Daily Brief: Crime Down in L.A., a Thought-Provoking Nativity Scene, and More

Also anti-vaxxer actions, CBS’s toxic culture, and the passing of Big Bird’s puppeteer

» For the first 10 months of 2019, crime is down in the city of Los Angeles. Stats show a 6 percent drop from the same period last year.  [Crosstown]

» An L.A. Times investigation reveals that the reportedly toxic culture at CBS appears to have trickled down to local CBS TV stations, including L.A. affiliates KCAL and KCBS; more than two dozen current and former employees at those stations claim to have encountered “age discrimination, misogyny, and sexual harassment—and retaliation if they complained.” [Los Angeles Times]

» A Claremont Methodist church has unveiled a nativity scene that depicts Jesus, Mary, and Joseph separated and in cages as a commentary on Trump’s border policy. [CBS News]

» Caroll Spinney, the whole-body puppeteer who brought Big Bird to life, passed away at 85 this weekend. [The New York Times]

» In an aggressive new approach, anti-vaccine activists are staging in-person actions some describe as “dangerous harassment.” Reports include accosting parents and infants outside pediatric offices and following doctors and legislators.  [NBC News]

» An investigation found that more than 70 percent of O.C. Sheriff’s Department deputies mishandled evidence. The report was hidden from the public for two years. [NPR]

» Harvey Weinstein appeared in court ahead of his criminal trial in New York. He walked with a cane and observers described him as appearing “enfeebled.”  [Variety]

» A Jefferson Park pedestrian has died after being hit by three different hit-and-run drivers in the same night. One car dragged the man more than half a mile before stopping, only to detach his body from the car and then drive away.  [ABC Los Angeles]

» Following an executive order by the president seen as anti-refugee, the L.A. City Council has declared Los Angeles a “welcoming city” for refugees.  [CBS Los Angeles]


» Leonard Goldberg, Pioneer of the Made-for-TV Movie, Was a Rare Figure in the Industry Friends and associates are mourning the loss of the beloved producer, who passed away at 85

» California Will Fare Better Than the Rest of the U.S. When the Economy Slows in 2020 But L.A. could suffer its own unique economic pain in the coming years

» A Jury Decided Elon Musk’s “Pedo Guy” Tweet Wasn’t Defamation The Tesla billionaire says his ”faith in humanity is restored”


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The Best Places to Buy a Christmas Tree in L.A.

What to do when your tree-scented candle just isn’t doing it for you any more and you’re ready to bring home a proper tannenbaum of your own? Don’t get stuck with a sub-par pine from the parking lot stand on the corner. We’ve rounded up the best spots to pick out a festive fir–along with all the wreathes, trimmings, and other details you’ll need to deck the halls.


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