Morning Brief: Bracing For Inauguration Day
Good morning, L.A.
When a violent mob stormed the Capitol last week, a group of Trump supporters in L.A. also turned violent outside City Hall, at an event that began as a rally. In response — and based on information from the FBI — local law enforcement plans to amp up security for next week's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
My colleague Robert Garrova reports that the Los Angeles Police Department will increase its activity on January 20, and in the days leading up to it.
Unlike their response to recent Black Lives Matter protests, LAPD officials are not planning to request backup from the National Guard, according to Captain Stacy Spell.
Pro-Trump rallies are planned throughout the city, as posted on social media, beginning this weekend.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
What You Need To Know Today
The Vaccine: Gov. Gavin Newsom made people ages 65 and older immediately eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, but L.A. County isn’t ready.
Unemployment: Many people are reporting continuing problems with getting their unemployment benefits reinstated.
The Housing Crisis: A new bill would fight homelessness in California by raising the state's tax rate on corporations with annual profits of more than $5 million, which lawmakers say could raise $2.4 billion annually.
Money Matters: In Long Beach’s State of the City address, Mayor Robert Garcia announced a basic income program for low-income students at Long Beach City College, a mandated pay increase for grocery workers, and more.
Before You Go… A Day In The Life Of A Pro Wrestler
Nate Blauvelt wrestles for the TV show Ring Of Honor, which also puts on live events and other promotional fare. The Southern California native, whose stage name is Brody King, grew up in the Antelope Valley and currently lives in the Sylmar area.
During the pandemic, most pro wrestling shows are being taped without fans in attendance. Some wrestlers, whose personas rely on interacting with the crowd, have had to pivot. For Blauvelt, who is the main event on Ring of Honor’s Friday night Final Battles, that’s meant experimenting with a style that's less audience dependent.
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