» Eucalyptus trees are at the center of a debate about fire safety and native plants. Critics call the invasive species a “gasoline tree,” but not everyone is equally concerned [The Guardian]
» The mother of a 6-year-old boy allegedly beaten to death by his godfather, the supervisor of an after-school program at a South L.A. elementary school, speaks out. “I wish somebody could get ahold of him and make him feel the way my heart feels, my family feels, my son felt,” Kenya Taylor said. “Never, never, never stop feeling it. I want him to suffer every day of his life.” [Los Angeles Times]
» Lowell Herb Co, the brand linked to the opening of WeHo’s cannabis cafe, is being sued by the state. The lawsuit alleges the company engaged in “commercial cannabis activity without a license.” [Eater]
» Six West L.A. traffic intersections are being described as a “danger zone” after a series of violent car accidents. Police have stepped up patrols at the locations. [ABC Los Angeles]
» Lead paint is still poisoning thousands of L.A. children. The toxic paint had been banned for decades. [Los Angeles Times]
» AAA will offer a free “tow to go” service tonight just in case you end up driving somewhere you shouldn’t drive yourself back from. [Fox Los Angeles]
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All the Best New Year’s Eve Parties in L.A.
We’re all just days away from turning our back on the fiery wreck that was 2019 and sashaying into 2020 like Angela Bassett in Waiting to Exhale. All that’s left is to ring in the new year with a suitable blowout.
We have pulled together dozens of picks across the region for all times of revelers, from glitzy shindigs to family friendly events. You’re sure to find your ideal celebration. Have fun–and be safe.
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