The Daily Brief: Donald Trump Threatens California (Again), Big Stars at LACMA, and More

Also a TikTok inquiry, a Breeders’ Cup death, and a special award for Dr. Dre

» In his first significant public acknowledgement of the current crop of wildfires, President Trump took to Twitter to claim California is doing a “terrible” job of forest management (even though the fires weren’t forest fires) and to vaguely threaten to cut aid to the state. Gavin Newsom clapped back with a tweet of his own: “You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation.” In July, Trump offered Russia assistance fighting wildfires in Siberia.  [Washington Post]

» Last week’s wildfires are “largely under control,” but fire risk remains elevated due to hot, dry conditions. [Los Angeles Times]

» In front of nearly 70,000 fans and a primetime TV audience, 4-year-old gelding Mongolian Groom suffered a “serious fracture” during the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, becoming the 37th horse to die at the track since last December. [AP News]

» Considered one of the most fashionable nights of L.A.’s social calendar, this year’s LACMA Art + Film Gala attracted Tyler, the Creator, Billie Eilish, Yara Shahidi, and other top style stars. The fête netted some $4.6 million for the museum; honorees included Alfonso Cuarón and Betye Saar. [Vanity Fair]

» The Treasury Department has launched a government inquiry into TikTok owner ByteDance. The company, which has offices in Shanghai and Los Angeles, is the latest Chinese tech firm to come under scrutiny. [Financial Times]

»  Another Obama-era environmental rule gets rolled back as the EPA announces plans to ease regulations on coal-fired power plant waste. Easing those regs could allow more mercury, arsenic, and other heavy metals back into U.S. water supplies. [Axios]

» Los Angeles rap icon Dr. Dre will receive a special honor from the Recording Academy at a ceremony during the 2020 Grammy celebrations. He’s being recognized for his “trailblazing production work” and “influential force in music.” [NME]

»  City Councilman Gilbert Cedillo and County Supervisor Hilda Solis have proposed a new affordable housing development in Chinatown. The transit-adjacent, mixed-use project would go up on what’s now a county-owned parking lot. [NBC Los Angeles]

» Cardi B hit Disneyland over the weekend with her daughter Kulture–and posted plenty of Instagrams to prove it. [E! News]


» L.A. Sommelier Anthony Cailan Accused of Sexual Assault by Multiple Women in New York Times Report Considered a rising star, he worked at Domaine LA, Hayden, Animal, and other big-name spots

» Some #FreeBritney Protesters Are Suspicious of the Britney Spears Pop-Up Coming to L.A. The Zone caters to the pop star’s most dedicated fans, but some diehards are saying they’ll skip it

» As Wild-Caught Species Vanish, Are Lab-Grown Fish the Future? Overharvesting and climate change are imperiling several species popular on dinner plates—but big-money biotech startups are floating a solution


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Photos: Dylan + Jeni

Onda, the Most Anticipated Restaurant of the Year, Is Finally Open

We’ve been looking forward to the launch of Onda for over a year–and at last the doors are open. Housed in the new Santa Monica Proper hotel, the restaurant is a collaboration between two of the most influential chefs working today, Gabriela Cámara of Contramar in Mexico City and Jessica Koslow of L.A.’s own Sqirl.

“We’re in that frequency. The two of us resonate with similar things. And I think we’re going to find that way of translating it to Onda through the food,” Cámara told us of the collaboration.

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