Morning Brief: VP-Elect Kamala Harris Formally Resigns Her Senate Seat

Also federal rent relief may be on the way, and more

» Kamala Harris has formally resigned her Senate seat in preparation to become Vice President. She signed off with a loving thank you letter to California, in which she promised “this is not a goodbye.”  [San Francisco Chronicle]

» Federal rent relief for people impacted by the pandemic may be on the way. The stimulus bill will direct around $2.6 billion to help at-risk renters in California. [Los Angeles Times]

» An emergency field hospital has been set up in Lancaster to relieve the overwhelmed Antelope Valley Hospital. The facility, operated by a religious charity group, will provide 50 additional beds and 40 additional medical staffers to treat patients in a series of tents erected outside the hospital building. [ABC Los Angeles]

» “COVID care kits” are being distributed to vulnerable people in the San Fernando Valley, South L.A., and the Eastside. Distributed by a city initiative, the kits include basic supplies to help prevent the spread of the virus in ravaged communities. [CBS Los Angeles]

» SoCal Edison has cut power to around 5,000 residents in L.A. and Ventura Counties. The shutoffs come as high winds bring elevated wildfire danger.  [NBC Los Angeles]


» L.A. County Temporarily Lifts Limit on Cremations Because So Many People Are Dying As COVID-19 causes the county’s death rate to double, the body that oversees the region’s air quality had to make concessions for crematoriums

»What Could L.A.’s Dramatic Budget Shortfall Mean for Angelenos? From a drop in street improvements to a shrunken City Attorney’s office, here’s the visible impact the COVID crisis could have

» How to Watch the 2021 Presidential Inauguration Welcome Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House


A New Art Series Celebrates the Vibrant Life of Dr. Martin Luther King

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was so much more than a quote to post on Twitter–and a new art series curated by Patrisse Cullors and Noni Limar of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation attempts to remind us of just that. The series asked artists to share images of and reflections on Dr. King in moments of rest, joy, and celebration.

“We will not allow white supremacists violence to deter us from the dignity and humanity of Black life,” says Cullors. “Every artist in this series was handpicked because each of them center love as part of their work. We know MLK believed in love as the center of his work and at the center of the civil rights movement.”


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