One Last Time

Simrat Singh, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 5, 2020

In many ways senior year has not played out the way I had hoped or ever envisioned for myself. After struggling and working through three years of high school, I was excited to go to more football and basketball games, spend more time with my friends and enjoy the final dances and banquets. At the sam...

A Happy Ending

Helena Hu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 5, 2020

To say that I did not have high expectations for how my senior year would play out would be a complete lie. Senior year was supposed to be the best year of my life to date-- I would enjoy my last tennis matches, Friday sports games, dances and, of course, my last year of being in the Pilot, in which...

The George Floyd Protests: A Civil Demonstration Turns Violent

Ryne Dunman, Staff Writer

June 5, 2020

Black Lives Matter protests have broken out nationwide amid growing unrest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody after being pinned by Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin. Floyd’s death, a symbol of police brutality against black Americans, ...

2020 Portola Pilot Senior Issue

2020 Portola Pilot Senior Issue

May 29, 2020

Dear Portola Pilot Readers, It is finally here! Our last issue of the year and our first-ever senior issue. We are so excited for our audience to see what our seniors have been working on for the past few weeks; since our establishment as a club in 2016 and then to a class in the years following,...

Hope Squad Supports Students Virtually In Midst of Pandemic

Hope Squad members aim to create a safe school environment, promote connectedness, support anti-bullying, encourage mental wellness, reduce mental health stigma and prevent substance misuse, according to the website.

Bia Shok, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

Hope Squad has shifted from meeting at office hours or lunch once a week, to meeting every Friday via Zoom to discuss and find ways to support peers struggling with mental health throughout quarantine.  Hope Squad also created an Instagram page to promote mental health awareness, publicize their ...

Governor Announces Modifications to Gradually Reopen

A Ralphs employee, Marko, sanitizes carts to ensure the safety of customers. While Ralphs still maintains its normal operating hours as they are necessary for providing residents food and day-to-day essentials, they have implemented precautions that reduce risk of customers contracting the virus.

Bia Shok, Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced modifications to gradually reopen the state on May 12, dealing mainly with restrictions that industries and businesses need to follow. The update was a  follow-up to the initial plan introduction on April 28, according to ABC 7.  While counties with larger populations, such...

AP Test Submission Issues Force Thousands to Retake

Thousands of students taking AP tests were greeted with this notice after taking their test.

Madeleine Young, Contributing Writer

May 18, 2020

By the end of the first week of online AP (Advanced Placement) exams, at least 10,000 students taking these tests have suffered technical difficulties while submitting, forcing them to retake in June. “Approx 50K students took today's AP Physics C: Mechanics exam. 98% submitted their responses, while app...

Trials for COVID-19 Treatments Show Progress

Antiviral medicine remdesivir and plasma therapy are among the treatments undergoing clinical trials to determine effectiveness.

Minnah Tanzeen, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

Results of clinical trials for COVID-19 treatments will be available as soon as mid-May from current researchers, according to Reuters. Researchers are currently testing the antiviral medicine remdesivir in various hospitals, including Hoag Hospital. This treatment was originally developed by biotechnolog...

Minority Communities Have Been Hit Hardest by Coronavirus

Given that testing is largely unavailable, wealthier communities can show higher cases of Coronavirus simply because they can gain access to testing easier. The data from the Department of Public Health shows that ethnic minorities are being affected more than any other group.

Maya Sabbaghian, Managing Editor

May 8, 2020

Data published beginning on April 6 by the California Department of Public Health shows that minority communities, namely African Americans and Hispanics, are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 with more confirmed cases and deaths due to factors associated with underlying health conditions an...

California Faces an Economic Downturn

Unemployment concerns are especially prevalent in Los Angeles with about 70% of people living in neighborhoods immediately south of downtown Los Angeles facing a high risk of unemployment, according to a report by nonprofit organization Economic Roundtable.

Junhee Ryu, Business Manager

May 4, 2020

As nonessential businesses face difficulties paying their workers, California is struggling to deal with increasing unemployment rates throughout the months of March and April.  According to ABC 7, California recently announced that over the course of the past month, about 3.1 million people filed...

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