Morning Buzz: Monday 7.20.09

Monday's news, notes and observations are after the jump. Also see Mark Lacter's morning headlines at LA Biz Observed and follow us on Twitter.

  • Councilman Greig Smith, set to become chair of the public safety committee, is increasingly bothered by LAPD chief William Bratton and his "ego." DN/Orlov
  • Checking in again on the colony of LAX pilots and other workers who live in RVs near the airport. LAT
  • Report from a book party for embattled Rev. Eric Lee at the home of Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs. Wilshire & Washington
  • Univision won its internet rights case against Televisa, which was told it cannot air its shows over the internet in the U.S. LAT, Hispanic Media Moves
  • The Waxman Report, Rep. Henry Waxman's memoir with Joshua Green of The Atlantic, is discussed in a Sunday 'congressional memo" in the New York Times.
  • Creators Syndicate's battle with City Hall over business taxes revisited. DN
  • Drought, water politics and tough economic times have turned Fresno County into California's Detroit, says Rick Wartzman. LAT Opinion
  • The Downtown News' Best of Downtown issue names Emma Schafer's Current Affairs Forum the best political salon. DTN
  • Phil Spector's first wife has been reported missing from her Valley Glen home. DN
  • Karen Ocamb remembers her time as Walter Cronkite's clerk at CBS. Bilerico
  • Reverse Cowgirl blogger Susannah Breslin posted an insider scene from a porn shoot in the Valley she attended on her birthday. BoingBoing
  • Find a quiet moment sometime today, stop, look up, and think about just how simply remarkable it is that we put a man on the moon: "It is a triumph of science, technology, and human spirit." Asymptotia
  • Zócalo, the public lecture series that LA Observed helps sponsor, co-presented a panel in Berlin with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. Zócalo
  • In the Sunday New York Times, newlywed Zoe Winkler says of her groom, Robert Reinis: "Every single Jewish woman in Los Angeles had been on a date with him.” Vows
  • David Beckham's reception from the home team fans in his return for the Galaxy against AC Milan "started out nasty and took a turn toward ugly," but he helped on both goals. LAT, AP, 100 Percent Soccer

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