Eagle Rock Brewery’s battle | Will LA ditch the plastic straw? | Congressman Schiff’s secret

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A men’s rights activist threatened Eagle Rock Brewery’s livelihood with a lawsuit. Congressman Adam Schiff has a badly kept secret and Silver Lake/Echo Park Councilman Mitch O’Farrell wants you to ditch the straw, please.

News and Notes Friday edition is here:

Eagle Rock Brewery’s fight against a “men’s rights activist”

Eagle Rock Brewery tried to make what some call sport, beer drinking, a bit more female-friendly with a monthly educational forum for women. It’s intended to provide a space where ladies could enjoy a few pints minus the mansplaining.

Then in 2017, they were threatened with a discrimination case.

The brewery (which is actually in Glassell Park) wound up settling with the “men’s rights activist,” Steve Frye, who regularly lodges lawsuits against different businesses – including Trump’s golf course – for providing preferential treatment for women, according to Eater

Co-founder of the Brewery Ting Su wrote on her GoFundMe page, it was payout or lose the business.

“The sad truth we faced is that while defending ourselves against litigation it would mean risking the very brewery itself.”

She’s raising funds now to pay off the legal fees and the settlement. But the battle inspired her. She wrote:

“We truly believe that justice hasn’t been achieved and the fight isn’t over. To prevent this from happening again in the future, we are also raising funds to build awareness throughout the beer and small business communities.”

She wants to “eliminate the abuse of laws that allows for ‘men’s rights activists’ who target and unfairly take advantage of women’s groups and small businesses.”

Hold the straw, please

San Francisco already signed rules banning plastic straws, and, earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation limiting their use at restaurants.

Now,  City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell — who represents Atwater Village, Echo Park & Silver Lake — wants Los Angeles to limit the use of single use plastic straws at all business.

This week, he held a press conference along with members of Heal the Bay to announce he was spearheading a ‘‘Plastic Straws on Request” initiative, with the ultimate goal of phasing out single-use plastic straws altogether by 2021.

According to his website, a recent report indicates that Americans throw away 500 million plastic straws each day and worldwide, plastic straws are among the top 10 marine debris items.

Congressman Adam Schiff’s worst kept secret

It’s one of the worst kept secrets in Washington, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Sarah D. Wire. Congressman Adam Schiff  wants to run for higher office.

In case you hadn’t noticed, Schiff, the highest ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, raised his profile by becoming the go-to talking head on the Russia investigation. Another California Democrat benefitting from the Trump bump.

All that attention has made him a hot commodity on the campaign trail, a big fundraiser and has fueled a ton of speculation about what’s next for the once under-the-radar representative.

Wire from The L.A. Times does a deep dive into all the possibilities, which range from a presidential run to a move to the Senate or from a position in the Democratic leadership to a possible cabinet appointment should a Democratic president be elected in 2020. She writes:

“It’s also a horribly kept secret in Washington that Schiff is interested in a higher position. The question is what role that might be, and whether Schiff will risk his safe House seat to try for something bigger.”

For his part, Schiff, whose 28th Congressional District includes all or parts of Atwater Village, Echo Park and Silver Lake, has skirted the question.

But, according to Wire, he’s been busy on the campaign trail, using his cable news profile to stump for candidates in the 23 states this year, including Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri and New Mexico.

In other news….

Firefighters spent about an hour last night to snuff out a one-acre vegetation fire on the eastern edge of Elysian Park. No injuries were reported …. The LAPD Northeast Division station in Glassell Park will be hosting an open house on Saturday, Oct. 20. It’s a good opportunity to personally meet officers to make a connection and buttonhole them about specific concerns.

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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