Morning Brief: L.A. Launches a Bid to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Also, SpaceX makes history by launching its first private flight with an all-amateur crew, and more

» In a video featuring actor Will Ferrell and L.A. Galaxy player Cobi Jones, the city of Los Angeles announced Thursday its official bid to host the FIFA 2026 World Cup. “We are a soccer city,” Jones said in the heartfelt video, which is narrated by legendary sportscaster Vin Scully. “We are L.A. There’s no better place in the United States to have World Cup matches.” [NBC Los Angeles]

» SpaceX made history Wednesday night when the aerospace company launched its first private flight into orbit with an all-amateur crew. On the flight were two contest winners, a health care worker, and their wealthy sponsor, Jared Isaacman, who is the third billionaire to launch this summer. [ABC 7]

» Gov. Gavin Newsom survived the Sept. 14 recall election by a wide margin, but the debate over whether race was necessary has continued. California lawmakers initially agreed to spend at least $276 million in the recent election, but some election officials have estimated that the final bill is closer to $300 million—money that could’ve been used on a slew of other things like housing, forest fires, or literally any other critical issues that the state faces. [Los Angeles Times]

» Police are searching for a suspect who shot and killed a man Wednesday night at a Metro Blue Line station in downtown Los Angeles. Evidence suggests that the victim, who was in his late 20s, was a passenger and was possibly getting off the train when he was shot, according to officials. [KTLA]

» Huntington Beach is the latest city in California to implement the use of unarmed behavioral health specialists instead of police officers to respond to non-violent mental health and substance use crises.The city has partnered with a nonprofit called Be Well OC, which sends out two-person teams of counselors to handle emergencies as well as welfare checks. [LAist]


»California Moves Out of the Highest COVID Transmission Risk Tier The Golden State and Puerto Rico are the only places in the country where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is “substantial” rather than “high”

» In L.A. County, Opioid Deaths Spiked During Stay-at-Home in One Particular Demographic A new study found that opioid-related deaths increased among less-educated white people between March and April 2020

»Slideshow: Inside Disneyland’s Sold-Out Oogie Boogie Bash The annual party is back with a parade, lots of villains, and more


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