Mid-week media notes: Hot dogs and politics

tailothepup-truck.jpgTail O' the Pup, the truck

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Yuge settlement: The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to spend more than $200 million over the next decade to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that the city failed to provide enough apartments for people with disabilities in its publicly funded housing developments. LAT

The Pup is back: Six years after I asked the question, Tail O’ the Pup will officially reopen on September 8th as a food truck, in a parking lot on La Cienega Blvd. near the original location. The old physical hot dog stand from La Cienega, and later San Vicente Blvd., is still slated to come out of storage and go back in service on the Hope Street side of The Bloc downtown this winter. Previous posts at LA Observed, including Sigourney Weaver.

Going foreign: Former LA Times City Hall reporter Kate Linthicum tweeted Tuesday that she was "thrilled to report that starting this week I'm based in Mexico City and covering Mexico/Latin America for the @latimes!" Just in time for Donald Trump's visit today, which she calls, also via Twitter, "loco." Also: "Former Mexican President Vicente Fox calls Peña Nieto 'a traitor' for meeting with Trump."

LA politics: So Begins L.A.'s Great Development Debate of 2017. LA Weekly

Oscars so hostless: Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were separately approached about hosting the Oscars and both said no. THR

And this: President Obama will guest-edit the November issue of Wired.

Media notes

Donald Trump's campaign will now allow reporters from some of its blacklisted news organizations -- BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, POLITICO, and The Washington Post -- to be part of the campaign's print pool rotation... KCRW reports that "Los Angeles is a rapidly aging city in a rapidly aging county. In fact, over the next 15 years, LA County’s senior population will double, to nearly one-fifth of the total population." Special report follows Broadway to tell the story... Larry Mantle on the passing of Joe Hicks on Tuesday's AirTalk on KPCC... Vincent Bonsignore, Rams columnist for the Daily News, says he will be co-hosting a Rams show on AM 570 from 12 to 2 on Mondays with the Fred Roggin and former Ram Eric Dickerson... Chandra Levy Miniseries in the Works at TNT.

Around the Troncosphere

Monday's print Los Angeles Times had just 32 pages, which a long-time watcher of the page count (a former editor) called the all-time low. There were few ads in the entire paper... The Times is running an ambitious, serialized six-part series by reporter Christopher Goffard about an old OC crime with the tag line: "Enjoying this series? Become a Los Angeles Times subscriber today to support stories like this one. Get full access to our signature journalism for just 39 cents a week.."... The Gamble of Tronc’s ‘Just Say No’ Defense against Gannett, by the NYT's Deal Professor... Gannett Risks Getting Tronc'ed, says a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist... Former LAT editor Ron Smith was named managing editor of news at USA Today... Tribune Media agreed to sell Chicago's Tribune Tower to LA developer CIM Group for $240 million... The Hollywood Reporter's first photo with its story on the sale of Tribune Tower showed the Oakland Tribune tower.

Books and authors

Former Los Angeles author Dylan Landis couldn't read while her parents were dying, or for a long time after. NYT

Finally, nine months after my mother’s death, the ability to read slowly began to return. I found I could read for about 15 minutes at a time — a fraction of the two-hour plunges I once took. On rare occasions, I would fall into a state of grace and once again a book consumed me. Yet my subject matter seemed curiously circumscribed.... All I could relish, at that stage, were novels with young female protagonists, 14-, 15-year-olds, troubled, like the girls I write about and once identified with. “My Brilliant Friend,” by Elena Ferrante. “Sister Golden Hair,” by Darcey Steinke. “The Scamp,” by Jennifer Pashley.

I’ve heard it said that we don’t mature fully till we lose both parents. Perhaps I had to relive, in these novels, my early adolescence before I could start to find that new adulthood — and lose myself in reading again.

Also: A good review for "Hot Start," the latest mystery thriller by former LA Times reporter David Freed. Washington Post

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The news is bad for the Santa Monica Mountains pumas. New research used to promote a bridge across the 101 freeway says the mountain lions have about 50 years before the population dies out due to genetic in-breeding. KPCC

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion shines in this wacky but beautiful perfume ad. Curbed LA

What’s Really Inside the Castle at Disneyland? Chris Nichols answers the question at Los Angeles Magazine.

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