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Headlines: Here Are Some Ways That Pop-Ups Can Protect Their Gear, According to a Smash Burger Master

12:18 PM PST on February 7, 2023

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Mark Tripp, founder of the prime-grade smash burger pop-up Tripp Burgers, shared some tips about how popups can keep their gear and trucks safe, on Instagram. Tripp recommends installing a "kill switch" in all vans or trucks and not just any brand. Tripp suggests a Ravelco kill switch. "They have an incredible track record. Zero vehicles stolen with their key installed," Tripp affirms. The OG burger smasher also suggests installing "hidden" GPS trackers and a good old-fashioned "club" on the steering wheel. Tripp said a recent robbery motivated him to make the post. "I hate hearing about the theft many of our pop-up friends go through. I hope this helps." [Tripp Burgers/IG]

L.A. County firefighters are headed to the Middle East to assist with recovery efforts in Turkey and Syria following two 7.0+ magnitude earthquakes yesterday. Already more than 7,000 people have been declared dead as a result of the earthquakes, and that figure is expected to increase as rescue teams sift through the rubble. [Emily Holshouser/Twitter]

Pasadena: This morning, more than a dozen LAist staffers and associate editors turned to Twitter to rally for support while negotiating a "fair contract" with management. "When reporting in the community, it's easy to see how inflation has affected life. The same goes for myself and fellow journalists @KPCCLAistUnionwho strive to make quality journalism that you've come to rely on," one associate editor tweeted. [We make KPCC/Twitter]

Former L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl endorsed former City Attorney Mike Feuer for the open CA-30 congressional seat on Monday. Feuer left office last year hoping to become the next mayor of Los Angeles. But we all know how that turned out. Last week, Mayor Karen Bass endorsed the former prosecutor. [Jon Peltz/Twitter]

Birdhouse Skateboards founder Tony Hawk is donating the proceeds of a limited edition print sale to the Tyre Nichols Memorial Fund. On Monday, the pro-skater announced on Twitter that a portion of the funds will go towards building a "public skatepark in his honor." The 8 x 10 print on sale features Hawk and pro-BMX rider Rick Thorne doing a "doubles run" on Hawk's legendary vert ramp. The pair have performed the same routine around the world countless times over the last 30 years. Each print is signed and costs $30. [Big Cartel]

Local districts in California may soon be able to decide if they want to permit "cannabis lounges" within their city limits. AB-374, a new bill introduced at the beginning of the month by State Assemblymember Matt Hane, seeks to amend existing legislation that grants governments the legal authority to regulate businesses. If the proposed legislation passes, it will allow for dispensaries the host events with onsite consumption as well as serve food and non-alcoholic beverages. [Weedzly]

Long Beach: At around 9:30 AM yesterday, a man was shot on the 1800 block of Locust Avenue in Long Beach. Roughly two hours later, another man has shot a few blocks away. Both are expected to survive, according to authorities. [Press-Telegram]

Lincoln Heights: An ATM Was stolen from a Lincoln Heights 7-Eleven on Mission Road this morning. A man in his 30s was reportedly injured during the robbery, according to police. No suspects have been arrested as of this morning. [CBS]

—Highland Park: Two-time TACO MADNESS champions Villa's Tacos has opened their brick and mortar taquería on a strip mall on Figueroa Street and Ave 55. They held a grand opening event with live corridos and their award-winning tacos. L.A. TACO OG photographer covered the event for Eater L.A. [Eater L.A].

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