SAG Awards winners, Gov. Brown defends high-speed rail, Mayor Villaraigosa on CNN and at USC, a question for Carmen Trutanich, who runs the LAPD and a detective goes on trial for an old murder. Plus a lot more.
Viola Davis was named best lead actress and Octavia Spencer best supporting actress as "The Help" made strong showing at Sunday's SAG Awards, while "The Artist" continued to build Oscar momentum with Jean Dujardin winning best lead actor. List of winners
Gov. Jerry Brown said in an Eyewitness LA interview that California's high-speed rail project will cost far less than the current estimate of nearly $100 billion and that cap-and-trade fees paid by carbon producers will be a source of funding. Capitol Alert, DN wires
Unions in California are girding for an all-out war over a ballot initiative that would curb their ability to raise political cash. San Jose Mercury
City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel isn't Jewish, but she's going for the Jewish vote. She attended services "at no fewer than four synagogues during last year’s High Holy Days" and her eight-year-old son "is on the verge of entering Hebrew school at Temple Israel of Hollywood." The Forward
Mayor Villaraigosa spoke at a USC class on Case Studies in Modern Leadership taught by political scientist and former Republican adviser Dan Schnur. LAT
Jim Newton column: In the impound controversy comes up the old question, who runs the LAPD? LAT op-ed
So does City Attorney Carmen Trutanich "want to keep one of the best jobs in L.A. for four more years" or does he want to run for DA? He should tell us. Downtown News editorial
With sheriff's department insiders suggesting there has been correlation between promotions and donations to Undersheriff Paul Tanaka’s political campaigns, Witness LA has started to publish his donor lists.Tanaka is the mayor of Gardena. WLA
Any reasonable person who saw Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's Jan. 27 performance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" "appreciated that the right-wing Orange County Republican congressman set a new low for political discourse," says OC Weekly.
Johnny Otis and author and journalist Lionel Rolfe grouped together as "literary icons of Los Angeles." KCET
David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine, will deliver the 10th annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. at UCLA.
The trial of LAPD detective Stephanie Lazarus, who is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend's wife, is set to begin this week more than two years after her arrest based on new DNA evidence. LAT
Glendale police arrested a man who drives around the city nude from the waist down. LAT
Caltrans wants to abandon California highway 39, which runs 27 miles from the city of Azusa nearly to the crest of the San Gabriels, and is trying to persuade the U.S. Forest Service or Los Angeles County to take it over. so far, no sale. LAT
Longtime television episode director John Rich died at 86. LAT