Lexis-Olivier Ray is an award-winning staff investigative reporter for L.A. TACO known for holding powerful people in Los Angeles accountable and his reporting on Los Angeles culture. As well as an artist and filmmaker. In 2022, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Los Angeles chapter named Ray one of their “distinguished journalists.” This year, Ray won a second place Anthem Award in their Health Innovation category for a texting service geared towards the unhoused community and service providers that he launched in 2021 with L.A. TACO and Subtext. Ray was a 2020 USC Center For Health Journalism (CHJ) Data Fellow. As well as a 2022 CHJ Impact Fellow. As a freelancer, Ray has contributed to the L.A. Times, Men’s Health Magazine, KCET and SFGATE.
Pioneering Ethical Meat Butcher Jered Standing Dies at 44
On February 22, Standing, the 44-year-old owner of one L.A.’s most popular butcher shops, Standing’s Butchery, died, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner.
The Nug Report: Lemon Drop by LAX Packs
We found that Lemon Drop pairs well with a cappuccino for an extra jolt and makes for a good “first smoke of the day.” Or, if you have the budget, an afternoon lounging with exotic parrots in the back patio of The WOODS, actor and cannabis OG Woody Harrelson’s consumption lounge.
‘It Was Madness,’ Says Brother of Man Killed By LAPD ‘For Holding a Plastic Fork’
“All we want to do is show that police aren’t properly trained in dealing with people with mental illness,” said Jason’s cousin, Carly Illeck. “And that a bipolar episode does not warrant a fatal gunshot.”
Thousands of L.A. Based Electric Car Share Users’ Personal Information Exposed in Data Leak
Blink Mobility, the company that manages the Blue LA electric car share program in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, first learned of the data leak on December 14, according to a notice from Blink Mobility that was reportedly sent to “impacted users" on January 5.
Oysters at These L.A. Restaurants Made People Sick, According to Over 60 Reports
Restaurants that people reported to the health department more than once include Blue Water Grill, the casual seafood fine dining chain with locations across the county, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouses. Mexico City-influenced mariscos spots Loreto and LA Cha Cha Cha were also reported more than once. The full list spans L.A. County.
The Nug Report: THC Design’s ‘Crescendo’ Strain
Welcome back to The Nug Report, which awakens from the ghost of L.A. TACO’s vaults to bring you a detailed look at the latest and greatest in the world of cannabis and other mind-altering substances.
This Arts District Michelin-Starred Bistro Is Being Sued For Withholding Tips and Other Labor Violations
In their lawsuit, Karla Zavala and Irene Park allege that the owners of Camphor “engaged in a systematic pattern of wage and hour abuse towards Plaintiffs and other current and former” employees.
O.G. Taco Truck in Pacific Palisades Served ‘Cease and Desist’ By Law Firm Representing Ralphs
In their cease and desist letter, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (DWT), the law firm purporting to represent Ralphs, alleges that Barrientos has “encouraged customers to use the parking lot owned and operated by Ralphs” that Gracias Señor parks adjacent to.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles Sued by Former Employee For Unpaid Overtime and Other Labor Violations
Jaime Alejandro Carbajal-Torres alleges that for at least the last four years, Roscoe’s engaged in a slew of illegal labor practices, ranging from unpaid overtime to not providing uninterrupted meal breaks to not reimbursing employees for work-related costs.
Pasadena’s ‘No Tipping’ Restaurant Sued By Feds For Allegedly Stealing Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars In Tips From Workers
The Department of Labor alleges that the owners of Entre Nous French Bistro, “knowingly and willfully withheld a portion” of tips that were supposed to go to their workers, and instead used the money to fund business expenses. Authorities hope to recover roughly $250,000 in back wages “and an equal amount in liquidated damages for 18 employees.”