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Inside Los Angeles (Jan 16th, 2020)

Good morning, readers –

In an effort to track some of the most influential people in our city, I'll be creating some new Twitter lists tracking people of note in Los Angeles in various industries. You may remember last year I started The LA Twitter 100, my initial picks for the most essential accounts to follow throughout the city. Now, I've started a Los Angeles Chefs list to focus on the city's still-underrated food scene.

The list is hardly complete at the moment, so I'd love for you to scan through it and send me your recommendations for essential LA chefs on Twitter who should be added. Just hit 'reply'!

– Jonathan

1. A Delta Air Lines pilot initially told Los Angeles International Airport air traffic controllers Tuesday that his plane didn't need to dump fuel, according to audio transmissions between the tower and the flight that released jet fuel above several LA-area schools Tuesday. The pilot of Delta Air Lines Flight 89 said on the recording that the plane's engine problems caused by compressor stalls were "not critical" and responded with a "negative" when asked by the tower if the plane needed to dump fuel. A CNN Aviation Safety Analyst, however, said there may have been a communication failure. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating why the plane didn't travel over the Pacific Ocean to dump fuel, and why there was not better communication about the need for a fuel release in the first place. About 60 children experienced skin and eye irritation in Cudahy and South Los Angeles after the incident, but there were no serious injuries. Listen to the audio transmission here. — CNN

2. USC was notified that actress Lori Loughlin's daughters did not participate in crew a year before details emerged about the college admissions scandal, according to new evidence filed in federal court. Marymount High School reached out to USC in 2018, curious that Loughlin's daughters were being recruited as athletes, as the school did not believe they participated in crew. USC assigned athletic director Donna Heinel to investigate; she was later accused of arranging for dozens of students to enter USC under fraudulent athletic statuses. She has pleaded not guilty. The new evidence filed in the case includes nearly 500 pages of emails, academic records, and recordings of phone calls. — LA TIMES

3. Violent crime continued to decrease in Los Angeles in 2019, as the city saw its lowest homicide rate since 1962, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti. There were 253 murders in Los Angeles last year, the fewest since 2013, and continuing a 10-year trend of fewer than 300 homicides. The number of shooting victims, property crimes, and officer-involved shootings also decreased last year. LAPD Chief Michel Moore credited "more officers patrolling our streets, and a dedication to partnering with Angelenos to share the responsibility of public safety." Garcetti called the numbers "meaningful and worth celebrating," but said officials would continue working to reduce crime even further. — LAIST

4. The 2020 Women's March is this Saturday, Jan. 18, and hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are once again expected to descend on DTLA. This will be the fourth annual Women's March, held each January in cities across the U.S. since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Roads between Pershing Square and City Hall will be closed throughout the morning and afternoon – the organizers of the event have not yet released any details on guest speakers or performers. A short distance away, just north of the 101 freeway, an annual anti-abortion rally called the Walk For Life will take place between Olvera Street and Los Angeles State Historic Park. The first Women's March, in 2017, attracted about 750,000 people to DTLA. — LA DAILY NEWS

5. Left-handed pitcher Alex Wood is returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a one-year, $4 million deal. Wood was traded from the Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds in December 2018, where he only started seven games. On top of his $4 million base salary, Wood can earn up to $3.5 million more in performance incentives depending on factors like games started or outs earned. In other hometown baseball news, the LA City Council has reportedly drafted a resolution asking Major League Baseball to award the 2017 and 2018 World Series titles to the Dodgers, after their opponents in those series, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox, were found to be engaged in illegal sign-stealing. The city council is expected to vote on the resolution within the next week. — KNBC

6. And here are some other things you should know about today:

Rep. Adam Schiff has been selected as the lead House manager in the upcoming Senate trial of President Donald Trump. Schiff, who represents California's 28th district, covering parts of Silver Lake, Echo Park, Glendale, and Burbank, was a U.S. prosecutor before running for public office. — THE EASTSIDER

Culver City may become the latest SoCal city to allow micro-unit apartments. The Culver City Council this week considered an ordinance that would allow for studio apartments as small as 350 square feet, a trend that could significantly lower the average rent in the area. — URBANIZE LA

Magic Castle chef Jason Fullilove has been fired after only nine months as the Hollywood staple's executive chef. Fullilove previously worked at Barbara Jean in Culver City and at the Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar. Upon his hiring last April, Fullilove told the LA Times, "I want people to talk about the food as much as the magic." — LA TIMES

The Hollywood Reporter published a feature story Wednesday looking at what it calls "Hollywood's Mental Health Reckoning." In the wake of high-profile suicides among musicians, actors, and managers, Hollywood agencies and studios are being pressured to offer more assistance to stressed-out and isolated employees. — HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Did you think traffic in LA didn't exist 70 years ago? Check out this 1940s-era photo of the 110 freeway. The more things change, the more they stay the same. — REDDIT

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.

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