Morning Brief: City Council Approves Plan for Unarmed Crisis Response

Also the biggest meth bust in DEA history, Beverly Hills’ Halloween crackdown, and more

» The L.A. City Council has unanimously approved a plan to send specialized, unarmed crisis responders to some non-violent 911 calls rather than cops. It’s part of a broader aim to reimagine public safety and reduce police violence. [ABC Los Angeles]

» The largest meth bust in DEA history went down in Riverside County, with authorities seizing 2,224 pounds of the drug. The stash houses, located in Perris and Moreno Valley, are said to be linked to the Sinaloa cartel. [KTLA]

» Republican activists are digging in on their right to set up private ballot drops–even ones that might confuse voters. They say the practice, known as ‘ballot harvesting,’ is legally protected.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Katie Porter is doing OK at fundraising. The incumbent congresswoman has raised $13.2 million; her Republican challenger has amassed a war chest of just $740,000. [The Hill]

» Beverly Hills is cracking down on Halloween. The city has banned all forms of trick-or-treating–including simply giving candy to any person who is not part of your household–and banned spraying shaving cream on another person (barbers are exempt from that one). [KTLA]


» Will Angelenos Still Go Costume Crazy for a COVID-19 Halloween?Halloween parties and trick-or-treating are off, but local costume shops are betting the virus won’t stop people from dressing up

» There’s Been Another Jetpack Spotting at LAX A China Airlines crew member spotted what appeared to be a person flying with a jetpack at an altitude of 6,500 feet

» Musicians Are Going Live from Local Clubs to Inspire Fans to ‘Save Our Stages’ YG, Finneas, Pheobe Bridgers and others will perform this weekend at iconic indie venues


All the Best Safe and Spooky Halloween Events in L.A.

Pandemic and political turmoil hang heavily in the air, but if you’re in need of a bit of fun and mischief–or perhaps a good, cathartic scream–there are still ways to celebrate safely. Check out our picks for drive-thru haunts, distanced pumpkin patches, and more.


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