Friday desk-clearing

  • Freeways are uncommonly bad out there today, especially the 405 north due to truck crash in Sepulveda Pass.
  • Incoming councilman Paul Koretz signed his chief of staff: Rich Llewellyn, the former Eric Garcetti CoS who has been top deputy to City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. Rick Orlov
  • Paramount president John Lesher is out. Nikki Finke
  • Phil Jackson says the results of some pending health tests will determine if he comes back to coach the Lakers next year. LAT
    Also: It's Jackson's turn to sit on Conan O'Brien's couch tonight, while Kobe Bryant and most of the Lakers will be on Jimmy Kimmel.
  • The Times has come up with a new, contracted-out version of the L.A. Times Poll, sans local director, and it finds opinion divided on gay marriage and the influence of unions at City Hall.
  • Fox 11 anchor Christine Devine tweeted that today was a wasted day: "Someone broke into my car. Shattered glass everywhere! Reminder to not leave valuables inside. LAPD says desperate people."
  • KPCC's Patt Morrison tweets: "Your public radio term of the day:rubber drag. We'll leave the definition to your imagination, c/o porn star & KPCC listener Nina Hartley!"
  • Harry Pallenberg, who works for Huell Howser, has started a twitter feed for LA as Subject, the alliance that puts on the annual L.A. archives bazaar.

More by Kevin Roderick:
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Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
Recent Mobility stories on LA Observed:
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
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Expo Line grand opening at noon hour on Friday
Metro board approves subway's environmental report, station at LACMA
Union Station is wonderful, but one of the world's most beautiful?

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