Morning Brief: The LAPD Is Expanding Its Community Policing Program

Also La Niña news, mobile micheladas, and more

» The Community Safety Partnership, hailed as one of LAPD’s “most successful” initiatives, will expand citywide. Mayor Garcetti framed the emphasis on community safety as part of a shift from seeing police as “warriors” to asking them to be “guardians.”   [NBC Los Angeles]

» The mother of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has died from complications of COVID-19. Gabriella O’Donnell was 61. [Long Beach Press Telegram]

» There were 221,000 applications for L.A.’s emergency pandemic rent relief program. The fund was only enough for 50,000 families.  [LAist]

» It looks like we’re in for a La Niña year. The NOAA warning could mean a dry winter in Southern California.  [KTLA]

» A Koreatown-based company claimed their radish paste could prevent COVID-19. After legal action by the City Attorney’s office, they’ll be giving out a lot of refunds. [CBS Los Angeles]

» When Oscar Medina was laid off from his job due to the pandemic, he and his wife hatched a new plan. Now the couple operates a mobile michelada service, rolling their Jeep-based bar up to customers’ homes.  [Daily Breeze]


» Some Democratic Insiders Are Lobbying Against Kamala Harris Becoming Biden’s VP Pick Former senator Chris Dodd reportedly complained about her lack of ”remorse” after her attack on Biden in the debates

» The Glendale Galleria Parking Garage Has Got to Be the Bleakest ‘Al Fresco’ Dining Destination Mall reps say sitting amid the concrete pillars and idling autos offers a ”sense of normalcy,” which is frankly just depressing

» Those Amazing Photos of People Posing as Works of Art Are Becoming a Book The Getty Challenge, which went viral early in the pandemic, will now help raise money for artists impacted by COVID-19


Eric Axene

Some of L.A.’s Most Beloved Institutions Are Threatened with Extinction

The pandemic has been a disaster for many businesses–and those small, quirky, and historic institutions that give Los Angeles its distinctive flair are far from immune. We caught up with the owners and staffs of places like Bob Baker Marionette Theater (providing whimsy since 1963), Tattoos Deluxe (where rock stars got inked up in the heyday of the Sunset Strip), Du-Pars (pie and pancake experts for over 70 years) and other local spots to see how they’re coping–and what it feels like to teeter on the brink.


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