Daily Brief: Culver City Unified Schools Closed Due to COVID, Prince’s Estate

Also, the Los Angeles Zoo are honoring Betty White, who would’ve turned 100 on Jan. 17, with a self-guided “Betty’s L.A. Zoo Tour”

» Culver City Unified Schools Closed This Week Due to Rising COVID Cases The school district has announced that classes will be canceled this week due to the “ongoing rapid spread of the Omicron variant,” according to officials. [ABC7]

» Here’s How the LA Zoo Honored Betty White on Her 100th Birthday
The Los Angeles Zoo is honoring the beloved late actress, who would’ve turned 100 on Jan. 17, with a self-guided “Betty’s L.A. Zoo Tour,” which includes 16 stops where guests can learn about her connection to a particular animal or location through a series of photos or quotes. The special walking will be open through Jan. 31. [NBC Los Angeles]

» Prince’s Estate Valued At $156.4 Million As Legal Battle Comes to an End After a nearly six-year legal battle, the Internal Revenue Service and the estate’s administrator, parties involved have agreed to value the late pop superstar’s estate at $156.4 million, almost double than an initial appraisal at $82.3 million. [Variety]

» The Cost of Childcare For Many Californians is Higher Than Their Rent
Child-care costs have increased a whopping 81 percent in San Francisco and 45 percent in Los Angeles County since 2014 for households with two adults and both a preschool-age child and a school-age child, according to Insight Center. [Los Angeles Times]

» Celine Dion Cancels Remaining North American Tour Dates Due to Health Issues Celine Dion’s Courage World Tour is coming to an early end in the United States and Canada as the 53-year-old superstar announced that she needs to focus on recovering from “severe and persistent muscle spasms,” which has hindered her ability to perform. [Billboard]


» Former Garcetti Aide Feels ‘Abandoned’ As Mayor Seems Headed to India In her first interview since a Senate panel confirmed Garcettil’s nomination, Naomi Seligman blasts Biden and other top Dems

» The Los Angeles Art Show Returns—Everything We Know So Far The annual event will be held from Jan. 19-23 at the LA Convention Center South Hall

» California’s Legal Pot Industry Is Still Failing Miserably It’s been more than five years since the Golden State passed Prop 64, but legal sellers are still getting badly beaten by the illegal ones—and sometimes they’re the same people


Photograph: Edgar Medina

The Assassination of Drakeo the Ruler

Exposition Park is located at the northern end of South Central, the point where the city starts to be carved up into block-by-block fiefdoms. Wander a few miles in any direction and you might encroach on turf claimed by Bloods, Crips, Treces, Varrio Nueva Estrada, 18th Street, Hoover Criminals, MS-13, or one of the deputy gangs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, currently under investigation by the state of California.

On the cold Saturday evening of December 18, the 160-acre grounds are the site of a one-day music festival called Once Upon A Time in L.A., quite possibly the best (and likely the most expensive) concert bill ever booked within city limits. Tens of thousands gather in the shadows of the Memorial Coliseum, paying a minimum of $160 plus surcharges to see a lineup that blends the last 50 years of Southern California soundtracks: vintage lowrider soul (the Isley Brothers), ’90s G-Funk (Snoop Dogg), new millennium rap (YG), and that genre’s nascent next generation, much of which is creatively in debt to the West Coast’s most original stylist in a quarter-century, Drakeo the Ruler.


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