Morning Brief: Garcetti’s Ambassadorship Inches Ahead, Pasadena Comes Into Compliance, And Mars Gets A Quake – LAist
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Good morning, L.A. It’s May 12.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has been inching towards an ambassadorship to India since last summer. But ever since accusations of sexual harassment and bullying by one of his top aides were revealed, the nomination has hit the skids.
Garcetti has maintained that he knew nothing about the alleged behavior of one of his former top advisors, Rick Jacobs. But now, a report from the office of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley calls Garcetti’s claims of ignorance “extremely unlikely.”
The allegations against Jacobs include reports that he routinely massaged the shoulders of a member of Garcetti’s security detail, grabbed the security officer’s biceps, and subjected the officer to crude jokes as well as unwanted hugs. Multiple city hall insiders testified that Jacobs’ behavior was an open secret, and affected other staff members as well.
Two former Mayor’s office employees who testified to Jacobs’ inappropriate actions were described by their lawyer as “whistleblowers.” Attorney Micha Star Liberty added that people who complained about Jacobs faced “retaliation and intimidation” by high-ranking members of the mayor’s staff.
Some suggested that Jacobs was immune to consequences because of his skills as a political fundraiser.
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The report from Grassley’s office says that witness testimony proved Jacobs’ behavior to be “pervasive, widespread, and notorious,” and that “several” people “told investigators that Mayor Garcetti was aware of this behavior.”
Grassley, however, will lift his hold on the nomination, allowing the process to move forward.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A., and stay safe out there.
We all know that an enormous earthquake could hit L.A. any minute now. But now we know that parts of Mars may face the same fate. Scientists at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory picked up “monster” seismic movement on the Red Planet through NASA’s InSight Mars lander.
The lander registered a magnitude 5 quake, which lead scientist Bruce Bannerdt called “just as big as we had hoped for.”
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May 13, 2022 at 02:40AM