Wednesday news and notes: 3.4.15

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

Top news

Ken Doctor says that Tribune Publishing, owner of the LA Times, is in the final bidding against San Diego interests for the U-T. He also suggests resolution soon of the sale of Digital First Media and its LA News Group papers, "among the least attractive assets offered to the market by Digital First Media [and which] struggle with profitability." Capital NY

skid-row-shooting-grab.jpgThe homeless man shot and killed by police on Skid Row Sunday was a bank robber who was illegally using the name and identity of a French citizen. LAT

Steve Lopez returned to Skid Row 10 years after meeting Nathaniel Ayers and a decade since LAPD chief William Bratton called it "the worst situation in America." Steve's take below. LAT

There are still days when I'm as shocked as I was 10 years ago….

No matter how many times I walk the streets, I still can not believe I'm in a civilized society, let alone the richest nation in history. It's as if there's been a war or natural disaster, and the wounded, shellshocked and penniless have been herded into a dystopian holding pen where they have nothing left but a small measure of their self-respect, plenty of company and countless temptations to sink even lower.

Politics and election results

Key Latinos are lining up with Kamala Harris now. Former Assembly Speaker John Pérez endorsed Harris for Senate and was named a co-chair of her campaign.

Harris finally spoke publicly about running — at an Emily's List fundraiser in Washington. LAT

The newly formed Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles is a nonprofit where companies and other interests can make large contributions to make Mayor Eric Garcetti happy without the restrictions on campaign donations. LAT

Pending a count of provisional ballots, Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu are in the runoff in the 4th City Council district. She has 2,911 votes, he has 2,776. In third place is Tomas O'Grady with 2,715. Former mayoral aide Teddy Davis is fifth. City Clerk

The Los Angeles school board runoffs pit Tamar Galatzan and Scott Mark Schmerelson, Ref Rodrgiuez and Bennett Kayser, and Richard Vladovic and Lydia Gutierrez.

The initial voter turnout in the LA city portion of the election was just 8.62 percent, or 157,577 votes, although the number and percentage should go up a little as final votes are counted. Marqueece Harris-Dawson was elected to the City Council with just 5,891 votes.

Hermosa Beach voters turned out in record numbers on March 3 to defeat Measure O, overwhelmingly upholding the beach city’s long ban on oil drilling. LA Weekly

Tommy Chang, an instructional superintendent for the LAUSD, has been named to head Boston's public schools. KPCC

The UC system will not expand enrollment of California freshmen and transfer students in the fall unless more state revenues are appropriated and will cap enrollment of out-of-state students at UCLA and UC Berkeley, UC President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday. LAT

John Mockler, Sacramento's top education analyst for many years and the former independent budget analyst for LAUSD, died of pancreatic cancer at age 73. Sacramento Bee

Media and books

Finalists for this year's LA Times Book Prizes were named. Plus the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to T.C. Boyle and LeVar Burton will be honored with the Innovators Award for inspiring generations of readers with Reading Rainbow. LAT

Can you tell if a TV show is secretly sped up to make room for more ads? Slate


The City Council has re-designated a portion of the old Sawtelle district in West Los Angeles as Sawtelle Japantown. West LA remains the name of a larger area. LA Weekly

The Girl Scout Cookies in Los Angeles are different than those sold in Orange County. LAT

Besha Rodell's "99 essential LA restaurants." LA Weekly

The owners of Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain have finalized the purchase of Southern California ski areas Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Release

At 95, Lawrence Ferlinghetti recounts more than six decades of life in San Francisco and complains about too many “soulless people” there now. KQED

Alex Baum, the founder of the Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee, and "the father of modern bike advocacy" in LA, died Sunday at age 92. Biking in LA, LAT

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