News and notes for Wednesday: Drought, politics, books and more

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

In the news

California's State Water Resources Control Board approved an emergency conservation plan Tuesday night that would cut urban water use by 25%, in response to the historic drought. Bee, LAT

Things to know about the new water rules in California's drought. AP

Tim Rutten column on how to respond to the drought's realities. Daily News

Sheryl Sandberg posts about her late husband, Dave Goldberg. Facebook

Goldberg died of head trauma apparently after a treadmill accident at a private beach-front villa near the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. NYT

Politics, cops and courts

Brandon Kiel, a deputy director of community affairs for Attorney General Kamala Harris, was arrested with two others on suspicion of impersonating a police officer through their roles in the Masonic Fraternal Police Department. LAT

Marcie Edwards, Mayor Garcetti's head of the Department of Water and Power, made a public apology Tuesday for harshly criticizing a city audit that found loose spending controls at two controversial nonprofits that have received tens of millions of dollars in ratepayer funds. LAT

DWP workers are injured on the job twice as often as the national average for all utilities, despite tens of millions spent on two controversial trusts designed to improve workers' training and safety. Daily News

Mayor Eric Garcetti endorsed City Council district 4 candidate Carolyn Ramsay on Tuesday, praising her experience and judgment. The Times and Daily News have both endorsed the longtime aide to Tom LaBonge. LAT

If Ramsay stumbles in her bid to replace LaBonge, it might be the cracked concrete streets of Hancock Park that trip her up. LAT

The LA way of ticketing jaywalkers and late-crossers is under fire: 17,000 pedestrian tickets in DTLA In four years. Steve Lopez, LA Weekly

Even though they can't vote, undocumented immigrants have political clout in California. OC Register

The LA County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to call for an investigation into possible corruption in the embattled City of Industry, including any dealings officials there might have had with surrounding cities. LAT

Also: Industry put up for a sale a large swath of land that was once the cattle ranch of Otis Chandler. Star-News

Bills ‘sponsored’ in Sacramento by outside groups usually become law. KQED

The Carson City Council moved Tuesday to further lay the groundwork for an NFL stadium, taking votes to ensure the site chosen by the Chargers and Raiders is ready for immediate construction if the project is approved later this year. DN

Wells Fargo Bank employees opened unauthorized accounts and credit cards for customers in Los Angeles in a bid to up their sales quotas, according to a civil lawsuit filed Monday by City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office. DN

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke paid $1.7 million to fast-track his stadium proposal in Inglewood. In Carson, it cost about a third of that to bypass environmental studies on a stadium proposal. LAT

Former Los Angeles political consultant and gay activist David Mixner will bring his autobiographical one-man show "Oh, Hell No!," to the El Rey Theatre on June 11. Frontiers

William Bratton's style of policing is examined in the latest issue of Harper's. The article is titled Beyond the Broken Window.

Media and books

At Al Jazeera America, "a lawsuit and an exodus of top executives have brought to the surface a series of grievances that employees say reflects a deep dysfunction in management of the newsroom, undermining the network’s mission." NYT

Tribune Publishing's earnings fell about 75% in the first quarter as advertising revenues at the owner of the Los Angeles Times continued to decline, the company said Wednesday. Revenues dropped nearly 5% to $396 million. Gains in circulation revenue did not offset continue declines in advertising revenue, which was down nearly 6% to $220 million. Chicago Tribune

Barbara Demick, the former LA Times bureau chief in Beijing now on a fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes a piece for The New Yorker about the complications and sensitivity of covering wealth in China.

Hollywood producer Jon Peters is rumored to be interested in buying the New York Daily News, but his one-time ghost writer, William Stadium, says “I think that is insane. He’s barely ever read a newspaper.” NY Post

The LA Weekly People Issue for 2015 is out. Among the 54 who are peopled: Michelle Rodriguez, Al Madrigal, Jasmyne Cannick, John Rechy, Jenny Yang and Robert Garcia.

Jesse Brown, the freelance writer who first investigated the sex charges made by women against CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, wrote in a piece for The Guardian that he doesn't like the "tell-all" book plans being pursued by his co-writer from the Toronto Star. Guardian

More fall out from the NYT's latest bad LA style story: Stop trying to make “the next Brooklyn” happen, says Scott Timberg in Salon.

David Ulin of the LA Times on why he didn't sign the Charlie Hebdo protest letter. LAT

Former DA Gil Garcetti's newest photo book is "Japan: A Reverence for Beauty," from Balcony Press and the Huntington.

Marcia Clark, the OJ Simpson prosecutor who worked for Garcetti, has written the foreword to a new edition of "Compulsion: A Novel," Meyer Levin's fictionalized account of the Leopold and Loeb case. Amazon


cheevers-typewriter-soboroff.jpgPolice commission president Steve Soboroff has added the 31st typewriter to his collection: the Olympia manual on which John Cheever wrote "The Falconer" and other works.

@LAFDConversation has started a public list of LA area traffic reports on Twitter.

Mammoth Mountain, the last California ski resort still open, said it closes for the season on Sunday.

Ten things to tell New Yorkers before they move to LA. Which Way, LA?

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which earns about $10 million annually from its Golden Globe Awards, is pledging $2 million to Los Angeles City College's cinema and television department. THR

Steve DeBro's project to make a documentary film about the Olympic Auditorium has turned to crowd funding. Kickstarter

Players talk about what it was like to play for the '80s Clippers, the worst team in sports. Deadspin


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