Politics and media notes for Monday 12.1.14

Lots of notes coming back from the long holiday weekend. For what to expect in today's seating of new LA county officials, check out Transition begins in LA County politics from last night.

Politics notes

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti, back from his trade mission to Asia, backed the LAPD's crackdown on street protests over the decision not to prosecute in Ferguson, Mo. More than 338 people have been arrested in Los Angeles protests, most of anywhere in the nation, among accusations that the LAPD did not really warn people they were at an illegal assembly. NBC 4, LA Observed
  • Hillary Clinton was paid $300,000 to speak earlier this year at UCLA, and her people had some very detailed demands. Washington Post
  • The Los Angeles Police Protective League and the union's longtime media spokesman, Eric Rose, are parting ways after 19 years. Rose, a partner at Englander, Knabe & Allen and an LAPD reserve officer, sent out a note announcing the change. Rick Orlov calls it another sign of recent internal strife in his Monday Tipoff column in the Daily News:
  • The Protective League has been in a hunkered-down mode all year, ever since the rank-and-file overwhelmingly rejected the one-year contract proposal with the city — a deal they would be halfway through by this time. Instead, talks have been mired down and little action taken, as the union sought to declare an impasse and bring in an outside mediator.

    Also in Orlov's column: How Republicans blew their chance to win seats in Congress from California Democrats, and controversy over changing the year of city elections.

  • Assemblyman Isadore Hall III is under fire from rivals for the vacant Compton area Senate seat "for his use of campaign funds to pay for expensive dinners, limousine rentals, luxury suites at concerts, and trips to resorts in Maui, Ojai and Pebble Beach." LAT
  • Nine Los Angeles city managers are getting raises of 3% or 5% from Mayor Eric Garcetti at the same time negotiators are trying to forestall salary increases for a wide range of other city workers. LAT, DN
  • Shrinking City Hall workforce threatens Garcetti’s back-to-basics agenda. DN
  • roybal-sign-city-hall.jpgPresident Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor to Edward Roybal, the late Eastside congressman and city councilman, calling him a hero not just for Latinos but for all Americans. KPCC
  • Will City Hall allow bacon-wrapped hot dogs and other street food to finally become legal in Los Angeles? LA Weekly
  • An ad for Valley political consultant John Shallman showed up on my Facebook page:
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    Media notes

  • David Carr wakes up to the reality of media disruption as it comes home to the New York Times: "I work closely with a few longtime employees who are considering the buyouts. The deadline for putting up their hand is Monday, and it seems clear that we will be losing people with many decades of professional experience, journalists with deep sources and remarkable levels of productivity." NYT
  • George Stephanopoulos’ interview with Ferguson police officer "tells us a lot more about ABC News than it does about what actually happened that day in Ferguson, Mo.," says Brian Lowry. Variety column
  • Sharon Waxman tries to explain The Wrap's lamer than lame blog item attacking Bill Cosby's accusers, and one could argue she just makes it worse. Salon
  • The Unmaking of Jian Ghomeshi. CBC/Fifth Estate
  • KCRW on Monday launches "Cargoland," a series of reports on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and their far-reaching impact on the region. KCRW
  • CBS announced the names of ten comics, actors and others who will guest-host "Late Late Show" until new host James Corden takes over. All of the fill-ins are men. The women from CBS' daytime show The Talk will group-host one week. Mediaite
  • Mother Jones "fact checked Aaron Sorkin's climate science on 'The Newsroom'" MJ
  • Harriet Glickman, the mother of KPCC senior editor Paul Glickman, is the Los Angeles schoolteacher who helped Charles Schulz create the first black Peanuts character in 1968. Mashable
  • LA Times film writer Rebecca Keegan tweets an LA experience:
  • KTLA News veteran Jim Nash retired from the station last week. Colleague Eric Spillman on Twitter:
  • At the KBU Construction Blog, Hans Laetz blogs about his efforts to launch a low-power FM news station along the Malibu coast.
  • The podcast Serial reached its funding needs to have another season:
  • KCET debuted a new documentary, "A Golden State of Mind: The Storytelling Genius of Huell Howser," on Thanksgiving. It was co-produced by Chapman University, the Automobile Club of Southern California and Jeff Swimmer.

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