Morning Brief: Three Days of 2,000-Plus New COVID Cases in L.A. County

Also the Golden Globes set a date, experts examine the new infection spike, and more

» L.A. County reported 2,571 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, making it the third day in the last week to cross 2,000 confirmations per day. “Angelenos over the course of a typical day are likely going to interact with individuals who are infectious,” said Dr. Christina Ghaly. [Los Angeles Times]

» Officials say individuals refusing to wear masks in public is among the key reasons for California’s current spike. Group social gatherings are another area of concern. [Los Angeles Times]

» California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office will monitor the investigation into the killing of Andres Guardado, fatally shot by an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy last week. Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Nanette Diaz Barragán were among those who called on Becerra to keep an eye on the case.  [KTLA]

» A new report recommends major changes to policing in Los Angeles. The L.A. County Commission on Human Relations offered a 34-point plan, including doing away with qualified immunity, providing the public more information about officers involved in misconduct claims, and investing in community programs.  [NBC Los Angeles]

» UCLA football players are asking for assurances that the school will attempt to protect them from COVID-19. The students say that history has left them feeling they cannot trust athletic department officials to act in the best interest of their health. [Bruins Nation]

» The LAPD has placed a moratorium on the use of the CalGang System. “Based on recent audits and ongoing complaint investigations, the accuracy of the database has been called into question,” the department acknowledged. [CBS Los Angeles]

» The Golden Globes have pushed back their date. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and broadcaster NBC announced the show will be held on February 28, 2021, rather than the typical January date.  [Deadline]


» Orange County Is Still at War with Itself Over the Mask Mandate A labor union is asking county officials to enforce the mandate as the sheriff’s department leaves it up to “personal responsibility”

» Film Producer and Political Donor Steve Bing Has Died After Reportedly Jumping from a Century City Building The 55-year-old was known for films including Kangaroo Jack and The Polar Express

» ‘It’s More Than Just Shops’: Activists Are Fighting to Save Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza South L.A. won a battle against a developer seeking to buy the mall, but their war against gentrification is far from over


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Photo: Courtesy Happy Ice

Happy Ice Hopes to Offer Something Sweet in Challenging Times

When Happy Ice opens its brick-and-mortar shop on Melrose this weekend, it will represent the culmination of years of work for founder Lemeir Mitchell, bringing a taste of his native Philadelphia out to L.A.

“I moved here from Philadelphia after my father was incarcerated with a life sentence in prison and my brother passed away unexpectedly,” Mitchell says. “These events made me realize that tomorrow is promised for no one.”

When he headed west, Mitchell didn’t have water ice on the mind. Instead, he moved to L.A. intent on becoming a tattoo artist. He got a job at a tattoo parlor on Melrose, sleeping on the floor between shifts when he couldn’t yet make L.A. rent. During those months, he became enamored with L.A.’s food truck scene. From there, the idea of Happy Ice was born.


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