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Morning Brief: Vaccinated Police, Couch Surfing, And Plant-Based Meat

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Good morning, L.A. It’s Nov. 10.

Law enforcement spends a lot of time interacting with the public. So when it comes to the coronavirus vaccine, they’re not just protecting themselves by getting it; they’re protecting the people they’re employed to “protect and serve.”

To that end, LAPD Chief Michael Moore announced yesterday that nearly 80% of officers have received both of their shots, and that the department has started sending notices to employees who aren’t vaccinated yet. 

"It is our intention to have a fully vaccinated workforce," he said. "We continue to provide information relative to the power and the value of this vaccine and its protective values for all of our personnel, their families, and those we come in contact with."

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Contrast that with the stance of L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who has pushed back hard against the vaccine mandate.

At the end of October, Villanueva wrote an open letter to county officials, broadcasting his belief that “the choice to receive the vaccine is a personal one, and an individual who served the community tirelessly before there was a vaccine should not now be fired because they made a decision about their own body.”

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But county and city workers aren’t the only people required to be vaccinated. So is literally anyone who wants to drink, eat, work out, get their hair done, visit a museum or a recreation center, and more in the city of L.A.

In L.A. County, 72% of eligible people over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A., and stay safe out there.

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Before You Go ... LA's Best Plant-Based Meat

An assortment of vegan and plant-based dishes from Los Angeles restaurants.
(Photos by Julia Murray for LAist. Photo collage by Elina Shatkin/LAist.)

There’s never been a better time to be a vegan. LAist contributor Julia Murray writes:

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“New vegan restaurants are opening in L.A. all the time, and even carnivores are being tempted. There's shrimp made from mung beans and seaweed, meatballs formed from pea proteins and SPAM derived from beetroot and soy.

Whether you're an intrepid vegan searching for new dining destinations or an omnivorous eater who wants to cut down on your animal intake, Los Angeles has a wealth of plant-based meat dishes ... and here are a few of the best.
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