Morning news and notes: Friday 9.12.14

News, notes and observations from LA Observed and selected media sources. Sometimes daily, often in the morning.

Of interest

Support for the death penalty in California is at its lowest point in nearly 50 years, but still a majority of registered voters, a Field Poll found. Bee

Only one in four likely California voters can identify the Republican challenger in the governor's race, Neel Kashkari, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. LAT

That lame initiative by a Silicon Valley investor to split California into six small, powerless arbitrarily shaped states may not quality for the ballot at all due to lack of signatures [despite all the bad media reporting/enthusiasm for the idea.] SF Chronicle

Mayor Garcetti said he's exploring the possibility of a ballot measure to replace the city's gross receipts tax with another method of taxing businesses. LAT

ucla-flood-grab-nbc4.jpgThe DWP has approved its first 82 claims for damage in the water main break that flooded a UCLA underground garage. DN, KPCC

The Police Protective League will declare an impasse in its contract negotiations with City Hall.

The civil trial in the sexual harassment lawsuit against Councilman Jose Huizar has been moved to March 2, 2015, the day before the city's primary election. DN

The accusation of anti-Semitism against the chic Santa Monica Shangri-La hotel "has raised too many red flags for people of good conscience to ignore," and the civil verdict against the hotel's owner should be overturned, argues the editor of the Jewish Journal.

The family of USC medical student Derek Seehausen, missing since August 5, will hold a press conference at USC Medical School this morning after the LAPD found a picture that might be him riding a Metro bus.

Vibe magazine was killed — again. Fishbowl NY

The best place to hide a body? Just ask writer Tod Goldberg. Jacket Copy

Baseball slugger Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins was struck full in the face by a fastball and taken from the field on a stretcher, bleeding with facial fractures. ESPN

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