Daily Brief: Newsom Wants to Spend Big On Homelessness, Uber Responds to AB 5, and More

Plus a baby whale and new names for L.A. Metro trains

» Governor Gavin Newsom will send a new state budget proposal to the legislature on Friday. He’s asking lawmakers to allocate more than $1.4 billion to local and state run efforts to help the homeless.  [Los Angeles Times]

» L.A. Metro made its new, letter-based naming system for trains and buses official. It will not include an F line, for all the reasons you might imagine.[LAist]

» Uber is making some changes to the way its app works in California in response to the state’s new “gig-work” law AB 5. The rideshare company sent out an email to drivers and riders on Wednesday informing them of changes. [San Francisco Chronicle]

» California will consider creating a legal “right to housing” for children and families this year. Marina del Rey Assemblywoman Autumn Burke says her proposed legislation was inspired by similar right to shelter laws in New York.  [Politico]

» A baby gray whale was spotting swimming with its mother off the coast of SoCal. The calf was estimated to be only a day or so old. [Ventura County Star]


» Why the Laemmle Family Decided to Give the Movie Theater Biz Another Go After attempting to sell its iconic chain of specialty cinemas, the L.A. film exhibition dynasty isn’t just surviving—it’s thriving

» George Gascón Demands DA Jackie Lacey Halt Prosecutions of Suspects Falsely ID’ed as Gang Members He says “a review is imperative in order to restore community trust” in the wake of reports

» The 2020 Oscars Will Not Have a Host The Academy has confirmed the show will go host-free for a second year in a row


smorgasburg vendors 2020

Photos: Courtesy of Smorgasburg L.A.

Smorgasburg Reopens for 2020 with a Fresh Batch of Vendors

Think back to January 2019. (We know, it seems ridiculously long ago.) When Smorgasburg launched for the season they debuted a handful of new vendors, including a little stand called Tacos 1986. That charismatic operation would go on to be one of the biggest food stories of the year.

With that in mind, Smorgasburg is rolling out its freshest finds with great fanfare. On the list for 2020 are the return of a Burmese pop-up that fans first tasted over the summer, a Michoacan-style carnitas concept, and the DTLA debut of one of Highland Park’s most popular street food Chinese options.


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