Robbery-Homicide takes over Bryan Stow case, 29,398 fewer state cellphones, John & Ken OK a tax vote by Republicans, Times and Daily News both say no on red-light cameras, and more.
The LAPD transferred control of the Dodger Stadium beating investigation from Northeast detectives to the downtown Robbery-Homicide Division, a move welcomed by Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, who said it may improve prosecutors' access to information in the case. LAT
Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday he has taken back 29,398 state-issued cellphones from employees. Sacramento Bee
Legislative Democrats sent revised budget plans to both houses Wednesday night that would restore nearly $1 billion in spending and that seek a yearlong extension on taxes that could jeopardize any opportunity for an on-time deal. Contra Costa Times
KFI's John and Ken gave the OK for Republicans in Sacramento to agree to an election on Gov. Jerry Brown's tax extensions. LAT
Austin Beutner's people emailed reporters yesterday to let it be known he told the City Ethics Commission he has reached the $200,000 level in contributions, thereby joining Wendy Greuel among possible mayoral candidates.
The Board of Neighborhood Commissioners approved two new neighborhood councils, both around MacArthur Park: Westlake North and Westlake South. City Maven
Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance before the Cupertino City Council to share renderings of Apple's planned new headquarters. San Jose Mercury
New favorite book on the right: "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV." Patrick Goldstein
The Department of Veterans Affairs has misused large portions of its campus on L.A.'s Westside and has failed to provide adequate housing and treatment for homeless veterans, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by veterans advocates and the ACLU. NYT, WSJ, LAT, LAT editorial, AP
Also in play in any settlement between the battling McCourts: the fate of the Los Angeles Marathon, which Frank owns. LAT
Crews in Yosemite National Park are blasting away snow hoping to open the Tioga Road before summer arrives. LAT