Morning Buzz: Wednesday 1.16.08

City Council steps in on LAPD financial disclosure

The Police Protective League gets through to council members with its protests over the rules for narcotics and gang cops. The Council will review the rules imposed in response to the consent decree judge, but Chief Bratton says, "In the end there is going to be financial disclosure. Nothing that is going to happen in [the City Council] is going to change the judge's decision, in my opinion." LAT, DN


'Atonement' leads BAFTA nominations

It shows up in 14 categories as the hometown favorite. Variety


Neighborhood councils get limited power

They would be allowed to introduce policy proposals at City Hall, but members would have to disclose income and potential conflicts of interest the way other city officials must. DN


MacArthur Park crime rising again

And those vaunted surveillance cameras? Many don't work any more. LAT


End of Cocoanut Grove saga

L.A. Conservancy agrees with LAUSD plans to raze what's left on the cleared Ambassador Hotel grounds, saying "We as an organization want to move on. What's left at the Ambassador site is not really historic preservation at this point." LAT


Directors urged to do the right thing

The Directors Guild has to insist on a deal the writers and actors can live with, even to the point of threatening a strike of their own, to avoid all-out civil war in Hollywood, Jonathan Handel argues. LAT Op-Ed


Axium fraud alleged

The largest creditor of Axium International Inc. sued the company's former principal owners, alleging massive fraud and theft by the Hollywood payroll service provider that filed for liquidation bankruptcy last week. LAT


Durazo to go with Obama

L.A. labor chief Maria Elena Durazo breaks with Mayor Villaraigosa and endorses Barack Obama for president. She will take a leave as executive-secretary of the County Federation of Labor to campaign. Top of the Ticket, Breeze


Nathanson gallery at LACMA to be announced

A $10 million gift from Jane and Marc Nathanson will get them a ground-floor gallery in the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA. The donation, to be announced today, "is earmarked for contemporary art programs and acquisitions," says Suzanne Muchnic. LAT


Three versions of Santa Susana lab news

You decide — or go to EnviroReporter.

Time to study Boeing lab is sought
State is considering whether to back bid for Superfund status

By Gregory W. Griggs, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

The state's top environmental officer Tuesday asked federal officials for more time to decide if California should back an effort to make Boeing's Santa Susana Field Laboratory a Superfund cleanup site. L.A. Times

Agreement reached on cleanup of Field Lab
Strictest federal standards approved in state, Simi deal

By Teresa Rochester

A former rocket engine and nuclear test site south of Simi Valley will be cleaned to the strictest federal standards possible, following a deal reached between state officials and community members that was announced Tuesday and hailed as historic. Ventura County Star

Schwarzenegger vows state control of Santa Susana Field Laboratory
By Harrison Sheppard and Kerry Cavanaugh

Vowing to conduct a strict cleanup of the long-troubled Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday said the state wants to maintain authority over the site and won't seek federal Superfund status for the area. Daily News


Sam Zell visits one of his papers

He gets applause for telling staff at Newsday that Tribune wasn't run very well. Newsday


Where there's smoke there's fire

That was an apartment fire on 6th Street that sent a plume of smoke into the sky near Park LaBrea yesterday afternoon. LAT, LAist


Wind gusts today could hit 80 miles an hour

Santa Anas are back. Wires


More cuts in San Diego

Five in newsroom laid off at Union-Tribune, and the Copley CEO says, "Not since the merger of the Union and Tribune over 15 years ago have we faced such wrenching changes." Romenesko


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Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
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