Robert Gibbs and Facebook, LAT looks again at value-added evaluation, DWP politics, Leiweke honored, a star push for Adam West and more.
The L.A. Times had a reporter look at the "value added" mathematical method of evaluating teachers and found, yep, it's complicated and there's no consensus. LAT
One of the exasperating facts of contemporary Los Angeles politics, writes Jim Newton, is that City Hall is beset with problems, "but its critics are often as misguided as its culprits. That's certainly true when it comes to the Department of Water and Power." He chats with ex-chief S. David Freeman. LAT op-ed
The L.A. Business Journal has named AEG chief Tim Leiweke the city's business person of the year, saying he has "won over Los Angeles with his downtown vision, which now includes a pro football stadium." LABJ
Rick Orlov's Tipoff: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is skeptical the NFL really wants to be in L.A., Speaker John Perez vs. the city of Vernon, and Villaraigosa takes some ribbing at the diabetes roast. DN
An anonymous website that was offering dubious facts to oppose AEG's NFL stadium for Downtown has shut down. Curbed LA
Blogger Mickey Kaus tweets that the Daily Beast misspelled the name of former Rep. Jane Harman "wife of co-owner Sidney Harman. Twice....#DBhedswrittenbyteens" They called her "Harmon."
Ted Johnson's weekly print column for Variety on the intersection of entertainment and politics covers the controversy over Hollywood's latest attempt to portray the Kennedys. Wilshire & Washington
Facebook is in talks to hire former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. NYT
Global disasters and political upheaval are wreaking havoc on the budgets of cable and broadcast news organizations: "We've already had a year's worth of breaking news coverage, and it's not even the end of March,” said David Verdi, NBC News VP of worldwide newsgathering. TheWrap
LA Times reporter Ruben Vives and Orange Coast columnist Shawn Hubler, who wrote about him for the magazine, will guest with Patt Morrison on KPCC at 1:40 p.m.
Channels 2 and 9 reporter Suzanne Marques tweeted Sunday night: "Japan flight has been delayed to Tuesday! Vaccinations tomorrow. After today's 6.5 quake, can't wait to get there with the UN to help."
The Downtown News proclaims in an unsigned editorial that the McCourts should sell the Dodgers and move on: "The optimum Los Angeles sports experience is no longer Dodger Stadium, but Staples Center." DTN
Painter/filmmaker Julian Schnabel and reality TV icon Simon Cowell guests on "The Business" with Kim Masters at 2:30 p.m. on KCRW.
Writer and director Larry Cohen, who made “The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover” in 1977 with Broderick Crawford in the lead, has major issues with the script for “J. Edgar,” the movie being shot here by Clint Eastwood for Imagine Entertainment and Warner Brothers with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. NYT
There's a push to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Adam West, who played Batman on TV. The Daily
El Tepeyac, the Boyle Heights burrito landmark, is hosting a Japan relief fundraiser all day Tuesday. All net food sales go to UNICEF. 812 N. Evergreen Avenue.
'Marketplace' and NYT collaborate on your money
Villaraigosa's national star doesn't shine on MSNBC