Daily Brief: An Earthquake Shakes L.A., ‘American Dirt’ Ignites Controversy, and More

Also Oscars presenters, Biden’s thoughts on video game designers, and UC enrollment data

» A 3.6 magnitude earthquake centered in Granada Hills struck at around 11:41 last night. Shaking was reportedly felt from Ventura to the SGV.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Neil Portnow, former CEO of the Recording Academy, has been accused of rape. The information surfaced in a blistering legal filing by Portnow’s successor, Deborah Dugan, who claims the board of the Grammy-supervising body knew about the allegation, but did not inform her until after she accepted the job. [The Wrap]

» Olivia Colman, Rami Malek, Regina King, and Mahershala Ali are all among the first wave of confirmed presenters for next month’s Oscars ceremony. [NBC Los Angeles]

» A record number of in-state students will attend University of California schools this fall. The system was under government pressure to admit locals; in-state students accounted for 85 percent of freshmen in 2009, but plummeted to just 59 percent in 2018.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Joe Biden described a group of Silicon Valley execs as “little creeps” who make “games to teach you how to kill people.” The comments came as a response to a question about how tech power grew during the Obama years. [Business Insider]

» Vulture has the answer to the question you’re probably asking if you’ve been on Twitter in the last 24 hours: Why is everyone arguing about the novel American Dirt? [Vulture]


» A Count of L.A.’s Homeless Population Is Underway Data about homeless individuals helps local government decide how to tackle a variety of issues

» This Former Universal Honcho Fought His #MeToo Firing—and Won Big in Court The studio has been ordered to pay former marketing chief Josh Goldstine tens of millions of dollars

» Disgraced Attorney Michael Avenatti Is Reportedly Being Held in El Chapo’s Old Cell His lawyers want him out of solitary confinement, but the warden says it’s for his own safety


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How to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Los Angeles

Lunar New Year arrives on January 25, 2020, ushering in the Year of the Rat (specifically, the Metal Rat). In many cultures around the world, Lunar New Year is celebrated as the biggest holiday of the year, and in L.A. there are plenty of opportunities to mark the occasion, from street festivals to special dining and more.


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