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Chasen Weiss, whose family owns Mel's Drive-In, wears a mask while working, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in West Hollywood, Calif. Sheriff's deputies in West Hollywood will issue citations to people who are not wearing masks in public, ramping up enforcement that previously had largely been imposed without penalties. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Mask up or pay up; cities impose fines for disobeying orders

Jul. 2, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Choosing not to wear a mask in parts of California could cost you. Fines for not making the effort to help curb spread of the coronavirus could set you back $300 in West Hollywood and $100 each in the cities of Santa Monica and Monterey as officials statewide scramble to...

Nathan Rangel, 11, jumps in the water carrying a rose as surfers participate in a paddle out ceremony at

Surfers honor George Floyd in ‘paddle out’ held around world

Jun. 6, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — On a sliver of sand that before the Civil Rights era was derisively dubbed "The Ink Well" because of its popularity among black people, hundreds of surfers gathered to honor the life of George Floyd and other African Americans killed by police. The occasion Friday was a paddle...

Nathan Rangel, 11, jumps in the water carrying a rose as surfers participate in a paddle out ceremony at

Surfers 'paddle out,' circle up in memory of George Floyd

Jun. 5, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — On a sliver of sand that before the Civil Rights era was derisively dubbed "The Ink Well" because of its popularity among black people, hundreds of surfers gathered Friday to honor the life of George Floyd and other African Americans killed by police. The occasion was a paddle...