» Christian singer and anti-mask activist Sean Feucht staged an “outreach event” on skid row Wednesday evening, despite that the community vociferously objected to hosting the event and even organized a car blockade to keep him out. At least one of Feucht’s unmasked fans was seen physically touching a sleeping homeless man without his consent. [Los Angeles Times]
» The Santa Monica Pier is closing New Year’s weekend to help keep people from gathering during a COVID-19 spike. “We are in the middle of the worst part of the public health crisis with hospitals stretched beyond their capacity as people continue to gather and infect friends and family,” a statement from the city said. [The Hollywood Reporter]
» Mayor Garcetti is urging Angelenos to stay home on New Year’s Eve, and announced steps that are being taken to shut down so-called “superspreader” events. According to Garcetti, the City Attorney’s office has instructed Eventbrite to take down listings for NYE parties and the LAPD is contacting promoters still planning parties. [KTLA]
» Samuel Little, one of the most prolific serial killers in history, passed away in a California hospital this week. Little had confessed to killing 93 people between 1970 and 2005, most of them in Southern California and Florida. [The Associated Press]
TOP STORIES FROM L.A. MAG
» Anti-Mask Protesters Stage ‘Stampede’ at Erewhon A group of anti-mask demonstrators attempted to convince grocery shoppers to “live their lives”
» Half of 2020’s Ten Most Outrageously Expensive Home Sales Were in Southern California Billionaires are having a banner year and buying up prime real estate from Benedict Canyon to Montecito
» Dr. Fauci Urges Calm as a New COVID Strain Is Confirmed in California “I don’t think Californians should feel this is something odd. This is something that’s expected,” Dr. Fauci stated
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A Month-by-Month Look at How L.A. Wrestled with Its Greatest Crisis Ever
The year 2020 will forever be connected with the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a twisting, painful year, and though cases and deaths are currently soaring, there were times when the situation was markedly different. We take a month-by-month look at how Los Angeles wrestled with a crisis of historic proportions.
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