Wednesday briefing

•  As expected, Martin Ludlow will leave the City Council to take over the County Federation of Labor. He will make $37,000 a year more than Miguel Contreras, the late labor leader he replaces, to match his council salary. Ludlow, 40 (Times) or 41 (Daily News), becomes the first black head of the county fed. The departures of Villaraigosa and his protege Ludlow may complicate the question of whether Alex Padilla remains president of the City Council. A City Hall source says that Villaraigosa or his staff contacted the City Attorney for an opinion of whether he can stay on the council long enough to vote for Padilla on July 1, then resign to be sworn in as mayor.

• Occidental College president Theodore Mitchell will step down Sept. 1 to become chief executive at the NewSchools Venture Fund in San Francisco.

• Another head of the FBI office in Los Angeles is leaving for the private sector. Richard T. Garcia is returning to Houston where he is considering job offers.

• Tonight at 9:30, KCET will air "Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story," an Independent Lens documentary on the neighborhoods that used to stand where Dodger Stadium was built.

• Pasadena's city council all but withdrew the Rose Bowl from consideration for a future NFL team, but the league refuses to give up. In fact, though, it probably means the last options for a Southern California franchise are the Coliseum or Anaheim.

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Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.25.12

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