L.A. CITY HALL: Port of Los Angeles, announcement, Doane Liu as new Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff ....

***Mayor Eric Garcetti announcement, "changes" at Port of Los Angeles, Doane Liu appointment as Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff....

Escerpts from Garcetti press release:


LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that his Deputy Mayor for City Services, Doane Liu, will become Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff at the Port of Los Angeles.

Liu will assume his new position on February 1. He will continue to help oversee the Mayor's Office of City Services until the transition to a new Deputy Mayor is complete. A search for his successor, coordinated by Mayor Garcetti's Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero, is already underway.

Liu was previously Chief of Staff for Councilman Joe Buscaino and served as Chief of Staff for Councilwoman Janice Hahn, Deputy Mayor for Mayor James K. Hahn and District Director for Congresswoman Jane Harman. He was also Senior Vice President of Government Banking at JP Morgan Chase and Vice President in the Real Estate Industries Group at Security Pacific National Bank.

In addition to Liu's new Chief of Staff position, [POLA Executive Director Gene Seroka] announced the following members of the Port's leadership team: Marla Bleavins, Chief Financial Officer; Ron Boyd, Chief of Port Police and Emergency Management; Mike DiBernardo, Marketing and Customer Relations; and Tony Gioiello, Development.


MISCELLANEOUS: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 50th anniversary celebration: "LACMA's 50th anniversary party starts with major donations" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "LACMA's 50th anniversary party starts with major donations" - From the LAT:

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced major gifts of art from two of its trustees — the first wave of donations timed to the museum's 50th anniversary in April.

A gift from Jane and Marc Nathanson consists of eight works of modern and contemporary art created over four decades, including pieces by Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Julian Schnabel, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol worth an estimated $50 million total. The gift from Lynda and Stewart Resnick consists of four works spanning 400 years: a Renaissance painting by Hans Memling, a bronze sculpture by Mannerist artist Giambologna, as well as paintings by François Boucher and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres from the 18th and 19th centuries.


The announcement kicks off a campaign, led by trustees Jane Nathanson and Lynda Resnick, to encourage fellow patrons to donate works to the museum for its golden anniversary. The full slate of gifts to LACMA's collection will be announced at an April 18 anniversary gala co-chaired by Nathanson, Resnick and trustee Ann Colgin. About 50 of those works will remain on view in an exhibition at LACMA's Resnick Pavilion from April 26 to Sept. 7.


Proceeds from the anniversary gala — tables will start at $50,000 — will go toward the museum's programming.


POLITICS/EDUCATION/LEGAL: Culver City High School, lawsuit, alleged repeated rape of 14-year-old student, video recording by attackers: "Lawsuit: Culver City High football players raped girl, recorded it" ....  

* Los Angeles Times:  "Lawsuit: Culver City High football players raped girl, recorded it" - From the LAT:

A lawsuit filed by a former Culver City High School student claims she was raped by three of the school’s football players on campus during school hours and that one of the rapes was video recorded by her attackers and then distributed to other students. The incidents occurred in December 2013, according to the lawsuit, which accuses the Culver City Unified School District of negligence, saying officials failed to supervise the victim and the alleged attackers.

The suit was filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by the girl’s mother on her behalf.

Culver City High School football Coach Jahmal Wright declined to comment, referring questions to district officials. In a statement Tuesday, Culver City Unified School District Supt. Dave LaRose said the district had cooperated with police and only recently learned of the girl’s lawsuit. LaRose said the district had "responded immediately and cooperatively to this incident with the Culver City Police Department.”

In addition to the district, the suit names. . . .The victim, identified as “A.S.” in court documents, was a 14-year-old freshman at Culver City High at the time, the lawsuit says.

According to the suit . . . . . . . .

One of the incidents was recorded, the suit claims, and the video was distributed to other students ........................


POLITICS/EDUCATION: California community colleges, four-year specialized degrees, pilot program: "California community colleges board approves 15 pilot bachelor's degrees"; also, "15 community colleges in California to offer four-year degrees"; "15 state community colleges get OK to offer bachelor's degrees" ....

***California community colleges, approval, pilot program, 15 campuses to offer specialized four-year degrees....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "15 state community colleges get OK to offer bachelor's degrees"

* Los Angeles Times:  "15 community colleges in California to offer four-year degrees"

* Sacramento Bee:  "California community colleges board approves 15 pilot bachelor's degrees"


MEDIA: LA Weekly, new editor: "Editor Maria Shalhoup to Lead LA Weekly" ....  

* LA Weekly:  "Editor Maria Shalhoup to Lead LA Weekly" - From the Weekly:

Voice Media Group announced to its Los Angeles staff today that, as of Feb. 16, Mara Shalhoup will be the next editor of L.A. Weekly.

Since 2011 Shalhoup has served as editor in chief of Chicago Reader, where she has focused on growing the digital audience of the legacy altweekly while reinvigorating its print content and upholding its commitment to longform journalism.


Shalhoup built her early career on hard news and investigative reporting and editing at Creative Loafing in Atlanta. In her 10 years there she took on challenging assignments: . . . . . . . .

Shalhoup was named 2007 Journalist of the Year by the Atlanta Press Club and was twice a Livingston Award finalist. Other honors recognizing excellence in feature writing, investigative journalism, and digital storytelling have come from ...........