Morning Buzz: Monday 7.6.09

  • So to attend the Michael Jackson memorial, you have to be a web user, able to print your instructions, have free time today and the transportation to get to Dodger Stadium to pick up your tickets — or be the one guest of someone who fits those requirements — or be a celebrity. And on Tuesday, you may be relegated to the Nokia Theater rather than the real thing at Staples. LAT
    Plus: Three search warrants were executed last week as part of the Jackson drugs investigation. LAT
  • Echo Park is girding for an influx of Jackson fans coming to Dodger Stadium to claim their tickets. The Eastsider LA
    Also: Hearing in Dept.5 of Superior Court this morning on the status of Jackson's will and who will administer his estate. Reuters, TMZ
    And: Acting mayor Jan Perry was on the CBS Morning News suggesting that the city receive contributions for the costs of the memorial. AP
  • Tribune Company, owner of the Times and KTLA, "is much less profitable than before its [bankruptcy] filing in December and is burning through cash, financial statements for the first five months of the year show." Crain's Chicago Business
  • The International Space Station should be easily visible tonight from 9:11 to 9:16, clouds willing. Also later in the week. Details at

More news and notes, including a local political marriage, after the jump.

  • Teenager Zac Sunderland is on the final leg of his round-the-world solo sail and expects to be back in Marina del Rey about July 14. LAT Column One
  • The L.A. "Water Conservation Team" has taken to the street in Priuses to find water offending scofflaws. NPR Morning Edition
  • Sunday's Little Tujunga Canyon brush fire was contained at about 130 acres. DN wires
  • While the City Council feted Wendy Greuel on her final day, departing Jack Weiss didn't show for his last day and apparently wasn't missed: ""To be honest, I didn't even know he wasn't here," one councilman joked. Rick Orlov/DN
  • Councilman Tony Cardenas hired Rabbi Allen Freehling, former rabbi at University Synagogue and head of the city's Human Relations Commission, as a deputy chief of staff. Sausage Factory
  • Mayor Villaraigosa's second act opened to a skeptical crowd. CityWatch
  • D.J. Waldie wonders via blog "is it only my distorted memory, but isn’t Antonio Villaraigosa at the beginning of his first term as mayor, not his second?" KCET
  • Emotions are running high over the fight to break off a piece of Van Nuys and move it to Sherman Oaks. DN
  • Longtime Valley politics couple Jill Banks Barad and Ross Hopkins were married by Rep. Brad Sherman at a July 4 party in her Sherman Oaks backyard.
  • Meanwhile, Michael Schneider and Maria Villar celebrate ten at Franklin Avenue.
  • In a mini-profile of Madeleine Brand getting ready to co-host "All Things Considered" from NPR West this summer, James Rainey says the Times will soon pick up her "Parenting on the Edge" podcast. LAT
  • A virtual tour of the Best of South Los Angeles. South LA Reporting Project
  • Howard Cole of announced creation of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, including among its creators Tim Brown of Yahoo, Tom Hoffarth of the Daily News, ex-DN Dodgers writer Tony Jackson and OC Register travel editor Gary Warner. Website
  • Representatives of Pacific News Service, Voice of San Diego and the Center for Investigative Reporting are on the steering committee for the new Investigative News Network for watchdog journalism announced last week via the Pocantico Declaration.
  • Digesty Los Angeles collects headlines from more than three dozen food blogs, mostly local, with a national page too. Digesty
  • Bargain Babe Julia Scott has launched BargainBabeLA, more local and reader-driven than the main site.
  • Former Daily News columnist Steve Dilbeck had a feature on Manny Ramirez in USA today last week. USAT
  • Karl Malden note: the Brentwood Barrington Post Office, in zip 90049, is dedicated to the veteran actor who died last week at age 97, says Dodi Fromson. Leonard Maltin talked about Malden with John Rabe on this weekend's Off-Ramp.

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