Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.28.09

Fabian Nuñez cleared, Steve Lopez sees the gynecologist, an assistant chief comes to class and an interesting look inside the New York Times newsroom — plus Sam Zell's regrets and more after the jump.

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

  • Former Speaker Fabian Nuñez was cleared of allegations that he misused campaign funds and diverted funds to a charity that used them on his behalf. LAT, Bee
  • Steve Lopez gets a medical marijuana slip for "back pain" from a Glendale gynecologist. LAT
  • Changing the U.S. Census to count only citizens would cost California five seats in Congress, a study finds. NYT
  • A seventh member of the L.A. city pension board resigned. LAT
  • The City Council voted unanimously to outsource its e-mail system to Google, making L.A. the largest city in the nation to make the move and handing the Web search giant a major victory. LAT
  • Chasing some of the mayor's Twitter tweets. Faster Times
  • Good timing: shortly after being named a finalist for the LAPD chief's job, Jim McDonnell spoke to Celeste Fremon's class of grad students at USC Annenberg. Witness LA
  • Sam Zell says the Tribune deal represents "the most amount of money I ever lost in a single deal." Romenesko
  • The New York Times buyout packet contains data that illustrates how old-economy the newsroom is, with 14 editors in the Book Review, 21 editors for the magazine and an art department staff of 113. NY Observer
  • Scenes from the Schwarzenegger and Shriver women's conference in Long Beach. LAT, Bee, Press-Telegram, SF Chronicle
  • An LAPD officer assigned to Hollywood Division was found dead at his residence in Long Beach, possibly of natural causes. LA Daily
  • LAPD's new iWatch video is "creeping out America." MSNBC
  • New city COMPSTAT crime stats are posted by the LAPD and show crime down from last year in all categories. LAPD
  • Robert Philibosian ruminates on his time as District Attorney. Met-News
  • At least six publicly supported Los Angeles County health or human service nonprofits reported on their public tax returns that they paid their chief executives more than $300,000 per year. Accountable California
  • Sean Penn's previous trip to Cuba, in an excerpt from Ann Louise Bardach's new book, "Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana and Washington." Big Hollywood
  • Rock writer Sylvie Simmons's sold "I'm Your Man," a biography of Leonard Cohen, to Ecco in a pre-empt deal. Also, Pulitzer-prize winning Detroit News journalist Charlie LeDuff, the former New York Times reporter in L.A., sold "Detroit: An American Autopsy" to Broadway. Publishers Lunch

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