More than 40 Hollywood politicos -- including Barbra Streisand, James Brolin and Haim Saban -- gathered Thursday night at a closed-door meeting at Norman Lear's Westside mansion, where they heard Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lay out the party’s plans for recapturing the House in the 2014 mid-terms. And they watched the "30 Rock" finale. Hollywood Reporter
Jim Newton offers "plausible strategies for Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James and Jan Perry to win in the March primary and go on to the May runoff" in the race for mayor.Newton/LAT op-ed
A new ABC 7/Survey USA poll gives Garcetti 24%, Greuel 20%, Perry 15% and James 12% with a margin of error of 4.8 percent. Orlov/Sausage Factory
It only felt like the candidates' 423rd debate last night at Ward A.M.E. Church in South Los Angeles. Maddaus/LA Weekly
The Downtown News endorsed Perry for mayor. DTN
Speaker John Perez and Councilman Jose Huizar will help Greuel open a new Eastside headquarters on Saturday.
Sheriff Lee Baca told his deputies Thursday that he would no longer accept campaign contributions from department employees, according to an internal memo obtained by the LA Times. LAT
Former City Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg on Thursday endorsed former deputy mayor Matt Szabo for her old 13th district seat. KPCC
Councilman Joe Buscaino's staff put together a compilation video of videos from his first year in office. YouTube
Termed-out former state Assemblyman Mike Eng said he will run for the Los Angeles Community College Board. DN
The state Department of Finance estimates that by the middle of this year, whites and Latinos will each represent about 39% of California population, with Latinos reaching a plurality soon after that for the first time since the 19th century. LAT, DN, Bee
The area's small water water districts are coming under a little more scrutiny. LAT
Federal investigators acting on a tip have recovered five petroglyph panels that thieves cut from an eastern Sierra site sacred to Native Americans, U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said Thursday. LAT
Michael Cuesta of "Homeland" is set to direct a film version of the book by OC Weekly managing editor Nick Schou, "Kill the Messanger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb." OCW
Zocalo Puiblic Square photographer Aaron Salcido writes that "I never would have predicted that being priced out of Silver Lake would be my first step toward winning elective office." But he's now on the board of the Highland Park neighborhood council. Zocalo
Former Herald Examiner staffer Michael Sragow describes how he came to be hired as film critic of the Register. Fishbowl LA
The LA Times series documenting sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts has been selected as a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
The Los Angeles Kings hired FOX Sports hockey writer Jon Rosen as the club’s new beat reporter.
Photo of Aaron Salcido: Zocalo