Morning Brief: Healthcare Workers Struggle in Aftermath of SoCal’s COVID Surge

Also a challenge to Prop 22 has been rejected by the California Supreme Court, and more

» Southern California’s worst COVID-19 surge appears to be subsiding. Still, the horrors witnessed by medical professionals will not soon be forgotten.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Tesla is recalling nearly 135,000 cars due to possible safety feature failures. Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that an issue with touchscreens “posed significant safety issues.” [CNBC]

» A lawsuit challenging Prop 22 has been rejected by the California Supreme Court. Justices left open the possibility for the case to be filed again in a lower court.  [KTLA]

» Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that he believes schools may be able to begin reopening even if teachers have not been vaccinated. Teachers unions and L.A.’s superintendent remain concerned, and are calling for school staff to be prioritized in the vaccine rollout. Relatively few children have died due to COVID-19, but they can carry and spread the virus.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Could your next trip to Palm Springs be by train? Authorities are studying the possibility of passenger-rail server connecting L.A. and the Coachella Valley. [Planetizen]


» Downtown’s Infamous Cecil Hotel Is the Star of a New Documentary ’Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel’ puts the disappearance of Elisa Lam back in the spotlight

» Fundraising Is Underway for the 2022 Local Races. Here’s Who’s In the Lead Money isn’t everything, but early totals give us a glimpse of races to watch, from mayor to city council

» The 2021 Golden Globe Nominations Are Out. Here’s What You Need to Know Netflix’s domination continues, women directors receive rare recognition, and more


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Black History Month Spotlight: Rev. William Joseph Seymour, Mastermind Behind a Religious Movement

In 1906, the charismatic preacher William Joseph Seymour (1870-1922), son of formerly enslaved parents in Louisiana, claimed a prayer meeting he was leading at 216 North Bonnie Brae Street was visited by a “move of the holy spirit.” More and more Angelenos joined the meeting and, following Seymour’s lead, began speaking in tongues. “They shouted three days and three nights. It was Easter season. The people came from everywhere,” a neighbor recalled. “By the next morning there was no way of getting near the house. As people came in they would fall under God’s power; and the whole city was stirred. They shouted until the foundation of the house gave way, but no one was hurt.”

This event led to a years-long continual revival meeting, which soon moved to 312 Azusa Street. Known as the Azusa Street Revival, this “cradle of the global Pentecostal movement” featured hundreds of racially integrated and economically diverse Angelenos howling, singing, and worshiping at all hours of the day and night. A religious celebrity, Seymour eventually founded the Apostolic Faith Mission, which helped spread Pentecostalism across the world. “So many today are worshiping in the mountains, big churches, stone and frame buildings,” he once said. “But Jesus teaches that salvation is not in these stone structures–not in the mountains–not in the hills, but in God.”


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