Curated news, notes and observations most weekdays from LA Observed.
The Assembly voted down a measure that would have given the Coastal Commission the authority to levy fines. LAT
Mayor Eric Garcetti was scheduled to address the AFL-CIO convention this morning.
City Building and Safety goes after a treehouse in Venice, but now Steve Lopez is on the homeowner's side. LAT
Bill de Blasio, a white Brooklyn liberal with a biracial family, finished first in the Democratic primary for New York mayor. The female member of the City Council who had been the frontrunner faded at the end: sound familiar? By the way, both Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer finished out of the money in what might hope would be the final political race for both. NYT
Jake Coyle, an Associated Press entertainment writer based in New York, and Jessica Herndon, a former reporter for People magazine, have been named AP's new film writers. Coyle will be based in New York City and Herndon will be based in Los Angeles. AP
Pax Dickinson was forced to resign as chief technology officer at Business Insider over offensive tweets, especially regarding women in tech. His attitudes were no secret: He had been blocked by at least one of his own colleagues. Slate, Henry Blodget statement
Another LA Times reporter does the first-person thing about her family, this time Cindy Chang about blending a Taiwanese family with Korean. LAT
The LA Times' earthquake news story auto-generator placed a story on LATimes.com this morning on a 2.6 magnitude quake under San Dimas. The news equivalent of a toddler falling on a sidewalk and getting a booboo on her knee? LA Now
LA Observed visiting blogger Ron Rapoport returns to Chicago, where he wrote a sports column for the Sun-Times for 20 years, on Saturday to spend a week publicizing his new anthology, "From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago’s Best Sports Writing from the Tribune, Sun-Times and other Newspapers." He signs at the legendary Billy Goat Tavern. Tribune review
Former KTLA reporter David Begnaud has left Ora TV, where he was host and executive producer of a show called "NewsBreaker." The Wrap
It's week two of Steve Harvey's Bottom Ten: The Trojans make their move. Bottom Ten
Here's how bad it's going to be for your local Patch editor and site, while it still lasts. Romenesko
Mike Littwin, the former LA Times sports writer laid off more than a year ago as a Denver Post columnist, now writes at the Colorado Independent.
Interesting conversation coming up at 11:40 on today's "Airtalk with Larry Mantle" on KPCC: When is it OK to snap and share pictures of strangers? Both legally and ethically.
Kelly Candaele visited the Ground Zero memorial project and writes, "I’ve been on many construction sites over the years and for various reasons. But I’ve never been on one where there was such a palpable sense of enthusiasm and pride." The Frying Pan
Anita DeFrantz, president of the LA84 Foundation, was elected as an executive member of the International Olympic Committee.
The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation will turn out Willie Mays, Bob Gibson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar for a fundraising gala September 19 at the Hotel Bel-Air. Info
Alison Pill will lead the cast of Jeffrey Hatcher’s world premiere adaptation of "Wait Until Dark," written by Frederick Knott and directed by Matt Shakman, in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse opening October 16.
"Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990," the Getty's popular exhibit, will open Oct. 20 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
The Dodgers' part-timer Scott Van Slyke won last night's game with a pinch hit, walk-off home run in the 11th inning. ESPN LA