News and notes: Ridley-Thomas not running for mayor

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

In the news

Center DeAndre Jordan changed his mind and will remain with the Clippers after all. He had given a verbal agreement to the Dallas Mavericks. ESPN LA

Politics, cops and courts

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas told Warren Olney he will seek reelection and "I have no intention of challenging any incumbent that I’m aware of." That wording leaves some hedge room, especially if Eric Garcetti seeks another office. KCRW Which Way, LA?, LAT

Latinos' emergence as California's largest ethnic group is casting new light on an enduring paradox: Many do not vote, limiting their influence on government decisions that have a profound impact on their lives. LAT/Michael Finnegan

Latinos have passed whites as the larger plurality of California's population, the Census Bureau announced, based on estimates made last year. It occurred a little later that long predicted, but not by much. LAT

Prosecutors charged three executives of the politically connected Chicana Service Action Center, including chief exec Sophia Esparza, with embezzlement and conspiracy, accusing them of participating in a "billing scam" that defrauded the county of more than $8.5 million.

Some thoughts on why crime is rising so sharply again in Los Angeles. LA Weekly, LA Times editorial

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich has hired a corporate-sponsored lobby group and PR firm to conduct a so-called "study" of the minimum wage. Peter Dreier/Huffington Post

The Board of Supervisors ordered an audit of how the Los Angeles Music Center spends the millions in taxpayer dollars it receives for operating expenses each year. LAT

Department of Water and Power officials are seeking an increase in rates over the next five years: as much as 34% for the biggest users. LAT

How City Hall plans to enforce the minimum wage and laws against wage theft. KPCC

Scott Svonkin was reelected as president of the LA Community Colleges board.

And this:

Media and books

New hosts at "All Things Considered" on NPR: Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers will join veterans Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish on weekdays, and Michel Martin will become the new host of the weekend show. NPR

Keith Olbermann and ESPN are parting ways again. Sounds almost amicable this time. ESPN

Former New York Times reporter and author Bill Carter will launch a SiriusXM show interviewing pop culture figures as well as newsmakers of the moment. Hollywood Reporter

Steve Coll, the dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, was spotted this week in the LA Times newsroom.

Kitty Felde has revived her old Book Club for Kids segment from her KPCC show as a podcast.


Cal State LA plans to open a campus in the South Park section of downtown. LA Weekly

Burbank officials are once again grappling with the cost of the short-sighted decision to rename their airport for Bob Hope several years ago. LAT

How a Hamilton High School graduate ended up in an Israeli military prison. LA Weekly

’50s Atomic Age symbol returns to Pomona College. Inland Valley Bulletin, Pomona College Magazine

Michael Heizer's City is likely to get federal protection this week along with a large swath of Nevada desert. Washington Post, Jon Christensen at LA Observed


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