A compromise on DWP rates, Villaraigosa considers naming his job czar to run the utility and gets some good reviews in D.C., and a report from the Cooley roast. Plus media notes and more.
- Mayor Villaraigosa and the City Council have agreed on some kind of compromise about his call to raise DWP rates and will announce it at an 11 a.m. press conference at the DWP building. DN
Plus: With or without the mayor's coal surcharge on DWP rates, the cost of electricity is going up "and nothing is going to halt the climb," Los Angeles Magazine architecture critic Greg Goldin argues. LAT Op-Ed
- Villaraigosa is considering naming his so-called jobs czar, Austin Beutner, to be the interim general manager of the DWP, says David Zahniser. LAT
- Villaraigosa's bid to secure federal funds for fast-track expansion of the transit system is gaining support from Washington officials who say it could serve as a national model for speeding economic recovery and reducing pollution and traffic congestion, the Times says. LAT
- Owners of supergraphic signs, some in place for a decade, are not happy with City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's threat to seize their revenue. LABJ
- "If Steve Cooley and I can be on the same stage, then there is hope for peace in the Mideast," City Council President Eric Garcetti joked at last week's Cooley roast. Cooley defeated Garcetti's father to become district attorney. Orlov/DN
- Lawyers for Frank and Jamie McCourt meet in court today to argue over her request for $1 million in monthly support and $9 million to pay her lawyers. LAT, DN
- Attorneys Mark Geragos and Brian Kabateck are buying Downtown power-lunch spot Engine Co. 28. Downtown News
- Search teams once again looked in the Malibu area and Los Angeles for missing woman Mitrice Richardson. LAT
- Bob Tur, the Los Angeles broadcast journalist whose company sued YouTube in 2006 over a copyright complaint, has been accused by Google-employed lawyers of leaking confidential court documents related to the depositions of YouTube and Google executives in a longstanding battle with Viacom over pirated content. CNET
- CBS Radio is preparing to put former all-news station KFWB up for sale to comply with a requirement of the Federal Communications Commission. LABJ
- The last hour of Brooks Brothers downtown after 71 years. Downtown News
- Larry Mantle went to spring training in Arizona. KPCC blog
- The blog Hollywood Temp Diaries changed its look.