Morning Buzz: Friday 10.23.09

MTA goes for the subway, Sheriff Lee Baca on TMZ, Trutanich vs. Leiweke and more. After the jump.

Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter.

  • The MTA board approved the long-range transit plan favored by the mayor that gives high priority to the Westside subway, over the objections of some members of Congress who could be key in obtaining funds. LAT, DN, Curbed LA, KPCC, The Source, Streetsblog
    Plus:Villaraigosa talks about it on KPCC's "Airtalk" at 10:06.
    Plus: Pressing Metro for records on the Gold Line extension delay. Neon Tommy
  • Sheriff Lee Baca says there was "no harm" to TMZ's Harvey Levin in deputies obtaining his phone records, saying "this is a story of the media, by the media and for the media." LAT
    Plus: The Los Angeles Press Club board condemned the violation of Levin's phone records.
  • City Attorney Carmen Trutanich denied threatening AEG's Tim Leiweke and defended his efforts to recoup city dollars spent on the Michael Jackson memorial. LAT, DN, plus Times editorial
  • Police officers blocked reporters from identifying the two outside candidates who were interviewed for LAPD chief. L.A. Now, Daily News
  • Mercury Public Affairs won't apply for the lucrative high-speed rail contract after all. Sacto Bee, L.A. Now, L.A. Daily
  • Frequent fliers ranked LAX the third-worst airport in the world, according to a survey by Priority Pass. Daily Breeze
  • "Amelia" is so bad a rendering of the Amelia Earhart story that Patrick Goldstein wants to know how it ever got released. LAT
  • Former L.A. Times editor Jim O'Shea is editor of the Chicago News Cooperative, which will provide pages of news content for the coming New York Times edition there. NYT, Romenesko
  • Editor Graydon Carter did not show up in the office on the day deep cuts were made at Vanity Fair. NY Post
  • P. Scott McKibben, executive vice president, chief revenue officer and strategic partnerships for the Los Angeles Times Media Group, will become executive director of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses in February. LAT
  • Jonathan Kirsch reviews "The Woman who Named God," by Charlotte Gordon. Truthdig

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