Morning Buzz: Friday 5.15.09

  • Gov. Schwarzenegger threatens drastic cuts at the state level, in some cases even if the props pass on Tuesday. Rough & Tumble, WWLA, Airtalk
  • Candidate for governor Meg Whitman says she would cut 30,000 state workers if it were up to her. Bee
  • Mayor Villaraigosa castigated the city council's Budget and Finance Committee for voting to freeze LAPD hiring, stopping the mayor's push to add 1,000 officers. LAT
  • How well Jack Weiss does in Tuesday's election is a key test of the mayor's clout. LAT/Zahniser & Reston
  • Daily News editorial gives Villaraigosa credit for playing tough with city unions and seeming "to recall that he is a mayor of a major metropolitan city who has (or, at least, had at one time) a mandate from the people to fix City Hall." DN
  • Candidates in the 32nd congressional district and commentators dissected the race with Patt Morrison. KPCC
  • The Los Angeles Press Club will honor Rick Orlov for lifetime achievement, Robyn Dixon with the Daniel Pearl Award and Arianna Huffington for "impact on media." Finalists are also out for the awards that journalists apply for. Banquet is June 14. Press Club
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger and AG Jerry Brown both give commencement addresses today at USC.
  • Santa Monica's attempt ban on certain jets landing at the city's airport "unjustly and unreasonably" discriminates against specific aircraft, the FAA decided. LAT
  • The weekly SCV Independent debuted in the Santa Clarita area. SCV Talk's Jeff Wilson has a column in the new paper and a comment. SCV Talk
  • The Kaiser hospital in Bellflower was fined $250,000 for unauthorized access to the medical records of the octomom. LAT
  • Fork in the road for the abandoned Golden Gate Theater near Whittier and Atlantic in East LA: restoration or conversion into a CVS pharmacy? LAT
  • On last night's "SoCal Connected, Judy Muller's report on the explosion in legal pot dispensaries had the graphic stat that there are more of them in L.A. than there are Starbucks. KCET
  • Longtime L.A. Times reporter Jean Merl is shifting to the regional political writer beat, covering the local elections that it appears we're having every few months.
  • Suzanne Ansilio, a popular radio personality previously known as Suzy Who and Suzy Cruise,returns to KLOS from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. Gary Lycan/Register

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