Monday news and notes

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

Politics, cops and courts

$68-billion California bullet train project likely to overshoot budget and deadline targets. LAT

Changes to legislative term limits approved by voters three years ago mean that Anthony Rendon could be the longest-serving Assembly Speaker since Willie Brown. CalMatters

The Latino Victory Fund super PAC announced that Antonio Villaraigosa is one of its three co-chairs. NYT

With controversy rising about the effect of Proposition 47 on police behavior and the rising crime rate, the LA Times opinion side launches a look at the evidence. LAT Op-ed

Big water users, take note: DWP is considering outing you. LAT

A new city report that looks at possibilities for legalized street vending in Los Angeles outlines three different scenarios. KPCC

Media and books

During the peak of Hurricane Patricia coverage of Mexico last week, the LA Times website dropped its pay wall on stories about the storm.

Former LA Times director of communications Johanna Maska will be announced today as VP of Communications and Marketing for Karmic Labs, which is based in San Francisco.

Scientology defector Leah Remini talks about her decision to leave the organization and about Tom Cruise on "20/20" this Friday. ABC promo

An Al Qaeda supporter named Abu Basir Al-Britani, who appears in an online video, is actually the son of Hollywood vet Patrick Kinney, who served as assistant director on such films as “Braveheart,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “Rambo: First Blood Part II.” Variety

NPR voice has taken over the airwaves. NYT

One dress, many photo ops. In Sunday's LA Times Arts section, "Room" actress Brie Larson wears the same outfit as in the November issue of Los Angeles Magazine. FWIW, she also went public in the same outfit at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.


The deputy who disappeared: Q&A with writer Claire Martin in Los Angeles.

ESPN layoffs include KSPN-AM program director Mike Thompson. Tom Hoffarth/DN

Mona Chalabi pens her farewell note at FiveThirtyEight — she is heading to The Guardian U.S. as data editor.

Also moving to The Guardian: Matthew Teague, one of the stranger Los Angeles Times writer profiles in recent years. Hired by editor Davan Maharaj to be a national correspondent reporting directly to him, many newsroom staffers (and most Times readers) never knew he was there. He parts ways with the Times earlier this year. Fishbowl NY

Terry Gross profile in the New York Times Magazine: 40 years and 13,000 interviews. NYT

Kim Phuc, the Canadian photographed by AP's Nick Ut as a young Vietnamese girl burned by napalm, is undergoing laser treatment in Miami and was featured by CBS Sunday Morning, previously on LA Observed


Hundreds gather for 6th Street Bridge Farewell Festival. LAT

USC athletic director Pat Haden has found time to serve on more than a dozen corporate and nonprofit boards, jobs that pay him more than $500,000 a year. LAT

Lucy Jones' Priority: Preparing LA for 'The Big One's' Economic Impact. The Planning Report

Daniel Duane, who is writing a book about the Sierra Nevada, laments the changes in California since his childhood. NYT Sunday Review

The mostly true adventures of standup comedy’s legendary frat house, overlooking Sunset Strip. BuzzFeed

Eva Chow, the Culture Queen of Los Angeles. NYT

All the Details on the Huge Redevelopment Coming to Hollywood's Crossroads of the World. Curbed

A bronze relief sculpture of architect Paul R. Williams will be unveiled Thursday at Western and Adams.

The big new Village at Westfield Topanga mall in Woodland Hills should put a hold on the new parking fee, says reporter Greg Wilcox. DN

Don Mattingly fallout: Buster Olney of ESPN on the tightrope to be faced by the next Dodgers manager, and Molly Knight on the unconscious decoupling of Mattingly and the Dodgers. Vice


From the new LA Times bureau chief in Sacramento.

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