LA Observed Notes: Early voting, media moves and more

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voting-line-nohwd.jpgQueuing to vote: Los Angeles County voters lined up for many hours over the weekend to cast early ballots. They were the longest such lines anyone has seen here. By planning ahead, any of the people in line could have voted by mail. ABC7/Saturday, LA Times, Curbed LA

Going deep: The New York Times gets some access: Inside Donald Trump’s Last Stand -- An Anxious Nominee Seeks Assurance.

Never mind:The FBI concluded its unscheduled look at the new emails found on Anthony Weiner's computer and found, once again, no reason for criminal charges involving Clinton. NYT, WashPost, CNN, LAT

Newsroom culture:Why the sports department hates election night: "We roll our eyes at the cityside reporters who talk about working late into the night, who have to deal with fast-breaking news, taking results over the phone, juggling numbers, getting quotes and writing fast stories on tight deadlines. And we hate the pizza."

Media notes

It wasn't all bad: The 13 best media moments of the 2016 campaign per the Washington Post... The New York Times dropped its paywall on all platforms for Nov. 7, 8 and 9, citing the importance of election coverage... AP fact check: The greatest hits of a fact-challenged campaign... WSJ: Nielsen is standing by its estimate showing an eye-popping loss of 621,000 ESPN subscribers in one month due to cord-cutting, but the sports network isn’t buying it... Trump singles out NBC's Katy Tur, again. She admits: It's been a wild ride...... tronc-graphic-bbw.jpgKen Doctor at Newsonomics: Your Gannettenfreude Will Only Take You So Far... Worth a look for the animated graphic alone: Tronc's interesting year at Bloomberg... The cure for fake journalism is an overwhelming dose of good journalism, says the NYT's Jim Rutenberg... The online real estate journal The Real Deal is making its Los Angeles print edition a quarterly.

Final thoughts part 1: Jack Shafer on How Trump Took Over the Media By Fighting It... David Brooks argues in the NYT that you can have politics or authoritarianism: "Trump represents the path the founders rejected."

Let's not forget: LA Times reporter Molly Hennessey-Fiske and photojournalist Carolyn Cole are on the ground in Iraq covering the fight over Mosul and the flood of refugees out.


Politics and more

The LA Times' final election forecast map has Clinton winning with 352 electoral votes....FiveThirtyEight says control of the Senate is a tossup... Cathy Decker: Can Clinton or Trump put a fractured nation back together? LAT... LAT: Could Democrats win an Antelope Valley congressional seat they haven't held since 1964?

Some politics is local: There has been a big spike in development filings at City Hall, and the threat of Measure JJJ and next year's Neighborhood Integrity Initiative are cited... Mayors and council members representing 43 cities in LA County will hold an anti-Measure M event Monday morning in Carson... A super-majority of Latino voters support the transit tax measure, according to a poll of Latinos conducted for the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA... You know that you don't have a clue how to vote on judges, so here are the LA Times' recommendations... A judge ruled Friday that prosecutors could continue to pursue voter fraud and perjury charges against former Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife... L.A.'s Biggest Spender in the 2016 Election Is a Nonprofit With Millions to Spare, in the LA Weekly. Put another way: Meet the LA activist who started the porn world’s condom wars. They both mean Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (and the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative group.)


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People are talking about....

Donald Trump's social media guy tweeted that the scuffle in front of the stage in Reno was an "assassination attempt." It wasn't... Mark Cuban pulled the credentials of two ESPN reporters who cover his Dallas Mavericks in yet another immature snit by a rich guy with not enough people around him with the cojones to say no... Josh Marshall argues that Trump's final ad is barely veiled anti-Semitism... Magic Johnson's HIV announcement 25 years ago was a game-changing moment for society, in the OC Register... KTLA dayside anchor Lu Parker was put under citizen's arrest for petty theft at LAX in a dispute over some headphones left behind at the TSA checkpoint. KTLA says it was a misunderstanding.

Media people doing stuff

Former LA Times City Hall reporter Peter Jamison had his first byline from the Washington Post City Hall beat: The rising tide of Latino political power detours around D.C.... Looks like his successor at the LA Times bureau will be Dakota Smith, the former City Hall reporter for the Daily News... Vice News' Daniel Hernandez reactivates his Intersections blog to essay on why there was so much more Day of the Dead activity in the U.S. this year.... Photographs by Marissa Roth are now on display in Terminal 6 at LAX.

luis-fuerte-grab-kcet.jpgBooks and authors: Luis Fuerte, known to Huell Howser fans as the camera operator "Louie" who shot so many California segments with Huell, has a memoir coming out next year from Altadena's Prospect Park Books. The press headed by Colleen Dunn Bates celebrated its 10th anniversary Saturday night at The Last Bookstore... An excerpt of Lisa Napoli's upcoming book, "Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away," is on the Smithsonian Magazine website... "The Whistler" by John Grisham is the best-selling fiction hardcover in Southern California indie stores. "Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" by Ina Garten is the current nonfiction bestseller. More bestsellers.

Obituary: Kim Irwin, former assistant city editor and reporter at the Santa Monica Evening Outlook, and a longtime media relations official for the UCLA hospitals and health system, died Oct. 7 at age 55.



The LA Times focused on Wilshire Boulevard in read-worthy two pieces. On the op-ed page, architect Thom Mayne argued that the Wilshire corridor should be densified to the tune of a million more people. In a news analysis that quotes me and others, Alice Walton examines signs that Wilshire is becoming a more transit-centric and residential zone and spurning its car culture roots. Partly true, and it's actually Wilshire returning to its residential roots. The observation getting the most chatter on Twitter is my note that namesake Gaylord Wilshire actually put in a condition that his boulevard not carry rail tracks or big trucks. He didn't envision a subway under his boulevard. But: The only segment of Wilshire Boulevard he ever had anything to do with was the four blocks from MacArthur Park to Lafayette Park. He built it for horses not motor cars. The first house, at Wilshire and Park View, belonged to Times scion Harrison Gray Otis.

Hot, stagnant weather made the summer of 2016 Southern California's worst smog season in six years. KPCC

MGA Entertainment broke ground for a new headquarters and 660 apartments on the site of the long-closed LA Times printing plant in Chatsworth. My Chatsworth

The “Monster Park” in San Gabriel could become a nationally recognized historic place. Star-News

Two gray wolves, a male and female, are now in Lassen County in far northern California. One of them originated in the Oregon pack headed by OR-7, the gray wolf that first entered California to much notoriety in 2011.

Revisiting the Valley's Krishna Venta cult of the 1940s, 50s and beyond. LA Weekly

A 360-degree pan of Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea. Theta 360

E.J. Jackson, the founder and president of Jackson Limousine Services who for 30 years has given away Thanksgiving turkeys in South Los Angeles, died of a heart attack at age 66. LA Times

The Lakers have now beaten both the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns in recent days. They now have a winning record, but just seven games into the season.

The Rams lost 13-10 to the Panthers at the Coliseum. Your LA team is now 3-5.

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