Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 8.26.09

News and notes are tucked away after the jump. Mark remains away at LA Biz Observed; follow LAO on Twitter through the day.

  • Joel Grover's camera catches Getty House, the mayor's official residence in Windsor Square, watering the lawn during banned hours. That's sure to spoil Villaraigosa's 9 a.m. presser to claim the city's water restrictions are working. KNBC
  • The Board of Education voted 6-1 for a plan to turn over as many as 250 campuses to charter groups and other outside operators. LAT, DN
  • Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz has let it be known that wants to be considered for LAPD chief. Witness LA
  • Five Asian citrus psyllids were found in traps in Santa Ana, the farthest north the pest has been found — potentially a very bad sign for the California citrus industry. LAT
  • The county Board of Supervisors voted to ask the UC Regents to take swift action on the proposal to reopen Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital. LAT
  • The lesser-known candidates in the 2nd district council race are upset that there are better-funded candidates likely to dominate. DN
  • Former LAPD officer David Woon Chong was sentenced to four years in prison for threatening a Redondo Beach restaurant patron with his gun and a knife while off-duty and legally drunk. Breeze wires
  • An uncontained wildfire in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa has burned about 600 acres, caused evacuation of some campers, and provided some visual excitement in the basin. L.A. Now
  • Article called 50 Years After America‚Äôs Worst Nuclear Meltdown is an explainer on the Santa Susana Field Lab situation. Miller-McCune
  • A 2001 environmental impact report on the Cadiz water project in the Mojave has been put online by the Pacific Institute. Chance of Rain
  • The Times of London proclaims Jerry Brown "on the brink of an extraordinary political comeback" and uses the old photo of Brown as governor on a plane with Linda Ronstadt.SF Chronicle/Marinucci
  • California's aggregate property value fell by 2.4% in the latest fiscal year, the first drop in the 76 years that the state has kept records. LAT, Bee
  • A former L.A. Times editor finds inspiration in her first visit to Simon Rodia's Watts Towers. LAT Op-Ed
  • You can now get L.A. street traffic info from Google Maps in addition to the other sites that provide it. LAT

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