Morning Buzz: Thursday 7.16.09

Quick first read of the day's news and notes is after the jump. Also see Mark Lacter's morning headlines at LA Biz Observed and follow us on Twitter.

  • Some City Hall officials are worried about City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's "actions and attitude, while others simply chalk it up to the over-enthusiasm of a rookie officeholder," says Rick Orlov. Plus, Trutanich vs. Greuel. DN, LAT, Ron Kaye
  • Mark Swed says of Supervisor Mike Antonovich's call for Wagner to leave the Ring: "Oy vey! I hardly know where to begin." Culture Monster
  • Judy Chu will be sworn in today on the floor of the House of Representatives. LAT, SGV Tribune
  • Gavin Newsom drew about 400 people to his town hall session in Woodland Hills. DN
  • Attorney General Eric Holder's visit to South Los Angeles. Wave
  • A City Council committee approved a living wage salary for some workers at LAX. Daily Breeze
  • New Councilman Paul Koretz endorsed the idea of deeming the Century Plaza Hotel a city historic-cultural monument. L.A. Now
  • Most Los Angeles County courtrooms were closed Wednesday due to worker furloughs. LAT
  • Punk rocker, screenwriters and alleged gang leader Elgin Nathan James was arrested in Silver Lake on charges of extorting a "popular recording artist from the Chicago area." West Coast Sound
  • Jesse James Hollywood received life in prison, not a death sentence. LAT
  • In the nearly six weeks since detective Stephanie Lazarus’ arrest for the 1986 murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen, LAPD brass have ducked questions about why detectives failed to investigate tips 23 years ago that could have shown Lazarus as the prime suspect. LA Weekly
  • Robin Sax Katzenstein resigned from the DA's office after speaking on Larry King and other shows about a possible Michael Jackson case. L.A. Now
  • Streetsblog interviews new Metro CEO Art Leahy. Streetsblog
  • Charlotte Cotton is leaving after two years as head of LACMA's photography department to join the staff of the National Media Museum in Bradford, England. Culture Monster
  • Playwright and Hollywood writer Judi Ann Mason died at age 54 of a ruptured aorta. LAT

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