Monday news and notes: Politics, media and more

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

Politics, cops and courts

Business and labor groups thought they were working together to oppose the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative now gathering signatures for the Los Angeles ballot. Then labor last week introduced its own ballot measure aimed at affordable housing and more. LAT

LA Times investigation: Police in six Southern California counties have shot more than 2,000 suspects since 2004. Only one officer was prosecuted — he was acquitted. LAT

LA's rising crime rates are going up at among the highest pace in the nation. LA Weekly

Mayor Eric Garcetti is quietly raising money for the LA 2024 Olympic group, including from groups with a stake in City Hall decisions. DN

Southern California Gas is fighting a request to disclose how much methane as released during the three-month Aliso Canyon well leak. DN

Hillary Clinton will be in town today for fundraisers in Studio City and Hancock Park. City News Service

Steve Lopez columnizes that the 2016 presidential race is so bad he can’t look away. “Just don't let your children near the TV set. Unless you want them to hear that science is just a rumor, rape victims should be required to give birth to their assailant's spawn, and we should hold off on replacing deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until after the next Super Bowl." LAT

Scott Hounsell, the former head of the Republican Party in Los Angeles County, has been accused by prosecutors of sending inappropriate messages online to teenage girls. He denies it. LAT

Construction of the California high-speed rail line will begin now in Northern California, not the LA area. KPCC

After 10 years, neighbors of a Wilmington oil drilling operation still complain of health and environmental issues and, now, the response to Porter Ranch. LAT

The latest recall effort targets Valley councilman Paul Krekorian. LAT

Media and books

The Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Press Club has voted to rename one of its top prizes the Bill Rosendahl Public Service in Journalism Award, for reporting that results in improving the civic life of a city or region in California. It will be given annually.

Anabel Hernandez, a fellow with the Investigative Reporting Program of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, scored the interview with Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of El Chapo, that aired Sunday in Spanish on Telemundo. LAT

Margaret Sullivan, for awhile the New York Times public editor, will be a weekly media columnist for The Washington Post. Poynter

sunset-mag-oakland.jpgSunset Magazine has opened a hip new headquarters in Oakland's Jack London Square. KQED

How easy was it for the Orange County Register's first pot reporter to get a medical marijuana card? OC Register

The former Los Angeles Times home in Orange County will become a creative business park. OCBJ

Stop calling every news article clickbait. Poynter

KCAL reporter Brittney Hopper posted pictures from her wedding and return to work. Instagram


Lifting of sanctions on Iran could mean trouble for California's pistachio crop. Christian Science Monitor

How a once-seedy North Hollywood motel has become a model for helping the homeless. DN

Yes, the El Niño effect may have peaked for the year and is weakening in the Pacific. And another winter heat wave arrives this week. AP, LA Weekly

How did an LA indie record label wind up releasing Yoko Ono's new album? LA Weekly

Baseball history class comes straight from the top at Cal Lutheran. DN

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