Good evening, So Cal. We’re wrapping up the day for you with the most important stories you need to know and your weather outlook.
Your Weather Planner
Skies stay clear into Wednesday morning, leading to chilly morning temperatures where winds stay calm.
Inland valleys will especially be chilly to start the day Wednesday, with lows in the upper 30s and low 40s.
It stays breezy to windy in some mountains and deserts overnight, keeping temperatures a bit warmer than they would otherwise be. Winds arise later in the day, affecting most of Southern California but particularly the beaches and deserts. A wind advisory is in effect only for the deserts.
Temperatures stay cool Wednesday, well below average for the deserts and mountains. Coastal communities will be closest to average.
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Today’s Big Stories
1. Senate report alleges Garcetti likely knew about allegations against adviser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti — who is being considered as ambassador to India — “more likely than not” was aware of or should have been aware of sexual harassment and racist comments made by a former top aide, according to a US Senate investigative report released Tuesday.
The investigation concluded it was “more likely than not” that the aid, Rick Jacobs, “sexually harassed multiple individuals and made racist comments towards others.”
The investigation into Garcetti was requested by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who delayed the Senate confirmation vote on the mayor’s ambassador nomination.
In February, the nonprofit law firm Whistleblower Aid filed a complaint on behalf of Garcetti’s former communications director, Naomi Seligman, accusing the mayor of perjury while he was questioned during his nomination hearing in the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the sexual harassment allegations against Jacobs .
2. LA watering restrictions announced to combat drought
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will require all of its customers to cut their outdoor watering from three days to two, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday.
Pending City Council approval, the new two-day watering plan would take effect June 1. Customers with addresses that end in odd numbers would be limited to watering Mondays and Fridays. Customers with addresses ending in even numbers would only be able to water on Thursdays and Sundays.
Existing restrictions already limit those who water with sprinklers to eight minutes per use — or 15 minutes for those using sprinklers that have water-conserving nozzles. Watering between 9 am and 4 pm is prohibited even on permitted watering days.
Starting next month, LADWP will increase its Water Conservation Response Units. Those are the teams the utility dispatches to the field to warn customers who violate the water use restrictions and cite those who repeatedly violate them.
3. COVID-related deaths in LA County reach 32,000 mark
More than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported by Los Angeles County Tuesday, while the overall virus-related death toll reached the grim 32,000 milestone.
Health officials have noted that while COVID case numbers have risen sharply in recent weeks, hospitalization numbers have held relatively steady, and daily deaths have continued to decline.
On Monday, the county Department of Public Health pointed to the effectiveness of COVID vaccines for preventing severe illness from virus infection.
Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Monday urged people to consider getting vaccinated and boosted ahead of the Memorial Day holiday and subsequent summer gatherings.
4. Elon Musk says he would lift Trump’s Twitter ban
In an interview Tuesday, Elon Musk said that should his bid to take over Twitter be successful, he would reverse former President Donald Trump’s ban from the platform and reinstate his account.
Musk called the ban “morally wrong and flat-out stupid,” and claimed that Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey agrees with him.
Trump said last month that while he supports Musk’s takeover of Twitter, he has no plans to rejoin the platform even if his account is reinstated, opting instead to use his own platform, Truth Social.
Trump was booted from Twitter two days after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. The social media giant cited “the risk of further incitement of violence,” saying that the then-president’s tweets after the insurrection were being interpreted by some of his supporters of him as calls “to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021.”
Your Notes for Tomorrow
- The Los Angeles Dodgers face the Pirates in Pittsburgh
- The LA Angels face the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim
- President Joe Biden attends Day 3 of the 40th IBEW International Convention
- Senate due to hold procedural vote on bill codifying ‘Roe v. Wade’ protections
- CPI data released
In Case You Missed It
In honor of Mother’s Day this week, “The Power of Mom” features three prominent mothers in politics who serve our Southern California community.
Through the power of storytelling, each woman shares the joys and challenges of being a mom, followed by a roundtable discussion with host Ryann Blackshere Vargas.
Joining the conversation are Jocelyn Yow, the youngest woman of color to become mayor of a California city, and Mayor Vilma Cuellar Stallings of Paramount, who ran for office for the first time while helping her daughter battle breast cancer, among others.
Click the link above to find out more.