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Headlines: A Guide to Pressuring Your Landlord to Make Repairs

9:40 AM PDT on March 22, 2023

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.

—How to get your landlord actually to fix the things they're supposed to fix. A guide to the steps you need to take when your service requests are ignored, and your health is at risk. [L.A. Public Press]

Stella Mare, a time-honored French restaurant in Montecito, says it's being forced out of its location after 28 years to make room for a new development by Runyon Group, owners of The Platform in Culver City. A manager tells L.A. TACO they received a notice earlier this year informing them (along with a handful of neighboring businesses) that their lease would not be renewed at the end of the year, despite nearly three decades of serving the community. "We were given no choice, no offer to stay at increased rent at all," the manager tells L.A. TACO. "We are devastated, obviously. We have staff that has been with us for two-plus decades, and by the looks of it, they will just demo the building." [L.A. TACO via Santa]

—A man has been left brain dead after being shocked with a taser and beaten with batons by police in Montclair in San Bernardino. Both family and attorneys for Antonio Ibañez appeared Monday night at Montclair City Hall, demanding transparency and accountability for his death. Lawyers allege the city has not provided the names of the officers involved and has failed to publish the body camera video of the incident. [ABC]

Koreatown: A newly released video shows a couple leaving Jaragua restaurant and being held up and forced to their hands and knees at gunpoint by a jacker. The suspect took their wallets and phones and is being sought by police, who have released surveillance footage from a Ring camera. [ABC]

Koreatown: Actress Amanda Bynes was put on a 72-hour 5150 psychiatric hold after LAPD responded to a 911 call and discovered the actress in a Sizzler parking lot, reportedly after being seen walking naked through the neighborhood trying to wave down cars. [GMA]

—The Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits will be free to LAUSD students during the three-day worker's strike currently leading to the closure of many schools in Los Angeles. [NBC]

—The Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance will also offer free admission to the roughly 400,000 students affected by the strike. [L.A. TACO]

—A bill being considered by the California State Assembly would ban the sale of Skittles, Hot Tamales candy, Dubble Bubble Twist Gum, and other food items that the sponsor says contain "potentially dangerous and toxic chemicals," including Red Dye No. 3, Titanium Dioxide, Potassium Bromate, Brominated Vegetable Oil, or Propyl Paraben. “Californians shouldn’t have to worry that the food they buy in their neighborhood grocery store might be full of dangerous additives or toxic chemicals,” Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel said in a statement. [KTLA]

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