Hello SoCal. We end the day for you with the most important stories you need to know and your weather forecast.
Your weather planner
Monsoon humidity poured into SoCal on Thursday afternoon. This brought showers and thunderstorms to our mountains and deserts.
Chances of showers and thunderstorms will continue over mountains and deserts through Friday.
It will be another hot day inland. Temperatures will remain above average throughout the weekend.
Get your 7-day forecast: LA West | LA East | San Fernando Valley/Ventura County | Orange County
today’s big stories
1. LA County moves to “high” level of COVID activity, moving closer to mask mandate
With the highly infectious BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants driving up the number of cases and hospitalizations, Los Angeles County moved into “high” COVID-19 activity on Thursday, meaning that an indoor mask mandate will be imposed on July 29 in the absence of a major slowdown in virus-related hospitalizations.
On Thursday, the average daily rate of COVID-19 positive patients hospitalized in the county rose to 10.5 per 100,000 population. This exceeded the CDC’s threshold for “high” virus activity. The county was previously in the “medium” category.
County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer warned last month that if the county remains at the “high” community level for two consecutive weeks, it will reimpose a mandatory indoor mask mandate.
She reiterated that timeline on Thursday, saying that unless the number of hospitalizations drops, the masking rule will come into effect on July 29.
2. LA County allocates $9 million in funding for parks projects
Los Angeles County Regional Park and the Open Space District announced Thursday that they will allocate more than $9 million to support the development of park projects in communities that need open space the most.
Funding for the grant comes from Measure A, LA County’s Safe and Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure — a package tax approved by voters in 2016.
The funding will be distributed among 30 cities and in unincorporated areas.
Supervisor Janice Hahn said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need for parks in communities.
3. DEA: About 1 million fentanyl pills seized in Inglewood
About 1 million counterfeit pills containing fentanyl were seized earlier this month in Inglewood, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday.
According to the DEA, the investigation targeted a Los Angeles-area drug trafficking organization believed to be linked to the Sinaloa Cartel.
The greater Los Angeles area is a major transshipment hub where illegal drugs from the southwest border are stored in local warehouses, storage units and residential properties, the DEA reported.
The investigation into the drug trafficking organization is ongoing.
4. The Grammys return to downtown LA; The 65th annual ceremony will take place on February 5
After two years of COVID-19-related relocations, the 65th Annual Grammy Awards will return to the Crypto.com arena next year, with “Music’s Biggest Night” scheduled for February 5, 2023, the Recording Academy announced Thursday. .
This year’s Grammy ceremony has been moved to Las Vegas due to rising COVID-19 cases in the Los Angeles area.
In 2021, the event was scaled down and largely took place on an outdoor event platform at LA Live downtown.
Nominations for the 65th annual Grammys will be announced Nov. 15, and the Feb. 5 Grammy ceremony will air again on CBS and stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
5. Ivana Trump dies at 73, former President Trump confirms
Ivana Trump, Donald Trump’s first wife and mother of Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump, has died aged 73, the former president has confirmed on social media.
Ivana Trump was born in the former Czechoslovakia before moving to Canada and eventually the United States. She was a skier and worked as a model.
Ivana Trump met the future president in 1976 in New York. They married the following year and became a New York publicity power couple in the 1980s and 1990s, before their messy and public divorce.
In a 2016 interview with the New York Post, she spoke about supporting her ex-husband’s bid for president.
Your notes for tomorrow
- Los Angeles Dodgers take on Angels in Anaheim
- Former President Donald Trump testifies at court hearing in alleged Trump Organization asset valuation fraud
- President Joe Biden on Israel/West Bank/Saudi Arabia trip
- Brittney Griner back in Russian court
In case you missed it
Summer love is in full swing in Long Beach where American musical “Grease” is electrified with a cast that represents all of America.
Over its 70-year history, Musical Theater West has done many shows on its main stage, but never “Grease”.
They made sure their Rydell High School mirrored the hallways of Wilson High School in Long Beach.
Click on the link above to find out more.