Daily Brief: Disneyland Workers File Suit, ‘Richard Jewell’ Causes Controversy, and More

Also Zillow’s new scheme, street vending rules, and the word of the year

» Zillow, the website you use to look at listings for homes you’ll never afford, is now buying and selling houses itself. Los Angeles and Orange County residents will be able to hand over their homes and let the tech giant flip the property for them.   [The RealDeal]

» The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has issued a legal plea to Warner Bros. and the makers of the new Clint Eastwood drama Richard Jewell to issue a disclaimer that there’s no evidence that the deceased journalist depicted by Olivia Wilde traded sex for story tips as she’s depicted doing in the movie. Kathy Scruggs, the journalist who covered the Centennial Park Bombing for the paper, passed away in 2000 at just 42. [Variety]

» The Americana could be getting some competition. A developer is moving forward with a plan for a 25-story hotel and mixed-use tower in downtown Glendale [Urbanize L.A.]

» L.A.’s new street vendor permit program is set to begin in the coming weeks, but the details of the policy are still controversial, with some saying the system is onerous, expensive, and too restrictive–and others arguing it is not restrictive enough.  [LAist]

» A class-action lawsuit by Disneyland workers claims the theme park is failing to pay living wages, thus violating a 2018 ballot measure. The move could put a long-running debate between the workers’ labor union and Disney park management in the hands of the courts.  [Los Angeles Times]

» YouTube phenom Jeffree Star snapped up a $14.6 million mansion. The Hidden Hills estate replaces Star’s previous mansion, which he claims to have “outgrown.”  [Vulture]

» Merriam-Webster has named “they” its word of the year. The plural pronoun’s usage as a gender-neutral singular pronoun was added to the dictionary in September. [Time]


» The Clippers’ Inglewood Arena Clears a Major Environmental Hurtle With the California Air Resources Board’s blessing, the arena could be finished by 2024

» Katie Hill Reveals That She Battled Dark Thoughts Before Her Resignation In a New York Times op-ed the former congresswoman says, ”I know there’s a lot more pain ahead. But I’m in the fight.”

» An Iconic Sherman Oaks Coffee Shop Is Closing Its Doors Corky’s is powering down the grill, but preservationists hope to save the Googie building it called home


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’90s Neon Wonderland or ‘Ominous Parallel Universe’? How CityWalk Became a Polarizing L.A. Landmark

CityWalk is a hallucinogenic facsimile of the ’90s, a fever dream where a shopping center meets a Nickelodeon sound stage.

An L.A. Times article published shortly before CityWalk’s opening in 1993 spelled it all out in black and white: “Tired of feeling guilty about the homeless? Weary of fighting traffic or worrying about crime? When CityWalk opens this fall, its creators promise a poverty-free pedestrian promenade with plenty of parking and a sheriff’s substation on the premises.”  John Stenger, author of Hollywood Goes Shopping, saw CityWalk as an “escape” from the reality of an L.A. that was in turmoil just a year after the Rodney King riots.

Unsurprisingly, though, CityWalk’s separatist ethos and faux urbanity didn’t sit well with many locals at the time. Now, some have grown to take a kind of pleasure in the strange environment. We take a look at the theme park adjacent outdoor mall at 26 years old.


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