Monday morning news and notes: 11.17.14

Selected items of news and notes from the media, our in box and other LA Observed sources. Posted some days, often in the morning.

News and notes

getty-house-law-maddaus.jpgGetty House, Mayor Eric Garcetti's official residence, uses 2,100 gallons of water every day — more than five times as much as the average LA home. Of course the grounds are bigger than most. LA Weekly | Gene Maddaus photo

Turns out Live Nation at Grand Park cost the city $170,000 for the extra workers needed to police and clean up the event. Now it's an issue in the contest to run the Greek Theater. DN/Orlov

Barbara Wagner, the head of LA's Marlborough School, will step down at the end of the current school year, apparently tied to the handling of a sexual relationship involving a student and a teacher that broke in online media earlier this year. LAT

Bill Cosby will not dignify "decade-old, discredited" claims of sexual abuse with a response, his attorney said Sunday, the first comment from the famed comedian's lawyer on an increasing uproar over allegations that he assaulted several women in the past. AP

Chaos at Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media. Lloyd Grove/Daily Beast

The National Weather Service issued a red flag advisory until 8 p.m. for much of Los Angeles and Ventura counties and in Orange County, but there is no red flag alert for the LAFD. So park away. CNS, AP

USC has been passed in the number of foreign students enrolled by New York University. LA Weekly

Remembering Madame Wu's. LAT

"In the coming days, many of you will be chosen to take part in our new CIRP initiative, or Cubicle Inhabitant Reduction Program. Those of you who are selected will be called upon to assist with immediate efforts to rightsize our workforce." NewYorker

Nathan Masters on "How L.A. Celebrated Sunset Boulevard's Opening in 1904." KCET

Steve Ballmer could seek as much as half of the $2 billion purchase price of the Clippers in tax benefits over the next 15 years, according to accountants and sports business analysts familiar with the financial aspects of team ownership. LAT

The LA Times catches up to other media with delayed obits on Richard Duardo and Dorian Paskowitz.

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