Happy Wednesday, people of Los Angeles; today is National Star Wars Day, which was first organized at the Toronto Underground Cinema in 2011! Here’s everything you need to know to start today off on an informed note, shall we?
A man lost his life after brandishing a gun and barricading himself in the West 5th hotel. Also, a dispensary burglary led to a chase, which led to boxes of Mary Jane on Venice. Finally, a deep-dive into why the Glassell Park Northeast Spring Carnival was cancelled.
First, today’s weather:
Areas of low clouds, then sun. High: 83 Low: 58. Today’s pollen breakdown shows moderate levels for grass.
Who should be the next Los Angeles Mayor? Please share your thoughts! (As of today, Rick Caruso leads the pack with 54.9% of your votes, and Karen Bass is in second place with 29.4%. Kevin DeLeon is coming in third with 5.9%!)
Here are the top five stories today in Los Angeles:
- SWAT officers shot and killed a man who had hunkered down at the Rosslyn Hotel in the 100 block of West 5th Street. At around 8 am, paramedics were called for a medical emergency. When they arrived, “the suspect brandished a firearm at paramedics.” He then brandished the weapon at the LAPD officers who responded. Eventually, SWAT rolled up and attempted to take the suspect into custody. (patches)
- If you were driving down the 900 block of Venice Boulevard Tuesday morning at around 3:30 am, you might have seen “boxes of marijuana fall from a speeding truck and onto streets in downtown Los Angeles.” The Mary Jane was stolen from a dispensary, and the driver was arrested “near 41st Street and Wadsworth Avenue.” (NBC)
- What’s behind the same-day cancellation of the Northeast Spring Carnivalwhich is a fundraiser for youth programs, at Glassell Park? The city revoked the permits on the day it was to begin, with all the equipment set up and ready to go. “Councilman Gil Cedillo said that Highland Park’s police museumwhich organized the carnival, failed to give residents enough notice about the street closure.” However, we learned on Monday that the museum’s executive director said that “the wrong council office was notified — but that was an error made by the city’s own Office of Street Services.” (The East Sider LA)
- On Tuesday, the LA City Council declared the day El Dia de Los Bukis. “The declaration came as the legendary band announced a 2022 US tour, including a concert scheduled for Aug. 18 at the LA Memorial Coliseum.” (ABC)
- If you don’t know what chimney cakes are, you owe yourself a visit to Turn Dough. It’s conveniently located at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard in LA Hours are from noon until around 10 pm or they sell out. (KTLA, Turn Dough)
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Today in LA:
- National Pet Week Adoption Events continue at the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter (8 AM)
- From Spago To Latchkey Cuisine: LA Food In The 80s And 90s With Evan Kleiman at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (7 PM)
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- ryan hamilton at the Regent Theater (9:30 PM)
- good times at Davey Wayne’s (10 PM)
- The Shining at the Rooftop Cinema Club (10:30 PM)
From my notebook:
- Tea NoHo Neighborhood Council’s Outreach Committee is meeting by phone on Thursday, May 5, at 6:30 pm. (Nextdoor)
- A neighbor in the Mid-City Village area needs a referral to a tropical tree trimmer. Someone who does more than palm trees, but understands how to carefully trim the dead leaves from giant birds of paradise without hurting them. Any suggestions? (Nextdoor)
- Our NoHo Arts District Northeast neighbor is looking for any other breast cancer girls out there who are having trouble figuring out where to draw where the eyebrows used to be? Are there any favorite eyebrow kits or anything? Any hints would be helpful! 👍 (Nextdoor)
- An excited Eagle Rock East neighbor wants to alert everyone that the Mexican pizza is back at the local Taco Bell (Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock). (Nextdoor)
- Our El Sereno Central West neighbor is looking for their cat. He went missing on Gray Drive in El Sereno. Anything would help. (Nextdoor)
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— Sylvia Cochran
About me: Sylvia Cochran works out of sunny Southern California and has been freelance writing full-time since 2005. She loves dogs, cats, books, plays Best Fiends (don’t judge), embraces social justice, and tries to live out Micah 6:8.
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