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LA city council approves plan to further reduce unvaccinated city workers
Los Angeles city police, firefighters and other employees who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 will have more time to get vaccinated under a plan approved by city council.
City workers who failed to meet requirements by Dec. 18 will face “corrective action,” according to the plan. Until then, unvaccinated workers will have to get tested twice a week for the coronavirus, on their free time and at a cost of $ 65 per test deducted from their paychecks, according to the approved plan.
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– An FDA advisory committee has approved child-sized doses of injections made by Pfizer and BioNTech for ages 5 to 11.
– Documents show that in the midst of the pandemic, Facebook carefully investigated how its platforms disseminated misinformation about life-saving vaccines. They also reveal that grassroots employees regularly suggested solutions to counter the anti-vaccine misinformation on the site, to no avail.
– Officials in Northern California shut down a second Bay Area In-N-Out burger after employees repeatedly failed to check customers eating inside for proof of vaccination or a result negative coronavirus test.
– Drugmaker Moderna says it will make up to 110 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine available to African countries.
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What does record rain mean for fire season in Southern California?
Record-breaking rain this week could spell the end of the fire season for much of northern California, experts said, but conditions in Southland remain precarious. The region’s first few months of fire often come later, with huge fires from the past burning in November and December.
Villanueva sentenced to testify in Vanessa Bryant trial
A federal judge ordered Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva to testify under oath in a lawsuit filed by Vanessa Bryant, alleging that MPs shared gruesome photos of the scene of the accident where her husband, Kobe Bryant , his daughter Gigi and seven others have died.
The judge said Villanueva, along with Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, appeared to have “unique, non-repetitive first-hand knowledge” relevant to the case.
Baldwin’s role as a scrutinized producer
The specific tasks Alec Baldwin was able to take on as producer of the western “Rust” came under scrutiny following the death of Halyna Hutchins, who was fatally shot by a propeller pistol. shot by the actor on the set of the film outside of Santa Claus. Fe, New Mexico
Meanwhile, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has suggested the state could adopt more stringent security protocols for productions filmed there.
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– Assaults on law enforcement officers increased nationwide in 2020, and Los Angeles reported the highest number of attacks on police officers in the line of duty during the last decade, according to federal and state data.
– The application window for a $ 1,000 per month cash assistance program in Los Angeles, run by city hall, kicks off Friday. LA is the largest city in the country to launch such an initiative.
– In a small corner of far northern California, extreme water scarcity was a concerted government effort to “quell” a problem that had annoyed Siskiyou County officials for years: illicit cultivation and large-scale marijuana in a single subdivision which is largely Asian. Is it racism or criminal repression?
– California has given criminals at least $ 20 billion in the form of fraudulent unemployment benefits, state officials said on Monday, confirming a lower number than originally feared but which still represented more than 11% of all allowances paid since the start of the pandemic.
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– Many Afghan journalists have fled. Those who remain face a harsh new world. The Taliban issued decrees that could stifle what few independent media outlets survived the collapse of the US-backed government.
– Justice Department officials have announced the arrest of 150 people and the seizure of more than $ 30 million in an international investigation into darknet drug trafficking.
– Princess Mako of Japan quietly married a commoner. His marriage to Kei Komuro cost Mako his royal status.
– A cyberattack has crippled gas stations across Iran, leaving angry motorists stranded in long lines.
–President Biden traveled to Virginia to campaign for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a tight and increasingly bitter governorship race, a test of the president’s popularity in a state he won hands down a year ago.
– Biden travels to Rome for the G20 summit. What will the G20 do about COVID-19? Will there be new climate commitments? Plus other crucial questions we hope to answer.
– In the race to cut their massive welfare spending bill, Democrats are discussing cuts to funds for the homeless, public housing, racial inequalities in homeownership and landlord help to tenants. The proposed cuts have sparked a standoff between the West Coast and the East Coast.
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HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
– The sequel to “Dune” has received the green light. This is great news for those who would have liked to see more of the Zendaya star. Many fans were upset that the actor only played seven (count them) of the film’s 155 minutes.
– Television always fails Latinos. UCLA’s latest Hollywood Diversity Report confirms that representation in Hollywood remains appalling.
– As the Grammy voting begins, Gen Z artists are the favorites. But could a 95-year-old take the top prize?
– Colin Kaepernick’s fingerprints are all over his Netflix biopic – even what he leaves out.
– The developer of mega-mansion “The One” has filed for bankruptcy in a last-minute bid to stop a scheduled auction of the estate. The 105,000 square foot Bel-Air property is the largest modern home in the United States.
– The union representing the film and television crews has reached an agreement with the major studios on a new contract covering 20,000 workers outside Los Angeles and New York.
– Jorge Soler has propelled the Braves to a smashing debut in the World Series. Making his first start since testing positive for COVID-19, Soler became the first player to start a World Series with a home run. Atlanta, despite losing pitcher Charlie Morton to a broken leg, silenced the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 1 on Tuesday night.
– The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani received the historic commissioner’s award for his unprecedented two-way performance this season. It was the first time since 2014 that the prize was awarded.
– The drudgery of repeating as champions turned out to be too much for the Dodgers. An unusual lack of organizational depth, combined with poor injury timing, a relentless schedule and flawed pitch plans, left them limped to the finish line.
– The Chicago Blackhawks mismanaged allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player during the team’s 2010 Stanley Cup run, according to an investigation commissioned by the franchise. General manager Stan Bowman resigned over the findings, and the NHL fined the team $ 2 million.
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– Does Hollywood need to use real guns to tell good stories? No, this is not the case.
“As Confederate statues fall, we should build monuments to black heroes who risk being forgotten,” writes journalism professor Howard W. French.
“Don’t expect the gun-drunk conservatives who mock Alec Baldwin to be ashamed,” writes columnist Robin Abcarian. They do not have any.
A 1965 photo of the decorated oil tank in Wilmington in Tuesday’s newsletter sparked a reminder from public relations officials at Phillips 66 of a unique Halloween event in Los Angeles. During the annual drive-through drive-thru at the 1660 W. Anaheim St. Refinery, you can have your photo taken with Smilin ‘Jack and take home some caramel popcorn (while supplies last). The event is Thursday and Friday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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