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A.M. Brief: L.A. County Surpasses 4 Million Doses Administered

April 2, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Photo via County of Los Angeles

L.A.’s vaccine distribution continues to pile up big numbers. A new CDC announcement on traveling. A Burbank restaurant owner gets arrested over failure to comply with Public Health. And the Dodgers open the new season… with a loss. This is your Friday. This is your news brief. Have at it!

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Los Angeles hit another big vaccination milestone this week: 4 million doses have now been administered countywide, and more than 1.3 million individuals have received a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna. In recent weeks, infections and hospitalizations have plummeted, spurring Public Health to announce that the county will move to the orange tier on Monday. Relaxed restrictions will broaden the scope of permissible business activities and increase indoor capacity at businesses within the county. [CBS Los Angeles]

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The CDC announced today that Americans who have been vaccinated can now travel, though they must continue to take precautions including wearing a mask. On Thursday, California lifted its 120-mile travel advisory, though state health officials still caution against out-of-state travel. [L.A. Times]

For the first three months of 2021, the City of Pasadena averaged almost 20 catalytic converter thefts¬†per month, after averaging 12 per month in 2020, according to Pasadena PD. The rising rate follows a statewide trend of catalytic converter crime that’s been growing since the pandemic began. [Pasadena Star News]

Lucas Lepejian, co-owner of Tinhorn Flats in Burbank, was arrested on Thursday after his restaurant failed to comply with a court order temporarily shutting down the business. For the past few months, the restaurant has been at the center of controversy over repeatedly bucking COVID-19 safety protocols. Earlier this week, city officials padlocked the doors, citing numerous fire and life safety violations. [CBS Los Angeles]

New details have emerged in the mass shooting that took place in Orange this past Tuesday. Law enforcement says that the shooter and victims were connected through “business and personal ties.” The suspect, Aminadab Gonzalez, is in custody. The names of the victims will not be released until their next of kin is notified. [L.A. Times]

The Dodgers opened their 2021 season yesterday with an 8-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies, with 20,570 fans in attendance at Coors Field. The boys in blue will host their first home game at Dodger Stadium on April 10. Under orange tier guidelines, attendance will be permitted at 20% capacity. [KTLA]

Facing construction delays, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is pushing back its opening until 2023. Construction on the $1 billion museum broke ground in 2018. It was originally slated to open in 2022. [L.A. Times]

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