Curated news, notes and observations most weekdays from LA Observed.
How Funny or Die got President Obama on Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Between Two Ferns.’ Variety
Supervisor candidate Bobby Shriver has rejected voluntary campaign spending limits and said he will at least partially self-fund his campaign, a decision that lifts the limits in the race. LAT
West Hollywood City Council member John Duran formally announced he's running for the Board of Supervisors.
CD33 candidate Marianne Williamson holds a fundraiser tonight in New York City.
Patt Morrison talks with U.S. attorney Andre Birotte, Jr. LAT Op-ed
Boom: A Journal of California "is the best new magazine I’ve seen in decades," says blogger Ken Layne. Greenfriar.com
Behind the 1925 Mattoon Act that almost stopped SoCal development. Curbed LA
This year's LA Political Roast is March 20 at the Beverly Hilton, roasting Councilman Paul Koretz. The roasters include Mayor Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Fritz Coleman of NBC 4 is the emcee.
Hans Laetz received the FCC's approval to build and operate low-power radio station KBUU-LP FM at 97.5 megahertz, "licensed to serve in the public interest from Malibu, California." He's calling it 97.5 K-B-U-U Malibu-Zuma Beach.
Amtrak has received more than 7,000 applications for those free marketing trips they smartly billed as writers' residencies. Amtrak gets the rights to the writing samples submitted. The Wire
If you live in Glendale, your car insurance premiums are the highest in the state. KPCC
The Fresno Bee is testing a small drone aircraft to see if it can be used for aerial photography of accidents, fires, farmland, lakes and waterways. TBJ Now
A film festival in DTLA devoted to architecture and design. KCRW