Morning Buzz

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 11.10.09

More on that secret taping of reporters by a Jerry Brown aide, Beck moves forward and the City Council is gone to Texas. Plus more, of course, after the jump. Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter.

  • Scott Gerber, AG Jerry Brown's former spokesman, secretly recorded conversations with reportes for AP and the Los Angeles Times in addition to the previously known San Francisco Chronicle. SF Chron, LAT
  • The City Council's Public Safety Committee unanimously confirmed the nomination of Charlie Beck to become the next LAPD chief. The full council gets the nomination on Nov. 17. ABC7, LAT, DN
    Plus:Mayor Villaraigosa and Beck speak at the Mar Vista recreation center this evening.
  • At the direction of the City Council, lawyers from the City Attorney's Office will again ask a judge on Tuesday to bar the city controller from auditing programs in the offices of elected officials. DN wires
  • Councilman Jose Huizar was grilled on several topics, including the council's pay, at a meeting of The Eagle Rock Association. Boulevard Sentinel
  • CD2 candidate Chris Essel announced the endorsements City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and the Police Protective League. Village to Village
  • The City Council is off at one of its semi-annual League of Cities retreats, this one in San Antonio. As usual, there is a dinner gathering for L.A. officials, lobbyists and the like convened by the Cerrell firm.
  • The city of Los Angeles shelled out $137 million over the past two years for legal costs - nearly two times more than the previous two-year period, according to a study by California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. DN
  • City Attorney Carmen Trutanich speaks at noon to Town Hall Los Angeles at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy.
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center raised to 260 the number of patients it said had been exposed to high doses of radiation during CT brain scans, up from 206, and said some may have had exposure to their eyes that could raise the risk of cataracts. LAT
  • Preserving more buildings from the 1960s is a big new initiative of the Los Angeles Conservancy, executive director Linda Dishman said at a tour event at the LAX Theme Building. Daily Breeze
  • The Reverend Brenda Lamothe, Mayor Villaraigosa's South L.A. representative, holds an 11 a.m. presser at her lawyer's office in Encino to discuss the suit she filed last week alleging that Dr. John J. Hunter, senior pastor at First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles, coerced her into inappropriate sexual relations.
  • Howard Gantman is the new Vice President, Corporate Communications for the Motion Picture Association of America, based in Washington.
  • Retired L.A. Times foreign correspondent David Belnap died at age 87. LAT

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