More planning commission patronage
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed Fabian Nuņez aide Ricardo Lara to the city planning commission, which is mostly interesting because he recently dropped out of the Assembly race against the mayor's cousin, John Perez. Last time it was Cindy Montaņez getting a commission seat, when she helped out Villaraigosa by ending her City Council bid so that Richard Alarcon would have a clear shot. Incidentally, the planning commission is officially an unpaid position. But, well, perhaps there are other modes of compensation that make it desirable. Lara, when confirmed, will replace Sabrina Kay. LAT
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Alan Miller leaves LAT
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Business leaders admit some frustration with mayor
They expected more to happen, but wonder to Duke Helfand if Villaraigosa is distracted. LAT
Arnold drops Eastwood, Shriver from panel
Clint Eastwood and Santa Monica councilman Bobby Shriver had opposed the San Onofre Beach toll road that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger backed. Now they won't get third terms on the state parks commission, where Shriver is chairman. LAT, DN wires
Forget Pellicano, this is case to watch
Sharon Waxman suggests paying attention to the documents being unearthed in the lawsuit against SAG by former actor and LAPD officer Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell on "Leave it to Beaver".) WaxWord
Open letter to Sam Zell
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Museums hit by subprime mess
Institutions such as LACMA, the Natural History Museum and the Colburn School have had their interest payments on construction bonds soar due to the credit crunch. LAT
LAPD gains a 'Topanga' station
That's the name of the new patrol area at the west end of the Valley, named by a contest. DN
Gov. Bill Richardson to endorse Obama
Union war on Fresh & Easy
Just the facts, as seen by the United Food and Commercial Workers.
National Magazine Award nominees
The full list, with a bit of detail and links to many of the stories. Huffington Post
Pinch hitting for Patt Morrison
Times consumer columnist David Lazarus sits in on KPCC today from 1 pm to 3 pm.
Dodger Thoughts blogger signs free agent
The Jon Weisman's have a new baby boy. DT