Curated news, notes and observations most weekdays from LA Observed.
LA County workers plan to rally downtown this morning for a new contract, some by walking off the job. SEIU 721 is promoting it in advance as "the biggest public employee action in decades."
The city attorney's office will appeal a judge's ruling that struck down the LAPD's Special Order 7, which barred officers from punishing unlicensed drivers in the field by impounding their cars for 30 days. LAT
The city attorney sued to invalidate the initiative petition that forced a citywide vote in June on whether to create a new department of public health. KPCC
Ending several days of turmoil over the Grand Avenue redevelopment project, the joint city-county committee overseeing it voted Monday to extend its agreement with New York developer Related Cos. through Jan. 20. LAT, KPCC
LA councilman Mike Bonin said he favors shutting down Santa Monica Airport in the wake of Sunday's fatal jet crash.
Councilman Jose Huizar confirmed Monday that his 3-year-old daughter, Aviana, has been diagnosed with leukemia and is being treated at Children's Hospital. LAT
Magic Johnson endorsed Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, the son of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, in a Dec. 3 special election for the 54th assembly district seat vacated recently by Holly Mitchell. DN
A Superior Court judge ordered the city of Palmdale to halt its November municipal election on grounds that the city's at-large method of choosing council members violates the California Voting Rights Act. LAT
Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who has written stories from the documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, will host a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") at 10 a.m. Pacific time. CNET
The Vintage LA group on Facebook has surpassed 100,000 members. Creator Alison Martino celebrated with a visit to the Stahl house in the Hollywood Hills above the Chateau Marmont. Facebook
NPR media reporter David Folkenflik launched MurdochsWorld.com, a complement to his soon-to-be-published book on Rupert Murdoch.
Sheriff Lee Baca has been acting as a pitchman in commercials for an Irvine-based company that sells dietary supplements. ABC 7
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Alex Collins, shot by rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner seven months ago, resumed work at the Big Bear station Monday. Daily Bulletin
The LAPD is testing Brammo electric motorcycles. XMotorcycle
Los Angeles school officials have taken back iPads from students at Westchester and Roosevelt high schools and possibly other campuses as well until further notice, the latest fallout from student hacking of the devices. LAT
Samara Hutman was named executive director of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
A valet parker at Ink in West Hollywood uses a computer to help diagnose problems with customers' cars and provides other services. NYT
Registration has opened for the Los Angeles Marathon to be held March 9, 2014. This year's race sold out. ASICS LA Marathon
A.C. Lyles, a longtime Paramount Studios publicist and producer, died at age 95. LAT
In Oct. 1, 1890 Congress creates Yosemite Nat'l Park. On Oct. 1, 2013, federal shutdown forces visitors to leave. http://t.co/ycVu3TvB1n— Thomas Curwen (@tcurwen) October 1, 2013