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A.M. Brief: New D.A. Announces Sweeping Policy Reforms

December 8, 2020 by Brian Champlin
screencap via LA County / YouTube

L.A. County’s new district attorney was sworn in on Monday and wasted no time in announcing some mega reforms. Also this morning: Local city officials and restaurant owners continue to buck the county’s outdoor dining ban, more blackouts due to fire danger, and cops raid a massive party in Palmdale. Here is your news. Take it!

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George Gascón’s first day as Los Angeles County’s district attorney was an eventful one. Shortly after being sworn into office, he announced policy changes that include an end to gang enforcement and the application of the Three Strikes law, an end to cash bail, re-sentencing opportunities for low-risk and nonviolent offenders, plus a promise to no longer seek the death penalty. [LAist]

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The revolving door of in-person dining policy continues throughout greater Los Angeles. On Sunday night, Pasadena ended its policy allowing outdoor dining amid the latest statewide health order. In Manhattan Beach, the city has designated restaurant patio areas as “public seating” to get around the county ban on outdoor dining. In Agoura Hills, dozens of demonstrators rallied Monday night outside a sports bar that has stayed open in defiance of the health order. [KTLA]

Thousands of SoCal Edison customers found themselves without power on Tuesday morning as preventative blackouts due to red flag wildfire conditions began. Eleven schools without power in Simi Valley were forced to close. [ABC 7]

Protests outside L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s residence were peaceful on Monday after physical confrontations between police and demonstrators escalated over the weekend. Activists have gathered outside Garcetti’s home for the past two weeks to rail against his possible appointment to the Biden administration. Earlier on Monday, Biden announced Garcetti would be part of his Presidential Inaugural Committee. [Los Angeleno]

Over the weekend, 158 people at an underground party in Palmdale were arrested in a raid conducted by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The raid was part of LASD’s effort to cut down on so-called “superspreader” events. [CBS Los Angeles]

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