Morning Brief: Gavin Newsom Says Cocktails To-Go Are Here to Stay in California

Also, California’s delicate desert ecosystems are in danger, and more

» Governor Gavin Newsom says the state’s restaurants will continue to be able to serve to-go cocktails to help with their recovery. The ban on alcoholic bevs to-go was lifted for pandemic purposes in March 2020. [ABC 7]

 » On Thursday night, Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns quashed the Lakers’ dream of a second consecutive championship. Bleacher Report breaks down what went wrong. [Bleacher Report] 

» An ecologist is sounding the alarm about the catastrophic effect climate change is having on California’s desert ecosystems. “Our desert areas in California are being rather dramatically changed in composition and appearance,” Jim Cornett tells columnist Steve Lopez. [Los Angeles Times]

 » Legendary criminal attorney F. Lee Bailey—who defended both OJ Simpson and Patty Hearst—passed away this week at 87. His cross-examination of Detective Mark Fuhrman was widely considered a key to Simpson’s acquittal. [New York Times

 » Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant wants Nike to explain why the exclusive Mambacita sneakers she helped design to honor her late daughter Gianna have been released when she never approved them for sale. In an Instagram post, Vanessa explained she wanted all the proceeds to go to her Mambacita Foundation, but that she didn’t re-sign a contract with Nike and decided not to sell the shoes. [CNBC]


» 10 Percent of L.A. County Residents Are Plotting a Move Elsewhere A new study indicates the number of people who are ready to split has increased 40 percent in two years

» Is Elon Musk Getting Into the Restaurant Biz? Tesla applied for restaurant services trademarks, which could eventually mean you can chow down at the charging station

» The Britely Has Jazz-Age Vibes—and Wolfgang Puck L.A.’s newest private club arrives just in time for a Roaring Twenties redux


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Some of the Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

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