Morning Brief: Supervisors Take Up Motion to Consider Ways to Remove Sheriff Villanueva

Also a looming budget crisis in L.A., and more

» The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be taking up a motion today that could pave the way to removing Sheriff Alex Villanueva. If approved, lawyers would begin work on finding ways to limit Villanueva’s power, impeach him personally, and possibly change the role from an elected one to an appointment. [Los Angeles Times]

» Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed as the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Her first ruling in the role could be on the outcome of the election, as conservative justices appear poised to revive a controversial argument in the 2000 Bush vs. Gore case. “Put simply,” Mark Joseph Stern writes for Slate, “Barrett’s first actions on the court could hand Donald Trump an unearned second term, and dramatically curtail states’ ability to protect the right to vote.” [Slate]

» The City of Los Angeles may be facing a budget shortfall of $400-$600 million. Pandemic is cited as a cause for both increased spending and decreased revenue. [LAist]

» A count of votes cast so far has already surpassed 2016’s total early vote numbers. Indications suggest national voter turnout could be historically high.  [KTLA]

» There could be multiple “supporting actor” nominations coming out of The Trial of the Chicago 7In an unusual move, all of the male performers at the center of the story will be pushed in that category, with no individual recommended as a ‘lead.’ [The Hollywood Reporter]


» A Dispute Between Laguna Beach Neighbors Involves a Pricey Sculpture and the Gilligan’s Island Theme Song Billionaire businessman Bill Gross and his neighbors are at odds over a Chihuly original—and according to dueling lawsuits, things are getting ugly

» Local Labor Union Displays Day of the Dead Altar for Essential Workers Killed by COVID-19 Labor leaders held a ceremony revealing the L.A. altar honoring workers and others who have died from the coronavirus

» Over a (Virtual) Pasta Dinner, Phil Rosenthal Talks Saving the Restaurant Industry, the Power of Good Food, and More The host of Netflix’s ’Somebody Feed Phil’ orders takeout almost every meal—so we joined him via Zoom for dinner to go and a heart to heart


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An Halen in an early PR shot (from left): bassist Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and Eddie Van Halen

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Pasadena Considers Options for an Eddie Van Halen Memorial

Soon after Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen passed away on October 6, fans began flocking to the San Gabriel Valley to pay tribute to their guitar hero. Flowers and candles began appearing on a Las Lunas street in the family’s old neighborhood where Eddie and Alex Van Halen scrawled their names in wet cement decades earlier.

The duo began their career playing parties and small clubs in Pasadena, and an effort quickly took root to praise the hometown hero. Fans Randa Schmalfeld and Julie Kimura quickly raised the $3,000 application fee to rename an alley in Old Town Pasadena on GoFundMe. The city took notice and put a motion to create a permanent tribute to the musician on Monday’s city council agenda. A city staff report recommends a couple of options.


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