Morning Brief: Biden Delivers His First Congressional Address to a Tiny Audience

Also, a brush fire in Santa Clarita reaches 25 percent containment, and more

» President Biden delivered his first address to Congress flanked by two women–specifically two women from California–in a historic first. “Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President,” he began. “No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time.” [Los Angeles Times]

» A man in Alameda, California died in police custody after being pinned facedown on the ground by officers for five minutes. “His death was completely avoidable and unnecessary,” says a lawyer for Mario Gonzalez’s family. [The New York Times]

» Evacuation orders that were issued for Castaic residents on Wednesday evening as a brush fire rapidly grew in the area have since been lifted. The North fire started at around 1:30 in the afternoon and quickly burned more than 650 acres, but was at 25 percent containment as of late Wednesday night. [KTLA]

» L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Chief Eliezer Vera has announced a campaign for the job of Sheriff. He previously supported his boss, Alex Villanueva, but is now seeking to distance himself from the controversial Sheriff.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Last April, when it became clear concerts would be off for an extended time, news outlets reported that Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino would be foregoing his own salary in a show of support for his company’s other workers. New financial filings from the company now show his salary was partially reinstated less than 60 days later. Rapino received $1.89 million in compensation in 2020, including a $141,000 allowance for private plane travel.  [Variety]


» Three L.A. County City Councils Issue ‘No Confidence’ Votes to DA Gascón Symbolic votes in La Mirada, Whittier, and Lancaster suggest discontent with the progressive prosecutor’s policies

» Tesla Accused of Environmental Violations in U.S. and Europe German authorities have fined Tesla more than $14 million for a failure to properly handle used batteries

» Reflections Upon the Conclusion of Keeping Up With the Kardashians As the reality TV juggernaut wraps up, a longtime observer considers what it all meant


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Kara Stills (left) and Carmen Dianne (right) of Prosperity Market | Photo courtesy Prosperity Market

Prosperity Market Connects Angelenos with Fresh Produce–and Social Change

“California is the largest producing agricultural state in the country [yet] L.A. specifically has the highest number of food-insecure people. That’s crazy to me,” says Carmen Dianne. Along with partner Kara Stills, she’s addressing that problem with Prosperity Market. The project combines an online farmers market connecting urban farmers with customers, and an opportunity to bring fresh, locally-grown produce to South L.A. food deserts.


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