A.M. Brief: Newsom to Announce Deal for $2 Billion in Funding and Incentives to Reopen K-2 Classrooms

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View of Downtown Los Angeles from Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area
View of Downtown Los Angeles from Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

As coronavirus case rates continue to decline, the state is set to offer more funding to get elementary students back on campus by the start of next month. Also this morning: Changes (again) in L.A.’s street sweeping enforcement, Lady Gaga gets her dogs back, and today marks a new milestone in vaccine eligibility. It’s Monday. This is your news brief. Take it!

Morning News Rundown

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislators have struck a deal that aims to open schools back up for the state’s youngest students by April 1. The agreement offers $2 billion in funding and incentives to reopen in-person learning for kindergarten through second grade classes in all California counties that fall below 25 new daily confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents. The agreement, if ratified, would stop short of forcing all K-2 classrooms to reopen. Today’s expected announcement comes on the heels of reporting by the L.A. Times that the Los Angeles Unified School District will receive the 25,000 doses of vaccine they’ve requested by the end of next week. [L.A. Times]


Starting today, city enforcement on street sweeping is changing to an every-other-week policy. Because the staggered enforcement schedule may lead to confusion, the city is advising residents to sign up for notifications for when their street will be swept. [LAist]

Good news: Lady Gaga got her two French bulldogs back after they were abducted at gunpoint last week while being walked at night in Hollywood. An unnamed woman returned the missing dogs to LAPD’s Olympic Station on Friday. An investigation is ongoing. [LA Mag]

A new phase in the vaccination rollout starts today that adds around 1.2 million L.A. County residents to the pool of eligible vaccine recipients. Among those now eligible are food service and grocery store employees, educators, and law enforcement and emergency responders. [We Like L.A.]

The 78th Golden Globes were held virtually on Sunday evening, with Nomadland garnering awards for Best Picture (drama) and Best Director for Chloe Zhao. Minari (not eligible for the main drama category) won for Best Foreign Language Picture, while Netflix scored big with wins for The Queen’s Gambit (Best Limited Series and Best Actress for Anya Taylor-Joy) and The Crown (Best TV Series). [ABC 7]


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