» According to LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, there are no plans to reopen schools for in-person learning anytime soon. Beutner said COVID-19 conditions must improve and teachers have to be vaccinated before students can return to classrooms. [ABC 7]
» Kroger says it will close several Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores in Long Beach in protest of that city’s pandemic hazard pay ordinance for grocery workers. Long Beach instituted a $4 per hour pay hike for the high-risk jobs at large, chain grocers, in effect for at least the next 120 days. [CBS Los Angeles]
» Actor Dustin Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on Saved By the Bell has died. Diamond had been diagnosed with cancer just three weeks ago. [CNN]
» Musician Marilyn Manson has been accused of abuse by multiple women, including actress Evan Rachel Wood. California State Senator Susan Rubio, an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, is among those calling for an investigation. [Vanity Fair]
» Scientists describe “mind-bending amounts of fungi and bacteria” carried by California’s wildfire smoke. They warn that little is known about how exposure to the smoke’s particulates and pathogens will impact long-term health. [Los Angeles Times]
» Candace Parker, a star player for the Sparks for more than a decade, is leaving L.A.–but not the game. The 34-year-old superstar has signed with the Chicago Sky in what is being described as “one of the biggest free-agent moves in WNBA history.” [Chicago Tribune]
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Black History Month Spotlight: Luis and Maria Quintero, Pobladores and L.A. Pioneers
In 1781, Luis and Maria Quintero of Guadalajara were the last people to sign up to settle the new Spanish colonial town of El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles. Luis, a 55-year-old tailor by trade, was the son of an enslaved African, and much older than most of the 44 settlers, known collectively as “Los Pobladores.” The couple probably joined to be near three of their daughters, who had married soldiers who were attached to the expedition.
Though Quintero was initially revered as an elder, serving as godfather to Native Californians forcibly converted to Christianity, he seems to have run afoul of L.A. officials. In 1782, he was banished from L.A. along with two other settlers, “sent away as useless to the pueblo and themselves.” The Quinteros then settled in Santa Barbara, where Luis served as master tailor to the soldiers stationed there until his death in 1810. Despite their patriarch’s banishment, many of his descendants stayed in Los Angeles, and became respected members of L.A.’s early community.
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