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Kamarie Brown was sworn in at the LAUSD board's Oct. 6 meeting. (Screenshot of LAUSD meeting)
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Good morning, L.A.

If you’ve been feeling a bit despondent these past few weeks, here’s a story that might give you genuine hope for the future. Kamarie Brown, 17, is the newest member of the LAUSD school board, coming on as a student representative, and her plans for the role involve meeting the current moment and committing to equal education for all.

A senior at Crenshaw High School, Brown emphasized the importance of taking this time in history seriously in her campaign speech:

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"The present moment has pushed us all to answer the important questions of our time. How we choose to answer them will define our generation. Will Black students matter? ... Will we fully commit to creating schools that function as the keys to unlock a student's limitless potential?"

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

Jessica P. Ogilvie


Coming Up Today, October 13

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Kyle Stokes interviews LAUSD board candidates Tanya Ortiz Franklin and Patricia Castellanos.

Mariana Dale tags along as three-year-old Francis Dacono and his family return to the playground for the first time in more than six months.

L.A. Comic Con announced it would hold an in-person event in December, putting tickets on sale two weeks ago. Well, never mind. Now, organizers announced that they're pushing the event back to September 2021. Mike Roe has the story.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Race In L.A.: Our new project, Racism 101, is aimed at holding space for the community to safely ask questions and discuss race with us — and with each other.

LAUSD Board: Meet Crenshaw High's Kamarie Brown, LAUSD's newest board member. We’re asking candidates running for the LAUSD Board a series of questions about their positions. First up are incumbent Scott Schmerelso and challenger Marilyn Koziatek.

Opening Up, Moving Out: State officials will visit with theme park representatives this week as they continue to work on reopening guidelines. Pushed by the soaring cost of living, more than 700,000 Californians have moved to Texas since 2008.

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L.A. Teams Light It Up: The Los Angeles Dodgers will host drive-in viewing parties this week at Chavez Ravine for the National League Championship Series. The Lakers championship win Sunday night felt good: "We needed this."

Politics Watch: The California GOP placed unofficial ballot collection boxes around the state, which Secretary of State Alex Padilla says are illegal. Review day one of the confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett.

Here’s What To Do: Hear Wilco's Jeff Tweedy talking about his new book, soak in mid-century modern design, check out the art in Chinatown windows, and more in this week’s best online and IRL events.


Photo Of The Day

Lakers fans stood in line in front of a mural of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant, to celebrate the team's championship win.

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