Morning Brief: Kevin de León Will Take Jose Huizar’s Council Seat Early

Also the Admissions Scandal tipster gets a year in jail, the Lake Fire ravages the Angeles National Forest, and more
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» Kevin de León is expected to temporarily take Jose Huizar’s seat on the city council. De León won a March election for the seat, but would ordinarily not be inaugurated into the role until December. Under the new plan, he would enter the city council in October to complete Huizar’s term before starting his own. [Los Angeles Times]

» The Lake Fire in the Angeles National Forest consumed thousands of acres rapidly on Wednesday afternoon and triggered mandatory evacuation orders. Hot, gusty conditions contributed to the extreme speed of the fire’s growth. [KTLA]

» Dr. Melina Abdullah, a Cal State L.A. professor and co-founder of Black Lives Matter, appeared to be the victim of a “swatting attack” at her home. Abdullah and her family reported being shaken by the incident, but not physically harmed. The LAPD says it has launched an investigation into what happened.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Los Angeles County has recorded the first West Nile Virus-related death of the year. Five total cases of the mosquito-born disease have been reported in the county so far in 2020. Cases typically rise in summer and fall.  [CBS Los Angeles]

» Morrie Tobin, the L.A. businessman who gave the tip that launched the college admissions bribery investigation, has been sentenced to 366 days in prison. The sentence relates to a securities fraud charge; it was in the course of being investigated for a “pump-and-dump” stock scam that he slipped the details that lead to Operation Varsity Blues. [KTLA]


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Orange County Declares August 24 Kobe Bryant Day

Orange County’s Board of Supervisors has voted to declare August 24 Kobe Bryant Day, a nod to the late Lakers legend’s now-retired jersey numbers “8” and “24.” Bryant lived in the O.C. community of Newport Beach when he passed away in a catastrophic helicopter crash last January.

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