Tuesday news and notes: 2.24.15

Selected items from the media, our in box and other LA Observed sources. Posted occasionally — often in the morning.

Top news

metrolink-oxnard-crash-kabc.jpgA Metrolink train hit a semi-truck on the tracks this morning in Oxnard, then derailed. Officials say 28 people are injured. The truck driver fled and was arrested later about a mile away. ABC, KTLA

Southern California port officials say it could take up to three months to clear cargo that piled up during the labor dispute. LAT, Calif. Public Radio

Rep. Ted Lieu wants a congressional hearing on the 'superbug' infections from a contaminated scope at UCLA's medical center that may be difficult to clean due to a manufacturing defect. Reuters, AP

Politics and cops

The Los Angeles County Fire Department found itself Monday engulfed in a growing scandal after auditors uncovered evidence that the type of cheating that undermined the agency's hiring process extended to promotional exams and other testing requirements, including for skills in emergency medical treatment. LAT

Mayor Garcetti Is Actually Refunding Those Bogus Parking Tickets. LAist

Rivals take on Councilman Jose Huizar over business interests, development decisions. David Zahniser/LAT

It's Nury Martinez vs. Cindy Montanez round three in the Valley. Hillel Aron/LA Weekly

The emerging field of potential candidates for next year's Board of Supervisors election raises the odds that women could capture a majority of seats for the first time ever. Jean Merl/LAT

Prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges against the three Los Angeles police officers who shot and killed Brian Beaird after a 2013 pursuit that was broadcast on live television. Beaird was unarmed. LAT, KPCC

Whether California's high-speed rail project can contain sprawl in the Central Valley is uncertain at best, according to a number of land-use experts and Central Valley elected leaders. LAT

Media and books

TV ratings for the Oscars were down 16 percent over last year, the lowest in six years. But Twitter traffic dropped less. EW, Re/Code

NBC 4's I-Team goes after rental party houses that annoy the neighbors in the Mt. Olympus neighborhood. NBC 4

Mark Woollen has created trailers for many Oscar-nominated films, including Boyhood, The Theory of Everything and Birdman. He talks about how he crafts an audience's first glimpse of a film. Fresh Air

“It’s a very good time to be a political reporter if you’re any good,” said a prominent politics editor, “but the salaries being kicked around are absurd.” Some younger, promising reporters have received offers in excess of $150,000 a year. Washington Post

Angry Tweets Predict Patterns Of Heart Disease, Researchers Say. NPR

CNN has acquired the "Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me" documentary. TV Newser

A chat with Dick Cavett, who plays himself in a play now at Beverly Hills High's Theatre 40. Los Angeles

Alan Citron, a veteran of various digital and Hollywood jobs since leaving the LA Times, will join The Wrap as general manager in March.

Jenna Susko, an investigative reporter for Bay Area NBC-owned station KNTV, is heading south to join KNBC 4 in March. TV Spy

Sign of the times: "William Alden is joining BuzzFeed’s San Francisco bureau. Previously, he was a reporter for The New York Times." Poynter


The city of Los Angeles and the Getty Conservation Institute are unveiling this morning at City Hall.

Researchers are trying fake nests too see if that will lure swallows back to Mission San Juan Capistrano. KPCC

The former cafe of actress Thelma Todd on Pacific Coast Highway in the Palisades sold for $6 million, $2 million less than the asking price. LABJ

When Venice was drab, rough and wonderful: a late 60s tale. Zocalo

The Myth That Everyone Naturally Prefers Trains to Buses. City Lab

Video of a day in LA: 2½ minutes of various landmarks in the Los Angeles area shot on the same day. Just don't look for the Valley, the Eastside or South LA (except for USC) aka where most Angelenos live their lives. Hat tip: Curbed LA

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