Morning Brief: The Palisades Fire Grows to More Than 1,300 Acres

Also, Jackie Lacey’s husband avoids serving jail time, and more

» A brush fire that ignited Friday night in the Pacific Palisades area had grown to upward of 1,300 acres by Sunday evening, forcing evacuations for approximately 1,000 people. Fire officials are reportedly questioning a possible arson suspect. [Los Angeles Times] 

» David Lacey, husband of former Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, will enter a diversion program rather than serve jail time for pulling a gun on Black Lives Matter protesters in March 2020. The 67-year-old will serve 100 hours of community service, attend anger management classes, and complete a gun safety course. [CBS Los Angeles]

» Two journalists who sued the Hollywood Foreign Press Association when they were denied membership are seeking a $2.5 million settlement. The organization has been mired in controversy, resulting in NBC canceling next year’s Golden Globe Awards.  [The Wrap] 

» Kobe Bryant was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night. His widow, Vanessa, accepted the honor with a moving speech. [ESPN]

 » Richard Montañez has long claimed he invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos when he was a janitor at the Frito-Lay plant in Rancho Cucamonga (he even has a memoir about his rise to snack fame coming out in June). Now, Frito-Lay says Montañez’s involvement is an “urban legend.” [Los Angeles Times]


» Newsom Boosts California Movie Market with Another $30 Million in Tax Incentives As the industry backs away from Georgia, California’s governor is tapping into a $75 billion budget surplus to draw productions to the Golden State

» ‘I’ve Got Nothing More to Hide’: Polly Borland Puts Her Nude Selfies on Display Of her new project ’Nudie’ the legendary L.A.-based photographer says, ’It was time for me to do what I’d done to others’

» A New Britney Spears Podcast Promises to Be a ‘Super Legit’ Look at the Star’s Life and Legal Woes Tess Barker and Babs Gray, hosts of the podcast ‘Britney’s Gram,’ are setting out to look at Spears’s story through a true crime lens


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