Monday news and notes: 5.12.14

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nws-red-flag-box.jpgA heat wave in Southern California driven by a high-pressure zone and dry northeast winds will push temps toward 100 in the hotter areas. There's a red flag fire warning from the National Weather Service, but no parking limits from the LAFD.
(And now England is worried about this year's El NiƱo because of the World Cup impact in Brazil.)

The Beverly Hills Hotel, facing a Hollywood boycott over the Sultan of Brunei's declaration of Sharia law, has retained image fixer Mark Fabiani, the former Clinton White House adviser who used to work for Mayor Tom Bradley at City Hall. NYT, THR

David Tran has decided to keep his Irwindale Sriracha hot sauce maker Huy Fong Foods in California. KPCC

Mayor Eric Garcetti said through a spokesman Sunday that he still wants to see the NBA secure a new owner for the Los Angeles Clippers, despite Donald Sterling's TV apology. LAT

How the Garcettis' Getty House renovations socked taxpayers for $453,000 — "New records released by the mayor's office show that [Amy] Wakeland was the driving force behind the project, and that city employees sometimes bristled at her requests." LA Weekly

TV producer Brent Roske, the focus of that NYT Magazine campaign piece, has dropped out of the race for Congress in CD 33 and endorsed Marianne Williamson. KPCC

Jim Newton on the CD 33 race to succeed Henry Waxman. LAT column

The LA Times editorial board recommends voters elect longtime state lawmaker Charles Calderon as a Superior Court judge, but not with enthusiasm. LAT editorial

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins of San Diego will become the Assembly speaker in a swearing-in ceremony this afternoon.

State senate candidate Bob Hertzberg's campaign email account was hacked. Rick Orlov's Tipoff column/DN

Acknowledging that attracting a local NFL team to a downtown stadium may again not happen, city officials have begun laying the groundwork for an upgrade of the Convention Center and a flagship hotel. LAT

Experts hired by the developer of a proposed 16-story Hollywood development on the former KFWB studio site say there is no active earthquake fault under the property. LAT

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