Politics and governing

News, observations, opinions and links

Now on stage, the apocalypse

onstage-jb.jpg In dark times, is the role of the artist to expose? To comment, to criticize, to amuse? Since last fall, it's been all of the above onstage in Los Angeles.

David Perlman and more media news from the north

david-perlman-kqed.jpg The dean of newspaper science writers is apparently retiring at age 98. Slacker! Plus a ransomware attack at KQED and CalBuzz calls it quits for now.

LA Observed Notes: Bookstore stays open, NPR pact

Ford-Ampitheatre_TomBonner.jpg NPR staffers won't face a strike. Obits for Martin Landau, George Romero, Bill Smith and Tenny Tenusian. Selected tweets.

LA Observed Notes: Catching up with media, politics and place

bobs-big-boy-lapl.jpg Plus what some LA media people are doing and selected tweets from the past week.

Al Franken in Los Angeles many times over

al-franken-cover-cropped.jpg Sen. Franken was on KPCC Friday and is talking about his new book in Beverly Hills (twice) and in Glendale.
nbc4-news-van-scfire-crop.jpg Plus it's time to pay attention to the Dodgers, Roxane Gay is in town, media people doing stuff and selected tweets.

5 things: Double politics, fake quake news, bike lane rage

wartzman-bottom-line.png "Left, Right & Center is one of KCRW’s most popular shows, on air and as a podcast..."
marciano-foundation-judy-graeme.jpg Chock full of Monday observations on media and media people, politics, place and more. Plus a good week for selected tweets.

LA Observed Notes: Tur, Tony, Comey, Kelly, Gadot and more

katy-tur-nyt.jpg Our irregular compendium of media, police and place with selected tweets.

Gomez wins in CD34 so you know what that means

jimmy-gomez-campaign-park.jpg There will be yet another expensive and even smaller special election in Los Angeles later this year.
adam-schiff-lamag.jpg Our occasional roundup of news and observations from the media, politics and place. Plus selected tweets and more.

Dan Walters leaving the Sacramento Bee, but not retiring

dan-walters-bee-photo.jpg Walters says his politics column, around since 1981, will live on in a new home.

'Staggering' new homeless count in Los Angeles County

wilshire-homeless-camp.jpg The total jumped 23 percent over last year despite many more homeless people being moved into housing. So it could have been even worse.

LA Observed Notes: Flags, transitions and good reads

scouts-flags-cbsgrab.jpg Our occasional roundup of news and observations from media, politics and place. With some selected tweets.

LA Observed Notes: 60 Minutes, selling the Coliseum and more

marvista-lane-rider.jpg Our occasional roundup of news and notes on media, politics and place. Plus selected tweets.

Help for the homeless a phone call away?

wilshire-homeless-camp.jpg A homeless encampment appears under a freeway or in a park near you. You’re a public spirited Angeleno. Who do you call?

Gil Cedillo, Nick Melvoin win LA runoffs*

nick-melvoin-campaign.jpg Also: Monica Rodriguez elected to the Los Angeles City Council. Board of Education member Steve Zimmer lost.

LA Observed Notes: Baca goes down, LAX shuffle, media moves

baca-sentenced-shuman.jpg Our occasional roundup of media, politics and place news and notes.

LA State Historic Park

LAO_brown-deleon-garcetti.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a weekly feature of LA Observed.
maglieri-whisky.jpg Our occasional roundup of news and observations on media, politics and place. Plus selected tweets.
angels-gary-kids.jpg Media and politics notes for the new week, plus selected tweets.

Bray-Ali support collapses over his web past

bray-ali-on-bike.jpg Challenger to Councilman Gil Cedillo says he remains in the race for May 16 runoff.

Garcetti says: 'Homelessness is the moral issue of our time'

garcetti-sotc-2017.jpg "As Mayor, there’s no issue I spend more time on," Garcetti says in his annual state of the city speech.

Rep. John Lewis

LAO_JohnLewis.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs each week at LA Observed.

LA Observed Notes: Pulitzers, job moves and much more

bob-miller-nhl-com.jpg You probably have heard of David Fahrenthold by now. Ex-LAT journalists re-uniting at CNN. Octavia Butler, Bob Miller, politics notes.

'Why Trump Lies' is next part of LA Times series

trump-lies-birds-lat.jpg "He is not merely amusing. He is dangerous," Monday's editorial says. "He has made himself the stooge...for every crazy blogger, political quack, racial theorist, foreign leader or nutcase peddling a story."

LA Observed Notes: 'Our Dishonest President'

nick-ut-retires-iris.jpg "Nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck," the Los Angeles Times says of Donald Trump in a full-page editorial. Plus: Paul Magers, the Groundlings founder and more.

Hahn vs. the sheriff on immigration

bill-300.jpg Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn says it’s “not the county sheriff’s job to be involved in immigration issues.”

Homeless help begins soon

Mark_Ridley-Thomas_wikipedia.jpg After the surprising victory of Measure H, county and city officials and non-profit organizations are planning to move quickly to put its money to work.

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.
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Father and daughter
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LaBonge signs off
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Villaraigosa's new crib
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