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A.M. Brief: Blustery Conditions Prompt Wind Advisory for Multiple Parts of SoCal

March 24, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Palm Trees Beverly Blvd
Palm trees on Beverly Blvd. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

No, it’s not just you, it was really windy last night, and it’s likely to continue at least through the morning. Also today: Demonstrators organize against the planned closure of Echo Park Lake, new names are added to a lawsuit against the Sheriff’s department, and two L.A. councilmembers want to stop ticketing unpermitted street vendors.

Morning Rundown

Gusty winds whipped through Southern California overnight, bringing down at least one tree near Sierra Madre and prompting a wind advisory in multiple counties. The NWS advisory remained in effect in Los Angeles until 9 a.m. while the Orange County and Inland Empire advisories last until noon. [KTLA]

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A rally at 7 a.m. this morning protested the city’s planned encampment sweep and subsequent closure of Echo Park Lake. At a Tuesday news conference, District 13 Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said the park would “close soon,” but did not confirm an earlier L.A. Times report saying that the sweep/closure would commence by Thursday. [L.A. Times]

In light of restaurants reopening, L.A. City Councilmembers Nithya Raman and Curren Price are pushing to reinstate the pre-pandemic moratorium on ticketing unpermitted street vendors. In March of 2020, the Council voted unanimously to enforce existing laws on those vendors, believing it would help curb the spread of COVID-19. [L.A. Times]

On Monday, 47 new names were added to a civil rights lawsuit against the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department centering around The Banditos, an alleged clique of deputies at the East L.A. patrol station. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2018 by eight LASD deputies who accused colleagues of engaging in a campaign of harassment and planting evidence on suspects to beef up arrest numbers. [LAist]

With COVID-19 numbers on the decline, residents are looking forward to further reopenings by April. But public health officials say there’s still a risk of spread, especially from those who have traveled to other parts of the country. On Tuesday, L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer reminded travelers it’s imperative to quarantine and get re-tested upon returning to Los Angeles. [ABC 7]

A confrontation on Tuesday in front of the Olympic Police Station ended with the sixth LAPD officer-involved shooting in the past seven days. Tuesday’s incident began when a possibly armed man approached the station, which is closed to the public due to the pandemic. Two of the past week’s shooting victims have died, but the condition of Tuesday’s victim is still undisclosed. [LA Mag]

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