Morning Brief: All Californians 16 and Up Are Now Vaccine Eligible

Also Mark Zuckerberg launches a program to help South L.A. landlords, and more

» All California residents ages 16 and up can now book appointments for COVID-19 vaccine. The statewide MyTurn reservation system claims it is ready to handle up to 300,000 bookings an hour. [KTLA]

» Vaccine distribution in L.A. County continues to show significant disparities linked to race and class. In Beverly Hills and Bel-Air, more than 50 percent of adults have received at least one dose of vaccine; in South L.A.’s University Park, that number is just 25 percent.  [Los Angeles Times]

» A program backed by the philanthropic efforts of Mark Zuckerberg and his wife has plans to help prop up struggling landlords in South L.A. The idea is to keep local resident owners in place, building wealth, and renting out their units, rather than allow the properties to fall into the hands of gentrification-minded developers. [Los Angeles Times]

» A mild-mannered podcast host might have helped crack the Kristin Smart case. Authorities say his series, “Your Own Backyard,” brought energy and attention back to the 25-year-old case.  [AP]

» Real-life shots were fired near the DTLA set of cop show The RookieSuspects reportedly fired three shots, one of them hitting a building near where filming was to take place, but there were no injuries. The show’s premise is inspired by the career of an actual LAPD officer, William Norcross. [ABC San Diego]


» A Media Savvy Deputy DA Is Leading a Noisy Crusade Against George Gascón Los Angles District Attorney George Gascón was elected on promises to shake up the office. Now, longtime prosecutor Jon Hatami is fighting to roll back Gascón’s reforms—and possibly recall him

» Kristin Smart’s Family Hopes for Closure as a Suspect Is Finally Charged Nearly 25 years after the 19-year-old college student’s disappearance, San Pedro resident Paul Flores is charged with her murder

» Burrito King, Historic Echo Park Landmark, Is Looking for a New Operator You could be the next burrito king of L.A.


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Some of the Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

Musician and recent L.A. transplant Sharon Van Etten celebrates the tenth anniversary of her album Epic with a live show (with a full band), streamed from Zebulon here in L.A. Before the show, they’ll screen a short doc about the making of Epic and Zebulon’s impact on the indie music scene. A portion of the proceeds from the show benefit the Frogtown venue. Find details and more fun things to do this weekend in our guide.


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