Last week, after Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Los Angeles was offering COVID-19 tests to all city and county residents, I decided to get one myself — and test Garcetti’s bold new promise in the bargain.
I was surprised how easily I was able to log on to L.A.’s testing website. I answered a few questions about myself, including whether I had any symptoms of the disease — the answer was no — and within three minutes, I had a same-day appointment at one of eight city-run testing sites.
In fact, it was a same-hour appointment. I rushed out of the house unshowered to drive across a large swath of the county to the site — a Los Angeles Fire Department training center next to Dodger Stadium.
The trip would easily take 90 minutes in non-pandemic times, but I got to the designated freeway off-ramp in under half an