Morning Brief: A Big COVID-19 Spike in Orange County

Also a warehouse party draws crowds, Bakersfield trends, and more

» Orange County has recorded its largest spike in COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Last week, the county’s top public health official resigned after being subjected to harassment and death threats for attempting to institute a mask requirement. [KCRW]

» PG&E has pleaded guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter related to the 2018 Camp Fire. The wildfire that destroyed Paradise, the most devastating in California history, was sparked by a power transmission line that had not been properly maintained. [The New York Times]

» An illicit warehouse party over the weekend lured nightlife-hungry fans. Dance clubs are still strictly forbidden due to the risk of COVID-19.  [Los Angeles Times]

» One new data sets shows Bakersfield is trending among Angelenos ready to relocate. The dramatically lower cost of housing is cited as a major draw. [The Real Deal]

» It’s going to be a low-key Fourth of JulyMany of the region’s fireworks displays have confirmed cancelations.  [CBS Los Angeles]

» A poll finds Americans today are the most unhappy they have been in at least 50 years. Survey responders also described being less optimistic that the standard of living will improve for the next generation. [Associated Press]


» L.A. Movie Theaters Are Plotting a July Reopening Date—but One Local Cinema Will Be Back Even Sooner Arena Cinelounge is opening this weekend with a bunch of precautions in place

» The Emmys Are On and Jimmy Kimmel Is Hosting No one knows quite what the September ceremony will look like, but at least we’ll have a guide

» ‘Black Lives Matter Foundation’ Has Seen a Surge in Donations–but the Money Isn’t Going to the Movement The goal of the sound-alike Santa Clarita-based foundation, started by a music producer, is to create ”unity” between people and the police


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