Board of Supervisors has a correspondence database

Here. I don’t know how useful it is, but it’s at least an attempt at open government.

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I will now not so confidently give you my ID

Gazzette: “Richard Todd Davis, CEO of LifeLock Inc., was so confident in his company’s ability to protect his identity that he publicly revealed his Social Security number: 457-55-5462.
But according to a new class-action lawsuit filed last week in Jackson County, LifeLock’s identity theft protection services were so inept that Davis’ personal information was stolen”
-Oops. And apparently his company executives had issues as well. I guess I’ll just keep using the shredder and credit reports. The company is now in damage control to counter negative press. Business editor Kevin Smith received the e-mail on the jump.

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Stay-at-home mom blogging for a journalist’s life

NYT: “(Jane) Novak has become so well known in Yemen that newspaper editors say they sell more copies if her photograph — blond and smiling — is on the cover. Her blog, an outspoken news bulletin on Yemeni affairs, is banned there. The government’s allies routinely vilify her in print as an American agent, a Shiite monarchist, a member of Al Qaeda, or “the Zionist Novak.
“The worst of her many offenses is her dogged campaign on behalf of a Yemeni journalist, Abdul Karim al-Khaiwani, who incurred his government’s wrath by writing about a bloody rebellion in the far north of the country. He is on trial on sedition charges that could bring the death penalty, with a verdict expected Wednesday.”

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Pebble Beach Golf, Bacara Resort and $1,000 bottles of wine

Pols can still spend campaign funds on them, but now have to disclose who was along and what purpose it served to help them do their job. State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, is one of the examples used by critics of the practice.

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Google health protects the privacy of health information…

“except in certain limited circumstances..”
-uhm. no thanks.

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Cal State LA students get funds to foster citizen journalism

in the Asian and Latino San Gabriel Valley communities. I’m assuming it will be mostly online. The school got $12,000 for the first year and $5,000 for the next.

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‘The public’s right to know’ balanced with ‘Do no harm’

that is the question at FCBlog.

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What to do when you run into a mountain lion. (h/t Bethania Palma) Or you can do this. We’ll have a story on the La Verne lion in tomorrow’s paper.

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Mountain lion in La Verne

Anyone get photo?

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MTV and Newspapers

There is a new reality series, called “The Paper,” on at 10:30 p.m. on Mondays. But they apparently don’t have workers “making out in Jacuzzis… slamming shots in some raucous club…prancing about in skimpy bikinis on spring break.”
-Not a very realistic newsroom then or a realistic chance of catching on either.

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