Morning Brief: Dodger Stadium Will Become a Vaccine Distribution Center

Also California’s COVID-19 death toll eclipses 300,000, and more

» On Sunday night, city officials announced that Dodger Stadium—currently the largest COVID-19 testing site in the country—will stop administering tests on Monday so it can flip to become a vaccine distribution site. The move will reduce testing capacity in the area, but more than triple the number of vaccinations that can be administered on a daily basis. [Los Angeles Times]

» California has now surpassed 30,000 deaths from COVID-19. The pace of deaths has increased considerably amid the current surge. [Los Angeles Times]

» Right wing social network Parler has been banned from the Apple and Google app stores, had its web services cut off by Amazon, and seen several other vendors decide they no longer want to do business with them. Even the company’s lawyer reportedly fired them as a client. [Deadline]

» Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released a video statement criticizing Donald Trump and his followers. He compared the Capitol attackers to Nazis, and called for consequences for “those elected officials who have enabled [Trump’s] lies and his treachery.” [KTLA]

» L.A.’s oldest gay nightclub has closed after 52 years. Oil Can Harry’s, an LGBTQ+ destination for decades, is the latest in gay nightlife closures linked to the pandemic. [Q Voice News]

» Kamala Harris appears on the cover of Vogue–but many have criticized the photograph’s styling, lighting, and look. Critics sensing a trend note that a recent cover featuring Simone Biles also fell far short of expectations. The magazine and its figurehead, Anna Wintour, apologized last year for “mistakes” in the treatment of Black staff and story subjects. [The Guardian]


» Ventura Cops Arrest Woman who Falsely Accused Black Teen of Stealing Her Cell Phone in NYC In a bizarre TV interview prior to her arrest, Miya Ponsetto claimed to be a ”super sweet” 22-year-old ”girl”

» No One Loved Los Angeles Like Tom LaBonge Loved Los Angeles The incomparable former city councilman and civic fixture dies at the age of 67

» Rep. Ted Lieu a Co-Lead Sponsor of Resolution to Impeach Trump in Connection with Capitol Mob Attack The L.A. Democrat was among the first to call for the president’s removal



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