Morning Brief: Mayor Garcetti Expects Vaccine Availability for All Adults by June

Also Kroger is closing several L.A. grocery stores in protest of ”hero pay,” and more
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» Every adult in L.A. should be vaccinated by June, Mayor Garcetti says. Nonetheless, he warned that, for now, “this is a fragile moment still.”  [KTLA]

» In protest of a local ordinance requiring large grocery chains to pay high-risk essential workers an extra $5 per hour for 120 days, Kroger has announced it will close two Ralphs and a Food 4 Less in L.A. Similar to a move in Long Beach when that city instituted a “hero pay” law, the closures target primarily lower-income neighborhoods and communities of color. [LAist]

» Los Angeles is set to receive $1.35 billion in federal stimulus funds from the new relief package that passed in the House on Wednesday. Eric Garcetti says the cash could effectively close what has been a worrying budget gap for the city, pay pandemic-related expenses, and possibly provide additional financial aid to local residents. [Los Angeles Times]

» Film production is ramping back up in L.A. Permit requests are up 43 percent, month over month, and rapid growth is expected.  [The Hollywood Reporter]

» In February, a teenager driving a Lamborghini as a “high rate of speed” slammed into another vehicle, killing its occupant, Monique MunozNow the 17-year-old son of multi-millionaire businessman James Khuri could face manslaughter charges.  [Los Angeles Times]


TOP STORIES FROM L.A. MAG

» LAUSD and Its Teachers Have Reached an Agreement on Returning to Campus If ratified, large-scale on-campus education will resume in April

» L.A. Is Expected to Exit the Most-Restrictive COVID Tier by Friday Gov. Newsom has confirmed L.A. County should qualify to move to the Red Tier by the end of the week

» Fans Can Soon Return to Dodger Stadium. Here’s What That Means for the Vaccine Site L.A.’s ballpark has a lot of parking lots, and that’s good news for vaccine seekers and fans alike


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Single-Use Plastic Is a Big Pandemic Problem. Environmentalists and Local Leaders Have a Plan

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought about changes in our trash and it wasn’t necessarily for the better. All those plastic knives and individual containers you’ve inadvertently collected ordering takeout over the last year add up. “We’re not only noticing anecdotally that our use of plastics have gone up, but we’re seeing it in the data as well,” says Emily Parker of Heal the Bay.

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