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LA Observed Notes: A fight for Tronc, media moves and more

soon-shiong-512-tw.jpg Soon-Shiong looks to be moving on Ferro. Variety snags an editor. Another Los Angeles Magazine editor leaves.

Councilman Cedillo forced into runoff*

cedillo-brayali-600x400.jpg He's under 50 percent in the final vote tally and becomes the first councilman since 1999 to face a reelection runoff.

LA Observed Notes: Daylight time edition

menschonthebench.jpg Media and politics notes from all over, plus media people news, some place notes and selected tweets.

Garcetti reelection party

LAO_Garcetti_reelected.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard appears weekly at LA Observed.

Measure H: Maybe government works

bill-300.jpg It’s something of a miracle that Measure H, the Los Angeles County tax increase to improve services for the homeless, may be near voter approval.

Garcetti reelected in landslide, Measure S fails big*

garcetti-2017-podium-fb.jpg The county homeless measure and Gil Cedillo's reelection are too close to call, but there will be runoffs for the school board and in the Valley's council district 7.

LA Observed Notes: End of a full week

hallie-jackson-and-welker.jpg Nick Ut's retirement. Key editors jump from the LA Times. Downtown News sold. Plus many more notes and observations.

A maniac loose in the house

angry-trump.jpg Joel Bellman argues that Donald Trump is "emotionally unstable and dangerously unfit to hold the most powerful elected office in the world."

LA Observed Notes: Police officer killed and more news

2nd-hope-regconnector-sourc.jpg Keith Boyer, a veteran with the Whittier Police Department, was 53 and a father. He was shot by a recent parolee.

Hugh Hewitt joins WashPost oped columnists

hugh-hewitt2016.jpg The conservative talk show host and Chapman law professor is on a roll with Trump.

LA Observed Notes: Two weeks of Trump and counting

mccarthy-as-spicer.jpg News, notes and observations of media, politics and place. Plus selected tweets.

Weekend chaos at LAX over Trump bans

lax-protest-herbst.jpg Trump's orders to block refugees and travelers from Muslim countries - even U.S. legal residents - caught Homeland Security by surprise. Protesters and lawyers flooded the airport.

FAA agrees to 2028 close of Santa Monica Airport

spirit-of-santa-monica.jpg Hard to imagine a bigger change to the infrastructure and environment of the Westside.

LA Observed Notes: Xavier Becerra, water everywhere and more

isupportjournalismsign.jpg Our occasional roundup on media, politics and place from multiple sources.

LA Times reporters show the way

bill-300.jpg In this time of instant news, fake news and superficial tweets, it’s good to recall a couple of recent newspaper stories that are likely to last a while and make a difference.

Massive DTLA crowd joins millions in Saturday marches for women

march-sign-super-calli.jpg A few hundred thousand people on the streets all day and no arrests of any kind. Lots of great signs though.

LA Observed Notes: Last days of the pre-Trump era

molly-schiot-eephus.jpg Media, books, politics and place and a few tweets.

LA Observed Notes: Streep, Globes, media moves and politics

meryl-streep-golden-globes.jpg Our occasional roundup on media, politics and place from a variety of LA Observed sources.

LADWP headquarters

TMPGL_GarcettiatDWP.jpg Mayor Garcetti event outside the DWP.

LA Observed Notes: Let's call it a year

sutter-brown-shades-620.jpg Media notes to end 2016, plus politics, place, selected media tweets and more.

Helping hand for immigrants

bill-300.jpg The new proposal by local government and charitable institutions for a $10 million legal defense fund for immigrants threatened with deportation by President-elect Donald Trump offers a helping hand to those who really need it.

LA Observed Notes: A mea culpa, good reads and many media moves

LA-2_web-1200.jpg Media and politics notes, observations on place and much more.

LA Times hires new sheriff's beat reporter

maya-lau-twitter-320.jpg Maya Lau comes to the LAT from Baton Rouge, where she covered crime and investigations.

LA Observed Notes: Perez bombshell, LAT internment letters and more

lala-land-dance.jpg A extra big helping of our occasional roundup of media, politics and place notes.

New County Board of Supervisors

LAO_CountySupervisors.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Steve Barr drops his bid for LA mayor

steve-barr-flickr.jpg One candidate who might have had a chance against Eric Garcetti cites "our nightmare of a national election" in getting out of the 2017 race.
erin-morris-cal-sunday.jpg Our occasional offering of media, politics and place noted from assorted sources.

A hero moves on from City Hall

bill-300.jpg They say anyone can be replaced, but it will be most difficult for the city of Los Angeles to fill the job of Miguel A. Santana.

Midweek notes: Xavier Becerra, Jeff Michael, P-45 and more

jeff-michael-insgm.jpg New attorney general appointed. An anchor leaves the news desk. What to do with P-45.

Los Angeles councilman calls Trump a 'tyrant'

huizar-6th-st-viaduct.jpg Councilman Jose Huizar has had enough already, tweeting "If we acquiesce to his falsehoods, we fall victim to tyrannical government."

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

steve-wasserman-heyday.jpg Donald Trump tweets his way to the top item again by inventing a new conspiracy. Plus much more.

LA Observed Notes: American Nazis, fake news and media moves

GENSLER_TRIBUNE_STREEt.jpg Our semi-regular column of media and politics notes, with other news and observations.

LA Observed Notes: Week 1 in Trump's America

trumps-on-6-minutes-cbs.jpg Some observations, plus a weekly dose of media and politics notes.

People of Saturday's DTLA Trump protest

Josiah-Oballes-Jimmy-640-ir.jpg Saturday was the biggest day yet of Los Angeles protests against the dangerous rhetoric used by candidate Donald Trump, now the president-elect.
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LaBonge signs off
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