of the parks.

DCA’s Buena Vista Street first reopened to holiday shoppers just before Thanksgiving 2020 — but a spike in COVID-19 cases in California soon brought additional restrictions to shops and restaurants. The phased reopening of Buena Vista Street allowed Disney to bring 230 cast members back to work.

Disney began recalling furloughed employees for DCA’s A Touch of Disney food festival that began on March 18. The limited time event brought more than 700 Disney cast members back to work.

Disneyland brought back 10,000 cast members starting in mid-March in preparation for the full reopening of the Anaheim theme parks on April 30.

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Help wanted: Labor crisis plagues restaurant industry By Michael A. Blood | The Associated Press

Sherry Villanueva’s family of Santa Barbara restaurants employed 350 people before the pandemic took hold and darkened dining rooms across California. Now, with the state’s economy officially reopened, about 250 workers are back on the job.

Villanueva would hire 100 more if she could — but she can’t find people to take the openings.

“We are in the midst of a very severe labor shortage,” said Villanueva, owner and managing partner of Acme Hospitality, which operates eight eateries in the popular seaside destination, though two remain closed. With staffs stretched paper-napkin thin, the employees “are doing the job of two people.”

California fully reopened its economy on June 15 and did away with limits on capacity at restaurants, retail stores and other businesses. People are eager to return to sporting events and amusement parks and enjoy a meal out.

But instead of full dining rooms, many restaurants are being forced to cut operating hours or leave tables open. Villanueva’s company is offering cash bonuses to workers who recruit new employees.

The worker shortage is also affecting restaurants across the U.S.

The National Restaurant Association has reported the eating and drinking industry shed 2.5 million jobs in 2020. Federal data show nearly 1.4 million job openings in the restaurant and hotel sector in April.

At the Served Global Dining restaurant in Henderson, Nevada, a Las Vegas suburb, chef-owner Matthew Meyer said he needs a dozen or more people to fill positions across the board, including cooks and bartenders.

Plans for a seafood raw bar, to-go kits and a chef’s table to serve special tasting menus are on hold because he can’t find enough workers. Meanwhile, his labor costs are up by a third because he has to offer more money to lure applicants. Even then, the last two he had scheduled for interviews never, showed up.

“We are having extreme difficulties,” he said.

Sam Toia, CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association, said he’s started talking with federal lawmakers about the possibility of expanding worker visa programs for the restaurant industry to open a new pipeline of labor.

And without enough workers to fill shifts, restaurants are warning customers to expect longer-than-typical waits for their meals, Toia said.

The California Restaurant Association earlier estimated as many as one-third of the state’s restaurants would not make it through the pandemic. For those that survived, the employment gap is a “full-blown crisis,” said Jot Condie, who heads the organization.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is fond of saying that California’s economy is roaring back. Indeed, employment figures released Friday showed the state added over 100,000 jobs in May, the fourth consecutive month of gains after 2.7 million jobs vanished during the early months of the pandemic.

But in the state’s battered restaurant industry, the return toward normalcy is being slowed by the struggle to find an adequate number of cooks, bartenders, food servers and kitchen staff. Since May 2020, restaurants and hotels have added 420,400 jobs — the most of any sector — but the industry remains about 450,000 jobs below its pre-pandemic level.

In Los Angeles, Caroline Styne, owner and wine director at The Lucques Group, has turned away dozens of customers because she didn’t have the staff to serve them, leaving seats empty.

“If you can’t fill your seats … multiple times per evening, the financial structure of the restaurant doesn’t work,” Styne said.

“Hiring is a nightmare,” she added. “I’ve never been in a situation like this.”

The sector is notoriously volatile and restaurant employees can be a transient lot — students who drop in-and-out of shifts as time allows, aspiring actors and musicians looking to supplement their income, kitchen staffers who move on for bigger paydays elsewhere. The hours can be long, benefits scarce and the pay low, sometimes reliant on tips.

Styne, Villanueva and other industry experts see a web of factors conspiring to create the scarcity of job applicants.

Among them: California’s population dropped by 182,000 last year as the pandemic ravaged the economy, scattering workers around the country as many businesses closed. Some workers are hesitant to come back, either over lingering fear of the virus or because of frayed nerves after struggling through on-and-off lockdowns, home isolation and shifting health regulations.

Extended federal unemployment benefits have provided a cushion to stay home — about 2 million people are still receiving checks. In other cases, there’s a child care problem with schools closed or in recess for summer. And after a long break from work to ponder the future, others took on a new career path.

Restaurants and hotels have been “ground zero” for the labor shortage, but other sectors have been struggling to fill jobs, including non-union construction and home health care, said Michael Bernick, a former director of the California Employment Development Department and an attorney with the Duane Morris law firm.

For ailing restaurants, a turning point may not come until late summer, when enhanced federal benefits end and schools reopen. Even then, wages might need to rise to attract workers.

On Saturday, Alec Nedelman was enjoying an early Father’s Day celebration with his family at one of Styne’s A.O.C. restaurants in Los Angeles. The attorney said he has just started to return to restaurants since dining rooms began to reopen, and also was looking forward to having them available for business meetings.

“It’s still a mixed feeling. You are still a little cautious and concerned,” Nedelman said. But “I’m looking forward to being able to be social again.” Related Articles

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Clippers’ DeMarcus Cousins hit with postgame technical foul by NBA The NBA on Wednesday issued an after-the-fact technical foul to Clippers center DeMarcus Cousins on Wednesday for his “actions at the conclusion of the game” of Game 2 on Tuesday at Phoenix Suns Arena.

In the on-court pandemonium following Deandre Ayton’s game-winning alley-oop flush with 0.7 seconds to go – Phoenix players rushed onto the court celebrate and Clippers players asked officials to review – Cousins pushed a pair of Suns players.

He could be seen exchanging words with Suns guard Cameron Payne, whom he then pushed away with one arm before bumping into Devin Booker and shoving him with two hands.

It all happened in front of Clippers star Paul George, who said after only: “I don’t know what happened.”

The Suns won a thriller 104-103 on Ayton’s last-second tip-in to take a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference finals. It’s the third consecutive series in which the Clippers have fallen behind 2-0; by rallying to win both of their previous matchups, they became the NBA’s first team to successfully rally twice from 2-0 deficits in the same postseason. Game 3 is Thursday at Staples Center.

Jae Crowder and Marcus Morris Sr. also drew technical fouls during Game 2 and Payne was assessed a technical in Game 1 – not surprising in a high-stakes matchup between two teams who’d clashed in three chippy affairs in the regular season, too.

“It’s a physical matchup,” George said. “And so you’re going to get that. Both sides are physical. You know, it’s a lot of fire on both teams, and so you’re going to get that. That’s playoff basketball, though. We look past that.”

Asked what he made of the physicality on display, Booker – who received three stitches after bumping heads with the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley in the third quarter – said he and his teammates are trying to stay above the fray.

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“They’re an aggressive team. That’s how they guard. All those guys, they’re athletic,” Booker said. “Watching the previous series against Dallas and Utah, switching everything and trying to turn teams over. But we’re figuring it out and we try to stay aggressive, stay with what we do and whether it’s basketball plays or not, we’ve got to move on to the next one.”

Booker also mentioned some trash talk he had for Clippers guard Rajon Rondo, who, like Booker, formerly starred at Kentucky.

“I was just saying, ‘Go big blue,’” Booker said. “That’s my Kentucky guy. That’s all I was saying. Go big blue.”

DeMarcus Cousins (LAC) has been assessed a postgame technical foul upon league review for actions at the conclusion of the game on 6/22/21.

— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) June 23, 2021


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Kane Williamson toasts 'special feeling' as New Zealand finally finish 'across the line' Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:10:20 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Cricket New Zealand Kane Williamson Under the radar no more, New Zealand trump India to become Test world champions Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:10:20 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs India Sport Cricket New Zealand Taylor Williamson Derbyshire drop captain Billy Godleman after dire T20 run Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:10:20 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Cricket Derbyshire Billy Godleman Park Life: Disneyland draws huge crowds and fireworks return in time for Fourth of July How busy is Disneyland now that out-of-state visitors have returned? What happens next at Disneyland? Will fans be thrilled with Disneyland’s fireworks show? Find all the latest theme park news in the Park Life newsletter.

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Disneyland draws huge crowds with no masks as pandemic rules come to an end and out-of-state visitors jam into the Anaheim theme park.

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Many questions linger about ride capacity, masks for kids, parkhopping, virtual queues and FastPasses. We’ve got answers to what happens next at Disneyland.

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Euro 2020: Karim Benzema scores penalty to give France the equaliser against Portugal Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:06:29 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs France Football Portugal Karim Benzema Kylian Mbappe Germany v Hungary: Fans wear rainbow colours at Allianz Arena before Group F game Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:04:55 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Germany Football Hungary Allianz Arena No jail time in 1st riot sentence; Oath Keeper pleads guilty By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN

An Indiana woman on Wednesday became the first defendant to be sentenced in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and avoided time behind bars, while a member of the Oath Keepers extremist group pleaded guilty in a conspiracy case and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in a major step forward for the massive investigation.

The two developments signal that the cases against those charged in the deadly siege are slowly advancing, even as the U.S. Department of Justice and the courthouse in Washington, D.C., struggle under the weight of roughly 500 federal arrests across the U.S. And it comes as Republicans in Washington attempt to downplay the violence committed by members of the mob supporting former President Donald Trump.

Graydon Young, who was accused alongside 15 other members and associates of the Oath Keepers of conspiring to block the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory, pleaded guilty to two counts: conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding. It was the first guilty plea in the major conspiracy case brought against members of the group.

The second charge calls for up to 20 years in prison, but U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said federal sentencing guidelines call for Young to serve between 5 1/4 years and 6 1/2 years behind bars. Prosecutors may seek even less time in exchange for his cooperation against other defendants.

Young, 55, of Englewood, Florida, was arrested in February and charged in the sweeping conspiracy case accusing members of the Oath Keepers of coming to Washington prepared to use violence and intent on stopping the certification of the vote. Authorities said in court documents that Young joined the Florida chapter of the Oath Keepers in December, writing that he was “looking to get involved in helping …”

Later that month, Young reached out to a company that does firearms and combat training about a rifle class for four people, according to the indictment. Authorities say Young, wearing a helmet and tactical vest, was part of the military-style “stack” seen on camera marching through the crowd before entering the Capitol building.

Young’s attorneys didn’t immediately respond to emails sent Wednesday seeking comment.

Anna Morgan Lloyd of Indiana, 49, was ordered by a federal judge to serve three years of probation, perform 120 hours of community service and pay $500 in restitution after admitting to unlawfully entering the Capitol. She pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge under a deal with prosecutors.

After the riot, Lloyd described Jan. 6 on Facebook as the “best day ever.”

On Wednesday, she apologized to the court, her family and “the American people,” saying she went to Washington that day to peacefully show her support for Trump.

“I’m ashamed that it became a savage display of violence that day. And I would have never been there if I had a clue it was going to turn out that way,” Lloyd told the judge. “It was never my intent to be a part of anything that’s so disgraceful to our American people.”

In seeking probation for Lloyd, prosecutors noted that she was not involved in any violence and destruction or preplanning and coordination of the Capitol breach. Lloyd was invited by her hairdresser to drive to Washington to hear Trump speak, her attorney wrote in court documents.

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said he was giving her a “break,” but didn’t want others to think that probation — and not a stiffer sentence — would be the norm.

“Legally, I could give you the six months, but is that really what we want our judiciary to do?” the judge asked.

Lamberth said he struggled with what would be an appropriate sentence for Lloyd because he views the riot as a serious crime. “This wasn’t a peaceful demonstration the way it turned out. It was not an accident,” he said. “It was intended to and brought a halt to the very functioning of our government.”

He said he was “especially troubled” by some lawmakers who are seeking to rewrite the history of the Capitol riot.

“I don’t know what planet they were on, but there were millions of people in this country that saw what happened on Jan. 6 and that saw what you saw and what you just described: a disgrace to our country,” the judge said.

In a letter to the judge asking for leniency, Lloyd wrote that she was a registered Democrat but that she and her husband began supporting Trump in 2016 because “he was standing up for what we believe in.”

After her arrest, Lloyd’s lawyer gave her a list of books and movies to help her “see what life is like for others in our country,” Lloyd wrote. Lloyd said she has sought to educate herself by watching movies such as “Schindler’s List” and the History Channel’s “Burning Tulsa” and reading Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy.”

“I’ve lived a sheltered life and truly haven’t experienced life the way many have,” Lloyd wrote. “I’ve learned that even though we live in a wonderful country things still need to improve. People of all colors should feel as safe as I do to walk down the street.”

Four other people — a Tennessee man, a Maryland man and a Virginia couple — have pleaded guilty to the same misdemeanor charge in the last two weeks.

Earlier Wednesday, another man, Robert Maurice Reeder of Maryland, admitted to entering the Capitol, but his lawyer said he didn’t force his way inside and didn’t damage any property or hurt anyone.

Before his arrest, an attorney for Reeder provided federal authorities with a compilation of photos and videos that he took with his cellphone at the Capitol. A video seemed to show Reeder chanting, “Fight for Trump!” and he recorded an assault on a Capitol police officer, according to the FBI.

“You need to retreat!” Reeder apparently told the officer, an FBI agent wrote in a court filing.

A prosecutor said Tennessee resident Brian Wayne Ivey, who pleaded guilty on Tuesday, entered the Capitol through a window that somebody else broke with a riot shield and spent roughly 30 minutes inside the building.

Joshua Bustle of Virginia, who pleaded guilty alongside his wife, will also be seeking probation, his lawyer said. Jessica Bustle’s attorney described them as “good, decent, hardworking people,” who were urged to come to Washington by “very powerful people and groups.”

“They are not criminals or insurrectionists or rioters. They were not looking to break laws when they came to DC on the 6th. They violated minor laws on the 6th and they have accepted responsibility and accountability for doing so,” Jessica Bustle’s attorney, Nabeel Kibria, wrote in an email.

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Germany in rainbow colours as Hungary LGBTQ row heats up Visit for the rest of the story.]]> Wed, 23 Jun 2021 16:00:13 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Germany Sport Hungary Munich Soccer Uefa Afp Munich Germany Elton John will play final shows in North America at Dodger Stadium in 2022 Elton John has announced new dates for his long-running Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour. The lengthy goodbye kicked off in September 2018 and John made sold-out stops at The Forum in Inglewood, Staples Center in Los Angeles, Valley View Casino Center in San Diego and Honda Center in Anaheim.

Now that the jaunt has officially relaunched after dates were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, John will be playing his final shows in North America at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20, 2022. Those shows will commemorate John’s historic performance at the venue in October 1975.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30. There are several pre-sale options available as well at

The farewell tour marks the end to the 74-year-old entertainer’s over half a century on the road and promises fans an all-new stage production with cutting-edge visuals and will include songs that span his 50-year career.

“It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life,” John said on his website. John and his husband, David Furnish, now have two sons, Zachary, 8, and Elijah, 6. “After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to a life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”

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Fame and fortune might not follow, but first-time authors find satisfaction in being published Imagine you’ve just published your first book. What do you picture? A luxe launch party with hundreds of guests and a champagne waterfall? Oscar-winning actors clamoring to adapt your work for the screen? An entrée into the ranks of the rich and famous – or at least a bank account flush enough to quit your day job?

Those things can happen, but for the vast majority of writers, they don’t. In fact, many first-time authors have to carefully manage the expectations of their friends and family, lest they be disappointed when the book is finally released into the world – especially during a pandemic.

“My son had this crazy dream that there was a parade and confetti and all,” says Cassandra Lane, 50, a Los Angeles-based writer whose first book, the memoir “We Are Bridges,” was published in May. “I’m like, that’s not how it works! I really had to teach him and my family – it’s not about fame.”

In real life, Lane celebrated with a small party on the patio of her home, followed by a Zoom event hosted by a local bookstore.

“It still felt like a party even though we’re in a pandemic, because people are sharing so much online,” Lane said. “Every time somebody gets a book, it’s like, oh, the book made it to Amsterdam! To Paris! To D.C.! There are all of these posts online. I told my son, that’s kind of like the confetti that you saw. It’s just a virtual flow.”

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Mary Camarillo, 69, of Huntington Beach, made similar plans around the June 1 launch of her debut novel, “The Lockhart Women” (SheWrites Press). She booked a Zoom interview mid-month, followed by an in-person event a couple weeks later at LibroMoble Bookstore in Santa Ana.

“They’re waiting for their staff to get fully vaccinated,” Camarillo says. “It’s a really small store, so it won’t be huge, but it’ll be super fun because people can come and I can talk to them in person and sign the books.”

Does she expect fame and fortune to come her way? “I’m still waiting for Reese Witherspoon to call me,” Camarillo says, laughing.

Reese could very well still come calling, but movie deals, six-figure advances and international book tours are rare for authors. (Advances are payments publishers give authors once they sign to a publishing house, a percentage based on the profits the publisher expects to make on the book.)

The rewards of publishing a book today tend to be smaller, less glamorous, and not particularly financially remunerative. We’re talking four-figure advances (or no advance at all), cozy bookstore readings and, hopefully, a few kind reviews on literary websites.

The fact that authors receive so little fanfare for the tremendous amount of work they put into writing books surprises many people outside the literary world. It makes you wonder – why do people put their blood, sweat and tears into writing books at all?

The process

Writing a book is hard, time-consuming work. I know this because I’ve done it myself – my first (and so far only) book, a novel-in-stories called “Cake Time,” was published in 2017 by Red Hen Press. The first story in that collection had been written more than a decade previously, when I was a college student.

And my timeline isn’t even a particularly long one! Lane’s memoir, for example, took her 20 years to write. It’s not surprising that the project took a while. During those decades, Lane also completed her graduate writing program, raised children and pursued a career to help support her family – her latest and current role being editor-in-chief at L.A. Parent magazine.

Camarillo, on the other hand, waited until after her retirement from a career at the U.S. Postal Service to start going after her literary dreams. Her novel took a speedy six years to bring to publication.

Why do writers choose to spend their time writing books – when they already have so much going on in their lives? Lane and Camarillo both say they had stories they just had to tell.

“My biological great-grandfather, Bert Bridges, was lynched in 1904,” Lane says. “‘We Are Bridges’ looks at that racist violence, and all the silence and oppression that happened after that. It tries to reclaim the humanity of Bert Bridges and of this family and examines the impact of that kind of racial trauma on generations and generations.”

Lane’s book pairs this familial and political history alongside her own experience of carrying her child to term. “I’m trying to understand this past so that I can explain to my son why there are so many gaps, and also to create something beautiful for him and hopefully other generations. To look at not just the trauma that was passed on, but what was lost in terms of the richness of these people’s lives, and how we can reclaim that for us.”

Camarillo’s book also is tied to her personal experiences. Set in the 1990s, “The Lockhart Women” features Brenda, a woman whose husband leaves her on the night of the O.J. Simpson chase through Los Angeles. Brenda gets consumed by the trial, while her two teenage daughters start making their own bad decisions. One of those daughters gets a job at the post office – the institution where Camarillo, in her real life, spent her working career.

“After high school, I went to Europe with a backpack,” Camarillo says. “And then when I came home, I went to work at the post office. I thought, no, I’m not going to do this for my career. But I stayed on for a lot of reasons. I mean, I met my husband there, met lifelong friends. I know it sounds really nerdy, but I liked the idea of getting the mail out every day. And then I discovered that the post office has a wide variety of things to do.”

Writing the book, of course, was only part of the process. Getting it published was a challenge of its own. Camarillo first tried – with great tenacity – to find an agent to represent her and take her manuscript to big publishers.

“I did try to go the traditional route,” Camarillo says. “I can be very persistent. I sent out queries to over 100 agents and I got really good responses, requests for the full manuscript and more pages, but everyone kept telling me, ‘It’s just not right for us.’”

Then, Camarillo learned from a friend about She Writes Press, a self-described “hybrid publisher” that shares the costs and profits of publishing with would-be authors. She sent her manuscript, got accepted, and 18 months later, saw her book in print.

Lane too went sans agent. After many years of revisions, taking in feedback from agents, literary contest judges, and other writers, she submitted her manuscript to the Feminist Press’s Louise Meriwether First Book Prize – and won.

“I just sent it off thinking, whatever, and forgot about it,” Lane recalls. “The publisher called me in December of 2019 saying, ‘You’re the winner! We’re so excited!’”

Now, both Lane and Camarillo’s books are out, which means that on top of their daily schedules, they’re busy promoting their new publications. Lane still works full-time at L.A. Parent. On the day we talked, she was trying to arrange after-school pickup for her son around work meetings and interviews.

But both authors sounded happy. They were glad to see their books finally out in the world, no matter how few or how many copies would sell.

The payoff

Like Lane, I found a publisher for my book by submitting it to an independent publisher’s book prize contest. When I won, I got a tiny award, and when “Cake Time” was published, I went on a tiny book tour – self-arranged and self-funded by the tiny award and speaker fees I got for a few university events.

Has my life changed since publishing my book? Yes, it’s changed a lot – but not because of the book. In the intervening years I’ve changed hopes, goals and desires, switched careers from teaching to marketing, and swapped homes many, many times – because near the beginning of the pandemic I decided to give up my apartment in Burbank and become a nomad for the foreseeable future, exploring the country.

Yet through all that, I’ve kept writing, despite the lack of tangible rewards, at least as recognized by a capitalist society. It’s hard to pinpoint, exactly, what I get out of writing, because the benefits are somewhat nebulous. There’s the solitary pleasure of engaging with my private imagination, and the social pleasure of talking shop with my fellow writer friends who enjoy the same struggles and small victories. But do anything for a long time, and it becomes difficult to say why exactly you do it. The activity’s so deeply entrenched that asking why you do it is like asking why you’re you.

Which is to say: Camarillo, Lane, and I don’t expect our books to bring us cash and prizes. Nevertheless, we’re all working on our second books. Expect them at a bookstore near soon – or six, 10, 20 years from now. Chances are, we’ll still be writing then.

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Southern California teachers share their summer reading lists It’s beginning to look a lot sunnier here in Southern California, and we don’t just mean the weather. Thanks to vaccine efforts, we are freer to move about. And no one is happier about that than local teachers, who’ve faced particular challenges during the pandemic.

Now, we know that summer reading assignments are pretty standard for teachers to give their students over the summer, but we wondered, after such a tough year, what are the titles teachers themselves are looking forward to enjoying? We asked a few to share what’s on their summer reading list…

bridgette bianca

A poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles, bridgette bianca wrote the stunning poetry collection “be/trouble.” She teaches English composition, creative writing and literature at Santa Monica College, with a focus on Afro-American Literature and underrepresented voices.

A poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles, bridgette bianca wrote the stunning poetry collection “be/trouble.” (Photo courtesy of bridgette bianca)

bianca won’t be taking her reads much farther than her window seat, but that’s just fine with her. She knows how far a good book can take you. She’s looking forward to digging into “Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be” by Nichole Perkins, because she’s been following Perkins on social media and enjoys her take on pop culture. “I’m excited to check out what she has to say when not bound by 270-character increments,” says bianca. “Also, a title based on Prince lyrics will win me over every time.”

In a moment of serendipity, “Seven Days in June” by Tia Williams is being released in June, and bridgette is waiting with bated breath. “I’m a bit obsessed with romance novels, and a summer love story about a love delayed but not denied is right up my alley.”

“Black Girl, Call Home” by Jasmine Mans has been named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by the likes of Oprah Magazine, Time, Shondaland, Vogue, Reader’s Digest and bianca. “Jasmine Mans’ poetry has always spoken to me, and this time she’s calling me home – I can’t help but obey.”

Helen Hsu

Helen Hsu, a second-grade teacher from Emperor Elementary School in Temple City, has taught primary grades since 1998 in the Los Angeles and Temple City school districts.

Helen Hsu is a second-grade teacher from Emperor Elementary School in Temple City. (Photo courtesy of Helen Hsu)

Hsu is headed poolside with some scary stuff, including “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Morena-Garcia, a book Kelly Ripa called “sublime horror for your summer reading,” and “Family Solstice” by Kate Maruyama, a novella with a twist I recommended earlier this year. She’s also excited to dig into the dark side of celebrity culture with “The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes,” the 2020 debut novel by Elissa R. Sloan.

Katherine Center’s “What You Wish For” was released last year and focuses on the fraught relationship between a school librarian and the new principal. You’d think Hsu would want to run from stories centered on school politics, but she’s also a sucker for love, as evidenced by the title of her next pick, “David Tung Can’t Have a Girlfriend Until He Gets Into an Ivy League College” by Ed Lin, which is “a fast-paced, acid-tongued, hilarious teen drama for our age,” says Marie Myung-Ok Lee, acclaimed author of “Somebody’s Daughter” and “Finding My Voice.”

Noriko Nakada

Noriko Nakada writes, blogs, parents and teaches eighth grade English at Emerson Middle School in Los Angeles. The author of the “Through Eyes Like Mine” memoir series, she’ll be taking her beach reads to Tower 26 in Santa Monica, with a view of the famed Ferris wheel in the background.

Noriko Nakada teaches eighth grade English at Emerson Middle School in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Noriko Nakada)

“I love YA (young adult) by women of color for my beach reads,” says Nakada, who is an unabashed fan of the writer themselves, rather than a single book. She recommends a summer of Lilliam Rivera, the author of “The Miseducation of Margot Sanchez,” “Dealing in Dreams” and “Never Look Back.” Also, anything from Jacqueline Woodson – which is a rousing recommendation, considering she has published close to a book a year since 1990 – though Nakada did single out the National Book Award winning “Brown Girl Dreaming” and last year’s “Red at the Bone.”

And no list of love stories would be complete without Jenny Han, the woman behind the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” series, which I have been watching on Netflix on repeat since it was released, and based on this rec, I am definitely purchasing this paperback bundle so I can bring Lara Jean to the pool.

Natalie Mislang Mann

“I admit,” says Natalie Mislang Mann, a high school English language development teacher in the San Fernando Valley, “I have Jacqueline Susann’s 50th edition of “Valley of the Dolls” sitting off to the side for one of those days I want to delve into something that feels frivolous.”

Natalie Mislang Mann

As an educator and Bennington MFA student, Mann’s been trapped in front of her computer for days on end during quarantine. “I craved the outside world and found a voyeuristic pleasure in reading Eve Babitz.” She got through “Slow Days, Fast Company,” “Eve’s Hollywood” and “L.A. Woman,” and now she can’t wait to take the nonfiction collection “I Used to Be Charming” to the beach.

And it looks like Mann aims to keep summer sexy, one book at a time. “As a woman who is half Sikh, I have never encountered a novel where I felt like part of my identity was represented until I saw Balli Kaur Jaswal’s “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows.”

The title alone, says Mann, has left her curious enough to put it on her list.

Jessica Shoemaker

Jessica Shoemaker is a sixth-grade English teacher and writer living in San Pedro. “One of my favorite parts of summer,” she says, “is having the time to be a tourist in my own town.” I would go a step further and call her a SoCal explorer after reading her list of recs.

Jessica Shoemaker is a sixth grade English teacher and writer in San Pedro. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Shoemaker)

A fan of LA noir, she’s currently reading “In a Lonely Place,” Dorothy B. Hughes’ suspenseful 1947 noir set in Santa Monica. Once she’s done, her summer plan is to “spend a day visiting the places featured prominently in the book, including a stroll along the cliffs, a drive down the California Incline and soaking in some sun at the beach.”

“Bravery: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas,” by the Olympic runner and filmmaker Alexi Pappas, will be Shoemaker’s camping companion in Mammoth Lakes. Because, she says, this 2021 memoir about self-reliance, self-confidence and surviving hardships “will be the mental fuel I’ll need to complete the 14-mile hike I’ll be taking to Garnet Lake.”

And the dry desert landscape of Joshua Tree will be where she dives into Kristin Hannah’s new Dust Bowl Era historical fiction novel, “The Four Winds.” When the sun goes down, Shoemaker says, Joshua Tree will be the perfect place to read Stephen Graham Jones’ 2020 horror novel “The Only Good Indians,” winner of the 2020 Los Angeles Times’ Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction. I must concur – this story about a shape-shifting entity hell-bent on revenge was one of my recent favorites. And if you scare easily, maybe read this one during the day.

Laura Warrell

An adjunct professor who has taught creative writing for organizations and institutions in Boston and Los Angeles, Laura Warrell’s own debut novel, “Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm,” about the temptations of dangerous love, is forthcoming from Pantheon Books. And after the flurry of edits and the nerve-wracking business of selling a book, Warrell plans to spend her summer in a secret spot on Venice Beach (don’t bother asking; I couldn’t even get it out of her).

LA-based Laura Warrell works as an adjunct professor and is author of the forthcoming novel, “Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm” (Pantheon Books).

So, what’s she going to be reading there?

First, she wanted to recommend a couple of novels she’s recently finished. According to Warrell, “Santa Monica” by Cassidy Lucas – the pen name for LA-based writers Julia Fierro and Caeli Wolfson Widger – is the quintessential beach read. Full of dark secrets and a mysterious death, “there’s so much drama in here that I resented every other task I had to do that kept me from reading this book.”

“Daisy Jones & the Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid is an “un-put-downable” novel, according to Warrell. “I needed to know what happened to these characters.” Apparently based (loosely) on Fleetwood Mac, this book made her revisit the band’s entire music catalog. It is so good, she says it’s one she’ll probably read again, pulling out this quote: “I can’t think of any two things that make you quite as self-absorbed as addiction and heartbreak.” Well, I for one, am sold.

More ‘Bookish’

Next, she’ll be finishing “The Final Revival of Opal & Nev,” a March 2021 release written by Dawnie Walton. “I’m reading this now and am hooked,” says Warrell. The novel plays with structure in the same way “Daisy Jones & the Six” does – by telling the story as a series of interviews with the major players. “I keep asking myself the same question I asked when I read ‘Daisy Jones,’” says Warrell. “How is Walton writing such a gripping plot in such an unusual way?”

And finally, Warrell was excited for the June release of “The Other Black Girl” by Zakiya Delila Harris. “We’ve seen many novels about the cut-throat world of publishing,” says Warrell, “but I’m excited to see how Harris tells the story from the perspective of a Black woman.”

There you have it, folks. From horror to historical fiction and everything in between, those are your summer reading recs.

Also, a heartfelt thank you to all the teachers out there. Here’s to the ways you have continued to show up for your students during this most challenging of school years. Have the best beach break possible this year!

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