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Headlines: Pico’s Chili Bowl on The Chopping Block; Tacos Delta Mourns Its Matriarch

7:30 AM PST on February 16, 2022

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—Conservationists tracking the city's four remaining locations of Arthur Whizin's Chili Bowl, a near 90-year-old, chili bowl-shaped example of L.A.'s once flourishing programmatic architecture, are sounding the alarm that an illegal demolition of the building in the West L.A. neighborhood of Sawtelle is imminent, calling upon the public to contact Mike Bonin's office after the councilperson voted against the Neighborhood Council's support to give it landmark status. []

—L.A. County is lifting the outdoor mask mandate after midnight tonight. [LAT]

—Sea levels will rise 10-12 inches in the next 30 years due to global warming, profoundly disrupting coastal life, according to an interagency report led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [CNN]

—Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder is postponing a couple of solo SoCal shows due to a positive Covid test. [PSD]

—The owners of longstanding Silver Lake taqueria, Tacos Delta, are mourning the recent loss of their mother, nicknamed "Licho," who died at the age of 86.  [The Eastsider LA]

—The city of L.A. is buying 16 buildings with a combined 1,276 units to provide supportive housing through Project Roomkey. [Urbanize]

—A Simi Valley man was arrested after burning himself in an explosion at his apartment while making THC-laden honey oil. He is left with minor injuries. [CBS]

—A look into a human smuggling operation carried out by Marines based at Camp Pendleton. [Vice]

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