Morning Brief: California Senator Alex Padilla’s Big Challenge

Also, domestic workers call for workplace protections, and more

» Can Senator Alex Padilla redefine how Latinos are represented in American politics? “There’s a set notion in this country of what Latino issues are,” he says–and he’s out to change that.  [The Atlantic]

» Domestic workers and house cleaners are calling on California to extend basic workplace protections to include them as fire season approaches. “We just want safety,” says one Malibu home cleaner recalls being expected to work without water or PPE as the fire and ash of the Woolsey fire drew near. “We are essential workers and we are just asking for basic protection.”  [Prism]

» California COVID-19 rates continue to fall, though nearby Oregon and Washington are seeing signs of a new surge. California now has the lowest per capita rates of the virus in the county. [Los Angeles Times]

» New data set to be released today will determine if L.A. County is ready to move to the Yellow Tier, the final and least restrictive phase of the reopening framework. Public health officials have said they believe the county is “on track.” [ABC Los Angeles]

» Vanessa Bryant has no legal basis to sue sheriff’s deputies over the taking and sharing on private cell phones of photos of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, and daughter, according to L.A. County attorneys. The county claims the photos were not shared to the media or general public, and thus do not qualify. [NBC Los Angeles]


» 2020 Was Another Big Year for Fiscal Chicanery in L.A. City Government The City Controller’s Fraud, Waste, and Abuse report reveals 460 complaints about inefficiency and financial malfeasance

» Rep. Mike Garcia Challenged to Return Campaign Donation from Matt Gaetz Rep. Gaetz is the subject of an investigation into allegations of sex trafficking and public corruption

» Kevin Merida Has Been Selected as Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Times The esteemed journalist was a frequently-mentioned favorite during the months-long search


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Photo courtesy Olly’s Pretzels

These Small-Batch Bakers Are Achieving Pretzel Perfection

Pretzels, that most delightfully loopy of bread products, are on the rise in L.A.–and, as happened with the pretzel’s close cousin, the bagel, in recent years, pop-up and Instagram-based artisans are at the vanguard. These makers are hand-rolling and salting carby treats that put the typical mall snack to shame.


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