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The report from the Los Angeles 2020 Commission, convened by City Council President Herb Wesson and chaired by Mickey Kantor, paints a bleak picture of the city: strangled by traffic that rail lines won't fix, weighed down by poverty and suffering a crisis of leadership and direction. LAT
Sheriff Baca took the weekend to mull his options before deciding to retire. LAT
Potential candidates to run to succeed Baca. DN
A divided Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to add a cross back to the county's official seal, despite warnings the decision would invite legal challenges. LAT
Janice Min has been upped to lead Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter as Co-President/Chief Creative Officer of the Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media. "In her expanded role, which is effective immediately, Ms. Min will be responsible for all editorial direction of the iconic entertainment and music brands." Hollywood Reporter creative director Shanti Marlar, photo and video director Jennifer Laski, and THR executive editor Matthew Belloni will work with Min.
The New York Times unveiled its new website design. NYT
Hollywood's military complex. Fortune
KCET will resume airing Bill Moyers’ "Moyers & Company" in a new, half-hour weekly format on Sundays beginning Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m.
On Getting Naked in Antarctica: Scientists stuck at the South Pole during winter find a sauna, grab some bunny boots, and join the most exclusive club in the world. The Atlantic
Reddit AMAs: How a Weird Internet Thing Became a Mainstream Delight. The Atlantic
KPCC producer: "I was on the Gold Line train that killed a man Saturday; it was a strange and awful experience." KPCC
Carmen Zapata, the actress and producer who co-founded the the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Lincoln Heights, died at home in Van Nuys at age 86. LAT