LA Observed Notes: Imaginary votes, fake news, media people

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wsj-front-112816.jpgIn over his head? President-elect Donald Trump is still making it up as he goes along, claiming without evidence in a tweet that he would have won the popular vote if "millions" had not voted illegally. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla responds to the "absurd" claim: "His reckless tweets are inappropriate and unbecoming of a president-elect." But still, Trump got the headlines. He's trailing by 2+ million votes. NYT, LAT, WSJ
Cities vs Trump: If Trump cuts off cities that don't cooperate with deportations, Los Angeles could lose as much as $500 million of its $9 billion budget. "Taking away funding because our law enforcement will not act as federal agents would not only be irresponsible but immoral,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “It would be an unprecedented overreach of federal executive power to take even more of our taxes away.” NYT
Feeding the beast: How one web entrepreneur in suburban LA created fake pro-Trump news for profit: Made-up stories like buying pot with food stamps and the murder of an FBI agent linked to Clinton emails were gold to the gullibles: "We've tried to do similar things to liberals. It just has never worked...You'll get debunked within the first two comments." NPR
An LA story: Authorities keep razing Ceola Waddell Jr.'s homeless settlement under the 110 freeway and he keeps rebuilding. LAT, Facebook video

Media notes

Solid deep global reporting by the New York Times into Trump's many business entanglements and conflicts of interest around the world. The lead byline is former LA Times foreign correspondent Richard C. Paddock in Manila... Also NYT: In Trump, Breitbart's Steve Bannon found his vessel into real power... The NYT says it has netted 70,000 new subscribers since the election... Journalist Masha Gessen has spent years reporting on Vladimir Putin’s rule in Russia: U.S. journalists need to begin imagining the unimaginable...Also: Maneuvering a new reality for US journalism in CJR... Patrick Soon-Shiong, the wealthiest person in Los Angeles, spent the week before Thanksgiving buying up more shares of Tronc stock. He's now at 15.2 percent of the LA Times parent company... Participant Media is shuttering TakePart... Los Angeles Magazine is hosting a Tuesday press conference with mayoral spouse Amy Wakeland and philanthropist Austin Beutner to promote a new giving initiative.
ICYMI: Here's the full transcript of Donald Trump's meeting at the New York Times last week.
Recalibrating for Trump: In a note to readers and supporters about the future, Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting editor in chief Amy Pyle harkens back to covering the 1994 Northridge earthquake for the LA Times in the San Fernando Valley: "From this day on, nothing will be the same."

Politics notes

Three top Trump surrogates, led by spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway on Sunday's politics shows, disparaged Mitt Romney as a possible Secretary of State — and the weird part is it's unclear if they were speaking for the boss or trying to sway him.... Former Obama advisor David Axelrod tweeted "I have never, EVER, seen any aide to a POTUS or PEOTUS publicly try and box the boss in like this. Extraordinary."... Right-wing pundits Laura Ingraham and Monica Crowley are in the conversation for White House press secretary... Orange County congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a former LA reporter, is Putin's favorite congressman and in good graces with Trump, apparently... How Nancy Pelosi's daughter and Dianne Feinstein's granddaughter became part of the electoral college. LAT
Some politics is local: Mayor Eric Garcetti said that Trump voiced support for LA's 2024 Olympics bid in a phone call last week... City Council President Herb Wesson unveiled a May 2017 ballot measure that would overhaul LAPD Board of Rights panels, a reform sought by the police union. LAT

People are talking about...

steve-wasserman-heyday.jpgJoe Morgenstern, the Wall Street Journal and KCRW film critic, apologized by tweet for mistaking Dev Patel's past work for Kal Penn's in a review of "Lion."... Of the 4 reporters with bylines on the Fidel Castro obituaries in the NYT, LAT and WaPo, only one still works at the paper where it was published. One is dead. The LA Times piece is by Carol J. Williams, who left last year. The foreign editor called her then "possibly one of the most versatile foreign correspondents I have ever known." Hat tip: Amy Fiscus of the LA Times Washington bureau... A profile of Steve Wasserman (above) in the San Francisco Chronicle says the new head of Heyday Books is "a man of many, many words." He is former books editor of the LA Times... The LA judge who knocked down a lady dog-walker and the homicide detective who cheated to help him.

Media people doing stuff

tim-rutten-blog-art.jpgAnn Louise Bardach revisited her 1994 Vanity Fair interview with Fidel Castro after his death for The Guardian... Tim Rutten, the former LA Times and Daily News columnist, is blogging about Trump including a chiding of religious leaders and this: With Trump the worst is yet to come... Bryan Chan, an editor on the online photo desk at the LA Times, is leaving after 19 years and moving to the county Hall of Administration as chief photographer for the Board of Supervisors. .. The paid internship program is accepting applications... Thursday is the deadline to apply for USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism $1,000 California Fellowship stipend... Tap-O-Ween is an original all-new tap dancing show presented by students, guests and dance colleagues of LA Times education reporter Howard Blume
Book notes: Megyn Kelly's "Settle for More" opens as #1 bestseller in the hardcover nonfiction section of SoCal independent bookstores. "The Whistler" by John Grisham is #1 fiction... Here are the NYT's 100 notable books of 2016... Some of the contributors to "Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine: Los Angeles in the 1970s" will be at Chevalier Books on Larchmont on Thursday at 7 p.m.... Jennifer Clement, President of PEN International, will be in conversation with KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Friday at 6 p.m. at the LA Times.

Notes on place

Lewis MacAdams stepped down as head of Friends of the LA River. LAT, KCRW

An Orange County Republican Party official and Trump campaign volunteer, Mary Young, posted on Facebook (in all caps, of course) that "I do not want any type of Muslims' in this country, period." OC Register

Air pollution hot spot in Paramount spurs calls for action on metal factory emissions. LAT

sophia-amoruso.jpgWhat went wrong at Sophia Amaoruso's Nasty Gal, the DTLA fashion company that is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy? Business of Fashion

Writer Marc Myers' love for the Capitol Records tower. JazzWax

The most spectacular spots for viewing the LA skyline. Los Angeles Magazine

Santa's Village near Lake Arrowhead reopens on Friday after 18 years. KPCC

Looking back 38 years to the murders of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and elected supervisor Harvey Milk by former supervisor Dan White. NPR

The Rams lost in New Orleans 49-21 and are now 4-7 in their first season back in Los Angeles.


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