Morning Brief: Biden ‘Clearly Opposes’ Newsom Recall Effort

Also the L.A. County Fair is canceled again, and more

» President Biden has weighed in on the campaign to recall Gavin Newsom. A statement from the White House says Biden “clearly opposes” efforts to remove the governor, with whom he shares “a commitment to a range of issues […] from addressing the climate crisis to getting the pandemic under control.” [Los Angeles Times]

» The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is finalizing plans for a congestion pricing pilot program. The pricing is expected to be put into place in downtown L.A. or Santa Monica and studied, before possibly rolling out to other busy areas.  [Spectrum News]

» We’re facing a second year without a fair. The L.A. County fair has confirmed it will skip 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic.  [NBC Los Angeles]

» A Long Beach restaurant owner who refused to comply with pandemic health protocols is accused of tampering with gas lines and continuing to operate without permits. Restauration owner Dana Tanner faces 21 misdemeanor charges in connection with the “remarkably lengthy campaign of defiance.”  [The Daily Beast]

» In the 1950s, Atlantic Boulevard in East L.A. was known as “the Latin Strip”–an answer to Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Most of the era’s theaters and nightclubs have vanished, but glimpses of the neighborhood’s history are still visible.  [L.A. Taco]


» A Local Doctor Has Offered to Help the Woman Who Used Gorilla Glue as Hairspray Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng thinks he can solve Tessica Brown’s sticky situation

» Add These New Pizza Joints to Your Takeout Rotation We know you’re loyal to your neighborhood pizzeria, but these new spots are worth a try

» Winter Getaway in Big Bear? Officials Say to Be COVID Cautious New cases of the more contagious U.K. coronavirus strain have been found in the quiet mountain town


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Black History Month Spotlight: In 1932, James Herman Banning Made a Historic Flight Across America

Born in Oklahoma in 1900, James Herman Banning was long obsessed with flight. In 1926, he finally found a white aviator willing to teach him to fly a plane, and he became one of the first licensed Black pilots in America. In the late 1920s, Banning moved to Los Angeles at the behest of African American aviation pioneer William Powell, who invited him to become chief pilot at his new school.

In 1932, Banning and aviator Thomas Allen embarked on a cross-country flight in a beat-up old biplane fixed up with used parts. They left L.A.’s Dycer Airport on September 19 and gained national notoriety on their journey across America. Jokingly nicknaming themselves “the flying hoboes,” Banning and Allen funded their journey as they went, doing everything from accepting donations from Black churches to dropping adverts for the FDR campaign over Pittsburg on behalf of the Democratic Party.

On October 9, 1932, they landed in NYC, the first Black men to successfully fly across America. Sadly, only four months after this historic feat, on February 3, 1933, Banning was killed in a plane crash during an air show in San Diego. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights.


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