Daily Brief: Coronavirus Stockpilers Swarm Local Stores for Water and Toilet Paper

Also City Council runoffs, taxis at LAX, and Woody Allen’s publisher

» Across the region, shoppers stockpiling things like bottled water and toilet paper in reaction to the Coronavirus outbreak are causing “chaotic” scenes at local stores, Costco stores in particular. KTLA reports that police had to report to a Costco in Chino Hills when bottled water was running low. A social media user reported 800-plus people were waiting to get into the Costco in Marina del Rey when it opened yesterday. And a line of people snaked around the outside of a Costco in Van Nuys. [KTLA]

» Two L.A. City Council races appear set for runoffs: In District 4, Nithya Raman vs. David Ryu, and in District 10, Grace Yoo vs. Mark Ridley-Thomas. Due to a quirk of election scheduling, the campaign cycle will run three times longer than the typical run-off. [Los Angeles Times]

» Taxis will soon be able to resume curbside pick-ups for LAX-it loathers. The airport is testing a new system to let taxis (but not rideshare cars) collect passengers from two designated areas outside arrivals.  [KTLA]

» Publishing staff at Hachette Book Group have walked out in protest of the publishing of a memoir by Woody Allen. Journalist Ronan Farrow, sister to Allen-accuser Dylan Farrow, published his own recent bestseller with Hachette imprint Little, Brown.  [CBS Los Angeles

» After a vegan protestor nearly disrupted Joe Biden’s L.A. rally, the Secret Service is upping his protection. But as long as Jill is by his side, he’s probably safe. [KTLA


» In California’s 25th District, the Fight for Katie Hill’s Seat Is Far From Over Democrat Christy Smith appears to be headed to a runoff against a Republican candidate—but it’s not who people had predicted

» NFL Star Julian Edelman Has Been Spending Time in L.A. Studying for His Bar Mitzvah Mazel, big guy

» Coachella and Stagecoach Have No Plans to Cancel for Coronavirus Officials are taking ”proactive measures”–but for now those don’t include shutting down the festivals



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Clueless Pop-Up Is Coming to West Hollywood

This summer marks 25 years since Amy Heckerling’s era-defining teen comedy Clueless was released, which means, yeah, you old, and that the obligatory anniversary pop-up is on its way.

As If: The 25th Anniversary Clueless Pop-Up launches on March 31 in the same Santa Monica Boulevard storefront that housed Saved by the Max, Good Burger, and the Breaking Bad Experience. Chef Royce Burke—formerly of vegetarian-friendly Yarrow Cafe on Fairfax—is cooking up a menu of “Cher-able” (get it?) eats, while the bar promises “’90s-in-L.A.-inspired libations.” Expect Instagrammy set recreations and a merch shop too.


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