Saturday shorts

News of Los Angeles, a little from here, a little from there...

  • District Attorney Steve Cooley's office is looking into possible lobbying violations by former L.A. councilman Richard Alatorre and convicted ex-commissioner Leland Wong, who's been on Cooley's list before. David Zahniser/LAT
  • Christopher Knight calls the MOCA board "paralyzed" and reports suspicion of the Eli Broad bailout offer. Culture Monster
  • Author Brenda Scott Royce, who's also director of publications for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and editor of the zoo's magazine, used her forum at the Huffington Post to argue for the zoo's elephant enclosure and against the "small, vocal group of animal activists" that oppose it. Huffington Post
  • The boss speaks: LA Weekly's Arizona-based co-owner Mike Lacey placed a piece under his byline — in the Weekly and in his Village Voice — saying Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano would be a bad choice for head of homeland security in the Obama Administration.
  • The new L.A. Times Magazine is on its second publisher already: Penn Jones, formerly a principal at Virtus Media Sales and before that VP West Coast Corporate Sales and National Sales Director for InStyle. E&P via Gary Scott
  • The state PUC on Thursday will take up the design safety of the Expo light rail line past Dorsey High and Foshay Learning Center. LAT
  • Organizing in Asian American communities paid off in their opposition to Proposition 8, says Hans Johnson. Huffington Post
  • The PR director for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center denies the criticism aimed at the official No on 8 campaign.
  • Some neighbors are opposed to an alcohol license for El Mercado de Los Angeles in Boyle Heights. LAT
  • Former LAT environmental writer Janet Wilson blogged about the climate change summit and California's cap and trade proposals as a guest contributor at Gristmill.
  • New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson hosted a dinner party for some Hollywood figures at his home in Santa Fe, thanking them for bringing Hollywood's cameras and dollars to his state. Latino Politics Blog
  • Clock face returns to the north facade of the Times building on 1st Street. BlogDowntown
  • A middle-aged Brooklyn mother disguised herself as a blond 30-year-old research analyst from California in an elaborate scheme to snare a juror who had voted to convict her adult son in a homicide. NYT

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