Selected items from the media, our in box and other LA Observed sources. Posted occasionally — often in the morning.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck defended his decision not to publicly release a video showing an Oct. 16 altercation involving officer Richard Garcia, who has pleaded not guilty to assault under color of authority. Beck says DA Jackie Lacey believes releasing the video would put the criminal case at risk. The Washington Post asks, is there more police abuse going on or just more videos?
Samuel Arrington, a 50-year-old homeless man with bipolar disorder, says that LAPD officers keep stopping and assaulting him. Four times he has landed in a hospital. BuzzFeed
Gabriela Marquez, the district director for Valley Rep. Tony Cardenas, has received a federal grand jury subpoena, apparently regarding an investigation into use of Cardenas's congressional staff for campaign work. Marquez has reportedly been interviewed by the FBI. Roll Call, Daily News, Politico
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles asked a judge to allow three FBI undercover agents to testify in disguise in the upcoming corruption trial of former Sen. Ronald Calderon. Capitol Weekly
Councilman Mitchell Englander formally announced he will run to succeed Mike Antonovich on the county Board of Supervisors. Republican Antonovich started in elective politics at the same time as Democrat Jerry Brown, on the Los Angeles Community College District board.
The Building and Safety Commission upheld a department order that tenants must move out of the 22-story Sunset and Gordon tower in Hollywood. LAT
City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Jose Huizar are introducing a motion today to create an Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness.
Have you seen this video of Ventura County Republican Rep. Steve Knight threatening to kick the ass of the next immigration protester who touches him at heated rally in Simi Valley? Knight is a former LAPD cop. Ventura County Star
With Californians facing a possible vote next year on whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, supporters are scrambling to craft a measure that can win broad public support. LAT
Waze users in Los Angeles will receive alerts about hit-and-runs and abducted children as part of a new data-sharing partnership between the company and the city, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday. LAT
On Thursday, the Navy will honor Cesar Chavez with gravesite military honors in the Memorial Garden of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene. Via release.
The Daily Breeze's Pulitzer front page.
Women won more individual Pulitzers this year than they have in the last 5. Poynter
A second 2015 Pulitzer winner is now working in PR. CJR
The New York Times' long-standing travel feature 36 Hours is coming to television, in a show on the Travel Channel hosted by chef Kristen Kish and soccer commentator Kyle Martino. Politico, Capital NY
HBO is teaming with actress-comedian-writer Whitney Cummings for a relationship comedy inspired by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s 2005 book "Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide." Deadline
"H Is for Hawk" by Helen MacDonald is the new nonfiction hardcover bestseller in SoCal independent bookstores. "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins remains atop the fiction list. Full lists
The Great Thirst: A critical appreciation of the late UCLA water historian Norris Hundley, Jr, by Jon Christensen. Boom
A few residents of South Los Angeles want to rebrand the area as SOLA, but not many. LAT
The Venice Neighborhood Council voted 12-2 on Tuesday night to seek a change in city law to allow women to be topless on the beach. LAT
Somehow, a Los Angeles Times click bait list of "15 classic LA hot dogs" has room for both the new-to-LA Belcampo Meat Co. and the "classic Oki Dog" — two dogs, pastrami, chili and cheese in a large tortilla. And they misspelled Normandie Avenue the first time around. Daily Dish\
UCLA has named Virginia broadcaster Bill Roth as the Bruins’ play-by-play announcer for football and men’s basketball on radio. UCLABruins.com
Also, pro tip: If you submit @PulitzerPrize entry, you should dress nice and have booze ready on announcement day because, who knows?!— Toni Sciacqua (@dailybreezeME) April 22, 2015
Twitter is finally taking a stand against trolls. Here's why: http://t.co/wHfwvqbX4U— WIRED (@WIRED) April 21, 2015