Holiday politics and media notes

Catching up with the long weekend:

  • Fox News blamed hackers for fake Twitter messages saying that President had been assassinated in Iowa; the tweets were up for ten hours before being removed. NYT
  • Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation that it would be "political malpractice" for Congress to fail to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling to balance the federal budget. DN
  • Villaraigosa ordered city department heads to immediately launch plans to build a 1,680-mile bikeway system and make the city more bike-friendly. DN
  • The City Council and the Police Protective League cut a budget deal with union concessions on health costs and pensions. DN, City Maven
  • Mitchell Englander took his new seat on the City Council and Eric Garcetti was reelected president of the body, with Jan Perry as the pro tem, amid talk of the coming shakeup in council ranks. City Maven, Rick Orlov's Tipoff
  • New DWP general manager Ron Nichols is on the hot seat, says Jim Newton. LAT op-ed
  • Metro's cuts in bus service make the New York Times.
  • The city's Department of Building and Safety is going back to reinspect construction sites approved by inspectors now known to have been seeking bribes. DN
  • After the reelection of Monica Garcia as president of the school board, member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte called out the majority for "playing politics." LAT
  • KNBC 4 anchor Ana Garcia is in Athens and tweeting about the street protests in front of her hotel.
  • Conyers Davis, the newly hired campaign operations director for Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, is engaged to Gov. Jerry Brown's deputy press secretary Elizabeth Ashford, per the SF Chronicle's Carla Marinucci.
  • KCET's SoCalConnected has been nominated for eight Los Angeles Area Emmy awards.

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