Selected items from the media, our in box and other LA Observed sources. Posted occasionally — often in the morning.
In a 47-page report, a team led by City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana recommended sweeping changes in the way Los Angeles cleans up street trash and other blights on the cityscape. LAT
Related: Transit advocate Joel Epstein says street and bus stop trash is a big problem in Los Angeles. HuffPost
The state water board approved new statewide restrictions on water use — called sweeping by some and criticized as too little by others. SF Chronicle
Republican Sharon Runner was reelected to the state Senate from the high desert three years after getting a double lung transplant. Democrats Steve Glazer, the former aide to Gov. Jerry Brown, and Susan Bonilla are in the May runoff for the East Bay Senate seat vacated by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier. LAT, Bee
The Board of Supervisors chided officials with the L.A. Care public health plan after an audit found that the agency spent $476,000 on meals and entertainment between October 2013 and January of this year. LAT
Steve Lopez and Miguel Santana re-muse on reasons and impact of why nobody votes on city races in Los Angeles. LAT column
Fox 11 reporter Gigi Graciette and photographer Tony Buttitta saw assault suspects fleeing Duke's on Malibu and called 911, leading to arrests a few miles away. Fox 11
The Los Angeles Times has secured a $4.2 million lien in its legal dispute with the Orange County Register over millions of dollars in unpaid delivery fees. Courthouse News
Los Angeles writer/blogger Mickey Kaus quit the Daily Caller after editor Tucker Carlson pulled a column critical of Fox News. "It's a larger problem on the right: Everybody is scared of Fox," Kaus says. Politico
Apollo Global Management LLC is in advanced talks to acquire most of the assets of Digital First Media, publisher of the Los Angeles News Group newspapers. Reuters
"Fashion Police" on E! is taking a hiatus until September after losing co-hosts Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin. AP
AP's description of arrested real estate scion Robert Durst as "the former Limp Bizkit frontman" ran only in a brief on the California broadcast wire, a spokesman said. Romenesko
"The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins is the #1 fiction bestseller in Southern California independent bookstores. "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo is the bestseller in nonfiction. More bestsellers
Miguel Almaguer of NBC's LA bureau is in Vanuatu covering the destruction from Hurricane Pam. NBC News
Gideon Brower is heading to Japan to cover the LA Philharmonic's tour for KPCC's "The Frame." Via Facebook.
Long Beach journalist Wendy Thomas Russell has a new book, "Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious."
Keith Sharon reports to work today "for my fourth first day at the Orange County Register." Facebook
Molly Wood joins "Marketplace" as a host and reporter, based in San Francisco. She was previously a deputy technology editor at The New York Times.
Janice Min promoted Mike Bruno to senior vice president, digital content, at Billboard. Fishbowl NY
Business Insider's West Coast bureau chief Matt Rosoff adds technology editor to his plate. Poynter
Ernesto Sánchez becomes editor-in-chief of Variety Latino, based in Los Angeles. Media Moves
Lizette Carbajal takes over from Victor Franco as VP of community relations at KVEA Telemundo 52. Media Moves
Web editor Amy Hubbard is leaving the LA Times, apparently for NerdWallet. "Amy has made a huge impact in Metro both recently as our senior editor for digital and before that as a copy editor and audience-development specialist," says note from California editor Shelby Grad. Twitter
I've been told, but haven't seen, that NBC 4 is running promos bragging about having two news helicopters available now. Wasn't that long ago people at the station were complaining Channel 4 no longer had any copters.
The Planning Report has moved from downtown's Fine Arts Building across the street to The Bloc: 700 South Flower Street, Suite 650.
Dennis Romero on the way things are outside this week: "If you're new to Southern California, please, please, please don't ever say we don't have real weather." LA Weekly
Meet MTA rep Jody Litvak, “The Most Hated Woman in Beverly Hills.” Los Angeles magazine
How to take long showers and still save California from the drought: eat fewer burgers. Huffington Post
Developer Richard Weintraub's latest plans for Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City call for a large mixed-use shopping center called Sportsmen's Landing. Curbed
Meet Florence C. Casler, the "powerhouse female developer of 1920s downtown LA." Curbed
An upcoming free exhibit at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse will celebrate women in mariachi music. LatinoLA
Football's quiet farewell to the pioneering ex-LA Rams quarterback James Harris. New Yorker
The all-female roller derby teams that make up the L.A. Derby Dolls are moving to a new facility on Alhambra Avenue near Valley Boulevard in El Sereno. The Eastsider LA
From my bike lane vantage point this afternoon, 4 of 6 consecutive drivers next to me: head down texting. @StreetsblogLA— Evan George (@evanlgeorge) March 17, 2015
Mark Hamill is now the same age as Alec Guinness was in Star Wars pic.twitter.com/3MT76EN1OL— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) March 18, 2015