Mayor Villaraigosa appears before the police commission at 9:30 am to urge more transparency in use of force investigations by the Inspector General. The LAT does an advancer on the commission weighing whether to disclose more information. Also:
Times of London correspondent Chris Ayres today reminds U.K. readers of Jim Hahn's one-term defeat and the indictment of former Fleishman-Hillard exec Doug Dowie—in a story that is really about Americans electing goats, dogs and donkeys to office.
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♦ Hahn, Villaraigosa and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky turn up in Rick Orlov's coverage of the Marvin Braude funeral.
♦ LAT blogger Mike Hiltzik is certainly wading right in to the fray. This time he chides Mickey Kaus for "elites" abuse.
♦ District Attorney Steve Cooley named John Spillane as his chief deputy, succeeding the retiring Curt Livesay. Jacquelyn Lacey replaces Spillane as chief of operations.
♦ The new L.A. Alternative website went up Monday.
♦ Lynette Rice, a writer at Entertainment Weekly, says the media team ("The Write Stuff") in the annual Baker to Vegas relay race needs more runners who can handle four-to-seven mile legs in April. Contact her via email.
♦ Painful correction o' the day, from Sunday's LAT: "Editor's note ‹ An article in the Dec. 4 Real Estate section about what buyers can do when escrow closes and sellers don't move out centered on the story of one buyer trying to move into a home in La Cańada Flintridge, based on the perspective of the buyer and her agent. However, the sellers and their agent were not interviewed for the article, leading to a number of statements that were not verified with the sellers and the sellers' agent. According to the sellers, the delays were not due entirely to their procrastination, as the article portrayed. The article should not have been published without The Times verifying the accuracy of the statements and without the perspective of the couple who sold the house."
♦ Saul Gonzalez interviews me at the corner of Wilshire and Park View (beside the statue of Harrison Gray Otis where Buster Keaton hid from the cops in the 1921 silent, Hard Luck) on tonight's Life & Times. KCET, 6:30 pm and again at 1 am. Then on Wednesday, the CA Stories section of the KCET website begins carrying an audio tour of the boulevard narrated by my partner on the book, Eric Lynxwiler.
♦ Patt Morrison moderates a panel called "Mysterious LA" at the Glendale Library on Thursday at 7 pm with Denise Hamilton, Jerrilyn Farmer and Clifford C. Cate.