Weekend reads and notes

  • The L.A.. Times ran another investigative collaboration with ProPublica on lax enforcement that lets problem nurses keep working.
  • There's a pretty good summation of how 92 digital billboard came to be put up in the city in a Times story on neighbors fighting them as nuisances.
  • Deputy mayor Diego Alvarez is moving back to the airports department, charged in part with bringing light rail to LAX.
  • Jonathan Gold pledges allegiance to the L.A. street food trend and implies there will be less chef adoration from him in the future: "While nobody was paying attention, food quietly assumed the place in youth culture that used to be occupied by rock 'n' roll -- individual, fierce and intensely political, communal yet congenial to aesthetic extremes."
  • Reviews are in for L.A. authors KC Cole ("Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up"), Tod Goldberg ("Other Resort Cities") and Daniel A. Olivas ("Anywhere but L.A.").
  • Nearly 90 initiatives are working their way through the system in Sacramento, with many likely to get on the ballot.
  • The Daily News editorial page called for a charter amendment to once and for all give the Controller the power to do performance audits.
  • KPCC reporter Jackson Musker returned to the Oakridge mobile home park to update the continuing after-effects of the fire that displaced residents.
  • Arcadia lawyer Dolly Gee was confirmed as the first Chinese-American woman judge on the U.S. District Court here.

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