Morning Brief: Amazon Workers Stage a Protest Outside Jeff Bezos’s Beverly Hills Home

Also the first openly gay justice appointed to the California Supreme Court, an update on the Taix redevelopment plan, and more

» Protesters gathered outside Jeff Bezos’s home in Beverly Hills to demand better treatment of Amazon workers and higher taxes for the rich. The protesters are calling for customers to boycott Amazon’s upcoming Prime Day sales promotion.  [CBS News]

» Martin Jenkins has been appointed the first openly LGBTQ+ person on the California Supreme Court. Jenkins, previously a Court of Appeals judge, briefly played in the NFL before turning to law. [Los Angeles Times]

» Greg Laurie, pastor of the Riverside megachurch Harvest Crusade, is among those who have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the possible super-spreader event at the White House. “If the president of the United States can get it, obviously anyone can get it,” he said in a video message to followers. [Los Angeles Times]

» There will be no new reopening tier for LA. County this week. The county maintains an adjusted case rate of 7.3 per 100,000. That number must hold at, or at least near, seven for two consecutive weeks before advancing.  [Los Angeles Times]

» The Taix redevelopment project has released updated plans for the Echo Park siteThe latest iteration features a simpler, more traditional shape, and an open-air walkway connecting the two main buildings. [The Eastsider]


» Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine to Resign The top editor has been criticized for allowing racial disparities in the newsroom and failing to create a paper that accurately reflects Los Angeles

» The White House COVID Outbreak Keeps Getting Worse What we know about the developing situation—and what it might mean for the rest of the president’s campaign

» The Country’s Second-Largest Movie Theater Chain Is Shutting Down Indefinitely As studios delay major releases, Regal Cinemas can’t afford to keep its U.S. theaters open


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Chantal Anderson

The National’s Matt Berninger Finds Solo-Album Inspiration in Coastal California

Recorded pre-pandemic, Matt Berninger’s Serpentine Prison isn’t exactly sunny, though it was made here in Los Angeles. Out October 16, the alluring album boasts a Nick Cave-like swagger; soulful, haunting musicianship; and razor-sharp lyrics. “My eyes are T-shirts, they’re so easy to read, I wear ’em for you but they’re all about me,” Berninger declares on the LP’s opener. The atmospheric tone is in part thanks to its producer, R&B legend Booker T. Jones.


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