Holiday shorts

Holiday hours today so no Morning Buzz, but stuff has still been piling up on my desk.

  • City Council members are lining up to object to Controller Laura Chick's move to put anti-gang programs under the mayor's office. Rick Orlov. Plus: The Times Q-and-A's Jeff Carr, who would be the mayor's gang czar.
  • Los Angeles County has been using the double-bubble ballot since 2002 even though officials knew votes were not being counted. LAT
  • Federal auditors called for the ouster of Los Angeles County Housing Authority director Carlos Jackson, citing poor management of $200 million in housing funds. LAT
  • Nikki Finke speculates online that John Montorio, one of the Times' managing editor, will be fired. He is meeting with section editors this morning.
  • Today's New York Times does a short piece on Sam Zell's salty language and mentions the LA Observed coverage. NYT
  • Former Times publisher Jeffrey Johnson gets top billing in the United Way house ad on pg. B9 of the paper, showing up in more pictures than current publisher David Hiller.
  • Pseudonymous LAPD cop "Jack Dunphy" argues against placing video cameras in patrol cars, saying they could inhibit officers from making arrests if the brass uses video to nitpick. Sunday Opinion
  • In a major break between the two ports, Long Beach will not require that short-haul truckers be employees of motor carriers. LB previous had a deal with Los Angeles to apply the same rules as an environmental move. LABJ, P-T
  • Professional skeptic Michael Schermer reacts to the "Anonymous" campaign against Scientology, writing "I'm a scientist who studies belief systems for a living, so take it from me: Scientology is unlike any other religion in history....no other religion I know of considers theological doctrines and core religious tenets to be intellectual property accessible only for a fee." LAT Op-Ed
  • Sneak peek inside the Grammy Museum under construction at L.A. Live. DT News
  • Melville C. Branch, an urban planning pioneer who taught at USC and headed the city planning commission in the 1960s, died at age 94. "He was a giant in the field," said Tridib Banerjee, USC professor of urban and regional planning. LAT

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Politics stories on LA Observed:
David Ryu and candidate Mike Fong
Tronc buys (NY) Daily News, La Tuna fire aftermath and more
Helping in Houston, new lion cubs, Garcetti's back
Garcetti has weekend date in the Hamptons
Garcetti hitting the road to New Hampshire
LA Confederate monument coming down
LA Observed Notes: Back from vacation and into the fray
Rendon fights for neglected Southeast


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