Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Monday 6.30.08

Status report on the mayor

Rick Orlov interviews the mayor on the start of his fourth year, talks to a few observers, and concludes "for the first two years, he seemed to do no wrong...These days the affair is over, the divorce is quietly moving ahead, and Villaraigosa, after nearly nine months of maintaining a relatively low profile, has steadily begun re-emerging into the public spotlight. And even if he no longer has the same rabid support that he enjoyed in 2005, he is once again energized with the prospect of what lies ahead, as he looks to his own re-election campaign." DN (plus Orlov column on fundraisers)

Also: Villaraigosa will be in studio with Patt Morrison on KPCC, 1 to 1:40 pm.

Richardson car lease most expensive in the House

Long Beach's financially challenged representative devotes $1,300 a month to a Lincoln Town Car. Gene Maddaus in the Breeze

Hollywood Jews for Obama

Variety's Ted Johnson reports on the effort by Obama's supporters to counter an email campaign that he is soft on Israel. Wilshire and Washington

Business still good for Terry Christensen

The litigator due to go on trial July 16 for federal conspiracy and wiretapping charges in connection with Anthony Pellicano is still a major player in legal circles here, says reporter Alexa Hyland. LA Business Journal

Pothole maps

Borrowing an idea that has been popular at other newspapers, the Daily News website has an added an interactive feature that lets readers see a map of potholes on city streets and add their own. DN

Ronald Reagan Medical Center opens at UCLA

More three hundred patients were moved across the street Sunday into the new Pei-designed facility that faces onto Westwood Plaza. LAT, UCLA Newsroom

Farewell to James Melroy

Bob Keisser pens the column that puts into words the feelings of the Long Beach Press-Telegram's staff about the death of their colleague, who Keisser calls the first Eagle Scout to qualify from a wheelchair. P-T

New morning news editor at Times

Memos explain the job filled by Amanda Covarrubias and the departure of Siel's Emerald City blog.

Now we know about Doug Ring's heart

The real estate developer and spouse former City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski shows up in Sunday's New York Times about a debate over who should get CT heart scans. NYT

Gardena's Medrano to prison

Former Gardena City Councilman Oscar Medrano pleaded no contest to two child sex-abuse charges in a plea bargain and was sentenced to eight years in state prison. Breeze

Birthday for 'Out in Hollywood'

Greg Hernandez's Daily News blog about gays in Hollywood has been going for two years as of today. DN

Otis Chandler's grandson weds an editor

Otis Yeager Chandler, founder and chief executive of, an online book club and social networking site in Santa Monica, this weekend married Elizabeth Khuri, assistant style editor for the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine. NYT

Downtown's 'first dog' put down

Hal Bastian's beloved golden retriever Buddy became a familiar sight in the Old Bank District when Bastian was leasing director for the Tom Gilmore lofts. Downtown News

Praise for Deanne's 'Mustang'

"Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West" by LA Observed contributor Deanne Stillman is "an impressively thorough, painstakingly researched investigation of the history of the horse in North America," writes Pam Houston in the lead review in the Times' Book Review on Sunday. LATBR

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Morning Buzz stories on LA Observed:
Thursday news and notes
A little bit of mid-week reading
A few links from a few different places
Let's talk about anything but the weather
A few links from here and there
A couple of links from a couple of places
A bit of news from a few places
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