Morning Brief: The State Is Investigating the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept.

Also Gov. Newsom recall effort linked to QAnon conspiracy theorists, and more

» The California Department of Justice has launched an investigation of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department over a “possible pattern of unconstitutional law enforcement.” Attorney General Xavier Becerra stated that “there are serious concerns and reports that accountability and adherence to legitimate policing practices have lapsed at LASD.”  [NBC News]

» Leaders of the campaign to recall Gavin Newsom are linked to QAnon and “virus skeptic” groups, an investigation finds. Far-right groups gathered necessary signatures at anti-mask and pro-Trump demonstrations.  [Los Angeles Times]

» California may be turning a corner, as the rate of new COVID-19 infections begins to show a decline. Nonetheless, death, hospitalization, and infection numbers all remain dangerously high. [KTLA]

» A homemade bomb detonated at the First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, causing damage but no injuries. The church has drawn protests for espousing homophobic rhetoric, but police say there is no indication the bombing is linked to those protests. [Los Angeles Times]

» Talk show host Larry King died Saturday morning at the age of 87. He was hospitalized with COVID-19 in December.  [CNN]


» Southern California Is Having a Pandemic Real Estate Boom Home prices and sales have surged, but the good news doesn’t extend to most renters

» Here’s What You Need to Know About When and How to Get a COVID Vaccination in L.A. A quick primer on who’s eligible, how to make an appointment, and more

» The Standard, Hollywood Is Closing—but Georgio’s Will Live On After 22 years, the pandemic has spelled the end of the stylish Sunset Strip fixture


L.A. Mag Local Love: Delicias Bakery & Some

“We have considered moving location, but Highland Park has always been home to Delicias, and we will continue to serve you for as long as we can,” writes Roxanne Sanchez. Her family’s bakery, Delicias Bakery & Some, is struggling to survive the pandemic downturn and the rising costs of doing business in a rapidly-changing neighborhood. Learn more in this week’s edition of Local Love.


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