Curated news, notes and observations most weekdays from LA Observed.
Gov. Jerry Brown vowed to increase funding to map California earthquake faults, calling the effort an important public safety measure. LAT
Some officials are dismayed that the 'Promise Zone' announced yesterday by President Obama does not go south of the 10 freeway and excludes South LA. LAT
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright deliberately misled voters and broke the law when he took steps to run for an Inglewood-area seat several years ago, a Los Angeles County prosecutor said Thursday during opening statements in Wright's perjury and voter fraud trial. LAT
Dan Schnur is expected to announce his independent run for Secretary of State today. Capitol Alert
David Finkel, a long-serving elected official in Santa Monica, said he will resign from the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees next week due to health. SM Lookout
Last year, 79,150 cats, dogs and other pets ended up in Los Angeles County animal shelters, and fewer than half of them made it out alive. ZevWeb
The Central Library and regional branches resume Sunday hours this weekend. LAPL
A billboard announcing the launch of the Dodgers’ new SportsNet L.A. channel on Feb. 25 has been covered up after the team realized it was put up by the 405 in Culver City prematurely. DN/Tom Hoffarth
People editor Larry Hackett has been replaced by Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle. Folio
You’ll never believe how those silly, salacious recommended stories are generated on otherwise serious news sites. Washington Post
Gabriel Snyder, the former editor in chief of The Wire, will be chief content officer of Inside.com, a mobile news start-up founded by the web entrepreneur Jason Calacanis. NYT
Former LA Times and NY Times reporter David Cay Johnston is profiled as a skeptic for troubled times by his hometown Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
The LA Times has promoted Anne Colby to Home editor, starting Jan. 13.
The woman was videotaped falling out of the backdoor of an LAPD car last year says she was being sexually assaulted by the officers in the car. LAT
Los Angeles County spent $43 million on lawsuits involving the Sheriff’s Department last year, accounting for nearly half of the county’s total litigation costs. LAT
Is it El Sereno or Rose Hills? A neighborhood name dispute ends up in court. The Eastsider LA
Rearrest rate unchanged under California prison realignment. Sacto Bee
A new state law appears to bar sushi chefs from touching the food without gloves or wax paper. LA Weekly
Proud Bird restaurant may actually pay less rent in 2014 than in 2013. LA Airspace
Goldwater, Bower and the disastrous damming of the Colorado River. LAT Op-ed
Joe Bruin photobombed Phil Jackson and John Lithgow at last night's UCLA-Arizona game at Pauley Pavilion. @JillPainter
I have an incredibly better appreciation of Six Feet Under watching it as an Angeleno.— Steve Chiotakis (@RadioChio) January 10, 2014