Tuesday news and notes: 3.10.15

old-bank-museum-wiscombe.jpgRendering of the Old Bank District museum envisioned by developer Tom Gilmore and Tom Wiscombe.

Selected items from the media, our in box and other LA Observed sources. Posted occasionally — often in the morning. The subjects of Monday's LA Observed segment on KCRW were the naming of Sawtelle Japantown and the future of Norms on La Cienega.

Politics and police

City Council President Herb Wesson endorsed Carolyn Ramsay in the runoff for the 4th council district. Votes are still being counted to determine who else is in, with David Ryu currently in second place and Tomas O'Grady in third. DN, LAT

City Council candidate Tomas O’Grady said his personal email was hacked during the recent campaign in the 4th district and that fake emails of a political nature were sent. Police have asked to investigate. LAT

No police officers in Los Angeles County have been prosecuted for a shooting since 2001. DN

Police and the mentally ill: LAPD unit praised as model for nation. KPCC

City Attorney Mike Feuer sued consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers over billing problems at the Department of Water and Power. DN

A proposed law that would make California the first state in the country to require that adult bike riders wear helmets has reignited a decades-long debate between regulators and the bicycling community. LAT

Water customers may see another charge on their DWP bills. KPCC

Three potential candidates took the first step toward filing to run for the Board of Supervisors next year. LAT

Why the gap between Huizar and Molina became a canyon. LAT

Media and Hollywood

The New York Times is now on Instagram. Mashable

FiveThirtyEight named David Firestone its new managing editor. Firestone was previously with The New York Times for more than two decades. Fishbowl NY

A $385,000 from The Wyss Foundation to the Society for Environmental Journalism is paying for a new full-time environment reporting position at the Los Angeles Times and at the High Country News. Columbia Journalism Review

Larry Mantle discusses the jail sentence for his family friend Randall Miller, the director who pleaded guilty in Georgia Monday in the death of Sarah Jones. KPCC

Aaron Kushner is seeking a funding waiver from the IRS with respect to the Register and Freedom Communications retirement plan. Facebook

Randy Lewis talks to DennyTedesco about the March 13 release of his documentary, "The Wrecking Crew." LAT

Randy Archibold, the New York Times bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean since 2010, is returning to the mother ship as deputy sports editor. He was formerly in the Los Angeles bureau, and used to be a reporter for the LA Times. AdWeek

When Sean Penn was in jail with "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez and became, briefly, his pen pal. LAT

This week on KCET's "SoCal Connected," anchor Val Zavala investigates California’s proposed “End of Life Option” act. Wednesday 8 p.m.

Michael Schneider guest-hosted "The Business" on KCRW on Monday.


The Old Bank District Museum envisioned by Tom Gilmore and Tom Wiscombe would be located "beneath, inside of, and on top of the Farmer’s & Merchant’s Bank, the Hellman Building, and the Bankhouse Garage at 4th and Main Street." It would show the work of Arts District artists. Archinect, Curbed

Remembering Tower Records on Sunset Strip, and an upcoming film about it by Colin Hanks. Los Angeles Magazine

G202-Sunset-and-Crescent.jpgFrank Gehry is designing a huge multi-use project on the southwest corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights, where a shopping center long ago replaced the Garden of Allah hotel. Curbed, LA Weekly

The $350 million Village at Westfield Topanga being built in Warner Center will open in September, and the two adjacent malls will get major renovations. The Sears store slated for closure at Westfield Topanga mall will be redeveloped into an entertainment complex. SFVBJ, DN

A website depicts the family tree of the known Santa Monica Mountains lions. KPCC

Saving the first-ever Taco Bell, in Downey. Huffington Post

Did Wilt Chamberlain have a son who's now living in San Francisco and very tall? SI


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