Morning Brief: Trump Refuses to Condemn White Supremacists During First Debate

Also outdoor service to return at breweries and wineries, Westfield shopping malls sue the county, and more

» During a nearly unwatchable, trying, depressing first presidential debate, Donald “Fine People on Both Sides” Trump refused to denounce violent racist groups when directly asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he’d do so. Instead he told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by,” and said that “almost everything I’m seeing is from the left-wing.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Parking restrictions in L.A. could be enforced again as early as Thursday. The City Council will meet today to vote on a schedule for phasing back in enforcement of street cleaning, abandoned vehicle, and other infractions. Enforcement was paused in March due to the pandemic. [Daily News]

» An increasing number of landlords are calling the cops about tenant disputes on the first of the month each month. According to Crosstown, “Rent-day service calls for disputes between tenants and landlords were low early in the year, then began rising as the spread of the coronavirus led to many business shutdowns and job losses.” [Crosstown]

» L.A. County will allow the reopening of outdoor service at breweries, wineries, and card rooms starting next week. The decision split the Board of Supervisors and, one member of the board stated, contradicted advice on the matter given by Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. [Los Angeles Times]

» Westfield, the largest operator of indoor shopping malls in the region, is suing the county over COVID-19 restrictions. The company alleges that allowing outdoor malls and shopping centers to operate, but excluding indoor facilities, is “unjustifiable.”[NBC Los Angeles]

» As many companies look to making work-from-home permanent, Netflix is going the opposite directionThe entertainment giant has signed its biggest office lease in L.A. yet, taking on 171,000 square feet in Burbank to house an animation studio. [L.A. Business Journal]

» Want to make dropping off your ballot a little more exciting? These local museums, sports arenas, concert venues, and other popular landmarks–many closed for months due to COVID–are all opening up to serve as early voting centers.  [Time Out L.A.]


» After Two Decades, a Big Leadership Change Is Underway at the Weingart Foundation After 22 years under CEO Fred Ali, one of the city’s leading philanthropic organizations will be led by former City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana

» Meghan and Harry’s Montecito Neighbors Are Fending Off the Tabloid Press The former royals may have finally found the privacy their looking for in the celebrity-strewn community

» Tax Specialist Questions Whether Trump’s $70k Haircare Is Actually Tax Deductible If you were thinking about writing off your next haircut, you might want to think twice


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Beloved Pasadena Bookstore Vroman’s Needs Help Weathering the Pandemic

Vroman’s Bookstore has weathered a lot of storms since it opened its doors in 1894—including a influenza pandemic back in 1918—but the COVID-19 crisis has proven a tough customer. On Monday, the Colorado Boulevard landmark issued a plea for help via email and social media, asking customers to shop in store (particularly on less-crowded weekday mornings) and online, and to spread the word about their “local indie.”


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