Op-Ed: If marijuana is essential during the coronavirus shutdown, why not books?

3/31/20–Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home edicts let dispensaries stay open but force bookshops to shutter indefinitely. Newsom could, however, put California in the vanguard by expressly adding bookstores to the list of essential businesses. In the meantime, some bookstore owners are trying to pay their staffs even while books aren’t going out at the usual rate and most of their employees are staying home. Read