Newsletter: Athletic director resigns at scandal-plagued USC


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Someday, in the not-terribly-distant future, we’ll in all probability see the scandal-ridden final handful of years at USC depicted in a prestige miniseries, or as the new installment of a Ryan Murphy anthology show. There has surely been sufficient drama at the nexus of energy, dollars and malfeasance for extra than a handful of seasons of searing Television. But till then, the dust remains far from settled and the news alerts maintain coming.

On Monday, the university’s athletic director Lynn Swann resigned from his perch atop 1 of the nation’s most prestigious athletic departments. The former Trojans football star had had a tumultuous 3-year reign that saw 1 of his top rated lieutenants indicted on bribery charges for her alleged part in the college admissions scandal. (A lot of elite academic institutions have been caught up in the sprawling admissions scandal, but USC has played a specifically central part, with 4 members of the school’s athletic division and 19 parents of USC students charged in the case. The “misconduct alleged involving USC dwarfs all other schools,” as my colleagues Harriet Ryan and Matt Hamilton wrote back in March.)

[Read the story: “USC athletic director Lynn Swann resigns” in the Los Angeles Times]

USC President Carol Folt told The Occasions that the department’s part and Swann’s handling of the admissions scandal “was not a aspect of the selection for me,” and that Swann had understood that she planned to place her personal leadership group with each other. (Folt was hired in March, a tiny significantly less than a year soon after former university President C.L. Max Nikias — a man whose departure “was as soon as viewed as unthinkable” — was forced out amid sexual abuse allegations against campus gynecologist George Tyndall.)

“He felt that this was the skilled point to do, to resign and enable me to construct my group,” Folt mentioned. “That definitely is the gist of it.”

Also on Monday: Tyndall, who is accused of sexually abusing scores of sufferers, surrendered his healthcare license. Tyndall was arrested in June and charged with committing extra than two dozen felonies at the campus clinic exactly where he had practiced for decades. That arrest came soon after a yearlong investigation that ballooned into the biggest sex crimes inquiry involving a single suspect in Los Angeles Police Division history. Allegations against Tyndall, which have been brought to light in a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation by The Occasions, also inspired state lawmakers to take action.

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[See also: The Los Angeles Times’ investigation of George Tyndall, former USC gynecologist accused of sexually abusing students]

A bill unanimously authorized by the state Assembly on Monday temporarily lifts the statute of limitations on lawsuits for damages more than sex abuse allegations against Tyndall. That bill is now on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.

And now, here’s what’s taking place across California:


California will enact sweeping new restrictions on healthcare exemptions for vaccines beneath bills signed by Newsom on Monday, in spite of close to-continuous protests in the state Capitol that resulted in arrests soon after opponents blocked entrances to the statehouse and temporarily shut down legislative sessions. Los Angeles Occasions

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the Southern California boat fire that killed 34 folks final week, with a concentrate on whether or not the operation violated maritime security regulations. Even though the trigger of the deadly Sept. two blaze off the coast of Santa Cruz Island remains undetermined, investigators have been seeking into achievable shortcomings in the way the Conception operated. Los Angeles Occasions

The Walker fire, a enormous wind-driven wildfire in Northern California’s Plumas National Forest, is the state’s biggest blaze so far this year. The fire has consumed extra than 68 square miles and is burning in remote mountainous terrain about 150 miles northeast of Sacramento. So far, no structures have been destroyed and no injuries reported. Los Angeles Occasions


In L.A. County, African Americans are 9% of the population, but 40% of its homeless population. A giant homeless encampment beneath the Ronald Reagan Freeway in Pacoima offers a stark illustration of the racial disparity amongst homeless folks that Los Angeles and cities across California are just beginning to recognize and address. Los Angeles Occasions

Michelle Vaughn, 24, and Edwin Williams, 31, live in a homeless encampment under the Ronald Reagan Freeway in Pacoima.

Michelle Vaughn, 24, and Edwin Williams, 31, reside in a homeless encampment beneath the Ronald Reagan Freeway in Pacoima. A lot of of the residents have been displaced from houses their parents owned in the 1950s and 1960s.

(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Occasions

This complete 11th-grade class is acquiring free of charge L.A. Metro passes. LAist

Why is film theater popcorn so outrageously pricey? Properly, the cinema-synonymous snack is the lifeblood of most film theaters’ small business models.The Hustle

L.A. celebrities vs. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. feud watch: Neglect the cast of “Will &amp Grace,” the leader of the free of charge planet is now in a Twitter spat with “boring musician” John Legend and Legend’s “filthy mouthed wife” Chrissy Teigen. (His words, not mine.) Los Angeles Occasions

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The evolution of Wilshire’s Broadway Federal Bank — the only black-owned bank headquartered in the western U.S. KCRW

Major deal tasting-menu chef Dave Beran is going à la carte with a new French spot in Santa Monica. Los Angeles Occasions

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Worry of deportation adds to the plight of immigrant domestic violence survivors in Sacramento.Sacramento Bee

A federal judge reinstated a nationwide injunction against a Trump administration rule that would deny asylum to most immigrants at the southern border. Los Angeles Occasions


Can California Sen. Kamala Harris recapture the lost magic? The Democratic presidential hopeful shined in the initial debate and stumbled in the second. But even if Thursday night’s efficiency vaults her back to the top rated tier, Harris demands to catch up in Iowa, exactly where her massive-state campaign style leaves numerous cold. Los Angeles Occasions

Right after crushing losses and a steep slide in voter registration, California Republicans gathered this weekend in the desert, hoping to plot a path back to relevancy in a state exactly where shifting demographics and President Trump’s low approval numbers are continual challenges. Los Angeles Occasions

San Francisco’s mayor and 3 supervisors announced a strategy that they hope will stem the closures of the city’s swiftly disappearing residential care facilities. San Francisco Chronicle

Plus: It is the bill-frenzied final week of the legislative session in Sacramento. Some other bills sent to Newsom’s desk Monday contain 1 made to open up the pristine beaches of Hollister Ranch, a big expansion of the state’s “red flag” law relating to gun restraining orders, legislation to block new oil and gas wells in national parks and wilderness places in the state.


A San Fernando Valley man who operated a heroin ring like a pizza delivery service was sentenced to almost 20 years in federal prison. Los Angeles Occasions

Well being AND THE Atmosphere

Water interests are fighting California’s bid to block President Trump’s environmental rollbacks. Los Angeles Occasions

Wildfire season increases the danger of poor air in the Bay Location, and masks are not necessarily the resolution. San Francisco Chronicle

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Central Valley vs. Central Coast: The communications manager at a Paso Robles brewery took a shot at Fresno on Twitter, angering a lot of Fresnans. The brewery in query also takes place to be the presenting sponsor of Fresno’s biggest music festival, and its beers are stocked in supermarkets and liquor retailers about the city. A Fresno columnist wrote about how he’d like to see an apology, and the brewery responded supplying any Fresno resident who tends to make the 110-mile drive to Paso Robles a free of charge brewery tour and some samples. (Put on closed-toed footwear and bring your ID.) Fresno Bee

A 3-week runway closure at San Francisco International Airport continued to disrupt travelers’ plans, with hundreds of flights delayed or canceled more than the weekend. San Francisco Chronicle (See also: SF Gate’s guide to acquiring options to/surviving the runway building mess at SFO)

A legendary Disney Imagineer transformed his backyard into an enchanted “Mary Poppins” wonderland. Orange County Register

From the annals of #Vanlife: How a 21-year-old lady traveling alone about California in a refurbished GMC Vandura Explorer became a YouTube sensation. Outdoors

What the “record” price tag sale of a Modesto apartment complicated says about the continuing rise of Bay Location supercommuters. Modesto Bee

“The neoliberal takeover of the human body”: Biometric technologies is infiltrating each and every other aspect of our digital lives. Is it only a matter of time till facial recognition is employed to make payments at the grocery retailer? Marketplace Watch


Los Angeles: sunny, 78. San Diego: partly sunny, 73. San Francisco: windy, 70. San Jose: partly sunny, 74. Sacramento: sunny, 82. Extra climate is right here.

AND Lastly

Today’s California memory comes from Tim Smith:

“A summer time morning in the ‘60s, me, my brother and our boards headed south in the VW bus for Huntington Cliffs, by way of intersections exactly where the morning fog turned website traffic lights into mere pinpoints. We couldn’t see the ocean, only hear it. Waxing our boards, we listened for the patterns of quiet involving trains of breaking waves to paddle out. Out of the mist, riders shot by like apparitions, silence reduce by the sound of wet-suit tails fluttering and their boards pushing water, leaving a short trail of wake, only to disappear once again. Afterwards, a treat of Winchell’s Donuts and coffee in the van.”

If you have a memory or story about the Golden State, share it with us. (Please maintain your story to 100 words.)

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