Morning Buzz: Thursday 6.25.09

  • State budget talks go nowhere again, so the state may soon have to issue IOUs instead of checks to the people it owes. Rough & Tumble roundup, Which Way, L.A.?
  • The EPA released findings that Los Angeles County residents face a 63-in-a-million cancer risk from 80 toxic chemicals released by cars, factories and similar polluters, nearly double the average national rate. DN
  • Jeffrey Nemeroff, longtime art director at Architectural Digest, has left the magazine after butting heads with editor in chief Paige Rense. Memo Pad

More after the jump.

  • Mayor Villaraigosa named Miguel Santana, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gloria Molina, to be the city administrative officer. LAT
  • Chamber of Commerce president Gary Toebben warned Villaraigosa that a pending early retirement deal with unions is poised to "deliver the kind of short-term political gain and long-term financial pain that has contributed to California's fiscal implosion." LAT, DN
  • Departing City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has opened a campaign committee to run for state attorney general again. AP, L.A. Daily
  • Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison gave Jerry Brown's campaign for governor $13,000 this past weekend. Political Blotter
  • Rep. Loretta Sanchez says she is not running for governor. KPCC
  • Felony charges of vote fraud were filed against Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Assn., alleging he cast an illegal ballot in L.A. in the 2008 presidential primary while a resident of Orange County. LAT
  • Groups of helicopters flying around at night this week are part of a joint training exercise between the LAPD and the military. The Eastsider LA
  • Westchester Golf Course will get back the three holes it lost in 1993 to the construction of Westchester Parkway. LAT
  • Marymount College received approval for its expansion in Rancho Palos Verdes, minus student dorms. Breeze
  • L.A. Times columnist David Lazarus now blogs at the KPCC website as part of his guest-hosting duties. KPCC
  • Talk host Al Rantel is retiring from KABC. SoCal Media Scoop
  • Three ex-UCLA Bruins played on the U.S. national soccer team that defeated Spain in yesterday's upset. UCLA
  • D.T. Max has a deal to write a biography of David Foster Wallace for Viking. Also, Dick Van Dyke's memoir goes to Harmony for publication in fall 2010. Publishers Lunch
  • Laserium returns to Los Angeles in a new home at the Vine Theatre in Hollywood. LAT

More by Kevin Roderick:
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