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Morning Briefing: Dear God, Not An Earthquake

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I don’t know about you, but given everything that has already happened in #2020, the thought of a major earthquake striking Los Angeles sends absolute chills down my spine. And yet… and yet

Dozens of small quakes rocked the Salton Sea Monday morning, which is located just south of the San Andreas fault. Yes, that San Andreas fault, the one that, if it were to be triggered – by, say, dozens of small quakes – could result in The Big One.

The good news is that this has happened before in the same area, and it didn’t lead to catastrophe.

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"There's quite a long history of these fairly short-lived swarm episodes that are reasonably close to the San Andreas, and none of those have led to anything," Zachary Ross, a seismologist at Caltech, told KPCC’s Jacob Margolis.

And, as we all know, 2020 is the year in which we can safely rely on events to play out just as they always do.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and be careful out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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Money Matters: The L.A. City Council budget committee approved a plan to forgive six months of rent for Olvera Street businesses. A California judge has ordered Uber and Lyft to treat their drivers as employees, arguing that the companies use "circular reasoning" by only treating their tech workers as such. President Trump's unemployment benefits plan would leave out some Californians, and the state doesn't have the money to kick in the 25% Trump is asking for.

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It’s Hot And It’s Quake-y: You are not imagining the heat – temperatures in July were two degrees hotter than average statewide compared to the historical record. Another cluster of dozens of small earthquakes struck near the San Andreas fault, so we talked with seismologists about the likelihood of a Big One being triggered.

California Kids: The most significant changes to California’s charter school law since its passage in 1992 took effect before this school year, and already charter advocates are unhappy about how LAUSD is handling the changes.

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Film programmer and Voyager Institute founder Bret Berg has launched a new online film showcase for found footage, including this image of Isabella Rossellini.

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