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APRIL 26TH, 2024


Friday sees more smiles than any other day of the workweek

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✈️ AIRLINE REFUNDS: Airliners are now required to automatically refund passengers for major flight changes, via U.S. Department of Transportation.

🥨 FREE PRETZELS: Wetzel’s Pretzels is giving away free pretzels today, starting at 3:00pm, in celebration of National Pretzel Day. No purchase necessary.

🖨️ PRINTING A HOUSE: The world’s biggest 3D printer can make a house in under eighty hours, via Engadget.

🏈 CALEB WILLIAMS: The Chicago Bears draft USC QB Caleb Williams with the number-one overall pick.

🌪️ BIG TORNADOES: Various portions of the United States are on a severe tornado watch + warning, many citing potential of having biggest tornadoes in over decades. 📺️ Ryan Hall’s Storm Chasing Live Stream




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Active Streets: Mission-to-Mission takes place this Sunday from 9:00am - 3:00pm.

Festivus, a Texas BBQ spin on Passover, takes place this Saturday + Sunday.

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👵 LA’S OLDEST EATERIES: The ten oldest restaurants in Los Angeles County, via LA Daily News.

🐠 BEST SEAFOOD: The best seafood restaurants in Los Angeles, via Secret Los Angeles.

😋 WEEKEND EATS: Four restaurants to try this weekend in Los Angeles, via Eater: Los Angeles.


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🌸 GARDENS: Ten of the best gardens in Southern California, via LAist.

🥳 WEEKEND PLANS: Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles, via We Like L.A.

🍕 REMINDER: A reminder to us all that Pizza City Fest takes place tomorrow + Sunday at L.A. Live’s Event Deck.

⛰️ SAN FERNANDO VALLEY: Things to do in the San Fernando Valley: now through May 2nd, via LA Daily News.



  • 🛣️ ACTIVE STREETS: Active Streets: Mission-to-Mission takes place this Sunday from 9:00am - 3:00pm. Spanning 5.5 miles of car-free corridors in Alhambra, San Gabriel, and South Pasadena, this free + family-friendly event welcomes residents to walk, bike, skate, and explore the cities' downtown hubs, which will feature live music, artists, community organizations, and e-bike test rides. Parts of Mission Street, Marengo Avenue, and other major roads will be closed to vehicles from 9:00am to 3:00pm, allowing attendees to freely enjoy the car-free streets. | 💁 Locations for Area Hubs

  • 🪩 WORLD’S LARGEST DANCE PARTY IN SANTA MONICA: Daybreaker is kicking off its eleventh season with a focus on peace, compassion, understanding, and harmony. On Sunday, the community will gather at the iconic Santa Monica Pier to soak in the stunning coastline views and dance in unison, dressed in white (with a touch of sparkle) to embody the season's theme.This year, $1 from every ticket sale will go towards the new Belong Center non-profit, whose mission is to end loneliness and inspire belonging for all.

  • 🥧 CANCELLED: From KCRW: ‘KCRW has decided to cancel this Sunday’s Good Food PieFest. We are aware of the campus protests at UCLA and believe it’s in the best interest for all to cancel. PieFest is a beloved KCRW community event. As such, we will be looking into a possible reschedule and share the details as soon as we can.’

    • 🎓️ RELATED: USC has cancelled main stage graduation due to similar concerns regarding college protests. ℹ️ 

  • 🎢 LAS VEGAS: Spy Ninjas HQ recently opened and is a twelve-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Spy Ninjas is the first adventure park based on a YouTube-born IP. The massive twelve-thousand square-foot facility features interactive activities like a ropes course, escape rooms, trampolines, and the largest indoor zipline in Vegas, all designed to engage fans and grow the Spy Ninjas brand. Vegas is not too far of a drive from us here at home, and Spy Ninjas could be a great weekend getaway for you + yours this summer.


  • 🛣️ HOV LIFEHACK GOES SOUTH: The California Highway Patrol in Santa Fe Springs has definitively answered the age-old question: no, a mannequin does not count as a second occupant for the carpool lane. In a recent incident, CHP Officer Kaplan pulled over a driver for crossing a solid double line and discovered the passenger was in fact a well-dressed mannequin, complete with a goatee that the officer deemed a little too sharp. The driver was issued citations for multiple carpool lane violations. CHP Santa Fe Springs advised drivers to plan ahead and know their routes to avoid being tempted to bend the rules, noting that plastic is plastic and cannot replace a living, breathing passenger. This is not the first time California drivers have attempted to use mannequins to access carpool lanes, with similar incidents reported in the Bay Area in the past.

  • 👛 SHOPLIFTING WALL-OF-SHAME: Kitson, a retailer in Beverly Hills, has resorted to publicly shaming shoplifters as a means of combating the devastating losses it has faced due to theft. The store has started displaying large mugshots of shoplifters on its windows and sharing videos of theft incidents on social media, where viewers often help identify the culprits. The initiative has not only named and shamed shoplifters, but has also led some to return stolen items out of embarrassment. The community has responded positively to Kitson's efforts, with nearby businesses expressing their support for the store's stance against the growing problem of shoplifting.

  • 🔉 NEW EPIC SOUND SYSTEM: The Soraya is set to unveil an all-new sound system by L-Acoustics this upcoming Tuesday. The new sound system was made possible by a generous contribution from the Ahmanson Foundation. The new audio system will ensure continued acoustic excellence for future artists and audiences at The Soraya. Tuesday’s unveiling of the new system will consist of a concert featuring acclaimed jazz vocalist Jane Monheit accompanied by the award-winning CSUN Jazz "A" Band. This upgrade, made possible by the Ahmanson Foundation's support, will elevate the listening experience for all who perform and attend events at The Soraya.

  • 🏳️‍🌈 THE ABBEY FINDS BUYER: Tech and hotel entrepreneur Tristan Schukraft has acquired The Abbey Food & Bar and its sister venue, The Chapel at The Abbey, in West Hollywood for twenty-seven million. The 14,200-square-foot properties on North Robertson Boulevard were described as a generational purchase opportunity to acquire one of the world's most iconic nightclubs and restaurants, including all branding and branding rights. Schukraft plans to keep the restaurant and nightclub operational, stating it is both an honor and a significant responsibility to build on the legacy created by previous owner David Cooley over the past thirty-three years. Real estate brokers Matthew Luchs and Brandon Micheals of Marcus & Millichap handled the transaction.


  • 🚲️ NEW LINCOLN PARK AVENUE BIKE LANES: The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has recently installed 1.25 miles of new bike lanes in the Happy Valley neighborhood, which spans the eastside communities of Lincoln Heights and Montecito Heights. The new bike lanes are primarily located on Lincoln Park Avenue, with portions also extending onto Flora Street and Sierra Street. The project involved reconfiguring the street space, eliminating a center turn lane to make room for the new bike lanes - a technique known as a road diet. This marks one of the first new city bikeways implemented since the passage of Measure HLA, which aims to expand Los Angeles' bike infrastructure.

  • 🚇️ SOUTHEAST GATEWAY LINE: The Los Angeles Metro Board of Directors has voted to adopt the final environmental study for the initial segment of the Southeast Gateway Line, which will span 14.5 miles between the A Line's Slauson Station and Pioneer Boulevard in Artesia. This transformational project, which is expected to begin utility relocation by late 2024, will serve eight stations through cities like Vernon, Huntington Park, and Downey. The full nineteen-mile Southeast Gateway Line will eventually connect to the A, C, and Union Station lines, providing crucial transit access to an area where 44% of residents live at or below the poverty line. The $7.1 billion project has secured over two billion dollars in state and local funding, and is expected to create up to 46,000 jobs. While the initial segment is slated to begin service by 2035, the second phase running parallel to Alameda Street faces ongoing design debates, with a subterranean alignment potentially adding $750 million to the overall cost.

  • 🏫 LA APARTMENTS: Grubb Properties secured a twenty-million dollar loan to revamp retail sites into mixed-used developments throughout LA + Santa Monica. The North Carolina-based developer, led by Clay Grubb, obtained the loan from Bolour Associates to transform three retail properties into mixed-use buildings with a combined 378 apartments in North Hollywood, Hollywood, and Santa Monica. The projects will add much-needed housing to the supply-constrained LA market, with Grubb Properties' focus on affordability through its Link brand. The firm, which manages $2.5 billion in assets, has been actively expanding its multifamily portfolio across the country, including recent developments in Koreatown, East Hollywood, and Berkeley.

  • 🏡 EAST LA: Nearly four years after an arsonist burnt the near-finished affordable housing development to the ground, East LA Community Corporation has finally completed work on the sixty-six million dollar El Nuevo Amanecer apartments. The four-story project, located in unincorporated East Los Angeles, features sixty-one units reserved for homeless veterans, formerly homeless households, and low-income families, as well as seven-thousand square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Despite the early setbacks, the development, designed in a Spanish Colonial Revival style by Birba Group Architects, is now a welcome addition to the community, providing supportive housing and on-site services for its residents through partnerships with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and The People Concern.


🛫 ALASKA AIRLINES: Beginning October 1st, Alaska Airlines will fly two new nonstops out of LAX, to Pasco + Reno. San Diego also adds a new nonstop to Las Vegas, more information via FOX 11.

🚢 BALTIMORE BRIDGE: First cargo ship since bridge collapse passes through Baltimore Harbor, via Commercial Observer.


  • 🎞️ NEW VP AT SCOUT PRODUCTIONS: Scout Productions has named entertainment and media executive David Marker as Vice President of Development. Marker is a seasoned unscripted development executive and producer with over fifteen years of experience in entertainment. Since joining the team at Scout Productions in 2021, Marker has developed and sold series with names like Amy Poehler, Kristen Stewart, Charlie Puth and Julia Fox, amongst others. Marker started his career at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and went on to produce series for ABC, Travel Channel, BET, and H2. He also has experience in branded content, working with global brands like DC for many years. | 💌 

  • 🌯 CHIPOTLE’S STRONG FIRST QUARTER: Chipotle Mexican Grill reported strong first quarter 2024 results, with a 7% increase in comparable restaurant sales driven by over 5% transaction growth and expanding margins. Total revenue increased 14.1% to $2.7 billion, while operating margin rose to 16.3% and restaurant-level operating margin reached 27.5%. Diluted earnings per share grew 23.9% to $13.01, or $13.37 on an adjusted basis excluding legal reserves. The company opened forty-seven new restaurants, including forty-three with Chipotlane formats, which continue to enhance guest access and convenience while boosting sales, margins and returns. | 💌 HQ: Newport Beach

  • 🏰 DISNEY’S IMAGINEERING UNIT: Disney's Imagineering Unit, responsible for designing and building the technology behind the company's theme parks and attractions, is pushing the boundaries of innovation. At their Glendale headquarters, researchers are developing cutting-edge technologies like a responsive HoloTile Floor that can track and respond to a person's movements, as well as advanced robot characters like the agile Stuntronics Spider-Man and the interactive BDX droids from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. These innovations allow Imagineers to quickly prototype and test new ideas, with the goal of creating ever-more immersive and engaging experiences for Disney park guests. As the company plans a sixty billion dollar expansion of its parks and experiences business, these technological breakthroughs could provide a blueprint for the future of themed entertainment.


📚️ INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES: This week’s bestsellers at Southern California’s independent bookstores, via LA Daily News.

🤳 TIKTOK: ByteDance does not plan to sell TikTok after U.S. legalities, would rather shut app down, via Reuters.

🖥️ MICROSOFT: Microsoft beat expectations as profit rise 20% to nearly twenty-two billion dollars, via GeekWire.

⌨️ ONLINE REVIEWS: Business owners: how to respond to negative reviews online with examples and a seven-step template, via AWeber.





👨‍💻 ZUCKERBERG: The Meta-morphosis of Mark Zuckerberg, via The New York Times.

🎸 RADIOHEAD: Radiohead’s Creep video surpasses one billion YouTube views, via Billboard. | 📺️ Watch Creep on YouTube

🍿 PULP FICTION: The cast of Pulp Fiction reunite and reminisce on the film’s thirtieth anniversary: ‘It changed cinema,’ via The Hollywood Reporter.

♟️ GEN Z: How L.A. Chess Club is giving nerd culture a Gen Z makeover, via Yahoo! Life.

👨 TIKTOK INFLUENCER: Read how the ‘LA in a Minute’ got started, and why, via LAist.

🔠 WORDLE: Play today’s game of Wordle via the New York Times.


  • 🏆️ SPORTS EMMYS: The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the 2024 Gold and Silver Circle Inductees who will be celebrated at the 45th Annual Sports Emmy Awards on Tuesday, May 21st. This elite group of professionals have made significant contributions to television and are responsible for bringing the exciting and exhilarating sports programs and commentary to viewers. NATAS is thrilled to honor the incredible careers of these distinguished individuals at the 45th Sports Emmy Awards. | 💌 

    Gold Circle – 2024 Sports Inductees:

    • Bob Stenner, Lead Producer, Fox Sports (1994-2015); CBS Sports (1959-1994) for 65 years, John Gilmartin, Coordinating Producer & Director, NBC Sports (46 years), for 50 years

    Silver Circle – 2024 Sports Inductees:

    • Drew Esocoff, Director, NBC Sports (18 years); ABC Sports (16 years), for 44 years, Fred Gaudelli, Producer & Executive Producer, NBC Sports, ABC Sports, ESPN, for 42 years, Pam Oliver, Reporter/Host, Fox Sports (1995-present), Showtime (2016-2018); TNT (2005-2009), ESPN (1993-1995), for 39 years, David Roberts, Head of Events and Studio Production, ESPN, for 46 years, Renata Sedzimir, Senior Concept Artist & Senior Designer, ESPN, for 28 year and Jake Soto, Engineering Management, MLB Network (15 years); WPIX (17 years), for 33 years

  • 1️⃣ CALEB WILLIAMS: In a quarterback-heavy NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected USC's Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall pick. Williams, the consensus top prospect, was followed by the Washington Commanders taking LSU + Cajon High School’s Jayden Daniels at No. 2 and the New England Patriots choosing North Carolina's Drake Maye at No. 3. In total, six quarterbacks were taken in the first twelve picks, setting a new draft record for offensive players selected early. Williams, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, joins a retooled Bears team that made a major trade to acquire the top pick. The Commanders and Patriots also landed highly touted signal-callers, with Daniels coming off a historic season at LSU and Maye drawing comparisons to Chargers QB Justin Herbert. The biggest surprise came at No. 8, when the Atlanta Falcons selected Washington's Michael Penix Jr., despite having just signed veteran Kirk Cousins to a lucrative contract.



🥤 POWERADE: Powerade’s Olympic campaign encourages athletes to press pause, via Marketing Brew.

🏉 NFL DRAFT: Winners and losers from round one of the 2024 NFL Draft, via The Atlantic.

🐏 RAMS: Seven players that the Rams should consider trading up on for day two, via Rams Wire.

⚡️ CHARGERS: Top-Ten players remaining on the board for the Chargers entering day two, via Bolts From The Blue.


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