Morning Brief: L.A. County Once Again Shatters a COVID-19 Record

Also Disneyland furloughs more workers, actors sue their union, and more

» Once again, L.A. County has broken COVID-19 records, reporting more than 7,000 single-day cases. “The most important action we can all take to stop the surge is to stay home as much as possible,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Republican Mike Garcia has officially defeated Democrat Christy Smith to represent the CA-25 in Congress. The seat, formerly held by Katie Hill, tipped to Garcia by a margin of 333 votes.  [KTLA]

» Disneyland is furloughing an additional 1,800 workers, as theme parks in California remain closed due to the pandemic. That brings the total number of Disney employees furloughed since March to nearly 40,000. [O.C. Register]

» Members of SAG-AFTRA are suing the union over cuts to health benefits for members. The plaintiffs in the suit say that around 12,000 members, mostly seniors, found themselves improperly kicked off the group health plan.  [NBC News]

» California investigators have identified at least $400 million worth of fraudulent unemployment claims made in the name of people currently incarcerated. It’s not yet clear how much of the fraud was committed by the inmates themselves, and how much was done by third parties simply using their names. [Los Angeles Times]


» A New Rideshare Option Is Coming to L.A.—and It Employs Its Drivers Texas-based Alto is positioning itself as a safer—and, yes, pricier—alternative to Uber and Lyft

» The Pandemic Is Making L.A.’s Recycling Problem Much, Much Worse COVID-related home deliveries are adding mountains of waste to L.A.’s already-stressed recycling infrastructure

» Mariah Carey Launches a Delivery Cookie Company Just in Time for the Holidays All we want for Christmas is Mariah’s cookies


Ashok Sinha

Southern California’s Roadside Architecture in All Its Glowing, Midcentury Glory

In the new book Gas and Glamour, photographer Ashok Sinha celebrates the region’s most wonderful—and functional—architectural oddities. “I had this idea of Los Angeles as sort of a dream city,” Sinha says. “In my fantasy, there should be a certain kind of a glow to it. That’s where I got the title.”


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