News and notes: First Monday of 2015

inglewood-stadium-rendering.jpgInglewood stadium rendering. HKS

Selected items of news and notes from the media, our in box and other LA Observed sources.


Stan Kroenke, the owner of the St. Louis Rams, announced plans to build an 80,000 seat NFL stadium on land he bought adjacent to the Forum in Inglewood, in partnership with the owners of the former Hollywood Park racetrack. Pressure is now on St. Louis to keep the Rams from moving back to the LA area. LAT

Mayor Garcetti heads to Sacramento today for the inauguration of Governor Jerry Brown and other state elected officials, plus two justices of the California Supreme Court: Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar and Leondra R. Krugar.

Brown will give his state of the state speech as part of his inauguration, with coverage starting at 10 a.m. Capital Public Radio

California on Tuesday will break ground in Fresno on its ambitious but controversial high-speed rail project, marking another milestone for Governor Jerry Brown and for foreign manufacturers waiting to bid on lucrative train contracts. Reuters, LAT

Rick Orlov says it looks more and more as if former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will run for governor next time around. Tipoff/DN

Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants his department's proposed new civilian oversight commission to be advisory only. NBC News Conference

The city will open today a new gate designed to limit vehicle traffic at the Beachwood Canyon entrance to the Hollywood sign trail on weekends and holidays, but offer access for hikers during Griffith Park hours from 5 a.m. to sunset. LAT

100 journalists who died doing their jobs in 2014. Newsweek

Daniel Hernandez's busy half year as Mexico bureau chief of VICE News. Intersections

O'Hara's in Westwood Village has changed ownership and looks to be going upscale. One of the new owners founded Mastro's in Beverly Hills. Eater LA

Longtime English soccer star Steven Gerrard is leaving Liverpool to play for the Galaxy. LAG Confidential

Dr. Maher Hathout, founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and a powerful advocate for dialogue between Southern California's religious communities, died of liver cancer. He was 79. KPCC

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