Morning Brief: L.A. Is Getting a Big Shipment of Vaccine Doses This Week

Also parts of Manhattan Beach weighs returning land to ancestors of Black landowners, and more

» L.A. County is about to receive its biggest delivery of vaccine yet. Of the block of 313,000 doses arriving this week, more than 60 percent will be dedicated to first doses, getting more residents on the road to inoculation.  [KTLA]

» Organizers of a campaign to recall Governor Gavin Newsom claim they have enough signatures to trigger a recall election. Of the 2 million signatures they say they have, 1.5 million will need to be verifiable by the March 17 deadline. [ABC 7]

» UTLA, the union that represents LAUSD teachers, has voted to reject the state’s in-person learning plan. The group deems the proposal “unsafe” and would prefer to wait to return to campus until educators are vaccinated, the county enters the red tier, and schools have enacted safety protocols.  [CBS Los Angeles]

» In June, a Starbucks barista refused to serve a woman who wouldn’t wear a mask. That mask-shunner posted the barista’s name and photo online to complain. A stranger in Orange County started a GoFundMe to raise “tip money” for the barista–and now the woman who wouldn’t mask is suing the person who created the GoFundMe for “invasion of privacy” and defamation. [ABC San Diego]

» Manhattan Beach land seized from Black landowners in 1924 could be returned to the descendants of those owners. Willa and Charles Bruce ran a beachside resort for Black people when the surrounding beaches were segregated. A task force has also recommended the Manhattan Beach city council issue a formal apology to the Bruce family.  [The Guardian]


» California Theme Parks Can Begin Reopening Rides on April 1 Assuming local conditions are met, parks will be able to reopen attractions and rides in just weeks

» A Year Later, the Story of Kobe’s Life and Death Off the Court Is Still Being Written Amid the mourning and considerable legal tussling, Bryant’s legend continues to soar

» California Rep. Eric Swalwell Sues Trump, Giuliani, and Others Over Capitol Siege The congressman’s suit alleges that four people who spoke prior to the riot violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act


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Lea Thompson, Eric Stoltz, and Mary Stuart Masterson (Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures)

‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ Is the Only John Hughes Movie That Fully Embraced L.A. 

There’s only one John Hughes teen film that fully embraced Los Angeles as its setting: Some Kind of Wonderful, which made its Blu-ray debut in a new five-movie set late last month.

It was directed by Howard Deutch, who also directed the hit Pretty in Pink in 1986. If you’re like me, you remember Pink as another essential Chicago movie—but in fact none of it was shot there. In reality, Molly Ringwald lives on the wrong side of the Gold Line tracks in South Pasadena, and she attends John Marshall High School in Los Feliz.

“We disguised L.A.,” says Deutch. “All John’s scripts really are meant to be in Chicago. So when they’re in L.A., it’s never really because of L.A.—except Some Kind of Wonderful.”


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