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Morning Brief: Santa Monica Ukraine Rally, Boyle Heights Beautification, LAUSD Police

A crowd of Ukraine-supporting demonstrators stand in a row in the daylight. From left to right, a man with dark aviator sunglasses, curly blonde hair and a beard looks with a neutral expression, a man wearing blue v-neck t-shirt with dark brown hair and yellow and blue framed dark sunglasses holds a water bottle and rolled up papers in front of a Ukrainian flag, a blonde woman wearing light blue jeans and a white tank top holds a sign which reads "Help Ukraine" in blue, then gold with a QR code, a woman with brown hair and a blue and yellow wearing a yellow top and light blue jeans and a blue and yellow flower wreath and brown sunglasses holds a sign which a reads "NATO CLOSE The Sky" in blue and gold, then red.
Hundreds participated in a Stand with Ukraine Rally in Santa Monica on Saturday, March 12, 2022. Demonstrators marched through the 3rd Street Promenade calling for an end to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Daniella Segura / for LAist)
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Good morning, L.A. It’s March 14.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is no game.

But, if it were one, it would be dominoes. That’s the way it seems, at least according to one of the organizers behind a pro-Ukraine rally held Saturday in Santa Monica.

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“We always want to make it clear that Ukraine…it’s not just fighting for its freedom, for its independence. It’s also fighting for the peace of the whole world,” Mykhailo Lavrys told LAist. “Because if Ukraine falls, which we know it won’t, it would give a signal to other countries across the world that if you are a powerful country, you can just invade a smaller country and get away with it.”

The aim of the rally, organized by Stand with Ukraine L.A., was to demand the U.S. to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, increase efforts to isolate Russia, and “immediately provide military aid" to the country, according to the group’s Facebook page for the event.

Strukov, who estimated more than 600 people attended, said the rally was heavily filled out by Ukrainian-Americans, but also other Angelenos who wanted to raise their voice against the Russian invasion. He said L.A. is acutely aware of the ongoing injustices in his home country.

“The whole city sees what’s happening,” Mykhailo
Lavrys contunued. “[It] sees Russia for what it is and supports Ukraine and its fight for democracy.” 

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today.

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Before You Go...A Warm Reward For Lost Sleep

Sunny skies over the PCH (Photo by Howard F. via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

To quote the second single off Blink-182’s Dude Ranch, “I guess this is growing up.”

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Some things never change with Daylight Saving Time, like the fact that I forgot about it until the day before. But something was different this year — I seemed perfectly fine with losing an hour of sleep. My winter of discontent was ready to be saved by some sunshine.

And, for many Angelenos, they probably felt the same Sunday, thanks to some truly fantastic weather. National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Moede offered this advice for folks waking up a bit groggy but blanketed in sunbeams.

“A good idea would be to take a nap…but there's really nothing that you won't be able to do…It's…a beach day, a valley day, it can be anything,” Moede told LAist.

Meanwhile, much of the country is getting battered by bleak weather. But keep those eyes on the prize L.A. — the rest of the week will see the region push 80 degrees consistently.

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