Morning Brief: UCLA Student Dispatched Offensive Tweets Prior to Capitol Riot

Also Second Stepdaughter Ella Emhoff snags the spotlight, and more

» Christian Secor, the far-right UCLA student who was arrested last Tuesday for his role in the January 6 riot at the Capitol, had previously drawn the ire of fellow students for his offensive online presence. In one tweet, Secor—who’d founded of a far-right campus group—suggested that ICE agents should “just cough” on undocumented immigrants. [Los Angeles Times]

» It’s been a big week for L.A.-reared Second Stepdaughter Ella Emhoff. The 21-year-old made her New York Fashion Week modeling debut, appeared on the cover of Dust magazine (sporting pieces from her own clothing line), and launched a knitwear capsule collection which sold quickly.  [People]

» In L.A., white people and residents of wealthy neighborhoods remain most likely to have received COVID-19 vaccine. In Bel Air, one in four eligible residents has received at least a first dose; in Watts, just one in 25 have.  [Los Angeles Times]

» California’s Secretary of State has certified 668,202 signatures submitted in the effort to recall Gavin Newsom. Recall supporters must reach a total of around 1.5 million verified signatures to move forward. The RNC has stepped in to help fund the final phase of signature gathering. [Politico]

» Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are accusing the organization’s leadership of corruption and ethical violations. The group that presents the Golden Globes is accused of accepting large payments from studios angling for awards and self-dealing questionable fees out to members; members are said to seek out invitations to lavish parties and expensive ‘press junkets’ in exchange for their favor. [Los Angeles Times]

» Multiple women who worked for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California have alleged a pattern of sexual harassment and discrimination. Now L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez has asked city officials to look into ways the city could end its contract with the water provider. [KTLA]


» Media Report Claims Patrick Soon-Shiong Is Considering Selling the L.A. Times The billionaire owner of the California Times Company replied to the Wall Street Journal story by saying he remains “committed to the Los Angeles Times”

» L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Is Investigating Abuse Claims Against Marilyn Manson Officials are reportedly looking into allegations of domestic abuse against the shock rocker

» Kim Kardashian Has Filed for Divorce from Kanye West After months of speculation, Kimye is officially headed to Splitsville



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Black History Month Spotlight: Lovie Yancey, Founder of Beloved SoCal Burger Chain Fatburger

In 1947, gregarious entrepreneur Lovie Yancey (1912-2008), who had previously owned a restaurant in Tucson, launched a new eatery with business partner Charles Simpson. Called Mr. Fatburger, the three-stool hamburger stand on Western Avenue capitalized on L.A.’s new obsession with fast food. “The name of the store was my idea,” she recalled. “I wanted to get across the idea of a big burger with everything on it…a meal in itself.”

Working 18-hour days, Yancey transformed her little stand into a culinary institution beloved by celebrities and everyday folks alike. Dropping the “Mr.,” Fatburger was franchised and billed as “The Last Great Hamburger Stand,” competing with McDonald’s and others in the local market (today there are 200 Fatburgers). “They may be more popular, but a good hamburger sells itself,” Yancey once said. “And I don’t think anybody makes as good a hamburger as we do.”


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