Morning Brief: California Is in for Another Critically Dry Year

Also Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy, and more


» Drought conditions appear set to return to California. The typical rainy season has closed with below-average precipitation levels, and Sierra snowpack is at just a fraction of where it should be at this point in the year.  [The Mercury-News]

» Austin-based boutique movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse—which opened an L.A. outpost in the summer of 2019—has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to Variety, the company will shutter some “underperforming locations,” but no word on which. [Variety]

» At least 13 people were killed and more injured in a traffic accident in Imperial County on Tuesday. An SUV carrying 25 people crashed into a big rig truck. [KESQ]

» A lawsuit accuses comedian Chris D’Elia of violating child pornography and child sexual exploitation statues. The suit is brought by a woman who claims he groomed her for sex while she was a teen, solicited explicit photos and videos of her, and “lured” her into sex when she was 17 and he was 34.  [KTLA]

» LAPD Chief Michel Moore was briefly hospitalized on Monday night. He checked himself into USC Medical Center claiming he was “not feeling well,” but was sent home and was “in great spirits” by Tuesday afternoon. No additional information about what may have caused his ill feeling has been released. [Los Angeles Times]

» Indoor dining, movie theaters, museums, and more signs of normal life have returned to the Bay Area as San Francisco and surrounding counties move out of the purple tier. Case rates have dropped significantly in the region, offering a preview of where L.A. County might be headed over the coming weeks.  [San Francisco Chronicle]


» Petition Calls for L.A. to Allow Indoor Museums to Reopen Some say it’s unfair to allow malls and commercial art galleries to operate indoors while public museums remain shuttered

» This Year’s Golden Globes Were a Ratings Disaster Viewers being stuck at home didn’t help the hybrid awards show from seeing a major slump

» LeBron James Lists $20.5 Million Brentwood House for Sale Peek inside one of the athlete’s three L.A. mansions


Tell Los Angeles About Your Last Night Out in the Before Times

As we prepare to mark a full year since Los Angeles first instituted safer-at-home orders, we’re asking readers to share their memories from their last big night out on the town before everything changed. Let us know your story and it may be included in an upcoming feature.


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