Morning Buzz: Wednesday 1.9.08

State of Arnold's state

Budget cuts to be proposed along with a hike in fees and a constitutional amendment that would impose a spending cap. LAT, DN, Register, Chronicle, Dan Walters

State of Rutten's column

Tim Rutten's first Op-Ed column in the Times compares that Obama speech with one that Mitt Romney should have given. LAT

Westside homeowners agree to big Century City development

Groups that previously had fought Councilman Jack Weiss will share mitigation buy-off of $7.25 million. LAT

Converting carpool lanes to toll lanes

MTA and Caltrans officials say they are going to push for toll lanes to get hold of federal grant, despite lack of public support. "We have to do something," says MTA chief Roger Snoble. "It's really pretty evident to us that things are getting worse." The answer, apparently, is to let solo drivers pay to use diamond lanes. LAT

DA's office looking into release that led to murder-suicide

Prosecutors agreed to release Curtis Harris on OR after his conviction, and didn't alert his estranged wife that he was loose. Harris killed the wife and himself. LAT

Ex-cop's switch to life of crime

Former LAPD officer Ruben Palomares told a federal jury yesterday about being the head of a home invasion robbery ring with other cops. LAT

LACMA's spin is...

It's a positive development that Eli Broad will keep ownership of his art collection rather than donate it to the museum, LACMA director Michael Govan says. NYT Is this the start of a Broad art museum? Tyler Green The LAT plays catch-up. Govan, meanwhile, is called a dark-horse candidate to become director of NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Changing Larchmont

Husband-and-wife writers Rick Wartzman, the former West magazine editor, and Randye Hoder bemoan all the closures and real estate buzz that are altering their Larchmont Boulevard neighborhood. LAT Op-Ed

Eastside Sears site back on market

Deal with Oscar de lay Hoya group didn't go through, but still might. LAT

Make $75 for working the elections

L.A. County Registrar-Recorder wants to pay a bonus for poll workers who staff all three 2008 elections. DN

Houston Flournoy, Republican was 78

Flournoy became state controller by defeating Alan Cranston, then lost to Jerry Brown in the 1974 race for governor. He then became a dean at USC. He died Monday on a private plane flight. LAT, AP

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