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An LA Times editorial calls on Mayor Eric Garcetti to get moving and appoint his commissioners already, and complains that City Hall commissions aren't independent anymore. LAT
A report released Monday by the Pew Hispanic Center suggests that the number of illegal immigrants inside the U.S. has stopped dropping and may again be rising, now up to 11.7 million. KPCC
Oliver Stone will present PEN Center USA’s First Amendment Award to Chris Hedges at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Oct. 14.
Superior Court Judge Kelvin D. Filer has published an Xlibris memoir, "Race Ipsa Loquitur: A Poetic Diary of My Journey from Compton to the Los Angeles Superior Court Bench."
Al Jazeera English video clips are no longer geo-blocked in the US. "Great news," tweets reporter Cath Turner. "The last 7 years of all our hard work is back online!"
Valley political consultant Julie Buckner writes about running her yoga studio and store in the former Dutton's Books in Valley Village. Elephant Journal
Truthdig added a new weekly column by Sonali Kolhatkar, host of KPFK's "Uprising." Column
Tina Dupuy, the former editor of Fishbowl LA, is now editor-in-chief of The Contributor.com.
Snow fell at Mammoth Mountain over the weekend for the first time this season.