How did it come to March already? I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and special sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, and I’m happy to kick off a new week and month with some of the state’s latest headlines.
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Virtual Golden Globe Awards in California, everywhere
This year’s Golden Globes took place on Sunday in a virtual format which led to a rambling and somewhat awkward broadcast with sound and timing issues. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were hosts from different coastlines and the nominees chatted with each other on Zoom during the commercials.
Fashion ranged from jaw-dropping dresses (Amanda Seyfried) to tie-dye hoodies and headboards (Jason Sudeikis). The broadcast felt even more laid back than years past when the nominees appeared from their homes with friends, partners, kids and pets.
In the midst of the chaos, there were some really great moments, as “Nomadland” walked away with the night’s biggest prize for best drama, and Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”) and Andra Day (“The States “United Against Billie Holiday”) seemed genuinely surprised by their unexpected acting victories. When Chadwick Boseman, who died last August of colon cancer at the age of 43, posthumously won the Best Actor award for his imposing performance in “My Rainey’s Black Bottom,” his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward , tearfully accepted the price for him.
The award for best comedy went to “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and the award for best actor in a comedy went to Sacha Baron Cohen for the same film.
Check out the full list of winners here.
LAUSD to get enough vaccines to reopen primary schools
Los Angeles Times reports that the Unified School District of LA will receive enough COVID-19 vaccine by the end of next week to immunize its staff and reopen elementary schools.
A target reopening date of April 9 had previously been announced by the school district – which is the second largest in the country – but in documents released on Monday the target was updated to “mid-April.” This may be unrealistic if the goal is to wait until school district employees achieve maximum immunity, which may take five or six weeks after the initial dose.
Of course, things will likely go faster if the school district can get their hands on some of Johnson & Johnson’s single-use vaccines, which were approved for use last week and are expected to be available on Tuesday.
LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner praised Gov. Newsom’s efforts to increase available doses, saying Newsom has “made vaccinations for school staff a priority from the start and is making sure it’s reality. on the ground in the communities we serve ”.
According to Beutner, the district will need 25,000 doses to reopen elementary schools. This will allow inoculation of not only teachers, administrators and food service workers, but also off-campus staff, including bus drivers.
Getting 25,000 doses would be a game-changer, according to Beutner.
In other LAUSD news, AP News reports that in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, the school district purchased 10 electric school buses.
“A single electric bus will save over $ 10,000 per year in lower maintenance costs compared to a traditional diesel bus and reduce greenhouse gases by 54,000 pounds per year,” Beutner said in a statement.
The district says the buses can travel 155 miles on a single charge and have built-in lifts.
City of NorCal to become country’s first to ban new gas stations
And while we’re on the subject of electric vehicles, a city in northern California is voting to ban new gas stations, according to a report from Gizmodo.
Petaluma City Council, located about 40 miles north of San Francisco, was due to give final approval to the measure on Monday. The bill will go into effect immediately after that, making Petaluma the first city in the United States to ban the construction of new gas stations.
Although the city covers only 15 square miles, it is currently home to 16 gas stations, which city officials say is more than enough to meet the needs of its 61,000 residents. (A 17th station, approved before the ban, is also on its way.)
“Based on this inventory, there are several stations located within a 5 minute drive (2.1 miles at 25 mph) of each existing residence as well as all areas provided for residential development by the general plan. 2025 but not yet built, ”Bill said.
Fun fact: Actress Winona Ryder grew up in Petaluma.
Where’s my stimulus check in California?
Newsom government signed $ 7.6 billion coronavirus relief package last week which – among a number of benefits such as small business funding, child care resources, and emergency financial aid for community college students – will bring many Golden State residents an amount additional $ 600 in stimulus funds.
Wondering if you are entitled to the additional payment? Or when / how can you expect money? Access CNET, which has many valuable resources.
California man gets ticket for using dummy in carpool lane
Don’t tell me you haven’t thought about doing this yourself: A California driver who said he used a dummy to impersonate a passenger for at least a year and a half in order to use carpool lanes has been cited and faces a fine of at least $ 400.
Adorned with gray hair, wrinkles, glasses, a Cleveland Indians baseball cap and face mask, the dummy sat in the passenger seat of the driver’s Toyota Tacoma when he was arrested on February 19 .
Constable S. Sullinger, who was patrolling Eastbound Highway 210 in Glendora looking for carpool violators, noticed the Toyota front passenger was suspicious and the vehicle had tinted windows on the front passenger side , which is illegal.
Sullinger knew the passenger was wrong when the driver rolled down his window. The driver was cited for the carpooling offense but the dummy was not confiscated. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, there is no additional penalty for attempting to deceive agents in this manner.
While other drivers have attempted to use mannequins, blankets, or even dolls to make it look like another person is in the vehicle, this Cleveland Indians fan was the most realistic attempt at deception. on the carpool lanes that Sullinger has ever seen.
Have a good rest on your Monday!
In California, a roundup of news from the editorial staff of the USA Today Network. Also contributing: AP News, CNET, Gizmodo, Los Angeles Daily News. We’ll be back to your inbox tomorrow with the latest headlines.
As the Philanthropy and Special Sections Editor of The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraisers and people giving back in the Coachella Valley. Contact him at email@example.com.