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Good morning, L.A. It’s Wednesday, October 19.  
Today in How To LA: Navigating family leave while pregnant, LA City Council has a new president; plus, a deep dive into the history of Black-owned restaurants in LA.
I don’t have to be pregnant to know the process of preparing to bring a child into this world is hard. There is a LOT to think about. One of the biggest issues for working parents is figuring out how to take the time they need to care for their new baby.  
I can make an educated guess that taking a PAID leave of absence from work to concentrate on your precious baby would make life so much easier. So, how do you navigate the convoluted pathway to family leave in California? And what should you be prepared for when you come back to work?  
My amazing colleague Stefanie Ritoper has a guide just for the people who are seriously thinking about these questions. The great thing about Stefanie is that she is not only a journalist, she’s also a mom who’s been through this process twice! She and the early childhood education team have talked to several pregnant people through the new hey bb text service so they KNOW how important it is to have answers to these questions. To get those answers, they’ve chatted with some of the top experts in the field.
Here’s what you can find in the guide:

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Did you know that Fatburger was founded by a Black woman named Lovie Yancey? Did you know that Wally Amos (also known as Famous Amos) opened his first cookie shop on the Sunset Strip in 1975? Or that my favorite place, the legendary Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in L.A. was founded by a guy from Harlem?
Nothing excites me more than learning about Black history, especially if it’s about my hometown, and especially if it’s about food. Today, we’re traveling back in time to explore the history of L.A.’s Black-owned restaurants. 
There’s actually historical records of Black Angelenos starting restaurants all the way back to 1888. That first restaurant was Frank Blackburn’s “coffee and chop house” on 1st and Los Angeles Street.
Central Avenue, too, became a destination and a hub where Black people could own and operate restaurants, cafes and shops, and thrive in community. Read all about it here.
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