Morning Brief: Wildfire Victims File New Lawsuit Against PG&E Management

Also Russell Westbrook plans to open a school in L.A., and more

» Wildfire victims have filed a new lawsuit against former executives and board members of PG&E. The suit names more than 20 individuals, alleging they were negligent in allowing equipment to become so dangerous.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Luxury health care provider One Medical distributed COVID-19 vaccine to people who were not eligible, according to an NPR investigation. The California-based concierge practice allegedly gave no-questions-asked shots to unqualified “individuals with connections to company leadership.” [NPR]

» NBA player Russell Westbrook will open a middle and high school “academy” in Los Angeles in partnership with the L.A. Promise Fund. The initiative resembles a school in Akron, OH supported by LeBron James. [People]

» The L.A. City Council has green-lit a $5 “hero pay” bump for front-line grocery workers. That vote follows hero pay mandates in Long Beach, West Hollywood, and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. [CBS Los Angeles]

» Despite some negative comments from conservatives about his experience, Xavier Becerra appears set for confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services. The California attorney general will be the first Latino to hold the role.  [Los Angeles Times]


» Wealthy, White People Are Using Vaccine Access Codes Meant for Underserved Communities A state program intended to address inequity in the vaccine rollout has reportedly been exploited

» Tiger Woods Suffered Leg Injuries in a Roll-Over Car Crash in L.A. Tuesday Morning The golf legend underwent surgery, according to his agent

» This Vegan Meat Was Poised to Be the Next Big Thing. Then the Pandemic Struck After scoring $250k on Shark Tank and making deals with restaurants, Jenny Goldfarb’s Unreal Deli made a big pivot to grocery stores


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Black History Month Spotlight: Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, California’s First Black Congresswoman

Born in Los Angeles in 1932, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke has had a lifetime of firsts. A lawyer, in 1966 she became the first Black woman to serve in the California Assembly. In 1972, she became the first Black woman to represent the state of California in the U.S. Congress. She was also the first Congresswoman to give birth while in office, the first woman chair of the influential Congressional Black Caucus, and the first treasurer of the Congressional Women’s Caucus.

After leaving Congress in 1979, she went on to serve as the vice chair of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and as an L.A. County supervisor (1992-2008). “You’re not going to change hearts and minds,” she once explained pragmatically. “You have to change the law.”


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