Republicans upbeat on Fiorina, Bell officials give up the money, reaction to LoGrande, the Battle of Los Angeles and more. Inside.
- Gov. Schwarzenegger suggested he may not sign a state budget before he leaves office in January. LAT, HealthyCal.org
- Republicans have reserved $1.75 million for television ads to help Carly Fiorina in the final week of her Senate race against Barbara Boxer. AP
- The City Council in Bell voted to reduce their $96,000-a-year salaries to $673 a month, which the mayor and vice-mayor say they won't even take. LAT
- A smattering of reaction to the mayor's selection of zoning administrator Michael LoGrande as city planning director. DN, CityWatch
- Controller Wendy Greuel will release a follow-up audit on the effectiveness of the city’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development programs under the mayor's office at 10 a.m. at Jackie Tatum Harvard Park.
- Changes to the city's watering law are bad for plants, bad for water conservation and bad politics, argues Emily Green. LAT Op-Ed
- Mayor Villaraigosa's pandering to the bicycle lobby since his accident continues with a call for a bike summit. LA Weekly
Plus: Streetsblog L.A. will continue and relaunch with a party on Aug. 25.
- LAX food concessions lobbying: now a Times editorial. LAT
- SEIU Local 721 isn't happy with a deal that City Hall's Engineers and Architects Association cut with the city. LAT
- Immigration reform activists kicked off a week of demonstrations against the new Arizona law that takes effect Thursday. DN
- The court-appointed examiner in Tribune Co.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case determined that the company's 2007 leveraged buyout was "marred" by the "dishonesty and lack of candor" of its then-senior management and that the deal rendered the media conglomerate insolvent from the moment the two-step transaction closed. Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Romenesko
- The ACLU of Southern California is taking part in a nationwide ACLU request under the Freedom of Information Act for FBI records gathered on race and ethnicity for mapping purposes. Via release.
- Cal Poly Pomona received a $42 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that is the largest gift on record to the state colleges. LAT
- Julian Barnes, the former Pentagon reporter at the L.A. Times, now covers the beat for the Wall Street Journal. Gorkana
- Lindsay Lohan has been allowed to keep her hair extensions while in jail and, believe it or not, some people are bothered by that. LAT
- The tease campaign for Sony's upcoming "Battle: Los Angeles." Franklin Avenue
- Lola, the missing Silver Lake parrot, was located two miles away from home and returned to her owner. LAT