Romney still leads GOP race here, Zev and Latinos, possible end to the city's freelancer tax, a Hollywood hustler, a new blog with folks from the old lefty LA Weekly and today's LA Times comes wrapped in Kardashians. Plus much more, of course.
Gov. Brown ripped Republican lawmakers in a speech to nurses, saying they have let the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association tell them what to do. Bee
Mitt Romney still leads in the Republican race fogo president in California, per the Field Poll. Bee
Opposing Gloria Molina's power play to create a second Latino supervisor district could hurt Zev Yaroslavsky with Latinos if he runs for mayor, some experts say in the Times. LAT
Plus: Redistricting battle explained without maps. LA Weekly
Councilman Paul Koretz already has endorsed two Democrats running in the Valley's new 46th assembly district. PolitiCal
The city’s Business Tax Advisory Committee recommended that the gross receipts tax, which generated $424 million last year, be phased out over a four-year period in order to stimulate business development and create jobs. City Maven
Today's Los Angeles Times front page was wrapped with a giant photo of three Kardashian women in Kardashian fashion advertising an appearance at Sears.
Glen Hartford was a hustler in the fine Hollywood tradition: "He had cut corners. He had lied....then he was raided by the FBI." Gene Maddaus/LA Weekly
The activist group LAANE has launched a new blog focused on the Los Angeles economy and politics edited by Steven Mikulan, formerly of the LA Weekly, with writers including Erin Aubry Kaplan, Harold Meyerson and Steven Leigh Morris. The Frying Pan
The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a judge to order county child welfare officials to release records related to the deaths of children who had been under their supervision. LAT
John Rabe has a long interview with author Denise Hamilton on the KPCC website. Off-Ramp
LAUSD Supt. John Deasy and Hollywood philanthropist Megan Chernin announced an effort to raise $200 million over five years to benefit local public schools. LAT
Forget about clubs, bars, even loft parties — "the most creative and colorful social scene these days isn't about dancing, it's about drawing." LA Weekly
Ceramicist Barbara Willis died at 94, and had a great story: In 1995, 40 years after she stopped making pottery, she discovered at a Long Beach flea market that her work had become highly collectible. LAT