Morning Brief: California’s COVID Case Rate Is the Lowest in the Continental U.S.

Also Gov. Newsom declares a drought emergency in Mendocino and Sonoma counties, and more

» California is now reporting the lowest COVID-19 case rate in the continental U.S. The statewide rate is at just over 40 cases per 100,000 residents, compared to a national average of 135.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Small groups gathered in L.A. on Tuesday evening to mark the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. One group of demonstrators at the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Farifax kneeled together for nine minutes and 29 seconds–the same amount of time Chauvin pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck. [NBC Los Angeles]

» Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a drought emergency in Mendicino and Sonoma Counties. The declaration covers areas in the Russian River watershed, a region that has been badly impacted by dry conditions.  [CalMatters]

» Metro is planning to phase in a switch to fareless rides starting in August. Initially, free transit rides will be available for K-12 and community college students.  [Streetsblog L.A.]

» LeVar Burton will be guest hosting Jeopardy! in July. More than 246,000 fans signed an online petition to give the Reading Rainbow star a shot at hosting the game show.  [CNN]


» Southern California’s Home Prices Are Still Rising by Double Digits Home prices jumped by 17.2 percent in Los Angeles County last month, and the story was the same across the region

» How Local Landmark Lawry’s Fought Its Way Back from the Brink of Extinction Shut down by the pandemic, one of the city’s oldest and most beloved restaurants made countless on-the-fly adjustments, all while trying to preserve what’s kept people coming back for decades

» ‘A Legacy of Racism’: Judge Issues Bold Order to House Skid Row’s Homeless In an injunction filed Tuesday, Judge David O. Carter sets a timeline for housing the homeless on Skid Row—and restricts Mayor Garcetti’s nearly billion-dollar homeless plan


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Celebrate Oscar Night with These Events and At-Home Options

The Academy Awards are returning on Sunday, in a sort of more-in-person-than-not, still-kind-of-virtual form, attempting to address the late-pandemic, semi-vaccinated limbo we all find ourselves living through. Fans, too, will have options to watch the telecast at home with special take-out and delivery offerings from local restaurants, or venture out for in-person, socially-distanced Oscar party events.


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