Daily Brief: 99 Percent of LAUSD Teachers Meet COVID Vaccine Mandate

Also, Celine Dion has delayed her Las Vegas residency due to severe and persistent muscle spasms, and more

» Nearly all Los Angeles Unified School District employees have gotten vaccinated against COVID, resulting in 99 percent compliance among classroom teachers and 97 percent of all employees. “I am heartened that the vast majority of our L.A. Unified staff stepped up and got vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and our schools from COVID-19,” said school board President Kelly Gonez. [Los Angeles Times]

» After drawing attention this week for his strange new haircut and the creepy white mask he’s been wearing in public, Kanye West has made headlines again, but this time it’s a little less weird. A Los Angeles judge approved for the Donda rapper to officially change his name to his long-standing nickname, “Ye,” with no middle or last name. [DEADLINE]

» Californians used five percent less water in August than the same month last year. The monthly figures released Tuesday indicate that parts of the drought-stricken state have already met or are approaching Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call for residents to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent. [Los Angeles Times]

» Celine Dion has delayed her upcoming residency at the Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas due to severe and persistent muscle spasms that are preventing her from performing and rehearsing, she said Tuesday. “My team and I have been working on our new show for the past eight months, and to not be able to open this November saddens me beyond words,” she said in a statement. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Two people were killed in a massive Monday at a Canoga Park commercial building that housed an apparent drug-processing operation. Two others were injured in the blaze and remain hospitalized with serious injuries, officials said. [Los Angeles Times]


» Why LAFD Women Firefighters Want Chief Ralph Terrazas Out Women firefighters claim that Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas has ignored allegations of sexism, bullying, and sexual harassment

» Carson’s Sewage Stench Sparks Calls for State of Emergency “The lack of a swift response by the responsible government agencies has been very disappointing,” says Rep. Nanette Barragan

» Jeff Bezos and Top Amazon Executives Accused Of Lying Under Oath The house judiciary antitrust subcommittee is giving them one final chance to come clean


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L.A. Has a ‘Canopy Equity’ Problem. A New Program Is Setting Out to Fix It

Tree canopies are essential for urban environments. The coverage that ample leaves and branches provide can help cool neighborhoods and reduce air pollution. But, as anyone who has traveled through Los Angeles knows, tree canopies are only scattered across the city. Some neighborhoods enjoy lush, tree-lined streets. Others are virtually barren.

“It’s been a chronic issue here,” says Rachel Malarich, city forest officer for the City of Los Angeles, noting that, when looking at old maps, the correlation between redlining and historic under-investment in L.A. neighborhoods is evident. One new tactic to address this environmental justice issue is the new Tree Ambassador pilot program. A collaboration between the city, non-profit City Plants and other partner organizations, the program is training Angelenos in urban forest issues and practices so that they can help bring more trees into their communities.


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