Monday afternoon notes

I was tied up this morning, but here are some news items from the day.

  • I will be on KCRW at 6:44 p.m. talking with Steve Chiotakis about Mayor Villaraigosa's proposal to issue official city ID cards to undocumented residents. It goes to the City Council for the first time tomorrow.
  • "Which Way, LA?" tonight at 7 p.m. talks with Mark Bittman about the Central Valley farming piece in the NYT that I posted about last night.
  • The political roots of the Berman-Sherman rivalry traced back to the 1980s speakership fight in Sacramento, by Jamie Wolf at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
  • Speaking of Berman-Sherman, "Here in the beautiful but hot San Fernando Valley, our system has conspired to illustrate all that is wrong with our politics," says Jonathan Dobrer. DN
  • Victor Taracena, the former Housing Authority construction official who orchestrated a conspiracy involving his two brothers that stole more than $500,000 from the authoritym was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $526,727 in restitution.
  • The LA Times hired a fulltime auto writer in the Business section: David Undercoffler, who has been on the web staff and writing about cars part-time.
  • The Los Angeles Public Library is restoring some service hours at libraries: Monday and Wednesday nights, and Friday mornings. Also: a conversation with the new city librarian
  • All the Twitter and Facebook in the world doesn't mean Koreatown residents are any more connected to each other.
  • Daily News looks at the race for district attorney.
  • The new Ontario International Airport Authority met Monday for the first time, part of its plan to get the city of Los Angeles to relinquish control of the airport.

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