Morning Brief: Mayor Garcetti Says He’s Not Weighing a Biden Cabinet Post

Also a controversial peace deal in Nagorno-Karabakh riles Armenians, and more

» Mayor Eric Garcetti says a cabinet post in the Biden administration is “not something [he’s] weighing right now,” and that instead he is focusing on local concerns, particularly the pandemic. Nonetheless, Garcetti added that “when Joe calls, I never refuse that phone call.” [Desert Sun]

» At least 100 more migrant children have been separated from their families than previously reported. The children, many of them very young, were separated due to the Trump “zero tolerance” border policy. [NBC News]

» Armenians are unhappy with a peace deal that’s been brokered to end fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, also known as Artsakh. On Monday, demonstrators briefly occupied government buildings to protest the deal, which calls for 2,000 Russian “peacekeepers” in the region, and grants territorial concessions to Azerbaijan. [The Guardian

» Actress Eva Longoria has apologized for comments that many interpreted as insensitive to Black women. She claimed that Latinas were the “real heroines” for turning out to vote for Joe Biden. In her apology, she clarified that she had not intended to compare Latinas to Black women, but rather to compare Latinas to their male counterparts. [Los Angeles Times]

» Disney has announced yet another round of furloughs. Disneyland in Anaheim remains closed; Disneyland Paris was forced to close again last week amid surging COVID-19 cases in Europe. [Deadline]

» Just as COVID-19 cases are getting worse, the first L.A. County public schools to reopen started bringing children back on Monday. Kids are being told not to share anything, sit near one another, or play games that might involve touching the same toys. [Los Angeles Times]


» L.A. County Has Officially Declared a COVID-19 Surge “We’re very concerned,” says Dr. Barbara Ferrer

» Who’ll Be Tapped to Fill Kamala Harris’s Senate Seat? Let’s Take a Look at the Odds Gov. Gavin Newsom gets to choose California’s next U.S. Senator. Who will it be?

» Stores Across L.A. Boarded Up Their Windows. A Local Group Has a Plan for All That Plywood The California Wildlife Center is helping businesses turn a symbol of anxiety into something positive


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