News and notes: Garcetti, demographics, Lisbeth Salander and more

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

In the news

A senior LAFD official says there is video showing the arsonist parking on the 110 freeway and starting the fire that burned down the Da Vinci apartment complex downtown in December. LA Times

Politics, cops and courts

County supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday on conducting a study on hiking the minimum wage to $13.25 or $15.25 an hour, mirroring a proposal by Los Angeles city officials. LAT

Mayor Eric Garcetti will begin raising money for his re-election campaign with an April 30 concert at the Avalon featuring Michelle Branch. Tickets are $1,400 each. LA Weekly

What if California's electorate actually looked like the California population? KQED

The "no party preference" category has risen to 23 percent of California voters. Capital Public Radio

Hawthorne Mayor Chris Brown is being evicted for not paying rent on his condo — for a second time. Daily Breeze

Rep. Karen Bass endorsed Democrat Kamala Harris for the U.S. Senate.

A West LA couple is suing the city in federal court alleging that no signs warn car owners that they can get a ticket and be towed for parking in the same place longer than 72 hours. There were 4,539 such impounds last year. LAT

Cynthia Kelly, one of Gov. Jerry Brown's three sisters, died on Sunday. She was 81 and lived in San Francisco. SF Chronicle

Media and books

Danielle Allen, author of "Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality," is the winner of this year's Zócalo Book Prize. Zócalo

It's a banner day for fans of Lisbeth Salander: The girl with the dragon tattoo is returning in "The Girl in the Spider's Web." The book will hit shelves Sept. 1; its cover was released today by Knopf. Jacket Copy

pie-hole-marketplace.jpgMarketplace host Kai Ryssdal did a piece on potential international franchising for The Pie Hole, the busy Arts District shop that now has locations at LAX and Pasadena's Old Town.

The Indianapolis Star devoted its entire front page to an editorial calling for fixes to Indiana's new law that allows various kinds of discrimination in the name of religious freedom. Poynter

Before Terrence Howard saved Fox, he saved the former Los Angeles Magazine editor Margot Dougherty from dying. Los Angeles

It's the LA Times' turn to do the Zoey Tur story. Tur has a freelance flying gig for Inside Edition and is "gradually making her way back into the news business after two years of hormone therapy and a sex reassignment surgery last June." LAT

USC Annenberg and Sony Pictures Entertainment will offer a fellowship opportunity in film criticism.

The New York Times has promoted Kinsey Wilson from editor for strategy and innovation to executive vice president, product and technology. FBNY

Learning the art of conversation from the Studs Terkel archive. Which Way, LA?


5 ways Los Angeles County’s population is changing. DN

Diminished immigration, slow but steady population growth, fewer young children and a soaring senior ratio are changing the way demographers and others are thinking about the future of Los Angeles County…

“People are unconsciously working with a set of assumptions that are about 20 years out of date,” said Dowell Myers, a professor of public policy at USC. “It’s taken a while for everyone to adjust. Even the professional demographers have been behind the times, and they are just now catching up.”

Ranch of the Friends: The Extraordinary Evolution of the L.A. County Poor Farm. KCET

For next Monday's opening day at Dodger Stadium, the LAPD ail put up parking restrictions to reduce tailgate parties in Elysian Park and force residents to move their cars off some streets. Eastsider LA

The Rolling Stones today announced a 15-city stadium tour that will kick off May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego. There is no LA venue planned. AP

Facebook is moving into its new Frank Gehry-designed "fantasyland" headquarters in Menlo Park. Wired

How Big Ag is gaming California’s drought. Daily Beast

Why isn’t desalination the answer to all of California’s water problems? KQED

The Melrose Mural Project plansd to transform Melrose Avenue between Highland and Fairfax into "a museum of street art." Beverly Press

The SoHo House club coming to the Arts District will open in a 1917 brick building near Santa Fe Avenue and Bay Street that houses one of two Downtown Rehearsal locations, providing rented practice and recording space for bands and musicians. Curbed LA

Glass Architecture Is Killing Millions of Migratory Birds. City Lab

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