Some county students will be back in class this week. ‘Stop Asian Hate’ marches took place throughout Los Angeles on Saturday. A big shipment of the JnJ vaccine is headed to L.A. this week. And finally, USC and UCLA make some history. It’s Monday. A new week, a new news brief. Have at it.
Morning News Rundown
Four of the county’s larger school districts are bringing back students today. Long Beach Unified, Glendale Unified, Downey Unified, and Manhattan Beach Unified school districts have restarted in-person learning for varying levels of education with public health protocols in place. Los Angeles Unified is targeting a partial return to on-campus learning for elementary students by mid-April, followed by a broader reopening by late April. [ABC 7]
Hundreds gathered in Koreatown on Saturday to protest violence and bigotry against Asian Americans. The rally featured numerous elected representatives and was one of several similarly themed events that took place in Los Angeles County on the same day. [LAist]
Johnson & Johnson is expected to deliver roughly 11 million doses to California this week, with hopes that more regular shipments will become a reality as production accelerates over the coming weeks. The uptick in vaccine availability and the confidence in the supply chain are key reasons why California will open up vaccine eligibility to the broader population next month. [L.A. Times]
For the first time in their shared history, USC and UCLA are both advancing to the Elite Eight round of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. Neither school has advanced this far since the Bruins made a Final Four run in 2008. [USA Today]
Echo Park Lake has now been cleared and fenced off to the public for a planned $500,000 renovation project. Activists remain outraged over the treatment of those unhoused individuals who were camped out at the park, as well as the tactics the LAPD used on protestors. [LAist]