Monday news and notes: Port strike, Nepal, Villaraigosa and more

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

In the news

The toll from Saturday's earthquake in Nepal rose to at least 3,900 people dead and 7,000 injured. At least 200 climbers have now been rescued around Mount Everest. BBC

Santa Monica-based filmmaker Tom Taplin was among the earthquake and avalanche victims killed in Nepal. LAT


Truckers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike this morning. AP

Mike Allen's lead Playbook item today from Politico: "Good Monday morning from the Milken Institute Global Conference in L.A., where this morning I'm leading a political panel featuring Evan Bayh, Ed Gillespie, Jason Grumet of the Bipartisan Policy Center, Van Jones and Frank Luntz."

Antonio Villaraigosa told a group of finance executives that the Democrats are "kind of stuck in last year" and he predicted a very close race for Hillary Clinton. LAT

Former California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro is the second Republican to enter the 2016 U.S. Senate race, joining two-term state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez from San Diego County. AP, Bee

While Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, sizes up a possible run for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat next year, others are quietly gauging the odds in running for Sanchez’s post should it be vacated. Register

Many city of Los Angeles workers collect salaries higher than those who do similar jobs in both the public and private sectors, a Los Angeles Times analysis has found. LAT

Building a pipeline to bring water from Alaska or the Pacific Northwest are lame ideas, George Skelton explains. LAT

President Obama's top 10 jokes at the White House Correspondents Association dinner, including #1, regarding Hillary Clinton: “I have one friend, just a few weeks ago she was making millions of dollars a year and she’s now living out of a van in Iowa.” Politico

Media and books

HBO tonight airs the documentary "Tales of the Grim Sleeper," but the film "couldn’t be more different from 'The Jinx.'” NYT

bruce-jenner-diane-sawyer.jpgMore than 16.8 million people tuned in Friday night to watch the ABC News special in which Bruce Jenner said that he identified as a woman, according to preliminary ratings data provided by the network. Close to a million tweets were sent. NYT, Deadline

The LA Times admitted that the online workaround columnist Chris Erskine detailed to watch Dodgers games without Time Warner Cable was legally dicey. LAT

The Webby Award winners were announced today. List

CNN has named Jake Tapper host of the network’s Sunday morning political affairs program State of The Union. TV Newswer

An NBC News internal investigation into Brian Williams has examined a half-dozen instances in which he is thought to have fabricated, misrepresented or embellished his accounts, two people with inside knowledge of the investigation said. NYT, Wash Post

The decision by PEN American Center to give its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award to the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has prompted six writers to withdraw as literary hosts at the group’s annual gala on May 5. NYT

Scott Timberg begins writing full-time for Salon and will no longer write very often for his blog, Culture Crash. "I don’t make a dime from this blog, and as a hard-working freelance writer, author, and father it’s been tough to keep this going as a pro bono experience."

The publication formerly known as Women's Wear Daily switched to a weekly print edition. The Cut


The LA News Group picks its 50 most powerful people in LA sports. LANG

Yasiel Puig went on the disabled list for the first time, Dodgers pitchers Joel Peralta and Brandon McCarthy are also hurt, and rookie Alex Guerrero hit his fifth home run in just 22 at bats. The Dodgers lost 3-1 to the Padres on Sunday. LAT


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