Morning Brief: A Local Restaurant Owner Sues Gavin Newsom

Also Moderna’s vaccine is approved in California, and more

» A Sherman Oaks restaurant owner who went viral for her video of a film crew set up near her business while her own outdoor dining was closed, is suing Governor Gavin Newsom. She contends that the state ordering the closure of dining service is an “unconstitutional stretch of power” and “not supported by any scientific research.” [KTLA]

» Moderna’s vaccine has now been approved for use in California and initial shipments are arriving. So far, 110,300 doses have arrived in the state, with another 672,600 expected before the end of the week. [Sacramento Bee]

» California could report 100,000 hospitalizations within the next month, according to a new model. That number is derived from the tsunami of new infections reported recently. [Associated Press]

» One in ten LAUSD students are testing positive for COVID-19, the school district reports. Children and adults associated with the schools have the opportunity to receive testing, even though most learning remains online.  [KTLA]

» Police departments in Long Beach and Pasadena promised they would not turn over license plate scan data to immigration officials–but they did. As recently as September, the Pasadena P.D. said it would stop sharing data with ICE, yet continue to do so.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have selected the first project for their Archewell Foundation. The couple will be working with chef-philanthropist José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen to construct four relief centers around the globe. [Washingtonian]


» The Academy Museum Delays Its Opening Again, This Time to Fall of 2021 Museum director Bill Kramer promises a “remarkable experience” come September

» With the COVID Vaccine in Short Supply, the Wealthy Are Angling to Jump the Line Local concierge doctors reveal that their phones have been ringing off the hook

» Rumors Swirl About Candidates for the Top Job at the L.A. Times Names floated as successors to Norman Pearlstine include talent from ESPN, The New York Times, and The Hollywood Reporter


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