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Inside Los Angeles (Aug 14th, 2019)

☀️ Still sunny and warm but look out for a delightful cooling trend as the weekend arrives. The high/low tomorrow will be 84/64 downtown, 73/63 in the coastal areas, and 94/64 in the valley.

1. The Los Angeles Times teamed up with the U.S. Geological Survey to create an interactive map that determines which California earthquake scenario will cause the most violent shaking given a user’s specific address. The project details the 14 most likely major earthquake scenarios, and readers can see the level of shaking they’d experience in each instance. What are you supposed to do with this information other than break into a cold sweat? Make sure you’re prepared for a major earthquake – create a disaster supply kit and develop an emergency plan for your family. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the USGS also announced today an update to the ShakeAlert app to better warn residents in the seconds before a major quake hits. – LA TIMES

2. Republican John Lee has declared victory over Democrat Loraine Lundquist in the City Council race in District 12. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Lee leads Lundquist by 1,329 votes. Those numbers are expected to get an update by the LA County Registrar some time today. The contentious race to replace the seat vacated by Mitch Englander – and currently held by temporary city council member Greig Smith – focused on issues like climate change and homelessness. Though the race itself was nonpartisan, with party affiliation not appearing on the ballot, it's notable that Lee will remain the only Republican on the LA City Council, representing a district where 65 percent of voters are registered Democrats. – LAIST

3. The LA Opera says it is launching an investigation into the conduct of director Plácido Domingo, after the Associated Press reported that nine women have accused him of sexual harassment over a period of decades. The women say Domingo would consistently touch and kiss them in professional situations, and that those who refused his advances could be punished. An additional six women told the AP that Domingo made them feel uncomfortable by making innuendo or asking them on dates after they had been hired for a job. In light of the accusations, the San Francisco Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra have withdrawn invitations for Domingo to perform. He has led the LA Opera since 2003.  – NPR

4. Sylmar's Wildlife Waystation sanctuary, home to hundreds of animals, will close its doors due to lack of funding. The sanctuary had been damaged in recent years by fire and flood, and did not have the ability to make necessary repairs. At least 470 exotic animals – including lions, alligators, and chimpanzees – will be relocated, some as early as today. The Wildlife Waystation has been closed to the public since 2001. – LA DAILY NEWS

5. The LA County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to cancel a contract with McCarthy Builders to build a new $1.7 billion facility to replace the Men's Central Jail. The board had voted earlier this year to replace the jail with a mental health treatment facility, but local activists expressed doubts that it would be anything other than "LA County's 8th jail." Organizers from Reform LA Jails rallied at the Supervisors' meeting to urge them to vote down the contract. The 4-1 vote means that a new proposal will have to go through environmental review and be voted on by the Board, a process expected to take several years. – CURBED LA

6. The Los Angeles Unified School District is weighing a plan to rate public schools and private charters on a 1-to-5 scale. The scores would be based primarily on how students at each school perform on standardized tests and would be publicly available to parents. It's unclear if the proposal has enough support to be implemented, with school administrators and union members raising concerns about an unfair perception of schools which get lower rankings. Even Superintendent Austin Beutner expressed caution regarding "what one achieves with the summative ranking." If implemented, the rankings could roll out as soon as October. – LA TIMES

7. The Pacific Dining Car is celebrating 98 years in Los Angeles – and offering 98-cent "Baseball Steaks" for the next few weeks. The special is only available to those who secure an online reservation through Aug. 23. The "Baseball Steak" is a three-week aged top sirloin and is so-named because it, well, looks like a baseball. You may also remember the dish was referenced by Denzel Washington's character in the film "Training Day." – EATER LA

8. Union Station will turn into a Retro Roller Rink on Aug. 24 and 25. Ticket buyers ($7 in advance, $10 at the door) will get a one-hour skate session at Union Station's Ticket Concourse venue, and could be treated to a performance by the LA Roller Girls as well. – THE SOURCE

9. Los Angeles is the best "soccer city" in the United States, according to a new report from Wallethub. The analysis was based on the presence of two professional soccer teams in LA, plus a combination of fan engagement, team success, and the popularity of the National Women's Soccer League. San Jose and Sacramento were the only other California cities to crack Wallethub's top 30, placing 19th and 25th, respectively. – CBSLA

10. The Lakers have signed guard Demetrius Jackson. The 24-year-old Notre Dame alum has only appeared in 26 games since being drafted 45th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA Draft. He's averaged 1.8 points in 5.2 minutes per game in his career for three teams. The contract is of the Exhibit 10 variety, which means Jackson could be cut during or after offseason camp. – BLEACHER REPORT

Jonathan Harris is a Los Angeles-based writer. Previously, he wrote for The Huffington Post,, and the YouTube channel What’s Trending. He’s a frequent performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood. Follow him on Twitter @countrycaravan.

Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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