Monday 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

A weather front that dropped rain over Northern California is expected to arrive in the Los Angeles area this afternoon with rain, wind, possible thunderstorms and mountain snow.

Politics, cops and courts

After a week of silence and rising police outrage, Quentin Tarantino has let colleagues know he intends to apologize for his comments calling police officers “murderers,” TheWrap has learned.

Incoming Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has a doctorate in political science from UC Riverside but he was a terrible high school student. George Skelton column

Deterioration of public school arts programs has been particularly jarring in LA. LAT

In what one union is calling a “breakthrough contract,” Los Angeles County workers are poised to receive a 10 percent pay raise, an extra week of vacation and a new paid holiday if a tentative labor pact is approved. DN

barbara-osborn-fb.jpgBarbara Osborn begins today as director of communications for Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Osborn is the co-host of "Deadlne LA" on KPFK and the former Strategic Communications Director at Liberty Hill Foundation.

Film tax credits, new media outlets help revive L.A.'s entertainment economy. LAT

Explore the future of voting in LA County. KPCC

In San Marino election, mansionization is the top worry. KPCC

San Francisco's mayor is gliding to reelection, but Tuesday's ballot captures that turmoil and the deep divisions over the city’s future. There is an initiative to impose a moratorium on new construction in the Mission District and another to severely restrict short-term rentals, as well as a $310 million bond to create affordable housing. NYT

David Hume Kennerly photos of the 2016 candidates. Politico

A plan to convert an old freight rail line in South Los Angeles into a pedestrian and bike pathway got a boost with a $15 million grant from the federal government. KPCC

California health officials have reported 28 confirmed deaths so far this year from West Nile virus. LAT

Media and books

Fifteen percent of the Los Angeles Times newsroom, or about 75 staffers, applied for the current buyout, based on "a source with knowledge of the process." Poynter

CBS Television Studios announced a new “Star Trek” television series for 2017 that will be available exclusively on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service. Release

Jeff Vaughn has joined CBS 2 and KCAL 9 as a weeknight anchor on Channel 9, from Detroit's WXYZ-TV.

Robert Scheer has a new podcast for KCRW, “Scheer Intelligence,” and in the first episode sits down with John Dean, the former Nixon legal adviser who blew the lid off the Watergate scandal. Truthdig, KCRW

NPR, PRI and American Public Media respond to Stephanie Foo’s Transom commentary about diversity in public radio.

Why Mike Harrah is the worst owner the OC Register can possibly have. OC Weekly

A new book approved by the family tries too define the legacy of Jenni Rivera. LA Weekly

Robert Gard announced he is leaving as director of communications and marketing for CicLAvia.


Meet the museum director (Michael Govan of LACMA) who hangs with Leo and Kanye and paid $10 million for a rock. Washington Post

Pacific Palisades residents have a private $500,000 fundraising campaign to bring mental health and other services, along with interim and permanent housing, to the community's estimated 180 homeless residents. LAT

Touring the Dark Side of Los Angeles. NYT Travel

Casa Pulido in South Bay's Riviera Village is closing after 46 years. Easy Reader


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