Monday news and notes

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

In the news

To the surprise of probably no one, the Clippers did not rebound from the other night's embarrassing loss — losing Game 7 Sunday in Houston to the Rockets 113-100. LA's season is over. Cue sports hacks talking about a curse.

Extreme athlete Dean Potter and another man, Graham Hunt, were found dead Sunday in Yosemite National Park after they apparently jumped from Taft Point in a wing suit. LAT, SF Chronicle

Politics, cops and courts

NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, the foundation's records show. The donors include Robert Allbritton, the owner of Politico. Politico

Reporters and critics of Rep. Loretta Sanchez are trying to make hay of her doing a quick bit of Native American stereotyping at the Democratic state convention this weekend. She apologized but lost at least a chance to push her campaign for U.S. Senate. YouTube clip, LAT, NBC4, Bee, AP, CalBuzz

The Sanchez video was shot by Uduak-Joe Ntuk, a delegate from Long Beach who has raised money for Senate race rival Kamala Harris. LAT

Mayor Eric Garcetti overruled his own appointees to the Planning Commission when he signed off on a new apartment building in Koreatown. The developer agreed to put $1 million into the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund and another $250,000 toward a project for the area’s councilman. LAT

Garcetti is traveling to New York City to deliver the keynote address for Columbia College Class Day on Tuesday. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Columbia University.

City Council members said they are stripping from landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage a controversial provision that could have forced businesses to give employees 12 paid days off each year. LAT, LA Weekly

Adam Nagourney in the New York Times: "California, the seventh-largest economy in the world, is confronting fundamental questions about its limits and growth, fed by the collision of the severe drought dominating Jerry Brown’s final years as governor and the water and energy demands — from homes, industries and farms, not to mention pools, gardens and golf courses — driven by the aggressive growth policies advocated by his father during his two terms in office." NYT

Republicans have begun more aggressively criticizing Democrats for their management of the drought. Bee

The Republican Party’s core is dying off by the day. Politico

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a civil jury verdict against two Los Angeles police detectives for concealing evidence that kept an innocent man in jail for 27 months awaiting trial. LAT

Steve Lopez's latest column about ratepayer anger toward the DWP. LAT

Tim Rutten column: Harsh politics is turning some away from religion. DN

Media and books

Overstated hed of the weekend: "Southland saying goodbye to lawns." Has a better ring than "A small but increasing number of homeowners are tearing out their lawns." LAT

The ever-iconoclastic, never-to-be-ignored, muckraking Seymour Hersh: "It’s not my fault I have f---ing sources most reporters don’t have." Washington Post

chris-pratt-gq-june-2015.jpgChris Pratt is on the cover of GQ. "Who knew that the plump and jolly comic sidekick who used to pull pranks and strip naked on the set of 'Parks and Rec' would become Hollywood's next action superhero?" GQ

Some "brilliant, brainy books to take to the teach this summer." Zocalo Public Square

Trailer: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs.


The entire seven-member MFA class of 2016 at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design withdrew in protest Friday from the visual arts program over administration and curriculum changes. LAT

The expansion Los Angeles Football Club plans to construct the country's most expensive privately financed soccer stadium on the site of the Sports Arena in Exposition Park, pending approval from City Hall. LAT

The boom is back: LA's construction spending highest in 3 decades. KPCC

A project will attempt, for the first time, to plant green abalone raised in captivity into the Southern California coastal ecosystem. SoCalWild

Victor's Square deli in Hollywood, run by the younger brother of the late Mafia boss John Gotti, is closing over the objections of fans. LAT

The Anaheim Ducks opened the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Former Giants and Padres outfielder Ollie Brown died in OC at age 71. LAT


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