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California set a record
for electric power consumption on Monday. Even with Enron out of the picture, why do blackouts feel inevitable?
More weapons on the street
City code enforcement agents were given authority to carry Tasers
. They currently carry pepper spray and have never had to use it. Security officers for the city already have Tasers.
Judge Real may face impeachment
House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. introduced
a resolution that begins possible impeachment proceedings against U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real. The 82-year-old judge intervened in a bankruptcy case involving a woman whose probation he was overseeing then let her live rent-free for three years, costing her landlord $35,000 in rent and thousands more in legal costs, says the Times.
Garcetti calls on Bratton to apologize
City Council president Eric Garcetti released a letter chiding the LAPD chief for saying that council members Bernard Parks and Dennis Zine didn't know what they were talking about when they criticized the department's hiring standards. Where the chief may have gotten Garcetti's goat is when he said the councilmen should "mind their own business." LAT
"Instead of arguing the merits of the policy proposal, you called into question more than seven combined decades of police work protecting and serving the residents of Los Angeles by two committed public servants," Garcetti wrote in a letter to Bratton dated Friday.
The council president said the chief's action "disrespects the foundation of our democratic municipal government" and is "surprising" coming just days after a new budget took effect that provides the largest increase in police resources in city history.
"Your comments are inconsistent with our expectations of a general manager," Garcetti wrote.
Meanwhile, the council wants to play longer
The City Council is expected to vote today to put a measure on the ballot to allow themselves a third term
in office. It won't apply to the mayor or other citywide offices, which naturally bothers Controller Laura Chick.
Gov's consultant goes where the money is
Matthew Dowd, Gov. Schwarzenegger's top campaign adviser, is "being paid to provide marketing strategy to AT&T Inc. at a time when the governor's office is involved in negotiations on legislation potentially worth billions of dollars to the telecommunications giant," the LAT reports
New York Times to slim its pages
The paper will trim
an inch and a half of width as part of a redesign that will lead to a 5% cut in news hole. Editor Bill Keller's memo on the ramifications is at Romenesko
Traffic reporter hurt in copter crash
Larry Barajas, heard on KNX, was thrown from the helicopter and received minor injuries in a hard landing near Chino on June 28, says Ron Fineman's On the Record
. He makes a semi-big deal of the copter being owned by an aviation company and on assignment for Metro Networks, but no one from any of the companies would comment.
Stanley Spero, 86
The former general manager of KMPC and KABC helped Gene Autry launch the Los Angeles Angels in 1961. LAT obit
by Ross Newhan.
News-Press on KPCC
Patt Morrison is trying to get Wendy McCaw or Travis Armstrong for a segment shortly after 2 pm.
Chip Jacobs signing
The author will sign Wheeler-Dealer, the Riproaring Adventures of My Uncle Gordon, a Quadriplegic
in Hollywood, at Book Soup at 7 pm.