Daily Brief: One Million Californians May Have to Repay Pandemic Unemployment

Also, three white men were found guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery

» About one million Californians who received pandemic unemployment may have to repay the state if they’re not able to prove that they had prior work history. The state’s Employment Development Department said they will also add a 30 percent penalty if they determine that an individual “intentionally gave false information or withheld information to receive benefits.” [The Sacramento Bee]

» Three white men were found guilty of murder and other charges on Wednesday in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, whose death—along with others including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor—sparked national conversation and demonstrations about racial injustice last year. The defendants including Travis McMichael, 35; his father, Gregory McMichael, 65; and their neighbor William Bryan, 52 each face life in prison. [New York Times]

» Inside Sex and the City‘s Long-Running Feud A new book reveals juicy details from behind the scenes of the HBO show that lead to the rift between stars Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) and Kim Cattrall (Samantha). [Daily Beast]

» After a recent wave of smash-and-grab robberies at high-end retailers along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills this week, the city’s Chamber of Commerce says they are increasing police enforcement and that some businesses have already started hiring their own security. Beverly Hills police said their officers will be working 12-hour shifts and using the city’s more than 2,000 security cameras to locate attempted robbers. [ABC7]

» Southern California is facing a strong Santa Ana wind event over the Thanksgiving holiday, which has prompted a “critical” wildfire risk. The peak winds are expected to last from Wednesday evening through Thanksgiving Day. [Axios]


» Michael Wolff Roasts Ronan Farrow — and Defends Woody Allen — in New Book ‘Too Famous’ In LA Mag’s exclusive excerpt, the ’Fire and Fury’ author dissects Farrow’s rise from failed MSNBC host to fearsome Pulitzer-winning journalist (and shares a few thoughts about the “unspoken weirdness” of Mia Farrow’s mothering).

» How LAX’s Boozy Passengers Are Making Flight Attendants’ Lives Hell Policy changes made during COVID lockdown have resulted in more drunken, disorderly and belligerent behavior from flyers.

» What to Stream This Weekend: The best TV shows and movies coming out this week.


From right to left, three generations of Kika Keith’s family, her mother Shekinah Shakur, and daughter Kika Howze (Photo by Giovanni Solis)

The Battle Behind L.A.’s First Black-Female Owned Pot Dispensary

Standing along the bustling corridor of Crenshaw Boulevard in South Los Angeles is the first Black-female owned dispensary in the city, according to its owner Kika Keith.

Keith opened the shop through a city program that was designed to make cannabis business ownership more accessible to low-income people and communities impacted by the criminalization of cannabis.

But the very program that was trying to right the wrongs of the past instead became another obstacle for business owners like Keith. For three years, their shop sat mostly empty with its store front windows covered up and a poster that read: “Social Equity Cannabis Business Coming Soon.”

“I thought this was a great opportunity,” Keith told Los Angeles, recalling when she learned about the city’s social equity program. “Then we started sitting back and being like, ‘Wait a minute.’ This program is designed to fail.”


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