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Headlines: Latino-Owned Craft Brewery in SELA Receives Homophobic Responses to Hosting ‘Family-Friendly Drag Show’ This Weeekend

11:50 AM PST on January 13, 2023

A flyer for Beer Thug Brewery's 'Dragz & Brews' event.

A flyer for Beer Thug Brewery’s ‘Dragz & Brews’ event.

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SELA: The Latino owner of a craft brewery in SELA said they received “anti gay messages” after posting a flyer for a drag show event. “First off fuck you and fuck your agenda,” Edgar Preciado, owner of Beer Thug Brewery, said in an Instagram post yesterday. In an official statement, the brewery condemned the anti-LGBTQ+ comments. “The crew at Beer Thug Brewing Co. are deeply saddened by the harmful and misinformed hatred and vitriol displayed towards members of the LGBTQ+ community after sharing the details of our upcoming drag show. To reiterate, Beer Thug Brewing Co. does not tolerate negative sentiments directed towards any group of people. As a Latino-owned brewery, we understand firsthand the detrimental repercussions that arise when an underrepresented community is depicted negatively by the media.” Beer Thug Brewing confirmed that their “family friendly event hosted by amazing and vetted entertainers,” will go on as planned on Saturday. “Hope to see you there,” Preciado said. Read L.A. TACO’s profile on Preciado and how he went from being formerly incarcerated for nearly a decade to being an entrepreneur. [Beer Thug Brewery/IG]

DTLA: Preservationists are “concerned” about plans to remodel the iconic Orpheum Theater marquee in DTLA, after a “worrying” photo surfaced on Facebook. When Kim Cooper and Richard Schave of Esoutoric pulled the permits, they found a recently obtained permit to “convert the 1940s-era backlit plastic reader board to 21st century digital panels.” The couple explained that “shockingly” the proposed alteration seems to comply with the Broadway Historic Sign District ordinance. [Esotouric]

City Hall: Mayor Bass and other prominent city leaders are speaking out about three recent LAPD use-of-force incidents. In a statement Mayor Bass affirmed she has “no tolerance for excessive force.” “When there is no immediate risk to others, law enforcement must not be the first responder when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis,” the mayor added. City Controller Keneth Mejia said in a statement, “The people of Los Angeles deserve a full accounting of the events and causes that led to the deaths of Takar Keenan and Oscar. We will do our part to create that and encourage others to do the same.” Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martinez called for all of the officers “responsible for these killings” to be “terminated immediately.” In a tweet, Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez called the body-camera video related to the use-of-force incidents released earlier this week “appalling and deeply disturbing.”

Beverley Grove: Saucy Chick Rotisserie and The Goat Mafia open their new joint food concept today with a soft opening at 5 PM. Check out The Goat Mafia’s IG stories for more information. [The Goat Mafia/IG]

Sacramento: California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office will not charge LAPD Officer Toni McBride for killing Daniel Hernandez. The L.A. Times reports that the AG’s office consulted a controversial “expert” to make the decision. [LAT]

Palmdale: The Palmdale City Council doesn’t want the City of Los Angeles to create a “homeless village” in the Antelope Valley. A spokesperson for Mayor Karen Bass denied that there are plans to relocate unhoused people from Los Angeles to a “village” in Palmdale. In a statement the spokesperson described the claims as "baseless and misleading." [KFI]

DTLA: A 13-year-old was stabbed to death at Chick-fil-A in DTLA earlier this week after another group of teens reportedly attacked them, according to the victim's mother. [ABC 7]

L.A. is still recovering from the massive storm surge that we experienced earlier this week. On top of that there’s another storm on the horizon. The latest “atmospheric river” could land as early as today but the heaviest rainfall will probably come Saturday. [Fox 11]

With its stock price falling, Tesla dropped its prices “dramatically” in an attempt to attract new buyers on Friday . [CBS News]

Santa Monica: A new bagel shop from a former Tartine and Gjusta baker opens in Santa Monica this weekend. Layla Bagels features hand-rolled sourdough bagels that are “very flavorful and light,” the owner, Sergio Espana, told Eater LA [Eater]

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