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LA's $1.3 Billion in Relief Funds, LAUSD and UTLA Reach Deal for Going Back to Class, How LA County Hopes to Vaccinate All Angelenos




A public elementary school campus in Los Angeles, California August 17, 2020 one day before the start of the new school year amid the coronavirus pandemic. - The 700,000 students of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will go back to school online only tomorrow when the school year begins tomorrow August 18, 2020.  LAUSD, the nation's second largest school district plans to test hundreds of thousand of students and teachers for COVID-19 in an effort to get students back in the classroom as quickly as possible. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
A public elementary school campus in Los Angeles, California August 17, 2020 one day before the start of the new school year amid the coronavirus pandemic. - The 700,000 students of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will go back to school online only tomorrow when the school year begins tomorrow August 18, 2020. LAUSD, the nation's second largest school district plans to test hundreds of thousand of students and teachers for COVID-19 in an effort to get students back in the classroom as quickly as possible. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
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City of LA Expected to Receive $1.3 Billion in Pandemic Relief Funds 

Los Angeles County is expected to receive $1.9 billion in funds thanks to the massive relief package approved by the House earlier today. The $1.9 trillion dollar American Rescue Plan is headed to President Joe Biden's desk for a signature...and once signed into law, it will provide $1,400 checks for most Americans and direct billions of dollars to schools, state and local governments, and businesses. Of that money coming here, $153 million dollars is earmarked for Long Beach while the city of LA is expected to get $1.3 billion.

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LAUSD and its Union Reach Deal to Go Back to Class 

Los Angeles Unified School District officials are nearing a long-awaited agreement with leaders of the district’s teachers’ union to resume on-campus instruction, two well-placed LAUSD sources have told KPCC/LAist. The deal with United Teachers Los Angeles could be unveiled as soon as this evening, the sources said. A UTLA source also said the deal is “almost there.”

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KPCC education Reporter Kyle Stokes 

Parents Respond to School Reopening

Schools all over LA are reopening their doors - and now it looks like the biggest district, Los Angeles Unified, is nearing an agreement with its union to start up ni person instruction on April 19. We hear from Parents about how they feel about these moves.

LA County Responds to Low Vaccination Rates in Communities of Color 

After a rocky start, over two million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across LA County, with 58 percent of people 65 and over receiving their first dose. But equity remains an issue. Black and Latino people continue to be vaccinated at lower rates than Whites and Asians...despite having the highest COVID death rates among the population. There are many reasons for this, including reliance on online appointments, when many of the hardest hit communities lack reliable internet access…and loopholes that allow people from wealthier and whiter communities to cut the line.

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Dr. Eloisa Gonzalez, spokesperson for Spanish Media on the COVID vaccine for the L-A County Department of Public Health.

On the Lot:  Hollywood Foreign Press Association Promises Reforms


Hollywood Foreign Press Association has hired Dr. Shaun Harper as Strategic Diversity Advisor after an L.A. Times investigation revealed that there are no Black journalists among the 87-member organization behind the Golden Globes. Plus, movie theaters in L.A. County could reopen by March 19th.

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Rebecca Keegan, senior editor film for The Hollywood Reporter. 

Servant of Pod: Podcasts Tackle "Unscripted History of Reality TV"

Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Real Housewives, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, whether or not you’ve ever watched these shows... you’ve likely heard the names. Today, we talk to Nick Quah, host of the LAist studios show Servant of Pod, about a new podcast that dives into the history of reality T.V. and its impact on the larger culture. It’s called “Spectacle: An Unscripted History of Reality TV” and is hosted by reality T.V. expert Mariah Smith. 

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Nick Quah, host of Servant of Pod