Tuesday 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

Authorities are looking for the pilot of a drone that flew into power lines Monday in West Hollywood and knocked out service to hundreds of Southern California Edison customers. LAT

High surf and high tides this week could bring some coastal flooding to the area, the National Weather Service says. Wires

Politics, cops and courts

L.A. City leaders push ahead with gun control agenda. KCRW

How should Los Angeles County pay for affordable housing? The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is expected to debate competing proposals when it meets today. LAT

La Opinión endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate but calls Loretta Sanchez a worthy candidate. Read in English

Air Force's plan for new stealth bomber could bring thousands of jobs to the Southland. LAT

Critics are questioning why DWP ratepayers are subsidizing a 4-year-old nonprofit that is helping Mayor Eric Garcetti deliver on a promise for clean tech. DN

Los Angeles crossing guard shortage just one symptom of a bigger city hiring problem. KPCC

LAPD question their own role in San Fernando Valley’s homeless crisis. With a gallery of local homeless encampments. DN

Q&A: Inside the search for the next LAUSD superintendent. KPCC

Carly Fiorina’s Speaking Dos and Don’ts Detailed in Company Document. NYT

You can download Metro's annual report.

George Clooney, Grant Heslov and the 'reality show' theatrics of politics. The Frame

Get set for a wild run for California governor in 2018. Thomas Elias

Media and books

National Journal is cutting its staff by 25 percent through buyouts and will return to a subscriber only model, owner Atlantic Media announced on Tuesday. Politico

All the TV writers and trades are talking about the ratings for last night's debut of "Supergirl" on CBS. The Wrap

BuzzFeed to withdraw from SXSW over canceled panels on harassment in gaming. BuzzFeed

The New York Times is retiring its City Room blog after 8 years, 20,000 posts, 425,000 reader comments and perhaps 100 million clicks. NYT

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BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti discusses where the company is today — "We are a global, cross-platform, tech-driven network generating FIVE BILLION monthly content views" — and where it's going. BF blog

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg made his first public appearance since a Beverly Hills car accident that left him with a shattered arm and thanked Elon Musk for the Tesla he was driving at the time: "You saved my life." THR

Breitbart is getting its own daily morning drive-time radio show on SiriusXM's "Patriot Channel." Breitbart Executive Chairman Stephen Bannon and editor-in-chief Alex Marlow will co-host. Politico

The Pulitzer Prizes announced on Tuesday that online and print magazines are now eligible to enter categories for international reporting, criticism and editorial cartooning. Poynter

WGBH and the Library of Congress announced the launch of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting Online Reading Room. AAPB

Southern California Public Radio, aka KPCC, is looking to hire another education reporter. Job description

David Ulin discusses walking in LA and his new book, “Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles.” KCRW

Baseball author Molly Knight talks on a podcast with Stryker of KROQ.

Paul Brownfield on his father, an attorney who represented the Black Widow Killers. Los Angeles Magazine

Jack Smith, correspondent. David Allen

Robert Montemayor, who won a team Pulitzer Prize as a Los Angeles Times reporter in 1984, died Oct. 22 at the age of 62. He had suffered from cancer and had recently moved back to his hometown of Lubbock, Texas.

From Washington Post editor Marty Baron:


Former major league baseball player Doug Glanville writes about being turned away by a cab driver at LAX (and elsewhere) because he is black. The Atlantic

Aerial technology measures effects of drought on California forests. KCRW

Why San Francisco's way of doing business beat Los Angeles' LAT Op-ed

Gregory Rodriguez on Longing for L.A.: How Nostalgia, Memory, and Jet Lag Connect Me to the City. Zocalo

Union Station to get bike, pedestrian improvements with state grant. KPCC

In Oaxaca, it's very hard for immigrants to the U.S. to return home to Mexico as they intend. La Opinion

Remembering Ships, L.A.’s Out-of-This-World Coffee Shops. Los Angeles Magazine

A humpback whale nearly collides with a sailboat off Redondo Beach. Video: GrindTV

A new biography of Duke Kahanamoku reveals the long shadow he casts on surfing and South Bay culture. Easy Reader

What should the Dodgers do with Yasiel Puig? Steve Dilbeck

Fred Sands, whose name once was plastered on real estate signs throughout Los Angeles’ most affluent neighborhoods, died at age 77. LAT


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