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A.M. Brief: LAUSD Will Resume Some Services Next Week

February 23, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Wildflowers overlooking DTLA.
Wildflowers overlooking downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Though LAUSD won’t open in-person instruction quite yet, the district will resume some campus services. Also today: Lancaster is accused of abusing its unhoused population, white residents are using a vaccine code meant for Black and Latino communities, and a Burbank restaurant gets its business license yanked over County health order violations.

LAUSD will restart multiple campus services next week, including child care, special education, athletic conditioning, and small-group tutoring. Superintendent Austin Beutner says a broader reopening of campuses could take place by April 9, provided roughly 25,000 teachers and staff are vaccinated. [LAist]

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A new report by the ACLU of Southern California documents a cruel pattern of abuse of homeless people in the City of Lancaster. Through public records and interviews, the report alleges sheriff’s deputies “regularly bulldoze encampments of unhoused people and order them to move by threat of citation,” forcing them further into the desert, far away from vital resources like food and water. [L.A. Times]

Six Flags Magic Mountain touted it reopen in “spring 2021,” though no official reopen date was offered. Under current guidance, large theme parks with capacities of over 15,000 people can’t reopen until a region reaches the yellow tier, which specifies a less than 2% positivity rate and less than one new daily case per 100,000 residents. Though cases continue to drop, Los Angeles County still remains in the purple (most widespread) tier of infection. [ABC7]

California provided codes to underserved Black and Latino communities to help them access vaccine appointments. However, it seems affluent white people who work-from-home are now using those same vaccine codes to jump the line. [L.A. Times]

Tinhorn Flats, a Western-themed restaurant and bar in Burbank, has spent the last several weeks defying Los Angeles County health orders. Last night, Burbank City Council voted to revoke Tinhorn Flats’ business license. [NBC4]

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