Morning Brief: Orange County Teachers Protest School Reopenings

Also Vanessa Bryant sues the sheriff’s department, studios and unions agree to COVID protocols, and more

» Orange County schools are scheduled to welcome young students back to elementary school campuses next week—but some teachers are protesting the move. Educators at two large O.C. school districts say they’re not satisfied with safety protocols and believe the district’s rush to reopen puts them in danger. [Los Angeles Times]

» Studios and entertainment industry unions have reached a deal on COVID protocols for film sets. Rules will require regular testing, pay for workers who get sick or have to quarantine, and other provisions. [CBS Los Angeles]

» Vanessa Bryant has formally filed suit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department over deputy conduct relating to Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashThe suit claims a group of deputies used personal cell phones to take photographs of the scene and victims which they then shared. [Los Angeles Times]

» An audit of University of California admissions finds dozens of cases where “inappropriate factors” were used to give preference to rich, well-connected students over better-qualified ones. UC Berkeley was linked to the majority of the cases. [Los Angeles Times]

» The FDA is expected to establish stricter standards for COVID-19 vaccines. The new requirements are likely to push back the timeline for any vaccine to be approved, but may increase public trust in the product once it becomes available.  [The Washington Post]


» Indoor Nail Salon Services Are Now Permitted in California, but Counties Will Make the Call Los Angeles County officials recently said reopenings were being paused through the end of September

» COVID-19 Shut Down the County Fair, but the Fairplex Has Served a More Important Role While we were all bemoaning yet another canceled tradition, the Pomona campus has been playing host to a quartet of overlooked COVID-response efforts

» L.A. City Council Wants to Honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a Statue A motion calls for the Department of Cultural Affairs to get to work on the details


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Local Students Are Making Sure the Tiniest Angelenos Are Safe from COVID-19

The CDC warns that infants and children younger than two years old shouldn’t be fitted with face masks because they can impair breathing and present a choking hazard. “But what about face shields?” thought local high school student Tiffany Chang. Now, she’s formed a group to create tiny shields to provide infants with a bit of protection.


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