Daily Brief: Thousands Gather for Impeachment Rallies in Southern California

Also tectonic time bombs, a horrifying scandal in Simi Valley, and Hugh Hefner’s son’s new gig

» President Donald Trump is expected to be impeached today. CNN calls it a “dark day in America” that will “unleash fury that will boil for years.”  [CNN]

» According to one impeachment polling tracker Americans are split 47 percent to 47 percent on whether he should be impeached, although a majority think there’s enough evidence to impeach. [Fivethirtyeight]

» Here in Southern California, pro-impeachment rallies took place in downtown L.A., Burbank, West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Sierra Madre, and Santa Monica on Tuesday evening. [KTLA]

» In other Trump news, the president asserts that the systematic killing of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 was not, in fact, a “genocide.” That puts him at odds with resolutions officially declaring it a genocide which have now passed both chambers of congress.  [BBC]

» A new map of “tectonic time bombs” examines where and how a catastrophic earthquake could devastate California. The Southern California Scenario model shows an immediate death toll of around 1,800.  [Los Angeles Times]

» A Simi Valley High School lacrosse coach has been arrested on allegations of engaging in sexual acts with a 14-year-old. Police claim the coach also created fake social media profiles to solicit “pornographic selfies” from students.  [CBS Los Angeles]

» Hugh Hefner’s son is leaving the media to join the Air Force. Cooper Hefner took over Playboy in 2016, then left to form a company of his own–but has abandoned that plan in favor of military service.   [TMZ]

» The comedians behind a video parodying the Bloomberg campaign come clean. The duo from the bogus “Moves Like Bloomberg” video are as surprised as anyone that serious political types thought it was real.  [Vulture]


» Frieze Returns to the Paramount Backlot with Installations that Speak to the Political Moment Curators are emphasizing a ”focus of artists from Latinx/Chicanx backgrounds” and pieces that explicitly engage with politics and identity

» Adam Driver Flees Fresh Air Interview at the Sound of His Own Voice The actor really didn’t want to hear himself sing

» Harvey Weinstein Worries that Repeatedly Being Accused of Rape Has Really Tarnished His Legacy In his first interview in a year, the disgraced producer actually complained that he doesn’t get enough credit for helping women in the industry



best new restaurants los angeles

Photograph by Meiko Takechi Arquillos

Our Best New Restaurants of 2019 List Is Here

Los Angeles is the most important food city in America, and every year we’re delighted by fresh new restaurants, each with something new to say about food, culture, and community. It wasn’t an easy task to pick just 10 for our list of best new restaurants of 2019–but after countless tacos, bowls of pho, and scoops of caviar, we’ve assembled our list. Did your favorite make the cut?


Want the Daily Brief in your inbox? Sign up for our newsletters today.