Morning Buzz: Wednesday 7.1.09

  • Homies Unidos director Alex Sanchez was denied bail even though former Senator Tom Hayden offered his home as security and support at the hearing included a deputy to City Council member Tony Cardenas, poet Luis Rodriguez and statements from Rev. Cecil Murray and Father Greg Boyle. Witness LA
  • As expected, the politicians in Sacramento failed to get the budget mess cleared up before July 1. Rough & Tumble roundup
  • No LAPD officers will be fired over the excessive force incident on May Day in 2007 at MacArthur Park, even though Chief Bratton had sought to terminate four employees. LAT

After the jump: Updates on Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, today's politics news, Henry Waxman's hospital status and more.

  • Michael Jackson news: Investigators are looking at prescription drugs found in his house, a possible will has surfaced, and musing continues about a possible public tribute.
  • Farrah Fawcett was memorialized in a private service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. LAT
  • Amy Pascal talks about her decision to pull the plug on "Moneyball" with Patrick Goldstein. The Big Picture/LAT
  • A spokeswoman for Rep. Henry Waxman confirmed he was indeed hospitalized at Cedars Sinai yesterday for "routine testing" and is "feeling much better now." AP
    Plus: Tim Rutten reviews his new book, "The Waxman Report: How Congress Really Works." LAT
  • The federal judge weighing a constitutional challenge to Proposition 8 said Tuesday in a written order that he was not likely to suspend the anti-gay marriage law before a trial. LAT
  • The mayor's second term agenda: jobs and schools. LAT, DN
    Plus: Excerpts from inaugural address. LAT, South Bay Pipeline
  • Incoming City Attorney Carmen Trutanich will hold a media availability after the swearing-in ceremonies, estimated at about 1 p.m., in the offices in City Hall East.
  • Councilman Jose Huizar proposed a deal that would tie expansion of the Autry Museum to ongoing support of Southwest Museum. Ron Kaye
  • How Richard Serra’s giant steel sculptures were installed in LACMA's contemporary art building. LACMA Unframed blog
  • Shana Ting Lipton is writing the Los Angeles blog for About.com, intending to cover "everything from the usual arts and entertainment, to restaurants, shopping, local politics, etc. and blogging."
  • Lt. Dan Choi, who is facing discharge from the National Guard for saying he is gay, guests with Patt Morrison on KPCC at 2 p.m..

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