Pockets full: Obama prepares to wrap up L.A. visit

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a short but busy trip to Los Angeles. Last night, the president’s motorcade tied traffic in knots on some Westside streets. Today it’s Hancock Park and Glendale raises cash for Democrats at the home of “Friends” producer Marta Kaufman and then heads east. During his visit to L.A., the president also met with the family of Gerardo Hernandez, the TSA officer who was killed earlier this month at LAX…A jury has awarded a former L.A. Fire Dept. inspector more than a $1 million for racism that he suffered at the hands of colleagues. The jury found that Jabari Jumaane, an African-American, was discriminated against during his more than 30-year career because of his race. An earlier jury ruled against Jumaane, but that verdict was overturned because of juror misconduct…pizzaFast food continues to be a staple in the diet of many California kids. A new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Researchfinds that 60 percent of families surveyed with children between the 2 and 5 said they’d had fast food at least once in the previous week. About 10 percent had had it three times or more. The survey says a little more than half of California kids are eating enough fruits and vegetables…With our nights getting colder, officials are preparing to open more than a dozen winter shelters for the county’s homeless. The shelters will open December 1st in areas ranging from Lancaster and Long Beach to downtown L.A. Collectively, they have about 1,500 beds. County officials estimate that there are more than 57,000 homeless people here, a 16 percent increase since 2011…stcatherineA 400-year Italian painting that was looted by the Nazis and returned to its rightful owner just last week is being donated to the L.A. County Museum of Art. The life-size figure of St. Catherine of Alexandria is the work of the Baroque artist Bernardo Strozzi. It’s worth up to $3 million. The L.A. Times reports the painting was pillaged by the Nazis during World War II. It disappeared for decades before resurfacing five years ago at an auction…Kobe Bryant has a new deal that ought to keep the perennial All-Star in purple and gold for his whole career. Bryant has yet to take the court this year as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon suffered at the end of last season. And at 35, he’s getting a little long in the tooth for the NBA. But neither of these factors stopped the Lakers from signing Bryant to a deal will keep him the League’s highest paid player. Bryant will reportedly earn nearly $50-million over the two years.