Newsom’s recall lacks massive support. Councilmembers want answers regarding the LAPD’s involvement in the Echo Park Lake showdown. A mass shooting rocks the City of Orange. Six Flags is once again open for business. It’s Thursday. Another day, another news brief. Take it!
Morning News Rundown
Despite the growing likelihood that Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a recall vote later this year, a new poll suggests the governor has strong support to keep his job. 56% of all likely voters oppose Newsom’s recall, according to a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California. [LA Mag]
Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Nithya Raman are demanding the LAPD offer a full report on the total cost of deploying officers to clear Echo Park Lake last week. Bonin and Raman also want to know if it was necessary to have the LAPD there, the number of arrests, and details on the use of force against protestors. [L.A. Times]
Four people were killed Wednesday evening when a gunman opened fire inside a small business complex on Lincoln Ave. in Orange. The suspect exchanged gunfire with officers who arrived on the scene. He was later taken to a hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds. At this time, no motive has been released. [L.A. Times]
L.A.’s Al Fresco dining program is here to stay, at least for the time being. The pandemic measure, which allows outdoor dining to to take up space on sidewalks and streets, is now being extended through the summer. [KTLA]
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said Wednesday that 85% of seniors over 65 have received the COVID-19 vaccine, a rate that surpasses the numbers for L.A. County overall. According to Garcia, it’s now possible that the city may widen eligibility to all residents 16 and over before April 15, which is when the state will expand eligibility. [LB Post]
California theme parks officially have the green light to reopen starting today, and Six Flags Magic Mountain will be the first in the county to open its doors. Six Flags members and pass holders can visit beginning today, with the public opening scheduled for April 3. Disneyland and Universal Studios are both slated to open later this month. [NBC Los Angeles]