OC's romantic bald eagle, Brown's state of the state, Anschutz donates to mayor's favorite PAC, Ron Kaye blasts LaBonge, and new media gigs for Snyder and Boyer. Plus more, inside.
A wild bald eagle that first appeared over the Orange County Zoo on Jan. 23 has spent every morning and evening since perched in a tree above the zoo's 6-year-old female bald eagle, Olivia. LAT, OC Parks video
Anschutz Corp., which is seeking approval for the Downtown stadium, has donated $100,000 to the committee raising money for Mayor Villaraigosa's preferred school board candidates. "Our education system is a mess and Phil [Anschutz] wants to help" said Tim Leiweke, president and chief executive of sister company AEG. LAT
Rick Orlov's Tipoffs: AEG likely to announce at a media briefing on Tuesday that Farmers Insurance will get the naming rights to the stadium. DN
The Daily News editorialized against giving AEG a break on environmental rules for the stadium: "If there is any project that demands the full scrutiny and the public accountability promised by California's landmark environmental laws, it's a football stadium." DN
For the second year in a row, lobbying expenditures by L.A.’s five major billboard companies approached $1 million, says Ban Billboard Blight.
Ron Kaye, in pushing for his Clean Sweep L.A. candidate in the 4th council district, blogs that Councilman Tom LaBonge should retire: "Tom talks a lot at Council meetings but says very little. He seems to have little grasp of the complexities of issues or have anything to add to debates that themselves offer little to the public discourse or knowledge." RKLA
With filming on location on the increase, the old disputes between residents and crews reemerge. Downtown News
Six Al Jazeera English journalists who were briefly detained by the military in Egypt have been released, but their camera equipment was confiscated. Al Jazeera
KNX news anchor Jack Salvatore retires after 27 years. LA Radio
Gabriel Snyder, the former Gawker editor who had been a writer for W and Variety, was hired to run The Atlantic Wire and build up a news aggregation staff in New York. New York Observer
Vanity Fair staff writer Peter J. Boyer, a former L.A. Times reporter, was hired by Tina Brown's Newsweek/Daily Beast. NYT
Barbara Isenberg announced she is stepping aside as associate director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at USC.
Firoozeh Dumas, the author of two memoirs, "Funny in Farsi" and "Laughing Without an Accent," says she encounters two reactions as she speaks across America: fear and surprise. "My people need a TV show." LAT Op-Ed
Promoting the Sunset Strip to a new generation of clubgoers. LA Biz Journal
Fees from 14.99 to $24.99 are being charged at some emergency rooms in the area for appointments that reduce waiting times. LAT
The Craft and Folk Art Museum announced that Suzanne Isken, former Education Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art, will become its director on Feb. 14.
Angeles Crest Highway climbing up from La Canada Flintridge is likely to remain closed until spring due to unstable slopes. City News Service
Rival factions, each made up mainly of Pakistani and Afghan immigrants, are battling in court over leadership of the Islamic Center of Northridge in Granada Hills. LAT
At noon, the Chicano Round Table will host a press conference and commemoration to remember Gustav Montag, killed during one of several Chicano Moratorium Protests in 1971. Eastern Group Papers
The Lakers lost to the Celtics and didn't look like the better team. ESPN