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A.M. Brief: SoCal Edison May Shut Off Power This Weekend Over Fire Risk

November 25, 2020 by Brian Champlin
Palm Trees Beverly Blvd
Palm trees on Beverly Blvd. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

It looks like strong Santa Ana winds may foreshadow power shutoffs just in time for turkey day. Also this morning: an outline of what a limited Safer-at-Home looks like, the LAPD wants more money, and the Andres Guardado inquest begins on Monday. Finally, BLM protests outside Garcetti’s house hope to dissuade a possible Biden appointment. Here is your news. Take it!

Southern California Edison may shut off power for more than 73,000 customers for a portion of the coming holiday weekend due to forecasted strong winds that could endanger electrical equipment and increase fire risk. Edison is monitoring conditions now. If the shutoffs proceed, they could affect over 13,000 customers in L.A. County alone. [ABC 7]

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Despite growing public opposition, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors yesterday declined to pass a motion to reverse Public Health’s ban on outdoor dining. A Superior Court judge also rejected a motion filed by the California Restaurant Association to block the health order. [LA Mag]

Later today, Public Health will discuss instituting a limited Safer-At-Home order that would include a ban on all gatherings among people who don’t live in the same household with exceptions for outdoor church services and outdoor protests. It would also further reduce capacity at indoor retail business. There is no current timeline for implementation, but with COVID-19 spread worsening, the order seems imminent. [L.A. Times]

This coming Monday, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office will begin a formal inquest into the death of Andres Guardado, who was shot and killed by an LASD deputy in Gardena in June. It’s the first time in 40 years such an inquest has been performed. [LAist]

In July, the Los Angeles City Council voted to cut $150 million in funding from the LAPD, which was seen at the time as a small but significant win for Black Lives Matter and other activist groups protesting in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Yesterday, the LAPD sent a proposal to City Hall that would actually increase their operating budget by $100 million for 2021. Activist groups are crying foul and city officials called the proposal unrealistic. [L.A. Times]

Black Lives Matter held a demonstration in front of the Mayor’s residence yesterday to protest Eric Garcetti’s possible appointment to the Biden administration. Garcetti is rumored to be in consideration for secretary of Transportation or Housing and Urban Development. Protestors have assembled in front of his Hancock Park home again this morning. [CBS Los Angeles]

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