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Garcetti congratulates Ballmer on purchase of Clippers

ballmer-garcetti-pose.jpg While the NBA considers the Clippers sold, Donald Sterling sues in federal court.

Army Corps of Engineers goes for the bigger LA River fix

la-river-metgro-cars.jpg After being lobbied by Mayor Eric Garcetti and river activists, the Army Corps of Engineers said it would recommend an ambitious $1 billion makeover of 11 miles of the Los Angeles River upstream from downtown. "The greatest thing to happen to the river since it was paved over,” say advocates.

Shelly Sterling accepts $2 billion offer for Clippers

ballmer-basketball.jpg Former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer may get to the buy the team or may not. But he apparently wants the Clips, at an insane price.

UCSB students paddle out for Isla Vista victims (video)

isla-vista-paddle-out.jpg The surf club organized a sunset paddle out last night off Isla Vista. Thousands were on the beach or in the water, the student newspaper says.

Brad Pitt attacked on El Capitan red carpet

jolie-pitt-maleficient-carpet.jpg Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and at least some of their kids were at the premiere of the new Disney film "Maleficient" tonight at Hollywood's El Capitan theatre. A Ukranian man who has harassed other celebrities was arrested.

News and notes: Wednesday 5.28.14

Auletta sums up Jill Abramson vs the NYT. Maya Angelou dies. Garcetti endorses Duran for Yaroslavsky seat. The mayor also nominated a shipping exec to run the harbor department. Plus more.

Sterling drama is careening toward a possible last act

Thumbnail image for donald-sterling-cnn-grab.jpg Shelly Sterling is apparently trying to speed through a Clippers sale this week. But Donald Sterling filed papers calling the NBA case against him a sham based on words said in a private conversation with a lover.

Unblended: A tale of two newspaper film reviews

blended-sandler-barrymore.jpg A.O. Scott in the New York Times says Adam Sandler's "Blended" is so bad it will make your child stupid. The LA Times calls it a "fun...enjoyable romp."

The best pictures I've seen of Van Nuys Boulevard cruising

van-nuys-blvd-mack-girls.jpg Deep collections of photos showing the faded Wednesday night car culture tradition don't really exist. These photos by Ricard McCloskey are fun to look at.

Another angry American loner with guns

ucsb-iv-shootings-vigil-may-24.jpg UC Santa Barbara has cancelled Tuesday classes for a “Day of Mourning and Reflection," and will hold a memorial service on campus at 4 p.m. All six of the victims of Elliot Rodger who died were students.
405-north-after-completion.jpg The northbound carpool lane that was the nominal reason for work on the 405 opened Friday morning. Time to look at what five years of work and $1.1 billion bought.

Pepy's Galley at Mar Vista Lanes may face eviction

pepys-mar-vista-front.jpg Plans to evict Pepy's Galley to make way for a supper club has inspired a Facebook group with 4,000 members and a petition site with 1,200 signatures. A bunch of those are probably LAPD motorcycle cops.
purple-line-extension-map.jpg Garcetti, Yaroslavsky and others witnessed the signing of papers this morning in Washington. "As public transit milestones go, they don’t get much bigger than this," Yaroslavsky blogged.

Tuesday news and notes: 5.20.14

vf-screen-shot.jpg All media today: Sulzberger speaks to Vanity Fair. Another digital defection from NYT. Atlantic Cities rebrands. Moves at the LAT, LANG and KCRW. Plus more

KPCC's other arts hires are interesting too

Thumbnail image for scpr-sign-kpcc.jpg The senior producer of a new arts and entertainment program will be Oscar Garza, former daily Calendar editor at the LA Times. Rounding out the team is an import from KCRW.
jill-abramson-wakeforest-grab.jpg Fired New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson gave her speech this morning to the graduating class at Wake Forest, streamed live online by at least two networks, and covered by a lot of news media.

History mural in the Valley painted over

flores-mural-main.jpg Mural by Alfredo Diaz Flores at Louise Avenue and Vanowen Street depicted Mission San Juan Capistrano. I don't know how long it has been gone, but it was there last time I looked.

Pelican frenzy at Marina del Rey before fish die-off (video)

pelicans-mdr-crop.jpg On Saturday afternoon I came upon dozens of brown pelicans diving frantically into the shallow water on the edge of the Marina del Rey entrance channel, obviously enjoying some kind of unseen fish bonanza.
bradbury-home-front.jpg The Cheviot Drive home where Ray Bradbury lived and wrote for 50 years has been listed for sale at $1.495 million. It's open on Sunday.

Kings send Teemu Selanne into retirement (video)

kings-selanne.jpg After last night's elimination of the Ducks from the NHL playoffs, the Kings players stayed on the ice to tap their sticks in salute of 43-year-old Teemu Selanne, who played his last game.

Friday news and notes: 5.16.14

john-duran-weho.jpg Wildfires. Garcetti accepts the NAACP award. LA Times endorses Duran in Supes race. Beck wants to stay as chief. And Sulzberger explains Jill Abramson firing. Plus more.

Clippers season is over

silver-sterling.jpg The basketball portion of the Clippers season ended tonight at Staples Center. Now we can all think about Donald Sterling 24/7.

Puig speaks and introduces mom to LA (video)

puig-and-mom-mlb-grab.jpg I missed this the other night. Yasiel Puig, looking more relaxed these days, brought his mother to Dodger Stadium for his bobblehead night. She threw out the first pitch —...

Free tix: Francine Prose and Meghan Daum

francine-prose-ltla.jpg Francine Prose's new novel is "Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932." Tickets are from Live Talks LA for Thursday night in Santa Monica.

Pasadena health director resigns, takes job in Georgia

eric-walsh-star-news.jpg Folks in Pasadena don't really want their director of public health bashing gays, Catholics, Muslims and evolution. But in the state of Georgia? No problem!
kings-ducks-graphic.jpg The Kings and Ducks will meet to settle it on Friday evening in Anaheim. That's two big playoff games in LA in the past week where TV screens failed at the end. Not just Time Warner Cable either.

Baquet abruptly named new editor of NYT, Abramson out *

baquet-abramson-keller.jpg Dean Baquet, the former editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times who left during the worst of the Tribune Company manhandling of the LAT, today was named executive editor of the New York Times. Jill Abramson is out. No explanation.

Rihanna sends $25,000 to LA police fund

rihanna-soboroff-twitter.jpg Rihanna and Steven Soboroff, the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, are certainly making the most out of their recent encounter at the Clippers playoff game. The broken phone is paying off for the LAPD Foundation.
ramona-gardens-fire-laopinion.jpg Molotov Cocktail attack on units occupied by black residents of Boyle Heights projects is a bigger story for La Opinión than the English language media.

Instant classic from Steve Greenberg: 'Yom Clippur'

yom-clippur-greenberg.jpg Old LA Observed friend Steve Greenberg contributes cartoons to the Jewish Journal and connected with this Donald Sterling gem. Previously on LA Observed: Steve Greenberg's LA Sketchbook...
or7-oregonfw.jpg Oregon's roaming gray wolf was observed by a remote camera in the south Cascades. Another camera spotted a female the next day -- uncollared and previously unknown to trackers.

Kate Mantilini in Beverly Hills to close

kate-mantilini-grab.jpg The restaurant at Wilshire and Doheny has met a need through the years: open late, big menu, long counter and a few dishes to come back for. It also has an LA Observed connection.
slate-language-map.jpg Take away the big two from the U.S. map of languages spoken at home and the national portrait becomes really interesting.

Clippers blow 7-point lead in last 49 seconds to lose

clippers-okc-espn-grab.jpg The Clippers were really, really close to going up 3 games to 2 in their NBA playoffs series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. This close.

KPCC fills new entertainment spot with a print guy

john-horn-glasses.jpg KPCC has been looking for awhile for the right person to host a new arts and entertainment program aimed at making the station a player in Hollywood and cultural coverage. They found their man at the LA Times.

Tuesday news and notes: 5.13.14

leaking-faucet.jpg 405 carpool lane to open next week. City Hall's 3-1-1 line doesn't work very well. Voices of the drought. Plus more.

Donald Sterling. Shelly Sterling. OMG

donald-sterling-cnn-grab.jpg Donald Sterling uses his time on Anderson Cooper to slam Magic Johnson as a promiscuous person who has never done anything for the black community. And more.

Mayor Garcetti bikes to work (photo)

garcetti-bike-to-work-fb.jpg Mayor Eric Garcetti's staff has posted another set of Facebook photos showing him as a regular guy. This time he's riding a bike to work in Koreatown

LAT Mexico City reporter jumps to New York Times

nyt-newsroom.jpg Richard Fausset is leaving Mexico City to return to Atlanta, this time as a New York Times national correspondent. Plus another opening at the NYT.

Monday news and notes: 5.12.14

nws-red-flag-box.jpg Heat wave arrives. Beverly Hills Hotel hires a familiar image fixer. Plus politics notes and more.

Sterling speaks and blames 'the girl,' asks to be forgiven

sterling-cooper.jpg Sterling talks with Anderson Cooper in interview to air tonight on CNN. He asks forgiveness from the NBA — if his words offended, that is. "If I said anything wrong, I'm sorry."

He was mortified by his mother — until he wasn't

Andresandhismom-zocalo.jpg Andrés Martinez writes about the discomfort of being raised in Mexico by an American gringa, and about the last time he spoke with her.

Rihanna gets her jollies with LA police commissioner

rihanna-soboroff.jpg I guess nobody at the Daily Mail recognizes Steven Soboroff, the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission — dismissed as a "jolly older gentleman" and a "pensioner" in a Fail story on Rihanna attending a Clippers game while dressed.

Red and yellow books (photo)

red-yellow-books-last-bkstore.jpg Red and yellow books arranged on shelves. The Last Bookstore, Downtown Los Angeles.

P-13 and cubs devour a Santa Monica Mountains deer (photos)

p-13-and-cubs.jpg New mountain lion photos from the naturalists who monitor the population in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The images were taken near Malibu Creek State Park when the cubs were 11 months old.

Ernest L. Allen Sr., LAPD detective was 52

Allen was killed by a runaway truck on the same Beverly Hills street where officer Nick Lee also was killed by a truck. The city has ordered a halt to truck activity and put in radar to catch speeders.

KPCC board chair named chief executive of NPR

Jarl-Mohn-current.jpg Jarl Mohn takes over in July. A well known LA art collector and venture capitalist, he was previously GM of MTV Networks and founder of the E! Channel, as well as chair of CNET. NPR memo inside.

Angela Davis makes a return to UCLA

Angela+Davis-ucla.jpg She was a member of the Communist Party, a participant in the militant Black Panthers, and was prosecuted (and acquitted) for murder and conspiracy for a courthouse shootout. At 70, Davis is back as a regent's lecturer after a long career at UC Santa Cruz.

Obama hears about Obamajams at LA dinner

obama-student4_mid.jpg Bruce Springsteen played for the president and Conan O'Brien quipped about the traffic impacts of Obama's fundraising drop-ins in LA. Inside: The president's local day.

LA Times reporter in Washington jumps to AP

AP-logo.jpg Ken Dilanian will cover intelligence for the Associated Press bureau.

Wednesday news and notes: 5.7.14

News, notes and observations from LA Observed and selected media. Sometimes daily, often in the morning.

Shirtless bro of 909 'took a shot seen round the world'

clay-narey-allen.jpg The guy with no shirt on who asked out reporter Courtney Friel while both were live on the KTLA air last week is a new Inland Empire celebrity. Meet the ex-Marine behind the skin.

Hollywood fault may lie under some well-known properties

la-hollywood-fault-flyover.jpg The LA Times has taken the state's January maps of the earthquake faults that pass under Hollywood and added an interesting visual.

Big win for Mozza's Nancy Silverton at James Beard awards

nancy-silverton-zocalo-2009.jpg The last chef of the year from Los Angeles was Wolfgang Puck back in 1998.

Tuesday news and notes: 5.6.14

Occasional news, notes and observations from LA Observed, often in the morning.

Obama comes to town Wednesday night*

Thumbnail image for marine-one-obama-ranchopk.jpg President Obama will fly into LAX on Wednesday and attend the USC Shoah Foundation’s 20th anniversary dinner in Century City, as well as Democratic campaign fundraisers.

Times to unveil web redo, and Register begins delivery

lat-com-new-front.jpg is finally getting the design makeover it has needed for years — see how Eddy Hartenstein flacks it. Plus the LA Register (remember it?) will now deliver to homes.

Kings and Clippers both stun

Thumbnail image for cup-manhattan-beach.jpg Suddenly the Los Angeles Kings are up 2-0, winning twice in Anaheim over a Ducks team that was supposed to better than this. And the Clippers dominated the Thunder.

Monday news and notes: May 5, 2014

Curated news, notes and observations from LA Observed.

Al Martinez is home recovering

Thumbnail image for al-martinez-photo.jpg Al posted this message on Facebook over the weekend.
garcetti-on-ftn.jpg The Donald Sterling story was featured on "Face the Nation" and in the opening segment of "Saturday Night Live," plus Barbara Walters interviewed V. Stiviano.

What to expect when you’re expecting El Niño

jetstream-elnino-hcn.jpg Credit for the headline to the High Country News, which notes that "with each passing day it seems more certain: 2014 is going to be an El Niño year, and probably a big one."

Mystery LAX disruption traced to legendary old spy plane

u-2-usaf.jpg The U-2 was developed and built at Burbank Airport and played a major role in the Cold War. CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers, shot down over the USSR in 1960 and swapped for a KGB spy, later died flying the KNBC news chopper.
roberto-sanchez-escort.jpg LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced this morning's death of six-year veteran Roberto Sanchez, 32, of the Harbor station. He is the third officer to die while driving in recent weeks.
zimbalist-jr.jpg Great line (from 1959) about one benefit of his unusual name: "It’s kept me out of westerns. I can’t imagine a Hopalong Zimbalist.”

Frank McCourt's lobbyist takes a new partner

mannyfrank.jpg Howard Sunkin opens a new firm with City Hall lobbyist John Ek. Read the email inside.

Tioga Pass opened today, earliest in 26 years

tioga-road-deer.jpg Here's as sure a sign as any about the extent of the California snowfall drought.

Friday news and notes

civic-center-with-palm.jpg Selective catching up after staying away from the LA news for a little while. Don Sterling fallout, politics, media, more.

Kings fans greet team at airport (video)

kings-lax-grab.jpg The Kings clinching win last night was stirring enough to the fan base that a lot of them were on the Imperial Highway side of LAX when the Kings got back from San Jose this morning.
courtney-friel-grab.jpg KTLA's Courtney Friel was covering the afternoon's brush fire in the Inland Empire foothills on Wednesday when a shirtless man carrying a dog asked her for a date.
Clinton fundraises in LA
kermit-la-brea-closer.jpg Jim Henson Studios on La Brea became a presidential campaign stop on Thursday.
Brown declares disaster area
porter-ranch-sign.jpgThe natural gas leak above Porter Ranch now qualifies for various government actions. Story
Wet coyote
wet-coyote-vdt.jpgSpotted between the storms at Here in Malibu.
Performing arts with cheer
guys-dolls-kevin-parry.jpgDonna Perlmutter closes out 2015 with productions downtown and on the Westside.
Junkyard down
upick-firetruck-560.jpgAfter 53 years, Sun Valley's Aadlen Brothers and U-Pick Parts cleans out. Photos