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Wednesday news and notes: 5.7.14

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County supervisors voted Tuesday for a $2-billion plan to replace the deteriorating downtown Men's Central Jail and create a new women's jail. They also voted to undertake an extensive study into how the county could divert more mentally ill offenders away from the jail system. LAT, LAR, Witness LA

The 2020 Commission recommendations on how to improve LA's economic future received a mixed reaction from the City Council on Tuesday. Especially the suggestion that city elections move dates. KPCC, LAT, DN, LAR

LAX's potential people mover system. Curbed LA

The Beverly Hills City Council approved a resolution condemning new laws targeting gays and women in the Southeast Asian sultanate of Brunei and urged the government to divest itself of the Beverly Hills Hotel. LAT

The NBA put longtime Clippers executive Andy Roesser on indefinite leave of absence. Plus two state lawmakers want a law to block Donald Sterling from deducting league fines from their taxes. LAT, ESPN

Anthony York, until recently in the LA Times Sacramento bureau, has joined public affairs firm Fiona Hutton & Associates as a senior counselor and consultant.

Jet, the pioneering African-American weekly magazine that rose to prominence covering the civil rights movement, is expected to announce Wednesday morning that it will no longer publish a regular print edition. NYT

"A Fighting Chance" by Elizabeth Warren is the top-selling hardcover nonfiction book in Southern California independent bookstores. Bookweb

Bloomberg News recently tried recruiting New York Times managing editor Dean Baquet to oversee Washington coverage. Huffington Post

The LA Press Club will give its Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement to Ann Curry of NBC on June 29.

Hillel Aron posits without any evidence that laws against texting while driving are based on generational and Luddite anti-technology fears. Or maybe he just needed a blog post. LA Weekly

In case you were waiting for The Guardian to pronounce LA the world's best-branded city, wait no more.

If it feels like there are more tourists around LA these days, you're right. LAT

The Register does a little infographic on palm trees. OC Register

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