Curated news, notes and observations most weekdays from LA Observed.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed the bill clarifying that an attacker who impersonates someone else to coerce a victim into sexual activity can be prosecuted for rape. He also approved a bill requiring that those convicted of "swatting" calls pay full restitution for the costs of police response. LAT
Mayor Eric Garcetti quietly served a day of jury duty at the Criminal Courts Building and, like most, was excused without getting on a case. LA Weekly
Building a proposed streetcar line in downtown Los Angeles may cost more than twice the original estimate, an adjustment that raises serious questions about the project's funding and future. LAT
Amy Ephron profiles Compton Mayor Aja Brown for Vogue. "As she walks across the room to greet me—she’s five foot nine and wearing a red dress (not flashy, she just looks good in red) toned down with a beige jacket and impressive matching four-inch heels—she flashes a smile that I suspect she also will become known for. She has a cool, calm reserve and a soft, measured voice." Vogue
The Times follows up on the possible name change for Little Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills. LAT
The first person with the flu this season has been hospitalized in Los Angeles County. The patient has Influenza A H1N1. DN
Points for transparency last night from the LAT's Bill Plaschke:
On edge of seat in press box...if Uribe hits 4th HR, I'm writing deadline column .if he doesn't, I'm not...I always cheer for the column....— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) September 10, 2013
Writers Bloc's Sept. 24 interview between Linda Ronstadt and Patt Morrison will be televised by KCETLink on Oct. 15 at 9 p.m.
Jill Soloway on making "Afternoon Delight" and living in LA. WGA
Inside the world of Hollywood voice loopers. KPCC
Five ways to identify a bullshit food writer. OC Weekly
Reports of a fourth HIV positive porn performer in Los Angeles may not be accurate. LA Weekly
The story behind the large Twerk Miley banner that appeared beside the 10 freeway in downtown Los Angeles and was tweeted out by, among others, Miley Cyrus. LA Weekly
A Sunday protest on Pico objected to the Orthodox Jewish tradition of kaporot, in which live chickens are swung over the head then kosher slaughtered. Jewish Journal
Brian Sumers hears that the delayed opening of the expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX will likely happen on Sept. 18. LA Airspace
How Ralphs, Trader Joe's and Smart & Final got their names. KCRW's Good Food
A drone's eye view of Burning Man. WWLA
A brief roundup of new skyscraper projects in the early stages around Los Angeles. LA Mag
Sonoma Journal: Latino winemakers rise in California, through the ranks. NYT
A Southern California chapter of Docomomo US has formed, "to provide a forum for historians, architects, planners, landscape designers, conservationists, academics, educators, students, public officials, and communities to collaborate and celebrate the unique built legacy of Southern California's modern movement." Their first event is Oct. 5 in Dana Point Harbor. Website
HOLA Brings Youth Art to City Bus Benches. Streetsblog LA
Before tonight's game the Dodgers will honor 86 employees who have worked for the Dodgers for 25 seasons, including 15 with 40 years or more. Vin Scully, Tom Lasorda and traveling secretary Billy DeLury have all done 64 seasons.
LA twitter reacts to the passing of Cal Worthington in its own ways.
As @SnipItRealGood reminded me -- Pete Ellis Dodge, Long Beach Freeway, Firestone exit, Southgate.— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) September 10, 2013