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Inside Los Angeles (Aug 22nd, 2019)

⛅ A little cooler tomorrow before heating up again over the weekend. The high/low will be 81/66 downtown, 74/65 on the coast, and 84/64 in the valley.

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1. Several Democratic candidates for president are making their way through Los Angeles this week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke to a crowd of 1,500 yesterday at the Shrine Auditorium, focusing on government corruption and income inequality. Sen. Cory Booker met with supporters at a fundraiser at ScaleLA in Palms, and is staying in LA today for a roundtable discussion on gun violence at the South LA co-working space co-founded by rapper Nipsey Hussle, Vector90. Finally, Sen. Kamala Harris is attending a fundraiser at the home of former CAA agent Michael Kives and his wife Lydia, an attorney at The Bail Project. The California Democratic Primary is March 3, 2020. – ABC7

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2. A disgruntled Long Beach hotel employee was arrested after threatening to commit a mass shooting at his workplace. Police arrested 37-year-old Rodolfo Montoya at his home and seized several weapons and high-capacity magazines. Montoya's co-worker at the Long Beach Marriott alerted police when the cook allegedly said he wanted to shoot hotel employees and other guests, and described how he would do it. Authorities said Montoya did not have a criminal record, but that the assault rifle and high-capacity magazines they confiscated are illegal to possess in California. – KTLA

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3. THROWBACK THURSDAY: The University Side Door is Nothing New.

You’d be forgiven for reading this headline and assuming it’s not a Throwback Thursday at all: “UCLA Eased Entry Rules for the Rich, Well-Connected.” 

“Duh,” you would be right to say. “That’s been all over the news this year.” But, that headline is from an archival LA Times article from March 1996, when an extensive investigation revealed that hundreds of students earned acceptance to UCLA after recommendations from well-connected individuals, including many who were initially rejected by the school. Special requests came pouring in from top donors, which identified students as “special interest applicants.”

A distinction, of course, needs to be made between the current college admissions scandal and the traditional method of, I suppose, legal bribery? Nobody in 1996 was admitted for sports they didn’t play, and no parents paid a third party hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure admission (that we know of). But, the wider and more common issue of side door negotiations to admit potentially underqualified students has and will continue to plague campuses.

Even at-the-time UCLA Chancellor Charles E. Young didn’t see the side door as a problem. He told the Times: “People who give money...believe that they will get some proper considerations different than people who don’t. If you don’t do that, it is going to reduce dramatically what [money] we raise.” At least he was honest about it. – LA TIMES

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4. It's "Heat Week" at Curbed LA, and they've posted some essential stories on new challenges the city faces with rising temperatures. Earlier this week, we shared you their article on how hot LA might get over the next 50 years, but the entire series is worth checking out. Yesterday, they wrote about the 6,000 bus stops in LA (over 75 percent of the total) that don't have adequate shade for waiting riders. Today, they follow 57-year-old homeless woman Kimberly Wetter through a 96-degree day in the San Fernando Valley. It's a stark and necessary view of what the thousands of homeless people in our city go through every day, and the challenges the future homeless population will face as the temperature inevitably rises. – CURBED LA

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5. L.A. Taco has compiled a guide for restaurant owners and workers on what to do if their place of business is raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Though I-9 Audits are relatively rare in Los Angeles, and ICE may conduct searches for legal permanent residents unrelated to documentation status, it's not unheard of for other individuals in the suspect's location to be detained. Among the attorney-approved tips for anyone involved in an ICE raid: Stay quiet, even if you are asked a question; record everything with your phone; and don't sign anything. – L.A. TACO

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6. New York City's famous Katz's Delicatessen has a pastrami pop-up this weekend in Santa Monica. The full restaurant menu isn't available, unfortunately. You'll have to settle for a "take-home sandwich kit" which includes pastrami, rye bread, and a jar of Katz's house-made mustard. Since the pop-up is being hosted by Belcampo Meat Co. at 1026 Wilshire Blvd., you'll also get a Belcampo burger with your order. The whole box is yours for $27. If you don't want to schlep to Santa Monica, all four LA Belcampo locations are offering the package through Uber Eats. Katz's Deli is perhaps most famous outside of New York for hosting a very excited outburst from Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally..." – TIMEOUT LA

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7. The Eastsider has a good feature today about the process of restoring the 170-foot-long Southwest Museum Mural in Mount Washington. Artist Pola Lopez says she wants to retain as much as possible the original vision of artist Daniel Cervantes, who created the mural of Indigenous people 15 years ago. The restoration faces significant challenges, including taggers, removed tarps, and summer heat that can limit daily painting time. – THE EASTSIDER

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8. Bulldozed basketball courts have sparked community outrage in Arcadia after the Mayor Pro-Tem said the courts invite undesirable people. CBS LA interviewed several residents who say they've never seen any sort of "bad element" in the neighborhood, despite Mayor Pro-Tem Roger Chandler believing that impromptu basketball tournaments at the park invited "not the type that I would drive into Arcadia." Despite impassioned arguments from community members, the city council voted 3-2 to keep basketball courts out of new park plans. – CBS LA

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9. Disney's D23 Expo is this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center, where fans will get the latest news on theme parks and Star Wars, but probably not the fate of Spider-Man. Disney's three-day convention, just down the street from Disneyland, will feature panels about the new streaming service Disney+, Marvel's 80th anniversary, and the art of Disney costuming. Some of those panels will also be livestreamed at D23.com. – GIZMODO
 

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10. Pride Month may be over, but the DTLA Proud Festival, this weekend in Pershing Square, aims to spark "year-round visibility" of LA's LGBTQ community. The event features water slides, food trucks, and over 100 queer performers. The event is free on Friday, with $10 tickets available Saturday and Sunday. – LOS ANGELES BLADE

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Jonathan Harris is a Los Angeles-based writer. Previously, he wrote for The Huffington Post, TakePart.com, 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.

This newsletter is edited by Inside senior editor Bobby Cherry, a Pittsburgh-based journalist who's always on social media. Reach him at bobby@inside.com.

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