Thursday, December 5, 2019
7-of-the-best-places-to-buy-a-christmas-tree-in-la.
In L.A. we have to make our own “winter” sometimes, and one way to do that is to buy a chopped-down tree and prop it up in your living room. There are plenty of artificial options on the market that look great and can be used year after year, but if you’re more interested in…
daily-brief-the-search-for-ghislaine-maxwell-long-beachs-lgbtq-score-and-more
» This week’s winter storm shut down I-5 through the Grapevine on Thanksgiving morning, making for a nightmare travel day. [Los Angeles Times] » Long Beach earned a perfect score on an annual study of LGBTQ-friendliness. The study is conducted by the Human Rights Campaign; Long Beach has topped the list for eight years. [Long Beach Press…
the-shuttering-of-oc-weekly-leaves-a-gaping-hole-in-orange-countys-media-landscape
When OC Weekly staff writer Gabriel San Román filed this week’s cover story—a profile of powerful Brea businessman Dwight Manley—he didn’t know it would be the publication’s last. At a mandatory Monday morning meeting, he and the 24-year-old paper’s other editorial and sales staffers were informed that owner Duncan McIntosh Company was pulling the plug.…
what-happened-to-those-ever-present-yellow-helms-bakery-trucks
For answers to more of your burning questions, visit the Ask Chris archive. Q: What happened to those ever-present butter-yellow Helms Bakery trucks that used to hawk doughnuts across the city? A: Fifty years ago this month L.A.’s most famous bakery announced the end of door-to-door service. Two surviving coaches from the period are owned by Los…
former-deutsche-bank-exec-connected-to-trump-loans-dies-by-suicide-in-malibu
A former Deutsche Bank executive who reportedly signed off on some of the institution’s unorthodox loans to Donald Trump killed himself in his Malibu home on November 19. Thomas Bowers, the onetime head of Deutsche Bank’s American wealth-management division, where he oversaw Trump’s private banker, committed suicide by hanging, according to Los Angeles County Medical…
in-the-era-of-uber-august-wilsons-drama-about-jitney-drivers-still-strikes-a-chord
When playwright august Wilson premiered Jitney in 1982 at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Repertory Theatre, he escorted his mother to the performance in a jitney cab, a vehicle operated outside municipal regulations. (“Jitney” is a slang term for a nickel, the typical fare in the early 1900s.) Were they alive today, the duo might take an Uber…
democrat-phil-arballo-says-he-has-a-solid-plan-to-beat-devin-nunes-in-2020
Last November, Fresno prosecutor Andrew Janz and his $9.2 million campaign came closer than anyone has to unseating Trump follower Devin Nunes since he slid into California’s 22nd Congressional District in 2003, losing by just five points. Now, Fresno businessman and political newbie Phil Arballo—whose campaign raised $310,000 in just the weeks since the impeachment…
daily-brief-traffic-chaos-at-lax-jared-kushner-takes-over-trumps-wall-and-more
» As if LAX didn’t have enough to deal with, a “suspicious package” alert at LAX caused chaos on Tuesday, one of the busiest travel days of the year.  [Los Angeles Times] » After just one season as judges, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough are leaving America’s Got Talent, and insiders say the show’s “toxic culture” is to…
roxane-gay-really-wants-you-to-see-queen-amp-slim
Author Roxane Gay has done something pretty cool in support of the new film Queen & Slim. She personally bought out an entire opening night screening of the movie at a theater in L.A. to make it a little easier for people to get out to see it. I bought a screening of Queen &…
fiona-hill-unintentionally-plugged-a-new-book-during-her-impeachment-testimony
If you watched former White House analyst Fiona Hill testify before congress last week, you likely heard a timely and unintentional plug for Nicholas Meyer’s new Sherlock Holmes novel, The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols. Hill compared conspiracy theories about George Soros to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a bizarre Czarist forgery more…