Morning Brief: L.A. Sets Out to Close Its Gender Pay and Talent Gaps

Also a fireworks explosion rocks an Ontario neighborhood, and more

» The City of Los Angeles is working on a plan to “better recruit, hire, and retain women and nonbinary people across all departments.” The effort was ordered by the City Council, responding to data showing significant gender-based pay and representation disparities amongst public employees. [MyNewsLA]

» Two people died and several animals were injured in a massive explosion of commercial fireworks. Several buildings were damaged near the Ontario home where the fireworks were being kept; neighbors described the intensity of the blast as feeling like an earthquake or gunfire.  [NBC Los Angeles]

» A downtown L.A. rally held by people in favor of recalling California Governor Gavin Newsom resulted in a reported brawl. Paramedics treated two individuals at the scene for injuries; three participants were arrested.  [ABC Los Angeles]

» Anti-trans violence appears to be rising significantly in the U.S.–up an estimated 266 percent–but available data remains inconsistent. In 2019, Los Angeles County was the first jurisdiction to train all medical examiners and coroners to collect gender identity and sexual orientation data when investigating violent deaths. Activists now hope similar programs will be adopted nationwide. [NBC News]

» Right-wing media personality Candace Owens was not impressed with Cardi B’s Grammy performance of “WAP.” The rapper thanked Owens for her “concern”–and its attendant spike in YouTube views of her song.  [Complex]


» Gavin Newsom Has Unleashed a Big-Name Anti-Recall Campaign  Facing a likely recall election, California’s governor enlisted Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and others for the Stop the Republican Recall movement

» Since LACMA Sold His House, Michael Govan Has Been Chilling in a Trailer Park Since exiting two LACMA-funded manses, the controversial museum director has been camping out in slightly different Malibu digs

» Local Amusement Parks Can Technically Return April 1, but Will They? Local attractions including Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are indicating that they need a little more time to get ready for guests


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How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in L.A. This Year

Looking for some fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while staying at home or perhaps venturing out for a distanced gathering with an inoculated pal? We have everything you need, from the elaborate party kits at Tam O’Shanter to bougie, boozy shamrock shakes at Birdie G’s–and even a little online Irish step dancing (with cats!).


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