There's no Morning Buzz today due to the press of other time commitments, but just look at what's fresh on the site right now. Good stuff:
- In advance of today's U.S. Olympic Committee tour of local venues, the chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, Barry Sanders, chats at length with David Davis at SoCal Sports Observed.
- Jenny Price at Native Intelligence recommends that students of the American West take in the Yosemite exhibit at the Autry Museum and the film Seraphim Falls — "two terrific revisions of myths of the American West." Of the film, which she saw at the Arclight, Price writes that it "joins a long line of revisionist westerns -- Little Big Man, Unforgiven, Lone Star among my own favorites -- that confirm that though the western may be proclaimed dead on a regular basis, it remains a powerful genre for commenting on, oh, you know, American race, imperialism, desire, redemption, alienation, violence."
- Also at Native Intelligence, Eric Estrin heard former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter tell a suburban audience that an attack on Iran is coming, TJ Sullivan has an idea for beating Starbucks at the wireless game, and Erika Schickel finds that James Taylor is still "all about pleasure."
- Starbucks comes up again at Here in Malibu, where Veronique de Turenne counts four (maybe five) outposts of the empire in the city of 13,000.
- Bill Boyarsky didn't care for a recent editorial about county government in the big newspaper downtown where he used to direct coverage of...county government: "Earnest, unbearably long, condescending, pompous and just plain dumb."
- Mark Lacter keeps doing good reporting and analysis on the stock option scandals and this week's stock market volatility. There's no one else watching Southern California business the way Mark does it at LA Biz Observed.
- Another apartment building fell to the dozers in Echo Park, but Jenny Burman at Chicken Corner finds a permit for this teardown.
And LA Observed's man with the video camera, Jacob Soboroff, got the feature treatment over at Fishbowl LA.
Housekeeping note: I've been retained by UCLA as a consultant on the news and media website for the campus. That's likely to mean a few more posts from Westwood and environs, since I'll be passing through the area more often. But I'm going to avoid commenting on UCLA itself, most campus news or media treatment of the place. I just think it's better that way.