Edison says the power is on, more Housing Authority on KCET, who really runs the jails, Romney leaves town with $1 million, Joan Didion on "Bookworm" and more.
The state has begun an investigation into why some Edison customers were still without power after last week's windstorm, while Edison apologized and announced that as of 6:21 this morning all power was restored. SGV Tribune, LAT, KPCC
"SoCal Connected" will have an update on its Housing Authority investigation, including an unnamed insider who will say she tried to flag the excessive spending but was told not to worry about it. Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Sheriff's Department insiders say that, for years, Undersheriff Paul Tanaka—not Lee Baca—has "ruled through a system built of favoritism, pay-to-play campaign donations, and loyalty rewarded over competence—and the jails scandal is one of the results." Witness LA
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised more than $1 million at his Beverly Hills fundraiser on Tuesday night. Here are some of his local high rollers. THR
A coalition of civil rights and student groups launched a statewide campaign Wednesday to support efforts to overturn California's Proposition 209, which prohibits public universities from considering race and gender in admissions decisions. LAT
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas used his position on the Coliseum Commission to obtain $560 in tickets to see the Carolina Panthers play, and didn't reimburse the commission for two years until the Times began asking questions. LAT
Councilman Paul Krekorian has asked for an extension of the time allowed to raise money to pay off his campaign debt, citing losses from the Kinde Durkee situation, and it looks as if the City Ethics Commission is inclined to give it to him. LA Weekly
The City Council voted to ask the Coliseum Commission to refrain from taking any action on a deal that would give the University of Southern California control over the Coliseum and Sports Arena until city leaders are briefed on the matter. City Maven
Speculating on the leadership style of Herb Wesson as president of the City Council. LA Weekly
The firm managing construction at West Los Angeles College has been terminated, Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees President Miguel Santiago announced today. Breeze wires
Recommended reading: Politico's Ben Smith on being a politics reporter today. CJR
The phony populism of former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, pointed up by his talks to Occupy protesters. Michael Bernick/Fox&Hounds
Joan Didion guests with Michael Silverblatt on "Bookworm: at 2:30 p.m. on KCRW.
Book dealer Michael Dawson's L.A. arrival story. KCET
Time in Men's Central Jail is bad for anyone, but it's truly hell if you're in a wheelchair. LA Weekly
"We think of ourselves as a Chinese college," the president of Pasadena Community College told a visiting Chinese consular delegation. SGV Tribune