Monday news and notes 6.9.14

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aaron-kushner-usc.jpgThe OC Register has a staff meeting at 4 p.m. for Aaron Kushner to explain the buyouts/layoffs and unpaid furloughs. At least 50 in the newsroom have applied for the buyout, which does not include any health coverage, says Gustavo Arellano. "He's lost the newsroom," a longtimer said. "No one has any faith in him at all. People want to get the hell out while they can." OC Weekly

How the bidding for the Clippers went down: a reconstruction. LA Times

George Skelton says Mayor Eric Garcetti should start being looked at as a future candidate for governor. LAT

Jim Newton says to get ready for the great LA County leadership changeover. LAT

The FBI corruption sting that ensnared Sen. Ronald Calderon was aided in part by at least two onetime state Capitol staffers who fed information directly to federal agents, according to newly unsealed court documents. DN

More than two-thirds of city of Los Angeles employees still live outside the city, led by firefighters and police, the LA Times says its data "suggests" after analysis of the zip codes of where paychecks are sent. LAT

Woman in Mitch Englander chief of staff harassment case will be publicly identified. DN

Kato Kaelin looks back at 20 years of O.J. Simpson-related fame and says, "one day I was a struggling actor, and the next day, the media flexed their muscle and I became a celebrity, a pariah, the world's most famous house guest, a traitor, a dummy, a liar, a freeloader and even an assassin's target. Never has a man done so little to be recognized by so many." LAT op-ed

Simpson case taught police what not to do at a crime scene. AP

The LA Times handed out its internal awards for last year's work. Some highlights: Syria reporters Raja Abdulrahim and Patrick McDonnell for beat reporting, Robert Faturechi and Ben Poston for investigating the sheriff's department, Michael Hiltzik for blogging, and Elaine Woo and Christopher Goffard (separately) for feature writing. LAT

The county is seeking a communications executive for the Department of Public Health, a new position. Info

Santa Monica city manager Rod Gould distributed a long letter his decision to withdraw a job offer to Elizabeth Riel for the position of Communications and Public Affairs Officer.

Wildlife video of the day


Cellphone video from Sunday morning via CBSLA. "Kate Clark said the bears explored every inch of her backyard, climbed trees and drank from her birdbath. The mother bear also briefly nursed the thirsty cub. The homeowner said the bears even took a quicknap before deciding to hang out in a neighbor’s backyard."

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