Morning Buzz

Thursday morning, 8.10.06

Morning Buzz
No disruption at LAX
With the arrests and disclosure of an airliner terrorism plot in London, threat level red security rules are in effect — passengers cannot bring liquids, lotions or hair gel on board, for example — but an LAX spokeswoman says travel at the airport has not been affected.
LAX technician now full-time
The FAA can learn fast, after losing a runway all day because no one was around to reset the instrument landing system.
Backing the mayor on schools
Two City Council committees unanimously endorsed AB 1381. It may go to the full council on Friday. LAT, DN
Best piece of the week on politics of LAUSD
David Zahniser in the LA Weekly on the mayor's Maxine Waters problem and analysis of Villaraigosa's take-down of the school board.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s top legal adviser sat down this week with a dozen reporters, methodically walking them through each of the 81 long-awaited wording changes to the mayor’s legislative plan for the Los Angeles Unified School District. But the presentation also served a second purpose — as a primer on how to thoroughly screw a school board.

Speaking in the emotion-free verbiage of a law professor, attorney Thomas Saenz said the Gloria Romero Education Reform Act of 2006 will allow the school board to approve the superintendent’s budgets, yet deny it the ability to vote on line-item expenditures. The bill will let the board hire a superintendent, yet allow the mayor to reject its choice. And while the board will technically still exist, individual members won’t even be allowed to hire their own staff — a change that will keep them more focused on policy, Saenz dryly noted.

"Frank & Ernest" cartoonist dies
Bob Thaves was 81 and drew at home in Manhattan Beach.
MORE NEWS AFTER THE JUMP: Villaraigosa on Israel, Dorothy Healey remembered on the left, dean of City Hall reporters moves on, new politics editor in San Gabriel Valley, Maria Shriver's Hall of Fame and so much more.
Mayor re-states his commitment to Israel
Last night on his KCAL-9 spot, Mayor Villaraigosa responded to a viewer email that his apology to local Muslims should not be mistaken.
"I will attend every rally necessary to speak out in defense of Israel. Period. With respect to the idea that I've somehow vacillated on the issue, nothing could be further from the truth. If you read the articles in the newspaper that talked about my meetings with Muslim leaders, what I apologized for was that they sent an email to a staffer in my office - 11 emails they say - we don't have record of that, but they claim they sent 11 emails, asking for a meeting. That person was lower level on my staff, not part of my scheduling staff, and what I said was, if you did that, I apologize for that. I'd love to meet with you. I certainly understand that as mayor I represent all of the people.

But let me be absolutely clear, so there's no question - I support the state of Israel and their right to exist. I oppose Hezbollah and Hamas and their attacks on the people of Israel, and I will not back away from that."

Dorothy Healey tributes
The former head of the Communist Party in Los Angeles is remembered by Harold Meyerson in the LA Weekly, Marc Cooper on his blog and Occidental College's Peter Dreier. Also, historian Mike Davis was on KPFK talking about Healey yesterday with Jon Wiener.
Gentleman Radical
Mick Farren checks in on Gore Vidal for the CityBeat cover story.
“Nineteen forty-five through 1950 was the only time we have not been at war in my lifetime,” Vidal tells me during a recent interview at his Hollywood Hills home. “Five years. That’s all we had. In ’50, we got the Korean War. After that, nothing but war. Between ’45 and ’50, we were ahead in music with the whole world. We were ahead in poetry. We were ahead in the ballet, something we’ve never been noted for before; ahead in the theater, with Tennessee and Arthur Miller. There was, in five years, this great burst of culture, because we had been repressed – first by the Depression for some 20 years, and then by World War II.”
Add to your Rolodex
Gary Scott is the new political editor at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News.
He knows who to blame
Rip Rense attributes the demise of "Breakfast with the Beatles" on KLSX to an outbreak of crapitalism. LA Weekly also has a piece on the show being put on hiatus in favor of football and infomercials.
Defending Little Green Footballs
LA Weekly's Brendan Bernhard, drinking fully of the Kool-Aid, argues that Charles Johnson's site "provides an incredibly useful guide to global Islamist encroachment" and gets a bad rap from anyone who criticizes it.
Dean of City Hall reporters switches teams
Marc Haefele is now contributing to CityBeat, which I'll take to mean he's not with L.a. Alternative any longer.
Seeing what Siqueiros intended on Olvera Street
Daniel Hernandez contends in the LA Weekly that "seeing nothing but 'controversy' in América Tropical is unsophisticated and disrespectful of history."
The mural is a critical visual link between the past and present, between the Mexican mural renaissance — led by Siqueiros and the other “tres grandes,” Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco — and the Chicano and later multiculturalist muralist movement that swept Los Angeles and the Southwest in the 1970s and ’80s.

This fact hardly came up when city and Getty officials gathered with local arts figures at the Olvera Street plaza for a news conference to announce the revival plans. Villaraigosa called América Tropical a “cultural treasure” and only briefly mentioned that the Siqueiros mural is the “prototype for the murals that began appearing on the Eastside and in other neighborhoods of the city.”

Glendale's Armenian bookstore
Abril is thought to be the largest Armenian-language store in the U.S.
Shriver's Hall of What?
LAT columnist George Skelton tries to make sense of the first selections to the California Hall of Fame guided by Maria Shriver (and Gov. Schwarzenegger.) They can come from past or present, but Skelton wonders about the only actor being Clint Eastwood, the only writer Alice Walker, the only athlete Billie Jean King. What about John Wayne, John Steinbeck, Jackie Robinson, or Junipero Serra, Earl Warren and A.P. Giannini. Kevin Starr, who consulted on the choices, says they wanted to start with more contemporary figures.
Harold Stueve, drive-through pioneer was 88.
Stueve was the last surviving founder of Alta Dena Dairy, which opened its first "cash and carry" drive-through store in 1951. LAT obit.
Beach volleyball
The AVP Manhattan Beach Open gets underway and runs through the weekend.
The Onion arrives
The satirical newspaper begins distributing a Los Angeles edition.
Carlos Fuentes
The author guests on "Bookworm" with Michael Silverblatt, 2:30 pm on KCRW.
Around LA Observed
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LA Biz Observed: Impact of the airliner terrorism plot, ABC's ratings slump
Chicken Corner: Jenny Burman reviews Quinceañera and visits the homes that LAUSD recently condemned in Echo Park.

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