West Hollywood mayor Jeffrey Prang, hired as a special assistant to Assessor John Noguez, is the point man in making the scandal around the assessor's office not look so bad. LA Weekly
Owners of the Old Spaghetti Factory land in Hollywood won a lowered tax assessment from Noguez via consultant Ramin Salari, then sold the property for three times what the asessor's office said it was worth. LAT
As Los Angeles County was tightening its belt in recent years, its assessor’s office was sitting on a cache of more than a half-million dollars’ worth of brand-new electronics equipment it had stockpiled but never used, a newly-released county audit found.
The auditors discovered some $654,000 worth of never-used equipment, ranging from laptops to laser jet printers, languishing in storage at the Hall of Administration after it was purchased between fiscal years 2001-2 and 2009-10. ZevWeb
Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel announced a Women for Wendy committee that includes former Villaraigosa chief of staff Robin Kramer, artist Judy Baca and former school board member Roberta Weintraub. List
Did Sheriff’s Department commander David Waters have his personal vintage motorcycle repaired and revamped by LASD mechanics on county time? According to a longtime department facilities worker, the answer is yes. Witness LA
Los Angeles prosecutors asked a judge on Wednesday to order the execution of two condemned killers using a single drug for lethal injections, a move intended to end a 6-year hold on the death penalty in California over the method used by the state. Reuters
Blair Taylor, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, blasted the MTA's vote to award a rail car contract to a Japanese firm.
Reason editor-in-chief Matt Welch looks back at the two decades since the riots and pronounces Los Angeles a changed place, much of it because the LAPD changed. Zocalo
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's office announced it received a $2.65 million payment in a settlement of unpaid taxes with the former owner and operator of the Wilshire Hotel in Koreatown.
The UCLA Library has received videos, research, correspondence and other documents from the gubernatorial campaigns of former Gov. Gray Davis donated by former campaign manager Garry South. Daily Bruin
Francisco Castillo is leaving as deputy chief of staff for communications to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to be deputy national press secretary at StudentsFirst.
Coby King has joined the advocacy firm of Ek and Ek, in the downtown Los Angeles office.
The Pasadena Star-News will open its Colorado Boulevard newsroom to the public starting in August as "a community space where readers and residents can drop in to pitch stories, ask questions or make use of public blogging stations with free wi-fi access." Editor's note
Air Berlin launches new service at LAX May 11 with the only nonstop service from Los Angeles to Berlin.
Filmmaker Ken Burns and LAUSD superintendent John Deasy will deliver the commencement addresses at Loyola Marymount University this weekend.
Keeping hope and the puppets alive: Bob Baker and his marionettes. KCRW
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival offers "lust and spectacle on a biblical scale." Jewish Journal
Longtime Hollywood biographer Charles Higham, at one time a New York Times correspondent in Hollywood, died in Los Angeles April 21 and the news is just being reported. He was 81. LAT