Morning Buzz

Friday morning, 8.11.06

Morning Buzz
New airport rules
Wall Street Journal lists them. Just check your stuff — including your laptop if you are headed to London — and you'll be OK. Once you get past the lines.
Ten years to fix I-5
The Orange Crush will move north to the L.A. County line.
iPod robberies? Oh really?
The Times lede and headline says street and school robberies of iPods are driving up the city's crime stats, and the anecdotes recount numerous iPod thefts. Only in the graphic do we learn that reported iPod heists have gone from just 108 this time last year to 208 now — a big percentage jump but a small number — while cellphone thefts are the real culprit: up from 1160 to 1490. LAT
Barney's sale is on
Watch out for the crazed shoppers at Santa Monica Airport. Writer Nancy Griffin tells Carla Hall in the Times that she lost her pants one year.
Dodgers reach first place
They beat the Rockies 4-3 despite blowing a save.
AFTER THE JUMP: Showdown over LAUSD at the City Council today, LAT technology blog, Little Green Footballs gets into the Times, Arthur Lee and Love videos and more.
Politics
L.A. Chamber endorses Villaraigosa plan
Backing of the business group and the chambers of commerce in the Valley helps the mayor counter complaints that his plan for LAUSD is union driven. They will do a letter signing ceremony together at City Hall this afternoon. After the chambers signed on, Brendan Huffman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. felt he had to email around an explanation for why his group still opposes AB 1381.
Daily News urges support
Today's editorial pretends the choices are 1) back the mayor and AB 1381, or 2) you are against LAUSD reform. The City Council takes up its endorsement today.
Furutani named to Harbor planning commission
Mayor Villaraigosa appointed Warren Furutani, the former LAUSD board member (and current community college board member) who works for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nez. He would replace John McOsker on the Harbor Area Planning Commission, which recently went seven months without meeting, says the Daily Breeze. Furutani worked for Villaraigosa in the Legislature and ran unsuccessfully for Assembly this year.
Media
Late to the dance
Today's LAT picks up that Washington Post story on Little Green Footballs and Charles Johnson.
Another LAT blog
Jon Healey is the Times' editorial writer on technology and his blog, Bit Player, is nominally about "Hollywood's love-hate relationship with technology."
Noted
You decide
The L.A. Times says that corporate dress is becoming more and more casual , while Esquire magazine writes that the real trend now is for dressing up again in expensive shirts and neckties.
Final Arthur Lee tribute
Love performs "My Little Red Book" on American Bandstand in a You Tube video, via Jody Rosen's appreciation essay at Slate. Here's also a video of Lee performing Seven and Seven Is.
Around LA Observed
Earlier at News & Chatter
On the blogs
LA Biz Observed: Mark Lacter urges calm on Tower Records' doom.
Here in Malibu: Veronique de Turenne says hello.
Native Intelligence: Eric Estrin stays home this time.
Chicken Corner: Gentrification as old as the hills in Echo Park.
Our contributors
Denise Hamilton writes about Captain Underpants on today's L.A. Times op-ed page.

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