Morning Buzz: Thursday 11.5.09

More analysis of Charlie Beck, plus the state's big water deal, blacks and pot in Pasadena, Andrew Breitbart and more after the jump. Also see Mark Lacter's morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter.

By the way, since posts from yesterday are already rolling off the front page, here's a quick look at the last 24 hours, and the last 48.

  • Sacramento agreed on a huge water policy deal that includes lots of projects to buy support, no peripheral canal, and requires voters to pass an $11 billion bond. LAT, NYT, Bee, Capitol Weekly, George Skelton
  • Beck's style and strategy likely to be much different than Bratton's. LAT
  • Celeste Fremon reviews the rumors that were flying in the final days as Villaraigosa considered appointing someone other than Charlie Beck as police chief. Witness LA
  • Civil rights leaders intend to examine Beck. L.A. Wave
  • Plus: At town halls in South L.A. and Van Nuys with Beck and Villaraigosa...Beck and Villaraigosa speak at 6 p.m. at the El Sereno Senior Center...Beck is scheduled to call into Patt Morrison on KPCC at 2 p.m.
  • The DWP dropped plans to hire former Speaker Fabian Nuñez as a consultant. LAT
  • Sharon Harper, the county's number two official, will return to a lesser job in the Sheriff's Department after helping her son-in-law obtain a county job that was 'overcompensated' by nearly $1,000 a month. LAT
  • Two teenaged boys were arrested in the killing of 16-year-old Melody Ross in Long Beach. Breeze
  • Lesbian ex-LAPD officer loses discrimination lawsuit against the city. KPCC
  • Blacks in Pasadena are being arrested three times more often than whites in Pasadena for marijuana offenses. Pasadena Weekly, L.A. Flaneur
  • Andrew Breitbart doesn't want to talk about his business deal to carry Reuters news and links. Soundbitten
  • The L.A. Times corrects some of an Op-Ed regarding the liberal group ACORN, but not all. Patterico
  • Dunia Elvir, whose 1 pm newscast on KWHY-22 got canceled last month, is now anchoring morning news briefs at KVEA-52. José Ronstadt is now doing special reports, Azucena Gómez is field reporting for the 6 pm newscast. Media Moves
  • People, Time, Fortune and and Sports Illustrated are making editorial staffing cuts as part of companywide reductions at Time Inc. NY Post
  • The Daily 49er at Cal State Long Beach celebrates its 60th anniversary on Nov. 13. Info
  • Carl Ballantine, who performed as a comically inept magician for decades, died in his sleep at age 92. LAT

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
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