Daily Brief: Why Omicron Hit SoCal Harder Than the Bay Area

Also, Mickey Guyton will sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl and Karen Bass takes nearly $2 million lead in early fundraising

» Why the Omicron Surge Hit SoCal Harder Than the Bay Area Experts say the San Francisco Bay Area’s higher vaccination levels played a factor in the region having significantly lower COVID-related deaths than Southern California. [Los Angeles Times]

» Mickey Guyton to Sing National Anthem at 2022 Super Bowl The NFL also announced Tuesday that Los Angeles native, Jhené Aiko, will sing “America the Beautiful” while Mary Mary, accompanied by the L.A. Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, will perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Karen Bass Takes Nearly $2 Million Lead Over Mayoral Competitors Rep. Karen Bass has raised nearly $2 million since launching her campaign to become Los Angeles’ next mayor. [Los Angeles Times]

» Tom Brady is Hanging Up His Jersey After 22 Seasons, 7 Super Bowl Wins “This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore,” Brady wrote in a lengthy post on Instagram. “I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.” [KTLA]

» Vanessa Bryant to Receive Honor for Her Leadership in Sports Bryant, who is the widow of Kobe Bryant, will be recognized at the third annual Sports Power Brunch: Celebrating the Most Powerful Women in Sports on Feb. 8 in Beverly Hills. [KTLA]



The Super Bowl Experience presented by Lowe’s NFL’s interactive football theme park comes to LA for Super Bowl LVI starting Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6 and again on Thursday, February 10 and Saturday, February 12 at the LA Convention Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Getty Images)

Super Bowl Parties: The Essential L.A. Guide

The Super Bowl is making its return to Los Angeles after a 29-year hiatus, and the city is now prepared to once again roll out the red carpet for celebrities, athletes, and guests alike, to celebrate the big game.

Despite a lackluster turnout last year in Tampa, Florida due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, many of the big sponsors and organizations who typically throw their annual parties in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, are doubling down on this year’s festivities. While each party differs in their safety protocols, the majority of events will require guests to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, or in some cases, both.

Los Angeles has the busy week covered, and for those interested, here is the city’s game plan.


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