The Daily Brief: How Fires Get Their Names, Staples Center Gentrification, and More

Also the Maria fire, frat boys charged, and L.A. vs. Uber’s scooters

» Overnight, a massive blaze known as the Maria fire spread to 8,000 acres in Ventura County. [LAist]

» Yesterday, another new wildfire broke out Thursday in San Bernardino, completing what’s being called a “ring of fire” around Los Angeles. [NBC Los Angeles]

» And that new fire may not be the last. With no rain forecast for weeks, critical fire weather warnings have been extended for the region.   [Los Angeles Times]

» Here’s a list of all the fires burning in Southern California at the moment. [KTLA]

 » L.A. has temporarily blocked the company’s JUMP scooters from operating in the city and given Uber 10 days to turn over user data. The show-down is seen as a prelude of what may happen in other cities, as many have chosen to follow L.A.’s lead on scooter regulation.  [The Wall Street Journal] 

» Influential queer history-celebrators Dirty Looks have announced a curatorial team for On Location, the group’s fifth biennial event series, with arts events taking place in venues around Los Angeles next July.   [Art News] 

» When the Staples Center opened 20 years ago, it was greeted with fanfare. Now, looking back, some say the Staples Center played a key role in gentrification of downtown Los Angeles.   [The Nation] 

» In January, a UC Irvine freshman was found dead of alcohol poisoning under suspicious circumstances. Now, five members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity face charges in the boy’s death. The tragedy appears connected to an event called “Big Brother Night.”   [KTLA]

» At last, an answer to a question you’ve probably asked at least once this week: How do fires get their names? [Los Angeles Times]


» L.A. Will Finally Start Enforcing its Airbnb Rules. The city’s new Home-Sharing Ordinance went into effect in July, but enforcement starts November 1.

 » How Local Republican Operatives Brought Down Katie Hill.The Simi Valley reporter behind the coverage that put an end to the freshman congress member’s career has a history in politics in the area

 » Dash Cam Video Shows the Moment the Getty Fire Started. “This was simply put, in plain parlance, an act of god,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.


dia de los Muertos

Pamela Avila

How the Women Who Brought Día de los Muertos to Los Angeles Carry on the Tradition

 Altaristas (altar-makers) Ofelia Esparza and Consuelo Flores, and Sister Karen Boccalero, founder of Self Help Graphics & Art, were instrumental in helping the tradition of Día de los Muertos establish new roots in Los Angeles. “Before [the 1970s], there were probably other Day of the Dead celebrations but they were never done in public,” Flores said. “Or on a public scale.” Esparza, Flores, and Self Help Graphics remain instrumental to how L.A. marks the occasion today. 

“We all suffer three deaths,” Esparza recalls her mother telling her. “The first death is the day we give our last breath or the day that we die. The second death is the day that we’re buried, never to be seen on the face of the Earth again. The third, most dreaded death of all, is to be forgotten.” Through her ofrenda, she helps bridge the worlds and keep loved ones alive in memory. 

 The beauty of the celebration of your ancestors is the “fluid nature of it,” Flores says. “The thing that I’m resistant to is the commercialization of it, the thing that I do not like is the appropriation of it.”

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