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Morning Buzz: Wednesday 3.14.07

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Mr. Eviction
The Times profiles Dennis Block, a lawyer who estimates he has filed 120,000 eviction cases on behalf of landlords in his career. His promotional DVD claims he is "a man who has evicted more tenants than any other human being on the planet Earth." LAT
Supes give up some power
The county Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to let the CAO oversee department heads and make recommendations on hiring and firing. Board members and their staffs will also no longer issue orders to county employees, but we'll see how that goes. Mike Antonovich was lone holdout. LAT, DN
Not keeping Owens Valley happy
An Inyo County judge ruled that the city of Los Angeles is still shirking its duty to restore the lower Owens River and refused to lift sanctions which cost Los Angeles $5,000 a day and could threaten use of the second aqueduct that brings water south. LAT
Bush I engages protester
During his speech Monday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, former President George H. W. Bush rose from his seat to respond to an anti-war shouter who was being removed from the auditorium. LAT
Brownstein's column begins today
Ron Brownstein's new presence on the Times Op-Ed page launches with a piece on what's behind "the escalating confrontation between Bush and the Democratic congressional majority over Iraq."
DOT needs to start over
City Controller Laura Chick's audit concludes that "the Department of Transportation is in "enormous need of reinvention and reorganization." DN
TMZ expanding to Washington
Harvey Levin has been in D.C. interviewing potential bureau chiefs and freelance contributors, Howard Kurtz reports in the Washington Post that TMZDC would "focus on the foibles of members of Congress, administration officials and media personalities."
Latest OC Weekly defection
The interns! Both walked, I'm told. Meanwhile, ex-Weeklians say that LA Weekly deputy editor Joe Donnelly has been lent to the OC sister ship as fill-in editor now that all the other editors have split to start a paper in Long Beach. I seem to recall that Donnelly's name came up in connection with the Orange County top job before.
Author sale editor Richard Rushfield sold his memoir Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College at the Twilight of the 80s — "the story of a pure-bred L.A. teen who abandons the West Coast sunshine and mentality to discover the unique 'slacker' culture found on this Western Massachusetts campus just as it is being eclipsed by the rise of political correctness" — to Gotham.

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