Daily Brief: Highlights from the Democratic Debate, New Affordable Housing, and More

Also Trump-induced malaise, Airbnb rules, and a Ring data breach

» Seven Democratic presidential candidates took the stage at Loyola-Marymount University last night for a debate that NBC News described as “livelier” than anticipated.  [NBC News]

» Senator Elizabeth Warren criticized South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg for attending a high-dollar fundraiser hosted in a wine cave (outfitted with a Swarovski crystal chandelier) in Napa.  [MarketWatch]

» This led Governor (and wine cave owner) Gavin Newsom to defend wine caves and, more broadly, California’s fancy wine industry, saying, “It’s a point of pride. It’s one of America’s great exports…I don’t know that it’s helpful to have those kinds of debates.” [Huffington Post]

» Just as the city of L.A. attempts to crack down on Airbnb, some officials want the rules to roll back. A new proposal would allow more Airbnb ‘vacation homes,’ which are currently banned.   [Curbed]

» Fashion Nova workers continue to accuse the company of underpaid wages and “sweatshop conditions.” The fast fashion brand claims they have done nothing wrong. [ABC Los Angeles]

» Three new affordable housing projects have been green-lit by the city. The stylish complexes are headed to the L.A. neighborhoods of Montecito Heights, Central-Alameda, and Wilmington.  [Urbanize L.A.]

» More bad news for Amazon’s scary private surveillance tech. The private data of 3,672 Ring users was compromised this week, including personal information and up to 60 days of video logs.  [BuzzFeed]

» Even in Democratic-leaning California, many are expressive a sense that impeachment offers little relief from Trump-era anxieties. “I just with this national nightmare would be over,” says local bookstore owner James Fugate. [Los Angeles Times]


» Harvey Weinstein Accused in a New Sex Assault Suit—This Time Against a Minor The case against the disgraced producer just entered new territory

» How a Former Bank Robber Saved Her Football Star Son from a System Unkind to the Mentally Ill Antonio Carrion was headed for the NFL when the voices started and he drifted away. Then his estranged mother finished her time for robbery and saved his life

» The Wildest Lines from Cats Movie Reviews Critics came with claws out



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Christmas in Solvang | George Rose/Getty Images

Holiday Getaways within Reasonable Driving Distance of L.A.

Going out of town for the holidays can be complicated (and expensive), but take flying out of the equation and the prospect seems a lot more fun (and affordable). If you’re willing to forgo that wonderful week of a traffic-free Los Angeles, here are some festive, fun places to flee to.


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