Morning Buzz: Friday 3.14.08

Higher trash fees on City Hall agenda

The last hike was unpopular but went through, so Mayor Villaraigosa has directed city budget experts to consider another raise — to $38 — to keep paying for new LAPD officers. "My understanding is this is very much on the table," says Controller Laura Chick. LAT
Also: Unpaid furloughs don't add up, but City Council returns $1.2 million in office funds. DN

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Pellicano trial hears from Garry Shandling

The first celebrity to testify alleges that Pellicano dug up dirt on him in retaliation for a dispute with estranged manager Brad Grey. LAT, Variety, DHD

Brewer apologizes to Markham parents

"I am deeply, deeply sorry . . . for this incident," the LAUSD superintendent says after it's revealed the middle school principal accused of sex with a 14-year-old girl had been transferred there after an investigation at another district school. LAT

Steve Lopez makes amends for gang column

The Times columnist is faulted for column that hyped a Canoga Park gang program and let the operator takes shots at Homeboy Industries, then he faults himself. Witness LA, LAT

De La Torre loses Rules committee

In fallout in Sacramento from the speakership fight, Assemblyman Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate) was removed as chair of the Assembly Rules Committee. Assemblyman Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) gets it. Also, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge) is out as chairman of the Higher Education Committee. Sacto Bee

WomenMurderer William Bradford dies in prison

He's the photographer who authorities felt could help them clear up the cases of 54 missing women, so in 2006 they publicized pictures and details of each. The count was narrowed to 14 who may have been victims, but Bradford died recently before shedding much light in his talks with L.A. sheriff's detectives. LAT, AP

LACMA already owns on south side of Wilshire

In his analysis of the museum's intriguing purchase of a parcel at Wilshire Blvd. and Ogden Avenue, Times critic Christoper Hawthorne writes, "Though the museum hasn't advertised this fact, it already owns a sizable parcel of land on the southern side of Wilshire -- at Wilshire and Spaulding Avenue. After Govan's arrival, LACMA quietly put out a request for proposals from architects for a mixed-use development on the site, now occupied by a surface parking lot." LAT

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