Monday news and notes: Brown, Villaraigosa, Apple and more

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

Politics and police

Gov. Jerry Brown said on "Meet the Press" that Sen. Ted Cruz' views on climate change make the Texas Republican unfit to run for president, that opposition on climate change "borders on the immoral" and he would entertain another run for the White House if he were younger. AP, Bee, LAT

Cruz tweeted this morning that he is running for president, and followed with a speech at Liberty University in Virginia. NPR

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a likely candidate for governor in 2018, told The Fresno Bee that he is going on a “listening and learning tour” of the state. Sacto Bee, Fresno Bee

Villaraigosa sure is looking like a candidate. LA Weekly

David Ryu finished 207 votes ahead of Tomas O'Grady to get in the 4th City Council district runoff with Carolyn Ramsay. LAT

Andra Hoffman was elected to the Los Angeles Community College District board in final vote results announced Saturday. She edged out Francesca Vega by half of a percentage point. DN

Los Angeles police did not have the proper authority to remove a convicted killer and former Mexican Mafia shot-caller from custody and take him to a private downtown L.A. event where he addressed business executives earlier this year, according to a report from the LAPD’s independent watchdog. LAT

A Rand Corporation study found that the city ordinance limiting new fast food outlets in South Los Angeles had no positive effect on health. LA Weekly

The cost to earthquake-proof the DWP's crumbling water pipe system could be $15 billion. LAT

Former Tea Party Republican lawmaker Tim Donnelly will host a radio talk show airing in the High Desert area. Bee

Media and books

cuba-truck.jpgDiscovery Channel has ordered what it believes is the first American TV series to be completely filmed in Cuba since the U.S. embargo began in 1962 -- "Cuban Chrome," about car culture there. TVInsider

Apple executives are going out of their way to publicly pre-praise a new biography, "Becoming Steve Jobs," which they were allowed to read before publication, and to criticize Walter Isaacson's earlier bio that had Jobs' cooperation but that pulled few punches. NYT

Rolling Stone plans to publish the external review of its disputed article about a gang rape at the University of Virginia “in the next couple of weeks,” managing editor Will Dana said on Sunday. NYT

The Guardian named its new editor: Katharine Viner, editor in chief of The Guardian’s U.S. operation. She is the paper's first female top editor. NYT

More than 70 percent of all New York Times revenue came from the print paper last year. NYT

Former Ebony editor Mitzi Miller was named head of development for Rainforest Entertainment, a new film and television company in LA from producer Rob Hardy. Chicago Tribune

John Doe of X was in studio with Alex Cohen of KPCC's "Take Two." KPCC


CicLAvia came to the Valley for the first time, with thousands riding or walking along a 5.5-mile section of Lankershim and Ventura boulevards. DN, LAT

No, California won't run out of water in a year as a JPL scientist suggested in a Times op-ed last week. LAT

A massive pine tree die-off in the southern Sierra Nevada caused by beetles attacking drought-stressed trees is turning forests brown and creating a fire tinderbox. Fresno Bee

A year-long closure of the California Incline in Santa Monica begins in April. LAT

The Rams' owner Stan Kroenke showed his Inglewood stadium plans to Sam Farmer of the LA Times: A roof but open air, and with facilities for two home teams. LAT

When the Lakers left Inglewood, sales tax revenue actually went up. Marketplace

UCLA advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA basketball tournament for the second straight year. UCLA Bruins

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