Afternoon Update: LAPD Stats Say Crime Is Down This Year

Also network ratings plummet without sports and more news you may have missed today

» According to stats released by the LAPD, there was a 8.5 percent drop in crime during the first six months of 2020 versus the same period in 2019. It’s not all good news, though. Murders, car thefts, and hate crimes are all up. [Crosstown]

» Network ratings and ad dollars have reportedly plummeted without live sports on TV. The Big Four networks’ ratings are reportedly down 21 percent compared to the same period last year. [Sportico]

» Geologists say there’s strong evidence that an earthquake fault runs beneath a several-building high-rise development slated to go up in Hollywood. “These studies strongly support the presence of an active … fault strand entering the eastern Hollywood Center property,” a letter from the California Geological Survey said. “Importantly, the combined data indicate that more than one … fault trace of the Hollywood Fault crosses the proposed project site.” [Los Angeles Times]

» The LAPD promised to curb violence against protesters, but recent events suggest those reforms didn’t take place. Chief Michel Moore defended the department and said that it’s made great strides. [Los Angeles Times]

» Asked who might replace Kamala Harris in the Senate if she’s tapped to become Joe Biden’s running mate, one political scientist thinks Mayor Eric Garcetti would be a strong contender to be appointed by Governor Newsom. [Spectrum News 1]

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