Meg and Jerry debate tonight, questions about methodology of the Times-USC poll, thumbs down on the state Legislature, a stress hotline for LAUSD teachers and more after the jump.
- Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown meet tonight in Davis for the first of three televised debates. Channel 7 will air it here. Bee, Calbuzz, Sausage Factory
- There appear to be serious methodology problems with the Los Angeles Times poll released over the weekend that show Jerry Brown beating Meg Whitman 49 to 44 percent, says Tony Quinn. Fox & Hounds Daily
- Only one in 10 of the state's voters approves of the Legislature's performance, the lowest rating recorded since the Field Poll began checking in 1983. Bee, Chronicle
- Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez was released from jail after about a week by posting $250,000 bond. LAT
- The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has launched an inquiry into a contract created last year between the city of Vernon and an energy firm owned by the wife of the then-city administrator, marking the second outside investigation into potential wrongdoing in the industrial city. LAT
- The L.A. Times' story on the suicide of teacher Rigoberto Ruelas includes a response by the paper to charges that he was disturbed by his rating in the paper's published teacher rankings. LAT
Plus: LAUD officials said they will open a stress hotline for teachers. DN
- Feds are looking into $150,000 in consulting fees paid to former Los Angeles labor leader Alejandro Stephens under a confidential agreement signed by Andy Stern, then president of the powerful Service Employees International Union, says reporter Paul Pringle. LAT
- Eli Broad and Richard Riordan stepped in to help save ICEF Public Schools from financial insolvency. LAT
- The City Council is expected to vote today on Eric Garcetti’s motion to ban new supergraphics in the area of Hollywood bounded by the 101 freeway to the north and east, Melrose to the south and La Brea to the west.
- The San Fernando Valley Fair, poorly attended this year, is in trouble again. DN
- CBS News won seven news and documentary Emmys on Monday night. B&C
- The Online Journalism Association listed its finalists in advance of next month's awards. ONA
- Neela Banerjee joined the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington bureau as energy and environment reporter. She previously covered energy for the New York Times.Via Gorkana
- There's a new monthly magazine in Long Beach called CityBeat Long Beach.
- David Davis follows Ken Burns L.A. appearance to promote "Tenth Inning," his new two-part, four-hour documentary about baseball that begins airing tonight on PBS. LAT
Plus: KCET will launch a new film series this Sunday called "KCET Presents," hosted by KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin. The first film in the series will be "Annie Hall."