My compliments to our community for staying away from the beaches in LA. From Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, to Dockweiler – All Clear!! Safer at Home will get us there sooner. pic.twitter.com/wZeJ8G8pDR
— Chief Michel Moore (@LAPDChiefMoore) April 25, 2020
During the current heatwave in Los Angeles, it’s illegal to go to Los Angeles’s cool, breezy, wide beaches (The Pacific at California is cooler than the East Coast Atlantic at the same latitude due to ocean currents). But the Mayor has reopened some libraries so people can crowd in to get some air conditioning.
Part of the problem is that everybody responds to changes by going to the same place at once. E.g., when L.A. closed shopping malls and restaurants, huge numbers of Angelenos came up independently but simultaneously with the idea of going to the Griffith Park planetarium, which became enormously packed. It’s a little like panic shopping, but in this case, what happened was that everybody got a good idea — The whole family should go for a hike in the mountains — but they weren’t aware of any place to hike other than the Planetarium.
This in turn led to crazier government shutdowns of most outdoor recreation.
One thing that authorities can do to get back to normal is to apply license plate even-odd restrictions to parking lots: E.g., “you can park at the beach parking lots today, April 23rd (and odd number) if your license plate ends in an odd number. Tomorrow, the 24th, only even numbered license plates can park there.” This would probably reduce crowds by, I dunno, 30%?
This kind of thing can then be dropped pretty quickly as people get used to going to the beach or whatever again and demand drops off.