Morning Brief: Martindale Fire Scorches Hundreds of Acres North of Santa Clarita

Also another WeHo gay bar shutters, Pelosi presents a relief package, and more

» Hundreds of acres north of Santa Clarita scorched on Monday as a new brush fire, the Martindale fire, sparked near Bouquet Canyon Road. By Tuesday morning, the blaze was 40 percent contained. [NBC Los Angeles]

» The Zogg fire has claimed at least three lives so far. The fast-moving blaze is one of multiple currently tearing through California’s wine country, triggering tens of thousands of evacuations, and threatening Paradise, site of devastating 2018 fires. [Los Angeles Times]

» Yet another decades-old gay bar in West Hollywood has shuttered. Gold Coast occupies a building owned by Monte Overstreet, the WeHo mega-landlord also linked to the recent closures of Rage and Flaming Saddles.  [Q Voice News]

» Nancy Pelosi has presented the White House with a new pandemic relief package and, this time, the administration seems ready to talkDemocrats restarted the dialog with a stimulus proposal worth $2.2 trillion. [The Washington Post]

» LAUSD will not be opening classrooms until the “overall level of the virus is much lower,” but phased reentry plans are in the works. “Schools have to balance the learning needs of students with the health and safety of all in the school community,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday.  [NBC Los Angeles]


» Doc Rivers Is Out as the Clippers’ Coach Following Team’s Disappointing Playoffs Performance A beloved figure on and off the court, Glenn Anton ”Doc” Rivers has served as Clippers head coach since 2013

» How to Watch the 2020 Presidential Debates Trump and Biden square off for the first time at 6 P.M. tonight

» The $25 Million Billie Eilish Documentary Now Has a Debut Date The doc captured the L.A.-bred phenom touring in support of ”When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”



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Vespertine Chef Jordan Kahn Is Bringing an Ambitious Pop-Up to Hollywood

While many L.A. restaurants have gotten creative with their outdoor spaces—turning parking lots into piazzas and the like—to offer al fresco dining amidst COVID-19 precautions, Vespertine chef Jordan Kahn is, of course, taking things further. Kahn, who’s known for his avant-garde take on fine dining, is planning to take over the former Auburn restaurant space on Melrose Avenue for a pop-up called Ephemera.


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