UCLA received 50,694 applications for the fall freshman class, probably the most of any U.S. university. Applications from African Americans rose 12% over last year. LAT
Hollywood for Obama
Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen will host a fundraising reception for Barack Obama's presidential exploratory committee on Feb. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Ante: $2,300 per person. Private dinner follows back at Geffen's place for the fundraising co-chairs who commit to raising $46,000, says Variety's Wilshire & Washington blog
. Geffen adviser Andy Spahn says that Katzenberg has endorsed Obama, Geffen has shown enthusiasm and Spielberg has yet to take a side. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton will visit on Feb. 11
for meet-and-greets with donors at the homes of investment banker Sim Farar and industry mogul Haim Saban.
Antonio's three-day swing through Washington. LAT
Save the coyotes
Ed Boks, general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services, argues on the Times op-ed page
that the Fairfax area coyotes should be returned to the wild.
Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council member (and LAist blogger) Zach Behrens does the empty chair at the debate thing with the city's Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which has refused to answer his questions. LAist
The Times' web shift will mean much more local coverage online, in an effort to attract more L.A. readers to the website. Some 77% of LATimes.com visitors come from outside Southern California and so are not that attractive to most Times advertisers, website general manager Rob Barrett says in the paper
. Yesterday on LAO: Times retools its website again
, 'Philosophical clash' at LATimes.com
Sacred cow in Woodland Hills
For the umpteenth time, the Daily News found a reason to write about
attorney and former secession bankroller David Fleming. This time he's ascending to chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the first time ever the chamber has been headed by someone from the Valley. At least that's news.
Sewage spills have gone unreported
County officials failed to keep records or react quickly in more than 90 percent of 208 significant sewage spills in the Santa Monica Bay watershed in the past five years, according to a report demanded by Supervisor Don Knabe. Breeze
. Knabe has posted the dates and locations of every spill and other original documents on his website
CityBeat talks to
architect Eric Owen Moss and has a cover package
on pressures to rethink the city's livability.
Sam Hall Kaplan joins 'Off-Ramp'
The architecture critic, formerly of the LAT and Fox 11, will be a regular commentator on KPCC's Saturday show. This week, by the way,
If Fred Goldman wants to make a claim against O.J. Simpson's earnings on the recent book, he has to file suit in state court in Florida, federal judge Manuel Real ruled. AP
Tragedy yes, crime no
The Oxnard police officer who drove over and killed a beach sunbather last June will not be charged. LAT
Meeting on gangs
State Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas's Empowerment Congress will host an "interfaith call-to-action on street gang violence" with 200 religious leaders, Chief Bratton and Sheriff Baca at Soka Gakki International Friendship Center on Venice Boulevard.
And in violin news...