The Short Stack: The Los Angeles Week in Review, 1/19/2015 – 1/23/2015

A news and culture roundup made to order



Fire Starter
Officials are determined to find the person or persons who started last month’s massive downtown fire at the under-construction Da Vinci apartments. The city, Da Vinci developer Geoffrey Palmer, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are now offering a joint $170,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The heightened intensity could be fueled by the recent discovery that an accelerant was used to spark the blaze.


Air Apparent
The state’s first fully functional hydrogen pump—one that anyone with a fuel cell vehicle and a credit card can utilize—opened for business recently at Cal State L.A. More than 70 additional hydrogen stations are expected to open in California by the end of the decade, allowing drivers to drastically cut down on toxic emissions.


Information Age
Metro is in the midst of adding cell phone service to its underground tunnels and Wi-Fi service to its stations; installation should wrap in two years, and four Red Line stations will have connectivity this spring. Meanwhile the county is moving forward with a new Web site containing a plethora of information currently spread over various department sites.


High Honor
LAPD Captain Phil Tingirides and his wife, Sergeant Emada Tingirides, sat with First Lady Michelle Obama during President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday. The couple was recognized for their integral role in the Community Safety Partnership, a three-year-old program that has effectively repaired relations between the police and the Watts community and reduced crime.




Get Ready to Binge
The trailer is now out for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the hotly anticipated Netflix sitcom created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper (The Office, Bridesmaids) that debuts March 6. The plot line—a cult member is literally hidden underground for years before being unleashed on New York—looks delightfully promising.


We Want to Believe
Let’s hope the murmurs of The X-Files returning are not just conspiracy theories. Fox executives went on the record to say they want it back, but juggling the busy schedules of creator Chris Carter and stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny won’t be easy. Next ’90s show to resurrect? We suggest My So-Called Life or Seinfeld.


Another Week, Another Awards Show
We’re in the thick of trophy season, with the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards airing Sunday night on TNT. The nominees for Best Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture include five of the eight films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is on both lists—read a Q&A with the film’s most adorable star here.


Elvis Would Approve
The new peanut butter bar in Studio City is not a pretentious dessert nook where the crusts are cut off artisanal bread before gourmet cashew mousse is placed on top. SpreadPB is a place to bring the kids for raisins on a log and see if any of them take to coconut PB.

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