Skip to Content
Los Angeles

Headlines: Protestors Rush At Author at L.A. Times Festival Of Books Over Excavation of Mayan Ruins in Guatemala

11:09 AM PDT on April 24, 2023

Screenshot via @ecauich/Twitter.

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.

University Park: A clash erupted at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Sunday evening as activists rushed the Español stage to protest a talk by archaeologist Richard Hansen over his decades of excavation and research at a vast ancient Maya complex in Guatemala called El Mirador. A group of about 15 masked protesters rushed the stage where Hansen was being interviewed by L.A. Times en Español columnist Alejandro Maciel. The protesters overturned chairs, shouted “this is stolen land!” and “f— imperialism!” and unveiled a large banner that read “Gringo colonizer fuera del Mirador.” [LAT]

Anaheim: A fire-breathing, animatronic dragon burst into flames during Disneyland's popular "Fantasmic!" show on Saturday night. "The head started going on fire instead of the fire projecting out," said visitor Ryan Laux, who noted that the flames didn't come from where they usually do. No injuries were reported. [NPR]

East L.A.: A Sunday morning shooting on the 600 block of Keenan Avenue has left one man dead. [ABC]

Inglewood: After facing community pushback, Inglewood has reportedly dropped a plan to demolish a Von's supermarket on Manchester Avenue to accommodate a maintenance facility serving the $1.8-billion people mover system. [Urbanize LA]

Jefferson Park: A car-to-car shooting in Jefferson Park on Sunday night led to one victim dying in the hospital. The 30-year-old victim was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle at St. Andrews Place and Jefferson Boulevard at about 8:30 p.m. when he was shot by someone in another vehicle, according to LAPD. There were three males in the other vehicle, police said. The victim's girlfriend drove away and pulled over in Exposition Park at the intersection of Exposition Boulevard and Vermont and called 911. Paramedics took the unidentified man to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. [CBS]

Hollywood: A man and woman were shot at a 7-11 early Sunday morning, and both are expected to survive. The woman, who was found inside the store by responding officers, said six suspects exited a vehicle in front of the market before one of them began firing multiple shots. Both victims are reported to be in stable condition. [NBC]

—An L.A. Times investigation highlights the story of Aaron Spolin, a West L.A. attorney accused of widely marketing legal services to the incarcerated following California's landmark criminal justice reforms, signing on nearly 2,000 clients who, along with their families, spent money and resources based on the allegedly false promises of hope Spolin encouraged in them while apparently never successfully changing any of their sentences. [LAT]

—"Why are there no homeless people in Beverly Hills?" A Reddit discussion with some surprising theories. [r/AskLosAngeles]

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

The Six Best Tacos Along Metro’s C Line, From Norwalk to El Segundo

One of our favorite pastimes in L.A. is searching for great tacos. What better way to do it while zipping along on Metro's C line (formerly known as the green line)?

We Are Almost At Our Goal! Become a Member of L.A. TACO Now!

Memberships start at $5.95 and help us stay alive in this wild new journalism landscape. For the price of a few tacos a month, you can help keep L.A.'s only taco, news, and culture site stay spinning and churning out features about the real Los Angeles. We are 60% to our goal!

February 29, 2024

Ten (Mostly) Recognizable ‘Repo Man’ Locations You Can Visit 40 Years Later

The original film somehow managed to cohesively fuse weathered, jaded repo men, L.A.’s burgeoning punk scene, UFO cultists, generically-labeled food items, and nuclear proliferation into a dark comedy that is both a product of its time and yet feels somewhat timeless.

February 29, 2024

Burglar Steals Safe From East Hollywood Mexican Restaurant, Runs Up $80,000 In Damages and Stolen Gear

The burglar was wearing a white hoodie and spray-painted the lens of the security cameras. Insurance will only cover $20,000. The owner of El Zarape Melrose says he doesn’t know if this was personal or just a delinquent act by a stranger: “I’m sad, I don’t know how I’m going to do it.”

February 27, 2024

Baldwin Park Rapper Lefty Gunplay is Playin’ for Keeps

With witty lyrics, Holladay experiments with storytelling of his times in prison and on the gritty streets of the San Gabriel Valley. He is one of the biggest names in the new L.A. rap scene and the conversation about being one of this generation's biggest Latino rappers. 

February 27, 2024
See all posts