Daily Brief: “Squid Game” Season 2 Confirmed; Gavin Newsom Resurfaces

Also, an allegedly hostile customer was stabbed during an altercation over COVID mask mandates at a grocery store in Santa Monica

» The creator of Squid Game, Netflix’s insanely popular Netflix Korean survival drama, has confirmed plans for a second season. “I do have a basic storyline for season two — it’s all in my head — and I am currently in the brainstorming stage,” the writer-director said Monday via a translator. “It will happen, someday, but as for when I cannot tell you the details.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

» COVID hospitalizations have been rising significantly in areas with lower vaccination rates including in the Inland Empire and Central Valley. Particularly in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Fresno counties, hospitalizations have gone up more than 20 percent in recent weeks, which has caused concerns as to whether the shift represents a precursor to a wider spike with the winter holidays approaching. [Los Angeles Times]

» An allegedly hostile customer was stabbed multiple times during a confrontation with a security guard Monday at a Vons in Santa Monica. Authorities determined that the customer was causing a scene in the store when he allegedly assaulted a staff member who approached him about the store’s mask policy and a fight broke out when the security guard escorted him out of the store. [KTLA]

» After seemingly disappearing from the public eye for the past two weeks and abruptly canceling his trip to attend the United Nations Climate Conference in Scotland, Governor Gavin Newsom made his first public appearance on Tuesday at an economic summit in Monterey. Newsom told the audience that his busy schedule was taking a toll on his family and his four young children staged “kind of an intervention,” so he “had no damn choice” but to cancel the trip. [Los Angeles Times]

» Last year, many retailers were forced to close their doors on Thanksgiving due to the COVID pandemic. But this year, several stores including Best Buy, Foot Locker, Nordstrom, Costco, Walmart, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and others, are opting to keep their brick-and-mortar locations closed on November 25 holiday. [KTLA]


» Alleged January 6 Rioter from California Begs for Asylum in Belarus “I don’t think I have committed some kind of a crime,” Evan Nuemann told state-run TV station Belarus 1

» Dodgers Stadium Will Transform Into Holiday Season Wonderland (Exclusive) Los Angeles Magazine has first look at the renderings of the Dodgers Holiday Festival

» Travis Scott’s Astroworld Tragedy: 8 Newest Developments Eight people were killed and hundreds were injured at the music festival in Houston


Something yummy from our last Food Event

Get Sneak Peek of the Dishes At This Year’s Food Event

After a year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, Los Angeles magazine is psyched to bring back our annual Food Event on November 14. This marks the event’s 15th year, and will be held at the breathtaking Hummingbird Nest Ranch in the Santa Susana Mountains. It will feature fab food and cocktails from some of our favorite Los Angeles-based restaurants.

Chefs including Raphael Lunetta of Lunetta All Day in Santa Monica, Moises Placencia of Theía, will also be on hand doing live cooking demos, as will a slew of beverage brands to keep you sipping in style. Jessica Vilchis, co-host of California Live on NBC4, will host the special cooking demonstrations.

Here’s a sneak peek at a small handful of the (subject-to-change) menus chefs shared with us in advance. Please do not read this if you’re hungry and don’t forget to get your tickets here.

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