Wednesday news and notes: 6.11.14

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The Board of Supervisors approved a sweeping reform of the county's troubled child protection operation, creating an independent office charged with improving how the region's abused and neglected children are treated. The new office will be run by a "child protection czar" with authority over a variety of departments. LAT, KPCC

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for prosser-sidewalk-jg.jpgCity Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Mitchell Englander abandoned their effort to put a half-cent sales tax hike for street and sidewalk repairs on the November ballot, saying more discussion would "only serve to strengthen" the proposal. LAT, LA Weekly (LAO file photo)

A City Council committee signed off on a plan to raise the minimum wage at some Los Angeles-based hotels to $15.37, despite warnings from an outside consulting group that workers may be laid off and hotels could be hurt economically. DN, KPCC

A proposal to impose a mandatory curfew at Bob Hope Airport, preventing overnight flights to the Burbank airfield, was narrowly defeated Tuesday in Congress. City News Service

The term Silicon Beach, besides being wholly made up and never used by anyone here except lazy media and PR types and the mayor, really grates on people in the LA tech industry — which isn't centered near the coast anyway. "No serious professional — no serious professional in LA — talks about ‘Silicon Beach.’" Re/Code

G & B Coffee in Grand Central Market gets extolled in the New York Times: "one of the best iced coffees in the United States, and almost certainly the best latte." [Oh please. Written by a real rube.] NYT
Also getting extolled today: Koreatown. NYT

Inside CNN's Los Angeles bureau during the O.J. Simpson chase 20 years ago. Medium

Andrés Martinez joins the full-time staff of Zócalo as editorial director. Info

Why does June Gloom come this time of year? KPCC

Phyllis Patterson, confounder of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, originally a summer class in her Laurel Canyon backyard, died in a Marin County hospital. She was 82. LAT

Video of the day

Man Trapped Overnight at Vegas Airport Shoots Ridiculous Music Video. Gawker, Reddit

All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.

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