Skip to Content

Headlines: Getty Museum To Return Illegally Obtained Statues; Whistleblower Suing Sheriff Villanueva

10:06 AM PDT on August 12, 2022

Welcome to L.A. TACO’s daily news briefs, where we bring our loyal members, readers, and supporters the latest headlines about Los Angeles politics and culture. Stay informed and look closely.

—A dangerous leak of the highly flammable chemical styrene from a rail car has prompted evacuation orders in Perris and has shut down the 215 Freeway in both directions. [ABC]

—Outgoing Councilmember Gil Cedillo is endorsing Rick Caruso for L.A. Mayor. [SherlyHolmes/Twitter]

—A 17-year-old boy was found dead on the ball court at the Nueva Maravilla projects in East L.A. [East Los Community]

—West Adams clothing store Babylon will be closing after a final blowout on Sunday. [Babylon LA]

—Actress Anne Heche is not expected to survive following her crash into a Mar Vista house last week. [USA Today]

—The Getty Museum is promising to return a group of art works, believed to have been illegally excavated and exported, back to Italy. [NPR]

—Here's how humans are trying to save giant sequoias in the wake of Yosemite's recent Washburn Fire. [Reuters]

—A new documentary called "The Trails Before Us" highlights Nigel James, the 17-year-old Diné mountain biker who organized the Navajo Nation's first  enduro race. [Short of the Week]

—Marilyn Monroe's former Brentwood home is for sale. [Forbes]

—Governor Gavin Newsom is laying out a plan to maximize our water supplies. [LAT]

—A former Los Angeles County assistant sheriff who believes she was demoted over complaining about a deputy kneeling on an inmate's head is suing Sheriff Alex Villanueva along with the department. [LAT]

—The Top Ten sneakers worn by Lakers past and present. [SI]

Already a user?Log in

Thanks for reading!

Register to continue

Become a Member

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

Spot Check: Colombian Desgranados In Echo Park, Mexican Wine Festival At Mírate, and Perverted Waffles in DTLA

Plus, a party highlighting pan-African cuisine, a new Taiwanese cookbook by an awarded local from the San Gabriel Valley, and a Little Saigon food festival that starts tonight! Welcome back to Spot Check!

September 22, 2023

This 24-Year-Old Latina Mortician Beautifies the Dead and Influences the Living

Growing up in Arleta with a first-generation family from El Salvador, Berrios admits that her family only embraced her career choice two years ago, after she started to win awards like “Young Funeral Director of the Year.” The 24-year-old works as the licenced funeral director and embalmer at Hollywood Forever cemetery. As a young person born in peak Generation Z, she's documented her deathcare journey on TikTok and has accrued more than 43K followers on the platform. 

September 21, 2023

Meet ‘Carnitas Rogelio,’ The Family-Run Stand With The Best Michoacán-Style Carnitas O.C. Has to Offer

Michoacán-raised Rogelio Gonzalez slices the cuerito (the pig skin) in a checkered pattern to ensure a light crunch in each bite and utilizes every part of the pig, from the feet to the liver and intestines, which he binds together in a braid. 

September 20, 2023

‘The Office’ Star Rainn Wilson Brought Jerk Chicken Tacos to the Picket Lines Outside of Paramount Studios

In three hours, D's Tipsy Tacos and her team passed out “roughly 100 plates” of tacos, burritos, rice, beans, nachos, and quesadillas to striking screenwriters and actors.

September 19, 2023

Five Common Plants to Avoid When Creating Your Green Spaces in L.A.

Almost every time I visit a property with landscaping issues, the problem starts with bad design: the wrong plants in the wrong place. Here's advice from a third-generation L.A. landscaper and noted taco expert.

September 19, 2023
See all posts