The Rundown: This Week in Brief 10/01/20

Burritos La Palma Opens Third Location in Boyle Heights

According to L.A. Taco, my favorite burrito in L.A., Burritos La Palma’s birria de res will be coming to “Taco Row,” a stretch of Olympic Boulevard, between Soto and Mirasol Streets in Boyle Heights. This will be their third location, joining their restaurants in Orange County and El Monte. Opening is projected for the end of October. – Elise Thompson

Plans for Reopening California’s Theme Parks Coming Soon 

After Disney’s sobering news that the company has laid off 28,000 workers at Disneyland and Disney World, Governor Newsom has announced that reopening guidelines for Disneyland, Universal Studios, and other amusement parks in California will be issued this week. Disney Park’s chairman Josh D’Amaro blames the layoffs on the governor and “the State’s unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen.” Downtown Disney reopened in July, but Anaheim’s economy is struggling, with unemployment rates at 15% – Simone Snaith

Study Finds Black Angelenos Cited Almost Four Times as Often as White Residents 

To absolutely no one’s surprise, a report released on Wednesday by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights found a racial disparity in the enforcement of minor municipal offenses like standing or sleeping outside, owning a dog without a proper license, jaywalking and entering a park after dark by the LAPD and other California cities. Findings from the analysis of public record for 2017 and 2019 show “Black residents in LA were 3.8 times more likely to be cited for minor infractions compared with white residents, accounting for 30% of all low-level infractions.” Source.

Shiny New Bridge Opens in Long Beach

The Gerald Desmond Replacement Bridge in Long Beach had its grand opening this week, and will be open to the public by early Monday. The bridge spans the channel from Long Beach to Terminal Island, and has ramps from the 710 Freeway and Ocean Blvd, and Highway 47. The new bridge allows taller ships to enter the Port of Long Beach. Source.

Actor Shia LaBeouf Charged with Misdemeanor Battery and Petty Theft

LaBeouf has had a lot of ups and downs in his career from Disney darling to a 2017 arrest for for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. He seemed to be back in good graces when he hilariously played Spicoli on a fundraising online read of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” alongside actors like Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, and Matthew McConaughey. So we were dismayed to see the headline announcing that he was in trouble again. But then we read the article. Charges were  filed on Sept. 24 for a June 12 incident in which it is alleged that the actor “fought with a man named Tyler Murphy and took his hat.” Then it made sense. LaBeouf is a well-known critic of Donald Trump. What do you want to bet that the color of that hat was red?

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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