Morning Brief: The L.A. Health Department Bans Parties and Gatherings

Also the 2020 census wraps up early and ’Mulan’ heads to Disney+

» After a deadly shooting drew attention to a massive party at a rented mansion on Mulholland Drive, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a “legally binding health officer order that prohibits gatherings, including parties, during the coronavirus pandemic in order to protect the health and lives of county residents.” Violating the order is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. [NBC Los Angeles]

» The 2020 Census will stop counting efforts a month earlier than planned. As it stands, roughly four of every 10 households has not been counted, with undercounts particularly concentrated among immigrants and renters. [NPR]

» A whistleblower has come forward to claim that the L.A. County Sheriff’s station in Compton has been infiltrated by a “violent gang” known as the Executioners. There are alleged to be around 20 “inked members” of the group sporting matching tattoos of “a skull with Nazi imagery, holding an AK-47.” [NCB Los Angeles]

» Parking restrictions will remain relaxed in L.A. through August 18. The city may choose to extend again after that date. [KTLA]

» Mulan will debut directly on Disney+, rather than waiting for a theatrical premiere, as had previously been planned. Unlike other Disney+ releases, though, the feature will require a $29.99 rental fee to watch.  [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Neil Young says he’s suing Donald Trump for playing his songs at campaign events. “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” have been on the presidential playlist. [Rolling Stone]


» Multiple People Were Shot at a Mulholland Drive Mansion Party A massive celebration amid the COVID-19 pandemic ended in tragedy

» Investigations Continue into a Party Sources Have Linked to the L.A. Sheriff’s Department “If you’re so concerned, why don’t you call the police,” a guest identified as a police officer told a reporter at the scene

» DA Jackie Lacey’s Husband Is Being Charged for Pulling a Gun on BLM Protesters The incident in question took place a day before the March 3 primary election



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