Occasional news, notes and observations from LA Observed, often in the morning.
California's top-two primary system is forcing new strategies in fundraising, polling and the timing of attack ads. Carla Marinucci/SF Chronicle
Emily's List will launch a six-figure campaign this week to promote Wendy Greuel’s congressional campaign. Roll Call
Former state Senate Majority Leader Charles Calderon, running for a judgeship, was rated not qualified by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Met News
The petition to create a city of Los Angeles health department has sufficient signatures to force a ballot vote, city officials said. LAT
Monica Lewinsky writes about her affair with President Bill Clinton in the June issue of Vanity Fair. CNN
The Hollywood Reporter announced it will no longer hold its women in entertainment breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel as a protest over the Sultan of Brunei's new Sharia code calling for stoning of gays and adulterers. Hollywood organizations and politicians such as City Attorney Mike Feuer say they will boycott the Beverly Hills and Bel Air hotels. THR
Talk show host Hugh Hewitt has joined the law firm of Arent Fox in Los Angeles.
Richard Medina, the LAPD officer injured in the hit-and-run crash Saturday that killed partner Ricardo Sanchez, was released from the hospital to recover at home. KTLA
E! News promoted Jennifer Lavin to executive producer and Melanie Bromley to chief news correspondent, and added Us Weekly West Coast executive editor Dina Sansing as executive entertainment director. Deadline Hollywood
The KCRW Foundation hired Jill Smayo as development director.
The Dodgers will offer $5 parking on a trial basis for the next homestand, May 11-18, in the lot around the old ticket office on Stadium Way, a 15-minute walk from the actual stadium.
Thx to Los Angeles Business Journal for nice write up. YES , I'm in real estate. Partner, consultant, and advocate. Creating possibility!— Laurel Erickson (@laurelerickson1) May 5, 2014