Monday news and notes: Lots of catching up

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

Politics, cops and courts

The delivery of city services such as pothole filling and bulky item pickup varies a lot by where in Los Angeles you live, but an analysis of data found the patterns vary. LAT

Follow up: Daniele Watts and Brian James Lucas got 15 days of community service and two years probation after failing to convince the judge of the sincerity of their apology to the LAPD officer she got racial with in Studio City. LAT, earlier on LA Observed

Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos called Donald Trump, a top Republican presidential candidate, "dangerous" in an interview Sunday on ABC News's "This Week." Washington Post

Sarah Palin finished up her one-week hosting gig on One America News Network with interviews of Trump and Jeb Bush, via Skype from the network’s Los Angeles studio. TV Newser, Politico

Los Angeles school officials have promised a “transparent” search for the next superintendent of schools, but got that process off to a murky start by the listing of a faulty address for a Sunday morning board meeting. LAT

Mayor Eric Garcetti has backed away from his pledge to end veteran homelessness this year. Speaking with the Los Angeles News Group editorial board, Garcetti said Thursday the effort might take an additional six months, and that not all homeless veterans will actually be housed. DN

San Quentin prison is on bottled water after one inmate was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease. LAT

Will Los Angeles taxpayers be on the hook for the 2024 Olympics if L.A. is the host city and there are cost overruns? That is the key question as the L.A. City Council prepares for a vote on an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee. LAT

Posted on Linked In: The Los Angeles Mayor's Communications Office is looking for media relations professional to join the team as a Communications Manager.

The ideal candidate thrives in fast-paced environments, employs institutional knowledge and judgment with media, and has a bilingual fluency in English and Spanish. Candidate must be a relationship-builder and an experienced writer.

Position requires drafting statements, talking points, press releases and briefing memos on a wide array of topics while handling multiple cross-policy projects and campaigns simultaneously.

Three ways the LA County Flood Control District is trying to hang onto storm water. KPCC

Jon Regardie bemoans that the 2017 Los Angeles election "may be the worst city election ever." Downtown News

Another blemish for Compton Mayor Aja Brown: For her first State of the City address last month, residents who paid $100 could watch at an event in a city-run community center — with the proceeds benefitting a charitable organization founded by the mayor and her husband. LAT

Nation with Crumbling Bridges and Roads Excited to Build Giant Wall. The Borowitz Report

Media and books

Horror writer-director Wes Craven died in Los Angeles at age 76 after battling brain cancer. AP

New York Times Magazine cover: The Meaning of Serena Williams — On tennis and black excellence. NYT

Team USA softball hero Jessica Mendoza, who is from Ventura County, made history last week as ESPN's first female baseball analyst in the booth and she also did Sunday night's no-hitter by the Cubs over the Dodgers. Tom Hoffarth/LADN, ThinkProgress, @JessMendoza

Jill Painter Lopez had her first piece in the New York Times, on the Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela becoming an American. NYT

If Claudia Puig hadn't been a film critic, she might have been a nun. What It Means to be an American

Inside the LA Times Flipboard project #DrylandsCA, in which reporter Diana Marcum and photographer Robert Gauthier did drought stories from the road. Flipboard

Jon Healey, an editorial writer at the LA Times for 10 years, is being promoted to deputy editorial page editor. Via memo

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, flacking a new book, described in detail her rape by some bikers in Ohio when she was 21 and said it was her fault for being dressed provocatively. The Wrap

"Off-Ramp" notes the retirement of radio deejay Shotgun Tom Kelly. KPCC

David Davis talking With Ron Kaplan about the Jewish Olympics in 5775, and after. The Classical

Eric Lichtblau, the former LA Times reporter, takes his sons on a tour of baseball stadiums, where they find out the Giants' Buster Posey is no hero. NYT

Writers Bloc launches its 20th season with Erica Jong in conversation with Sandra Tsing Loh on Sept. 19. Writers Bloc

ABC7's temporary set has visible air vents. Newscast Studio

Another appreciation of crossword puzzle writer Merl Reagle. Poynter


Christopher Hawthorne reviews The Broad Museum and "its surprisingly punchless facade:" "It's a depressingly reliable fact of Los Angeles architecture: Nothing comes easily on Bunker Hill…" LAT

la-river-main-st-bridge.jpgFrank Gehry's team gave an update of plans for a "continuous…linear Central Park" along the Los Angeles River without Gehry — the 86-year-old architect was sidelined by back surgery. KPCC, LAT

The number of vehicles entering Franklin Canyon Park from the Valley side has more than tripled in the last eight years, due in part to Waze. Rangers with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority vow to write more tickets if drivers don't slow down and observe traffic laws. Via release.

Architectural photographer Wayne Thom's archive of 250,000 photo and supporting documentation was recently acquired by the USC Libraries. Gizmodo

Wax Paper Co., a sandwich stand planning to open in Frogtown, is letting its sandwich labels do all of the PR flackery — just four sandwiches but all named for public radio figures. The media will do the rest. Eater LA, KPCC

Wexler's Deli expanding from Grand Central Market to Santa Monica. Eater LA

From the National Hurricane Center, a milestone in the Pacific:

Is there support to turn Artesia Blvd. into Redondo Beach Boulevard? Not much, apparently. Daily Breeze

17 places you won't see on the official UCLA campus tour. UCLA Newsroom

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