Morning Buzz: Tuesday 12.15.09

Golden Globes nominations, the Dodgers salary-dump Juan Pierre, another look at the porn business and the mayor calls in from Copenhagen — plus more after the jump.

  • "Up in the Air" and "Nine" got the most Golden Globes nominations. Variety, LAT
  • The Dodgers traded outfielder Juan Pierre to the White Sox for two minor league players to be named, in an apparent salary dump. ESPN, MLB.com, LAT
    Plus: Frank McCourt's lawyers argue in court today for a February trial to decide ownership of the Dodgers, while Jamie McCourt's lawyers are expected to push for a fall date. LAT
  • A financial audit of the LAPD during the Bratton years found violations of city policies and inadequate tracking of millions in spending. LAT, DN, ABC7
  • Mayor Villaraigosa will call into Patt Morrison at 1 p.m. from Copenhagen. KPCC
  • Porn beat reporter Michael Estrin talks to the lawyers for a state-of-the-industry piece and observes "I've been covering the business of porn for the past four years...To call it a strange beat would be an understatement." California Lawyer
  • Editor & Publisher will publish a January edition, but it may be the final one in print. E&P
  • Andrew Westall, senior deputy to Councilman Herb Wesson, announced he will run for the Paul Krekorian seat in the Assembly. He's 36, lives in the Toluca Woods and has also worked for Bob Hertzberg and Fabian Nuñez.
  • The LA Weekly says it counted and double-checked and there are 545 pot dispensaries operating in the city. LAW
  • Dennis Romero offers his ten reasons while dating in L.A. sucks, ranging from unemployment and cougars collecting too many boyfriends to "Mayor Villaraigosa has dibs on all the hot female television reporters" and "no place tp park." LA Daily
  • New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis writes that "the closer you look at the list of female filmmakers from this year, and the more you separate the breathless hype about the better-known 'femme-driven pics,' to use a favorite Variety locution, the worse the numbers get. Of the almost 600 new movies that will be reviewed in The New York Times by the end of 2009, about 60 were directed by women." NYT
    Plus: Analyzed by the LAT's Patrick Goldstein.
  • Gawker's legal exposure for posting that no-sex video of Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart and former beauty queen Kari Ann Peniche was limited by a judge. THR
  • LAT architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne is interviewed about downtown L.A. , sees "among the younger generation there is a renewed appreciation for the architecture and history of downtown." Urban Land Institute
  • Assouline Publishing opened a new boutique book shop Monday within the newly reopening Bastide restaurant on Melrose Place. Squid Ink
  • The Huffington Post has an immediate opening for a Associate Editor in Los Angeles, "primarily a research position....other editorial responsibilities include evaluating blog submissions and editing copy." Jobs at Huff Post
    Plus: Huff Post is putting paid ads in its Twitter feeds and reader comments. Ad Age
  • Arianna Huffington was among the journalism types who got into the White House Monday night for the annual press Christmas hobnob with the president. Politico
  • Huell Howser spoofed himself on "The Simpson's." LAist
  • Journalist Marc Cooper speaks tonight at Redcat, joined by Norman M. Klein and Martín Plot "for a provocative discussion about shifting cultural patterns in a time of crises global and local."
  • Blue Man Group's global warming video played for the L.A. Alliance for a New Economy dinner the other night. Liberty Hill blog
  • The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law and American Apparel are jointly hosting a "justice for immigrants factory sale" on Saturday to raise money for advocacy groups, at the American Apparael factory at 747 Warehouse St. in Downtown.
  • Former L.A. Times staffer Rachel Powers has a story in the District Weekly on The Village, a refuge for the uninsured mentally ill in Long Beach.

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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