Afternoon news and notes

  • Heavy snow (by SoCal standards) has closed highways in and out of the Antelope Valley, San Gabriel Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains and of course over the Grapevine on I-5.
  • The City Council went ahead with a three-month moratorium on new bilboards. LAT, Ron Kaye
  • Times critic Christipher Knight blogs that MOCA should decline the merger with LACMA, accept Eli Broad's deal, and get the resignatons of director Jeremy Strick and board chair Thomas Unterman. LAT
  • More details about the Eli Broad museum proposed for the Starbucks corner at Wilshire and Santa Monica. CurbedLA
  • The Getty's endowment has dropped 25% this year and there's a hiring freeze. Culture Monster
  • Gay rights organizations are pretty upset that Rick Warren will deliver the invocation at the Obama inauguration. Wilshire & Washington
  • City Controller Laura Chick's audit concludes that TV channels 35 and 36 are generally well-run with "room for improvement in producing additional and more diverse programming and for reducing costs and enhancing revenues."
  • Disqualified candidate Ben Austin says on his website that he did get a bill from Burnside and Associates for signature gathering services. Sue Burnside had said her firm didn't do the flawed work that cost Austin his spot on the ballot.
  • Maureen Corrigan puts "Netherland" at the top of her best books of the year list. Fresh Air
  • The City of Industry holds a Jan. 20 special election to ask its 82 registered voters for permission to borrow $500 million. SGV Tribune

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