Essential California: Dodgers fans still waiting for a TV deal

Good morning. It is Saturday, April 25. Here are a few stories to keep you busy this weekend:

Television troubles: Now that Comcast’s attempt to buy Time Warner Cable has failed, Dodgers fans may have to wait even longer to see the team back on their televisions. The end of the deal creates even greater uncertainty for SportsNet LA, which is the only channel to show Dodgers games in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times

Changes at CicLAvia: The executive director of CicLAvia is stepping down. Aaron Paley is leaving as the group prepares to expand its base of support and increase its $2-million budget. “I think the big opportunity is neighborhoods coming into their own, having fully formed identities,” Paley said in an interview with architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne.  Los Angeles Times

New trauma center: Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center could be getting a trauma center. Los Angeles County has 14 trauma centers, down from 22 in the 1980s. Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Hilda Solis have led efforts to open a trauma center in the region. Los Angeles Times

Presidential fund-raisers: Hillary Clinton will be in Los Angeles on May 7 for three fund-raisers for her presidential campaign. Each event costs $2,700 per person, which is the legal limit in the primary. Hollywood Reporter

Court costs: The woman who sued venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for gender discrimination could be on the hook for $1 million in court costs and fees. Because Ellen Pao lost her case, her former employer could legally ask that she reimburse their costs. San Jose Mercury-News

Bridge naming: The tunnel that connects the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County may be named after the late comedian Robin Williams. The state Assembly approved a bill that would do just that. “He had a career that transcended the Bay Area, and this tunnel was part of his daily commute,” said Assemblyman Marc Levine. SF Gate

Coping with mental illness: Nine out of 10 Californians with a mental illness say they have faced discrimination because of their disease. The study from the Rand Corp. also found more than half of respondents would hide their illness from coworkers and classmates. KQED


This week’s most popular stories in Essential California


  1. Big changes are coming to Crenshaw Boulevard that will encourage people to get out of their cars. Curbed LA

  2. One writer considers the myths surrounding California’s drought. Grist

  3. A wedge of warm seawater is having a dramatic impact on the Pacific Ocean and its wildlife. Los Angeles Times

  4. This photograph shows what happens when older homes in Echo Park come face-to-face with new developments. LAist

  5. Thanks to buckets of white paint, the Sunset Pacific Motel (and its palm trees) became an art installation. Eastsider LA


ICYMI, here are this week’s California Great Reads

Remembering a tragedy: As Armenian communities around the world marked the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, one town in Lebanon remembers the small community that kept the Turks at bay for a month and a half back in 1915. Los Angeles Times

Kozinski's Favorite Flicks: Three or four times a year, Judge Alex Kozinski hosts a movie night in the federal courthouse. It started when he learned his law clerks had not seen “12 Angry Men.” Los Angeles Times

New kind of fight club: Lucha Underground is the Boyle Heights wrestling arena where the line between fighter and fan is constantly blurred. Los Angeles Times


Looking Ahead

-- Former state Sen. Ron Calderon has a court appearance Monday in his federal corruption and bribery trial.

--Cities continue to figure out how to comply with state water restrictions.

--Orange County ambulance services will be discussed at a special Board of Supervisors meeting.


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