Some parents are still reluctant to send their kids back to the classroom. Another city official is entering the 2022 mayor’s race. The first case of the Brazilian variant has been detected in California. This is your Tuesday news brief. Take it!
Morning News Rundown
Parents of Los Angeles students are still split on bringing their children back into the classroom, according to early results from a community survey. Survey results indicate areas hit hardest by the pandemic in terms of infections and deaths are also the most reluctant to choose in-person schooling when offered online or hybrid options. [L.A. Times]
District 15 Councilmember Joe Buscaino is throwing his hat into the 2022 mayor’s race to replace soon-to-be termed-out Eric Garcetti. Before being elected to City Council, Buscaino previously served 15 years in the Los Angeles Police Department. He was one of only two councilmembers to oppose the $150 million budget cut to the department last year. [L.A. Times]
The Brazilian coronavirus variant has been detected in a resident from San Bernardino County, marking the first known case in California. The variant, known as P.1, is one of several strains believed to be more contagious than the common strain of COVID-19. [L.A. Times]
Now that L.A. County has moved to the red tier, LACMA says it will reopen to the public on April 1. The museum, like others in the county, has been off-limits since Safer-at-Home orders went into effect more than a year ago. [We Like L.A.]
An error in California’s vaccine appointment system led to overbooking at the Long Beach Convention Center and a subsequent traffic jam that stretched for blocks. City officials said they were working with system operators to fix the issue, and that anyone who missed an appointment due to traffic would receive a follow-up notice. [LB Post]