Morning Buzz: Friday 6.19.09

  • An audit found that L.A. County pays $1.5 million a year for 8,000 unused phone lines — and the audit is only half done. LAT
  • Mayor Villaraigosa is Intellectually "no match for Mr. Brown, nor ideologically for Mr. Newsom. But he is a Machiavellian politician, ready to make or cross allies" and "nor is Mr. Villaraigosa quite the disaster the local press alleges," says The Economist (via L.A. Daily)
  • Legendary L.A. rock radio station KMET (formerly at 94.7) will be recreated for a day July 10 on FM 100.3. DN

More good stuff after the jump.

  • The LAFD is way behind on its annual fire safety inspections of buildings where the public gathers, blaming staff losses and budget cuts. LAT
  • LAUSD officials looked ahead and project a $1.1 billion deficit through 2012, likely causing more class size increases, program cuts and steep reductions to services. DN
  • Mayor Villaraigosa is in line to become president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2011, assuming of course he is still a mayor. Bee
  • Ray Richmond has parted ways with the Hollywood Reporter after all these years, not amicably. Deadline Hollywood Daily
  • Former L.A. Times food writer Amy Scattergood is apparently editor of the food blog for the LA Weekly. Squid Ink
  • Some international chatter about some Christians' desire to burn Francesca Lia Block's "Baby Be-Bop," a young adult novel in which a boy, struggling with his homosexuality, is beaten up by a homophobic gang. The Guardian
  • The Elegant Variation's Mark Sarvas gets just one L.A. appearance for the paperback issue of his novel "Harry, Revised," June 20 at Book Soup. Info
  • Former LAT and LA Weekly writer Daniel Hernandez returns from Mexico City to speak at a Zocalo event June 25 at MOCA. His blog, Zocalo
  • The AIA's Dwell on Design conference and coincident Mobius LA event are June 25-28 downtown. Info
  • The Orange County Museum of Art's decision to sell 18 California Impressionist paintings is discussed by the L.A. Times' Christopher Knight and Mike Boehm on this week's Off-Ramp on KPCC, also at the blogs of Tyler Green and Culture Grrl
  • City officials may force the Long Beach Museum of Art to sell off artwork to cover bond debt. LAT
  • Los Angeles county unveiled a system of notifying residents of emergencies via land-line phones, but people can add their own cell phones and email addresses. LAT
  • Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi and other team officials plan to twitter live from the team's table at the NHL draft June 26-27 in Montreal.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Two more lion cubs tracked in Santa Monica Mountains
Friday desk clearing
Biden, Michelle Obama add LA fundraisers
Morning Buzz: Friday 8.3.12
Bus riders rejoice: Wilshire to be re-paved
Recent stories on LA Observed:
Adding insult to injury
Signs of Saturday: Someone call PETA
Two more lion cubs tracked in Santa Monica Mountains
Friday desk clearing
Huge win for L.A. aerospace

New at LA Observed
Follow us on Twitter

On the Media Page
Go to Media
On the Politics Page
Go to Politics

LA Biz Observed
Arts and culture

Sign up for daily email from LA Observed

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner


Advertisement
LA Observed on Twitter and Facebook