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Inside Los Angeles (Nov 8th, 2019)

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–Jonathan

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1. The city of Thousand Oaks commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting with a public memorial and ceremony Thursday. On Nov. 7, 2018, 12 people were shot and killed at the restaurant while enjoying a night out. The gunman, Ian David Long, also took his own life. The city unveiled a memorial called The Healing Garden with 12 granite benches and a fountain with 12 vertical water jets, in remembrance of the victims. The bar has remained closed over the last year – issues between insurance companies, the city of Thousand Oaks, and the building's owner have delayed reconstruction. The nonprofit Give An Hour has connected mental health counselors with victims' families on a volunteer basis over the last year. Michael Morisette, the father of shooting victim Kristina Morisette, said, "It is a struggle, but I know I can't let the sadness and the loss take away anything that is still good in this life." – KTLA

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2. A swarm of small earthquakes rattled Ventura County early this morning – about four in a span of two hours. The largest quake, a magnitude 3.6, struck about two miles offshore of Oxnard at 5:29 a.m. A 3.2 magnitude earthquake followed about 8 minutes later. The two other quakes – a 2.9 and a 3.5 – came shortly after 4 a.m. No injuries or damage were reported. Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, whose Twitter has become the go-to account for nervous Californians, wrote that the cluster of earthquakes are "really, REALLY normal," and that there's a less than 1-in-1,000 chance of an M3 being followed by an M5 or greater. – CBS LA

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3. Follow Friday: Alissa Walker (@awalkerinLA)

I'll admit it. I'm kind of attached to my car. Like many of us in Los Angeles, I have a hard time navigating public transportation. It's not my fault, I tell myself. The rail lines aren't near where I live, and taking a bus downtown would triple my commute time when I'd rather just drive and spend 15 minutes angrily looking for parking.

Alissa Walker, urbanism editor at Curbed and co-host of the LA Podcast, has helped change my tune. She's one of Twitter's most tireless advocates for better public transit in LA, and her tweets about the FlyAway are (hopefully) introducing a new generation of travelers to a way to get home from LAX without taking an Uber or Lyft.

She's also quite active on Instagram, posting photos and videos of locales around the city and bike rides with her two kids. You'll also see that she dressed up as a (very on brand) Walk Signal for Halloween

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4. Southern California city leaders voted Thursday to zone for growth in coastal, rather than inland, communities, a significant change in the region's housing emphasis. Cities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties will need to zone for over one million new homes in the coming years, particularly in places that have resisted population growth due to traffic and density concerns. Mayor Eric Garcetti called the vote a "new beginning" and "a moment of our growing up." The vote, and its ramifications, are covered in an invaluable Twitter thread by reporter Liam Dillon. – LA TIMES

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5. LA City Council is working on legislation that would require traffic apps like Waze to avoid certain residential shortcuts. Council members Paul Koretz and Paul Krekorian say traffic apps frequently recommend routes that include streets not designed for heavy traffic. They also argue that mobile apps frequently send drivers through evacuated roads during a disaster – after all, there was very little traffic on North Bundy Drive in the midst of the Getty Fire. The city plans to share LA Department of Transportation data with mobile apps to make the necessary changes. – ABC7

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6. Former LA police chief Charlie Beck has been named Chicago's interim police superintendent by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Beck, who retired from the LAPD in 2018, says he has no intention of staying in the job long term. As the LAPD's top cop, Beck is credited with implementing several reforms over the years, including equipping officers with body cameras and making changes to the way cops use physical force. He also faced heavy criticism, both from the police union, and activists who blamed him for the deaths of citizens at the hands of his department. The Chicago Police Board plans to conduct a nationwide search for a full-time police chief. – CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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7. The Coachella Valley is getting two cannabis hotels over the next several years. The Coachill Inn Resort (oh yes, that spelling is intentional) bills itself as the "next generation in alternative lodging" and plans to open next summer in Desert Hot Springs. The Grape House, in Palm Springs, will open as a dispensary, restaurant, and smoking lounge in 2021, before expanding to a boutique hotel in 2023 or 2024. The establishment is so named as a cluster of grapes resembles a nug of cannabis, according to co-founder Chris Santos. – HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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8. Do you like nachos? LA Magazine has compiled a helpful list of the best nachos in the city. They include the Super Nachos at Bar Amá, the Nachos Supreme at El Compadre, and the Rainbow Cauliflower nachos at Petty Cash Taqueria. Of course, there are many more nachos in Los Angeles than entries on this list. LA Magazine doesn't allow comments on its website, so if you have favorite LA nachos that aren't on this list, you should definitely hit "Reply" and let me know. – LA MAG

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9. The Hollywood Bowl's season concludes this weekend with "Disney Pixar Coco – A Live-to-Film Concert Experience." The event, in celebration of Diá de los Muertos, will feature digital projection of the 2017 animated film, accompanied by a full live orchestra. Special guests include Benjamin Bratt, Eva Longoria, Miguel, and Lele Pons. The next scheduled event at the Bowl is a performance by Ozzy Osbourne on July 27, 2020.

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10. Bad Parking Friday: In fairness to this driver, she isn't parking. In not-fairness to her, she's tearing up her car trying to merge into the drive-thru line at the West Adams Popeye's. Still, this kind of thing feels inevitable when a formerly calm fast-food chain becomes a hotbed of mayhem as part of Chicken Sandwich Mania. Watch the full video on Instagram. (Warning: It contains plenty of vulgarity.)

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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 Bobby Cherry, a Pittsburgh-based journalist and senior editor at Inside, who also curates Inside Pittsburgh. Reach him at bobby@inside.com.

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