Curated news, notes and observations most weekdays from LA Observed.
Mayor Garcetti's goal: modernize city government with a data system to track key performance measures and post them on the Web. LAT
Twin trusts run jointly by the Department of Water and Power and its powerful union are spending more than $3 million a year on salaries, travel and office expenses, according to tax returns reviewed by KPCC.
Garcetti met with Department of Water and Power general manager Ron Nichols this week to discuss two non-profits overseen by DWP officials that are sparking controversy. DN
The LA Weekly's Jeffrey Anderson reported on the existence of these secret, unaccountable nonprofits as long ago as 2005. LA Weekly
The city's Bureau of Engineering has kicked off the review process a proposed $50-million seismic retrofit and general upgrade of the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge between Atwater and Silver Lake. Curbed LA
David Denby says that Harvard University Press should withdraw Ben Urwand's book "The Collaboration," which argues that Hollywood studios collaborated with Hitler. New Yorker
Sacramento TV reporter Sabrina Rodriguez was felt up on TV by a baboon at the Lodi Wine Festival. Pocho.com
Albuquerque native Kate Linthicum writes in praise of New Mexico's green chile. LAT
Curbed LA is looking to hire a part-time associate editor. "We're looking for someone who loves and knows Los Angeles, has killer writing/reporting skills, and is both hardworking and fun." Info
Natalie Ragus, the former editor of Arcadia Patch, is the new editor of Malibu's Surfside News. Malibu Patch
A 24-year-old Fort Bragg man who was with two others wearing Dodgers gear was stabbed to death in a fight near AT&T Park in San Francisco, more than an hour after last night's Giants-Dodgers game. NBC Bay Area
A middle-aged man was taken into police custody in connection with a string of six arson fires set last night along Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. CBS LA
In a cold case made with DNA testing, former pro boxer Exum Speight, 50, was arrested on a warrant charging him with the 1987 murder of his former manager, Douglas Stumler. LAT
Silver Lake millennials war with boomers in America's "most livable community." LA Weekly
Bottega Louie is expanding its corporate footprint on 7th Street, moving some operations across the street into the old Union Oil building. Heh: "The crowd can create a memorable din." LAT
Rumor: Is Banksy returning to Los Angeles? NBC 4 (ad with sound will autoplay on page)
Ciclavia may include a Valley route on its 2014 schedule. DN
Madison Square Garden Entertainment named Paola Palazzo as Vice President of Bookings for the revitalized Forum in Inglewood.
Steve Harvey's latest Bottom Ten.
Los Angeles correspondent:
I got the phrase "smoking trees" into the Economist. http://t.co/M3ksuFNqjw— Tom Nuttall (@tom_nuttall) September 26, 2013