Thursday 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

For the first time in nearly 10 years, Bill Cosby will be questioned under oath about allegations of sexual assault, in an LA case. NPR

Politics, cops and courts

Senators Feinstein and Boxer will propose legislation today that would move homeless veterans off the streets and into housing at the VA campus in West Los Angeles. LAT

City Hall leaders have reached a tentative agreement with six city unions for a new labor contract that holds the line on salaries and settles a legal challenge over pensions but falls short of the health care concessions sought by Mayor Eric Garcetti. DN, LAT

City Council members overrode a recent decision by airport commissioners to let Uber and Lyft apply for permits to pick up at LAX. The council wants more time to look at the issue. DN

The City Council gave first approval to an ordinance by Councilman Paul Krekorian to require that most handguns in homes be locked away or disabled. DN

In a long awaited legal settlement with the Department of Justice, Los Angeles County and the sheriff have committed to oversight and a series of reforms inside the troubled jail system. KPCC, LAT

Eileen Decker brings low key approach to high stakes US Attorney's office. KPCC

The 1965 Watts riots ushered in a new era of conservatism that propelled California's Richard Nixon to the White House and placed Ronald Reagan in the governor's mansion, but that demographics eventually ended. LAT/Cathleen Decker

The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA is screening "Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race" on Monday at 7 p.m. Panel discussion follows with Warren Olney, Lorraine Bradley, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Judy Chu, Maria Elena Durazo and Zev Yaroslavsky. Register

Donald Sterling filed for divorce Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, almost a year after a contentious legal fight with his wife, Shelly, led to the sale of the Clippers. LAT, CBS LA

When the DWP's Guy Lipa, the longtime Garcetti hand, was on The Hill's most beautiful list. 50 Most Beautiful 2007

Media and books

Universal Pictures continues to make history at the 2015 box office. The studio's films this year have now earned $5.53 billion globally, marking the highest-grossing year ever for a Hollywood studio, not accounting for inflation. THR

Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh breaks silence post-bankruptcy, points fingers. THR

Politico Media debuts today, "a venture that combines the media reporting houses of Politico and Capital New York into one new unit." Fishbowl DC

A Martínez on how KPCC doubled its Latino audience. Current

KCRW's Lisa Napoli has sold "Ray and Joan: The Untold Story of the Man who Made a Fast Food Fortune and the Woman Who Gave it All Away," to Dutton at auction. Via Publishers Marketplace.

Coming from USC professor Phil Ethington: "Ghost Metropolis," in which he "explores how Greater Los Angeles came to be such a fluid (and consequently volatile) site of re-invention, one both haunted and bound by its history." USC Dornsife

Coming from LA Times books columnist David Ulin: "Sidewalking: Coming to Terms With Los Angeles."

City News Service alum Jessica Machado, now an associate editor at Rolling Stone, on shame. Guernica


No sooner does Gjusta in Venice make Bon Appetit's list of four top new LA restaurants, than tennis star Maria Sharapova has herself shot and Instagrammed there.

In a survey of Metro riders, 18 percent of bus riders and 21 percent of train riders said they had experienced sexual harassment. Curbed LA


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