Morning Brief: An L.A. Councilman Wants to Sue for Schools to Reopen

Also L.A. dispatches mobile vaccine centers, and more

» L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino is pushing a plan that could result in the city suing the LAUSD to reopen campuses. Buscaino says he was inspired by a similar lawsuit in San Francisco.  [Los Angeles Times]

» The possibility that Gavin Newsom could face a recall vote has inched up, according to some political insiders. Despite the campaign, the governor maintains an approval rating among likely voters that’s even higher now than it was a year ago. [The New York Times]

» Mobile vaccine centers are heading out to L.A. seniors who lack transportation. The pop-up centers are launching in council districts 8 and 9, with plans to expand.  [KTLA]

» COVID hospitalizations continue to slow across L.A. County. Nonetheless, officials warn that Super Bowl parties or other gatherings could quickly change that trend.  [CBS Los Angeles]

» Drake-affiliated Mod Selection Champagne is suing Total Wine and an online wine retailer for “tanking the brand.” The suit claims the $450 per bottle bubbly was marketed in the stores as “hip-hop-centered, as opposed to a high-end drink.” [Complex]


» In Indignant Letter Citing ‘Home Alone 2’, Donald Trump Resigns from SAG-AFTRA The union responded with a statement: “Thank you.”

» The DA’s Office Is No Longer Sending Representatives to Parole Hearings. A Rape Case Has People Questioning the Policy Of the sweeping changes George Gascón has made since taking office, this one might set off the biggest firestorm yet

» The SAG Awards Nominations Right Some Golden Globes Wrongs Bridgerton, I May Destroy You, and other popular properties snubbed by the Globes get nods from the Screen Actors Guild


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Black History Month Spotlight: Georgia Ann Hill Robinson, L.A.’s First Black Policewoman

Originally from Louisiana, Georgia Ann Hill Robinson (1879-1961) was already a longtime suffragette and NAACP organizer when she volunteered with the Los Angeles Police Department in 1916. Casting aside her life as a middle-class housewife, Robinson soon became invaluable to the police department. In 1919, she was hired as L.A.’s first Black policewoman (making her the second in the entire country) and assigned as a jail matron. She soon became involved in cases involving everything from juvenile delinquency to homicide. Troubled by the plight of unhoused women in L.A., she founded the Sojourner Truth Home, which she worked with the rest of her life. She also often took destitute women into her own home.

Her career was cut tragically short in the late 1920s, when she was blinded while trying to break up a vicious drunken fight between two inmates in the local jail. Though forced to retire, Robinson continued to work tirelessly for philanthropic causes, particularly ones concerning desegregation and women’s rights. “I have no regrets,” Robinson told Ebony in 1954. “I didn’t need my eyes any longer. I had seen all there was to see.”


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