Morning Brief: Council Members Call for an Accounting of Actions at Echo Park Lake

Also a tragic mass shooting at an Orange office complex, and more

» L.A. City Council Members Mike Bonin and Nithya Raman have asked the LAPD to produce a full report analyzing last week’s deployment at Echo Park Lake. The council members are seeking a full financial accounting of what was spent on the incident, as well as information about detentions and use of force. [Los Angeles Times]

» Four people, one of them a child, were killed in a mass shooting at an Orange County office complex on Wednesday evening. The suspect, who hasn’t been named, was wounded by a gunshot and was taken to the hospital. [CNN]

» Endeavor, the Hollywood talent firm led by celebrity agent Ari Emanuel, has filed for an IPO–for the second time. The agency first planned to go public in 2019, before a last-minute change of heart. Now, the company says, conditions look better, and they’ve pulled in Elon Musk to help. [dot.LA]

» Mayor Garcetti says the “L.A. Al Fresco” program that has allowed restaurants to expand their outdoor dining arrangements will remain in place for the time being. The related rules are expected to continue at least through summer.  [KTLA]

» Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts has claimed a win in advance of baseball’s opening day. His official jersey is this year’s top-selling of any player in the league. Fellow Dodger Cody Bellinger took second place. [ESPN]

» Kobe and Vanessa Bryant’s daughter Natalia will be attending USC. The Trojan-to-be and her proud mom celebrated on social media. [Los Angeles Times]


» Democrat Christy Smith Is Running for Katie Hill’s Former Seat—Again The assemblywoman launched her campaign with an ad that paints her competitor, incumbent congressman Mike Garcia, as pro-insurrection

» The Paramour Estate, One of Silver Lake’s Most Iconic Properties, Hits the Market for $40 Mil The storied spread and former convent was listed by restaurateur Dana Hollister, who famously sparred with Katy Perry over another nunnery

» Major Decisions Loom in a Landmark Lawsuit Over Homelessness in Los Angeles As a firebrand judge considers broad action to house the homeless, L.A. County requests to be dropped from a federal suit regarding its alleged mismanagement of the crisis


Chef Mario Christerna and his mother, Norma Guerrero, cook this delicious lechón every Easter. (Photo by Irvin Rivera)

This Lechón with Mojo Is Anything But Your Average Easter Ham

When Mario Christerna was in his twenties, his mother remarried. Initially, Christerna, a Mexican American and the chef-owner of Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co., felt protective of his mom as he got to know his new stepfather, who is Cuban. Then he tasted his lechón. After taking one bite of the juicy pork, he recalls, “I felt respect for him, because I was like, ‘Wow, he cooks!’” After that, it became a tradition for the family to enjoy the roast together every Easter following church services.


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