News and notes: Wednesday 5.28.14

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The Bottom Line student newspaper at UCSB says it has been gathering reporting on the Isla Vista tragedy after all, but held off publishing: "We did not think it journalistically ethical to harass our community in its time of grief and shock." Romenesko, CalBuzz

Ken Auletta sums up everything he knows about the New York Times' firing of Jill Abramson. New Yorker

Edward Snowden says on NBC tonight that he was trained and worked overseas as an undercover spy for the CIA and NSA. NYT

Mayor Eric Garcetti nominated a shipping executive for American President Lines, Gene Seroka, to run the port department. KPCC, LAT, LAR

Garcetti endorsed John Duran to replace the retiring Zev Yaroslavsky on the Board of Supervisors. LAT

Paul Tanaka leads in the fundraising race among the candidates for sheriff, but only with about $900,000. LAT

After beating back a proposal to create a separate city health department, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday agreed to create a 15-member advisory commission to issue annual reports on the state of health care. It would take a public vote to shut down the commission. DN

The City Council passed a balanced $8.1 billion budget that raises the fees to use pools and visit the zoo, puts $20 million toward sidewalk repair, and begins a slow phase-out of the city's business receipts tax. DN

Los Angeles Unified School District shut down its “teacher jails” Tuesday, freeing teachers put on leave to stay home instead of at a district office. DN, LAT

One third of the traffic-monitoring cameras for the city's ATSAC system are broken and need repair. DN

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to require candidates to file their campaign finance reports electronically, allowing the public to see them quicker. LAT

The Irwindale City Council is expected to drop its public nuisance order and lawsuit against Sriracha hot chili sauce maker Huy Fong Foods, signalling a potential end to the months-long standoff between the city and the company. Star-News

Frontrunners in the race for mayor of Long Beach are both under 40 years old and both focused on the port as their main priority. KABC

Bryan Stow was in court in Los Angeles yesterday for the start of jury selection in his lawsuit against the Dodgers and Frank McCourt. LAT

Maya Angelou, the memoirist, poet and Tony-nominated actress, died at home in Winston-Salem at age 86. NYT

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