News, media and politics notes for Monday 8.4.14

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garcetti-sunset.jpgSunset Boulevard near UCLA reopened overnight after Mayor Eric Garcetti stopped in for a photo op with workers.

Seven Sacramento debates in August you won’t want to miss. KQED

Last week's labor board ruling that invalidates City Hall's lower pension tier for newer employees could prove to be a huge complication in the city budget. DN

Jim Newton columnizes that "Los Angeles voters committed some bad public policy in 2012 when they approved Measure B, which mandated the use of condoms in any adult film shot in the county. Now, state lawmakers are prepared to double down on that misadventure." LAT Op-ed

If sheriff runoff candidate Paul Tanaka is campaigning at all, it's very quietly. KPCC

No volunteers busily calling voters, no campaign signs stacked high. No Tanaka buzzing around, giving orders and thanking people. One of the agents at the State Farm Insurance office next door says Tanaka’s people decamped about a month ago.

KPCC calls and emails to both the would-be sheriff’s campaign manager and chief fundraiser went unreturned. His campaign consultant during the primary election, Reed Galen, said he no longer works for Tanaka. He did not elaborate.

Tanaka, a former undersheriff who finished second in the primary, has not returned numerous calls this week or responded to emails.

LA Times editorials call for reappointing LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and for civilian oversight of the LA Sheriff's Department.

An LA sheriff's deputy mistakenly shot and killed Frank Mendoza, 54, after a suspect ran into his Pico Rivera home and took his wife hostage. LAT, AP

A downtown commercial mural promoting the band Foster the People will come down off the historic Santa Fe Lofts building. LA Weekly

Tribune Publishing, the spinoff parent of the Los Angeles Times and other former Tribune newspapers, starts trading on the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday under the symbol TPUB. CEO Jack Griffin has a relationship with the Register's Aaron Kushner — they tried to buy the Boston Globe together then Griffin sued Kushner. NYT, Chicago Tribune, LAT

The potential of the NPR One app for viewing and hearing NPR content in one place is "huge." Poynter

Warren G. Bennis, a distinguished USC professor of business administration for more than 30 years and an expert in the study of leadership, died last week at age 89. NYT

Oscar-winning Hollywood makeup artist Dick Smith died last week in Los Angeles at age 92. NYT

The Dodgers lost 2 of 3 to the lowly Cubs and got more evidence that the back end of their starting pitching is not very good. ESPN

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