The City Council today is expected to approve proposals to name the intersection of 5th & Flower as “Raymond Bradbury Square” and the pedestrian plaza linking Japanese Village Plaza to the Japanese American Community & Cultural Center near 2nd and San Pedro Streets as “Frances Hashimoto Plaza.”
Manuel Figueras, a longtime aide to Councilman Richard Alarcon, pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for allegedly running down a pedestrian while driving a city vehicle in North Hollywood. City News Service
Temple Israel of Hollywood, especially the first several rows on the right side, has turned into a power center of LA politics. Spotted at Rosh Hashanah services were City Controller Wendy Greuel, Rep. Henry Waxman, former Villaraigosa chief of staff Robin Kramer, Marathon Communications' Richie Lichtenstein, political maven Donna Bojarsky, ex-DA Ira Reiner and ex-assemblyman Wally Knox, among others.
Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protection League, is scheduled to talk about media coverage of police chases at 12:40 p.m. on "Airtalk" on KPCC.
NPR's Mike Pesca is sitting in for Warren Olney as host of "To the Point" this week on KCRW.
How Occupy lost Its way In LA, from one of the participants. Zocalo
Psy, the Korean music star behind the "Gangnam Style," called on el Monte city officials to rehire 14 lifeguards fired for making a video in the Koreans' style. DN
teNeues Publishing Group announced a new extra-large book of photographs by Elliott Erwitt: $2,500. Info
The Eli Broad takeover of MOCA meme is an illogical myth, says Christoper Knight. "Broad is in the midst of building a $130-million vanity museum on Grand Avenue. What he actually seeks is validation as an art collector in his own right." Critic's Notebook
A new book profiling Michigan’s famous and forgotten authors traces the unusual literary career of the late California author Maritta Wolff, whose final novel, "Sudden Rain," is set in Pacific Palisades. She lived there and in West LA for 55 years.
Stephen Farber is the new president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assocation. Fishbowl LA
USC announced that the new Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy will hold its first symposium on Sept. 24. Sen. John McCain and former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson are among the participants. LAT story
Steve Schmidt, the former adviser to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and Stacey Snider, the co-chairman and CEO of DreamWorks Studios, have been added to the lineup for The Atlantic's joint event with UC San Diego October 7-9.