Proposals to fix neighborhood councils, Mayor Villaraigosa's few thousand trees initiative, Seymour Hersh on blogs and much, much more for a catch-up Monday morning.
Neighborhood council revisions
The so-called 912 commission approved 73 recommendations for updating the councils concept. Executive director Raphael Sonenshein calls it a "major renovation" — "You end up with all the benefits you had before but with all the major, updated conveniences." The City Council hears the official presentation Tuesday. DN, CityWatch, full text at the Neighborhood Council Review Commission
Antonio's million trees
Nice idea and the mayor talks it up, but it's not really happening. LAT
All Saints in the clear
The liberal Pasadena church was told its tax-exempt status is no longer under IRS investigation for an anti-war sermon, but the church wants a clarification and apology. Fighting the IRS has cost the church $200,000, says the story. LAT
Long Beach State J-chair out
Seymour Hersh on journalism and blogs
Talking to Brad Greenberg in the Jewish Journal, Hersh says "The bottom line is nobody in this government talks to me. I've been around for 40 years -- in Bush I, in the Reagan years, certainly in Democratic regimes, but even in Republican regimes where I am more of a pain -- I've always had tremendous relationships with people. This is the first government in which in order to get my stories checked out to make sure I'm not going to kill some American, I have to go to peoples' mailboxes at night, people I talk to and know, and put it in their mailbox before turning it into The New Yorker, to get them to read it and say, "Oh, Page 4, you better not say that, Hersh." Also:
There is an enormous change taking place in this country in journalism. And it is online. We are eventually -- and I hate to tell this to The New York Times or the Washington Post -- we are going to have online newspapers, and they are going to be spectacular. And they are really going to cut into daily journalism.
Praise for Margaret Leslie Davis
Reviewing Franklin D. Murphy and the Transformation of Los Angeles, Jim Newton writes in the Times "Margaret Leslie Davis' ongoing examination of Los Angeles through the lives of its civic and cultural leaders is a grand project, deserving of generous praise. More than any writer of our time, she is methodically supplying this city with an understanding of itself. Davis' devotion to the task is evident in her choice of subjects -- previous biographies were on William Mulholland and Edward Doheny, of water and oil fame and infamy -- and in the rigorous research that is her signature. She is amassing a body of work without peer and, in the process, is delivering subtle lessons for today's leaders -- or what's left of them." LAT
About Ken Burns and 'The War'
Former NBC News producer here Cecilia Alvear had an Op-Ed piece in the Washington Post complimenting Burns as "the country's preeminent documentary filmmaker." but wondering why his blindspot about Latinos. Alvear is a former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Angels clinch third division title in four years
Meanwhile the Dodgers have won one playoff game in 18 years and the clubhouse is in disarray. LAT, Simers
Schools blog from the Breeze
South Bay School Notebook is written by staffers Paul Clinton and Shelly Leachman.
Failure, guilt and suffering
Author and academic Josh Gidding will discuss his book on being a failure from childhood onward, Failure: An Autobiography, at 11:30 am on KPCC's "Airtalk with Larry Mantle." Gidding is the son of the late screenwriter Nelson Gidding.
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