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Australian TV Host Asks Taquero Why He Uses ‘Soft Shell’ Tortillas


Wes Avila, the classically trained chef behind L.A.’s popular Guerrilla Tacos, was recently a guest on Australia’s “Studio 10” morning show to talk tacos. And early on, things took a weird turn. While preparing some of his signature gourmet tacos, Avila was interrupted by host Sarah Harris, who asked, “Bit of a controversy at the moment — soft shell tortillas, really? What about the hard shell?”

Avila took it in stride and gave Harris an impromptu lesson on the difference between hard shell and traditional tacos. When asked if “soft shell” tacos were the “proper way” to make tacos, Avila graciously replied, “Soft shell is more traditional and the crunchy stuff is more of a Tex-Mex thing.”

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H/T: LAist.com


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Protesters Take To The Street Against Mayor Garcetti’s Potential Position In Biden’s Administration

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Protesters Take To The Street Against Mayor Garcetti’s Potential Position In Biden’s Administration

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President-elect Joe Biden is currently putting together his cabinet. People have celebrated his choices so far byt Angelenos are taking to the streets in anger over one: Mayor Eric Garcetti. Protesters are highlighting Mayor Garcetti’s résumé when it comes to homelessness in Los Angeles.

#BlockGarcetti protests have filled LA streets for the past seven days.

Protesters are urging the President-elect Joe Biden not to appoint LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to his cabinet. The mayor was floated as potentials for the Department of Housing and Urban Development or Department of Transportation. On both counts, protesters claim that Mayor Garcetti has been a failure to the city.

On Thanksgiving Day, protesters chanted outside of Mayor Garcetti’s home. Two protesters were arrested after police declared the protest an unlawful assembly.

Protesters are pointing to Mayor Garcetti’s record on homelessness in the city as the biggest disqualifier for the position.

Black Lives Matter is responsible for the unrelenting demonstrations against LA’s mayor. They have organized daily protests to bring attention to the climbing death toll of homelessness in the City of Angels.

Homelessness has been a major issue in Los Angeles. In 2017, General Dogon protested Mayor Garcetti in person. The homelessness activist was given an award by the mayor and he took the opportunity to call out Mayor Garcetti for his homelessness track record. Dogon reminded those watching of Mayor Garcetti’s lack of work on Skid Row, a strip of downtown LA notorious for homelessness.

The pandemic has exacerbated the homeless crisis in LA.

Americans are facing mass evictions as the economy continues to suffer and no federal plan has offered rent forgiveness. Unemployment remains high as the virus continues to rage in the U.S. Los Angeles County recently went back into a three-week lockdown to stop the rampant spread of Covid.

Covid numbers in Los Angeles have been spiking drastically. Cases have tripled and hospitalizations are increasing rapidly. On Nov. 19, the county reported more than 5,000 cases of the virus.

After seven days of protest, the demonstrations seem to be going strong.

Covid restrictions in the county have pushed people back to their homes with little more to do than scroll social media. With the new restrictions, people are free to demonstrate against the possibility of Mayor Garcetti joining the Biden administration.

READ: Mayor Eric Garcetti Announces Budget Cut To LAPD But Critics Say It Isn’t Near Enough

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Los Angeles Coroner Ordered a Rare Inquest Into the Police Shooting of Andrés Guardado

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Los Angeles Coroner Ordered a Rare Inquest Into the Police Shooting of Andrés Guardado

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Months after the country was enraged at the seemingly unjustified killing of Andrés Guardado, the Los Angeles coroner is finally ordering an official inquest into the death of the 18-year-old  Salvadoran-American. It will be the first of such an inquest in Los Angeles in 30 years. 

The coroner’s decision is in direct conflict with the LA Sheriff’s department’s wishes. The LAPD had requested a “security hold” on the case, which initially kept Guardado’s autopsy and cause of death under wraps.

The LA County coroner wrote that he is “committed to transparency and providing the residents of Los Angeles County an independent assessment of its findings” in the case of Guardado’s death. He continued: “An inquest ensures that our residents will have an independent review of all the evidence and findings of our office and of the cause and manner of death of Mr. Guardado.”

An inquest will allow for the coroner’s office to subpoena witnesses and gather evidence that it will present to an independent officer to make an assessment. 

Andrés Guardado was shot in the back five times and subsequently killed by Deputies Miguel Vega and Chris Hernandez in July of this year. Guardado was working as an unofficial security guard at an auto body shop in Compton when he allegedly fled the location when he saw the two police officers approaching. The officers claim that Guardado produced a gun at some point while he was running from them. The autopsy report shows that he was laying on the ground when he was shot. 

Guardado’s family claims that the killing was both unprompted and unjustified. They believe that Guardado fled from the police officers because he was frightened of police officers during a time of immense volatility between police officers and communities of color. 

“My brother was frightened,” Andrés’s sister Jennifer Guardado told local news shortly after his death. “He ran away because he knew what was gonna happen.”

The family has since come forward saying that they believe the police officers involved in the shooting were a part of a violent Los Angeles-based police gang who “were possibly acting in connection and in agreement with” other police gang members. The Guardado family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Los Angeles County and its sheriff’s department.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has been vocal about his displeasure with the LA Coroner’s decision. At a press conference, he called the inquest a “circus stunt” and claimed that the coroner “sacrificed the integrity of the investigation in a bid to satisfy public curiosity.”

But the Los Angeles community, by in large, seems to stand by the coroner’s decision. “An independent review should not be rare, it should be the norm,” wrote Ventura resident Elidet Bordon on Twitter. “I hope Andres Guardado and his family get the justice he deserves.”

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