Morning Brief: Winter Weather Delays Delivery of COVID Vaccine

Also an ambitious ”pathway to citizenship” for undocumented residents, and more

» Winter storms across the U.S. have delayed the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine doses. More than 12,000 people in Los Angeles with appointments scheduled for today will have their appointments postponed.  [Los Angeles Times]

» House Democrats have introduced an ambitious bill that would establish a “pathway to citizenship” for an estimated 11 million undocumented U.S. residents. Co-sponsored by Whittier Rep. Linda Sanchez, the legislation is a key component of President Biden’s plan for “big, bold, and inclusive” immigration reform.  [Los Angeles Times]

» The California Grocers Association is suing the City of West Hollywood over the city’s enactment of a 120-day “hero pay” wage boost for supermarket workers. West Hollywood called for a $5-per-hour boost to wages for the high-risk essential roles. Attorneys for the grocers association, which has filed similar suits in Long Beach and Montebello, claims the temporary statute would increase costs.  [ABC Los Angeles]

» Elementary school worker Matthew Leung was attacked and beaten while waiting at a Rosemead bus stop. Authorities are investigating if the assault on Leung may be linked to a suspected pattern of attacks on other Asian seniors.  [ABC Los Angeles]

» The Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars and has begun sending back images. “This landing is one of those pivotal moments for NASA, the United States, and space exploration globally,” said acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk. [CNN]


» A Key Figure in the ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case Has Been Released from Prison The notorious mobster’s FBI handler, who’s suffering from cancer, was let out on a conditional medical release

» What Is Causing the Decline in L.A. COVID-19 Cases? Rates of new infections and hospitalizations have fallen far from their winter peaks, but we still have a long way to go

» Things to Do at Home, in the Car, or Outdoors This Weekend The L.A. Zoo reopens, Patton Oswalt brings live comedy to your living room, and more



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Black History Month Spotlight: Jazz Legend Charles Mingus Made the Complicated Simple

Raised in Watts, Charles Mingus (1922- 1979) discovered his love of music in the Black church choirs of his youth. As a young musician he toured with L.A. legend Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong before becoming a recording dynamo playing with Miles Davis, Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, and his childhood hero Duke Ellington.

A multi-talented musical theorist, by the late 1950s Mingus was hailed as a pioneering band leader, composer, bassist, and pianist. “For sheer melodic and rhythmic and structural originality, his compositions may equal anything written in western music in the twentieth century,” The New Yorker noted. He became famous for his avant-garde jazz works and recorded over 100 albums, including his masterpiece Epitaph.

“Creativity is more than just being different,” he once said. “Anybody can play weird— that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple complicated is commonplace—making the complicated simple, awesomely simple—that’s creativity.”


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