Daily Brief: A Controversial Housing Bill Returns, LAPD Officers Under Investigation, and More

Plus, a new art gallery from a local chef and free diapers and tampons in California

» San Francisco Senator Scott Weiner’s controversial housing bill SB 50 has been revived, with some big changes. The new version of the bill, which would increase density throughout the state, would grant more local control to cities and counties [Los Angeles Times]

» For the next two years, diapers and menstrual products will be tax free in California. A new bill could save the average family $100 per year on diapers alone. [KTLA]

» More than a dozen Metro Division officers are under investigation on suspicion of falsifying information. The officers are suspected of wrongly portraying people as gang members or associates, and some have been removed from active duty. [Los Angeles Times]

» According to data released by the LAPD, 236 people died in car crashes in L.A. between the beginning of the year and December 14. More than half of those deaths were pedestrians.  [Curbed]

» A new report from the RAND Corporation says that more than 60% of mentally ill inmates in L.A. could be cared for in the community instead of jail. The County, which requested the report, is looking into ways to divert inmates away from prison. [LAist]



» Cenk Uygur Is Staging a CA-25 Debate Without the Top Dem in the Race
Frontrunner Christy Smith has to be in Sacramento for Assembly business on Thursday

» UCLA’s Fight to Patent a Life-Saving Cancer Drug Could Make the Medicine Virtually Unobtainable in India The university once promised to take into account the needs of patients in developing countries. The battle over prostate cancer drug Xtandi has critics questioning its dedication to that pledge

» Night+Market Chef Kris Yenbamroong Is Opening an Art Gallery
Don’t worry, he promises he’s “not quitting [his] day job”


11 Iconic Modernist Homes You Can Visit in L.A.

Most of L.A.’s landmark homes are owned by individuals and locked up so tight that you have to wait for an estate sale to barge your way in there. However, some enlightened owners have turned their architectural masterworks into museums that are open to the public. Visitors to the Gamble House in Pasadena can experience the same calm and serenity that the original soap barons who commissioned it were looking for. Shutterbugs can recapture Julius Shulman’s famous photo of the two ladies at the landmark Stahl house in Hollywood. Make sure to make reservations in advance and be respectful of these famous places that all started out as private homes. Here are 11 of the most amazing architectural homes in L.A. to visit.


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