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Los Angeles Restaurant Hawks $1,200 Dish and More News

Los Angeles Restaurant Hawks $1,200 Dish and More News

In today’s Media Mix, manliest restaurant in America, plus former Aviary chef moves on

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Craig Schoettler Heads to Drumbar: The chef who was mysteriously let go from The Aviary is now heading up rooftop lounge Drumbar. [Chicago Tribune]

The Manliest Restaurant in America? Men’s Health argues that a barbecue restaurant in Kansas City in an old gas station is the manliest restaurant. They "cook meat over flames, that’s pretty macho." [Chicagoist]

$1,200 Dish in Los Angeles: Katsu, a high-end Japanese restaurant in Los Gatos, Calif., is serving something called the Decadence Staircase, with four types of caviar. [ABC News]

Tom Colicchio on Antibiotics in Food: The celebrity chef spoke out against antibiotics in animals, specifically in hog-growing regions. [Switchboard]

Newsom proposes $600 state stimulus checks

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Only a few days after federal stimulus checks for $600 began arriving in the bank accounts of people across the United States, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, Jan. 6, announced he wants more — an additional $600 for low-income California residents.

The proposal, called “the Golden State Stimulus,” will be included in Newsom’s proposed state budget scheduled to be released on Friday, Jan 8.

If approved by state lawmakers, it would provide a $600 payment to California residents who qualify for the state Earned Income Tax Credit on their 2019 tax returns. Generally, California tax filers who earn less than $30,000 a year are eligible for that credit. Last year 3.9 million California returns applied for that credit.

Newsom also will propose extending the state’s eviction moratorium, which expires on Jan. 31.

“Through the Golden State Stimulus, Californians who have been impacted by this pandemic will get help to provide for their families and keep a roof over their heads,” Newsom said in a statement. “This plan will provide relief for Californians in need by distributing $600 rapid cash support — for some, at least $1,200 when coupled with federal relief – and extend the eviction moratorium.”

Millions of Californians have faced economic hardship, inability to pay rent, and food shortages in the wake of the historic COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on a broad range of industries, from hotels to restaurants to retail stores and construction. While white collar workers have been able to work from homes and in many cases keep their jobs, many blue collar workers are facing dire economic circumstances, prompting record crowds at food banks.

Newsom’s goal would be to have the checks go out in February or March, aiding families who have lost jobs or who earn very little money and are struggling amid the pandemic.

There are still significant questions surrounding both of Newsom’s proposals. First, they must be approved by state lawmakers, although with fellow Democrats controlling the state Senate and Assembly, approval is considered likely.

Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Reyes, D-San Bernardino, who participated in the announcement, vowed to review the details and get the assistance passed quickly.

“It’s clear that the economic consequences of the pandemic have devastated families across the state,” Reyes said. “The California Golden State Stimulus, combined with federal dollars, will protect struggling families from further harm.”

Distributing money through the earned income tax credit was a “proven strategy,” she said.

Second, the state budget normally isn’t approved until summer, after Californians pay their state income taxes. In this case, the governor will request the payments be expedited, likely as some kind of separate bill that could be passed more quickly, according to a Newsom administration official familiar with the plan. Third, the governor and lawmakers also will have to decide how long to extend the eviction moratorium. Newsom’s proposal doesn’t have a specific date.

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It's all in the details

The base of the "Bear Extraordinaire" is a house-made vanilla ice cream covered in a hand-painted white chocolate shell. The two ice cream scoops rest atop a bed of 3 grams of black truffle flakes, mixed with exotic dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. The dish is then covered in a champagne sauce and topped with edible gold and silver leaves. The most expensive part of the treat is actually the dish in which the ice cream sits: a clear porcelain and Baccarat crystal bowl that costs a casual $1,200 on its own.

To add to the insanity, each bear figurine, or bowl, is numbered and signed by the designer. For a dessert you will really never forget, you are able to take the bear home with you! Funnily enough, you can also order the dessert without the bear dish for a still ridiculous $300

'Shark Tank': Why Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner fought to invest 6 figures in this ⟺st pasta' restaurant

Billionaire Mark Cuban has a track record of investing in food companies on ABC's "Shark Tank," especially when it comes to vegan and plant-based companies.

And on Friday's episode, a few of the Sharks had a similar interest – but this time around, it was a fight over a quick-serve pasta restaurant, Pasta by Hudson.

"We're a fast-casual, quick-service pasta bar, located in the heart of New York City," Brandon Fay, founder of Pasta by Hudson, told the Sharks during the episode.

At the restaurant, customers are able to customize a pasta dish by picking a type of pasta (including a vegetable pasta option), a type of sauce and any extras (including meatballs or other toppings).

"When you cook with love, people can tell. They can tell right away," Fay told the Sharks. He yelled, "Who wants to make a lot of dough?"

The Sharks were impressed by Fay's loud presentation and enthusiasm, making them laugh frequently throughout the pitch.

But most of all, the Sharks loved his food.

"That is so good," Cuban said as he and the other Sharks tried bucatini pomodoro with meatballs.

"Let me tell you, this is the best meatball I ever had," Shark Barbara Corcoran said, with Greiner agreeing.

And to the Sharks' surprise, Fay revealed he isn't even Italian.

"[I'm] Jewish and Irish," he said during the episode. "Make the best Italian food!"

He also said he has no formal training as a chef, but had managed a restaurant for over 30 years.

"I ran one of the busiest restaurants in not only New York City, but pretty much the United States," Fay told the Sharks, referring to Trattoria Dell ɺrte in Manhattan. "I was managing director, 130 employees. When you work at a restaurant your whole entire life – I'm almost 25 years in the industry – you pick up a few things."

Although Pasta by Hudson currently has only one location, the Sharks saw potential for expansion.

"Let's talk about future, because really, your biggest future is delivery only," Cuban told Fay during the episode (which was taped in September 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced restaurants all over the country to take out.)

"If I knew that you had spaghetti squash on there, this size [pointing at his take-out box], with this sauce, and it was 250 calories, I'm ordering every night," Cuban said.

Cuban liked the idea of Fay's pasta take-out becoming a "cloud kitchen," where food is ordered for delivery only with no dine-in restaurant option.

With that, Greiner was ready to make an offer, but only with Cuban as her partner.

"If Mark would do it, Iɽ go in with Mark," Greiner said, just as Corcoran started to make Fay an offer.

"Obviously, your food is fabulous. That meatball, I wasn't just saying it, was the best meatball I've ever eaten by far," Corcoran told Fay. "I'll give you $150,000 for 50% of your meatball business if you get it online. You could make a fortune."

Fay asked the Sharks for $150,000 for a 10% in his entire business, not just his meatball recipe.

Cuban then made his offer.

"I'll give you the $150,000," Cuban told Fay. "I want 20%, and I have no problem partnering with Lori. The only thing that I require is that we seriously consider the cloud kitchens."

After back and forth about how much equity Greiner would get in teaming up with Cuban, he devised a plan.

"Here's what we're going to do. I'm going to put up $100,000, Lori will put up $50,000. We're going to take 30%. I'll keep 20%, and she'll keep 10%," Cuban told Fay. "Do we have a deal?"

And before Fay could agree, Cuban walked up to shake Fay's hand, which upset Corcoran. But Fay ultimately accepted Cuban and Greiner's deal.

"I'm going to tell you something Brandon, you made a mistake here," Corcoran said to Fay. "You had another deal on the table, and you never even entertained it!"

Of course, a lot has changed for restaurants since the episode taped. Though Fay did not immediately respond to CNBC Make It's request for comment, Pasta by Hudson is open for delivery only and is offering a 20% discount on all delivery orders, according to its website. The restaurant is also selling an "NYC Grocery Store Survival Kit" for $150, which includes items like four rolls of toilet paper, a tray of cooked pasta, a tray of vegetables and more.

Disclosure: CNBC owns the exclusive off-network cable rights to "Shark Tank."

Some 1.2 million Americans won't get stimulus checks because they're married to immigrants

Christina Segundo-Hernandez lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and four children. She was born in the United States and is an American citizen, as are her four children. Yet she won't be getting her $1,200 stimulus check, nor will she be getting the additional $2,000 -- that's $500 apiece for her children -- all because her husband is not an American citizen.

Segundo-Hernandez is part of a federal class action lawsuit filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense fund in Maryland this week. MALDEF estimates there are 2 million American citizens who won't receive the checks because their spouses are not American citizens, while the Migration Policy Institute estimates the number to be 1.2 million.

The lawsuit has gained the attention of Congressional Democratic leaders — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro.

The predicament Segundo-Hernandez faces is thanks to a provision in the CARES Act, the law that provides one-time $1,200 coronavirus emergency relief payments to Americans who makes less than $75,000 per year, as well as $500 additional for each dependent child under 17. The CARES Act stipulates that any taxpayers who file with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), rather than a Social Security Number (SSN), are ineligible for stimulus payments -- including ITIN holders who file jointly with U.S. citizens who do have SSNs, as in the case of married couples.

ITINs are assigned by the IRS to collect taxes from workers who are ineligible to receive SSNs. Many ITIN holders are undocumented workers in the U.S., while others are people living outside the U.S. in the midst of applying for citizenship or a green card.

Segundo-Hernandez does have a Social Security number, since she is an American citizen. But she and her husband, who has an ITIN, filed jointly last year, rendering their whole family ineligible for the emergency payments.

Anastasia Campos is another U.S. citizen affected by the same issue. "We have individuals who are waiting for their papers to go through. They have not ever entered illegally. They were included on the taxes because we are told this is something Immigration wants to see. They want to see documentation, continuity," Campos said. Campos has not received her stimulus check because she filed her taxes jointly with her husband, who has an ITIN number.

"I am at home with my four children and we have nothing. We have nothing. We are lost. And feeling like I’ve been slapped in the face by my government is wrong. I have always contributed, as has my husband," Campos said.

The Mexican American Legal Defense fund filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of the American citizens who were denied payments because they're married to ITIN holders.

Another federal lawsuit filed against President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was filed in Chicago last week. Lawyers say the plaintiff in that case, who remains anonymous, is not being treated "as equal to his fellow United States citizens based solely on whom he chose to marry."

"Plaintiff has lawfully filed taxes in the United States, yet he is being denied the rights and privileges under the CARES Act," the lawsuit says.

On Friday, Pelosi, Schumer and Castro gathered on a conference call, which included Segundo-Hernandez and Campos, to raise awareness of the issue.

"I would say this is a monumental injustice. Right now there are millions of Americans being denied because they are part of a mixed status family," Pelosi said. Schumer called the situation "a form of discrimination."

But neither Pelosi nor Schumer offered specific guidance on the conference call as to how they would approach fixing the problem. Pelosi did say it should be "one of the easiest things we can do." Senate Republicans have not indicated willingness to join them.

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Castro noted the House version of CARES does include a fix for this issue, but the final version passed by the Senate did not. The CARES Act includes an exception for couples in which one member served in the Armed Forces in the past year, even if one is a citizen and the other is not.

Castro laid out the Congressional Hispanic Caucus's stance on the issue, which is that all taxpayers regardless of immigration status should receive payments, since they pay into the system. Castro also highlighted the fact that so many ITIN holders are essential workers on the frontlines, like meatpacking plant workers, or those working in fields to ensure the supply chain of produce continues uninterrupted.

Some Congressional Democrats introduced a bill that would ensure all taxpayers, including non-citizen ITIN holders, would be eligible for the $1,200 payment. The Leave No Taxpayer Behind Act was introduced in early April by Congressman Lou Correa, who was joined by Congresswoman Judy Chu and Congressman Raúl Grijalva, but with the House out of session for most of April, the effort hasn't gone anywhere.

This piece has been updated to correct information about Anastasia Campos's husband and to clarify that she is not a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by MALDEF.

ABC News's Lauren Lantry and Jim Hill contributed to this report.

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Raw meat, a manly dish in Ethiopia

When tourist James Barker had dinner at the home of his Ethiopian hosts, he knew he'd have to be polite and eat whatever indigenous cuisine they offered him. He didn't know it wouldn't be cooked.

Ethiopia is "a nation who generally live[s] on raw meat, and it cannot be supposed that they have made great advancement in their cuisine," the Briton wrote in "Narrative of a Journey to Shoa," an 1868 account of his Ethiopian odyssey.

Nearly a sesqui-century later, it looks like Barker was prescient. Ethiopian restaurants in America often tout their vegan options, and Ethiopians certainly appreciate their culture's vegetarian cuisine. But they relish meat even more, and if it's not a holiday fasting season, during which meat is forbidden, they hungrily embrace beef — sometimes cooked, sometimes not.

The recipe for raw beef hasn't changed much since Barker's visit. And how could it? Raw is raw, no preparation required. You melt some Ethiopian butter (niter kibe), combine it with freshly ground beef, toss in the requisite spices and voila, it's what's for dinner — a favorite Ethiopian dish called kitfo.

Unless, of course, you don't fuss with all of that. Just take some bite-sized chunks of raw beef, dip them into the red pepper paste awaze or the even hotter red pepper powder mitmita, and you're feasting on gored gored, most likely the no-frills meal that so repelled Barker.

The even simpler tere siga, or "raw meat," requires no preparation at all : Presented with long strips of meat, the gourmand uses a knife to cut off piece after piece. This ritual is called q'wirt, from the Amharic word q'warata, to cut.

Ayele Solomon, a businessman who lives in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, prefers to eat the most basic version, tere siga, so he can serve himself.

"The cutting is part of the ceremony," says Solomon. And besides, he adds, "you don't want someone else's filthy hands touching it."

Solomon, an American citizen, was born in Ethiopia and lived in the Bay Area, where his family still lives, from ages 11 to 22. He remembers eating raw meat for the first time as an older teenager in his family's kitchen, where he "just grabbed a piece and put it into my mouth."

In Ethiopia, Solomon says, eating raw meat tends to be a "male thing" that guys might do together.

Ethiopian tere siga typically comes from grass-fed beef, Solomon says, which gives it a different flavor and texture. "In America, [the meat is] grain-fed, and it's more watery because they try to fatten the animal. In Ethiopia, the flavors are concentrated. An extreme example would be like eating a grape versus a raisin."

There's plenty of Ethiopian literature going back centuries to document dishes like tere siga and gored gored. But James McCann, a professor at Boston University and the author of "Stirring the Pot," a book about African cuisine, believes kitfo is a modern variant.

"Expatriate Ethiopians have lots of cultural myths that claim historical background," McCann says, "but they really only date from the Addis Ababa elite or upper-middle-class practice in the mid-20th century. Kitfo is a fairly recent addition to the urban diet. Raw beef cut in chunks or strips has been around for a long time."

Kitfo is the most common version of raw meat served at Ethiopian restaurants in the U.S. It came to the table from the Gurage people, who make up about 2.5% of the population of Ethiopia, a country with more than 80 indigenous languages.

Angeleno Berhanu Asfaw grew up in the Gurage town of Muher, Ethiopia, and he ate his kitfo raw from about the age of 5 or 6, when children are judge to be safe enough from the effects of parasitical worms and other food-born illnesses that they are first allowed to eat raw meat. At Meskel, an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian holiday, children go from home to home, greeting the elders, and at each stop their hosts have kitfo prepared especially for them.

Now Asfaw serves kitfo and gored gored at Messob, the restaurant in Los Angeles' Little Ethiopia on Fairfax Avenue that he co-owns with his brother Getahun. The menu describes the beef as "lean" but doesn't mention raw, so his servers ask patrons how they want it. Non-Ethiopians usually like it to be cooked just a little, but Asfaw's Ethiopian customers prefer it raw.

Most of the city's Ethiopian restaurants offer kitfo, but like Messob, they don't all describe it as raw on their menus. If you want your kitfo slightly cooked — what Americans would call rare — ask for it lebleb. Fully cooked is yebesele.

Asfaw recommends lean cuts of meat, like top round, for raw beef dishes, and Messob grinds the meat for kitfo fresh, often right when it's ordered. "You can't even grind it and keep it the whole day and serve it in the evening," he says, because it loses its flavor.

At Selam Market and Deli on West Pico Boulevard, Samuel Mekonnen sells more meat for kitfo than for any other raw dish, and he grinds it fresh at his market's butcher shop. He too recommends very lean cuts like top round, ball tips or even the costlier rib-eye.

"If you try to eat soft meat as raw meat, it doesn't taste as good. It has to be firm," says Mekonnen, who co-owns the market with his wife, Amsalework Jemberu.

Mekonnen says women enjoy raw meat just as much as men do, although they tend to eat it more at family gatherings. When men gather at a tej bet — that is, a place that serves tej, the Ethiopian honey wine — women don't usually join them.

The traditional accompaniment for kitfo is gomen, or collard greens, and it always comes with a side of ayib, the soft Ethiopian cheese. Of course, you eat it all by hand with injera, the spongy Ethiopian sourdough flatbread that serves as plate and cutlery.

Among Gurages in Ethiopia, though, injera is a rare accompaniment. Gurage culture eats raw meat with qocho, a bread-like food made from the bark of the enset plant, a staple among many Ethiopian cultures. Enset is almost impossible to get in the U.S., so you won't find qocho at many restaurants. But it's become very popular back home, and some restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area now import fully prepared qocho to accompany their kitfo.

Asfaw enjoys tere siga in the U.S., but for health reasons he no longer eats it when he visits Ethiopia. He remembers talking to his grandfather back home about his culture's love of raw meat. The reasons, he learned, were both practical and primal.

"When they had different wars, a long time ago, it was just easier to kill something and eat tere siga," Asfaw recalls his grandfather telling him. "It also makes you more macho, and they like that. You have a lot of things that aren't cooked over there."

Kloman is the author of "Mesob Across America: Ethiopian Food in the U.S.A." and writes about the cuisine at

Messob, 1041 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 938-8827,

Selam Market and Deli, 5534 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 935-5567


The chefs have 30 minutes to use one ingredient from each color display (red, purple, blue, yellow, orange, and pink) to create a single harmonious dish. The winner will receive immunity and will get to attend the world premiere of Trolls World Tour (which premieres online April 10).

The clock starts and the chefs make a mad dash for the ingredients. Brian Malarkey wants to win for his daughter who is a huge fan of Kelly Clarkson and Trolls. Jen is having a hard time deciding how to combine all of these disparate flavors into one dish. Bryan and Kevin are both making ceviche, Lisa is going to use the cotton candy she grabbed as a finishing ingredient for a steak with lots of chilies. Gregory is making a butternut squash soup because he thinks it&aposs the easiest way to combine flavors. Reflecting on his successful run of Quickfire wins in season 12, he’s really hoping he can win to create some momentum for himself in this competition. Nini is using the purple potatoes to make gnocchi which will make for a stunning colored pasta but they aren&apost behaving the same way white potatoes do.

The chefs seem really frantic as the clock winds down to 10 minutes left with Melissa and Lee Anne colliding into one another by the stoves. Brian is making a curried ice cream which is super risky since ice cream needs time to churn and set. While he’s at the ice cream machine he seems to be having a hard time and making a huge mess. He pivots to using liquid nitrogen to set the ice cream which won&apost create the luscious scoop he was going for.

Time runs out and the chefs put up their dishes for Padma and Kelly to taste. At the end of tasting Kelly is pleasantly surprised by what the chefs were able to turn out. “I think all of you did fantastic,” she says. But some folks have to be on the bottom. It’s Nini’s seared gnocchi, Stephanie’s rice rolls with a rock sugar dipping sauce that Padma thought was “too sweet,” and Bryan’s shrimp ceviche because it was too “mushy” for Kelly. Bryan, who has thus far been doing very well in this competition, looks shocked to hear his name anywhere near the bottom. On the top? Gregory’s vegan butternut squash soup which Kelly describes as 𠇊wesomeness,” Lisa’s steak which balanced the flavors really well, and Karen’s crunchy beef and pomegranate tartare. The winner is Gregory! He rightly says that he’s going to take Nini because she generously let him borrow her can opener during cook time.

Kelly says goodbye and it’s time for the Elimination Challenge!

World’s largest airliner to serve LAX

Qantas Airlines plans to introduce A380 super-jumbo airliner between Los Angeles and Australia, beginning Oct. 20.

The airline will be the first to fly the aircraft on regular service from Los Angeles.

The massive double-decker jet will serve on selected flights as the airline cuts back Boeing 747 service. The first A380 flight between Los Angeles and Melbourne will be on October 20, with the first flight to Sydney on Oct. 24.

Qantas will fly A380s configured with 450 seats. There are 14 First Class “suites,” 72 seats in Business Class, 32 in Premium Economy Class and 332 in Economy

Qantas will introduce a second A380 aircraft in November, when it will then operate five A380 flights each week between Los Angeles and Australia.

Current airfares between Los Angeles and Sydney on Qantas start at about $1200.

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“My small business has been mandated to close once again,” added an esthetician, saying she hasn’t paid any rent for her Anaheim granny flat since April. “I’m worried I will struggle to pay it all back while paying for my current rent.”

Many complained their unemployment barely covers rent and food bills, worrying about benefits running out.

Susan Taylor of Newport Beach, laid off from her job as a real estate appraiser, hasn’t seen a dime of unemployment benefits, nor has she gotten the $1,200 stimulus payment from the CARES Act.

“I’m hoping that (assistance) will come through,” she said. “Now would be a good time.”

Taylor has only paid 40% of her rent since March. She’s negotiated with her utilities to work out a payment plan. Her only expenses are food and medicine.

“Beyond cost-cutting on food, utilities and all non-essentials, I’ve put off getting glasses, dental work, non-urgent medical appointments (and) haircuts to keep a roof over my head,” she said.

Lawmakers in Washington are negotiating a new coronavirus relief bill as state and local governments, schools, businesses and others push for a new dose of aid. Congressional Democrats want to keep the $600 benefit, the Associated Press reported. Senate Republicans have proposed benefits worth 70% of what people made before.

“It’s clear now that this crisis will not end any time soon and will be made much worse for renters (if Congress is) unwilling to extend unemployment benefits for 30 million people,” Taylor said.

No more parties

Jessica Hoxsey, 33, of La Habra had just returned to her old job working for a photo booth rental company when the pandemic stopped business in its tracks. Nobody was having parties anymore, so nobody was renting photo booths.

Her boyfriend now works just two or three days a week at his foundry job.

Her unemployment check will drop to $146 a week when the $600 supplement ends, which “really is not much of anything.”

Members of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) gather outside California Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg home in Van Nuys Friday, July 17, 2020. The protesters went to the home to encourage Hertzberg to support AB 1436, a bill prohibiting landlords from evicting tenants because of unpaid rent due to the pandemic. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

She hasn’t paid any rent for five months.

“I know this sounds really petty, but I don’t have any makeup. We don’t have cable or any Internet. We’re eating cheaper food. It’s not healthy for you,” she said. “We even started selling little things we have no use for. … But that doesn’t make much.”

Like Hoxsey, Alicia Kneifl has been selling possessions to raise cash.

Her husband had been making good money as a welder for a company that sets up conventions. But now, conventions have been canceled, and he’s still waiting for his unemployment benefits to get approved.

She had just started work as an escrow officer for a San Francisco company expanding into Irvine. But when the lockdowns began, the company lost an account, halted the expansion and laid off Kneifl and her fellow employees.

Kneifl applied for food stamps and for rent assistance from the city.

Under her agreement with her landlord, she was able to make partial payments through July but was supposed to resume paying full rent in August. She doesn’t have the money.

The manager posted a notice on her door warning eviction proceedings will begin “upon the lifting of the eviction moratorium” if the back rent isn’t paid.

She worries that within a few months, she may no longer have a roof over her head.