Golden voice homeless man detained by LAPD, more Brown budget reaction, Newsom becomes Lite Gov and the second issue of Slake.
Ted Williams, the Ohio homeless man whose golden voice made him a YouTube sensation, was detained briefly last night by the LAPD after an altercation with a family member at a Hollywood hotel. LAT
The only thing a governor of California really has to spend these days is political capital. And on that front, Governor Jerry Brown seems to be going all in from the get-go, says John Myers. Capitol Notes
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, in a blog post on the Tucson shootings, urges "politicians and media personalities who exploit public fears and advance their careers through the use of vitriol ratchet down the rhetoric and discipline themselves as we all reflect on the events that led to this national tragedy." Blog
The Los Angeles City Council's budget panel deadlocked Monday on how to address the city's mounting deficit. Asked about the lack of consensus, CEO Miguel Santana said: "It's certainly not good....These are, frankly, the least difficult of the cuts that the council will have to consider in the next six months." LAT, DN
A Times editorial endorses leasing the city's parking garages to private interests, but mysteriously links it to Red Line ridership even though most lots are nowhere near the transit line. LAT editorial
Ron Nichols begins confirmation hearings this week for the second-worst job in the City of Los Angeles: general manager of the Department of Water and Power. Kerry Cavanaugh/DN
An emblematic battle — "one that involves environmental protection, historic conservation, jobs, political turf and dirt" — is underway between the Port of Los Angeles and would-be shipbuilder Robert Stein. Jim Newton/LAT
Restaurant owner and CD14 challenger Rudy Martinez talks about his run. The City Maven
James Rainey weighs in media columnist-style on the Tucson shootings reaction. LAT
The second issue of Slake will be introduced at a party in Santa Monica on Jan. 22. Contributors include Dana Goodyear, Ben Ehrnreich, Daniel Hernandez and Rachel Resnick, and a scene of gay teen sex in a fiction piece caused printers in several states to refuse to publish the issue. Slake
AP announced that Los Angeles photographer Alex J. Berliner will be a new contributing photographer for its commercial photo division, AP Images.
At 2:30 p.m. on KCRW's "Unfictional," art museum security guards spend their days in uniform, speaking quietly or not at all, surrounded by works of irreplaceable art. "It may look easy, but the job requires a stressful degree of responsibility, poise, and silence."
D.J. Waldie blogs that we should all properly be called Angeleños, not Angelenos or Angelinos. SoCal Focus
Beacon restaurant in Culver City announced it will close Jan. 16, citing the tough economic times.