Morning Buzz: Tuesday 2.13.07

Antonio and ParisStill time to email your captions for the best Grammys picture ever — I'll post the cleaner ones this afternoon and read the best of the lot toward the end of Patt Morrison's 2 pm show on KPCC (89.3 FM). Click below to come in for the Morning Buzz....

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Mark Lacter link
Starters
B of A targets illegals
Bank of America has quietly begun issuing credit cards to checking account customers without Social Security cards or credit histories, which is to say primarily undocumented immigrants. Front page in the WSJ out of Los Angeles.
Politics
Details on Playa Vista offices
The project at the eastern end of the property is big with a capital B: 64 acres, two million square feet of office space, buildings ranging from two stories (along Jefferson Blvd.) to four and five stories closer to the Westchester bluffs. The old Howard Hughes hangar where the Spruce Goose was built would be preserved. Breeze
Grand Avenue debate continues
Supervisor Mike Antonovich argues against the downtown boosters' plan on the LAT op-ed page, and Bill Boyarsky clarifies here at LA Observed that he really is opposed to using public money for the project.
Introducing the 'Green Line Coalition'
It's Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Congresswoman Jane Harman, State Senator Jenny Oropeza, Assemblyman Ted Lieu and county Supervisor Don Knabe. They want to close the Green Line gap at LAX.
LAUSD teachers reach tentative deal
Negotiators hammer out a 6% raise. The Board of Education and union members still must approve the contract. LAT, School Me, DN
Citywide wi-fi?
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce the "LA WiFi Initiative" at 1 pm at the 7th and Figueroa Plaza. Haven't we heard this before?
Iraq resolution coverage
KCRW plans to air NPR's hour-long wrap-up on the House debate over the president's war plans at 4 pm today, and again later in the week if warranted.
Media
Sex offender among the paparazzi
An E! Channel documentary over the weekend reported that Los Angeles paparazzo Ramon Kirk, known as Twist, is a registered sex offender who pleaded to a count of oral copulation with a minor in a 1999 case in La Habra. He regularly follows Reese Witherspoon and her kids, says the piece produced by Suzanne Murch, Eric Longabardi, Melaine Switzer and Raheem Dawson.
Life of the American male
New York Times L.A. reporter Charlie LeDuff guests on KPCC's "Airtalk" in the 11 am hour to talk about his book, US Guys: The True and Twisted Mind of the American Man.
Recommended listening
Novelist Chris Moore discussing his experiences with Hollywood's option culture, on Monday's "The Business" (audio) with Claude Brodesser-Akner on KCRW.
New blog in the other Valley
Foothill Cities claims it will "promote limited local government and [expose] corruption" in the San Gabriel Valley cities of Claremont, Pomona, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora, Azusa, Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Arcadia and Sierra Madre. It's an anony-blog, so anybody could be behind it.
Noted
Mayme Clayton archives on the move
Volunteers are moving the black American treasures to a former courthouse in Culver City. LAT

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