Morning Buzz: Thursday 4.12.07

Lots and lots of news to start the day, after the jump.

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Mark Lacter link
Council approves relocation payments
If Mayor Villaraigosa signs the measure, renters evicted for a condo conversion would receive between $6,810 and $17,080. LAT, DN
Who's a Mexican American Prince?
Daniel Hernandez analyzes the type, and names names, in the LA Weekly. Think Rocky Delgadillo, Alex Padilla...
Things get worse for Joe Francis
The Girls Gone Wild founder, already jailed in Florida, is indicted in Reno on tax evasion charges. LAT
Garrison will accept responsibility
Actor Lane Garrison will plead guilty to at least manslaughter for last December's crash in Beverly Hills that took the life of a popular student. LAT
The next San Gabriel Valley
Civic upset over the arrival of an Asian-oriented grocery market in Chino Hills "mirrors clashes in the San Gabriel Valley in the 1980s when Asian immigrants moved into the traditionally white and Latino suburbs." LAT Also, "Islamophobia at CSUN? DN
LA Weekly Theater Awards
"Marat/Sade" at Sacred Fools Theater wins production of the year. LAW
Who really runs L.A.
Coverage of the sold-out Zocalo forum at LAist.
Got them again
Ben Fritz and the spoofers at Dateline Hollywood caught another media outlet in their web, snagging a story in the U.K. Sun off a made-up post about Tori Spelling.
New boss at Liberty Hill
Kafi D. Blumenfield has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Hill Foundation, effective April 16. Release.
Hermosa PIO retires
Sgt. Paul A. Wolcott, PIO for the Hermosa Beach police the past 12 years, signs out on April 27. How's this for a backstory, from the department email:
On June 21, 1982 Officers Paul Wolcott and Gary Moss were...engaged in a chase of two speeding motorcycles traveling east on Aviation Blvd....As Officers Wolcott and Moss approached Harper Ave, a drunk driver, out on bail for being a drug dealer made a sudden left turn in front of the officers. Traveling at approximately 60 MPH, Officers Wolcott and Moss slammed into the car. Both officers were thrown 90 feet down the street.....Officer Moss was the only Hermosa Beach Police Officer killed in the line of duty in the one hundred year history of the department. Officer Wolcott sustained multiple fractures to his back, pelvis, knees, arms and multiple compound fractures to his left hand. Officer Wolcott was hospitalized for three months. He endured multiple surgeries to repair the damage to his body. Several months of rehabilitation and physical therapy ensued. As a result of his injuries, Officer Wolcott was retired from the department on a disability pension.

Wolcott continued with his rehabilitation, surgeries and physical therapy with the intent of returning to police work. Three years after the collision, Wolcott approached then Chief of Police Frank Beeson with the proposition that he be returned to full duty.

Instant runoff voting in L.A.?
Lynne Serpe of the New America Foundation and Raphe Sonenshein of CSU Fullerton discuss on "Larry Mantle's Airtalk," 10:30 am on KPCC.
Imus should be fired
Times sports columnist J.A. Adande says Don Imus "should have been fired from the jump, not just because of these remarks but because his show has long been a safe haven for racist and sexist comments, and his continued employment would send a message that his bosses are fine with it. If these comments weren't such a part of the Imus persona, there wouldn't be a section on his Wikipedia page headlined 'Racism, misogyny and homophobia.'"
Our Weekly adds news video
Our Weekly TV leads with the Imus story.
Communal living on Pico
White residents of Sugar Shack would like to fit in more with the mostly black neighbors around Pico and Windsor in Victoria Park, but so far they don't. LAT
OC Weekly seeks food writer
Pay is low but you get to eat.

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