Morning Buzz: Friday 12.4.09

Polanski at home in his chalet, Time chases Meg Whitman and more after the jump. Also see today's Mark Lacter morning headlines at LA Biz Observed, and follow Mark and Kevin on Twitter.

  • Roman Polanski was released on bail to his Swiss chalet to await extradition proceedings. LAT
  • Time magazine looks at Meg Whitman's run for governor as "a fiscally conservative, socially moderate woman." Time
  • State Sen. Gil Cedillo has a poll showing he would have a big lead should he challenge Speaker candidate John Perez's reelection in L.A.'s 46th assembly district. Capitol Weekly
  • The FPPC launched an investigation into state Sen. Roderick Wright forming a legal defense fund without reporting the legal issue for which he is raising money. LAT
  • That claim of $4 million in economic benefit from the Michael Jackson memorial at Staples Center was an off -the-cuff calculation by Jack Kyser sent by email to city officials. LA Weekly
  • An unidentified LAPD captain briefly barred officers from putting black mourning stripes over their badges in honor of the four slain officers in Lakewood, Washington, until Chief Beck intervened, says Jack Dunphy. Patterico
  • City Attorney Car4men Trutanich is resting at home after hospital tests for a condition his office says "is related to stress, diet and exhaustion." LAT
  • Former council candidate Adeena Bleich says voter apathy and skimpy media coverage of the CD 2 special election makes it "an election so special, almost no one is talking about it." Jewish Journal
  • Voting by mail would save money and boost turnout in special elections, but on citywide races could be costly and pose a threat to the integrity of elections, a report by the city clerk concludes. LAT
  • Neighbrhood activists in Sunland-Tujunga developed their won web ad for Assemblyman Paul Krekorian in CD 2. Sausage Factory
  • Los Angeles lawyer David Huebner will be sworn in today by Vice President Joe Biden as U,S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. LGBT POV

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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