Politics and governing

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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.

Kamala Harris elected, pot legalized, death penalty retained

county-vote-graphic.jpg There's no surprise that Attorney General Kamala Harris was elected to succeed Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate. The news is that California voters also approved legal marijuana, kept the...

LA's first presidential election was different

andres_pico-lapl-crop.jpg Franklin Pierce won with the help of early LA figures like the Californio Andres Pico.

LA Observed Notes: Early voting, media moves and more

voting-line-nohwd.jpg Queuing to vote across LA, Trump's last stand, and why the sports department hates election night.

LA Times journos warned - again - about tweet politics

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg The second memo of the fall election cycle reminds reporters and editors that social media is on the record.

Reading the signs beyond the liberal bubble

crooked-hillary-rascon.jpg Just how much of a "left coast" bubble is Los Angeles? Molly Selvin is volunteering for Clinton in North Carolina.

Gannett drops Tronc and more midweek notes

8150-sunset-rendering.jpg Gigantic Frank Gehry project on Sunset Boulevard approved. Kudos for LAT's Sea Breeze investigation. Notes on Campaign 2016, 2017 and 2018. And more.

LA Observed Notes: Sexual assault, media moves and more

danielle-berrin-jj.jpg LA Times investigations afflict the powerful. LA's homeless shame. Notes on media, politics and place.

LA Observed Notes: Media moves, cranes and Campaign 2016

crane-wilshire-crescent.jpg LA Times loses a top Hollywood voice. Dodgers go home. More Trump and Clinton notes.
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