Thank you to everyone who emailed while I was off. It was deeply moving and helpful to my family to receive such good thoughts from so many. Now here's today's Buzz, after the jump.
Cesar Chavez holiday
State offices and courts are closed, city halls are generally open, schools could go either way. Mail will be delivered.
Mayor Villaraigosa says his new budget will propose enough money to grow the LAPD by 220 officers above attrition this coming year. LAT , DN
Alarcon takes the oath
Richard Alarcon will be sworn in before today's City Council meeting as the new councilman from the Valley's 7th district. His predecessor, State Sen. Alex Padilla, will join the festivities in the chambers. Alarcon's staff includes Becca Doten, the former chief of staff in Brentwood for Arianna Huffington.
Choosing sides on Jack Weiss
Tom Tugend counts heads in the Jewish Journal.
LAPD's new flashlight
Bright, light, non-lethal and $100 each. LAT
Board of Ed rejects Green Dot
Plans for eight more charter schools are nixed, "a move that almost certainly violates state law and firmly sets back future collaboration between the charter group and the school district." LAT
Broad and Burkle get back in the game
Their $1-better-than-Zell's bid for the Tribune has to be considered by the company's board. If accepted they would become co-chairmen of Tribune. LAT, WSJ, Chicago Tribune plus Mark Lacter at LA Biz Observed
All you need to know about Zell
Dean Starkman covered him for the Wall Street Journal and writes at CJR that "colorful" doesn't really capture him. CJR Daily
John Powers begins a monthly column for Los Angeles Magazine in June. "As yet unnamed, the column will be about Los Angeles as a place where many (if not most) of the country's competing ideas and trend get played out. Or to put it differently, it'll try to explore the ways in which L.A. has become the the city of influence--whether its politics, pop culture, fashion, the arts, and on and on," writes Editor Kit Rachlis. Powers is critic-at-large for "Fresh Air", film critic for Vogue and the author of Sore Winners: American Idols, Patriotic Shoppers, and Other Strange Species in George Bush's America.
Tom Christie offers an LA Weekly tribute to the late Cathy Seipp, leading with an anecdote from the funeral: "The writer and blogger Cathy Seipp, who died last week at 49, once asked her friend Greg Critser if he thought her lung cancer was divine retribution for being mean. Critser, pointing out that Ann Coulter was still alive, told her this couldn’t possibly be true. Seipp had laughed, of course..." The Weekly also reproduces eulogies from Sandra Tsing Loh and Allan Mayer, the PR exec who was at the center of the Grazergate incident at the Times.
Baquet wouldn't have done it
Former LAT Editor Dean Baquet says Times morale is "in the tank" and he would not have turned Current over to Brian Grazer or anyone else. Former Publisher Jeffrey Johnson, however, liked the idea. Marketwatch
Univision sale closes
Jerrold Perenchio takes the cash and goes. LAT
National chains considering downtown
The Times checks out the interest. LAT
News of our contributors
Deanne Stillman is interviewed in the March/April issue of the Bloomsbury Review about her books Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms and the forthcoming Horse Latitudes.