Monday news and notes: Fiorina, Clinton, City Hall and more

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

Politics, cops and courts

Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, announced on "Good Morning America" and in a tweet that she is running for president as a Republican. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is expected on Tuesday. NPR, NYT, AP, Twitter

Campaign coverage via Snapchat could shake up the 2016 elections. NYT

Hollywood bundlers are losing the spotlight to the high-rollers who write giant checks, says Todd Purdum. Politico

Remember: Hillary Clinton comes to town Thursday for fundraisers at the homes of Kathy Unger (breakfast), Dayna and Steven Bochco (lunch) and Haim and Cheryl Saban (dinner.) On Wednesday, J.J. Abrams and and his wife Katie McGrath host House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for a $5,000 per couple funder for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. LAO, Variety

Steve Lopez columnized that if Mayor Garcetti If Garcetti "has a pair of big boy pants," his DWP chief Marcie Edwards will be out of a job by lunchtime today. LAT

Garcetti's DWP director stands up for union boss Brian D'Arcy. LA Weekly

City Hall is paying heavily for bias suits against the LA Fire Department. LAT

The City Council runoff between Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu "poses a stark choice between a political heir apparent taking a familiar route to the council — a long-time aide replacing her boss — and an unexpected contender who has pitched himself as the antidote to the status quo," says Emily Alpert Reyes. LAT

Fanchon Blake, an LAPD officer whose class-action lawsuit forced the department to treat women and minorities better, died at age 93. LAT

Media and books

David Letterman, This Are Your Life.

Simon Weaving, the Australian film critic who gave the only positive review to Sony’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” — spoiling what would have been the first perfect zero on Rotten Tomatoes — has rightfully taken some abuse. NYT

United Airlines has evolved its in-flight magazine Rhapsody into a lofty literary journal. NYT

KCET is looking to hire a senior digital news producer to "oversee the pilot and incubation stage of Mosaic World News." KCET

Tonight is the Met Gala benefit for the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art — the mother of all social events that all museum fundraisers aspire to be. NYT

Maya Plisetskaya, the Bolshoi ballerina who danced on stage into her 60s, died in Munich at age 69. NYT


The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo acquired 450 artifacts and artworks created in internment camps during World War II, with help from actor George Takei. LAT, NYT

Nepal Earthquake Was So Powerful It Shook the U.S. CityLab

How the 1992 L.A. Riots Sparked My Imagination and Opened My Eyes. Zocalo Public Square

The downtown Arts District is turning into something of a beer district. Los Angeles Magazine

California’s first urban cricket farm for human consumption will open in a Van Nuys warehouse. DN

twitchell-mural-valley-coil.jpgMuralist Kent Twitchell is currently recreating his “Freeway Lady” mural from Echo Park on the Student Services Building at LA Valley College.

The Ace Hotel on Broadway downtown sold for $103 million, will remain the Ace. Curbed LA

Bonnie Raitt, Leon Russell and Ivan Neville will headline a benefit show at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on May 27 to raise money for musician and composer Marty Grebb, who is battling cancer. Billboard, Canyon Club

Chris Paul is questionable for tonight's first game in the Clippers' second-round playoff series with the Houston Rockets.

The Anaheim Ducks beat Calgary and lead 2-0 in their Stanley Cup playoffs series. ESPN

Former Dodger Ron Roenicke was fired as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. has a Los Angeles Rams team page.

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