Monday news and notes

Selected items from the media, our in box and other LA Observed sources. Posted occasionally and when time allows.

In the news

The Dodgers reportedly will name Dave Roberts their next manager. He played for the Dodgers and is a UCLA alum but was passed over by his current employer, the Padres, for the same job there. Roberts has never managed but he was the favorite of the sportswriters and maybe of Dodgers ownership. LAT

Politics, cops and courts

The Palladium project debate in Hollywood is a trial run for city growth fight. LAT/Zahniser

The DWP's turf rebate program saved less water per dollar spent than other conservation programs, an audit released Friday by the city controller said. LAT

At the USS Iowa at 10 a.m., Mayor Garcetti will announce the establishment of an annual Los Angeles Fleet Week at the Port of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles city and county have the most chronically homeless people in the country, and nearly all of them sleep on the streets, according to figures released by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department. LAT

Los Angeles City Hall cracks down on homeless living in RVs. DN

Phase one of the Expo Line did nothing to reduce traffic, USC study says. LA Weekly

In Beverly Hills, the school board's expensive fight against Metro's subway plans is getting criticism as an expensive folly that is draining money that should go to kids. Jewish Journal

The True Story of LAPD Sergeant Goosby and His 19 Dogs. NYT

Observing the airport commission's plan for a VIP (read celebrity) lounge at LAX. The Guardian, NYT

Here’s the discussion California should have about raising the minimum wage. Daily News Op-ed

Media and books

women-in-hollywood-nytm.jpgThe Women of Hollywood Speak Out: Female executives and filmmakers are ready to run studios and direct blockbuster pictures. What will it take to dismantle the pervasive sexism that keeps them from doing it? Maureen Dowd piece with Art Streiber photos. Former LAT staff writer Dana Calvo, the creator of ‘‘Good Girls Revolt" on Amazon, is included. NYT Magazine

Selling Stardom: A talent agent and a trail of unhappy clients, focusing on West LA's Pinkerton Model & Talent Co. LAT

NPR is graying, and public radio is worried about it. Washington Post

Russ Parsons, the former LA Times food editor who took the buyout last week, talks about how big the paper's Food section used to be. KPCC Off-Ramp

Gwynedd Stuart, formerly of the Chicago Reader, has joined LA Weekly as Deputy Editor/Arts & Culture, succeeding Zachary Pincus-Roth, who went to the Washington Post as pop culture editor.

Environment reporter Molly Peterson has left KPCC and is freelancing for NPR, PRI and KQED and working with the citizen science project iSeeChange.

Rob Barrett has reportedly left Yahoo, where he was most recently head of media strategy and operations. Re/code

Author Michelle Huneven has now had two stories appear in Harper's, 30 years apart.

Job alert: UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability seeks a seasoned and dynamic communications professional to serve as its Associate Director of Communications, "as it builds the profile of its global leadership in research, ideas and education for the prosperous and healthy planet we all want." Journalism Jobs

Job alert: Curbed LA is looking for a full-time associate editor to work afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Curbed

One of the real-life characters depicted in "Spotlight" says he was misrepresented so badly that he threw up outside the movie theater. Boston Globe

Brooke Binkowski, the former KPCC reporter, announced on Facebook she has taken a job as the managing editor of I'll assume it's true. Twitter

Trial is scheduled to begin today in the age discrimination suit against NBC by former KNBC investigative reporter Frank Snepp. LA Superior Court, Department 41.

New Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis says he won't try to be a Vin Scully clone. LAT

LA Times editorial writer Scott Martelle has sold a new biography, "William the Would-be Conqueror," about 19th-century figure, William Walker, who hoped to build an empire by invading Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, to Chicago Review Press.

Veteran U.S. prosecutor Bruce Riordan writes on the centennial of pulp fiction detective novelist Ross Macdonald, "a true California original." Santa Barbara Independent

Evelyn McDonnell on Patti Smith's "M Train." LA Review of Books


Pushing back against Waze in some LA neighborhoods. WSJ

Although many Californians hope forecasts of a "Godzilla" El Niño will deliver drought-busting rains this winter, mention of the mysterious climate phenomenon inspires dread in much of the world. LAT

Renata Simril, Austin Beutner's chief of staff at the Los Angeles Times, during the months he was publisher, was president and chief executive officer of LA84 Foundation, succeeding Anita DeFrantz. LA84

With big storms on way, a search for homeless in danger in rivers and storm drains. Marketplace

Why the Bay Area Prospered and Los Angeles Stagnated. Newsweek opinion

Revisiting the tunnels under certain government buildings in downtown's Civic Center. CityLab

Help L.A. students name the Crenshaw/LAX tunnel boring machine. Intersections South LA

Former USC athletic director and football star Mike Garrett will lead the Cal State L.A. athletic department. LAT

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