Morning Brief: L.A. Rents Are Beginning to Fall—Especially in ‘Luxury’ Buildings

Also breweries want permission to open for outdoor service and airport passenger traffic plummets by more than half

» Apartment rental prices in Los Angeles appear to be dropping as landlords struggle to fill vacancies amid the pandemic. “Luxury” buildings in particular are slashing prices, with the largest drops–around 8 to 10 percent–observed in DTLA and Mid-Wilshire. [Los Angeles Times]

» L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies appear to pull guns and rifles on a group of Black teenagers in video footage of an incident in Santa Clarita. The officers were called because the teens were being threatened by a man wielding a weapon. Sheriff Villanueva issued a statement acknowledging that he “has concerns about the tactics deployed.” [CBS Los Angeles]

» A majority of Americans now report personally knowing at least one person who has been infected with COVID-19. Some experts say that direct connection to the impact of the virus could motivate the public to take health precautions more seriously [Bloomberg]

» Local breweries and wineries want to be allowed to reopen for outdoor service. Some say they’re being unfairly singled out for prolonged closure. [ABC Los Angeles]

» Airports in the region report a 58 percent drop in passengers in the first half of 2020. Following September 11, 2001, air travel dropped about 10 percent, but quickly rebounded.  [L.A. Business Journal]

» More than $50,000 has been donated to a crowdfunding campaign to get a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for actor James Hong. Fellow actor Daniel Dae Kim led the fundraising efforts, hoping to get recognition for the 91-year-old Hong, who has over 600 Hollywood credits. [Yahoo! Entertainment]


» California Has Reportedly Saved Billions by Spending Millions to Sue Trump California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says that ”every single case is based on the administration doing something against the law”

» Roller Skating Isn’t Having a ‘Resurgence’ The hobby has gone viral during quarantine, but L.A.’s Black roller dancers have been gracefully gliding around the city for decades

» L.A. Restaurants That Have Closed Amid the Pandemic, by Neighborhood A running list of permanent closures across the region


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A Look Back at How ‘Fright Night’ Turned L.A. into Anytown, USA

“Today it would be very easy to set the whole Fright Night package in an urban, downtown apartment world,” says Fright Night production designer John DeCuir. “I believe we felt that in the ‘80s the stereotype for easily spooked and vulnerable teens was suburbia, not a gritty urban environment.”


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