Morning Brief: Anonymous Donor Gifts $25 Million to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Also California’s switch to age-based vaccination causes concern, and more

» Children’s Hospital Los Angeles received a $25 million gift on Tuesday. The donation, described as “transformational” for the hospital, comes from an anonymous benefactor. [KTLA]

» As California shifts to an age-based system to determine vaccine eligibility, many at-risk essential workers and medically vulnerable individuals are voicing concern. “It sounds like it’s more bad news for people with disabilities,” said one advocate.  [Los Angeles Times]

» The Biden administration says it is ordering an additional 200 million doses of vaccine. White House officials have stated a goal of having enough supply to vaccinate every adult in the U.S. by summer, but reporting suggests drugmakers will have to dramatically speed up production to reach that goal. [NPR]

» The L.A. Board of Police Commissioners had approved a program that would divert some 911 calls to mental health teams, rather than cops. Call for issues like suicide threats or emotional distress emergencies, would be handled by psychiatric professionals during a year-long pilot program. [NBC Los Angeles]

» Some in the local restaurant industry welcomed the news that they can reopen Friday for outdoor, on-site dining–but others worry the risks may outweigh the rewards. As some scramble to get patios ready, other owners and workers prefer a more cautious approach.  [Los Angeles Times]


» A Judge Nixed Mossimo Giannulli’s Request to Finish His Admissions Scandal Sentence at Home Lori Loughlin’s fashion designer husband is facing roughly three more months behind bars

» Compton Mayor Aja Brown Will Not Seek Reelection After leading the city for seven years, Mayor Brown says she will be looking for new ways to serve the community

» Inglewood to Use Eminent Domain to Clear Way for Clippers Arena The city will acquire 11 properties and transfer the land to private developers


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Viola Davis in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ (Photo via Netflix)

‘Mank’ and ‘Ma Rainey’ Are Among the American Film Institute’s Top Movies of 2020

AFI selects movies and shows that “advance the art of moving images, enhance the cultural heritage of American’s art form, inspire artists and audiences, and make a mark on American society.” It seems Netflix did a good job of inspiring us in 2020, as the streamer was responsible for many of the award-winning films and series.


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