Morning Buzz: Monday 1.25.10

Arnold gloats to Maureen Dowd about Scott Brown, "The Hurt Locker" picks up momentum and a bunch of politics, media and author notes for a Monday.

  • Gov. Schwarzenegger tells Maureen Dowd that he's happy Scott Brown was elected in Massachusetts and hopes that he votes down the Democrats' health reform plan. NYT
  • "The Hurt Locker" won the Producers Guild of America award for top theatrical motion pIcture, dealing a blow to "Avatar" that some Oscar predictors think is significant. The Wrap
  • The state's controversial plan to reduce its prison population by 6,500 inmates over the next year begins today. Sacto Bee
  • The chief proponent of the state's Three Strikes law is very opposed to DA Steve Cooley being elected state attorney general. Flash Report
  • Offering some budget advice to the City Council, a Times editorial suggests "depleting the ranks of the LAPD must remain, if not a last resort, close to last." LAT
  • Some City Hall department heads are bhanding together to resist the mayor's "meat ax" approach to budget cuts. Also, the city is asking for authority to boot cars after three parking tickets instead of five. DN/Orlov
  • Ron Kaye's political action group and neighborhood council reps will announce their budget proposals before this evening's City Council budget meeting in Van Nuys. Kaye
  • The Lakers visit the White House as NBA champions today, apparently to be covered at noon on Channel 9. City News Service
  • Scarlett Johansson is getting, yes, solid reviews in her Broadway debut as Catherine in the revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge." Culture Monster
  • A front-page profile of lawyer Pierce O'Donnell says he "has faced setbacks and serious legal problems of his own, and he suffers a bipolar condition. Despite that, he’s often called to adopt big, complicated, conspicuous cases." LA Business Journal
  • The Verdexchange Green Marketmakers Conference continues today at the Downtown Marriott with participation by, among others, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Mark Ridley-Thomas, Robert Hertzberg, S. David Freeman, Jim Newton and Cecilia Estolano.
  • Gustavo Arellano comes to praise Taco Bell and its late founder Glen Bell — multiple times. LAT Op-Ed, Marketplace, YouTube
  • Some Orange County first responders are disappointed they didn't get tapped to go to Haiti. OC Weekly
  • With gasoline and food supplies running low, authorities temporarily closed the Big Bear area to visitors. LAT
  • Charges were dropped in Orange County against professional skateboarder Mike Vallely in that post-game fight at a Ducks game over a hockey stick given to his daughter.
  • The Los Angeles Times is seeking a refund of $121,749 in overpaid city business taxes and interest. City Clerk Connect
  • Being laid off by the L.A. Times didn't stop writer Tina Daunt from enjoying a trip to Paris and blogging about it.
  • Longtime L.A. journalist Karen Stabiner writes about temporarily relocating to Manhattan. LAT Op-Ed
  • Here's a day in the life of paparazzo Richard Terry. Neon Tommy
  • Los Angeles author Greg Critser discusses his latest book, “Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging,” with Larry Mantle on "Airtal;k" at 10:30 a.m. on KPCC.
  • Novelist Nick Hornby talks to KIm Masters about writing the script for "An Education" today at 2:30 p.m. on "The Business" on KCRW.
  • Sheriff Lee Baca visits with guest host David Lazarus on "Patt Morrison," 1 p.m. on KPCC.

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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