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Morning Buzz: Tuesday 5.15.07

Today is election day in Los Angeles, though you wouldn't know it. Besides the big expensive school board runoff in the Valley that could give Mayor Villaraigosa the bloc of allies he wants, all most Angelenos won't be voting on is a single community college board runoff. More news after the jump.

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ABC's fall schedule
Bunch of new shows and times announced this morning, and the Tony nominations are out too. Variety
Patient dumping settlement
City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and Kaiser are expected to unveil an agreement this morning at the Union Rescue Mission, says the Daily Journal.
Antonio's climate plan
More renewable energy and alternatives to driving. The plan, to be released today, "is the most ambitious climate change plan by a major American city," Villaraigosa said. LAT
Silly wabbit
Phil Spector was compared to Elmer Fudd by another woman who testified he came at her with a gun, this time a shotgun or rifle that so dwarfed him she was reminded of a Bugs Bunny cartoon. "You just had to be there," Kathy Sullivan said, cracking up the courtroom. "I think he was wearing a plaid jacket...the gun was bigger than he was. It was surreal."LAT, AP
New hole in city budget
The L.A. City Council illegally raised cellphone taxes without voter approval, the state Court of Appeal ruled, meaning there won't be $167 million in the budget that the city had counted on. DN
Did Burkle overpay for magazines?
Motor Trend, Hot Rod, Surfer and 70+ other titles in the acquire the magazine unit of Primedia Inc. were sold to Florida-based Source Interlink Cos, a magazine distributor partly owned by Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Companies. Source Interlink Chairman Michael Duckworth called it "a first step to leverage what we have built by transforming Source into a fully integrated media company with both print and digital content," but the stock price dropped on the news and analysts wonder if it's a bad deal. LAT
May Day melee meeting
The city council's task force heard complaints from the MacArthur Park neighborhood. LAT, DN Meanwhile, all but three cops involved in the park melee returned to duty. DN
Big race in 37th
Nineteen candidates from a variety of parties filed to run for the seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald. LAT , Breeze
Retraction rejected
Former Santa Barbara News-Press editor and publisher Jerry Roberts wasn't satisfied with a clarification the paper ran of its story linking him to child pornography. He is still considering a lawsuit. E&P
Mann National update
The re-opened theater probably won't be around long. It was bought by a developer who filed Friday to demolish the theater and build a retail building. Curbed LA
New head of Clean Air Coalition
Alberto B. Mendoza is the new president and CEO.

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