Morning Brief: Another Heat Wave May Set the Scene for Worsening Wildfires

Also Garcetti warns of COVID uptick, Torey Lanez breaks his silence, and more

» With another heat wave on the horizon, California could see another swell in wildfire activityThe state is entering the time of year historically considered the peak of fire season. [Los Angeles Times]

» UC Regent Richard Blum has been named as one of the individuals linked to the admission of unqualified but well-connected students. Blum, the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein, denies any wrongdoing. [San Francisco Chronicle]

» A group of parents says they plan to file a lawsuit against the LAUSD, arguing the current distance learning plan “violates students’ rights to a basic public education.” The group says Black and Latino students, English as a second language learners, and children with disabilities have been disproportionately left behind by the district’s online learning systems. [KTLA]

» Mayor Garcetti is expressing concern about L.A.’s recent rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and transmission rate. “This virus is still here, and it’s still very dangerous,” he said at a briefing. [KTLA]

» Tory Lanez issued his first public statement since the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion. Lanez is accused of pulling the trigger in the July incident outside a Hollywood Hills party.  [XXL]


» California Will Ban the Sale of New Gas-Powered Cars Starting in 2035 Gavin Newsom announced the state will join countries around the world already committed to phasing out the technology

» Is Dianne Feinstein Ready for This Supreme Court Fight? The 87-year-old is the ranking Dem on the Judiciary Committee. Whispers on the Hill suggest concern about her acuity and vigor.

» How the Salton Sea, Once a Leisure Destination, Became an Ecological Time Bomb Filmmaker Greg Bassenian explores an environmental disaster decades in the making in a fascinating new documentary


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The Best Things to Stream This Weekend

Hulu has made the 2018 documentary RBG, about the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, available for free to everyone. Watch it and other selections from this week’s streaming picks.


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