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A.M. Brief: LA Phil Cancels Walt Disney Concert Hall Shows Through June 2021

October 22, 2020 by Brian Champlin
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

On the docket today: LA Phil goes dark until next summer, a South L.A. high school is on lockdown, and the SMPD Chief steps down. Finally, L.A. has a Cannabis Department? Let’s go over some news bites.

Morning News Rundown

In a move that underscores just how long we’re going to be dealing with the pandemic, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced yesterday that it had canceled all remaining Walt Disney Concert Hall events on its schedule through June of 2021. LA Phil hopes to bring audiences back for concerts at the Hollywood Bowl next summer. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Augustus Hawkins High School in South Los Angeles has been on lockdown since just after 8 a.m. this morning after reports of an armed man on campus. Authorities are searching the school to locate the suspect. [ABC 7]

Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud is retiring, effective Oct. 25. Renaud cited “strained community-police relations” as a primary reason for her decision. Santa Monica PD faced heavy criticism earlier this year over how they handled the protests and concurrent looting on May 31. [KTLA]

Los Angeles has a Cannabis Department? It sure does, and earlier this week, the local regulatory agency began accepting applications for cannabis distribution, manufacturing, and testing labs. [ABC 7]

Reflecting on a fire that burned an official ballot drop box in Baldwin Park, Los Angeles County now plans to perform daily pickups from all drop box locations (they weren’t doing this before?!?!). [LAist]

Pandemic? What pandemic? Southern California median home prices jumped 15% in September, while sales also rose by 22.3%. [L.A. Times]

Hates crimes in Orange County increased by 24% in 2019 compared to the previous year, according to a new report by the OC Human Relations Commission. Religion was cited as the cause of nearly half the reported incidents. [Spectrum 1]

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