Curated news, notes and observations most weekdays from LA Observed.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Allan J. Goodman ruled tentatively that the City Council's Hollywood Community Plan is "fatally flawed" and ordered the city to stop issuing permits for development projects based on the plan. CNS, LAT, KCRW
Mayor Garcetti is traveling to Washington today in advance of a White House meeting tomorrow. DN
Assemblyman Richard Bloom tweeted a photo of himself with other LA-area elected officials, including at least City Council members Joe Buscaino, Mike Bonin and Paul Koretz, in a snowfall on Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem. Yes, it's travel and junket season for your electeds. Twitter
The City Council on Wednesday abandoned its plan for hiking the limit on gifts that can be accepted by elected and other high-level officials, opting to leave the amount unchanged. LAT
Federal judges have extended until April 18 the deadline for Gov. Jerry Brown's administration to ease prison crowding, after asking the state to limit the time some mentally ill prisoners spend in solitary confinement. LAT
Obamacare and Hollywood open new social media campaign. LAT
The state's new population estimate for California: 38,204,597.
The Huffington Post is increasingly looking like a stand-alone business at AOL. Adweek
Golden Globes nominations. LAT
Journalist Virginia Postrel in the green room at Zocalo.
While he was undersheriff, candidate Paul Tanaka denied the vast majority of concealed weapons applications he received. Of the few he approved, one went to a billionaire movie producer who is now a key supporter of his campaign. LA Weekly
A man's challenge to the legality of California's red-light cameras was rejected by the California Supreme Court. LA Weekly
Two veteran Los Angeles police officers were arrested Wednesday for allegedly lying during testimony and falsifying medical documents to obtain workers’ compensation benefits they were not entitled to, the police chief said. NBC 4
Major League Baseball asked a judge to sanction Los Angeles PR executive Michael Sitrick, a former spokesman for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, claiming he’s dragging his feet to avoid turning over documents subpoenaed in an arbitration over the player’s alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. Bloomberg
This year's Voice For The Animals Foundation calendar featuring LAPD officers with their rescue animals. Info
Missing baby Jesus figurine found at Westfield Valencia mall. DN
A 30-day delay in the distribution of Sriracha and two other hot sauces manufactured by Huy Fong Foods has some suppliers of Asian food worried about meeting consumer demand. The manufacturer cannot ship any more of its product until mid-January because the California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines for the company. LAT, Star-News, LA Weekly
Q&A with Tim Brick, managing director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, about the controversy over plans to truck away sediment from Devil's Gate Dam every day for five years. Pasadena Monthly
Loyola Law School is launching the Fashion Law Project, "a unique academic center dedicated to advancing the practice of fashion law through innovative curricular offerings, practical-training opportunities and topical symposia." Staci Jennifer Riordan, partner and chair of the Fashion Law Practice Group at Fox Rothschild LLP, will be the executive director.