Daily Brief: California Has Some Optimistic COVID News To Boast

Also, Los Angeles firefighters and advocates call for the resignation of L.A. Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas, and more

» As of Monday evening, California is the only state in the nation to reach a “moderate” rate of transmission for COVID, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With 0.2 deaths per 100,000 reported in the last seven days, the golden state also has the lowest death rate. [ABC 7]

» Actor and environmental activist Jane Fonda joined state lawmakers Monday at a news conference in Laguna Beach to call for the end of all offshore drilling, saying “We already have more oil and gas and coal that’s been developed that is above ground than we can burn.” The rally took place just two weeks after a broken pipeline spilled at least 25,000 gallons of oil off the Orange County coast. [KTLA]

» Los Angeles firefighters and advocates are calling for the resignation of L.A. Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas following allegations that female firefighters face hazing, bullying and sexual harassment by their male colleagues. “Today, we call for an end to the good old boys club at L.A. Fire,” Kolieka Siegel, president of California National Organization for Women, said during a news conference Monday. “Mayor Eric Garcetti, you have work to do.” [Los Angeles Times]

» Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, who was indicted last week on federal and conspiracy charges, said in a letter to his fellow council members that he plans to “immediately step back from participating in both full Council and Committee meetings” amid the investigation, but not resign. He added, “I fully appreciate the importance of the Council being able to conduct its business with minimal distractions.” [KTLA]

» Barbara Streisand is starting an institute at The University of California, Los Angeles to conduct research on various social issues ranging from climate change to the dynamic of intimacy and power between men and women. “This will be a place where future scholars can discuss, engage and argue about the most important issues of the day; where innovators will speak truth to power, help save our planet, and make glass ceilings for women an anachronism; and in the process give us a chance to have a brighter, more promising future,” Streisand said in a statement. [Los Angeles Daily News]


» SoCal Parents Stage Protest Walkout Over Vaccine Mandates Advocacy groups called for parents to pull their children from school Monday to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first-in-the-nation requirement

» Bassapalooza! Karen Bass Kicks Off L.A. Mayoral Candidacy Los Angeles Magazine was on the scene of the congresswoman’s first campaign rally for her mayoral run

» L.A. County Wants Vanessa Bryant to Undergo Psych Evaluation Amid Lawsuit “Plaintiffs cannot claim that they are suffering from ongoing depression, anxiety and severe emotional distress and then balk at having to support their claims,” the county said


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Cher attends The Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures Opening Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on September 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Cher Files $1 Million Lawsuit Against Sonny Bono’s Widow

Cher filed suit in Los Angeles Wednesday against Sonny Bono’s widow, Mary Bono, claiming the former Riverside County congresswoman is illegally holding onto money from a royalty-sharing agreement for songs they recorded in the 1960s as power-duo Sonny & Cher.

Cher and Bono divorced in June, 1975—a few days before the pop icon briefly married Greg Allman—and, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, signed a “1978 marriage settlement agreement” in which they “agreed to equal division of their community property.”

Cher is asking the court for a declaratory judgment that the Bono estate did not terminate her rights and to reward her at least $1 million in damages for breaching the divorce agreement, Reuters reports.


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