A.M. Brief: Los Angeles Enters the Orange Tier

April 5, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Looking at L.A. from Griffith Park. Photo by Brian Champlin

L.A. enters the orange tier, big crowds close Griffith Park, and, no, you weren’t dreaming—that was a sizable earthquake you felt this morning. It’s a new week, so shake out the cobwebs and get reading. This is your news brief.

Morning News Rundown

Welcome to the orange tier, Los Angeles. Today’s move to the less restrictive tier of reopening allows bars to open outdoors and expanded capacity at gyms, churches, salons, retail stores, movie theaters, and other approved businesses. Later this month, the state is expected to approve indoor attendance at concerts, theater performances, and even NBA games. [CBS Los Angeles]


Holiday crowds flocking to Griffith Park caused officials to close off the park to vehicular traffic on Sunday. The closure was a precaution, even as the county remains optimistic about the downturn in infection. [NBC Los Angeles]

Yes, that was an earthquake that woke you up this morning—three of them, in fact. A pair of smaller foreshocks preceded a magnitude 4.0 quake that struck near Hollywood Park at approximately 4:44 a.m. No damages have been reported. [LAist]

Although some city officials, including Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, have heralded last week’s clearance of Echo Park Lake as a successful campaign, it’s a much more complicated story for the unhoused individuals who were moved. Among those offered alternative housing via Project Roomkey, few are happy and some have decided to camp on the street rather than accept the strict rules that come with the new lodging. [Los Angeles Times]

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is closing down six Catholic elementary schools within the county due to financial difficulties. Low enrollment and shifting demographics were cited as the main reasons for the closures. [NBC Los Angeles]