Thursday news and notes: 1.15.15

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


The measles outbreak at Disneyland in considered the worst in California in 15 years. LAT

Politics etc

kamala-harris-paul-chinn-sfc.jpgThree Senators, including Elizabeth Warren, endorsed Kamala Harris for the Barbara Boxer seat. Meanwhile, Garry South says Antonio Villaraigosa is "very likely" to run. LAT

Rep. Xavier Becerra also taking ‘very close look’ at Boxer’s seat. Washington Post

George Skelton columnizes that Harris is the frontrunner but only for now. LAT

The fight over who succeeds Sen. Barbara Boxer will not be partisan; it will be racial, argues Tony Quinn. Fox & Hounds Daily

On Thursday in Los Angeles, Jeb Bush is the featured guest at a reception and discussion for his Right to Rise leadership PAC co-hosted by Brad Freeman, a close friend and top financial backer of his brother, President George W. Bush. CNN

Police commission president Steven Soboroff, Melina Abdullah of Cal State LA and Peter Bibring of the ACLU discuss the issues around putting body cameras on LAPD officers. KCRW/Which Way, LA

The Los Angeles County Business Federation, or BizFed, on Wednesday formally announced its opposition to proposals to hike the minimum wage in the city of Los Angeles to at least $13.25 an hour. LA Business Journal

There was a big turnout of folks from the foothills of the North Valley opposed to Supervisor Mike Antonovich's proposal for high-speed rail route connecting Burbank and Palmdale through the Angeles National Forest. LAT

An online petition from some Mount Washington residents wants Caltrans to reserve the right lanes of the Arroyo Seco Parkway for getting on and off the narrow freeway. Eastsider LA

With less than two months until voters go to the polls, 14th District City Councilman José Huizar continues to have a huge fundraising advantage over his chief rival, former County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Downtown News

The city of West Hollywood is now requiring that all single-stall restrooms in publis spaces and restaurants be re-signed as gender neutral. WeHoVille

Roz Wyman named to county arts panel. LAT

Media and books

Patt Morrison sends off her friend Al Martinez. LA Times opinion

Ta-Nehisi Coates has been in Paris for the week and writes "I might be Charlie." Atlantic

Hilarious dramatic reading by Rob Beschizza of of a memo from the editor of Wired about keeping the new office clean and tidy.

Santa Monica-based Zocalo Public Square has opened a satellite office across from Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, launched a new partnership with Metro and expanded its content partnership with KCRW. Zocalo

Luise Rainer, Sally Hawkins, and Hollywood's First Law of Telephone Scenes. LA Review of Books

LA writer Christopher Noxon bears more than a passing resemblance to the protagonist of his first novel, "Plus One." Jacket Copy

Why Education Reporting is So Boring. The Atlantic

Audrey Cooper was named editor in chief of the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday, the first woman to hold the position in the newspaper’s 150-year history. SFGate

Eater LA names Farley Elliott a Senior Editor and Crystal Coser an Associate Editor.

Natasha Vargas-Cooper has resigned from The Intercept. Capital


The California Dream has become the California struggle, writes Joe Mathews. Zocalo

Christopher Hawthorne is not a fan of the new entrance to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens: "To call the architecture of the new single-story buildings decorous would be an understatement. Covered in cream-colored stucco and topped with red-tile roofs and wooden trellises that will soon allow them to slip behind a soft-focus screen of grapevines and bougainvillea, they seem determined not to be noticed as works of architecture at all." LAT

An eight-foot alligator kept as a pet in a Van Nuys backyard may have been eating neighborhood pets for decades. DN, LAT

Every City Needs Vancouver's Ban on Food Scraps. CityLab

The new Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College will be dedicated on Friday. Whittier Daily News

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