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Morning Briefing: Biden Wins, LA Celebrates

Revelers in Echo Park celebrate Joe Biden's electoral college win over President Donald Trump on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Gina Pollack/LAist
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ICYMI, former Vice President Joe Biden was elected to serve as the 46th President of the U.S. with Kamala Harris as his Vice President, the latter shattering the White House’s glass ceiling for women and, specifically, women of color.

When the race was called at around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Angelenos began celebrating. People took to the streets in droves with instruments, flags, cheers and tears, describing their reactions as “relief,” “hopeful,” and “inspiring and amazing.” In parts of downtown, West Hollywood, Silver Lake and across the city, revelers shut down the streets.

Groups who were the target of Trump’s ire are also cautiously optimistic that now, finally, change is coming. (Although the Trump campaign has, as predicted, embarked on legal challenges to the results.)

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Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

Coming Up Today, November 9

Celebrate Diwali (the Indian/Hindu festival of lights), watch a performance by New York-based artist Puppies Puppies, attend a virtual makers' market to start your holiday shopping early, and more. Christine N. Ziemba has this week’s best online and IRL events.

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The Past 48 Hours In LA

Former Vice President Joe Biden was elected to serve as the country’s 46th President, and L.A. had a lot to say about it:

Angelenos of all stripes hit the streets to celebrate. Black women and Latinas celebrated Kamala Harris’ victory as the first woman of color – and woman, period – to hold the vice presidency. Scientists were cautiously optimistic that their work would cease to be discredited. Immigrant advocates hope for an even more productive relationship with a Biden administration than with the Obama White House. Angry Trump supporters gathered in Beverly Hills on Saturday to protest the race being called for Biden.

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Final Goodbyes: L.A.'s own Alex Trebek, of Jeopardy! fame, has died. For some immigrants, his legacy will last a lifetime.

Photo of the Day

A man waves a Biden flag from his car in Echo Park as people took to the streets to celebrate Joe Biden and the Democratic Party's victory.

(Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)