Weekend reads and shorts

Holiday card

Get a look at Rep. Loretta Sanchez's holiday card for this year. It reportedly costs her campaign contributors $130,000 a year to produce the season's greetings. Latino Politics Blog

LAT reporters Mike Boehm and Kim Christensen go inside what went wrong at the Museum of Contemporary Art and pronounce director Jeremy Strick's job in danger.

Two Avenues Gang members were arrested in the August murder of sheriff's deputy Juan Abel Escalante. LAT

Anchor Rick Chambers' bio has dropped off the KCBS-KCAL website, which usually indicates he's a goner at the duopoly.

The NYT's Randal C. Archibold catches a performance of "Too Many Tamales" by the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts at the old Lincoln Heights jail: "An annual holiday show in a working-class neighborhood that has developed a dedicated following with its homage to biculturalism in a city where 41 percent of the population was born abroad." Los Angeles Journal

That curfew on the mayor of South El Monte, Blanca M. Figueroa, also makes the New York Times.

In the New York Times Magazine: South L.A.'s ban on fast food, briefly considered.

Steve Lopez sits down for coffee with a tearful Margie Christoffersen, the El Coyote manager who left the restaurant under pressure from anti-Proposition 8 protesters.

Hollywood needs its own car czar, Peter Bart writes. Variety

L.A.-based staffer Dana Goodyear explores the popularity in Japan of cell-phone novels in the fiction double issue of The New Yorker. Also: a never-published essay by Mark Twain.

Former L.A. Times investigative editor Deborah Nelson's new book "The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth About U.S. War Crimes" reports that "every major division that served in Vietnam was represented" in the war crime archive

The downside of filming the reality show "The Academy" at the Los Angeles County sheriff's training academy. Police Issues

The candidate list for March 3 is final as can be. Sausage Factory

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