Morning Brief: California’s Mask Mandate Could End in Mid-June

Also, records indicate Caitlyn Jenner lied about not voting, and more

» Citing the state’s positive COVID-19 stats and robust vaccination rate, Gavin Newsom said in an interview on Wednesday that California will likely not have a mask mandate in place when and if the state fully reopens on June 15. Newsom said, “We’ll make guidance, recommendations, but no mandates and no restrictions in businesses large and small.” [NBC News]

» In Long Beach, life expectancy among Latinos plunged by four years in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the roughly 900 Long Beach residents who were killed by the virus, 43 percent were Latino. [Long Beach Post]

» While people running for office have been known to lie about voting when they actually didn’t, Caitlyn Jenner has apparently fibbed about not voting when she actually did vote in 2020. Despite telling CNN that she “couldn’t get excited” about any of the measures on California’s ballot and therefore went golfing on Election Day, L.A. County records show the gubernatorial recall candidate did, in fact, cast a ballot. [Politico]

» L.A.’s pandemic-era al fresco dining program could soon be permanent. On Wednesday, city council voted to approve a motion that directs city agencies to report back on the feasibility of allowing expanded sidewalk dining for good. [LAist]

» Porter Ranch is reconsidering naming a park named after disgraced councilman Mitch Englander’s family members. Englander, who is embroiled in the City Hall corruption scandal, is set to start his prison sentence on June 1. [L.A. Daily News]

» A day after the NBC announced it wouldn’t air the 2022 Golden Globe Awards, the Critics Choice Awards announced they were claiming the Globes’ early January spot on the awards calendar. That show will air on the CW. [The Wrap]


» Ellen Is Ending Her Long-Running Talk Show After a year of controversy and declining ratings, the host announces she’ll say goodbye following the show’s 19th season

» The LAPD’s All-Civilian Disciplinary Panels Appear to Be Going Easy on Officers The relatively new Board of Rights panels that review police misconduct cases are handing down more lenient punishments than Chief Michel Moore

» The ‘Wellness’ Podcast POOG Is Making Our Existential Dread Funny Hosts Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak are flipping the GOOP mentality on its head


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