Morning Buzz: Friday 11.20.09

Beck's popular first order, Leiweke calls Trutanich's bluff, what it's like to be 33, gay and a deputy mayor, and the LAT's Rainey weighs in on Ruth Seymour. Plus a bit of catch-up from yesterday, tucked after the jump.

  • Chief Beck's first edict is popular with the LAPD troops: no more neckties required. Witness LA
    Plus: Ex-chief Bratton stopped in with Patt Morrison yesterday on KPCC. Can't stay away? KPCC
  • The Dish Rag, which has been the Los Angeles Times' top celebrity blog, and writer Elizabeth Snead are now found at entertainment site Zap2it.
  • Working Californians, a political committee led by the DWP's union bosses that is backing Chris Essel in the CD2 runoff, went to federal court to challenge a 1985 city ordinance banning such so-called independent committees from putting more than $500 toward a campaign. DWP-watcher Ron Kaye blows a gasket over it. LAT, Courthouse News
  • State elected officials are facing an 18% pay cut. LAT, Bee
  • Meg Whitman has gone way back to get an endorsement from former Lt. Gov. Ed Reinecke. Dan Walters
  • It's way past time for Jerry Brown to get serious about this campaign thing. CalBuzz
  • City Attorney Trutanich stresses that he won't attend a fundraiser for Rocky Delgadillo and isn't backing his predecessor's bid for AG, despite claims to the contrary. Met News
  • Tim Leiweke of AEG challenged Trutanich on Thursday to either file criminal charges over the Michael Jackson memorial service or apologize for hinting the company may have broken the law. DN
  • What's it like to be 33, gay, and one of the most powerful people in America's second-largest city? Stressful, says Matt Szabo, the new deputy chief of staff to Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The Advocate
  • Blog posts fake signs along Gold Line's Eastside extension. MTA
  • Councilman Paul Koretz told the Current Affairs Forum there may be a compromise in the works on the Century Plaza Hotel development controversy. Curbed LA, LA Biz Observed
  • UC regents approved a partnership with L.A. County to reopen the Martin Luther King hospital in Willowbrook. LAT
  • The credibility of Times media columnist James Rainey is in question over his column on those controversial ACORN videos, says blogger Patterico.
  • Rainey weighs in on KCRW's Ruth Seymour. LAT
  • Ex-LA Weekly writer Celeste Fremon says of the new Weekly "too often I catch the Weekly writing things that are either cringe-makingly slanted, or demonstrably untrue." Witness LA
  • Peter Nicholas of the LAT has an adventure trying to buy a suit during President Obama's trip to China. The New Yorker, bottom of story
  • Alexandra Kerry, 36-year-old daughter of Sen. John Kerry, was booked for DUI in Hollywood and released on bail after about five hours. AP
  • That indoor pot-growing greenhouse next door to the LAPD's Topanga station was quite a big operation. LA Daily
  • Downey's reopening of the Harvey's Broiler as a Bob's Big Boy has been a big hit so far. District Weekly
  • There's a wordy new look to the December cover of Architectural Digest. The Awl
  • Justin Gershuny, secretary of the Board of Directors of Heritage Square Museum, died Sunday at home in Beverly Hills. He was 82. Obit

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