Morning Brief: L.A. Health Care Workers Begin to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine

Also SoCal’s dangerously low ICU capacity, and more

» Health care workers in Los Angeles have begun to receive COVID-19 vaccine. Many of the nurses and others who received shots Monday reportedly went right back to their shifts treating patients. [KTLA]

» ICU capacity in the Southern California region is just 4.2 percent. A key indicator of the COVID-19 surge’s dangerous toll–and one which must improve for any reopening to take place–the number has dropped every day for a week. [Press-Enterprise]

» Tesla is joining the S&P 500, an index of top companies used as a barometer for the state of the stock market. It replaces real estate company Aimco. [The Hustle]

» LAUSD students will have to worry about getting an “F” on their report card this semester. With many students under tremendous strain and struggling with unequal access to educational resources, the district will allow those at risk of failing a course to have additional time to try again.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Younger Americans are dramatically underrepresented in the 117th Congress. Baby Boomers hold 70 percent of the seats in the incoming Congress, but constitute just 21 percent of the country’s population. [GEN]


» A Korean Prince and Princess Now Call a $12.6 Million Thousand Oaks Estate Home Andrew Lee, Indiana-bred tech entrepreneur and heir to the Joseon dynasty, has a big, new place in Ventura County

»Norman Pearlstine Leaves Role as Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Staff were informed of his departure on Monday

» Akbar Owners Say They Need to Raise $150,000 to Stave Off Closure The Silver Lake bar could be the next in a series of LGBTQ+ nightlife closures triggered by the pandemic


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Courtesy Caroline Ricke

How Caroline Ricke Became TikTok’s Elle Woods

Caroline Ricke didn’t even know what satire was until someone told her that’s what she was doing with her online rich girl persona. But sometimes you don’t have to know what you’re doing to totally nail it.

“I just started portraying a rich girl, which is funny because as I’m in college, I’m living in a dorm, like it was obvious that I’m not rich and I don’t drive a Tesla,” she tells us.


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