With all the coronavirus metrics heading in the wrong direction, the governor says we ought to brace ourselves for a revision of tiered reopening guidance. That comes later today. Also this morning: an L.A. County school district opens for in-person learning, Mayor Garcetti plays it coy on a possible Biden cabinet appointment, and more furloughs at Disneyland. Finally, a van falls into a sinkhole. First, news.
Morning News Rundown
California COVID-19 cases are back on the rise. Statewide, 7,212 new daily cases were reported from Sunday to Monday. Overall, the 14-day averages for hospitalizations (up 28.6%) and coronavirus-related ICU patients (up 27%) are both moving in the wrong direction. Yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged the grim nature of the numbers and indicated that Californians are likely to see “more restrictive tiering” when Secretary of the California Health Dr. Mark Ghaly gives an update later today. Meanwhile, L.A. County Public Health declared a new coronavirus surge yesterday while expressing concern that upcoming Thanksgiving gatherings will lead to a spike in cases. [Deadline]
Las Virgenes School District is the first district in the county to get approval for in-person learning. All nine Las Virgenes schools may now offer on-campus instruction, but classes will be limited to 12 students or fewer, and will only be offered for those who are in transitional kindergarten through second grade. [ABC 7]
Is Mayor Eric Garcetti headed to the White House? Well, maybe not as an officeholder, but rumors suggest the Biden administration may tap Garcetti for Transportation Secretary. Garcetti demurred on a possible appointment during an interview with Larry Mantle yesterday. [ABC 7]
A swell of Angelenos took to the polls over the past weeks, and big local turnout was a major reason that progressive candidates fared well in the recent election. One example is Nithya Raman, the winning candidate for the District 4 City Council seat, who might end up with five times as many votes as her predecessor David Ryu received when he won in 2015. [Crosstown LA]
Disneyland remains closed with no firm reopening date in sight. Yesterday, the Walt Disney Company announced it would furlough additional workers at its California theme parks. [CBS]
Another story that is just so 2020 it hurts: Earlier this morning in Baldwins Hills, a van fell into a sinkhole caused by a broken water main near Buckingham Road and Obama Boulevard. Thankfully, no injuries were reported. [NBC Los Angeles]