- Gov. Schwarzenegger hopes the state Supreme court overturns Proposition 8 and urged the Republican Party to move away from some of its core conservative principles and embrace spending on programs that Americans want.
- An early handicap of the 2010 race for governor barely mentions Antonio Villaraigosa. LAT
- LAPD chief William Bratton has been out of town for 71 days so far this year, including this weekend at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in San Diego. DN
Also: Bratton's relief that Caruso isn't running, and Pat McOsker campaigns again. Orlov/DN
- Evaluating the Steve Westly for Energy Secretary boomlet. Joe Scott
- Los Angeles and all of the city's largest ethnic demographic groups -- whites, Latinos, blacks and Asians -- are more liberal and more heavily Democratic than their counterparts statewide, based on the Nov. 4 election results. As a result, it will be "much, much tougher for a Riordan-type Republican candidate to win the mayor's office, somebody like Rick Caruso," Loyola Marymount's Fernando Guerra told Tim Rutten. LAT Op-Ed
Related: Sara Catania at Native Intelligence
- T.J. Simers ran a photo of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa waving his white rally towel in Frank McCourt's box at Dodger Stadium, in a column saying he believes the Dodgers' offer to Manny Ramirez was just for show. LAT
- The Times' California Editor — David Lauter, top editor for local news — was pressed into blogging duty for L.A. Now. City Editor Shelby Grad is the lead blogger in the depleted newsroom.
- Council district 11's billboards counted and located, unofficially. Ban Billboard Blight
- Security Pacific Bank, which was taken over by regulators, is where DWP chief David Nahai was a director and member of the executive committee.
- If you cynically suspected that LAT reporter Paul Lieberman's multi-part rehash of the 1950s LAPD gangster squad was part of a personal book or film effort, note this: Warner Bros producer Dan Lin has picked it up. The Big Picture
- Student assaults football coach at Eagle Rock High School, but the backstory is lengthy and troubling. DN
- ICEF Public Schools announced it received $2.1 million from the California Department of Education to help create 22 new public charter schools in the South L.A. area. (Release)
- The line at the L.A. Times to buy Obama commemorative press plates was still there Sunday afternoon, exciting some to gush that print isn't dead, and others to ask "oh yeah? why didn't circulation go up during the campaign?"
- Tribune innovation chief Lee Abrams and former Daily News editor Ron Kaye will discuss "The Future of News" at the Los Angeles Press Club at 7 pm on Thursday. Info
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