Whitman's campaign staffing, Villaraigosa's taste in music, Usher not running, Broad takes out a permit for his museum and Scott Turow speaks tonight with Dustin Hoffman. Plus more notes for a Monday, inside.
- Meg Whitman's campaign employs nearly 70 people and contracts with even more. Contrasting the Whitman and Brown campaigns. Bee, Calbuzz
- Here's a rundown of the measures that qualified for the November ballot in California. Bee
- The state's Board of Registered Nursing has discovered that some 3,500 of its nurses have been punished for misconduct by other states — hundreds even had their licenses revoked — while maintaining clean licenses in California. ProPublica/LAT
- One lesson of Mayor Villaraigosa's free ticket scandal is that the mayor "actually has decent taste in music," says Jon Regardie. Downtown News
- Trutanich deputy and former planning commissioner Jane Usher said she won't run for City Council. Orlov/DN
- Eli Broad has filed for a permit that would pave the way for grading at the Grand Avenue site he has targeted for a new art museum. Downtown News
- Environmental groups are trying to ensure that the Legislature does not exempt AEG's proposed Downtown football stadium from environmental review, as it did the rival proposed stadium in Industry. LAT
- The Dodgers let it be known that the Hollywood celebrities at Sunday's game with the Yankees included Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Tom Cruise. Via release
- More than 100 people were taken to hospitals for injuries or illness at the weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival at the Coliseum. KTLA, ABC 7, NBC 4, LAT
- Riders and police got along on the first "LAPD sponsored" Critical Mass ride. Peace in our time. Streetsblog
- Three incoming freshman football players at UCLA on a summer program were arrested by campus police on suspicion of stealing a purse and will be charged with a felony. AP
- Ex-ballplayer Lenny Dykstra's rise and fall as a stock touter for Jim Cramer, as told by author Randall Lane. Daily Beast
- Scott Turow is in conversation with Dustin Hoffman tonight for Live Talks Los Angeles, at the Colburn School on Bunker Hill with proceeds benefitting 826LA. Dave Barry and Amy Tan submitted questions via the web. Info
- Michael Sigman praises the first edition of Slake: " a gorgeous, 232-page quarterly mix of journalism, fiction, poetry, photography and art, including a provocative take on fruit art by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jonathan Gold, the elegant prose of John Powers on the Beverly Hills Burglars and Fortress LA -- a mind-bending photo essay exposing the legion of military installations that surround Angelenos." It's $18 at newsstands and bookstores. Huffington Post
- L.A. Times book blogger Carolyn Kellogg celebrates the rise of other book bloggers as a force. LAT
- I've heard good things about LAT reporter Megan K. Stack's book on her nearly ten years as a foreign correspondent. "Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War" is "a moving and unsettling account of war reporting in the age of terror," says a review in the Times.
Plus: It's one of the 15 books included on Zocalo's suggested summer reading list.