Morning Brief: The More Contagious U.K. Variant Has Been Detected in L.A. County

Also Biden’s bold plan for immigration policy, and more

» L.A. County has confirmed its first case of the so-called “U.K. variant” of COVID-19. The strain, officially known as B.1.1.7, is one of several newer mutations of the virus now circulating around the globe. [KTLA]

» An immigration policy plan from the incoming Biden administration would immediately ask Congress to create a pathway to legal status for an estimated 11 million people. “This really does represent a historic shift from Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda,” said one immigrant rights advocate.  [AP]

» Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies are accused of violently abusing and attempting to kidnap a young man. The deputies involved are the same officers implicated in the shooting death of Andres Guardado. [Los Angeles Times]

» A group of local officials in the foothill cities are proposing chopping down “specimen trees” which have been growing at the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden for decades to install a water treatment system. Arboretum officials say the project would destroy hundreds of rare and “irreplaceable” trees. [Los Angeles Times]

» Phil Spector, convicted murderer and one-time music producer famous for the “Wall of Sound,” has died at 81. He died in prison, serving a sentence for shooting actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. Spector’s cause of death wasn’t stated, but he was believed to have been receiving treatment for COVID-related complications.  [Variety]


» Culver City’s First-Ever Black City Councilman Is Running for Holly Mitchell’s State Senate Seat California Senate District 30 candidate Daniel Lee is putting the push for single-payer health care front and center

» Some L.A. Ralphs Stores Briefly Administered Vaccines to Customers Who Aren’t Yet Eligible For a short period this week, local pharmacy locations were giving out shots to people who aren’t healthcare workers

» Ed Buck’s Trial Has Been Postponed Again, and Further Delay Could Follow As the families of Buck’s alleged victims await justice, COVID-19 considerations have temporarily taken precedence


L.A. Mag Local Love: Stories Books & Cafe

The pandemic has been devastating for local businesses, so each week we’re highlighting a neighborhood favorite that’s at risk of shuttering. Up first: Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park. Learn more about the shop and how you can support them.


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