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From aquatics funding to Covid closures: Deja News Dec 24-30

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Hey SoCal! If you spent this week returning those terrible Christmas gifts, you may have spaced on some import news. Don’t sweat it, cuz Mike Ciriaco is bringing it back to your brain with this week’s Deja News.

Cedars-Sinai urged Angelenos to donate blood.

Cedars-Sinai Monday issued an urgent plea to healthy residents in the Los Angeles area to donate blood as a result of a critical shortage in supply during the holiday season and amid the surge in COVID-19 patients. Cedars-Sinai Monday issued an urgent plea to healthy residents in the Los Angeles area to donate blood as a result of a critical shortage in supply during the holiday season and amid the surge in COVID-19 patients.

The iconic Musso and Franks will remain closed through the holidays due to a spike in Covid. 

Famed Hollywood eatery Musso & Frank Grill will remain closed through the holiday season due to concerns about rising COVID-19 cases in the Los Angeles area, restaurant owners announced Thursday.

In a letter to patrons, owner Mark Echeverria cited the “explosive rate of spread” of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

“As a result, the owners and management of The Musso & Frank Grill feel that, in the best interest of safety for our guests, the community and our team, the responsible course of action for us right now is to pause all operations.”

Similarly, Lawry’s Beef Bowl event at the Rose Bowl will be cancelled.

Lawry’s Beef Bowl, where the Rose Bowl teams dine at the Beverly Hills prime rib restaurant, has been canceled “given the growing concerns around COVID-19 and the Omicron variant,” the restaurant announced Monday.

The cancellation was made “out of an abundance of caution and safety of our staff and of the players,” the statement said.

Lawry’s will be packaging and delivering takeout meals for the players instead.

In more Covid news, LAX continued to cancel flights.

More flight cancellations driven by the coronavirus pandemic continued to inconvenience travelers at Southland airports and around the world Monday.

As of 5:55 p.m., the tracking site FlightAware.com listed 125 cancellations Monday for flights in or out of Los Angeles International Airport, along with 1,373 involving flights into or out of the United States, and 3,137 total cancellations around the world.

Ending with some good news, San Gabriel Valley was awarded over 15 million dollars to create an aquatic center.

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Thursday announced it was awarded $15.5 million from the state, which will be used to create an aquatic center in the San Gabriel Valley and modernize Ruben Salazar Park in East Los Angeles.

The grants were awarded on Dec. 8 as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Outdoors for All” initiative. The state seeks to allocate a total of $548.3 million in grant funding through the initiative to create new parks and revitalize old ones across the state.

We’ll be bring it back to your brain next week with more Deja News. And for NYE party planning this weekend, hit up this week’s Hey SoCalendar. Party on, SoCal!

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