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How to Watch the 2021 Presidential Inauguration

It would be impossible–and maddening and tragic, though occasionally beautiful–to list all of the ways in which the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be unusual and historic. But, suffice it to say, it’s certainly going to be a day that many, many people have been eagerly awaiting. While the in-person affair will lack some of the traditional trappings, we can at least watch the public proceedings from wherever we are.

When Can I Watch the Biden Inauguration? 

Since the adoption of the 20th Amendment in 1933, the Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United States always takes place on January 20. The term of the outgoing office-holders ends at noon that day, and the swearing in of the newly elected individuals takes place shortly thereafter.

Pretty much every news channel will have their teams in place starting around 7 a.m. our time (10 a.m. in Washington) and will be continuing through the day. C-SPAN will have a live, free feed, and if you want to get into the spirit early, they have footage of historic Inaugural addresses available to watch right now.

History note: Presidential Inaugurations long took place in March. But, between the election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860 and his inauguration in March, 1861, secessionists staged a number of attacks on federal facilities. Looking back on the time a few decades later, politicians felt the Civil War might have been prevented or at least handled more effectively had the new president been in power a bit sooner. The date was officially moved from early March to January 20 when the 20th Amendment was ratified in the 1930s.

What Will There Be to Watch?

The swearing in ceremony and formal address from Biden are expected to take place outside the Capitol, as is traditional.

That event will include:
» Invocation by Jesuit priest Father Leo J. O’Donovan
» The Pledge of Allegiance read by firefighter Andrea Hall, one of the few Black women to become a fire captain in America
» Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem
» Poetry reading by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, an Angeleno
» Musical performance by Jennifer Lopez
» Benediction by Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman, pastor of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Wilmington, Delaware, and a longtime friend of the Bidens

Following the ceremony, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their spouses will participate in the Pass in Review, a formal military proceeding that reflects the peaceful transition of power, a tradition which dates in its current form to 1873.

After that, the new President and Vice President will proceed across the river to Arlington Cemetery, where they and their spouses will be joined by former Presidents and First Ladies Obama, Bush, and Clinton, to honor military personnel.

There will be no real parade, but in its place will be a “virtual parade” featuring performances and appearances by people across the U.S. “The parade will celebrate America’s heroes and reflect on the diversity, heritage and resilience of our country,” the Inaugural Committee says.

When Does ‘Celebrating America’ Happen?

In lieu of the usual parties, the Inaugural Committee has organized a televised event named Celebrating America. Starting at 5:30 p.m. (8:30 in Washington), the event will salute “American heroes who are helping their fellow Americans through this crisis, including frontline workers, health care workers, teachers, citizens giving back, and those who are breaking barriers.”

The show, which will be carried on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and MSNBC, as well as streamed, will be hosted by Tom Hanks and feature remote performances by Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Ant Clemons, the Foo Fighters, Demi Lovoto, and John Legend. Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria, who popped up as hosts of the virtual DNC last summer, will also participate.

Is Anything Else Happening? 

Lots of things, actually. And this year, you’ll be able to “attend” since they’re being streamed to everybody at bideninaugural.org, where you can also find a full schedule, which includes a Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute and a memorial for lives lost to COVID-19.

On Sunday, catch the We The People Concert hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and Debra Messing. The show will feature performances from James Taylor, Carole King, Ben Harper, Will.i.am, and Fall Out Boy. Fall Out Boy’s bass player, Pete Wentz, has a special connection to Joe Biden: His parents met while working for the then-Senator in the 1970s.


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Morning Brief: The More Contagious U.K. Variant Has Been Detected in L.A. County

» L.A. County has confirmed its first case of the so-called “U.K. variant” of COVID-19. The strain, officially known as B.1.1.7, is one of several newer mutations of the virus now circulating around the globe. [KTLA]

» An immigration policy plan from the incoming Biden administration would immediately ask Congress to create a pathway to legal status for an estimated 11 million people. “This really does represent a historic shift from Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda,” said one immigrant rights advocate.  [AP]

» Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies are accused of violently abusing and attempting to kidnap a young man. The deputies involved are the same officers implicated in the shooting death of Andres Guardado. [Los Angeles Times]

» A group of local officials in the foothill cities are proposing chopping down “specimen trees” which have been growing at the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden for decades to install a water treatment system. Arboretum officials say the project would destroy hundreds of rare and “irreplaceable” trees. [Los Angeles Times]

» Phil Spector, convicted murderer and one-time music producer famous for the “Wall of Sound,” has died at 81. He died in prison, serving a sentence for shooting actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. Spector’s cause of death wasn’t stated, but he was believed to have been receiving treatment for COVID-related complications.  [Variety]


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» Some L.A. Ralphs Stores Briefly Administered Vaccines to Customers Who Aren’t Yet Eligible For a short period this week, local pharmacy locations were giving out shots to people who aren’t healthcare workers

» Ed Buck’s Trial Has Been Postponed Again, and Further Delay Could Follow As the families of Buck’s alleged victims await justice, COVID-19 considerations have temporarily taken precedence


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The pandemic has been devastating for local businesses, so each week we’re highlighting a neighborhood favorite that’s at risk of shuttering. Up first: Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park. Learn more about the shop and how you can support them.

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The Generation That Broadcasts Its Breakdowns

When Emma Chamberlain posts a selfie or YouTube video, there’s a good chance it will be in reference to a “mental breakdown.”

“So basically, I had a mental breakdown yesterday, let’s just keep it plain and simple,” the YouTuber and social media star says in a September YouTube video titled “RECOVERING FROM A MELTDOWN LOL.”

“The reasoning for my mental breakdown was basically I just have really, really bad anxiety.” A few months later, Chamberlain posted crying selfies on Instagram. “Yes i like taking selfie after i cry. who cares,” the caption read.

If there’s a queen of sad-girl aesthetics, it’s a Doc Martens-clad Chamberlain posing for the camera with one hand flipping it off and the other holding an iced coffee to help fuel the breakdowns. And her fanbase—and Gen Z in general—seems to have followed her lead. Crying selfies and crying videos have become a trend among Gen Z social media users and influencers. When you’re having a mental breakdown, snap a quick selfie and let your followers know that you too deal with mental health issues. When you just finished a sad movie, it’s not enough to tweet that it was sad, you need photo evidence of your tear-stained face in the movie theater. See a cute dog that makes you weep? Snap and suddenly you’re so relatable.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Gen Z is crying and posting about crying. According to the American Psychological Association, nine out of ten Gen Z adults reported feeling “at least one physical or emotional symptom because of stress.” And according to a survey from the Manifest, Gen Z spends about ten hours per day online. Of course they’re uploading photos of themselves with runny mascara—they’re depressed and very online.

Connor Blakley, the 21-year-old founder of Youthlogic, a marketing agency that helps brands connect to Gen Z, says he sees depression everywhere in Gen Z.

“It’s cool to be depressed,” he says sarcastically. “Being down and being mopey and complaining has somehow become cool.”

It’s appealing to brands, he says, because if an online influencer can be that vulnerable with their audience, then they will have an easier time selling a brand’s products.

“If someone is comfortable enough with themselves and has enough of a connection with their audience and is vulnerable in a real way, then that’s how you create real fans,” he says. “So if someone is doing that, odds are they have real relationships with their fans in an era of fake followers and engagement and all of that bullshit. That is a very truetell way to go and find out who’s got real fans and who doesn’t.”

He believes people take crying selfies to make themselves feel better about crying. When a group of people sees you crying, it’s embarrassing. When you tell a group of people you cried, it’s empowering.

Katie McNally says she takes crying selfies to make fun of herself.

“Later on, I’ll look back and think, why did I cry during that picture,” the 20-year-old says. “And then I realize it wasn’t even a big deal at all.”

McNally says her two older sisters, ages 30 and 24, are perplexed by her weepy selfies since they, like many people, prefer to project the impression they have their lives together. While other generations may suffer from mental illness, Gen Z seems to be the most aware of theirs, McNally says. The American Psychological Association says Gen Zers are more likely to report receiving treatment for mental health issues.

“Older generations have too much stigma against mental health, so I think Gen Z is more open and able to talk about it in a more comfortable conversation than older generations,” McNally says.

If posting about your mental breakdown can help someone else, then perhaps it was all worth it. That’s the case for Miranda Eliason, an 18-year-old college student. She posted a meltdown to TikTok after she found out her dad wouldn’t pay for her college. People commented “I felt this so hard” and “heyyy I’m crying while watching this.”

“I had this one guy DM me randomly where he was like, ‘Hey, I’m going through a rough time,’ and I was like, ‘Ugh, I’m sorry, I totally get it,’” Eliason says.

TikTok may be known for dance videos and comedy bits, but breakdowns flourish there too. While other users were posting about how much they’d changed over the course of six months, Chloe Chin posted how much she’d changed in six seconds: she went from crying to smiling.

“I cope with my depression through humor,” she says, “and I guess a lot of people on TikTok could relate to it.”


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What Could L.A.’s Dramatic Budget Shortfall Mean for Angelenos?

City leaders struggling with a projected pandemic-fueled budget shortfall of $675 million this week took steps to bridge the gap by reaching agreements with a pair of public employee unions. On Tuesday, a deal was announced to defer two different 2 percent raises—one slated for this month, the other for June—with the Coalition of L.A. City Unions. In exchange for delaying the pay hikes, the city agreed not to impose furlough days or layoffs during the current fiscal year for the 18,000 workers covered by the agreement.

On Thursday, a deal was inked with the union representing many Los Angeles Fire Department employees. It calls for pushing back by 18 months the 4.5 percent raises firefighters were scheduled to receive this summer. City leaders in return promised there would be no “brownouts,” or scheduled closures of fire stations or other resources, similar to those imposed during the 2009 recession.

The moves have been heralded inside City Hall, with Council President Nury Martinez declaring on Thursday, “During this pandemic we’ve seen our city employees embody the meaning of ‘public servants’ beyond anything we have ever seen in our lifetimes.”

Yet the cost-saving measures only go so far, and city negotiators continue to seek to persuade the Los Angeles Police Department to accept a similar deferral of raises. The union the Los Angeles Police Protective League has steadfastly refused the entreaties, arguing that officers already took a hit when $150 million was pulled from the LAPD budget in the wake of the racial justice protests last spring.

While the deferrals from the two unions, and federal funding as part of President-elect Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue plan, could help L.A.’s bottom line, the city will continue to wrestle with a fiscal stream that has shriveled.

“Every revenue source has been impacted, and revenues tied to tourism, services, parking, and retail are at risk of further decline,” Rick Llewellyn, the city’s top budget official, said in a December 4 “financial status report.”

The 144-page document charts the city’s response to the constantly shifting fiscal situation. It details belt-tightening steps ranging from a hiring freeze implemented in the spring to a 3 percent budget reduction in all city departments to prioritizing what streets, parks, bridges, sidewalks, and more see improvements.

It also explores the possibility of eliminating 1,894 jobs—including an LAPD hit of 951 sworn positions and 728 civilian employees—though in negotiations in previous years, many proposed layoffs were averted, whether through finding other savings, early retirements, or something else.

Already LAPD Chief Michel Moore has warned that a variety of police services could be affected at the same time the number of homicides and shootings is soaring. This includes eliminating specialized units that patrol Venice Beach and portions of Hollywood. Teams that focus on homelessness and sexual assaults stand to be impacted as the department seeks to ensure that regular patrol services continue.

“We’re going to protect some of the core things, so when there’s a 911 call there’s a fire engine, patrols aren’t going to be cut.” —Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Eric Garcetti, asked about the city’s finances during his Thursday evening coronavirus briefing, said a variety of steps are being taken to ensure the flow of services to Angelenos. He stressed that certain public safety components will continue unabated.

“We’re going to protect some of the core things, so when there’s a 911 call there’s a fire engine, patrols aren’t going to be cut,” he said.

He added that the city’s Reserve Fund will be tapped, and that the financing of certain projects will be extended; the latter step saves money in the short term, but Llewellyn warns that it can impact credit rating agencies’ view of city finances.

Garcetti indicated that the current decision-making on cuts is informed by fiscal moves taken during the Great Recession. He was president of the City Council at the time.

“One thing I said [is] that, unlike 2009, we’re not going to stop doing those things. We’re not going to have brownouts in our fire stations. We’re not going to have tree trimming come to a complete halt and go to zero,” he said.

The cutbacks are propelled by shortfalls that have worsened as the pandemic has endured. Llewellyn’s December analysis details declines including parking fine revenue being $29.9 million below expectations, and proceeds from licenses, permits, and fees underperforming by $26.5 million. The hotel tax has generated $16.9 million less than anticipated.

The financial status report says that Llewellyn’s office is looking to “identify projects to propose for close-out, deferral, or cancelation.” It notes that efforts in the midst of an ongoing phase will not be halted, but adds, “The reductions we propose in this section will save cash by reducing the level of ongoing maintenance or deferring projects that have not yet begun.”

A variety of efforts are pegged for deferral, everything from a $260,000 ADA lift in the Italian Hall at El Pueblo in downtown, to $1 million to help build a park to accompany the Sixth Street Viaduct replacement. Garcetti on Thursday said moves such as purchasing computers could be pushed back.

Llewellyn’s report goes on to detail proposed cuts in individual departments. Some the public will never notice, such as his office slicing an internship program.

Other steps could have a greater effect, such as Llewellyn’s office recommending the elimination of 143 positions from the office of the City Attorney. The move, according to the report, is likely to slow the processing of claims and invoices, and delay the preparation of documents for litigation. Fire Department cuts may result in shrinking or eliminating coming recruitment classes.

Other belt-tightening steps could include a drop in street improvements. Llewellyn’s document states that in the effort to save money, the Failed Streets Program could go from a goal of 42 lane miles repaired down to 17.2 miles.


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Spread Some Local Love with Los Angeles Magazine

The pandemic has been devastating for small business. One study in 2020 projected that 60 percent of businesses in the United States that had to close at some point during the pandemic were never able to bounce back, at one point averaging 800 indie operations permanently shuttering each day. And Los Angeles has been a particularly tough environment, with high rents and costs of doing business and rapid displacement threatening many small operators even before the region became the epicenter of COVID’s deadliest wave.

We at Los Angeles know that these small businesses are essential to what makes this city unique and important, so we’re using this platform to highlight some local shops, restaurants, and other businesses that finds themselves struggling in these difficult times.

Check back each week for our Local Love spotlight, and be sure to share the love on Instagram. Know of a biz that could use a special shout out? Let us know here


 

Stories Books & Cafe


This Echo Park bookshop and cafe has been a neighborhood landmark for more than a decade. The cozy shop has been a favorite place to browse for books, catch a live performance, or sit for hours on the back patio. But now, the shop is in trouble.

“Any business is like the proverbial shark, keep moving or drown,” the business owners write on their GoFundMe page. “To make it this far, we’ve taken on tons of new, interest-bearing debt, utilized the PPP loans, and done some fancy ass acrobatics that got us back to a sustainable place.”

Nonetheless, the small business continues to struggle, and a sluggish holiday shopping season has made things more dire. Now they’re seeking $150,000 (nearly $50,000 raised so far) in crowdfunding to pay employees and cover expenses.

Stories Books & Cafe, 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park

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Shop Online: storiesla.com


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Some L.A. Ralphs Stores Briefly Administered Vaccines to People Who Aren’t Yet Eligible

A misunderstanding over COVID-19 vaccine rollout procedures caused some Ralphs pharmacies in L.A. County to give out shots to individuals who don’t yet qualify for immunization.

Under pressure from the federal government that threatened the state’s allocation of doses, California announced a statewide authorization of the distribution of the vaccine to any adult aged 65 or older–but did not require any individual health department to immediately begin doing so.

In Los Angeles County and several other parts of the state, public health officials decided to continue to focus on high-risk, frontline individuals like healthcare workers first, with a plan to phase in general seniors in the near future.

That difference between state authorization and local implementation appears to be at the heart of the issue at Ralphs. The grocery chain’s parent company, Kroger, told CBS Los Angeles it believed it was following state guidelines until L.A. County health officials intervened.

Locals were confused as well. Immediately upon hearing that adults 65 and up were eligible at the state level, some made appointments and rushed to the store. David Offer, a West L.A. real estate agent, told CBS that he saw an appointment available online and booked it for his father, who is not a medical worker.

“On the screen appeared an appointment at 6:30 p.m.,” Offer said. He and his father went immediately to the Marina Del Rey store, and received the shot within minutes. “We were taken within five or ten minutes of our scheduled appointment.”

Soon after, many other people attempted the same approach.

By Thursday morning, L.A. County Public Health was aware of the issue, and all appointments for ineligible individuals from Thursday on were canceled. Stores reportedly turned away ineligible people who arrived hoping for a shot.

That update vexed some who were not able to get their vax before authorities caught on. Lori Daitch, who made an appointment that was later canceled due to ineligibility, told CBS that the situation was “very confusing, very frustrating.”

At the moment, it’s unclear what will happen to the individuals who did receive early first-doses of the two-dose vaccine when they need to return for their second shot. Los Angeles has reached out to Kroger for comment.

Seniors in Orange County, Ventura County, and the city of Long Beach may be able to get their vaccinations at Ralphs immediately, but L.A. residents will have to wait until Phase 1B, after healthcare workers who desire the shot are able to get it.

“To those not yet eligible for vaccines, your turn is coming,” Governor Newsom said earlier this week. “We are doing everything we can to bring more vaccine into the state.”


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Ed Buck’s Trial Has Been Postponed Again, and Further Delay Could Follow

The previously delayed criminal trial of Ed Buck on federal charges relating to the methamphetamine-overdose deaths of two Black men, on separate occasions, at his former residence in West Hollywood has been rescheduled from next week to April 20.

A source close to the case says that another postponement is almost certain to follow, if for no other reason than the logistics involved in pooling a jury, a process presumably complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Relatives of Buck’s alleged victims and prominent Black Lives Matter activists have expressed their desire to see swift justice in the case. However, L.A.-based journalist and prominent BLM advocate Jasmyne Cannick (a Los Angeles contributor) was deferential to the current need to hunker down in the face of a raging COVID-19 crisis by delaying jury trials.

Cannick, inarguably the person most singularly responsible for pressuring authorities to arrest and prosecute Buck more than two years after the death of his first alleged victim, 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, remains laser focused on the case.

“We are looking forward to 2021 being the year that the victims of Ed Buck get some semblance of justice with his conviction for his crimes,” she said in a January 7 blog post marking the two-year anniversary of the death of Buck’s second alleged victim, Timothy Dean, 55.

Confirming to Los Angeles that Buck’s trial has been delayed until spring, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California declined to say whether or not further delays were likely.

“April 20 is the trial date,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said via email. “Mr. Buck is in custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles. We have no further comment.”

Buck, formerly a noted philanthropist, animal-rights advocate, and Democratic campaign donor, is charged with nine counts in his federal criminal case. Charges range from enticement of prostitution across state lines to felonies such as distributing methamphetamine resulting in death.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office International Narcotics, Money Laundering, and Racketeering Section is handling the case, with Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chelsea C. Norell and Lindsay Bailey prosecuting.

Buck’s defense attorney, former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden, has not yet responded for comment regarding the postponement of his client’s jury trial.

Thom Senzee is a Southern California-based freelance journalist and founder-moderator of Qs in the News (formerly LGBTs in the News).


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Mossimo Giannulli Wants to Finish His Admissions Scandal Sentence at Home

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Mossimo Giannulli, the fashion designer and husband of Fuller House star Lori Loughlin who was sentenced to five months in prison for his part in the College Admissions Scandal, asked a court Thursday to let him serve the remainder of his time at home, saying he’s been in solitary confinement since he arrived eight weeks ago.

In an emergency motion, Giannulli’s lawyers said that he was expecting to spend only a short time in quarantine before going on to serve the bulk of his sentence in a minimum-security camp, but was instead held in solitary at the connecting medium-security USP Lompoc for 56 days before finally being transferred to the camp Wednesday.

The designer’s attorneys wrote that, upon reporting to serve his sentence in November, Giannulli “was immediately placed in solitary confinement in a small cell at the adjacent medium-security penitentiary, 24 hours per day with only three short 20-minute breaks per week, where he remained for 56 days before finally being transferred to the camp [on January 13],” CNN reports.

The lawyers contend that Giannulli has unfairly served 40 percent of his sentence in solitary “despite testing negative for COVID-19 at least ten times and despite his counsel’s multiple requests that [the Bureau of Prisons] release him from quarantine.”

As a result, the attorneys say, “the toll on Mr. Giannulli’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being has been significant.”

Giannulli and Loughlin spent a year denying accusations that they paid $500,000 in bribes and falsely portrayed daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose as accomplished crew recruits to get them into USC—at one point even accusing the feds of withholding evidence that would exonerate them.

In May, however, Giannulli pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud, while Loughlin copped to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Loughlin was sentenced to two months in a camp that offers Pilates and ukulele classes—which she completed just in time for New Year’s—plus $150,000 fine and 100 hours community service. Giannulli caught a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service on top of his five-month stint. Both parents were also hit with two years of supervised release.

A judge has yet to rule on Giannulli’s motion.


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5 Hawaiian Pizzas to Try in L.A. (Just Hear Us Out)

The internet has a lot of strong feelings about putting pineapple on pizza (surely you’ve seen the memes), but we think the pies these local pizza maestros are slinging could convert even the most vocal haters.


Sacrilegio at Pizzana

Pizzana nods to the controversial nature of the pizza with the name of its take, which translates to “sacrilege” in Italian. The high-low mix of toppings on the pie—available as a special through January 24—includes spam, fire-roasted pork, pineapple jam, and smoked flor di latte. $24, 11717 San Vincente Blvd., Brentwood, and 460 N. Robertson, West Hollywood, pizzana.com.


Hawaiiana at Cosa Buona

Slicing the pineapple paper thin keeps chef Zach Pollack’s take (above) from slipping into dangerous territory. “There’s nothing worse than picking up a slice and readying your open mouth in anticipation of the sweet-and-sour explosion to come, only to have big, cumbersome chunks of pineapple, wet with their own juices, come tumbling off onto the plate.” says Pollack. $17, 2100 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, cosabuona.com.


Bacon with Spicy Pineapple at Grá

This unique iteration features a sourdough crust, smoked mozzarella, cilantro flowers, and pickled pineapple. Treating the fruit in that way intensifies its flavor and “gives it an extra kick,” says founder Michael McSharry. $20, 1524 Pizarro St., Echo Park, gra.com.


Pineapple Express at Antico

Pickled jalapeño peppers keep Antico’s fluffy, foccacia version in balance. “They’re
really the magical component,” enthuses co-owner Kevin Caravelli. “They bring a little heat and acid that contrasts the pineapple’s sweetness perfectly.” $32, 4653 Beverly Blvd., Larchmont, antico-la.com.


Hapa at Ospi

The new Westside restaurant tops its pie with roasted pineapple and both raw and pickled jalapeños and relies on ground pepperoni for the pork element. “Grinding it gives us more surface area and a chance to let bits and pieces char,” says chef Jackson Kalb. $23, 2025 Pacific Ave., Venice, ospivenice.com.


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