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Headlines: Jill Biden Apologizes For ‘Breakfast Tacos’ Gaffe Towards Latinos; Dodger Stadium Workers Agree to Strike Before All-Star Game

9:54 AM PDT on July 12, 2022

The breakfast burrito at Tito’s Bakery in Long Beach. Courtesy of Beach City Food Tours.

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.

—In a case we're gleefully calling "Breakfast Taco-Gate," Jill Biden is apologizing after calling the diversity of San Antonio's Hispanic community "as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here," while also mispronouncing "bodegas." [CNN]

—Video shows San Bernardino police confiscating food, ticketing, and detaining street food vendors. [Alex Enamorado/TikTok]

—Keith Corbin, the awarded chef behind L.A.'s Alta and Louella's Cali Soul, has his memoir, California Soul, now available for pre-order, promising a story of "gangs, drugs, prison time, and incredible heartbreak." [Chef Keith Corbin]

—LAPD's Hollenbeck Division has a new toy for driving around Elephant Hill and other Northeast L.A. trails and parks. [Joey Scott/Twitter]

—Dodger Stadium concession, kitchen, food, and service workers, of the Unite Here Local 11 union, are threatening to strike over wages right before MLB's All-Star game hits Los Angeles. [Yahoo! Sports]

RE:Her is now accepting applications for this year’s grant program which includes 10 grants of $20K and the new RE:Her Academy, which includes a comprehensive ten-week curriculum of education and coaching to help early-stage, female-owned businesses grow. [Re:Her]

—Maciel's, a plant-based, Mexican carniceria is now open in Highland Park serving legume-based pastrami, chicharrones, and chorizo and chickpea and seitan-based cold cuts, among its many offerings. [Eater LA]

—Looking back at the motley crew of Santa Monica lifeguards that became World War II heroes. [Alta]

—Independent bookstores are roaring back after the pandemic and Amazon's near-gutting. [NYT]

—Seals are being subject to facial recognition technology. Is that who's behind these smash-and-grab robberies? [Smithsonian]

—Luis Echeverria, the former Mexican President from 1970-1976, notorious for massacres of leftist activists, perhaps most famously in the shootings of student protesters in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the city’s Tlatelolco leading up to Mexico City hosting the summer Olympics, is dead at 100. [LAT]

—A string of six armed robberies at Southern California 7-11s are believed to be connected, and have left two dead in the past week. [KTLA]

—L.A. bred-and-spread Rage Against the Machine reunited on stage for the first time in eleven years, displaying the message "Abort the Supreme Court," among other pleas for choice. [LAT]

—A lawyer for Jesus Soto Jara, seen on video appearing to be punched and assulted by six L.A. sheriff's deputies at Downtown's Inmate Reception Center, is accusing the men of using excessive force and violating the man's civil rights, both on and off the video. [KTLA]

—A new book named "Bad City" explores recent alleged abuses and sexual harassment within USC and The L.A. Times. [LAT]

—Actress Q’orianka Kilcher, known for her work on TV's "Yellowstone," has been charged in L.A. County with workers’ compensation fraud, after collecting more than $90,000 in disability benefits after injuring her shoulder during the shooting of “Dora and the Lost City of Gold." [WANE]

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