Morning Brief: Younger People Are Driving Most of the County’s New COVID Infections

Also misconduct allegations disband a local goth club, and more

» Younger residents of L.A. County are responsible for the largest share of new COVID-19 infections. Public health officials blame the trend in part on a rush among residents under 50 to go out and socialize with people from outside their household. With many still not vaccinated, Barbara Ferrer describes it as a “potentially perilous time if people let their guard down.”  [KTLA]

» Los Angeles could move to Orange Tier, the next reopening phase, in April. That phase would allow additional reopenings, including allowing bars to operate–but will only be possible if case rates continue to drop. [Los Angeles Times]

» Throughout California, the weekend brought multiple large vigils honoring the victims of the Atlanta attacks and denouncing racism and misogyny. The state is home to the largest population of Asian Americans in the country.  [KTLA]

» A man reportedly drove through a crowd of demonstrators protesting anti-Asian hate crimes in Diamond Bar. It’s being investigated as a hate incident. [KTLA]

» Stanley the Giraffe, a fixture at the popular Saddlerock Ranch and Malibu Wine Safaris, has been seized by officials as evidence in a criminal proceeding. Authorities allege the ranch’s owners have never held the appropriate licenses to keep wild animals. [ABC Los Angeles]

» L.A. goth club Cloak & Dagger has disbanded following numerous allegations of sexual misconductA long list of complaints has surfaced, naming the club’s co-founders, Adam Bravin and Michael Patterson, and members, including actor Thomas Middleditch.  [Los Angeles Times]


» The Dodgers Will Hold a Lottery for Opening Day Seats and Scrap Season Tickets Until June Demand is sure to be high while the stadium’s capacity is limited to 11,000

» What L.A. Got Right and What’s Gone Wrong Since the First Safer at Home Order A year ago Mayor Garcetti issued the city’s first Safer at Home order. We look back at the city’s successes and failures in the battle against COVID-19

» Eight Screenwriters Tell Us Which Movies Inspired Them to Write Their Own We talked to famed screenwriters about their inspirations, from Malcolm X to E.T.


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Annabelle Gurwitch’s fifth book, You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility, is out now (Photo by Jason Rothenberg)

Nicole Holofcener and Annabelle Gurwitch Take On Middle Age

In Annabelle Gurwitch’s life, there are no Hottie McHandsomes or tropical island getaways. Instead, in her new collection of essays, Youre Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility, she writes with hilarious poignancy about tackling midlife malaise on an austerity budget. Director Nicole Holofcener has also made a career of chronicling the messy complexities of women’s lives in films like Enough Said and Friends with Money. Here, the two women get real.


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