Morning Brief: What Would a Newsom Recall Election Look Like?

Also Ghislaine Maxwell charged with sex trafficking, and more

» Much remains unknown about exactly how a recall election of Gavin Newsom might work. “It’s a rare historical event, and that’s probably why it hasn’t been fleshed out,” says California state constitution expert Brandon Stracener. [Los Angeles Times]

» LAPD officers fatally shot an unidentified Black man in downtown L.A. early on Monday morning. Police sources say the man was armed with a handgun, but have provided few other details of the incident. [KTLA]

» Accused Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell has been charged with sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl. A previous indictment accuses Maxwell of grooming and sexual abuse, but Monday’s charges are the first to allege trafficking. [New York Times]

» California is about to significantly expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. Experts warn that, even with more doses coming in, there won’t be enough to immediately meet demand. [Los Angeles Times]

» Long Beach Unified is now the largest school district in the state to resume in-person classes. Around 14,000 students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade returned to classrooms on Monday.  [KTLA]


» Who Is Chet Hanks and What the Hell Is a ‘White Boy Summer’? Tom Hanks’s rapper son has turned summer into a season no one’s excited about

» A Paparazzi Photo Agency Known for Suing Celebs Is Being Sued into Oblivion by Meghan Markle Splash News & Picture Agency has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Nevada

» How Two of L.A.’s Beloved Indie Arts Spaces Are Surviving the Pandemic Junior High was forced to shutter its Hollywood location, but found a new home in Glendale. In La Puente, Bridgetown DIY struggles to hold on.


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Bachi Yaki’s truck parked downtown (Photo by Josh Lurie)

Hibachi Trucks Are Taking a Retro Dinner Trend on the Road

Many people probably know Benihana, the iconic Japanese-style hibachi restaurant that debuted in 1964 where chefs grill proteins on a teppanyaki (steel griddle) and put on a show. Benihana counts beating heart-shaped fried rice, an onion volcano, and shrimp flipped into toques among their signature moves. Mobile teppanyaki isn’t quite as theatrical—yet—but Bachi Yaki, El Arabachi, Kyoto Hibachi, and Benihibachi all operate hibachi truck fleets across California that cook premium proteins like filet mignon, lobster tails, and King crab legs that can cost up to $45 per plate.


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