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A.M. Brief: Newsom Lifts Statewide Stay At Home Order

January 25, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Honda Plaza Little Tokyo Outdoor Dining Picnic Tables
Public picnic tables at Honda Plaza in the Little Tokyo. Photo by Christina Champlin.

California is ditching the statewide Stay-at-Home order, but most counties remain under highly restrictive guidelines. Also this morning: A Long Beach restaurant defies orders and gets its gas turned off, COVID-19 death totals hit a grim milestone, and snow is likely on the way for the Antelope Valley. Finally, the state is about to take a deep dive into corruption within the LASD. Here is your Monday news brief. Take it!

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California’s Stay-at-Home order has been lifted, meaning health restrictions will revert back to a tiered system. Most counties will likely remain in the purple (most restrictive) tier of reopening. The move comes as the state’s health models predict that ICU capacity in three key regions is expected to climb above 15% within the next four weeks. That said, county health agencies still have the ability to set their own restrictions, meaning that even with statewide approval, outdoor dining may not immediately return to L.A. County. [ABC 7]

On Saturday, the City of Long Beach shut off gas service to a restaurant whose owner has repeatedly violated the city’s health order prohibiting outdoor dining. Dana Tanner, owner of Restauration, has already been fined six times for violations and now faces potential misdemeanor charges. [LB Post]

Los Angeles County passed another grim pandemic milestone on Saturday, as 269 new deaths brought the countywide COVID-19 death total to over 15,000. Hospitalizations in the county are below 7,000 for the first time since Dec. 29, but regional ICU capacity remains at 0%. [The Eastsider]

After the rain this weekend, more winter storms are on the way to SoCal this week. That could include snow flurries in parts of the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. Heavy snowfall over the weekend prompted a Monday-morning closure of Interstate 5 in the Grapevine. [Valley Post News]

On Friday, the California Attorney General’s office announced it was starting an investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department based on allegations of misconduct and corruption within the agency. “We are not placing a particular scope and time or place, or person — this is an investigation where we look to see if the practices of the department conform with the law,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. [L.A. Times]

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A.M. Brief: Get Ready For Rain Showers This Weekend

January 22, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Umbrella over the 110 Freeway
Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Hey Angelenos, hope you didn’t wash your car this week because rain is on the way. Also this morning: How to get vaccinated in L.A. without a car, a troubling study on mask-use behavior, and Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19. It’s Friday. This is your news brief. Take it!

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Some perpetually “much-needed” rain is forecasted for Los Angeles this weekend, with the first of several cold-weather systems expected to hit the greater SoCal area later today. Expect cooler temps and sporadic showers for at least the next week. [KTLA]

We know that with supply running low, vaccination appointments in Los Angeles are scarce. But for some populations, there’s the added challenge of finding a vaccination hub that doesn’t require you to show up on four wheels. So, where can Angelenos who don’t rely on cars go if they’re eligible to receive a vaccine? Turns out it’s harder than it should be. [We Like L.A.]

While the Biden administration is doubling down on mask-use to protect against COVID-19, there is still a large behavioral gap for the population at-large. A study by the USC Dornsife Center found that only about half of Americans mostly or always wear a mask when they’re in close contact with people outside their households. [CBS Los Angeles]

If Los Angeles kept its current pace of vaccinations—roughly 160,000 per week—it would take around 18 months to vaccinate the county. That said, Mayor Eric Garcetti believes we’ll be able to ramp up vaccination rates over the coming months as newly approved vaccines become available and already approved ones are supplied in greater quantities. [ABC 7]

Dave Chappelle tested positive for COVID-19 and canceled a slate of comedy shows set for this week at Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater in Austin, TX. According to a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the comedian is asymptomatic but in quarantine. Photos posted earlier this week to Instagram showed a maskless Chapelle hanging out at Stubbs and in close contact with other celebrities including Joe Rogan, Grimes, and Elon Musk. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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A.M. Brief: “Come With Me If You Want to Live,” Schwarzenegger Says as He Receives Vaccine

January 21, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Screensot via Twitter

The Terminator got his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine yesterday, and something tells us he’ll definitely “be back” for the sequel. Also this morning: There’s not enough vaccine for everyone eligible, the young L.A. poet who stole the show at yesterday’s inauguration, and a lawsuit against hero pay. As always, this is your daily news brief. Take it!

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Yesterday morning, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dusted off an old chestnut from Terminator 2 to pump up awareness and encouragement for everyone to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. “Come with me if you want to live,” Schwarzenegger deadpans into the camera after he receives a shot in the bicep at the Dodger Stadium drive-though site. The video, posted to Twitter just before noon yesterday, has so far garnered more than 2 million views on Twitter. We presume he’ll be back for his second dose in a couple weeks. [Twitter]

An order from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has made coronavirus vaccinations available to residents 65 and older. One problem: The current supply is less than 25% of what’s needed to vaccinate the over 4 million County residents now eligible. The glut is causing major headaches for those trying to sign up for an appointment. [LAist]

A new variant of COVID-19 believed to have originated in California has been detected in more than half of the positive samples taken from Los Angeles and reviewed by scientists over the past week. Research is underway to determine if the new variant, named CAL.20C, is more contagious than other forms of the virus. [New York Times]

Joe Biden was technically the headliner at yesterday’s inauguration, but it was 22-year-old L.A. native Amanda Gorman who captured the heart of the nation with her poem, “The Hill We Climb.” A re-watch and re-reading of Gorman’s words are definitely in order. If you haven’t seen her performance, then do yourself a favor and check it out. [We Like L.A.]

On Tuesday, Long Beach City Council unanimously approved a “hero pay” ordinance that requires grocery stores to bump up wages by $4 an hour for workers at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19. Then, only a day later, the California Grocer’s Association filed a lawsuit arguing that the hero pay ordinance is unconstitutional. [LB Post]

We tend to think of Southern California as all sunshine and heatwaves, but the fact is, our winters are more than cold enough to endanger the thousands of unhoused individuals without shelter, particularly those with pre-existing medical conditions. A new data analysis by L.A. Taco shows that since 2016, at least 28 unhoused individuals have died of hypothermia on the streets of Los Angeles. In 2018, more unhoused people died in Los Angeles than in New York and San Francisco combined. [L.A. Taco]

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A.M. Brief: Three Beverly Hills Residents Face Charges in Capitol Insurrection

January 20, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Los Angeles City Hall
City Hall once dominated the downtown skyline. Credit: Harshil Shah via flickr

Your inauguration day brief: New charges against Capitol insurrectionists from Beverly Hills, Disneyland’s vaccination hub is closed again due to high winds, and new variants of COVID-19 have health officials worried about the coming weeks. It’s a new day with a new administration. Here is your news. Take it!

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Three locals—all Beverly Hills residents—now face federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Gina Bisignano, 52, John Strand, 37, and Simone Gold, 55 were expected to appear in federal court in downtown Los Angeles yesterday to face a range of offenses including aiding and abetting the willful injury or depredation of U.S. property and disorderly conduct on U.S. Capitol grounds. Investigators say video obtained from social media shows the three individuals both outside and inside the Capitol building. [KTLA]

For the second day in a row, the large-scale vaccination site at Disneyland will be closed due to high winds and elevated fire danger. Those who had their appointments canceled yesterday will be notified of rescheduling options. No appointments had been scheduled for Wednesday. [ABC 7]

At 9 a.m. PST this morning, Joe Biden officially became the 46th president of the United States in a relatively low-key and socially distanced ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. At the same time, former California Senator Kamala Harris made history becoming the first woman, first Black person, and first person of South Asian descent to be sworn in as vice president of the United States. [LA Mag]

In the wake of the pandemic, overall crime reports in Los Angele fell 11% year-over-year from 2019 to 2020. Nonetheless, despite an overall crime reduction, murders and shootings grew to their highest levels in years. 2020 saw homicides increase by 36% from the year prior. [Crosstown LA]

COVID-19 hospitalizations and case rates are both decreasing statewide. Los Angeles County has seen a dip in the 7-day positivity rate over the past week, dropping from around 20% to about 15%. However, health officials are deeply concerned that the spread of the new variants of the virus— one thought to be 50% more transmissible—will cause another spike in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. [L.A. Times]

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A.M. Brief: Order Allows L.A. Residents 65+ to Receive Vaccine

January 19, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Photo via Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County seniors can make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations starting this Thursday. Also this morning: Five new vaccine mega-sites open today, the LAUSD wants to turn schools into vaccination centers, and high winds cause red flag conditions and power shutoffs. Finally, fraud in state unemployment benefits is creating one big mess. Here is your Tuesday news rundown. Take it!

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As the vaccine rollout in Los Angeles County faces criticism over logjams and distribution hiccups, Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis signed an executive order on Monday making COVID-19 vaccines available to seniors. The order, which falls in line with California’s statewide policy, permits everyone 65 or older to start making vaccine appointments as soon as Thursday. [ABC 7]

In addition to Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles County will open five additional large-scale vaccination sites today, each expected to vaccinate about 4,000 people per day. The new vaccination hubs are located at the Pomona Fairplex, The Forum in Inglewood, California State University Northridge, the L.A. County Office of Education in Downey, and Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia. [We Like L.A.]

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner says that 1,400 Los Angeles schools could and should be transformed into COVID-19 vaccination centers. Yesterday, Beutner sent a letter to the state asking for such permission, with a plan to first vaccinate staff and community members first, then moving to children once vaccines have been approved for their age groups. [ABC 7]

With high winds and red flag warnings across Southern California today, SoCal Edison has temporarily cut power to about 5,500 customers in L.A., Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. The wind warnings also prompted officials in Orange County to close the Disneyland vaccination site for the day. Power should be restored to affected customers by 10:30 p.m. tonight.  [KTLA]

The LASD’s “super-spreader task force” continues to crack down on large gatherings throughout the county. Over the weekend, deputies broke up a party in South L.A. estimated to have over 200 attendees. 167 people were cited for violating health orders. [ABC 7]

Some 1.4 million jobless Californians received a message over the holidays stating that their unemployment benefits had been frozen due to possible “fraudulent activity.” New verification steps have been added for those who wish to reinitiate benefits, though some still haven’t heard back from the state after submitting the required documentation. State of California investigators say that fraudulent claims for unemployment paid out by the EDD could top $9 billion, more than double an earlier estimate. [LAist]

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A.M. Brief: Model Says 1 in 3 County Residents Has Had COVID-19

January 15, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Photo Credit: Los Angeles County

Have you had the coronavirus without knowing? A new model says that one in three Angelenos have likely been infected, even though we’ve identified just short of one million cases in the county. Also this morning: A disproportionately high spike in Latino deaths due to COVID-19, Disneyland cancels annual passes, and the new super vaccination site at Dodger Stadium is open to the public. It’s Friday. This is your news brief. Take it.

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Health officials now estimate that one in three Los Angeles County residents have been infected with the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. If the modeling is accurate, that means more than 3 million residents have been infected. To date, L.A. Public Health has identified 975,299 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county. [L.A. Times]

Deaths due to COVID-19 have spiked dramatically in L.A. County’s Latino population, alarming health officials. The most recent data shows that Latino COVID-19 deaths have risen from 3.5 daily deaths per 100,000 people in early November to 28 deaths per 100,000 people now. That rate is almost double the death rate of the next closest ethnic group within the data set. [L.A. Times]

The Disneyland annual program is no more. Due to the “continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations around the reopening,” Disneyland announced it is issuing refunds to current pass holders. [We Like L.A.]

After several days of preparations, the vaccination mega-site at Dodger Stadium opened earlier this morning. Health officials aim to vaccinate up to 12,000 individuals per day at the stadium, though currently, only healthcare workers with appointments are eligible. [CBS Los Angeles]

35% of Metro bus operators, or about 800 bus operators total, are currently out due to COVID-19 and unrelated absences, according to new reporting by CBS Los Angeles. Uninfected drivers have been asked to clock six-day weeks to cover for hundreds of absences. [CBS Los Angeles]

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A.M. Brief: State Opens Vaccine to Ages 65+, L.A. County Waits for Frontline Workers

January 14, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Photo via LA County

California counties can start vaccinating all seniors over 65, but L.A. County wants to finish vaccinating frontline healthcare workers first. Also this morning: Mask enforcement increases, the L.A. River has a new master plan, and a new report details how violent gangs in the LASD operate in the community. Here is your Thursday news. Take it!

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Gov. Gavin Newson announced Wednesday that people 65 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. For now, however, L.A. County will continue to focus on frontline healthcare workers. The county still hopes to vaccinate over 500,000 more healthcare workers by the end of January, though supply shortages and distribution hiccups have slowed that process. [L.A. Times]

On Wednesday, L.A. County released a draft of the new L.A. River Master Plan, which details how communities can develop projects along the 51-mile river corridor running from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach. Officials say the plan hopes to balance social and environmental concerns, while also offering a chance to revitalize public spaces. The update is open to public comment through March 14. [We Like L.A.]

Yesterday, Los Angeles City Council voted to ramp up mask enforcement amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes fines and penalties for those who refuse to wear a mask at indoor public places, such as. like grocery stores, when requested by store management. Technically, the city has a law in place under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Safer-at-Home order that calls for a $1,000 fine or six months in jail for mask violators. Nonetheless, due to a lack of enforcement, the council is beefing up the policy. [ABC 7]

Part of City Council’s motivation was to draw a line against a series of anti-mask demonstrations causing stirs inside retail outlets and malls in West Los Angeles. Based on an interview with one of the organizers of these pop-up stampedes, it doesn’t seem like they’ll end anytime soon. [LA Mag]

A new report from Loyola Marymount University’s School of Law underscores the dramatic proliferation of violent cliches within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In total, the report profiled 18 separate deputy gangs, such as The Executioners based out of the Compton station, that “foster a culture of violence and escalate uses of force against community members.” [CBS Los Angeles]

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A.M. Brief: LAPD Officer Who Attended D.C. Trump Rally Ordered to Talk to FBI

January 13, 2021 by Brian Champlin
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Downtown Los Angeles skyline during sunset / Photo by: Christina Champlin

For your Wednesday brief: The FBI will question an LAPD officer who was at the pre-insurrection rally in D.C., the forecast for increased homelessness is bleak, a Whittier City Councilmember is getting blowback for her D.C. rally attendance, and Bruce Willis won’t mask up while shopping at Rite Aid. Here is your news rundown. As usual, take it!

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A Los Angeles police officer who attended the pro-Trump rally in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6 has been ordered to speak with the FBI about his participation in the event. The officer says he was back at his hotel when the mob breached the Capitol. [KTLA]

The non-profit organization Economic Roundtable released a new report that forecasts a dramatic increase in homelessness throughout California over the next four years. Using data from the 2008 recession, the report predicts homelessness could rise by as much as 86% by 2024. [ABC 7]

On Tuesday, Whittier City Council considered a motion to censure Councilmember Jessica Martinez for attending a pro-Trump rally that preceded the insurrection at the Capitol. Despite the support of two councilmembers, the motion ultimately failed. However, an online petition to remove Martinez from office is now circulating. So far, it’s garnered more than 6,000 signatures. [CBS Los Angeles]

Live free or mask hard? This past Sunday, actor Bruce Willis was asked to leave a Los Angeles Rite Aid store after refusing to put on a mask while doing some light afternoon shopping. Willis, who was described by onlookers as disgruntled, ultimately left the store before completing a purchase. [TMZ]

Driven by a lack of affordable housing, Los Angeles County experienced a net loss of 74,000 people over the fiscal year that ended in July 2020. Some moved to other counties with a lower cost of living while others departed the state altogether. [L.A. Times]

Driven by the pandemic and Stay at Home orders, the LA County Library system tallied a record-breaking number of digital book checkouts in 2020. In total, people checked out 3,109,225 audiobooks and ebooks, an increase of 34% from 2019. [We Like L.A.]

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A.M. Brief: Disneyland to Become a Massive Vaccination Site

January 12, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Photo by Christina Champlin

The house of the mouse is going to be O.C.’s biggest vaccination hub. Also this morning: LAUSD says students will have to get the vaccine when it’s available, new recommendations on mask-wearing at home, and COVID-19 infects a pair of gorillas at the San Diego Zoo. It’s Tuesday. Here is your news.

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Disneyland is set to become Orange County’s biggest vaccination site, county officials announced Monday. The park will be one of five large-scale PODs (or, Point of Dispensing sites) within the county that could potentially vaccinate thousands each day. The other four sites will be announced as agreements are finalized. [ABC 7]

The Los Angeles Unified School District says that COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for students returning for in-person learning. LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner called the requirement “no different than students who are vaccinated for measles or mumps.” However, the current vaccines haven’t been approved for children yet, so questions still remain as to when students can get them. [L.A. Times]

Two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo have tested positive for the coronavirus, while a third gorilla is showing symptoms. Zoo officials believe that all three should make a full recovery. [CBS Los Angeles]

In the midst of L.A. County’s unmitigated surge of COVID-19 infection, Public Health has new advice: If you live with someone who is either elderly or has an underlying medical condition, wear a mask at home. [L.A. Times]

If you’re still fuzzy on how or when vaccinations will be distributed in Los Angeles County, it’s worth reviewing L.A. Public Health’s most recent guidelines. Distribution is carved out into tiered phases. In the newly updated plan, more healthcare workers are now immediately eligible to get the vaccine. Also worth noting: Phase 2, which covers people 16-49 years old without high-risk medical conditions, won’t begin until mid-May or early June by current projections. [Public Health]

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A.M. Brief: Dodger Stadium To Become Vaccination Site

January 11, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Photo via County of Los Angeles

The county’s biggest testing site is about to become a vaccination center. Also this morning: COVID-19 deaths continue to spike around the state, the Santa Monica Pier is closing on weekends, and the Governator has some stern words for Donald Trump and his enablers. This is your Monday news brief.

Morning News Rundown

The City of Los Angeles announced on Sunday that Dodger Stadium is converting from a testing site into a vaccination distribution center. Today is the final day of testing. The site aims to reopen for vaccinations by the end of the week. Once fully operational, officials estimate the site will be able to vaccinate up to 12,000 people per day. [ABC 7]

California reached another grim milestone in the spread of COVID-19 as the number of statewide fatalities surpassed 30,000 over the weekend. The pace of deaths has been rapidly increasing over the past months, with the 7-day average of daily fatalities reaching an all-time high of 481 on Sunday, nearly five times higher than the November 7-day averages. Statewide, there have been roughly 10,000 deaths in just the last 30 days. For context, it took nearly six months for the state to see its first 10,000 deaths. [L.A. Times]

Yet as bad as the death totals and the stress put on hospitals has been over the past weeks, many health officials and care providers predict the darkest days of the pandemic are in the weeks ahead. And many are already calling the current state of affairs “a war zone.” [L.A. Times]

The Santa Monica Pier will be closed all remaining weekends in January and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in an effort to decrease crowds. “The best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home as much as possible and the closure is part of meeting this need,” a release from the Pier said. [L.A. Times]

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released a video statement on Sunday morning that railed against the insurrection at the Capitol and called to account President Trump and his enablers for their part in instigating the violence. Schwarzenegger drew on his experience growing up in Austria after WWII where he was “surrounded by broken men drinking away their guilt over their participation in the most evil regime in history.” [KTLA]

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A.M. Brief: Dodgers Legend Tommy Lasorda Dead at 93

January 8, 2021 by Brian Champlin
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View of Dodger Stadium from the Top Deck / Photo by Christina Champlin

Los Angeles lost two local legends on Thursday: a Hall of Fame manager and a spirited public servant who loved L.A. more than anything. Also this morning: The FDA issues a warning about false negatives from a widely used COVID-19 test, a Black woman was assaulted by a pro-Trump mob in DTLA, and the numbers from the pandemic just keep getting worse. It’s Friday. Here is your news. Take it.

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Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda has died. Lasorda spent more than 70 years with the Dodgers organization as a player, manager, and executive. He led the franchise to two World Series championships in 1981 and 1988. Lasorda passed away due to a heart attack Thursday night, according to a statement from the team. He was 93 years old. [L.A. Times]

Sadly, Los Angeles lost another influential figure with the death of former City Councilmember Tom LaBonge. LaBonge represented the Fourth District for 14 years and was known for his boundless enthusiasm for all things Los Angeles and his longtime advocacy of Griffith Park. LaBonge died of a heart attack at his home on Thursday. He was 67. [ABC 7]

The FDA has released a warning that the COVID-19 tests administered by L.A.-based startup Curative may produce a high number of false negatives. Curative tests are used at dozens of testing locations in the Los Angeles metro area, including at the county’s largest testing site at Dodger Stadium. [We Like L.A.]

A Black woman walking home near a Pro-Trump rally in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday was violently attacked by Trump supporters. According to statements from the victim and a witness, the mob physically assaulted her, screamed racial epitaphs, and pepper-sprayed her in the face before a Good Samaritan stepped in to shepherd her away from the crowd. The LAPD said it is investigating the incident as a hate crime. [CBS Los Angeles]

On Thursday, the U.S. reported 268,883 COVID-19 cases and 4,110 deaths, marking the first time the country topped 4,000 reported deaths from the virus in a single day. Locally, L.A. Public Health reported 218 new deaths and 19,719 new cases of COVID-19, bringing county totals to 871,404 positive cases and 11,545 deaths. [NBC Los Angeles]

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A.M. Brief: How L.A. Reacted to an Insurrection in the Nation’s Capitol

January 7, 2021 by Brian Champlin
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Los Angeles City Hall. Credit: Harshil Shah via flickr

“Trump-Incited Mob Storms Capitol.”

That was the headline from the L.A. Times front page I received in my inbox this morning, and the the gravity of the words are still hard to comprehend even as I type this.

Yesterday, as the U.S. Congress opened the process of confirming Electoral College votes for the 2020 presidential election, a mob of pro-Trump supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue and overwhelmed security barriers to enter the U.S. Capitol. Minutes earlier, the mob had been whipped to a frenzy by a vitriolic speech delivered by the President of the United States.

The insurrectionists broke windows, climbed walls, ransacked offices, and brawled with Capitol Police, or in other cases, just walked by unmolested. Some made it to the Congress floor, while others entered offices of elected officials and posed for pictures. Many took selfies and posted them to social media, even as they stole property from inside the building. But at the center of it all was violence.

Terrified U.S. Congresspeople sheltered in place as the mob stormed, then were later evacuated to safety. One woman was shot and killed during the break-in, and three others died over the course of the day due to medical emergencies. As the violence unfolded, the president continued to tweet and appeared to egg on the motivations of the invaders. Those tweets were later removed by Twitter.

While the chaos unfolded in D.C., here’s how L.A. reacted:

A crowd of Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed near Los Angeles Police Department headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. The gathering was declared an unlawful assembly around 1 p.m. and altercations with police led to several arrests. [L.A. Times]

Many local officials were quick to condemn the insurrectionists in Washington. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called it a “dark day for America” that defied our core decency and common humanity. Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis released a statement a few hours after Garcetti’s saying in part that she was “appalled and saddened at the violence” which was “incited by a disgraced President and inflamed by Republicans who can’t accept the reality that they lost.”

Hours after the mob was cleared from the Capitol, the counting of electoral votes continued. Early in the a.m. EST time, the vote was certified. Some Republicans who had indicated earlier that they would vote for objections changed their position. However, there were still 147 who voted to object to at least one state’s electoral totals. Among them was Rep. Mike Garcia, who represents Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, and the Antelope Valley. Garcia was the only Representative from Los Angeles County who objected to any of the electoral results later certified by Congress. [NY Times]

If, like me, you’re still trying to come to grips with what occurred yesterday, here are a couple of important resources via LAist you might find helpful:

First, a mental health support guide originally written as a tool for coping with the uncertainty of COVID-19, but definitely relevant here.

Second, a Q&A with an L.A.-based therapist about how to speak with your children about the events that took place yesterday.

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