World news – Essential California: The New School Schedule

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Good morning and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, March 2nd, and I’m writing from Los Angeles.

After weeks of negotiations and nearly a year of distance learning, Governor Gavin Newsom and Democratic lawmakers announced an agreement on Monday to give schools $ 2 billion in incentives US dollars for reopening elementary schools. The proposal is expected to be passed in the legislature on Thursday. It is no longer mandatory that schools have to reopen and that decision is still ultimately a local one. Parents also have the right to leave their children at home and study virtually if they so choose.

[Read the story: « Newsom, Legislators Strike Deal To Incentive Schools $ 2 Billion To Reopen Campus » in The Los Angeles Times]

Like My Sacramento- Colleagues Taryn Luna and John Myers report, the plan would prioritize California’s youngest students first to encourage districts across the state to bring second-grade students back to the classroom by April 1st. These incentives would be offered in counties with fewer than 25 new daily confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents – a threshold currently reaching almost all California counties.

« We expect all of our TK-to-2 classrooms to be in the are open next month, « Newsom said on Monday. « We want more to happen beyond that, » the governor went on, saying that counties in the state’s red plain with seven or fewer cases per 100,000 population would need to extend classroom learning to all elementary school students and at least one class Middle School or High School to access whatever funds are available.

[Read More: California’s $ 2 Billion School Reopening Plan: What You Need To Know « in The Los Angeles Times] < As Taryn and John report, the fiercest aspect of the reopening debate has centered on whether or not COVID-19 vaccinations are required for educators before they return to classrooms. This legislation does not make vaccinations for teachers and staff a prerequisite for reopening – something the teachers unions had fought for and against which Newsom had opposed. However, the range of vaccines available to educators is still increasing significantly. Starting this week, the state will postpone 10% of its weekly allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses to educators, as announced by Newsom last month. Public health officials said Monday the state was on track to beat Newsom's original estimate of providing at least 75,000 weekly doses of vaccine.

Here in Los Angeles, Austin Beutner – the superintendent of the country’s second largest school district – welcomed increasing the doses available and praising Newsom for making vaccinations a « priority » for school staff. As reported by my fellow education reporter Howard Blume, state and local officials confirmed Monday morning that Los Angeles Unified will receive the necessary COVID-19 vaccines by the end of next week to vaccinate staff and reopen the elementary school campus.

LAUSD- However, officials have secured a previously announced reopening date for April 9, and instead postponed it to « mid-April, » which would likely be closer to when employees hit « maximum immunity » after their second dose. Howard reports that a return to the LAUSD locations could also be significantly delayed by ongoing negotiations with workers’ unions.

[Read more: « The teachers union’s firm stance means that LAUSD will reopen more slowly than other parts of the state » in the Los Angeles Times]

Although the state’s coronavirus numbers have plummeted to levels not seen in months, Newsom admitted that « we’re seeing a small plateau. » As the state moves forward with larger reopenings, the darkest days of California’s winter coronavirus surge in the rearview mirror are shrinking, fueling renewed optimism and ongoing pleads for vigilance. Los Angeles Times

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A new lawsuit alleges LA, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills have used curfews to suppress legitimate protests: More than 40 people arrested in Los Angeles County for curfew violations during the mass protests last summer have filed a new lawsuit alleging that the curfews are unconstitutional and coordinated tactics from the county, several local towns and their police forces to suppress legitimate political speech against police violence. Los Angeles Times

How did a Japanese-American senior home become the deadliest care facility in the state? Kei-Ai Los Angeles in Lincoln Heights was one of 27 nursing homes participating in a little-publicized county program that allows nursing homes to volunteer for COVID patients from hospitals and other care facilities. Los Angeles Times

Donations for Newsom’s recall campaign are coming from all over the country: « Someone from almost every state in the country has donated money to recall the governor of California except Delaware, Iowa, North Dakota, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The most common donations come from Texas, Nevada, Florida, Arizona, and New York. “Sacramento Bee

This tiny town in California has been rocked by corruption scandals. Will fees bring changes to Maywood? Los Angeles Times

A Sacramento doctor videotaped a traffic court during the operation: « Yes, I’m in an operating room right now. Yes, I can be tested. Go straight, » the man said to a clerk. Associated Press

Blackface or Acne Drugs? A couple of teenagers and their parents filed a $ 20 million lawsuit against an exclusive high school in Mountain View, saying school officials had the boys last year over an alleged blackface photo forced to actually see face masks with green acne medication on it. San Francisco Chronicle

The ultra-low temperature research freezer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium gets involved in the vaccine battle: after several months, loaned to a medical center in Salinas the freezer was moved to a hospital in South Monterey County for the first time to distribute the Pfizer vaccine len can take time. King City Rustler

Oscar Wilde’s visit to San Francisco in 1882 sent the city a bitter, noisy drunkenness. The city was divided into two camps: « Those who thought Wilde was a committed speaker and an original thinker, and those who thought he was the most pretentious deception ever committed in a groaning audience. » SF Gate

From the annals of the HOA suburban scandals: An Orange County banker paid a well-known photorealist artist $ 23,000 to repaint her garage doors to resemble rusted steel patina. Suffice it to say that their homeowners association was less than satisfied. Orange County Register

Put your textbooks away and pull out your phones: some of the best black history lessons happen on TikTok. Los Angeles Times

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Los Angeles: Sunny, 75th San Diego: sunny, 72. San Francisco: partly sunny, 61. San Jose: partly sunny, 70. Fresno: partly sunny, 73. Sacramento: partly sunny, 72.

With the news of Fry’s death, I remember my first Visit to Palo Alto. I was a researcher in a new physiology lab at Stanford in 1987, and we did a lot of the wiring ourselves. It was a great shop, had everything we needed and a lot more. What impressed me most, however, was the multitude of temptations at the checkout. Prominent snacks and porn magazines were featured that capture the eccentricity of Silicon Valley culture in a simple vignette.

If you have a memory or story about the Golden State, share it with us. (Please keep your story to 100 words.)

Please let us know what we can do to make this newsletter more useful to you. Send comments, complaints, ideas, and unrelated book recommendations to Julia Wick. Follow her on Twitter @Sherlyholmes.

Julia Wick is the author of the Essential California newsletter and Metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

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COVID-19 vaccination sites emerge in the San Fernando Valley

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COVID-19 vaccination sites emerge in the San Fernando Valley

The first of three locations opened in Pacoima on Tuesday. The clinics are only for residents.

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Los Angeles police chief Michel Moore was hospitalized but « in high spirits ».

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Los Angeles police chief Michel Moore was hospitalized but « in high spirits ».

Moore was admitted to L.A. County-USC Medical Center for « testing and observation » and stayed there on Tuesday.

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California allows more stores to open despite new COVID-19 fears

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California allows more stores to open despite new COVID-19 fears

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Rain is coming (back) to Southern California, but it can make L.A.

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Rain is coming (back) to Southern California, but it can make L.A.

A storm system brings much-needed rain, but if it goes too far south L.A. County won’t see any of it.

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15 dead in a crash involving a large rig and a 27-person SUV near the US-Mexico border

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15 dead in a crash involving a large rig and a 27-person SUV near the US-Mexico border

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6 Dr. Seuss books drawn for insensitive images

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6 Dr. Seuss books drawn for insensitive images

The company that inherited Dr. Seuss preserves and protects, says that it will no longer publish six of its books because of racist and insensitive images.

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An Asian-American family in O.C. was molested. Now her neighbors are on guard

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An Asian-American family in O.C. was molested. Now her neighbors are on guard

Incidents of violence and hate against Asian Americans have increased across California since the pandemic, with some Asians blamed for the origin of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China.

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California allows more stores to open despite new COVID-19 fears

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California allows more stores to open despite new COVID-19 fears

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Soleil Moon Frye has lost sight of himself. Facing her darkest memories brought her back

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Soleil Moon Frye has lost sight of himself. Facing her darkest memories brought her back

When the « Punky Brewster » star started a new documentary, she found that coming to terms with her past, including surviving sexual assault, was the only way forward.

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