Child fatality failures, big fundraising week in Sacramento, Batman and Yoda coming to the City Council and not for laughs, and more inside.
- Los Angeles County officials have failed to follow state law that requires them to publicly disclose child fatalities resulting from abuse or neglect, according to an independent audit released Monday. The violations involve "potentially dozens" of child fatalities, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said. LAT
- Members of the California Legislature have raised more than $380,000 during the last five days, as lobbyists and special interest groups scramble to push their bills through the Assembly and Senate before the legislative session draws to a close. California Watch
- Dan Weintraub predicts a flurry of activity Tuesday on the state budget, followed by more inaction. HealthyCal.org
- Batman, Superman, Yoda and other Hollywood Boulevard characters are expected to protest today at the City Council. KPCC
- L.A.'s Summer Night Lights program, which keeps the lights on until midnight at 24 parks in neighborhoods with high levels of gang-related crime and provides other services, appears to be working and still has skeptics. WSJ
- That triple murder on Kings Road in West Hollywood? Looks like it was over pounds of marijuana taken from the apartment. LAT
- Paris Hilton says the cocaine and the purse weren't hers, even though her stuff was in the purse. LAT
- Sprays and shields marketed as red-light camera busters don't work to shield your license plate from cameras, a test found. LA Weekly
- Former Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah McBride wrote about the McCourts' divorce for Angeleno.
- Huffington Post contributor Beau Friedlander offered $100,000 for a sex tape of Glenn Beck, then the post was removed a few hours later and and editor's note said it "didn't meet our editorial standards." NY Observer
Plus: Beck launched a news and opinion website called The Blaze. Mediaite
- Pat Maio has joined San Diego's North County Times as an Economics Reporter, where he’ll also cover agriculture, financial services, tourism and small business. Gorkana
- Rodger Jacobs in Las Vegas has been helped by some mostly anonymous benefactors and will live for a few months in a Budget Suites Extended Stay hotel. Witness LA
- Dan Schnur, executive director of the Fair Political Practices Commission, is expected on KPCC's "Airtalk" at 10:20 a.m. to talk with Larry Mantle about political reform.