Morning Buzz: Monday 6.29.09

  • Assembly Democrats passed a budget package Sunday night without Republican votes. A veto by the governor is expected. LAT, Bee, Register
  • Decisions by the U.S. 9th Circuit were overturned at least partially in 15 of the 16 cases reviewed this term by the U.S. Supreme Court. LAT
  • Publication on July 14 of "The Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America" by Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl is well-timed given the potential impact on AEG of Michael Jackson's death.
  • Beginning Wednesday, the sales tax rate in most of Los Angeles County will reach 9.75% due to transit Measure R. DN

More news and notes after the jump, and don't miss Mark Lacter's LA Biz Observed headlines.

  • No Michael Jackson will has yet shown up, Joe Jackson's lawyer told CNN. L.A. Now
  • Mayor Villaraigosa's second term will begin under much different, less upbeat circumstances than his first. Orlov/Daily News
    Also: Villaraigosa is "one of those politicians for whom there will always be speculation about what he will do next." Orlov/Tipoffs
  • Praising Villaraigosa for staying in L.A. to finish the job he was elected for is "sort of like giving a smiley face sticker to a 6-year-old simply because he shows up for soccer practice," says Jon Regardie. Downtown News
  • Villaraigosa's public appearances today include an 11 a.m. at Imperial courts with Councilman Herb Wesson, LAPD chief Bratton, USC coach Pete Carroll and others to announce an expansion of the anti-gang program Summer Nights Lights, and 12:15 at the Getty to give remarks at the Los Angeles Business Council Mayoral Sustainability Summit.
  • A Controller's audit of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument faulted the way below market rate rents paid by tenants and other sweet deals through the years. Downtown News
  • New LAUSD school board members Steve Zimmer and Nury Martinez prepare to take office. DN
  • Seven neighborhood councils in the port area have aligned as the Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Councils. Breeze
  • Federal and state regulators seized Koreatown’s Mirae Bank and sold its most of its assets to rival Wilshire State Bank, the third bank failure in Los Angeles County this year. LABJ
  • A homeless man was found hanged from a railing outside the Beverly Hills City Hall. DN wires
  • Inglewood's Roderick Wright is one of only two state Senators to refuse to take a voluntary 5% pay, saying "What I get paid is personal. I don't discuss what I do personally." Breeze, LAT
  • As of Tuesday, Northwest Airlines passengers will check in at Delta gates in terminals 5 and 6 at LAX, not terminal 2 as before. Breeze
  • Sheik Qazi Asad, who was born in Pakistan, will serve as a reserve chaplain at the LAPD's North Hollywood station, the department's first Muslim chaplain. LAT
  • Is L.A. experiencing a resurgence of black theater? LA Beez
  • Today on NPR's "Fresh Air," a doctor will talk about the prevalence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among journalists. NPR

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