Tuesday news and notes: 5.13.14

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The northbound carpool lane on the I-405 freeway through Sepulveda Pass — the official reason for the $1 billion, many-year Westside traffic upheaval — now has an opening date of Friday, May 23. ZevWeb

City Hall's 3-1-1 service hotline makes callers wait longer than in other cities -- many callers simply hang up -- and the cost for each answered call is higher, according to an audit by Controller Ron Galperin. LAT, KPCC

leaking-faucet.jpgVoices of the California drought from the San Joaquin Valley. Tumblr

Zoltan Pali, one of the architects hired to work on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' future museum, has left the high-profile project. LAT

Oops: A campaign mailer has state Sen. Kevin De León running for the Assembly, not reelection to the Senate. LAT

New York mayor Bill de Blasio is hosting a fundraiser next week for Wendy Greuel's congressional race. THR

The way in which people travel to, from and around the San Fernando Valley will significantly transform over the next three decades. LA Register

The New York Times review of Ruth Reichl's first novel is not friendly to the paper's (and the LAT's) former restaurant critic and food editor. "A gauzy ode to the liberating virtues of pleasure, glazed with warmth and uplift, so feebly written and idea free that it will make you wonder if the energy we’ve been putting into food these last few decades hasn’t made us each lose, on average, a dozen I.Q. points...” Los Angeles, NYT

The Washington Post has added 50 new journalists so far this year. Huffington Post

Ted Mitchell, the former president of Occidental College, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as undersecretary of the Department of Education, in charge of issues affecting colleges and universities. LAT

Robert F. Erburu, the last chairman of Times Mirror Co. to have close ties to the Chandler family that owned the LA Times, died at home in Santa Barbara at age 83. LAT obit

The Kings lost 4-3 to the Ducks and now, after winning the first two games of the series, could be eliminated in the next game. LAT

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