Wednesday news and notes: 6.18.14

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garcetti-staples-facebook.jpgMayor Eric Garcetti says those parents offended by his use of "big fucking day" on live TV and in front of children at the Kings rally should lighten up. "I think I was just being myself for a moment there...I think people should be kind of light about this. It’s something that plenty of people have heard in their lives for sure...We ought to let people be people. I was just being a person yesterday. I’m sorry if folks were offended.” LAT

"This was a deliberate rebranding, a political version of Miley Cyrus washing the Disney off her career," writes Doug McIntyre. DN

The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs and the LAPD union endorsed Long Beach police chief Jim McDonnell for sheriff. KPCC

Brian D'Arcy, head of the union representing Department of Water and Power employees, warned the city not to withhold training and safety payments for the non-profits the union runs. LAT

The story of two LA news helicopter pilots from the O.J. Simpson days who are transgender. Off-Ramp

San Marino Mayor Dennis Kneier will step down from the post (but remain on the City Council) after being caught tossing a bag of dog poop into a neighbor's yard. Star-News

Is it time to reform LA's parking fines? Which Way, LA?

How could just two families cause Nielsen's LA radio ratings to go out of whack? LAT

"Plainly," writes Michael Hiltzik, NBC paying Chelsea Clinton $600,000 "was done to curry favor with the Clinton family." LAT

How Dodgers Fans Work Around the Season-Long TV Blackout. Mashable

Los Angeles Magazine's new issue explores "how the 1980s fundamentally changed L.A."

Lynne Segall has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Group Publisher for The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.

Josh Rottenberg, formerly with Entertainment Weekly, joins the Los Angeles Times as senior film reporter in Calendar.

Glenn Greenwald speaks Thursday night at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center downtown.

"Gen F," a collection of short stories by "those displaced by a reversal of fortune, the toxicity of failure, psychological downsizing, class disparity, vanished industries, outsourscing, mortgage collapse, bank bailouts and stimulus recovery for the wealthy," includes pieces by Dave Shulman, Tulsa Kinney, Paul Chavez, Holly Myers and ither media people. Amazon

Mexico played Brazil to a 0-0 tie in the World Cup. ESPNFC

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